17 JULY 1886

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Mr. Goldwin Smith, who has contributed so much to the

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support of the policy of Union during the last few months, said at the Merchant Taylors' dinner on Wednesday, that what England now wanted was "a firm Government, irrespective...


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T HE question of the hour is whether the new Administra- tion is to have Lord Hartington for its head or Lord Salisbury, or whether both will yield precedence to a nominal...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Mr. Gladstone has addressed the following letter, upon which we

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have commented elsewhere, to Mr. Kitson, of Leeds, a defeated candidate :—" To suffer in a good cause is a thing so honourable and noble that I will not offer to condole with...

Mr. Courtney also has held his seat triumphantly in the

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Bodmin Division of Cornwall, in spite of the very unfavourable reception which he at first met with. He polled no fewer than 3,763 votes, against only 2,101 given for his...

Lord Hartington won his election in the Rossendale Division of

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Lancashire this day week by a triumphant majority,—namely, by 1,450 votes. For Lord Hartington there polled 5,399 electors ; for Mr. Newbiggin, 3,949. Of course, Lord Harlington...

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Mr. Morley on Saturday made a speech at Northampton remarkable

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for the confidence with which be predicted the con- cession of Home-rule to Ireland within twelve months, and for the increasing vehemence with which he denounced any proposal...

The great blow of the week to the Unionist cause

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has, how- ever, been the rejection of Sir George Trevelyan by the Hawick Burghs, by the narrow majority of 30 votes. For Mr. Brown, his opponent, there.polled 2,523 electors ;...

Lord Hartington delivered a very forcible speech at Derby on

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Monday, in support of the candidature of the Hon. E. K. W. Coke for South Derbyshire,—who did not, however, as we regret to see, carry the day. In this speech Lord Hartington...

Lord Hartington's language naturally alarmed Mr. Parnell, who, in a

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letter published on Wednesday, declared most positively, "I know nothing whatever further than what can be gained by reading the newspapers of the Fenian organisations either in...

An extraordinary and rather unpleasant telegram has been received in

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London from Tientsin, through Renter's Agency. The Chinese Government announce in it that "the dacoits in Burmah are supported by Black Flag agents." That Govern- ment is,...

The poll for the University of London was declared this

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day week as follows :—For Sir John Lubbock, 1,314; for Mr. Frederic Harrison, 516; majority for Sir John Lubbock, 798. Both candidates delivered a short address,— Sir John...

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The Dac d'Aumale has been expelled France. General Boulanger, under

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the Act of Expulsion, struck him off the roll of the Army ; whereupon the Duke wrote to the President denouncing the decree as a violation of the Charter of the Army, an...

The large territories on the great river Niger, which, under

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the Conference held at Berlin for the distribution of Colonial possessions in Africa, were assigned to Great Britain, are to be governed by a Company. A Royal Charter, published...

The Vienna correspondent of the Times fully expects a coup

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d'état in Servia. The people, it appears, were bitterly dis- appointed by the result of the war with Bulgaria, and are irritated by the taxes imposed to pay for it. The electors...

There appears to be a foundation for the rumour that

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Eng- land and America have agreed to a new Treaty of Extradition, under which persons accused of employing dynamite for pur- poses of destruction can be surrendered, even if...

The action of General Boulanger and his language in the

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Senate, where he called the Duke's letter "insolent," and was consequently provoked to a challenge by the Baron de Larreinty, seem to prove that the Minister for War is playing...

A correspondent of Thursday's Times, who signs himself "Scotus," asserts

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that Mr. Goschen's defeat in Edinburgh was due to some implied promise of Mr. Gladstone's to accept Scottish Disestablishment in case Scotland threw off Mr. Goschen and those...

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The Protestants and Catholics have been fighting again in Belfast,

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killing four persons, and wounding a hundred police- men. The details are invisible under the usual mass of mis- representations, though the balance of evidence is that the...

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MR. GLADSTONE'S COURSE. W E need hardly say that we do not attach the slightest importance to the advice tendered by Mr. Labouchere to the Government, as any indication of the...


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W ki repeat it again, Lord Salisbury, who is still on the Continent, has the opportunity of his life. The more men study the consequences which will follow if he leaves the...

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W E hold that if Lord Salisbury should advise the Queen to send for Lord Hartington, Lord Harlington would not do well if he were to urge his desire to prove that his recent...

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Nv E do not blame Mr. Gladstone's letter to Mr. Kitson, the text of which is given elsewhere, except for a single sentence. It is mere rhetoric to say that his Home-rule project...

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T HE action of the Liberal clergy in the recent Electives has not, so far as we have observed, been identical with that of the educated Liberal laity. There has been no general...

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T HE position of Calcutta as the capital of the Indian Empire is a very singular one. In some important respects it is almost an ideal seat of government for a race which must...

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J N the interesting letter from Dr. Wyld which we publish in another column, that former member of the Theosophic Society tells us that he left a Society specially named from...

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T HE story flashed all over the world this week about Mr. C. D. Graham, the English cooper of Philadelphia, is one of the strangest that has been told for many a day. The man is...

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As yet we are far from realising the full significance of the change. We are apt to imagine, or at least unconsciously to. assume, that men will carry on to the acceptance of a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] think the writer of the article in the Spectator of July 10th on "English Commerce and English Education" takes too low a view of our...


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BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY CONTRASTED. (TO TRY EDITOR OF THY " SPECTATOR:1 your impression of July 10th, you discuss this question wisely and well, and as you allude to...

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OLD WATER-COLOURS AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE THE present collection of water-colours of deceased masters of the British school, which is being held in the council-room of the Royal...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." ] Sirt,—While I write, a small marmoset monkey—length about six inches—disports himself freely in a sumach-tree near to a sunny wall in our...


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Gone just when the fierce strain of battle was done ; When the friends of disunion and discord were routed ; Lost when the cause they had fought for had won. What was their...


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Fula, summer, and at noon : from a waste bed Convolvulus, musk-mallow, poppies, spread The triumph of the sunshine overhead. Blue on the shimmering ash-trees lies the heat ; It...

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LA. MORTE.* THE ablest French writers have one extraordinary power which hardly any of our own appear to possess,—the power of com- pression. Here is a story which might, we...

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THE WESTERN PACIFIC.* THE term "Western Pacific" is, of coarse,

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a misnomer, as Mr. Romilly does not fail to remind us, for the fifteen million square miles of land and ocean that come under that designation lie as much to the eastward as...

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MR. GIFFEN'S ESSAYS.* [SECOND NOTICE.] WE have already noticed some

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of the more interesting features of Mr. Giffen's Essays. We return to the book, to draw more especial attention to his treatment of the subject of the growth of population....

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SIR CHARLES JAMES NAPIER.* Tins is an admirable résumé of

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Sir William Napier's Life anti Opinions of his celebrated brother ; and distinctly a book of great merit. Mr. Bruce has not slavishly followed his author, if that term be...

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Tins portentous book, which its author and annotator have thought fit to call The Words of a Rebel, had better have * Pierre Krapotkine: Pureles d'un Revolt& Oavrage Pablie,...

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THERE are two aspects of Major Greely'a narrative which will have separate and special interest for the readers,—the scientific and the social. While the achievements of the...

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No apology is needed for this biography of a man deservedly celebrated in his day for many gifts, literary and theological. • A Life of Joseph Hall, DD.. Bishop of Exeter and...

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THIRTY THOUSAND THOUGHTS.* Tam ponderous volume, the fourth in a

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series of six, of which three have preceded and two are yet to come, suggests at least matter for painful consideration and curious inquiry, though not exactly on the lines...

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Among the T4tchas of Central Asia. (Southern Publishing Com- pany.)—This

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is a satire, not particularly pointed, or ingenious, on modern life. The Tetchari are supposed to have advanced to a con- dition in which the government is exercised by women...

Fiametta. By W. W. Story. (Blackwood and Sons.)—Mr. Story has

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given as a sad story in a setting of Italian manners and scenery, given with all the skill which he knows how to employ on such a sub- ject. Fiametta is a beautiful girl, in...

Latin Prose Composition. By the Bev. Herbert D. Sneyd-Kyn- nersley,

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LL.D. (Rolfe Brothers.)—This little book is described in the preface as "the result of fifteen years' experience in teaching Latin prose to young boys," and the highest praise...

Songs from the Novelists, from Elizabeth to Victoria. Edited, with

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Introduction and Notes, by William Davenport Adams. (Ward and Downey.)—This very pleasant book, the form of which leaves nothing to be desired, has lain too long upon our...


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The Revelation of St. John. By William Milligan, D.D. (Mao- millan.)—This is a reasonable and learned exposition of the most difficult of books. Professor Milligan is neither a...

Reminiscences of Berlin cluri,ig the Franco-German War, 1870-71. By Shepherd

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Thomas Taylor. (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.)—Mr. Taylor enrolled himself as a student in the Faculty of Philosophy about the time to which his reminiscences refer. He gives us,...

when travelling in Cornwall as an artist of a somewhat

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dilettante kind, sees and ovea Honor Ross. She is at first all coldness and aversion ; but by degrees she thaws, and then, when he declares his love, she reveals a secret which...

Free Public Libraries. By Thomas Greenwood. (Simpkin and Marshall.)—Mr. Greenwood

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begins with a brief history of the move- ment. The Act permitting municipalities to institute such libraries was carried in 1850. No town, however, was to have the option with...

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POETRY. — The Poems of Henry Abbey. New and Enlarged Edition. (Henry

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Abbey, New York.)—This is a book of which it is very difficult to speak. On almost every page there are lines which are singularly happy in expression, and the leading thought...

—Numantia : a Tragedy. By Miguel de Cervantes. Translated by

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James Y. Gibson. (Kegan Paul and Co.)—To the ordinary English reader, the name of Cervantes is known only as the author of the inimitable "Don Qaixote." He was, however, a...

A Tangled Tale. By Lewis Carroll. (Macmillan.) —This inexhaustible humourist,

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who makes fun even out of mathematics, proposes various problems in arithmetic, as, e.g., under the title of "Chelsea Buns," the following :—" Say that 70 per cent. [of Chelsea...

-a the Watches of the Night. Poems in Eighteen Volumes.

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By Mrs. Horace Dobell. Vol. X. (Remington and Co.)—We see that the previous volumes of this series of poems have been favourably noticed by several papers. In some of their...

Katharine Blythe. By Katharine Lee. 3 vols. (Bentley and Son.)—This

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is a good novel, which would have been still better if circumstances had allowed a considerable retrenchment. The real interest of the story lies in the tragic situation of the...