17 JUNE 1876

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The peace supposed to have been secured is far from

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cer- tain. Servia, by the latest accounts, remains armed, though she has replied to a Turkish Note, asking explanations of her arma- ments, in a conciliatory manner, and has...

The debate on the second reading of Lord Sandon's Ele-

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mentary Education Bill commenced on Thursday, with an able speech from Mr. Mundella, in favour of direct compulsion. He did not think the measure a bold or a simple one. With...

Europe believes itself—a little prematurely—to be once more secure of

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peace. Yesterday week, Mr. Disraeli, in reply to Lord Hartington, stated that the Berlin Memorandum had been with- drawn ; that the new Government of Turkey was not to be un-...

The action of Turkey will, however, depend on the result

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of .thin silent struggle going on in Constantinople. The European party there, beaded by Midhat Pasha, has been anxious for some sort of 44 Constitution," for the grant of...

Mr. Ashley warmly supported Mr. Mundella, but the debate was

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not at any time brilliant. Mr. Ridley (the Oxford Uni- versity Commissioner) languidly defended the measure of the Government, though he thought there would be no inconsistency...


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A TELEGRAM received in London on Friday morning, announces a catastrophe which may have a great effect on Eastern affairs. The Ministers were assembled on Thursday night in the...

0 .4 „ 1 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Secretary for War, Mr. Gathorne Hardy, moved the second

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reading of the Oxford University Bill on Monday night, when Mr. Lowe attacked the measure, in a curious and not very accurate speech. He urged at some length, and with some...

Even Mr. Lowe's criticism on the personnel of the Oxford

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Com- mission was exaggerated. Lord Selborne was devoted to the High Church, and the only lawyer who ever published a book of hymns. Well, he is not so devoted to High-Churchism...

Dr. Playfair, in a very moderate speech, expounded at greater

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length his original objection to the Industrial-School Clauses ; and Mr. Birley, the Conservative Member for Manchester, hinted that the Bill might be made stronger without...

The Convention of the Republican party in the United States

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met at Cincinnati on Wednesday, to choose their candidate for the Presidency. There were 756 members, and they adopted a plat- form declaring that the United States form a...

The Commissioners appointed to report on the international law affecting

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the reception of fugitive slaves on board the vessels of the Queen, have reported that there is no fixed international rule as to the treatment of fugitive slaves by the...

The debate on the Permissive Bill on Wednesday was not

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at all thorough-going. The usual things were said on both sides about the tyranny of the majority, and the rights of the majority, and only Earl Percy, who opposed the Bill, but...

The candidate for the Presidency had not been selected, or

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rather the election had not been reported, in time for our impres- sion. Up to Friday morning, it was understood that Mr. Blaine, who has just had a severe sun-stroke at...

The House, having nothing to do, has been amusing itself

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with another breach-of-privilege case. Mr. Ripley, Member for Brad- ford, is so very weak-kneed a Liberal that the Political Committee of the Reform Club have invited his...

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To-morrow is Hospital Sunday, and we trust that it may

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result in a liberal subscription for those most useful of all London Charities. At the same time, we would strongly recommend the Medical profes- sion, if they wish for the...

The Lord Mayor on Saturday entertained the Royal Academy and

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other " representatives of Art" at dinner at the Mansion House, and made a delicious speech. The other day, he said, Queen Victoria had honoured Science by opening the...

Mr. Dixon, Member for Birmingham, announces that he is about

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to retire, and Mr. Chamberlain, the Mayor, has been formally accepted as candidate by the Liberal Association, and will probably be returned unopposed. We are not very likely to...

The National Zeitung states definitely that negotiations are in progress

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for the cession of Heligoland to Germany. The state- ment has not the slightest foundation, the subject never having been mooted ; but it has excited some apprehension in the...

The Winslow Extradition case has ended in the release of

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Winslow, by order of the Court of Queen's Bench, and the United States Government will probably denounce the extradition clause of the Ashburton Treaty. It is a remarkable proof...

Lord Elcho, on Tuesday, moved two resolutions in favour of

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dealing with the government of London immediately, and by a scheme which should unite the whole Metropolis. His main arguments were the defects in the supply of gas and water...

The movement against the practice of Vivisection is by no

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means limited to England. The Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals send us the history of their Bill " For the Prevention of Oruel and Unnecessary...

Consols were on Friday 941 to 94f.

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BRITISH POLICY IN THE EAST. HER MAJESTY'S Government has exhibited considerable skill and some courage in supporting the wrong cause. We presume that, at some time or other,...

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T HURSDAY night's debate shows what might fairly have been anticipated,—that the feeling in the House of Com- mons towards Lord Sandon's Bill is a lukewarm feeling. The popular...

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I T is difficult to differ more widely with a man of knowledge and ability than we differ from Mr. Lowe, in relation to the principles which are needed for the efficient...

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the government of London, roused by Lord Elcho's Resolution in favour of a central Governing Connell, was exceedingly dull. Lord Elcho put all the gram blings of West London...

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T HE Liberation Society will be jubilant this week. There has for some time back been a languid tone about their little political project. There has been, in the language of the...

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I F ever the House of Commons should take to presenting pieces of plate to Members who have ministered to its enjoyment, the first, the largest, and the costliest testimonial...

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R EADERS who have carefully studied the daily records of the events of this month in Constantinople, records which leave nothing to be desired in fullness, though we may desire...

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M R. LESLIE STEPHEN, in the eloquent paper in the-new number of the Fortnightly Review, called " An Agnostic's Apology," whioh is remarkable enough, if only for the subdued...

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MR. IRVING IN COMEDY. ALTHOUGH it is historical that Mr. Irving

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has acted in comedy, and with success,—although we had heard his name mentioned in connection with Alfred Jingle and with Digby Grand, the mere notion seemed to us to approach...

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THE CHANGE OF MINISTRY IN ITALY. [TO TH1 EDITOR OF TH1"SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—The accession to office of the present Italian Cabinet, presided over by Signor Depretis, affords an...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THB "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—The interesting article in your last number on " Partial Deafness" raises the often-discussed question of the relative de- privation...


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[To THB EDITOR OF THB "SPECTATOR. "] Sllt,—In your interesting article this week on " Workmen and Offences against the Public," you seem to lose sight of one fact which vitally...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sm,—I venture to send you the account of a curious dream, really dreamed. It was in a vast concert-hall, vast as those halls can be whose...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Your statement that a majority of two-thirds of the Dele- gates will be required to nominate a candidate for the Presidency at...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—As an example of the gross misstatements to which physiologists descend in the defence of their hateful practices, nothing could be...

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MILTON'S COMMON-PLACE BOOK.* IN examining the papers of Sir F. Graham, of Netherby, for the purposes of the Historical Manuscripts Commission a couple of years ago, Mr. Horwood...


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A HEAD MASTER'S SOLILOQUY. " A FRIEND in the playground, a scholar in school, A master to teach, and a master to rule ; Who holds a firm hand without using the cane, And...

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PH(EBE, JUNIOR.* Tars is a very delightful novel, a little

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unequal, as most of Mrs.. Oliphant's stories are, but fuller than usual of her special powers,. —her keen insight into a variety of feminine character—the able bourgeoise—her...

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A PROFESSORSHIP OF EDUCATION.* THE recent institution of two Chairs

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of Education in the Univer- sities of Edinburgh and of St. Andrew's, is an experiment of much interest and value, which cannot fail to be observed with great solicitude on this...

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IN his preface to this short history, Mr. Ruskin remarks that his editorship is no mere compliment to the author, and says " I hold myself entirely responsible in main points...

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THE question of the relation between landlord and tenant, and of the former to the State, is assuming every year such increased importance, that any work bearing on the subject,...

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Lillian's Child. By M. H. L. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The

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spelling of "Lilian" with two "11's" is not the only unusual feature of this novel. It is all about very grand people, but that is not remarkable. Novelists of a certain class...

Penelope's Web : a Novel. By Louis Witbred. (Samuel Tinsley.)—

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This is a foolish story, evidently by a female writer, notwithstanding the masculine nom de plume. It is one of the numerous silly novels, written in the first person singular...

A Concordance to the Works of Alexander Pope. By Edwin

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Abbott. With an Introduction by Edwin A. Abbott, D.D. (Chapman and Hall.) —This is a book for which no other notice is possible but an expression of respect and gratitude. Men...


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Sermons on the Sacraments. By Thomas Watson. With a Preface and Biographical Notice of the Author by the Rev. T. E. Bridgett. (Barns and Oates.)—" The number of English Catholic...

The Death and Burial of Alas : a Tragedy of

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Sophocles. By Lewis Campbell. (Blackwood.)—Professor Campbell's translation is faithful to the original, and ably executed. If the blank verse of the dialogue is better than the...

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Summer Holidays in Brittany. By Thos. J. Hutchinson. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—Brittany is a country so little known here and so inter- esting in itself, that we should have gladly welcomed a good book on the subject, but wo cannot say much in...

Hilda: a Love - Story. By F. L. Carson. (Remington and Co.)—A

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story in one volume of the little loves, little worries, little mysteries, and little excitements of a stupid little country town called Snoreton, a- story, which to be written...

Fenn's Compendium of English and Foreign Funds. Twelfth Edition, with

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an Appendix by R. L. Nash. (E. Wilson.)—Whon a book shows on the title-page that eleven previous editions have been exhausted, the fact speaks for itself, and it is hardly...

The Odyssey of Homer, rendered into English Blank Verse. By

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711ordattnt Barnard. (Williams and Norgate.)—The author states his aims very modestly. He wishes to " assist backward students ;" and " to give English readers a simple and...

Wildfire: a Collection of Erratic Essays. By Charles J. Dunphie.

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(London : Tinsley Brothers).—The very candid preface prefixed by Mr. Dunphie to his volume of reprints relieves us from the obligation of any lengthened review of it. He states,...

Botanical Names for English Readers. By Randal H. Alcock. (L.

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Reeve and Co.)—When mankind began first to observe nature intelli- gently and give names to the different objects, plants must at a very early period have occupied his...

Too Fair to Go Free. By H. ff. Willoughby. 3

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vols. (S. Tinsley.) —Mr. Willoughby's purpose is excellent, but we cannot give high• praise to his work. Till he can command more skill, he should choose less painful subjects....