17 MARCH 1866

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The provisions of the Bill are simple. It is only

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a franchise Bill, Mr. Gladstone asserting that a redistribution of seats would have prolonged the discussion beyond any chance of passing it this session, but telling the House...


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T HE long promised Reform Bill was introduced on Monday night in a House crowded from floor to ceiling. Archbishop Manning lurked in a corner under the galleries, vigilantly and...

Lord Cranborne made an able speech after his kind—clear, acrid,

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and inciaive, against the Bill. His point was that if the Bill passed the working class would have the absolute control of 133 seats, and when the redistribution was complete...

Mr. Lowe's speech, which was expected to damage the Bill

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exceedingly, was not one of his happiest efforts. His most origi- nal point was the remark that material improvement had brought constituencies much nearer to their members,...

When Mr. Gladstone sat down the House emptied, and Mr.

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Marsh, the member for Salisbury, with his wonted courage, gesticulated away to emptying benches and loudly conversing members, by way of exposing what Mr. Bright afterwards...

Mr. Bright's speech on the Bill was in reality the

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strongest made in its support, but his apparent line was simply toleration. He condemned the proposal for a county franchise as feeble, a 10/. qualification having been...

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The New York Herald publishes some statements about Joseph Crele,

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said to be the oldest man in the world, which if that journal were a little more trustworth y would .he of great interest. It states that the record of his baptism in 1725...

A deputation of the graduates of the Queen's University was

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-received by Earl Russell on Saturday, and repeated the usual arguments against the grant of degrees through that Uni- versity to scholars educated in exclusively Catholic...

The Government proposal for members' oaths—the substitution, that is, of

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an oath of allegiance - for all others, - was carried on Thursday by a majority of 236 to 222. The Ministry made, how- ever, one concession, extending the oath-so as to cover...

The accounts from the South of the cruelties practised against

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the 'freedmen are terrible. From Mississippi and Alabama inde- pesieleut reliorts sassed:that freedmen are continually shipped off as slaves -and -sold -to • Cuba, the revised-...

The real state of feeling in the United States concerning

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the President's vetoof the Bill for protecting the freedmen must not be judged from the prejudiced reports of the Times' correspondent. He writes, for instance, on the 3rd...

The settlers in - New Zealand are getting rid Of the soldiers,

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and prospering in their work almost in proportion 'as they get rid of them. General • Chute has taken 'another pals, and inflicted a severe defeat on the fanatics. He appears to...

The relations between Prussia and Austria continue unchanged,' the King

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insisting that the fate of the Duchies shall be settled, and the Kaiser quietly declining to settle it. The attitude Of Prussia is, if possible, rather more insolent and rather...

It is stated that Stephens has escaped to America, recommend-

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ing the Brotherhood to avoid collision with the authorities. That is possible, and it is also.possible, and more likely, that the story has been set afloat to deceive the...

The returns of the Cattle Plague for the week ending'March

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3rd show a considerable. reduction in the seizures, only 8,591 cases being reported against 10,167 in the previous week. This is after' adding the cases which ought to have been...

Cardsvell has recalled the Governor Of 'Victoria. The 'Legislative Assemblyof

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that colony, as our readers are aware, has been for months in conflict with the Legislative Council, and the quarrel has gone so far that the nominee House refused to pass the...

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Mr. Gladstone has promised justice to dogs. He-suggested in the

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House of Commons yesterday week that the dog duty is too high, and is in fact .purely voluntary tax, only 300,.000 dogs paying it, whereas the dogs of Great Britain , are...

Sir S. Morton Pete, Bart.,.M.P., has become the President of

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the Suburban Village 'and General Dwellings Company, and Messrs. John Everitt, E.:14yard Vigers, Carrington -Jones, and E. Moore, have joined tire Board of Directors.

Sir Robert Peel on Friday last made an excellent speech

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against smoke. He showed that besides the immense mischief done by the effluvium, which pollutes the atmosphere, ruins the appearance of our cities, and produces disease, the...

There is a strange man in existence who, by the

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laws of chance, must in all probability - have spent half his life-time in studying -arithmetical coincidences, and has at last been rewarded with find- ing such a one as he...

The telegram received •yesterday with the latest news from Jamaica

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contains nothing -except an intimation that Ramsay, the Provost-Marshal, has been charged with murder, but liberated on bail to the amount of 2001., the latter a circumstance to...

The directors of Reuter's Telegram Company invite-subscrip- tions for the

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5,000 shares yet unissued, thereby calling up the whole of the capital, viz., 250,0001. The object.of the directors in making this second issue of shares is to lay down and work...

We have received a letter which shows that -the public

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has been .a little too hard upon Mr. Chambers, the Deputy Recorder, who sentenced Mr. Sothern's libeller to a fine of 501. He was in the wrong in that case, but not in that of...

On Saturday last Consols left off at 87 to 871

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for money, and 1871 for account. The closing ,prices yesterday were : —For :transfer, 871 1; for time, 87i.

The leading Foreign Securities left-off at .the following prices :yesterday

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and on •Friday week Greek•• • • •• Do. COOPOn4 4 - 4, 4 • Mexican 8pauish Passi;e .. :: Do. Certifioates .. Turkish 6 per Cents., 1838.. United States 4'20's 1852 .. ' .....

The return of the Bank /if - England isdaVokable, the supply

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of bullion having been increased to14,327,6181., -and the reserve of notes and coin to 8,804,543/. The minimum rate of discount has been reduced to 6 per cent. At Amsterdam - a...

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THE BLOTS IN THE REFORM BILL. T HE Ministerial Reform Bill is a double disappointment. It disappoints us as a practical proposition. It disappoints us still more in the measure...

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UR. LOWE and the party of reaction, in all their dealings with Reform, proceed on two fundamentally false assumptions. They assume that the only end of representa- tive...

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L ORD CLARENCE PAGET'S plan for clearing the Active-. List of officers over a certain age, is to some extent a mere modification of the plan left by Sir John Pakington in 1860,...

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N EVER perhaps in her long history has Italy needed the aid of a great statesman more than to-day. There are signs on all sides that her hour is arriving, that were Cavour...

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T HE Bill for the municipal reorganization of London which Mr. Mill will introduce on Tuesday, is less tainted with " Red " feeling, that is, with the passionate logic of an...

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T HE Trojan horse took out, quite unexpectedly to itself we should think, a completely new lease of life on Monday and Tuesday nights in Parliament. That interesting wooden...

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T HE Emperor of the French has called on the Governments of Europe to help him in teaching fishermen to fish. They are all invited to send Commissioners, next July, to Arcachon,...

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The political history of the House of Ormonde may now be said to have virtually ended. Charles, Earl of Arran, to which title he had been raised by King William in 1693,—it...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, February 16, 1866. A Roos is published to-day entitled, " The War of the Rebel- lion ; or, Scylla and Charybdis, consisting of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR-1 60 Collins Street, Melbourne, .Ian. 25, 1866. SIR,—The Spectator of November 25, 1865 contains a short article of a very discouraging nature...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your New York correspondent's letter of the week before last, I read with astonishment the following statement :—" If that were...

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WIVES AND DAUGHTERS4 a. GASKELL'S last book is certainly, Cranford excepted, her best ; and absolutely her best if we are to consider a larger and more complex design, somewhat...


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Nov all in vain some mountain range majestic Even to meanest souls and dullest eyes Stands manifested. Lights and shadows mystic, Innumerable, rain'd down from the skies ; The...

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CONCLAVES.* Tars is about the most provokingly outrageous book we

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have come across for a long while, for as a composition it is bad in every sense, and yet its contents are worth looking at. This apparent paradox finds explanation in the fact...

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hasy of our readers wilLhave a pleasant recolleotion of. Mr. Fer- gusson's Handbook of Architecture, as a work whose bright- wood engravings brought back to memory many a vivid...

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Lancelot, with Sonnets and other Poems. By William Falford, M.A.

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(Moron.)—The versification in this volume is very good. The poems. are quite free from any exhibition of bad taste ; there is always a mean- ing in the lines, which is really...


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The Emotions and the Will. By Alexander Bain, M.A. Second Edi- tion. (Longmans.)--In this new edition of his elaborate work Mr. Bain has made extensive alterations. He has had...

The Humbugs of the World By P. T. Barnum. (Rotten.)—A

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wretchedly poor book, evidently made up by some colleague of Mr. Barnum in order to sell. The bulk of it consists of badly written accounts of well known impostors, a very old...

France on the Eve of the Great Revolution. By Admiral

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Sir G. Collier. (Bentley.)—A very thin book. The Admiral, a gentleman of the old school, full of prejudices, who thought travel with no object except travel a senseless...

Walter Goring. By Annie Thomas. (Chapman and Hall.)--One of fi

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Miss Thomas's stories of flirtation and intrigue, told with undeniable spirit, and a freedom which reaches the limit of the conventional. The world will one day perhaps be tired...

Dr. Weld. By M. M. Bell. (Warne and Co.)—A wildly

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sensational story, which the writer says was not founded on the case of Dr. Pritchard,. but which reads exactly as if it had been. There is power of a kind in• it, but it is...

The King and People of Fiji. By Rev. J. Waterhouse.

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(Wesleyan Conference Office.)—If Mr. Waterhouse had put his story into any shape, he could not have failed to make a great success. Some of the Incidents in the volume are...