17 MAY 1873

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The Vienna money crisis has been very sharp, and seems

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to be by no means past. We have described its main features at length elsewhere, but may add here that 120 fresh failures,—chiefly, we imagine, of companies and brokers,—were...

The new ecclesiastical laws of which Prussia is so proud

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were promulgated in the Official Gazette of Thursday, and now at last the Church of Prussia is a mere department of the Civil Service. and that in a sense in which it would be...

The French Elections of Sunday were, all but one of

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them, demonstrations for the Republicans, and mostly for the Radicals. But in the department of the Charente Inferieure, the Bonapart- ists and Legitimists uniting upon one...

The Conservatives are puzzled by the question. They don't want

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to make light of a rule without which the National Board of Education could not work, and Dr. Ball, who spoke for them, was careful to approve the rule defining ecclesiastical...

The Marquis of Hartington moved on Thursday for a Select

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Committee to hear from the Commissioners of the Board of Irish Education their defence of their own policy in relation to Father O'Keeffe. He said nothing on the merits of the...


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THROUGHOUT the week the public have been kept in suspense respecting the fate of Khiva. LastTuesclay the Daily Telegraph positively announced the fall of that city, the...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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On Tuesday night Mr. Crawford, M.P. for the City, tried

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to use the great influence of the Corporation of London to defeat the scheme for the reform of Emanuel Hospital. He had secured Mr. Beresford Hope to second him by a general...

The Carlists have been going up in the world. General

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Dorre- garray has certainly won something like a real victory at Eraul, in the province of Navarre. We have an Englishman's account of the victory sent to the Pall Mall Gazette,...

A measure of really imperial importance, the Australasian Customs Duties'

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Bill, having passed through the House of Commons somehow sub silentio in the small hours of the morning, was presented to the House of Lords by its author, Lord Kimberley, on...

Mr. Stansfeld moved on Monday for a Committee to inquire

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into the boundaries of parishes, unions, and counties, and made a strong enough case as to the confusion. There are civil parishes • (near 16,000 of them) and ecclesiastical...

Mr. Childers has republished his very able speech delivered on

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the 24th April during the debate on the Budget, with an interesting statistical appendix, bringing out the history of the expenditure and taxation ever since the year 1857,...

Mr. Plimsoll's Bill was talked out in the House of

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Commons on Wednesday, a result to be regretted, as it appears to convey what we take to be a false impression that Parliament is indiffer- ent to the interests of the seamen,...

The Spanish Elections have resulted in an enormous majority for

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the Federal Republic. It is said that a million and a quarter votes were polled. It is also stated that there are 310 Ministerialists and Federal Republicans returned, and that...

Oscar II. (Bernadotte IV.) and his Queen were crowned on

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Monday with much barbaric pomp in the Storkyrka of Stockholm. The King was anointed on the breast, hands, feet,, and forehead,—the Queen on the hands and forehead. How strange...

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We very much regret to record the death of Mr.

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Emanuel Deutsch, a young German, whose very able and eloquent essay on the Talmud in the Quarterly Review about six years ago attracted much attention and excited universal...

Mr. Thomas Hughes delivered an admirable lecture on Mon- day

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evening at Norwich on the advantages of an Established Church. He showed very powerfully the tendency to infinite subdivision which goes on amongst Dissenters, and goes on, no...

From Berlin, probably through St. Petersburg, we learn that the

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Shah of Persia, who left Resht, on the Caspian Sea, on the 12th, in a Russian steamer, has brought, first, his whole Cabinet to Europe with him—though elsewhere we read that...

It is matter for regret that Lord Hartington does not

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yet see his way to carrying on the Government of Ireland without what, according to a rather vile Parliamentary euphuism, is called a 4 ' Peace Preservation Act,"—much on the...

The Irish populace appears to be losing altogether that sense

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of courtesy which so long gave colour to the supposition that the Munster peasant was akin to the Spanish peasant, a gentle- man, though clad in frieze. Lord and Lady Spencer...

Mr. Cowper-Temple's Bill for permitting beneficed clergymen with the assent

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of the Bishop to introduce laymen into their pulpits was very strenuously resisted by Mr. Gladstone on Wed- nesday, who made quite a bitter speeeh against it, and the measure...

Consols were on Friday 93f to 93i.

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PARLIAMENT AND THE ROMAN CATHOLICS. T HE Government have obtained a reprieve for the National Board of Education in Ireland, in the shape of a Select Committee to hear the...

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T HE Elections of last Sunday confirmed, if they did not enlarge, the conclusions to be drawn from those of the 27th April. Lyons has, of course, elected extreme Radicals, —one...

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I S the cause of Liberal progress served or injured by the pursuit of what we may call " Fads "? Is it a wise thing to make annual and useless attacks upon the Secret- Service...

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T HE cold reception which was given last week to Sir Charles Dilke's plea for the old Chartist nostrum, the Equalisation of Electoral Districts, is no proof that either the...


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T HE debate of Tuesday night was a very curious political phenomenon. We have had no debate for years which illustrates so curiously the disturbing and even distorting effect...

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T HE calamity which has overwhelmed the Vienna Exchange and the general uneasiness of the Continental money market are at once connected and distinct ; connected so far as...

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I T does seem rather out of keeping for a man with a rent-roll like that of Lord Derby to step forth as a preacher of Thrift. There is, according to common notions, such an...

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P ROBABLY very few authors who have exerted so powerful an influence over the course of English thought as Mr. John Stuart Mill have ever been so wanting in superficially marked...

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R IO GRANDE DO SUL is one of twenty provinces of the immense Brazilian Empire, and the southernmost of all. Its climate is temperate, and it is in that respect best fitted of...

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THE CHURCH AND THE CLERGY.—VI. [TO THIS EDITOS OF THS "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Let any of your readers reflect on the numerous attacks upon Christianity, not as a creed, but as a...

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EDUCATION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR-1 Sm,—From the vast importance of the principles and interests involved, I trust that you will afford space in your columns for...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE.] AT the dinner, last Saturday, of the Artists' Benevolent Institu- tion, Sir Robert Collier, in the chair, proposed the health of the Royal...


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[TO THE EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Stu,—Mr. Carvell Williams suggests that Nonconformists should contribute to the maintenance of all churchyards, on condition (1) that the...

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THE LIFE OF MR. GROTE True; volume fulfils the first condition of a good book. It is exceedingly readable,—more than readable, entertaining. It is this, however, sometimes at...


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IN APRIL. Nov a breath to break the stillness, Not a cloud to fleck the blue, But the sky-lark in the sunshine, And the primrose in the dew. Buds are bursting in the hedges,...

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MR. TROLLOPE gives on the whole a favourable view of education in Australasia, though he seems to think too much is done by the State in that matter, and holds a strong opinion...

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MY LITTLE GIRL* LET it be understood at once, that

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with all its faults, and everything to the contrary notwithstanding, we unhesitatingly recommend this charming little book. It is by turns fantastic, improbable, sentimental,...

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BOOKS of travel in the South-Sea Islands have abounded of late in both English and French literature, and the beautiful, remote, savage, sunny isles are almost exhaustively...


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THESE ballads, as they are called for want of a better name, belong seemingly to periods when decency, spelling, and scansion were uninvented or unintroduced, and form a series...

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Nugae Canorae ; Lays by the Poet-Laureate of the New

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Town Dispensary. Second Edition. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—There is something melancholy about these records of by-gone jollities and laughters. The "Poet-Laureate of the New...


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The Portfolio. May. (Seeley.)—The frontispiece of the May number is a very attractive etching after M. Feyen-Perrin, entitled a "Sailor's Infancy." The general atmospheric...

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The Vanity Fair Album. Vol. IV. (Vanity Fair Office.)—Here are

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fifty portraits of the kind which Vanity Fair has made famous. There is cleverness about them ; each gives an idea of a quality, or at least an eccentricity in its subject. What...

Oberammergau : Scenes from the Passion Play. In 24 Plates.

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By M. C. S. D. (Maclean, Haymarket.)—These coloured groups, taken from the Ammergau Passion Play, and from that part of it which touches the story of the Passion alone,—all the...