18 AUGUST 1866

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Mr. Charles W. Merrifield sends to the Pall Mall Gazette

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what we trust is an exaggerated account of the condition of Cornwall._ The price of tin has fallen so low from the discovery of large deposits in the Dutch East Indies that the...

The Prussian decree for the annexations, which was to have

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appeared on Wednesday, has been delayed by " high influence at Court." There is, however, little fear of its ultimate miscarriage, as Count Bismark is ardent for it, and his...

The Bill regulating the elections to the German Parliament has

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been presented to both the Prussian Chambers. It provides that every Prussian of twenty-five, not a lunatic, a bankrupt, or a pauper, shall be an elector, and be eligible for...

Lord Sondes, chairman of the London, Chatham, and Dover railway,

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and Lord Harris, vice-chairman, have issued a circular this week announcing the insolvency of the Company. They have lone since ceased to pay dividends, and now, as Lord Sondes...

The Austrian Government is trying to persuade the world that

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it is quite ready to fight. About 150,000 men are massed in the Tyrol, reports are spread of difficulties in the negotiations, and the army is alleged to be furious at the...


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R IGHTEOUSNESS and peace have kissed each other in the persons of the Emperor of the French and the King of Prussia. It was stated last week that Napoleon had demanded Of...

The Registrar-General's return of deaths from cholera and diarrhoea is

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on the whole favourable. The number declined in the week ending August 13 from 1,407 to 1,045, the decrease being principally among children. The Registrar - General strongly...

THE PROVINCIAL HISTORY of ENGLAND.—A Series of Articles will be

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commenced in the SPECTATOR in September, containing the history of each province in England so far as it is separate from that of the nation, its geography, its - ethnology, and...

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The Reformers of London have got hold of a curious

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grievance. They have an idea that if they could only see the Queen every- thing would be settled, and, moreover, that they have a • right to see her. So they wrote-to Her...

Free banking, it appears, has gained the day in Manchooria.

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Mr. Meadows, our Consul at Newchang, found that the mer- chants, bankers, and tradesmen there were in the habit of issuing notes payable on demand, printed on paper with orna-...

Mexico is another of Napoleon's troubles. He has promised his

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people that Mexico shall repay the money her regenerationehas cost France, and the United States that he will evacuate the country by a fixed date. The Empress Charlotte has now...

We have discussed elsewhere the last scheme current in Rome,

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which is said to be strongly supported by the Belgian General of the Jesuits. This is to appoint the Emperor of the French, as successor of the grantor Pepin, administrator of...

The Government has made a grand present to the Royal

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Academy, viz., Burlington House, which, with the wall in frout thrown down, is to serve as vestibule to their new galleries. These structures being built of brick, and concealed...

Siitteen e lec , lies of persoweeleaddetecholeraleveee left in the dead- liceeee-ef -St. George's-in-ten-Elle

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nubtirie/eftereecne dela The faceives stated to the Chokera, *lief C.eineniebee at the Mansion House on Wednesday, and the cause assigned was that nobody would find the money....

Caudle is in insurrection, and the Turkish officials waiting for

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reinforcements. When they arrive a great massacre of Christians will of course be performed, the island will be-redaced to poverty for five years, and then Cfuidise Swill be...

Mr. Eyre has published awelaborate defence of himself, in the

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form of a reply to an address from the Bishop and certain clergy of Jamaica, in which he declares that although dismissed, he " has the consolation of feeling that there has...

"A. Mednyanszky," Chief of the Staff of theHungarian,Legion, sends to

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the Times an account of the raid into Hungary made by General Klapka, on the 1st of August., The narrative is not of much interest, the points being that Kiapka, with 1,700...

The Prince of Wales reviewed the Northern. Volunteers at York

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on Saturday, the 11th inst., and, the affair seems to have gone off admirably, though the Prince was obliged to leave before the review had concluded. Twenty-five thousand...

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In the Stock Exchange a very moderate business has-been trans-

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acted during the week. Prices, notwithstanding the-more favourable state of the money market, have slightly declined. Consols closed yesterday at 88; 88k, for money, and 88k-,...

The report of the Eagle Insurance Company states that the

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total- income from- premiums and interest for , the year. ending June 80 is 483,376/. 1 and the-outgoing,-414,790l. The premiums and new assurances are considerably less than...

Mr. T. Watts, hitherto Assistant-Keeper of the Printed Books in

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the British/Mt...scum, his been appointed , to be .Keeper of the same department, vacated by the appointment of Mr. J. Winter Jones to succeed Mr, Panizzi as Prineipel,...

London was startled on Thursday evening by placards announc- ing

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that thirty Frenchmen had been :cooked and eaten. Under the belief, we suspect, that.the scene bad occurred. in France, the evening papers were eagerly purchased, when it turned...

There is no end to the ill luck of the

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Italians. Their great iron -ram, the Affandatore, after proving itself very nearly useless at Lissa, has sunk during,a gale in the inner harbour of Ancona. She is to be raised,...

The American Congress separated for recess amidst "tears and .elialeracings,"

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which strike the runes as very ridiculous, but which -if they occurred in England when Parliament separated, believing a civil war at hand, would be pronounced very solemn. The...

The, Bank of England rate of discount has been reduced

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two, or to 8 per cent., this week. The Bank return is very favourable, and the reserve of notes and coin now stands at 4,610,8661. The stock of bullion amounts to 14,150,9561....

The closing prices of the leading British Railways yesterday

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and on Friday week were :— Friday, Aug.10. Friday, Aug'. 17 Great : Eastern Great ;Northern Great Western.. Lauesishine and Yorkshire •• e• 1.0 .. .. .. • . 211 117 621...

"Ten per cent." has at last ceased to frighten traders,-

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the Directors of the Bank having announced on Thursday a reduction to a per cent. If they would now induce Mr. Disraeli formally to withdraw the letter authorizing them to break...

The 'dividend and bonus- of the Royal Insurance Company amount

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to 7s. per share, equalling 17i percent. per annum on the original stock of the Company. The reserve fund. of the undertak- ing is• 116,913/., and the amount standing, to credit...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, Aug. 10. Friday, Aug. 17. . . . 161 .. tof .. 141 43 49 68/ .. 88/ Mexican Spaniel. Passive • • .. Do. Certificates .. Turkish 6 per...

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THE LATEST CHANGE IN ROME. T HE Papal question has taken a very singular and a very unexpected turn. It seems as if the one solution sup- posed to be beyond hope had become, by...

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I T is a fine thing to have a grand property in debts, and that is the position of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company, which has this week formally announced its own...

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E VLICITELING goes well with the German Monarchy • except the mind of its monarch. The reconciliation between the Crown and people, though not so perfect as some...

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W E quite agree in the general opinion that the new Sanitary Act is a great gain, and that the former state of things was unbearable, but it is singular how few sweeping changes...

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A LMOST all writers on English Military Reform, more .C1 especially those who are writing under the influence of the recent victories in Germany, seem to forget one essential...

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L ONDON is not, we trust, premature in congratulating itself on having fairly checked and confined within a limited area the ravages of an epidemic which lately threatened to...

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HE frequent military scandals which have of. late years ' ' alternately annoyed and amused the British public suggest 'a doubt whether soldier*, rather, than anthora, ought not...

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T HIS country is labouring under the complaint which doctors describe rather vaguely as " want of tone in the system," and for which they prescribe iron and quinine. It is not...

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T HE island of Great Britain, though civilized, comprises among its inhabitants a tribe of nomads supposed to be many thou- sands in number, who are only so far civilized as to...

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T HE Emperor Napoleon has just made a demand upon Prussia for the "rectification" of his frontier, with which that Power has not thought fit to comply. The Emperor says that his...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —There is so general a misunderstanding on the subject of the claims said to be urged by the Emperor, and this misunder- standing is so...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Allow me to express my thanks for the admirable article, " Prussian Soldiers and British Volunteers," in your last issue. Every...


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CHARLES LAMB * MR. PROCTER has not added much to the world's previous know- ledge of Charles Lamb, but he has given us a most excellent and withal very short biography, very...

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Tars book came into our hands while Venice was still, a slave. It leaves them while things are still uncertain ; before we can tell what will be done by Italy, what-line will be...

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Wno amongst us has not at one time or another heard an oft told tale, with the repetition of which our very ear wearied, narrated with a freshness and, by force of some subtle...


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species of industry which ought certainly to be re- presented at next year's Exhibition in Paris, as it keeps many bands, if not heads, in remunerative employment—we mean the *...

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The First Book of the Iliad of Homer. By Omega.

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(Hatchard.) — This "attempt professes to be a somewhat literal rendering of the First Book of the Iliad into the heroic couplet." Its author's interest in Homer has been revived...


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Abyssinia : its Past, Present, and Probable Future. By Rev. Dr. Maryoliouth. (Macintosh.)—The story here summarized and originally delivered as a lecture is but too well known....

- Translations into English and Latin. By C. S. Calverley,

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late Fellow of Christ's. College, Cambridge. (Deighton and Bell, Cambridge ; Bell and Daddy.)—This is a charming volume, which deserves the attention of all scholars. Mr....

Rocks Classffred and Described. By Bernhard von Cotta. An English

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edition, by Philip Henry Lawrence. Revised by the Author. (Long- mans.)--The English , editor of this learned treatise on lithology has been assisted in his labours by the...

Erasmi Colloquia Selecta. Arranged for translation and retransla- tion. By

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E. C. Lowe, D.D. (Parker.)—Dr. Lowe, the excellent Head Master of the Hurstpiorpoint Middle School, who by his judicious management of that institution popularized the idea in...

The Calcutta Review, 1866. No:85. (Lepage.)--This number of our Indian

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contemporary contains two interesting sketches of-worthies of the Indian past and present. The story of Lord Lake is well-told, and it is one of those stories that will bear...

- The.Diuine Government. By Southwood Smith, M.D. Fifth Edition.

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(Trabner.)—Dr. Southwood Smith was perhaps the 'originator of the school of thought that finds it impossible to reconcile with the attributes of God'the doctrine of eternal...

Remains of the Early Popular Poetry_ of England. Collected and

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edited, with introductions and notes, by W. C. RAOUL 4 vols. (J. R. Smith.)— That easy writing makes hard reading is a proverb of which none but "a critic can, as we had...

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The Baths of France. By Edwin. Lee, M.D. Fourth Edition.

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Re- written, with additions. (Churchill.)—Invalids may be glad to be re- minded that for a trifling sum they can obtain from thenittle *lame before us good practical advice,...

Bracton and his Relation to the Roman Law. By. Carl

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Giiterbock. Translated..by Brinton: .Coxe. "(Philadelphia: Trubner.)—The investi- gation of Bracton'a:relation. to the Roman law, which .so great an authority as Dr. Maine...

Welave also received a new and enlarged• edition of the

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Solwol Atlas- of Classical Geography, by Alex. "Keith.Johnston, LL.D., &c. (Black- wood), with additional maps and names, a oompleteindex, with modern equivalents, and the...