18 DECEMBER 1869

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The consecration of Dr. Temple to the See of Exeter,

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and of Lord Arthur Hervey to the See of Bath and (Yells, will take place on December 21 (the Feast of St. Thomas), under a Com- mission from the Archbishop of Canterbury, issued...

Parliament has been definitely prorogued to February 8, when it

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will meet for the despatch of business.

The Vatican declares that the Spanish archbishops and bishops have

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met in a national Council in Rome, and have agreed to support unanimously all the Pope's proposals, and, above all, the definition of Papal infallibility, and to solicit that...


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THE rumours of modifications in the French Ministry come thick and fast, the latest being that one will be composed • of M. 011ivier, as Minister of Foreign Affairs ; Count...

'V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Figaro has committed itself to a statement which, if

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true, is of the first importance, to the effect that the Ambassador of France in Rome has been instructed to offer to the Pope an opinion and a practical remark. The opinion is...

It seems to be pretty well understood in Paris that

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all, or nearly all, the disputed elections are to be declared valid, even when, as in the case of M. Clement Duvernois, they have been carried by a lavish use of public money....

By a curious coincidence, the chapter describing the tumult at

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Ephesus (Acts xix.), which was read on the corresponding Tues- day during the Hampden agitation in 1847, and of which the singular appropriateness was then observed by...

We have mentioned elsewhere a discrepancy between the state- ment

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of our contemporary the Vatican as to the wish of the Pope to leave the choice of the various commissions and congregations entirely to the Council, and to waive his own claims...

SPECIAL NOTICE.—The SPECTATOR for December the 25th (Christmas Day) will

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be published at Half-Past Four o'clock on Friday Morning, the 24th inst. .411 Advertisements intended for that Number should be sent to the Office not later than Noon on...

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Mr. Gladstone received a deputation from the Universities of Oxford

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and Cambridge on Wednesday in favour of the compul- sory abolition of tests both in the Colleges and the Universities, and gave a very favourable reply. He intimated that the...

The Bishop of Lincoln (Dr. Wordsworth), who, when in the

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Lower House of Convocation, was one of the most strenuous in resisting the condemnation of the Essayists and Reviewers (Dr. Temple, of course, included) unheard, has now found...

M. Magne's report on French Finance was issued on the

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13th inst. He says the floating debt has been reduced to £32,720,000, rather a large sum, but less by £8,200,000 than on 31st July, 1868. He has a surplus for 1868 of £720,000,...

The Times publishes a telegram from Madrid affirming that the

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King of Italy has finally refused to assent to the election of the Duke of Genoa for the throne of Spain, on the ground of French opposition. The Emperor Napoleon, he says, does...

The Italian interregnum has ended oddly. S. Lanza, who had

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at first failed to form a Cabinet, has now succeeded, and takes the Portfolio of the Interior. S. Sella, the most rigorous of econo- mists, is Chancellor of the Exchequer ;...

The Guardians of the North Dublin Union on Wednesday moved

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and carried unanimously a resolution praying that Parlia- ment would grant a Royal residence and a National Parliament to Ireland, declaring absenteeism a gigantic evil, and...

The New York Times asserts that Mr. Fish has directed

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Mr. Motley to intimate to the British Government that the Administration of the United States would be well disposed to receive overtures from the British Government on the...

Mr. Lingen, who carried through the revolution of the educa-

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tion system which resulted from Mr. Lowe's principle of " pay- ment by results," as the permanent head of the department of Education, has been appointed to succeed Mr. G. A....

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The report of an unusually atrocious crime comes to us

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from Ireland. Mr. O'Connor, of Morrock Lodge, King's County, was attacked on the 15th inst. by four men, who drew him out of his house, and cut off his nose. The outrage looks...

Lord Granville received graciously, and still more graciously snubbed, on

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Wednesday, a deputation consisting of the dissatisfied colonists who have lately been meeting at the Cannon Street Hotel, —explaining to them that he had not the slightest...

The Guardians of St. Pancras had a little scene on

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Monday which will delight Americans, but not Englishmen of any type. A meeting was held in the Vestry Hall to elect managers for the Board of the Central Loudon District Asylum...

There is nothing so malignant as the hostility of priests.

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No man prosecuting Dr. Temple for fraud would have dreamed of asking for proof that he was born in wedlock, but Dr. Trower did this when opposing the Bishop's confirmation,...

The Lord Mayor, while praising the middle-class school in Fins-

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bury, lamented the absence of any mention of writing—quite an accident—and affirmed that we were behind in the art. The Press has followed suit, and complains that of the...

Lord John Manners told some working-men of Leicester, on Monday,

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that they ought to go for taxes on imports, for two houses in Leicester were selling German hosiery, which with £70,000,000 of taxes was ruinous. He did not, however, propose to...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 92g.

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The Austrian Kaiser opened the Reichsrath on 13th inst. in

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a long and rather cumbrous speech. His Majesty acknowledges that great tasks still remain to be accomplished ; but hints that reforms in the Constitution, which have been...

We have discussed elsewhere the duty of the Trustees of

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Rugby, in case they think that the testimony on which they preferred Mr. Hayman to the other candidates will really bear public comparison with that adduced for some of the...

The Sea Serpent has been seen again, and this time

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the details lend some probability to the story. On November 16th, Captain Allen, of the barqne Scottish Bride, being in lat. 38-16 and long. 74.09, on the American coast, saw a...

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THE PAPAL CLAIM AND PROTESTANT SYMPATHIES. T FFERE is something not entirely intelligible about the heat with which our Protestant journals take side with the Bishop of Orleans...

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G REAT BRITAIN is not the only country in Europe with an Ireland. Every race except the Italian has made the effort to assimilate some population different from itself under...

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S INCE we recorded our first impression of the election to the Head-Mastership of Rugby, we have had fresh reasons with almost every fresh day to believe that the opinion we...

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T HE English are supposed to be a practical people, but they seem wholly unable to solve the very practical problem just now before them,—the invention of an effective scheme...


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W E do not like winning causes by arguments we know to be false, and shall not, therefore, try to make capital out of the scene which on Monday diversified the proceed- ings of...

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I F our greater modern artists had as much literary ingenuity as they have pictorial skill, we should have more than one attempt, and perhaps more than one more or less...

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T HE London Cabmen are either very well contented with their position, or there is a great lack of inventiveness among them. An Act of Parliament passed last. Session...

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CXXVI. -LANCASHIRE :-THE TOWNS (Continued). T "present Parliamentary borough of Liverpool contained, in 1861, 443,938 inhabitants, and comprises the townships of Liverpool,...

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THE SITUATION AT ROME. traou OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Rome, December 11, 1869. ON returning to Rome at this eventful period, after an absence of considerable duration, I...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPRCTITOR.1 SIR,—Your article a fortnight ago, and the letter you published last week, on the Twelve Days' Mission and the position of the Broad-Church...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—In your last paper, you publish, after Sir John Lubbock,, that the Lord Justice Clerk Moncreiff, of Scotland, " seems to have said, in...


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[TO MB EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR.'] have to thank you for lately publishing a letter of mine in which I combated the notion advocated by Mr. Caird that terminable leases would be...

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ENGLAND IN VENETIAN DESPATCHES.* THE despatches of Giovanni Michiel, Venetian Ambassador in England from 1554 to 1557, were lately noticed among the State papers in Venice by...

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THE critical mood is not the one in which the last touching chapters of this pleasant novel leave us ; two short volumes make the perfection of length, and there is not a word...

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Miss CLARK has given us a volume of very bright and new, and yet in their main incidents, evidently true fairy tales, which deserves to be added to the great accredited...

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THE LADIES IN PARLIAMENT.* To our mind, the least significant

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part in this collection of Mr. Trevelyan's fugitive pieces is that which gives its title to the whole. Perhaps it was chosen to be thus put forward as being more generally...

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Mx. SEYMOUR tells us that he is Aell aware the only apology that is worth anything for the publication of a book must be found in its contents, and judged by this test, we think...

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THE triumph of the children grows greater. Here is a Member of Parliament and Lord of the Admiralty come to swell it. Surely the young people are very fortunate that statesmen...

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THESE well-arranged and very useful little volumes, the former of which we ought to have noticed at the time of its appearance, mark an era in our Parliamentary history. That...

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NEW EDMONS. — Professor Huxley republishes, under the title of an Introduction

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to the Classification of Animals (Churchill), some of his lec- tures on the elements of comparative anatomy. From the same pub- lishers we have a fifth edition of Dr. Edwin...