18 JANUARY 1873

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A modest writer proposed to the Times on Monday that

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the whole English nation should show its respect for the late Emperor Napoleon by adopting the ten days' mourning of the Court. We have no wish to write severely of the dead,...

The Times' correspondent at Philadelphia appears to think that the

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Sandwich Islands will really be annexed to the United States. A strong squadron has been despatched to Honolulu to prevent English interference, and orders have been sent to the...

The contest between M. Thiers and the Right has begun

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to rage again. The President, in several interviews held this week has told the Thirty that he will not have Ministerial responsibility, that he will speak when he likes—though...


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T HE body of the Ex-Emperor of the French lay in state at Camden House on Tuesday, and was visited by about 2,000 French and English mourners and some 30,000 sight-seers, who...

The Russian Government is, we suspect, slightly puzzled as well

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as annoyed by the opposition of the British Government to the annexation of Shiva. The Emperor has despatched Count gehouvaloff to England, and has ordered the journalists to...

The great Strike in South Wales continues, with little hope

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of a termination. The masters are resolute, not to say savage ; the 10,000 colliers, who have a Union, are equally determined, and the 40,000 ironworkers, who have no Union,...

Half the French Deputies are, it is said, playing Abbe

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Sieyes, and drawing up Constitutions. They have them printed as thin pamphlets, and give them to their friends, who aecept them with the kind of feeling with which workmen...

* * * The Editor cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Central Chamber of Agriculture on Monday had an inter-

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view-with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to ask for the aboli- tien of the Malt-tax. The speakers used all the well-known arguments, the best of which is that the tax prevents...

By one of these Bills all the Catholic " seminaries

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" for boys will be abolished, and every Catholic will have to attend the State grammar schools. When they reach the age of college students they will be allowed to study in...

There is certainly something large-minded about an English constituency. It

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appears rather to like having a couple of mem- There is certainly something large-minded about an English constituency. It appears rather to like having a couple of mem- hers...

The National Congress of Trades' Unions has held three in-

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teresting meetings this week, but its only important action has- been to resolve that the workmen desire the total abolition of all laws against Unions, the repeal of the...

At the meeting of the Royal Geographical Society on Monday

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a letter was read from Mr. Lowe, finally refusing to provide Treasury funds for an Arctic Expedition. The Challenger Expedition will cost a great deal of money, "and it would...

Count Eulenburg and General Von Rom are both very anxious

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to have it understood that the new Prussian Ministry does not differ from Prince Bismarck's in its anti-Romanist tenden- cies, though it now seems quite certain, both from what...

Mr. Childers, the Chancellor for the Duchy of Lancaster, made

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an able speech to his constituents at Pontefract on Mon- day, which has been much assailed, and of the general drift of which we have spoken sufficiently elsewhere. With...

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Mr. Otway addressed his constituents at Chatham on Thursday evening.

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He declared that he had quitted the Foreign Office rather than be a party to the abolition of the neutrality of the Black Sea demanded by Russia in so insolent a manner, and...

We regret to notice the death of Mr. Hannay, Consul

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at Barce- lona, a very witty and accomplished man of letters, who had been a midshipman, and wrote two of the best sea novels, "Singleton Fontenoy " and " Eustace Conyers."...

The theological badgering of candidates for the office of school-

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master in Birmingham, by the Birmingham School Board this week, is a thorough discredit to that Board, and a bad omen, not so much for the cause of religious as of national...

The Daily News of yesterday seems angry at our explanation

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of the method of the University of London in relation to the exclusion from a Mixed University's curriculum of authors likely to excite controversial feelings, and replies that...

Mr. Goschen has republished in a conv6nient volume his report

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on the subject of local taxation, which he made to the Lords of the Treasury when President of the Poor Law Board, with other documents of the same kind, and his speeches in the...

Consols were on Friday 92f to 921

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The Tories have got a splendid candidate for Wigtonshire, Mr.

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Vans Agnew, who must, one would think, be looking for the succession to Mr. Disraeli. He is a staunch Tory, he tells the electors, and therefore he is for the abolition of...

The way before the Government in the matter of the

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Educa- tion question is by no means smooth, but we trust a hint thrown out by Mr. Forster in his interview with the London School Board, that time will with difficulty be found...

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LORD GRAlsTVTILE AND COUNT SCHOUVALOFF. TEN months ago, while commenting on the large concessions made to Great Britain by the Dutch upon the Western Coast of Africa, we...

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TN the able and ingenious essay on the analogies between 1. Physics and Politics, which we have elsewhere reviewed, the author describes the highest form of mind which an age of...

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IV ATCHING M. Thiers' course in Versailles is like watching some first-rate star on the boards of a minor theatre. The amazing and amusing merit of the actor, his adroitness,...

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AV E commented a short time ago on the curious indications of soreness betrayed by Germany at the Pope's invec- tive,--the more curious that the attack on the Roman Church was a...

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T HE world is waiting in somewhat anxious suspense to dis- cover how far Lord Selborne will justify in office the high expectation that has been formed of his courage and...

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- LIVEN the limited promise made by the true Radicals about .121 the Land, the promise which we described last week, the promise to make it as saleable as Consols, will involve...

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agents for the "legitimate" sovereignty of Spain, and might, mere sightseers should have stayed away or been rigorously dis- couraged. The funeral was better conducted, but...

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THE REVERSE OF A MEDAL TN the Cavalier and Roundhead

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competition between the Lyceum and Queen's Theatres, there is something like a revival of the old theatrical rivalry, the emulation that called down "a plague on both your...

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OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—I purpose in this letter to give you the result of carefullotal inquiries that I have recently made with respect to the condition -of the farm...


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NATURAL SELECTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Any one interested in the subject to which you allude at p. 42 of your last number, namely, the relative importance...

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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] Sm,—I am neither a natural philosopher nor a theologian, but re country shopkeeper ; theological and allied questions, however, are to me...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIN—In the Spectator of January 4th, there appeared a letter from Mr. Chamberlain, "Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECITATORr] Sin,—Mr. Gilbert Venables thinks that he has detected an incon- sistency in the conduct of certain members of the League. If the- discovery...

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failure,—no light number. That very often indeed the the belief of each tribe in the skill and weight of character conquering nations were the best, and almost always the best...

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* Letters, embracing his Life, of John James Tayler, B.A., Professor of Ecclesiastical' History and Allical Theology, and Principal of Manchester New College, London.. Edited...

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IN 1863 M. Louis de Cara, a young man of remarkable ability and energy, and already deeply read in the natural sciences, being attached to the French consular service, entered...

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BY far the best paper in this month's Magazines—and by best paper we mean the paper which excites most thought on impor- tant subjects—is Mr. F. Harrison's essay on the "Revival...

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Ancient Classics for English Readers. Edited by the Rev. W.

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Lucas (Blackwood.)—We find ourselves fallen sadly behind in our notice of this excellent series of volumes. It has by this time, we trust, established its place among those for...


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The Dramas of .....Eschylus. Translated by Anna Swanwick. With 33 Designs by Flaxman. (Bell and Daldy.)—Messrs. Bell and Daldy have republished Miss Swanwick's translation of...

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Congal : a Poem, in. Five Books. By Samuel Ferguson.

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(Dublin Ponsonby. London : Dell and Daldy.)--Congal is constructed on the Irish herdic romance called "Thu Battle of Moira," this battle, which seems to be a genuine historical...

False Cards. By Hawley Smart. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blaokett.)—

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This novel has all the liveliness and vigour which we have admired in Mr. Smart's previous works, notably in "Breesie Langton," the tale by which he is best known. And it has...

The Surgeon's Secret. By Sydney ,Mostyn. (S. Tinsley.)—It is difficult

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to criticise a novel which relies for its interest on the skill with which the reader is mystified. Let us say briefly, then, that he is mystified very skilfully. He will...

The Light Green, No. 2. (Cambridge : Metcalfe.)—Here are half-a-

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dozen parodies, which, even in this age fertile of good parodies, are worthy of note. The May Queen" is parodied in "The May Exam.," but the original is one which, though it...

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Briefs and Papers : Sketches of the Bar and the

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Press. By Two Idle Apprentices. (H. S. King.)—Both sets of papers contain some curious information little known to the outside world. The revelations of the interior of a...

Biblico-Theological Lexicon of New Testament Greek. By Hermann 4:3remer, Professor

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of Theology in the University of Greifswald. Trans- lated by A. W. Simon and William Urwick. (T. and T. Clark.)—Even the very insufficient examination which we have been able to...