18 JUNE 1870

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It is not very easy to say how the concession

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is likely to be received. Mr. Disraeli, after his fashion, made it the subject of a very lively attack on the Government, and a strong bid for the support of the left wing of...

It is stated demi-officially that the great conflict between the

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War Office and the horse Guards which has lasted so many years has ended at last, the Queen having signed an Order in Council which makes the Field-Marshal Commanding-in-Chief a...

The debate on the Irish Land Bill was commenced by

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Lord Granville on Tuesday with a somewhat bare exposition of the attempts made at previous legislation, and the objects of the pre- sent measure. The Duke of Richmond, who spoke...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • O N Thursday night, Mr. Gladstone

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seized the opportunity of moving that the House go into Committee on the Education Bill to explain that the Government, having attentively studied up to the very last moment the...

TVe commence in this Number our promised Series of the

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"ESTIMATES OF ENGLISH KINGS." 1 %* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

The heavy showers of Thursday night have cooled London, re-assured

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Mark Lane, and comforted the soul of the Treasury, which began to tremble for its surpluses. Wheat had gone up 58. a quarter, under the influence of purchases for France, and...

It may be well to observe that there is not

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really the slightest necessary contradiction between the new proposal as to the Privy Council grants, and Mr. Richard's notice of "instruction" that "without desiring to...

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A horrible case of baby-farming was brought before the Lambeth

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Magistrate on Monday. "Mrs. Oliver, of Grove Place, Brixton," had advertised for children to adopt, charge £5, and a suspicious policeman followed up one case of "adoption," and...

Mr. Bruce has consented to inquire into a ease of

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alleged cruelty at Durham which certainly seems to demand investigation. A respectable man, named Maw, was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment for an assault. The warder...

By far the beat speech made against it on Thursday

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was Lord Derby's. He made a good rhetorical point by asserting that it was absurd to enforce kindness on landlords by law, but his main argument went to prove that the result of...

The University Tests' Bill passed through committee on Monday night,

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Lord E. Fitzmaurice delaying, at the Prime Minister's request, till the report, the discussion of the question whether the Heads of houses should be excepted from its operations...

Lord Salisbury was not at his best. He approved heartily

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Mr. Bright's clauses,—which the Duke of Richmond, by the way, specially disapproves,—for creating a peasant proprietary, and remarked that had there been such a peasant...

It is somewhat curious that his death occurred on the

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fifth anniversary of his great escape from the terrible rail- way accident of the 9th June, 1865, on the South-Eastern Railway. Of that accident Dickens wrote, "I remember with...

Marshal Prim has made a speech to the Cortes, of

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which Renter gives a very enigmatical account. According to his report the Marshal informed hisaudience that he had offered the Crownto "four candi- dates" without result, but...

The fierce jealousy of the Central Government still felt in

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the United States was curiously illustrated last week by the House of Representatives when they "tabled,"—i.e., deliberately passed by, —the Bill for transferring the power to...

Dickens was privately buried in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday last.

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He had explicitly directed a private funeral, and indicated the place in Rochester Cathedral where he wished to lie ; but his friends very wisely judged that the national wish...

The debate was resumed on Thursday by Lord Cairns, in

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an extremely long speech, full of detailed criticism decidedly dull to read. He praised Mr. Bright's clauses, but doubted whether Government might not in the end be embarrassed...

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Consols were on Friday evening 921 to 92g.

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Mr. Charles Buxton made a very learned and able speech

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on Tuesday in favour of a Commission, to be appointed jointly by the Queen and the President of the United States, for the revision of the English Bible, which he very justly...

_Mr. Monsell gave a cool reply on Friday se'nnight. Mr.

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Fowler 'wanted to know if the Gambia settlement was to be sold to France, -and Mr. Monsell admitted that negotiations were going on, but thought it might be interesting to...

Lord Stratheden revived in the House of Lords on Thursday

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the old question of the need for a speaker to decide which of several competing peers should speak on occasions of competition. And he proposed to vest the power in the Lord...

President Grant has sent a message to Congress about Cuba.

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Tie says neither Loyalists nor insurgents obtain great success, while lboth commit great atrocities. He declines to recognize belligerent eights in the latter because they have...

The French Chamber is in a great way about the

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St. Gothard Railway. Switzerland is inclined to build a railway right across the Republic, connecting Prussia, Holland, and the German Oaean with Italy and the Mediterranean,...

Mr. Hardcastle on Tuesday moved the second reading of his

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Bill for repealing the Minorities' clause in the Reform Bill. The -debate was chiefly noteworthy on account of a speech from Mr. Gladstone, in which be strongly supported Mr....

Mr. Campbell, on Friday week, brought up the question of

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-county government. He wanted to supersede the magistrates by -municipal councils for counties and county districts, and made a -.good though somewhat scholastic speech. Mr....

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THE CHANGE OF FRONT ON THE EDUCATION BILL. T HE Government Education Bill is what the sailors call "in stays,"—i.e., in the crisis of changing from one tack to another while...

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T HE first two days of debate in the Lords on the Land Bill have disappointed us. That the Bill must be accepted we understood, for Peers are not the kind of persons who can...


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T HE QUEEN has done a really splendid act. It is not the business or the tendency of this journal to extol Royalty, an institution which, in a free State, is after all only...

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THE public have read with something of amused perplexity- 1. the speech in which Mr. Gladstone begged Lord Edmund Fitztnaurice to postpone his amendment on the University'...

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A TR. BAXTER should explain himself a little more fully, 1 for the public are still under a grave misapprehension as to the reform he has introduced into the Supply Depart- ment...

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'SITE recommend a speculation to Messrs. Mudie, the purchase of all obtainable copies of the "Corre- spondence respecting Japan (No. 3), 1870," just presented to Parliament. It...

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W HILE all English-speaking peoples to whom the tele- graph has as yet carried the sad news of the death of Dickens are realizing for the first time how vast a fund of enjoy-...

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ltirOST widely spread notions have something in them, and few A!1 notions are mere widely spread than this,—that the relation 'between author and publisher, between the man with...

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E CONQUEROR. T HERE are many peculiar difficulties attending any attempt to draw the character of a King, but none greater than that which arises from his isolated position....

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THE REVISION OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE. go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sin—Mr. Gladstone's pleasant and bantering reply to Mr. C. Buxton's motion relating to the revision of...


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controversy on Education which is agitating this country has evoked some phases of character and modes of con- duct in those engaged in it which it is instructive for...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 trust that you will be able to give me a little space, in order to refute an attack which was made upon the great Lord Fairfax, and upon me...

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A MEETING. ONE hour, 'mid laughter and festal light, A look, a softly spoken word : The next, ere dayspring hath mastered night, The short dry speech of sword to sword. With...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,--In your admirable "Topics of the Day," in which there is always so much to agree with, I find a note (June 11) which astounds me. In...


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MR. TROLLOPE'S CiESAR.. MR. ANTHONY TROLLOP; whatever he does, always leaves On his readers an impression of competency and mastery of his subject. Any phase of social life...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTITOR:1 SIR,—The Spectator of to-day asks the friends of the Ballot "If it paid Mr. Robinson's friends to bribe voters at the test-ballot, why will...

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TALES, like ghosts, assume very different and very common- place appearances when closely examined ; a feeling of excitement arises at the first glance, to be often speedily...

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WE confess we opened these sermons with a prejudice, a prejudice with which we suspect our readers will only too fully sympathize ; but we were wrong, and so are they. After...

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DEB RETT.* AFTER more than a century of annual publication,

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" Debrett's Peerage" still maintains its position, while the companion " Baronetage and Kuightage " is almost as good as it can be as a natural history of the inferior orders of...

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A Race for a Wife. By Hawley Smart. 1 vol.

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(Bentley.)—This is a really good tale in its way, taking us indeed into regions of " sport " of which we know little, and hold that little in great disgust, but still with very...

Among the Goths and Vandals. By John Blaikie. (Tinsley Brothers).

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—It is necessary to translate the title of this book, and we may, there- fore, inform our readers that Mr. Blaikio has been taking a trip to Sweden. He does not tell us much...


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On Some Defects in General Education. By Richard Quain, (Macmillan.)—Mr. Quain does not seem to be thoroughly acquainted with the conditions of the question which he discusses....

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England to Delhi. By John Mattheson. (Longmans.)—This sumptuous

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volume of travel is a record of a merchant's visit to India, made seven years ago, and, as we read in the preface, with the object of business, not bookmaking. It is better...

POETRY.—The Tragedy of Lesbos. By E. H. Pember.

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We do not care for Mr. Pember's subject. It is quite possible, we may say probable, that his view of Sappho's character is right ; that while the form of her surviving fragments...