18 MARCH 1876

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The new French Ministry on Tuesday read a " declaration

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" of policy to both Chambers. They commence by declaring that the Republican Government "already founded" has been " com- pleted " by the elections, and that "as power cannot...


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Tr HE great debate of the Session came off on Thursday, and ended in a defeat of the Opposition by 805 to 200, an over- whelming majority. Mr. Disraeli having explained last...

Both Houses of Congress have passed a Bill reducing the

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salary_ of the American President from £10,000 to it old figure of £5,000 a year, the reduction, of course, not to begin till next term. As the increased salary was only given...

Sir Stafford Northcote took upon himself the burden of the

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reply, and made a powerful party speech, hitting, however, rather at Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Lowe than Lord Hartington. He dwelt on the Indian side of the subject, showed that her...

The week has been one of the stormiest for a

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hundred years back. The westward-flowing rivers, already swollen by heavy rains and the great snow-storm of Sunday last, have been so arrested by the violent western gales, that...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Mangscript in anycase.

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Lord Rosebery on Tuesday made an amusing speech on the

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affairs of Heligoland, a colony which he described as a place where formerly there was a gaming-table, and where last year the island was nearly destroyed by rabbits. Heligoland...

Mr. Disraeli gained a remarkable though an easy victory on

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Monday night. Mr. Bentinck moved that the head of the Admi- ralty should always be a sailor, and for some reason we do not quite understand—for Mr. Bentinck had only eighteen...

Lord Cairns explained, on Thursday night, what he proposed to

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do in relation to effecting an economy of Judges in Ireland, of whom there are now twenty-three. In the Queen's Bench, where there are four Judges, no change is proposed. The...

Lord Halifax, on Tuesday, called the attention of the Lords

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to Lord Salisbury's despatch ordering the Viceroy of India to obtain "previous sanction" for an Act he intended to pass, or any alteration in any Bill revised and ap- proved at...

Something not quite intelligible is going on in the far

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East of Asia. The Government of St. Petersburg have announcedthat tint Japanese, on the 8th inst., declared war on the King of Corea, the great peninsula between Japan and...

M. Minghetti, the Italian Minister of Finance, produced his budget

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on the 16th inst., which created a strong sensation. He stated that the receipts of 1875 from all sources showed a decided increase, so that the account closed with a deficit of...

Little has been heard from the East this week, but

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that little is unfavourable to Turkey. The insurgents in the Herzegovina do not yield, the Turkish troops appear to be demoralised by privations, and it is more than doubtful if...

Mr. Gladstone has written a remarkable letter to Mr. G.

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Mitchell, the stonemason who leads the Somersetshire agricultural labourers, and who is perhaps better known under his usual signature of "One from the Plough," in answer to an...

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It appears that the Bremerhaven assassin, Thommsen, who was supposed

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to be an American, is now known to have been a sub- ject of the Queen, and to have been born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where his father was a brewer. His real name was Alexander...

Yesterday week, Sir John Lubbock made an effective protest against

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the tendency of the Education Office to insist on the routine " extra " subjects of history and geography and grammar, and thereby practically exclude those on which...

A rather remarkable and interesting educational experiment is about to

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be tried at Baltimore, in Maryland, where a University -of a more advanced kind than the Colleges and Universities of the States, and endowed already with a capital of £700,000...

We hope that Mr. Crookes's radiometer may be applied to

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shame the London Gas Companies. In one of his experiment* on the force exerted by the light, he showed that a gas-flame gave out five and a half times as much force as the...

Sir James Hannen's judgment affirming the validity of Lord St.

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Leonards' will, as ascertained from the evidence of Miss Sugden, has been sustained on appeal. On Monday, the Lord Chief Justice, sitting in the Supreme Court of Appeal,...

Lord Henniker asked the Duke of Richmond on Tuesday even-

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ing, in the House of Lords, what line the Government intended to take in reference to the legal restriction of Vivisection recom- mended by the recent Royal Commission, but got...

The proposed erection of the new Mint on the site

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facing the Embankment, between Waterloo Bridge and Adelphi Terrace, is exciting a good deal of opposition, both on local and on general grounds. Of course, the rather poor...

Consols were at the latest date 94i to 944.

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THE " EMPRESS " DEBATE. M R. DISRAELI has carried the second reading of his Bill on the Queen's Titles by a great majority, but he has not contented either his own party or the...


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Mitchell, the leader of the agricultural labourers in Somerset, who had asked him to address a meeting in the old Roman amphitheatre near Yeovil, on Whit-Monday next, and had...

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L ORD SALISBURY'S lengthy and elaborate defence of his new Indian policy delivered before the Lards on Tuesday night was a very unsatisfactory performance. Lord Halifax, who...


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I T is perhaps wise for M. Gambetta to express but a moderate approval of the new Cabinet. He is probably aware that his new majority is more Radical than it seems, and is cer-...

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VO stroke of Imperial policy in recent times has more heartily LI moved the popular instinct in this country, than the Confede- ration of the British Colonies in North America....

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TEET debate on the Navy Estimates on Monday resolved .tself into two points,—first, is Mr. Reed right in his comparison between the English Ironclad Fleet and the ironclad...

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D EBATING in the Lords is becoming as dull as debating in the Commons, and that is saving a good deal. A superstition lingers among us that, although the House of Commons is...

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P RINCIPAL TULLOCH delivered last Sunday, in Edin- burgh, the first of a series of lectures on the Christian doctrine of Sin, and dwelt in his opening address chiefly on the...

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F ROM Sunday morning to Wednesday night, the North-west corner of Europe was in so much tumult of all kinds from the vagaries of the gases, „liquids, and powdered solids which...


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OMITTED. Acres. Gross Rental. Milbanke, Mark, Bamingham Hall, North Riding 9,026 .£2,985 WRONGLY STATED. Rutland, Duke of ... 70,019 89,945 Salisbury, Marquis of •••...

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THE LOSTWITHIEL CORPORATION. • [To THE Ennos OF THE SPECTATOR:1 S111,—In answer to the letter by " Vindex," which appeared in your issue for last week, will you permit me to...

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(To THE EDITOR or TER "SPECTATOR."] Stir,—As the issue of the Report of the Royal Commission on Vivisection will doubtless lead to further discussion on the sub- ject, I beg to...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") Sin,—What more instructive comment on the now, alas! shelved Burials Bill could there be than the touching spectacle in West- minster Abbey...

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TO IMMORTAL MUSIC. NAY, Music, thou art young ! Not long ago Thou hadst but rounded to thy perfect form, Thy virginal, sweet heart was hardly warm, And little knew of passion...


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a letter in your last issue, Mr. Portal endeavours to impale Dissenters on one of the horns of a terrible dilemma. I -do not think that they will accept either. It is as...


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[TO rim EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—" Colonies" has I know not what of an unheraldic sound, but it is impossible to feel that Canada and Australia are included in "the...


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MARY TUDOR. Mn. AUBREY DE VERE has done well to republish his father's fine, but nearly still-born, plays, at a time when Mr. Tennyson's drama of Queen Mary has called...

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Pro Nihilo is meant for a justification of Count Arnim, but one. cannot read the preface to the book without thinking rather badly - of the ex-Ambassador. It is there explained...

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THE Will of John Bampton, Canon of S'alisbury, who gave and bequeathed his lands and estates to the Chancellor, Master, and Scholars of the University of Oxford for ever, for...

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WE must confess we approached this volume with feelings of pleasurable anticipation. The comparative rarity of American works of travel,.which appeal to anything but the risible...

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THERE is probably no man, however blasé or care-worn, who does not, if he would confess it, remember with a feeling of affection the story-books of his early days. Has any one...

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PERHAPS there never was a time when the tendency of inquirers in the debatable region that separates yet connects Physics and Philosophy to reduce everything to the identity of...

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Diana Carew ; or, For a Woman's Sake. By Mrs.

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Forrester. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett).—We do not like this novel at all. We would not call it immoral, but its tone is low and worldly. Of course, we shall be told that the...

The School - Goy Saint. A Sketch of the Life of Decalogne

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de la Porno. By Mrs. J. F. Mitchell. (J. T. Hayes.)—Decalogne de la Perrie was born about the middle of the last century, not very far from Amiens. He died in his seventeenth...

Lectures on State Medicine. By F. S. B. Francois De

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Chaumont, M.D., F.R.C.S.E. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—The present volume com- prises six lectures delivered in May and June, 1875, before the Society' of Apothecaries. The chief...

My Young Alcides. By Charlotte M. Yonge. 2 vols. (Macmillan).

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—Miss Yonge has ingeniously applied to the legend of Hercules the method which Miss Thaokeray has used with our fairy-tales. "The Young Alcides" comes from a stock-farm in...

A Family Tree. By Albany de Fonblanque. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—

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A story cut into two parts by an interval of more than two centuries must be managed with unusual skill to be successful. Mr. de Fon- blanque is ingenious. "The Roots of It" and...

Dante and Beatrice. From 1282 to 1290. A Romance. By

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" Roxburgh° Lothian." 2 vols. (Henry S. King and Co.)—The writer of this romance appears to have made a careful study of the life and times of the great Italian poet, and to...

Slippery Ground. By Lewis Wingfield. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.) —Mr.

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Wingfield, we suppose, has seen many things, and knows some- thing about some out-of-the-way places. And he has certainly studied recent revelations about commercial dishonesty...

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Arthur; or, a Knight of Our Own Day. By the

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Author of 'Alice Godolphin." 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—One of the penalties that wait on great creations is to be found in the miserable imitations which they call forth. The...

The Statesman's Year-Book for the Year 1876. By Frederick Martin.

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Thirteenth Annual Publication. (Macmillan and Co.)—The unceasing pains which Mr. Martin takes to make his Year-Book more accurate and complete deserve the amplest...

Ida Craven. By H. M. Cadell. 2 vols. (Henry S.

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King and Co.)— Novelists are often told that they ought not to terminate their stories with marriage, which is indeed the beginning rather than the ending of real life. The...

BeoKs.—Selections from Ovid, in Elegiac Verse, With Notes for school

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use. By R. W. Taylor. (Rivingtons.)—It is almost needless to say that we have no fault to find with Mr. Taylor's scholarship. Nor does ho fail in what an accomplished scholar...

Tyrol and the Tyrolese. By W. A. Baillie Grohman. (Longmans.)—

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This is a book such as the public seldom has the opportunity of reading, such indeed as a necessarily rare combination of circumstances can alone produce. Mr. Grohman is...

The Lancashire Library. By Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Fishwick. (London, Rontledge ;

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Warrington, Percival Pearse.)—This is "a bibliographical account of books on Topography, Biography, History, Science, and Miscellaneous Literature relating to the Comity...