19 AUGUST 1876

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Of course speculation is rife as to the cause of

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Mr. Disraeli's partial retirement, but we believe the simplest explanation to be the nearest to the truth. The Premier's health has been failing for some time, he has become...

No news has arrived from Servia this week, the Turkish

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Gene- ral opposite l3anja being apparently occupied in collecting sup- plies, which begin to fail his army. The Montenegrins, however, have had another and an important success....

Mr. Disraeli in reply made the last speech he will

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ever make in the House of Commons. It was one of the feeblest of his career, but one of the most characteristic. He quizzed Sir William Harcourt on his " Rhodian rhetoric,"...

A very thin House attended to hear the debate which

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Mr. Ashley raised on Friday week on the Bulgarian atrocities, but it was an important debate. It will help men to ascertain their own real opinions. Mr. Forster, while severely...


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P ARLIAMENT was prorogued on Tuesday, the 15th inst., by Royal Message, in which the Queen is made to say that her efforts to bring about a settlement of the differences between...

The Premier had reserved a great surprise for the last

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days of the Session. It was announced on Saturday that Mr. Disraeli had taken the title of "Earl of Beaconsfield," and would not again appear within the House of Commons, where...

• . 41 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

The Daily News of Friday publishes a further series of

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tele- grams from Philippopolis, dated the 9th, 10th, and 11th insta. They are almost too horrible to read. The writer, who has hitherto proved most accurate, affirms that the...

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The Home Office have offered a reward of £250 and

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a free pardon to any one who, not being actually concerned in the murder, will give any trustworthy evidence as to the cause of Mr. Charles Bravo's death. It is not likely that...

Mr. Bourke is a very inconveniently honest person. In the

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course of a speech in the debate of Friday week, though defend- ing Sir Henry Elliot, he admitted that the Foreign Office was totally ignorant of the events which had occurred...

The Not` tivatisadllertadArepette that 4he Chinese Government bas absolutely refused

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to punish the Governor of Yunnan for the Aatirder of - Mr. Margary,-and-that Sir Thomas Wade has deemed it best to -interrupt negotiations and visit Tientsin, to discuss Affairs...

General de Cissey has resigned the French Ministry at War

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in favour of General Berthaut, an officer believed to be no politician, but to possess considerable organising ability. The cause of General de Cissey's retirement has not been...

The Christians of Eastern Europe are paying and are likely

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to pay a terrible price for the worst fact in their history,—their atrocious oppressions of the Jews, whom they hate, partly for their creed and partly for their success in...

Sir Charles Dilke on Tuesday made a singularly heartless speech

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to his constituents at Chelsea. He read a letter from "the very highest authority who could be found to speak on what had occurred," whose name he suppressed only for official...

The Vivisection Bill passed on Friday week, after one deter-

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mined attempt to reduce it to a nullity. Mr. Lowe moved that the clause requiring licenses from the Home Secretary should only apply to persons who had not received a regular...

Mr. Banner Oakley, the manager of the Co-operative 'Credit Bank,

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was on Saturday sentenced to five years' penal servitude, the jury holding that many of his depositors bad been deceived by a fictitious balance-sheet, and statements made to...

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The evidence of the Duke of Cambridge before the Royal

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Commission on Promotion admits practically that the system in future must be seniority tempered by rejections. The whole body of the Army dislikes selection, and distrusts the...

Surgeon-Major W. R. Cornish, of the Madras ,Army, in a

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Atter to the Times on the demand for silver in India, makes a statement which ought not to pass uncontradicted:—" We are all apt,to forget that it is only a few years ..no since...

There is still a paper in existence, the National Independent

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of Leeds, which contends for the innocence of the "Claimant," and maintains that votes should be given to one candidate or another according to his bias towards the Tichborne...

The Tories have lost the seat for Carmarthen, where Mr.

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Cowell-Stepney has been returned without a contest, and have been defeated at Leeds by a majority of 2,400. Both victories indicate that the tide of reaction is ebbing, but the...

• Lord Northbrook repudiates the idea that we ought to

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support *he Turks in their oppressions because the Mahommedans in India sympathise with their fellow-religionists. At an entertain- ment given him by his former constituents of...

A correspondent of the Times describes a religious watering- place

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which has been founded at Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Apparently as a commercial speculation. The place stands on the sea, and the proprietors own territory stretching about three...

We regret to notice the death of Mr. E. W.

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Lane, the translator of "The Arabian Nights" and the Koran, and the compiler of the "Arabic-English Lexicon." He was an Orientalist of unusual knowledge and experience, and a...

Consols were on Friday 961 to 961.

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Another serious attempt has been made to swim the Channel.

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A Mr. Cavil, a " professor" of swimming at Brighton, entered the water at Dover, at 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday, but after swimming for eleven hours, and reaching a point within six...

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THE EARL OF BEACONSFIELD. W E do not understand all this newspaper incense offered to the new Peer,—these assertions that he has attained the fitting crown to his exceptional...

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MHE disappearance of Mr. Disraeli will be first and most I severely felt in the House of Commons. The crop of statesmen has not been bounteous of late years, Nature having...

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I T is hardly possible to conceive a course of policy more immoral or more unwise than the one which is attributed to Lord Derby by the popular belief, which is repeated in the...

THE SENTENCE ON MR. OAKLEY 'N ATE are not specially

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disposed to bear hardly on Mr. Banner Oakley. He deserves, and richly deserves, the sentence which the Recorder has passed on him; and for reasons which will immediately appear,...

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'.1.'11±, CHANCES OF A CAPE WAR: T HE average Englishman, who

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pays his taxes , regularl3r and uncomplainingly and invests his savings in Consols, is , slow to recognise the fact that the stability of his positionmay be shaken by an...

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I N a hundred articles on the Slav Question in European politics, probably ninety will be found to be taken up with reflections, more or less alarming, on the enormous numbers...

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MHE Democratic majority in the House of Representatives seems to have been embarrassed by the very grave charge made, at its own invitation, against President Grant by the late...

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T HE Times of Thursday publishes a letter from a British officer, signing himself "An Old Cambrian," who was present at Scio when in 1822 the Turkish Capitan Pasha or Minister...

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O NE of the oddest ideas of the confused British mind is that it is slightly feeble to mind great heat, at least if the heat be European, and slightly effeminate or...

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I T is universally admitted that owing to the exigencies of "a spirited foreign policy," perhaps even from the impulse of a reinvigorated national ambition, we may find...

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NEW RADICALISM OLD TORYISM WRIT LARGE. [TO THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sus,—Will you allow a Radical to make a protest against what Sir Charles Dilke has said about Turkey...

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[TO THE EDITOB OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Suf i —Will you give me room for one or two remarks, from a clerical point of view, on the programme of the Tiers Parti which it is proposed...

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[To THE EDITOR OR THE " STEoTAMEM Sin,—The recent accidents on the Great Western and Somerset and Dorset Railways may make it worth while to mention the following fact, as...


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THE SEVENTH GREAT ORIENTAL MONARCHY.* IT seems that Professor Rawlinson lias made up his mind to end the labours of eighteen years with this volume. It is a sequel to his...

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THERE is an epithet that was much in use some few years ago which exactly describes the impression that the perusal of this work leaves upon the mind. The word we allude to is...

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• ANCIENT LATIN MANUSCRIPTS.* Tins work supplies a want which

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has long been felt. To have brought before one's eyes a series of some of the most ancient manuscripts of Latin literature at the outlay of a few shillings, is a feat which...


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'I'nz Chronicle ascribed to Abbot Ralph, of Coggeshall in Essex, who died in 1228, refers mostly to the reigns of Henry II. and his successors, and is not very instructive,...

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Playing for Love. By E. C. Clayton. 3 vols. (Tinsley

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Brothers.)--- Mr. Clayton seems to have written several works, and at least one novel. His style, accordingly, shows a certain amount of literary finish. He commits, however,...


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A Chronological and Geographical Introduction to the Life of Christ. By C. E. Caspari. Translated, with additional Notes, by Maurice J. Evans. (T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh.)—The...

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The Art of Prolonging Life. (Revised Edition of Dr. Hufeland's

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well- known work.) (Ward, Lock, and Tyler.)—One would hardly expect that a work on the above subject written before the commencement of the present century could be now of much...

Tr anscendentalism in New England : a History. By Octavius Froth-

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ingham. (G. P. Putnam's, New York.)—This volume discusses "Transcendentalism," not as a mere form of mental philosophy, but as a phase of thought which has powerfully stirred...

So Sinks the Day-Star. By James Keith. (Samuel Tinsley.)— There

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is nothing that calls for particular comment in this book. We have for the parents of the heroine a very ordinary pair of parvenus, and the heroine herself, although introduced...

The Rudiments of English Grammar and Composition. By J. Hamblin

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Smith, M.A. (Rivingtons.)--There is nothing original in the plan of this work, nor do we think Mr. Smith has followed the best method of teaching the subject. There are,...

Nicolas Marriage ; a Pict we of Danish Family Life.

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By Henry Scharling, author of" Noddebo Parsonage." 2 vols. (Bentley.)—This is a very pretty book, the real power of which is best shown by the interest which, though without any...

The Discipline of Drink. By the Rev. T. E. Bridgett.

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(Burns and Oates.)—It is possible that this title may need some explanation. A fuller description of the subject of Mr. Bridgett's volume runs thus,— " An historical inquiry...

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Germanicus : Extracts _front the Annals of Tacitus. With English

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Notes, for the Middle Forms of Public Schools. By A. H. Beesly. (Longmans.)—The idea of this little book is by no means a bad one. The object of the selection is to give from...

The English Bible ; an External and Critical History of

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the various English Translations of Scripture. By John Eadie, D.D. 2 vols. (Macmillan and Co.)—This is an interesting book, and not one only for professed students. Mach of it...

The Cleicbend. By "Dephias." (Samuel Tinsley.)—"Dephias " does not keep

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us waiting long for "sensation." In the first few chapters (which suggest the hand of a lady not unacquainted with the London Journal) the hero secretly marries the heroine, and...

The Great Problem : Can it he Solved? By C.

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R. Gleig, Prebendary of St. Paul's. (Blackwood and Sons).—" The Great Problem" is—Is Christianity true? Here we have the thoughts of a well-known man, now eighty years of age,...

Sketches of Some Distinguished Anglo-Indians. By Colonel W. F. B.

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Laurie. (J. B. Day.)—This is an interesting little book, giving as it does outlines of the lives of some of the less-known of those who have helped to win or keep our Indian...