19 FEBRUARY 1870

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A sharp battle has been raging in the Irish Church

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Convention on the subject of the separate session and votes of the Bishops, which had not yet been determined up to the time when we went to press. The Dean of Clonfert made a...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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We have analyzed the main provisions elsewhere, but we may

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here state that the Bill includes besides them Mr. Bright's plan for assisting tenants to become owners. If a landlord wishes to sell and his tenantry to buy, and they prove...

Mr. Bruce, when attacked on Monday about his Cab regulations,

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made a defence which seems to us to miss the main points at issue. He said he had given up the lamps because the cost would be 19 a year, and he wanted the money to be expended...


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H. GLADSTONE produced his Irish Land Bill on Monday, .1.1T before a House which seemed at times almost overawed by its magnitude, but which burst at the conclusion of his speech...

There is no news of the Council. Rumours of French

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inter- ference are plentiful. Count Daru, it is said, has declared that by certain acts the (Ecumenical Council "would run the risk of raising a bad feeling in the French...

The Education Bill introduced by Mr. Forster on Thursday night

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was a success certainly noless remarkable than Mr. Gladstone's. We have given a careful account of it elsewhere, and need only say that, like Mr. Forster's measure of last year...

Mr. Gladstone, in answer to a question put yesterday week,

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declared his wish and intention to introduce, after Easter, a measure altering (and we stippose in effect repealing) the abortive Ecclesiastical 'Tian' Act passed on occasion of...

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'Ile new Treaty with China has been laid on the

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table of the House of Commons, and will be the subject of some warm dis- cwsion. We must postpone the general argument, but we want the India House carefully to consider this...

The new Irish Solicitor-General, Mr. Serjeant Dowse, has been returned

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for Londonderry by a majority of 90,-654 against 564 for Mr. Baxter. From the tone of the Conservative papers, it seems not unlikely that there may be a petition against the...

The Bishop of Exeter's speech of yesterday week in the

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Upper House of Convocation was a very manly explanation of the mistake into which he had been betrayed when he withdrew his essay from future editions of " Fasays and Reviews."...

There was a lively debate on Monday on Mr. Fawcett's

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motion for an address to the Queen, praying that her rights over Epping Forest may be defended, in order that it may be preserved as an open space for the recreation of the...

Mr. Cardwell on Monday obtained leave to bring in a

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Bill creat- ing a "Clerk of the Ordnance," with supreme power over that department, and a "Financial Secretary of the War Department," both of them to be Parliamentary...

A Conservative has been returned for Southwark. At the close

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of the poll the figures stood thus :—Colonel Beresford (Con- servative), 4,680; Mr. Odger (Radical), 4,382 ; Sir Sydney Waterlow (Liberal), 2,966,—majority for Colonel...

Lord Carnarvon brought up the question of our relations with

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the American Colonies on Monday. In a very temperate but telling speech he sought to prove that the Colonial Office, in devolving on the Government of Ottawa new and heavy...

Lord Salisbury has kept his word, and the Great Eastern

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Railway has declared a dividend. It is only a half per cent., but when he took the chair the Railway seemed almost hopelessly embarrassed. The Marquis alluded at the meeting to...

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Mr. Lee has resigned his seat for Maidstone, and Sir

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John Lubbock, who so nearly gained the election for West Kent in 1868, has issued his address to the electors, promising a general and hearty support to the present Government....

The political crisis in Bavaria seems to be serious. The

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Liberal Premier, Prince Ilohenlohe, has been defeated by a coalition of Ultramontanes and Separatists ; but the King refuses to receive his resignation, lest the new Ministry...

In the Globe's Parliamentary report of Friday night, received just

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before we go to press, there occurs the following unpleasant sentence :—" Captain White asked whether it was true, as had been reported within the last month, that corporal...

The Duke de Montpensier has turned up in Madrid, has

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had a long interview with Marshal Prim, and has gone to some baths to watch events, and be out of the way of constituents who have just rejected him as candidate for the Cortes....

The Duke of Marlborough himself ought to be satisfied with

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Mr. Forster's Education Bill, only that the Duke of Marlborough is never satisfied except with what all the rest of the world thinks short commons, if not starvation fare. lie...

The Lords are sighing for work. The Government, taught by

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the fate of the Scotch Education Bill of last year, which was introduced first in the Lords, and consequently cut to ribbons, has sent most of its important Bills this year to...

• Some curious statistics of the CEcumenical Council have been

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published, from which it would appear that of the 754 prelates in the Council, no less than 276 are Italian Bishops, though Italy represents little more than the tenth part of...

We called attention in our issue of the 7th of

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August last to a weak point in our rapidly growing system of universal exami- nation, viz., the absence of any means of fully and fairly testing -candidates' acquirements until...

Consols were on Friday evening 92i to 92i.

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Mr. Cave's Bill for the better regulation of Insurance Offices,

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-which comes on on Wednesday, is a capital bill for honest offices. It compels all Companies to keep their " life " funds separate, to publish annual reports of income and...

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THE IRISH BILL. IA E. GLADSTONE has, we believe, solved the problem. Aided, as we are told, at every turn by the wide local knowledge and cool decision of Mr. Chichester...

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I T is not often that two measures of such great scope and interest as the Irish Land Bill and the English Education Bill,—measures which are likely to affect for many genera-...

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"MEYER mind details. Do you wish that the American 11 Colonies should depart, or that they should remain within Her Majesty's dominions?" That, as it seems to us, is. the...

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l i t R. ODGER has lost his election for Southwark by a ill majority of 304 against him, the Tory, Colonel Beresford, having been returned. Sir Sydney Waterlow polled more than...

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V ERY quietly, almost in silence, the Hohenzollerns,—the last competent legitimate Sovereigns left in Europe,— for an hereditary hypochondriasis almost paralyzes the...

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TF Mr. Lowe's Bill for the amendment of the Friendly Societies' Acts shall become law, the country will have seen in Mr. Tidd Pratt the first and the last Registrar of Friendly...

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M R DISRAELI says the English people are by constitutional temperament religious, but really the more we study them, the more we doubt it. What is the true test of a religious...

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W E have never been able, though we have fought so often for Women's right not only to own property, but to try any careers now open to men, to advocate their claim to vote as...

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[FROM OCR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Rome, February 12, 1870. IT is probable that this will be the last letter I shall be able to address to you from Rome, as circumstances are...

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Sin,—You were kind enough some six months ago to print an attempt of mine at translation from Homer. "The Death of Lycaon" (Spectator, July 31, 1869,) was rendered, as you may...

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[TO TIIE EDITOR Or THE SPECTAT011.1 Sin,—If Mr. Noel will consult McCulloch's edition of 1866, page 288, Vol. I., he will find the following statistics :— Germans 8,200,000...


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(Iliad xxiv., 723-775.) FIRST, the white-armed Andromache the women's wailing led, 1 And in her hands she held the while her manslayer Hector's head : " Ah ! young," she said,...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.' . ] Sin,—The subject of compulsory education is now attracting the attention which it deserves from thoughtful Englishmen, but the public mind...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Srn,—Will you kindly allow me in a few lines to state the condi- tion of a part of the United Kingdom, in which actual starvation at present...

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"SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The writers on whom you comment have not often to com- plain of misstatements on your part as to what they may have said. I am, therefore, much surprised at...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your article on " Xanthippe" last week I am surprised to find no mention of the fact that Socrates was twice married. This is stated...


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THE GENERAL EXHIBITION OF WATER-COLOURS. THE year's collection of pictures at the Dudley Gallery is more remarkable for its general average of excellence than for any works it...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—In your review of the Life of Faraday (February 12) you state that he refused to bring to bear upon the highest things those mental...

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MR. ADLA.RD'S " AMYE ROBSART AND THE EARL OF LEYCESTER.". Ma. ADLARD'S volume is as old-fashioned in its style of composi- tion as in the length of its title-page. It is the...

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A BOOK ABOUT THE CLERGY.* THE gravity of his new

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subject has somewhat oppressed Mr. Jeaffreson, and has compelled him to forego much of that anec- dotical interest for which his two former books were so conspicuous. Treating...

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MRS. GERALD'S NIECE.* Tars is, we think, much the best

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story,—at least the best of those known to the present reviewer,—which Lady Georgians Fullerton has written since the composition of her first two powerful tales, Ellen...

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THE STRANGER OF SERIPHOS.* Tuts poem is, on the whole,

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very readable and attractive ; indeed, we might call its so without qualification, except that its want of proper dramatic interest produces towards the close a feeling of...