19 MARCH 1870

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THE FOUR NORTHERN COUNTIES. T HE block of territory between the German Ocean and the Irish Sea which comprises the Four Northern Counties of England forms an irregular...

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LONDON: Printed by ions CAMPBELL, Of No.1 Wellington Street, in

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the Precinct or the Savoy, Strand, in the County of leddleeez, at 18 Exeter Street, Strand; and Published by him at the "Sraor.e.ren " Office, No. 1 Wellington Street, Strand,...

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The division on the Irish Land Bill, taken late on

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the night of yesterday week, after a sugary speech from Mr. liorsman, a very clever one from Mr. Disraeli, who dubbed Mr. Horsman "a superior person," and chaffed him for his...

The Ministerial scheme for the repression of agrarian crime in

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Ireland promised by Mr. Gladstone on Monday, in a brief and somewhat obscure speech, was fully described on Thursday by Mr. Chichester Fortescue. We have elsewhere carefully...


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H ENRY of BOURBON, Infante of Spain and cousin of the ex- Queen, has been shot by the Duke de Montpensier. The two men had been enemies for years, and ever since the expulsion...

It is believed in many quarters that the duel increases

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the Duke de Montpensier's chances of election. He was thought wanting in spirit, but clearly he can stand fire. The incident, however, will not influence Prim, who, on the 5th...


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*,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The debate on the second reading of the Education Bill

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has been going on rather in minute-gun fashion, at very broken intervals, during the week, having been opened by Mr. Dixon late on Monday night with the vague amendment...

Two new Bishops have been nominated by gr. Gladstone. The

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Bishop of St. Asaph is to be the Rev. Joshua Hughes, Vicar of Llandovery. He is Evangelical, rather young for a bishop, a good Welsh scholar, and a very effective Welsh...

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Nineteen Assistant-Masters of Rugby have sent in a petition to

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the House of Commons praying for an alteration in the constitu- tion of the new governing body. It appears that the Public School Commissioners had made five of the old trustees...

As we anticipated, the American Senate is most unwilling to

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confirm the treaty for the purchase of San Domingo. Its unwillingness arises mainly from a reluctance to receive more negro citizens, or to incur great expense upon a fleet ;...

The Home Secretary has put out a statement contradicting in

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very many important particulars O'Donovan Rossa's account of his prison sufferings, and showing them to be apparently wilfully coloured in many other particulars. He has been...

Lord Hartington appears disposed to concede the halfpenny newspaper postage.

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He told a deputation which waited on him on Saturday that his only doubt was about the economic result of the plan. He had found on inquiry that the department could do the...

The debate was resumed on Tuesday by Mr. Winterbotham, M.P.

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for Stroud, in that -very able and candid exposition of the social jealousy felt by the Dissenters of the power of the Church, on which we have commented at length elsewhere....

The Times states that the governing body of Christ Church

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College, Oxford, have abolished the privileges hitherto allowed to Peers' sons. They are to claim their degrees like other men, and the gold tuft on the cap and silk gown, till...

The Navy is over-officered, particularly in the grades above the

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rank of Commander. Mr. Childers has arranged a scheme under which officers who are above certain ages or who have not been afloat for ten years must retire on increased...

After the debate had concluded, a bitter little scene took

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place on the question of adjournment, in which Mr. Fawcett assumed for the second time that evening to speak as one that seemed to be a "pillar" of the Left wing, and Mr. Hardy...

The House of Commons, having nothing on hand but trivialities,

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like the Education Bill, the Land Bill, the Crime Bill, and so on, devoted the beat part of Monday night to a furious discussion of the Coote case. The facts, as fairly stated...

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Papers of a comic vein when dealing with public questions

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are apt to forget that their responsibilities are often even more serious than those of their more staid and therefore less impressive contem- poraries. Punch,—which with its...

One of the most effective side-hits of Mr. Winterbotham's Educa-

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tion speech was his illustration of the indignities to which Dis- senters were liable at the hands of the Established Church, taken from two charges of the Bishop of Winchester,...

The Committee has done a very foolish thing. By a

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majority of one it has advised the retention of the uproarious farce called a Nomination. The reasons assigned are nearly unintelligible. The majority say :—" The abolition of...

Consols were on Friday evening 93 to 93i.

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The Government, through Mr. Bruce, has announced its inten- tion

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of dealing with the Game Laws. Mr. Wykeham Martin on Wednesday proposed the second reading of his Bill, which gives the feathered game to the landlord and the ground game to the...

There is no news from Rome this week of any

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importance, but the effervescence of personal feeling on both sides of the great Infallibility question is getting warmer and warmer, and there can be no pretence in any quarter...

One writer of a threatening letter in Ireland has at

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last been detected and punished. Mrs. Peunefather, of Golden, Tipperary, recently raised her rents, and among others that of Stephen Meagher, her bailiff, from £36 to in. On 5th...

A very curious illustration of the bitterness of these Roman

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Catholic amenities has been furnished lately in the columns of the Catholic journal called the TVeekly Register, where the proprietor of the Tablet, Dr. Herbert Vaughan, has...

The Select Committee on Elections have sent in their report.

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They state that municipal elections, are often very corrupt, and that the corruption cannot be punished, and recommend that the law for such elections should be assimilated to...

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THE REPRESSION OF cRTArm ra IRELAND. T HE Ministerial measure, with some patent defects to which we shall presently advert, has one immense merit. It strikes straight at the...

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1VIR . WINTERBOTHAM'S harsh but remarkably able speech on Tuesday night,—which, by the way, is extremely ill reported, neither the Standard, which now often beats the Times, nor...

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THE SPANISH TRAGEDY. T HE news that the Duke de Montpensier

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had slain his cousin, Henry of Bourbon, in a duel at Alcorcon sent up Spanish funds in Madrid rather more than one per cent. Astute speculators in that capital have long since...

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M DISRAELImeans to . let the Land Bill pass, but to 1 let it pass without diminishing the prestige of his party as d fighting force. With an adroitness which is really mag-...

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T EIE letter of O'Donovan Rossa, published in the Mar- seillaise, which we briefly noticed last week, and the partial refutation of it which has been officially communicated by...

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MESSR M t S. CRUTTENDEN AND WELLS have been exhibit this week their exceedingly ingenious, not to say for- midable, Ballot apparatus to a good number of Members of Parliament,...

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T ILE only conclusion we can form from Mr. Ray Lankester's clever essay on Longevity, to which the University of Oxford last year awarded a prize, is that we know very little...

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THE CAMBRIDGE EXAMINATIONS FOR WOMEN. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—As the Spectator is read by many who take an interest in 'education, I trust that you will kindly...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF TAB SPECTATOR.") Sin,—It seems pretty generally to be assumed, both by the Leaguers and the Unionists, that the so-called Religious Difficulty attaches itself...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF TAB " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—It seems to me that purely " secular " education has been very unduly depreciated in many quarters, through simply ignoring the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Si,—The writer of a very able and interesting article on "The Broad Church," in Fraser's Magazine for this month, states that persons, or a...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—I did not write that "voluntary subscriptions and schools are dead already," &c., in my letter of last week ; but" voluntary...


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A REGRET. I BLAME not that your courage failed, That prudence over love prevailed ; It seemed that we must walk together Rough ways through wild and stormy weather, And you...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—While thanking you for your kindly and appreciative notice of my book as a whole, I must beg leave respectfully to protest against the...


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FREEDOM OF CONTRACT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—The principal argument against the Irish Land Bill appears to be that it prevents the landlord making a contract...

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MEMOIR OF BERGENROTH.* Tuts biography reminds us of the stirring and unsettled lives which scholars not uncommonly led during the two centuries that followed the revival of...

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NOVELS such as the one before us are a sad puzzle to the critic. The author of Friends in Council has adopted a sort of wheel- within-wheel system of composition,—fathering his...

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ESSAYS ON PHYSIOLOGICAL SUBJECTS.* TUE first three of these essays,

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viz., those on "Marriages of Consanguinity," on "The Production of Low Organisms," and on "The Production of Organisms in Closed Vessels," have been already submitted to the...

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CAPTAIN BURTON is scarcely justified, we think, in entitling his bulky volume of nearly five hundred pages Letters from the Battle- Fields of Paraguay, as in reality little more...

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Jr is generally allowed that Mr. Kingsley achieved a culminating success in the Water-Babies : and perhaps it was not to be expected that he should produce another book to rival...

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Aspromonte, and other Poems. (Macmillan.)—We may say of the author

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what Juvenal said of himself, "fitcit indignatio versus." "These poems," he tells us, " were written several years ago between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two," that is, at...


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The Contemporary Review. March. (Strahan and Co.)—Professor Bonatny Price contributes a plain and well-reasoned paper on "Free Trade and Reciprocity," delivered originally, we...

A Copious and Critical English-Latin Dictionary. By William Smith, LL.D.,

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and Theophilus Hall, M.A. (Murray.)—We may safely say that this is the best and most complete work of the kind which we possess. So much praise indeed it is not hazardous to...

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The Photographic Art Journal. No. 1, March. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—The progress of photography illustrates very well the double sense of the word "Art." The advance in mechanical art made yearly is wonderfully great, so great that none but...

heart and mind which should go towards making sure of

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happiness should yet fail of winning it, should set her heart on the wrong men—first on a brute who marries and ill-treats her, and then on a shallow-pated young swell who...

The New School History of England. By the Author of

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the Annals of England. (Parker.)—The author claims, and not without reason, to have introduced into his book some desirable improvements which justify its title. It is based,.he...

France." Something of the same need runs through the book.

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Mr. Jerrold takes too much for granted in his readers ; familiar himself with French journalism, for thia is the side of "political France" with which he deals, he supposes it...