19 NOVEMBER 1870

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It is reported with some confidence that immediately on the

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receipt of the Russian Note orders were issued to complete the armament of Malta and Gibraltar, to warn the Indian Government, to increase the complement of sailors, and to...

Lord Granville's reply (which is dated 10th November) is very

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good and firm, though, as usual with him (except when writing to colonies), remarkably courteous in tone. He points out that Russia has stated certain facts on the strength of...

The Circular of Prince Gortschakoff has been received in this

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country with an indignation which seems unanimous, all classes and nearly all journals demanding an answer which, unless Russia receded, would be a declaration of war. The...

The Duke of Aosta was elected King of Spain on

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the 16th inst. When it came to the final vote the Moutpensierists receded, and the final vote showed 63 votes for the Republic, 27 for the Duc de Montpensier, 19 blank, i.e.,...


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T HE week has been marked by a startling event. Russia has repudiated the Treaty of 1856. On the 19th October, or as the civilized races call it, the 31st October, Prince...

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

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The latest news (Friday, 10 p.m.) is a telegram from

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King William to his wife, announcing that the French attacked the Germans under the Duke of Mecklenburg at Dreux on Thursday, and were "repulsed along the whole line." No details.

Mr. Odo Russell has been sent,—rumour says not so much

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by Lord Granville as by the whole Cabinet,—to the Prussian head- quarters at Versailles. It seems to be universally understood that his mission is to get an explicit answer from...

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Neither Jules Favre's nor Count Bismarck's comments on the- negotiation

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are instructive, except as indicating the spirit of the- opposed parties. Jules Favre says that Prussia might just as well' have asked Paris daily to destroy a portion of her...

No trustworthy intelligence had been received this week from the

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Army of the Loire till to-day, and we offer the following as the least improbable explanation of its action. Leaving 10,000 men before Orleans to form and defend an entrenched...

Nothing has happened before Paris since the breaking-off of the

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negotiations, except energetic drilling of 'Frochu's army outside the western walls. A great sortie has been expected during the whole twelve days, but none had happened as late...

The Count de Montalembert always predicted that the next. Revolution

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in France would be directed against the priesthood.. No sooner had Napoleon been overthrown than the people of Paris demanded that the seminarists should be made liable to....

M. Thiers, Count Bismarck, and M. Jules Fevre have all

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pub- lished their accounts of the recent negotiations,—the report of M. Thera being, we are bound to say, by far the most passionless, and having the most appearance of...

The annual gatherings at Bristol on Colston's Day were held

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on Monday, and Mr. Crawford, Mr. K. D. Hodgson, Mr. S. Morley, Mr. Richard, and Sir George Jenkin' son, and other members made speeches. Mr. Richard wanted the people to rise in...

The battle of Orleans, or Baccon, on the 9th and

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10th November, of which we were just able last week to announce that the French had achieved a success, was certainly a much greater success than we knew yesterday week. The...

Hesse Darmstadt has entered the North-German Confederation,. but Wiirtemberg is

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waiting for Bavaria, and Bavaria hesitates. The Government of Munich, it is said, desires to retain a separate control of diplomacy, of the Army, and of her finance, and...

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A report seems to be prevalent in Normandy, and is

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repeated by the Rouen journals, of a grand naval victory gained by the French fleet. They steamed into Jahde, sacrificed two frigates to explode the torpedoes, and cut out the...

Count Bismarck has apparently got a complete triumph in the

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just elected Prussian Diet. The returns are said to be as follows :— Conaervatives 140 Independent Conservatives 40 Old Liberals 20 National Liberals 110 Progressists 40...

A clergyman writes to the Times to complain of the

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law which prevents a curate from doing anything except take pupils, and pleads that he ought to be allowed to qualify if he pleases as a physician. He would be much more useful...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 92.

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Mr. Grant Duff made his annual speech to his constituents

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on the 15th inst. He is very German in his sympathies, believing that vtheir victories are due to intellectual training, Geist, in short ; a training in which the French Army...

We would again call attention to the proposal for a

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subscription to feed Paris for a week should she yield to starvation. The situa- tion has so utterly changed in the last few days that "J. T. IL's" letters seem almost...

The Education agitation is going on very briskly. The Pall

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Mall published on Thursday a complete list of the metropolitan candidates, with brief summaries of their opinions, which ant pretty nearly all to the same effect, and almost all...

Lord Russell has declared for the right of Germany to

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annex Alsace and Lorraine, alleging, it is said, that it is her "just and natural provision for security." Why did he not advocate the same remedy for the Russian invasion of...

The Roman correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette makes the

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extraordinary statement that General Trochu has written to the Pope declaring that as soon as peace has been made he will re- vindicate Rome for his Holiness. He will even for...

Mr. Carlyle wrote to yesterday's Times a very long homily

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in favour of Prussia, King William, Count Bismarck, German piety, -and German force, and against the hysterical falsehoods of France and her pretensions to resent, when applied...

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THE RUSSIAN NOTE. W E do not wonder that the Russian Note has startled all the neutral Cabinets of Europe, has carried dismay on to all Bourses, has roused German publicists to...

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English people to know that they were protecting against implacable hostility a Government quite free from the guilt of aggression, and a people, not indeed free from the guilt...

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I T is quite natural that M. Leon Gambetta, stoutish Marseillaise advocate of thirty-five, with the look of a traffic-manager, and Dictator of France outside Paris, should have...

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I T is said on very questionable authority that M. Thiers has privately spoken of Count Bismarck as a powerful statesman, but for the rest a barbarian,'—officially, he speaks...

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diplomatists a naturally yielding and conciliatory man putting marck is

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said to have recently described Paris, as " a madhouse on the dress of imperiousness or arrogance for a purpose, and full of monkeys," people entirely incapable of living by...

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C APTAIN ROGERS, an Engineer Officer who had employed the time of his service in Burmah in making an acquaintance with the language and literature of the country, has...

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T HE BROTHERS DALZIEL, with a good many eminent colleagues, have just been offering empirical solutions of the artistic problem how to illustrate a nursery rhyme.* Some of these...

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XV.—HENRY VI. T HE transition in one generation from one of tile most energetic and successful of our Kings to one of the feeblest and most unfortunate,—from one of the most...

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FROM. WITHIN THE PRUSSIAN LINES NEAR PARIS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 enclose you another letter which I have unexpectedly received from the same French friend, two...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In England an accused is always allowed to have the last. word in arrest of judgment. I am sure you will not refuse me- this right....

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-1 Szn,—I have no doubt of the truth of the theory that thought depends on currents in the nerves of the brain, but. I object to the expression...


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[TO THIS EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] your very able notice of my life of Cowper in this week's Taper, you object to two of my statements, and as they concern a matter of the...


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LOAN EXHIBITION AT THE WATER-COLOUR INSTITUTE. FOR one short month we are provided at the Water-Colour Institute in Pall Mall with rare means towards judging what English...

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MIGHT AND RIGHT: A DIA:LOGUE. riciprwg BocrarcZat. KING WILLIAM. I WIELD the strength of the chosen race, My breath makes kingdoms to fall and stand ; I have moved my...

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LORD PALMERSTON.* [SECOND NOTICE.] Wm" Sir Henry Bulwer's accounts of diplomatic affairs, the amusing part of this book,—at least for politicians,—begins. The first volume,...

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"TnE present writer once travelled with a wag who amused his fellow- Fassengers with a thousand jokes, and, amongst others, by assuring them that his influence with the servants...

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THE two former works—" A Book about Dominies and " A. Book about Boys "—which Mr. Hope has published have made- his name favourably known. We do not suppose the essays con-...

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OE would think that the subject of the Great Revolution was well-nigh exhausted after the lapse of seventy years, yet not a season passes in Paris without the publication of...

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THE TIENTSIN MASSACRE.* WE commend this book to the serious

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attention of all who wish to gain clear ideas on the origin and character of the outrages by which Tientsin has been recently disgraced ; and on the question connected with it,...

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The Flower of Kildalla. By Mrs. Murray. 3 vols. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—There is a great deal of love-making in these volumes, which, we cannot but say, we found very tedious, oven when we met with the exciting circumstance of one of the...

The Spaniel Inquisition. By Janet Gordon. (Nimmo.)—This is a good

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little book of its kind, not dwelling more than is necessary on the horrors of the subject, and, though manifestly Protestant in tone — and it is difficult not to be Protestant...


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The Testimony of the Catacombs. By the Rev. W. B. Marriott_ (Hatchards.)—We have here the answer to the controversial side of the work lately published on the same subject by...

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Geology and Revelation. By Gerald Molloy, D.D. (Longmans.)—This book derives

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a peculiar interest from the same source from which it comes. Dr. Molloy is Professor of Theology at Maynooth. His line is frankly to accept the conclusions of geologists as to...

Muriel's Dreamland: a Fairy Tale. By Mrs. J. W. Browne.

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With Illustrations. (Griffith and Farran.)—This is one of the beat stories of its class that we have seen for a long time. The illustrations are capitally conceived and...

Fairy Life and Fairy Land. A Poem. (Booth.) — Why

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Titania should communicate "through her secretary, Thomas of Ercildoune," description of Portuguese scenery, in the first place, and disquisitions on "Natural History, Physics,...

Wild Races of South-Eastern India. By Captain T. H. Lewin.

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(Allen and Co.)—Captain Lewin is the Deputy Commissioner of the district called "Hill Tracts," a country lying on the south-eastern shores of the Bay of Bengal, and known by...

Christ Satisfying the Instincts of Humanity. By C. H. Vaughan.

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(Macmillan.)—This is a volume of sermons, in which the preacher sets Christ Satisfying the Instincts of Humanity. By C. H. Vaughan. (Macmillan.)—This is a volume of sermons, in...

Notes of a Naturalist in the Nile Valley and Malta.

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By A. L. Adams, M.B. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—A little more than a quarter of the book is devoted to the Nile Valley, the rest to Malta. We could wish that the proportions had...

name will have a good idea of what it -

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contains. To make out that Papal Rome is Babylon, the city of abominations, is the thesis to the proving of which Dr. Cumming has devoted himself. Whether he has made it or not,...

Appleton's Handbook of American Travel. (New York: Appleton.)— Mr. Appleton—the

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American Murray—is here on hi s own ground, and we cannot presume to criticize him ; it is almost a presumption to recommend. We can only say that the book looks complete ; and...

Stories from Wavedey for Children. By S. 0. C. (A.

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and C. Black.) —Those who have watched the reading propensities of the rising gener- ation will have noticed, not without regret, that Scott has fallen out of favour. And of a...

The Invitation Heeded. By James Kent Stone. (Burnes.)—This book, though

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bearing the name of a London publisher, comes from the other side of the Atlantic. The "invitation" which Dr. Stone "heeded" was one which called him to join the Church of Rome....

Prometheus Vinctus, translated into English Verse. By Ernest Lang. (Smart

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and Allen.)—In dealing with this book a specimen will be more to the purpose than any criticism. Here is Mr. Lang's rendering of the beginning of the speech, 'AX7Ende piv pot...

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_Memorials of Charles Parry, Commander, R.N. By his brother, E.

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Parry, D.D., Bishop Suffragan of Dover. (Strahan.)—The subject of this memoir was the son of the famous Arctic navigator, Sir Edward Parry. The noticeable thing in his life,...

Rudiments of English Grammar. By Ballen and Heycock. (Longmans.) —The

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merit, or, at all events, the characteristic of this grammar is that it is assimilated in form to the grammars of the classical languages. The objection to it is that a great...

Abbeys, Castles, and Ancient Halls of England and Wales. 13y

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John Timbs. (Warne and Co.)—Mr. Timbs does not care to stick to his sub- ject very closely, but gossips away, telling pretty nearly all the stories that he can collect and by...

We have received a letter, too long to print, from

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the Rev. W. West, whose recent edition of Archbishop Leighton's works has been severely handled by a critic in the British Quarterly Review. Mr. West declares that this...

Land and Houses, by J. Parnell (Effingham Wilson), is a

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book of straightforward, sensible advice to persons who possess or think of buying real property ; telling them what sort of interest they should get for their money, how they...

A Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. By E. C. Brewer,

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LL.D. (Cassell and Co.)—It is best to give a specimen of this book, for the title is not very intelligible, though it would not be easy to suggest a better. Here are some of the...

The Chronicle of Budgepore. By Mans Prichard. 2 vols. (W.

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H. Allen and Co.)—This is a satire on Indian society and on Indian government, which, if we are to believe Mr. Prichard, seems made up, in about equal proportions, of knavery...