1 AUGUST 1868

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ARLI M E NT was prorogued by Royal Commission yesterday afternoon. The Queen's Speech is better written than usual, and shorter. It congratulates Parliament, of course, on the...

The Prime Minister was also impressed afresh with the circum-

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stance which he termed at the Merchant Taylors' dinner "an awful dispensation of Providence," namely, that the extended franchise of the Reform Act should be used for the first...

The Session is at last over, and Mr. Disraeli either

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thinks, or thinks it well to say, that it has been a singularly successful one, on which the country is to be congratulated. The Lord Mayor entertained her Majesty's Ministers...

Parliament had its last regular " shindy " for the

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session yester- day week,—the last of a long series. It was, of course, on that mysterious Cattle Markets Bill, the rights and wrongs of which have been hardly fathomable by...

The week has been less uniformly hot than the last

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; Wed- nesday was damp, and almost cold ; indeed, we heard of fires being in demand in some families on the evening of that day ; but Thursday and yesterday again were sultry,...

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Our readers will see, Irons a letter which appears in

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our advertising columns, that Mr. Bagehot has relinquished his candidature for the University of London, which we greatly fear that Mr. Lowe will now be called upon to...

Mr. Bright made a speech at Birmingham yesterday week, in

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which he developed his political moderation, by explaining that there was one rasped in which he did not at all wish to see Englishmen following the lead of American...

That, however, was not the opinion of the Saturday Review,

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which produced on this subject, last Saturday, the most malignant and disreputable article which we ever remember to have read in a paper of high general ability and culture. It...

Lord Cranworth, the last Liberal. Lord Chancellor, died after only

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three days' illness at his seat at Holwood last Sunday,— killed, apparently, by the heat,—at the age of seventy-eight. He was a man whom all respected, of sound sense and calm...

Sir Stafford Northcote presented the Indian Budget on Monday, in

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the dreary, unimaginative way in which Secretaries for India always do present Indian Budgets. They never seem to feel their own figures, amazing as those figures usually are ;...

Mr. Laing followed Sir Stafford Northcote with a proposal to

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raise 20,000,000/. for public works, and strike that item out of the regular budgets. That is a sound proposal as a matter of account, but we will just warn Sir Stafford of one...

Sir Charles Russell put, a question to Mr. Gathorne Hardy

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in the House of Commons yesterday week intended to bring out the disreputable avocations of Mr. James Finlen, who headed the deputation to Mr. Gladstone a fortnight ago...

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The Miltonic controversy as to Mr. Morley's newly found "

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Epitaph " has raged all the week, and brought out Lord Win- chelsca again, who on Tuesday made quite a personal matter of it, and was as savage, supercilious, and cynical as if...

It is said that genuine mosquitoes have got into England,

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and it is certain that they have got into the papers, and been the sub- ject of a lively correspondence. One gentleman, writing from Nice, says that his wife accidentally...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, July 24. Friday, July ID. Brazilian, 1865... ... Egyptian, 1864... ... Italian _ ,„. Mexican Russia/1 (Anglo-Dutch) Spanish, 1867...

There has been an unusually limited amount of business passing

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in the Stock Exchange during the week, and the transactions in Home Stocks showing a preponderance of sales, the quotations have given way. Yesterday Consols closed at 941, j r...

Mr. Horsman is waxing bold. His seat for Stroud is

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greatly en- , dangered by the cordial invitation which the newly enfranchised working class are said to have given to Mr. S. S. Dickenson, and he makes a bold fight for his...

On Monday night Mr. Roebuck expressed, in the House of

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'Commons, his desire to have the late Lord Brougham's remains brought to Westminster Abbey, and a statue erected to his - memory at the public expense. The conversation which...

A pair of chameleons belonging to the honourable Lady Cast,

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of Leasowe Castle, Cheshire, have given birth to nine little chameleons, and a paragraph in the Times of Wednesday asks how to feed them, as their parents show no active...

What are the Russians about in Bokhara ? Samarcand was

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-occupied on the 14th of May, and it has since been reported, both from Russia and India, that the city of Bokhara was likewise occupied, no date, however, being assigned. The...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British RaRvraya left

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off at the annexed quotations :- Friday, Jaly - 24. Friday, laly 8f, Great Northern Great Western Lancashire mud Yorkshire ... London and Brighton Loudon and North-Western...

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MR. DISRAELI AND MR. GLADSTONE THIS SESSION. O N a review of the perplexing and on the whole discreditable Session of Parliament which has now closed, it is im- possible to...

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G ENERAL LA MARMORA has chosen a singular time for making a great addition to the secret history of the last Italian campaign. It is understood in Italy that a great struggle...

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T at Haddingtonshire Election raises very clearly,—indeed with a perfectly scientific accuracy,—the question of the true principle of representative dependence and independence....

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T HE Report on Scientific Instruction just made by a Select Committee of the House of Commons is, on one point, quite adverse to the current of opinion which led to its appoint-...

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F EW phenomena are more remarkable, yet few have been less remarked, than the degree in which material civili- zation,—the progress of mankind in all those contrivances which...

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T HE heat has raised the question of Wigs., and with it a discus- sion, never yet settled in England, as to the merits or demerits of official costumes. The subject looks a...

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T WO striking articles on the Sun's relation to the material universe, written in partnership by an eminent astronomer, Mr. Norman Lockyer, and Dr. Balfour Stewart,...

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T HE two counties which we include in this Province became, after the Anglo-Saxon conquest, part of the kingdom of the 3fercians. Of this kingdom Mr. Freeman observes that "it...

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[FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] IT is a thankless task to attempt to answer a letter many months after date, when both the letter itself and the subject to which it relates are probably...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I respect Mr. Loftie's scruples, but the time is past for untying the knot ; it must be cut. "Lot right be done," not inquired into, is...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Bishop Gray, having succeeded, as he tells us, in removing all hindrances to the consecration of a bishop for "the faithful" in Natal,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I request permission to contradict in your columns a state- ment made by the Bishop of Capetown in a pamphlet lately published by him...

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ANNALS OF THE BODLEIAN.* THERE is no lack of interesting details in this book, and the work of collecting them must have been unusually laborious. We fear, however, that Mr....


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Dianam tenera: dieite virgines.—lionAcs, Odes, Book I., 21. VIRGINS. Ye maidens fair ! the Maiden Goddess praise. YOUTHS. Your voice, ye youths! to youthful Phoebus raise....


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"SPECTATOR."] SLR, —Perhaps you may allow one who is neither a Fenian in sympathy nor a Roman Catholic in religion, but who is of an "old Irish breed," to say a few words...

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MR. TUPPER'S political ballads are his best productions. His mind falls naturally into the rhythm of their slightly elate, hurdy-gurdy dogmatism. There is a mood of mind often...

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Nov many years ago a German of some intellectual distinction 'finished a tour in this country by a visit to one of our Univer- eities. One of his hosts, a man who was in the...

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SYNONYMNS AND ANTONYMS.* "WORDS which agree in expressing one or

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more characteristic ideas in common he [the author] has regarded as Synonyms, those which negative one or more such ideas he has called Antonyms." "The word Antonym, unlike...

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IT has been a source of genuine pleasure to us to look at, nay, to study these illustrations ; they are nearly all works of art of a high order, peculiarly appropriate to the...

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A Manual of Political Economy. By James E. Thorold Rogers. (Clarendon Press.)—We can say thus much for Mr. Rogers, that he writes in a clear and agreeable style, and that he is...

REYNOLDS' SYSTEM OF MEDICINE.* Tuts collection of treatises deals with

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"Diseases of the Nervous System," and begins the consideration of diseases of the digestive organs. There never was a time in the history of medicine when so much intelligent...

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Tales of Ancient Greece. By the Rev. G. W. Cox.

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(Longmans.)— Mr. Cox has here collected the contents of several volumes already known to the public, and some of them already highly estimated in these columns, under the titles...

Work - a - Day Briers. 3 vols. By the Author of The Two

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Anastasias. (Bentley.)—This is a novel of considerable merit, but put together with very little art. The first volume opens with a very pretty little scene, in which we have a...

A Tour in Crete. By Edward Postlethwaite. (Hotten.)—Mr.. Postlethwaite spent

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about six weeks in the summer of last year among the Cretan insurgents. He seems to have seen very little, and to lack the power of describing that little. But the book--for we...

Alice Grwme. By 2 vols. (Chapman and HalL) — The

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scene of the story is laid in Scotland. The heroine is daughter to a country schoolmaster, and becomes acquainted with George Laurie, a good-looking young lawyer. The first...

Jeanne d'Arc, and other Poems. By Robert Steggall. (A. W.

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Ben- nett.)—This volume shows in its author a considerable poetical taste, which, however, does not seem to be always awake; a faculty, if not always exercised, of harmonious...

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Groombridge's Annual Reader. By Mark Antony Lower, M.A- (Groombridge.)—The idea

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of this book is to give as a series of lessons. for schools, accounts drawn from various sources of the principal . events which have happened during the year. Mr. Lower hopes...

E v ery Man his Own Lawyer. By a Barrister. (Lockwood.) — On the

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ntside of this volume is the attractive announcement, " No more wyers' bills !" The book which is to produce this marvellous result is dictionary of legal facts, well put...

Materials for German Prose Composition. By Dr. Buchheim. (Bell and

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Daldy.)—This is an exceedingly useful book, which aims at giving practical instruction in a branch of study which no one who wishes to perfect himself in German can afford to...