1 AUGUST 1874

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On Thursday, the names of the new Charity Commissioners were

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mentioned, when it became obvious that Mr. Disraeli had wisely insisted on having as little change as might be in the temper of the Commission. The new Charity . Commissioner,...

Mr. Disraeli announced on Friday week that Parliament might hope

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to adjourn on the 8th August. Her Majesty's Government had resolved to give up the Land Bills, the Judicature Bills, and in fact all Bills of the least use, except the Public...

Mr. Childers also made some very pungent criticisms in another

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vein. He remarked that six measures had been enumerated in the Queen's speech as constituting the legislative work of the Session, of which one (the Masters and Servants' Act...


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R UMOURS are circulating everywhere of a coming intervention in Spain. They are not yet distinct, but they are evidently based upon some fact which, to judge from the telegrams...

The French Assembly decided on Tuesday, by a majority of

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forty-two, that it would not dissolve. The term of the proroga- tion is not yet fixed, bui it is believed that the Assembly will resume its sittings on the 28th of November,...

After Mr. Disraeli had made this curious retreat from an

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un- tenable position, Mr. Gladstone rose and remarked how unfortunate it was that Mr. Disraeli had not discovered the unintelligible char- acter of the Bill before the...

** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Select Committee of the Mime of Commons appointed to

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inquire into the principles and practice regulating the purchase and sale of materials and goods in the Public Departments has made its report, the pith of which is that the...

Lord George Hamilton moved on Wednesday the second read- ing

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of the India Councils Bill in a speech for which he was specially complimented by Mr. Disraeli, but which contains, as reported, only two new facts. Lord Salisbury did not say...

The Irish Members have quite rightly entered this weeks vary

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strong - protest against including Acts which are grave- Constitu- tional anomalies,—like the Irish Coercion Acts,—in-the" Omnibus' class of Bill called the Expiring Laws...

Mr. Cross has kept one of the Ton , _promises. On

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Friday he moved Resolutions providing that whenever a private Bill contained powers of eviction, extending to more than - fifteen houses occupied by labourers, the promoters...

The Strike of the Agricultural Labourers may be considered over.

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The farmers of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk have held out with the obstinacy characteristic of their class, and the Union funds are so near exhaustion, that their Committees have...

Mr. Disraeli expressed his desire, after a warm discuasiott, this

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day week, that the Members of the House might be able to part "in tolerable good-humour with one another ;" but certainly on Tuesday he himself seemed desirous to promote a...

Portugal has, we believe, given up the Macao Coolie trade.

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At least, she says so, and the Governer of the settlement has prohi- bited it by proclamation. Nevertheless it appears, according to the Journel Officiel, that on Tune 8 the...

Tuesday's Committee on the Public Worship Regulation Bill resulted in

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giving an appeal to the Archbishop when, and only when, the 'Bishop exercises his discretion to stop litigation, in negativing Mr. Cowper-Temple's proposal that a meeting should...

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Temple Bar, it would seem, is to come down at

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last. The building has been sinking for some time, and on Friday it was perceived that the cope-stone of the arch ha& sunk till a great hole was visible, through which daylight...

Is Sir E. Wilmot a candidate for the vacancy never

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quite filled up since Mr. Darby Griffiths' retirement, of the irrelevant:question- after ? Yesterday week he asked the Prime Minister whether, considering the often-expressed...

Mr. G. C. T. Bartley, of Ealing, in a short

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letter to the Times, describes one of those cases of cruelty which seem so inexplicable, from the entire absence of motive. He found in the Brentford Union, Isleworth, 17...

A curious and striking invention, called "a telephone," the effect

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of which is to telegraph musical sound, and even tunes, through any length of wire, has been made, it is said, by Mr. Elisha Gray, of Chicago. The keys of an instrument are...

A great fuss has been made at Shrewsbury about a

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flogging case, in which the head master, the Rev. H. W. Moss, inflicted 88 strokes with a birch on a boy of 14, for having repeatedly smuggled beer into the studies of the...

The Saturday Review has maintained that sick women do not

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usually wish to be attended by women. An interesting letter in the Times lately, signed "A Surgeon," seems to make it quite clear that this is a mistake. It tells us that " in...

Mr. A. M. Sullivan exposes in a long letter to

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the Times the fact on which we have so often dwelt, that the Irish Judicial Bench is absurdly overmanned. The work in Ireland as com- pared with the work in England is nearly as...

We are happy to see that Mr. Edward F. S.

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Pigott has been made the new Examiner of Plays. He has been an accomplished and brilltant journalist, and will know, as well as any one could, how to draw the line between...

Consols were on Friday 92i-921.

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MB. DISRAFT.PS SURRENDER. "IX HERE are you going, Jack I" asked the farmer, as the thief's head appeared coming through the garden fence. "Back again," said Jack, as he...

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T HE House of Commons has two fears about the discretion of the Bishops. • It declines even to imagine the possi- bility of their doing indiscreet acts in celebrating public...

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I S there any possibility, bare possibility, that after Parliament has been prorogued, and resistance is impossible for six months, Her Majesty's Government intend to intervene...

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T HE debate on the Indian Councils Bill, which came off in the Commons on Wednesday, was a very poor one. Everybody wandered except Lord George Hamilton, and he adhered to his...

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M R. SCOONES, a well-known and very able private tutor, has written a paper in the new number of Macmillan's Magazine on the Tests for the Indian Civil Service, which .should be...

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OSMIAN HALL is an institution in the village of Florence (township of Northampton), Massachusetts, of which the New YPrk Tribune of July 14 gives a very curious account— and...

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W E have not read the volumes that the Comte de Paris has published on the American Civil War ; but we have little doubt that their literary merits are more than respectable,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 Sin,—.While the principle of this measure is still being hotly discussed, it is perhaps hopeless to expect attention to a detail of it, but...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE '' SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Though my conscience does not permit me to allow that / have not given unity to my poem by making Livingstone, as the ideal modern...


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THE PHYSIOLOGICAL VIEW OF " WEL." [TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR'] Six,—Your article on "The Physiological View of Will ' " has fallen into my hands at this place. Into...

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your opinion expressed in the Spectator several times that there is more liberty of thought in Established than in " Free " Churches. As a Dissenter, I was loth to believe this,...


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HECUBA BESEECHES AGAMEMNON TO AVENGE HER SON. [El - Jimmies, Hecuba, 774-833.] Now, for the cause for which I clasp thy knees, Listen, and if thou deemest that my wrongs Are...


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SUPERNATURAL RELIGION.* (SEOOND NOTICE.] WE have, in our first notice, given a description less elabo- rate than the subject deserves, though perhaps somewhat more lengthy...

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sion of that hardy imaginative simplicity which is the chief

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charac- teristic of his genius. This is one great charm of his sister's diary of the Highland Tour of 1803. Miss Wordsworth, who cherished every incident connected with the...

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the camp at Khala-ata, after his unpleasant reception by Colonel Weimarn, and summing up his posi- tion, Mr. MacGahan began to calculate how many days it. would take him to...

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MR. WICKH A M'S " HORACE."* "Pm most noticeable feature

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of Mr. Wickham's book is its strictly useful, practical, business-like character. An editor of Horace commonly gives us, in language more or less ornate, a sketch of the poet's...

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Young Brown ; or, the Law of Inheritance. By the Author of "The Member for Paris." 3 vols. (Smith and Elder.)—The author replies in a preface to adverse criticisms which were...

John's Wife. By Maude Jeanne Franc. (Sampson Low and Co.)—

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This is a very doleful little story, written in the interest of the total abstainers. "John's wife" is a young lady who has been brought up in a home where too much drinking is...