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Ten French journalists accused of mutilating the reports of speeches

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in the Chambers, contrary to law, have been sentenced to fines of 1,000 francs, or six months' imprisonment. They had done nothing except publish quotations, whereas the law...

The Daily News of yesterday informs us that Dr. Frederick

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Wood has retired from his candidature for the University of London, and in doing so has encouraged his supporters to give their votes to Mr. Lowe, on the ground that Mr. Lowe...

The Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has appointed a Com- mittee

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to consider the laws bearing upon commercial credit and morality, of which the Chamber entertains no very cheering view. At a meeting on Wednesday several speakers contended...

The Irish Government is prosecuting Mr. Sullivan, of the Nation

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and Weekly News, for seditious articles. We have defended that proceeding under the circumstances of Ireland, but he is also prosecuted for seditious woodcuts in the journals....

The Bishop of Capetown has been deterred by the protest

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of the Bishop of Loudon, and by a further protest written by the Archbishop of York, against proceeding with the consecration of Mr. Macrorie as schismatic Bishop of Natal....

The French Bill for the Reorganization of the Army has

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passed the Senate by a majority of 125 to 1, and now only awaits the Emperor's signature to become law. The solitary dissident, the Abdiel who contended with Moloch, was M....


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THE publication of the French Budget is the event of a very dull week. We have discussed M. Magne's proposals elsewhere, but may here state them in briefer form. M. Magne,...

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A meeting of about 1,500 shipwrights and some shipbuilders was

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held last Saturday in Limehouse, the speeches at which will tend-greatly to restrict the flow of charity to the East End. The meeting was informed that the iron shipbuilding...

Mr. Macrorie has published his defence of himself for accepting

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the office of competitive Bishop of Natal. It is a zealous and conscientious sort of letter, in a narrow way. The worthy man evidently thinks that supporting sacerdotal judges...

A meeting of the National Bible Socipty of Scotland was

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held at Glasgow on Tuesday, the Duke of Argyll presiding, at which the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles is reported to have made a very remarkable speech, full of high thought and...

Mr. Corry, First Lord of the Admiralty, attended the annual

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dinner of Australian Colonists, and made an interesting state- ment. Victoria has organized a Naval Reserve ; the Nelson, a fine line-of-battle ship, has been presented to the...

We have received the fuller accounts of the proceedings with

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respect to the reinstatement of Mr. Stanton, by order of the Senate, in his office of Secretary at War. It appears that General Grant promptly retired in his favour, and...

John Mullany, a Fenian " centre," and one of the

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prisoners accused of blowing up Clerkenwell Prison, has turned Queen's evidence. His testimony implicates Barrett, the man arrested at Glasgow, as the one who actually fired the...

Politicians who attend to Italian affairs have been a little

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surprised at the clearness of the Budget introduced by Count Cambray Digny, a gentleman known chiefly as an agreeable courtier. We are informed, however, that the Count, who has...

Are we never to have a good Chancellor of the

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Rating Exche- quer? It appears from a return recently presented to Parliament that the total amount of rates levied in England and Wales during 1866 reached the enormous sum of...

The Contemporary Review of January contained an interesting article called

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"Rome at the Close of 1867,—Notes from within the City,"—in which, however, a charge of cowardice against Signor Mazzini, or at least of contriving dangers for others which...

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Mr. Neate, M.P. for Oxford, has put out a rather

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curious .attack on Mr. Bonamy Price, the candidate for the chair of political economy at the approaching vacancy. Mr. Rogers is, we believe, re-eligible for the next period of...

The verdict was evidently right, but one cannot help asking

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where "trust in the Lord" begins and ceases. These "peculiar people " evidently do not " trust to the Lord " for food, which Mr. Wagstaffe earns in the usual way as a wharf...

The new French Loan-17,600,0001.—being for a smaller amount than was

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anticipated, National Stocks have been very firm this week, and an advance of about j per cent. has taken place in the quotations. On Monday, Consols, both for money and time,...

There appears to be a good deal of weakness still

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in the arrange- ments for the relief of distress in East London. A Central Exe- cutive Committee has been formed, but it appears front the remarks made at a meeting convened on...

The Council of the Working-Men's Club and Institute Union have

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made arrangements to hold a series of meetings at their -office for the discussion of questions of social and political in- terest, with the special object of enabling men of...

A curious sect, called "The Peculiar People," whose head- quarters

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seem to be in Essex, have risen up amongst us, and the death of a child in one of the families of this sect in London from inflammation of the lungs has brought them before the...

A crowded meeting of the Geographical Society was held last

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Monday, to receive from Mr. Young an account of his success- ful journey in Dr. Livingstone's track, and the proofs that the story of his death was fabricated. Nothing very new...

leading Foreign Bonds left Yesterday and on Friday week the

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off at the annexed quotations :— Mexican ••• ••• --• Spanish New Turkish 6 per oents., 17838 United States 5.20's Friday, Jan_ 24. Friday, Jan. 31. ... 13f...

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SYSTEM. I S thegreat patent candle manufacturer, whose admirable schools for his workmen's children are so famous, a Dis- senter? We are disposed to infer it from the Bishop of...


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THE FRENCH LOAN OF TWENTY-FIVE MILLIONS. T HE Budget published on Tuesday by the French Minister of Finance is not, indeed, a War Budget, but it is a war- like one, for two...

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M R. FAWCETT is a little too vague and a little too premature in his discourses on the Land Laws. He mixes up the English question and the Irish question, primo- geniture and...

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A N accusing spirit is, if we may trust the book of Job, a very old public institution, and we may infer, therefore, not without its uses. Mr. Roebuck has, for a whole genera-...

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I S there no friend of peace left in France except the Emperor Napoleon ? If any of our readers wish to understand how profoundly recent events have stirred the national vanity...


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D ISHONESTY—it is notable that the language has no short and simple word for this particular failure in virtue—is pre- valent in our commerce, and Liverpool is slightly...

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TT is not often that men as eminent as Mr. Fowler in the com- merce of the world take up subjects as truly important, as deep, and as far removed from the sphere of their...

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A NE1V Estimate of the Sun's Distance reminds us that this important astronomical element still remains unsatisfactorily determined. The discovery made, not many years ago, that...

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[FRO31 OIIR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, December 3, 1867. Two great questions now command the attenion of the people of the United States, who talk and really think very...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. Macrorie, whom the Bishop of Capetown has selected to fight his battle in Natal, has written a letter to a provincial newspaper,...

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THE "SPECTATOR."] Stu,—The University of Dublin partakes of the mystery which surrounds every Irish institution. Whether it is a university at all, or only Trinity College ? a...

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[To THE EDITOR. OF TIIE"SPECTATOR.."] SIR,-I have received from a friend the following little episode in the life of an Irish landlord, and as the case—with some slight...

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THE EARLY AND MEDLEVAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND.* UPON the subject of education, in which positive, probable, and possible Members of Parliament are anxiously assuring all whom it may...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."I SIR,—Considering the interest you have evinced on the subject, I think it my duty to inform you that I received this morning a...

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ALGERIA has been so repeatedly described that a new writer stands at a certain disadvantage. Nevertheless, a Last Winter in Algeria is so good that it may be read with pleasure...

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MR. LowE said the other day in his speech at Liverpool on educa- tion that one of the most important and earliest lessons of educa- tion should be to teach children not to...

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artifice of taking common life and pro- saic human nature just as it is, and then introducing some one single variation, either by the assumption of a special monomania on the...

THE OLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE.* SOME forty years ago a few

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zealous students of the old language of England endeavoured to arouse an interest in the Anglo-Saxon tongue. It was impossible, they avowed, fully to understand Eng- lish itself...

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Daily Devotions for Children. By Mrs. G. W. Hinsdale. (Strahan.)

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—The prayers in this little book are generally simple and earnest, and within the reach of children's understandings. But they seem to ns too hard for children's memories, and...

Three Legends of the Early Church. By Christopher James Rieth-

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miffier. (Bell and Daldy.)—The flight of St. Peter from Rome, the persecution under Nero, and the immersion of St. John in the cauldron of boiling oil are the subjects of Mr....


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The Indian and Colonial Directory, 1868. (G. Street.) — This is a large and carefully arranged publication, containing the names of all English persons engaged in business in...

The Daily Prayer - Book for the Use of Families. By Robert

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Vaughan, D.D. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)—In this book prayers for twelve weeks are given, each day's portion beginning with a passage of the Bible, and the prayers for...

Never forEver. By Russell Gray. 3 vols. (Bentley.) — Russell is hardly

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a woman's name, but this novel is evidently the work of a young lady. It is the purest girlish romance that can be conceived or has ever been executed. At the same time parts of...

Under Two Flags. By Ouida. Three vols. (Chapman. and Hall.)

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—This story is sometimes interesting, and often exciting ; but it is simply absurd and impossible. The rose-pink atmosphere of a Guards- man's life which pervades the first...

The Book of Common Prayer as Amended by the Westminster

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Divines, A.D. 1661. Edited by Charles W. Shields, D.D. (Philadelphia : Claxton.)—Dr. Shields is a professor in Princeton College, New Jersey, and this edition of the...

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On Chloroform. By Charles Kidd, M.D. (Renshaw.)—Dr. Kidd seems to

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have had a large experience of chloroform, and wo need hardly say that many of the cases he cites are curious to the last degree. The case of the lady who had ten teeth...

Ahdallah; or, the Four-Leaved Shamrock. By Edward Rend Lefebre- Laboulaye.

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Translated by Mary L. Booth. (Low, Son, and Marston.) —M. Laboulaye's story is the realization of the legend contained in it. It is the four-leaved shamrock of literature....

Far Away ; or, Sketches of Scenery and Society an

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Mauritius. By Charles John Boyle. (Chapman and Hall.)—The first piece of informa- tion we gain from Mr. Boyle is that we are wrong is speaking of the Mauritius. But we learn...

The Wonders of Optics. By F. Marion. Translated from the

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French, and edited by Charles W. Quin. (Low, Son, and Marston.)—This is a companion work to the one on " Thunder and Lightning" which we noticed the other day, but though...

Letters Home from Spain, Algeria, and Brazil. By the Rev.

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Hamlet Clark. (Van Voorst.)—These are the private letters of an entomologist, and their value will be best appreciated by students of natural history. Mr. Hamlet Clark found...

Black and White : a Journal of a Three Months'

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Tour in the United States. By Henry Latham. (Macmillan.)—We can hardly expect much information from a book of this kind. Mr. Latham did not attempt to dive below the surface...

King's College Chapel: Notes on its History and Present Condition.

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By Thomas John Proctor Carter. (Macmillan.)—We do not suppose that Mr. Carter's elaborate and exhaustive account of the chapel of his college will travel far beyond its walls....

Man : Where, Whence, and Whither ? By David Page.

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(Edinburgh : Edmonston and Douglas.)—Cautiously and temperately written, this little book of Dr. Page's touches upon some of those questions which the orthodox would have us...

The Layman's Breviary ; or, Meditations for Every Day in

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the Year. From the German of Leopold Schafer. By C. T. Brooks. (Triibner and Co.)—We learn from the translator that the original work has gone through twelve editions in...

St. Louis, King of France. By the Sire de Joinville.

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Translated by James Hutton. (Low, Son, and Marston.)—A charmingly quaint little book, not telling us very much about the subject, but throwing consider- able light on the...