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The inquiry concerning the loss of the Northfleet has been

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going on all the week, but has not elicited much new light on the cause of the catastrophe. The only very clear and important practical precaution against such catastrophes...

The Murillo, nominally at least a Spanish ship, despatched from

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Antwerp for Lisbon, appears without doubt to have been the offender to which the destruction of the Northfleet and the loss of more than 300 lives is due. Yesterday we heard...

The Thirty are still bewildered by their fight with M.

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Thiers. It seems certain that his right of debate will be brought before the Assembly, and that the Right Centre, accoriing to its organ, Le Francais, will support an amendment...

A very curious scene took place in the Court of

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Queen's Bench on Wednesday, when the Claimant and his ally, Mr. Skipworth, were brought up for contempt of Court. Mr. Skip- worth made a speech, and a number of completely...


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ITHE French papers are full of discussions which one would think must be not a little irritating to Frenchmen. The day 'before yesterday it was affirmed that the Orleanist...

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

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The Bonapartes are not much better than their rivals, but

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they are a little more logical. The momentary accord between Prince Napoleon and his cousin has already disappeared, and his friends now declare that he is "head of the family...

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been receiving a good

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many deputations this week, and to one out of the three he was gracious, but it was not to the first. The first was a working-men's deputation on the subject of the malt-tax,...

The " difficulty " created by the extinction of the

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reigning family in the Sandwich Islands appears to have been easily sur- mounted, Prince Lunalipo, known popularly, we believe, as "Prince Bill," an able man who dyinks too...

Mr. Streeter, the well-known jeweller, affirms that the public are

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frequently imposed on by people who sell 9-carat gold for 18- carat, and doubts the value of the "Hail mark" imposed by the Goldsmiths' Company. Mr. Chaffers, author of "Hall...

The Times publishes with great triumph a strong letter from.

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M. Le Play, the French economist, against the system of com- pulsory subdivision of property, and no doubt M. Le Play makes out in part a case. Subdivision has reduced the...

Prince Bismarck made two remarkable speeches in the Prussian Chamber

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of Deputies this day week, on the reasons for his resignation of the Prussian Prime Ministership, the general drift of which we have explained and criticised else- where. We may...

Dr. Gottfried Hessel was discharged on Thursday by Mr. Vang,han,

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after a complete break-down of the evidence against him in relation to the Great Ceram Street murder. An alibi was quite satisfactorily made out, and the evidence of the very...

The election for MA-Cheshire, should .a vacancy occur,. as is

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expected, before the present Parliament is dissolved, will be one of the most important ever held in England, Mr. G. W. Latham, of Bradwall Hall, who is the probable candidate...

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The London School Board have carried a vote for the

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religious inspection of the religious teaching in their schools by a large majority, for which Miss Emily Davies is entitled to some credit. She made on Wednesday a very neat...

Mr. Childers made a very lucid and able financial speech

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to his constituents at Knottingley on Thursday, to prove that though the total expenditure of the Government does not seem to have diminished, it has really diminished very...

Mr. Fitzjames Stephen has declined the Liberal candidature for Liverpool,

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on the ground of his desire to forward the cause of codification in ways not likely to be secured at present by his appearance in Parliament. The Conservative candidate is Mr....

As we predicted last week, the appointment of Dr. Wallace

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to the Chair of Church History in the University of Edinburgh, has already given rise to a heresy charge, the investigation of which Dr. Wallace himself supported. He seconded...

"W. R. G." has received a threatening letter from Wales,

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sub- scribed "Sarah," with a coffin, skull, and cross-bones, in which he is warned not to write against Strikes and Unions iu the Pall Mall Gazette or elsewhere, lest "an arm be...

We have to express our regret for a mistake in

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the paper of last week concerning the Theological Chair in Edinburgh Uni- versity to which Dr. Wallace has been appointed. In that paper we said that the late Professor of...

We rarely open a paper now without reading of some

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decision -or legal opinion tending to make an executor's work impossible. The Times of Wednesday gives the latest, in the shape of an -opinion from Sir Roundell Palmer, now Lord...

Consols were on Friday 92 1 1 to 92i.

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. .‘ I TAPPY the Government whose records are dull" would _I be a good pendant to the common maxim about the country which has 'no annals ; the...

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versteht"). "Disagreements of a kind to give occasion he can

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choose his own agents, and on any matter of importance to my resignation," he said, "absolutely never occurred. can say "this I will not have, and I can make specific demands In...

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wT HEN Parliament meets we shall obtain some insight into the secret of that Central-Asian mystery which has sent such strong pulsations through the Diplomatic Body, and aroused...

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Casa is i r extraordinary, and this epithet fully belongs to what we trust will be the last public appearance of the Claimant until he is brought up for trial. After the...

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I T seems that, in spite of denials of various kinds, we must accept the fact of an American Note to Spain on the subject of the Slavery question in the Spanish Antilles. The...

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P ROBABLY the most curious poisoning case of recent times,— certainly one even much more curious than the wholesale poisoning in the North of England, so far as the latter is at...

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T HE discuszion between the Times, Sir George Bowyer, and Archbishop Manning on the possibility of Ultranaontane loyalty has been to some extent a scuffle in the dark,—the Times...

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GEORGE MASON'S COLLECTED PICTURES. Jr has been suggested that the impression formed by a great part of the cultivated public as to George Mason's place in modern art would...

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LAND-LAW REFORM. [TO THR EDITOR OF THR "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you kindly afford space for a few comments on the- very able article on "The Enfranchisement of the Land" which...

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SIR,—In common with "A. G. 'W.," I fully recognise that the evils connected with our system of land tenure are at the bottom of the degradation and misery of the peasants. No...

(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:l SIR,—Permit a practical lawyer

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to suggest some practicable , reforms in the Land Laws. The main cause of cost in the transfer of land is the investigation and proof of title consequent upon charges and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—My attention has been called to a letter on the above subject in your issue of the 18th inst., which contains SO many inaccuracies that...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SpEarATos.. - ) SIS,—Will you kindly allow me space in your next issue to correct a mistake in your last as to the character of Cheshunt College? In the...


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FREDERIK PALUDAN-MtiLLER.* WHEN Jens Paludan-Miiller, the venerable Bishop of Aarhuus, fell asleep at a good old age, be had the satisfaction of leaving behind him three...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ''SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—I hope you will permit me to correct the only error I see in your admirable article on the late Mr. Graves. He was not an Englishman,...

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"NAPOLEON has for the most part had no judgment passed upon him but that either of profound hatred or of profound attach- ment." With these words M. Lanfrey opens a work which...

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ANY book which Sir John Shaw Lefevre has thought it worth his while to translate may certainly claim a notice, but we cannot help thinking that he has taken up the book for the...

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to turn occasionally from the complex helter.skelter. of the present time, which must sometimes tire the mind most enamoured of modernism, to look at the simpler forms and the...

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CHANGE OF AIR AND SCENE.* Turs book is somewhat of

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a medley, but an amusing medley, and will be read by many who care nothing for the mineral waters of Southern Europe, of which, oddly enough, the translator observes we may here...

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WORDS AND WORKS.* THE first thing that would probably strike

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with surprise any one who might casually take up this singularly uninviting-looking volume would be, why we call attention to it. We certainly do not imagine that it will...

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MR. MAcCarrrny has produced a volume which is likely to be of service to the future biographer of Shelley. The writer has made some discoveries—of less value perhaps than he...

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Dissent in Its Relations to the Church of England. By

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G. H. Cartels, M.A. (Macmillan.)—This volume contains the Bampton Lectures for the year 1871, which have been subjected, it would seem, to much revision and expansion since...


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The Westminster Review: January. (Tiiftmer.)—In sight of the controversies, practical and theoretical, which are being waged so fiercely at the moment, a reader of the...

A Woman at the Wheel. By A. M. Tobyn. (Hurst

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and Blackett.) —The title of this novel proclaims the author's platform, that of Woman's Rights. But readers who expect to gather from its pages material for the cheap and...

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Annual Record of Science and Industry for 1871. Edited by

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Spencer F. Baird. (New York : Harper. London : Sampson Low and Co.)— " The design of the present work," says the editor in his preface, "is to furnish a brief yet sufficiently...

Military Men I Have Met. By E. Dyne Fenton. Illustrated

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by E. Linley Sambourne. (Tinsley.)—Mr. Sambotume's pencil is at least more uniformly successful than his collaborateur's pen. The figures— horses excepted, for these are sadly...

More " Bab " Ballads. By W. S. Gilbert. (Routledge.)—The

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author describes his work as "much sound and little sense." The "much sound "is there, for Mr. Gilbert is curiously skilful in managing his verse, which flows on in the easiest...