1 JANUARY 1870

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INDE X.-1870.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY. • 193 • 134 ... 1195 ... 1410 • 745 ... 1154 _ 1571 ... 1280 ... 1407 ... 493 _ 832 ▪ 1028 _ 99 • 635 ... 778 Ballot Apparatus, the new ... 369 Bankers, the...

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The enthronement of the Bishop in Exeter Cathedral took place

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on Wednesday last, when Dr. Temple preached a sermon which we might fairly describe by saying that it dwelt with great force and vividness on the only articles of belief to...


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T HE long-expected change of Ministry in France has at length occurred. The verification of the elections ended on Monday, and on Tuesday morning the following letter from the...

The Tablet has explained very clearly the order of Drocedure

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in the Council, which is little understood in England. Schemata, or 17 19 21 22 decrees on Rationalism, Pantheism, and the other doctrinal sub- jects to be submitted to it...

There is very little news of the Roman Council, and

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what little there is appears to be false news varying from day to day. All the Protestant correspondents, however, are losing heart. The submission of Cardinal Schwarzenberg to...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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At last, Liberal Churchmen, and all Churchmen, if they could

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but see it, have got a Bishop to be proud of,—a man who is as much better a Christian than ordinary English Christians as he is a much abler man than ordinary English men. Dr....

The very voluminous correspondence in which Mr. Fish has reopened

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the subject of the Alabama claims appeared in Mon- day's papers, as well as Lord Clarendon's able criticisms. Neither the general complaint of Mr. Fish, nor Lord Clarendon's...

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The coroner's jury which investigated the case of the Ilrelsh

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Fasting Girl brought in a verdict of manslaughter against the father, apparently provoked by a long statement of his which sug- gested to them that he was a consenting party to...

The Commissioner of Agriculture in the United States reports that

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the agriculture of the South is rapidly reviving. The cotton produced in 1868 reached 2,380,000 bales, and that of next year is expected to reach 2,700,000 bales, of which 40...

We are strongly inclined to suspect, from the way in

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which Prim is getting local power into the hands of soldiers, from S. Castelar's speech, from the sudden recall of the Spanish Ambassador in Paris to Madrid, and from the sort...

Another confession of faith, certainly not less noble, for its

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sincerity is tested by the sacrifice of position and professional prospects, was made last week by the late Public Orator of Cam- bridge, Mr. W. G. Clark, a Fellow of Tirinity...

The Russian Government is making a very insportant experi- ment.

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The Oxus now flows into the Sea of Aral. It once flowed into the Caspian, its old bed being still visible enough to be a feature in maps. If it could be brought back, the...

No leas than three accidents of unusual horror have been

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reported this week. The first was a fire in Sandwich Street, Burton Crescent, on Christmas Day, in which a deaf woman and five children were burnt alive. The fire, which appears...

The Government have been compelled to remove Mr. Madden, of

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Hilton Park, Clones, from the Commission of the Peace. He had been appointed High Sheriff of his county, Leitrim, but refused to serve, alleging that the present Administration...

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Dr. Trower has published a letter entirely repudiating the statement,

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which first appeared in the Guardian, that he had, through his proctors, required Dr. Temple to prove that he was born in wedlock. He did nothing of the kind. Of course, that...

The Secretary of the American Navy curiously confirms the view

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which we recently put forward about the condition of our own. We said that despite all the talk in Parliament we had now no reason to fear America or any other maritime power,...

A well-informed writer, who describes the Gold Panic in New

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York for Fraser's Magazine, adds a little to our knowledge of that transaction. It appears that the Ring made money after all, the writer alleging that they kept their good...

The Bishop of Manchester (Dr. Prince Lee) is dead, and

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Mr. Gladstone has another vacancy to fill up. We suppose it is due by rights to the Evangelical party, if only they bad any eminent men at all. Apt whoever it is, we hope he...

Colonel Boxer, the- Superintendent of the Royal Laboratory, has resigned

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; in consequence, it is said, of certain questions addressed to him by Mr. Cardwell. Colonel Boxer is an inventor a great skill and ingenuity, and has discovered modes of lubri-...

We have received a second letter from Mr. G. C.

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llentinck, and also one from Signor Paaini, in relation to the deciphering of the Venetian despatches (which we reviewed a fortnight ago) by the latter. We will publish these...

The will of the late Marquis of Westminster has been

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pub- lished, and is a complete refutation of the stories which have for some time been going about. The new Marquis, of course, gets most of his father's estates—the London...

Lord St. Leonards publishes a letter in the Times stating

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that • he and his family are the victims of constant annoyance from some person who sends orders in his name to different tradesmen. In -one instance, his name was forged by...

As the Standard, while politely acquiescing in our assertion that

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we were, to the best of our knowledge, the first journal to protest against the restoration of the names of Messrs. Schneider and Fenwick (the great bribing Liberals unseated at...

Tropmann, the butcher of the Muck family, has been tried

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and found guilty, strange to say without extenuating circumstances, and condemned to death. When we express surprise that " ex- tenuating circumstances" were not found, we do...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 921.

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T HE recent debate in the Spanish Cortes upon the policy of the Government reveals a most extraordinary state of affairs. That body has voted by an immense majority that...


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THE NEW FRENCH MINISTRY. T HE Emperor has won the game so far. The permanence of his success must depend upon the condition of public opinion in France, a condition which we...

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FISH is, we think, an improvement on Mr. Seward. ill There is no mere buncombe in his despatches, no windy flourishes of the Jefferson-Brick order. He writes like an educated...

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mo understand the present agitation for administrative _I_ reforms in Scotland two things must be kept in view. The agitation is not popular, but Parliamentary ; did not begin...

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O N the day on which these words reach our London readers the Pall Mall Ga:ette will be issued as a morning paper at twopence. We heartily hope the Pall Mall Ga:ette will...

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IS Mr. James Gordon Bennett also among the prophets ? Yes ; for he now publishes a Sunday edition of the New York Herald, and a Sunday edition of the New York Herald will sell...

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F EW things more mark the criticism of our day than the praises lavished upon Style ; few things more mark the attitude of the great reading class than the stolidity with which...

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C - . YORK SHIRE :-GEOG RAVI Y. T HAT great block of territory in the North-East of England to which is now given the name of Yorkshire constitutes, it need hardly be said, the...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Rome, December 25, 1869. As far as I can judge out here from the stray scraps of the Eng- lish Press that are smuggled in at intervals, it...

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TENNYSON'S ARTHURIAN POEM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—Your excellent review of Mr. Tennyson's Arthurian Idylls refers to one aspect of them which has never yet...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—The Spectator has lately published, on the question of the Pope's infallibility,—a question claiming much public attention at this...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTAT0R:1 SIR,—I observe in last Saturday's Spectator a review of a work entitled " Stormbeaten," published by Messrs. Ward and Lock, and purporting to...


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[TO TILE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The writer of the article on Trades' Unions in your last number has fallen into an error which it is important should be corrected,...


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MR. GIBSON THE SCULPTOR" Tins is a very pleasant little book,—founded in some measure on autobiographical materials left behind hint by Mr. Gibson, — materials which we rather...

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CHILD-NATURE.* THIS little book, like all which has come from

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either of the Anthers of Child-World, is full of lively and beautiful fancy,— • ' th;ugh the author seems to us now and then to miss the distinction between the natural and the...

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Tuts, if we mistake not, is Mr. Macgregor's third canoe voyage, for his cruise in the yawl "Rob Roy," though marked by many of the same features as characterized his "Thousand...

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pleasant book about America, which may impress and instruct the literary class and English society all the more by the peculiarity of the point of view from which it is written....

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The Portfolio. An Artistic Periodical. Edited by P. G. Hamerton. No. 1, January. (Seeley.)—We notice with pleasure the first number of this periodical, to which we turn with...

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The Flora of Middlesex. By IL Trimen, 31.11, and W.

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T. Thisleton Dyer, B.A. (Ilardwicke.)—This is a book of immense research, which all Middlesex botanists—and they are, and always have boon, a numer- ous and enthusiastic...

The Education of Girls; the Employment of Women. Two Lectures.

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By W. B. Hodgson, LL.D. (Traner.)—Dr. Hodgson deserves all the credit which should belong to an early advocate of a cause that is about to succeed. The former of these two...

Shut your Mouth. By George Catlin. (Triibner.)—Mr. Catlin does not

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give to this maxim a Pythagorean sense, as Mr. Carlyle recommends "golden silence ;" nor dees he use it to enforce the duty of abstinence in the matter of eating and drinking....

Obituary Notices of the late John James Tayler. By James

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3Iartinean and Charles Beard. Reprinted from the inquirer and the Theological Review. Mr. Beard's "Notice" we mentioned when it appeared. Mr. Martinean's is distinguished by all...

Down Channel, by IL T. McMullen (Longmans), is a record

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of some twenty years' cruising in miniature yachts, told in a very simple, pleasant manner, without any odious affectation of being funny. A voyage in which a very slight...

A Book about Words. By G. F. Graham. (Longmans.)—The interest

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of the subject is inexhaustible, and is such as to make it peculiarly suit- able for the studies of a school. It has the great value of giving a sense of discovery, and so...

Extracts from Cicero. By Henry Walford, MA. (The Clarendon Press.)—Wo

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have here the first part of a proposed volume of extracts from Cicero, containing anecdotes from Greek and Roman history. The selection is well made. We welcome it as another...

The Gospel in the Law. By Charles Taylor, M.A. (Deighton

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and Bell : Bell and Daldy.)—This volume contains an examination of "select citations [from the Old Testament in the Now] of pronounced critical and theological interest." Some...

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Peter Parley's Annual for 1870. (Bon. George.)—There was once a

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real "Peter Parley," who has, we believe, been dead for some years. The commercial value of the name is, we suppose, not exhausted, but from a literary point of view we cannot...

Favilla's Follies. By Ella Winter. 2 vols. (Newby.)—If Miss Winter

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could govern her pen, which, as it is, simply runs away with her, she might write something which we could read without an effort, even with pleasure. Favilla herself we do not...