1 JUNE 1867

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Very contradictory accounts have been received of the fate of

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the Emperor Maximilian. On the one hand, the Mexican Embassy at Vienna professes to have received news that the Republicans before Queretaro had been completely defeated,. but...

A god story is told illustrative of this feeling. An

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errand boy meeting an old country member descending the steps of the Carlton Club, asked him, "Please, Sir, is this the Reform Club?" "No, damn you!" growled the old Tory, " The...


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T HE franchise section of the Reform Bill, both as regards the borough and county qualification, passed finally through Com- mittee on Tuesday., It will establish in the...

The Princess Mary of Teck had a baby (a little

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girl) on Sunday night at Kensington Palace. They are both prosperous.

Mr. Jefferson Davis was released from custody on Monday, 13th

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May, a number of gentlemen, amongst whom was Horace Greeley, entering into recognizances for the amount of 20,000/. for his appearance before the district court of the United...

Mr. Laing brought on his motion last night for taking

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one seat from every two-seated borough with a population under 10,000, instead of 7,000. • This was the only point directly at issue ; but Mr. Laing intends to propose...

The meteoric shower of Royal splendours has already begun at

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Paris, and it is rumoured that the two monarchical meteors which The meteoric shower of Royal splendours has already begun at Paris, and it is rumoured that the two monarchical...

The Princess Louis of Hesse (Princess Alice) is to hold

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Drawing- Rooms for the Queen instead of the Princess of Wales. The first is to be on the 27th inst.

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On Thursday, too, Mr. J. S. Mill's proposal for personal

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repre- sentation, generally known as Mr. Hare's plan, was slightly dis- cussed. The purpose of this scheme is to provide means for any elector who does not like any one of the...

The Compound Householder, who rallied slightly on Thursday week, under

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the illusive hope, which Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Childers, and Mr. Hodgkinson had held out, that he might be permitted to survive, if he really preferred to abdicate all political...

When this was disposed of, the fancy franchises collapsed at

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Sir Roundell Palmer's first touch. The educational frauchise was not needed after the concession of a lodger franchise, and was a step towards manhood suffrage, as it would have...

The telegram from India on which we commented last week

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is now stated to have originated in the report of an insane person that a mutiny had been resolved upon. The name of the place at which the mutiny was reported (written "Great"...

The first of the new afternoon sittings on Tuesday certainly

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made great way, or rather made quickly away, with parts of the Reform Bill. .The first amendment was Mr. Poulett Scrope's, for disposing of the electoral " residuum " in the...

On Thursday the first clause of the redistribution section, which

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disfranchises Totnes, Reigate, Lancaster, and Great Yarmouth, came on for discussion, and was carried by a majority of 72 (159 to 87), the House evidently wishing to earn a...

The condemned Fenian Burke is reprieved, and we are to

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have no Fenian executions. This is well, but Lord Derby's Cabinet showed its usual want of judgment in deciding on the execution of Burke, rejecting the plea for mercy urged on...

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Mr. Mill made a speech last Saturday at St. James's

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Hall which was not at all in his true line. It was against Mr. Disraeli's clauses about the (then dying) Compound Householder, and his speech wars an attempt in the direction of...

The Pall Mall had, on Thursday, a letter from a

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fictitious knob-stick,—a literary actor like the amateur casual,—who got himself up as a journeyman tailor from the country, and carried - work out of a West-End shop in the...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities yesterday and

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on Friday week are subjoined :— Friday, May 24. Friday, Stay 31. Mexican .. Spanish Passives Do. Certifloates Turkish a per Cents., Iti58 Unii.el States 5.20'e • • • • • • • •...

Dr. Lyon Playfair has written an interesting letter to Lord

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Granville (published in Weduesday's Times) on the want of technical education of our English artisans, and the signs to be seen in the Paris Exhibition of our consequent...

Mr. Roebuck dined at the Mansion House on Tuesday, and

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said he "took to himself no small glory" for aiding the Conservatives in forcing this Reform Bill on Parliament. A great thinker has said that "Egotism is an infirmity that...

A riddle above par is going about on the Ritualistic

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question. Why was Eve the first Ritualist convert ? Because she began by being eve-angelical, and ended by taking to vestments.

Lord Cranborne made an admirable speech in the Mysore -debate

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of yesterday week, on the comparative advantages and disadvantages of our own and the native system of government in India. "The faults of the two systems," he said, "were of an...

Great Eastern ..

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Friday, hfay 24. 311 Friday, May 31. 83 Great Northern r• 1121 Great Western.. .. 43 455 Lancashire and Yorkshire .. 25 129 London and Brighton .. 5 81 (4...

Owing to a further large influx of the precious metals,

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and the extensive purchases of money stock, together with the operations of the Government Broker for the reduction of the National Debt. the market for Home Securities has been...

The Owl has what might be a rather good parody

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on Mr. Browning's "Lost Leader,"—which it putsdnto a Tory mouth and applies to Mr. Disraeli,—if it were only true that Mr. Disraeli is lost to the Tories, or the Tories to him....

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TOPICS OF.. THE. DAY. . THE NEXT BATTLE FOR THE LIBERALS. . . AIR. DISRAELI has nicknamed the _Liberals in reference to _their dislike of the personal . franchises,—the...

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I T is curious to see the Tory papers, flushed with their 0 Democratic victory, indeed almost blushing under the wreath Of honour with whickMr... Disraeli has encircled the...

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E VER since the days of the Crimean War Russian questions have been rather at a discount in England. Somewhere in London there appears a paper called the Diplomatic Review,...

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THERE is apparently a new flow of Conservative sap from the branch of popular representation, which Mr. Disraeli has now shut off from the main stem by his clever use of...

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GANG LABOUR FOR CHILDREN. A FTER the very strong language used

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in both Houses of Parliament, and by speakers of all parties, in discussing the Report upon the employment of children in agricultural labour, it would have been reasonable in...

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THE Rev: Orby Shipley, the editor of the High-Church . essays - called the Church and the World, which caused so much discussion abOut a - year ago, has just commenced a new...

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A N opera is, or professes to be, a drama in which the words are sung instead of being spoken, and the vast sums ex- pended by managers on scenery and costumes show that they...

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'W E have referred to the general character of the traces

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of Roman civilization still remaining in Kent ; we must now say a few words more specially with reference to relics of Roman " * Mr. Roach Smith's Antiquities of Rithborougls,...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY.—[SEcoNo NOTICE.] A GREATER mistake can scarcely be made in painting the Scotch Highlands than to make them pretty,—pretty that is in the inferior sense which...

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" Successugue acrior ipso " Prcraa petit nutria et pelago decurrit aperto." ! let the good ship reel before the breeze, Borne on the shifting tided of chance and change ; On,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TIIE "SPECTATOR."] San,—You have lately examined with your characteristic dis- . • gladness the doctrine of . the Bishop of Salisbury, and will you now, for...

PYGMALION'S STATUE. 0 that story of the statue !— Statue,

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shaped with art so rare That your sculptor gazing at you Loved, in spite of the despair, Till sweet Art took Nature's breath, Lent you life, and gave you death! While he sighed,...

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WILLIAM HAZLITT.* [SECOND NOTICE.] WE have said that Mr. Carew Hazlitt has not done much for his grandfather's memory by this rashly and feebly executed book. But it is...


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SIR,—It is admitted that the question of questions for Ireland is that of the land. Could this one paramount difficulty be satis- factorily settled, the beginning of a better...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have just read with great admiration your able article on the case for women. You state with perfect truth that "spinsters and widows...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."' Sin,—Many will be puzzled by the assertion in your present issue that the new W. copyhold franchise is an extension of the Chandos Clause,...

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GREAT as was"rthd - impression produced by Dr. Mx Miiller's "Essay on :Cienpaiative Mythology" in the Oxfeiy/ - Etf.says, and sabsequeritlidsy the'. concluding lectures of the...

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IT happens occasionally that we take up half listlessly a book the title-page of which is not inviting, which has no new facts to tell ns, no new theories to propound, We read...

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humour never fail him, and the little volume of new tales first on our list (most of which are embodied in the second, which contains also many old ones), has a charm as fresh...


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AN unusual feature in the Cornhill of this month is the appear- ance of two novels, neither of which is honoured by the name of an author. If we remember rightly, the Cornitill...

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Tins is the noblest work yet published on its great subject. It is not, nor pretends to be, a history. It is but a study upon a history, needing, to be fully appreciated, some...

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Poems : including Tales, Ballads, and Songs. By Robert White.

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(Kelso, Rutherford; London, Longmans.) — Mr. White's poems de- serve a kindly word of encouragement. They are natural and unpre- tending, and though not calculated to command...

The Church and State Question, as Settled by the Ministry

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of Our Lord and of the Apostles. By Robert Vaughan, D.D. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)—Dr. Vaughan might appear from this work a strong High Churchman, who writes with...

j it was hardly worth while translating them in order

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to give the faith- fill in England the pleasure of finding one of their sentiments echoed in Georgia,—to enable them to rejoice, as Mr. Malan suggests, that there are brethren...

Ireland and her .Churches. By James Godkin. (Chapman and Hall.)

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—It is a pity that Mr. Godkin has not better digested his materials, and put them forth more forcibly and in a shorter compass. His book as it stands will be serviceable to...

Muriel; or, Social Fetters. A novel. By Mrs. Edwin James.

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(Skeet.) —This is an extremely foolish book, of the truest young-lady type, with the addition of, just so much knowledge of the world as takes away the charm of innocence from...


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Words Spelled in Two or More Ways by Different Authors, with an Attempt to Settle their Orthography. By Robert Sullivan, LL.D. (Dublin : M. and J. Sullivan.)—This little book...

The Merchant's Handbook. By W. A. Browne, LL.D. (Stanford.) —This

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work gives the coinage and the weights and measures of every country. We need say no more to show that it is simply invaluable.

Our Cousins in Australia. By Isabel 3lassary. (Edinburgh : W.

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P. Nimmo.)—We can recommend this story as pleasing and healthy, a little spun out, but never forced or affected. The scene is laid in Sydney, and the tale is put in the mouth...

Grif: a Story of Colonial Life. By B. L. Farjeon.

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(Dunedin : William Hay.)—An Australian story, reminding us alternately of Geoffry Hamlyn and of the works of Mr. James Greenwood. There is promise in the book, though the author...