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The working-class demonstrations in favour of the French Republic have

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not hitherto been very effective. The meeting at St. James's Hall on Saturday night was addressed by Professor Mealy, Mr. Bradlaugh, Colonel Dickson, and other gentlemen of...

We do not profess to have any clear view of

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the amount of national spirit for the war now existing in France. The Daily News reports with an air of absolute knowledge that there is little or none, and that the whole...


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T HE negotiations between the French and North-German Governments were definitively broken off as long ago as Wed- nesday week, though the result was not positively known in...

• ,,,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

Toul capitulated yesterday week, and Strasburg on Tuesday,— both fortresses

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after heroic defences. Toul was said to be on fire in twenty-three different places before it surrendered, and in Strasburg a breach was made, and the city might have been...

Of Paris we have heard nothing trustworthy during the last

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week. The Daily News published on Wednesday a very amus- ing letter from a Paris resident, but this was wholly written on the first day of the investment and the day before it...

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M. Thiers, says M. Reuter, arrived at St. Petersburg on

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Sep- tember 27, and descended at the " Demuth " Hotel, which being interpreted means the Hotel of Humility,—a very good hotel for the purpose of his mission. But it does not...

For example, Mr. Austin Bruce, who has been much abused

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by the newspapers for two speeches very much better in tone than Mr. Lowe's, has expressed what we think is a very good mind in relation to the war. lie said at Glasgow on...

And there is, we think, a fair chance that Mr.

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Gladstone in- tends to protest strongly against the avowed German purpose of annexingsreluctant populations on the plea of military necessity.' His reply to the working-men's...

It was curious enough that the breach in the walls

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of Rome was made through the Villa Buonaparte, so that the name of the Buonapartes was grotesquely connected with the fall, just as it had been with the propping-up, of the...

Victor Emanuel's letter to the Pope, transmitted by the hand

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of Count Ponza di San Martino, at least shows how profoundly the King fears the Roman Church and believes in its power. It reads exactly like a document wrung out of him by...

And yet Russia is ostentatiously making preparations ; and the

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popular feeling against Germany is freely expressed in the papers, usually so severely controlled. The Gazette de la Bourse, of St. Petersburg, contained an article on Tuesday...

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M. Darouf, the first balloon-postman of Paris, gives a very

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-amusing account of his expedition. No sooner was his balloon, with its three sacks of letters, fairly outside the enceinte, than be was fired at by the Prussian cannon and then...

Consols were on Friday evening 911 to 911.

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Dr. Russell, in a letter to the Times, from the

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Crown Prince's head-quarters, dated Coulommiers, September 1G, gives an illus- tration of the ex-Emperor's military ignorance and incompetence which is quite astounding. He...

We give in another column an amusing letter, describing the

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wrath of a vestry when asked to provide a rate for the purposes of education. The real danger, both in London and the country, is the danger that the Education Boards will fall...

The latest accounts of the state of affairs at Tien-tsin

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and the action of the Chinese Government subsequent to the massacre are not reassuring. The Times' correspondent at Shanghai, writing on August 4, gives horrible details of the...

General De Wimpffen has published a letter which puts the

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conduct of the (then) Emperor of the French before Sedan in a much less creditable light. It will be remembered that when asked about the surrender, Louis Napoleon replied that...

The imprisonment of Dr. Jacoby for stating in a temperate

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speech at Konigsberg the reasons against the annexation of Alsace and Lorraine, is justified by General Vogel von Falken- stein, on the curt military plea that such meetings as...

It does not - seem certain that the guarantee of the

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loan of a. million sterling, wrung with so much difficulty out of the Imperial Government for New Zealand, will after all be accepted, as the colony is profoundly nettled at the...

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M. JULES FAVRE AND COUNT BISMARCK. T HE German invasion has entered on its aggressive stage. When M. Jules Favre was told by Count Bismarck that the " principle of territorial...

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T HE Prime Minister in receiving the working-men's depu- tation on Tuesday did not, at all events, copy Mr. Lowe's ostentatious timidity. If we gather rightly the drift of &is...

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A S we are apt to take a good deal more notice of a great fire in the next street than of those vast hydrogen cyclones in the Sun, whose flames sweep over , millions of miles,...

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W ITH the fall of Strasburg the war enters distinctly on a new phase. So long as that stronghold held out, the advance of the Prussian armies far into the interior of France...

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N OW that Count Bismarck, both in his conversations with Jules Fevre and his diplomatic circulars, has virtually adopted the arguments which have for some time past been used by...

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SCIENCE IN ITS CONDESCENDING MOOD. ()NE of the most impressive

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incidents of the very interesting ceremonial which took place on occasion of the laying of the first stone of the new buildings for that great Lancashire " University of the...

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T HE case made out at the Central Criminal Court against Margaret Waters, one of the two women charged with the -wholesale murder of children in a baby-farming house at Brixton,...

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IX.—EDWARD I. T HE descent of character from generation to generation is- liable to great surprises,' and full of strange seeming caprices of nature, but never in the course...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, I perceive that a correspondent of yours has come forward to explain the fact that the Re-endowment of the Irish Church is going to be...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—As an Irish Churchman

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who is giving money and time to the work of re-endowment, I hope you will permit me to reply to the Dublin clergyman who, in the Spectator of the 24th, writes to say that God is...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —You recently directed attention to the law regarding civil marriage in Ireland. Permit me to mention my own case, one of great...


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THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sm,—In reply to Mr. Vaughan ' s letter quoted in last week ' s Spectator, permit me to observe that there are two points at issue which ought not to be...


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A VESTRY SCENE. !TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Polvellan, Looe, Cornwall, September 24. Srn,—My weekly Spectator has become so gloomy of late that it quite depresses me...

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THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD.* Ii the notice prefixed to this volume it is stated that no notes of the conclusion of the story have been found, and that therefore the publishers...


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0 STRASBURG ! GERMAN. ENGLISH. 0 Strasburg ! 0 Strasburg ! do 0 Strasburg ! 0 Strasburg ! thou wunderschone Stadt, town in beauty clad, - Darinnen liegt begraben manch In...

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ABOUT six months ago we had an opportunity of noticing this book in connection with its principal topics—the development of Russia since the Crimean War, and the attempts to...

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- THE authorities of King's College Hospital, an institution which, notwithstanding the hindrance of limited and precarious resources, may well bear comparison in usefulness...

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Tuns is a " working-man's novel," written, we are told, at the suggestion of friends of the author, who considered that his wide experience, not personal or accidental only, but...

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THESE slight sketches of memorable characters, as Mr. Baillie Cochrane himself styles them, are in reality highly coloured but un- finished portraits of Francis I., Louis XVI.,...

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After Baxtow's Death. By Morley Farrow. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)-- Here

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we have the old stock materials arranged again in a fashion that does not give them any particular attraction or novelty. "Bartow,"' whose early death we are inclined to regret...

Essays in Mosaic. By Thomas Ballantyne. (Sampson' Low.)—Mr Ballantyne has

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pieced together a number of extracts on such subjects as. " The Art of Reading," " The Art of Thinking " and the like, adding occa- sionally or inserting some remarks of his...

Pericuia Urbis, and other Exercises in Latin, Greek, and English

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Verse. By W. Moore, B.A. (Longman.)—Mr. Moore calls his Periculcr Urbis a satire, but it is not easy to refer it to any recognized class of this kind of poem. It is not like...


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The History of the Cathedral Church of IVells. By Edward A. Free- man. (Macmillan.)—The history of Wells Cathedral (a slipshod expres- sion which Mr. Freeman criticizes,—it...