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Peace was signed at Prague on the 23rd August, the

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conditions being almost exactly the same as those of the preliminaries agreed upon at Nikolsburg, with a rather odd and cautiously worded article, however, as to the cession of...

The great out-door meeting at Birmingham on Monday was a

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complete success, and has already entirely removed the impression that the working classes, till within a few months apparently so phlegmatic, will in the future be passive...

Of course the resolutions proposedandcarried in this open-air meet- ing

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were only formal, and the speaking was reserved for the even- ing in the Town Hall, which is large enough to hold 6,000 people, and was surrounded during the meeting by a much...


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THE week has been singularly diversified both in its weather and its interests. Bright days broken by heavy storms, wet days suddenly clearing up into brilliant sun, have been...

Count Bismark has surprised Prussia and startled Europe by announcing

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in committee on the annexation Bill, that "very probably it may be necpaaat7 for Prussia to defend her possessions after she has incorporated them, as was the case with Silesia...

The Prussian Parliament has, however, carried its point as to

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the budget. The Government has accepted a mild repulse and a formal pardon for its conduct in governing for so many years without a budget sanctioned by the people. The Bill of...

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button'for the negroes whom they were enfranchising, are now warmly

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supporting precisely that section of Northern opinion against which this accusation was and is true, and vilifying to the best of their powers precisely that section of Northern...

If the Convention had planted the basis of a solid

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party, the lovers of true freedom might hang their heads. It was compelled, however, to embody in its so-called platform a resolution of gratitude to the Federal soldiers, which...

Mr. Harris, a Conservative election agent at Totnes, to whom,

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as he says, Mr. Fender offered a situation worth 3001. a year to go away, caused a great sensation by declaring to the Commis- sion on Tuesday that no less than 20,0001. was...

The Atlantic telegraph, which began by flashing the words of

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the Gospel of peace, now only communicates daily the price of gold, and cotton, and stocks, and for all political information we are still dependent on the telegrams from...

A correspondence has been published between the Lord Chief Justice,

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Sir A. Cockburn, and Mr. Beales, late Revising Barrister for the county of Middlesex, containing the former's reasons for not reappointing Mr. Beales this year to the place, and...

The evidence taken before the Election Commissions of the week

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seems to have been far more productive of laughter than of any other result that yet appears. Some of the witnesses were much more successful in bringing the " house down" than...

Mr. Laing has been defending himself before his constituents of

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the Wick Burghs, both at Kirkwall and Wick ; and as regards his votes on the Reform Bill,—he only voted once against the Govern- ment, namely, on Lord Grosvenor's...

The Philadelphia Convention, the object of which was to effect

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a political junction between the Northern men who, like the President, Mr. Seward, Mr. Montgomery Blair, Mr. H. J. Raymond, Mr. Thurlow Weed, and men of the same class, are...

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A further redaction has been made in the Bank rates

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of discount, and the minimum quotation now rules at 6 per cent. with the prospect of a fall to 5 per cent. on Thursday next. The Bank return is very favourable, there being an...

The annexed statement shows the closing prices of the leading

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British Railways yesterday and on Friday week :— Great Eastern .. .. Great Northern .. .. Friday, Aug .24. •• 261 1211 Friday, Aug. 31. .. 321 .. 122 Great Western... .....

The Consol market during the week has riled firm, and

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the quotation for the present account has been as high as 89k, i. Yesterday's closing quotations were 891 for money, and 891, 1, for the October account. American securities...

Mr. F. Buckland did not lose the opportunity offered by

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the meeting of the British Association at Nottingham, but read a paper on salmon and salmon fisheries. He roundly abused the -enemies of the fish, such as millers, cormorants,...

The British Association has had but one religious dispute this

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year, and that was not a very alarming one. A Mr. J. Reddie read what the Record calls a " manly and faithful paper," on the various theories of man's past and present...

One of the most interesting addresses of the Association was

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.delivered by Mr. Gifford Palgrave on Arabia. He spoke of the ani- snosity of the feud between the white (the Northern) Arabs, and the red (the Southern) Arabs, and described as...

One of the best papers of the Association was that

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of Mr. Huggins -on " Spectrum Analysis" as a means of telling the constitution of the stars. One very curious fact he seems to have brought out, that the application of this...

The British Association broke up on Thursday with an enter-

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tainment given by the Mayor of Nottingham, at which the mem- bers for that borough, Mr. Bernal Osborne and Lord Amberley, were present. At this entertainment the Association...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities yesterday and

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on Friday week are subjoined Friday, Ang. 2.4. Friday, Aug. 81. Mexican .. .. 161 .. 13 Spanish Passive •• .. 2)1 221 Do. Certificates .. • • III 16 Turkish...

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BIRMINGHAM AND THE WICK BURGHS. "There he stood, And shouted loudly. Pallas joined her voice, And filled with terror all the Trojan host. Clear as the trumpet's voice which...

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GERMANY. T HE more brilliant and conspicuous agents in a great political revolution always get more than their pro- portionate share of the credit of their performances. This...

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T HE preliminary clearing of the ground for the bridge about to be built across the Holborn Valley gave the Cor poration of London the other day a noble " opportunity of...

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THE RUSSIAN CONSPIRACY. T HE IVOrthern Post, the organ of the

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Russian Home Office, has favoured the public with a circumstantial summary of what, as is officially professed, was brought to light by the judicial investigation into the...

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T HE Bishop of Oxford certainly expects the Divine wrath, if not the end of the world, with much more confidence in the long vacation than at any other time of the year. Perhaps...

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A VERY distinguished Anglo-Indian, who had just returned to his place of exile after a short holiday spent in the old country, was asked one day what fresh impressions English...

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his very able address at the opening of the British Association, before pleading for the principle of '" perfect continuity" as more and more clearly discovered in all our...

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W HEN there is a talk—though, we are persuaded, only a. talk—of reviving the dignity of Patrician of Rome in favour of Napoleon III., it is instructive to look back and glance...

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W E use the term "West Country" in a sense which

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will not bear a rigid lineal demarcation such as is applied to the geo- graphy of a single county. We can lay down on the map no red-line boundary marking out where precisely...

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1 SHOULD like to know how many grown Englishmen or

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Englishwomen, apart from those unfortunates who are prepar- ing for competitive examinations, are aware of the existence of this place ? No Englishman is bound to know of it by...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the controversy respecting the condition of Cornwall the following facts may be of value. The four Unions named are the principal...


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THE BEGGAR'S BENISON.* THIS is a fiction—so far as it is fiction—of a rather fresh and striking kind, fresh at least to this generation. It professes to be the autobiography of...

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Mass RossErn has never again come up to the level she reached in Goblin Market. There was a freshness, simplicity, and originality in that little goblin story which reminded us...

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WE are informed by Sir Walter Scott that when, in company with a party of friends, he first set foot on the Isle of Skye, his first thought and that of all his fellow-voyagers,...

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Ma. Boxn, whose name we have not hitherto seen among the editors of the Chronicles and Memorials, has prefaced his records of the Cistercian Abbey of Meaux or Melsa, in...

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REVIEWING the magazines when the first of the month falls on a Saturday is like writing an account of a battle before half the forces come into action. We may take desultory...

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Your Ditty and Mine. By James Erasmus Philipp; Vicar of

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War- minster. (Rivingtons.)—An exposition, chiefly for parochial use, of the- relative duties. of wives and husbands, children and parents, servants and masters. This little...


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The Dole of Malaya. An Episode of History Dramatized. By Digby P. Starkey. (Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.)—The siege of Malaga by Ferdinand and Isabella does not sound very...