20 DECEMBER 1873

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We are told, on fair authority, that a fierce struggle

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is going on in the French Cabinet, now called on the Boulevards the "Two- headed Nightingale," from the pair of twins now exhibiting themselves there. The Due de Broglie, always...

The Times appears to have suddenly discovered that our state-

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ment last week as to the false interpretation put on the recent appointments of the Government, as though they implied a breach with Catholic statesmen, was true, and rather...


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Tr HE French elections of Sunday carried consternation into the Conservative camp. In three widely-separated departments, the thoroughly Breton department of Finistere, the...

We are authorised to state that the Governing Body of

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Rugby School, at their meeting yesterday (Friday), unanimously adopted a resolution dismissing Dr. Hayman from the Head-Mastership, the dismissal to take effect on April 7, 1874.

M. Cezanne, a member of the Committee of Thirty chosen

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from the Left Centre, has proposed to establish a second Chamber, instead of limiting universal suffrage. Ile told the Committee, according to a telegraphic report, that the...

The great employers in Lancashire and Yorkshire have founded a

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"national federation of associated employers of labour," ap- pointed a council, the names on which are given elsewhere, and published an official account of their designs. These...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Mr. Bright has always been too sensitive to personal attack,

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but we have hardly ever known him so little equal to himself as in his reply the other day to a letter from a Hyde gentleman, who informed him that a clergyman of Hyde, the Rev....

Mr. Winterbotham, the Member for Stroud and Under- Secretary for

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the Home Department, died at Rome on the 13th inst., in the thirty-seventh year of his age. We have de- scribed his character and place in politics elsewhere, but must add .here...

Mr. Stansfeld made a speech at Liverpool on Thursday, con-

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taining some very telling points. He defended his measure for completing the incidence of the taxation upon land,—that is, for abolishing all exemptions,—as an inevitable one,...

The telegrams have two or three times contained particulars of

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a bargain made between the French Government and the Empress Eugenie, but they are always different. Now she was to receive something very like an annuity, and then a vote was...

The Dutch troops have landed near Acheen, under cover of

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the fire of the fleet, and without very severe loss, the Malays, no' doubt, objecting to shells they could not throw back. The troops were in good condition, though cholera had...

The only news from the Gold Coast this week is

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that Captain Glover has proposed to lead the force he has organised on the Volta to Coomassie, but had been ordered by Sir Garnet Wolse- ley to remain, and wait till he himself...

The Virginius has at last been given up to the

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Americans.. She was towed out of Ilavannah on Friday, the 12th inst., and delivered up by the Spanish sloop Favorita at Bahia Honda. The remainder of the crew have also been...

The United States' Budget will this year show the rather

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severe deficit of /6,000,000, produced mainly by the action of Congress in taking off taxes, while the Treasury fears that the deficit of next year may be even greater. The...

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Consols were on Friday 92/ to 92/.

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glory. Sir John Kerslake, the Attorney-General of Mr. Disraeli's last

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Administration, was a very popular Tory candidate in a borough where a contest had been hopeless under the old electoral law, and where it was not even thought of in the...

The High-Church party have failed in their application to the

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Consistory Court of the Diocese of London for a faculty authorising the erection of a baldacchino, or canopy, over the Communion- table of St. Barnabas's, Pimlico. The ground on...

Archdeacon Denison has again been distinguishing himself in his militant

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character. At a large meeting of the English Church Union, held at the Freemasons' Tavern on Tuesday, he declared his belief that little good would come of the Church of England...

Little has been heard of the Bengal famine this week,

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except that no rain has fallen, that prices are no lower, that the situation is unchanged, and that Sir Bartle Frere believes the calamity will be of tremendous extent. The...

The Pope has informed the Papal Nuncio in Paris (Mon-

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seigneur Chigi), the Archbishop of Paris (Monseigneur Gnibert), and the Archbishop of Cambray (Monseigneur Regnier), that they are to be elevated to the dignity of Cardinals....

Mr. Shaw-Lefevre has been making a somewhat similar, though less

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grave mistake, in his reply to the Pall Mall's attack on the Admiralty for buying of the Union Company the Briton,' a very slow steamer, for the service of transporting stores...

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THE "NATIONAL FEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS." T HERE are only two objections that we know of to the Association of capitalists in Lancashire and Yorkshire of which we have heard so...

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T HE Elections of the 14th September constitute the severest shock the Government of Combat' has yet received, and give the best =nuance to Liberal spectators of the struggle...

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A NY stick will do to beat a dog, and any argument may apparently be used, if it will for five minutes discredit Her Majesty's Government. When the Ashantee war broke out, a...

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L °RDRUSSELL has always had a genius for expressing the inconsiderate superficial impulses of the English public withan unhappy skill of which he afterwards had to repent....

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T HE sudden and premature death of Mr. Winterbotham leaves a greater gap in Parliamentary life and in the Minis- terial phalanx than the public would be apt to imagine. He was...

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`,7:, 20110All ;

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.14E1AP, gF i l,HE HIGH CHURCHMEN. A Romputomi AFSIS9N thinks it is time for the High- 11. Church- Clergyr"le , bretk with the Bishops." That, at, all events, whatever else 4...

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DRINCES, as a rule, do not commit suicide. In the whole range of modern history, commencing say from 1,600 A.D., we do not remember a Prince who has chosen that mode of exit...

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THEOLOGY LX THE BRAHMO SOMAJ. MO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOI."1 cannot but think that you have unintentionally done con- siderable injustice to Mr. Max Muller by the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Professor Max Muller's lecture in Westminster Abbey bids fair to stir up a question which many of the clergy would gladly see...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.) SIR,—In your last article on the Prussian Government's policy towards the Roman Church, you ask :—."Why should we not have a popular movement...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —It always strikes me as a cardinal blunder in discussions like this of the recent Declaration referred to in your last number that...

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A REPLY TO "IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN." 'Trs easy, by no sorrow crossed And sung to by a friendly bird, To pine for bliss you have not lost, And weep for ills that ne'er occurred....


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SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS. As a general rule, the less a critic of pictures concerns himself with methods of painting, the more likely is he to arrive at a just...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIII,—One of your correspondents last week drew attention to the strong language of the Labourers' C7wonicle. I know that two wrongs do not...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR'] the brief notice of

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4 ‘Rettil.for which I thank you, I would observe that no person who had done me the honour to read a couple of consecutive pages, much less chapters, could have de- scribed the...

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MR. DENNIS'S SELECTION OF ENGLISH SONNETS.* The. DENNIS might well have added to this careful and critical selection of English Sonnets something on the special dangers which...

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lands that the advance of commerce has opened up to the insatiable curiosity of the West, there is surely none stranger than Japan. The more the veil is lifted which has so long...

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IT i8 all very well to comfort children who are distressed by the pathetic outpourings of the troubled hare or chicken of the fable, with the scarcely very original remark, "But...

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rise of the colony of Victoria has been so often told, and its marvellous growth has been the cause of such heavy inflictions in the way of solid and valuable works filled full...

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SIR CHARLES LYELL'S new editions derive part of their value from the circumstance that the author's mind is clear and comprehensive rather than original. If the grace of...

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MR. MACCARTHY'S " CALDERON."* IT is now more than twenty

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years since Mr. Florence MacCarthy, one of the most brilliant and melodious of the Young-Ireland poets, fell under the spell of the solemn and yet bewitching genius of Calderon....

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. The Gospel according to St. John. (Sampson Low and Co). — If, as seems very likely, the "Authorised Version " of the Gospel is approach- ing the end of its...

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Etchings on the 3fosel. With Descriptive Letterpress. By Ernest George.

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(Murray.)—This is a very beautiful book. From the preface we learn that these views on the Mosel are nearly, if not quite, the artist's first published etchings, though Mr....

The Life and Habits of Wild Animals. Illustrated by Designs

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by Joseph Wolf; engraved by J. W. and Edward Whymper. With descrip- tive Letter-press by Daniel Girand Elliot, F.L.S. (Macmillan.)—The . spirit and vigour of these drawings of...