20 FEBRUARY 1886

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P ARLIAMENT reassembled on Thursday, and Mr. Glad- stone made a statement as to the course of public business. After mentioning that the Government would accept the Address,...

In the House of Lords, Lord Granville made nearly the

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same statement as Mr. Gladstone, though he ventured to fix April 1st for the Ministerial declaration on Ireland ; but the most important incident was Lord Rosebery's declaration...

Lord Salisbury on Wednesday, at a banquet given in London

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to the Conservative Members for Hertfordshire, delivered a long and powerful speech on Ireland. He nailed the Con- servative colours to the mast in defence of the Union and of...

The Address was voted, and is out of the way

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; but occasion was taken to raise a question the essence of which is contained in a remark by Lord R. Churchill, that no Government had ever taken power without a general...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.

The next subject taken up was the riots in London,

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upon which Mr. Childers promised papers. In the course of a long speech, the Home Secretary showed that he had been left with- out information by Sir E. Henderson; that as soon...

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The Government, after delays explained by Mr. Childers, resolved to

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prosecute the Socialist agitators ; and on Wednesday, Messrs. H. M. Hyndman, H. H. Champion, J. Burns, and J. E. Williams appeared before Sir James Ingram, at Bow Street Police....

No further riots have occurred in London this week, and

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apparently the police have regained control of the situation. A meeting of the unemployed was called in Hyde Park on Sunday, and another in Cumberland Market on Tuesday ; but...

Mr. Gladstone, on February 12th, addressed a letter to Lord

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de Vesci, obviously intended for publication, in which he stated that while out of office he had deemed it best to do nothing which might seem to be done in competition with the...

Prince Bismarck has again acknowledged that Rome is too strong

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for the only weapons he can use against her. He has introduced into the Prussian Parliament a Bill repealing the most arbitrary clauses of the Falk Laws, in particular...

The St. James's Gazette is in error in implying that

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the Spectator agreed with the Daily News as to the result of the divorce suit, "Crawford v. Dilke." We had no time on Friday to express an opinion of any kind, and only reported...

This snit brought into strong relief a dangerous peculiarity in

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the English law of divorce. It is intended to be strict, and a special officer is appointed to make certain that no divorce is granted without proof of adultery ; but it really...

This letter was answered on February 13th, the following day,

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from Ireland by Lord de Vesci, as Chairman of the Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union, in a letter stating the views of those who act with him. They claim to represent all who wish...

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We deeply regret to note the death of Viscount Cardwell.

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He has been out of politics for many years, but he was one of the best and ablest of the Peelites, and a man of fine character besides. We owe mainly to him the reorganisation...

Lord Dufferin has arrived in Mandelay, and has held recep-

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tions, sitting on Theebaw's throne, and it is believed in Calcutta that a general plan of administration has been devised. It is not quite what we hoped, but the Times'...

On Tuesday, Mr. A. Taylor Innes delivered, at the Royal

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Hotel, Edinburgh, a very able lecture on the legal effect of Mr. Finlay's proposed Bill to declare the independence of the Church of Scotland in matters spiritual ; and, indeed,...

Elizabeth Mouat, the poor old woman who drifted alone in

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the smack ' Columbine ' from the Shetlands to the coast of Norway, has recovered sufficiently to make a statement. It does not materially modify the facts known. When the crew...

The Upper House of the Convocation of Canterbury on Wednesday

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adopted a report declaring that the reforms most immediately needed in the Charch were five, viz. :—(1), The con- cession of more power to the Bishops to reject disqualified...

The new "House of Laymen "—that is, the standing com-

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mittee of gentlemen nominated by the Diocesan Conferences to assist the Convocation of Canterbury—was opened on Tuesday by the Archbishop in a speech of which we have spoken...

Bank Rate, 2 per °ant.

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Consols were on Friday 1011 to 1011.

The Government of India has just done a very kindly

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and a very odd thing for its Mussulman subjects. The Mussulmans of India proceed in thousands every year to Mecca, where they are greatly liked, being comparatively wealthy, and...

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T HE absurd ceremonials of re-election having been safely got through, Parliament reassembled on Thursday, but only to hear that the burning question of the day is postponed for...


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THE " DESPONDENCY " OF THE SPECTATOR. A CORRESPONDENT, whom we heartily thank for the tone, if not the words, of his letter, complains that the Spectator is losing its faith, is...

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W E have not much fear of true Continental Socialism— the Socialism which regards the capitalist as an enemy, and holds that a reservoir must .diminish the supply of water...

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W E do not believe that this country is willing to grant Home-rule to Ireland in any form which involves the existence of two Parliaments. The passiveness of the electors upon...

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T HE meeting of the "House of Laymen" to aid the deliberations of Convocation is an interesting experi- ment, in spite of the facts that it is not a "House," and is not a...

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T HE reconciliation between the Prussian Government and the Vatican has made another, and a most important, step forward. It is still some way from being complete, but for the...

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T HE decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of the Blenheim pictures is one which curiously illustrates the- progress of good sense, alike in the minds of Judges in the Law...

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T HE death of Principal Tulloch, occurring so suddenly in the fullness of his strength, while yet his eye was not dim nor his natural force abated, is such an event as affects...

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I N spite of the depression, capital still accumulates, and some at least of the ordinary ways of investing it are. closed. The depreciation of certain classes of house...

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O F all the senses we possess, the sense of touch is at once the most complex and the least understood. Blindness and deafness are only too common, and we can all more or less...

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THE SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET. rTo THZ EDITOR OF THE " EPECTATOR."1 SIR,—Will you allow me to point out the state of the law as to the obligation of School Boards to provide...

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LT0 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Now that all suitable provisions have been made for giving the vapour-bath treatment of hydrophobia a fair trial, as your correspondent,...


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SIR,—In your issue of February 13th, you say, referring to the rights of citizens as to self-defence, that "there is at present a want of knowledge as to what may be done, and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—The letter of "An Irish Land Agent" in your issue of February 13th, shows how completely he has failed in grappling with all the issues...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—In your review of Scherer's " History of German Literature," which appeared in the Spectator of February 13th, you remark that "in some...


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CASALE ROTONDO. [A ruin in the Campagna, about six miles outside Rome, on the Appian Way, is called Casale Rotondo. 1 Is life indeed were ours, Well might the heavenly powers...


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nseserAzos."] Sia,—Mr. W. N. Bishop does but express the feelings of the vast majority of English Catholics as regards their disloyal co- religionists in Ireland and (as I...

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RANDOLPH CALDECOTT'S WORK. LAST Friday week there died (of consumption, in Florida), in the height of his power and the prime of his life, an artist who deserves more than a...

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DEAN CHURCH ON THE DISCIPLINE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER.* OF all existing exponents of Revelation known to the present writer, the Dean of St. Paul's seems to him to enter...

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IT would be inaccurate to say that this is the most important contribution the late Principal Tulloch made to the liteinture of English theology. The character of his subject,...

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A CLERICAL SYMPOSIUM.* BY far the ablest contribution to this

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" Symposium " on the immortality of the soul is that which stands first, written by Prebendary Row. His paper is all the more effective from the vein of scepticism—in the best...

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MR. VINCENT'S book is a veritable mzdtum in parvo. In less than two hundred pages, he has condensed information which it must have taken him years to accumulate and much labour...

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THE object of these volumes is to exhibit both the morphology and physiology of speech, as distinguished from the phonology and etymology of words ; and for this purpose a...

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THAT the world is not wholly known, and its peoples not yet all civilised, is most clearly realised if we only turn our attention to Borneo and New Guinea, to which the thoughts...

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Lyrics and ether Posies. By Richard Watson Gilder. (Scribnees Sons, New York, U.S.A.)—Mr. Gilder's lyrics are better known on the other side of the Atlantic than in this country...

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We have also received The Educational Almanack, 1886. (National Educational

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Union.) — It contains a "chronicle of educations/ events," an account of various educational societies, and a number of interesting statistics. Among these last we find some...

We have received the annual issue of Whitaker's Almanack (J.

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Whitaker), an admirable publication, which has established a repu- tation for itself as a simply invaluable book of reference. All sorts of guides seem to fail one occasionally,...

The World's Workers. (Cassell and Co.)—We have received several volumes

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of a most useful aeries bearing this title. They are biographies of great men, great in literature, the arts, science,—in short, all the occupations of human life. They are...

We have received the second volume (Third Series) of The

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Expositor. Edited by the Rev. W. Robertson Nicoll, M.A. (Nodder and Stoughton.)—Five papers on the "Revised Version of the Old Testament" by Messrs. Jennings and Lowe, and four...

In the Middle Wa . ch. By W. Clark Russell. (Ghetto and

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Winclus.) —Mr. Russell turns aside from the paths of fiction to give us some facts about naval men and things. The papers collected together in this volume are interesting and...

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Seven Juvenile Plays. By George Faller. (Marcus Ward and Co.)—"

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These plays have been found," says the author, "to amuse actors and audience," and we are quite ready to believe him. Literary criticism is out of place.