20 JUNE 1874

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The Left and Left Centre are whittling away the Municipal

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Bill presented by M. Fourtou to the French Assembly till there will be none of it left. Last week, the provision that every voter must be 25 years old was rejected ; and this...

This impression is greatly deepened by another incident. No sooner

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was the vote for the Republic taken, than the Duke de la Rochefoucauld-Bisaccia, French Ambassador in London, rose and proposed that "the Government of France is a Monarchy,...


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M ONDAY, the 15th, was an important day in France. The Left Centre, which has resolved either to proclaim the Republic or compel a dissolution, brought forward their...

On Monday, the Bishop of Peterborough withdrew his pro- posed

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amendment to the Public Worship Regulation Bill,— we mean the proposal to neutralise, for the purposes of this Bill, the legality or illegality of certain arguable ru- brical...

Dr. Lyon Playfair made an admirable speech on Monday, in

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asking for a Select Committee to consider how Ministerial respon- sibility may be made more efficient in the administration of the votes for Education, Science, and Art. He...

* it * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Irish Judicature Bill 785 Mr. Tupper's Ballads 736

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Cottages 786 POETRY— Reply of Achilles to the Envoys from Agamemnon 790 BOOKS— Alexander the Great 787 M.Anbertin on theAge of Louis XV —(2nd Notice) 789 Symonds'e Sketches...

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Mr. Pointer, apeaki k m for 'himself only, supported 'Dr. Play- fair's

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motion, adpritting, -however,..that in his Awn case he had found not the slightest difficulty in acting most cordially with both his chiefs, Lord Ripon and Lord Aberdare, while...

Lord Aberdare is a good-humoured man, but we doubt if

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he can abstain from a smile as he watches his successor trying to amend, the Bill which is said to have destroyed the Liberal party. Mr. Cross is trying to make the Licensing...

Lord Salisbury on Monday offered some further explanations of his

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Bill for seating a Minister of Pnblie&W.orks in the Indian Cabinet. He showed that estimates for works were habitually ex- ceeded,that the Duke of,Argylliradfour times had to...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson moved the second reading of the Permis-

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sive Bill on Wednesday, and, subse.quently replied to the attacks- made on it in a speech which had more humour than wisdom, but plenty of the former quality. .He held that the...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson only carried 75 Members with him into

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the - lobby, while 301 voted against him,—majority, 226. Of the two working-men Members, Mr. Burt (Morpeth) voted for and Mr. Macdonald (Stafford) against the Permissive , Bill,...

The Conservatives were very jubilant in the City on Wed-

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nesday, over their great victory in the City and elsewhere. Mr. Disraeli excused himself from attendance, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stafford Northcote, who took...

It seems nearly impossible to teach Southern financiers that a

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nation when compounding with its creditors should reduce the capital of its debt, and not the interest. All reports from Spain, for instance, point to a coming liquidation of...

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The Lord Mayor is not very apt in choosing his

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compliments. At a dinner which he gave to the Bishops of the Established Church and the religious ministers of other denominations on Wednesday, he applied to Archbishop Tait...

The University of Orford appears to have obtained a Professor

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of moral philosophy of no particular promise bythe recent election. The Mr. Eaton who ha.s been elected is, we believe, the editor of Aristotle's "Politics" with English notes,...

We are told, on good authority, that the military preparations

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going on in Germany are beginning to be viewed with great dis- trust. They may be intended only to perfect the military system, which can now be done without spending taxes, but...

There is a great fight going on about the restoration

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of St. Paul's Cathedral. As usual, in England, when money is to be expended, there are Committees, and as usual also, they fight. As far as we can gather, the Executive...

One great result has certainly been secured by the re-

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form of the Universities carried nearly twenty years ago,— they have ever since shown more popular sympathies, more anxiety to foster all thoughtful schemes for the education of...

The German Catholic Congress held at Mayence adopted, on Thursday,

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five resolutions, three of which, at least, are most imprudent. That the Association should approve the attitude of German Catholic Bishops is only natural, and all Catholics...

Some very curious judicial statistics compiled from Dr. Han- -cock's

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Blue-book have been prepared, showing the relative amount of the judicial work in England and Ireland. From some of these figures, showing how many writs and summonses had been...

The Bank rate was on Thursday reduced to 2i per

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Consols were on Friday 921-92*.

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SECRET DEBATING. TF any new statesmen are coming forward—and we could I only name two with any certainty—they will have a new and a grave difficulty in making themselves known...

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I T is easy to exaggerate the importance of the two votes passed on Monday by the French Assembly, but it is easier still to depreciate it, and the English public appears to be...

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W E have always held firmly to the belief that the Public Worship Regulation Bill could not be carried or worked, without the introduction of some concession to those various...


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ifR. LOWE has twice recently posed, with some care, in the . ..V1 attitude of competitor with Mr. Forster for the lead of Liberal opinion in Parliament, and once at least in an...

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T HE Famine in Bengal has reached the stage at which, if the rains continue heavy, it is possible, but only possible, to foresee the end. The Government is still maintaining,...

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HE Academy, a paper which, after many vicissitudes, seems at

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the thought might still be traced, the poet's skill had failed him in some way so strange as to suggest that he had been over- mastered by his own inner consciousness, till he...

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n ID the Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Bisaccia really mean that the Comte de Chambord has a divine right to rule, when, on Monday last, he called on the National Assembly to de- dare...

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T HE first of the amusing Caricature cases in Dublin this week ended in a verdict which certainly seems to English eyes some- what monstrous. Sir William Carroll,—a respectable...

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THE NEW CHURCH QUESTION IN SCOTLAND. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —Since I last wrote to you, the House of Lords has changed the constituency in Scotland to which...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] Sin,—Perhaps you will allow me space to tell a short story and say a word in honour of one of the few Irish Judges who have won their way to...

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[TO THE EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—In your review of Mr. Topper's poems, you express yourself at a loss to understand what populous No' can mean. The words are no doubt...


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REPLY OF ACHILLES TO THE ENVOYS FROM' AGAM FAIN ON. THERETO responded the swiftly-careering Achilles :— " Son of Laertes, Odysseus you lord of devices ! Need is I tell you...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THIS "SPECTATOR:] SIR, —Your correspondent "C. J. H." states that, without an architect, he is about to build cottages which will cost £111, ex- clusive of...

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ALEXANDER THE GREAT.* Tins is a poem which ought to make a reputation. It will compare with Sir Henry Taylor's fine drama of Philip van Arteveldt, as well in general power as in...

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ON return from the Hague, Dubois received the reward for his services in being named a member of the Council for Foreign Affairs, and before the year was over in being appointed...

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seen the places described by Mr. Symonds will get from these Sketches clearer and more vivid pictures of them than he had before. He who already knows them, and the enjoy- ment...

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KINGSLEY'S WESTMINSTER SERMONS.* THESE Sermons exhibit, as strikingly perhaps as

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any he ever published, the characteristic merits and defects of their author. When his heart speaks, when his instincts bear wit- ness to this or to that, Mr. Kingsley is...

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MR. DEUTSCH AND THE TALMUD.* THE subject of this memoir

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was by birth a German Jew. He received the rudiments of his education from an uncle, "a Rabbi, who had made the Talmud his special study," and who naturally sought to inspire...

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disciples. "Liberty of conscience "has of late years been the

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not d'ordre among English and, to a certain extent, among French Romanists. It is scarcely conceivable that any one should place any faith in a pre- tence so shallow (we do not...

Won in a Canter. By Old Calabar. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—Our

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author is of the old school of novelists who delight to label their char- acters with such names as "Sir Tarbit Turtlefat," "Lord Verriefasc , and "Mr. Shirkington Duffer." This...


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The Portfolio, June. (Seeleys.)—The principal illustration of the number is an etching by M. P. A. Rajon, after Velasquez, the well- known portrait of Philip IV. of Spain which...

Ten Minutes' Talk on All Sorts of Subjects. By Elihu

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Burritt. With an Autobiography of the Author. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The autobiography is, as might be expected, the best part of the volume. A man who has made of himself what...

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The Odes of Horace in a Metrical Paraphrase. By R.

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M. Hovenden, BA. (Macmillan.)—It is difficult to know on what principles one should criticise a" metrical paraphrase." The term is a very vague one, and permits a very general...

A Friend at Court. By Alex. C. Ewald. 3 vols.

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(Tinsley Brothers.) —We cannot say much for this volume, considered as a tale. Most of as are inclined to believe that it is IL good thing to have "a friend at Court," and all...