20 MAY 1876

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A movement, described in some quarters as a "revolution," has

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occurred in Constantinople. The mollahs, students, and dependents of the mosques, numbering 20,000, and described under the name "Softas," are allied with the war party and the...

Lord Carnarvon introduced on Monday in the House of Lords

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the Vivisection Bill of the Government, which is entitled, "An Act to Prevent Cruel Experiments on Animals," and which is, we believe, to be read a second time on Monday next....


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MHE meeting of the Chancellors at Berlin has ended, and the resolution arrived at has been communicated to the Ambassa- dors of France, England, and Italy. Lord Odo Russell...

The public interest in the Bravo case has increased throughout

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the week. We have stated the main features of the case else- where, and are happy to perceive that it has been taken up vigorously by the Home Office. Mr. Cross stated on...

Lord Sandon introduced his Education measure on Thursday evening, in

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a frank and able speech, which met with considerable favour. What the Bill really proposes on one most essential point,—the direct compulsion of what Lord Sandon termed the neg-...

On the whole, Lord Sandon's statement was favourably received, though

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Mr. Mundella warmly complained of the weakness of the attempt at indirectcompulsion, and some of the country party ob- jected to the repeal of the Agricultural Children's Act....

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Cambridge University Bill was introduced by Mr. Walpole on

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Tuesday night, and is drawn on the same general principles as the Oxford Bill. The Cambridge Commission is to consist of the Bishop of Worcester (Dr. Philpott), formerly Master...

The tendency in many of the State Conventions now being

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held over the American Union is to favour Mr. Bristow as the "honest man" candidate, and the Independent party has held a meeting in New York at which it resolved that...

Acaaunts of the riots in Barbadoes are beginning to pour

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in, and they all show three facts,—that the rioters stole chiefly pro- visions—potatoes and yams—that they did not threaten white life, and, that they were put down without the...

Lord Granville made an admirable speech on Monday in bringing

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forward his resolutions in favour of allowing Dissenters far from any cemetery to bury either without any service, or with such orderly and Christian form as may seem fit, in...

The report of M. Ricard's death was only too true,

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but the Marshal-President has replaced him by appointing to the Ministry of the Interior the Under-Secretary, M. de Mar- cere, a man of the same opinions and of higher ability,...

The Duke of Richmond made no difficulty about the resolution

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which allows silent funerals in the Churchyards, but he objected to the second, which approves of permitting Dissenters to use their own forms, if orderly and Christian. His...

The Government sustained its first serious defeat on Friday week.

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Mr. R. Smyth moved a resolution in favour of an Act for- the total prohibition of the sale of liquor in Ireland on Sunday, and carried it by 224 to 167. The arguments, pro and...

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We regret much to notice the death of Colonel Meadows

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Taylor, an Indian administrator of rare qualities of mind. Fifty years ago, he entered the service of the Nizam, and after nearly thirty years of experience was appointed...

This day week Mr. Forster made a remarkable speech on

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Religious Education, at the Crystal Palace, in distributing Mr. Peek's 3,800 prizes to the children of the London School Board Schools who had gained them for religious...

Cheats have found a new and lucrative trade. There is

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a rage for "old plate" just now, and preposterous prices are given, especially for old silver, which is occasionally sold, according to a recent article in the Quarterly Review,...

Lord Carnarvon, on Tuesday, explained our present relations with Dahomey.

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Mr. Turnbull, an English merchant at Whydah, the port of Dahomey, had complained of the seizure of some goods, and had been seized, stripped, and subjected to indignities. The "...

There was a grand muster of the friends of women's

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suffrage at St. George's Hall this day week, under the presidency of the Recorder of London, Mr. Russell Gurney. Evidently the word had gone forth to be very prudent, and not...

Mr. Brandram's recitation, or rather presentation, of " Macbeth "

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at Willis's Rooms, on Wednesday, was a very singular feat of,— of course, purely vocal,—acting. The effort of memory was itself somewhat remarkable, for, without prompter or the...

Mr. Butt has brought forward a scheme for an Irish

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Univer- sity, which will have, we suppose, no chance with the Liberal party, and which we greatly fear the Conservatives will be too cautious to take up. Bat so far as its...

Consols were on Thursday 96i to 96i.

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LORD SANDON'S PROPOSAL. L ORD SANDON'S speech on Thursday night was a good speech, with one great defect. It did not give us explicitly the key to the policy which he advocates....

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U NLESS we misread all the information which reaches England, affairs in Turkey are advancing very fast towards a catastrophe. The meeting of the Chancellors, to begin with is...

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THE NEWS FROM BARBADOES. food-riots, that the very poorest class

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of labourers— soma of whom, according to the Times' correspondent, were earning only ninepence a week—took advantage of the strong political excitement prevailing to plunder the...

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T HOSE who are so eager to get rid of the Bishops from the Upper House of Parliament should seriously consider this question,—whether it be not quite as important, for the sake...

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U. RYLANDS' motion should have received more or less support from the front Opposition bench. As it was, Mr. Childers's speech gave the debate an air of importance which was...

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DISCIPLINE IN MERCHANT SHIPS. TUTLNY for piratical purposes is so

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rare in Europe, that the murders on board the 'Lennie' and the ' Caswell ' have shocked landsmen much more than the same amount of slaughter in a more accustomed way would have...

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THE COMMONS BILL. T HE Government seem to repent the prominence

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which they assigned in their programme for the Session to the subject of Commons. The Prime Minister, when recently questioned respecting the arrangements he proposed to make...

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MHAT there has been a failure of justice in the result of the inquiry into Mr. Bravo's death no one is as yet prepared to affirm, but that there has been a failure of effort to...

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yr is, we suppose, possible to be jocular on most human subjects. Certainly there are but few on which something of the kind is not attempted, though there are very few on...

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THE ALLEGED POISONING- OF NATIVES IN QUEENSLAND. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Since the publication of the article on "Vivisection," in which you express...

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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Although the error is so obnoxious, that it is scarcely necessary, allow me to just point out that of course it should have been "the...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — The recent debate in the House of Lords on Lord Gran- ville's resolution, and the result of the deliberations of the Bishops in the...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — As a subscriber to your journal, I have observed from time to time discussion on the "reasoning power of dogs." I will tell you what I...


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THE LAMENT OF THE COVENANT, 1876.* (" IVir hatten gebauel em n stattliches HauS." — BUESCHUED.) WE built of old a stately house, Its pillars were a people's vows,— The sun is...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [TIMID NOTIOE.] HAVING in our previous notices mentioned the greater portion of the most important figure-paintings in this year's Exhibition, we now...


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REMINISCENCES OF FEN AND MERE.* THE history of the struggles of a Low Country towards inde- pendence or material prosperity has, for some inscrutable reason, • Reminiscences of...

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generous admiration of much con- temporary poetical work is well known to all our readers. He pours his praises with no niggard hand upon the poets whom he loves, dispenses...

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Jr was scarcely necessary for Mr. O'Rourke to put forward reasons for writing a history of the Irish Famine of 1847; it is such an obviously important event, not only in the...

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THE introduction prefixed to this volume is in part designed for several that are to succeed it. Mrs. Green shows us how the Long Parliament overturned the old routine of...

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MR. Lurrox in this volume has most ably completed his self- imposed task of publishing, with translations for the English reader and with careful editorial introductions, the...

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Miraterborough. By Humphry Sandwith, C.B., D.C.L. 3 vols. (Chatto and

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Windus.)—This novel is a deplorable mistake. Dr. Sand- with speaks with contempt of journals to which he gives the name of the St. Giles's Sewer and Wapping Chronicle, yet there...


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The British Quarterly, April. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The first article in the number is an estimate, which strikes us as being well- considered and fair, of Swift's character;...

Miss Cobbe has republished in Re - Echoes (Williams and Norgate) a

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selection of fifty-two from a vast number of contributions (more than a thousand in number, she tells us, in her prefaee) which she contributed to the pages of the Echo...