20 NOVEMBER 1880

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Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Bright addressed their constituents at Birmingham

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on Tuesday. Mr. Chamberlain made a good point, in answer to Sir Stafford Northcote's warnings on the Greek question, by quoting Lord Beaconsfield's boast that Europe, at Berlin,...

Mr. Bright condemned all "the violent and impossible schemes where

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tenants, apparently, are to fix their own rents, the landlords to be got rid of and banished in a body, and the Government was to undertake some gigantic transaction, raising...


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T HE week has been marked by a succession of rumours as to dissensions in the Cabinet. It was stated at first that Lord Hartington bad threatened to resign, then that Mr. Bright...

41 ` * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

By the end of the week, the British public will

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be in posses- sion of a new work of imagination by Lord Beaconsfield, which is to be called " Endymion," and we are assured that lie is himself in some degree the hero of it, or...

Lord Ripon is said, in a telegram from Lahore of

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November 15th, to have addressed to a Durbar of Punjab Chiefs a speech which " was a manifesto." Unfortunately, the compiler of the bull letin occupies himself with rubbish...

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An Irish land-meeting was held at Thurles on Sunday, which

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was addressed by Mr. Dillon, M.P., in an even more than usually inflammatory tone. He declared that the Land Act of 1870 never had put the smallest check on rack-renting, nor...

Lord Kimberley, we regret to see, is determined to adhere

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to , the old lines in South Africa. On Thursday a strong deputa- tion waited on him, to urge that the British Government should. again assume the control of native affairs in...

Mr. Gibson, formerly the Tories' Attorney-General for Ire- land, made

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a very moderate speech at Bristol on Monday, in criticism on the Liberal policy for Ireland. (He referred, by the way, to the assassination of Wheeler as if it were an agra-...

The Ferry Cabinet has given way about " priority," and

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is driving the Magistracy Bill through the Chambers, perhaps with some idea that the Senate will reject it. The Bill, as de- signed, authorised Government to reorganise the...

There is absolutely no news from Dulcigno, except that the

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Sultan has promised, for the five-hundredth time, that it shall be given up, and that Dervish Pasha has drawn a cordon round the town.

Lord Randolph Churchill broke out very violently against the Government,

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at a Conservative meeting held at Portsmouth on Thursday night. We have said enough of the chief lines of his speech elsewhere, but may add here, that besides launching at Lord...

The feeling against the Land League has been exasperated this

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week, without much justice, by the murder of a man named Wheeler, son of a land agent in Limerick. The murder was a very bad one, Mr. Wheeler having been shot in a field by an...

The French Government just escaped a defeat in the Senate

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on the question of the dissolution of the Monastic Orders, by a bare majority of six votes (143 to 137). The interest of the dis- cussion centred chiefly in M. de Freycinet's...

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Sir Bartle Frere ended his reign in South Africa with

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a deliciously characteristic despatch,—a lecture to her Majesty's Government on their invincible ignorance. He is " not conscious of any divergence in principle " from the...

Sir Thomas Acland, who deserves well of English farmers, if

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ever a county Member did,—the simple Bill, for instance, prepared by him and Mr. Duckham last Session to secure . the outgoing farmer compensation by law for unexhansted manures...

The Times' Berlin correspondent states that the anti-Jewish agitation has

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become serious in Germany. The Germans declare that the profits of commerce all go to Jews, who mono- polise the control of the Liberal Press, enter Parliament in too great...

The Germans of Austria have taken serious alarm at the

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favour shown by the Ministry towards Federalism. They held, therefore, on the 14th inst. a party meeting in Vienna, attended by 3,200 representatives from all the German...

The Bournemouth parishioners appear to be quite intent on helping

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themselves, so fulfilling the condition on which we pro- mised them any help we could give to their efforts after an in- dependent church. As the parish church is found...

The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed to the members of

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Mr. Dale's congregation his great regret at Mr. Dale's imprison. ment, and his belief that by promising the Bishop of London to render him canonical obedience for the future,...

Consols were en Friday 99/ to 100.

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MR. BRIGHT AT BIRMINGHAM. T HE speeches of Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Bright at Birmingham would have been weightier and more useful than they were,—and Mr. Bright's, at least, is...

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P EOPLE are talking wildly about the Cabinet. It is no matter for surprise that there should be discussion, or even dissension, in that Committee of the two Houses, about Irish...

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Q 0 far from thinking that too much has been said about the fall in the value of arable land in England, we only wonder that so little notice has been taken of it in Parliament....

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T HE country has got one thing, and only one thing as yet, out of the Afghan war,—and that is a new General, and it does quite right in acknowledging its acquisition. A new...

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T HE mischievous effect of Mr. Disraeli's brilliant career on the unscrupulous section of the Conservative Party has been long predicted, without any notable fulfilment of the...

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T HERE is a feature in the social war going on on the shore of Lougb Mask which deserves more attention than it has received, and that is the strange coherence of the...


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O UR Correspondence columns again bear witness to the in- terest excited by Mr. Dale's imprisonment, but we have as yet looked in vain for any clear and intelligible statement...

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O NE of the most interesting questions of the present day seems to us the influence of the political upon the moral code. The fundamental principles of morality are not, it is...

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A PYRENEAN HOLIDAY.—IV. TO G-AVARNIE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] • SIR, — Amid this dismal autumn rain, it is hard to realise the sunny loveliness of the valley of...

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THE PROPOSED NEW STATUTES AT OXFORD. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " EPROTATOR.1 Sra,—The articles which have appeared in the Times and the Daily 1Vews on the new Statutes proposed by...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Sts., —There is an aspect of the coercion question which seems to escape the attention of many English Liberals. They fancy that in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, —It may strengthen your argument in contention with Canon Liddon, if you will permit me to give a direct reply to his statement,—" The...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Your article on Dr. Liddon's letter expresses what many who would gladly think otherwise feel to be true,—many who, like myself, are...

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SIR,—You have supplied an excellent answer to Canon Lid don's contention that Mr. Dale ought not to be punished,. because he conscientiously believes his own interpretation of a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'] SIB, —Most people would agree with the opinion expressed by you last week, that all parties in the Church should be obliged to obey "the...


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HEAVEN AND HELL. 'Tires night, and busy to and fro On earth God's angels ran ; Life entered this low door,—and there Death cut life's little span. 'Twas night : I dreamed with...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I was much interested in the account of the friendship- that existed between the young retriever and the donkey whom he released by...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—If it be not too presumptuous in an anonymous writer to join in the discussion between yourself and Dr. Liddon, will you allow me, with...

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MISS BIRD'S JAPAN.* [SECOND NOTICE.] Fnon Kanaya's house, Miss Bird made her plunge into the practically untravelled regions of Japan. Her earliest im- pressions of Japanese...

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MR. CHURCH'S STORIES FROM HERODOTUS.* This volume necessarily misses the

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great poetical charm which belonged to the Stories from Homer, the Stories from Virgil, and the Stories from the Greek Tragedians. Herodotns, though he is often quaint and...

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Tins is a very readable little book, on one of the most readable of great writers. The better one knows Cervantes, the more one enjoys his book,—a rare and happy state of...

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SIR EDWIN LANDSEER.* This number of the series of the

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lives of the great artists is not so much a biography of Sir E. Landseer as a disquisition on a catalogue of his works. Perhaps there were difficulties in re- viewing the...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Little Britain, and the Spectre Bridegroom, by Washington Irving, illustrated by C. 0. Murray (Sampson Low and Co.), makes a very pretty volume. The " Little...

LIFE IN CONNAUGHT.* Tam is one of the most melancholy

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books we have read for a long time, and all the more melancholy because the condition of Ireland in its most backward quarter remains as hope- less and unsetiled as ever. The...

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The new volume of Men of Mark : Contemporary Portraits

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of Distinguished Men (Sampson Low and Co.) seems to be fully equal in point of interest and excellence of execution to its predecessors. The portraits, numbering thirty-six in...

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Medicerai Missions. By Thomas Smith, D.D. (T. and T. Clark.)—

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This is the first series of the " Duff Missionary Lectures." If future lecturers emulate the research, the liberality, and the vigour of Dr. Smith, they will do well. He has...

History of the Parish and Burghs of Lawrencekirk. By William

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Buxton Fraser, M.A. (Blackwood.)—There can be little doubt that books of this kind should be encouraged. Of coarse they must con- tain much that is of no interest at all to the...

NOVELS.---21. Sailor's Sweetheart. By W. Clark Russell. 3 vole. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—Mr. Russell's " Wreck of the Grosvenor" won for him no small reputation as a teller of sea-stories ; this will in one way be increased by the novel now before us....

The Odes of Horace : Englished and Imitated by Various

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Hands. Selected and Arranged by Charles W. F. Cooper. (Bell and Sons.) — Mr. Cooper has collected in this volume specimens of the loving labour which six or seven genera- tions...