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Sefior Castelar made a great speech on the 12th of

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September on the military situation. He admitted that Carlism had increased in a very formidable manner, that there were now 50,000 Carlists, "some of them not yet well...


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TIHE event of the week has been a disastrous bit of news from the Ashantee country, where a naval reconnaissance of ours up the Prah,—the river which drains the Ashantee...

The last military news is of a Carlist reverse. Early

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in the week, the most contradictory accounts arrived of a battle between the Carlist General Lizarraga, and the Republicans Santa Pau and Lorna, near Tolosa,—.the Government...

The "fusion" in France seems already to be in a

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bad way, and M. John Lenwinne, of the Journal des .Whats, who took it under his protection some short time ago, is now once more in grief as to its prospects. The Comte de...

On its return, it was found that a party landed

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from the Rattle- snake to garrison one of the little forts at Chamah had been attacked in like manner, and an English sailor murdered by the natives, in the act of landing from...

The Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John Macdonald, has appeared before

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the Royal Commission on the Pacific Railway scandal, and admitted that he received $45,000 from Sir Hugh Allan to be employed in influencing the elections for the province of...

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

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The Roman Catholic Archbishop and Bishops of' the Province of

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Westminster have put forth a very jubilant pastoral letter to the Catholics of the province; on the occasion of the conclusion of the fourth Provincial Council of Westminster,...

The Grand Vizier of Persia has certainly cause to regret

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English ignorance of etiquette. He was here treated as second to the Shah, though two of the monarch's brothers were in his suite. They vowed vengeance, and. on their return to...

The Agricultural meetings are even duller than usual this year,

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—we suppose because the political prospects of the moment are so decidedly cheering to the Tories and so depressing to the Liberals, that they must be wholly ignored at merely...

llas-bhavO'Donoghue accepted the Stewardihipef the Chiltern Hundreds.? It is the

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only public office, we areermare of, generally vacant, and by applying for which at the peesent moment he could qualify himself to ask the honour of re-election, as he appears...

The evacuation of Verdun by the German army appears to

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have been a singularly dramatic and touching spectacle. The last parade of the foreign garrison is described by the Times' correspondent as having taken place in the front of a...

The Speaker of the House of Commons (Mr. Brand) confessed

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this day week at the annual dinner to his labourers on the Glynde estate, that his proposal of last year to invest their savings in his land and. give them 2 per cent, interest...

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Professor Williamson's description of isoneric compounds, such as ether and

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butyric alcohol, which have precisely the same elements combined in the same proportions, but with totally different qualities, was particularly interesting. The carbon,...

Dr. Manning appears to be in something of a theological

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serape. In preaching on "the Sacred Heart," he seems to have used the expression that, by becoming man, God had " deified " the heart of Jesus. An Anglican theologian, Dr. A....

Sir Rutherford Alcoa presided in the Geographical section, and delivered,

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as might be expected, a thoughtful and informed address, mainly concerned with points of Eastern geography. He reports immense results from the works now being carried out in...

It would seem, from a letter in the Times of

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last Saturday, that even in spite of the ballot, Shaftesbury is still a pocket borough, and that if to the present owner of Motcombe a Liberal were to succeed, no Conservative...

The Inaugural Address to the British Association was delivered on

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Wednesday at Bradford by Professor Williamson, the great chemist, who was chosen by the Council, on the illness of Dr. Joule, to take his place. Professor Williamson divided his...

One of the most hopeful signs of a cordial understanding

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between labour and capital which we have yet seen, is an address by the West-End shoemakers of women's shoes to their employers, now lying before us. In, that address the men...

The second part of Professor Williamson's discourse was an elaborate

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proposal for providing gratuitously a year's more educa- tion for those pupils who have used best the year they have already had, from the children of the primary schools to...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 9.2f.

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BISMARCK IN HIS WAR LABORATORY. G ENERAL LA MARMORA'S book, "A Little more Light on the Events of 1866 "—by the way, nobody seems to remember that La Marmora is a...

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TR. MIA.LL and the friends of Disestablishment have one 111 chance on their side which we admit, with some dismay, to be a serious one. Never was there so wide-spread a feeling...


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-fr HE disaster on the Prah may prove eventually to be very • far from a disaster, if it helps to teach the English nation how fatal a policy of immediate conciliation and...

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W E do not understand, and certainly we do not share, the alarm which some of the newspapers, especially the Telegraph and the Pall Yall Gazette (for once in sensitive accord),...


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S O much has been written at random, and evidently from partisan motives of no amiable kind, about Mr. Glad- stone's acceptance of a new office in relation to his Green- wich...

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W E have expressed pretty strongly our profound regret at the shortsightedness of the Clergy,—we may say of all denomina- tions,—in not heartily supporting the Agricultural...

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A CELEBRATED naturalist has said that "New Zealand is .1.A_ the most interesting ornithological province in the world," and Mr. Bailer's exhaustive history of its birds seems to...

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4‘ W ERE I not to see the heather once a year, I should die," exclaimed Walter Scott. The Queen seems to have imbibed the sentiment. She has become by adoption a true and...

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THE EDUCATION QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—W hen I read such arguments as those of your correspondent "A Liberal" in the Spectator of Sept. 13, I ask...


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SIR,-I have read the article in the Spectator of September 13, "Is Conciliation Possible on the Education Question ?" with the same interest that I read everything which appiars...

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hope that your correspondent "A Liberal" does not reflect the opinions of many, when he sees more cause for "despair in the future of our race" if poor children are subject to...


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SIR,—Your " Liberal " correspondent complains that the clergy- man of the parish, or some small knot of self-elected gentlemen, get up schools and obtain all the advantages...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—Will you allow me a word on this question, on which, with much respect, I cannot assent to your views ? It rests entirely with Mr....


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[To THE EDITOR OH THE " SPECTATOlt. - ] SIR,—Unless the question of peace and arbitration is the one sub- ject on which the Spectator will not listen to argument, I trust you...

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IRELAND IN THE REIGN OF JAMES I.* TnouGir unsignalised by civil war or other event of startling dramatic interest, the reign of James I. is yet one of the most important in the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your article on this subject appears not to take notice of the fact that the substitution of a House-tax for Schedule D would add...


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A MISANTHROPE ON CALVINISM. THERE must be some reason for being, For the misery man calls Life,— For the ceaseless toil of the millions, For the never-victorious strife: For the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—I was rather surprised to see my name drawn into the con- troversy about St. John Nepomucen, and I regret it. My article on that Saint...

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Mn. RALSTON, whose genial work on Songs of the Russian People we commended last year, now carries on his researches into the folk-lore tales of the country, stories of the class...

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ARE rich persons who like to gratify their vanity by publishing their stories, and can afford to do so, increasing in number, or are publishers becoming more reckless of their...

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OUTLINES OF GERMAN LITERATURE.* THE modest title of this volume

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will fail to convey an adequate notion of its fullness and method. The authors have undertaken a task demanding no small learning and critical acumen. The results of their...

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An Expositor's Note-Book; or, Brief Essays on Obscure or Misread

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Scriptures. By Samuel Cox. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Mr. Cox deals with the difficulties which he selects for exposition with a success which, as might be expected, varies...


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Madonna's Child. By. Alfred Austin. (Blackwood..)—We know of no reason why Mr. Austin's friends should have advised him to publish his poem anonymously, on the ground that "no...

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Dower and Curse. By John Lane Ford. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—The

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title leads one to expect a tale of many sensations, but we are agreeably disappointed. The heroine is a girl of very humble origin, whom a certain Mr. Victor Horbston adopts,...

Defence of the English Ordinal. By the Rev. W. R.

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Churton, MA. (Rivingtons.)—This is a learned defence, and one wholly free from acrimony, of the English forms of ordination. It deals chiefly with Protestant objections, which...

Educational Conzparisons. By Swire Smith. (Simpkin and Marshall.) —Mr. Smith

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lectures his fellow-townsmen of Keighley with consider- able vigour and plainness of speech. One measure that he gives of the number of the illiterate is new to us. It seems a...

History of the Christian Church. By James Craigie Robertson, Vol.

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IV. (1303-1517.) (Murray.)—We regret that Mr. Robertson brings his work to a conclusion with this volume. Age has overtaken him in his work, and he shrinks from entering on a...

The Cravens of Cravenscroft. By H. Bonverie Pigott. 3 vols.

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(Tinsley.)—This is an ordinary novel, in no way disagreeable or objectionable, and even, to persons of ordinary toleration in this respect,. readable. The well-known dramatis...

Rosa Noel. 3 vols. (Bantley.)—If Rosa Noel be, as a

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title-page bare of all but the name weuld seem to indicate, the work of a new writer, it holds out no inconsiderable promise for the future. Inex- perience may very well account...