21 FEBRUARY 1880

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A NOTHER and most audacious attempt has been made to assassinate the Emperor of Russia. On Tuesday, the 17th instant, the Czar had fixed seven o'clock for dinner, at the Winter...

We do not see much use in the conventional abhorrence

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ex- pressed of crimes like these. They are murders, and when innocent lives are risked, murders unredeemed even by the pretence of political motive, but they deserve morally no...

Reuter telegraphs from Calcutta that Sir G. P. Colley has

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been appointed Governor and High Commissioner of Natal,— and we presume of the Transvaal,—in succession to Sir Garnet Wolseley. He has also been appointed to command the troops...

Telegrams from Constantinople have been allowed to pass over the

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wires announcing that the Sultan intends to appoint Mahmoud Nedim Grand Vizier. This appointment would mean that all dependence upon Great Britain has been abandoned, that the...

It would appear that the British Government is not quite

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satisfied in its conscience with the last arrangement suggested for Egyptian finance. Under that arrangement, more than half the Egyptian revenue—that is, half the entire...

TheEditars cannot undertake to return.711anu8cript in any ease.

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Last Friday, Mr. Wheelhouse, the Conservative Member for Leeds, attempted

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to argue the case against Free-trade, and moved for a Committee to consider "the commercial rela- tions between England and foreign countries, especially in relation to the...

Questions asked in the House of Commons on Friday week,.

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and in the House of Lords last Tuesday, have elicited that the Government, though they regard the Treaty and other arrange- ments of Berlin as superseding practically the...

The French clerical organ Le Monde passes a most im-

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pressive eulogy on the people of Southwark for electing Mr. Clarke. It writes :—" Disinterested as we are in the matter, one thing strikes us,—the virtue of English patriotism....

In answer to Mr. Dillwyn, the Uneer-Soozrtary of State for

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Foreign Affairs had to state on Monday th,t Hafiz Pasha, re- cently decorated by the Sultan with an 0,:fier of Merit of the First Class, was unquestionably the person referred...

The election for Southwark terminated in a defeat for the

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Liberals, the Conservative candidate, Mr. Clarke, obtaining 7,683 votes ; the Liberal, Mr. Dunn, 8,830; and the Labour candidate, who obtained, it is said, 500 Home-rule votes,...

Lord Derby's speech on Lord Lawrence at the Mansion House

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yesterday week was singularly happy and terse. The impression, he said, left by Lord Lawrence on his mind was one of "heroic simplicity." "I do not believe that any man was ever...

Mr. Plimsoll, who is determined to carry his point of

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saving- British seamen, no matter at what cost to our Parliamentary- institutions, was accused on Tuesday night of a breach of privilege, for having placarded Westminster and...

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Lord Edmond Fitzmanrice, addressing his constituents at Caine on Wednesday,

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made a speech in which he en- deavoured to steer half-way between the Tory sympathies of Mr. Cowen and the policy of Mr. Gladstone. He took credit to himself for supporting the...

Mr. Fawcett, M.P., made a remarkable speech to a gathering

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of 150 blind persons at the Victoria Park Tabernacle last Tuesday. He told them how much he thought it possible for a blind man to do which the blind do not usually attempt. He...

The Jewish. World declares that the family legend given by

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Lord Beaconsfield in the preface to his father's works is all -wrong. The family name was not Lara, nor did the Premier's grandfather assume the name of Disraeli, "never borne...

Consols were on Friday 981- to 981.

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The Associated Chambers of Commerce, at their annual meeting on

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Tuesday, strongly supported two projects for enlarging the functions of the Post Office. One is, that it should carry small parcels at uniform rates, to be paid for by adhesive...

Lord Cranbrook, on Friday week, read to the Lords a

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letter from Sir F. Roberts, which disposes of one point favourably. The British Commander in Afghanistan has no intention of defending the policy of executing Afghan soldiers...

King Humbert opened the Italian Parliament on 17th instant, in

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a long speech of a curiously mixed kind. He stated, on the one band, in the most absolute way, that the Grist-tax must be abolished, so as to relieve the classes "not favoured...

Mr. Grant Duff, on Thursday, called attention to the Report

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by Colonel Macgregor on the possibility of sending 60,000 Indian troops to Armenia, rid Beloochistan, which was sub- mitted to the Indian Government in December,1876. This...

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THE LATEST ATTEMPT ON THE CZAR. iN the deadly duel which is still being fought between the I Czar and the most formidable Secret Society in Europe— a society which, it seems...

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The licensed victuallers are citizens, like others, and have as

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an shows in relation to the Liverpool election in another column, is But to leave the rather small persuaded that the Government are to be commended for in London has been more...

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S ER DAVID WEDDERB1JRN'S motion of Friday week, in favour of establishing a representative system in India, was, of course, absurdly premature. Apart altogether from the...


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the Tory treatment of Irish questions is that the Tories profess to hold one theory, and then act upon another. They all say that Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom, and...

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THE PROPOSED AUSTRO-GERMAN ALLIANCE. T HE constant rumours which have been

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flying about for some time that Germany is desirous to draw England into engagements which would, in fact, be equivalent to an alliance with Germany and Austria against the...

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M AN, says a contemporary poet, "is what he is by mis- take," and of no man is this truer than it is of Mr. Plimsoll. He is a Member of Parliament, and in this capacity he has...

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IN an admirable article under this title, contributed by 1 an Upton to the first number of the Modern Review,* — a Review which we commend to our readers, as expressing very...

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great meeting of Friday week at the Mansion House to promote the Memorial to Lord Lawrence, which, it is said, rather hangs fire, raises once more questions which, after...

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I F in some respects, and notably in laborious research and the compilation and comparison of facts, gathered in indefatig- able study, we have been left behind in the field of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—The article in your last issue on Irish Distress errs in some particulars, but I am inclined to think these few faults are the result of...


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IRISH DISTRESS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—I have tried to consider the course proposed by the Government to meet the distress in Ireland from the point of view...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:'] Sra,—May I again ask a little of your space to explain that I did not say, in my former letter, that a constituency had better return a real...


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you allow another "humble Liberal voter" to give his reasons for dissenting from the views expressed by your correspondent "0." upon this subject, and the sanction you have...

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SIR,—In your criticism of "Russia Before the War," you have- made a blunder, not unnatural to one not personally intimate- 'with Russian life. On page 208 you find fault with...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE" SyeareaOr."1 SIR,—There is one fact in relation to the Afghan war which in- all recent discussions appears to have fallen out of popular view. Whatever be...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 have laid down the Spectator of to-day, after reading the article on the Liverpool election, and I see, what few appear to see, that the...

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THEO-JINGO-MACHIA. "Ye cannot serve God and Jingo." LIVERPOOL, SOUTHWARK, 1880. MusD, if on heights divine thou lingerest still, And leavest Helicon for Primrose Hill, If...


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MR. GOSSE'S NEW POEMS.* Six years have passed since we noticed Mr. Gorse's earliest volume of poetry in the columns of the Spectator. " On Viol and Flute" was a work of...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] :Sia,—My attention was called a few days ago to the paragraph in your edition of January 31st, in reference to the Arctic Expe- dition, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THR "SPECTATOR."] you kindly allow me, as mandatory of the people of St. Kilda, to call public attention to the neglected condition of that island, and to say...

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MR. HERBERT SPENCER'S "DATA OF ETHICS."* THIS will, probably, attract

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more notice than any other philo- sophical book of the season. It is intended, by Mr. Herbert Spencer, to constitute the first division of his work on "The. Principles of...

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Is it over-fanciful to find in the lives of many who were born in the south-west of England, some resemblance to the career of - the south-west wind P With the same union of...

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IN this pamphlet published, as one of a series on "Practical Politics," M. Lefevre has presented to the public in a short space- a more comprehensive summary of the laud...

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MARY AIKENHEAD.* THIS memoir, although too voluminous for most readers,

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is interesting from more than one point of view. It gives not merely a graphic portraiture of a character which deserves to be studied, but also many lively sketches of Irish...

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BENJAHIN FRANKLIN was undoubtedly a very remarkable man and he lived in even more remarkable times. Associated., as he * Vie We of Benjamin Franklin. Written by Himself. Now...


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WE do not know whether to say that the publication of this volume is opportune or inopportune. Inopportune it certainly * Herat: the Granary and Garden of Central Aria. With an...

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Spent in the Service : a Menwir of the Very

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Rev. Achilles Daunt, D.D., Dean of Cork. By the Rev. Frederick R. Wynne, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Dr. Daunt was so remarkable, in fact scr admirable a man, that we have no...


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The "A. D. C. :" being Personal Reminiscences of the University Amateur Dramatic Club, Cambridge. Written by F. C. Burnand, B.A. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is not a book which can...

Jane Taylor : her Life and Letters. By H. C.

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Knight. (Nelson.)—Many readers who have found delight and profit in Jane Taylor's writings will be glad to have this simple and well-written record of the author's life. It was...

James Duke, Costermonger : a Tale of the Social Deposits.

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By William Gilbert. (Strahan.)—James Duke is a foundling, who has been brought up by a soldier's wife ; he begins life as a bands- man in one of the regiments of Guards, and...

The Pleasures and Profits of Our Little Poultry-Pane. (Chapman and

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Hall.) —The writer of this little book obtained good returns in the way of amusement and of money from his venture, and is benevo- lently anxious that his readers should meet...

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George Rayner. By Leon Brook. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—

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'This is a story of jealousy, which might, it seems to us, have been 'made much better than it is. George Rayner's character affords an .opportunity of making what might be an...

Rhymes and Legends. By Mrs. Acton Tindal. With a prefatory

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Memoir. (Bentley.)—Mrs. Acton Tindal was an accomplished writer of verse, which, to say the least, often comes near to being poetry. Many things in this volume are good, nothing...

some quarters, to depreciate the English Reformers.

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Weasel's Inheritance, by Annie Lucas (Nelson and Son), is a

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tale which gives much of the history of the despised and persecuted Weasel's Inheritance, by Annie Lucas (Nelson and Son), is a tale which gives much of the history of the...

Family Readings on the Gospel according to St. John. By

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the Rev. Francis Bourdillon, M.A. (Religious Tract Society.)—There is little in this work to call for special remark. The expositions follow care- fully the lines of evangelic...

Miss Keith tells some nine of the old stories from

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the Greek mytho- logy, and draws out the moral from them. It is a thing that has been often done, in one way or another, before. But it has to be done over again for new...

Windsor Castle, and the Waterway Thither. By W. H. Davenport

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Adams. (Marcus Ward.) — The writer starts on his imaginary voyage from Battersea, and, as he conducts us up the river, gossips pleasantly and not uninstructively about the...

Poems and Translations. By Henry Lowndes. (C. Kogan Paul and

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Co.)—We are inclined to regret that these lines were not left to the columns of the respectable provincial papers in which they first appeared. Mr. Lowndes has some fluency of...

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Haunted London. By Walter Thornbury. Edited by Edward Walford, M.A.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—This volume, we take it, con- tains some of the best and most interesting portions of the vast amount of information collected in "London," a work begun, it...