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Mr. Disraeli has entered upon office with evidently new zest.

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On the first night of his appearance in the House—Monday night —he was baited by Mr. Bernal Osborne about his Irish appoint- ments and his Irish policy. Mr. Osborne censured him...

A refusal of the proposal is probable for these reasons.

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A Family Council decided on Tuesday to risk all rather than be compelled to withdraw from the German Confederation, which is Prussia's sine qud non, and a victory would compel...


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THE Moniteur of yesterday announced that the Emperor Napo- leon and the King of Prussia had agreed to the bases of a peace, and communicated them to the Emperor of Austria....

The cholera, which is becoming severe in Southampton, and has

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broken out in Newcastle, has evidently arrived in Loudon. In the Registrar-General's return for the week ending 16th July thirty-three deaths are recorded from cholera, sixteen...

Little of importance has reached England from Italy. Gari- baldi

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has captured the fortress of Arugola in the Tyrol, and Admiral Persano has taken the fortified island of Lissa, on the Dalmatian coast, but these are mere incidents in the...

We had almost forgotten to mention—one forgets trifles while watching

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a . war like this —that the Federal Army has disappeared. It attacked the Prussian corps (farm& under General Groben on the 14th inst., and was driven with heavy loss across the...

The Atlantic cable is going on well. By the latest

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report, Thursday, seven p.m., 811 miles had been paid out without inter- ruption.

THE PROVINCIAL HISTORY of ENGLAND.—A Series of Articles will shortly

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be commenced in the SPECTATOR, containing the history of each province in England so far as it is separate from that of the nation, its geography, its ethnology, and the special...

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Mr. Gathorne Hardy declines to make a reputation this year.

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He informed the House on Tuesday that before proposing any new measure he proposed to use certain dormant powers already in his hands. lie thinks, in opposition to Mr. Faenall,...

Sir Hugh Rose has been created a Peer for his

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services in India and Ireland, but his title has not yet been announced.

Mr. Disraeli, in the amusing speech to his constituents to

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which we were just able to refer last week, made rather a point of his proposed Irish policy,—though he had to apologize a little on Monday for his Irish personnel,—and his...

The Earl of Longford, Under Secretary of War, said yesterday

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week in the House of Lords that he hoped to have 150,000 breech- loaders ready by Slat of March next. That is about enough for our English army. We suppose the Volunteers and...

The holders of Turkish Consolides are at last to pay

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the penalty of their confidence in Lord Palmerston and his professed belief in the regeneration of Turkey. The State is insolvent, the coupons of the consolidated debt not...

Mr. Graves on Tuesday proposed that a Royal Commission should

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be appointed to inquire into the deficiency of British sea- men in the mercantile marine, and stated some noteworthy facts. Our tonnage, he said, had increased between 1850 and...

In the debate which followed Mr. Stansfeld, was compli- mentary

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to Lord Cranborne, and Mes. Smollett contemptuous of irrigation, Lord W. Hay distrustful of the armed police—who, we agree with him, will be a nuisance some day—Mr. Laing as...

As the first-fruits of Tory government the Oaths' Bill has

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been, withdrawn, Lord Derby promising that the whole question of official oaths shall be considered during the recess, with an eye, let us hope, to their total abolition. A far...

Lord Cranborne brought forward the Indian budget on Thurs- day,

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in a speech which, if not what Mr. Stansfeld would have delivered, was short, clear, and sensible. The revenue of India for the year ending 30th April, 1866, was 47,041,0001.,...

Nor was Mr. Disraeli less unpleasant or less chilling in

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answer- ing a series of rather unfortunate and ill-conceived questions by Mr. J. S. Mill, on a subject which needed more skilful treat- ment than it received at the hands of...

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Mr. Gladstone's Church-Rate Bill is to be sacrificed, though the

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Government say they will not oppose its second reading so long as they are not committed to its principle. The Dissenters are satisfied with it, but the High-Church party have...

And unless we give by statute the power to our

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Colonial Churches to be governed and judged as our English Churches are governed and judged, there is no doubt that the "free " Colonial Churches will diverge more and more from...

There was a misstatement among our paragraphs last week, which

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may cause some misapprehension and some annoyance to its subject, and which we therefore regret to have made. Mr. Vanderbyl was not unseated for Yarmouth. He stood for the...

We are informed that the feeling in South Germany, hitherto

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so hostile to Prussia, has undergone a remarkable change. The Kaiser's invitation to Napoleon to intervene in a German quarrel is -considered a treachery, and in Bavaria, Baden,...

Sir Robert Peel brought his charge against Mr. Gladstone on

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Monday night of having made a promise which he omitted to keep,—to lay the decision of the Government on the changes to be made in the Queen's University in Ireland, so m to...

Lord Carnarvon, in declining to legislate this session on the

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difficult subject of colonial bishoprics, showed that he did not entirely grasp the whole question at issue, when he said yester- day week that tt Parliament must either...

During the week the Consul market has ruled firm, and

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the Three per Cents. for account have been done as high as 881. On Saturday last the closing prices were 871 8 for delivery, and 871 for account. Yesterday the closing...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the annexed quotations Mexican Spanish Passive .. Do. Certificates Turkish 6.per Beau., 1838., 1162., .. Unie.,:d Suttee 5. „ 2J'a The closing prices of the leading...

No change has been made in the minimum rate of

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discount this week. In the open market the supply of money seeking invest- ment is ample, and the tendency of prices is rather drooping. On the Continent, more especially at...

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TRUE " MODERATION " IN PRUSSIA. " 1 CAN have no hesitation in offering you my services, pro- vided the work—the unity of Germany—is carried out with a high hand." So this week...

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of last week wrote, what is very unusual with it, an article on Lord Russell which was not merely petty and spiteful, but petty and spiteful without that amount of common...

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T HE results of this contest in Europe, if it ends, as all Englishmen now expect that it must end, in a complete final victory for Prussia, are so vast that the mind refuses to...

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THERE is almost an alarming want of effective vigour in the way in which the.House of Commons trifles with a subject when it does not want to do anything, and is rather ashamed...

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I T is difficult for English Liberals, with all their deep-rooted distrust of the great Austrian House, to await the ap- proaching battle on the Danube without a sensation of...

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T HE very strange circumstances attending the death of Mrs. Warder at Brighton, and the subsequent suicide of her hus- band, have as yet been so ill reported that we are...

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r E British public is inclined to complain, not in public of course, but in drawing-rooms, at being done out of its regu- lar autumn tour. Earth having been created for the...

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IN the year 1846 there was no great sale for expensive pic- tures. It was thought by many that if Art Unions were exempted from the operation of the Lottery Laws, they would...

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(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] Ladenburg, July 16, 1866. THERE is a strange and powerful Nemesis in the affairs of men. The German Diet, which since 1815 has so often...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Edinburgh, July 17, 1866. Sir.,—In connection with your review of the Bishop of Argyll's book on " The Present State of Religion," where you...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,-I hope you will allow me to say a word in reply to an observation which occurs in your notice of my pamphlet on " Wine " in your last...

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THE ANCIENT MASTERS. ALTHOUGH it was a good innovation upon the old rules of this Exhibition to introduce a few pictures by deceased British artists, it is not desirable that...

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See there l for this man, too, life's toil is over, ; His words are all said out, his deeds are done : For this man, too, there comes a rest, however Unquiet passed his time...


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MR. LLEWELYN DAVIES'S EDITION OF THREE PAUL I NE EPISTLES.* THERE is nothing more difficult than to get a fresh impression of writings with which we have long been familiar, an...

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ONCE every week, or oftener, a girl throws herself over one of the London bridges, and when fished out by the police or the water- men tells the magistrate that her " young man...

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IT is astonishing how refreshing a really good laugh is, says Miss Eden. We entirely agree with her, and are infinitely obliged that she has given us not only the prescription,...

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WE are in a position to inform our readers that the golden age of English dramatic literature is not past. Those who believe and deplore that a too practical civilization has...

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WE gladly turn from translations to editions of Homer. Trans- lations are but indifferently received by the unlearned public, for whom they are ostensibly intended ; scholars...

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Pinacea. A Handbook of the Fire and Pines. By Senilis.

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(Hatchard.) —This is a revised and enlarged edition of an essay to which the Scottish Arboriculture! Society awarded their prize in 1864, on the subject of the "Introduction and...

Lectures on Literature and Art. (Bell and Daldy.)—These lectures, delivered

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in the Museum of Irish Industry in the spring of 1865, vary in merit, as most displays of the kind do. Mr. Justice Keogh had the courage to proclaim his admiration of Milton's...

Women of History. By Eminent Writers. (Nimmo, Edinburgh.)— This attractive

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volume is a further development of the idea of which we spoke with commendation in our notice of the Men of History. It consists of a series of extracts from well known authors,...

Les Ecrivains Militaires de la France. Par Theodore Karcher. (Triibner

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and Co.)—M. Karcher is one of those distinguished Frenchmen who have been thrown upon our shores by the high tides of the reaction, and who have found here a home. Professor at...

formation of lakes, and the erection of bridges. The author

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is a pro- fessional man of experience, and we may add, from the numerous ori- ginal sketches that illustrate the volume, of taste. The book is simply and plainly written, and is...

The Principles of Value in Exchange Explained and Expressed in

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Simple and Comprehensive Formula. Two Lectures delivered in the University of Dublin. By Arthur Houston, LL.D., of the Middle Temple, Barrister-at-Law, Whately Professor of...


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Hulseian Lectures. 1865. By Rev. J. Moorhouse, M.A. (Macmillan.) —Four sermons on the union of the divine and human nature in Christ, together with three others by the same...

Gossip about Portraits. By Walter F. Tiffin. (H. G. Bohn.)—If

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we mistake not, the author's patronymic was known in the print trade in the days when we went portrait hunting a long time ago. The Earl of Derby's scheme for amassing national...

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The Critical English Testament. Edited by Rev. W. L. Blackley,

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M.A., and Rev. James Hawes, M.A. 3 vols. Vol. I. The Gospels. (Strahan).— This work incorporates with Bengers Gnomon of the New Testament the results of modern textual criticism...

English Composition and Rhetoric. By Alexander Bain, M.A. (Long- mans.)—Professor

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Bain, in publishing this little manual, is quite aware of the difficulty of the task that he has set himself to accomplish. All that the teacher can do for the pupil in the...

Dramatic Stu lies. By Augusta Webster. (Matemillan.)—Eros. By

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Lorenzo Somerville. (Trubner.) — Verses, Serious, Humorous, and Sati- rical. By W. Buchanan, M.A. (Menzies, Edinburgh ; Campbell, Glas- gow; Dick, Ayr.)—Of this little chaplet...

A Syriac Grammar. By George Phillips, D.D,, President of Queen's.

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College, Cambridge. Third Edition. Revised and enlarge& (Bell and Daldy ; Deighton, Bell, and Ca., Cambridge.)—In this new edition of his- well known grammar, Dr. Phillips has...

Ernest Graham : a Doctor's Story. (Tweedie.) — The excellent writer of

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this story has composed it with the double object of reforming the of medical students and enforcing the duty of visiting the London poor. He lands two of the first-mentioned...

The New Testament for English Readers. By Henry Alford, D.D.,

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Dean of Canterbury. 2 vols. Vol. II. (Rivingtons.)—We welcome gladly the completion of this excellent work. It is impossible to speak with too great respect of the truthfulness,...

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the selection of - an editor. The work is a ednuiletatary dtt

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Carnet:n - 18, and has a special attractiveness on that account ; then it treats of such ht- . teresting matters as Indian habits before we had interfered with them, and the...