21 MARCH 1874

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The Queen's Speech was delivered on Thursday by Royal Commission.

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It is short and sweet, but Marked by one clear etymological oddity, if not blunder, such -as Mr. Disraeli is usually said to have avoided. We refer to the use of the word "...


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P RINCE NAPOLEON'S eighteenth birthday came round on Monday, the 16th inst., and he is now, therefore, the actual head of his family, having attained his full majority. The...

The Marquis of Lothian moved, and Earl Cadogan seconded, the

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Address in the Upper House, with the usual success attending a duty in which it is difficult either to succeed or to fail ; and after a short speech from Lord Granville, the...

lathe House _of Commons, Sir W. Stirling-Maxwell moved the address,

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in a speech whose chief point was that Mr. Gladstone, having determined to astonish the country, the country in its turn had determined to astonish Mr. Gladstone, and had'...

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

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The Bishop of Manchester, Dr. Fraser, does not believe that•

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a calamity like the Bengal Famine can be met, or even materially alleviated, by a public subscription. Being, though a Bishop, a man with great moral courage, he said so, and...

Sir P. Wodehouse, the Governor of Bombay, seems to possess

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both nerve and energy. The riots between Mussulmans and Parsees which we noted last week were rendered more dangerous by the unusual earliness of the Mohurrum, when, with the...

Mr. Disraeli's reply was remarkable chiefly for his snub to

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Sir W. Stirling-Maxwell, who had introduced the hostile element into the discussion of the Address, "probably. without con- sultation with anybody ;" and for his remark on the...

Marshal Serrano is preparing for his grand attack on the

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Carlists round Bilbao, but is waiting still, some say for more artillery, and others for negotiations with the Carlist officers, which do not deserve to succeed. Meanwhile, his...

We note little change in the reports for the week

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upon the Bengal Famine. Mr. Forbes telegraphs to the Daily News that North Bhagulpore has been saved, by the exertions of Sir R. Temple ; but, on the other hand, the Times'...

Mr. Hall, the Conservative candidate for Oxford, has beaten the

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Liberal candidate, Mr. Lewis, by the very considerable majority of 462 votes, Mr. Lewis having polled 2,092 votes,— -within 190 of as many as Mr. Cardwell obtained a month ago,—...

A number of despatches from the Gold Coast have been

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pub- lished this week, but the newest of them takes the form of a series of notes from Captain Glover. The series is full of com- plaints, but as these will be angrily discussed...

Prince Bismarck's illness, severe gout, is evidently real, and everything

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in German politics seems to halt in consequence. The Military Bill has been crippled in committee, and it is even rumoured that the German Parliament may be adjourned over...

The Manchester Chamber of Commerce sent a deputation on Saturday

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to Lord Salisbury, asking him to put a few gentlemen into the Indian Council "trained to the operations and require- ments of trade." The Secretary of State replied that he had...

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We understand that an important post is vacant in St.

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Bartho- lomew's Hospital,--the Demonstratorship of Morbid Anatomy,— which is very generally regarded as the stepping-stone to an assistant-physicianship, and then to a...

The Times publishes a number of letters from the Marines,

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which, if they can be considered representative letters, indicate an extreme degree of discontent in that valuable force. The special occasion is the alleged neglect of Sir...

Dr. Pusey and Archdeacon Denison are both much disturbed At

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the proposal for a Diocesan Council, with power to enforce a summary law compelling the clergy to obey the decisions arrived at by the highest Court of ecclesiastical appeal....

Mr. Disraeli announced in his speech on the Address the

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names of the members of the Royal Commission which has been appointed on the Labour Laws. They are :—The Lord Chief Justice (Sir A. Cockburn), Lord Winmarleigh (Colonel Wilson...

The days of economy are over, but those of frugality

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are just begun. At least the Tichborne Jurymen find it so. They were under the impression that they were to receive two guineas a day for their services, but the Treasury only...

We have been misunderstood to have advocated in our article

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of last week on " The Leadership of Opposition," the very injudicious view that Mr. Gladstone should in his own absence delegate the leadership on a given subject always to the...

Consols were on Friday 92 to 921.

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T HE importance of the ceremonial gone through at Chisle- hurst on Monday does not, we think, consist in the crowd which gathered at Camden Place to congratulate the heir of the...


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THE QUEEN'S SPEECH AND THE DEBATE. I T is quite clear, both from the Queen's speech, and from the Prime Minister's speech which followed it, that the vile of the Tory party is,...

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T HE Oxford Election puts, in some respects, a very instructive interpretation on the general elections which preceded it by so very short an interval of time. Mr. Cardwell...

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T HE Saturday Review is obviously holding a brief for the Council of India—the English Council in Downing Street, not the Council on the spot, which, for the sake of...

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T HE hearty recognition which Mr. Fawcett has received at Hackney is creditable to the borough, for a speech less calculated to win votes by subterfuges was never uttered to a...

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D R. PUSEY holds a very peculiar view about ritualism. He thinks the demand for ritualism has had its origin with the laity, and has been forced by the laity on the clergy. That...

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Y OUTH is genius, says Mr. Disraeli, and Dr. Beard, of the Medico-Legal Society of New York, appears to agree with him. At least he has sent us a paper, read before that...

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WHY THERE MUST BE FAMINES IN INDIA. TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR, —I have before me one of those pamphlets with titles unin- telligible to the English reader, and...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Your comments upon the deputation of country brewers to Sir Stafford Northcote hardly do justice to their arguments for the repeal of...


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SIR,—Having read a discussion some time ago on the possibility of the circumnavigation of Africa by the Phoenicians serving Pharaoh Necho, I feel perfectly satisfied that some...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—If we are to admit the hypothesis that the ships of the Carthaginians performed their circumnavigation by passing through a...

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S1R,—May I ask you to allow a woman to say a few words in your columns on a subject that nearly concerns the happiness of a large portion of her sex,—I mean the abstention from...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Some of your readers may have tried to read the debates on -sugar at Versailles which have been summarised in the Times lately. Some...

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[TO TUB EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The following line from Virgil strikes me as a very appro- priate one, if placed over the principal entrance to the late Greenwich...


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ARRIVAL OF THE ARCHDUCHESS. I. WELCOME, and welcome thrice over, Marie from Muscovy's shore . ! Merry bell•chimings to thee and thy lover Peal out the welcome our...


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MR. SIMPSON'S SKETCHES "ROUND THE WORLD." READERS of newspapers, whose memories can carry them so fat- back, may recollect a leader in the Times last May which came forth in the...

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THE FIRST EARL OF MINTO.* Tars book will have more interest for the careful and appreciative student of history and of men than for the superficial reader of biographical...

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THE BORDERLAND OF SCIENCE.* LIEBE are no fewer than sixteen

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of these essays, and, as the title-page indicates, their subjects are highly miscellaneous. Nine of them are astronomical, and we should say that the volume would have gained...

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WHEN we first took up this work, it created a favourable impres- sion, and though it had been published some little time, we thought its merits deserved some words of...

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THE GILDED AGE.* Tam is a book descriptive of men

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and manners in America, which, but for its size, and the obvious intention of its authors that it should meet the usual requirements of a three-volume novel, we might call a...

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(FIRST NOTICE.) A TRAVELLER who congratulates himself upon the fact that the numerous attacks of fever which he has already undergone have so extensively disorganised his...

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DR. WYNTER is a "mighty hunter" after details. He likes to tabulate figures and to accumulate facts. He enjoys the kind of labour which most men of letters dislike, and it must...

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Not a Heroine. By Ml ' s. Brookfield. 2 vols. (Smith, Elder,

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and Co.)—Mrs. Brookfield speaks, we suppose, of Catherine Irving as being- " not a heroine," on account of the ease with which she transfers her affections ; but it must be...

Maoria : a Sketch of the Manners and Customs of

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the Aboriginal' Inhabitants of New Zealand. By Captain J. C. Johnstone, Bengal Army. (Chapman and Hall.)—We have had quite a surfeit of New Zealand literature of late ; and...


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English Matrons, and their Profession. By L. F. M. (Sampson Low and Co.)—We had marked many things for unfavourable comment in this volume. L. F. M. is sometimes, we cannot help...

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History of the Ceramic Art. By Albert Jacquemart. Translated by

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Mrs. Bury Palliser. (Sampson, Low, and Co.)—We cannot do more than emphatically recommend to our readers this beautiful and interesting volume. Its literary portion is of the...

Meeting the Sun a Journey all round the World. By

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William Simpson. (Longmans.)—Mr. Simpson went to draw sketches of the wedding ceremonies of the Emperor of China for the Illustrated London News. Being a British newspaper...

Margaret and Elizabeth. By Katherine Saunders. (Henry S. King and

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Co.)—If this tale pleases us less than others which we have seen from Miss Saunders's pen, it is the subject rather than the execution which is in fault. Surprising, not to say...

American Newspaper Directory. (New York : Rowell.) — The publishers have prefixed

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to this volume an interesting "sketch of the growth of Journalisni in the United .States," ending with a contrast between the newspaper statistics of the United States and those...

The Holy Places : their Sanctity and Authenticity. By F.

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Phelpin de Rivieres. (Washbourne.)—M. de Rivieres discusses the question of "Holy Places, not in Palestine only, but throughout the world," but naturally devotes to the first...

A Concise History of England to the Death of William

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IV. By E. J. Howell. (Blackwood and Sons)—He is a bold and confident writer who, without a single allusion to authorities, or a word of introduction to his readers, sits down to...