21 MAY 1864

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All the telegraphic accounts from Rome speak of the Pope's

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health as rapidly failing, and he has fainted of late when engaged in ceremonial offices. It must be remembered, however, that the Romans have a strong interest in the Pope's...

General Cameron has made amazing progress in New Zealand. He

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has now a line of posts from Raglan or Whaingaroa on the west to Taurangi on the east, and all his enemies north of this line have been either subdued or expelled, and his...

Mr. Wienan, an American gentleman, is having a yacht built

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for him in the Thames which is to create a perfect revolution in shipbuilding. She is built of pure steel, in the shape of a cigar, the cylinder being 256 ft. long, with a...

The correspondent of the Times in Denmark, a man not

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likely to be prepossessed in favour of Austria, bears testimony to the excellent behaviour of the Austrian troops. General Gablenz refused to allow the statue of the Tappre Land...


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ONFERENCE re-assembled on Tuesday to debate the basis of peace, but a radical difference of opinion at once made itself manifest. The German Powers affirm that the Treaty of...

Lord Palmerston has continued ill all through the week. He

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was to have been present at the opening of the new Town Hall at Tiverton on Thursday, but was obliged to depute Earl Fortescue and Mr. Denman to represent him. They Informed a...

The Virginian campaign has begun. General Meade has crossed the

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Rapidan, and his head-quarters on Thursday, the 5th May, were at the Wilderness, a town about six miles west by north from Chancellorsville (the scene of General Hooker's...

A very unpleasant telegram from India reached London on Monday

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last. The Government of India has been irritated by incessant incursions from Bhootan, an independent semi-Tartar State north of Bengal, occupying an enormous plateau which...

An Act has passed Congress to equalize the pay of

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the white and coloured soldiers, and by all accounts not without reason. The estimate formed in the North of the African regiments, both for strength, courage, and discipline,...

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The New York papers publish in extenso the report of

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the Sub- Committee of Congress on the massacre at Fort Pillow. M essrs. Wade and Gooch, the Sub- Committee, went to Memphis, Tennessee, and Fort Pillow on purpose to take...

We trust Lord Carnarvon will add an amendment to the

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Penal Servitude Bill in the House of Lords, which will put the systematic surveillance of licence-holders, so reluctantly accepted as part of the Bill by Sir George Grey, on a...

Yesterday week, just before the Whitsun adjournment, Lord Ellenborough made

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a very eloquent speech against the Prussian plunderers in Jutland, in which he quoted concerning the Prussia of to-day the words applied by Fox to the same country in 1806, when...

Another murder by the natives has taken place at Taranaki

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to which we beg to call Mr. Buxton's attention. Mr. Patterson, a Northumberland man, was killed from an ambush and tomahawked when riding out with a few unarmed companions after...

The Duke of Argyll presided at the annual Conference of

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the Yorkshire Mechanics' Institutes held at Sheffield on Wednesday, and made a good though rather a dull speech. Its point was that the interference of the State in education...

The Rev. James Amiraux Jeremie, D.D., succeeds Dr. Jeune in

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the Deanery of Lincoln (worth 2,200/. a year). Dr. Jeremie is Regius Professor of Divinity in Cambridge. He is a learned and accomplished man, who has preached (written sermons,...

England has been at war for some eighteen months without

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knowing it. The King of Ashantee, it would seem, made a raid into the country called the British Protectorate, a vast tract on Cape Coast inhabited by tribes friendly to British...

The Imperial Government has actually been beaten in the Corps

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Legislatif by a majority of one. Sixty-eight years ago, in 1796, Joseph Lesurques, respectable citizen of Douai, with 600/. a year, was accused of murdering a courier for the...

Rumours are rife of coming Ministerial changes in France. The

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Ilioniteur formally denies them, and they are therefore probably correct. The best authenticated seems to be that M. de Persigny is to return to power, to tempt his master once...

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In the House of Lords yesterday week the Lord Chancellor's

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measure for endowing the Regius Professorship of Greek in Oxford with a Canonry was defeated by a majority of 30,-55 to 25. The Lord Chancellor chose to assume that the...

The shares of the Scottish and Universal Finance Bank are

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2 to 3 premium. Mr. W. C. Sillar (late of the firm of W. C. Sillar and Co., Bombay), has joined the direction.

A prospectus of the Maritime Credit Company, with a capital

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of 1,000,0001., in 20,000 shares - of 50/. each, has appeared. The objects of the Association are to make advances on shipping, wharves, shipyards, docks, ;warehouses, dock...

A silver salver has been presented to Lord Houghton by

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his friends in Pontefract, in recognition of his services as member for the borough when Mr. Monckton Milnes. In reply Lord Hough- ton delivered a singularly genial speech...

The return of the Bank of England being favourable, the

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Directors have reduced their minimum rate of discount to eight per cent.

Monsieur Mocquard is a person of European importance. He is

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the Secretary of the Emperor Napoleon, and is supposed to be the artificer in chief of those Imperial periods, over which Europe when they are uttered falls periodically into...

That Derby will ease has turned up again. Our readers

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will remember that a Mr. Else, of Matlock, recently inherited several estates under a series of wills and codicils supposed to be written by Mr. Nuttall. A jury held that...

On the 2nd of May a ladies' association was formed

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in Washington to promote total abstinence "from foreign articles of appareL" The object is to reduce the imports into the United States, and so turn the balance of trade in...

Yesterday and on Friday week the official closing prices of

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the loading foreign securities were :- Friday, May 13. Friday, May 20. Greek . Do. Coupons Mexican Spanish Passive • . Do. Certificates Turkish Spar Cents., 1868.. ,...

On Saturday last Consols left off at 91k, k, for

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money, and 90f, I, for account. Yesterday the closing quotations were :—For transfer, 91f, ; for time, 90f, Mexican scrip has fallen to I discount.

Mr. Stansfeld was on Toes* presented by his constituents with

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a piece of plate, value three hundred guineas, as an expression of their esteem and confidence. In his reply, Mr. Stansfeld made a popular and telling defence of his own conduct...

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forges steadily ahead, but the European doctors consult at constantly

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increasing intervals. Even the prescriptionsadmi. front a fait accompli. the following significant notice from Berlin :—" A Commit- panied our advice by an oracular suggestion...

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W ERE the consequences to Europe less disastrous, the quiescence of Napoleon in Danish affairs might be excused by politicians, for he has an even greater matter in hand. All...

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hazard has probably many attractions of which we are not competent to speak. It has at least one obvious to the meanest capacity, which is, that of all games of chance it offers...


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M R. AUSTIN BRUCE will on the 23rd inst. introduce a Bill which requires some explanation. It is a very dry little Bill, contains none but technical clauses, and is very likely...

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I F there is any one thing on which jurists might have been . supposed to be finally agreed it is the uselessness of im- prisonment for debt, and it is now practically at an end...

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I r is the fortune of most questions connected with Ireland to become so hopelessly entangled with local controversies as to defy the comprehension of the general observer. Most...

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T HE republication of Mr. Disraeli's "Revolutionary Epick" is not a literary event, for the poem has no literary value of any kind, but it is an event of some political mark....

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F EW people comparatively, we imagine, are aware how very extraordinary an intellectual feat has been for some time nightly visible in London at one of those evening "...

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W E would rather be enemies of the Herberts than their

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annalists. Not even in England is there a family of which the history is so inextricable, so confused by multitudinous branches, so conglom- erated by interlineal marriages, so...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—There was a hint in one of your recent numbers that your columns had been sufficiently occupied already with the question of the eternity...

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lint arts.

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE.] Ma. F. GOODALL is not one of those who, having won the highest honours of the Academy, take immediate occasion to rest and be thankful. No...

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MR. DYCE'S EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE.* THE great world of Shakespearian readers is made up of many circles, and each circle has its apostolic editor, in whose text the lay members...

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THE Quadrilateral,—the second title which the author gives to Maurice Dering, is neither the famous Austrian fortress in Venetia, nor the geometrical figure one of the...

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WHILE there are many great thinkers and writers amongst the clergy of our Church, we doubt whether there is one who so fully deserves the name of a theologian as Mr. Maurice. He...

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HESTER KIRTON.* Hester Kirton is a novel of considerable power.

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If not in the very front rank of novelists the author is at least one of the few who, fairly relying upon their own imaginative power, without factitious interest derived from...

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former volume of this book t we expressed our opinion of the general plan, method, and characteristic fea- tures which entitle the work to the attention of scientific readers....

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THE thing called spiritualism has blossomed out into another novel, entitled Stella. It is clearly written under the influence of the spirits, or, most likely, the nightmares. A...

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The Preparation and Mounting of Microscopic Objects. By Thomas Davies.

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(Robert Hardwicke.)—A very useful little handbook for workers with the microscope. It comprises all the best methods of mounting in every department of miscroscopic...

Incidents ire My Life. Second Edition. By D. D. Home.

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(F. Pit- man.) — In the preface to this edition the author quickly disposes of his critics by stating that he is rather disappointed with the state of the criticism of the day,...

Bank Monopoly the Cause of Commercial Crises. By George Guthrie.

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With introduction and notes by William Guthrie. (Blackwood and Sons.)—The theory advocated by this able little treatise is that com- mercial crises are caused by the Act of...

Sermons Preached at St. Mary's, Beading. Second Series. By W.

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Romanis, Vicar of Wigston Magna, Leicestershire. (Macmillan and Co.) —Mr? Romanis does not seem to us to be, in the true sense of the words, an original thinker, but, his mind...


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Mr. Cobden and the Times." (Alex. Ireland and (Jo.)—Mr. Cobden has reprinted his famous correspondence with the Times, together with a subsequent correspondence with the Daily...

The Working Classes of Leeds. An Essay on the present

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state of Education in Leeds. By James Hole. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)— A very well-written little book, giving a great deal of valuable statisti- cal information about the...

The Modern Hudibras. A Poem in three cantos. By George

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Linley. (John Camden Hotten.)—An account of the less creditable side of London life in rather slip-shod verse, and in a tone of banter. So far as the author treats of mere...

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Non-Intervention in the Danish War. (Alex. Ireland and Co.)— A

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report of a meeting held in the Town Hall, Manchester, in February last, with a letter from Mr. Goldwin Smith appended to it, which alone induces us to notice this publication....

Hospital Transports. A memoir of the embarkation of the sick

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and - wounded from the peninsula of Virginia in the summer of 1862. (Ticknor and Fields.)—The United States Sanitary Commission. A sketch. (Little, Brown, and Co.)—These two...

Essays on Production, and its Increase by the Freedom of

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Commerce, and the best Distribution of Capital and Labour. By A. D. Hayter, MA. (W. Ridgway.)—The author has carefully studied the great writers on economical science, and...