22 APRIL 1876

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The state of affairs in the City is strange. The

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Bank of Eng- land has dropped its official rate to 2 per cent., the money-dealers are lending on the best securities at lf, and there is, as the Times reports, an " unhealthy "...

The saddest domestic event of the week is the violent

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death, by k i imping over the banisters, during a fit of mental aberration, of Lord Lyttelton. Though the promise __shown in the splendid academic successes of his early life...

A Committee of the American House of Representatives is inquiring

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into the judicial expenditure of the Central Govern- ment. Mr. Williams, who was attorney-general in 1874, and was charged with aiding one of the Washington Rings, but...


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M R. LOWE made a speech at Retford on Tuesday, at the ban- quet given to Mr. H. F. Bristowe, Q.C., the Liberal candidate who failed of success by only 187 votes, after polling...

The news from the East of this week is somewhat

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contra- dictory. On the one hand, the official papers in Russia, Germany, and Austria affirm that the alliance of the three Emperors is as strong as ever, and that no war will...

With respect to the Royal Titles Bill, Mr. Lowe's comments

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were important as well as incisive. " The title of the Queen," be said, " I strongly suspect, is not now brought forward for the first time. I violate no confidence, because I...

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

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Another very singular murder is suspected at Chelsea. A woman

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named Porter or Chapman, whose husband is in prison at . Constantinople, was found dead at 46 Maude Grove, on April 13, under circumstances which suggested that she had been...

Lord Salisbury has ordered the reoccupation of Socotra, an island

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of about 1,000 square miles, at the entrance of the Gulf of Aden, inhabited by Arabs. The island was pur- chased in 1824 from the Imam of Muscat by Lord W. Bentinck, and...

Mr. Gladstone has addressed a letter to his Greenwich consti-

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tuents, through Dr. W. C. Bennett, in which he thanks them for opposing the increase of the Income-tax. His opinion of the ex- pediency of abolishing that tax remains unchanged,...

Mr. Forster made a good Education speech at North Tawton

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in Devonshire on Wednesday, pegged upon the prospects of a county boarding-school intended chiefly for the sons of farmers, at which the charge is only £21 a year for boys below...

Only Thackeray could properly sing the achievement of the Limerick

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Nationalists on Easter Monday, when Mr. Butt and Mr. O'Shaughnessy and Mr. O'Sullivan headed a procession of Home- rulers through Limerick, which was received at the O'Connell...

The Ripublique Francaise of the 17th inst. publishes an article

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supposed to embody M. Gambetta's view of his party's financial policy. The late Assembly found itself compelled to increase taxation by nearly £25,000,000 a year, and obtained...

The perpetrator of a very horrible murder, committed on the

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28th of last month, at Blackburn, was discovered on Monday evening by the help of a bloodhound. A little girl named Emily Holland had been, on the 28th March, sent for...

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The Times published on Wednesday an interesting account of the

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feeling in the Carlist provinces of Spain. The writer, who has been travelling for weeks in the inner penetralia of the Carlist region, says the people of Biscay will submit...

The seventh annual conference of the National Union of Elementary

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Teachers has been held this week at Liverpool, and it appears from their debates that at least some of these useful public servants really think that the only persons fit to...

The Parisian Liberals held a great meeting at the Chateau

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d'Eau on Sunday, to aid in sending 150 representative work- men to Philadelphia to assist in the opening of the Centennial Exhibition. They were addressed by M. Louis Blanc in a...

It would seem as if the cure for those worst

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of small nuisances, colds in the head, which Dr. Ferrier, of King's College, suggested in the Lancet of this day fortnight (April 8), might prove to be a remedy of very great...

The Queen arrived at Paris at 10 o'clock on Friday

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morning, and received a short visit from Marshal MacMahon at the rail- way-station. Her Majesty is, of course, called the " Queen- Empress" by the Paris papers, althouga the...

It is believed that Prince Jerome Napoleon will be returned

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to the French Chamber for Ajaccio, where M. Rouher's election has been invalidated, without opposition. M. Rouher does not intend to resist further, a Bonapartist paper talks of...

The Speaker of the House of Commons, in a speech

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at Wisbeach on Tuesday, made a remarkable statement as to the power of the Crown in England :—" The Reform Act of 1832 was a great revolution, carried after the fashion of...

Console were at the latest date 95 to 95k.

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MR. LOWE ON THE EARNESTNESS OF CABINETS. M R . LOWE, in his speech at Retford, declared, not for the first time, that the last Government determined to carry out, at whatever...

VICTOR HUGOISM. T HERE is nothing to be surprised at in

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the contempt with which almost all Englishmen regard Victor Hugo's poli- tical speeches. They dislike rant, unless cloaked in some very usual form of words, they do not...

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C ONTENTMENT must be as eternal in the breast of Mr. Butt as hope is in the breast of humanity in general. He is satisfied with the reception which he met with in Limerick on...

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I F the fresh accusation against President Grant reported by telegraph on Friday is true, he ought to be impeached, and in England he probably would be ; but it is doubtful if...

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.O NE of the many difficulties of the Liberal party in France is a deficiency of experienced administrators in its ranks. It numbers many able men, and is led by an orator whom...

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THE BRISTOL CATHEDRAL QUARREL. T HE quarrel about the figures erected

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over the North Porch of the Bristol Cathedral is not a creditable one to any party concerned. Undoubtedly, the architect who decked out Gregory L, the great reformer of his day...

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J UDGING by the second (not the first) night's performance of " Queen Mary," we should say that Mr. Tennyson's play, even as it is curtailed, altered, and put on the stage at...

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W E regret that "The Hunting of the Snark " is a failure, for it is a failure, partly because a very little more pains might have made it a success, and partly because we have a...

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ST. KILDA. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE " EPEOTITOR., Sin,—My attention has been called to some letters which have appeared in your two last numbers referring to St. Kilda. As...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—In your interesting review of " Weigh-House Chapel Ser- mons" a quotation is presented in which Mr. Binney replies to the common...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —If Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen's motion on this subject had been carried, we should have ascertained facts which are now liable to be...


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SIR,—Mr. Carvell Williams's letter seems to me to carry its own proof of the non-necessity for any change in the law of burials, so far as obstacles to the interment of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—I should be glad of an opportunity for saying that the phrase " of weekly occurrence," in reference to the particular " scandal " to...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "smarm:m:1 have been looking over the file of the Spectator for 1875, and have been struck by your article of November 20, entitled " Another Lesson from...


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Sta,—In the issue of the Spectator just to hand (March 18) I find an article entitled "The Grievance of British Columbia." The whole article is based on an error, for which not...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—I notice that your comments upon recent occurrences in Barbados are based upon statements in the address of the Governor. It is right...


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THE GRAFIN VON ROSENAU. THERE is a lady crown'd so high, She hath equal none beneath the sky ; When in the world there is war's wild stir, Millions of hearts beat strong for...


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SNOW on the ground, and blossoms on the trees ! A bitter wind sweeps madly 'cross the moor ; The children shiver at the cottage door, And old men crouch beside the fire for...


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THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA.* Mu. HARDY calls the Hand of Ethelberta "a comedy in chapters," and certainly if it be the main criterion of a comedy that it amuses, he could not have...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] THE connection with Mary Wollstonecraft which resulted in mar- riage constitutes the most interesting episode in Godwin's life. In Mr. Paul's volumes, we have,...

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MANDALAY TO MOILTEN.* THE public interest excited by the death

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of Mr. Margery and the repulse of the mission to which he was attached have suggested to Dr. Anderson, the scientific member of the expedition, the publica- tion of a brief...

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DISEASES OF MODERN LIFE.* Tars book may be accepted as

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a type of the popular didactic literature of the coming age. It is a volume of scientific sermons, the objects of which are to provide for public morals a basis of * Diseases...

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THIS book has one serious fault. It is cumbered with much padding of a bad kind. At every step of Bishop Sumner's rapid promotion, and on other occasions in his career, we get a...

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Sport in Abyssinia. By the Earl of Mayo. (John Murray.)—As a pioneer in the opening-np of Abyssinia to the lovers of sport on a large scale, Lord Mayo has hardly proved a...

Memorials of the Life and Writings of the Rev. Robert

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Morehead, D.D Edited by his Son, Charles Morehead, M.D., F.R.C.P. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—Those lives and characters are probably the happiest and most enviable whose quiet...

A Handbook of London Bankers. By F. G. Hilton Price.

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(Chan* and Windus.)—There is plenty of curious information in this book. Many of the great Banks of London have something of the perpetuity of colleges, and accumulate a number...

Melinda, the Caboceer ; or, Sport in Ashanti : a

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Tale of the Gold Coast. By J. A. Skertchly. (Chapman and Hall.)—This book would have been invaluable to David Copperfield's friends, Peggotty and Little Enaly,. in the old days...

Harold Freeheart. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)--The author is careful to

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inform us on his title-page that his work is " a romance." We do not see that it differs much from the ordinary novel. Most of the characters are ordinary enough, and not more...

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England, Palestine, Egypt, and India Connected by a Railway System.

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By S. McBean. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—Mr. McBean will take away the breath of the degenerate statesmen of the present day. It is, he says, "incumbent on us, as a nation, to...

All Round the World ; or, What's the Object ?

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By Frank Foster. 3 vols. (Samuel Tinaley.)—These volumes are altogether beneath criti- cism. If we thought there was the least probability of our readers attempting the perusal...

A fray Woman. By M. F. O'Malley. 3 vols. (Smith

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and Elder.)— Angela, the heroine, certainly exercises in a most conspicuous and de- termined way the woman's privilege of changing her mind. Indeed, we cannot acquit her of a...

No Love Lost. By Mrs. Randolph. 3 vols. (Hurst and

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Blackett.) —Mrs. Randolph is indefatigable. It was only the other day that we received " Wild Hyacinth," and now here is another novel from her prolific pen. In the story just...

The New Godiva. By Stanley Hope. 3 vols. (Bentley and

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Son.)— The author has the merit of making his plot perfectly intelligible. A gentleman, proud of a descent from an ancestor who, being then already noble, came over with the...