22 AUGUST 1874

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Marshal MacMalion is making a kind of semi-regal " Piogress"

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through Brittany. 'At Le Manz, St. Argo, and St. Brieue he has been received with civility as a great soldier, but no one appears willing to " hurrah " for the President, and...

A New York newspaper has circulated a sensational rumour that

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the promised cession of Porto Rico by the Spanish Govern- ment to the Germans, was really the consideration which induced the Cabinet of Berlin to interfere so actively on...

'The British Association for the Advancement of Science met on

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Wednesday, at Belfast, when Professor Tyndall, as President for the year, delivered the inaugural address,—a document occu- pying no less than eight closely-printed columns of...

The Economical and Statistical Section of the Association has been

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presided over this year by Lord O'Hagan, who delivered an opening address on Thursday. The late Irish Chancellor is him- self a Belfast man, and he described with complacency...


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MHE Times' correspondent in Philadelphia telegraphs (August 20) a fact which may prove of great moment in American history. The Republican Convention of Pennsylvania has refused...

The Bonapartists achieved a great success on Sunday. The rich

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Department of Calvados, with its half-million of people and 123,000 electors, returned in 1871 five Royalists and three RepubliCans, the Royalists obtaining 72,000 votes, or...

The King of Denmark, on his return from Iceland, paid

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a visit to Leith,- where he was met by the Princess of Wales, who pro- ceeded with her father to Copenhagen.

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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According to telegrams of August 18th received from Hong Kong,

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the Chinese are not disposed to allow the Japanese to keep Formosa. The Government of Pekin, which is in a mood to believe that it can do anything, has informed the Court of...

Three ruffians, named Moran, Foy, and Nock, on Tuesday were

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walking fir a Birmingham street, when they saw a respectable woman named Mason standing at her own door. One of them. assaulted her indecently, and on her husband remonstrating,...

The Royal Commission on Scientific Instruction has issued a fifth

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Report, recommending that grants of public money should be made to University and King ' s Colleges, London. The grants should be capital sums to allow the Colleges to obtain or...

The King of Denmark has visited Iceland, on the thousandth

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anniversary of the settlement of the island, and himself " inaugu- rated " the new Constitution. He was well received, but not enthusiastically, and the Constitution is...

William Jackson, a man of 29, formerly a soldier, was

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hanged on Tuesday in York Castle for the murder of his sister. He per- sisted in denying his guilt up to the morning of his execution, when he sent for the Governor, made a full...

Mr. Fawcett addressed his late constituents at Brighton on Monday

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in a long and excellent speech, the most striking feature of which was an admission that Mr. Gladstone ' s retirement from the leadership would be a loss not only to the Liberal...

Sheffield having, from old trade outrages, the reputation of being

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the most ruffianly town in England, which it is not, has determined to educate itself. The School Board is spending £100,000 upon new schools, nine out of sixteen of which are...

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Dr. Drysdale has been delivering before the Medical Associa- tion

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a counterblast against tobacco. He says that the weed produces blindness, palpitation of the heart, diarrham, and diseases of the mouth, and holds that its nearly universal use...

A strange career closed the other day in Manitoba. Some

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three years ago the commercial world of New York was dazzled and flattered by the appearance in its midst of an English millionaire who quietly allowed it to be understood that...

A. correspondent of the Times argues that no reduction of

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fares will make the Metropolitan District Railway pay well while the Directors continue to use such heavy engines aud. carriages. Mr. Fairlie showed, in 1868, when the...

Mr. Beecher's answer to the Tilton charges appeared last week.

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He denies absolutely the accusation affecting Mrs. Tilton, both generally and particularly. As to the curiously strong expressions of contrition in his letters to Mr. Tilton, he...

Consols were on Friday 9i-92i.

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The electors of Stroud seem fully resolved to take upon

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them- selves the business of settling the election law of the country. Once more a petition has been filed, this time against the return of Mr. Brand ; and if Mr. Brand were...

Baron Pigott has at last settled the curious point raised

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by the Peculiar People,—whether domestic treatment of the sick without doctors is or is not a punishable offence. Thomas Hines, of Woolwich, one of the sect, was tried on...

The Right Rev. Charles Sumner, lately Bishop of Winchester, offied

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on Saturday at Winchester. He was, let us trust, the last of his kind,—an Evangelical who really believed, but who wanted, above all things, to get on and become rich. He...

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which accompanied the earlier Irish insurrections, extent, relinquish the position

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of arbiter in the South, and keep Under these circumstances, the preservation of order in the himself much more strictly within the old limits of the Presiden- South depends...

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N see no use in denying, or attempting to explain away, V the significance of last Sunday's election in Calvados. It is a Bonapartist victory, and one of the most menacing...


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I T is probable that the experiment of the acquisition of the Railways by the State will be tried first of all in Ireland. When English politicians and financiers have made up...

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rah most salient characteristic in the modern history of the Far East is the political revival both of China and Japan. Neither Government has been able to withstand the...

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HE Select Committee appointed to look into the way in which the great Spending DepartmentA conduct their business has recently issued its final Report. Considering the clamour...

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T HE "Unknown and the Unknowable" is discovered, and is Matter. That, so far as we understand an argument which is protected and, as it were, spiritualised at one or two points...

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T HE Board of Trade is working the Life-Assurance Com- panies Act of 1870 in a manner that cannot fail to prove highly beneficial to the community. One of the sections of the...

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SIR,—The letter in your paper of last week, signed, "A Selected Candidate, 1873," is, I think, a very valuable contribution to the materials of a correct judgment on the very...


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INDIA CIVIL-SERVICE EXAMINATIONS. TO THE EDITOR OF THE 4 ' SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The following letter, which I have received from the late Chancellor of the Exchequer on the...

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OF THE ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY.] DEAR FRIEND,—Since writing to you more than a year ago, much has been said and done about slavery in Egypt, and other coun- tries on the East side...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—The main items of Indian Revenue were thus detailed in the late debates thereon :—Land, £21,000,000; Opium, £8,000,000; Salt,...

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ASSYRIAN INSCRIPTIONS.* THIS little volume is full of important and interesting matter, and yet it is disappointing, and even vexatious. It is dis- appointing, because a book...


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TWO SONNETS. IF we be fools of chance, indeed, and tend No whither, then the blinder fools in this : That, loving good, we live, in scorn of bliss, Its wageless servants to the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—In order to prevent a little confusion in the minds of those who take an interest in the subject, will you permit me to point out that a...

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DISAPPOINTING as Mr. Paton's work will prove to all who wish to learn something about Beyle, its very defects make it a somewhat appropriate tribute to the memory of its...

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IT is not fair to allow its title to have weight in one's judgment of a book, but it is difficult to avoid being prejudiced by it to some extent. Lonely Carlotta is not...

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'THESE essays are written in plain, vigorous, correct language, and if never brilliant, are always clear. Mr. Forsyth, the reader feels, is an accomplished, sensible man, who...

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IT is one of the privileges of a wealthily-endowed university to - .further the cause of learning by such well-placed munificence as * An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Based on...

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MR. ZDWICE is more disappointing than ever. We are reminded constantly in this present volume of the observation of an Indian officer, a great sportsman, who having on his...

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Young Mr. Nightingale. By Dutton Cooke. 3 vols. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—Mr. Dutton Cooke does not produce his novels with the breathless rapidity which makes some writers justly odious to re- viewers, and, we should think, unwelcome to the...


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for geometry, has recognised certain errors of statement, which, instead of convincing him that he should study only works by writers of repute, have unfortunately misled him to...

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Agnes Ingold's Money : a Novel. By E. C. S.

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(Town and Country Publishing Company, Limited.)—It is difficult to augur favourably of the literary success of the Town and Country Publishing Company, from/ such samples of...

Born to be a Lady : a Novel. By Katherine

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Henderson. (Samuel Tinsley.)—We are always disposed to like a novel in one volume, and in this instance there is something to like beyond the trim and at- tractive exterior and...