22 JANUARY 1870

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Mr. Gladstone is lucky. He has actually found a clergyman,

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the Yen. W. B. Jones, who is a Welsh scholar, a commentator on Sophocles, and an Evangelical of the moderate but decided school, and has made him Bishop of St. Asaph. To please...

The Kaiser has finally accepted the resignation of the minority

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of his Ministers. This minority is in favour of so increasing the power of the Provincial Diets as practically to change the pro- vinces into " States" of the American kind,...

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

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T HE French Government has resolved to prosecute M. Rochefort, and for reasons explained elsewhere we think the French Government is right. The Chamber certainly thinks so,...

We have spoken at length elsewhere of Mr. Forster's masterly

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speech at Bradford, which will certainly raise him another great step in public estimation. Here we may add that its general drift was against delay, not only in regard to the...

The debate on the prosecution showed M. 011ivier in a

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very favourable light on every point but one. He faced MM. Roche- fort and Gambetta very courageously, but without losing calmness, and explained his policy very clearly. It was...

Of course, Mr. Forster was far too much of a

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strategist to betray the secret of the proposed Bill, but it is clear enough that it will be a compromise between the plans of the Birmingham League and that of the Manchester...

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The interregnum in the management of the Daily News has

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ended,—to the delight, we should imagine, of its readers,—Mr. E. Dicey having accepted the editorial chair. We may, we think, congratulate the proprietors as well as the Liberal...

It is officially notified that Lord Napier will succeed Sir

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William Mansfield, as Commander-in-Chief in India ; a great reward, well deserved by his conduct of the campaign in Abyssinia. Lord Napier, if we recollect rightly, is the only...

That the Pope himself has not iu any way given

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up the hope of seeing his own infallibility proclaimed as a teacher of dogma ex cathedra, we gather from more than one speech officially, or un- officially, attributed to him. O...

Our Belgian contemporary Le Bien Public, of Ghent, states in

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its impression of Thursday that Monseigneur Dechamps has just been named by an Apostolic brief Primate of Belgium, and will in future take his place in the Council in the first...

The new suffragan to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Ven-

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erable Edward Parry, is, we see, to be called Bishop of Dover, and will apparently have immediate charge of the diocese of Canter- bury, leaving to Dr. Tait the archiepiscopal...

The Vatican of this week gives a plan engraving of

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the Council Hall, marking the position of the Papal throne, the seats of the Cardinals, the Patriarchs, Bishops, &c., with a minute specifi- cation of the exact seats allotted...

A remarkable murder has occurred in Finsbury. Jacob Spinass, night

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porter at Bueker's Hotel, Christopher Street, had been drinking hard on Friday se'nnight, when about half-past five in the morning Mrs. Bueker beard a terrible noise in his...

Mr. Goschen, though not, we imagine, favourable to State aid

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to emigration, is certainly favourable to emigration itself. He has offered to contribute 10s. a head, £1,000 in all, towards the emigra- tion of 2,000 persons, under the...

Is there any truth whatever in the atrocious story published

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in the Globe of Monday ? It is stated that the captain of one of the Waterford steamers one day last week found himself short of fuel, and in order to reach the English coast in...

The Tablet attributes (unofficially and without vouching for it) to

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the Pope a saying about the Council to this effect :—"There must be a phase when prejudice and passion struggle to get the mastery over sense and reason ; and then a phase of...

News from Rome this week there cannot properly be said

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to be. The petition in favour of declaring the infallibity of the Pope, of which we gave the substance last week, has been signed, it is believed, by about 400 bishops, of whom...

It is said that secrecy has been again imposed upon

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the Bishops by the Pope,—rather superfluously, we should say, for the amount of leakage from the Council is marvellously small,—and that they have been begged to be shorter in...

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We have received from Mr. Friedmann, the author of the

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work on the " Venetian Despatches," which we reviewed in December, and which has given rise to some controversy on the part of Signor Pasini and Mr. G. C. Bentinck in our...

Sir Stafford Northcote made a very manly speech in Exeter

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on l'hursclay to the Chamber of Commerce, in which he utterly rejected the nonsense talked by reciprocitarians. As to recipro- city, suppose you give a bale of English cloth for...

Sir Stirling Maxwell gave a very interesting address last week

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to the students of the Edinburgh School of Art. His general view appears to have been that while the love of art is getting very much more diffused than it used to be, there is...

Dr. Pinel, a French physiologist, has been trying to "

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demoralize the guillotine" by declaring that it does not cause instant death. The body, he says, dies, but the blood in the brain is retained, the brain being shielded from...

The Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench, Sir Alexander Cock-

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burn, in ordering on Thursday the rule to be made absolute for a mandamus to the Election Commissioners at Bridgewater to grant Mr. Lovibond his certificate of indemnity, passed...

Lord Derby has been making a speech in support of

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the Prisoners' Aid Society of Manchester, which in three years has aided 320 persons, of whom 205 are doing well, 30 have turned out badly, and 85 have either emigrated or...

Consols were on Friday evening 92k to 92g.

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Thorncliffe, near Sheffield, is the scene of a kind of

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civil war. Messrs. Newton, Chambers, and Co., who rent the collieries there, recently decided that they would employ no Unionist miners, their terms being too high, and after a...

The murderer Troppman was guillotined on Wednesday morning, and showed

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his natural ferocity at the last, having bitten, it is said, the finger of the executioner who tried to push him back into his right place under the axe. The brute iu him was...

The latest intelligence from the Red River Settlement, trans- mitted

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by cable to the Pall Mall Gazette, is more favourable. It is said that the insurgents have agreed to open negotiations with the Canadian Government. We shall not, however, know...

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THE PROSECUTION OF M. ROCHEFORT. F ROM their point of view, the French Ministry are in the right in the prosecution of M. Rochefort. That satirist is not in himself quite so...

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I T is curious to see Mr. Forster going over precisely the same line of political thought in his speech last Monday at Bradford as Mr. Bright went over last week in his speeches...

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tion, except as it furthers and aids future construction in

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cause for a plea that revolt against them is revolt against some larger and nobler sense, is more utterly uncongenial. oppression. They refuse to Bohemians and Galicians no Look...

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W E do not believe that Mr. Ayrton has any intention of abolishing the flowers in Victoria or any other London park. He would not be a Minister a week after he had done it....

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F OR a people whose nationality is proverbial the Scotch are very prone to internal strifes and jealousies. They may stand " shoulder to shoulder" against the foreigner, but...

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I T is certainly a curious fact that some persons of genius can develop an ideal trait into a character that seems full of the realism of precise and petty traits, while the...

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I T is extremely wrong for a lad to marry without means to support either wife or children. It is still more wrong for hica .to' tell. his fiancée that, having no means, he had...

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CXXXI.---YORKSUIRE :-TLIE NORMAN CONQUEST AND PARTITION. T "period from the death of Edward the Confessor to the final subjugation of Yorkshire by the Normans is one of great...

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Rome, Janurny 15, 1870. ALLOW me once more to put

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in a protest against your surmise that I furnished you with a cock-and-bull story in what I wrote about Cardinal Schwarzenberg's tergiversations. I do not wish to refer to the...

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SIR,—No one, whether Catholic or Protestant, can have read the recent numbers of the .tipeenitor, without remarking the rare im- partiality of your observations on the...

[TO TILE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—I must ask your

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indulgence to allow me the space of a few lines in your impartial journal in reply to the observations which appear in your issue of the Sth inst. from "A Catholic Reader" on my...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR,—Your contributor " P." attempted to sum up the discussion between Dr. Brewer and myself, with respect to the ancient posi- tion of the...


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SIR,—Will you permit me to make a few remarks ou an article which appeared in your last number touching my controversy with Mr. Buxton on the ancient land tenures in Ireland ?...

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THE ANCIENT MASTERS AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. THE town owes a deep debt of gratitude to the Burlington Fine Arts' Club for spurring on the Academy to undertake an exhibition of the...


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(To TRE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Permit me to remind your readers that Mr. Catlin, whose work was reviewed in the last number of the Spectator, is not the first person...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ''SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—In your last number, " A Constant Reader " has restored the point to an anecdote on page 233 of Lady Eastlake's graceful "Life of...

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NEHEMIAH WALLINGTON'S COMMON-PLACE BOOK.* THE bulk of the volumes now before us is taken by the editor, Mr. Webb, from a quarto volume of 281 folios, acquired by the British...

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years since the name of Alexander Smith was thrust, by the publication of A Life Drama, into a notoriety which seemed almost fame. To young and enthusiastic miuds it might...

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Ma. WILBERFORCE has writtten an original and amusing book, —far the best thing in the outward form of a novel which he has yet given us, — though a very bad novel. It is...

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A VERY pretty novellette in verse, bright and delicate in work- manship, but containing a view of life derived more from the idealism of a graceful fancy than from actual...

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• Septum Carthatianum : Floribus Triton Seculoruni Conte.rlum. Cum Gulielmi Haig Brown. Scho]® Carthusian• Archididascali. Deighton, Bell, at Soc., Cantab.; Bell et Da]dy,...

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The Fern Garden. By Shirley Hibbard. (Groombridge.)—.Here we have a

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pleasant volume in which an attractive subject is cleverly - dealt with. The amateur may find all the practical suggestions which he needs ; the more money ho has the better for...

The Puritans. By Ernest Myers. (Macmillan.)—Mr. Myers' poem suggests, of

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course, the " Samson Agonistes " of Milton, a model difficult to imitate in its severe simplicity, and little adapted to the fervent rhetoric in which much of Mr. Myers'...


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The British Quarterly Review. January. (Hodder and Stoughton.) —Two articles in this number are specially noticeable as showing the drift of Nonconformist opinion, that on "The...

English Versification : a Complete Practical Guide to the Whole

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Subject. By E. Wadham. (Longmans.)—" This work," the author says in his preface, "claims to be an exhaustive treatise on English versification, giving a complete view of all...

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The Good St. Louis and his Time. By Mrs. Bray.

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(Griffith and Ferran.) —Unpretending as the preface to this Life of St. Louis appears, we con- sider that the work carries out its purpose most effectually, and helps materially...

The Book of Wondefful Characters. (Rotten.)—Any one who cares to

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read about the monstrous eccentricities of mind and shape is human beings of which record has been kept may do so in this volume, and may also see the authentic portraits of...

Lover and Husband. By Ennis Graham. 3 vols. (Skeet.)—It may

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be as well to say that though the " lover " and the "husband" are different persons, this novel is written with the strictest propriety. The story is of a very familiar type ;...

Shipbuilding in Iron and Steel, by E. J. Reed, C.D.

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(Murray), is a book which carries its commendations on its title-page, besides having else- where very solid and weighty testimonials to its excellence. Mr. Reed, as our...

A Diary in the East. By W. H. Russell. (Routledge.)—The

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late Mr. G. P. R. James held, if we remember right, the office of "Historio- grapher Royal." We never hoard what the duties of the office were, but suppose that it may have...