22 JULY 1876

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The small amount and value of the news received from

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Con- stantinople deserves attention. It is said the Ministry are straining every nerve to strengthen the armies, forwarding recruits and munitions daily, and using every...

A frightful catastrophe happened yesterday week on board H.M.S. Thunderer,'

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the sister-ship to the Devastation.' She had steamed out from Portsmouth to try her speed on the measured mile, and the stokers, of whom there were 130 on board, and of whom...


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THE latest news from the seat of war is slightly favourable to the Servians. According to the telegraph agency of St. Petersburg, Prince Nikita, with his Montenegrins, has...

The Coroner's inquiry into "the Balbam mystery" has gone on

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all through the week, and threatens to occupy an unprecedented amount of time. Up to Thursday no evidence of much interest was adduced, the most important fact being that Mr....

The Viennese correspondent of the Telegraph, who is some- times

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well informed, states positively that the Emperors of Russia and Austria agreed at Reichstadt not to allow Servia or Monte- negro to be turned ii") Turkish Pashalics. This is...

Lord Derby received two deputations on yesterday week, one headed

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by Mr. Bright, which asked for a pledge that we were not going to renew in 1876 the mistakes of 1854 ; and one represented mainly by Mr. Lewis Farley, and presenting an address...

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

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The Bishop of Manchester wrote an admirable letter to Tuesday's

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Times, insisting that as Lord Derby had complained that the country did not always speak out soon enough to tell its wishes to its Ministers, means should at once be taken to...

Mr. Disraeli's account of Sir Henry Elliot's despatches on the

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Bulgarian outrages was given on Monday night, in a speech of which it can only be said that while it made the best of the Turkish case and the worst of the Bulgarian...

The fall in silver has received a slight check. The

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Indian Home Government, on Tuesday, sold £700,000 worth of bills on India at 1s. 6id., a slight rise upon the rate obtained at the previous fortnightly sale. Silver, in...

The Khedive's affairs appear to be getting into a worse

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tangle than ever. When the nations of Europe last year gave up their claim to maintain Consular Courts, the Khedive agreed that the International Tribunal set up instead should...

Lord Henry Lennox on Monday announced that he had re-

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signed liis post as First Commissioner of Works. He had taken this step, he said, in consequence of Lord Coleridge's strictures upon the conduct of the Directors of the Lisbon...

Mr. Lowe gave away the prizes at the Middle-class School

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in Cowper Street on Wednesday, and took the opportunity, as usual, to congratulate the boys on learning something useful, instead of the old Latin and Greek,—an advantage which...

Lord Granville was on Thursday night to have called attention

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to the quarrel between the Governments of Great Britain and America on the subject of extradition. He had given a very long notice, that the Government might not be taken by...

But the second speech was not so satisfactory. In it

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Lord Derby reiterated his adhesion to the policy of neutrality, but indicated, rather than expressed, his differences with the deputa- tion on the subject of the unimprovable...

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The Government of Constantinople have practically admitted the occurrence of

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atrocities in Bulgaria. They have sent a Com- missioner to the disturbed districts to inquire into them, and have hanged one officer guilty of excesses near Philippopolis. Their...

Mr. Disraeli, after detailing the first lot of " innocents"

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who are marked out for massacre, explained, in answer to Mr. Lowe, that the Vivisection Bill which had come down from the House of Lords was not among the victims, and we hope,...

Lord Sandon, who had withdrawn the clause of his Elementary

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Education Bill which offered additional grants to schools in poor districts, substituted for it on Thursday and carried, a clause still more objectionable, by which private and...

Here is a delicious epitaph, which our readers will find

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on the outside of Wirksworth Church, Derbyshire, under the west window,— " Philip Shallcross, an eminent Quill-driver to the Attorneys of this Town. (Died 1787, aged 67.)...

We regret to notice the death of Mr. A. Russel,

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for thirty years the Editor of the Scotsman, and the stoutest upholder of Liberalism in Scotland. He was a man of great humour, great knowledge, and great courage, even...

The Bishops were entertained at the Mansion House on Wed-

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nesday, when the Lord Mayor, in proposing the health of his right reverend guests, attributed rather generously, " all the great moral and noble aspirations of the day" to the...

Consols were on Friday 961 to 97.

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LORD DERBY AND MR. DISRAELI ON THE BULGARIAN ATROCITIES. 1 T is a pity that Lord Derby should be so unwilling ever to I put a weight simply into one scale, without putting a...

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T ORD HENRY LENNOX was quite right in resigning his post as First Commissioner of the Board of Works, and Mr. Disraeli was quite right in accepting his resignation. The Member...

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r ittii bitterness with which Mr. Freeman writes of him, the .I. roughness, almost brutality, with which Mr. Chamber- lain recently attacked him, the disposition shown by the...

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THE EXPLOSION IN 'rut, THUNDEBER.' E VERY calamity which befalls our

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Navy,—and very few years now elapse without some calamity of greater or less magnitude,—makes it more and more evident that the chief difficulty with which we have to deal is...

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T HE new number of the Edinburgh Review contains an article on the growth of the German Navy, which will be very profitable reading for Englishmen. The fact that a new maritime...

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TT would almost seem as if Scotland were this year to lose all her representative men. Scarcely have the lamentations over the death of James Baird, the bulwark of Scotch...

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M R. LOWE is never tired of inveighing against the principles on which his own education was conducted, and seldom fails to do so without discharging some shaft with which that...

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E you meet says, in a despairing tone, " This must be as hot as India !" and for once everybody is nearly in the right. The heat in London since July 14, though not exactly ."...

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PRIMARY EDUCATION IN NEW YORK. Ito mHa SDITOR OF Till "SPECTATOR" • propose, with your permission, in this third and final letter on educational work in the United States, to...

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OF THE SPEOTATOR:1 assessors or judges ; and that advice had respect to what was expedient rather than to what was legal. The result is a series of decisions which are not...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] Sin,—In reply to your correspondent "E. T. C.," who accuses me of having made a " serious error " in stating that Blake was " misunderstood...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Although a little out of temper with the Doctors just now, I am quite sure that you do not wish to be unjust to your antagonists. Let...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 was naturally gratified to read the extract on the Trinity which you gave from Lord Amberley's " Analysis of Religious Belief," and...


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" THE PRIME MINISTER."' Tilts is not one of Mr. Trollope's pleasanter novels. It contains some pleasant chapters, full of characters whom we have all met, of incidents so...

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have disclaimed the power to make a perfectly impartial literary estimate of these volumes. They have a pathetic interest which forbids the attempt, and they have another kind...

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THE volume before us is a continuation of the series of critical essays, the first collection of which was published by Mr. Lowell Amory my Book% (Second Series.) By J. Boswell...

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GRANTING the facts, now completely established by geologists, that the surface of the earth has been through all time, and is still, undergoing a series of changes, and that...

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MR. SIMCOX'S HISTORY OF TACITUS.* IT is a curious fact,

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only too significant of the depressed con- dition of classical learning in England, that the two • chief works of Tacitus have never been edited in this country in any adequate...

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THESE are two of the numerous editions of the Judicature Acts of 1878 and 1875, and of the orders and rules framed in accord- ance with their provisions; which have recently...

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Waiting for the Light, and other Sermons. By David Wright,

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M.A., Vicar of Stoke-Bishop, Bristol. (Henry S. King and Co.)—Tho mental attitude of the writer of these Sermons is unfortunately an unusual one, for it is rare to find in tho...

Eunice. By Mrs. Julius Pollock. 8 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—The author,

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quoting Juvenal, tolls us on her title-page that it is difficult not to write satire. Perhaps, on the whole, the satirical part of her novel is the better. The sketch of the...

Historical Warwickshire : its Legendary Lore, Traditionary Stories, and Romantic

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Episodes. By J. Tom Burgess. (Simpkin and Co.)—The author of this volume (a well-known Warwickshire journalist, we believe) has been engaged for some eight years on what,...

The Transition Period of Musical History. By John Hullah. (Loogmans,

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Green, and Co.)—This course of six lectures is full of interest to the professional musician, and the amateur will find in- struction and ample food for refection from a master,...

The New Quarterly Magazine, July. (Ward, Lock, and Tyler.)—This is

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a good number. The first article is one of special interest,—" The Spirit of Modern Agriculture," by Richard Jefferies. It describes the change which has come over the...


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British Quarterly Review, July. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The feature of this number is a brilliant article on "The Illyrian Emperors and their Land." The writer begins with an...

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Grassmere Farm. By Frank. (Elliot, Liverpool.)—The author's style does not

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lend much attraction to a story that has naturally little interest in it. Sundry people fall in love, and are ultimately married. Every- thing turns out well. Even the selfish...

Sister Agatha ; or, " The New Catholic Teaching." By

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the Rev. W. H. Pinnock. (Skeffington.)—The controversial tale is not an attractive kind of literature, but Dr. Pinnock avoids the offence which such books not uncommonly give....

Our Indian Empire. By the Rev. S. Norwood. (Samuel Tinsley.)—

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We cannot feel much confidence in a gentleman who thinks that Mace- donia was a tributary State of Persia in the days of the last Darius. The account of the Mutiny is written...

All the Way Round; or, What a Boy Saw and

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Heard on his Way Round the World. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Very likely it is a good thing for a boy of eleven years of age to go round the - world, though we must confess to an...

The American State and American Statesmen. By William Giles Dix.

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(Ester and Learjet, Boston, U.S.)—This is a somewhat fierce indictment against the American politics of the present day. In effect it states that Government has fallen into the...

French Pictures in English Chalk. By the Author of "The

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Member for Paris." (Smith and Elder.)—Many of our readers will remember these brilliant sketches as they appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, and will be glad to meet them again....

Real and Unreal: Tales of Both Kinds. By Harriet Olivia

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Bedding- ton. (S. Tinsley.)—We wish that the writer of these tales had told us which of them were real and which were unreal. They are all of them, however, of a very slight and...

Handbook of Rural Sanitary Science. Edited by Lory Marsh, M.D.

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(Smith, Elder, and Co.)—There was a time, within, perhaps, the memory of the youngest of us, when, had the average " Guardian of the Poor" been asked for a definition of Rural...

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Pox:rim—Poetical Davis. By George Messenger. (Ward, Lock, and Tyler.) The

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author must make himself acquainted with certain elementary rules of grammar and verse. It is not allowable to put a verb into the plural when the subject is singular,—say, for...