22 MAY 1886

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Lord Salisbury made on Saturday a brilliant but very in-

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judicious speech at St. James's Hall. He told the delegates of the Conservative Associations there assembled that his policy to-day was the traditional policy of the Tory Party...


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T HE Emperor of Russia has been staying for some weeks at Livadia, whither he has summoned some of his ablest counsellors, and most of the experienced officials employed in the...

So decided was the impression made by this speech that

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Lord Salisbury had nothing to propose but coercion for twenty years, and that he regarded emigration as the only solution of the landlord difficulty, that the advocates of...

On Monday, Mr. Stansfeld commenced his reply to Sir R.

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Cross, who had opened the Irish debate in a very moderate but not otherwise remarkable speech, by a powerful attack on Lord Salisbury's speech of Saturday, and then proceeded to...

There has been little change in the situation through the

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week. The debate on Home-rule proceeds without exciting much interest, and it would appear, from a reply of Mr. Gladstone's on Tuesday, that it is to last till next Friday, or...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case. •

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The greatest speech of the week was not made in

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Parliament. Lord Hartington delivered the most masterly speech of his life at Bradford on Tuesday, to a meeting which was by no means composed exclusively of Unionists. After...

It is refreshing to find so sound a Radical as

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Mr. Lyulph Stanley taking up such solid ground against the Government's policy for Ireland as he took up in his letter to Mr. Bodden, of Oldham, published this day fortnight in...

On the same day, Mr. A. W. Hall, M.P. for

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Oxford, drew a picture of Irish Alabamas ' scouring the seas to put an end to our commerce, while an Irish rebellion was carefully prepared in the interior of the island, a...

Much the ablest speech of the week on the side

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of the Govern- ment was that delivered on Monday night by Mr. Bryce. It was a speech not only of large knowledge, but of great skill, and yet not at all wanting in candour. It...

Mr. Bryce illustrated the advantages which he expected from the

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proposed measure by the case of Iceland, which for thirty years sustained a struggle against the power of the Danish Monarchy. In 1874, legislative independence was con- ceded,...

Lord Hartington drew in vigorous and telling lines a hasty

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sketch of the drift of Mr. Gladstone's scheme. The statutory Legislature in Dublin could, if it pleased, make a new criminal code; could abolish trial by jury, and the Habeas...

Mr. Shaw-Lefevre's speech on Tuesday was remarkable for ignoring completely

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the special circumstances of Ireland, and for constituting simply a panegyric on autonomy as a cure for sectional jealousies, although in Scotland these jealousies have...

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A child was born to the Queen-Regent of Spain on

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the 17th inst., and, to the delight of Spaniards, proved to be a boy. Under a law passed to confirm the Regency of Queen Christina, the infant is born King of Spain, and will...

The Greek affair has ended oddly. It was known that

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the Greeks, seeing no chance of success, would give way about dis- armament; but it was supposed that the Chamber would support M. Delyannis, and that the majority would either...

The Government has met with unexpected opposition to its serious

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proposals on Procedure. The Committee has been reasonable enough about hours of meeting and details of that kind ; but as regards the Closure, without which all arrangements can...

The temper of the House of Commons is growing hot

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over Home-rule. In a debate on Thursday night over the renewal of the Arms Act, Mr. Parnell demanded that the Act should be applied to Loyalists and Nationalists alike; and...

The Duke of Braganza, Crown Prince of Portugal, was on

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Saturday betrothed to the Princess Amelie, daughter of the Comte de Paris. The reception afterwards was, of course, attended by all the leading Legitimists and Orleanists in...

The annual meeting of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young

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Servants was held at Grosvenor House (the Duke of Westminster's) yesterday week, Sir Baldwyn Leighton in the chair. The chairman made an earnest appeal on behalf of the Society,...

Mr. Louis Jennings (M.P. for Stockport) raised a debate on

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the subject of Fair-trade yesterday week, in a speech in which he kindly offered the Chancellor of the Exchequer an additional :29,000,000 of revenue, if he would only impose a...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. Console were on Friday 101*

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to 1014g.

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THE SITUATION. W E cannot think it possible, even were it advisable, to avoid a Dissolution. The deliberate protraction of the debate on Home-rule, though it may attract...


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W E do not like Lord Hartington the less that he shows his great strength best in the absence of his former, and still greater chief. His speech at Bradford on Tuesday seems to...

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T HE intention of Lord Salisbury's speeeh to the National Union of Conservative Associations has, we believe, been somewhat misrepresented by party feeling but it is difficult...

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G OETHE once remarked to Eckermann that, after all, it is always useful to know something. And Mr. Bryce certainly exemplified that advantage by the remarkable speech of Monday...

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S PEECHES delivered in India are rarely reported here, and still more rarely reported well ; but we have before us the textual version of one of rather unusual interest. It is...


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it is natural enough. Mr. Labouchere is a Radical, the majority water without waiting till they come up to breathe. He is a of the new Members are Radical, and like loves like....

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T N that beautiful sermon on Hope, with which the Dean of St. Paul's closed the Cathedral services of the year 1885, in the midst of so many and such great anxieties, both...

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W E hardly know why the birth of a son to the widowed Queen-Regent of Spain should strike the imagination ; but it does, even when the imagination is that of a speculator in...

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HOME-RULE. [To ran EDITOR OF TIE " BrECT•TOR.".1 Sln, — Will you allow me to give expression to what I conceive to be the feeling of most provincial Liberals upon the Home-...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—The more I reflect upon the Irish Question, and the further I push my inquiries, the more I become convinced that the real object and...

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(To ms EDITOR OF THE " SrzoTATos." J SIR,—Many who are perfectly content to accept the evidence of our Lord Jesus Christ in favour of the Old Testament, as against the rejection...


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SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—M. Albert Reville's ingenious defence of the present religious policy of the French Government requires to be corrected and supplemented. Even supposing that...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " EFECTAT011.” J your number of May 15th, referring to the wet weather experienced by the Queen at the opening of the Liverpool Exhi- bition, you remark...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " EIPECTLTOR.") S IR, —In the article on the debate upon Sir Joseph Pease's motion under the above heading, in your number of May 15th, referring to the...


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rTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR,—Sir Lyon Playfair, in his speech of May 18th, remarks that the Irish peasant is not as well fed now as he was in 1846. This I will not...

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ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER- COLOURS. [FIRST NOTICE.] WE said last week of the Royal Society of Painters in Water- Colours, that its exhibition was above, rather than...


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HELEN OF TROY. LONG years ago he bore me to a land beyond the sea, To a city fair and stately, that renowned must ever be, Through all ages yet to follow, for the light shed...

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DR. LIDDON'S EASTER SERMONS.* THE continued attractiveness of sermons in general, and of Dr. Liddon's preaching in particular, is strongly illustrated by the mere publication of...

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SCHUMANN'S EARLY MANHOOD.* Wan the exception of some half-a-dozen letters

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which may be found in Wasielewski's Life and Letters of Robert Schumann (see pp. 58, 80, Z)31, 334, and 335 of the third edition), the great bulk of this volume is now printed...

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Ix the light of recent events in South-Eastern Europe, this record of a journey over somewhat beaten tracks, undertaken a couple of years ago by M. de Laveleye, furnishes us...

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THOSE who have read Mr. Wilkie Collins's Armadale may remember the brief dictum of Dr. Downward concerning the duty of a novelist to his readers :—" All we want of him," said...

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A DICTIONARY OF ISLAM" Or the hundred and seventy-five millions

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of Muslims that according to Mr. Blunt, constitute the population of Islam, nearly fifty millions acknowledge the authority or influence of this country. Yet Islam is known to a...

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THE functions of acquiring new knowledge and of spreading old are, unluckily for the progress of science, rarely con- centrated in the same individual. On the one side, we find...

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No Saint. By Adeline Sergeant. 2 vols. (Bentley.)—This is not

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merely by far the best novel Miss Sergeant has produced, but merits a markedly high place among the novels of the season. The style is unstrained, and the story is told with...


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Japanese Homes and their Surroundings. By Edward S. Morse. (Sampson Low and Co.) —The author of this admirably ifinstrated book was for some time Professor of Zoology in the...

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Biographical Dictionary of English Catholics. By Joseph Gillow. Vol. I.

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(Burns and Oates.)—This volume contains the biographies, A—C. The plan of the work, which includes a number of names quite, undistinguished (many, for instance, not included in...

Until the Day Breaks. By Emily Spender. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—There is some power and not a little sadness about this story. Cecilia Trenaayne has her love-story, and it ends in nothing. After living untouched to the age of...

Mrs. Dorriman. By the Hon. Mrs. Henry Chetwynd. 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—There is the same delicacy of touch and the same insight into character that we have seen before in Mrs. Chet- wynd's work. Mrs. Dorriman is a true woman, by...

Religion in England, from 1800-1850: a History. By John Stoughton,

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D.D. 2 vols. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This is a book which must be reviewed either at very considerable length or very briefly. To deal with it in detail would be to touch upon...

Darby and Joan. By "Rita." 3 vols. (J. and R.

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Maxwell.)—The only character in this novel which gave us any pleasure in the reading is one which is not essential to the construction,—the blind girl, who receives the pet name...

The Mill Mystery. By Anna Katherine Green. (Roatledge and Sons.)—Investigators

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of mysteries and solvers of enigmas may find ample scope for their ingenuity in searching out the causes of the Present deluge of cheap sensational fiction. A publisher has...