23 APRIL 1864

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Mr. Osborne made a clever barrister's speech on Schleswig- Holstein

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on Tuesday, garnished with a few witticisms in the style which Lord Palmerston has accustomed the House of Commons to enjoy. He called the Treaty of 1852 Lord Palmerston's...

The King of Prussia has informed the people of Rendsburg

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that the cause of the Duchies is sacred to him, and he will see " that the blood of his children has not been shed in vain." No blood is ever shed in vain, neither Cain's nor...


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MH E fact of the week is the fall of Diippel. The Prussians, who JL have for two months been raining shells on the works, delivered the final attack at ten a.m. on the 18th...

Diippel having fallen the Conference has been again postponed. It

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was originally fixed for the 12th inst., but the Prussians were afraid of an armistice, and tutored the Diet to invent pretexts for delay ; then the fall of the place being...

The Convocation of the Province of Canterbury has met*this week,

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and a motion of the Bishop of Oxford's in the Upper House has drawn forth from the Bishops of London and St. David's speeches so manly, vigorous, and wise, as to neutralize in...

Lord Russell interrogated on the same night respecting the bom-

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bardment of Sonderborg, admitted somewhat ruefully that he had ordered an inquiry about it at Berlin, but that he had been snubbed. The Prussian Minister knew nothing about it,...

Lord Clarende Paget on Thursday night let drop very quietly

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a little hint which ship that the much enduring patience of the Foreign Office is cha r ting to a close. Sir John Pakington had been asking about the condition of the Channel...

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Garibaldi has been to all the lions,—the Crystal Palace twice,

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where the popular reception on Monday was in part a failure, there being only about 25,000 people present,—to the Guild- hall to receive the freedom of the City,—to Teddington...

It was announced on Tuesday to the consternation of the

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sen- sation-loving public that Garibaldi intended to leave England on Monday next, and the most absurd rumours were instantly put in circulation. His departure had been made a...

The Middlesex Magistrates will not hear of justice to Roman

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Catholics. In Coldbath Fields there have been as many Roman Catholics as 391 at a time ; and 195 in all have been visited by a priest by special request. In the Westminster...

Mr. Forster moved yesterday week for a committee to inquire

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into the relations between the Board of Trade and the Foreign Office. At present, when our commercial men have any repre- sentations to make on foreign tariffs or dues they must...

A most ill-judged attempt has been made by a few

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Mends of Garibaldi to raise a national subscription for his benefit. They forget that he rejected an offer of 4,000/. a year for life from his own Parliament, and that the first...

The vote of Tuesday week on the mutilation of inspectors'

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reports puzzled the Ministry, for by an absurd arrangement the reponsibility of the department rests with a peer who has not been the ruling spirit, but who cannot be spared....

In Committee on the Penal Servitude Bill on Tuesday night,

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Sir George Grey, true to the policy of his departed friend Sir Joshua Jebb, made a dead stand against the adop- tion of the principle of surveillance for prisoners discharged on...

Mr. Crawford brought forward his motion for a uniform scale

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of duty on sugar, instead of the variable scale proposed by the Chan- cellor of the Exchequer yesterday week, and failed miserably, getting only 17 to vote with him, while there...

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The Independent Fire Insurance Company is amongst the new companies

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of the week. The proposed capital is one million, in 40,000 shares of 251. each, the calls not to exceed 11. per share, at intervals of not less than three months. The Directors...

The London Financial Association invite subscriptions to the Alliance Shipowning

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and Shipbuilding Company — capital, 600,0001. in 20,000 shares of 301. each. The directors have made arrangements to purchase the vessels of the well-known firm of Thomas and...

6 friend of Mr. Childers is quite angry with us

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for calling him a middle-aged man. He is, he says, only thirty-six. We thought he had been four years older, and readily admit that in the present House of Commons, filled as it...

A curious account of the crafty efforts of the Record

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in trying to persuade the world that Mr. Jowett is remunerated for his professorship at some higher rate than 401. a year will be found in another column. Since that letter was...

The tercentenary celebration in honour of Shakespeare com- mences at

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Stratford-on-Avon to-day. The amusements, which arc all in some way connected with the poet, will last uninterruptedly till Friday, by which time it is just possible that the...

We understand that a number of the electors of Finsbury,

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a borough which will be vacated by Sir Morton Peto's retirement, have requested Mr. Hughes to stand on the Liberal side. If the .statement is true it will be the most creditable...

The English and Foreign Credit Company, with a capital of

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2,000,0001. in 40,000 shares of 501. each, has been started during the week. The directors state that they have already secured a business which will of itself yield a large...

The electric telegraph cable down the Persian Gulf has been

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laid successfully, as of course it would be, Colonel Patrick Stewart being responsible for the work. It only remains to connect the Turkish lines with Bussorah and we shall have...

Annexed is a comparison of yesterday's closing prices of the

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leading Foreign Securities with the latest quotations of Friday week :— Greek Do. Coupons .. Mexican Spanish Passive .. Do. Certificates Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858.. 1862.....

Dr. Davys, Bishop of Peterborough, died on Monday, and Lord

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Palmerston has therefore to select his thirteenth bishop. The deceased prelate was a man of no mark in learning, theology, or politics, and owed his promotion to his selection...

The Emperor of the French on the 15th inst. addressed

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a letter to M. Fould directing him to abolish the second decime fee on registrations imposed by the Provisional Government in 1848, as the "Mexican affair is happily solved."...

A curious resolution has been submitted to the Senate of

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the United Stat es . Mr. Saulsbury (Dem., Del.) submitted the fol- lowing :—Resolved, " That the Chaplain of the Senate be respectfully requested hereafter to pray and...

To your quills, 0 attorneys, for your incomes are in

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danger! Lord Westbury's Land Transfer scheme has not succeeded, there having been only sixty-four applications for registration, and he thinks the cause is the mode in which...

On Saturday last Consols closed at 911, *, for money,

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and 91f, I, for account. Yesterday the latest quotations were :—For money, 91i, ; for account, 91f, *. The scrip of the new Mexican loan has ruled heavy, and the quotation has...

We note also the appearance of the Imperial Bank of

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China, India, and Japan (Limited), with a capital of 2,000,0001. in 40,000 shares of 501. each ; the first issue is 20,000 shares, the deposit on application is 1/. per share,...

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• THE FOREIGN ALLIANCES OF ENGLISH PARTIES. T HERE is a visible rapprochement commencine. between Lord Palmerston and the Tuileries. Lord Clarendon, a peer with an hereditary...

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THE FALL OF DUPPEL. D UPPEL has fallen, and the Conference,

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postponed once in order that it might be taken, has been postponed again. The excuse this time is that the date was fixed by Earl Russell without consulting Berlin, and that...

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nothing could be more faint and hesitating than the whole

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of right,"—but unless the opinion is calmly formed first, without the debate, excepting, indeed, Mr. Osborne 's audacious recital any view to ulterior consequences, there is no...

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I T is the privilege of Englishmen to make their own laws, but happily they are not required to remember them. When we get the Statute Book codified, and the Greek Kalends are...


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I would be well if the gentlemen who, though Liberals, 1 vote against every Reform Bill would read the proceed- ings of the National Reform Conference which has been this week...

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that appeal which must have struck all attentive listeners. The

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admission that the religious organizations of Dissenters and Roman Catholics had not been disregarded in estimating the extent of the provision for the spiritual wants of the...

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cspi ilcapsporoy, the knot of young men of forty or there- abouts whom Lord Palmerston, in default of a following, puts into office and protects as if they belonged to him,...

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G EORGE - VILLIERS, the second Duke, was only eight months old at the time of his father's murder, and during his minority great efforts were made by the popular party to gain...

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[FROM oust SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, April 2, 1864. NOT long ago I wrote to you about the position of the negro in the United States. I trust that my readers remember...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." Sur, —The inclosed letter tells its own tale. I will therefore trouble you with but a few words of explanation. The Record on the 21st...


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Tuesday, April 19, 2 Brick court, Temple. SIR,—After a delay of more than ten days you have published in your paper of the 18th a letter from me signed, at your request, with my...


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Ir is a pleasure to see Mendelssohn's first oratorio again resuming a place in our English concert-halls, from which it has long been almost banished by its brilliant successor...

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THE GOLDSWORTHY FAMILY.* THE great charm of Mr. Gilbert's books will probably be found in the extraordinary contrast they present to the ruling school of modem novelists. It is...

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book is scarcely worthy either of its author or his subject. It is a very ordinary and very ill-arranged account of Garibaldi's action in Italy since 1859, based chiefly upon...

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[SECOND Noxicx.] To all whose sympathies lead them still to Romeward, again, the Maudit should be most valuable. Without for the present examining into the degree of approval...

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WHATEVER may have been the mistakes of the powers that be and have been in New Zealand, that of appointing Mr. Gorst to an important colonial office was certainly amongst the...


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this interesting and sagacious treatise remind one cogently of the labours of the late Mr. Buckle. The author proclaims the feasibility and propriety of one's studying...

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The Colonial - Office List for 1864. Compiled by Arthur N. Birch and William Robinson, of the Colonial Office. (Stanford.)—This is the third annual publication of this most...

A Dictionary of the Bible. Part XIII. Edited by Dr.

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Wm. Smith LL.D. (John Murray.)—The concise yet exhaustive paper of Dr. Hassey on the Lord's Day is a fair specimen of the liberal yet cautiously ortho- dox spirit in which this...

Gatherings among the Gum Trees. By Mitchell Kilgour Beveridge. (Melbourne,

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James Reid.)—These poems are the composition of an Aus- tralian "Bushman," and though they have very little originality re- garded as poetry, we welcome the work of a man who...

The Colony of Victoria down to the End of 1863.

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By William West- garth. (London : Sampson Low.)—Mr. Westgarth's new work on Victoria is not altogether as good as the last ho published on the same subject. His style is more...

Sunbeam Stories. By the Author of " A Trap to

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Catch a Sunbeam." (Lockwood and Co.)—Once more we venture to ask why it is that children are never to be allowed a story-book in which the story is any- thing more than a...

Sir Victor's Choice. By Annie Thomas. Three vols. (John Max-

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well and Co.)—The author of this novel seems to us to have every qualification requisite for success except good taste. No one can deny her cleverness—that the characters are...

Voices from the Hearth, a Collection of Verses. By Isidore

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G. Ascher, B.C.L., Advocate, Montreal. (Montreal, John LovelL)—If true poems, as the authorasserts, ought to thrill and arrest the mind, we think " Voices from the Hearth"...

Cudjo's Case. By T. T. Trowbridge. (Trubner.)—Another of the ephemeral

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books produced by the American struggle, none of which as yet seem likely to live. The object of the writer seems to be to paint the violence of all Southern men towards...

Trevlyn Hold. By the author of " East Lynne." (Tinsley

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Brothers.) —A geed story for those who love incident. The plot depends on the right of property in Trevlyn Hold, a large estate which its owner, be- lieving his two sons dead,...

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Plea for a New English Version of the Scriptures. By

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a Licentiate of the Church of Scotland. (Macmillan and Co.)--A well and temperately written treatise, which satisfactorily establishes that a revision of the authorized version...