23 APRIL 1870

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TRANCE is standing on tiptoe waiting for the manifesto in which 1: Napoleon will summon the nation to the polls. The Senate has passed the new Constitution, Parliamentary...

The Times publishes some Canadian statements showing that Riel, the

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insurgent Winnipegger, commands very nearly 2,000 rifles, and can only be subdued by a strong force, which, however, can move by water at the end of this month. The unhappy man...

The Sheffield Telegraph published on April 4 a paragraph headed

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"A Startling Rumour," and stating that the Prince of Wales was about to appear again in the Divorce Court as a co-respondent in a suit to be brought by the Earl of Sefton...

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

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Seventeen Republican Deputies have issued a manifesto calling upon the

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electors either to vote "No," to deposit a blank vote, or "even to abstain " from voting on the plebiscitum. The constitu- tion submitted is, they say, a pretence intended to...

A meeting was held in Trafalgar Square on Friday by

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a number of poor persons calling themselves the" Land and Labour League," who made speeches, passed resolutions, and drew up a memorial to Mr. Gladstone. The speeches were...

In the very same number of the Times in which

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this meeting is described, Lieutenant-Colonel Roxburgh describes the condition of certain " neighbourhoods " in Golden Lane, Gomel! Street, and Clerkenwell. They are filled with...

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Times a valuable letter on the financial position of the

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country. Ile imffirmns that, although not prosperous, that position is not hopeless. Between 1862 and 1869 the ordinary revenue of the kingdom has risen from £18,850,000 to...

The General Council of the University of Edinburgh has finally

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refused to admit women to study in the regular medical classes. They must study separately, an arrangement which involves them in excessive expense, compels them to canvass for...

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that

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all debts contracted before the passing of the Legal Tender Act of 1862 must be paid in gold. The effect of this decision was to declare that Act unconstitutional, as tending to...

A storm broke over Buenos Ayres on March 9, the

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accOunts of which tax the credulity even of men accustomed to the tropics. We can believe anything of wind and anything of "flood," that is, of water collected in masses and...

The Spaniards have not found a King yet. According to

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a statement telegraphed by Reuter, but not well authenticated, the Regent had proposed to Marshal Prim to assume the Crown. The Marshal, however, declared that he neither could...

There seems in some quarters to be a mistake about

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the extent of compulsion provided for by the Education Bill. Supposing a school-board to exist in every parish and to do its duty, the com- pulsion would be quite severe enough....

The grand cause of fraud in betting on horse races

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is the rule which enforces payment if the horse does not run. That is DOR regarded by betting men as equivalent to the defeat of the horse, and of course makes it profitable for...

A melancholy note from Mazzini to Edgar Quinet has been

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published in the Journal de Gen&v. The old prophet wearies of this generation, which, he says, is a mere "instrument," 'which "has no faith, but only opinions;" which abjures...

The " Nationalists " in Ireland ere much delighted with

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a lecture given by the (Lev. G. M'Cutcheon, rector of !Kenmore, county Kerry, nominally on Slr.'Grattan, but really , on Repeal. He professed himself, though a l'rotestant and a...

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An important meeting of delegates from different Trades was held

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in Manchester on Wednesday to consider the Education Bill. The delegates were unanimous in favour of compulsion on parents and of free admission,—the remission of school fees...

The annual Volunteer Review came off on Monday at Brighton,

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but was not marked by any incident. Some 26,000 Volunteers .attended, and no case of breach of discipline was reported ; but the military critics say the officers understood...

Consols were on Friday evening 94 a to 94t.

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The Australian Governments, particularly that of New South Wales, are

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devising elaborate plans to attract immigrants. Lands are to be set apart, and immigrants to be tested by their willingness to work for them, and all manner of restrictions are...

The Tenant-Right Associations of Ulster are discontented with the Land

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Bill. They say the alterations injure it, that they want the Ulster custom, and not the usages of each separate estate ; that the landlord retains the power of capriciously...

The Dean and Chapter of Westminster have resolved to throw

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open the Abbey gratis on every Monday in the year. On Easter Monday it was visited by about 12,000 persons, who commented on the monuments, noticed with keen interest the fine...

Mr. G. H. Moore, Member for Mayo, and perhaps the

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only avowed and determined Nationalist left in the House of Commons, died on Tuesday of apoplexy. Though rash and impulsive in speech, and devoted to a policy which would be...

Dr. Forbes, Bishop of Brechin, has not a bad notion

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of -a compromise. The Scottish Episcopalian Church, like the Church of Ireland, is just now very much agitated about the eplace of the "laity" in the ecclesiastical system. They...

It is a fixed rule of discipline that officers of

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the Army and Nay1 must not hold political meetings or send up mass petitions, or combine in any way whatever to influence the Government, and there is reason for the rule. Such...

It is said to be almost certain that the American

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income-tax will disappear next year. For this year it is to be reduced to 3 per cent., and even this compromise was with difficulty accepted by the Senate, where, it must be...

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF REJECTING THE IRISH LAND BILL. I F Liberals give way to this kind of despondency, things will soon be in an inextricable mess. We hear it said on every...

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THE WORKMEN OF PARIS. T HE Pall Mall Gazette of Wednesday

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published a remark- able account of an "interview" between its Parisian correspondent—a very able person, with perhaps a faint tendency to pessimism—and one of the Socialist...

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MR. PLIMSOLL'S PAWNBROKING BILL. T HE popular notion is that Pawnbroking

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is a most gainful as well as a most cruel trade, but that is clearly not the idea of the Pawnbrokers themselves. They have always, and quite justly, repudiated the idea of...

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A N able writer on Russia in the North British Review for this quarter explains concisely a most significant fact in European politics, which is not yet generally recognized to...

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Buxton have agreed that the Bills originally introduced by Mr. Mill three years ago for the reform and re-casting of the Municipal Govern- ment of the Metropolis shall be...

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filHE Daily Telegraph has been sinking a shaft after its fashion into the social strata, and this time it has certainly "struck ile." We remember nothing more curious in...

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A AT E are aware that the title which we have chosen is, strictly V speakin g , a misnomer. There was no " birch" in classical times, that is, there was nothin g exactly...

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CONFRATERNITIES FOR STUDY AMONG WORKING- MEN. [TO 11111 EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sm,—Just now that Canon Weatcott's:paper and your article upon it have called public...


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IThe following passages from a letter just received by Mr. Tennyson from a Canadian of some literary mark, will, we think, interest our readers. They describe very clearly the...

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MICHAELMAS DAISIES. DAISIES on the emerald lawn, Daisies rosy-white for dawn,- Rosy-white for summer's dawn ; Michaelmas daisies grey and drear, Dusk in the dusky close of the...


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DR. BRENTANO ON GILDS AND TRADE UNIONS.* THE late Mr. Toulmin Smith had in his life-time almost completed for the Early English Text Society an edition of "The Original...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—May I remark that the Spectator's article of the 16th on "Irish Caprice" is too transcendental ? To those who understand Ireland, there...

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DISCOVERY OF THE GREAT WEST.* WE always receive with pleasure

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a new work from Mr. Parkman's pen. His books have the special recommendation (by no means a too common one) that we are quite sure to lay his work down some- what wiser Allan...

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T1118 is a decidedly remarkable novel, not merely on account of its purely Australian colouring of scenery, incident, and character, but in a certain degree of genuine literary...

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Tuis is one of the two volumes compiled by the editors of the Buenos Ayres Standard, with the view of furnishing European readers with full and accurate information as to the...

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MR. HAMERTON, who has gained his spurs in another field, and is well known to our readers as an art critic, has perhaps incurred some peril to his reputation by venturing to...

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WE are very glad to welcome Professor Max Miiller back to his okl sphere of usefulness, the Vedas. Whatever he writes, whether on Sanskrit literature or on wider subjects, such...

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IT 18 well that the best writings of Hazlitt should be reprinted in a popular form. They will prove the joy of students, and of all lovers of fine literary workmanship, even if...

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The Story of the Gospels. By the Rev. W. Pound, M.A. 2 vols. (Riviugtons.)—Mr. Pound's volumes are another elaborate attempt at harmonizing the narratives of the Fear...

The Soldier's Pocket - Book, by Colonel G. I. Wolseley (Macmillan), is

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meant as a guide to the practical business of a campaign. It gives hints about commissariat, transport, encampment, care of -the sick, movement of troops, in fact about...

Ourselves : a Series of Essays on Women. By E.

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Lynn Linton. (Routledge.)—This is a book well worth reading, or, should we rather say, very easily to be read. For the most part, it will please men and make women angry, for...

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Old Stories Retold. By Walter Thornbary. (Chapman and Hall.)— These

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"old stories " are drawn from the annals of the last hundred and fifty years. Some of them, we cannot but think, it would have been better to have loft them in such oblivion as...

Ederline: a Legend, by C. L. P. (Hatchards), is not

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easy to read ; old- English is rather worse than MS., and, though tolerably fluent verse, scarcely repays the trouble. E. A. S.'s illustrations are of moderately good quality,...

Christopher Kenrick : his Life and Adventures. By Joseph Hatton„

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2 vols. (Bradbury and Evans.)—Mr. Kenrick writes the story of his life, which is mainly that of a writer for the press, and roads it as he writes, to an audience of his own...

We have received a publication of the "Art Union of

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London," a set of twenty very spirited illustrations by Mr. H. C. Selous of Mr. Charles Kingsley's " Hereward the Wake." The public taste has taken another direction since the...

Among scientific and technical works we have to acknowledge Dr.

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°citing's Six Lectures on Carbon (Longmans), reprinted from the Chemical News, with notes by Mr. Crookes. These lectures were delivered to a juvenile auditory.—A Dictionary of...

Christabel Kingscote. By Emma Marshall. (Seeleys.)—This is a pleasant tale,

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well written, with some especially bright little sketches of North-Devonshire scenery. We can recommend it to readers who want a story told with a religious feeling that is...

Sidney Bellew. By Francis Francis. 2 vols. (Tinsley.)—This is a

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aeries of sporting experiences in the Highlands, with occasional anec- dotes gathered from other sources, joined together by a thread of story. The "sporting" part is good. Here...

.1. II. B. Let. obe's Hints for Six Months in

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Europe (Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia, U.S.; Triibner and Co., London), may be found a useful guide not only for his American countrymen, but also f it. English travellers....

Proverbs and Comediettas. By Percy Fitzgerald, M.A. (Strahan.)— These are

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little plays "written for private representation." What we have read of them seem somewhat wanting in brilliancy and point, and, in our view, the dialogue ought to be uncommonly...

We have to acknowledge a very handsome edition of Shakespeare's

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Works, 3 vols. (Cassell and Co.) It has been annotated by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, two well-known labourers on the text of Shake- speare, and illustrated by the pencil of...

We have to notice in the Florist and Pomologist (" Journal

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of Horti- culture" Office), a very useful record of the advances made in what has now become a great industry, the cultivation of flowers and fruit. The value of the periodical...

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bridge), and. Dr. Lankester's Vegetable PAylioloyy (Cassell and Co.)--- which

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we may recommend as a pleasant variety to the dobates,on the In mathematics we have a valuable collection of JIathentatical Problems, Irish Land Bill; of Scenes from the Life of...

Dr. Beard has written .4 Manual of Cirietian Evidence. (Simpkin,

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have omitted the personal notices of that wribr, though Dr. Baard's


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Prayers, Ancient and Modern, adapted to Family Use (Seeleys), a selection made with catholic liberality from ancient sources, from the Reading - Book for Little works of the...