23 DECEMBER 1876

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r E diplomatists assembled at Constantinople in informal conference have agreed upon a scheme,—a Commission to be escorted by a foreign force of not more than 6,000 men,—as a...

The Mahommedans of Bengal are raising subscriptions for the Sultan,

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and have addressed a memorial to the Queen, in which they say they have heard with apprehension that efforts are being made in England to overthrow the Ministry, because they...

Lord Carnarvon made an excellent speech on the Eastern

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Question at Dulverton on Exmoor, at a farmers' club, on Tuesday night,—only he could not help making a rather unfair hit at Mr. Freeman, who, when he said, " Perish, India,...

As we expected, the fall of the Comondonros Ministry at

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Athens did not end the struggle about Greek policy. M. Deligeorgis accepted power, but remained in office only for a single day, and a government was at last formed by a...

President Grant in his final Message takes occasion to defend

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his extraordinary attempt to induce the Government of the Union to take possession of St. Domingo. He says the acqui- sition of that Island would have ended the trade of the...

The silent struggle between Midhat Pasha and Mahommed Rushdi, the

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Grand Vizier, has ended' in the fall of the latter. Midhat Pasha has been elevated to the Grand Vizierat, and the new Constitution for Turkey which he has elaborated will be...

4 * * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Austro-Hungarian Government appears anxious to pick a quarrel with

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that of Servia. A Servian sentry, it appears, fired upon an Austrian monitor before Belgrade, and his bullet exploded a shell ; whereupon his comrades, fancying the fire...

It is believed that the contest between the Orthodox and

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Liberal, or, as Englishmen would call them, the Evangelical and Unitarian sections of the Huguenot body, approaches a crisis. M. Dufaure, before his resignation, signed a decree...

The German Government and the Liberal party have been quarrelling

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over the Judicature Bill upon what in this country we should call the " liberty-of-the-subject " clauses. The Liberals desired permission to prosecute officials, like other...

The Rev. Arthur Tooth, vicar of St. James's, Hatcham, appears

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to court the distinction of being the first victim of the Public Worship Regulation Act of 1874. On Sunday last he preached and conducted the service as usual in his parish...

The French Senate and Chamber will probably come into col-

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lision on the vote for the pay of army chaplains. The Chamber, it will be remembered, struck out this vote, being of opinion that priests in regiments were superfluities, but...

The American Senate has agreed to a resolution appointing a

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joint committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives to frame a measure for settling the Presidential difficulty. We do not see that the House has concurred, but if it...

Mr. Cowper-Temple, if any one, should know the view which

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Lord Palmerston would have taken of the present crisis in the East, and this is what he said on the subject at an agricultural dinner on Thursday week at Romsey, after a...

Mr. Tooth defends his conduct in a letter to yesterday's

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Times, in which he alleges that of the three " aggrieved parishioners" necessary to the suit, " one has left the parish, another has ad- mitted to me that he attended...

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Mr. Forsyth, M.P. for Marylebone, though a Conservative, is almost

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as keen as any Liberal on the side of the Christian pro- - ivinees of Turkey. In a speech delivered on Monday night, after distributing the prizes to the North Middlesex Rifle...

In Dr. Schliemann's exceedingly interesting account of his excavationsat what

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is called the tomb of Agamemnon at Mycenael he tells us that he has, to his own satisfaction at-all events, con- vinced himself that the large golden masks found on the faces of...

The Duke of Richmond's tenants presented him on Thursday week

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with a portrait of himself, by Sir Francis Grant, as a sort of congratulatory recognition of his assuming the title of Duke of Gordon, as well aaDuke of Richmond. The Duke, in...

The papers have hardly noticed, though the Times' Prussian Correspondent

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has reported, that on Sunday, the 17th inst., the two Bulgarian delegates, MM. Cantoff and Balabanoff, were received by Herr von Bulow, Under-Secretary of the Foreign Office at...

Dr. Burdon Sanderson read at the last meeting of the

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Royal Society an interesting paper on the electrical excitation of the fly-catching plant, the Dioncea muscipula. He showed that 'the effect produced on the contractile hairs by...

On Thursday, Mr. Cross, the Home Secretary, made a speech

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at Liverpool, in delivering the prizes 'to the boys of the Liverpool College, in which he insisted on the very.important and at pre- sent needful principle that it is much...

It seems that the last School Board of London asked

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the various provincial Boards to join them in requesting the Govern- ment to appoint a Royal Commission for the purpose-of reform- ing and simplifying the present methods of...

Consols were on Friday 94 to 94a.

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THE RITUALISTS IN THE CITY. Public Worship Regulation Act is beginning to produce 1. thecrop of difficulties which we expected from its work- ing. We differed from many of the...

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THE GRAND VIZIERA.T. E NGLISH journals write of the Grand Vizierat,

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which it is said the new Constitution of Turkey will abolish, as if it were an office quite unique in character, but every hereditary despotism implies a Grand Vizier. Somebody...

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is one fact which those who croak about French politics should remember, and that is, that the ultimate test of the Constitution has not yet been applied, and must be applied...

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I T is a somewhat humiliating spectacle to see the American people applying all their great political faculty to the hope- less problem of getting a somewhat complicated key to...


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THE news that the situation in Denmark is more threaten- ing than at any period since the revolutionary, times of the year 1848, if unpleasant, is. certainly not surprising. It...

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classes in Denmark offer for their defiance of constitutional T HE

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intelligence of the week from Constantinople is be principles is, that if constitutional principles were to strictly 1 decidedly unfavourable to the maintenance of peace....

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T llE dream of the last School Board of London,—not un- shared, we presume, by a fair number of the existing School Board, since so many of the new Board were members of the old...

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IT is difficult for cultivated Englishmen, whatever their in- tellectual opinions, to read a pamphlet such as the one Mr. Swinburne has just flung at the head of Mr. Carlyle...

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CATHOLIC " CHARMS." (TO THB FAHTOR OF THE "SpEarsToa.:1 STH,—I have been expecting to see some rejoinder to an article which appeared in your issue of the 25th ult., which was...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —In your comment on Mr. Lewes's letter you seem to imply that the experiment described may prove imposture, but that Professor De...


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THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I think your reviewer, in his notice of Mr. Smiles's " Life of Thomas Edward," hardly does justice to the extraordinary precocity of that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Permit me to correct an error into which you have fallen in the last issue of the Spectator, p. 1548. Had it been a mere literary...

perhaps you may permit a plain statement to be made

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against the bold paradox he has therein advanced ? Khiva, by the treaty of August, 1873, ceded the right bank of the Amou Darya to Russia•; Russia, by a subsequent treaty in...

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THE POET IN THE CITY. THE Poet stood in the sombre town, And spake to his heart, and said,- " 0 weary prison, devised by man ! 0 seasonless place, and dead !" His heart was...


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INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS. Tins year's exhibition is a less satisfactory one than usual, and were it not for the works of the younger painters, would be an almost...

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MR. TENNYSON'S " HAROLD."* * Harold: a Drama. By Alfred Tennyson. London : Henry B. King and Co. " HAROLD " is a fine dramatic piece, and has more fire and rapid movement in...

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CAMILLE DESMOULINS.* TRI8 will be a welcome book to all

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those over whom the terrible story of the French Revolution still exercises its unique fascina- tion. Amongst all the figures which flit across that lurid stage, there is none...

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This little volume belongs to the "London Series of English Classics," edited by Mr. Hales and Mr. Jerram. The labour and scholarship bestowed upon the great writers of England...

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Mn. BUCHANAN is a poet, and this romance may be to some extent regarded as a prose poem. The pictures with which the story abounds are bright with the fancy •that finds its most...

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FIVE YEARS IN BULGARIA.* AT the close of the Crimean

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war, when a speedy recovery of health and reform of manners on the part of " the Sick Man " were hopefully, if not confidently, looked for by the nations who, at much cost of...

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CHRISTMAS AND GIFT BOOKS. Chaucer for Children: a Golden Key. By Mrs. II. R. Haweis. (Chatto and Windus.)— Chaucer for Children sounds like a bold ven- ture. Grown-up people...

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Post - Office London Directory, for 1877. (Kelly and Co.) — The seventy-eighth annual

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publication of this wonderful work of labour contains, as usual, the very latest corrections possible under the circumstances, having, for example, a list of the new School...

Messrs. Letts have sent us their larger pocket-book and larger

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diaries, which are, as usual, extremely useful and workmanlike, and will bear comparison with their many modern rivals without any reason to, dread the result.

Memoirs of a Poodle. Translated by Mrs. Sale-Barker. With Sixty-

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Five Illustrations. (Routledge.)—This is a charming little book, in which we suspect the adventures of a good many different canine heroes or heroines are ascribed to one...