23 FEBRUARY 1867

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T HE week has been full of rumours about Reform, some of which are more or less trustworthy. The mass of them point to a course of procedure which may prove to be of this kind....

Mr. Bright has written a very violent letter to a

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Bradford meeting about the Reform Resolutions, in which he states that "the course taken is an insult to the House, and a gross offence to the whole body of Reformers in the...

Mr. W. D. Christie (our late Minister in Brazil), and

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Dr. W. B. Hodgson, who resigned his seat on the Council of University College in consequence of the recent infraction of its =sectarian principle, have given notice of motions...

There was an amusing scene in the House on Monday

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night. After Mr. Sclater-Booth (Conservative) had put to Mr. Disraeli a friendly question on the point whether the Government wished to delay their Reform Bill till after the...

Baron Ricasoli has formed his new Ministry, taking Depretis, one

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of the ablest and most moderate of the Reds, as his Chancellor of the Exchequer. He has also made a very able appeal to the country. In a short but well written circular to the...

The new Bill for the reorganization of the French Army

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has at length been prepared. It is a stupendous measure. The Emperor cannot be frightened from his fixed idea that all France should be armed, and has only consented to reduce...

The Princess of Wales was on Wednesday morning safely delivered

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of a daughter,—or, as the doctors report in their bulletin, of "a princess," as if that were something else. The Princess had been previously ill, but we are happy to perceive...

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Mr. Renter's Atlantic Cable telegrams have been rather more misleading

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than ever this week. On Wednesday, his agent in New York told us, under date New York, 18th inst., "The Bill for the military government of the South appears likely to fail. The...

There was a great debate about the Dockyards on Tuesday,

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the result•of which was this. Mr. Seely affirmed that the dockyards were mismanaged ; Sir John Pakington admitted the fact, and said the fault lay in the constitution of the...

The divine right of the ten-pounders has been very rudely

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attacked this week both at Lancaster and Yarmouth. The Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the former place report that out of 1,339 voters who polled, 884 were bribed and...

Lord Naas on Thursday asked for a continuance of the

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Act suspending the Habeas Corpus, for three months only. It was, he said, with the greakest reluctance that Government made the application, but it was absolutely necessary to...

General Pezuela, Captain-General of Madrid, published on the 16th inst.

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a decree ordering that all persons printing, editing, or writing in clandestine journals, or supplying fail& for their main- tenance or circulation, should at once suffer death,...

There is going to be a mess made of this

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Paris Exhibition. Napo- leon, finding that his spectacle will cost 1,500,000/., owing to some heavy jobbing, has ordered that each nation shall pay part of its own expenses. So...

Lord Carnarvon introduced his Bill for confederating the Canadas, New

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Brunswick, and Nova Scotia on Monday night. The colonies are to form one colony under the name of Canadia, the one chosen by the Delegates. The new State will be ruled by a...

After nineteen years of passive resistance the Hungarians have attained

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their end. On the 17th inst. an Imperial rescript was issued, informing Hungary that the Emperor "restored her Con- stitution." The announcement was received by the Diet and...

Whatever will the Adveriiser do? Cardinal Cullen has been entertained

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by the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland at a State dinner, dressed in red stockings and all the other paraphernalia of a Prince of the Church. The next thing will be to receive a...

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Mr. Peabody has been as generous to the South as.

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he has been to London. He has just given 200,0001. in cash and 200,0001. more in Mississippi Bonds,—worth, we fear, scarcely so much as cash,--" to educate the youth of the...

The returns of the Banks of England and France are

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favour- able, and the amount of bullion held by the two establishments is now about 48,000,000/. The official minimum rate of discount here and at Paris remains unaltered at 3...

A new loan for 1,264,0001. for the Danubian Principalities has

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been brought out in London, Paris, Frankfort, and Bucharest. The price of issue is 71, and the rate of interest 8 per cent. The scrip is to + dia., and more than the whole of...

Mr. Disraeli has done a very adroit, very bold, and

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exceedingly creditable thing. The Blacas collection of gems, which is simply invaluable, was in the market in Paris, and he sent over Mr. Newton—the artist employed to disinter...

Lord Stmtheclexi moved in the House of Lords on Thursday,

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-" That in the opinion of this House, in any further scheme to amend the Reform Act of 1832 and increase the body of electors, it is not desirable or necessary that all boroughs...

Lord Redesdale has got a funny Bill on the stocks,

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which recites that since additions to any consecrated church are held to be consecrated by the mere fact of becoming part of that the whole of which was intended to be...

The following statement shows the closing prices of the leading

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Foreign Securities yesterday and on Friday week :— Friday, Feb. 15. Friday, Feb. 23. • • 141 .. 14 173 .. 171 221 .. 22 • . ••• • • .• •• 00 MI 00 58 .. 73 .. 781 58 .. 581...

Great Eastern ..

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Great Northern Great Western.. Lancashire and Yorkshire .. Loudon and Brighton London and Noah-Western London and South-Western London, Chatham, and Doter Metropolitan • ....

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THE NUMBER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. T HERE is one assumption which pervades every debate, speech, and essay upon Reform, which is vital to the question, which nobody disputes,...

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N OTHING strikes an external observer of Parliament with greater surprise than the extraordinary amount of self- *denial which appears to be involved in the attempt of any party...

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1W HILE the House of Representatives has been pressing— VT as it now appears successfully—on the Senate a measure for organizing in the disaffected Southern 4 Btates, for a...

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W E were right in our judgment upon the Napoleonic reforms. They are mean, so mean that disappointment will probably produce more anger in France than continued suspense would...

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T HE Improvement Bill introduced by Lord Naas is a valuable contribution to the literature of tenant right, but we fear it is nothing more. It is of no use to pass any land Bill...

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E XTERNALLY the Lower House of Convocation is one of the most picturesque of English institutions. Meeting in the old oak-wainscoted Jerusalem Chamber, and meeting always in...

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p E Esterhazy Jewels, now on view at Mr. Boore's, in the Strand, are worth seeing for more than one reason. To those who admire precious stones, who obtain a genuine pleasure...

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THE existence of -a- Visi-Gothic principality in what was after- -IL wards called Normandy, and- of a "Saxon Shore," which -extended along the northern coast of Gael, and the...

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THE NEW LAW COURTS' DESIGNS. This is by far the most important single prize offered to an Eng- lish architect since the competition for the Houses of Parliament in 1835. The...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sui,—In recent discussions on the much vexed Conscience-Clause question two points appear to me to have been overlooked, which are...

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Sxn, —I was unfortunately prevented from replying to " S. D. C.'s" letter of February 2 in time for your last impression, but I hope you will allow me to do so now. Four...

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"Do you say, Venture not ? If you leave me, you are lost?' '0 public road ! ' I say back, 'I am not afraid to leave you—yet love you.' "—Warm. WHITMAN. Thus far, then, side...


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THE MONKS OF THE WEST.* THE mind of the Count de Montalembert is probably unique as an intellectual phenomenon. A Frenchman, he yet loves and appreciates England, and...

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ARMSTRONG MAGNEY.* Tars melodramatic little tale has but one merit.

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In spite of the improbable tissue of incidents by which it is disfigured, and the author's admiring delineation of moods of wholly morbid sentiment, there is a sincere and not...

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of Argyll last week published a charge to his clergy, by way of caution against "gross conceptions of the Sacraments" in which he traverses generally, with that depth of * On...

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A WORK which professed to put forth new views on the nature and treatment of such a disease as Cholera would at all times be received and looked into with attention, and now,...

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The Official Correspondence on the Claims of the United States

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in respect to the "Alabama." (Longmans.) American Neutrality; its Honourable- Past, its Expedient Future. By George Bemis. (Boston : Little, Brown,, and Co.; London: Sampson...


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Publishers and Authors. By James Spedding. (John Russell Smith.) —The name of Mr. Spedding on the title-page of a small volume which was refused insertion in more than one...

The Treasury of French Cookery. By Mrs. Toogood. (Bentley.)— This

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is a book which ought to be in every household, but which it is hopeless to recommend to every kitche-^ If cooks would only read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest it, we should...

Scenes in French Monasteries. By Algernon Taylor. (Charles J. Skeet.)—Mr.

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Taylor is already known to the reading public as the author of a book called Convent Life in .11.4. His present work is an equally careful study of the great religious houses of...

Three Phases of Christian Love. By Lady Herbert. (Bentley.)— Lady

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Herbert has done well to bring the life of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, before the English public, though the French bio- graphy which has here been tranalated does...

The Little Kingdom; or, the Servants of the Stomach. By

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Jean Mace. Translated by a Lady. Two vols. (Saunders and Otley.)—Two charm- ing little volumes. It is hard to say whether instruction or amusement predominates in them, whether...

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Letter to the Right Hon. B. Disraeli, M.P. By Edward

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Romilly, late Chairman of the Board of Audit. (Ridgway.)—There is enough in this letter to make us hope that it will reach its address. But we cannot take upon ourselves to...

The Cambridge Union Society. Inaugural proceedings. (Macmillan.) —In this neat

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little book the speeches of Lord Houghton, Professor Selwyn, Professor Fawcett, and the others who took part in opening the Cambridge Union Buildings are collected, with a...

The Tenures of Kent. By C. L. Elton, of Oxford

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and Lincoln's Inn. (London: J. Parker and Co.)—Mr. Elton's book is so good, that it deserves to be widely known, and so interesting, in spite of an anti- quarian subject, that...

A Manual of Naval Prize Law. By Godfrey Lushington. (Batter-

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worths.)—Mr. Lushington in a modest preface puts his volume forward as being designed for the use of naval officers in war time. More than this, he says, it does not attempt ;...

In .7Tonorem M.—. By Erastes. (Oxford: T. and G. Shrimpton.)

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Ecce Homines ! or, a Lije's Quest. (Adams and Francis.)—There was siothing to repay us for the trouble of wading through these two books of verso, except that they were soon at...

Shakespeare Illustrated by Old Authors. By William LOW08 Rushton. (Longmans.)—Of

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making many books about Shakespeare there is no end. We do. not wish to be uncivil to Mr. Rushton, but he might go on for ever in this quest of parallel passages. And we notice...

A Short Treatise on Sin. By Octavius Glover. (Deighton, Bell,

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and Co.)—Mr. Glover has boiled down into one short volume the largo work of Professor Julius Miiller, of Halle, called The Christian Doctrine of Sin. The original work has...

Manual of English History Simplified; or, Our Country's Story. Told

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by a Lady. (London, Bfurby.)—The object of this book is to supply an English history at once concise, attractive, and cheap. The first and last of these requirements have...

The Art of Fishing on the Principle of Avoiding Cruelty.

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By the Rev. Oliver Raymond, LL.B. (Longmans.)—Mr. Raymond's treatise con- tains valuable hints about fishing, as well as moral reflections on the principle he enunciates. His...

John Keble. By J. C. Shairp. (Edinburgh : Edmonston and

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Douglas.) —This essay appeared in the North British Review, and is now re- printed, with additions. A tender and loving study of a tender and /eying writer, it would at all...

"Dr. Hunter v. the Pall Mall Gazette." (C. Mitchell and

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Co.)—This is Dr. Hunter's account of his action for libel. The short-hand writers seem to have followed the evidence and the Chief Justice's summing- up correctly, and to have...

Wit and Humour. Poems by the Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table.

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(J. C. Hotten.)—Dr. Holmes's poems are not new to the English public. If we mistake not, one of those which appear in this collection was quoted nearly fifteen years ago by Miss...

Smith) ; Bishop Colenso's Shilling Arithmetic (Longmans) ; Feni- more

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Cooper's Waterwitch and Lost of the Mohicans (Routledge); Mr. Forsyth's Sporting Rifle and its Projectiles (Smith, Elder, and Co.); Col J. Robertson's Historical Proofs on the...