23 JUNE 1866

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The debate on Monday night was ominous from the beginning.

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The storm commenced with a low, fierce growl at Mr. Gladstone for attempting to speak in proposing in Committee the fifth clause of the Bill,—a course declared contrary to order...

Mr. Gladstone having announced that he considered the rental a

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vital part of the Bill, the announcement he promised for Tuesday was expected with eager interest. The Houses were thronged, members apparently forgetting that no announcement...

The Queen ' s absence at Balmoral in the middle of a

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session of critical conflict compelled the adjournment of the House till Mon- day, and even then Mr. Gladstone ' s promised explanation cannot be given, as the Queen does not...

All sorts of rumours anticipate the future. The Ministry will

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stay in office at the request of the Queen. The Ministry will all return to office except Lord Russell, Sir George Grey, and Lord Cranworth,—the Queen sending for the Duke of...

None of the Princes thus dispossessed appear to have behaved

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well. Not one died at his post, or even ran the risk of imprison- ment. The King of Hanover was besought by his burghers to remain and accept the Prussian reform, but refused...


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T HE European War has fairly begun. Immediately on receipt of the vote passed by the Diet on the 14th inst. Count von Bismarck presented an ultimatum to the Courts of Hanover...

These events reduce the armies in the field to three,

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the Federal one, 60,000 strong, posted at Frankfort, and supplied from the South, the Austrian, and the North German. All telegraphs have been seized and all communications...

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The Italian army is divided into two, one on the

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Kind° and one on the Po, the King and La Marmora commanding the former column, General Cialdini the latter. The King had reached Cremona, on his way to the army. It is supposed...

And Mr. Cardwell echoes gently their language, expressing tenderly his

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disapprobation of one or two of Mr. Eyre's omis- sions, and of his conduct in sending. Mr. Gordon to illegal trial and still more illegal execution. However, he directs Sir...

Sir Robert Peel's speech was a very remarkable one for

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its eleva- tion,—of a certain kind. Like a carrier pigeon, he fluttered in the air for some moments before taking a clear course, and apparently really hesitated during that...

The Jamaica Commission have published their report, the sub- stance

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of which we have given elsewhere, and an exceedingly bulky volume of evidence. Their sifting of facts and their general conclusions seem thoroughly judicial. The language in...

The analysis of the parties showed for the Government 304

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Liberals and one Conservative (Mr. J. Peel, who was elected to represent the Conservatives of Tamworth, Sir R. Peel being sup- posed to represent the Liberals, but the former...

A. report was circulated last week that the Russian Government

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had promised to be neutral so ;angst France was, a distinct threat to Napoleon. This appears, however, to be a misinterpretation of Russian policy, which, so far as can be...

The American monitor, the iliantonimah, arrived at Queens- town on

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Sunday—a most unpleasant fact for all the European maritime powers. It was thought this dangerous vessel could not cross the Atlantic, but she has crossed it, amid bad weather,...

The text of two of the declarations of war have

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reached Eng- land this week. The Emperor of Austria is dignified, and even eloquent, pleads his own disinterestedness, declares that Prussia has substituted open violence for...

On the nominal—not the real—question, raised by Lord Dun- kellin

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in the amendment which defeated the Government, Mr. Gladstone obtained an easy argumentative victory over him. Lord Dunkellin's proposal was to base the borough franchise on...

A very important little debate took place on Monday in

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the House of Lords, on the subject of Mies Burdett Coutta's petition that the money she has given to our Colonial Churches, 17,500/. for the Bishopric of Capetown, 17,500/. for...

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M. Nicholas Fetu, of Dijon, advocates the extermination of dogs,

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and has sent a copy of his pamphlet to Marshal Vaillant, who replies most eloquently. He recalls the dog of Ulysses, the dog of Tobias, the dog that saved St. Roch, the dog of...

Mr. Gale's invention for making powder incombustible was tried on

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Wednesday on a somewhat grand scale. A condemned marten° tower between Hastings and Rye was selected for the experiment, five tons of gunpowder mixed with 20 tons of Mr. Gale's...

After the failure of the Fort Erie expedition, a second

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body of Fenians, under a General Spear, crossed on the 7th inst. from Vermont to a place called Pigeonshill, drove back some cavalry sent to reconnoitre, got hopelessly drunk,...

The Tiabihtes of Rotten Row are greatly exercised about the

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absence of mounted police there. They say the Row is too crowded, vulgar people ride too fast, there are too many grooms who are badly mounted, and roughs have too free access...

Is there no nerve or sense of responsibility left in

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British Ministers or members of the House of Commons ? Day after day the most shocking revelations are made of the cruelties perpetrated in the London workhouses and hospitals,...

Although the Bank return is favourable, no change has been

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made in the Bank rate of discount, the minimum quotation being still 10 per cent. The supply of bullion in the Bank is now 14,851,120/., and the reserve of notes and coin...

Great Eastern .. •• .•

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Friday, June 15. 871 Friday, Jane 22. 361 Great Northern .. 1211 .., 129.1 Great Western.. • • •• 53 • • 61 Do. West Midland, Oxford • • 39 •• Lancashire and...

The Working Men's Club and Institute Union wish to build

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a Central Hall, and to collect 12,0001. for that purpose, for which sum the President, Lord Brougham, and the Viee-Presidents, the Duke of Argyll, Lord Lyttelton, and Mr....

Owing to the commencement of hostilities on the Continent, the

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Consol market during the greater part of the week has ruled heavy. On Saturday last the Three per Cents. for money were as low as 861, 1, and 861, 87 for account. At one period...

Annexed were the closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities,

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yesterday and on Friday week :— Friday, June 15. Friday, June 22. Mexican .. ••11 •• • • • • 151 i ll Spanish Passive •• 2 18/ Do. Certificates .. .• 15; 14;...

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THE BURSTING OF THE BUND. N ORTH GERMANY is united. The great end of which the professors have chattered for half a century has been realized by the statesman in three days. On...


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H ER MAJESTY having retired to the desert, there can be no official announcement till Tuesday, but it would be affectation to doubt that Ministers have resigned, and it only...

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I T seems clearly understood that the Ministry have resigned, but by no means clearly understood whether their resig- nation will be accepted by the Queen,—whether the Queen...

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TTe game has begun at last, Prussia has won the move, and e board is already beginning to clear. Afraid, it is believed, to repeat the mistake of 1859, when his rush towards...


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Commission has been published at last, as also Mr. Cardwell's letter founded thereon to Sir Henry Storks, temporary Governor of the island. We have no fault to find with the...

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N O speech of Mr. Cobden's ever elicited angrier criticism than one upon the cheap press, in which he said that the proper function of newspapers was reporting, in the broad...

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saw the extraordinary success of Miss Ellen Terry 11 (Mrs. G. F. Watts) on Wednesday evening, in the part of Helen, the lively, forward heroine of Mr. Sheridan Knowles's...

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THE Irish Hills are certainly descended from MOYSES HILL, an 1. adventurer in Ireland in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, but it is less clear what was the ancestry of this Moyses...

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York, June 8, 1866. THE Fenian " invasion " of Canada, just mentioned in my last letter, began on Friday, June 1st, and ended on Saturday, June 2nd, after which latter date...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sth,—May I, in reply

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to the argument as to capacity brought forward in your article of June the 9th, on the subject of "The Women's Petition," ask why the test of capacity in this case should not be...


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of that (still numerous) class of Englishwomen who, though considerably interested in politics, have not felt called • on to sign the Women's Petition, will you allow me to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sui,—You have been good enough to print a review of the English and their Origin eight days after the copies were sent to the editors of the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Permit an ear-witness of the Prince of Wales i speech to confirm your remark that the criticisms to which you @lude are founded on an...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Srn,—It is, I believe, universally recognized that the tenets of a church, like the designs upon its windows, must be interpreted from within...

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GEORGE Euors NEW NOVEL.* Iv there is any fault in this rich and fascinating story, which, like almost all its predecessors from the same hand, will probably live as long as...

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WE have classed these two books together, because they show us that the pleasure of a summer tour does not depend on the things seen so much as on the eyes with -.which they are...

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ALTHOUGH this is by no means the first attempt to compose an elaborate treatise on Warfare, there are few who will not admit that this is the most comprehensive and profound...

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This is not a great book, but it is well worth reading and re- membering. Mr. Grant Duff, a man who has travelled far and read much, and writes a style of remarkable clearness,...

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Fr is singular that we should have before us the first republication since 1794 of such an interesting and well edited collection of Scotch Songs and Ballads as that of Joseph...

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Essays on the Irish (Yurch. By Clergymen of the Established

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Church. (Parker.)—These essays are written in so fair and temperate a spirit that no one need refuse to read them, and a good many people after reading them will come to think...


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More Shells .fir the Ocean. By Valentine Durrant. (Murray and Co.) —The ocean of literature will be just as much the bettor for these essays, tales, poems, dm., as the real...

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The Tripartite Nature of Man. By the Rev. J. B.

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Heard, M.A., Per- petual Curate of Bilton, Harrogate. (Hamilton, Adams, and Co.)—This. is one of the metaphysical panaceas that are constantly propounded by very earnest men for...

Endless Sufferings not the Doctrine of Scripture. By Thomas Davis,

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111.A., Incumbent of Roundhay, Yorkshire. (Longmans.)—We cordially recommend this little book to the attention of those who find the doc- trine of eternal punishment a hesvy...

The Harmonies of Nature ; or, the Unity of Creation.

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By Dr. G. Hartwig. With ntunerous woodcuts. (Longmans.)—Dr. Hartwig is a great benefactor to people who require to be drawn to a subject by the graces of style and rhetoric....

Translations from Pinder into English Blank Verse. By H. S.

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Tre- menheere, MA., late Fellow of New College, Oxford. (Moxon.)—Mr. Tremenheere says truly that there is no reason (except the difficulty of the language) why an Englishman...

The Way to Rest. Results of a Life Search after

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Religious Truth. By Robert Vaughan, D.D. (Longmans.)—It is impossible to conceive a more able defence of orthodox Evangelical opinions than is contained in this volume. Our...

idyls from the Sanskrit. By Ralph T. H. Griffiths, M.A.,

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Principal of the Sanskrit College, Benares. (Smith and Elder.)—We have here just such a gift as Mr. Tennyson's Oriental fairy might have pre- sented to the "imperial Eleanore."...

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Our Social Bees. Second Series. By Andrew Wynter, M.D. (Hard-

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wicke.)—Dr. Wynter is the man to tell us what we want to know. We can imagine the pleasure of meeting him when a new topic turns up in the papers, and immediately getting just...

P. Virgilii Maronis Opera. Edited by Thomas Jarrett, M.A., Regius

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Professor of Hebrew, Cambridge. (Deighton, Bell, and Co., Cambridge.) —Professor Jarrett has taken the trouble of publishing a new edition of Virg/4 for the purpose of...

and borough authorities, and the principal officers of local institutions

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in the boroughs,—the latest county and borough statistics,—a lengthened account of the Companies of the City of London, with official lists, lists of local bankers, newspapers,...