23 MAY 1874

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The latest accounts of the Bengal Famine are grave, and

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what is worthy of note, the Viceroy's in tone are the gravest. The official telegram published on Tuesday begins, "More rain much required," and it is obvious that the...


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T HE Due de Broglie's Government has fallen, and great was the fall of it. It was by a majority of 64 (381 to 317) that on Saturday last, within a year of the much less...

The attempts to form a new Ministry, with anything like

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a majority in the Chamber, on the principles which, as it appears, the Marshal President alone sanctions, have, nevertheless, been many. M. de Goulard has tried, and the D uc...

The Czar, towering in green and gold, as tall as

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Solomon Lobb, has come and gone again within a week of weary sight- seeing. He has seen Aldershot, the Albert Hall, Windsor Forest, Westminster, the Royal Academy, Woolwich...

It is not very easy to see what Marshal Concha

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is at, in what appears to be called his pursuit of the Carlists. He has been marching southwards, after leaving a garrison in Bilbao, bas occupied Miranda and La Rioja, which...

In quiet times at least, English constituencies love a com-

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promise. At Stroud, after the election was declared void, a compromise had been agreed upon between the Conservative and Liberal parties, by the terms of which Mr. Stanton...

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

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The Guatemala Government have, it appears, offered Consul Magee an

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indemnity of /10,000 and "every possible reparation," for the insults and injuries inflicted on him by Colonel Gonzalez in ordering him 200 lashes. We trust that our Government...

It seems not impossible that their usual ill-luck in finance

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will attend the Tories, and that Sir Stafford Northcote, having come in to a surplus of six millions, may have to deal with a deficit of one or two in 1875. On Tuesday, Mr....

Mr. Samuel Morley and Mr. George Dixon have had the

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satis- faction and the credit of effecting a reconciliation between the Lincolnshire labourers and farmers. They have persuaded the Lincolnshire Labour League to withdraw those...

Mr. Peek's gift to the London School Board of 1500,

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to be spent within the year in defraying the cost of inspection and examination of the classes instructed under the authority of the Board in the Bible and the general...

The Duke of Richmond introduced his Bill for putting an

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end to Patronage in the Scotch Church on Monday night. We have discussed the great deficiency of the measure at some length in another column. Here we need only say that while...

Mr. Justice Lawson has unseated the Member for Galway, Mr.

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F. H. O'Donnell, on evidence of the strength of which, from the reports of the trial we have hitherto seen, we cannot form any just estimate. But if the Times report of Thursday...

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Mr. Peter Taylor made a very clever speech on Tuesday

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in moving his too vague resolution that "it is desirable to give greater facilities for recreation of a moral and intellectual char- acter, by permitting the opening - of...

We can see no reason why the Irish Executive should

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hesitate about consenting to the repeal of that Convention Act passed by .the Parliament of College Green in 1793, under the influence of the panic caused by an assembly of...

Colonel Egerton Leigh is evidently a true, though possibly an

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unconscious humourist ; and, alas I there is not much humour, -conscious or unconscious, in the present House of Commons. He made a motion on Tuesday in favour of increasing the...

Lord Monck took the occasion of a question riddressed by

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Lord Belmore to the Duke of Richmond on Thursday to give a clear and interesting statement of the proceedings of the Irish Church Commission. First, as to annuities, they had...

Lord Edmund Fitzmaurice asked Mr. Mowbray (M.P. for Oxford University)

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on Tuesday whether he would lay on the table of the House of Commons a copy of the trust-deed mentioned in the preamble and in Section 6 of the Hertford College (Oxford) Bill,...

The more stringent Ecclesiastical Bills of the present Session have

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passed the Upper House of the Prussian Diet by the ex- ceedingly narrow majority of five (51 against 46). The measures ?eased by the Reichsrath for all Germany were really only...

An M.D. of the University of London wrote a letter

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to the Tines of this day week, to point out that while the division in -Convocation on giving degrees to women last week showed only 148 voters, there are 1,480gradustes ; and...

Consols were on Friday 93i-931.

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THE LIBERAL POLICY. T HE discord among the Liberal leaders which became apparent last week, when Mr. Forster, Mr. Childers, and Mr. Stansfeld voted for Mr. Trevelyan's motion...

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'F the game of the French Government could be won, as a 1 game of chess may be won, by stale-mate,—by getting into a position where you are not attacked, but whence you cannot...

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ri - IHE Duke of Richmond's Bill for the abolition of Patronage in the Church of Scotland would have been more like a heroic remedy, if it had boldly affirmed that the right of...

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pACE Lord O'Hagan's protest, which is entitled to all the respect and consideration due to his long experience of Irish affairs, and his blameless reputation, but which is in...


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W E shall probably never know very distinctly whether the Czar gained anything, or thought he gained anything beyond the pleasure of seeing his daughter, by his English visit....

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M R. P. A. TAYLOR has a praiseworthy wish to remove the remnant of Puritan gloom which still hangs round Sunday. But while we heartily agree with him that all Government collec-...

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W E have not lately read any more painful history than that .which the Friendly Societies Commissioners give in their concluding Report of the organisation, purposes, and...

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S OME of our readers at least will remember that it is a little more than a century and a half since Hans Egede, the heroic Norwegian priest, left his cosy parsonage in the...

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THE NEW CHURCH QUESTION IN SCOTLAND. [TO THE EDITOR. OF THE SPECTAT0R:] Sia,—The Duke of Richmond (following the Bishop of Peter- borough, as the brilliant Irish prelate might...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Stu,—The mental vision of the Spectator is so remarkable—he has such a capacity for discerning possibilities—that it is rather a serious...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—I have lately become acquainted with some facts which may help us to estimate the real magnitude of the religious difficulty. The...


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rno TILE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] -SIR,—You take an itsterest in the Ballot, perhaps you might like -to hear how it has been evaded sometimes here in Australia. At the...


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yr() THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?] Ste,—Your correspondent, Mr. Joseph J. Murphy, has always contended that the Ice Age would not be produced by the Northern hemisphere having...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—Permit me to correct a slight error in your statement of the results of the recent Synodical debates on the Creed or Confession...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE .` SPEOTATOR.1 the discussion on the Archbishop's Bill much turns on the amount of discretion to be entrusted to the Bishops. With- out such discretion...

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GEORGE ELIOT'S POEMS.. IN reading the poems for the first time published, and in reading again the poems republished, in this little volume, the thought which is uppermost in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TIER "SPECTITOR:] Sin,---Reading the poetry "Telling the Bees "in your last number reminds me of an incident that occurred in my own family some years ago. A...


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ACCIDENT. WHAT strange, unreasoned impulse takes By devious ways our aimless feet, The unimagined doom to meet ? For still the fatal thunder breaks From skies that promise...


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MY spirit has fed full of idleness ; And through the empty chambers of the mind Goes wandering ill at ease ; nor can it find What may console or stay its loneliness. With...

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THERE is perhaps no class of literary productions which is capable of affecting the mind in so many different ways as is the art of Biography. It includes within its range...

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RESPONSIBILITY IN MENTAL DISEASE.* AMONG the many books constantly being

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issued from the Press,. few furnish food for genuine thought, or bear practically on life. Dr. Maudsley has, however, in the volume before us supplied thinkers with much that is...

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JOHNNY LUDLOW.* TURNING from the mass of ordinary three-volume novels

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to such a work as Johnny Ludlow, is like coming out of a thick atmo- sphere to walk along a country road in the clear morning air. True, the road may have its bits of...

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To feel one's pulse is not a sign of health certainly, but neither is it of necessity symptomatic of decay, but rather, perhaps, a living consciousness of something wrong which...

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The Philosophy of the Cross. By the Rev. R. M.Cheyne

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Edgar, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Mr. Edgar states the forensic theory of the Atonement with an unshrinking boldness and a precision which strike one as uncommon, modified as...


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The Good Old Times. By W. Harrison Ainsworth. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Mr. Harrison Ainsworth has been busy writing novels for a good many years, but he has never been able...

Too Lightly Broken. 8 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—It is but a

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very scanty supply of material that is spun out into these three VoilltUes. Lino. Heathcote, the daughter of a musician, gifted with a splendid voice and ambitious of...

fairly, and without any unnecessary display of controversial feeling, though

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it is evident that he regrets the change of belief which caused the decay or neglect of some of the most interesting of the objects he describes. His volume is arranged in nine...

Three Essays on the Maintenance of the Church of England.

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By the Rev. C. Hole, Rev. R. W. Dixon, and Rev. Julius Lloyd. (Murray.)— The competence of the judges who decided on the allotment at Sir H. Peek's prizes is unquestionable, and...

True to Life : a Simple Story. By a Sketcher

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from Nature. (Mac- millan and Co.)—The motive of this refined, unpretending, and tran- quilly interesting book is to be found in its preface. "Such is the variety of taste,"...

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The Florist and Pomologist, May. (" Journal of Horticulture" Office.) —This

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is a good number, full of useful matter and well-illustrated. Two very pretty and well-coloured drawings represent respectively a peach-coloured rose—a novelty, it would seem,...