23 OCTOBER 1880

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The Farmers' Alliance held a meeting in Westminster on Monday,

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which was largely attended, and as the Alliance has shown its strength in county elections, has been noticed every. where. The meeting passed, almost without opposition, resolu-...

it is stated that the Government intend to proceed against

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the chiefs of the Lan .1 League as they proceeded against Daniel O'Connell in 1843,—by indictment for exciting to resistance to the law. It appears that O'Connell, who always...

Lord Justice Thesiger died on Wednesday, at the early age

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of 42, after having held his office of Judge of Appeal for only three years,—years long enough, however, to show his eminent qualification for the place into which he was put,...


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D ULCIGNO has not been surrendered, and reports have been current all the week that the Sultan would break his word. He had discovered, it was said, that Germany and Austria...

The Greek Chamber was opened on October 21st by the

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King in person, and the speech is very determined. The King declares the situation serious, but thanks the Powers "whose arbitrament has given Greece a new frontier,...

As we expected, after Dr. McCabe's declaration, the Catholic Church

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in Ireland is pronouncing strongly against the Land League. At a conference of the Catholic Bishop and Clergy of Cork, for instance, the ecclesiastics, after pronouncing in...

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

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The French Government have taken another downward step in that

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discreditable policy of religious persecution which they have thought it politic to pursue. On Sunday they dispersed the Barnabites,—a body of non-political missionaries to the...

The fog of Sunday was bad enough to warn Londoners

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of what may be in store for them, and we are happy to perceive that the " Fog and Smoke Committee," in connection with the National Health and Kyrie Society, is discussing means...

The Conservatives are saying all the bitter things they can

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think of against Mr. Gladatone's Government, while thanking God that they are not as other men are, nor even as those Liberals who ran down the Conservative Government so shame-...

We omitted to notice last week that Lord Selborne, in

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re- tiring from the Oxford Commission, has been replaced as President of that Commission by the Master of University College, Dr. Bradley, from whom the Liberals hope even more...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson, on Tuesday, warned his supporters at Manchester

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not to be too cock-a-hoop over the great victory of the principle of "local option" on Waterloo Day (June 18th). He himself, however, was quite cock-a-hoop enough. He said that...

The Times publishes, in a letter from Simla., an official

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ex- planation of the determination to remain, in Candahar until the spring. The writer, who avowedly gives the opinions of the Indian Government, states that the Wali Shere AE...

Special correspondents at Paris, Berlin, and St. Petersburg all aver

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that the Emperor Alexander was recently married, with all religious and legal ceremonial, to the Princess Dolgorouki, who has long been his acknowledged mistress, has...

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We are glad to see that in some of the

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London Vestries a stir is being made against the discreditable practice of spending the rates in providing dinners for the Vestrymen and for their cus- tomers. At the Newington...

During a trial for forgery before the Central Criminal Court

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on the 21st inst., a letter was read addressed by a prisoner named Cherwood, previously convicted of forgery, to the Governor of Newgate. Cherwood affirmed that all the...

The President of the English Church Union, the Hon. C.

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L. Wood, said in his address at the annual festival of the Union at Bristol on Wednesday night, that the return of Mr. Brad- laugh to Parliament rendered " the discussion of any...

The news from the Cape is of a mixed character.

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General Clarke, in command of 1,600 volunteers, 1,000 of whom were mounted, reached Mafeteng on the 19th inet. The Basutos besieging the town made a desperate resistance to his...

The rainfall of the last twenty years, as observed at

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Moseley, near Birmingham, brings out the curious result that April is, on an average, the driest of our months, and September the wettest. This is the list of the months...

Last Sunday, Mr. Stopford Brooke preached his first sermon as

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an unattached clergyman, at Bedford Chapel, after using a form of service in which the Creeds and "Te Deum " and the "Gloria Patri " were omitted, and the Commandments com-...

Consols were on Friday 99 to 99t.

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W E stand nearly alone in the Press of London in depre- cating coercion in Ireland, and if events continue at their present rate, we shall be as nearly alone in Britain. The...


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MR. GLADSTONE AND THE CONCERT OF EUROPE. T HOSE who believe, as most Tories seem to do, that the Eastern Question has fallen into temporary abeyance, that the Sultan has...

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T HE proceedings of Sunday, in relation to the Religious Orders in France, are not easily intelligible to any one who attempts to explain them from the point of view of mere...

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I T is useless to write any more about Candahar just now. The Government has evidently decided to risk the dangers involved in retaining the province for the winter, and as the...

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T HE death of the oldest of the Judges has been followed with startling rapidity by the death of the youngest. It is barely a month since we attempted an estimate of the late...

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I T is, perhaps, an illusion for a Liberal to think that if only he were a Conservative, he could present the Conserva- tive case in a very much more plausible and reasonable...

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S OME of the Positivists are able men,—Mr. Frederic Harrison is in many respects a man of genius,—but certainly of all men who have proclaimed to the world that of which the...

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T HE world does not advance, morally, very fast, but one of the Seven Deadly Sins has, nevertheless, become so in- frequent, that men are a little puzzled to know what it...

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01.7R FORESTER. [Fuss ♦ COB/IESPOSDESr.] Rugby, Tennessee. Nunfiso would satisfy our Forester but that some of us should ride over with him, some nine miles through the forest,...

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A CHURCH BODY FOR ENGLAND. • [TO TON EDITOR OF Till “SPISCTATOIC1 SIR, — Mr. Littledale, in the S pect a tor of the flth, writes,—" I need hardly say what a scandal the lay...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPEOTATOR:1 SIR,—How was it that when Mr. Forster introduced his Ballot Act, modelled avowedly on a colonial pattern, he failed to pro- duce a thorough...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In your leading article last week, you speak of London and Newcastle as being strongholds of pro-Turkish feeling. This, as far as...

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ROMA SOTTERANEA.* WITH this volume, Messrs. Northcote and Browlow complete their account of the Roman Catacombs for English readers. Here we have a very full and minute...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.'] SIB,—I have read this day in the Spectator a paragraph relating to the recent meeting of the Social Science Association in Edin- burgh. Your...

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LECTURES OF A CERTAIN PROFESSOR.* Tins is a very difficult

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book to criticise ; it is almost at the- same moment good and bad, thoughtful and twaddly, liberal" and narrow-minded, eloquent and,—the reverse. Perhaps the best way will be to...

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ONCE more Mr. Black takes his readers to his beloved West Highlands. The scene of this " romanee " must, indeed, be so familiar to those who have read A Princess of Thule,...

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THE SCIENCE AND ART OF EDUCATION.* Feat the concise prefatory

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notice contributed to this book by Mr. R. H. Quick, we learn that Mr. Joseph Payne was for many years a successful private schoolmaster, and was during that time, and to the end...

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Ma. OSWALD ORAWIPURD has an advantage over most writers= who deal with the affairs of foreign countries, iu that he has an intimate acquaintance with the country of which he...

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A Manual of the Alkali Trade. By John Lomas. (Crosby

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Lock- wood and Co.)—This is a work of thoroughly practical character. It discusses all the mechanical details, the planning and the working of a chemical factory devoted to the...


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Six Lectures on Physical Geography. By the Rev. Samuel Haughton, M.D., F.R.S. (Dublin : Hodges, Foster, and Figgie.)- " The Past History of our Globe, and its Future Prospects...

Notes on Game and Game Shooting. By J. J. Manley.

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(The Bazaar Office.) — Mr. Manley, it is evident, has a genuine taste for observing the life of animals, though he has not risen to the height of finding no pleasure in killing...

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Plain English. By John Hollingshead. (Ghetto and Windus.)— " Plain

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" as Mr. Hollingshead's "English" undoubtedly is, yet we are not quite sure of his meaning. Does he mean to say, without any reserve, that the business of the manager of a...

The Great Artists : Horace Vernet and Paul Delaroohe. By

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.J. R. Rees. (S. Low and Co.)—Biographies of great artists *re not easy to write or to criticise. Some estimate of the true value of the works cf the several painters,...

NOVELS.—The Lady Resident. By Hamilton Page. 3 vols. (Mac- millan.)—This

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is undoubtedly "a novel of the day," seeing that it is a story about the higher education of women. Whether "Mr. Hamilton Page" (a pseudonym, certainly veiling, we should say,...

Panhellenic Annual for the Year 1880. Edited by Socrates A.

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Parasyrakes. (Williams and Norgate.)—This volume contains a calendar of the Greek Church, a chronicle of the important events in the War of Independence, in 1821-1830; an...

The Old Church Clock. By the Rev. R. Parkinson. Edited

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by John Evans. (Abel Heywood and Son, Manchester.)—After an interval of twenty-seven years, we have a new edition of a book which achieved in its day considerable popularity....

Heroes of the Cross ; or, Studies in the Biography

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of Saints, Martyrs, and Christian Pioneers. By W. H. Davenport Adams. (Masters.)— There is something attractive in the scheme of Mr. Adams's book He brings together men and...