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O PINION about affairs in Bulgaria has passed through two phases this week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, it was thought that Alexander III. was inclined to retreat from...

It is better to wait and see what Turkey really

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means, but our suspicion is that the alarm is a little exaggerated. The Sultan will run a great risk if he enters South Bulgaria, for the Regents will fight, and call Macedonia...

The peace of Europe bangs in no slight measure upon

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the health of the Emperor of Germany, and the fears for the life of the aged monarch grow weekly more acute. It is reported in Paris that on his return to Berlin on Thursday,...

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The latest report from St. Petersburg is that the Czar,

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wbo has just summoned General Gourko to his side, will take advantage of a grand ceremonial to be held on Sunday to make a public declaration of his Bulgarian policy. The...

The rumours that France means mischief in Egypt have gathered

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strength all the week. It is alleged that the French Ambassador is about to make a formal demand —or to support Turkey in making one—that the British Government shall fix a...

The Vienna correspondent of the Daily Chronicle reports a rumour

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prevalent in that capital on Thursday, that the Czar had been assassinated, and is confirmed as to its currency by .the Daily News. The rumour is, however, incorrect, and has...

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Lord Rosebery, who is, it is said, going to India,

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made a speech to the Liberal Club at Newcastle on Tuesday. He de- dined to mention the three subjects which he held to be im- portant—namely, Ireland, the Eastern Question, and...

The managers of the National League have made their first

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grand blunder. They recommend, through Mr. Parnell's paper, United Ireland, that all tenants who think themselves over- rented should offer to the landlords the rent they think...

Lord Derby was entertained by the Mayor of Liverpool on

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Tuesday, and made a sensible speech. While admitting the depression to the full, he doubted whether the general com- munity had suffered much, and quoted some figures, given...

Dr. Hanna, who has been preaching in Belfast for thirty-four

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years, and who, he says, "would be acknowledged as representing the whole genius of the Protestant community," declares that the ultimate origin of the riots was religions...

Lord Rosebery, who was impartial enough, only delivering a. jest

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or two at the opponents whom he wishes to attract, gave , some remarkable figures, which, so far as we can see, tell heavily against his own contention. He says the " Liberal "...

The managers of the Social Democratic Federation, whose action produced

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the riot of February, have announced their intention of accompanying the Lord Mayor's procession on November 9th, with all the unemployed of London at their heels. Sir James...

Mr. Bright is far less hopeful of speedy reunion in

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the Liberal ranks than Lord Rosebery. He understands better how deep and how incurable is the divergence of opinion about Ireland. He was asked by the Birmingham Liberal...

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Another great strike has been tried in America on behalf

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of the eight-hour principle, and has, as usual, failed. This time it was the " pork-packers " of Chicago, acting, of course, on behalf of the great pork-killing trade. The...

General Boulanger is obviously intent on conciliating the private soldiers

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of the French Army. He cannot yet give them victories, and the Chamber would be startled if he gave them champagne and sausages ; but he can give them more leisure, and he has...

Mr. Blaine, who, in spite of the general distrust, still

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hopes to be the candidate of the Republican Party at the next election, has apparently decided that his best chance is to come out as an enthusiastic Protectionist and...

The opening of Mansfield College—or, rather, of the institu- tion

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which is to be Mansfield College—at Oxford, on Monday, is an event of some importance. The College is intended to educate Nonconformist divines, and its establishment is a...

We are most unfortunate in Burmah. Sir H. T. Mac-

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pherson, the General in supreme command of the 35,000 men now collected there, died on Wednesday of fever, in a steamer on the Irrawaddy. He was a most brilliant officer, and in...

Messrs. Baring will on Monday sell the largest business ever

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offered to the public. The Guinness Brewery has been turned into a Limited-Liability Company, and will be sold to the public for six millions sterling in shares, preference...

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IS THE PRESENT PESSIMISM JUSTIFIED ? N OT quite, we hope. It is natural and right that the tone of the public mind should be a little depressed, for the situation of affairs,...

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O NE of them is Mr. Dillon's speech at Woodford. Most of our contemporaries are so irritated with the passion dis- played in that speech against the landlords, that they fail to...

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T HE managers of the Social Democratic Federation are not very important persons in themselves ; but they have found out the weak place in the armour of London,—the absence of...

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A,. MONTH ago, when the Parnellite obstruction was at its ..LX. height, we ventured to suggest that the best means of enabling the country to realise the demoralisation of the...


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T HE incident of Monday in the French Chamber is not a hopeful one for the future of the French Republic. It shows that on one subject at least and that, the maintenance of...

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A LREADY the Democratic and Republican Parties in America are beginning to muster their forces, to set their outposts, and to choose their ground for the next Presidential...

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I T was with great satisfaction that we saw that the London School Board, at their meeting last week, had agreed to postpone the enforcement of the " exclusion rule " for a...


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T HE Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol made last week a very practical suggestion about new Bishoprics. The need of them is one of the most generally accepted items in the...

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D EMOCRACY, Mr. Goldwin Smith has lately reminded ns (and we are rather surprised to find that the reminder was necessary), is something more than " a form of govern- ment." We...

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E XCEPT, perhaps, to the harassed critic of a daily paper, on whom the sense of the laborious duties to be fulfilled after each performance weighs so oppressively that he is...

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NOTES FROM THE WEST. [wow A CORRESPONDENT:1 Cincinnati, September 24th, 1886. I NEVER come to this country without stumbling over some startling differences between our kin...

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match for Professor Freeman. Not being a scientific antiquarian, nor having had the advantage of reading his four volumes upon the Norman Conquest, I am a very unequal opponent...


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THE RIPON MILLENARY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") had hoped not to say a word more about the Ripon business, as there really is nothing more to say. Bat my friend Mr....

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPRCTATOR."1 SIR,—In your paper of - October 9th, referring to a case of successful resistance to boycotting, you ask why the same course- has not been...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SFECTATOR."1 Sin,—Rather more than twenty years ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting William Barnes, who was an honoured guest in the Somersetshire...


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TEDDY O'TEAGUE. Is it contradic' me ye would thin ? Begorra, 'tis moighty queer, An' Teddy an' me own cousins and neighbours for twinty year. 'Twas often he'd walk the...


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[TO THE EDITOR CF THE SPECTATOR. - 1 Sin,—The interesting article in the Spectator of October 16th on " Endowed Schools and the Poor," traverses the assertions made by Mr. J....

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PROFESSOR GREEN'S PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS, THE present volume consists of selections from the unpublished philosophical papers of the late Professor Green. All that is here...

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AN AMERICAN NATURE-LOVER. , "WE English," says Mrs. Browning, in Aurora

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Leigh, "have a scornful, insular way of calling the French light" The French, however, are not our only victims. We have a scornful, insular way of characterising all "...

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novelist, is not quite a novice, and Mr. Amos Reade, who, unless we are much mistaken, now makes his first appearance as a writer of fiction, have two things in common, which...

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A NEAR RELATION.* TirEaz is an ingenious novelty—if one may

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venture in these latter days to call anything a novelty—in Miss Coleridge's plot. Two young mothers give birth at the same time, and in the same house, to two children, both of...

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Tam book consists of essays republished from the Quarterly Review, for the coupling together of which in one volume there is no apparent reason, beyond the fact that it was...


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Jravierde Maistrs's Les Prisonniers du Caucase, and Le Ldpreuc de la Cite d' Assts. "French Classics for English Students," No. VIII. Edited, with•Introduction and Notes, by...

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be above the experience of most of us, and so

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low in its merits as a work of fiction as to be beneath the reading of most of us. We give this as our opinion after a careful examination of the three volumes. The first page...

Bourne's Handy Assurance Directory, 18813. By William Bourne. (Bourne, Liverpool

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and London.)—This volume oontains a collection of matter that has been published from time to time in a periodical conducted by the author, and bearing the title of the Handy...

Good, Bad, and Indifferent : a Novel. 3 vols.. By

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Major James Fox Brongh, R.H.A. (Remington. and Co.)—We are afraid this will not be found a very entertaining novel, and if it proves wanting in interest, it will not be redeemed...

The two last volumes (twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth) of the stately

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edition of The Works of William W. Thackeray (Smith, Elder, and Co.), contain " miscellaneous essays," i.e., reviews, tales, a lecture on "Charity and Humour" (to our mind, the...

Love, the Pilgrim. By May Crommelin. 3 vole. (Hurst and

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Blackett.)—This is a very sensational and very trashy novel. The sensationalism quite transcends any ordinary type. The brutal and disgusting vagaries of a madman figure among...

We have received from Messrs. Gilbert, Wood, and Co., publishers

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in this country of the French journal L'Art, a folio volume, Les Styles, Notices par Paul Ronaix. It contains seven hundred engravings illustrative of architectural and...

Only Or.e Other : a Novel. 2 vols. By Frederick

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Warren. (Remington and Co.)—We have found these two volumes very uninteresting, and very ordinary in all respects. It seems to us that the tale would not be worth the telling,...

The English Illustrated Magazine, 1885 - 86. (Macmillan and Co.) —The most

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attractive feature, perhaps, in this volume is " Sir Roger de Coverley, from the Spectator," admirably illustrated with en- gravings after drawings by Mr. Hugh Thomson. Mr. W....