24 JANUARY 1874

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rpHE week has been full of foreign rumours. Prince Bismarck, either desiring a new war with France, or resolved to humiliate France, or determined to convince the Pope that...

There are some statesmen whose minds appear to be so

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much confused by outbursts of popular feeling, that they cannot hold fast the simplest principles in the face of such outbursts, and Lord Russell is one of them. In one of the...

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A great deputation waited on Mr. Gladstone on Wednesday, to urge upon him to propose' to' Parliament in the approaching Session the extension of household suffrage to the...

Both these acts of deference have been well received by

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the Assembly, which has no wish for another war, but both un- doubtedly help to make the nation submit to any sacrifices, if only it may rearm itself. The momentary effect is...

We have elsewhere dwelt upon the Malinckrodt incident, and the

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irritation Prince Bismarck appears to feel at every Ultra- montane attack, but we must here add that the Italian Govern- ment has been applied to, to ascertain whether the...

Her Majesty's Government has decided on an immediate Disso- lution.

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Mr. Gladstone's address to Greenwich will be out to-day, and will -have for its subject the enormous Surplus and the in- tended abolition of the Income-tax.

The Duke. of Edinburgh was married on Friday to the

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Grand Duchess Marie, only daughter of the Czar. All that absolute poiver and enormous wealth can do to make a ceremonial splendid was done, the only drawback being the weather,...

4 %,,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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On Friday, Mr. Whalley, M.P., was brought up before the

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Queen's. Bench for contempt, for having written a letter calcu- lated to influence the Jury. The letter professed his continued confidence in the person called Jean Luie. After...

The Dutch are not advancing with their attack on Acheen.

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It is quite evident the Mohammedans have swarmed up to defend their only kingdom in the Far East, and the last attack on the Kraton met with such a repulse, that the army is...

" E. L. K. " writes a striking letter to

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the Times on the scenes he saw in Northern Madras in the great famine of 1833, when an entire population, as it seemed, wandered southward by the Great Northern road,...

The most important news with reference to the famine is

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that Lord Northbrook has associated Sir Richard Temple with Sir George Campbell in the Lieutenant-Governorship of Bengal, and given him full control over the famine arrangements...

A correspondent of the Times gives an account of an

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exploit . performed by Admiral Chicarro which, if true, will lead to a. demand by the British Government for his immediate dismissal. It is nothing less than an assertion that...

The Certificated schoolmasters and schoohnistresses seem a little inclined to

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make themselves into a gaild or trades' union, with rather strict rules against dangerous competition; but the conditions of the public service will hardly allow of success. A...

The Emperor of Russia has issued (January 13th) the final

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decree rendering all Russians liable to the conscription, and abolishing the old right of exemption by payment of a sum of money. The conscription will be by drawings, and those...

The Bill placing the power of nominating all Mayors in

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France in the hands of the Minister of the Interior passed on Monday by a majority of 40. It was at first hoped that Communes under 8,000 might be exempted, and then that choice...

The only news from Ashantee is that the army is

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collecting on the Prah. There is a rumour, however, that the King has offered peace and a "vast indemnity," but it is unconfirmed, and even if trae ought not to be accepted. The...

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A man named Rodgers was till lately manager of the

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Cooks- town Branch of the Belfast Bank, and another named Smyth its principal accountant. By the confession of the latter, they stole enormous sums, the account of which varies...

Mr. Barnum is quite ready to give Englishmen a good

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charac- ter for not offending general American taste. He differs with Mr. Goldwin Smith in thinking that the Americans hate the English, and declares it as the experience of...

Professor Tyndall delivered a very striking lecture on sound at

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the Royal Institution yesterday week, in which he showed that it is not on clear days, necessarily, that sound is transmitted best through the atmosphere, nay, that often, at...

On Tuesday a meeting was held at Liverpool to promote

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Uni- versity Education in the provinces, Lord Derby, with his accustomed caution, declining to preside, till he had had proofs of the success of the movement to be inaugurated....

Dean Close has proposed as the best remedy for railway

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un- punctuality to withdraw the accommodation recently given to third-class passengers,—that of having carriages provided in the fast trains. Dean Close's godly jealousy for the...

Lady Burdett-Conde, the great-grand-daughter of the Lord Provost who presided

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in Edinburgh in 1742, was presented on Thursday week with the freedom of the City of Edinburgh, by the present Lord Provost of that city. She was the first woman, he said, who...

Mr. Justice Grove's decision against ordering the production of the

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Taunton-election telegrams in Court has, we believe, been misinterpreted by some of our contemporaries. What Mr. Jus- tice Grove really decided was, that there was no cause for...

Sir Samuel Martin's place in the Court of Exchequer has

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been filled up by the appointment of Mr. Amphlett, Q.C., and M.P. for East Worcestershire, a Conservative, and a Chancery barrister, —the intention being to begin at once the...

Consols were on Friday 92 to 92k.

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THE ATTITUDE OF PRINCE BISMARCK. P RINCE BISMARCK either entertains some entirely novel and great design—such as that of raising a new war—or he is alarmed about something not...

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";AT E fear the result of Mr. Gladstone's interview with the Agricultural Labourers' deputation last Wednesday must be described as being this,—that while he adheres to his own...

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T ORD NORTHBROOK is in earnest now; that much at least is clear. The telegrams of Wednesday, received in Lon- don with so little attention, really signify that he has exerted...

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I T is a pity that in the rapid current of events all over Europe the defence of Carthagena should be so rapidly forgotten, for it presents points of most substantial interest....


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Review, which, like most other Conservative _L organs, is becoming very much subdued in tone, as the possibility of a Conservative majority at the next general elections begins...

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D EAN CLOSE'S curious letter in last Saturday's Times, in which he calmly suggests that the true remedy for railway unpunctuality is to cut off the third-class passengers again...

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W E suppose the astounding account of the murders near Limours-en-Hurepaix, thirty miles from Paris, given by the French correspondent of the Daily News, is in the -main...

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CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") " Estd noche es Noche-Bnena. Y no es noche de dorsiir." SIR,—S0 runs a favourite Spanish couplet, in every one's...

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(To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Your last article on the Bengal Famine contains the follow- ing statement,—" Another cheerful writer in the Times, Mr. R. H. Wilson, a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] said in my last letter that, all things considered, we might deem Professor Schiff's " declaration" in the Times of the 7th satisfactory....

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR,—Reading in your paper particulars of the case of aphasia as happening to Lord Denman, I am reminded of what occurred to myself some...


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FATHER O'FLYNN. Kerry Air. OF priests we can offer a charmin' variety, Far renowned for larnin' and piety, Still, I'd advance ye widout impropriety, Father O'Flynn as the...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You must be perfectly

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well aware that the quotation which you give from the report of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has nothing whatever to do with experiments for physiological research....

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR:] SIn,—True to your principle,

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"Humani nihil a me alienum puto," you have lately given your readers a thoughtful and thought-pro- voking paper on Lord Denman's aphasia. In the course of it you remark, "Is it...

(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—If Mr. Lankester repudiates

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the charge of Peckaniffianism, there must be many, judging by my own feelings, only too ready with shame to acknowledge the imputation. For who could pro- fess to join in heart...

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THE WILD NORTH LAND.* Is the autumn of 1872 Captain Butler, who opened up for us the wonders of the Great Lone Land, and who will, we hope, give us a vivid picture of the...

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A PRINCESS OF THULE.* Ws feel as loath to touch

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this exquisite story with the finger of criticism, as we are to enter any chamber of thought or imagina- tion hallowed by some sacred tenant that may brighten and be glorified...

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THE DISCIPLES.* THE volume contains five poems, to which, but

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for the ill-health of the author, a sixth would have been added. We can only regret a cause which has prevented not only the completion of the series, but also, it is evident,...

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Captain Duncan's careful and graphic history of the Royal Artillery embraces the period of its most distinguished services, though not, perhaps, of its highest effi- ciency. It...

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Victor and Vanquished. By Mary Cecil Hay. (Hurst and Blackett.)

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—This is a pretty story, with a slight confusion in its law ; but that is not a very serious fault in a lady's noveL The devotion and ex- piation of the sister make the reader...


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the essay on " Medical Charity : its •Extent and Abuses." The facts which the author has collected, and which he arranges in a very telling way, are simply amazing. In the first...

Chapters on Trees : a Popular Account of their Nature

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and Use. By Mary and Elizabeth Kirby. (Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.)—This small but comprehensive volume is one of the most perfect compilations we have ever met with. It...