24 JULY 1869

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TIIHE Irish Church Bill may be considered passed. After a strug- gle which, early in the week, threatened to become serious, the Government and the Lords arrived at a compromise...

The Lords met on Tuesday in a most excited mood.

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Mr. Gladstone's remark on Friday that they judged human affairs from a balloon too elevated to permit their seeing the facts of earth had irritated them to passion, and it was...

On Thursday night it Was at once apparent that Lord

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Cairns and Lord Granville, "like torrents from's, mountain source, had rushed into each other's arms." The leader of the House only introduced Lord Cairns, as it were, to the...

The treaty and its principle once conceded, the only blunder

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of Thursday night was committed, we regret to say, by the Primate, who really gave some show of plausibility to the Rev. J. Baldwin Brown's suggestion,—which we have alluded to...

The remarkable power of debate displayed by Lord Hatherley throughout

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the Irish discussion has amply justified Mr. Gladstohe's choice, but his speech on Tuesday was a triumph. It was addressed entirely to the speeches he had just heard, and the...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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There was a good deal of desertion from the Government

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on the division yesterday week as to the Surplus Clause,—the majority being only 72. Among the deserters were Mr. Fawcett, Sir C. Dilke, Mr. McCullagh Torrens, Mr. Morrison, and...

Sir J. Coleridge's Bill abolishing University Tests, though passed in

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the Commons by majorities sometimes exceeding 120, has been summarily, almost contemptuously, rejected by the Lords. It was introduced on Monday by Lord Russell, but Lord...

The list of the new French Ministry appeared on Sunday,

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and is considered most unsatisfactory. No appointment is made to the Ministry of State, which is for the present suppressed ; and Marshal Niel and Admiral Regnault de Genouilly...

assault only; but as he pleaded provocation, the whole case

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was gone into, and ended in a verdict of guilty under extreme provocation. The judge, therefore, only bound Lord Carington overin 2100 not to repeat the offence. On the other...

M. Rouher, the ablestopholder of the personal re'gime, has been

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appointed President of the Senate for 1869. In this capacity he will have the management of the Senatus Consultum, in which the Emperor's "reforms" will be embodied, and will,...

President Grant is quite determined that American citizens shall lend

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no aid to the Cuban insurgents. Their friends in New York were warned that they must suspend their preparations for an expedition, and as they did not obey their vessels were...

Mr. Gladstone gave a great lift to the Bill legalizing

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marriage with a deceased wife's sister on Tuesday, when many of the oppo- nents And some of the (nominal) supporters of the Bill called upon Mr. Chambers to withdraw it, and...

The Metropolitan Board of Works owes eight millions, and will

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in a few months owe ten. It has power to rate London for the interest of this money, and every penny in the pound laid upon London rental produces 277,000. Moreover, it receives...

Mr. Forster presented the budget of his department on Monday.

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The Education grant is 1840,711, the grant for schools 2414,926, the school fees 2420,742, and subscriptions 2474,158, costing us, say a sixth of the expenditure for paupers, or...

Justice breeds justice. The Irish correspondent of the Times states

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that the Board of Trinity College, Dublin, has watched the course of the Irish Bill with anxious attention, and has come to the conclusion that it would be advisable to abandon...

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On Tuesday, at Worcester, there was a rather remarkable trial

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for the murder of a husband by a wife, before Mr. Baron Pigott. Mrs. Oliver, the second wife of a boilermaker, to whom he was married in Dudley, in May, 1864, was shown, since...

Probably Mr. Disraeli himself was not very anxious to do

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'more that get up a decent and specious appearance of heat at his great defeat. Rumour says that when he heard of Lord Salisbury's ominous outbreak against Mr. Gladstone's...

The New Zealand debate came on and went off on

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Thursday, just as our Colonial debates usually do come on and go off in the House of Commons, without exciting the smallest general interest, lar even extracting a speech from...

The warmth of Tuesday in the Lords was scarcely greater

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than that of yesterday week in the Commons, when Mr. Disraeli spoke of the Prime Minister, in language not much less severe than Lord Salisbury's, as "the imperious spirit that...

Consols were on Friday evening 93* to 93f.

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The third reading of the Bill giving married women the

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control of their own property was passed on Wednesday by 131 to 32, a vote of more than four to one. Nevertheless, it is believed that the Peers, in their new determination to...

Hungary is getting on well financially. There was a surplus

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for 1868, the rental of the State domains and the receipts from indirect taxes having largely increased. There has been a falling- off, however, in the direct taxes, due, the...

The Privy Council have decided in favour of the Bishop

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of Natal's right to have access to the cathedral and trust property in Natal, though they modify to some extent, on technical and legal grounds, the form of the decree given by...

The Colonial office is rapidly carrying out its policy of

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compel- ling the Colonies to defend themselves. Lord Granville has written to Ottawa to withdraw from the Dominion a regiment of cavalry, five battalions of infantry, and four...

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STRIFE AND PEACE. THE House of Lords is getting quite an adept in the sensa- tion drama. On Tuesday night the curtain fell on a most stormy and exciting scene. It seemed to...

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T HE names of the new Ministry have not apparently given much satisfaction to France, or even to the Third Party, and are certainly not calculated to dispel the impression that...

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I N spite of the compromise upon the Irish Church Bill, we believe it simply impossible for the nation to get along with the House of Lords as at present constituted. Whatever...

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TT seems to us that the friends of immediate woman suffrage are hardly so wise or so patriotic as those who are concen- trating all their energies for the moment on the...

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T HE 6olonists of New 2egana will cerLaledy ilot be pre- vented from declaring themselves independent by the debate of Thursday night. The disposition of English officials • to...

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TN a book full of original thoughts of more or less value, some 1 of them rather ingenious than true, and others both true and ingenious,—Dr. Bushnell's Moral Uses of Dark...

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THERE are two difficulties in the way of providing Swimming Baths for the population of London. One is the radical difference which exists between the manners of the mass of...

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cx.r.—THE WELSH MARCH :—SHROPSHIRE.--EARLY HISTORY. S IIROPSHIRE appears in Keltie times to have been divided by the river Severn between the tribes called by the Romans the...

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CONCURRENT ENDOWMENT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THB " SPEOTATOR.1 Snt,—It appears to be very generally assumed by the advocates of concurrent endowment in the form proposed by the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, —Permit me to offer you my sincere thanks for daring to hint that the "grate" question is, after all, nothing more than a flirt- ing...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 S111,—In your article of July 17, on Mr. Gladstone's Javentus Mundi you speak of his position with regard to Homeric history as wholly...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") trust that in justice to our countrywomen you will admit these few lines, in mitigation of a statement in the "News of the Week" of your...


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SONNETS. 1. I GAZE upon the dull, grey waste of sea, O'er which the clouds hang heavy as in sleep ; Along the shore the loitering wavelets creep, Like unbound captives fearing...


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M. RENAN'S ST. PAUL.* AFTER earnestly studying this book, we must affirm that it is much lees easy to make out to what it is in St. Paul that M. Renan ascribes the greatness of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—I beg to call attention to what there can be little doubt is an inaccuracy in your valuable article, "Equality in Heaven." Paul's...

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THIS is a book of rare interest and value, scarcely a work of genius, but showing in the writerlhat thorough sympathy with his subject which does the work of genius. And the...

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THE Positive school of philosophy in this country has, for the most part, managed to steer clear of the extravagancies of the founder of Positivism. This has enabled it, perhaps...

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TITIAN'S COUNTRY.* Rustrisr has said, in a passage to which

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Mr. Gilbert takes a slight exception, that Titian whenever he wanted to paint a landscape betook himself to the glens and forests of Cadore. It is certain, at all events, that...

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IF there be one thing which more than another would lead us to despair of the future of a special class of half-educated Eng- lish people, it would be the kind of so-called...

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now about six years since Mr. Gardiner's History of England from the Accession of James I. to the Disgrace of Chief Justice Coke made its appearance, and his present work takes...

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THERE are critics who imagine that the empire of the Novel is passing away ; they tell us that the time is fast coming—nay, is already upon us—when poems and histories and other...

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The British Quarterly. July. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The politi- cal article, on "Mr. Gladstone's Statesmanship and the House of Lords," is spirited, but not wholly in good...

The Contemporary Review. July. (Strahan.)—The most interesting article, to our

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minds, is that in which Mr. Fearon summarizes the results of his inquiry, made by direction of the Schools' Commission in 1865, into the condition of secondary education for...

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All But Lost. By G. A. Henty. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—All

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But Lost is a good tale of its kind. It has, we believe, been published before in some periodical. There, doubtless, many readers, not very careful of art, who do not require...

Poirrav.—Mr. Alfred Bates Richards writes Medea (Chapman and Hall), a

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poem of not much less than two thousand verses, on Mr. Sandys' striking picture of that subject. One is fairly overcome by such extraordinary fluency, till one begins to see how...