24 JULY 1880

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Mr. Forster has named his Commission to inquire into the

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operation of the Irish Land Act of 1870. It is to consist of five Members, Lord Bessborough, who is to be its chairman ; Mr. Shaw, the Member for Cork County ; Mr. Baron Dowse,...

There is every probability of another war at the Cape.

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The Government of the colony, with the consent, of course, and perhaps on the advice of Sir Bartle Frere, have ordered the disarmament of the Basutos, the tribe which furnished...

• ** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

The House of Commons has invented a new mode of

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suppress- ing bores. In the discussion on Mr. Forster's Compensation for Disturbance (Ireland) Bill on Monday night, while Mr. Arthur O'Connor was prosing on at great length, to...

Mr. Forster's Compensation for Disturbance (Ireland) Bill has now pulled

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through all its various stages, except the third reading. On Thursday night Mr. Forster fixed the limit to the Bill at holdings of which the valuation was not above £30...

The rumours from Constantinople are still indefinite. The correspondent of

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the Telegraph telegraphs from theuco on Thursday that the Sultan has decided to refuse compliance with the Collective Note, and the balance of very conflicting evidence is in...


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T HE news from Afghanistan is "mixed." On the one hand, Yakoob Khan's party have agreed to support Abdurrahman Khan, and have gone to visit him at Charikar, and all diffi-...

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The Postmaster-General, Mr. Fawcett, in receiving, this day week, a

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deputation from the Society of Arts to request the re- duction of the minimum inland telegraph rate from ls. to 6d., replied to the address read to him in a singularly able...

Dean Stanley has, of course, acquiesced in the decision of

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the House of Commons, but not exactly with a good grace. The letter to Lord Sydney, in which he sums up the history of the matter, is not written in good taste. The mistake of...

The people of Liverpool are making a splendid effort to

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endow their " University College," which will probably be, before long, one of the group included with Owens College in the new Victoria University. £80,000 has already been...

What might have been the foundation for a very questionable

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precedent was laid in the House of Commons on Thursday week, when a Bill of Indemnity, sent down from the House of Lords, protecting Lord Byron from the consequences of having...

Mr. Fawcett's estimate of the cost of introducing a 6d.

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mini- mum for telegrams, with a halfpenny a word for all words over the minimum, was as follows The annual increase of working expenses would be £50,000 ; the loss of revenue in...

Mr. Briggs, Member for Blackburn, on Friday week brought up

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the question of the admission of a statue to Prince Louis Napoleon into Westminster Abbey. In a speech which was far too orna1e and young, but full both of fact and argument, he...

The Earl of Dalhousie died suddenly on Tuesday without any

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previous illness, probably of heat apoplexy ; and by his death Lord Ramsay becomes the Earl of Dalhousie, and his seat for Liverpool is vacated. The Liberals of Liverpool, of...

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The Committee appointed to inquire into and report upon the

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circumstances of the recent difficulties in Guy's Hospital have issued a very moderate Report, which is evidently intended as an eireaim, between the contending parties ; and we...

This Government may be Radical, as people say, though there

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are few signs of it, but it is certainly very official. A large deputation waited on Lord Hartington on Thursday, to com- plain of the Indian Press Act, the Indian Arms Act, the...

It was affirmed during the discussion caused by the failure

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of the City of Glasgow Bank that depositors in Unlimited Banks would not trust them, if shareholders' responsibility was limited. To that the reply was that depositors would...

A verdict of manslaughter was returned on Tuesday by a

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coroner's jury on a very curious bit of circumstantial evidence. Hannah Catlin, wife of Mr. M. R. Catlin, of Holly Lodge, Bedfont, London, was found burnt to death on the 13th...

The Commission of Inquiry into Co-operative Stores will not be

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renewed this Session, and it is pretty evident, from the speech of Mr. Chamberlain to the deputation from the Civil- Service Stores which waited on him on Saturday, that the...

Console were on Friday 98 tc 98k.

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The kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Winkworth has this

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week enabled so large a circle of friends to witness the Agamem- 71,011, of ..?Eschylns in an English version at Queen Anne's Man- sions, that the occasion is of more than...

A deputation from thirty towns of the North waited on

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Lord Spencer on Monday, to complain of the restrictions on the import of foreign cattle. They stated that in con- sequence of those restrictions the trade was declining, the...

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ABDURRAIIMAN KHAN. T HE political sky grows brighter in Cabul, so much brighter as to throw out the blackness of the prospect in Canda- har into painful relief. None of the...


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T HE French journalists, and, indeed, many of the English, miss, we think, the true importance of the vote on Mr. Briggs's motion of Friday week, about the statue to Prince...

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NI B. FAWCETT has now reached, and has shown by his admirable exposition of the conditions of the Tele- graphic and Post Office Services delivered this week, that he has not...

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M R. BRIGHT has broken out again with his usual vehemence against the minority representation of the larger towns, especially in reference to the minority Member for Manchester...

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I T is of very little use to speculate on the present position of the quarrel between Turkey and Greece. The Govern- ments, probably for good reasons, are strictly silent, and...

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T HE advantage of giving the decision in Election petitions to the Judges, and not to the House of Commons,has been more conspicuous since the last general election than it ever...


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T HE steady and remarkable progress made by China in military efficiency during the last few years, and the ap- pearance of greater vigour in her councils on questions of...

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A WRITER in the new number of the Edinburgh Review, who criticises Dr. Lindsay's book on " Mind in the Lower Animals in Health and Disease," comes to the con- clusion that for...

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C A N nobody suggest a stiff bit of work for English Capitalists to do ? They are standing idle iu heaps, and they do not like it at all. According to the Stuffs/ of the 17th...

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T HE Deterministic controversy, as it is called now-a-days, does not appear to us at all advanced towards a solution :by its new title. We prefer our old friend under his old...

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[TO TRH EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —My attention has been called to an article in the Spectator of July the 17th, from which the following is an extract :— " Those who...


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THE LIBERALS AND THE IRISH BILL. [TO Tea EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") regret very much the attitude assumed by a section of the Liberal party towards the Compensation for...

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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIE, — Without being brief, I must have been obscure, for you have misunderstood me. I never for one moment thought of urging " those...

ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.' - ] SIR,—In your interesting remarks

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on Mr. Page Roberts's sermon, you appear to me to ignore what I think a little con- sideration must show you to be a fact,—namely, that every believer's " God " is neither more...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOILl SIR,—Those who love religious liberty are much indebted to you and to Sir Henry Taylor, for drawing public attention to what is undoubtedly a...

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TIIE EDITOR OF TIIK "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—The Rubric concerning the unbaptised never appeared in the English Prayer-book until its last revision, iu 1662 ; it would seem,...


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1111. STOPFORD BROOKE'S SELECTIONS FROM 511 ELLEY.* THE lovers of Shelley owe much to Mr. Stopford ]]route for the preliminary essay to this little volume of Felectious,—an...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] Sur,—Allow me to state that the memorial to Mr. Gladstone on Vivisection, to which you refer in your current issue, was presented to him...

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" THERE is scarcely any delusion which has a claim to be more in- dulgently treated than that under the influence of which a man ascribes every moral excellence to those who...

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Mr. DANIEL JOHNSON has done a remarkable thing,—he has frightened Prince Bismarck ! He is very plain-spoken as to his opinions, extremely candid as to his views, and, doubtless,...


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MR. PAYNE'S volume has left on our mind a profound impres- sion of melancholy. But it is not the melancholy which the poet wishes, it would seem, to produce in the minds of his...

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VANDYCK AND HA.LS.* Tuis is one of the series of

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biographies which are still in course of publication by Messrs. Sampson Low and Co. Their aim is to record in as simple and explicit a manner as possible the main points of the...

FRANCE IN 1789.* Ix a letter from Tocqueville to Mrs.

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Grote, quoted in the introduction to this volume, that great writer observes :—" Le monde qui a prked6 in revolution francaise, est presque aussi difficile u retrouver et h...

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The Modern Review. July. (James Clarke.)—This number has some very good papers. If the Review can keep up to the standard here reached, it will be a decided acquisition to our...

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POETRY.—The Prince's Quest, and other Poems. By William Watson. (C.

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Regan Paul and Co.)—Mr. Watson tells in heroic verso of the fluent kind an allegorical story, which represents, we suppose, how the hopes and aspirations of a faithful soul are...

The Westminster Review. July. (Triibner.)—The best article in this number,

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it seems to us, is that on " The Place of Socrates in the Greek Philosophy." Among other things, may be noted the writer's just estimate of Xenophon's as compared to Plato's...

Lady Laura. By Mary Elizabeth Christie. 3 vole. (Strahan and

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Co).—We may consider this novel as a contribution to the controversy now going on about the bearing of Agnosticism on morality. The hero, Maurice Home, who has resigned his...

Eros : Four Tales. (Chapman and Hall.)—Of these stories, "For

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Good or Evil," by Mr. Wingfield, is the best. The three others which make up the two volumes are very mild and watery specimens of composition—for instance, " Lord Flews'...