24 JUNE 1876

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On Friday, in answer to a question from Mr. Bruce,

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Mr. Disraeli again declined to give any information as to the policy of the Government. He fully appreciated the forbearance of the House; and could not think that Parliament...

The Senate of the University of London came to the

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resolution on Wednesday, on the motion of Sir William Gull, by a majority- of 14 against 4,—Lord Cardwell heading most ably the small. minority,—to memorialise the Government on...

The news from the East of this week is of

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trifling importance. The insurgents have rejected the armistice, though Mr. Disraeli says they show an " inert sympathy " with it ; Servia retains her Militia on the frontier,...


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fr HE assassinations at Constantinople, which we were only able 1 to mention last week, have been confirmed. Hassan Bey, a Circassian officer, in high favour with the late...

Lord Carnarvon carried his Vivisection Bill through Committee on Tuesday

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night, without admitting any but one alteration that will substantially alter its value. He was wise in not persisting in the proposal to go behind the operations permitted, to...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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litE SITUATION IN CONSTANTINOPLE. W E cannot as yet see any ground for the confidence which some of our contemporaries feel, or affect to feel, in the immediate future of...

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- FI ORD SANDON'S defence is rested upon very different and strangely incompatible grounds by himself ; and the organs of opinion which applaud and admire his curious Bill, for...

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T AE Elections to half the whole number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, which have just been held in Belgium, leave the relative strength of the Liberal and the Catholic...

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tors to entrust more than regal power to a man

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of whom trust from newspapers whose conductors desire his election, and they know nothing but his name. To elect a man without from managers whose action suggests that they...

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IT is a time in which the Church's foes appear to be chiefly they of its own household, and her friends they of the besieging camp. Mr. Allen, the Head Master of Perse Grammar...

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E VERYBODY says these are very hard times, and from one point of view, at least, everybody is right. These are very hard times for the well-to-do, and for those who depend in...

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O N Monday last there died at Brighton a man little known in the common world of British politics, but in various respects better worth knowing there, so far as he could be...

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S INCE the days when the gifts which the Queen of the South brought to King Solomon were unpacked in the Court of the House of Cedar, and the unladen camels dipped their...

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W E wonder how many selenographers, properly so -called, there are in this country. The Moon has been mapped and measured, and surveyed generally ; her motions have been...

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THE EDUCATION BILL [TO THE EDITOR OF TEM SPBOTAT011.1 SIR,—Clinging to the hope that the Government will see their way to make amendments in their Education Bill, I venture (as...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In his letter to the Spectator of the 17th inst., "Observer"' proves himself to be not likewise an understander of the remarks which...


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SIR,—Whilst Mr. Maxwell's friends are much indebted to you for your able article upon his case, there are two points upon which I would ask leave to offer a correction :— 1....


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"SPECTATOR.") SIR,—You have " talked your pleasant talk," and made us all merry with it, about the Lord Mayor's genius which for its great dreams requires " comfortable...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I believe that you have made another grievous blunder. I cannot be quite sure, but I am very nearly sure that Mr. J. B. Allen, the...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I observe that in

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an article in the last number of the Spectator, the Head Master of the Perse School is called throughout " the Rev. J. B. Allen," and something is said about "clerical scorn for...

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GIUSTINIANI'S DESPATCHES.* [FIRST NOTICE.] EVER since Professor Ranke drew attention to the value of the diplomatic correspondence of the Venetian Envoys, his opinion of its...

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MR. AUSTIN has achieved no mean success by the publication of the Human Tragedy. His design, formed several years ago, shows a high ambition, and the courage and intellectual...

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KENNEDY'S "VIR,GIL."* A SCHOOL edition of Virgil, prepared by an

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exceptionally brilliant and successful schoolmaster, is in a certain sense critic-proof. For in reply to all objections, such an editor might say that he had written what he had...

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" FIRESIDE STUDIES."* THE regretted and premature death of Mr.

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Kingsley so soon after the publication of these volumes gives to them a posthumous interest. The seven essays which comprise Fireside Studies are highly entertaining, and...

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MR. GRANT DUFF'S INDIAN TOUR.* ANYBODY who has either from

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necessity or from habit been regu- larly reading the daily papers since last October will probably feel some disgust at hearing any more of Indian journeys in any shape • Notes...

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Florimet Tones. By T. U. (Sampson Low and Co.)—There is,

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at least, this novelty about FlorimelJones, — the scene is laid in Newfound- land. Unhappily, life in Newfoundland seems to be just as sensational as it is in less temperate...


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Philosophy without Assumptions. By Thomas Penynton Kirkman, M.A., F.R.S. (Longmans.)—To make and to grant no assumptions is, in Mr. Kirkman's view, the only safe standing-point...

Through and Through the Tropics. By Frank Vincent, Junior. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—Mr. Vincent started from New York, sailed round Cape Horn, and up the western shores of America, till he reached California. From San Francisco he crossed to the...

Select Thoughts on the Ministry and the Church. By the

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Rev. Dr: Davies. (Tegg.)—An octavo volume of about seven hundred pages, containing extracts from about a thousand authors, is sure to contain some good things. The difficulty is...

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The Globe Encyclopcedia of Universal Information Edited by John

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M. Ross, LL.D. Vol. L (Edinburgh : T. C. Jack.)—Here we have the first volume, comprising A, B, and the beginning of C, of a new encyclopsadia, which bases its claim to popular...

Reminiscences of an Old Draper. (Sampson Low and Co.) — If any-

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body fancies that the various " dodges," not to give the processes their hardest name, by which London shop-keeping of the present day seems to many of us to be unfavourably...

Gabrielle Vaughan. By Mary E. Shipley. (Seeley and Co.)—This volume

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is tastefully got up, everything that binder and printer can do to render a book attractive has been done for it. The matter of it will please those who want a goody-goody story...

Hurree de Fontenay ; or, All Lost Save Honour. By

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Mrs. Tylee. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Here is another" Claimant" story, and one of a most astonishing kind. That the son of an eminent professor of the art of Thuggee should...

the author of these volumes has written, ought to be

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more practised in It is not that the matter is poor and scanty, while the style is good ; the ton.)—A lady who has written so much as, to judge from her title-page, style is as...

Christian Psychology. By T. M. Gorman, M.A. (Longmans.)—This is a

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translation, with very copious notes and appendices, of one of Swedenborg's works. The work in question was styled by its author, "A Brief Lucubration on the Commerce between...

Mr. Gray and his Neighbours. By Peter Pyper. 2 vols.

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(John Hodges.)—We suppose that this may be described as a High- Church story,—novel, we can hardly call it. Its writer seems to be a person of considerable cultivation and some...

Women in the Reign of Queen Victoria. By Madame R.

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A. Caplin, assisted by Dr. John Mill. (Dean and Son.)—We should hardly have supposed that this volume required a couple of authors for its creation, both of them, too,...

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St. Oswald's Sunday - School, by the Very Rev. Edward Spooner, M.A.

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(Sampson Low and Co.); is a book well worth reading, especially by those who are interested in town-parish work. It gives a vivid sketch of the formation of a parish in one of...

Two Wedding - Rings. By G. Somers Bellamy. (Charing-Cross Publishing Company.)—Mr. Bellamy

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may take it as a compliment, when we say that we do not believe him when he assures us that he has done his best in the novel before us. There is evidence enough of painstaking...

Cumbe 'lady's Ghost. By Jerrold Orlayt. (Remington.)—This, we learn, is

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a first effort. It is to be hoped that, should the author make a second, he will not seek to stimulate the interest of his readers in quite the same way. Our faculty of...