24 OCTOBER 1868

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T HE Revolution in Spain lags somewhat. The Provisional Government has quarrelled with the Juntas or elected Com- mittees, who have taken too much power into their hands,...

It is stated in Rome that the policy of the

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Ex-Queen is to remain in France, and thence stir up a civil war by the cry of the Church in danger. Two provinces have already refused to expel the Jesuits, and the people seem...

The Provisional Government has issued two considerable decrees, one dissolving

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all monasteries established since 1837, and another emancipating all children of slaves born after the 17th September, 1868. In neither case is any compensation proposed. It is...

At Ormskirk on Wednesday, Mr. Gladstone answered the chal- lenge

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of his opponents to say whether lie thought, or did not think, that the English National Church ought likewise to be dis- established and disendowed. Ile said at once it could...

Lord Stanley referred, with characteristic disgust, on Monday at the

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Liverpool banquet to the amount of party speaking and writing with which the country is now deluged,—whereupon Mr. Gladstone, gracefully and playfully fitting on the cap, in...

Mr. Gladstone's speeches have been too numerous this week, and

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too diversified, for us to give any adequate account of their substance. At Newton this day week he demolished very ably the only counter scheme to his own, the reform of the...

A banquet was given on Thursday by the American Chamber

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of Commerce in Liverpool to the American Minister, and attended by Lord Stanley and Mr. Gladstone, among other guests. Mr. Johnson made a pleasant speech, declaring that the...

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Mr. Roebuck is determined not to be elected, and we

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think he is right, though be would do more wisely to retire from the contest altogether, than to parade his old sins and his present shamelessness before his astonished...

A sign of the same kind is the cool request

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to Mr. Bright, made by some of his Birmingham constituents, that he would use his influence for "the expulsion of the Jesuits from England," to which, of course, Mr. Bright says...

The monotony of county contests is to have a great

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exception. Mr. Freeman, the historian, has undertaken to contest Mid-Somerset, and the Liberals are to return him without cost to himself. The manly sagacity and thorough...

We have regretted the loss the Conservative party will suffer

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in the singular impartiality, and the calm, clear, sagacious judgment of Sir William Heathcote. We cannot help regretting also their loss of one of the most honest, clever, and...

Sir Roundell Palmer and Mr. Mowbray are now fairly in

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the field as rival candidates for the vacant seat in the University of Oxford. Mr. Mowbray's committee are very specific in their promises for him as regards Church questions....

The Times has received a telegram from its American corre-

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spondent announcing that the Democrats have finally rejected a proposal to exchange Mr. Seymour for Mr. Chase. In other words, they are resolved not to give up State...

Mr. Purchas, the Ritualist minister of St. James's Chapel, Brighton,

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who has been inhibited by his bishop,—the Bishop of Chichester,—from preaching, and who persists in doing so, main- taining that he is in the position of an incumbent, and...

One of the best points mooted in the very many

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election addresses with which, as Lord Stanley complained, the country is now fed to repletion, is Mr. G-. Shaw Lefevre's remark to the electors at Reading that if Mr. Disraeli...

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Lord Westbury is evidently one of those men who think

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it grace- ful and natural to write or say what is not true, if it is convenient to do so, and who does not even •wish to conceal, or see any object in concealing, that he did...

It is stated that the rates of insurance for sea-going

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vessels -are now double what they were thirty years ago, and are unprofit- able even then, the cause being the recklessness of the small -owners, who buy unseaworthy ships,...

The Investigation Committee appointed to inquire into the affairs of

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the Royal Bank of Liverpool have presented their report, and a most extraordinary document it is. All real power seems to have been monopolized by the two managing directors,...

The Consol Market was firm at the commencement of the

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week, but on a general fall in the Foreign Exchanges and an -anticipated revival in the export demand for gold prices receded +. The clos- ing quotation yesterday was 941 1....

The Commission on International Coinage has presented its report, which

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amounts in brief to this: things must be let alone. An international coinage is impossible, unless we alter our pound, or the world accepts that as the unit. We cannot alter it...

Mr. Grant Duff delivered his annual address to his constituents

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-on Tuesday. It was as incisive as usual, but its main point was s denunciation of " that terrible Moloch, more destructive than the God of War himself, an armed peace." He...

Mr. Mill has published a long and very able letter

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in defence of his interference in the Kilmarnock election. He cannot see, he says, why he should refrain from giving his opinion when asked, -and though keenly sensible of the...

The latest accounts from the Plate affirm that Lopez has

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evacuated his new position on the Tebionary, and has retreated towards Villa Rica, which is believed to be splendidly fortified. He is pursued by the Brazilian Army,—which,...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Oct. 16. Oct. 28. Oct. 15. Oct. 23. Brazilian, 1865 73 781 Russian (Anglo-Dutch) 911 911 Egyptian, 1884 83 82 Spanish, 1867 831 33(...

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THE CHANCES IN SPAIN. I T is difficult for average Englishmen even to form an opinion on the course of events in Spain. Their previous knowledge of the country, never very...

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T HE Standard has uttered a wild shriek of delight over the prospects of what it grotesquely delights to term the Constitutional party in the metropolitan boroughs ;—and with...

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THE STUMP. T HE Pall Hall has expressed ably enough more

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than once its disgust for the necessity, which it evidently more than half doubts,—of popularizing, or, as it seems to think, vulgarizing the greater political issues of the...

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S COTCHMEN are usually practical, know what they want and why they want it, and the new electors are certainly nut, deficient in the national, characteristic. The workmen of...

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111. GLADSTONE missed a great opportunity on Thursday. I 1 n The single incident in his career which his followers would gladly forget, and which every now and then suggests a...

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THE MONCRIEFF BATTERY. T HOSE who had never heard anything of

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the Moncrieff Battery until within the last few months, and who have only half considered the broad questions which this solution of one side of the fortification problem opens...

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Coroner, in hearing the remarkable VI evidence bearing upon the suicide of the poor girls on Thursday night in the Regent's Canal, Haggerstone, declared that the two witnesses,...

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E NGLISH travellers on the Continent rarely or never take young children with them. French people do, Russians do, and so do Americans, though the latter seem to prefer boys and...

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LXXIX.—CENTRAL ENGLAND: RUTLAND, LEICESTERSHIRE, AND NOTTINGHAMSHIRE.-EARLY HISTORY. O F the Keltic tribes who peopled Britain at the advent of the Romans, this Province is...

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VI.—ENTEUING LOCI SLIGACIIAN : FAREWELL. WE had left Portree harbour on a rather black-looking forenoon, with the intention of slipping down to Loch Sligachan, a distance of...

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right, but slowly she emerged from her bath and was

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shaken up in Sin,—The interesting account, in a recent SpeetaNr, of a visit to the wind, shivering like a half-drown'd bird. All breathed hard the Grande Chartreuse has...

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[TO TER EDITOR OF TUE "SPECTATOR. ") Stn,—The impression made on us by the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem and his people was confirmed by what we saw in other parts of Syria....

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ETERNAL DEATH.* THESE little books have a common end,—to prove that destruc-. tion, and not eternal suffering, is the doom of evil as taught in the Bible. The first named...


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EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR -1 SIR,—It is scarcely worth my while to write or yours to insert a letter on a merely personal matter. But perhaps, as my signature is known to a few...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In your journal of the 10th October appears the following : —" We have heard it said that there are no bankrupts among the Quakers,...

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Mn. Klux paints on a larger canvas as he approaches the conclu- sion of his work. This third and last volume of his history embraces little more than two years, from the late...

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ABOUT seventy years ago the Stationers' Company, which then enjoyed a virtual monopoly in almanacs, made an experiment which turned out a complete failure. One of its...


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Run to Earth is an extraordinary specimen of sensational fiction. The author has, if possible, excelled herself, she has beaten all her rivals, she has for ever obscured the...

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iv is only in England, we imagine, that a shilling Peerage could prove a profitable speculation, and only in England that such a book as this could reach a second edition. Birth...

The Dream Numbers. By T. A. Trollope. 3 vols. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—This is a great improvement on the last book of Mr. Trollope's that we saw. In that the scene was laid in Ireland ; in this he has got back to Italy, and, whether...


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H. Valerii Martialis Epigrainmata Selecta, with English Notes. By F. A. Paley, M.A., and the late W. H. Stone, B.A. (Whittaker ; Boll.) —We have always thought that Martial,...

The Olive Leaf. By William Wyndham Malet. (Bosworth.)— "William Wyndham

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Malet, Priest of Ardeley, called in religion Father Michael," went in 1867 on a pilgrimage to Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople, for the reunion of the faithful. He was...

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The Pyramid and the Bible. By a Clergyman. (Edmonston and

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Douglas.)—This is a very thoughtful and ingenious little volume. The writer, who does not give his name, has made a special study of all that has in reoent times been written...

Trefoil. Verses by Three. (Longman and Co.)—This very prettily got-up

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little volume has a perfectly veracious title. It contains some pleasant "verses by three," and nothing more, that we have been able to discover. Perhaps the best verses, though...

In Vain. A Novel. By Heraclitus Grey. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.) — It is painful to have to speak of this book as we cannot but think it ought to be spoken of. For, besides being carefully and skilfully written, it has an...

Vox Ecclesim Anglicans: on the Church, Ministry, and Sacraments. By

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George G. Perry, M.A. (Rivington.)—Mr. Perry's volume consists of extracts from the works of English divines referring to certain great topics of controversy, the Church,...

Practical Essays on Education. By Thomas Markby, 3I.A. (Straiten.) —This

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volume contains four essays reprinted from the Contemporary Review, to which Mr. Markby has added a fifth, not before published, on "Cambridge Examinations." The subjects are...

Charlotte's Inheritance. A Novel. 3 vols. (Ward, Lock, and Tyler.)—Mies

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Braddon's enlarged experience as a writer of fiction is very discernible in this volume, which is decidedly one of her best, if not the best, she has given to the public....

Borah and his Company. By G. S. Drew, M.A. (Skeffington.)—This

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volume contains a series of what the author calls "Bible Teachings on the Subjects of the Day." The first sermon, on "Borah and his Company," in whom Mr. Drew sees the prototype...

Brookes's General Gazetteer. By A. G. Findlay. (Tegg.)—This book, we

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are told, has been " corrected to the latest date." Wo find, neverthe- less, among the Colleges of Oxford Hartford College, which was dissolved more than forty years ago ;...

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Time, Faith, and Energy: Passages in the Lift of Geoffrey

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Waller. (Skeet.)—Why the first of these titles should have been given to this book we cannot imagine. For the second, there is so much reason as this, that Geoffrey Waller is...

Woodland and Woodbee. A Tale of Manly Virtue. By Samuel

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Tom- kins. (Houlston and Wright.)—Most readers will smile when they read this title. This smile will probably become broader when they penetrate a little further into the...

The Life and Times of St. Gregory the Illuminator. By

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the Rev. S. C. Malan, M.A. (Rivingtons.)—Mr. Malan has busied himself with translating a number of documents illustrative of the history of the Armenian Church. In this volume...

Tonic Bitters. By Legh Knight. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—

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This is a pleasant tale, which is fairly readable, though it does not excite any strong interest, and is sometimes, perhaps, tho better for a little skipping. But the characters...