25 APRIL 1868

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It is wonderful tc note the amount of literature produced

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in England about the Prince's visit. Not only have two columns of the Times been daily devoted to his proceedings, but supple- mentary telegrams announce these proceedings to...

On the 1st of April Sir Robert Napier was within

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thirty miles of Magdala. Quitting the direct southern road, he had performed an operation analogous to the passage of St. Bernard in 1800 by Napoleon,—he had marched through the...

The wishes which are father (or should we say fathers

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?) to the thought, that Mr. Gladstone is likely to abandon his second and third resolutions are obviously destined to be disappointed. Mr. Gladstone said on Thursday night in...

The Prince of Wales seems to be doing his duty

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as well as taking his pleasure in Ireland. Besides attending the racecourse at Punchestown, he has visited all sorts of dull institutions for which he does not care a button,...

Mr. Hunt performed last night, in an official, methodical manner;-

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the task of explaining a Budget to which circumstances had been- unpropitious. Last year had turned out not so bad as was feared. There was an apparent increase on the previous...


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T HE House has met again after the recess, and Mr. Disraeli, though expected to " make a statement" as to the defeat of the Government before the vacation, has not thought it...

Coming to the present year, Mr. Hunt estimated as follows

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:— REVENUE. EXPENDITURE. Customs £22,800,000 Interest of Debt £26,700,000 Excise 20,330,000 Consolidated Fund Stamps 9,650,000 Charges 1,865,000 Taxes 3,540,000 Army...

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The week has been marked by a death and a

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wedding which are likely to have some consequences. Marshal Narvaez has been carried off by an inflammation of the lungs, and Spain is thereby flung back upon a confused heap of...

The English journals choose to pooh-pooh as perfectly trivial and

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unworthy of impeachment the evidence brought against the President in the Impeachment trial,—but they choose to ignore the real drift of that evidence, namely, that the...

We have noticed elsewhere the style of the Bishop of

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Oxford's frothy speech at Buckingham this day week, against Mr. Cole- ridge's Bill abolishing the testa for Dissenters in Oxford and Cambridge. Of its substance we need only say...

Mr. Mill made a very able speech on Tuesday night

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against the abolition of capital punishment for the worse cases of murder. He maintained, as we have always maintained, that death is an infiuitely more merciful punishment than...

M. Baroche's speech last week at Rambouillet has entirely failed

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to counteract the increasing disbelief in France as to the main- tenance of peace, in spite of the Minister of the Interior having endorsed his colleagues' assurance by a...

To judge from two characteristic letters written recently 'by the

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Pope's command, we expect the Archbishop will catch a Tartar for consenting to accept the cousinship. The Bishop of Trent a short while ago indite,' an incendiary Pastoral...

Mr. Gladstone generally approved of the means proposed by Mr.

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Hunt for the raising of the taxes, but criticized the increased expenditure sharply ; and indeed Mr. Childers, in his excellent little speech, showed that, quite apart from the...

The wedding is that of the Crown Prince of Italy,

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which was marked by some significant incidents. The presence of the Prussian Prince Royal, unconnected as he is by ties of blood with the House of Savoy, at a ceremony that was...

The Lords have passed the principle of Mr. Gladstone's Bill

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for the abolition of Compulsory Church-Rates, after a debate in which Lord Derby—speaking for the first time since his illness— expressed the prevalent temper, a sulky...

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Although the transactions in the Home Stocks have not been

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numerous, there has been a firm feeling in the market, owing principally to the Budget having been considered favourable. Consols have, therefore, advanced to 93f, I, both for...

There are, however, many, and amongst them not a few

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of the 'shrewdest and best-informed people in France, who think it quite -as probable that the oration may prove a stirring appeal to war passions as an attempt to apply a...

The Conservatives got up a meeting in defence of the

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Irish Church yesterday week in St. James's Hall, and produced a live Catholic, a Mr. Boylan, to speak in favour of the Protestant .Establishment, which he did do,—in the sense,...

The mysterious visit of the Danish War Minister to Paris

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for a week, during which he saw the Emperor several times, is not to be overlooked. Of course there have been put forth several more -or less authorized stories why he made this...

Archdeacon Denison's heart is moved within him at the pre-

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sent state of ecclesiastical things in the United Kingdom, and he has just been delivering his soul, in a charge to the clergy of Taunton, on the subject. He is wroth that the...

Great Eastern... Great Northern Friday, April 17.

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341 108 Friday, April24. 331 10 - 21 Great Western ,501 521 Lancashire and Yorkshire ... 126i 128 London and Brighton 521 52 London and North-Western 1151 116...

We have given some account of the extraordinary proceedings in

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the case of " Lyon versus Home" before Vice-Chancellor Giffard, and have observed on them at greater length hi another column. As the trial is still going on, we will only say...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, April 17. Friday, April 24. Mexican 151 151 Spanish New ... 371 37 Turkish 6 per Cents., 18.58 501 60 1862 ... 631 681 United States...

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THE BUDGET. T HE lovers of statistics may be very well satisfied with Mr. Hunt's Budget speech. It bristles with every kind of arithmetical detail. The Estimates of last year...


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T HE Quarterly Review, which seems lately to have taken quite a new lease of vigour and ability, by no means sus- tains this new reputation in its scolding and well nigh mean-...

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ECCLESIASTICAL APPEALS. T HE demand made by the members of one

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party in the English Church for a Court of Appeal which shall contain no lay element, and in which a noted scoffer shall not have the power of pronouncing on the doctrine that...

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H E must be indeed an extraordinarily blase individual who cannot find the present aspect of the Old World suffi- ciently exciting to awake his interest. At every point Europe...

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A PROPOSAL to make so great a change in the law as that so ably advocated by Mr. Shaw Lefevre is sure to meet with much opposition on the part of those who are interested in...

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T HE essence of Dr. Wilberforce's great illustrative genius, we take to be a certain loving familiarity in dealing with the sublime, and a certain noble sublimity in dealing...

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T HE very curious case which has this week been brought before the Court of Chancery, and which at the moment of our writing is undecided, gives a new aspect to those...

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LX.—SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK :- LANDED PROPERTY AND GENERAL HISTORY. THE Earldom of Suffolk is said to have been held (together with that of Norfolk) by the Bigot family until the...

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SIR,—To avoid purposeless repetition, and place these notes on their own proper basis and no other, it will be useful to say here that the parts of Ireland I have visited are...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Suc,—When a paper proverbial for its fairness is led away to commit a grievous wrong, it may be regarded as a public mis- fortune. When the...

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FRENCH AND FLEMISH PICTURES.* THE lamp of Art that one adventurous purveyor of amusement and instruction has laid down has been taken up by another, and by him trimmed with no...


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SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your impression of last Saturday you have a paragraph referring to the two defects of the Volunteer Army, which were chiefly observed by military critics on...

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FOREIGN SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES.* MR. ARNOLD was " charged by the Schools' Inquiry Commissioners with the task of investigating the system of education for the middle and...

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A GOOD way to review this book would be to extract one of the stories contained in it entire, so as to show what the authors or rather collectors have done, and to add a...

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OF all forms of literature, contemporary biography is about the most difficult at all times, and the magnitude of the difficulty is doubled when the author is a near relative of...

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HABESH, or Abyssinia, has from old attracted the attention of the civilized world, and since the days of the Ptolemies to our own, no traveller has visited it without bringing...

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The Trees of Old England. By Leo H. Grindon. (Pitman.) — These

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sketches of our English trees are reprinted from a magazine, and while "they make not the slightest pretension to a scientific character," they may be recommended as healthy and...

The Modern Pedagogue ; or, Rustic Reminiscences. By J. Rhya.

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Two vols. (Saunders and Otley.)—This book was lent to a friend, and came back with the second volume uncut. We thought it our duty to cut the second volume and to persevere to...

Metals and their Uses. By Francis Herbert Joynson. Freehand Drawing.

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By an Art Student. (Edinburgh: Nimmo.)—These two little shilling books form part of Nimmo's series of "Ilandybooks of Useful Knowledge," and answer fairly enough to that...

Artizans' Reports on the Paris Exhibition. (Bell and Daldy.) — The idea

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of sending a number of picked workmen to Paris, and requiring each of them to write a report on the products of his special branch of industry, may have seemed strange at first,...


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The Dublin Review. April. (Burns, Oates, and Co.)—The present slumber of the Dublin Review is not at all lighter than moat of its pre- decessors; its subjects are generally...