25 DECEMBER 1869

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Exceedingly little is known in England of what is really

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going on in Rome, and the letters of the Roman correspondents are filled with mere conjecture. The Times' correspondent of this day week re- ported, however, a division in the...

Dr. Temple has got himself consecrated at last, in spite

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of all the painful episcopal protests and entreaties, affectionate or otherwise. On Tuesday the ceremony was duly performed in Westminster Abbey, for the Rev. IV. H. Stirling,...

We concur in the verdict, especially as regards the new

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directors, who, as the judge said, ought never to have been tried at all, but we have no sympathy for the scene which followed. The Court rang with cheers, people broke into...

We quote from our contemporary the Vatican the following remarkable

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statement about the Pope :—" The Holy Father, allud- ing to the extra-conciliar meetings which have excited so 'much interest during the last few days, is said to have made the...


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THE Overend-Gurney trial ended on Wednesday in a verdict of Not Guilty, a verdict inevitable after the summing-up of the Chief Justice. Sir A. Cockburn laid it down that the...

V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has received permission to appoint a

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Suffragan, which, however, will not be exercised for the present. The Bishop of Lincoln, however, has exercised his, and the practice may be expected to become frequent. We...

The " Ministerial crisis," as it is called in France,

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still con- tinues. According to the latest reports, the Emperor thinks he can manage affairs without dismissing M. da Forcade la Roquette, sad has directed him to farm a...

Mr. Otway, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, addressed his constituents on

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Monday, but his speech was in no way remarkable. He explained to his dockyard constituency that the reductions were moat of them due to the late Government, and he could tell...

The Government of Portugal seems to be in a rather

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shaky condition just now. The Duke de Saldanha, a general very popular with the Army, but nearly ninety years of age, is attack- ing the Ministry so violently that it is feared...

The 18th, at Derry, passed over in peace, the two

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parties being intimidated by the display of force made by the authorities. The Orangemen held their procession and burnt Lundy in one place, And the Catholics had -theirs and...

Lord Lifford has written a very clever letter to the

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Times, declaring that he is wholly unable to say what tenant-right is, but giving whimsical instances of its working. A miller, for instance, wished to vacate a mill, and Lord...

As the restoration of the names of Messrs. Schneider and

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Fen- wick—the rich Liberals unseated for bribery at Lancaster—to the commission of the peace was, we believe, first noticed and condemned in our own columns, we are happy to...

A telegram was published on Monday from the Berlin corre-

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spondent of the Times stating that " France had proposed disarmament at St. Petersburg, Vienna, Florence, Berlin, and it is supposed, London." No confirmation whatever of this...

The sermon was preached by Dr. Lake, the Dean of

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Durham, pnd a very striking sermon it was. In speaking of the frame of mind which the new prelates ought to bring with them to their new work, he quoted from a sermon of Dr....

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The will of the late Bishop of Exeter contains a

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remarkable instance of a ' ruling passion strong in death.' The personalty was sworn under £60,000, and it is disposed of in various com- mendable ways, £10,000, for instance,...

Lord Clarendon has addressed to M. Lesseps the congratula- tions

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of the British Government on the successful completion of the Suez Canal. M. Lesseps, not unnaturally perhaps a little astonished, has communicated this fact to the Emperor, who...

The Rugby Trustees met on Monday at Warwick, and as

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might be expected, confirmed their previous choice,—no doubt because it was their previous choice. They held that Mr. Hayman had used even those of his testimonials which did...

Mr. Boutwell's report contains some startling proposals. First, lie inveighs

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against the system of allowing banks to pay interest on deposits, which results, as he very justly says, in the money being distributed by the banks instead of by individuals,...

Mr. Boutwell's report on the finances of the United States

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has appeared in full, and gives the following comparison of revenue and expenditure of the Union for the years ending respectively :30th June, 1869, and 30th June, 1870,—the...

It was hardly a " happy thought " in the

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Lord Mayor to declare at the "school dinner " of the Merchant Taylors' Company on Monday that " the days of Latin and Greek were numbered." His lordship, whether right or wrong,...

The priest Father Ryan, who talked so brutally on the

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Tip- perary hustings of discontented farmers going out with pistols and " tumbling their landlords," has been suspended for his con- duct, and, as we remarked at the time, he...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 921..

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The news from the Winnipeg district of the Red River

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is very vague, but what there is of it is most unsatisfactory. The French half-breeds who have taken up arms to resist their transfer to Canada seem to be most determined, and...

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TRUE AND FALSE PATRIOTISM FOR IRELAND. THE noble and courageous letter of The O'Donoghue to Monday's Times is the first sign of really happier political fortunes for...

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T HEY have a beautiful word down in Suffolk, used to express a particular variety of fussiness, which is not, we fear, quite English. When a Suffolk man means to tell his friend...

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L ORD GRANVT TJ,F'S recent statement to the deputation of Colonists does, in one way, at all events, help to clear the road for a settlement of their grievance. If there is, as...

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N APOLEON never gives up an idea, and for years one of his ideas has been to assemble Europe in Congress, settle all questions in dispute, and then enforce a general Disarma-...

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A QUARTER of a century ago, Representative Government, as the normal expression and organ of the national will, was accepted in one shape or other throughout the world as a...

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W E do not see that the nurses or the doctors are in any way to blame. A little farmer in Carmarthenshire named Evan Jacobs had a daughter, Sarah, who in June 1867 fell into...

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H OW impossible is it for some persons to understand that, as be- tween rational and sentient creatures, ungracious concession is often more repugnant than courteous refusal !...

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CXXVil:LANCASHIRE :-THE TOWNS (Conclusion). R OCHDALE is situated on both sides of the river Rock, forty- eight miles south-east from Lancaster. In the time of Edward the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") Srit,—I am sorry to see an illiberal sentiment in the Spectator. In your last number you speak of the prayer from Ireland that Parliament...


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THE SITUATION AT ROME.—II. [FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) Rome, December 18, 1869. I THINK I shall not be saying what any truthful partizan of the Vatican would deny, in...

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MR. TENNYSON'S NEW POEMS.* The Hol Gr it and othe P s By Alfred Tennyson, D.C.L., Poet Laureate Mn. TEncreos's genius deepens and matures with every fresh year, and with...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIE,—Your correspondent Mr. Murphy is alarmed by a rumour that the Government are about to propose what he terms " some modification of what...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In your impression of last Saturday, I have read an article which is headed " England in Venetian Despatches," and which contains the...

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THIS little volume will be eagerly read by the now, we hope, very numerous admirers of Miss Austen's exquisitely finished novels, and not without real pleasure, though also with...

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Lima of Eminent Sefieants-al-Law of the English Bar. By Humpbry William Woolryeh, Serjeant-at-Law. 2 vols. London: W. H. Allen and Co. 1869. THE general test of legal eminence,...

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SPANISH FAIRY STORIES.* SrAxisa literature is so little known in

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our household circles, that a book of Spanish legends carefully revised for children comes with freshness, and is worth attention. We may reasonably hope to find therein one or...

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THERE is a certain freshness about Ovind, though it deals with a subject with which for the last thirty years or more English readers have been made familiar. But in truth our...


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Life of Oliver Cromwell to the Death of Charles I. By J. R. Andrews,. Barrister-at-law. (Longman.)—It is difficult to see why Mr. Andrews. has written this book. He has no new...

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Stormbeaten. By Robert Buchanan and Charles Gibbon. (Ward, Lock, and

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Tyler.)—This little book contains some very good and effective, and some very poor and melodramatic Christmas stories, and two or three spirited pieces of verse;—we conclude, by...

Events in the Life of Miss Dollikins. (T. Nelson and

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Sons.)—A. quaint little book of an old-fashioned kind, illustrating the adventures of a doll in rather nicely executed coloured engravings, while the adventures themselves are...

Post-Office London Directory, 1870. Seventy-first annual publication. (London Kelly, Great

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Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields.)—This mighty and most indispensable volume swells yearly both in bulk and use. And, as usual, it is very late in its information,...