25 MARCH 1876

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It will be remembered that Mr. Disraeli, in explaining the

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Suez- Canal purchase, said it would have been illegal for the Bank of England to advance the £4,000,000 required for the purchase of the shares. Sir Stafford Northeote, however,...

The most " burning " of French questions, the proposal

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to amnesty the Communists, was brought before both Houses on Tuesday, in the Senate by Victor Hugo, in the Chamber by M.. Respell. The Government in both Houses demanded...

*„,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Tr HE Royal Titles Bill has passed through the House of Com- 1 mons, every measure of importance, even the Merchant Shipping Bill, being thrust aside for it. The debate in...

The great hope of the Clericals and Conservatives in France—

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a split between M. Gambetta and the Extreme Left—appears to be again postponed. The Deputies of that section have met the Liberal leader, and agreed not to form a separate...

On Thursday, on the Third Reading of the Bill, Mr.

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Gladstone made another strong protest against it, ending with a peroration in which he trusted that the Bill would not prove " a tempting of Providence ;" hoped that " our...

Mr. Disraeli made an extraordinary statement on Thursday night. Mr.

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Cave was sent out to Egypt to report on the condition of the Khedive's finances, and it was understood that his report, when read by her Majesty's Government, would be...

The irritation created by Mr. Disraeli's references to Russia is

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so considerable, that Mr. Fawcett intends to take once more the sense of the House upon the Queen's Title. He has given notice of an address to the Crown, praying that her...

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Mr. Meldon once more drew attention yesterday week in the

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House of Commons, to the extremely small pay of the Teachers of the Irish National Schools, and maintained that the Act of 1875 had been a failure. He asserted that the average...

Ismail Sultan, the Malayan pretender, has surrendered, and the war

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in that peninsula may be considered over. The problem now is, how to reorganise Perak, if not the whole of Malaya. The wretched puppet Sultan Abdoollah cannot govern, but the...

Cambridge is to have a University Reform Bill, as well

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as Oxford. It is to be introduced directly after Easter, and is to be modelled on precisely the same lines. Lord Salisbury laid down, in reply to Lord Lansdowne on Monday, the...

Dr. Cameron brought the Peruvian Government's treatment of the crew

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of the Glasgow steamer Talisman' before the House of Commons on Tuesday, by moving for a Select Committee to inquire into the whole circumstances of the case. The Talis- man'...

The limes of Tuesday published a remarkable table in its

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City article. This purports to be an account of the National Debt of Spain, taken mainly from official sources. It shows that the total amount of the Consolidated Debt is...

A very satisfactory debate on the condition of the Government

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Telegraphs came off on Friday week. Mr. Goldsmid stated the case against the Post Office with great clearness, and demanded an inquiry ; and Mr. Goschen supported the demand,...

The Minghetti Ministry in Italy has succumbed to fate, to

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the dislikes which every Ministry accumulates on itself, to the extrava- gances of the King, and to the wrath of the Tuscan Deputies, who were determined that the control of the...

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'The Birmingham Daily Post states, on the authority of firms

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in that town, that the drought in New Zealand is assuming the proportions of a calamity. It has lasted six months, it is ruin- ing the flock-masters, and trade of every...

Dr. Ferrier, in lecturing at the London Institution on Monday

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on " Sleep," laid it down that neither any living being, nor any function of any living being, is capable of unintermitted activity. If any organ of the body seems to be in...

The House of Commons were engaged on Tuesday night in

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discussing tie grievance of certain British subjects in Peru, who were imprisoned for above a year without being brought to trial. But we observe that on Wednesday, at Hertford,...

A complete analysis, by a writer in the Times of

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Wednesday last, of the vote of last week on the Royal Titles Bill, shows that 555 members (including tellers) either voted or paired ; that of (say) 225 English and Scotch...

A powerful deputation, headed by Lord Shaftesbury, Sir Frederick Elliot,

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Mr. Mundella, Mr. Cowper Temple, Cardinal Manning, and other public men, and representing the Society for the Protection of Animals Liable to Vivisection, waited on Mr. Cross on...

We have lost one of England's best military critics, as

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well as one of our ablest and most competent and industrious Engineer officers, in Colonel Charles Chesney, who died last Sunday, in the forty-ninth year of his age, from the...

The Atheneum of last week published a statement with regard

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to the British Museum which should not be allowed to pass out of notice without due examination. It refers to " a Slave Circu- lar (to use the name by which it is popularly...

Consols were at the latest date 941 to 94i.

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THE EMPRESS (LIMITED). T HE Royal Titles Bill has been driven through the Commons, in spite of the admission of its author that he is ashamed of the mock dignity with which he...

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it may take a somewhat unexpected form. All the accounts

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as yet nothing ; but the moment want touches the Seraglio, the from the Bosphorus, cautiously as most of them are worded— moment an order for an ironclad, or a palace, or a set...

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TT is very unfortunate that the business sittings of the 1 French Chamber should have commenced with a furious "scene " of the old kind—with the Right bellowing with rage and...

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T HE debate of Tuesday night, on Dr. Cameron's motion with regard to the Peruvian Government's treatment of the crew of the English ship Talisman,' will hardly raise the...

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T HE Report of the Norwich Election Commission has been pre- sented to Parliament, and it now rests with the Government to decide whether they will take any legislative notice...

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IN a letter of some pretensions, but one which it is difficult to take seriously, published in the Pall Mall of Thurs- day last, the writer, who signs himself " A Member of the...

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THE POWER OF NAMES. . the English Throne,—that indeed which

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is and always must be at the basis of its power in India,—only to fix it on the comparatively accidental prestige that it has acquired in the last few years, by entering into...

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R INKING," they say, is a mania, and facetious people class it with the fancy for Spelling-bees—which undoubtedly is a mania, that is, a public fancy which will pass—and say...

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SIR CHARLES DILKE AND LOSTVVITHIEL. (Fo vas Burros or THE .EIrscriToa."1 rely on your courtesy to allow me a few words of reply to Sir Charles Dilke's letter. I am not, as he...

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(To THa EDIT01 OF THE 13 ram ATO SIR,—In a paragraph of the Spectator last week you referred to 'the application of Dr. Crookea's radiometer to the measurement of light, to...


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sureros."1 SIR,—If I were a parish priest in the country, and could really persuade myself that the grievance of the Dissenters was a real one, I should have no objection, if...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SPEOTITOR.1 Sin,—The question that has occurred to me on reading, in the- Spectator of Saturday, a brief notice of my play, " The Soldier of Fortune,"...

(To THE EDITOR or TER "SPECTATOR."( Srn,—Since I wrote my

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paper in the Contemporary Review, a paper which had the honour of being referred to in the Spectator of March 11, a lady, long resident in India, but now staying in London, has...


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should very much like to know what is "the liberty allowed to Abraham and to Joseph of Arimathma " which Mr. Portal feels called upon to maintain. Mr. Blomfield has referred to...

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TO THE EMPRESS. AFT= BEN JONSON'S "QUEEN AND HUNTRESS, CHASTE AND FAIR." QUEEN and Empress,—here and there,— English pride is laid to sleep, Seated in th' Imperial chair,...


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Wrrrizx her well-loved Abbey's utmost corner, Ensculptured and secluded, low she lies, Whose head at highest bent to every mourner, Whose eyes to all sad eyes. This niche is...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR, —It is commonly better to accept criticism in silence, even when one cannot acquiesce in it. But one of the animadversions of your...


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• Letters of flumphrey Prideaux, sometime Dean of Norwich. to Jolts Ellis, sotruttinu Under-Secretory of State, 1674-1722. Edited by Edward Maunde Thompson. Printed for the...

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OF the two objects which Professor Jebb aimed at in this book, he has succeeded in attaining the second. This was, he tells us, to supply an aid to the particular study of the...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] NEARLY a hundred pages are devoted to a minute examination of the evidence upon which Mr. Darwin's conclusion is based, that all our breeds of domestic pigeons...

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This book is as full of wit—in every sense of the word—as an egg is of meat. Nothing can surpass the "very gracious fooling" with which Mr. Arnold banters Professor Clifford and...

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UNDER the modest description of an introduction to the Study of International Law, the late President of Yale College has furnished legal students with a very valuable hand-book...

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The Queen of the Colonies. By an Eight Years' Resident

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(Sampson Low and Co.)--The title of this book is somewhat ambitions, but a case is made out that goes far to support it. If the climate and natural resources of the country are...


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• The Modern World. By J. A. G. Barton. (Blackwood and Sons.)— In this age of competitive examinations, Mr. Barton's work will not be without its use. It aims at condensing into...

Rudiments of Theology. By T. P. Norris, Canon of Bristol.

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(Rivingtons.) —We can recommend this book to theological students as a useful and compendious manual. It is clear, and well arranged. There is an appendix of considerable...

A Short Histor y of Natural Science. By. Arabella B.

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Beckley. (John Murray.)—We have nothing but praise for this interesting book. Our elementary works on the sciences do not give the difficulties that have been overcome by...

First Book of Zoology. By Edward S. Morse, Ph.D. (Henry

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S. King and Co.)—There is no reason why children's proclivities for making collections of objects, as manifested by their stamp and crest albums, should not be turned to good...

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Realists has been revived by the scientific men of the

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present age, and once more the battle raging between the two schools has the war-cry of Species. And as in the former struggle, it seems possible that the opponents of Realism...

could wish for. The author is evidently an enthusiast on

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the subject of scenery, and we are grateful to him for the many glorious landscapes that he has here so finely and feelingly described. The chapters that treat of "the...

The Mind of Man. By Alfred Smoe, F.R.S. (George Bell

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and Sons.) —All who feel the importance of physical science in regard to daily life will find much to interest them in this book. Its style, however, is rather disjointed, and...

The Philosophy of the Atonement, and other Sermons. By Wade

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Robinson. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The style of those sermons is not very finished, and we find them now and then rather obscure. It appears that they were taken down from memory...

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Ardenmohr Among the Hills. By Samuel Abbott. (Chapman and Hall.)—This

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is "a record of scenery and sport in the Highlands of Scotland." The scenery is described with a certain power of writing, which is scarcely helped, we are bound in honesty to...

We may mention the Shilling Peerage, Shilling Baronetage, and Shilling

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Knightage, for the present year, three convenient and well- printed little volumes, edited by Edward Walford, and published by Messrs. Hardwicke and Bogue. Would it have been...

THE NEW Enrnows.—We have to notice the third volume of

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The .Life and Works of Walter Savage Lander. (Chapman and Hall.) This volume contains" Conversations of Sovereigns and Statesmen," and live dialogues of Boccaccio and...