25 NOVEMBER 1882

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A N occasional correspondent of the Times, whose identity is not obscure, warns the country that China does not intend to allow the French to annex Tonquin, or to dominate...

The eighth resolution, however, which relaxes to some extent the

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half-past twelve o'clock rule,—in other words, the rule that all opposed business shall not be taken after half-past twelve at night, except only in the case of the nomination...

The debate on the half-past twelve o'clock rule was an

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amus- ing one, and Sir John Hay carried 26 Members with him into the lobby for the total repeal of the rule, for which very able men like Sir John Lubbock and Mr. Bryce also...

The sixth and seventh resolutions for the reform of the

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pro- cedure of the House, which simply abolish existing provisions for superfluous debates, were carried yesterday week, as follows : " (6), That, in Committee on a Bill, the...

The French are not hypocrites, but when they are, there

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are no hypocrites so impudent. M. Raspail on Monday made his annual motion for the abolition of the Embassy to the Vatican, and the Premier actually rose to say that he must...

W . e regret to perceive that Sir Stafford Northcote, though

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he denies being seriously ill, has been more worn by recent work than was generally suspected. He suffers, says the Lancet, from debility of the heart's action. In a letter...

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

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The debate on the ninth resolution was enlivened with an

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attack on Mr. Playfair for a totally imaginary offence. Colonel Nolan on Tuesday night intimated that during the sensational scene of this Session when the doctrine of...

The application on Thursday of the new rule respecting a

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motion for adjournment, intended to bring forward a discussion on a "definite matter of urgent public importance," was• effected in a highly satisfactory manner, Mr. Parnell...

A very unworthy statement has been put forth on the

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part• of Mr. Raikes, namely, that he was opposed to the Public Worship Regulation Act, though his position as Chairman of Committees prevented him from voting against it. It...

The Standing Order against Obstruction, as finally amended, runs thus

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:—" (9), That, whenever any Member shall have been named by the Speaker, or by the Chairman of a Committee of the whole House, immediately after the commission of the offence,...

The ninth resolution, which deals with the offence of individual

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obstruction, or disobedience to the order of the House, was discussed during a great part of Monday, and all Tuesday and Wednesday. The debate showed a very general dislike on...

Lord Salisbury's speech at Edinburgh on Thursday was as full

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of small, cleverish hits as it was of unstatesmanlike blunders. He ascribed the failure of the effort to decide the Egyptian question without resort to arms, to the unhappy...

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A very important pleliscite will be taken in Switzerland on

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Sunday. The Federal Assembly has decided that each Canton must establish adequate schools, which shall give education gratis, and be under the direct control of' the State. As...

M. de Giers, the head of the Russian Foreign Office,

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has visited Prince Bismarck at Varzin, and held a conversation with him of some hours. He is now upon his way to Vienna and Rome, and, of course, rumour is busy with his...

Is there such a place as Egypt P To judge

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by the political news received thence, there is not ; but there must be, for 12,000 British troops are there, and are said to be suffering greatly from enteric fever. During...

The Salisbury election went for the Tories, as by-elections generally

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do when the Tory candidate rejected at the general election has conciliated the borough by active services. In these cases, a considerable number of the constituency regard it...

We regret to notice the death of Lord Harrowby, a

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Conserva- tive Peer of high character, who through life has always been in favour of liberal ecclesiastical legislation. He was an instance of a man with groat breadth and...

Sir Charles Dilke on Wednesday made rather an important speech

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at the annual dinner of the Eleusis Club, Chelsea. He approved the resolution in favour of Grand Committees, but fully admitted that it was " purely experimental." He thought...

The Primate has suffered a somewhat serious relapse, and is

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reported " Weaker " by his physicians.

The Royal Review in St. James's Park, on Saturday, was

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a success. The dense fog which hung over London, and must The Royal Review in St. James's Park, on Saturday, was a success. The dense fog which hung over London, and must have...

On Wednesday a singular application was made to Mr. Partridge,

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the sitting magistrate at Westminster. The appli- cant said that on Friday, be, with others, acted as a deputation to a Member of the late Government, to complain of the...

Consols were on Friday 102k to 102k.

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Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE has gone to the South to recover

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from the physical depression which is, perhaps, more or less the result of moral depression. Lord Salisbury has gone to the North to attack the sources of that moral depres-...

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T HE Isiberal Party does not quite do its duty in regard to the great Tory towns. It is not sufficiently impressed with the obligation resting on it to win over those large con-...


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M R. GLADSTONE has known the House of Commons so long, and has shown such a thorough mastery of its collective habits and tendencies, that we never differ from him on any matter...

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I T can hardly be said that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have fulfilled the special object for which they have been given Representatives. They stand alone, with the...


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W E do not see why the unrest just now prevailing in Paris should be held by English Correspondents to " threaten the Republic." The unrest is sufficiently real, but it proceeds...

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S IR CORNEWALL LEWIS may have been narrow-minded in advising statesmen to " take short views," but we confess to a rooted distrust of all prophetic politics. Very few...

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T HERE are not many instances in the history of legislative reform in which the object striven after has been so completely and conspicuously attained as in the case of the...

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T HE appearance of Mr. Waddington's admiring and sympa- thetic " monograph " on Clough,*—why call, by the way, * Arthur Hugh Clough; a Monograph, By Samuel Wadeingtom Loudon...


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T HE success of Mrs. Langtry in attracting audiences in New York does not strike us as surprising ; it is the English interest in that success which requires to be accounted...

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THE INDIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM. [ro THE EDITOR Or TUE " SPECTATOR."] you allow me, as a Hindu interested in the proposed establishment of the National Anthem in India, to put forth...

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THE SELECT LETTERS OF SHELLEY.* Tins little volume of select letters from one of the most perfect of letter-writers, is to a man of any experience in literature a Select...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your readers will doubtless agree with the opinion expressed in a recent number of the Spectator that the words quoted above have of...

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greatness on the ground of actual achievements in either art are sufficiently balanced to make us doubt for a moment on which side his true greatness: lies, is so rare a...

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is nothing in this fresh reprint of The Arabian Nights that in itself calls for especial notice. The edition is, as Mr. Stanley Lane-Poole describes it, an "exact reproduction"...

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WHAT is there so depressing to the spirits in the aspect of a gift-hook ? We mean of a volume which is essentially a gift-book, which may be defined as a book always given to...

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Tun political student will find this eminently readable book an admirable guide to a comprehension of the existing situation in, Egypt. The author has spared no pains in the...

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We should gladly give a cordial welcome to the first number of the Scottish Review (Alexander Gardner), the latest venture of a very enterprising and, in the best sense,...

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Five Minute? Daily Readings of Poetry. Selected by H. L.

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Sidney Lear. (Rivingtons.)—This little book is intended to suggest the habit "of daily learning by heart a few lines of poetry," and also to lead to the reading of authors "...

Social History of the Aramaeans. By A. Featherman. (Trillaner•) —This

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volume of 652 closely printed pages forms only the fifth division and first instalment of a work on the social history of the whole human race. In a short introduction, Mr....

The Odyssey of Homer, by H. Hayman, D,D., Vol. III.

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(D, Nutt)) concludes a work on which its author has been many years engaged, and completes a task which must have involved considerable diffi- culty, at all events in the...

The Sunday Magazine, for 1882, and Little Snowflakes, being the

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Children's Christmas Number of the same. (Isbister and Co.)— Dr. Maodonald's admirable, unseotarian Christian spirit rules this volume, and he is well supported by others who...

Limen Latinuna. By C. H. Gibson, M.A. (Rolfe Brothers.)—In apologising

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for adding one more to our many Latin exereise-booka, the author claims for his own the merits of " practical character, simplicity of arrangement, and copiousness of...

Shakespeare and Holy Writ. (Marcus Ward.)—In a dainty volume, Mr.

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W. H. Malcolm has brought together "parallel passages" from Shakespeare and the Bible. In very many instances, Shakespeare is really illustrated by this method, but here and...

The Chain of Life in Geological Time. By J. W.

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Dawson, LLD , F.R.S. (The Religiona Tract Society.)—The title of this book will almost suffice to explain its scope and contents. On opening the volume, we at once observe that...

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NOVELS.—Val Strange, by David Christie Murray (Chatto and Windus), presents

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many of the characteristics which have gained for the author of " Joseph's Coat " a considerable place among present-day novelists. There are in it strong situations, well put...

ILLUSTRATED GIFT-BOOKS. --At Home. Illustrated by J. G. Sowerby. Decorated by

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Thomas Crane.—Abroad. Illustrated by Thomas Crane and Ellen E. Houghton. (Marcus Ward and Co.)—These are very fascinating little books for children, illustrated in what we might...

Freaks and Marvels of Plant Life, By M. C. Cooke.

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(Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.)—Dr. Cooke describes, in twenty interesting chapters, a very large number of the curiosities of vege- tation. Leaf-traps for insects,...