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The Turkish Government replied on the 17th inst. to the

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Note of the Powers ordering the cession of Dulcigno, by a despatch which is full at once of evasiveness and menace. The writer declares that the Sultan is ready to cede...

There is every probability of a r.evr war in South

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Africa. The Government of the Cape have cent the Mounted Rifles into Basutoland, and parties of them have been attacked twice,—one by 1,200 natives and another by 5,000. They...

An unusual and very fatal accident has occurred in India.

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Lake Nynee, in Kumaon, the only lake in the Himalayas, is one of the beautiful spots of the world, and has become a favourite resort of invalids from the North-West Provinces....

There is no doubt that the change of Ministry was

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dictated by M. Gambetta, but a controversy has arisen as to his motives. The evidence shows that these were threefold. He was annoyed by the independent action of M. the...


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N OTHING definite is reported from Ragusa, where the Euro- iiean Fleet still swings idly, waiting for the decision of the diplomatists. Dulcigno has not been transferred to the...

M. de Freycinet has fallen. It was understood on Saturday

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that a compromise had been devised, but M. Constans (Minister of the Interior), General Farre (Minister of War), and M. Cazot (Minister of justice), acting, it is believed, on...

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We suggested last week that Edinburgh might be first to

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try the experiment of applying the Hare scheme to municipal elee- tions, and the citizens seem doubtful if the hint was an imper- tinence or a compliment. We intended neither,...

Mr. Parnell made a most Parnellite speech to a land

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meeting at Ennis on Saturday. He had felt, he said, the necessity of modifying the policy of his party, in presence of a -Liberal Government; but as yet, though that Government...

The Times, which, as a rule, keeps theology out of

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its columns, except when it reports a Bishop's Charge, has ad- mitted a letter from Dr. Parker, pastor of the City Temple, advocating a new confession of faith. Dr. Parker...

Lord Norton is a man with convictions, and his convictions

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are all in accord with those held by the bulk of his countrymen. Consequently, they are most creditable to him. Still, when he gives the world his reasons for them, he should...

The conduct of the Cape Government is the more lamentable,

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because the Basutos have shown a special aptitude for civilisa- tion. Mr. T. W. Irvine, who knows them, even states that, although utterly ruined by their conflict with the...

The people of the district round Loughrea have explained their

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view of Mr. Parnell's advice about sending to Coventry offending tenants who take land vacated by evictions with great clearness. A man named Hynes bid for some land belonging...

M. de Molinari, a French economist, a Belgian by birth,

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who has been travelling in Ireland, has published in the Debate the results of his inquiries into the condition of the people. He thinks the distress real, 200,000 of the small...

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The Home Secretary has published a letter, which he addressed

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on September 16th to the magistrates of Manchester, on the imprisonment of children. It is a sufficiently clear statement of what he wishes and intends. Sir William Harcourt...

Dr. John K. Ingram, who, on Thursday week, lectured before

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the Trades Union Congress at Dublin, has certainly the courage of his opinions. He ventured to tell the delegates, who in all their resolutions have shown themselves distinctly...

We have given elsewhere a sufficient estimate of the Lord

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Chief Baron, Sir Fitzroy Kelly, who died on the 18th inst., but We have given elsewhere a sufficient estimate of the Lord Chief Baron, Sir Fitzroy Kelly, who died on the 18th...

Mr. Rawlinson, the engineer employed by Government, when the Army

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was hi the Crimea, to suggest sanitary im- provements, in a speech before the Sanitary Congress at Exeter, told some extremely unpleasant truths about the drainage of some great...

Dr. Behm and Professor Wagner, German geographers of standing, who

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have devoted much attention to the statistics of population, have just issued a new edition of their calcula- tions. They arrive, after great labour, at results which we quote,...

The great strike in the cotton trade, which was to

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commence at Accrington, will, it is believed, be averted. The Lanca- shire masters have decided to go on half-time, and it will, there- fore, be difficult for the operatives in...

The latest invention is the photophone. The rare metal selenium

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has the property, when acted on by light, of offering more resistance to the passage of electricity than when in dark- ness. Mr. Graham Bell, availing himself of this property,...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 97,1.

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THE FALL OF M. DE FREYCINET. N O one in France seems to doubt, and we see no reason for doubting, that M. Gambetta has once more dismissed and remodelled a French Ministry. Of...

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T HE European Demonstration still hangs fire. The Admirals consult, and send messages to Riza Pasha, and open communications with Cettinje, and now Admiral Seymour has gone...


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T HE news that a detachment of the Cape Mounted Rifles has been attacked by 1,200 Basutos, and though suc- cessful in repulsing the enemy, has lost an officer and two men,...

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HE exceptional longevity of eminent lawyers is such a well- establishedd fact, that the death of the Lord Chief Baron at eighty-three may almost be said to have taken the world...

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W E cannot find in Mr. Parnell's speech at Ennis, as the Times does, any message of peace. He avoids, indeed, any threat of insurrection, for he understands both Ireland and...

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THE VICTORY OF CHILI. T HE contest for supremacy which has

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been waged for the past eighteen months between the Republics of Chili and Peru—Bolivia having been little but the cat's-paw of the latter State, as well as the probable "...

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VV I1Y does not some Law reformer take up the question of the Long Vacation ? The papers have been deluged lately with letters complaining of the expensiveness of litiga- tion,...

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W E ventured a fortnight since to warn the Archbishop of Canterbury that in denouncing Theism, which he con- founded with Deism, as a spreading creed, he was wasting energy in...

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T HERE is one possibility connected with the late attempt upon a train at Bushey (no satisfactory motive for which has, up to the time of this writing, been discovered) that...

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PROFESSOR ADOLF HELD. [Filet( • CORRESPONDENT.] Spiez, Lake of Thus, September 12th. `NE death by drowning, on August 25th last, in the river Aar, just outside of Thun, of...

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roused at five or thereabouts on the morning after our arrival here by a visit from a big dog belonging to a native, not quite a mastiff, but more like that than anything else,...

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AN HISTORIC ERROR. [To Tug EDITOR OF TUB"SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—I have just seen a letter in your paper of the 11th inst., under the heading " Historic Error," and signed, " An...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The gentlemen in London who take charge of the weather politely repeat that it will be impossible to establish an observatory at...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Last week you allowed me to point out how unsatisfac- tory the position of Irish Catholics must remain, so long as their colleges are...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] the case before me last week, alluded to in. your article on " The Punishment of Children" in your last issne, the youngsters were not...

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MR. JEBB'S SELECTIONS FROM THE ATTIC ORATORS.* " IN my first volume," says Professor Jebb, in his preface, " I endeavoured to trace historically the development of Attic prose,...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR, —The problem of the

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punishment of children demands serious notice at the present time. While the prison stigma should be avoided on the one hand, sufficiently deterrent punishment should be awarded...

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This quaint and attractive-looking little volume treats of a subject which in these days of ready writers has an interest not wholly professional. To gain a living, if not a...

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Mt. CONSTABLE, in his preface, says of the subject of this volume, whom he had known for fifteen years, that " if neither a hero, a martyr, an orator, nor a leader and commander...

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PROBABLY the author of this novel reflected that if it were good enough to be accepted by the publishers, it would be superfluous to strive after any higher standard of...

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'MERE are in England so few periodicals dedicated to the Fine Arts that are conducted upon anything but the most thoroughly commercial principles, that one which seeks to really...

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WHETUER Mr. Gissing does or does not ultimately attain a high place in imaginative literature, there is no doubt that Workers in the Dawn is a very powerful work. So powerful...

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The Proselytes of Ishmael. By Charles Ingham Black, B.A. (Eve-

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lyns.)—The title of Mr. Black's book may excite curiosity, but this is scarcely the object of a title. The book really is "A Short His- torical Survey of the Turanian Tribes in...

Report of the New York State Surrey for the Year

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1879. By James T. Gardner, Director. (Charles Van Benthuysen and Sons, Albany, N.Y.)—The interesting part of this volume is the Report on the Niagara Falls, about which it is...

Selections from the Poetical Works of Robert Browning. Second Series.

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(Smith and Elder.)—In this volume, which contains several of Mr. Browning's best poems, some are included which we cer- tainly would not have given a place in it. For instance,...

A Very Opal. By C. L. Pirkis. (Hurst and Blackett.)—The

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fashion of Shakespearean titles is being carried to excess. Unknown or little known sentences aro affixed to novels, and have for the general public, who ought not to be...

Uncle Grumpy, and Other Plays. By Robert St. John Corbet.

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(Samuel Tinsley.)—Mr. Corbet enumerates the merits of his plays (meant for " juvenile actors and actresses ") upon the title-page. They are " abort, original, easily learnt,...

Pious Frauds. By Albany de Fonblanque. (Richard Bentley and Son.)—If

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the author had excluded all the mystery, which is not mysterious, from the plot of Pious Frauds, ho might have made that novel more readable, as well as more rational, than it...

African Pets. By F. Clinton Parry. (Griffith and Farran.)—This is

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a bright and witty account of various pets, monkeys, birds, &o., which the writer kept somewhere in Cape Colony, supplemented by stories about " Some Dogs I Have Known," and...


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The Early Years of .Tohn, Calvin. A Fragment, 1509-1536. By the Rev. Thomas M'Crie, D.D. Edited by William Ferguson. (David Douglas.)—The ground traversed by Mr. M'Crie has been...

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C'redulities, Past and Present. By William Jones, F.S.A. (Chatto and

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Windue).—Like the volume on " Finger-ring Lore," by the same author, this book is full of amusing and instructive gossip on the historical, legendary, and anecdotal sides of the...