26 DECEMBER 1868

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Mr. Andrew Johnson, who, be it remembered, is by birth

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a Southerner, towards the close of his speech recommends interfer- ence in St. Domingo, and declares that the annexation of the whole island would " receive the consent of the...


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THE week has been marked by that last worst sign of coming war, the proposal of a Conference to prevent it. The Govern- ments of Berlin and St. Petersburg have, it is said,...

Lord Cairns delivered on Wednesday the judgment of the Privy

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• Council on the appeal from the judgment of the Dean of Arches (Sir R. Phillimore) in the case of "Martin v. Mackonochie." We have explained the principles and tendency of the...

We confess we look forward with extreme anxiety to Lord

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Clarendon's action in this matter. If he adheres to the Palmer- stonian traditions, we shall be allies of France in defending Turkey, and shall soon find ourselves in open...

Greece herself seems pretty clear as to what she intends

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to do, and so does Turkey. The Chamber at Athens has called out the Volunteers, and authorized a loan of amillion sterling, which, it is said, the people will supply. That looks...

Mr. Johnson has closed his career in a manner worthy

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of him- self. In a savage message to Congress he repeats all his old arguments against reconstruction, declares that the military expense of keeping down the South is ruining...

We have noticed elsewhere the speeches of the different Ministers

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on re-election, but must specially note Mr. Gladstone's utterance upon the ballot. It has been reported that secret voting has been taken up by the Cabinet as a Government...

Mr. Bright, in his speech at Birmingham the other day,—tho

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finest and most touching part of which we have noticed else- where,—explained that he had declined to accept the Secretary- ship for India because the time was not yet ripe for...

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The Archbishop of Armagh gives so very different an account

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of the proceedings of the Orangemen in Mr. Greer's church in Ulster, referred to lately by Mr. Gladstone in Lancashire, from that taken by Mr. Greer himself, that it is...

Admiral George Grey is a brave man. He has ventured

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to publish a letter in the Times advocating a cession of Gibraltar to the Spaniards, they offering us Ceuta in exchange. Gibraltar, he says, is of no use in time of war either...

The Spanish municipal elections have passed over peaceably, and have

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resulted—somehow or other. The bulletins inform us that the municipality in Madrid is Liberal-Monarchical, but does not give the result for all Spain. There are strong rumours...

Lord Cairns has refused to become one of the Lord

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Justices of Appeal in Chancery, although strongly urged by his successors on the Woolsack to accept that office. It is, perhaps, not to be wondered at, that Lord Cairns should...

The majority of the cottonspinners in Lancashire have resolved to

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go upon half-time. It appears from the speeches at a meeting of the masters that there is some dissension between the great and little manufacturers, the former ascribing the...

Mr. McCulloch, Financial Secretary to the President, warmly denounces repudiation

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or any "argument addressed to the fears of the bondholders," but wants to substitute for the present 6 per cent. debt a 5 per cent. one. He thinks he could borrow £100,000,000 a...

Mr. E. A. Leatham, M.P. for Huddersfield, made a clever

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speech at a local banquet on Tuesday evening, in which he expressed a cer- tain disguse at the weight of the Peeiage in the new Govern- ment, and characterized the Ministry as...

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The extent of the Greek Army seems to bs still

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uncertain. The Government has about 11,000 regulars armed with the breech- loader, and the reserve now mobilized numbers 33,000 more, of whom 15,000 may have breech-loaders, and...

Mr. Bright says great cities are the centres of Liberal

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feeling. The Times questions the assertion, and with one of its infrequent flashes of insight about America points to the cities there as the centres of resistance to the...

The American Minister, Mr. Reverdy Johnson, distributed yes- terday week

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the prizes awarded by the Birkbeck Institute to pupils of both sexes. After commenting, as he was in duty bound, on the importance of feminine culture, and also awarding the...

Vice-Chancellor Giffard is to be the new Lord Justice, and

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Mr. W. M. James, Q.C., is to be raised to the Vice-Chancellorship vacated by the new Lord Justice. Both appointments are con- sidered very good. Mr. James has long been one of...

On Thursday and on Friday wook the leading Foreign Bonds

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left off at the annexed quotations :— Dee. 18. Dec. 24. Dec. 18. Dec. 24,/ Brazilian, 1866 781 7si Russian (Anglo-Dutch) Egyptian, 1864 as 831 Spanish, 1867 :21 :2 4...

We are glad to hear that the Professors of University

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College, London, have undertaken to commence courses of lectures for women on the same plan as those which have had so great a suc- cess in Edinburgh,—lectures, that is, not...

A controversy has been raging at Oxford with regard to

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the new theological school for the B.A. degree,—whether it shall test only the theological knowledge of the candidates, or also the doctrinal soundness of their opinions. Dr....

The business transacted in the Stock Markets throughout the week

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has been only moderate, but there has been a firm tone apparent, notwithstanding the unsettled state of the Eastern question. Consols closed on Thursday last at 921 for...

It has been decided to bring six of the Directors

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of Overend, Gurney, and Co. before the Criminal Courts, on the charge of con- spiring together to obtain money by false representations, to see, in fact, whether under English...

The Pope appears to deplore the movement for the education

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of girls heartily. He evidently holds that if the girls of Europe are to be educated; the women of Europe will cease to be Roman Catholics ; and if the women of Europe cease to...

It is said that while only one soldier of the

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United States' War of Independence is still living and drawing a pension,—he voted the other day, we believe, for Grant, and had voted for every President from Washington to...

On Thursday and on Friday week the leading British Railway

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Shares left off at the annexed quotations :— Dec. 18. Dec. 24. Dec. 18. Dec. 94. Great Eastern 411 411 Lon., Chatham, & Dover 161 17 Great Northern 1061 100 Metropolitan...

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THE BE-ELECTIONS. T HE special feature of all the Ministerial addresses delivered this week is the absence of flashiness, of exultation, of vague appeals to the imagination, of...

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Committee of the Privy Council have reversed the judgment of Sir R. Phillimore, so far as that judg- ment was favourable to the Ritualist practices of the clergy of St. Alban's....

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hostility of Austria to Prussia is a thing not of the past, for BOTH the Times' scheme and the scheme of the Pall Malt Commission. Such a proposal seems to us almost as fatal to...

land lies. that if left without French support, Austria cannot

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possibly Foremost in significance, to our mind, is Count Bismarck's by herself venture on the effort involved in a policy public and deliberate testimony, on his reappearance in...

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THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. T HERE is a serious hitch somewhere in

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English arrange- ments for the collection of news. The American Secre- tary to the Treasury reports officially that American bonds are held in Europe, and mainly, we imagine, by...

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IT J. J. S. MILL does not seem anxious for any opportu- 111 nity to resume the Parliamentary duties which his defeat at Westminster has interrupted, and it does not seem very...

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O NE of the most curious of the many changes which of late years have passed over political thought, is the alteration in the political value attached to particular morsels of...

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1T R. BRIGHT, in his striking little speech at Birmingham on 11 the occasion of his re-election, likened his own feelings, when asked to become a Minister of the Crown, to...

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LXXXV.—CENTRAL ENGLAND : RUTLAND, LEICESTERSHIRE, AND NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Towns (Continued). OTTINGHAM—the county town of the shire, and a county 11 in itself — is situated on the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —I recall the attention of your readers to some matters of fact. Bunsen maintains, as shown in my former letter, that the death on the...

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[TO THE Eprros OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—The Established Church, as a church, has been (as might have been expected) but shabbily treated by 11Ir. Disraeli. In abandoning...

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WINTER EXHIBITIONS. IT is difficult to prevent a twinge of regret at the recent conver- sion of the Gallery of the British Institution from an abode of Art to an aristocratic...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I have read with much interest your notice of that part of my Report to the Royal Commission on Agricultural Labour which describes...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Bunsen, writing to his wife in 1838, just thirty years ago, prophesies thus respecting Gladstone :— " Then went to Gladstone, and was...

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[WRITTEN IN LOCH cow:rms., SKYE.] I. I think this is the very stillest place On all God's earth,—and yet no rest is here : The vapours mirror'd in the black loch's face Drift...

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REALMAH.* Iv Mr. Helps in writing Realmah had purposed to show how much thought, wit, fancy, acute observation, genuine imagination, con- structive power, and beauty of style...

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THERE are very few men indeed in England who will not be the wiser for the careful perusal of this book. It is choked with knowledge, and with knowledge used by its owner to...

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OF the great intellects of this generation, though many will be more widely recognized, few will have left more indelible and more permanent marks than John Goodsir, the...

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Tills is a collection of masterly sketches, any one of which will repay study. Published originally in the Westminster and other magazines as separate articles, we think Mr....

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THERE is much in these little books to inspire us with a kindly feeling towards them and their writer. One thing at least is cer- tain, for we have tested it practically, that...

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very seldom immoral. He has omitted the greater part of

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the Dean's political writings, and, under the necessity of the case, may be thought right in doing so. His volume is as large and as closely printed as it could conveniently be,...

Deep Down : a Tale of the Cornish Mines, by

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R. M. Ballantyne (Nisbet), is an uncommonly good story, in which the local colouring of scenery and life is very well preserved by a writer who is evidently well acquainted with...

The Golden Gift : a Book for the Young (Nimmo),

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is a very well made selection of passages from English poets and prose writers, illustrated by some thirty engravings on wood, which both in design and execution are generally...

The Seven Churches of Asia. By A. Svoboda. With an

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Introduction by the Rev. H. B. Tristram, M.A. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This volume is illustrated by twenty photographs representing landscapes and architectural remains, and...


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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Leavesfi - om the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands (Smith and Elder.) —The Queen's book appears in a very handsome quarto, copiously illustra- ted with...

The British Workman for the year appears with an attractively

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terrific picture of a Red Indian. We have also to acknowledge The Friendly Visitor (1868) (Seeley) and Chatterbox (1868) (Macintosh), both agree- able items among the good...

Messrs. Routledge publish, for the benefit of the very little

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ones, Baby's Birthday, Puss in Boots, an unusually spirited and humorous series of illustrations of an old friend ; and The Enraged Miller, which is new to us, and which strikes...

Tales for boys and girls accumulate about this time in

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overwhelming numbers. Tho first place must be given to Stories of School Life, by Ascott R. Hope. (Nimmo.)—Mr. Hope is the author of two books, About Dominies and About Boys,...

The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith. Edited by Bolton Corney,

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Esq. (Longman.)—This volume does not bear any date. We presume that it appeared some time since, as the editor offers acknowledgments to at least one gentleman who is now dead...

The Poets of the Nineteenth Century, selected and edited by

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the Rev. Robert Aris Wilmott (Warne), appears in a new edition, with a par- ticularly tasteful binding. Such a selection must always be a matter in which opinion differs very...

Messrs. Routledge reprint The Works of Lawrence Sterne in an

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octavo of between six and seven hundred pages. If purchasers are found for these volumes, and from the rapidity with which they appear it seems certain that they are found, the...

Saint George and the Dragon. Illustrated by John Franklin. (Virtue.)—The

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ballad as it appears in Bishop Percy's Reliques is illus- trated by designs which are sufficiently well drawn, but are hardly terrible enough. The page borders would have been...

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Who will be Queen of the Tournament ? and Other

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Stories. By Robert St. John Corbet. (Cassell, Potter, and Galpin.)—Various kinds of childish revels, from dressings-up and swimming matches, to a real tournament in armour, ate...

The Odes of Pindar translated into English Prose. By F.

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A. Paley, M.A. (Williams and Norgate ; Deighton and Bell.)—Mr. Paley can doubtless construe Pindar as well as any scholar in England, so far as a mastery of the critical...

Life of Sir Walter Ralegh. By James Augustus St. John.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. St. John has given fifteen reasons for undertaking a now Life of Ralegh, a task to which he has devoted seven years. Some of these reasons, as, for...

The Little Gipsy. By Elie Sauvage. Illustrated by Lorenz Frolich.

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Translated by Anna Blackwell. (Griffith and Farraa.)—A charming little tale, with some of the most effective illustrations we have ever seen from Lorenz Frolich's delicate,...

Stories from Germany: I. Goldseekers and Breadwinners, or "There's no

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Place like Home," by Franz Hoffmann ; IL The Cobbler, the Clerk, and the Lawyer of Liebstein, by Gustav Nieritz, translated by Annie Har- wood. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Both...

Elephant Haunts. Being a Sportsman's Narrative of the Search after

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Livingstone, with Scenes of Elephant, Buffalo, and Hippopotamus Hunting. By Henry Faulkner, late 17th Lancers. (Hurst and Blackett.) —This entertaining but somewhat wordy...

Every-Day Painted Picture, Play, and Scrap-Book, painted in oil colours.

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(Dean and Son.)—A. jolly little picture book for small children, full of variety, the colours gay, showy, and not too coarse, and the animal pic- tures of a kind sure to...