26 JANUARY 1867

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The Supreme Court have decided that the Test Oath adminis-

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tered to the Secessionists desirous of taking up again their political duties in the South, is illegal. We shall not be much surprised if they soon decide,—what is very likely...

The Emperor, according to the Times' correspondent, imme- diately after

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reading the decree to his Council, " invited" his Ministers to resign in a body. They did so, expecting, as they affirm, to be reappointed, but the Emperor took advantage of the...

The distress in London, particularly in Deptford, Greenwich, and Poplar,

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is so great that the Bishop has asked the public for aid, the Mansion House Cholera Committee has been re-established, the clergy are all begging for subscriptions, and the...

A letter and a decree signed by the Emperor of

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the French on the 19 inst. were published in the Moniteur of Sunday last. In it Napoleon states that he believes it possible to " give to the in- stitutions of the Empire all...

The President's veto of the Negro Suffrage Bill for the

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District of Columbia had of course no result. Both Houses of Congress immediately passed it over his head by more than two-thirds' ma- jorities. And there has already been a...

The Council of University College, London, after hearing last Saturday

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the opinion of the Law officers of the Crown that they were bound to comply with the 'requisition for a special meeting;. and that any resolution passed at it would be legally...


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NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE weather broke in London on Tuesday night, after a scene which suggested that Nature was having a quiet laugh to her- self at man's imbecility. About 7...

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We are informed that Sir J. Arnould, the Judge of

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the Supreme Court at Bombay, is not a Catholic, as we had imagined ; but, says our correspondent, very much the reverse.

What with the famine in Orissa, the cry for irrigation,

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and the break-down in Bombay, where Sir Bartle Frere, believing in the bubble, plunged Government into all manner of expenses, the Indian Government has been obliged 'to raise a...

A Conference on the licensing system for public-houses is to

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be held, under the presidency of Lord Shaftesbury, in Exeter Hall, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 29th and 30th inst. Dr. Manning, the Roman Catholic Archbishop, is to attend ; and...

On the other hand, it is stated that the Liberals

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in Prussia are in- clined to break once more with Count Bismarck. They suspect him of using the Federal Parliament to overthrow the German one, and believe that his demand for a...

The project of S. Scialoja for realizing the Church Domain

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of Italy seems to be this. The Church is to sell its lands for itself, hand over one-third of the price to the State, and keep the remaining two-thirds, investing the money,...

The tradesmen of Regent Street complain that the Demonstra- tion

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will cost them a day's profits. Possibly. Let them add the amount on to the bills of Tory customers, who make demonstra- tions useful.

Sir Charles Bright made a speech to his constituents at

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Greenwich on Thursday. He did not say anything worth noticing, but one of his constituents did, " wanting to know " if Sir Charles would support measures for "the equalization...

.. All the American correspondents of the English, papers think,

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even as late as the 8th inst., that .the impeachment is hardly seriously intended, and will come to nothing. But the Michigan Legislature had passed resolutions concurring in...

The Court of Queen's Bench delivered a judgment on Wed-

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nesday which will have a curious effect on the law. A suit was brought against the Rector of Horton, Bucks, to compel him to perform a marriage, and the point submitted to the...

Prince Hohenlohe, Prime Minister of Bavaria, has formally announced to

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the Chambers that the King's Government, in the event of any attack being made on Germany, will place its army at the disposal of Prussia. When subsequently pressed to be more...

Schleswig-Holstein was finally incorporated in Prussia on Thursday, the 24th

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inst., by proclamation from the Castle of KieL

As the Session approaches, rumours thicken, and all manner of

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reforms are talked of and denied. With regard to the vent- question, every second man has a new story, but the most probable account would seem to be this. The Ministry are...

The Reform League and Trades' Unions have finally decided upon

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a grand united Demonstration in favour of Reform, to be made upon the 11th pros. After much discussion and some bitter- ness, the question of entrance into the Parks has been...

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We have received a long and able letter from Mr.

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W. Sanders, a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, for which we regret that we have no space, against our advocacy of Sir Francis Doyle's candi- dature for the Chair of Poetry at...

The Consol market, in the early part of the week,

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chiefly through heavy withdrawals from the Bank of England, ruled heavy, and the quotation fell to 904, f, both for money and time. Since then, however, there has been more...

The sensation artists are already at work on the Regent's

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Park tragedy. The following advertisement appeared in Thursday's Times :—" The Ice Tragedy.—Those who were immersed, and those who took an active part in saving life, are...

The Atlantic Telegraph has been silent since Monday, in con-

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sequence of a great snow-storm which broke a land cable on the American side, but the Atlantic Cable itself is uninjured. We wish that its silence were less unimportant. People...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities yesterday and

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on Friday week are subjoined :— Friday, Jan. 18. Friday, Jan. 25. Mexican 11 171 Spanish Passive .. 211 22 Do. Certificates .. 143 141 Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858...

The leading British Railways left off at the annexed quotations

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yesterday and on Friday week :— Great Eastern .. Great Northern .. „ •• Friday, Jan. 13. 35 122 Friday, Jan 25. 241 • 121} Great Western.. 611 • 85...

The prophets this month have been singularly unhappy about =the

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weather. We have seen three weather prophecies for January, each of them without an indication of any severe or unusual frost. Zadkiel, who professes to guide himself by the...

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Mr. Hamilton Hume, the impetuous Secretary to the Eyre Defence

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Committee, has rather come to grief in a correspondence with the solicitors of the Jamaica Committee, Messrs. Shaen and Roscoe. Mr. Hume, in his advertisements for pecuniary...

The Regent's Park catastrophe seems to have been a sort

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of signal for persons who Were not, but might have been, drowned, to abscond. In at least eight or nine cases there have been dis- appearances by persons either benevolently...

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THE TORY PLEA FOR DELAYING REFORM. T HE Tory organs are discovering the most satisfactory and unanswerable reasons why Lord Derby should delay Reform. That he has not a...

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NAPOLEON'S DECREE. " Crown " of the Imperial building will

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not, it is clear, crush the " Edifice." Indeed, for so very imposing and massive a structure, it may be pronounced just a trifle mean. The decree of the 19th January is the...

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TT is quite possible,—we desire carefully to guard ourselves JL against any positive anticipation,—but it is quite possible, that Parliament has postponed this Reform...

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T HERE are but three arguments for Universal Suffrage, or, as it the fashion in England to call it, manhood suffrage, which deserve much serious attention. One, which M. Mazzini...


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IF the law of this country had provided that no sort of justice, military or otherwise, should be administered to Englishmen resident in Ireland without the consent of a...

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T HE habit of going to church every Sunday is, as a general habit, confined to small localities and sections of the nominally Christian world. It is very general in Scotland, in...

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TT is curious to learn that no less than nine persons who dia- j appeared on the day of the accident in Regent's Park, who were known to be either on the ice or bound for it,...

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FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, January 4, 1867. THE Spectator has found occasions, not a few, for comment upon the letters of its New York correspondent. Its...

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SOME people who have been to the Antipodes and back

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will tell you that a voyage to Australia in a good sailing ship is a very pleasant way of spending three months. Seen through the halo of distance it may seem so ; certainly it...

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TUE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You spoke of the decision of the Court of Queen's Bench last week in the case of the Leeds Branch of the United Boiler Makers' Society as a very...

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We are requested to give publicity to the enclosed letter from M. Mazzini to Mr. C. E. Maurice on the English Suffrage ques- tion :— DEAR MR. MAURICE,—As I anticipated, I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I am perfectly willing to let my views speak for themselves ; what truth they may contain must be able to bear the brunt of adverse...

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NEW AMERICA.* Tins is a most readable book, perhaps the most readable published this year. We do not agree with all Mr. Hepworth Dixon's opinions, and his style in its unbroken...

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A WINTER AMONG THE SWALLOWS.* IF any one would weigh

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a hollow and ambitious book against one full of matter and beauty, let him wade through Lady Her- bert's pretentious volume on Spain, and then let him read Miss Edwards' Winter...

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believe, an excellent parish priest, pious, laborious, and conscientious, but he is not a second Milton, and none but a poet greater than Milton would be justified in choos-...

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Six hundred and fifty pages seem a great many to bestow on the controversy as to the route by which Hannibal crossed the Alps into Italy ; for the data are few, and the subject...

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Mn. MATTHEW ARNOLD has related how, when he fell into the company of a British Philistine, they betook themselves straight- way, and, as it were, naturally, to a discussion of...

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berated, and well arranged manual of elementary chemistry in all

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its branches. For the correctness and accuracy of its contents the name of the writer is a sufficient guarantee, holding as he does no mean rank amongst English chemists, and...


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The Last Chronicle of Barset. No. 8, for January 19. With illustrations by G. H. Thomas. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—We hope this masterly weekly serial of Mr. Trollope's is as...