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R UMOURS are coming in from Sofia of an approaching movement for the fusion of the two Bulgarias. It is stated that delegates from Bulgaria and East Roumelia have met, and have...

It is officially announced that Sir John Strachey, the Finan-

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cial Member of the Viceroy's Council, has resigned ; and that Major Evelyn Baring, now English Controller in Egypt, has been appointed to succeed him. The question of Sir John...

"The old order changes," but as yet does not yield

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place to new. Through the unwisdom of the hour, the Rollie of Commons has passed into eclipse within the shadow of Mr. Bradlaugh ; and for the last week, that ominous...

On Tuesday, Mr. Newdegate having resumed the adjourned debate in

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a rambling tirade against atheists, whom ho tried to show that Napoleon Bonaparte had found it necessary to put down, Mr. Gladstone, in a very. powerful speech, which leaned...

Mr. Bright, in a very eloquent speech, in which he

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re• marked on the hollowness with which the oath was often taken, made a passionate appeal for liberty of conscience, and declaring that the working-classes attached as little...

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

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The Democrats of the Union held their Convention at Cir.

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cinnati on the 23rd inst., and settled their business very rapidly. The managers had evidently thrown Mr. Tilden over from the first, that gentleman, in spite of his claims and...

On Wednesday, a great " scene " took place in

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the House of Commons. Mr. Bradlaugh, having been informed of the pur- port of the resolution carried on the previous day in the House of Commons, requested, through Mr....

Mr. Daly said that, as a Catholic, he shrank from

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contact with Mr. Bradlaugh, and could not permit the relief given to Catholics to be compared to that demanded for " an isolated atheist ;" and Sir S. Northcote concluded the...

A rumour is abroad that the rank of full General

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bestowed on Sir Garnet Wolseley by Royal Warrant, when he was sent out to supersede Lord Chelmsford in South Africa, is not to be confirmed. We cannot credit the rumour. The...

Yesterday week, through a curious and factious manoeuvre of the

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Duke of Richmond's, an addresss to the Crown, moved by Lord Norton, was carried in the House of Lords, by 98 votes against 50, praying her Majesty to direct that the fourth...

The French have advanced to the relief of Indian finance.

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It struck some Parisian speculators that if the Rupee loans were made loans with coupons, they might be popular in Paris, as they yield at the average of exchange more than four...

It produced, however, of course, no effect on the resolve

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of the House. The Speaker communicated to Mr. Bradlaugh that the House was not inclined, in consequence of anything it had heard, to modify its resolution, as previously...

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The Burials Bill passed its third reading in the House

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of Lords on Thursday, after a rather brilliant speech from the Bishop of Peterborough, who wisely reserved his irritation till it was too late to injure the Bill ; and an attack...

Sir Wilfrid. Lawson carried his resolution in favour of "local

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option,"—i.e., granting to municipal and rural districts power to control in some way the number of licences for the sale of alcoholic liquors within that district,—yesterday...

The Archbishop of York, whose letter has reached us too

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late for insertion, thinks that we misrepresented in our last issue the effect of his amendment on the Burials Bill. Mr. Osborne Morgan's Bill, he says, did not touch the...

The news of the week from Berlin is not very

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distinct, but it is, on the whole, favourable to a settlement of the Greek ques- tion. It seems certain that five of the six Powers have agreed to the boundary suggested by the...

Guy's Hospital is, we hope, likely to quiet down. At

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all events, the House Surgeon and House Physician, who not only joined in the enteute got up to hiss the Treasurer last week, but boasted in a letter to the papers of what they...

When will the English get rid of their notion that

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to enjoy an " outing," people must be collected in such crowds that they have no space to move, that means of conveyance fail, and that feeding is a matter for...

M. de Frey cinet and his Cabinet have executed a

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volteface about the Amnesty, M. Gambetta having made it a condition of his support. The French Premier therefore proposed it to the Chamber on Monday, declaring that the measure...

In the accession of Mr. John Morley, the editor of

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the Pall Mali Gazelle, to the journalists of the day, the Press of this country has gained much, and the Liberal Press has drawn a prize. The terse and trenchant articles in...

Consols were on Friday 98; to 94.

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THE BRADLAUGH CHAOS. T HE House of Commons never shows to worse advantage than when it finds itself in the presence of new forces of which it does not know how to estimate the...

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W E do not quite understand the very strong sympathy which most English Liberals express for M. Gam- betta's present position. It seems to us full of danger, not, indeed, to...

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T HE debate on Education in the Lords on Friday week was of some importance, for a maser) unconnected with edu- cation itself. The Peers on that day, by a majority of 98 to 50,...

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T HE Bishop of Peterborough has not shown his usual cour- age in the debate of Thursday on the Burials Bill. There was a time when he was not afraid, as a Bishop, to say that he...


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B OTH American parties have now nominated their candi- dates for the Presidency, and both have selected men, not at first generally thought of, for the post. The Republican...

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M R. MARTIN has acted sensibly and straightforwardly in al withdrawing from any further Prosecution of his suit against Mr. Mackonochie. The strange thing is that, having it in...

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W HILE very general attention is being attracted to the progress of events on the Russo-Chinese frontier, the state of affairs at Pekin is more critical than most persons in...

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O N Wednesday last, the Commons Preservation Society held, at Willis's Rooms, Lord Mount-Temple pre- siding, its first public meeting, after fifteen years of un- ostentatious...


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T HE discussions of the last few weeks on Mr. Bradlaugh's inability to take an oath in the true sense of the term, have rased a great discussion as to what an oath really means,...

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T HE advocates of Cremation have never made much progress in this country, and we very much doubt if they ever will. The argument from religion, though not a strong one—for...

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W HEN one has been told at the box-office of a theatre that there is so great a " run" on a particular play, that one must be content with a seat in a back row of the stalls,...

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THE COMING MAN IN ARABIA. [FROM I CORRESPONDENT.] SIR, To understand the reality of Arab plans of independence on the Syrian border, it will be necessary for your readers to...

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MR. S. LAING ON INDIAN FINANCE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—Mr. S. Laing ought to feel that if, from his former official position, his assertions regarding Indian...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:'] Sra,—The enclosed, received to-day from my friend, Edward Whymper—the hero of the Matterhorn—will, I think, interest many of your readers....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. 1 Sia,—The clause in the Burials Bill to which Lord Cairns took such just exception, on constitutional and Parliamentary grounds, was defended...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [FIFTH NOTICE.] WE have in this article and the next to finish our notice of the Royal Academy Exhibition for 1880,—to notice, as far as may be, the fifteen...


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to be forgotten that this Bill is but a slight extension of part of the ninth clause of the Irish Land Act (1870). That clause states that " Ejectment for non-payment of rent...

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THE HEART OF HOLLAND.* THERE is always pleasure in reading the adventures of a traveller who sees something in his experiences besides the experiences themselves. M. Havard is...

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RIIEINSBERG," says Mr. Andrew Hamilton, in his brief and modest preface, " is not a well-known name in England." And Rheinsberg, we fear, must, by the decree of fate, be content...

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KINGS, and even Shahs, like other people and things, only attract attention as long as they are novelties. Nothing could exceed the extraordinary amount of interest displayed by...

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'MERE are several reasons why a book of this kind is difficult to criticise. For one thing, there is little in modern literature with which it can be compared outside the...

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Studies of the Eighteenth Century in Italy. By Vernon Lee. (W. Satchell.)—Mr. Lee has brought to his subject a great amount of curious and recondite learning. We venture to say...


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THESE reproductions are published by the Grosvenor Gallery, and chiefly consist of examples which have been exhibited at the winter exhibitions of that place. All the originals...

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Our Scientific Frontier. By W. P. Andrew. (W. H. Allen

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and Co.)—Mr. Andrew's views may be expressed by this passage from his preface :—" Let the Afghan Princes and Sirdars be allowed freely to choose the man they would have to rule...

History and Mystery of Precious Stones. By W. Jones. (R.

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Bentley and Son.)—The industrious compiler of " Finger-ring Lore " has now given us a second book, of similar character and equal in- terest. In 376 pages and nine chapters he...

The Old Testament According to the Authorised Version. With a

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Brief Commentary by Various Authors. Prophetical Books, Isaiah to Malachi. (S.P.C.K.)—This is a useful volume, which may be safely recommended to those who want a ready help for...

Careless Kyts, and other Stories. By the late Charles Marshall.

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(Cassell, Petter, and Galpin.)—This is a volume of stories of the fanciful kind, not without a certain didactic purpose. They are in Hans Andersen's manner, and have indeed a...

Lady Trevelyan's Literary and Artistic Remains. Edited by D. Wooster.

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(Longmans.)—This volume will disappoint the general reader, though it may prove not without attractions for the circle of Lady Trevelyan's intimate friends. The reprints here...

The Country of the Passion-Play : the Highlands and Highlanders

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of Bavaria. By L. G. Seguin. (Strahan and Co.)—Miss Seguin has written this book, as we learn from the preface, in hope of inducing visitors to Ober-Ammergau and others to...

Mervyn O'Connor : a Fragment of Autobiography, and other Tales.

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By the Earl of Desert. (Hurst and Blackett.)—The author of " Kelverdale " has scant reason to be proud of his new production. Mervyn O'Connor, a very feeble copy of Digby Grand,...

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We have received several little volumes belonging to what is

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called a "Long Life" Series (Ward and Lock). There are four before us, Long Life, and How to Reach It; Eyesight, and How to Care for It; The Throat and the Voice ; The Mouth and...

NEW EDITIONS.—" Pilgrim Memories : Travel and Discussion in Egypt,

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Sinai, Idumaea, Palestine, and Syria, with the late Henry Thomas Buckle," by J. S. Stuart-Glennie, M.A. (Maxon and Saunders). —" Private International Law: a Treatise on the...

Memories of Troublous Times; being the History of Dame Alicia

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Chamberlayne. By Emma Marshall. (Seeleys.)—This is a fairly successful specimen of the literature of which " The Household of Sir Thomas More" and "Mary Powell" are early and...

The Supernatural in Romantic Fiction. By Edmund Yardley. (Longmans.)—This little

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volume is the outcome of much curious reading. " Enchanted Persons," " Metamorphoses," " Musical Illn- alone," "Jinn," "The Language of Animals," "Supernatural Ani- mals," are a...

It is somewhat of an experiment to try by a

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new edition how the present generation will like Mrs. Inchbald's tales, A Simple Story and Nature and Art. (De in Rue.)—We can only wish the venture suc- cess. Mr. W. B. Scott...