27 FEBRUARY 1886

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Lord Randolph Churchill has delivered two speeches to the Loyalists

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of Belfast, both of which have been received with enthusiasm. He has, like his chief, utterly abandoned the view that Ireland should have Home-rule, though he undoubtedly...

Mr. Gladstone on Monday explained the course which would be

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taken about Procedure. He proposed to refer the whole matter to a Select Committee of thirty, with Lord Hartington, it is understood, at its head, and to accept the paper...

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

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Mr. Gladstone's decision was the more noteworthy because the Secretary

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for Ireland, who once wrote an admirable Life of Cobden, stoutly opposed the Bill, arguing that the desolateness of Irish towns was due to the decline of the population ; that...

Another quantity of property has been flung into the legislative

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crucible. Mr. Crilly, a Member for Mayo, on Wednesday moved the second reading of a Bill (Ireland) compelling the owners of houses, if they removed tenants, to give them...


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T HE Home Office Report upon the riots of February 8th, signed by Mr. Childers, Lord Wolseley, Lord Edward Cavendish, Sir H. T. Holland, and Mr. C. T. Ritchie, severely condemns...

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Lord Lamington on Thursday raised the general question of public

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meetings, in a weakly violent speech, the ostensible object of which was to condemn week-day meetings in Trafalgar Square, and Sunday meetings anywhere; and the real object, to...

There was a public meeting at Reading on Wednesday to

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welcome a deputation from the Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union. The Mayor (Mr. A. Hill) presided, and strong resolutions against any repeal of the Union were passed and spoken...

Archbishop Walsh has written to Mr. Gladstone,—in answer to the

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latter's invitation addressed to Lord de Wesci,—to say that the three great questions on Ireland now are self-government, the land, and order. The first must be settled by...

On Thursday evening, Mr. Shaw-Lefevre presided at a dinner to

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celebrate the Liberal victory in St. Pancras, at which, as we understand the report, he expressed, as a defeated candidate, his sympathy with the feeling that to be cut off from...

It is strange to see Prince Bismarck repeating in Prussian

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Poland the British mistakes in Ireland. Instead of winning the Poles, as France undoubtedly won the Germans of Alsace, he is trying the Cromwellian policy of expulsions, and the...

Mr. John Morley spoke twice yesterday week on the subject

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of evictions in Ireland, with what was at first regarded as a rather carefully balanced drift. In answering one question as to an eviction, he expressed his opinion that the...

At the dinner given by the Labour Representative Union in

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honour of the representatives of labour elected to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Lord Hobhouse in the chair, a singular scene followed the toast of "The Queen." According...

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On Monday, Sir Joseph M'Kenna raised a debate in the

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House of Commons on the comparative weight of taxation in Ireland and Great Britain. He maintained with Mr. Giffen that Ireland paid into the Exchequer 23,200,000 more than she...

The Archbishop of York, in opening the Convocation of the

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Northern Province on Tuesday, expressed his intention to get the help of a lay body, consisting of one hundred members, for his Northern Synod, but said nothing of what seems to...

The Association for Church Reform, of which Mr. Albert Grey,

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Lord Camperdown, Lord Wolmer, and others are the pillars,—or, as the Archbishop of York would term them, "the ill-adjusted buttresses,"—does, however, appear to aim at reforming...

It may at last, we think, be taken as certain

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that peace is for the present secured in the Balkan Peninsula. The King of Servia, after calling out his last Reserves, and declaring his inflexible resolution to conclude no...

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Everybody seems a little at sea about one question connected

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with the annexation of Burmah. The House of Commons voted on Monday, by 297 to 82, that the expense of the annexation, only 2300,000, should be paid by India ; but the 82 object...

A remarkable return, quoted in the Standard of Monday last,

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seems to supply another reason for the speedy passing of a Shipping Bill. The Marine Insurance Companies are shown to have had anything but a profitable year in 1885. Their...

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A GREAT teacher used to say that he never despaired so much of a pupil as when he found that pupil ignoring the true difficulty of a demonstration, and in his own mind assuming...


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LORD R. CHURCHILL IN BELFAST. T HOSE Liberals who doubt—as we know there are Liberals who do doubt—whether the British Government in Ireland has any moral base, should read...

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F EW sensible men, we think, will read the Home Secre- tary's Report on the events of February 8th without arriving at his conclusions. In his opinion, and in that of Lord...

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T HE Conference on Church Reform which met in the Governor's Room, Charterhouse, on Wednesday, appears to us to suggest a solution of the Church Establishment Question more...

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T HE country is drifting fast—whither, it certainly does not know. Here is Another economic law, upon the faith of which hundreds of millions have been expended, declared by the...

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I RISH questions are sometimes narrow enough in their application ; they touch no general principle, they must be decided with exclusive reference to the specific facts of the...

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T HE appointment of Lord Aberdeen to be Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland has been received by the public in a rather curious way. Some have spoken of the appointment in terms of scorn...

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W HEN Mr. Hyndman asked the Socialist gathering on Sunday, whose interest was benefited by such accumu- lations of property as that of the Duke of Westminster, some person in...

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W E were a little amused last week with a correspondence of no particular importance which found its way into the Standard. Mr. Cadman, the well-known Rector of Holy Trinity,...

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THE MANUFACTURE OF PUBLIC OPINION. pro THY EDITOR OF TAR "SPECTATOR."] see by your last paper that your article of February 13th on the "Flabbiness of Public Opinion" has been...


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ITo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] I may be permitted to make a somewhat technical and professional suggestion with reference to a great political ques- tion, I desire to...

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[To TER EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") is now generally recognised that the hardships involved in our present system of land tenure are at the bottom of every form of Irish...


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I - TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—I have written down, almost in the words in which they were told me, some of the experiences of a man with whom within the last few...


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Fro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?'] 8111,—In several articles of late, you have expressed your regret at what appears to you to be the irresolution of "the 'people." Bacon ("...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — An Australian told me a short time ago that the intra- venous injection of ammonia was the recognised treatment for the bites of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " Syscr■ToR. 2 '1 SIR, — In the note appended to my letter on this subject in your issue of February 20th, you ask,—" Does our correspondent mean that...


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TYRANTS OF SYRACUSE. IL—DIONYSIUS THE YOUNGER. [Dionysins the Younger NMI suspected of poisoning his father, whom be succeeded in the tyranny of Syracuse. He was expelled by...


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DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY.* IN attempting to render the Divina Commedia into English term rima, literally and verse for verse, Mr. Minchin has made a bold experiment. Mr. Minchin is...

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THE POOR-LAW REPORT OF 1834.* IT was a happy idea

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that led Mr. Rathbone, on the occasion of the debates last year on medical relief, to move that the "First Report of the Commissioners for Inquiring into the Administration and...

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A DOMINICAN FRIAR.* Is these two ample volumes are collected

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the materials at least of a singularly interesting life. With minute care, Mr. Fitz- patrick has gleaned a mass of facts and a few legends that belong to the career of this...

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WHAT should be the subjects of reading-books for the use of children in schools ? The question has been answered in a hundred different ways, and a glance at the curious medley...

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CHARLES LAMB, in a well-known essay, written so long ago as 1826, undertook to expose the fallacy of the popular opinion of his time, as expressed in Dryden's famous distich :—...

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A First History of England, by Louise Creighton, a third edition, illustrated (Rivingtons), is yet another contribution to the difficult problem of writing history for children....

The Student's Ecclesiastical History : Part IL, The History of

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the Christian Church daring the Middle Ages, with a Summary of the Reformation Centuries, XL to XVI., by Philip Smith, BA, with Illus- Centuries," and another of Mr. Murray's...

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An Introduction to Latin Elegiac Verse Composition. By J. H.

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Lupton, M.A. (Macmillan.)---Mr. Lupton's preface, short as it is, is excellent. He is, perhaps, a little too stern in his purism, and forgets to take into account the vast mass...

Priora Latina. A First Latin Book, containing the Regular Acci-

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dence, with Exercises. (" Seeley's Cheap School-books" Series.) By William Modlen, M.A. (Seeley and Co.)—This book has also the merit of being small—eighty-nine pages, ltimo—and...

Edgar Quinet : Lettres d'Eeil Michelet et 4,Divers Amis. Vol.

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III. (Calmann L6vy, Paris, 1886.)—The interest of this correspondence increases as it goes on. Quinet's perspicacity with respect to the probable issues of a struggle between...

The Home Hymn-book, with accompanying Tunes : a Manual of

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Sacred Song for the Family Cir , le. (Novelle, Ewer, and Co.)—We have tried this hymn-book by a test which is supplied by a book lately noticed in these columns, Mr. James...

Hints and Helps for Latin Elegiacs. By H. Lee-Warner. (The

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Clarendon Press.)—" The object of this selection," says the author, "is to supply interesting English poetry for boys in the higher forms of Public Schools." There is a very...

A History of Norfolk. By Walter Rye. (Elliot Stock.)—lt is

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very proper that a county history should have in it a vein- of pedantry, and we by no means complain that Mr. Rye is willing, nay, eager, to show his stores of carious learning....

Exercises on the Compound Sentnce in, Greek. With Rules and

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a Vocabulary. By F. W. Cornish, la. A.. (R. Ingalton Drake, Eton ; Simp- kin, Marshall, and Co., London.) —These exercises, as stated in the pre- face, are intended fur use in...

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Easy Pieces for Latin Prose. By A. C. Champneys, M.A.,

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and G. W. Randall, M A. First Series. (Rivingtons.)—Messrs. Champneys and Randall intend their book, which contains 128 exercises, for the middle forms of schools. Most existing...

Camar de Bello Gallic°. Edited by J. H. and W.

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F. Allen, and J. B. Greenough ; revised by H. P. Judson. (Green and Co., Boston, 17.S.A.)—This is a most useful book. Nothing could be more complete than the apparatus of notes,...

Showell's Housekeepers' Account-Book, 1886 (Virtue and Co.), is a useful

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diary for household expenses, and, in fact, for all the outlay needed, or supposed to be needed, for civilised life,—a very compli- cated affair, as one sees when it is there...