27 JUNE 1874

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mERCH 1 ANT Taylors' Company entertained the leading mem- bers of the Government—the Prime Minister, Lord Derby, Lord Salisbury, and Mr. Cross—on Wednesday, when Mr. Disraeli...

Lord Derby, who spoke immediately after Mr. Disraeli, snubbed his

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chief, unwittingly no doubt, by remarking some- what brusquely that he did not think it " the part of a public man to blow his own trumpet, though in a popularly governed...

The Bishop of London has introduced into the House of

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Lords a Bill, whose object it is to remedy as soon as may be the irrationality of proposing to enforce summarily an obsolete ru- bric. It empowers the Convocations of...

The Times is making the best use of its new

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wire. Its Corre- spondent, whose tone has become strictly Left-Centre, sends over day by day columns of readable matter, and recently gave us, on the authority, the Times says...

There is a momentary lull in French politics. The Assembly

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have not, as was expected, refused the Government power to appoin't Mayors, but have granted it, by 579 to 33, for two years, —the Right Centre, who mutinied the other day on...

The Public Worship Regulation Bill was read a third time

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in the House of Lords on Thursday, when it was pressed upon the acceptance of the House of Commons chiefly on the ground that it was such " a very little one." Lord Salisbury...

** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Under-Secretary for the Colonies on Thursday repeated Lord Carnarvon's

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speech about the government of the Gold Coast, with certain additions. The Governor is to be absolute, but assisted by a small Legislative and Executive Council, consisting of...

The latest telegrams from Calcutta on the Famine are all

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favourable, the rains being still ample, but the latest letters are not. We have published one of them elsewhere, and their general drift is that relief equals famine, but that...

Mr. Plimsoll, though sharply and even bitterly opposed by the

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Government, was very near indeed to obtaining a triumph for his Merchant Shipping Survey Bill on Wednesday. He obtained 170 votes for it to 173 against it, and was thus beaten...

Mr. Disraeli is really very adroit. One of the subjects

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which bother him is the claim of women to the suffrage. He is himself in favour of it, but Mr. Hardy is not, and the question, if it ever- got beyond drawing-rooms, would split...

We have lost a seat in North Durham. Of the

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two Liberal Members who were unseated owing to the miners' intimidation, only one, Mr. Palmer, has been returned at the head of the poll. The other, Mr. Bell, was defeated by...

President Grant has signed a curious and rather clever Currency

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Bill. All further issue of greenbacks is to cease, and specie pay- ment is to be resumed in 1876, but the National Banks are allowed to issue as many notes as they have...

On Friday se'nnight, Mr. Seely brought forward his regular- proposal

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for giving increased security to tenants, and especially to market gardeners, who form a large body of voters, and are, perhaps, the class in England most oppressed by our...

We have discussed elsewhere the real lesson of the quarrel

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between Lord Sandhurst and Lord Salisbury. Lord Sandhurst complains to the rases that there was no opportunity for discuss- ing the India Councils Bill, and Lord Salisbury says...

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Three legal points of some importance were decided on Tuesday

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by Lord Coleridge in the Common Pleas. The first was in relation to the Launceston election case. Colonel Deakin had -obtained 457 votes, and Mr. Drinkwater 216. Colonel Deakin...

A telegram from Teheran of June 24 announces that a

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difficulty has arisen between Turkey and Persia. A number of Persian pil- grims have attacked a Turkish garrison on the frontier, and Turkey has claimed a nomad tribe, 2,000...

Herr von Gynicki, a distinguished member of the German General

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Staff, has been lecturing to a conference of officers at Berlin upon the condition of the German Army. We cannot, of course, condense his lecture, reprinted almost textually in...

We have received a letter from the author of "

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The City of Dreadful Night," too late for insertion. It seems to us a mere criticism of a criticism, except as to three statements. There are two misprints in the last extract,...

At the meeting of the International Congress for the Preven-

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tion of Cruelty to Animals, on Monday, a letter was read from the Queen, which shows pretty clearly the private feelings with which she regards the practice of vivisection. Sir...

The Home-rulers, or at least that section of them which

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Mr. Butt leads, have at length agreed upon a definite plan of action. Mr. Butt has asked and obtained Tuesday night for his debate, and will then move that the House resolve...

The second point, decided by the same Judge, had reference

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to the Boston case. It was there decided that one vote may, under the Ballot Act, be struck off the poll of any candidate on 'whose behalf it could be shown that any one elector...

The Home Secretary carried his. Factories (Health of Women, lee.)

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Bill through Committee on Tuesday night, with very little trouble, the only difficulties interposed being an attempt to get Ireland, as a whole, excluded from the operation of...

Consols were on Friday 921-92f.

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MR. DISRAELI AT MERCHANT TAYLORS'. M R. DISRAELI at Merchant Taylors' struck a somewhat eccentric key-note to a speech of which it was appar- ently the object to show how...

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T HE decay of Reporting is not so light a matter as the Times appears to think. That journal, like others more pressed for space, has a full right to conduct its own business in...

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AVE d o n attacks , ot often c a n d d u e f w e n h d e n ourselves th ose who against attack k external ehar charge leas t of a us with ultra-care for humanity, or as Mr....

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T HE Bishop of London's Bill seems to us a much more insidious, and in many respects more dangerous pro- posal than the Archbishop's Bill. It is in some sense a corollary to the...

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M R. BUTT has accomplished two objects. He has ob- tained a day (next Tuesday) for the discussion of his motion on Home-rule, and he has framed a motion which indicates, at...

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T HE Daily Telegraph tells us of the great triumph which the system of Examination-marks has obtained by its extension to the science of Cookery, and gives us in proof questions...

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P ARIS has been shedding rhetorical tears over the grave of a famous literary Epicurean. It would be too much to say that Jules Janin was a great writer. At least, if we do give...

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E DUCATED Americans often express some astonishment at the liking displayed by the British public for the American " humourists,"—men in whom, they say, they find little except...

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THE BENGAL FAMINE. [FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDRNT.] North Behar, May 25, 1874. THE general state of things is that the condition of the people is not becoming worse. Of...

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IRISH EDUCATION. 70 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin, —The following is abridged from one of the paragraphs in- your " News of the Week," on the 13th :—" There are in...

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many of your readers would be glad to have further information about the cottages built by " C. J. II." and 41 E. S.," and where they can be seen. I can't conceive how such...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—I am sure that your readers who are interested in " the cottage question " will be greatly indebted to your correspondents "C. J. H."...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Strt,—As Consulting Actuary to the Royal Liver Friendly Society, I feel that the remarks in your number of May 23 reflect in- juriously...


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SIR,—May I ask your correspondents "C. J. II." and "E. S." to give the length and breadth of each bed-room in the cottages they speak of, and the lowest height of the walls of...


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THE "SPECTATOR.") Stn,—Last week, in your notice of my "Paraphrase" of the "Odes of Horace," you quoted the eighteenth of the First Book as a specimen of my manner, and in line...

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VILLEMAIN'S GREGORY VII.* FEW historical personages present such temptations to a biographer as Gregory VII. Personally he is a wonderful combination of the saint and the...

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TEE number of editions which this little book has reached,—aided, we admit, by periodical accessions, often of some of the best things in the volume to each edition,—shows...

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IT was with some pleasant recollections of the author's former novels that we opened this one, expecting to find the exuberance of style which was their chief sin against taste...

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VERY different indeed, in many points, from Dubois, but every whit as characteristic of his age, was another ecclesiastical • L'Esprit pudic au ITille. Stifle. Par C. Aubertin....

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IT may be doubted whether the stimulus supplied by the late M. Cousin to the study of philosophy in France has not proved prejudicial rather than otherwise. The criticism of M....

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Recollections of Sir George L'Estrange. (Sampson Low and Co.)— Sir

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George, who was then a lad of fifteen (the age at which the Black Prince won the battle of Cressy), joined the British army in the Penin- sula in time to see the battle of...

Shingleborough Society. 3 vole. (S. Tinsley.)—A very tedious novel of

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the conventional sort. A certain Squire Ramsay dies shortly after receiving a letter from the younger of his two sons with the news that the elder had been drowned in Australia....


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The Book of Scottish Anecdote: Humorous, Social, Legendary, and Historical. Collected and edited by Alexander Hislop. (The Edinburgh Publishing Company.)—There is a fascination...

Where there's a Will there's a Way ; or, Science

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in the Cottage. By James Cash. (Hardwicke.)—This little volume contains some pleasant little sketches, interesting to all, but especially interesting to Lancashire readers, of...

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* Storm- Warriors ; or, Lifeboat Work on the Goodwin Sands.

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By the Rev. Robert Gilmore. (Macmillan.)—Mr. Gilmore, who is the incum- bent of one of the Ramsgate churches, gives a very interesting account in this volume of the perils and...

POETRY.— Wood-notes and Church Bells. By the Rev. R. Wilton,

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M.A. (Bell.)—Mr. Wilton's is a volume of verse which it is not easy either to praise or to blame. Nothing can be more natural than that a man of c ultivation and feeling should...