27 MARCH 1886

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What is called the " Eastern Crisis " goes on

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in a most tedious yet disturbing way. By the latest accounts, the Prince of Bulgaria persists in his refusal to accept the five years' appoint- ment as Governor-General of...

Mr. Richard's, demanding that the consent of Parliament should be

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previously asked before wars or annexations were declared, being lost by only 115 to 109. The arguments for the motion were of the usual kind, and were partly accepted by Mr....

Labour-riots are reported from three countries at once. The French

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misers of Decazeville absolutely refuse to return to work, and demand the expropriation of the mines in their favour ; and a series of strikes have broken out in the coal-mines...

The Paris correspondent of the Times evidently believes that the

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Pope must very speedily quarrel with the Republic. The Bill forbidding all monks and nuns to teach in municipal schools is now passing the Senate, and when it is law, he thinks...

The House of Commons must debate rates, but it would

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be well if Members remembered the weight attached to their speeches. They have decided nothing about the rating of ground-rents, but we are informed on good authority that they...


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M R. GLADSTONE, who had promised to mention on Thursday the date on which he would explain his policy about . Ireland, was unfortunately too unwell to leave his room. Sir W....

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Mr. Chamberlain was, fortunately, in his most reasonable mood. He

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recovers his belief in political economy, as some men do in Christianity, by fits and starts. He "agreed with everybody," he said, but he made a Conservative speech. He thought...

Mr. Shaw-Lefevre has also written some interesting letters on the

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subject, the general drift of his view being that the poorest of the peasant-holdings should be bought out altogether, and that the others should be partly bought out, SO as to...

Mr. Gladstone has received an urgent memorial from a large

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number of Liberal County Members, pressing for legislation on the subject of the Land Laws, the tithes, registration, and the amendment of the railway rates. The memorialists...

Mr. Chamberlain, however, cannot quite control this House, nor can

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anybody except Mr. Gladstone. Even he was nearly defeated when resisting, on Monday, a motion by Mr. Vincent, which he took to mean a demand that the capitation grant to...

Sir James Caird sent a letter to last Saturday's Times

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on the sudden fall of rent in the United Kingdom, in which he threw great doubt on the survival of economic rent in any shape, as far as regards the greater number of Irish...

The " Church of Ireland," as the disestablished Episcopal Church

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is still legally termed, held a Synod in Dublin last Tuesday to protest against any dissolution of the Legislative Union. This they did, not as representing any one party or...

The Ulster Liberals adopted yesterday week, at a meeting of

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about five hundred delegates held in Belfast, resolutions asking for the " compulsory extinction of dual ownership " on land by purchase from the landlords, as the only step...

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In the House of Lords yesterday week, Lord Thurlow carried

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his resolution in favour of opening. "national collections of art and literature" to the public on Sundays, by a majority of 14 (76 against 62). The argument, as usual, turned...

Mr. Justice Hawkins often does a most valuable service to

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the cause of justice by exposing and censuring the tricks of the Bar, of which he is a passed master. But-in therecent case of " Goosey v. Jardine," he seems to have-been...

The Indian Budget was published on Wednesday, and shows for

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1885-86 a revenue of £73,508,000, against an expenditure of £76,488,000, leaving a deficit of £2,890,000. This is due to the new frontier defences and the Burmese War ; but the...

The Roman Catholic Bishop Bagshawe has been- excommuni- eating the

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Primrose League in the diocese of Nottingham, and thereby covering it with a. sort of glory more worthy of the primrose, than of the'.ratherfoolish league which has taken Lord...

A correspondent complains that we last week described Kew Gardens

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as the most expensive of the London institutions pro- vided for by Parliamentary vote. That was not our intention, though we see the sentence will bear that reading. We meant to...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. Consols were on Friday 1001

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to 1001.

Three Bills for the commutation of eitraordinary tithe and for

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amending the mode in which ordinary tithe is com- muted, were discussed on Wednesday, read a second time, and referred finally to a Select Committee, which was empowered to...

A statement was published in London on Wednesday which, if

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true, would have been of serious importance. It was reported both in the Daily News and Telegraph that according to letters just received from Durban, a telegram• had arrived...

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A " GOOD " PARLIAMENT IN IRELAND. T HERE is one argument that we find weighs heavily with the few English friends of Home-rule, and especially with some new Radical Members,...

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R d ay ' L A B s D O U a i C ly H E e R tv E . , a i n r u t h e e s l w e t e t h r a d u d e ': s s a ed hi t t t o y W ,t e h d o n u e g s h - with the kind of distorted...

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W HEN we speak of the tone of the new. Parliament., we must guard our readers against supposing that we consider that tone to be in any sense a settled or matured one. The House...

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Iv( r t. all, perhaps, exaggeratelhe importance of the labour- yv riots now breaking .out everywhere. This generation has been so - accustomed to -social order,' that it has...


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T O the general view on rating which was expressed, arid in form carried, by the Radical majority of Monday, the Spectator has no opposition to offer. We have maintained, for a...

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TRADING COMPANIES AND CO-OPERATION. glance, when they see the day's

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quotations of cotton and yarn, whether the particular concern in which they are interested ought to be making a profit or a loss. These shareholders, moreover, unlike most of...

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T HE Society for Psychical Research probably does more good by the curious facts on whioh it fixes the attention of the public, than by the theories which its many able members...


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T HE debate on the Volunteer Capitation Grant took an unfortunate turn on Monday. Mr. Howard Vincent did not manage matters cleverly. Indeed, had the object of the motion been...

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T HE right of the " pit-girls " of Lancashire to work for their living, which is just coming up before Parliament, involves a great many morefates than theirown. It is the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR. " ] 'Sra,—Archdeacon Denison thinks

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that " what has moved me" to refer to him is plainly enough his "Mr. Gladstone." On the contrary, I have not even seen his " Mr. Gladstone." What moved me was the following...

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HOLMAN HUNT'S PAINTING.* [SECOND NOTICE.] WE were, unfortunately, compelled by lack of space to omit from our first article on these paintings the conclusion of our description...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Mr. Chamberlain's Circular to the Boards of Guardians meets your approval because, amongst other reasons, " it main- tains the great...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—You have done a public service in directing attention to. Sir Louis Mallet's admirable pamphlet, and its protest against our...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The following statement will confirm the view taken by " A Wiltshire Liberal," in his letter published by you on March 20th. Our...


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SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Yott have once or twice permitted me to endeavour, through your columns, to warn British readers that a probable consequence of Home-rule in Ireland will be...

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JAPANESE PICTORIAL ART.• THE fertility of Sinico-Japanese art was prodigious. A com- plete list of the painters whose works have been examined for the purposes of the present...

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IN his " historical tragedy of the first part of the reign of the Emperor Nero," Dr. Bridges has followed closely, we should say too closely, the narrative of Tacitus. We mean...

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LOVE'S MARTYR* Love's Martyr is a tale of considerable power,

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as well as of con- siderable weakness. We conclude that Miss Alma Tadema has but a superficial knowledge of men, and it was a mistake for her to tell the story under the...

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THOSE who remember the publication of A Lost Love, some twenty years ago, must feel an eager curiosity to read another story by the same writer, who need hardly have kept to...

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told, not so much by fervent Bona- partists as by fervent believers in the goodness of human nature, that some day there will appear a Life of the First Napoleon which will...

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not be fair to criticise these gracefully written tales from a merely literary point of view. They were not composed for reading at one's leisure ; they are addresses spoken to...

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Camiola: a Girl with a Fortune. By Justin McCarthy, M.P.

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(Chatto and Windns.)—In this novel we find some of the fine qualities for which we are accustomed to look in Mr. Rutin McCarthy's works : there is, indeed, more of mere...


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The Origin of the Republican Form of Government in the Uni'ed that the earth revolves on its axis subject to the Constitution of the United States, he at least ascribes to the...

Systematic Small Farming ; or, Lessons of my Farm. By

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Robert Scott Barn. (Crosby Lockwood and Co.)—Oat of darkness comes light—sometimes; and it may be that the present depression by which agriculturists are being so sorely tried...

The Statesman's Year-Book (Macmillan), which has now reached its twenty-third

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annual publication, has this year been issued some- what later than usual. This circumstance has so obviously been of advantage to its editor, Mr. Scott Keltie, enabling him to...

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Classified Gents of Thought. By the Rev. F. B. Proctor,

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M.A.; with a Preface by the Rev. II. Wace, D.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.) This heavy volume is mainly composed of fragments from an im- mense variety of writers, and these...

Skippers and Shellbacks. By James Runciman. (Chatto and Windus.)—This volume

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contains between twenty and thirty short stories, reprinted from various periodicals. They are sea-stories, or stories with which the sea and seafaring men have much to do, and...

Jenny Jennett; a Tate without a Murder. By A. Gallenga.

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2 vole. (Chapman and Hall.)—We should have thought that the first novel by a man with Mr. Gallenga's varied experiences would, at any rate, have been rich in incident and...