28 MARCH 1868

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The Bill passed by Congress to legalize any constitution in

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the Southern States voted by a majority of those who are actually polled, and without requiring an absolute majority of the voters on the register, has become law,—the...

Mr. Disraeli has written a manifesto to the Earl of

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Dartmouth intended to call the Church to arms, on the ground that Mr. Glad- stone's Irish Church Resolutions threaten the union between Church and State. If the English clergy...

By the latest accounts from Abyssinia (3rd March) Sir Robert

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Napier had arrived within 65 miles of Magdala, and was about to make a dash forward. Theodore was not in the fortress, but en- camped in its neighbourhood, and intends, it is...

Of course, all manner of rumours are afloat, most of

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them indicating a popular belief that Mr. Disraeli will discover some " dodge" or other to save himself from otherwise inevitable defeat. He may, it is said, avail himself of...

The very fear of a Householder Parliament is doing good.

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On Thursday night the House of Commons, by a vote of 152 to 127, accepted an amendment to the Mutiny Bill prohibiting corporal punishment — that is, we presume, flogging and...

According to the latest reports, should the debate be pressed

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to a division, very few Liberals intend to bolt, and most of them will plead their dread of a dissolution. The Government organs have evidently received orders to threaten this...

Congress, which has pretty nearly struck down the President, has

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been compelled, as we anticipated, to level a blow at the Supreme Court. An appeal came up from a Circuit Court which involved the validity of all the Reconstruction Laws, and...

The American Senate formally called on the President to appear

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and take his trial on the 23rd. Mr. Johnson did not appear, but sent six lawyers to represent him, who demanded forty days to prepare his defence. This seemed to the Senate too...


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M R. GLADSTONE introduced his Resolutions on the Irish Church on Monday night, and Mr. Disraeli in a temperate but courageous speech offered him next Monday night for the...

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The Archbishop of York headed a deputation to the Earl

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of Devon, President of the Poor Law Board, on the subject of Work- house Infirmaries, this day week, and explained with great force the horrors of the country workhouse...

The Duke of Marlborough introduced the Government measure on Primary

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Education on Tuesday night, in the House of Lords. The best its friends can say for it is, that " it is a very little one." Its opponents will assert that most of that little...

Marquis Townshend seems inclined to do all he can to

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make philanthropy ridiculous. A servant girl in the employ of a Mr. Pitt received letters addressed to her as " Miss So-and-So." Mr. Pitt (not being apparently a man of the age)...

Mr. Forster brought forward his motion on the naturalization law

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yesterday week in a very lucid and instructive speech. He pointed out the absurdity of attempting to retain any control over 2,450,000 subjects of the Queen resident in the...

The Lords have agreed to a new Committee on the

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absurd Ecclesiastical Titles' Act, passed in 1852, and never yet put in force. The idea seems to be that that Act is a sort of protest against the right of the Pope to interfere...

Lord Cairns introduced in the House of Lords, on Monday

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night, a measure consolidating the Bankruptcy law of the kingdom into a single Bill, and making certain inadequate changes for the future. Two of the most important of the new...

" Captain " Mackay, the Fenian accused of attacking Messrs.

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Allport's gunshop and other adventures, and of killing a police- man while resisting arrest, has been sentenced to twelve years' imprisonment. He made a most touching speech,...

Sir W. Maxwell Stirling had better ground for his assumption

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of his maternal grandfather's baronetcy than we thought last week. It is of course an absurdity that an hereditary knighthood—and a baronetcy is only that—should devolve...

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The market for National Securities has ruled unusually quiet during

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the week, and all other departments of the Stock Exchange have been characterized by a comparative absence of business. Consols opened on Monday at 93 to 93* both for money and...

A very disgraceful practice has been discovered in the City.

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An undertaker named Reynolds has been, it appears, in the habit of burying children cheap in his own cellar. In the ease proved 'in Court he took lls. from J. Beckley, carman,...

All the contested elections in great boroughs go against the

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Conservatives. We recorded Mr. Sleigh's defeat by Mr. E. A. Leatham at Huddersfield last week. This week Mr. Carter (Liberal) has defeated Mr. Hill, Q.C., the Conservative, at...

The Indian financial statement for 1867-68, and budget for 1868-69

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have been received, and were explained by Sir Stafford Northcote on Friday week. As usual, the Indian financiers are all wrong. Mr. Massey anticipated a deficit for this year of...

Mr. Disraeli has commemorated in one of his remarkable novels

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Mrs. Guy Flouncey's great success at the first ball for which she secured those difficult things both a " a list " and " a day." Her particular friend, Lady Kingcastle, " was...

A deputation of great weight and influence had an interview

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with the Prime Minister on Tuesday to ask for a grant to Owens College, for the great building extension which it is propos- ing, and produced resolutions in favour of the...

The Bribery Bill was to have gone into Committee on

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Thursday night, but the House, which certainly does not seem muck in earnest, consumed all its time in talk. The talkee-talkee now is all about the question of privilege. Mr....

The Duke of St. Alban's has been visiting the Suez

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Canal, and has been induced to write a long letter to the Times about it. The writer being a Duke, his communication is printed in large type ; but it does not amount to much....

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Mexican ... ... ... Spanish New ... ... ... Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858 ... „ 1862 ... United States 5.20's ... — ... ... ... ... —...

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MR. GLADSTONE'S RESOLUTIONS. T HE three Resolutions upon the Irish Church which Mr. Gladstone will on Monday ask the House of Commons to affirm have been most ably drawn. As we...

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T HE great battle between Civilization and the Priesthood has been fought out in Austria, and the priesthood has gone down. Four months ago we described in this journal the...


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AiiR. DISRAELI even now does not understand England. III His letter to the Earl of Dartmouth, evidently intended to give the cue to his followers in the coming contest, is not...

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T HE House of Lords preserved admirably its " perfection of demeanour " on Tuesday, when the Duke of Marlborough introduced his worthless and, in one respect, mischievous little...

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G OVERNMENTS, as well as men, are to be known by their fruits, not by their words. We have just passed through as severe a commercial crisis as England has ever endured, if...

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ANY signs combine to indicate that the Emperor of the French is getting restless again. Looking out over France with eyes which see deeper than those of his courtiers or of the...

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T HE Jews have survived the Pharaohs, as Mr. Disraeli has told us ; and the Assyrian, and the Flavii, and the Barbarians; and will survive, we daresay, the Papacy, of which they...

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T HE Americans, with that curious mixture of grotesque humour and business-like capacity which so remarkably distinguishes them, have just invented a Steam Man, which is a new...

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largest part of the " East Angle " of Britain was certainly occupied at the time of the first Roman invasion by a race or confederation of tribes to which the Romans gave the...

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THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The more than usual attention which is being now directed to the Poor Law question, and the docile state of the public mind in England, incline me to...

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SHALL I forget thee when the spring comes back, And the green mists begin about the trees, And cling, and brighten ; and no heart has lack Of living, and no ear of melodies, And...


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WHO knoweth all things, and hath made The evil and the good foreseen, Allows this soul to grow and fade, And that for ever to be green,— Can He be Just ?—who knew, from...

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THE author of Dr. Jacob shows in these short tales much of the power and brilliancy which gave that novel its charm. She fails, indeed, almost as completely as Mr. Anthony...


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THE WRITINGS OF M. MAZZINI.* ALL M. Mazzini's utterances are on one note. The editor classi- fies the essays contained in this volume as " Critical and Literary," and, if we...

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MATHEWS'S ODES OF HORACE.* in these stories. " Ldonie's Story,"—in

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some respects the gem of THE genteel old fashion of announcing that an author has been obliged to publish by request of friends seems to have been honoured in an ingenious guise...

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IT is a pity, though it is a very natural mistake, that Mrs. Edwards makes up her stories with so exclusive a view to circu- lating libraries. She has a real genius for painting...

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M. TOURGUENEF'S last novel, which appeared during the course of the past year in one of the Russian periodicals under the title of Duim, or Smoke, has just been translated into...

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SHERIDAN AND SHERMAN.* SOME day, when the work of recording

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and collecting material for the purpose has been accomplished during the present generation, a vigorous, lucid, industrious, and impartial writer may be found to narrate as it...

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Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, and other Novelettes. By Guide. (Chap- man

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and Hall.)—Any one who has skimmed any one of Guide's novels and recognized their inspiration, will have no difficulty in going through the same two processes with this...

The Cabinet of the Earth Unlocked. By Edward Steane Jackson.

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(Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)—An easy sketch of geological marvels for young children. Mr. Jackson refuses to tax young minds with the " hard long words taken out of those...


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Stung to the Quick. A North Country Story. By Mrs. G. Linnseus Banks. 3 vols. (C. W. Wood.)—After reading about a volume and a half of this novel with some pleasure, we...

Cause and Effects : or, the Globe we Inhabit. By

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R. Markley Browne, F.G.S. (L. Reeve and Co.)—For the sake of his theory Mr. Mackley Browne would have done well to write more briefly, and to cultivate a better arrangement....

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The Reform and Registration Acts, 1832 - 1867. Edited by James Bigg.

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(Waterlow.)—Mr. Bigg's work will be useful as containing the several Acts which relate to Parliamentary voting. We cannot say that we think much of it as a sample of an...

The Friendships of Women. By William Rounseville Alger. (Trebner.) — It

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is a strange excuse for a volume of more than 400 pages, that it grew out of the paucity of materials existing upon its subject. But when we examine Mr. Alger's method of...

Tracts for the Day: Essays on Theological Subjects. Edited by

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the Rev. Orby Shipley. (Longmans.)—This volume is a collection of theo- logical essays which were published separately under the same editor- ship as the Church and the World,...

Rodent Cancer; with Photographic and other Illustrations of its Nature

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and Treatment. By Charles H. Moore. (Longmans.)—The only thing that at all reconciles us to the perusal of this book is that Mr. Moore has had great success in the treatment...

Children of the ,State: the Training of Juvenile Paupers. By

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Florence Hill. (Macmillan.)—Miss Hill has chosen a good and suggestive title, and has collected much information that is equally good and suggestive. It is a pity that her...

The Royal Insurance Company have issued a very nice pocket-book

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and almanack, like other pocket-books and almanacks in most respects, but specially devoted to spreading the statistics and terms of their own society. The report for 1866 is...

The Sale and Transfer of Shares in Companies. By Kenelm

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Edward Digby. (Sweet.)—The great merit of Mr. Digby's little book is that he does not shrink from conclusions. In the clearest and neatest way he shows that the recent...

The Dogmatic Faith : Hampton Lectures for 1867. By Edward

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Gar- bett. (Rivingtons.)—Dogma, according to Mr. Garbett, means revealed truth, and the dogmatic faith is that which has always been held by the Christian Church. and can be...

The Law of Arbitrations between Masters and Workmen. By C.

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W. Lovesy. (Batterworths.)--This is a small legal handy book dedicated to Lord St. Leonard's, the author of similar handy books, and of the Councils of Conciliation Act with...

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Family Prayers for Five Weeks. By William Wilson. (Nimmo.)— The

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author of this book does not wish to impeach the excellence of any of the existing works of the same class. But he has found that religious feelings need variety in their mode...

Studies in English Prose. By Joseph Payne. (Virtue.)—This book is

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meant for students of English as a language, not so much for students of its literature as a literature. The various samples are chosen in chronological order, beginning with...

Stars of Earth ; or Wild Flowers of the Months.

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By Leigh Page. (Edinburgh : Johnstone, Hunter, and Co.)—A. pretty and pleasantly written book, which will serve as a companion in many country rambles ; and will invest...

A French Country Family. By Madame de Witt, net Gnizot.

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Trans- lated by the Author of John Halifax, Gentleman. (Strahan.)—We suppose that we may believe Miss Mulock when she says that this book is translated from the French. But we...

The Left and Reign of David, King of Israel. By

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George Smith, LL.D., F.A.S. (Longmans.)—The most conspicuous feature of this book is the way in which the Psalms are woven into the text so as to give them a more directly...