28 MAY 1870

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The Greek massacre has been discussed both in the Commons

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and the Lords, but as yet the Government has abstained from giving any intimation of the course it intends to adopt. Sir Roundell Palmer brought forward the matter on Friday...


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T RE Fenians have apparently made, or are making, another fiasco in Canada. They crossed the border near St. Alban's, Vermont, on Wednesday, the 25th inst., under the command of...

We have - called attention elsewhere to the exact effect of

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the proposed Government amendments on the Education Bill, and the apparent resolve to leave a good many of the moot-points to be decided in Committee. We may add that, in spite...

The question was raised on Monday in the Peers by

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Lord Carnarvon, who, in a speech of some eloquence and much feeling, endeavoured to prove the responsibility of the Greek Govern- ment,—successfully, we think, as regards the...

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

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The Corps Legislatif communicated the result of the Ple'biscite to

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the Emperor on Saturday. M. Schneider, President of the Chamber, made a speech, the point of which was that the Emperor had laid down the basis of a Parliamentary system, and...

The King of Prussia closed the German Parliament on Thursday,

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in a speech which in German is probably eloquent, though in English it reads heavily. Its point is the rapid progress made by the Confederation Parliament towards unity of...

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On Wednesday a wholesome step was taken in passing the

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second reading of a Bill to remove the civil disabilities entailed by holy orders,—a Bill enabling clergymen to "relinquish the office of priest or deacon" by a given...

The second reading of the University Tests' Bill was carried

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on Monday in a rather thin house by a very large majority,-125 (191 to 66),—the event of the debate being a very able first speech by Lord Edmund Fitzmanrice, which caught with...

The Portuguese Revolution is doing as well as . could be expected.

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Marshal Saldanha is master, the Cortes is to be dissolved, the King amuses himself, and nobody seems to mind much. The Marshal says he has no Iberian idea, and General Prim in...

Mr. Watkin Williams moved on Tuesday night a resolution in

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favour of the Disestablishment of the Church in Wales. He based his case, not on the alien character of the Church, but, on the Fontrary, on its ill-success as an establishment...

On Mr. Craufurd's extraordinary effort to stop public discussion in

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the House of Commons on Tuesday we have commented else- where, but even the step taken is hardly so strange as the reason given for it by Mr. R. N. Fowler, M.P. for Falmouth, in...

Mr. Ayrton had another opportunity yesterday week of trying the

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nerves of the House, of which we need hardly say that he so availed himself that " fiddlestrings was weakness," as a celebrated character of Mr. Dickens's observes, to express...

The week has been distinguished by an immense crime,—the murder

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of an entire family, a married man, his wife, his three children, his mother, and his sister, apparently by a released con- vict, who calls himself Jones or Jenkins, -but whose...

The third reading of the Irish Land Bill is to

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be taken on Monday, when it will pass substantially unchanged. Twice has Mr. Gladstone performed the impossible for Ireland.—there remains the third step.

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Mr. Peter Taylor, on Thursday, proposed the abolition of the

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Game Laws, and brought down on himself a member, Mr. Gerald Stunt, who very rarely speaks, but when he does, speaks well. He told the Member for Leicester that he was ready " to...

The City Commissioners of Sewers are going to deserve a

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testimonial. They have been trying an experiment which pro- mises to relieve London of one of its greatest evils, incessant noise. They laid down in Threadneedle Street some...

The death of Mr. Mark Lemon, for thirty years Editor

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of Punch, should not be allowed to pass without a note. Mr. Lemon's own -capacity might easily be overrated, but no man had a quicker eye or ability of the kind he needed, or...

Lady Amberley has been lecturing for an hour-and-a-half at the

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Stroud Institute on the rights of women, but she does not seem to have said much that was forcible on the subject. She seems to have admitted that women are indifferent to the...

Consols were on Friday evening 94i to 94i.

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Some speculative Spaniards, hearing, we suppose, of the enor- queue

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booty which the Greek brigands very nearly got, and the -offer made by the English Government to transport them with it in a ship-of-war to Malta, if they would but dismiss the...

The young barbarians of Christ Church have tardily and 'reluctantly

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given up their names to the College authorities, so that a criminal prosecution has been avoided. They have been quite severely enough dealt with, three expelled, and the rest...

Lord Milton, who on Thursday se'nnight walked out of the

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House in a huff because Mr. Stansfeld answered a question instead -of Mr. Lowe, on Friday night had somewhat recovered his equa- nimity, and put his question again, explaining...

Mr. S. Laing writes a long letter to the Times

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to say that the cause of Indian deficits is the receipt of orders from home to pay for public works out of revenue. He would pay for them out of terminable loans, instead of...

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE FENIANS. A NOTHER flash in the pan I Will nothing weary out the indomitable perseverance in failure, the pertinacity in false starts, the constancy in...

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S TATESMEN have been perplexed for years, in fact, ever since 1815, when the epoch of statesmen's wars may be said to have ended, by the difficulty of devising a secondary...


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T HE Government amendments to the Education Bill are carefully drawn, and very good so far as they go,—but we think it a pity that they are limited practically to the points of...

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M R CRAUFURD, the Member for Ayr, on Tuesday used IV a constitutional power in the very worst possible way. The subject for debate in the Commons was the Bill brought in...

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T HAT the recent vote of the French Army has been a surprise, as well to the enemies as to the friends of the Second Empire, it is impossible to doubt. The Emperor him- self was...

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T HE first of the Government omnibuses is as good as through Temple Bar ; and the now familiar illustration recalls—if indeed it had ever been possible to forget—the absence...

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T HE special horror of this Denham tragedy, the feature which distinguishes it from vulgar murders, and raises it into the rank of an event in the history of crime, is not the...

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* Other Worlds than Ours. The Plurality of Worlds studied under the Light of Recent Scientific Researches. By Richard A. Proctor, F.R.A.S. London : Longman% TN a book far more...

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SHORTCOMINGS OF THE IRISH LAND BILL. [TO THE EDITOR OF TWO " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, —Impressed, as I am, on the one hand, with the honourable and increasing anxiety of the Ministry,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,— That the Senate of the University of Cambridge should petition against the " University Tests' Bill," now before the House of Commons,...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.1 gladly sit at the feet of Mr. Arnold whenever he stands forth as the apostle to the Dissenters. To listen to his rebukes is a wholesome...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your correspondent "A Broad-Church Dissenter" is quite mistaken in thinking that the Charter which the Church of Ireland is to receive...


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FRENCH STUDIES ON STERNE AND ()TWAY.* Fon many years now English literature has enjoyed in France the benefit of really appreciative criticism. The articles of M. Philarete...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — The Saturday Review has departed from its accustomed rule, and printed a letter from the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. If...

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TIIERE must be a certain charm in the life of French country towns, or stories about it would not be so pleasant, and we suspect that the charm is due to the importance, the...

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IT is sometimes supposed that Lord Macaulay's History of England includes the whole of the reign of William III., since it contains the account of the last illness ahd death of...

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IF there is anything in a name, Mr. Benison should be a blessing to his generation ; but, so far, the blessing is "not to be," as we are ominously informed by the title-page,...

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MR. MACFIE has followed up the motion he made during the last session for the abolition of Patents by reprinting various speeches, papers, and expressions of opinion in support...

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Ginr's Baby ; His Berth and other Misfortunes. (Strahan.)—Ginx's Baby is a very powerful satire, somewhat unjust, as powerful satires are apt to be. The " baby" is the...

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(Simpkin and Marshall.)—Faith Grosme is a little story of a

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woman's love and steadfastness, told with some tenderness and pathos, which would have pleased us more had not the author chosen a metre which she amid not manage. It is simple...

Margarita; or, the Queen of Night. Freely translated from the

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Spanish by Viscount Pollington. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is candidly called "a novel of sensation," and fully justifies the description. Mysterious ladies, of whom we...

Accessible Field Sports. By "Ubiqae." (Chapman and Hall.)—What does "Ubique

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" mean by accessible ? Is he laughing at us ? We look through the table of contents and find such headings as "Trout Fishing on the Androscogan "; "Wild Fowl Shooting in...

in a fragmentary shape, but they convey an idea of

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the fervid eloquence of the speaker, and Mr. Bacon's translation is fluent and spirited. We quote one passage, which has a special interest at the present time, though the...