28 NOVEMBER 1868

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The County reaction has been severe and has extended to

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East Essex. Up to the polling day it was, we believe, considered almost a certainty by the leading men on both sides that Sir T. Western would save his seat, but the return...

A combinationlong sincethreatened, under which Mr. Disraeli was to retire

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into the Upper House, and a junction to be formed of all " moderate" men,—that is, of all content men in the Commons under the leadership of Lord Stanley,--has, it appears,...

East Surrey is the only properly metropolitan county which has

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shown the slightest depth of Liberal conviction. There Mr. Locke King and Mr. Charles Buxton (in spite of the futile efforts of Mr. Hamilton Hume, biographer of Mr. Eyre, and...

The Tories keep on affirming that the Liberals have won

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the little boroughs, and they themselves the large ones. The statement is utterly unfounded, the broad fact being that we may abolish the boroughs under 20,000 population, yet...

We regret to notice the defeat of Mr. A. lIerbert

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for Berkshire. He had not a chance, for with three votes the county would have returned three Tories, and, of course, any stray Conservative vote went to Mr. Walter, who is...

There is little news from Spain. but a correspondent of

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the Telegraph who seems unusually well informed reports some danger- ous symptoms hitherto suppressed. It seems that the cry of " War to the rich !" was really raised in Malaga,...


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• T HE Counties have been going wrong all the week, but our calculation as to the Liberal majority is unaffected. Up to Thursday night the return was— Liberals....

Mr. Gladstone has addressed to the electors of Greenwich a

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brief but most cordial letter of thanks for the " unparalleled kindness " they have shown him, but he is reported to be too unwell from a severe cold to address them yet. There...

V' lire give this week, as a Supplement, the Names

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of the Members returned to the New Parliament for all the remaining Boroughs, and the Counties, in England and Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, of which we had authentic...

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The news from New Zealand is very bad. The colonial

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force seems to have been quite demoralized by its recent unsuccessful encounters with native troops. The friendly Maories are mildly boasting that they will defend the English...

While just a few notables who connote (as Mr. Mill

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calls it in his logic) for all sensible men a feeling of hysterical melancholy, have been returned, some of the highest worth have been rejected. In West Kent, Sir John Lubbock,...

The Record flatly denies part of our statement as to

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Evangelical proceedings at Frome. It produces a letter from the mover in the proSecution against Mr. Bennett, Mr. T. B. Sheppard, saying that proceedings are still going on, and...

The Election has been disgraced by some severe riots in

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Cork, Newport, Bristol, Staffordshire, Leicester, and other places, and a cry has been raised that nominations ought to be abolished as use- less. They aro becoming mere...

The new Parliament is, for the most part, without bores

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and jesters. Mr. Darby Griffith, as every one has noted with a certain pathetic feeling, is, in a Parliamentary sense, no more. Sir George Bowyer, in the same sense, is no more....

The Radicals (and Conservatives) who go on, without meaning or

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thought, reiterating that the minority principle is unfair, should really consider the case of Lancashire. In that county, as we have shown elsewhere, the county voters were...

A funny illustration of the dizziness which is apt to

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fall upon the small and unsound boroughs in the carnival of a general election was presented by the scene at Evesham on the declaration of the poll. The distinguished Mayor of...

Several journals have declared, with an appearance of authority, that

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Mr. Bright has declined to accept office in the forthcoming Liberal Government. Mr. Bright's Birmingham friends deny this, and they are clearly in the right. Cabinets are not...

General Grant seems to have begun well. It is said

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that be has given directions to his aides-de-camp to open all his letters, and directly they see the word " office" in any of them to throw that letter into the fire ; " for,"...

The Archbishop of Armagh has made a great effort to

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explain away his statement in the House of Lords that if the Protestants could not have places of worship they must emigrate, and if they emigrated, then Ireland, left to...

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The Court of Queen's Bench decided on Wednesday in the

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case of " Wason v. Walter " that a newspaper publishing a report of Parliamentary proceedings is, even if it contain defamatory matter, privileged against an action for libel....

The Jews of Hungary are, it is said, 600,000 in

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number, and they have been called upon to arrange the relation their ecclesias- tical organization is to bear to the State. This is to be done through a Congress, elected like a...

It seems quite clear that the reaction which has so

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greatly affected English counties has been strong in Middlesex. The defeat of the Liberals, or rather of Mr. Labouchere, was at first explained by a theory that the electors,...

Contrary to the hopes of its enemies and the fears

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of its friends, Baron Elitvos' Education Bill has, on the 23rd inst., passed the Lower House of the Hungarian Diet, It narrowly escaped post- ponement, as that body will be...

A great step has been made towards getting rid of

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the silly practice of demanding Latin and Greek verse-making as a proof of scholarship. The Balliol scholarships are the blue ribbons of the University for Undergraduates, and...

Mr. Laing, if we may judge by the 12 o'clock

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poll for the Wick Burghs, stands very little chance of being returned to Parliament. He seems to be no exception to the new law of borough constitu- encies, "Thou shalt not...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :- Nov. 20. Nov. 27. Nov. 20 Brazilian, 1863 781 761 Russian (Anglo-Dutch) 901 Egyptian. 1864 824 821 Spanish, 1867 33 Italian, 1861 5:4 56...

The Imperial Government has sustained a great defeat in AngouRtme.

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In 1863 the department' gave the Napoleonic can- didate 22,000 votes and his opponent only 1,700, while this year M. Laroche-Joubert got 17,000, and his rival, M. Mathieu Bodet,...

Yesterday and on Friday week the lending British Railway Shares

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left off at the annexed quotations :— Nov. 20 Nov. 27. Nov. 20. Nov. 27 Great Eastern 431 414 Lon., Chatham,8 D 171 17 Great Northern 105 106 Metropolitan 107 1034 Great...

The new Archbishop of Canterbury is evidently regarded as a

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theological suspect at Oxford. A letter in another column assures us that his Grace was submitted by the Proctors, along with the Dean of Christchurch (Dr. Liddell) and the Dean...

A terrific explosion occurred on Thursday morning in the Arley

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Colliery, near Wigan. Fifty-six miners were either suffocated or burnt. The cause of the explosion is not known, but it is remark- .able that a scientific writer in the Daily...

The most prominent feature in the Stock Exchange has been

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the introduction of a New Russian Loan for /1,716,000. The price of issue is 80, and the interest, at the rate of 5 per cent., is guaranteed by the Russian Government. Consols...

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T HE Liberals have carried the English Boroughs, with some remarkable exceptions. The Tories have carried the English Counties, with some remarkable exceptions. It is as stupid...


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THE BAD SIDE OF THE COUNTY ELECTIONS. T HERE is, fortunately, a good side even to the County Elections, but it is not possible to deny that, to a Liberal, the bad side chiefly...

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T HE latest intelligence from India is not pleasant at all. Hindooism may be " in process of disintegration," for what we know, though we are habitually incredulous of all such...

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T HE last of the English contests will also be one of the most important. On Monday next the electors of Mid- Somerset will have the opportunity of showing whether they do or do...

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T HE amazing party mendacity of the Conservative papers in asserting that the Conservative minority represents (if the metropolitan boroughs be excluded) a real majority of the...

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W E dare say that most of our readers have looked through those little tourmalines, as they are called, which, when turned so that the axis of the crystal runs in a particular...

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Al UCH attention has of late been directed to this subject, and when we consider the numbers of this afflicted class, and the great eminence to which many blind have attained in...

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THE Parisian papers have been amusing themselves by specula- tions as to the wealth of the late Baron James Rothschild, which they estimate variously at sums ranging from...

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L.XXXI11.—CENTRAL ENGLAND : RUTLAND, LEICESTERSHIRE, AND NOTT1NGHAMSUIRE :—THE TOWNS. TA EICESTERSHIRE contains the market towns of Leicester, Ashby de la Zwick Bosworth,...

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[Fans OM SPECIAL CORILEMPONDENT.] Bayridge, The Yarrows, L.1., November G, 1868. I AM here again among the falling leaves, and on the great elec- tion-day, the 3rd, I went with...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—In your note to the letter of " A Clergyman," on the "Indelibility of Orders," you state "that the Canons are recog- nized not only by...


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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 Szn,—I notice in your list of candidates that you leave out one for this borough, Captain Henry Cockayne Cust, Conservative. The Conservative...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Will you allow me to correct an error in the Spectator of the 14th, which, though trifling in itself, is of some consequence tome? I...

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MR. STORY'S GRAFFITI D'ITALIA.• THE first criticism that will strike any reader of this volume will be that its best part looks, to a casual eye, like the creation of Mr....


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Would you mind saying wherein I have ever given cause for the feeling of " a very sincere disgust and dread" to which you refer in your...


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[TO Tilt EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. ' ] Sin,—The Select Preachers at Oxford for next year have just been appointed—the Bishop of Chester, Dr. Manse], Mr. Mozley (a recent...

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The names of New Constituencies and Members are in italics. The phrase " first elected" refers to the particular constituency in question, and not to the Member's first...


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28, 1868,

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London: Printed by JOHN CAMPBELL, of No 1 Wellington Street,

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in the Precinct of the Savoy, Strand, in the County of Middlesex, at 18 Exeter Street, Strand; and Published by him at the " SPECTATOR " Ofike, NO, 1 Wellington Street, Stand....

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Catholic ought for many reasons to be interesting, but one

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feels some qualms in accepting the present volume in that character. It reaches so low a standard of literary workmanship that the fore- most question rather is what sort of...

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Essays ea Physiological SuVecls. By Gilbert W. Child, 3LD., F.L.S. F.C.S., of Exeter Caw, oxford. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. 1SGS. and unless this condition be fulfilled,...

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The British Quarterly Review. October. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— The first article in this number is, we think, by very much the best. It is sufficient praise of an " Essay on...


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Tam. novel appeared originally in the Sunday Magazine. The author reminds us frequently of Mr. George Macdonald, but of Mr. Macdonald without the poetry. As a work of art it is...

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Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II. By

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the Author of the Heir of Redclyffe. (Macmillan.)—The author writes for the young, who have, indeed, few better friends. For their benefit she selects picturesque scenes from...

Physical Geography. By D. T. Austad, M.A. (W. H. Allen

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and Co.)—As this is the third edition of Mr. Anated's valuable manual, it is not necessary to do more than to call attention to the fact that it has been revised and enlarged....

SERMONS. —The Beatitudes. By Rev. John Peat, M.A. (Rivingtons.) —This volume

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appears in answer to a request to the author that he would print "some more of his sermons." It would seem, then, that these discourses have found favour; we cannot see their...

The Sure Resting-Place : being Selected Sayings of Our Lord

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Jesus Christ. Arranged as a Manual of Faith and Practice. By the Compiler of the Divine Teacher. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—This is a very admirable sequel to the author's previous...

A Treatise on Elementary Mechanics. By J. H. Smith, M.A.,

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of Gonville and Colas College. (31acmillan.)—Mr. Smith's treatise would seem to be an abridgment and simplification of the subject, based on Mr. Parkinson's treatise. He has...

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The Child Wife. By Captain Mayne Reid. (Ward, Lock, and

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Tyler.)—We notice this novel in order to warn our readers very emphatically against it. Captain Mayne Reid has earned a reputation which we have no wish to depreciate by his...

Songs of the Spirit, by H. H. (Kitto), came, we

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are told in the preface, " unasked for, unpremeditated, and without study or effort." " She believes their source to be in the spirit world." It is very possible, if we are to...

The Social and Political Dependence of Women, by Charles Antony,

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Junior (Longman) has reached a fourth edition—a testimony, we should be inclined to think, to the interest of the subject, rather than to the ability of the writer. It is not...

Ludus Patronymicus. By R. S. Charnock, Ph.D. (Triibner.)—A book on

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the "etymology of curious surnames" which displays considerable ingenuity and no little learning. The subject is too vast for any man to deal with thoroughly. He ought to know...

Pearay. — For Cambria : Themes in Verse and Prose. By James

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Kenward (Elvynydd). (Longmans.)—Mr. Kenward tells us that he is 4 ' not Welsh by birth, residence, or connection." But he is even fiercely Celtic nevertheless. There is one poem...

which is one of the "Globe Series," contains the Poems

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and Letters, together with a Glossary and some brief notes, these latter giving some variations of reading, which, like all that illustrates a poet's processes of thought, are...

SCHOOL Booxs. — A Complete Course of English Composition, by J. H.

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Hawley (Charles Beau). If this book can accomplish its end, the teaching a boy how to write English, it will be useful indeed. Its value cannot be determined without trial, but...

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Out of Church. By the Author of Askerdale Park. A

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Novel. Throe vols. (Skeet.)—A. very interesting story, albeit distinguished neither for brilliancy of style nor delineation of character, since, with one ex- ception to be...

Notes on the Island of Corsica in 1868. By Thomasina

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Camp- bell (Hatchard).—We noticed, a few weeks ago, a book called A Winter in Corsica. This work supplements and, in some measure, corrects its information. It reassures us...

The Fresh and Salt - Water Aquariums. By the Rev. J. G.

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Wood, M.A. (Routledge.)—Few men, it is probable, have had a larger expe- rience than Mr. Wood among " pots " of all kinds of living creatures, from sea anemones upwards. Whether...