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The City, as usual just before a war, is nearly

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convinced that war cannot occur, and all Securities have risen a little. The line of argument accepted is that the Russian Government, finding itself alone, is unwilling to make...


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T HERE has been a kind of lull all the week in the Eastern Question. General Ignatieff has returned to Constanti- nople, and has had an interview with the Sultan, whom, as he...

Parliament has been prorogued to Tuesday, December 12. That would

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not prevent its being summoned earlier, if it were necessary, but it at least shows the present intention of the Govern- ment not to recommend the Queen to ' recur ' to its...

Certainly many of the Old Whigs are as much devoted

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to Turkey as Lord Beaconsfield himself. At Glossop on Saturday Lord George Cavendish broke out into a sharp criticism of Mr. Gladstone and the Bishops who have preached the new...

The Greeks have obtained the torpedoes necessary to protect them

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.against Hobart Paaha, and are inclined to move in earnest. King George has been summoned home in such haste that he has left his family behind him, and the Ministry have asked...

Earl Fitzwilliam is displeased with Mr. Gladstone's conduct on the

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Eastern Question. He writes to the Sheffield Independent to say that though he has spoken to many leading members of the Liberal party, he has found no one to approve the...

The Turks have apparently got tired of waiting for the

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diplo- matists, and have attacked the Servians for four days successively. On the 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd, the Turks advanced with de- sperate courage, but were in every...

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

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The official Austrian and Turkish contradictions of Dr. Liddon's and

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Mr. MacColl's account of what they heard and saw of impalement as still pursued on the borders of Bosnia, though their contradictions are confirmed by Consul Holmes,—the Consul...

Lord Kimberley made an important speech to the Norfolk Chamber

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of Agriculture on Saturday, in which he advocated the establishment of County Councils for the management of all local questions, except the administration of justice and the...

The Indian Government has arrived at a wise decision, but

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supported it by weak arguments. It has resolved to leave the Silver question alone, to settle itself through the national pro- cesses of trade, only agreeing to raise money for...

Mr. Cross's speech at Manchester on Tuesday was not among

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his best. He was very much surprised at the imputation of heartlessness, concerning the Bulgarian atrocities, to "the Prime Minister and Lord Derby," and spoke of the "...

The Times of Tuesday published a translation from an article

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in the Golos, of St. Petersburg, in which the whole of Mr. Disraeli's, conduct in the East is explained by an allegation that he wished to make millions by jobbing in...

Lord Carnarvon received on Thursday a deputation of influ- ential

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men connected with South Africa, who wished to press on him the new necessity for confederation created by the dis- turbances in the Transvaal. He told them that the Government...

The Government in Spain has got rid of General Martinez

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Campos, but has not yet ended all its troubles. The Ministry affirm that they have seized a packet of letters which show that S. Zorrilla, now residing in France, has organised...

Sir Henry James made a powerful speech at Taunton on

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Thursday, in which he brought out very strongly the miserable character of the tyranny which had driven the Herzegovinians into rebellion,—the treachery of the Turks, even under...

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"Ignoramus," writing to the Times of Thursday, from Amble- side,

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on the Slade case, describes a trick which, when command- ing at the fort of Attock, on the Indus, in 1861, he saw practised by an Indian conjuror. On the mess-table, on which...

The Calcutta correspondent of the Times makes the astounding statement

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that the grand ceremonial at Delhi to announce to India that Queen Victoria is Empress will cost £500,000. At a time when public works are stopped for want of money, and the...

A recent attack on American civilisation by the Marquis de

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Talleyrand-Perigord has indirectly attracted some attention here, through the animated reply of the New York Herald to its allegations,—a reply which, at least, is not in any...

The Slade prosecution has dragged through another week, but from

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Mr. Flowers's remarks as to the only kind of evidence which he would admit for the defence, we should hope that it is near an end. He declared that he could admit no evidence...

The triennial election for the London School Board, which is

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to take place on the last day of November, will be an important one, if only on account of the weight and experience of the mem- bers who retire, and whose seats will have to be...

The Ladies' College at Cambridge, Girton College, has come in

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for a handsome contribution to its building-fund in a somewhat sad way, but yet one which we wish the living would remember when they strive, in their too often inarticulate...

Consols were on Friday 95j to 951.

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THE OLD WHIGS AND THE CRISIS. W E are always sorry to see a man like Earl Fitzwilliam quit the ranks of the Liberal Party. The defect of that party, or at least of its largest...

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M R. THEODORE MARTIN'S "Life of the Prince Consort," of which two-thirds, we suppose, have now been given to the world, make it very clear that Mr. Bagehot in his very able book...

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T HE absurd article in the Golos accusing Lord Beaconsfield of pecuniary corruption, translated by the Berlin Correspon- dent of the Times, and published in that journal on...

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W E incline to believe that this lull Eastern affairs is more or less an illusion. The popular theory in • England, where men always dislike to believe in war, is that the...

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from Bulgarian and Serb. There remains, however, another It is

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no use shutting our eyes to this Hellenic question. It Christian stock, not less oppressed than any Sclav community, exists, and it is certain to be aggravated to an intolerable...

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T HE Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol has been delivering this week a series of thoughtful addresses on the prevalent unbelief of the day, in which he describes that unbelief as...

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12. SOMERVELL'S protest against the extension of Rail- ifl to the Cumberland Lake District,* together with Mr. Ruskin's exquisite little bit of hyperbolic satire on the same...

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a region which we associate chiefly with coal and slate, is strange in the abstract, but especially surprising when one gets out of the train at Wrexham—after a passing glimpse...

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Stn,—I see that Mr. Snow repeats in his second letter that what has chiefly urged him to repudiate the doctrine of Divine Grace, as interpreted by the Christian Church, is the "...


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MR.. SNOW'S RENUNCIATION OF HIS ORDERS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—You say you " do not regard it as a true description of the moral experience of man to say that...

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1798 AND 1876.

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(TO TER EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Srn,—Mr. Murphy writes that " it is certain " that outrages on- women were "not general" in Ireland during the suppression of the rebellion...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] you allow me to say a few words in answer to the


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") wrote in haste last week to save the post. I hope nothing I said then or shall say in this letter may be found wanting in courtesy towards...

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JOHN LOCKE.* (SECOND NOTICE.? WE left Locke at Oxford, at the age of 33, in 1666, studying• medicine, and political, no less than moral and metaphysical, philosophy. It was in...


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POSSIBILITIES. "On the earth the broken arcs, in the heaven a perfect round." —It Bitowtsto's AU Vogler. "What are we all but a mood, A single mood of the life Of the Being...

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nearly twenty years since the author of Guy Livingstone first came before the public, and during that time he has pro- duced with unfailing regularity a novel every second year...

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WE are not surprised that Mr. Pearson should be willing to deal with the History of England in the Fourteenth Century. In so- doing he is carrying on his earlier work, and he...

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published, and is a thoughtful and concise resume of the question. The evils of the competitive and other examinations are strongly insisted on, and the system of specialism...


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A FIRST instalment of this new edition of the great English epic has reached us. It contains, indeed, less than half of the text, with an introduction ; but as none of the...

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Madeleine; or, a Noble Lift in a Humble Sphere. By

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the Vicom- tease Solange de Berkadee. (Sampson Low and Co.)—If this book did not betray a strange ignorance of French life and French history, we should be disposed to regard it...

A Woman Scornej. By E. Owens Blackburne. (Tinsley Brothers.)— The

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praise of novelty must be accorded to the device by which the hero- ine and the hero are first introduced to each other. She catches hold of what she fancies to be a dragon-fly,...

Dates and Data. (Triibner and Co.)—The "dates and data "

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of this volume concern the "primeval period," and have to do with what the anther terms "religious anthropology." By this rather queer phrase he seems to mean man's history, as...

Omnipotence Belongs only to the Beloved. By Mrs. Brewster Macpherson.

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(Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh.)—This is a strange book, with a strange title. We gather from the introduction that the authoress holds what is usually known as "...

I ntroduction to the Study of Chemical Philosophy. By William A.

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Tilden, D.Sc., F.C.S. (Longmans, Green, and Co.)—Chemistry is too often taught in our schools in a slipshod manner. The experiments are performed before the class, the students...

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System of Land Tenure in Various Countries. Published under the

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direction of the Cobden Club. Edited by J. W. Probyn. (Cassell and Co.) This is a new and cheaper edition of the volume under the same title which was favourably noticed by us...

The Reward of Constancy. By T. Woodman. (Provost and Co.)—

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We wish that we could find space sufficient for setting forth adequately the beauties of this delightful book. Only whole pages of extracts could do justice to such a style as...

Through Norway with a Knapsack. By W. Mattieu Williams. (Stanford.)—This

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book had a considerable success about twenty years ago. The author now sends out a now edition, in which he has inserted notes describing his experience of the same spots in the...

Thereby Hangs a Tale. By George Manville. Fenn. 3 vols.

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(Tinsley Brothers.)—The best point in this story is the dialogue, which is lively and spirited, and except where the author lapses into the fault of cari- caturing, and mistakes...

The Institutes of Justinian. Translated, with Notes, by the Rev.

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J. T. Abdy and Bryan Walker. (Cambridge University Press.)—We welcome here a valuable contribution to the study of jurisprudence. The text of the Institutes is occasionally...