29 AUGUST 1868

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The inquest on the Abergele tragedy has not yet terminated,

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but it has become evident that the fault, if fault there was, lay with the managers of the goods' train, which at the time of the accident was being shunted into Llandulas. The...

The Liberal electors of Chippenham are doing a wise thing.

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They have formed a strong Association to put down intimidation and bribery, the members of which pledge themselves to vote for no candidate who resorts to undue influence of any...

The total number of victims is now estimated at thirty-three,

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and the list includes a Peer, Lord Farnham ; a Baronet, Sir Nicholas Chinnery ; and a Judge, Mr. Justice Berwick. It seems certain that no one in the three carriages struck by...

Two hundred Polish delegates, all exiles, held a meeting at

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Rapperswyl, Canton St. Gall, on the 17th inst. The object was to erect a monument to commemorate the long struggle of Poland for independence, which commenced with the...


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Tr HE political event of a very dull week has been the pub- lication of Sir Roundel' Palmer's speech to the electors of Richmond upon the Irish Church. We have analyzed it else-...

The inquest on the accident brought out some features of

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English society in strong relief. The Coroner, Dr. Pierce, appears to be from the reports to be a fumy, undecided person of no ability and a tendency to small talk. He...

Mr. Childers addressed his constituents at Pontefract on Mon- day,

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confining his speech mainly to finance. He confirms the statements in our issue of August 15, estimating the increase of expenditure under the Tory Administration at 3,190,000/....

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It appears to be certain that a very great goldfield

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has been discovered about 800 miles from the frontier of Natal. An exploring expedition which started in March arrived in May, and discovered gold veins of unparalleled...

The rumoured selection of Lord Mayo for the Indian Vice-

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roynity leis been confirmed. He mentioned it himself in a speech to the electors of Cockermonth. as his reason for not again re- (peeing their suffrages. It is Raid that he will...

A telegram from Bombay, dated the 24th inst., and flashed

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-through the wires and cables in a single day, announces that Shere All has been proclaimed Ameer of Afghanistan. The news is not very important, but it will increese Sir John...

The Legislative Council of Jamaica seems liable to attacks of

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morbid conscientiousness. The negroes send up so many petitions for the disestablishment of the Church, and so much time is lost in reading them, that a tax of 10s. on each...

Canon Girdlestone on Wednesday read a paper to the British

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Association on the condition of the labourers, whom he described as living on 8s. a week, in crowded cottages, and tied down to the soil. We have noticed his recommendations...

A correspondent of the Times describes a scene at Grimsby

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caused by the neglect of a railway company to provide means to carry off a crowd collected by excursion trains. The return trains were expected to leave about 7 p.m., but the...

Mr. A. Newton, on Monday, read a paper of much

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interest to naturalists. He wants Parliament to fix a "close time" during which nobody should carry a gun or shoot anything, and pro- tested against the bird murder going on...

One of the most interesting or at least most discussed

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papers read before the British Association was by Miss Becker, on "The Supposed Differences in the Minds of the Two Sexes of Man." Miss Becker holds that men and women are only...

The trial of Madame Rachel for obtaining money of Mrs.

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13erradaile by false pretences ended on Friday without a verdict, the jury being unable to agree. A second trial is to be made, and Madame Rachel, unable to procure bail,...

We hear from an eye-witness on the spot that the

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rebellion in Crete gains ground. The islanders have managed to place their families in safety, and are fighting more determinedly than ever, while the Turks are slowly losing...

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Mr. Simon, medical officer of the Privy Council, has made

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a very clever suggestion. Why, he says, should not Jones, poisoned by malfeasance of, say, the Windermere Water Company, have an action for damages against them, as he would...

The people of Nova Scotia appear for the present quite

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in ear- nest in their dislike of the Confederation. At a large meeting held at Weymouth the speakers talked about annexation to the United States, the Legislature has protested...

There has been a comparative absence of business in all

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de- partments of the Stock Exchange during the week. Consols have been quiet throughout, and yesterday they closed dull at' 94 to it for money, and 94i- to for the account....

Two considerable hoaxes have been played off this week. In

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one case Mr. Loftus Pemberton acknowledges that he issued an address to the electors of Kent, supposed to emanate from Sir John -Croft. The address was intended to diminish Sir...

Mr. Leone Levi on Wednesday made some remarkable state- -ments

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to the British Association about the position of the Civil S ervice. The total number of persons coming under that desig- nation, exclusive of those paid from local funds, and...

Lord John Manners has issued his address to the electors

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of North Leicestershire. It is curiously like Lord John Manners. He quotes a whole series of administrative reforms, and then says, v" That to this list cannot be added the...

At the half-yearly meeting of the South-Eastern Railway Company, Mr.

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Watkin, the chairman, and Member for Stoekport, made a speech defending the recent increase of fares on the Southern lines. He urged that the railway was giving facilities which...

It is stated,—we cannot confirm it, but believe the account

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-to be substantially correct,—that a desperate attempt has been made to upset the Italian Ministry and substitute for it another amore devoted to France. The attempt was made by...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Brazilian, 1855 Egyptian, 1864 Italian Mexican Aug. 21. i t 1 84 53 141 . 28. 731 851 011 15 Russian (Anglo-Dutch) Spanish, 1851 Turkish....

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British Railways left

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off at the annexed Great Eastern Great Northern Great Western Lancashire& Yorkshire London it Brighton Lou. & North-Western Lou. & South-Western Aug. 21. 361 106 411 130 021...

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SIR ROUNDELL PALMER'S PROPOSAL. A MAN is not always wise because he is always conscientious, and Sir Bounden Palmer's grand self-denial cannot blind us to the weakness of his...

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W E pointed out last week the immense strength, strength almost beyond compare, which M. Magne's report, after allowing for all deductions, showed to exist in France. Napo-...

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T HERE is no subject so disheartening to the practical philanthropist as the condition of the agricultural labourer ; so little can be done for him, and he is so little...

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1 F it be true that the great majority of the jury who tried Madame Rachel were agreed on a conviction, and that one or two held out against the rest, the dispenser of...

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D URING the terrible crisis of last autumn and winter at the East End of London, the prevalent belief, it may be said, amongst the self-styled " educated " or "cultivated "...

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T HE establishment within a short period of three new markets in the metropolis—the new Smithfield Market, Miss Coutts's Market in Bethnal Green, and the King's Cross market—is...

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N OT a few of those who, for the last ten years, have been asserting most vehemently that play should hold equal rank with work in the system of education, are dismayed at the...


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I T seems evident that there is only one serious difficulty in the way of establishing a single system of marriage throughout Great Britain, if not throughout the United...

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AND WARWICKSHIRE.—THE TOWNS (CONTINUED). W ARWICK, the early capital of the Hwiccas, is situated chiefly on the right bank of the river Avon, in nearly the centre of the county...

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New York, August 13, 1868. IMMEDIATELY upon the adjournment of

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the Republican Conven- tion at Chicago in May last, I began a letter to the Spectator thus :—" General Grant has been nominated for President, but he will not be elected, unless...

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[To TI1E EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SI11,—The use made of my name by the reviewer in your last number of a French report upon Co-operation with which I am not yet acquainted,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In a recent issue you affirm that the letter of Rev. T. Jackson, S.T.P. (he is not a D.D.) to the Methodist Conference and the...

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CURTIUS'S HISTORY OF GREECE.* CTROTE'S History and the various manuals compiled out of it may seem to many persons to make any new narrative of Grecian his- tory unnecessary....

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Mn. MAIDMENT'S two volumes, containing over a hundred of the more ancient and popular ballads and songs of the North, are in- tended by him as an accompaniment to the works of...

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IRISH GRIEVANCES.* THE writer, who prefaces his contribution to the

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literature of a political discussion of the highest consequence with a frank admis- sion that the contribution in question is a palinode, does certainly succeed in attracting to...

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LES FAUX BONSHOMMES.* WE have to thank Professor Cassal for

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reviving one of the pleasantest memories of eleven years ago. A few spring days spent in Paris in the year 1857 are inseparably connected with the performance of the Faux...

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ENGLISH ETYMOLOGY.* "THE greatest care has been taken to express

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the meanings in the simplest language, a feature in respect to which this Dictionary will bear favourable comparison with any similar work. The primary meaning in every possible...

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A Saxon's Remedy for Irish Discontent. (Tinsley.)—We can hardly admit the writer's claim "to be tho first unprejudiced, well informed ' Saxon' who has studied the Irish...

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The Epicure's Year Book. (Bradbury and Evans.) — " This," we are

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told in the introduction, "is not a cookery book." It has indeed a higher aim. It appeals not to the many who eat, but to the few who know how to dine. It gives us a calendar of...

Ethers Romance. 3 vols. By Matilda Homersham. (Charles Wood.) —The

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criticisms which we have to make upon this novel are such as we have often made before, and may often have to . make again. We liked the first volume much better than the...

St. David's. By an Ecclesiologist. (Betnrose.)—This guide to the antiquities

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of St. David's, a remarkable place, which, though not more than two hundred miles from London, is less known to Englishmen in general than Abyssinia, is written by one who knows...

Grace Stanley. 1 vol. (Saunders and Otley.)—Grace Stanley is a

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practical and sensible young lady, with a good appetite (as we are specially informed the first time that we are allowed to see her at her meals), who walks, rides, dances,...

Little Charlie's Life. By Himself. (Hotten.)—This is one of the

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curiosities of literature, a facsimile in lithograph of a journal written by a boy of seven. The language is wonderfully fine; but a respectable clergyman vouches for its being...

A Layman's Faith, Doctrines, and Liturgy. (Triilmor.) — " A Layman" seeks

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to rearrange the faith and practice of Christendom after a fashion which he believes to be in better harmony with the original order of things than any Church has yet boon able...

Our Constitution. By A. C. Ewald. (Warne.)—This book, which has

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the convenient arrangement of a dictionary, supplies a quantity of information on legal points, partly historical, partly bearing on the transactions of every-day life. Mr....