29 FEBRUARY 1868

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Mr. Disraeli thus attains the object towards which he has

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been working for thirty-one long years. It is, we believe, thirty-four since he informed Lord Melbourne that he intended to be Prime Minister of England, and thirty since he sat...


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L ORD DERBY resigned on Monday, in order, as was generally believed, to give Mr. Disraeli greater freedom to mould and declare the Irish policy of the Government in the debate...

The debate in the Lords on Monday night on the

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Bill for re- newing the Suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act in Ireland was chiefly remarkable for the declarations elicited from two Tory Peers and one Cabinet Minister as to...

Mr. Bright's recent proposal to spend something like 3,000,0001. on

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breaking the fall of the endowed churches in Ireland by giving to each, in absolute property, some little portion of the capitalized value of the tithes, and at the same time...

Rumours of course have been flying thick. It is stated,

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for example, that Lord Derby is to have a Dukedom, which, con- sidering what Dukes are, would be rather a degradation for the head of the Stanleys ; that the Cabinet was to lose...

fact, as important as any which ever reached Europe from

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America, was reported in these words, " The resolution passed the House of Representatives to-day by a strict party vote." The numbers are not given, as M. Reuter's agent wanted...

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The North Germans have settled their quarrel with the United

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States very quickly and very sensibly. A treaty has been ac- cepted providing that henceforward a North German who has been naturalized in America and has resided there five...

The Pope has presented the Golden Rose, "the mystic rose

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bedewed with balm and musk, typifying the sweet odours which should exhale from the good deeds of all of us," to Queen Isabella of Spain. It was presented to her on the 8th...

A report is current in Contiuental capitals that Prince Charles

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of Hohenzollern, Hospodar of the Principalities, intends to de- clare himself shortly King of Roumania, and independent of the Porte. Support for this policy has been sought at...

The Prussians seem dreadfully touchy about the proceedings of the

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King of Hanover. He has been celebrating his silver wedding at Hietzing, which was attended by some 500 Hanoverians, whom he addressed in a flaming speech. He expects, he says,...

Lord Cranborne has made his first speech as Chairman of

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the Great Eastern Railway. It differs from other such speeches in only two aspects ; it is true, and everybody believes it to be true, and consequently even the shareholders...

Mr. Sullivan, the editor of the Nation, accused of writing

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seditious libels, has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment. Mr. Pigott, for a similar offence rather deeper in dye, has received twelve. The verdicts were just, and the...

Mr. Goschen made an able speech on Friday week, introducing

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a kind of amateur budget for London and the great cities. The speech was a little too cautious to catch a public still ignorant of the urgent need of reform in our municipal...

We stated last week, in recording the very numerous legal

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appointments of the present Government, that "the only instance in which professional standing has been recognized as superior to party fidelity was in the case of Sir Robert...

The Army Estimates for 1868-69 have been published. The country

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is to pay 15,455,0001., exclusive of Abyssinian charges, or about 200,0001. more than last year. For this sum of ten shillings a head on the population it obtains 136,650 men,...

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Saturday's polling at the University of Cambridge showed Mr. Beresford

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Hope's majority to be so steadily increasing that Mr. Cleasby's friends gave up the contest, and on Monday no votes were tendered, the polling-room being open only pro forma....

We mentioned last week the squabble between the President and

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General Grant as to the understanding arrived at on the subject of the General's giving the President fair notice before surrendering his office as Secretary at War into Mr....

Sir R. Collier, instructed by the Jamaica Committee, applied to

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Sir Thomas Henry on Thursday for a warrant against Governor Eyre as accessory before the fact to the murder of Mr. Gordon, which Sir Thomas Henry declined to grant. He said that...

In the early part of the week the Conaol Market

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was steady, and at one time Consols were done at 931, f. Yesterday, how- ever, they closed heavily at 92f, 93, Reduced and New Three per Cents. were 931, ; Exchequer Bills, lls....

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British Railways left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Great Eastern... Great Northern _ Great Western Lancashire and Yorkshire ... London and Brighton ... London and North-Western London and...

Convocation has been prorogued, after expressing a great wish to

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do various acts of bigotry, and discussing the possibility of sending the consecrated elements to sick patients who are not able to attend the communion service in church. The...

At the meeting of the proprietors of the London and

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Liverpool and Globe Insurance Company the report read stated that the fire premiums received during last year amounted to 836,8161. 9s. 2d., against 818,0551. 12s. 9d. in 1866,...

Mr. Johnson has nominated General McClellan as Ambassador to England

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in Mr. Adams's place. There is no probability, we imagine, of the Senate's confirming this appointment.

Mr. Speke is alive, after all. He was arrested on

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Friday at Padstow, near Bodinin, in Cornwall, in the disguise of a drover. The local police were " wanting " a defaulter who had escaped from Hull, and fancied the apparent...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, Feb. 21. Friday, Feb. 88. Mexican ..• ... 134 ... 151 Spanish New — ... 364 ... a64 Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858 ... 621 ... 614 ......

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THE RECONSTRUCTED MINISTRY. T HE Reconstructed Ministry, if we may trust the most authentic accounts of it accessible yesterday, will have mind enough and to spare ; but will...

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T HE struggle between the President and Congress is rapidly approaching a point at which one or the other party will be tempted to a resort to force. The national represen-...

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T HE brain ought to rule the body, and Mr. Disraeli's eleva- tion to the avowed chieftainship of the Tory party seems to us, therefore, not only natural, but right. He has for...

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IT is impossible to ignore another side to the account. That it is good for the nominal and real power to be united by Mr. Disraeli's Premiership we have always strongly...

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I F Mr. Goschen wishes to be the Sir Robert Peel of local finance,—a splendid position, which he is thoroughly com- petent to fill,—he must dare to be a little more...

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F OLLOWING up our last week's survey of the Co-operative Movement in France, we now propose to do the same for - that in Germany, with the aid of Mr. Morier's admirable Report...

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?SI R. SPEKE has turned up, quite safe, in Cornwall, and the theory of the Spectator has turned out to be, of all the theories promulgated, the one most completely in the wrong....

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M R. Mr. GILBERT, the man who approaches nearer to the style of Defoe than any writer of modern fiction, has described in the new number of Good Words a visit to a German...

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LiV.—THE SUBURBAN COUNTIES AND HERTFORDSHIRE :- TIE TOWNS. T HERE are at present within the limits of Essex 19 market towns, of which three are also Parliamentary boroughs ;...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—My attention has recently been directed to two letters, signed " Moderator," published in your journal on the 1st and 8th of the present...

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OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—" C. B. C.," the correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette, has proved himself so good a versifier, both in Latin and English, that his opinion upon the...


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THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—An article in Good Words for the present month by Dean Alford touches so wisely upon a subject in which American Chris- tians, and particularly members of...

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PRINCE HENRY THE NAVIGATOR.* The Life of Prince Henry of Portugal, surnamed the Navigator, and its Results. Com- prising the Discovery, within one century, of half the World....

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JOHN FALK.* John Falk is a Danish story, showing very

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remarkable and sustained powers of character-painting, and with one or two scenes of strong interest, but exhibiting a great deficiency in art in this— that the religious thread...

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CANON ROBINSON ON SACERDOTALISM.* IT is understood that the delivery

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of this sermon in the Cathedral of York a few Sundays since produced a very marked impression. That ancient and decorous city, though happily sequestered from the fiercer...

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WE have read some of these lively and fanciful poems before in Aunt Judy's clever magazine, but many of the best are quite new to us, and more genuinely childlike humour we have...

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THE BOY'S OWN BOOK.* In a happy moment, a caterer

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for the public wants hit upon the idea of compiling a book of games, and he was still more felicitous • The Boy's Own Book. New Edition. London: Lockwood and Co. when he...


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What Mean You by this Service? A Sermon, preached at St. Saviour's Church, Holton, on Sunday evening, November 17, 1867, by the Rev. John Oakley, Incumbent of St. Saviour's....

Hever Court. By R. Arthur Arnold. 2 vols. (Bradbury and

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Evans.)— This is a fairly written book, the work of a man who can wield his pen, and who has achieved some success in other fields than that of fiction. But as a novel we cannot...

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Our Eternal Destiny : Heaven or Hell. By the Rev.

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Charles Rogers, LL.D. (Houlston and Wright.)—It is, no doubt, possible to confirm the views contained in this book by taking the letter of the Bible. Dr. Rogers considers it...

Thoughts on Men and Things. By Angelina Gushington. (Rivingtons.) —Lively

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enough sketches, superficial, indeed, and more or less imita- tive. Their satire is sometimes forced, and the girlishness of tone bears marks of affectation. Still they are...

A Handbook of Gymnastics and Athletics. By E. G. Ravenstein

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and John Holley. (Triibner.) Gymnasts and Gymnastics. By John Howard. Second Edition. (Longmans.)—These two books treat of a most useful science, and one which has hitherto been...

Raymond : an Exceptional Biography. By Harry Moreland. 3 vols.

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(Saunders and Otley.)—It is wholly impossible to make head or tail of this thing which calls itself a novel. Its only merit to a reviewer is that it is widely printed, and a...

The First Canticle [Inferno] of the Divine Comedy of Dante

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Alighieri. Translated by Thomas William Parsons. (Now York : Putnam. London: Low, Son, and Marston.)—We recommend this version of the Inferno to Professor Longfellow. He will...