29 MAY 1880

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There was a sharp skirmish in the Lords on Friday

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week about Mr. Gladstone and Austria. Lord de l'Isle and Dudley wanted explanations, which Lord Granville gave, emphasising the point that Mr. Gladstone, at Pennicuik, had...

Professor Robertson Smith has achieved a very conspicuous triumph in

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the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland. On Friday mornin g , Sir Henry Moncrieff's motion, which would have deprived Professor Robertson Smith of his professorial...

Lord Beaconsfield followed, in a speech intended to disparage the

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foreign policy of the Government by anticipation. He described Mr. Gladstone's speech in Midlothian as "the pas- sionate expression of a vindictive memory" and one most injuri-...

Sir William Harcourt is now Member for Derby, in place

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of Mr. Plimsoll, and it is even proposed that in case a petition results in unseating Mr. Hall for Oxford, Mr. Plimsoll should contest Oxford, which would be very much like a...

On Tuesday, Sir W. Harcourt returned thanks for his election,

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and treated his union with the constituency of Derby as a most romantic affair, the most singular part of it being that it had been brought about "by the former wife." Here Mr....

NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE latest telegrams from Afghanistan

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all point to the con- tinuance of negotiations between the Government of India and Abdurrahman Khan. It is affirmed that he has been offered the Ameership without restrictions,...

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

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Private and demi-official telegrams have been received in London showing

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that civil war has broken out in Burmah, and that trade beyond the frontier has stopped. No details are known, but it is believed that the insurgents raise the claim of the...

Then arose a great and dissonant chorus of approbation and

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reprobation. The dispute on the Prime Minister's amendment was between those who held, with Mr. Gladstone, that this was a judicial proceeding, in which it was questionable how...

Lord Selborne on Thursday introduced the Burials Bill of the

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Government into the House of Lords, in a speech of very great ability, in which he showed how impossible even the Con- servatives had found it to reject this measure of relief...

Yesterday week, Mr. Bradlaugh, M.P. for Northampton, presented himself at

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the table of the House of Commons to take the oath of allegiance ; whereupon Sir H. Drummond Wolff intervened, and objected to the oath being taken by Mr. Brad- laugh, when the...

We have stated elsewhere at some length the provisions of

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the new Bill by which Prince Bismarck hopes to obtain abso- lute power to persecute the Roman Catholic priesthood, or favour them, at his discretion. It is in principle an...

A meeting of Protestants was held in the City Hall,

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Glasgow, on Monday, to protest against the appointments of Roman Catholics, like Lord Ripon and Lord Kenmare, to high office ; and resolutions were passed declaring these...

To make the vote of the Liberals still more secure,

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Prince Bismarck has published his letters to his Ambassador at Rome, Prince Reuss, and the latter's report of conversations with Cardinal Jacobini. The drift of these papers...

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Mr. Lowe has been gazetted as Viscount Sherbrooke, and a

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writ has been moved for the election by the University of London of a new Member in his place. Sir John Lubbock will certainly be returned unopposed, and on Wednesday the Senate...

The Government has lost no time in keeping its promise

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to diminish the evils of the Game Laws. It does not propose this Session to deal with those laws as they affect the com- munity, but to reform them almost completely as they...

M. Lon Say was on Tuesday elected President of the

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French Senate, by 147 votes against 4 given to M. Leroyer, and 121 left blank, the curious form in which Senators record a dissent which they do not desire to make effective....

The Committee . which the Prime Minister has nominated is certainly

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not one unduly biassed in favour of letting Mr. Bradlaugh take the oath. It is to consist of the following nineteen Members :—Mr. Whitbread, Sir John Holker, Mr. Bright, Lord H....

Consols were on Pasty 99-?- 6 - to 991.

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The total result of the Italian elections, as tested by

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the party votes on the election of the officers of the Chamber, does not give the Government an assured majority without the support of the Extreme Left. They have not a clear...

The Times reports that Colonel Beaumont, R.E., has suc- ceeded,

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after four years of experiment, in making a nearly per- fect compressed-air engine for locomotive purposes. The air is stored in a reservoir under a pressure of 1,000 lb. to the...

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THE RADICALS' IMPATIENCE. I the Conservatives are too servile in their political discipline, it is pretty certain that the Liberals are much too little disposed to pay even a...


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W E think the Government, on the whole, would have done better to recall Sir Bartle Frere ; but the question is complicated by many and somewhat unusual difficulties. In the...

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THE BRADLAUGH DEBATES. T HE Debates of Friday and Monday nights

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are, in some senses, very creditable, and in others very discreditable, to the House of Commons. If, indeed, the House had been ex- pressly bent on showing how unfit it was to...

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I T may interest some of our readers to know exactly what it is that the Bill to make the application of the May Laws discretionary instead of absolute, which is now before the...

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L ORD SELBORNE'S Burials Bill is, on the whole, cour- ageous and satisfactory. We agree with those . who, criticising it less from the point of view of the Dissenters who...


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M R. THOROLD ROGERS referred, in his speech in th e Bradlaugh debate of Monday, to the well-recognised con- nection between religions scepticism and political Conservatism,...

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T HE Philanthropists seem oddly put to it just now to devise a formula showing that thrift is not only a useful and unobjectionable practice, tending to make men independent and...

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T HE present " season" of French Plays in London lacks the last year's charm, the performances of a great company, perfectly trained, and accustomed to act together ; and is...

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SIR,—I am afraid that my own experience of Nonconformity and that of "J. A. B." must be of a strangely contradictory character. I know nothing of Scotland, but I have a pretty...


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[rO THE Maros OF THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—There is one sentence in the letter of your correspondent "J. A. B." in last week's Spectator, upon which circumstances connected with the...


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THE EASTERN QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.) trust that all Liberals will have approved of the measures taken by the Ministry with a view to the settlement of...

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' SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There is a letter on "The Clergy and Politics" in your last issue, dated from Manchester, and signed "J. A. B." Of the general argument of this letter, I...


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[TO TER EDITOR OF THE SPKTATOR.1 Sra,—I am a little surprised that your reviewer, in a very flattering notice of my article on "Modern English Landscape Painting," in the...


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[To TICE EDITOR. OF THE " SPECTATOR."] you allow me to try and remove an erroneous im- .pre3siou from the mind of "A Hospital Chaplain," in regard to Mr. Morgan's Burials...

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ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE.] WE said in our first article upon this Exhibition that some- attempt would be made in subsequent notices to classify - the principal pictures,...


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CIRCUMSTANCE. IN vain thou strivest, thou canst not be free, Poor captive, whom the dreary bonds of Fate,. Closing in narrower folds, incarcerate Within the prison-house of...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPE0EATOE.") SIR,—The Scotsman of yesterday's date contains a paragraph, which is printed in the smallest type, and at the bottom of a column, where it...

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COREA.* TIBET and Corea have long been admitted to be the two least-known countries in the world. They have been styled " the forbidden lands." Several interesting works have...

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HODGE AND HIS MASTERS.* WE cannot help feeling greatly disappointed

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with this latest work of Mr. Jefferies. Our contemporaries have praised it much, and we ourselves have been delighted, and have expressed our delight in these pages, with some...

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a considerable amount of matter which has already appeared in one shape or another. The author very honestly warns us of this fact in his preface. The first volume, he tells us,...

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MIL Alni; is a workmanlike novelist, and understands the mechanism of his craft, in small things and great. He is always on his own level; and if that level is not a very lofty...

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'THE present state of philosophy in England is most hopeful, and full of encouragement to all who take an interest in the higher speculation. Philosophy has again won to her...

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Freedom. in Science and Teaching. From the German of Ernst Haeckel. (Kogan Paul and Co.)—This is a reply to Virchow's stric- tures on the evolution theory, in his famous Muni&...

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History of the Indian Mutiny, 1857-1858. By Colonel G. B.

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Malle- son, C.S.I. Vol. II. (Allen and Co.)—Colonel Malleson takes up his story at the siege of Delhi, which he describes iu a narrative of re- markable vigour and interest. It...

A. Tangled Web. From the French of Madame Nelly Lientier.

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By Mary Dick. (Remington.)—The "tangled web" is that which "we weave, when first we venture to deceive." The particular deception about which this plot is woven is of an...

The Military Religious Orders of the Middle-Ages. By F. C.

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Wood- house, M.A. (S.P.C.K.)—This is a useful summary of an interesting history. We cannot agree with all that Mr. Wodehonse says in his introduction. To us, he seems to rate...

Essays of To-day : Religious . and Theological. By William Wilber-

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force Newton. (Boston : A. Williams.)—Mr. Newton is a clergyman of the Episcopal Church in Boston, which may indeed be congratulated on its possession of so able a minister....

A Year in India. By Anthony; George Shiell. (Samuel Tinsley.)

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—It is, we presume, for a certain dramatic interest that Mr. Shiell prefixes to his narrative of "A Year in India" an account of how he ascended Mont Blanc. Or is it because the...