29 MAY 1886

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The Prince of Bulgaria, it is announced, will stay a

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few days with the King of Roumania at Sinaia, near Bucharest. Both are German Princes, both are soldiers, and the dominions of both lie right across the Russian route to...

If the Czar is not bent upon threatening Europe, he

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is cer- tainly bent upon alarming it. Last week he declared in a General Order that circumstances might require him to defend the "dignity" of his Empire by arms, and this week...

On Thursday, Mr. Gladstone addressed a meeting of about 210

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of his supporters at the Foreign Office, to explain the posi- tion of the Government in relation to the Home-rule Bill. He referred to Lord Salisbury's speech at St. James's...


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T HE week has been only marked by a considerable surrender on the part of Government, Mr. Gladstone having agreed, at a meeting of the Liberal Party, held at the Foreign Office...

As to the demand that Irish representatives should be retained

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for the discussion of Imperial affairs, the Government had already consented to recall them when any question of taxation affecting Ireland was to be discussed ; and they had...

Yesterday week, the debate on the Home-rule Bill was begun

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by Mr. Justin McCarthy, in a speech so anxiously moderate as to be somewhat colourless, though Mr. McCarthy promised for the Irish Parliament that it would not be one of...

Mr. Gladstone's statement was very heartily received by those who

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spoke. Mr. Dillwyn welcomed it on behalf of the Welsh Members ; Mr. Whitbread warned all Members who wished for some form of Home-rule from voting against the secend reading on...

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

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On the same evening, Mr. Rathbone made a careful and

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im- pressive speech on the economical side of the question, pointing out how easy it would be for Ireland to ruin the owners of property through the imposition of heavy local...

The adjourned Irish debate was then opened by Lord Lyming-

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ton, who condemned the proposed Bill as bristling with arrange- ments which must make it both irritating and temporary. Then came the Attorney-General (Sir Charles Russell), who...

Mr. Childers, however, pointed out that though the statutory Legislature

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in Dublin would have nothing like the large powers of Grattan's Parliament, there would be under the Bill of the Government a very great concession to Ireland which did not...

Then Mr. Trevelyan, in an elaborate speech, to the weaker

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points of which we have referred at length elsewhere, forcibly recapitulated his well-known objections to a measure which made it quite essential to the Government scheme to...

On Tuesday, Mr. Labonchere, in one of his most lively

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speeches, moved the adjournment of the House over the Derby Day, which he did in the interest of a sacred duty which he hoped they would never forget,—the duty to themselves ;...

The Times' correspondent at Mandelay sends a story which, slightly

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absurd as it seems, may turn out to be of importance. In the Viceroy's recent Proclamation promising an amnesty to all submissive Burmese, the latest date for submission was...

Cannot Lord Rosebery end this question of the Canadian Fisheries

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? The Governments of Washington and London are too sensible to quarrel over a few cod ; but all fishery questions are dangerous, because it is necessary, in resist- ing...

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After two Cabinet Councils on the subject, the French Government

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agreed to bring in a Bill enabling the Minister of the-Interior to expel any Prince belonging to a family which has reigned over France, and on Thursday it was accordingly...

In addition to the 233,000 granted to the Home and

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Foreign Departments for secret-service money, 210,000 a year is charged on the Consolidated Fund to be expended on the responsi- bility of the Patronage Secretary of the...

The second reading of the Bill legalising marriage with a

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deceased wife's sister was negatived in the House of Lords on Monday by a majority of 22 (149 to 127). The Duke of St. Alban's having used the usual arguments in support of the...

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— — -- The danger of a proscription so unjust

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an this was well illus- trated by the next incident in the sitting. Six Extremists, headed by M. Basly, the Socialist, while repudiating expulsion as undignified, brought in the...

In the course of Tuesday's debate, Mr. Trevelyan made a

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quotation from a speech of Mr. Parnell's at Cincinnati in 1880, declaring it to be his object to break "the last link" between Ireland and England, the authenticity of which Mr....

Lord Dufferin is a little too modern for the statesmen

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of Pekin. They agreed recently to allow a Mission to proceed from Calcutta to Lhassa, to see if the Government of Thibet could or would grant any new facilities for trade. Lord...

The "depression" of which every one speaks does not appear

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to affect collectors much. Lord Dudley's china, which was sold on Friday week, did not fetch the prices given by that eccen- tric person ; but still, more than 240,000 was paid...

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THE MEETING AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. T EE meeting at the Foreign Office on Thursday marks a very grave change in the Irish policy of the Govern- ment, and, as it appears to us, a...

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T HE true danger of the moment seems to us to threaten us not from the strength of the friends of the Irish measure, but from the reluctance of its opponents to face clearly the...

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E0 XIII. is a wise and moderate Pope, who has achieved J some considerable successes in different parts of the world ; but he is not incapable of error, and we suspect, and...


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T HERE is something involved in the vote of next Tuesday —if, indeed, the division is to be taken on that day— which is even more important than the unity of the Kingdom, and...

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I T is useless to condemn political opponents without entering into their thoughts, and we will try, therefore, to state the arguments by which the less fanatic Radicals of...

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W E tried last week to explain why the new House of Commons had accepted Mr. Labouchere as its natural leader. The fact we took as proved ; all that we sought to do was to find...

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L ORD BRAM WELL is hardly adding as much as we should have hoped, considering his known ability, to the general respect in which the country holds the legislative wisdom of our...

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T HE idea that all men ought to enjoy in the course of their lives an equal quantum of happiness is sufficiently irrational. They ought not, if happiness is to be proportioned...

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V ON RANKE, by whose removal in his ninety-first year European literature may be said to lose its doyen, was a striking instance of the longevity so often achieved by men in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] S1R, - I hope you will allow another "provincial Liberal" to protest against the notion propounded by Mr. E. A. Mason in your current number,...


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LLOYD JONES. iTo THE EDITOR 07 TER " EIVECIATOR."1 Si ii ,—In the person of Mr. Lloyd Jones, a remarkable man has passed away, whose name was probably more familiar among the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIN,—May I be permitted to point out some current misappre- hensions as to the numbers and condition of the inhabitants of Ulster ? It should...


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you allow one whco is not a frequenter of London clubs, but an unobtrusive member of the large body of London Liberals who have preferred to remain in their ranks with Lord...


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1-TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sta,—How to combine the concession of local self-government in its widest sense, or Home-rule, with the maintenance of abso- lute "Imperial...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—" Scotland," Mr. Arnold says, "has been a nation ; but politically it is a nation no longer." By the same post which brings us his...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."f SIR,—The renewal of the stringent order for the muzzling of dogs is likely to give much dissatisfaction, and not without reason ; for the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR."J Sta,—Of the facts about Ireland which I am submitting to eager rustic audiences, I venture to think that the leading one is too much...


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[To TRY EDITOR OF THE " BIECTATOR.'q Sia,—There are many of the clergy of the National Church in a difficult position in regard to the coming Election. Those who would take an...


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IDYLLS OF THE ILIAD.—X. ANDROMACHE. IN Mysia, where the deep-soiled Apian plain Slopes to the golden waves of Rhyndacus, O'er Thebe, underneath the wooded heights Of Places,...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE.] Li this second notice, and in our following articles upon the Exhibition at Burlington House, we shall endeavour to take the pictures, as...

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MR. GRANT WHITE'S "STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE." , A MELANCHOLY interest attaches to this work, which is the literary legacy of a man whose death deprives American critical...

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Aunt Rachel is more than "a rustic sentimental comedy." Its pathos is at least as genuine as its humour, and short as the story is, Mr. Christie Murray may well be congratulated...

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MR. VAN LATTN'S " GIL BLA.S."* AN author who has

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been a classic for a century and a half, whose works are known and admired by all men of letters, and * The Adrent”res of Gil B'as of Santillana. Rendered into English by Henri...

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THE title shows that this book is somewhat aggressive in tone. Mr. Carnegie is a living example of the truth of Aristotle's remark that it makes an incredible difference when...

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MR. LEFROY advances against the sentence which Horace pro- nounces on mediocres poeto the modest plea that possibly "they may while away a vacant hour as legitimately and...

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Tuts volume is the first of its kind that has come in our way. Volumes of sermons preached by laymen we have had, but dis- courses delivered in a school chapel by a lay...

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Windsor. By W. J. Loftie. (Seeley and Co.)—The chief attraction

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of this book lies naturally in the illustrations. These consist of twelve full-page pictures, all but the frontispiece (a reproduction in photogravure of Mr. Boehm's statue of...


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With its June number, the Scottish Church enters upon the second year of what promises to be a vigorous life. As this is in Scotland the specially ecclesiastical period of the...

An Iron-bound City. By John Augustus O'Shea. 2 vols. (Ward

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and Downey.)—Mr. O'Shea went through the siege of Paris from the beginning to the end, ate horseflesh, waited in a queue for his portion of bread, and did not always get it,...

The Chronicles of Lincluden. By William McDowell. (A. and C-

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Black, Edinbargh.)—This admirably—we might even say magnifi- cently—got-up book is as good evidence as has been recently afforded of the vitality of the antiquarian spirit in...

A Reigning Favourite. By Annie Thomas (Mrs. Ponder Cudlip). 3

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vols. (Ward and Downey.)—" Society" and the theatrical pro- fession supply the subject-matter of Mrs. Pender Cadlip's new story. There is a professional beauty, who, finding her...