29 NOVEMBER 1873

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It seems to be certain that M. de Chambord has

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been in Ver- sailles, and the Union says he has acted with rare disinterested- ness. The Union has fre q uently shown that it knows what " Henri V." is doing when other papers...


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T rIE intelligence from Bengal this week is not very reassur- ing. The Zemindars' Association, a society of powerful land- owners, represent (November 24) that they expect only...

The new French Ministry, as finally arranged, indicates a con-

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siderable dislocation of parties. It would appear that the Duc do Bro g lie has le.41 dewa as his prog r amme the • prolongation of the Provisoirsvand as the two representatives...

Mr. Disraeli made much his best speech at Glasgow this

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day week to the Conservative Association, for he declined to regard the " Conservative workin g -men " as a distinct body of Conser- vatives. He ptofessed to g ive the...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to do justice to the spirit

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in which the India Office is approaching the crisis, but may mention here that Lord Northbrook's estimate of the certain call u pon his resources is that he shall have to feed...

Further, Mr. Disraeli declared that Ministers had threitted and defied

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the House of Lords till. they saw how popular.the Lords were in the country, nay, that the Government were teach- ing the United Kin g dom to expect changes of Constitution so ;...

We wish all the bulletin-writers and calculators of all kinds

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would remember, in writin g on the famine, to state whether they are using the o ld or, the new Census. Every book of reference g ives the old figures, which are, in most cases,...

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

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It is rumoured that the effect of all this in

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Spain will be fatal to the Government of Senor Castelar, who will be denounced as having sacrificed the national honour. This is possible, as every Spaniard is nearly mad upon...

One of the best jokes of the speech, and one

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curiously illustrative of Mr. Disraeli's " severe accuracy," was directed against Mr. Lowe. A propos of the Ashantee war, Mr. Disraeli ostentatiously took credit for never...

The School-Board Elections throughout the country appear, on the whole,

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to have resulted in a certain amount of gain to the Unsectarians, but how far the distinction between the Unsectarians and the Secularists is clearly marked we do not know. Even...

We hear from the United States that a pacific settlement

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of the . question between the Washington Government and the Govern- ment of Madrid is now expected,—at what possible cost to the prestige of the Government of Senor Castelar at...

Archbishop Ledochowski, of Posen, has been summoned, in accordance with

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the new ecclesiastical laws of Prussia, to resign his see, and if he does not do so, as of course he will not,—indeed the Pope has, it is said, expressly exhorted him to hold on...

Another curious illustration of Mr. Disraeli's "severe accuracy" is to

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be found in what he said when he fell foul,—very foul,— of the Admiralty. If no other passage of his remained, it would suffice to give posterity a fair notion of the hardihood,...

To the main features of Mr. Forster's great speech at

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Liverpool on Tuesday, on the education policy of the last three years, we have referred at some length elsewhere. It is worth adding, how- ever, something of his personal...

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A dinner was given yesterday week to Lord Lawrence, on

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hilt retirement from the Chairmanship of the Metropolitan School Board, by his former colleagues, at which Mr. Forster was pre- sent, and remarked how few countries could boast...

The Bank of England on Thursday reduced its rate of

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dis- count from eight to six per cent., and as gold is coming in, it will possibly go lower. The remarkable feature of the " dear-money" crisis this time has been the absence of...

In answer to a question put this day week in

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the Lower House of the Prussian Diet, the Minister of Finance, Herr Camphausen, said that Prince Bismarck's assumption of the Pre- sidency had in no way altered the...

It seems to be quite certain that Russia, all her

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'promises motwithstanding, has annexed Khiva. She has not indeed 'occupied the Khanate, but has compelled the Khan by regular -treaty to cede part of it, to surrender the...

The Times publishes an account of the. new Central Telegraph

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Office, about which there are two facts to be noted. No archi- tect has been employed, the entire work having been completed by Mr. Williams, an Assistant-Surveyor of the Works'...

The despatches from the Gold Coast received this week add

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'little to our knowledge of affairs there, but we observe a great conflict of testimony among the Special Correspondents. The Daily News' account, on which we relied, affirmed...

Mr. Walter, the Member for Berkshire, does not often utter

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epigrams, but in his speech to his constituents at Abingdon on Monday he certainly contrived to explain the Game-law ques- tion in a sentence. He said :—" Could any quality...

Mr. Chichester Fortescue has addressed a sharp Circular to the

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Railway Companies, in which he tells them that many of the immense number of casualties reported by Captain Tyler in 1872 are due to preventible causes, and insists that the "...

Consols were on Friday 98/ to,93i. .

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THE FAMINE IN BENGAL. O UR most recent information upon the Bengal Famine—a subject which, we are delighted to say, has at last got its fair hold upon the public mind—resolves...

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W HEN, on one occasion, the late Emperor of the French was amongst the working-classes at Auxerre, if we remem- ber rightly, he said that he " breathed freely," explaining that...

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T HERE is something almost Oriental in the way in which mere palace intrigues seem to affect the policy of France, or rather of the small class which now professes to direct...

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A B. FORSTER has at least one great quality for the very 111 difficult position he holds,—that he seems incapable of either irritation or unfairness against opponents who are...

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T HERE are very few men more likely to rise, and to rise fast, in political life than Mr. George Otto Trevelyan. The heir of the only Whig ever admitted for purely intel-...

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ER. HOLMAN HUNT'S great picture of ' The Shadow of Death.' is, we should suppose, one which artists will study with the most profound admiration, and even technical wonder. As...

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T HERE is a little common-sense left in the world still, and some of it belongs to Mr. Justice Brett, and the jury who on Thursday, in the case of " W. S. Gilbert v. the Pall...

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"SPECTATOR.") SIR, —The answer to the question whether a due liberty of religious thought is enjoyed most fully in Established or in Nonconformist Churches will depend on the...


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THE IRISH LORD CHANCELLOR. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Stn,—I am directed by the Lord Chancellor to say that his atten- tion has been called to a paragraph in the...

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SPEOTANOR."1 Sia,—There are some passages in Mr. Forster's speech at Liverpool which put so clearly the case for a measure of universal compulsion, and the political...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR. "] Srn,—In your remarks in

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this week's Spectator on the results of the Birmingham School-Board election, you seem to me to under- estimate the significance of the numbers who voted. 63 per cent. does not...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR."] Slit,—Can it be that the uneasy, half-conscious yearning of the Spectator to find the League in fault or in misfortune was alto- gether...


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"SPECTATOR. " ] STR 7 —No more striking proof could be given of the neglect by the present generation of a poet who delighted some of the beet and greatest of their forefathers,...

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HERE lies poor Dizzy, In life so busy With intrigue and riot, And now so quiet! He wrote Grey a letter His malice revealing ; It might have been better In tone, taste, and...


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"TWO THAT SLEEP, AND ONE THAT WATCHETH." [SUGGESTED BY THE PICTURE BY S. SOLOSION.] " COULD ye not watch one hour ?" The hour is late, And the chill air is drowsy, and they...


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THE " SPECTATOR.”] SIR,—In reference to some editorial observations in your issue of last week, I have to assure you that one of the members of the Conference recently engaged...


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THE FUR COUNTRY.* WHEN M. Jules Verne, the only French writer of genuine boys' books, in the sense in which English people understand that class of literature, collects the...

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le does great credit to the complete sincerity and candour of the author of the intemperate book before us,—just republished by Mr. John Morley, the editor of the Fortnightly,...

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TRE art of biography, if not lost altogether, is now very rarely practised among us. A star of greater or lesser magnitude dies, and in due time the public is, shall we say...

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MR. HAMERTON ON ART CRITICISM.* Tars is a new edition,

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with notes and some additional papers, of a volume of Essays which was received with deserved favour by the public. Part of its interest is derived from its enabling us to...

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IT is immediately apparent that this little work on Brazil is written by an Englishman. He is one not only thoroughly well informed about Brazil, but also a highly accomplished...

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LADY WOOD is still often vigorous and pointed. There are the same outspokenness, the same warm-hearted impatience of the un- equal distribution of this world's prizes, the same...

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The Master of Greylands. By Mrs. Henry Wood. 3 vols.

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(Bentley.)— Mrs. Wood calmly pursues her course, and finding doubtless a sufficiency of readers, takes very little heed of what the critics may say. And indeed these gentlemen...

The Restoration of Paths to Dwell in ; Essays on

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the Re-editing and Interpretation of the Old Testament Scriptures. By the Rev. B. Street, B.A. (Strahan.)—We might well dispute the truth of Mr. Street's first sentence :—" It...


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A Critical History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification and Beconciliaticra. By Albert Ritschl. Translated from the German by John S. Black, M.A. (Edmonston and...

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The Queen's Shilling : a Soldier's Story. By Captain Arthur

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Griffiths. (H. S. King.)—The reader is led to expect the story of a private sol- dier, who does receive, we understand, some coin of mystical power, which is called the "Queen's...

Tennyson: his Life and Works. By Jephson H. Smith. (James

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Blackwood.)—It is one of the penalties of greatness to be made the subject of contemporary biography. Mr. Smith scarcely pretends to give anything like criticism, but he gossips...

The Persians of tEschylus. Translated into English Verse. By W.

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Gurney, M.A. (Bell and Deighton.)—We cannot congratulate Mr. Gurney upon having accomplished a successful translation. Beyond a respectable knowledge of the text, he does not...

"While the Boy' Waits." By J. Mortimer Granville (Frowde.)— Mr.

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Granville modestly hopoi that what was " worth writing may perhaps be worth reading." These essays were written to fill up a vacant space- in the columns of a newspaper, and...

Under a Tropical Sky. By John Amphlett. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Mr. Amphlett paid visits of some length to Barba.does, Demerara, and Jamaica,:and caught passing glimpses of various other West Indian islands. He spent somewhat less than...

Old Times in Ireland. By Lieutenant-Colonel the Ron. C. S.

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Vereker, M.A., F.G.S. (Chapman and Hall.)—The only reasonable way in which the production of such a book as Old Times in Ireland' is to be accounted for, is on the supposition...

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Ups and Downs. By Edward E. Halo. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)— This is a very characteristic story of American life. The scene opens with Commencement at Cambridge, where one Jasper Rising, who has highly distinguished himself,...

Timothy Cripple; or, Life's a Feast. By Thomas Auriol Robinson.

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2 vols. (S. Tinsley.)—Timothy Cripple is a lad who, seeking to obey his father's precepts, attempts to go through life on the principle of honesty, and meeting for the most part...

Heathergate. Henry S. King and Co.—A novel in two volumes

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is cheerful to contemplate, until one finds out that it involves complica- tions enough for six, and demands close attention to a series of rambling people and unconnected...

Cuba with Pen and Pencil. By S. Hazard. (Sampson Low

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and Co.) —This is the work of a quick, intelligent tourist, without a grain of thoughtfulness. Considerably lessened in size, and with Mr. Gallenga's " Pearl " as a preface, it...

The Heliotype Process. (Heliotype Company, Limited.)—This book gives a description

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of a well-known process for reproducing works of art, &e., and illustrates it appropriately with a number of specimens representing the results of the process. There are copies...

Tom Bulkeley of Lissingion. A Novel. By R. Mounteney Jephson.

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(Bentley.)—The cultus of the horse is as striking a feature in English - fiction as it is in English fact. That noble, but misused and rather tiresome animal holds so prominent...

The Middle-Aged Lover : a Story. By Percy Fitzgerald. (Bentley.)

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—This story, which originally appeared in All the Year Round, under the title of "Notes or Gold," is the least amusing and the most flimsy of Mr. Percy Fitzgerald's productions....

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Eve's Daughters. By E. Dyne Fenton. (Tinsley Bros.)—This is a

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smart volume, with a bright red binding, blue-edged leaves, and on the cover a suggestive design in black and gold, which represents a very large apple and a very serpentiny...

CR9.167'51A8 Boors.—Our British Portrait Painters, 1617-1872. (Virtue, Spalding, and Daldy.)—Here

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we have sixteen illustrations, engravings for the most part of a very high order of merit, to which Mr. E. Oilier has appended some interesting, descriptive, and historical...