29 OCTOBER 1870

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The blow may be said to place France outside Paris

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at the mercy of the Germans. There does not exist an organized force outside the capital which could meet the shock of such an army as that which has been released by the...

The British Government has made a final effort at mediation.

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It has requested Count Bismarck to receive M. Thiers, who goes to Versailles to ask an armistice. It is believed that Count Bis- marck has complied, but M. Thiers has first to...

Three months ago we wrote that an armed nation, not

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an army, was pouring into France. The French Army has been destroyed or captured, and a third of France subjugated, and even now the German papers assert there are 750,000...


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T HE last relic of the Army of France capitulated on the 27th inst. It appears from a telegram sent to the Daily News that General Coffiniere, Commandant of Metz, informed...

All the more considerable Paris sorties appear to occur on

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a Friday. There was one on the 23rd of September, on the 30th of September, on the 14th of October, and on the 21st of October, all of them on a considerable scale ; and very...

It seems that Prince Jerome also pressed an intriguing policy

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upon his cousin's wife at Chislehurst, and relieved his mind by denouncing recent Ministers as idiots (cretins). The Empress, who for ten years has fought the Prince for the...

Either 2Eolus, or Trochu, or Von Moltke seems to have

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stopped the Paris balloons. The latest news we have from the interior of Paris is of the 19th inst., ten days old, and represents all as quiet and the sole occupation drill. The...

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

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The Church Convention in Ireland has been holding high debate

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upon the revision of the Prayer-Book, which nine-tenths of the Episcopalian laity would revise in the Genevese sense. After a debate which came to verbal blows, the Bishops and...

Where the Army of the Loire may be is one

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of the most open questions of modern times. A correspondent of the Telegraph who rashly went in search of it to Vierzon (between Orleans and Bourges), where at one time within...

One or two papers, notably the Times, seem exercised about

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some effort which Russia is to make against Constantinople with the consent of Germany. It is likely enough that Russia would like to be rid of the Treaty of 1856, but that...

In the Vosges it would seem that on the 22nd

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October (Satur- day) there were engagements on the Ognon, near Besancon, between General Werder's Baden army and General Cambriels' army, which went against the French, General...

Insubordination appears to be very rife in the British Army

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in India. In 1869 there were 293 convictions in Bengal alone, and 214 in the first eight months of the present year. Most of these cases have been accompanied with violence, and...

On the following day (Saturday, 22nd) there was a small

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sortie on the south-eastern side across the Meuse at Joinville against the Wiirtemberg outposts, of which also we know nothing from any French source. It reached Champigny and...

The Tours Government has succeeded in raising a loan of

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£10,000,000, partly in London and partly in Southern France. The loan is in six per cent. bonds, issued at 85, equivalent to 7* per cent. The loan rose instantly to a premium,...

" W. R. G.," in a third communique to the

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Pall Mall of yesterday, —it is not precisely a letter, but an article quoted by the Pall Mall in inverted commas,—proposes to Count Bismarck to waive some of his terms as to...

The Berlin Correspondenz, semi-official, says the Emperor re- quires a

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milder climate, and will shortly proceed to Elba. Re- member always that this man has a mania for recalling his uncle's career, and may in the South summon the Red Spectre with...

Professor Jacoby has been released, with all his fellow vic-

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tims, except the socialists, and the King has ordered that no more political arrests should be made. Political meetings, moreover, are to be allowed. The pretext for this order...

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One immense advantage possessed by " legitimate " monarchy comes

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out strongly in this war. There cannot be a doubt that the King's Adlatus, Count Von Moltke, the real Commander-in- Chief of the German Army, is one of the greatest soldiers who...

The rules of the Education Department for the election of

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-School Boards in the Metropolis and in other boroughs have been issued. In the Metropolis the election is to be held on the 29th November. Official notice of the election is to...

The cumulative vote will probably give rise in the metropolis,

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especially on this first occasion, to a vast waste of votes, as most people will heap their votes on their favourite candidate without any notion of how many he or she really...

The French are publishing absurdly exaggerated stories of German atrocities.

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They are intended to stir up popular hate, but they only cow popular spirit. It would seem, however, to be certain that the German troops are becoming savage at the resist- ance...

There appear to be some 500 English in Paris, in

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real and acute suffering for want of money, and even food. Englishmen are just now subscribing for the benefit of the whole world, and as they heartily enjoy the work, may as...

The election of a School Board for any other borough

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is to be -held within twenty-eight days of a requisition sent down by the Education Board to the Mayor, who is to be the returning officer for the borough. Official notice is to...

There is more news of this " Nun of Blois."

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The Superior of the Ursuline Convent of Blois asserts that in 1804 an attendant of the convent, who had lived a life of great simplicity and devotion, was on her death-bed, and...

The pen with which Count Bismarck is to sign peace

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has been already manufactured. Herr Bissinger, of Pforzheim (wherever that may be), has manufactured in gold a goose-quill design. The gold feather is intended to represent the...

Mr. Morton, the gentleman selected by the President to super-

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sede Mr. Motley as Minister to Great Britain, has declined the post. His departure would lead to the election of a Democratic Senator for his State, Indiana, which he thinks...

Consols were on Friday 92i to 92k.

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THE HOHENZOLLERNS AND THE REVOLUTION. C ORRESPONDENTS from Versailles agree in declaring that the German chiefs, the six or seven men who are directing the movements and...

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IF King William is willing to make peace without a cession of territory, Lord Granville's project of an armistice may be useful, but only on that condition. Taken by itself, it...


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T HERE is, we imagine, a feeling of annoyance in the minds of even the most Prussianizing of the English public,— we should not wonder if it existed even in the heart of " W. R....

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T HE best repeater will go wrong at times ; and it is no doubt possible that " W. R. G.," whose political function it has. long been to predict in beautiful sentences what does...

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. TREVELYAN sees clearly enough the first difficulty ltrl in the way of Army Reform, but misled by his official experience, he bewilders himself and his audience by produc- ing...

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W AR is so fruitful of imprecation, that a profound inquiry might be made respecting the question, which of the two combatants in the present war has sworn the more profusely,...

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% JR. DISRAELI is a little chagrined at the low literary I estimate formed in England of " Lothair," and in a very vulgarly conceived passage of ilia new preface attri- butes it...

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"C OLD, Sir," said an American recently to the writer, cold I tell you English eloquence is frozen. If Burke were in Parliament to-day he would be said to rave, and Sheridan...

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XIII.—HENRY IV. T HE accession of the House of Lancaster to the Throne of Eng- land ushers in a new epoch in the history of that country, to which the reign of Richard II....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SER.,-4 have read the letter of Mr. Julius A. Pearson, F.S.A., in relation to mine published through your courtesy on the 8th inst. Mr....


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AN APPEAL TO AN ENLIGHTENED GERMANY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —Every one who has sympathized strongly with the Germans, and who has trembled lest, in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") S111,—In your able and appreciative review of Mr. Sen's Lectures and Tracts there is one paragraph which, as a Christian, I feel desirous...


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PUT YOURSELF IN HIS PLACE.* A HIGHLY sensational novel, designed to elucidate a political problem and point a social moral ; a wild romance worked into a dramatized Blue-book...

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MR. HAWKER has the distinction of having achieved one of the most successful imitations of modern times. He made the words " And shall Trelawny die ?"—that was all, if we...

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however neat and thorough, is hardly a book which we should care to review at any length in these columns. Nor should we notice this lucid and clever little work, except with a...

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WE may say of the author of the Goblin Market what Carlyle wrote so patronizingly of Emerson—making the necessary altera- tions for the difference of sex—" The words of such a...

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The American System of Government. By Ezra C. Seaman. (New

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York, C. Scribner.)—This is a strong protest by an American against the abuses which have grown up under the Government of his country, —against whisky rings, and gold...