2 APRIL 1870

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Mr. Vernon Harcourt, M.P., writing in Monday's Times, breaks out

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into veritable raptures over the statesmanship of Lord Russell's first letter, and humbly endeavours to lend it the weight of his argument,—asserting that if the plan to which...


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• T HE trial of Prince Pierre Bonaparte for killing Victor Noir has ended in a verdict of acquittal. The jury, thirty-six in number, were equally divided, and of course the...

Lord Russell has indited another letter from San Remo to

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" My dear Mr. Forster," (or was it to the Times, Mr. Forster being only a figure-head correspondent ?) in which he follows up his sugges- tion of a statutory hymn and...

Note that in this Constitution, as in that of 7th

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November, 1852, the right of the present Emperor in default of male issue, or even in their lifetime, to adopt any descendant of any brother of Napoleon I., is carefully...

Mr. Gladstone made a statement as to the condition of

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business on Thursday which encourages us to hope that he does really intend,—as we have all along ventured to maintain,—to make a vigorous push for carrying not only the Irish...

M. 011ivier has introduced the new Senatus-Consultum. It places all

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legislative power in the Chamber, Senate, and Emperor, abolishes the constituent power of the Senate, reserves to the Emperor the right of proposing plebiscites, and authorizes...

The Education League held a meeting yesterday week in St.

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James's Hall, which was addressed at some length by Mr. John Stuart Mill and other gentlemen. With Mr. Mill's arguments we have dealt elsewhere. He said that on all other points...

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

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The Bristol election terminated in the return of Mr. Robinson

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(local Liberal) over Mr. Hare (local Tory) by 7,812 to 7,047. This shows a reduction in the Liberal vote, but with two local men in the field that may mean nothing. At Newark,...

Mr. Lowe's horn is full to overflowing. It appears from

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the last revenue returns of the year that the total expenditure was about £67,000,000, and the total receipts £75,000,000, leaving a surplus of £8,000,000, out of which,...

The Marquis of Hartington intimated on Thursday that Government intended

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to concede the halfpenny stamp for printed matter. That is pleasant for the dailies. Now will he do a good turn to the weeklies, by abolishing the useless rule which forbida a...

A meeting in favour of obtaining the political suffrage for

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women was held at the Hanover-Square Rooms this day week, Mrs. P. A. Taylor in the chair. Mrs. Taylor, in introducing the sub- ject, appeared to thi■k that the way to fit any...

The debate in the Lords on the Peace Preservation Bill

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was, at least, frank. It was received with such a chorus of praise that Lord Granville became almost bashful, and hardly liked, as it were, to pick up all the bouquets which...

Sir Rutherford Alcock's new Treaty with China is not to

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be ratified, but we are not a little afraid that the opium revenue has found an enemy much more dangerous than that wonderfully long-winded diplomatist. The Americana are...

Quite a row followed this statement, and Members enjoyed it

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very much,—they are so tired of the monotony of their work. Mr. Gladstone wanted the House to give three morning sittings to the Land Bill before Easter, and moved that the...

We are not going to discuss the amendments on the

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Irish Land Bill. There are three hundred of them, and they would puzzle an old conveyancer. The real fights, we believe, will he on the fine for eviction, on the principle of...

An attempt to overset monarchy in Italy by a rising

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in several cities at once has failed. In Pavia and Piacenza blood was shed, and there is reason to believe that the Modena Brigade had been tampered with, as several...

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The burglarious acrobat who is said to be going about

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London taking rich people's jewels has turned up in Parliament. Colonel Beresford on Monday asked in more formal terms why he was not taken, and why also Colonel Henderson lived...

Mr. C. Forster's Bill abolishing forfeiture for felony was read

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:a•seeond time on Wednesday, and Mr. Bruce announced that the Government wished to see it passed. Forfeiture is a relic of the -old time, and is radically unjust, as it amounts...

The death of Mr. Edward Denison, the Member for Newark,

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has caused a very profound impression in the East of London. Mx. Denison's public career was too brief—for he sat in the House only one session—and the modesty of his character...

Eleven hundred and fifty persons have petitioned the Arch- bishop

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of Canterbury against any relaxation of the rubrics in relation to the Athanasian Creed. Dr. Pusey, Dr. Bright, Pro- fessor Stubbs, Canon Jell, Canon Liddon, Lord Devon, Lord...

Consols were on Friday evening 931 to 93t.

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The division on Mr. Newdegate's motion as to the in-

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spection of convents shows a curious number of votes given by Liberals in its favour,—for instance, Mr. Dodson's (the Chairman of Committees), Captain Grosvenor's, Mr. Holms's,...

Mr. J. Payne, the Deputy Assistant-Judge at the Middlesex Sessions,

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died this week. He was a good man and a fair lawyer, but lacked the perception of the ludicrous, and was perpetually getting into absurd situations. Our readers will recollect...

We seem not only to have lost the art of

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governing, but the very wish to govern. It seems quite certain that Well, the Canadian, the pseudo-President of the Red River Republic, has actually shot one Scott, a Canadian,...

Mr. J. Fenby, C.E., read an ingenious and careful paper

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last Saturday at the weekly meeting- of the Birmingham Society of Artizans, on the plan which has been so often proposed for building houses for the working-classes in the...

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MR. LOWE'S FINANCE. E NGLISH finance has, we suspect, just escaped a very serious danger. There probably never was in any government whatever such a group of financial...

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his happy hit at the Government Education Bill by sending a second letter hard upon the first, the object of which appears to be to give a lift to the party who, with Mr....

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THE ACQUITTAL AT TOURS. T HE Nemesis of power is dogging

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the Emperor hard. He had nothing to do with the offence which provoked the recent trial at Tours, and very little to do with the acquittal of the offender, but offence and...

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1VI Rb. FAWCETT delivered last week at Brighton a very temperate and clever lecture in favour of extending the political franchise to women,—a lecture of which any unpre-...

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MR. NEWDEGATE'S TRIUMPH. T HERE is no particular objection that we

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know of to the inspection of Catholic Convents by the State, except that the proposal as it stands is very unjust, quite unnecessary, and incapable of application in Ireland or...

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T HE Times had a good article the other day about the want of individualism manifest in the present House of Commons. Everybody was very sensible, very faithful, very much in...

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Lt REMARKABLE man has just passed away from among us. Mr. Thomas Erskine of Linlathen died at Edinburgh on the night of Sunday week, and the announcement of his death will...

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Since printing the above we have 'received an estimate of

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Mr. Erskine from one who knew him intimately, and who is in the highest degree qualified to delineate his character, which we cannot deny ourselves the pleasure of giving to our...

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A GAIN we have news from the Southern skies, and again the scene of interest lies in that marvellous region of the heavens which forms the extremity of the keel of Argo. In this...

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THE conflicts of testimony before the High Court may seem

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evidence had anything to do with his acquittal. It is most clearly puzzling to those who did not see and hear the witnesses. But established that Victor Noir had ?JO sword-cane...

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THE THIRTY-NINE ARTICLES AND THE BROAD- CHURCH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—After the allusion to me in the letter of your correspondent " Anglicanus," and after...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " EPEOTATOR."] SIR, —I had supposed from the article in Fraser that Mr. Stephen was alluding to a class of men, or a case typical of a class. As I now...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Believe me, that you do not stand alone in regard to the new Colonial policy. It has been as yet unchallenged, solely, I believe,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] Sul,—The saddest subject for a loyal Irish gentleman to con- template at this period of the history of his country in its relations with...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—In commenting on a judgment of Vice-Chancellor Melina in the case of the Imperial Land Company of Marseilles, you have put a...


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DR. NEWMAN'S GRAMMAR OF ASSENT.* WE hardly know why Dr. Newman has entitled this subtle and remarkable essay " an essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent." That would suggest to us...

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WE cannot conscientiously recommend this book to those who are in search of light reading, for it extends to 1,053 pages, and a great deal of it is taken up with matter of very...

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shares with his publishers, the highest praise for a discovery which is not the less meritorious because it now seems obvious. Labour without end has been spent with but little...

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Mn. FULLOM is not remarkable for the purity of his English, but to quote a vile word sanctioned by the novelist, he is no doubt a "talented" writer. He can satisfy the chief...

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years a new subdivision or sect of antiquaries has risen up, known, where known at all, by the name of Bell- hunters. Like other divergents, these newly-invented votaries make...

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The Doctrine of Development in the Bible and in the Church. By E. L. Blenkinsopp, M.A. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—Thin essay is interesting, vigorously written, and wholly free from...

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The Blockade (Le Blocus). From the French of MM. Erckmann-

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Chatrian. (Smith and Elder.)—This is another of the wonderful pho- tographic pictures of war which have made MM. Erckmann-Chatrian so famous. These writers have a singular skill...

Textile Fabrics. By the Very ROY. Daniel Rock, D.D. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—This is a catalogue of the collection of Church vestments, silk stuffs, tapestries, &c., which has been brought together at the South Kensington Museum. When we call...

The Science and Art of Arithmetic for the Use of

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Schools. Part I. Integral. By A. Sonnenschein and H. A. Nesbitt, M.A. (Whittaker and Co.)—Mr. Sonnenschein is a pupil, and a thoroughly taught pupil, of Mr. de Morgan's, and it...