2 AUGUST 1873

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The worst scene of this Session in Parliament occurred on

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Wednesday. Mr. Ayrton, in reply to Mr. Bouverie, declared that he had adhered to his statement of Monday that he was not responsible for the £8,500 voted for the extension of...

At home the interest of the week has mainly centred

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on Mr. Lowe, just now the enfant terrible of the Cabinet. The Committee on the Zanzibar Mail Contract has disallowed the contract ap- proved by the Exchequer ; there has been a...

We have go- - 7 fully elsewhere into these disputes,

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but must add ' . 4 on Thursday Mr. Sclater-Booth gave Mr. Lowear usei ,essn ity of making a general statement. He would lit has l not tie had been wrong on any point, but he...

The accounts of the Coronation of the King of Norway

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at Drontheim are extremely picturesque, but for politicians their chief interest lies in this,—they show that a Royal family can be manufactured. The family of Bernadotte has in...


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liTARSHAL MACMAHON has prorogued the French in Assembly till the 5th of November, in a very quiet and even dignified Message, in which he assures the Members that he can...

No leas than four elections are on hand. At Shaftesbury,

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Mr. Benett-Stanford, a Tory, supported by the Marchioness of 1Vcst- minster, will probably be returned, though the seat is contested by a Dr. Langford in the Liberal interest....

'V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Lord Chancellor has, it appears, asked the Lord-Lieu- tenant

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of Oxfordshire for an explanation of the magistrates' severity in the Chipping Norton case, when sixteen women were sent to prison on a charge of deterring labourers from work....

Mr. Gladstone on Tuesday introduced a resolution granting the Duke

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of Edinburgh on his marriage with the Grand Duchess Marie of Russia £25,000 a year, and the Grand Duchess a widow's jointure of £6,000 a year. As regards the Duke, a provision...

Very little has occurred in Spain this week, but it

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is stated that the Republican troops under General Solier attacked Carbajal, the Irreconcilable leader, on the 25th July, and after an engagement which lasted all day remained...

Thursday was given up to the explanation of Mr. Lowe

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and to the Indian Budget. Mr. Grant Duffs statement was, on the whole, very satisfactory. In the " year of actuals "—that is the year ending 31st March, 1872—the receipts of...

On Thursday, accordingly, Mr. Taylor moved the rejection of the

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Bill, and made one perfectly true point, that the Unreformed Parliament was less sycophantic to the Court than the Reformed one. Certainly, because the Unreformed Parliament was...

The Pall Mall Gazette has received a long special telegram

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from Cologne, which appears to explain the curious incident about the German frigate. It appears that Captain Werner, commanding the Frederick Charles, was about to proceed to...

It is quite impossible for us to condense with any

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f Fawcett's speech in reply to the Budget, but his point W. impossibility of finding a further method of taxation if we wantea money. No tax could be increased and no new one...

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Political business in the United States, as at home, has

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gone to sleep for the autumn, and interest in politics is only kept up by General Butler's energetic contest for the Governorship of Mas- sachusetts. The Republican party seems...

The Lower House of Convocation appears to have passed the

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fol- lowing addition to the Burial Service. In the new proposed rubric it is provided, " If the person to be buried, having been baptised, have died in the actual commission of...

The uselessness of inspection for Convents until Catholics ask for

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it has been curiously shown this week. Mr. Lyne, alias Father Ignatius, of Llanthony Abbey, had persuaded a lad named Todd, aged 17, to enter his house, and on his father...

Prince Ossoo Ansoll, an uncle to the Ashantee King, but

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educated in England, has supplied to the Times an account of the organisation of the King's army. The present King is named Koffee Calcalli, and is eighth of his dynasty, a...

The Lord Mayor's banquet to the Ministry was rather dull,

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Mr. Gladstone not being able to attend. Lord Selborne took his place, and paid a magnificent tribute to the Premier, as a man who would be regarded by English history as without...

We publish a note from Colonel Anson complaining of the

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persistent injustice done to the Army by the Liberal Press in the matter of Purchase. He says the Duke of Richmond has not re- opened the Purchase question, but seems to forget...

No report has yet been received of any serious outbreak

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of Asiatic cholera in London, but it would seem that two cases have undoubtedly occurred. The patients were a man and a child just landed from Hamburg, and the child died in a...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92/,

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THE SCENE OF WEDNESDAY. T HIS will never do. It is not the Liberal party, or the Tory party, or any party, which is injured by such a scene as that which occurred in the House...


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T WO very significant facts seem to us to come out strongly in the history of this Session, both of which are more worthy of study than those dreary epitaphs with which most of...

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lilt. GLADSTONE must feel as if the grasshopper were a AI burden. What with the state of the House of Commons, and the position of the Ministry, and the squabbles among some of...

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T - FIRRE is not so much that is noble and pure in the party politics of the United States, that we can afford to view their further degradation with equanimity. Ever since the...

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A FTER all, there is one pleasant feature in the history of the Post-Office Scandal. It is perfectly cer- tain that a sum of nearly a million of public money has been "...

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T HE Cornhill of this month publishes an able article on a subject very little discussed, and of much real interest, if not importance, the Casuistry of Journalism,—that is, the...

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T ENNYSON'S notion of right human development, that it consists in " working out the brute" and letting "the ape and tiger die," to wit, the ape and tiger that frivolously...

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THE LATE BISHOP OF WINCHESTER. [TO THE EDITOR OF THR esesere.r0a.-1 Sia,—I cannot but feel, as a constant reader of the Spectator, that with every desire to be just and...

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"SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—Will you allow me a few lines in which to criticise, not the conclusions to which Miss Boucherett has come respecting Mr. Mundella's and Sir John Lubbock's...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTITOR.1 SIR,—Referring in your last issue to the controversy unfortunately opened in your columns by Dr. Appleton as to the proceedings of this...

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say in your notice of the British Quarterly Review on Disestablishment, that " the Irish Church, by the voluntary action of its clergy in commuting, secured half of its property...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—A notice of my poems appeared in your impression of last Saturday, and you honoured me by quoting at length one of the stanzas in "...


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THE STATE OF ENGLISH POETRY.* THE current number of the Quarterly Review contains an article on the above subject, supplementary, as it would seem, to' one published at the...


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[TO TIM EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR:] Sin,—The remarks made in the Spectator of last week on the Duke of Richmond's motion in the House of Lords are so calculated to prejudice...

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THE ARMENIAN CHURCH.* IT has often happened that the nationality

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of a people has been strengthened by its Church. In Scotland the feeling of indepen- dence was fostered by Presbyterianism, the ecclesiastical and civil factors mutually...

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GENERALLY speaking, a novel in which the young people are born, brought up, fall in love in due, or undue, course, and marry, is tiresome. Only a very clever writer can be...

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GEORGE CHAPMAN'S PLAYS.* IT is surprising that the dramatic works

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of George Chapman have hitherto been left uncollected. We have reason to know that the late Rev. Alexander Dyce, the admirable editor of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Shirley, and...

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thanked for reviving for English readers his father's two very agreeable books on his mission to England as United States' Minister from 1817 to 1825. Mr. Richard Rush's...

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Stu. GEORGE POLLOCK was an example of that reserve force in the British race upon which its so-called rulers draw when events require a spirit capable of dealing with a great...

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Ten Years. By Gertrude Young. (Chapman and Hall.)—Miss Austen, playfully

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criticising the plot of a niece's first novel, declares she finds in it a compliment to herself as pretty as it is true, for she has little doubt that if matters were only...

The Wishing-Cap Papers. By Leigh Hunt. (Boston, U.S.: Leo and

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Sherrard.)—These papers are, we are told, "now first collected." Some of them certainly we fancy ourselves to have seen before, and this was not certainly in the journals and...

The Man of the Future. By Alexander Calder. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—It is impossible not to admire the self-confidence with which Mr. Calder comes forward and announces himself as the teacher who. is to regenerate mankind. Christianity,...

Frost and Thaw. By J. C. Boyce, M.A. 2 vols.

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(Newby.)—Mr. Boyce's purpose in writing his novel is worthy of all praise. He wishes to impress upon his readers the duty of liberal giving, and especially the duty of giving...

The Arguments of the Emperor Julian Against the Christians. Re-

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printed and edited by W. M. Nevins. (Williams and Norgate.)—This is an interesting little tract, which many readers will doubtless be obliged to Mr. Nevins for bringing to their...


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Traits of Character and Notes of Incident in Bible Story. By Francis Jacox. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—We trust that many of our readers have studied and duly appreciated Mr....

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The Life of John Goodwin. By Thomas Jackson. (Longmans.)— The

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author has enjoyed no common good fortune in being able after the lapse of fifty years to publish a second edition of his book. Goodwin was Vicar of St. Stephen's, Coleman...

The Artist of Collingwood. By Baron Na Carriag. (McGlashan and

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Gill.)—Frank O'Meara, the nephew of an Irish tenant farmer, paints, on the sly, the portrait of his landlord's daughter, with whom he has presumed to fall in love. The landlord...

The Orbs Around Us. By Richard A. Proctor. (Longmans.)—The interest

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of astronomy is endlessly varied, and Mr. Proctor, who has the art of writing very clearly, knows how to make good use of it. The volume before us contains a number of essays,...

Romance of American History. By M. Sehele de 'Pere. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—This is a book full of interest, which the author's extensive and curious reading has enabled him to give to his pages. What could be more strange, for instance,...