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DROVIKoNCE seems to have decreed that this Cabinet, always victorious, shall always be in process of reconstruc- tion. Mr. Bright is recovering strength in Wales ; Mr. Childers...

The Earl will be buried to-day, and it is not

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etiquette to fill his post until the funeral is over. The public, however, which, while respecting and regretting Lord Clarendon, entertained for him no depth of affection,...

That burden has been most severe for the last fortnight,

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though it was lightened on Friday se'nnight by one of the greatest speeches Mr. Gladstone ever made,—a speech quite marvellous in its tact, its generosity in the explanation of...

The dislike of the House to wander out of the

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path it had fixed for itself has been shown in every debate in Committee. On Monday, for example, Mr. Dixon made an adroit attempt to weight religious instruction, by proposing...

Mr. Gladstone's speech on Friday week, to which we have

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alluded above, was marked by a kind of tenderness for his adversaries, of sympathy with them and their difficulties, which is sometimes wanting in his speeches, and which was...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Acurious ceremony has been performed at Solferino. An Ossuary, or

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huge brick grave for bones, was consecrated there on 24th June, and at the banquet which followed Prince Humbert proposed the health of the "Three Armies" which had there fought...

The House of Peers, as we apprehended last week, has

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got "out of hand," and prepared for itself a humiliation. The majority of the Lords, despite the warnings of the Duke of Richmond, their nominal leader, have carried a series of...

The 29th June passed without the expected declaration of the

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infallibility of the Pope by the (Ecumenical Council. The number of prelates who intend to speak is still very great, and a speech by Cardinal Guidi, the Archbishop of Bologna,...

The French Government is trying to put down the International

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Society of Workmen by charging its members with the offence of belonging to a secret association. Thirty-eight members are now under trial in Paris. It is asserted in the act of...

The Order in Council to which we recently alluded, as

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containing a splendid concession from the Queen, was pre- sented to Parliament on Monday. It has been most carefully worded, so as to avoid to the utmost any appearance of...

Mr. Gladstone on Monday " explained " the recent hubbub

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at the Admiralty, and the affair having been arranged, of course said as little as he could. Sir Spencer Robinson, the Controller, had resigned, because disqualified by an Order...

The Committee of Petitions of the Corps L6gislatif has rejected

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the petition of the Orleans Princes for permission to return, after a most discreditable speech from M. (Xavier. Instead of declaring that their exile was a political necessity,...

The ex-Queen of Spain has formally abdicated in favour of

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her son, the Infante Alfonso, whom she declares Alfonso XII., King of Spain. She has at the same time issued a farewell manifesto, in which she affirms that as a child the...

Nothing is left untouched in the Bill except Mr. Bright's

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clauses, and every change made has been in the interest of the landlord and against the tenant. It is impossible that the Com- mons should suffer their work to be mutilated in...

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The text of President Grant's Message to Congress upon the

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relations of the United States to Cuba has reached this country. Its principal point, that an insurrection is only to be recognized by a neutral power when the insurgents have...

G`Z Mr. Grant Duff should remember that an intellectual victory

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is very often a moral defeat. Colonel Sykes on Tuesday asked for , . some more compensation for the officers of the old Indian Army, he said, had not obtained all their...

Mr. Kirkman Hodgson, Liberal, was on Saturday returned for Bristol

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by 7,827 votes, against 7,266 given to Mr. Hare. The 'Conservatives assert that they have diminished the Liberal majority, but considering that the winner was a stranger and the...

Consols were on Friday evening 92i to 92f.

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Mr. G. 0. Trevelyan, Civil Lord of the Admiralty, appears

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to be possessed of that extremely rare and inconvenient article, an over-sensitive conscience. He cannot endure to vote for a Bill increasing the grant to denominational...

Some comment will, of course, be made on an item

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of /10,088, which appears in the Indian Home accounts as the cost of the pre- sents made by the Duke of Edinburgh to Indian Princes. We ob- jected to a similar grant from...

The Sioux embassy to Washington has failed. "Red Cloud," the

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Indian envoy, has had many interviews with the Secretary of the Interior, and in all of them has declared that he and his tribe have been defrauded, especially by a forged...

The Pall Mall Gazette, which cannot endure any changes in

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the War Office not suggested by itself, hints that the Spectator was wrong in praising General Balfour. It does not deny that he and Sir H. Storks have saved the country a...

The Admiralty has lost a man with a real genius

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for swindling. A clerk was dismissed in 1861 by the Duke of Somerset for mis- eonduct without a pension. Finding that pensions were to be .commuted, this man applied for the...

Sir W. M. James, Vice-Chancellor, has been appointed Lord -Justice

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of Appeal, and Mr. F. Bacon, Q.C., the Chief Judge in Bankruptcy, is „ ,,appointed Vice-Chancellor. He will, in addition, perform all the duties of his new post. The arrangement...

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LORD CLARENDON. L ORD CLARENDON was not a great man, but his death is a loss both to the Cabinet and the country. To the former he brought a kind of aid which, of all the...


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ORD SALISBURY has lost his temper. The suggestion A is irreverent, but it is nearly impossible, at least for outsiders, to account for his action on the Irish Land Bill by any...

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I T is pretty clear, from Colonel Henderson's Report on the London Police, just sent to the Home Office, that in the eyes of their Commissioner the Police have but one defect....

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PARISH COUNCILS. L ORD BANDON raised a debate on Tuesday in

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the House' of Commons which all politicians, and more especially all politicians interested in ecclesiastical progress, will do well to ponder. His motion for leave to bring in...

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I T is just forty-two years since Lord Brougham, in his great speech on Law Reform, called attention to the necessity of organizing a proper system of appeals from the Colonial...

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THE ship Serica, of 560 tons burden, sailed from Liverpool on the 8th of December, 1867, having on board the captain, Thomas Cubbin—to whom we are indebted for this story—his...

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S INCE the great eclipse of August, 1868, our knowledge respecting the constitution of the Sun has been steadily progressing. One discovery after another has been made, and...

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III.—HENRY I. I F the praise of friendly monks is a true certificate of goodness and greatness, there can be no question as to the character of Henry I. Their panegyric is as...

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CREEDS. [TO MR EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR:] Sin,—I fear practice, and the past history of creeds, has deprived them of the calm use, free from consciousness of the battle-field...

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WIT AND HUMOUR. You ask me how to limit Wit, How shall I say, not having it ? Who shall declare the bite of salt, Or analyze the smack of malt, Or say what palate-ticklers are...


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MALOUET.* MALOUET, who was what we should call a useful working Whig, and who played an honourable part as Deputy from his native town of Riom to the States-General of 1789, is...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR."] Srn,—The Times of June 13 contained an account of a recent case before the Calcutta High Court, arising out of a conversion, in which the...

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EIKflN BAMAIKH.* WE remember to have heard of a man

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who conceived the notion of testing the average Briton's acquaintance with English history by perpetually asking people,—" Who wrote Ebtio Barukoteg Putting the query in season...

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NOT one volume, though it does contain nearly six hundred large and closely-printed pages, but twenty, would have befitted the vast compass of such an undertaking as Mr. Dodd's...

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one to those who care for Germany ; a warning to those who care for England. It is most satisfactory to * Religious Life in Germany during the ll'ar of Independence, in a...

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— The Pardon of Guincamp is a celebration, half-fair and half-pilgrimage,

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which is one of the most famous of Breton institutions. Mr. de Quette- ville's account of it occupies a couple of chapters in his book, and furnishes him with a title which has...


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The Blunders of Vice and Folly. By J. G. Hargreaves. (Strahan.) — We were very much struck by one of the stories which Mr. Hargreaves tells,—and he tells a great many, and does...