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On Monday night the Conservatives mustered strong for a reconnaissance

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on the Government. They took advantage of the cry about bribery and corruption to move an instruction to the Committee on the Reform Bills, "That they have power to make...

The last failure is that of the Consolidated Bank. On

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Sunday eight of the directors, Mr. J. Pemberton Heywood, Mr. J. P. Kennard, Mr. T. A. Hankey, Mr. F. A. Hankey, Mr. A. S. Kennard, Mr. F. Fairbairn, Mr. A. H. Novell, and Mr. W....

The Spaniards, determined to punish the Peruvians for sympa- thizing

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with the Chilians, on the 2nd of May bombarded Callao. The Peruvians, however, being better prepared than the in- habitants of Valparaiso, showed fight, disabled the two...

In the House on Tuesday Mr. H. Vivian proposed a

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practical scheme for suppressing bribery, namely, to disfran- chise a voter who accepted a bribe for life, and disqualify a member who gave one from ever sitting in Parliament,...


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rEIHE prospects of the Reform Bill are not growing bright. The Tories have resolved to support Captain Hayter's motion, the division on which will be taken on Monday, and expect...

The preparations for war advance, and a scene is presented

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in Italy which makes even her enemies' hearts throb. Something like a voluntary levee en masse is going on there, and had the Government the means to arm or feed them, it might...

The proposal to hold a Conference in Paris has been

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accepted by all the Powers concerned, and their foreign secretaries will meet, it is asserted, about the second week in June. It is, how- ever, impossible, amidst the directly...

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'The same night Mr. J. S. Mill made a happy

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reply to sonic personal taunts levelled at him for the opinions of his books. He might have been flattered, he said, by the familiarity displayed with his works, but for the sad...

On Weidaetslay, again, a debate took place on Mr. Clay's

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motion for examining candidates for the franchise in arithmetic up to divi- sion of money, spelling, and writing by dictation. The Tories took up the scheme quite warmly, though...

The Star affirms that Mr. Gale, the blind man who

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discovered a process for making powder incombustible, has invented a revolv- ing rifle which will fire 100 bullets a minute. We do not under- stand the description, but a...

In the second night's debate on this motion the master

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speech was undoubtedly Mr. Lowe's—one of the finest specimens of his insincere but splendid oratory. He did not produce many new arguments, recapitulating Captain Hayter's...

Prince Alfred has, we perceive, been at last (seated a

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Peer, with a title from each division of the kingdom, the highest, for some inexplicable reason, being Scotch. The second son of the Sovereign has usually been called Duke of...

In the same debate Mr. Goschen made one very good

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point in answer to the criticisms on the grouping measure of the Government. It is said that it is very wrong to group boroughs with quite different interests, — the lacemakers...

Captain Hayter, son of the well known whip, Sir William

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Haytas, and member for Wells, one of the boroughs to be grouped, moved on Monday night a resolution which will probably be supported by all members hostile to the Bill. He...

We are bound to record, in justice to Mr. Layard,

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that Admiral Denman, in his despatch on the bombardment of Valparaiso, formally denies that the American Commodore asked him to resist the bombardment. It is difficult to...

Lord Robert Montagu's mind appears to be much exercised on

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the subject of division of money. He interrupted Mr. Gladstone on Monday to say, "You cannot divide by 2/. 13s. 81" That de- pends on what you mean by division. You certainly...

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The Bank return is unfavourable. The stock of bullion is

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11,878,7751., but large amounts having been paid into the Bank since Wednesday night, the actual stock at the present moment is probably not less than 12,500,000/. The week's...

The Bavarian King, a lad over educated for his intellect,

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with a passinn for music and mystical ideas, has been indulging himself in an escapade. He was missing last week for two days, and was at last discovered by his half-frantic...

Dean Close has been protesting, as usual, against our amuse-

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ments, theatres, races, &c., because they are the cause of so much wickedness,—probably he meant the occasion. We wonder who has ever yet proved that amusements are the occasion...

There is going to be a scarcity of ivory. The

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demand for Sheffield alone, it is said, now kills 20,000 elephants a year, the supply is limited, and the animal does not multiply very fast. An American firm has offered a...

The Duke of Argy11,—who is, as a close observer of

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politics recently said, if not one of the most able, one of the most abling (or able-becoming) of our Ministers,—has written an admirable letter to a gentleman who had forwarded...

The House of Commons is apparently not very sincere in

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its :zeal about bribery. Colonel Taylor moved on Thursday for the issue of a new - writ for Bridgwater in the place of Mr. Westropp (Conservative), unseated for bribery, and a...

Mr. Robertson, a compositor in the Herald office, Glasgow, whose

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excommunication (for composing type oa a Sunday after- noon) by the Rev. R. Bremmer and the Kirk Session of Gorbal's Free Kirk, Glasgow, we mentioned some months ago, brought...

On Sunday last a meeting of several of the Directors

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of the Consolidated Bank was held, and after a protracted discussion it was resolved not to resume business on the following morning. The effect of the announcement on the...

Friday, May 25. Friday, June 1.

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Maxim, .' .. .. Spanish Passive • • .. Do. Certificates .. Turkish 5 per Cents., 1858.. 1852.. United States 6:20's .. .. .. .. .. oe ... .. .. .. .. 1.1 .. .. .. .. .....

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THE COURSE FOR GOVERNMENT. T HIS Bill is beaten, that seems clear, and the real point is whether it would be wiser for the Liberal chiefs to with- draw their measure or resign....

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NOTHING certainly is more remarkable in the party warfare of the day, than the acrimony of feeling which appears to be cherished among the Tory youth against Mr. Gladstone. Not...

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E VERY day which passes increases our conviction that the Conference called at Paris is but a melancholy comedy. It is perhaps natural that Englishmen, whose passions are un-...

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1866 has kept its character to the last. A fortnight since we remarked that it had not been a panic among the public so much as among its leaders—bankers, dealers, brokers, and...


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TUESDAY last was a memorable day of the Session. There 1 has seldom been such an amount of virtuous indignation exhibited within the walls of Parliament. Lords and Commqns were...

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D R. COLENSO has, as it seems to us, thrown up the position which he occupied as the representative of free Scriptural criticism in the Church of England, and given what we fear...

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HARD FASTNESS: TT is not a little odd to watch

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the behaviour of the audience as they listen to the Fast Family, the adaptation of La Famine Benoiton, now playing at the Adelphi. On the night on which we saw it, at all...

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D URING the violent excitement which attended the passing of the Reform Bill of 1832, the popular indignation at the smcompromisin,g declaration of hostility to the measure' on...

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[Flow OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, May 4, 1866. THE Joint Committee of Fifteen, upon whose deliberations the country has been attending for nearly five months, reported...

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[FROM OIIR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, May 11, 1866. AMONG my correspondents on the Spectator's side of the big pond is one who, superfldously punctilious in the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Brompton, May 28, 1866. you allow a Utopian a corner in your journal, just space enough to sow a suggestion there, to sprout if aught of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Grove House, Highgate, May 12, 1866. Sia,—The able letters of Mr. Sonnenschein which have re- cently appeared in the Spectator, while...

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LORD STRATFORD DE REDCLIFFE'S VERSES.* IT is not pleasant to find a man who has shown himself a master in any line of human achievement utterly misjudge, at least misjudge •...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Permit me one more word. The intention of my last letter was mainly to point out that we must not infer from a poet's lan- guage, when...

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-"Tins volume is simplya collection of familyrecords not (originally) intended for the public eye. The children of Madame de Montagu, long spectators of their mother's...

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MR. BAKER'S TRAVELS.* [Finn Nortcx.] Mn. BAKER really discovered, unassisted,

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the great lake or mountain reservoir which is one of the two sources of the • Albert Nyanza. By B. W. Baker, M.A. London: Macmillan. Nile, and which he calls the Albert...

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Trim is nearly the most beautiful picture-book we have ever seen- Mr. Gleig, in his preface, tells us that the lady who painted these- very delicate and beautifully composed, as...

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Discourses Delivered on Special Occasions. By R. W. Dale, M.A. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)—The world is getting more rational, if a Nonconformist congregation can bear to...

The Changed Cross. The Words by L. P. W., Illuminations

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by R- R. (Hardivicke ; Wakeling, Brighton.)—Seeing that this very pleasing specimen of chromolithography bears upon Its front the name of a. Brighton publisher, we are...

ii'Culloch's Geographical Dictionary. Edited by F. Martin. New edition, in

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four vols. Vol. I. ("A—Casp.") (Longmans.)—Mr. Martin, the well known author of The Statesman's Year Book, Is quite the right Men in the right place as editor of M'Cullooh's...

Father Front's Rapes. (Bell and Daldy.)—The death of Mr. Mahony

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has called attention to his works, and a regret has been expressed that they have not been published in a complete form. This is a mistake. A very good collection of them was...