2 MAY 1868

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The debate of the week in the Commons, lasting three

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nights, was, on the whole, and with few exceptions, very tame and tire- some. Lord Derby, however, having recovered his usual rashness of nature with his health, breathed some...

Sir Robert Napier, to whom the unexampled success of this

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expedition is mainly due, will, it is said, be offered a peerage,— which he will probably be obliged to decline, having many children and slender fortune,—will receive from...

The long debate on Mr. Gladstone's first resolution, affirm- ing

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the necessity of disestablishing the Irish Church, terminated on Friday morning at 2.30 a.m. in a majority of sixty-five against Government. This is an increase of five on the...

This attempt of Lord Derby to set first the Queen

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and the Commons quarrelling, and then the Commons and the Lords, by predicting " irreconcilable variance," and to arrogate to himself the duty of advising the Ministers to...


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M AGDALA has fallen ; King Theodore is dead ; the prisoners have been released ; and the British Army is returning. This was the pleasant intelligence announced in Paris on...

The Duke of Edinburgh was on the 12th March, while

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pre- siding at a charitable dinner in Port Jackson, shot in the back by a Fenian named O'Farrell, said to have acted under orders from a committee at home. Fortunately for the...

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The Secretary for India on Friday se'nnight introduced two Bills

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for the improvement of Indian administration. They are not bad in their way, but he seems to have yielded to pressure. By the first he takes power to make of Bengal a separate...

Lord Elcho, too, who insisted on speaking (literally at the

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eleventh hour) on Thursday night just before Mr. Gladstone's reply, seemed to have at least as much desire to smile as to speak. He spoke about half-an-hour, and smiled,...

Mr. Wyld's Bill for creating Financial County Boards was on

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Wednesday referred to a committee. This Bill is in principle the most radical recently introduced, for it transfers the control of county finance from the gentry to the...

Almost the only able and lively speech (before Mr. Gladstone's)

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of the week's rather dismal and spiritless Irish debate was Mr. Horsman's on Monday night. He showed that the Liberals have never really had the power to legislate on the Irish...

There is evidently a very serious idea of asking Parliament

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for an Irish establishment for the Prince of Wales. It is asserted, we believe with truth, that his residence in the island for a few months in every year is much desired by...

Certainly the most fantastic speech of the debate was made

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on Tuesday night by Lord Royston, M.P. for Cambridgeshire, eldest son of the Earl of Hardwicke,—the same man who, in conjunction with his noble father, made so hopeless an...

The Ministry have gained two important elections—the elec- tions for

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Bristol and East Kent. At Bristol, Mr. S. Morley, the well known Radical, and a member of the Liberation Society, has been defeated by Mr. Miles after a very hot contest, in...

Prince Humbert of Italy was married at Turin on the

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22nd ult. The most marked incident connected with the event has been the contrast between the reception given to the Prince of Prussia, who is no connection of the House of...

Since Marshal Narvaez's death, Senor Gonsalvez Bravo, a man as

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reckless of blood as the Marshal, but without his political ability, has been appointed Premier of Spain. It is believed that he will advise his mistress to abolish even the...

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Burke and Shaw, the two Fenians accused of treason-felony for

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their share in the attack upon Chester, were found guilty on Thursday, and sentenced to penal servitude for fifteen and ten ,years. The trial was marked by an innovation. Baron...

Judgment had not been given in the Home case when

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the Court rose last night, and it is to be deferred to next term. The chief feature of the week has been Mr. Home's cross- examination by Mr. W. M. James, which was, however,...

Lord Salisbury retains his seat as Chairman of the Great

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Eastern—a decision exceedingly to his credit, and very consola- tory to folk in the Eastern Counties, who, among other reasons, want a Chairman whose house is on their line, and...

The trial of the Fenians accused of the Clerkenwell outrage

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ended in the acquittal of all except Barrett, the man who fired the barrel. He was sentenced to death, but will scarcely be hanged, as there is some faint question about his...

Are there really, as is stated positively in the newspapers,

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two thousand million rata (or other rodents) in France,—or about 10,000 to the square mile, and more than fifty to each living soul in France ? The difficulty as to this...

As we predicted on its introduction, Sir Colman O'Loghlen has

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been compelled to withdraw his Irish Peerage. Bill; it trenched on the prerogative, and he had not obtained the Queen's consent. Apart from the general question whether rank...

It appears from a reply given by Sir S. Northcote

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on Thursday, that the new Indian Furlough Rules have gone to Calcutta again for revision, but when revised will be issued without further reference home. The key to that very...

On Thursday and Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left.,

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off at the annexed quotations:— Mexican — Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858 1862 United States 5.20's On Thursday and Friday week the leading British Railways left off at the annexed...

We find that it has been commonly asserted that our

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remarks on the recent appointment at Winchester were " inspired" from New College, and were partially due to the disappointment felt at the failure of a New College candidate....

There has been a steady feeling in the Consol Market,

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although occasional fluctuations have taken place on realizations. On Thursday, the closing price of Consols was 93* to 94 for delivery, and 91 to 94* for the 4th of June....

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THE FALL OF THEODORE. ►1 THE little cloud of which we spoke a fortnight since that has so long been rolling up and over the Abyssinian hills has burst at last, and Theodore and...

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T HE dreariest debate of this Parliament was quickened into a real vividness and brilliance at its conclusion, by the reaction in the House of Commons resulting from the...

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T HE Ministry are evidently very hard pushed to pick their way through the difficulties with which a great hostile majority in the House of Commons on the most important of all...

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S IR STAFFORD NORTLICOTE has recently done one very right and one very wise thing. He has sanctioned a Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the old Bank of Bombay,—a...

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E NGLISH politicians cannot study too carefully the daily history of the Riots in and around Wigan, South Lancashire. This history reveals the weakest point in our institutions,...

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fir HE opponents of Capital Punishment are quite right for their purposes in resisting the Bill which legalizes private execu- tions. They dare not use, or rather they are too...

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M R. TENNYSON has not chosen an agreeable subject in treating, in the new number of Macmillan's Magazine, the legend which is told of the death of Lucretius ; but he has treated...

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S UFFOLK contains two county and borough towns, Ipswich and Bury St. Edmund's, the parliamentary borough of Eye, the ex-parliamentary boroughs of Aldborough, Dunwich, Orford,...

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FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] Sin,—Soon after leaving the Presbyterian gentlemen to whom I last week referred as having conversed with me in Belfast, I sought and found a genuine...

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[To THE EDITOR. OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—I used to think that the University of Oxford was right in re- quiring subscription to the Thirty-Nine Articles on this ground :- It...

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THE INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. THE honorary members, whom, with an apparent distrust of its own constitution as a.close society, the Institute has brought as...

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PROFESSOR SHAIRP'S ESSAYS. THESE four thoughtful and wise essays of Professor Shairp's are worthy of both reading and musing over. His subjects,—Words- worth, Coleridge,...

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CHIPS FROM A. GERMAN WORKSHOP.* " MORE than twenty years

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have passed since my revered friend Bunsen called me one day into his library at Carlton House Terrace, and announced to me with beaming eyes that the pub- lication of the...

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SLIION DE MONTFORT.* DA. PAULI is here returning to ground

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which be has already traversed in his History of England. The recent publication of Chronicles and Letters under the direction of the Master of the Rolls has thrown much light...

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Stone Edge is not a very powerful story, but it gives at least un- mixed pleasure. There is none of that dilution and fine-drawing about it which makes the modern novel so often...

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AN EARLY CASTILIAN STORYTELLER.* LIKE many of the foremost writers

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in an unbookish age, whom the primitiveness of their language and their notions has endeared to etymologists and literary historians, the Castilian Prince Don John Manuel has...

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Scientific Guide to Switzerland. By J. R. Morel. (Smith and

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Elder.) —Mr. Morell gives us an account of the physical geography of Switzer- land, beginning with the mountains and going on to the streams and lakes ; of the geology of the...


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--e-- The Pupils of St. John the Divine. By the Author of The Heir of .12edclyffe. (Macmillan.)—This is the first work in a new series issued by Messrs. Macmillan under the...

The House of Rochfort. By William Platt. 3 vole. (Saunders

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and Otley.)—A good deal of labour seems to have been expended on this novel, bat it has not had the effect of lightening the reader's task. Mr. Platt has what is called among...

The Mary Ira : being the Narrative Journal of a

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Yachting Expedition from Auckland to the South Sea Islands. By J. K. M. (Newby.)—We do not learn much about New Zealand or the South Pacific from this book, and if it is not...

Ireland and her Agitators. By W. J. O'N. Daunt. New

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Edition. (Dublin: Mullany.)—The first edition of this book seems to have been published more than twenty years ago. Such a lapse of time makes a new edition almost a new book,...

Foxholme Hall, and other Stories. By W. H. G. Kingston.

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(Vir- tue.)—This book is intended for boys, but the stories contained in it are not such as we can recommend to a youthful audience. Perhaps the ghost stories and that about a...

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Rambles on Railways. By Sir Cusack P. Roney. (Effingham Wilson.)

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—We must pay Sir Cusack Roney the compliment of saying that his book is one of the oddest that we ever opened. Tons of the driest pos- sible statistics of the mileage, cost, and...

Nellie Netterville ; or, One of the Transplanted. A Tale.

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(Barns, 'Oates, and Co.)—We were almost afraid to open the pages of this story when we read in the preface that the scene was Ireland, and the time .Cromwell's "...

The Treasures of the Earth; or, Mines, Minerals, and Metals.

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By William Jones. (F. Warne and Co.)—A. simple and popular account of the various minerals and the process of extracting them from the earth, -written for the author's children....

Flowers and Festivals; or, Directions for the Floral Decoration of

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Churches. By W. A. Barrett. (Rivingtons.)—Mr. Barrett gives us a number of extremely pretty designs for church decoration, with practical directions for their employment. There...

The Irelsh Heiress. By L. M. Spooner. 2 vols. (Newby.)—A

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tame, uneventful story, the scene of which is laid in Wales, in order that the country may be described. We cannot find anything else in the book either to connect it with Wales...