2 MAY 1891

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T HE rebellion in Muneepore is over, the three columns from Ben g al, Burmah, and Assam all reaching the capital, the proper name of which is Imphal, on Sunday, April 26th. Only...

The chief political topic of the week has been, of

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course, Free Education, Mr. Haworth, who often represents the more advanced Conservatives, has in this instance taken up the cud g els for the reluctant Tories, and commenced in...

The Times published on Tuesday two accounts of the Revolution

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in Chili, from two different sides. They both leave the impression that President Balmaceda, thou g h probably a self-seeking, and certainly an imperious and cruel man, really...

t o * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in airy

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Marshal von Moltke, con q ueror of Denmark, Austria, and France, died

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suddenly on the ni g ht of April 24th, in his ninety-first year. He had been, as usual, playing whist with his family, when he complained of feelin g ill, was assisted on to a...

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The Bishop of Rochester (Dr. Randall Davidson), however little may

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be his strenuousness for Anglican dogma, is certainly bent in good earnest on hearty spiritual work. He has taken up. his residence in Kennington, and is intent on following the...

The result of the Whitehaven election was another Unionist success,

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for though there was no gain of a seat, the Unionist, Sir James Bain, polled considerably more votes than Mr. Cavendish Bentinck in 1886, and two more even than the- same...

One of the best signs, however, for the presumption that

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the modern Tories will resign themselves to Free Education without much murmuring, is the Duke of Norfolk's very sensible speech at the Dulwich and Penge Conservative and...

Mr. Chamberlain, speaking yesterday week at the Ellen Street Board

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School, Birmingham, assured the Daily News that to attack and undermine denominational schools had now become a, sheer impossibility, since it would cost the nation fifty...

Lord Derby, who is not likely to lend his sanction

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to socialistic principles, has written a letter approving the resolve of the Government to find the funds for Free Educa- tion. And Sir E. Birkbeck (Conservative M.P. for East...

The influenza is spreading rapidly in London, but is worst

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in Yorkshire, where it has made havoc in Sheffield as well as in many of the Eastern towns and villages. In Sheffield there were fifty-five deaths in one week from it, and the...

The House of Laymen in the Province of Canterbury on

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Tuesday held a rather shrewd discussion on the Clergy Dis- cipline Bill, and its supposed Erastia,nism in letting a Civil Court deprive an incumbent by its sentence ipso facto,...

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Prince Bismarck has, it is believed, been elected for G-eestemiincle.

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The figures are not yet all made up, but it seems certain that he has beaten his Socialist rival by about eight to five. He will not, it is stated, attend the Reichstag...

The official census of the coloured people in the United

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States reveals some remarkable facts. The compilers declare that the widespread fears as to the Negro rate of increase are illusory. Even in the " 131ack Belt "—that is, the...

The persecution of the Jews continues in Russia, and extends.

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They are now forbidden to live in Moscow or Kieft or to practise their usual trades in any of the cities of Old Russia. They are, in fact, being pressed towards the Polish...

blow this week. Mr. John Ellis on Tuesday moved a

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resolu- tion in the Commons in favour of a reduction in the number of licensed houses, and of allowing the locality to decide on the expediency of such reduction,—both,...

Mr. Rowlands's Bill for the Enfranchisement of Leaseholders by allowing

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any lessee of a house for twenty years to buy the freehold at a price to be fixed by the County Court, was defeated on Wednesday by 181 to 168. It was met by the Government with...

There was a regular battle at Thurles on Sunday between

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the Parnellites and the friends of Archbishop Croke. The latter were indignant that Mr. Parnell should hold a meeting under the very eyes of the Archbishop, and swarmed into the...

Sir Henry James, who detests the proposal for giving votes

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to women as much as he detests the intervention of sacerdotal influence in political affairs, defeated the proposal to keep Wednesday, May 13th, for Mr. Woodall's Female...

Bank Rate, 31 per cent.

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as we said nine years ago, when he first resigned

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the for the Teuton armed is almost invincible—the condi- general control of the German Staff, was the mental atti- tude which differentiated Marshal von Moltke from all other...

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THELAST MINISTERIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. T HE announcement that the promise contained in

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the Queen's Speech to relieve compulsory education of its most burdensome consequences by remitting the parents' fees at the cost of the nation is to be kept, has diffused a...

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THE NEWS FROM MUNEEPORE. T HE Muneepore incident may be considered

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closed. The Government of India, not having adopted the prin- ciple that Empires are built on love alone, has acted with energy, judgment, and success. The blood of the murdered...

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L ORD PENZANCE'S letter to Thursday's Times is valuable as far as it goes. It is true that it goes but a little way. He tells us very clearly that he thinks the law of husband...

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I T is one of the peculiarities of the English-speaking race, that they never fully understand a disputed question until it comes into Court. The Special Com- mission may not...

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THELORDS' DEBATE ON NEWFOUNDLAND. T HE very grave and lengthy debate

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raised in the House of Lords on Monday on the Newfoundland Bill, has surprised not a few even of those politicians who are in- terested in Colonial affairs. The subject seemed...

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MR. ELLIS'S MOTION. T HE first thing that will strike the

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reader of the debate on Mr. Ellis's motion is the curiously elementary , character alike of the resolution and of the mover's speech. It is something of an anachronism to ask...

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H. E. P.

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I T seems possible, even probable, that the Jewish people are about to suffer a wrong which will be exceptional even in their history of misfortune. They have been already...

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T HE Jackson case may have an interest as bearing on the legal relations between husband and wife, but its actual developments in the Press have still more interest to our mind,...

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T HAT sense of beauty to whicl the gorgeous plumage of the male birds in many species is an obvious and direct appeal, is by po means limited to the knowledge so naIvely shown...

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think many will thank you for your comments on Dr. Abbott's assault, as it practically is, on the memory of Cardinal Newman. Not a few, for more reasons than one, will regret...


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DR. ABBOTT ON CARDINAL NEWMAN. [TO TER EDITOR OF Tug " SFECTATOR."] Sin, -.— You wish to "close our unwelcome controversy "- which you yourself provoked by charging me with...

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[To THE EDITOR O' TER " SPECTATOR:I Sut,—Referring to your article upon "Lay Help," in the Speetator of April 25th, may I be peruaitted to say that laymen have been commissioned...


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'Sru,—Your correction of Sir Lyon Playfair's anecdote about Professor Bonamy Price is a good illustration of the difficulty of exact accuracy of memory. My version of the story,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"] SIR,—I do not know whether I am alone among your readers in feeling disappointment at the line which you have taken with regard to Free...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The remarkable and eminently fair article in the Spectator of the 18th inst. on the political power of the priesthood in Ireland, is...


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LTO THE EDITOR Or THE " SFEOTATOR."] SIR,—Your article on Mr. Rhodes is the first indication, so far as I know, of a true and accurate .analysis in a first-rate English journal...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Sin,—In an interesting article on "English War-Songs" in Macmillan's Magazine for May, Mr. Saintsbury gives the praise it richly merits to...


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rTo THE ICDITOR OF THE " $PECTATOR:1 Sin—Quotations, apposite and inapposite, have abounded in connection with the life, death, and character of Count von Moltke. May I add yet...


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [FIRST NOTICE.] IN this short note of a first impression, it is proposed to ignore the tiresome freaks of the average Academician, the huge depressing...

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IT is difficult to be pure critic at the old Water-Colour Society, so gentle an air of antiquity broods in the place. To bring in an outside standard of painting seems an...


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HORACE WALPOLE.* WHILE considering Horace Walpole's position as a man of letters, it is impossible not to frame a wish that Macaulay had never made him the subject of his...

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BY the general consent of the hest critics, Jenny Lind occupied a unique position amongst the great singers of the century, alike by her artistic endowments and her strong...

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WE have said something on a previous Occasion of Lincoln

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as a man and as the leader of a great cause. We desire now to dwell upon a point which is often neglected in considering the career of the hero of the Union, but which, from...

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IT is now some time since we noticed any of the publicationa of this most useful and laborious Society ; but we can testify that hardly three months occur without the...

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he conceived the possi- bility of crossing Greenland on "ski." It was possible, he saw, knowing the condition of the interior, to travel over a vast sea of snow ; it was a...

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A THEOLOGICAL NOVEL—EDNOR WHITLOCK.* THE extraordinary success of _Robert Eismere

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has given a certain impulse to the writing of religious or theological novels. But while we may truly say that Robert Elsmere was a true novel in the literary sense, though...

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Vicissitudes of Bush-Life in Australia and .lfew Zealand. By Dugald Ferguson. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Mr. Ferguson went out to Melbourne in 1850 (the year a the discovery of...

A Hundred Years by Post. By J. Wilson Hyde. (Sampson

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Low, Marston, and Co.)—This "Jubilee Retrospect" contains a number of facts and contrasts which, however familiar, never seem to lose their interest. It is a curious point,...

lathe series of "The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges,"

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which is appearing under the general editorship of the Bishop of Worcester (Cambridge University Press), we have The Book of Psalms, with Introduction and Notes, by the Rev. A....

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Through the Stable and Saddle-Room. By Arthur T. Fisher. (Richard

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Bentley and Son.)—The animal of all others in which English folk take the most interest is unquestionably the horse. Cattle, sheep, poultry, dogs, and cats come in for a fair...

Map-Studies of the Mercantile World, and The Golden Gates of

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Trade. By John Yeats, LL.D., F.G.S. (George Philip and Son.) —These two volumes of commercial geography are not very brilliant specimens of that numerous class of publications...

Applied Geography. By J. Scott Keltie. (George Philip and Son.)—This

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volume does not profess to bo a text?-book, but only a preliminary sketch of commercial geography. It consists of an article, reprinted from the Contemporary Review, on the...