2 OCTOBER 1880

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The opponents of the Liberal Government are greatly pleased, but

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without much reason. They believe that France will abandon the concert of Europe, and that the English people will sympa- thise with Turkey. The action of France, however, is...


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F OR once the " crisis " is real. The Sultan, finding that the accord of Europe was maintained, and that he must either resist or carry out the Treaty of Berlin, has determined...

Late on Friday there was an impression that the Sultan,

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at last alarmed, had become reasonable, and would make conces- sions; and a rumour was current that if he did not, he would be dethroned. Anything may occur at Constantinople,...

The separate attitude of France is almost inexplicable, but we

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believe this, so far as it goes, is an accurate explanation. M. Gambetta, General Farre, M. Constans, and probably one other member of the Cabinet, are inclined to act strongly...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Affairs in Ireland do not improve. On the one hand,

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Orangemen are cheering the incendiary speeches of the Rev. Mr. Kane, who threatens that they will rise 200,000 strong, and settle Irish difficulties with lead ; and on the other...

It was felt all through Europe that the Sultan's action

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had given a new and more serious aspect to affairs. The Govern- ments held consultations, but agreed, it is believed, to wait for the decision of the British Government. A...

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All the news received this week from Basutoland is unfavour-

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able. The entire tribe must have risen, for a force which, on the 21st ult., attacked the camp of the Mounted Rifles at Court- house numbered 7,000 warriors. They charged...

Mr. Parnell delivered his weekly speech on Sunday, this time

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at New Ross. It was noteworthy for a statement that assassination was "unnecessary and prejudicial," where the farmers were organised ; for a blank rejection of all concessions,...

The twentieth Church Congress met on Tuesday at Leicester, under

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the presidency of the Bishop of Peterborough, who delivered a most eloquent address. Its main drift, on which we have commented elsewhere, was that Congresses were the out- come...

Some documents have been published in Paris which show conclusively

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that M. de Freycinet, who, it must not be for- gotten, is a Protestant of the sincere kind, had good reason to believe that the Pope was favourable to a compromise with the...

The most significant and the most painful fact about this

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case is the evidence it affords of organised terrorism. For days before the murder, Lord Mountmorres and his people had been placed under ban. His cook was driven away by...

Mr. O'Shaughnessy, Member for Limerick, and hitherto re- garded as

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moderate, has openly joined the Land League, in a letter to Mr. Parnell, in which he declares that his "principles are based on goodwill to the landlords who will give their...

We do not understand why, if Candaliar is to be

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handed over to Abdurrahman, its evacuation should be so much de- layed. It is found impossible to collect any store of provi- sions, and the cost of maintaining 13,000 men to...

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The death of the Maharajah of Jeypore, which took place

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on the 18th ult., is a misfortune for Rajpootana, and, indeed, all native India. The specialty of the Maharajah was that he was a Prince who improved his dominions, without...

It has often been disputed whether London fogs, though they

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certainly depress vitality, do actually kill. The question seems to be settled by Dr. Arthur Mitchell, who, in the Scottish Meteorological Journal, shows that during the fog...

The correspondent of the Times who has just visited Cettinje

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relates a story which speaks volumes for the condition of the Principality of Montenegro. As he left the capital and plunged into the mountains, he met on the road a little girl...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 97:.

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Great epidemics seem to deprive multitudes almost of their reason.

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At least, that is the explanation we should offer of the ghastly festival held at Memphis, in the State of Tennessee, on the 21st ult. The citizens have been free this summer...

The Congress, so far, has been distinguished by some really

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remarkable speaking. Bishops seem at last to have been beaten out of their fear of discussing radical questions in public. The Archbishop of York's paper was a very powerful...

The Guardians of St. Saviour's, Southwark, in which parish Guy's

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Hospital is situated, lately thought it their duty to remon- strate with the Governors on their management of the hospital, and the reply of the Governors has been published....

The Home Secretary has addressed a second letter to the

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Mayor of Manchester on the subject of juvenile offenders. He denies that he desired the magistrates to send no child under fourteen years of age to prison. He only called for...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE EASTERN SITUATION. T HE Sultan has shown his hand, and it has a scimitar in it. He has seen from the first that the European Powers, under cover of the...

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T O Englishmen who are friendly to Ireland, and wish to see her not only quiet and prosperous, but honoured—and we certainly may reckon ourselves among that number—the most...

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W E argued last week that the abolition of offices like that of Lord Chief Baron is necessary, if we are ever to have a homogeneous judicial system, and, therefore, that the...

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T HE Bishop of Peterborough wishes for a Church Parlia- ment with a strong lay element in it, but thinks the time is not quite ripe. That is the essence and outcome of the...

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B Y the elevation of Mr. Lowe to the Peerage, the new House of Commons has at once lost a distinguished ornament and gained a plain-spoken critic. Lord Sherbrooke still keeps a...

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T HE secession of Mr. Stopford Brooke from the Church of England, and the letter of explanation issued to his con- gregation, and subsequently forwarded by him to the Daily...

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A MONG the things not readily definable may be classed the modifications which the human countenance undergoes -when subjected, for any considerable length of time, to the...

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T HERE are two classes of persons for which such accom- modation is much needed,—those who can afford to pay for the superior accommodation of a hotel, but who are un- welcome...

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A FOREST RIDE. (FROM . • COHILESPONDENT3 Rugby, Tennessee. THERE are few more interesting experiences than a ride through these southern forests. The scrub is so low and thin,...

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(FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] Berne, September 21st. THERE are certain sunsets which stand out like events in one's memory. The most brilliant I ever saw was one on the Atlantic, when...

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DUTY AS DEITY. [To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 Sfa,—There are several points which you left unnoticed in your criticism of Mr. Whitworth's religion. " I believe," he says,...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..spiscreres..-]

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Sia,—Society will find it to make very considerable practical difference, if even a small proportion of us come to lose as largely as Mr. Whitworth or Mr. Voysey our remaining...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.) SIR,—Being in Paris during our late elections, I was grieved at the way in which the Republican Press misunderstood the issues. In like...

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[" I threw magic-lantern portraits of different persons on the top of one another, on the same screen, and elicited a resultant face whicb resembled no one of the components in...


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THE EVIL EYE.* THE tradition of the evil *eye still has an interest for imagina- tive minds, and is a subject well suited for dramatic and poetic treatment. So few mysteries...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Yon must have observed the conflict of testimony on the subject of improvements on Irish land, some asserting that all the improvements...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sta,—In your paper of the 25th ult. you refer to the letter of M. Molinari on Ireland. Will you allow:me to point out a fallacy which...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In my letter of last week, the sentence printed, "He would not, it is true, give them a share in the glorious traditions of Trinity, but...

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THEOCRITIIS IN ENGLISH PROSE.* MR. LANG has rendered notable service

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to one of the two classes of readers for whose benefit translations are made. Every student of literature must wish to know something of the poet whose inspiration has descended...

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THIS book constitutes the most important original addition to our knowledge of the social life of a distinct period at Oxford since Prideaux's cynical and outspoken...

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A YOUNG author is like a young whist-player. His attention is taken up by the cards which he himself holds and the scheme which he has devised, and in his eagerness he usually...

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Tins appears to us to belong to the class of novels in which there are no great faults,—which have, on the contrary, really much that is praiseworthy ; and which,...

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A posinvzi,y pathetic interest attaches to this work, which is, in many important respects, the best proof we have had for many years of the capacity and energy of provincial...

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David Armstrong ; or, Before the Dawn. (Blackwood and Son.)—

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This is a clever story, in which we are hardly so much interested as we ought to be. This is partly because "Probation" and "Haworth's " have so recently demanded our sympathy...

POETIIY. — The Defence of Rome, and Other Poems. By Ernest Myers.

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(Macmillan.)—Mr. Myers has found a fine subject, and handled it worthily. The dactylic metre which he uses, and uses with no little mastery of its resources, has both melody and...

Columba. Parts I. and 2. By Mrs. J. Francis Foster.

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(Satchell and Co.)—Here is a novelty in form ; a serial story, with occa- sional papers on subjects connected with it, brought out in very handsome style. It is too soon to...


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Latin and Greek as- in Rome and Athens. By the Rev. Francis M. Wyndham. (Sanford.)—Mr. Wyndham has written a very interest- ing little treatise on the proper pronunciation of...