30 APRIL 1870

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Lord Clarendon on Thursday excused himself for his indefensible offer

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to carry away the brigands, that is, to secure to criminals impunity for their crime by aid of the British Government, by pleading the only plea in such a case worth attention....

We are happy to perceive, from a reply given by

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Mr. Monsen on Tuesday, that something is to be done to terminate the Red River rebellion, something strong enough to make official silence expedient. It will be done apparently...

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• A TERRIBLE tragedy in Greece has this week almost superseded politics. A party of residents and tourists, comprising Lord and Lady Muncaster, Mr. Herbert, Secretary to the...

The words of the Plebiscitum are, " Do you approve

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the Liberal reforms effected by the Emperor since 1860 in the Constitution of 1852, and ratify the Senatus-Consultum of 20th April, 1870,— 'Yes' or 'No'? " but the Imperial...

The expected proclamation by the Emperor to the French people

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appeared on Sunday. It is a well-written paper, frank and manly, but clearly written by a man who intends to govern for himself, and not through responsible Ministers. Napoleon...

The murder, in cold blood, of men so well known,

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so popular, and so entirely guiltless of offence, even against bandit law—for the money demanded was ready—has thrown the British public into a fever of indignation. Demands are...

It is to be hoped we are not going to

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import from Ireland that favourite mode of dissolving contracts, or revenging their dissolu- tion, which is effected by the revolver. The Evening Standard of yesterday says that...

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A terrible accident occurred at Richmond, Virginia, on the 27th

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April. The Court of Appeal occupies rooms above the House of Representatives, and on that day the Court was crowded, people being anxious to hear a decision to be given which...

Count Daru, before leaving office, composed a long memoran- dum

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in rejoinder to Cardinal Antonelli, who had replied to his former representations against the substance of the schema de Ecclesia% This memorandum it seems that M. 011ivier...

A good letter in the Times of Wednesday as to

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the so-called " religious difficulty " of the Education Bill, points out that in Victoria precisely the same course was pursued in the Act of 1862, as is proposed to be pursued...

The Committee on the Irish Land Bill was resumed on

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Thurs- day night., and made some progress. Mr. Headlam's amendment was allowed to drop after a hot assault by him on the anonymous M.P. who writes to the Birmingham Daily Post,...

Last Sunday the third public Session of the Vatican Council

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was held, and the constitution de Fide was promulgated by the unanimous vote of the 664 fathers present. The Constitu- tion contains eighteen canons condemning modern errors on...

Mr. Gosehen's Metropolitan Poor Relief Bill passed its second reading

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on Monday. Under its provisions, the whole cost of in- -door relief in London will be thrown on the Common Fund, as the cost of the sick now is, and rates will be equalized...

The remarkable article in the Dublin Review, on " Is

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Ireland Irreconcilable?" of which we took some notice a fortnight since, has been republished in a separate form by its author, Mr. J. Cashel Hoey, with a very striking appendix...

Lord Kinnaird writes to Mr. Lowe in the Times of

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Thursday a long tirade against his proposal to take the duty off hawkers' licences, on the ground that hawkers, or their employers, do a great deal of mischief by tempting the...

The substance of M. Darn's memorandum, though sufficiently well put,

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is not, of course, in any degree novel. It is what we may call " conceivable matter," pointing out the danger of giving the Church the right to claim the absolute obedience of...

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We stated last week that two or three additional watchers

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+would enable the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to throw the Abbey open to the public all the year round. We are informed, !however, that to throw it completely open would...

The controversy as to permittiog the women medical students

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at Edinburgh to attend the classes formed for young men has been going on very warmly during the week, and on Monday the Times, which is sufficiently severe on the monstrous...

The alliance between the Tories and Nationalists, which is the

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great present fact of Ireland, is becoming more definite. Captain Harman, the Tory candidate for Mayo, for example, has issued a second address, containing this sentence :—"...

It is curious enough that just at this moment when

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the greatest jealousy of the Catholic Church is felt in England, so that Mr. Newdegate carries with him an exceptional sympathy in he motion for the Committee on monastic...

A strange suicide occurred on Wednesday. On the day before,

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Miss Dundridge, daughter of Major Dundridge, Bengal Staff Corps, was travelling on the London and Brighton Railway, when she fell out at the door and was killed. The door ought...

The Deceased Wife's Sister came up for her annual discussion

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on Wednesday, the main feature of the debate being Sir Roundell Palmer's speech against the Bill for legalizing marriage with her,—which he rested, of coarse, on the old ground...

Texan ladies eat snuff, are always eating it, and are

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sallow in consequence. So do women throughout the Southern States. " Horrible !" say English papers, and of course, therefore, there is horror in the practice, but we should...

Mr. Denison has succeeded in obtaining a Select Committee to

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inquire into the administration of the law granting compensation for injuries by railway accidents. He seemed to favour a plan -which is in its way clever, but which would not...

Consols were on Friday evening 94 to 94i.

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The Times, always the warm friend of the little birds,

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publishes letters complaining of the slaughter of some golden orioles which have lately visited our shores. They are tuneful and beautiful, and are consequently shot wherever...

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THE MARATHON MASSACRE. " P RESIDENT " RIEL, British subject, rebel, and head of the so-called Provisional Government of the Red River, murdered one Mr. Scott, British subject...

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T HE Emperor Napoleon and his Minister have both ad- dressed the people of France, and have expressed in very different words precisely the same idea. They want a renewal of...

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disappointed on Monday the hopes of the few embittered politicians who had been so actively predicting that Mr. Gladstone was playing the Dis- senters false about the University...

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S IB ROUNDELL PALMER is just at present Mr. Glad- stone's thorn in the flesh,—a highly polished, gentle, and benignant, and very edifying thorn for any man's flesh, we must...

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THE COLONIAL DEBATE. T HE Colonial debate of Tuesday was not

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at all a satisfac- tory one. Mr. Torrens made the mistake of moving for a Committee to inquire into a question wholly beyond the province of any Committee, namely, the theory...

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Commons returned on Thursday to the Irish Land Bill with a plain duty and a serious responsibility before it. When the holidays so happily came to give the needed pause for...

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p ROFESSOR HUXLEY has made a very intrepid overture to all whom it may concern, which his many hearty admirers, among whom we claim to be of the heartiest, will rejoice to think...

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W E do not see what people who enjoy light comedy, genuine light comedy, intended to hit folly and not vice, can want better than Mr. Robertson's " M. P.," as now played at the...

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MR. MAURICE AND THE "SATURDAY REVIEW." [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sul, — A late writer in the Saturday Review, in a bitter and impatient attack upon Mr. Maurice on the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "EPECTATOR.1 SIR,—I know of no subject on which such extraordinary mis- apprehensions exist among statesmen and the leaders of public opinion as that of...

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THE FRENcH AND FLEMISH PICTURES. THE Exhibition of foreign pictures at 120 Pall Mall, is quite an established part of the Londoner's Spring amusements. Besides the French and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sia,—I have been greatly surprised by a sentence in your last week's issue, a single sentence, casual, probably inadvertent, still, as...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") do not know whether your columns are exactly the fitting channel for a short observation which I wish to make, but I think that your...

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ECCLESIA.* A MANIFESTO of what we may perhaps call the " Broad" party among the Congregationalists could not fail to be interesting ; the essays before us are, for the most...

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THIS quaint, alliterative title, which includes, more or less obviously, the horse, the ox, the sheep, and the pig, and is even stretched by some process which we do not...

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WE welcome the volume before us, not on account of any par- ticular originality in its conception or remarkable ability in its execution, but because it is another attempt to...

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WE gather from these pages that Mr. Hodder has been " con- nected with the press" for a good many years, has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines, and has come...

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scholars know the difficulty which has arisen as to Luke's chronology of our Lord's life. Of all the Evangelists, Luke alone assumes, when he speaks of chronology at all,...

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GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S FAIRY LIBRARY.* WHornEn we are indebted to Mr.

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Cruikshank or to Messrs. Bell and Daldy for a new edition of the four fairy stories included in this little book, we do not know ; but, at any rate, in the name of the nursery...

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AT the present time, while the Treaty of 1860 is under revision and a new policy of trust in Chinese human nature is advocated in many quarters, it may not be unprofitable to...

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Ancient Classics for English Readers : Herodotus. By George C.

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Swayne, M.A. (Blackwood.)—Mr. Swayne has got such an admirable subject in "the father of history" that, on the one band, he could not fail to make an interesting book, and, on...


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The Theological Review. April. (Williams and Norgate.)—This number is one of unusually great and varied interest, Miss F. P. Cobbe's essay on " Hereditary Piety," based, of...

The Boys of Axleford, by Charles Camden (Bell and Daldy),

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is a set of bright, lively, and humorous sketches of boy life, published originally, if we remember, in Good Words for the Young, and coming therefore well recommended. The...

Religious Opinions of the late Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend. (Chap-

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man and Hall.)—Mr. Townshend was chiefly known during his lifetime, outside the large circle of his private friends, as an advocate of mes- merism; since his death his name has...