30 DECEMBER 1876

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The Vicar of St. James's, Hatcham, is as impervious to

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the demands of his Bishop as to the demands of the law. The Bishop of Rochester deputed Canon Gee to take charge of Mr. Tooth's church last Sunday, as the vicar had been...

The contest between the French Chambers as to the right

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of the Senate to replace votes on the Estimates has begun, M. Gam- betta on Thursday arguing that the Senate had no such power. It was only entitled to negative a vote, but had...

The proclamation of Queen Victoria as "Empress of India" will

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take place at Delhi on New Year's Day. The Viceroy, Lord Lytton, has arrived, and marched in procession through the city, seated in a gilded howdah on a tall elephant, with Lady...


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- A TELEGRAM was received in London on Tuesday, through It Renter's agency, affirming that Lord Salisbury had presented a British ultimatum to the Sultan. He must either accept...

The weather has been dreadful all the week, rain falling

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in the South almost continuously, while in Scotland gales and snow- storms have produced an unusual amount of injury. On Sunday a gale broke over Wick and wrecked five vessels,...

The long-expected Constitution of Turkey was published on .Saturday, the

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23rd, but its text has not yet reached Europe. According to a précis of its contents forwarded from Constanti- nople, and we suspect, doctored for Western consumption—a vital...

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

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President Grant has sent a Message to Congress, in which

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he informs the Members that the British Government has volun- tarily offered to carry out the old Treaty until the new one can be completed. He has replied that he is perfectly...

A -speech of the Right Hon. W. N. Massey's, delivered

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last week to his' constituents at Tiverton, shows that one not regarded as among the most advanced members of the Liberal party is quite as heartily with Mr. 'Gladstone on the...

A correspondent in the Times writing from Yokohama explains the

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suppressed insurrection in Japan which broke out on the 25th October. The Government had recently proposed to commute the pensions hitherto paid to the gentry who sup- port...

Mr. Bright, considering his very great position as an orator

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and a statesman, a statesman as sagacious in council as any chief of his party, is unduly sensitive to hostile criticism. Commenting on a speech by a Tory Member (Mr. Hick,...

Canon Trevor and others, writing on this prosecution, have insisted

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wisely,—though not perhaps with a sufficiently distinct view of the inevitableness of the attempt to apply an unfortunate law to extreme persons who ostentatiously violate...

A correspondence has been going on this week in the

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Times, caused by the recommendation of the recent "Conference of Head Masters," that the xequisitions of the Civil Service Exami- nation for the Indian Civil Service, now that...

Si; Hercules Robinson, Governor of New South Wales, having to

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entertain the Governor of Victoria at Albury, a frontier town between the two colonies, made on October 31 a strong speech in favour of Federation. He pointed out the necessity...

Professor Jack (of Owens College, Manchester) illustrates again, in a

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letter to Tuesday's Times, what he insisted on with great effect earlier in the year,—the importance and the feasibility of treating the compulsory principle, when adopted by...

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Lord Beaconsfield has done a graceful thing in bestowing a

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pension of 150 a year on the Banff naturalist, Thomas Edward, whose remarkable biography by Mr. Smiles we so recently re- viewed. The pension will bestow all the more...

The latest news from the Cape is not very satisfactory.

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Secocceni has beaten President Burger's mercenaries, and killed their leader, "General" Schliekmann, whose ruthlessness dis- credited European humanity ; and though the defeat...

Dr. Schliemann's excavations at the tomb of Agamemnon in Myeenae

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seem to produce clear evidence both of the great antiquity of the tomb, and of the high artistic development of the age in which it was closed. Besides the bronze swords, stone...

The Prussian law of divorce provides that before man and

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wife can obtain a decree of separation or divorce, both parties must lay their case before a clergyman or a civil magistrate, who is to use his utmost efforts to reconcile "the...

The Anglo-Jewish Association has waited upon Lord Derby, to point

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out that the sufferings of the Jews in Roumania date from the emancipation of that country from Mahommedan rule, to quote some striking instances of persecution, particularly...

An amusing misunderstanding filled Mr. Haweis's church, in Westmoreland Street,

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Portland Place, to overflowing last Sunday evening. He had given out as the subject of his sermon " The Sanitary Aspects of Health,"—a somewhat paradoxical title, by the way, by...

In the Straits of Malacca, the sea-monster so repeatedly seen,

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and so repeatedly declared to be mythical, appears at last to have been carefully observed by competent witnesses. The creature was seen by the passengers and crew of the ship...

Consols were on Friday 94-4- for money and account.

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THE CORONATION AT DELHI. T HERE is no simple or self-evident reason why Queen Victoria should not be proclaimed "Empress of India," or why the proclamation should not be...

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. 0017RTNEY'S return for Liskeard by the large majority of 107 may prove a political event of no small import- ance in more directions than one. In the first place, it brings...

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THE ANGLO-RUSSIAN" DEMAND T HOSE who believe or affect to believe

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that Russia has gradu- ally withdrawn from her first position as protector of the Turkish Christians have one argument at least to plead in favour of their opinion. In her...

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M ONSIGNOR DUPANLOUP'S speech in the Senate on the Ecclesiastical Budget was intended to be an in- dictment against the Republican party on the score of want of liberality, but...

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T HE scheme of reform agreed to by the diplomatists, in- eluding General Ignatieff and Lord Salisbury, and described in another column, has been submitted to the Sultan, and it...

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I T is very difficult to make an average Englishman listen to a word against the liberty of bequest. He holds that such a word impugns his right to do what he likes with his own...

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THE RrruALIstric CONSCIENCE. r E Ritualistic conscience is a study in

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itself. There is no doubt that it is a genuine conscience of its kind,—a con- science, that is, which really makes light of selfish motives, when brought into competition with...

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A NOTHER light in the Scotch Israel of wit allied to wisdom —how sadly has the dying year reduced it in numbers !— has gone out, and its extinction is all the more to be...

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THE CASE OF MR. TOOTH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—The Spectator has distinguished itself all through the Ritual controversy by the ability and honourable...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOR.1 Sna,—Permit me to correct one very important error in your article on "Ritualism in the City." You say there that the disputed usages,...

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frO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SLE7—Will you allow me'to

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put the question of obedience to the law before your readers from what I presume to be the Ritualistic stand-point ?—a stand-point upon which i venture to say that they do not...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SFEOTITOR.1 SIR,—With the general argument of your article entitled, "The Utopia of the Spelling-book Makers," I am in perfect sympathy. Children must...

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[To TUB EDITOR OF TRH "Srsoraros."] &o,—Your usually logical mind is, in this instance, unequal to itself. Supposing that sprinkling with holy-waters were recom- mended as...


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THE FAREWELL OF THE OLD YEAR. WHEN the moments of friendship are numbered, How oft it appears That the love which in laughter has slumbered Awakes now in tears ! We are...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SLa,—I should think that the foul murders lately committed by poachera near Yeovil and Hungerford must have suggested some uncomfortable...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—May I, in consequence of your notice of Mrs. Haweis's "Chaucer for Children," remind your readers of a very admirable book of "Tales...

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THE ART AND THE RELIGION OF FLORENCE.* MRS. OLIPHANT has chosen for the subject of her new book one of the most fascinating themes in all the range of civic history. Florence...

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Mass BROUGHTON is not open on this occasion to the charge of over-rapid production. She has taken a good deal of time since she wrote Nancy, that one of her novels which...

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AFTER a long neglect, it seems as if the name and character of Simon de Montfort were destined to occupy a prominent position in the historical literature of the present day....

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4 No one," says Butler, "ever did a designed injury to another, but at the same time he did a much greater to himself." The clear-headed Bishop was thinking of the evil which...

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WHAT is the secret of the almost instinctive dislike with which most people regard a new volume of hymns or even • firnsu, Verses, and Chants. By George Rawson. London: Hodder...

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GIFT BOOKS. Aladdin's Picture - book. Containing "Aladdin," "The Yellow Dwarf," !‘ Princess Belle-Etoile," "The Hind in the Wood." With twenty-four Illustrations by Walter...

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Two Almanacs of merit, which are nearly equal though not

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quite similar, have to be mentioned,— Whitaker's Almanac (Whitaker) and The British Almanac and Companion (The Stationers' Company) — Whitaker's information is more various and...

Rakings over Many Seasons. By R. T. Fisher. (Pickering.)—It is

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easier to criticise Mr. Fisher when he translates from English into Latin or from Latin into English than when he writes original verse. The standard is more readily marked,...

The Parliamenteny Buff Book for 1876. (Effingham Wilson.) — The "Black Book"

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one might be inclined to call this volume, with so cruel a fidelity does it record the doings of our representatives in Parliament. The House divided, it seems, two hundred and...

Life in the Theistic Churches of India. Edited by SopLia

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Dobson -Collet. (Williams and Norgate.)—In this unpretending pamphlet Miss Collet begins a work of much importance for the Theistic Churches of India,--namely, a brief record of...