30 JULY 1870

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T HE storm clouds have been rolling together during the week, but up to Friday evening they bad not burst, though they are said to be bursting. The French Govern- ment has...

The North-German Gazette, the official organ of Count Bis- marck,

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says other revelations are at hand. Prince Napoleon, it says, on his visit to Berlin, threw out hints about the French- speaking cantons of Switzerland, and declared that in...

The ferment would have been far greater but for great

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divi- sion of opinion, first as to the authenticity, and next as to the authorship of the Draft Treaty. Count Bismarck somewhat imprudently published it, first of all, in the...

Count Bismarck has taken advantage of the final lull to

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strike a terrible diplomatic blow at France. He declares, in a telegram to Count Bernstorff, published on the 28th inst., that the French Ambassador proposed to him—during the...

This revelation of an almost matchless perfidy has, of course,

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excited a ferment both in Belgium and Great Britain. In Belgium a latent sympathy with France has instantly disappeared, and all classes are now ready to defend the national...

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

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A French fleet of seven ironclads has gone to the

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Baltic, and passed Skagen, the northern cape of Jutland, on the 27th inst. It is to make an " important diversion," either by threatening the northern coast of Prussia, or by...

The only Parliamentary discussion upon the Draft Treaty was commenced

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by Mr. Disraeli on Monday, when he complained of delay in producing papers, denounced the reticence maintained towards the House, and asked for information about a projected...

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The Pall Mall Gazette gives a valuable but very discreditable

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account of the military force within the United Kingdom. It consists, it says, of 22 cavalry regiments, numbering 400 each, or, say, 8,800 men ; and 68 battalions of infantry,...

The ruin worked by this war on 'Change has been

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terrible, but not, perhaps, unhealthy. It seems that a mania for speculation had set in ; quiet people all over England were buying and selling time-bargains, and when the crash...

The latest news as regards neutral Powers may be summed

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up in a very short paragraph. Russia remains nominally neutral, but her troops are concentrating in Poland, where there is grow- ing agitation, and the Imperial Guard, 60,000...

Lord Northbrook, Under-Secretary for War, stated on Tuesday in the

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Lords that Sir H. Storks had authorized him to declare that " as to artillery, small arms, and ammunition the country had never been better provided than at present." Moreover,...

Mr. Gladstone acted as chairman at the dinner of the

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Cobden Club on Saturday, and made a speech on Mr. Cobden and Free Trade which contained one noteworthy idea. He doubted whe- ' ther Englishmen were much better or wiser than...

The Education Bill has been read a second time in

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the Lords, amid a unanimous expression of approval, the only point strongly reserved being the election of School Boards by ballot. Lord Shaftesbury, whose opinion was by far...

We have received endless maps of the seat of war,

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all bearing marks of hasty manufacture. The cheap maps, in particular, are atrocious, the railways running apparently according to the drafts- man's discretion, and half the...

The Emperor arrived at Metz on Thursday, and immediately issued

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the following proclamation to his army :—" Soldiers am about to place myself at your head, to defend the honour and the soil of the country. You go to fight against one of the...

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As usual of late years, the first benefit of the

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war falls to the share of Italy. Instigated partly by a desire to get finally rid of an unendurable burden, partly by the hope of an Italian contingent, but chiefly by the...

Coroners' juries are beginning to be ashamed of the verdict

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of " temporary insanity" in cases of suicide, but seem unable to hit upon any compromise between felo de se and falsehood. Ellen Elizabeth Dent, servant to Dr. W. Evans,...

There is some honesty left in the world yet, and

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some con- sideration. A correspondent of the Standard who signs himself " Verax," lost his pocket-book with notes to the amount of £45. It was found by a poor ragged old man...

Mr. Gladstone on Wednesday delivered a speech upon the Ballot

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'which, but for the war, would have been an immense event. Ile declared for manhood suffrage. He thought that household -suffrage involved in principle unlimited suffrage. "...

Our system of executing criminals must be changed, or the

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punishment of death will be abolished. The unutterable horror -of the scene at Dublin, on the execution of Andrew Carr, will be too much for the popular imagination, as, indeed,...

The latest news, Friday, 9 p.m., speaks of severe skirmishes

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across the frontier, near Saarbriick, between German reconnoitring parties and French videttes ; and the latest rumour—very doubt- ful — of a naval engagement in which a French...

Consols were on Friday evening 89} to 89i.

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The Duke of Argyll presented the Indian financial statement to

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the House of Peers on Thursday. Twelve peers attended to listen to it. The main fact of the speech was that there had been another muddle in Indian accounts, and that owing...

There was a funny debate in the House of Commons

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last Friday on the second reading of the Census Bill. Everybody wanted his own pet crotchet inserted in the Act. After the usual fuss about the religious census, which...

A point of curiously wide interest was raised during the

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dis- cussion of Thursday on the annual vote for Education. It appears that no class suffers more from want of provision for old age than the Certificated Schoolmasters, and Mr....

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THE DRAFT TREATY. Treaty, which gave Prussia nothing but what

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she had other- wise obtained, was rejected, with the remark, contemptuous or insidious, that to make it fair, Prussia must have Holland, and the Emperor commenced his long...


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■ •■■■••■-•11■■ THE WAR. T HE Armies are face to face in the Valley of the Saar, and perhaps before these words are issued, certainly before next Saturday, Germany and France,...

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T HERE is very little matter of interest in the first British Blue-Book on the War, and not very much in the first formal speech of the British Secretary for Foreign Affairs. We...

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THE NAVAL SIDE OF THE WAR. T HE French have forty-five

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ironclads afloat, and the Prussians. six. Such is the essence of many statements about the maritime preponderance of France over Prussia. Apparently nothing more should be...

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Churchmen have their hour of triumph. Mr. Bennett—without taking the trouble to appear before a Court of which he repudiates the jurisdiction—has come off scot-free from his...

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1/ OST Englishmen profess themselve unable to understand the recent outburst of Irish sympathy with the cause of France in the present European quarrel. Measured simply by the...

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N OBODY cares about anything just now except this terrible war, but at another moment Mr. Lambert's motion about Ministers' Salaries would have given rise to a good deal of...

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T HE French Minister who shot himself at Washington last week was a very interesting man. Both in his life and in his death he offered a curious study, especially to Englishmen....


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V ISITORS to Henley-on-Thames, being other than the crowd of boating-men and pleasure-seekers who are attracted by the regatta, and who are not observant of any other localities...

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VII.—JOHN. I examining into the motives which appear to have influenced 1 the conduct of our Princes, we have hitherto been able to. recognize a considerable ingredient of good...

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UNDERGRADUATE INFIDELITY. [TO THE EDITOR OP "THE SPECTATOR.") Sur,—The remarks of your correspondent " Vindex " on Bishop Temple's speech offer a valuable correction to the...

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THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR, —During the last feir years in which the Royal Academy held their Exhibition in Trafalgar Square, the very excellent plan was adopted of opening the doors...


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SIR, — Will you allow me to say a few words in answer to your correspondent " Vindex "? Having been resident for four years in the largest college at Cambridge, and acquainted...


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glad to make one or two remarks on your paragraph of July 16, and on the letter of " Vindex " which appeared in your edition of last Saturday on the above subject. As to the...

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THE BISHOP OF ARGYLL'S PRESENT-DAY PAPERS.* OUR recent impressions of the work of the Scottish Episcopal Church have not been favourable. From that quarter proceeded some of the...

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Tins story at least deserves the limited commendation given by the nervous guest to his host's fare, when precipitately retreating from the Scylla, " Very good what there is of...

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WESTWARD BY RAIL.* THE novel feature of Mr. Rae's volume

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is his description of the journey from New York to San Francisco by the Pacific Railway. But the part of the book which will probably cause most interest and discussion is that...

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FORMS OF ANIMAL LIFE.* Arz accurate handbook of practical anatomy

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has been long needed. "Teacher and student alike will rejoice over this new work by Professor Rolleston. It supplies, in a thorough and yet easily- 'mastered manner, a vast...

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Teachingsiof Experience. By Joseph Barker. (Beveridge.)—Mr. Barker began life as

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a minister in the Methodist Now connection, found himself galled by the system, relinquished his place, became minister of a congregation of seceders, got into difficulties with...

Glenwahra ; or, the Western Highlands. By Sir Randal Roberts,

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Bart. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is a book in season. One might not have the heart to real it at Christmas when the summer holiday seems infinitely far off, but now it is welcome....

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The Golden Treasury Psalter (Macmillan.)—is a smaller and cheaper edition

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(the notes being mach abbreviated) of "The Psalms Chronolo- gically Arranged by Four Friends," a book which we noticed at length when it appeared three years ago. "The...

much of our own childhood (passed, as far this present

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writer is con- cerned) "when William the Fourth was King," but of the childhood of our fathers and mothers. "Philip Quarll " indeed, an inferior sort of Robinson Crusoe, the...

Infant Lift : its Nurture and Care. By E. N.

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G., with preface by Erasmus Wilson, F.R.S. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This little book is the work of a lady, and is a reprint of an essay which appeared in the pages of a medical...

Brilliant Prospects. By R. L. Johnson. (Griffin.)—Is it fair to

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criticize a book the whole of which one has not read ? Any one who saw our "reviewer's copy" of this tale would observe that the pages are cut up to 65 and that half of page 64...

Harmony in Religion. By a Roman Catholic Priest. (Moffat.)—This little

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book is the work of a liberal Roman Catholic, and, though we cannot flatter ourselves with the belief that it is of any practical import- ance or significance, will be read with...

The Letter of Recommendation : a Romance of the Levant.

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By Frank P. Worth. 2 vols. (Effingham Wilson.)—This is a love story of the ordinary kind, with the usual misunderstandings, the young man sup- posing that the lady is interested...

Help for Sick and Wounded. A translation of "La Guerre

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et la ()barite." By J. Farley. (j. C. Rotten.)—The original of M. M. Moynier and Appia, of which this is a version, received the prize offered by the Berlin Central Committee...