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The Conservativea of Essex on Thursday gave a grand banquet

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at Chelmsford to the ten Conservative Members the county now returns. About two thousand guests sat down to dinner, but the proceedings were almost too tame for report. Mr....

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has accepted

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the Duke of Richmond's Bill for the extinction of patronage almost with unanimity. Dr. Cook attempted to resist a measure which, he contended, would make the minister the...


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D Y far the most important incident of the week is the return ..1) of M. de Bourgoing for the Department of the Nievre by a vote of 37,599 against 32,157 given to M. Gudin,...

Marshal MacMahon has terminated the Ministerial crisis. Weary of the

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incessant shuffling of the cards, of Ministry after Ministry formed only to fall to pieces, and of 'the Due d'Audiffret- Pasquier's proposals to continue the Government of...

Thiers, in a manifesto of May 24, which we have

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carefully analysed elsewhere, gives a final decision in favour of immediate dissolution. Of course he quizzes his rivals and taunts his foes for their inability to make a...

Prince Bismarck and the Pope are both said to be

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ill, but as nobody ever tells the precise truth about either, it is difficult to form even a conjectural opinion. According to the most vraisent- blant view, the German...

The week has been full of reports from Spain about

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a Hohen- zollern candidature for the throne. The story appears to be that Prince Bismarck has decided against Don Carlos, as too much under the influence of Rome, and sent...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The electors of Buckinghamshire offered, after the last election, to

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defray Mr. Disraeli's expenses, as they thought the opposition of Mr. Tally factious and unreasonable, and raised the necessary sum, or £1,516 15s. Mr. Disraeli has accepted the...

The text of the third law passed by the Prussian

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Parliament against Catholic ecclesiastics has been published, and is sufficiently radical. It is intended, as our readers know, that if a Bishop will not obey he shall be...

The Times is said to have done a spirited thing.

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It has estab- lished a wire for itself from Paris to its own office, and publishes its correspondent's letters, frequently occupying columns, as received by telegraph. That is...

The Look-out in the Eastern Counties continues, In Lincoln- shire

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the farmers and men have come to an agreement, the former recognising the Unions, and the latter agreeing, with consent of their Unions, to give a month's notice of any claim to...

Paris appears to have been little less, if not much

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more, occupied last week with the sublimely ridiculous Metternich-Montebello duel than with the fall of_the Duc de Broglie. Princess Metter- nich, a woman of brave, if somewhat...

Mr. Beresford Hope revived the objections to Oxford as a

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military centre on Friday week, and was defeated by a majority of 99. In the course of the debate, Sir W. Har- court informed the House that 300 years ago Oxford (the...

The Dublin Evening Mail denies that Mr. Justice Lawson. ever

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said he was glad to hear that Catholics did not like the• language used by Mr. Justice Keogh in the famous Galway decision. He says the remark applied solely to Mr. O'Donnell's-...

Another of the three foreigners who, during the earlier years

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of the Queen's reign, helped to govern England has passed away. The Prince Consort and Baron Stockmar are gone, and on Saturday morning M. Sylvain Van de Weyer died in Arlington...

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The weather was very spiteful on Whit-Monday. Not content with

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being bad, which is its normal and therefore, on Conserva- tive principles, its rightful condition, it chose to delude Eng- land into an idea that it was good. Up to twelve...

Mr. Justice Christian appears to have hit a blot in

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the Irish Judicature Bill. In a letter to the Times he points out that the sixth clause of the Bill excludes the Bankruptcy Judges from the High Court, while the thirty-fourth...

We are glad to see that the new Canadian Government

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has intimated its intention of pressing the Imperial Government for a solution of the question of Colonial Copyright, and it will be an excellent exercise for the dialectic and...

The real value of the Treaty just concluded between the

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British Government and the Ameer of Yarkund is not commercial, but political. We may possibly open a new market for Indian teas, and the Ameer's subjects may buy a few European...

Prince Arthur has been created Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

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and Earl of Sussex. The Prince is the first member of the Royal House who has borne, as his superior dignity, a title derived from Ireland. Seven or more Royal Dukes have had...

The Minghetti Ministry in Italy has been very nearly thrown

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out. There was a deficit as usual, and the Premier endeavoured to fill it up by a tax on legal documents. To make this draw, he proposed that no nnstamped deed should be valid,...

Chili has either released or not released Captain Hyde, the

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ac- counts differing utterly,though the latest seems to imply his release; but Guatemala is evidently inclined to atone for the outrage on the British Vice-Consul. Mr. Magee, it...

Hospital Sunday falls this year on June 14, and we

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hope the collection may be a little more oreditable to the liberality of London than it was in 1873.

The news of the week from the Famine districts shows

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very little change. Distress is increasing in Burdwan and Cooch Behar, but in both provision has been made, and the Viceroy thinks his supplies adequate. The 'labourers...

Console were on Friday 93+-931.

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M. THIERS'S MANIFESTO. THIERS had, we imagine, a double reason for issuing .01 • his Manifesto of Sunday, the 24th May. It must have been infinitely pleasant to him, no doubt,...

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W HETHER the publication of " the Dogma " by the Vatican Council strengthened the Catholic Church or not—a question which will depend almost entirely on the character and...

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L ORD HAMPTON has demanded a great reform, in one of those speeches which have never altered the opinion of a single person since the beginning of time, and never will until the...

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O F all the questions which crop up during this Agricultural struggle, none is so puzzling, and at the same time so sickening, as that of Cottage Accommodation. The insufficient...

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V ERY little is heard nowadays of the " manifest destiny " which, in the period preceding the American Civil War, was supposed to be drawing the provinces of British North...

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T is very vexatious, but one never gets fairly the better of Mr. 1 Ruskin. Sometimes he lets his intellect work, and fires off pamphlet after pamphlet on political economy, each...

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T HE Duke of Richmond's Bill for the Abolition of Lay Patronage in the Church of Scotland casts a vivid light on the change which has come over that institution, and recalls an...

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A LREADY the first of the English parties for observing the IA. Transit of Venus on December 9, of the present year, has sailed from our shores. It will not be long before the...

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CHURCH PATRONAGE IN SCOTLAND. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —I never correct any inaccurate report of any speech of mine, as I entirely agree with the...


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you wish for a change in the system of Church Patronage in Scotland, but I see with regret that you regard with favour Lord Airlie's proposal to put the ecclesiastical franchise...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Allow me the privilege of " uttering a howl," as that appears from your article on the Archbishop's Bill to be, in your judgment, the...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE u SPECTATOR.1 Six,—In your article last Saturday, on a lecture that I gave at the Royal Institution, you dwell on the difficulty of classifying men...

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[To TER EDITOR OF TEl " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Mr. Canard, in the Spectator of the 23rd, objects to my theory that the Ice Age was due to a cold summer climate, on the ground that...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THB SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Mr. Bartlett's proposal may be open to some criticism in respect of its practicability. But if the Archbishop's Bill is to pass, the idea...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOR.1 SIR,—" The Devil quoted Genesis, like a very learned clerk ;" and so your correspondent "L." gives chapter and verse from Mr. Carlyle on "...

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THE UNKNOWN DEITY. THERE stood an altar in a lonely wood, And over was a veiled deity, And no man dared to raise the veiling hood, Nor any knew what god they then should see....


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [THIRD NOTICE:I IT does not matter in the least whether Mr. Leighton's picture of lovely draped figures in a courtyard, striking lemons from a tree, and...


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[To THR EDITOR OP TRH " SPECTLTOR.1 your last impression the question is raised whether Mr. Peter Taylor was right in counting Calvin among anti-Sabbatarians. I would call your...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] "SIR,—It is announced that the Queen is to make her son Arthur Duke of Connaught, and Irishmen may take it as a good omen. The literary and...


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"SPECTATOR:'] Sra,—With your kind permission, I beg to say a word in the Spectator on behalf of a class of creatures which cannot speak for themselves. During the hot weather...

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THE SOCIETY OF HEBREW LITERATURE.* THESE are the first publications of a Society which was formed in 1870, " with the object of rendering the literary treasures of the Jews...

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HERE are two more volumes of compilation from Mr. Timbs's unwearied pen, or perhaps we ought to say scissors. They are books likely to amuse most readers, for scraps of literary...

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LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR GEORGE LAWRENCE is a member of a large family who may be said to have bad a common ancestor ins Robert Clive,—the Soldier-politicals of our Indian Empire....

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PRIESTLY LIFE IN FRANCE.* TFIEORETICALIX, the best biography might be

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that which should give its subject exactly his due place in universal history ; but practically the most interesting as well as the most instructive biography is that which is...

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Worthies of All Souls. By Montagu Burrows, Chichele Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls. (Macmillan and Co.)—Archbishop Chichele,...

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Facts and Hints for Every-Day Life: a Book for the

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Household. (Cassell and Co.)—We may say in commendation of this little volume that we have kept it by us for two or three months, and made actual reference to it for various...

4C4iV 6 1 1 1.0 4 VaITOVII, indeed Why, there are three hundred pages,

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containing each on an average ten names, most of them being names of distinct dialects at least. Cardinal Mezzofanti is said to have known somewhat more than one hundred...

Lost Beauties of the English Language. By Charles Mackay, LL.D.

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(G h etto and Winans.) Modern English. By Fitzedward Hall. (Williams and Norgate.)—These two volumes may be classed together, as having the same aim, though pursued in different...

A Record of Thoughts. By J. B. Waring. 2 vols.

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(Trubner.)—Here is a strange phenomenon. A man has been thinking for thirty years or so, and concludes that the Bible is of less value than a penny almanack. For listen to Mr....

Prose Idylls, New and Old. By the Rev. C. Kingsley.

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(Macmillan.) —Mr. Kingsley's " Old Idylls " have earned for themselves a favour from all readers of taste which makes it superfluous to praise them, un- less, perchance, there...


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Adam (T.), Impressive Impressions, Excerpts from his MSS. (Edln. Pub. Co.) 5/0 Adeler (Max), Out of the Burly Burly, or Life in an Odd Corner ( Ward & Look) 6/0 Alas and Estin,...


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Burros—Died, on the 26th May, at Hove, Brighton. SugutwAlf GEHNOAL Hums, widow of the late Rev. JOSEPH Hun'eg, LL.D„ in the 85th year of her age.