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NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE Standard of Wednesdaypublished, in

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a prominent place, the following sentence :—" We have reasons for believing that Germany has been sounded with regard to Prince Alex- ander's return to Bulgaria, in case he were...

Lord Randolph was very amusing in his denial of the

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Daily News story as to the Government plan of provincial Home-rule for Ire- land. It had arisen, he said, in the fact that the editor of the Daily News is also a contributor to...

In the first speech, Lord Randolph insisted that the alliance

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with the Liberal Unionists was still as important as ever, and that the Tories ought to work with them not less cordially, or even more cordially, at the next Election than they...

The Russian Government have taken a further step towards coercing

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the Bulgarian Regency. Pretending that Russian Consuls are not protected at Varna, they have despatched two small war-vessels to the port, with orders to land marines and...

Lord Randolph Churchill's reception at Bradford on Tuesday was a

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triumphant one. He played the reformed political rake to perfection, and probably nine-tenths of his hearers had for- gotten that he had ever had anything to reform. We confess...

In the main speech, Lord Randolph first dwelt on the

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satis- factory signs in Ireland. The harvest had been good, and well gathered in. There were no serious signs of the potato famine with which Mr. Parnell had threatened them....


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the " SPECTATOR" SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENTS, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Nineteenth...

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

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The President of the Board of Trade, Lord Stanley of

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Preston, on Tuesday made a speech at the Mansion House on the im- provement of trade. He was not so optimistic as Lord Derby —" junior branches were never," he said, "so hopeful...

The death of Count Beast, born a Prussian subject, but

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once Premier of Austria, is not an event of interest, but it deserves record if only because of the rapidity with which he has been forgotten. In 1867, only nineteen years ago,...

The Commissioner of Police in the City has prohibited the

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Socialist procession on Lord Mayor's Day. The prohibition is absolute, the Social Democratic Federation being informed that "on the 9th of November next, no procession, other...

A kind of military coup d'egat has been struck in

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Spain. It appears that the superior non-commissioned officers, called" First Sergeants," are usually the chiefs in mutinies, they having the authority of officers without their...

The farmers of Wales appear to wish for the Irish

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Land Law. At a Conference held on Thursday, attended by delegates from all parts of the country, and including many Members of Parliament, it was resolved to demand "the three...

The English Press, so well served on certain questions, is

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very badly served upon topics in which it has little interest. Something has occurred in Italy which has suddenly brought the standing quarrel between the National Government...

Some new impulse has passed over Parisian journals in regard

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to Great Britain and Egypt. it is asserted in some quarters that M. GrOvy has censured the bellicose one of the papers, and in others that the two Governments are carrying on...

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The correspondence which appeared yesterday week between the Dean of

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Westminster and the memorialists who seemed to wish for an injunction prohibiting Roman Catholics from saying mentally Catholic prayers while visiting Westminster Abbey on the...

At a meeting of the Leith Liberals yesterday week, an

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important letter was read from Lord Rosebery, strongly advo- -eating the reunion of the Liberal Party, if that were possible, -and suggesting that it could not be reunited by...

The Solicitor-General (Sir E. Clarke) made a strong speech on

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Thursday in the Town Hall, Bermondsey, on the absolute necessity of reforming the Procedure of Parliament if the poli- tical institutions of this country were not to fall into...

The French Chamber and the Municipality of Paris are pro-

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ceeding rapidly in their task of driving out "the clericals" from all place in France. The Chamber on Thursday, for instance, passed the Lay Teachers Bill by 361 to 175. Under...

The Convocation of the Royal University had a very stormy

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meeting in Dublin on Wednesday, at which the Parnellites Consols were on Friday 1004 to 101. made a determined effort to get one of their members nominated to the Senate of the...

The Bishop of London is not a man to act

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without discretion even in small matters, and we have no doubt that he must have had both the legal right to inhibit Mr. Haweis from delivering a sermon in Dr. Parker's pulpit...

Yesterday week, Mr. Shaw-Lefevre attempted to explain the Conservatism of

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London to a meeting organised by the Bermondsey Liberal and Radical Association ; but Mr. Shaw- Lefevre's explanations seem to us to make the question rather more obscure than...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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THE TORY CHANGE OF FRONT. W E are not at all ill-satisfied with the Tory change of front, though it is impossible to suppose that on most of the subjects touched upon in Lord...

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T HE report of the great meeting held at Birmingham on Tuesday, to do honour to Mr. Schnadhorst, the late Chairman of the Liberal Association, does not contain much to interest...

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T WO incidents which have marked the week bring into strong relief the actual and very singular position of affairs in Eastern Europe. The dominant factors in that position are...


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T HE Government, it is stated, is gravely considering the propriety of advising her Majesty to pay a visit in state to Ireland. Such a visit, it is thought, will conciliate...

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I T was impossible, of course, that an event of so much public interest as the Queen's Jubilee should have been allowed to happen without the accompaniment of a...

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S IR CHARLES RUSSELL, speaking at the Holborn Restaurant on Thursday, gave expression to the annoy- ance so generally felt by the Home-rule Party at being called the "...

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I T would probably be easy to draw from the records of pro- bate during the last fifty years an imposing list which might be entitled "Clerical Savings." But scarcely the most...

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I T is stated that the Saxon and Austrian statesman who died last Sunday was much grieved in his oil age at finding that the Austrians had quite forgotten the services which he...

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I T is only a fortnight since we expressed our fear that the long-continued depression, and the glut of money shown in the high prices of all safe stocks, would speedily produce...

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INCE it dawned upon the Foreign Office that " her Majesty's representatives abroad" should be asked to supply informa- tion useful not merely to diplomatists, but to the mass...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."' SIII, — The Spectator has

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not, I trust, lost that character for straightforwardness in acknowledging a mistake which has for a long time past distinguished it. It is in that hope that I venture to direct...


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THE FEE SCHEME OF THE LONDON SCHOOL BOARD. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR, — I think I never knew a matter with regard to which journalists, and through them the...

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DR. MAUDSLEY'S ATTACK ON SUPER- NATURALISM.* WE have read this book with great care and great interest, and have found in it the clearest evidence that one of the ablest and...

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most agreeable rake that ever trod the rounds of indulgence ;" but the term, like many another clever saying, is but partially true. Steele had his faults, which he is frank...

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TWO SCOTCH NOVELS.* ALL the scenes in A Northern Lily

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are not Scotch ; nor are all the characters. But the heroine is, poor thing. Above all things, the best and most notable figure in the story, and, indeed, one of the most...

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NOBODY who values the decencies of literary life and the courtesies of criticism, will have read without regret the attack made by a writer in the Quarterly Review on Mr. Gosse...

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TWO NOVELS BY NOVICES.* WE review these novels together not

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because they are either sufficiently like each other to be appraised. by the same epithets, or sufficiently unlike to offer effective points of contrast ; but * Lore in a Mist....

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well to say at starting that these letters will not with the majority of readers add to George Sand's fame as a writer, though they may enhance her reputation as a friend and a...

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South-West of Scotland." It is fall of statistical and other facts, and the opinions expressed by the writer are moderate almost to a fault. The flactuations in the rent of...

Every Girl's Annual. Edited by Alicia A. Leith. (Hatchards.)— This

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volume does not fall below its predecessors in interest and merit. Two serial stories run through the year,—" A Child of the Revolu- tion," by the Author of " The Atelier du Lys...

The New Chum in Australia. By Percy Clarke. (J. S.

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Virtue and Co-)—" New chum' is a colonial term for new arrivals to the Colonies, and includes a vast proportion of the population of the Colonies, as the new chum does not...

The Royal Jubilees of England. By William Ellis. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—After a preliminary account of Mosaic and Papal jubilees, and a few pages devoted to Egbert, as the first of English Xing', we get to the proper subject of the book,...

We have received The Monthly Interpreter, edited by the Rev.

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Joseph S. Ezell, M.A. Vol. IV. (T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh ; Began Paul, Trench, and Co., London.) —Professor Redford discusses the "Song of Solomon," and argues stoutly against...

The Quiver. Vol. XXI. (Cassell and Oo.)—The serial story of

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this volume is" The Heir of Sandford Towers." It is not, however, a disadvantage in the Quiver that fiction is not made so prominent a feature as in some other magazines that...

The Dawn of Day Volume for 1886 (S.P.C.K.) is the

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oollected reissue of a " Montby Illustrated Magazine for Sanday-sohool and Parish Use."

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English Worthies : Admiral Blake. By David Hannay. (Long. mans.)—"

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I died last night of my physician," says Prior in one of his clever epigrams ; and without much exaggeration, it may be said that some great Englishmen die of their biographers....

POETRY.—A Sheaf of Ballads. By J. J. Britton. (Elliot Stock.)

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—Mr. Britton's ballads have much strength and spirit in them. "Bother the King," the first and longest of them—perhaps too long for a ballad—is a tale taken from the story,...

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We have received a second edition, corrected up to date,

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of Pater- son's Guide•Book to the United Kingion s; Paterson's Guide-B sok to England and Wales, the same book, less the information about Soot- land and Ireland ; Paterson's...

The Pearl of Lisnadoon ; or, a Glimpse of our

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Irish Neighbours. By Mrs. Ensell. (Elliot Stock.)—This is a short (120 pages) and rather slight story of the boycotting of a landlord in Ireland shortly after his marriage, with...

The Serjeanes Pocket-Book. By William Gordon. (Gale and Polden, Chatham.)—This

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is one of a series of military handbooks. It gives the duties of a non-commissioned officer on home and foreign service. The author was himself for some time serjeant-major in...

We have received The Calendar of University College, Dundee, 1886-87.

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(Long and Co., Dundee.)—The College was founded some five years ago, by a munificent gift of £120,000 from Miss Baxter, a gift which was subsequently increased by 220,000...