31 JULY 1869

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The Prime Minister, whose work, prosecuted during the whole session

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under very high pressure, must have been carried on under what the chemists call several " atmospheres " during the final struggle with the Lords, has been seriously unwell, and...

The Grenville-Murray case has entered on a new phase. The

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charge of perjury against Mr. Murray was re-opened on Thurs- day, when it was found that he had gone to France to release his son, temporarily confined in a ?liaison de sante,...

Figaro, a journal frequently well informed, and never too friendly

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to the Empire, announces that the Senatus Consultum to be laid before the Senate on Monday will be much more liberal than the letter of 12th July. The Cabinet, as a whole, will...

A Cellist movement has broken out in Spain, and is

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believed to be formidable. Don Carlos, representative of the Spanish Bour- bons, a young man not supposed to be of much ability, has entered Navarre ; his friends have broken...

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

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T HE Irish Church Act received the Royal Assent by Commis- sion on Monday in an empty House of Lords, whill) the attend- ance of a mere sprinkling of the Commons at the Bar...

The Austrian Premier, Count Beust, has been delivering a speech

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to the Hungarian Delegation which is not calculated to soothe North-German susceptibilities. He says that the relations of Austria with France are most friendly, that, in fact,...

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The Duke of Argyll made a statement in the House

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of Lords on Friday week on Indian finance. It was overloaded with details, but it was clear and very satisfactory. He showed that the revenue of India had increased from...

The Bill for legalizing the marriage with a deceased wife's

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sister has, we believe, been dropped, owing to the factious oppo- sition of a small minority in the Commons and the hopelessness of doing anything with it in the Lords. A...

The Guardians of St. Pancras are still fighting Mr. Goschen,

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and are getting, on the whole, very handsomely beaten. Their last feat has been to suspend Mr. Blake, the Master, against the orders of the Board. He was suspended by them for...

Dr. Pusey has written to the Guardian on the compromise

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be proposes for the University Tests' Abolition Bill. He wants to keep the Colleges to the Church of England, but to give up their surplus endowments to the other sects,—the...

The annual debate on capital punishment was opened by Mr.

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Gilpin on Wednesday, who spoke against it as usual, and without any originality. The great safeguard of life was the feeling of its sanctity, and the feeling of its sanctity is...

The Commission on Courts-Martial has sent in its Report, which.

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is, on the whole, favourable to the existing system, but contains one very dangerous suggestion. The power of the Commander-in- Chief or other revising officer to order a...

The Californians are beginning to agitate for the expulsion of

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the Chinese from their State. The enterprising little men who follow the English everywhere are going over at the rate of 10,000 a year, and the number is expected to be...

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Dr. Irons, of Brompton, has suddenly gone in warmly in

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defence of the so-called Athanasian Creed, in the columns of the Morning Post. He might employ his time better,—if he really wishes to defend scientific theology of any kind...

Mr. Layard on Monday gave a " personal explanation." His

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-department, Mr. E. Barry being the actual offender, had given S. Salviati, the Venetian glass manufacturer,—artist who has revived and improved the old Venetian processes,—an...

A statue, by the American sculptor, Mr. Story, in. honour

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of the great American philanthropist, Mr. Peabody, was unveiled on Friday week, by the Prince of Wales, within the precincts of the Royal Exchange. The Prince, in performing...

Lady Duff Gordon, perhaps the one Englishwoman who has ever

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understood the Egyptian Fellaheen, the enslaved Arab that is, has died in Egypt. Her letters are as good as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's, and far fuller of human sympathy.

Consols were on Friday evening 931 to 93+.

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We pay a quarter of a million a year, more

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or less, for our Diplomatic Staff. The business is fairly done enough, but the :service is restricted too exclusively to men of family or influence, the missions are needlessly...

Lord Carnarvon, on Tuesday, brought np the New Zealand question

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in the House of Lords. The speech was conciliatory to weakness, the gravest charge against the Colonial Office, the tone of wilful insult which runs through all its despatches,...

There is, at last, a university in Great Britain where

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women may -study medicine and take degrees entitling them to practise. The University of Edinburgh has the credit of taking the lead in the reform, and has made it complete by...

A frightful story of cruelty to a nun, which has

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greatly ex- cited the people and produced serious disturbances, comes from Cracow. It was discovered that a nun, Barbara Ubryk, had been confined for twenty-one years under...

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THE NEW VOLUNTARY CHURCH IN IRELAND. Pirl Archbishop of Canterbury has confessed that his hope or the new Voluntary Church in Ireland is founded mainly upon the fact that its...

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A N opinion is abroad, more especially among those Con- servatives who still believe in Mr. Disraeli's strategy, that the Irish Church Bill was the withe which bound the...

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T HERE is only one weak place in Indian finance. Despite the perpetual talk about " deficits," and the inartistic way in which successive Secretaries of State present the...

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C APTAIN TYLER has presented to the Board of Trade a very scientific and decidedly amusing Report on the feasible and unfeasible modes of diminishing or removing the miseries of...

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I F Don Carlos were an able man, which he is said not to be, he would have a very fair chance of the throne of Spain. Even as it is, if he has any one near him with a head, his...

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T HERE is a general idea, not altogether without foundation, that it is just as cheap to travel on the Continent as to make little tours in Wales, or Yorkshire, or Derbyshire....

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T HE idea of flying through the air has always been so enticing to men, from the first days of Athens downwards, that we do not wonder at any amount of excitement created by a...

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LORD CARNARVON'S UNIVERSITY TESTS' PROPOSAL [TO ras EDITOR OF THE .‘ SrEcuroa.1 Sist,—A. letter which appeared in several of the daily papers of Thursday last, signed by " Seven...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR, —Will you allow me

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to add one remark in confirmation of the view taken by your correspondent "J. C. D." on this aubjecb which may be interesting to some of your readers? The word translated "...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sut,—Your correspondent of last week calls your explanation of St. Paul's EfivirrpcP as a " semi-translucent slag " an "inaccuracy." He...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIE,-Will you permit me to say a few words with reference to your criticism upon my description of the Bishop of Peterborough's speech in the...

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I CANNOT take you as yet to the International Exhibition, for Cerberus, in the shape of Professor Knol, shakes his wiry auburn curls, and vows that the " Heber Gott im Himmel "...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—" Scotland is leading the way again." The admission of women to the preliminary examination in artsrand their matricu- lation as medical...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] S112,—You, who on so many questions are looked upon as the strong tower of Liberalism, have, think, hardly done justice to the cause of...

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THE DEATH OF LYCAON. ILIAD, xxi., 34-135. NEXT a son of Darden Priam met him on the river strand In the act to flee, Lycaon, once the captive of his hand, Whom, on nightly...

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HENRY CRABB ROBINSON.* THESE delightful volumes, brimming over with salient anecdote and sagacious reflection, more than fulfil the expectations with which we looked forward to...

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THE rambles which Mr. Macmillan describes in this pleasant volume led him to the summits of several Highland mountains, to the fjords and fjelds of Norway, and to the Hospice of...

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Al REY ■ WE cannot see why criticism, that is,

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the expression by one man who has read many books of his opinion as to the merit or de- merit of another man's book, should not be absolutely free, why he should not say exactly...

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WE have here twenty-nine essays, and can therefore only briefly indicate the chief contents of the volume, and indulge in a few observations on a few of the papers. The...

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MOUNTAIN-CLIMBING IN THE CAUCASUS.• This book is in some respects

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the model of a tourist's or holiday- maker's account of his adventures, rather than a traveller's narrative. The point of view, in the first place, is almost exclu- sively that...


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WE expressed at the time but a limited participation in the admi- ration which was very generally expressed for Aunt Margaret's Trouble, though we conceded that it fairly...

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Paul Wynter's Sacrifice. By Mrs. Daffus Hardy. 3 vole. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—It is difficult for any writer of fiction, especially difficult, we are inclined to think, for a woman, to spare and be moderate when she has got her hand, so to...

Our New Way round the World. By Charles Carleton (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—The " New Way " is the Pacific Railroad, but we cannot make out that Mr. Coffin, who started in 1866 and seems to- have spent less than two years abroad, made much...


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The Perfect Man. By the Rev. Harry Jones, M.A. (Rivingtons.)-- We intend no censure, either theological or literary, when we say that the origin of this book may be traced to...

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21e Book of Me Landed Estate. By Robert E. Brown.

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(Blackwood.) —This is a book which a reviewer among whose advantages and respon- sibilities the possession and management of "landed estate " is not likely to be included is...