31 JULY 1886

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Mr. Arthur Arnold's letter to Wednesday's Times indicates an intention

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on the part of the Radicals to join the Par- nellites in refusing to vote the Estimates without some clear declaration of their Irish policy by the Government. Mr. Arnold states...

There has been a good deal of controversy this week

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as to the opinion expressed by the Times that Sir R. Hamilton ought not to remain the Under-Secretary for Ireland under the new Government ; and a letter, signed "M.," which...


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T HE hope of a Government with Lord Hartington at its head vanished on Monday, when it became known that though Lord Salisbury had, with the greatest dis- interestedness,...

At the meeting of Conservatives at the Carlton Club on

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Tuesday, Lord Salisbury stated that he had, with the Queen's permission, pressed Lord Hartington to form a Ministry for himself, and had promised either to lend him the most...

With a fisheries dispute on hand with the United States,

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there is at least some comfort in the prospect of having so reasonable a Foreign Secretary, and one so well acquainted with the policy and attitude of the American Republic, as...

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

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Frightful riots are reported from Amsterdam, partly as the consequence

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of the attempt of the authorities to interfere with a brutal and cruel sport, traditional at this time of year, to. which the lower classes of that city have been long...

Labrador has, according to one alarming account, suffered not only

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from an unprecedentedly severe spring and summer, but from a return of winter in July, and the result was reported to have been terrible suffering to the inhabitants. It is said...

The Crawford trial was immediately followed by an address to

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the electors of Chelsea, in which Sir Charles Dilke took leave of them as an inevitable consequence of the verdict of the jury, but protested once more his innocence of the...

It is announced "officially" that the Chinese Government has recognised

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the conquest of Burmab, has promised to grant facilities for trade, and has agreed to a plan of delimitation. It has at the same time requested that the mission to Thibet, which...

Lord Granville made an interesting speech at the City Club

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on Tuesday, which he delivered sitting, a posture in which he had, he said, been invited to speak in another "illustrious but somewhat gouty assembly." Lord Granville deprecated...

Mr.Bright, in a vigorous letter to a Birmingham correspondent, published

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in Thursday's Times, denies that he ever held, or intimated that be held, that a separate Irish Parliament would benefit the Irish people. In a speech to the Cork Farmers' Club...

The granite drinking-fountain which has been erected on the Thames

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Embankment by women, in gratitude to the late Mr. Fawcett for his services to the cause of women, was unveiled on Tuesday by Lady Goldsmi& in the presence of some fifty other...

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The Crofters of Tiree have taken affairs on that Hebridean

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island into their own hands, and have for the time defeated the police there. It has, indeed, been necessary to send a force of Marines to the island to re-establish order. On...

The detailed news from New Zealand of the volcanic erup-

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tion which took place in the Lake District of the Northern Island on June 10th and the following days, shows that hardly anywhere of late years,—except, indeed, in Sumatra,—has...

The Spanish Cortes ratified the Anglo-Spauish Commercial Treaty, after a

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long debate, early on this day week. The Con- servative ex-Minister of Justice, Senor Silvela, offered a very vehement resistance to the Treaty, not only on the ground that it...

Miss E. Jane Whatelv (the late Archbishop Whately's daughter, we

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believe) sends to Wednesday's Times a most grievous account of the effect produced by the disturbed state of Ireland on the fortunes of poor Irish ladies. From a correspondent...

A memorial has been presented to the London School Board

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from their head and assistant teachers, praying the Board to grant the power of corporal punishment to the assistant as well as the head teachers. It is asserted that at present...

We wonder why Mr. Childers decided,—evidently after much isesitation,—to advise

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the resistance offered to Mr. Howard Vincent's "Probation of First Offenders Bill," which passed the House of Commons in the last Parliament, and was only wrecked in the House...

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THE NEW GOVERNMENT. T HE new Government of Lord Salisbury is likely to be what the old naval romance-writers used to call a "craft of decidedly rakish rig." With Lord Randolph...

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I T is no use crying over spilt milk ; and as Lord Hartington has made up his mind that there is no advantage to be gained by accepting the duty of forming an Administration, or...


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T HROUGHOUT the late Election Mr. Chamberlain was attacked in the constituencies with a bitterness and with a persistence which people who only read the more prominent of the...

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T HE controversy which has arisen with regard to the posi- tion of Sir Robert Hamilton involves a question of great importance and delicacy. Sir Robert Hamilton is Under-...

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I T certainly cannot be said that the main object of English law is to satisfy the hunger of the people for justice. The principal reason, no doubt, is that English law is much...

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p IIBLIC opinion has undergone a great change since Lord Ellenborough, in denouncing open competition as "a homage to democracy," could venture to speak—with an insolence of...

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-I T is proverbial among farmers that a late harvest is never a good one. But this saying, like many others current among those who till the soil, had its origin in the days...

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T IIE miserable condition in which two brides have recently found themselves from marrying a man of whom they really knew nothing,—one the prey of a bigamist, and the other, the...

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O F the great German "High-Schools," as they are called, by far and away the most interesting is undoubtedly the Ruperto-Carola " Hochschule," generally spoken of as the...

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[FRON A CORRESPONDENT:I T HE associations of Amboise are as varied as human life itself. It has been the scene of many tragedies, murders, imprison- ments, from the days of its...

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HOME-RULE AND THE IRISH LAND QUESTION. [to THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIR,—You observe, in your article on "The Liberal Clergy and Home-rule," that on Mr. Gladstone's own...

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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—As one of your constant readers, I wish to point out two .errors into which you have fallen. You say in your issue of the 24th inst....


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[TO TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is just possible that a misleading impression may be conveyed by a statement in your issue of July 2ith, with regard to the Northern...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—I should like, if I may, to reply to your article of Satur- day, July 2 Rh. First, as to the argument about "the moral shortcomings of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR?') SIR, — I saw with some surprise that the article in your - issue of July 17th, on "Men and Women," had not drawn any such remarks from...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR, — Although it is a dangerous thing for an amateur to get into a controversy with a professional expert, yet I will venture to ask your...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — The Theosophical Society, or

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rather that aspect of it known to the public, is an essentially human movement, having high aims but very imperfect means. Its various members have time to time made many claims...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR" ] SIR,—I have read the graphic account of the Baker Street murder in your issue of July 24th with shame and indignation. We are always lauding...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—With reference to your conviction that " the pretensions of Positivism to supply mankind with religious consolations and religious...


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you allow me to make a practical suggestion with regard to the Baker Street " mad-dog " case ? The truth seems to lie half-way between the ladies and the police. The police were...

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FREEMAN'S "METHODS OF HISTORIC AL STUDY." 8 Mn. FREEMAN is new to the Chair of Modern History in Oxford; but 'not to the work of teaching history. For thirty years he has been...


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TO MY MOTHER. (TRINSLATZ.D FROM HEINE.) I LEFT thee once in mad desire to find The Love for which my spirit yearned with pain, At many a door I knocked and knocked in vain,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR... j SIR,—The simple explanation of my polling the phenomenally small number of 298 votes in the late contest in East Cam- bridgeshire, in...

AUGUST IN THE KESWICK VALE. Now genial August, July's swarthy

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child, Comes with the bloom of heather on her cheek, Rain, cloud, and sun play games of hide-and-seek: Old Skiddaw frowns, anon is reconciled. For harvest-home the last hay....

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ANY one who will read these two volumes will be able to get a very good idea of what horse-racing in England is,—an idea, that is, not merely of the technicalities of the sport,...


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A COMMENDABLE feature about the writer of this clever novel is her neglect of the methods of attracting interest so much in vogue with the novelist of the day. Miss Alldridge...

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THROUGH THE BRITISH EMPIRE.* To see ourselves as others see

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us, is not always an entertaining or a profitable process for Englishmen. Our angularities and insnlarities lie on the surface, and are naturally reflected in the mirror held up...

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powerful popular appeal in favour of Free-trade. There is nothing

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original in it ; but the homely illustrations and the incisive style would, if the chapters on Free-trade stood alone, make it a valuable contribution to the controversy as to...

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PARTY AND PATRIOTISM.* THE writer of this volume deserves our

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thanks for having raised an interesting question at an opportune moment, and for occa- sional, though not very numerous, remarks of value in the course Party and Patriotix-rn;...

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The Home-rule agitation is proceeding at a rate which positively takes the breath away. Fortunately the oppposition excited in resistance to it is even more impressive than the...

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SCHOOL BOOKS. — Chambers's Advanced Reader (W. and 13. Chambers),

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consists mainly of a varied selection of passages, both prose and poetry, from standard authors, and is intended for the more advanced classes in schools, supplying good and...

The Bachelor Vicar of Newforth : a Novel. By Mrs.

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Harcourt-Roe. 2 vols. (Fisher Unwin.)—As this novel is of the church charchy, we shall begin our notice by telling Mrs. Harcourt-Roe what we imagine will surprise her...

The Pictorial Arts of Japan. Parts II. and III. By

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William Anderson, F.R.C.S. (Sampson Low and Co.)—On the completion of this sumptuous work, we shall endeavour to form an estimate of Japanese art as a whole, based mainly upon...