31 MARCH 1866

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Mr. Bright has given the word of command to the

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non-electors in a letter to the Birmingham Reform meeting to make a great. demonstration to overawe the House of Commons. The letter is written in very bad taste, and if not...

In the cross-fire of small artillery which followed Mr. Glad-

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stone's statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer scarcely held the ground he had won on previous occasions as a skilful and judicious leader of the House. Mr. Kinglake and Mr....

As Mr. Gladstone has promised that the Government will pre-

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pare a Bill for the redistribution of seats, and lay it on the table of the House after the second reading is passed, in case it should pass, we may call the attention of the...

War between Austria and Prussia has become much more pro-

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bable. Each power declares that it is arming only to prevent attack, and special preparations known to be going on are denied with the most unscrupulous sangfroid. There can,...

The Italian Ministry, it will be remembered, last week informed

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the Chamber that the army would be increased, and it now appears that they are calling out the remainder of the last conscription which had been allowed to remain unsummoned. It...


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T HE Government has receded a step. Its original idea was to con- ceal its views upon redistribution until the Franchise Bill had been passed, thus compelling the menaced...

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Lowe has made it worth' the while of his opponents

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to get up the history of his inconsistencies on the subject of Reform, and- they have disinterred with much gratification a great speech mule by him at Kidderminster in 1862,...

The reporting of the debates even of the House of

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Commons. is becoming so bad, that to get a respectably accurate version of any considerable speech, it , is necessary to consult two independent reports, and weigh the...

The seat at Wigan vacated by Lieutenant-Colonel Lindsay has been

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gained by a Tory,—Mr. Eckereley, the Conservative, winning by 411 votes to only 349 gained by Mr. Lancaster, the Liberal.

A telegram was received in London on Friday, announcing that

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Mr. Massey had produced the Indian budget on 26th inst, The estimated deficit for the " present financial. year " is 72,0001. only, which is met.by raising the tax on Madras...

The Fenians appear to e have convinced the Governor-General of !Camila that

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they really mean something. Lord Mouck accord- ingly, ealled ont fish 10,000,, and then 20,000, volunteeneto resist " the piratical' attacks of lawless men," and the summons was...

Conscious, we suppose, of the excessive violence of his Birminge

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ham letter, and partly influenced by a more select audience, . Mne Bright addressed a small meeting in the drawing-room of the Free Trade Hall at Manchester on Tuesday in very...

There have been a great number of popular meetings in

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favour of the Reform Bill,—two meetings of the Reform League and one of the Working Men's Franchise Society in London, one at Manchester, at Salford, at Leicester, at Norwich,...

The last news. from Jamaica seems to. confirm all that

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has been said of the cruel recklessness of the-officers, but to diminish considerably, if we may trust the Times' correspondent, the sup- posed number of actual executions. He...

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On Tuesday the Government, moved, it would seem, by alarmist

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Nreporta about the import of diseased beasts, positively prohibited the import of cattle from Holland, more than half the London .supply of foreign beasts. The effect of this...

Emily Ballard, the little girl accused of stealin&a penny at

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Ink- berrow,. Worcestershire, has been tried. The evidence showed that she was- rather a bad little girl, coarsely brought up, and that she took the penny, but without...

Mr. Poole, by his own consent and the dandies, Prince

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of tailors, is involved in a quarrel with his workmen. The point in dispute is Mr. Poole, by his own consent and the dandies, Prince of tailors, is involved in a quarrel with...

Hr. Baker, Inspector of rectories, has sent in a special

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report on the case of the father of Constance Kent. This gentleman was sub-inspector at Road, and was of course maintained in his office by Government. The British public chose,...

The three great agitators against the Reform Bill, Mr. Lowe,

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Lord Elcho, and Mr. Horsman, are defined by a Radical as the degrees of comparison—Lowe, Lower, Lowest. The three great agitators against the Reform Bill, Mr. Lowe, Lord Elcho,...

The last return off the cattle plague shows an apparent

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increase, tbut the Government has nevertheless issued an Order in Council which from April 16 will supersede all others. It is the best drawn And most sensible yet issued....

The ex-Queen of the French, Marie Amdlie de Bourbon, died

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-on Sunday, the 25th inst. Her best epitaph would be her history in brief :—" She was a Neapolitan Bourbon, daughter of Ferdinand . I.,. sister of Ferdinand IL ; but nothing...

The Provost-Marshal at Morten) Bay; Mr. Ramsay, charged' be- fore

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the magistrates with the murder-of Marshall, has been dis- missed for the present,—three - of the magistrates ellsagreeing and .arguing- that he should have been sent for trial,...

On Saturday last Consols left off at 861 for money,

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and 87i for account. The closing prices on Thursday were :—For. delivery, 86k for time, 86} it The stock of bullion in the Bank of England is 14,362,397.

The Germans are greatly - . distressed about Heligoland. The other (lay

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they said the Governor's rabbits were burrowing away the dune which protects the island, so the Governor had them killed, and now they say the rock itself is wearing away. They...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities-on Thurs- day

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last and on Friday week were :— Mdse. March 23. Thursdayi Merck 22. Mexican .. .. • . Spanish Passive .. ... Do. Certificates .. Turkish 6 per Ceuts..18141... 1682.....

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MR. GLADSTONE'S CONCESSION. R EMEMBER yov. Certainly. With pleasure, my man," said Marryat's Peter Simple, when the coachman asked in customary phrase for his douceur, and...

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noticed this week the difference of Mr. Bright's tone and political attitude in the drawing-room of the Free Trade Hall, and in the letter which was intended to irritate the...

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riptim Fenian menaces against Canada would be important 1 in one rase, and one case only, if they were secretly favoured by the Government of the United States. Of them- selves...

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THE HYTHE INQUIRY- C OMMISSIONS of inquiry are very useful. They

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serve various purposes. They may be appointed either to act as a soothing sop to public excitement, to ease the passage of a vote through the House, or to obtain bona fide...

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W E greatly fear that the public instinct which refused to believe in a war between two German States was an erroneous one. Within the last seven days the situation has altered...

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W HETHER Mr. Gladstone had the same sort of feeling which made David regard it as an impiety to number his people, when he spoke with so much severity yesterday week of the...

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puer," whom we saw, in all the con- scious pride of responsibility turd all the nervousness of hope and fear, embark at Putney on last Saturday morning : "sudavit," the outside...

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THE DE BURGHS, OR BOURKE& ITHE Fitz-Geralds and the Butlers

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occupy a position in the history of Ireland with which that of no other great Anglo- Irish family of the present day can for a moment compete. We have therefore devoted to...

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New York, March 9, 1866.

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THE justice and the candid spirit of Mr. Gladstone's remarks in regard to the position of the Government and the people of the United States towards the Fenians have been...

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SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Some time ago, conversing with a Roman Catholic clergy- man, I remarked that two questions perplex this country, one affecting the tenure of land, the other...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] March 26, 1866. SIR,—I am one of those who fail to see the impropriety of a Day of Humiliation on account of the Cattle Plague, and with...

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VICTOR HUGO'S " WORKERS OF THE SEA." IN the Seven Lamps of Architecture,—perhaps among Mr. Ruskin's works one of those in which the most of gold and precious stones is mixed...

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A SELECTION from Lord Byron "edited and prefaced" by the youngest poet as to the reality of whose genius this generation has satisfied itself, is certain to attract sufficient...

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of the reign of George III., which has just been re-issued in a popular form, contains among much other valuable matter an unusually clear account of the transac- tions which...

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PREMIE KELLER.* To a French reader Phemie Keller would probably

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appear unin- telligible. The subject-matter of the novel is that which forms the staple of most romances in his own country, the attachment. of a married woman for a man who is...


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one of the ablest, most cultivated, and liberal of the theologians of the Independent denomination, and it is a good sign for the future of that denomination that it trusts its...

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The Life and Letters of Lady Arabella Stuart. By Eliz. Cooper. Two vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—We have in these volumes two pathetic love stories, some pleasant glimpses of...

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Mary Stuart, ker Guilt or Innocence. By Alex. M'Neel - Caird. (Black

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: Edinburgh.)--There is life, we believe, in this old story yet. Men are not yet tired, even if they ever will be, of dwelling upon the awful ssalities, and peering into the...

Intervention and Non - Intervention. By A. G. Stapleton, author of George

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Canning and his Times. (John Murray.)—This is a long indict- trent against the foreign policy Of Lord Palmerston, and has no refer- ence to that policy of isolation which is...

On the Received Text of Shakespeare and its Improvement. By

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Samuel Bailey. Vol. II. (Longman;.)—Mr. Bailey excited some attention, not to say alarm, by his former volume. He proposed to purify the text of Shakespeare by the help " of the...

The Kickleburys on the Rhine. (Smith and Elder.) Fourth edition..

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The Rose and the Ring. Fourth edition. (Smith and Elder.)—These two Christmas books of poor Mr. Thackeray's, with their quaintly funny illustrations, are very doer to our heart....

called unsettled questions of the day. Ho is a very

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fair and painstaking: controversialist, and deserves a hearing; indeed we will pay him the. compliment of saying that it involves no mean mental exercise to be- in intelligent...