3 APRIL 1886

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The Prince of Bulgaria adheres to his resolve not to

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accept a five years' tenure of the Governor-Generalship of Ronmelia. We have tried to explain his attitude elsewhere, and need here only remark that we do not expect him to...

Mr. Gladstone on Monday announced that he would on April

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8th ask leave to "bring in a Bill to amend the provisions for the future government of Ireland," that the 12th would be devoted to the Budget, and that on the 15th he would...

Mr. Jesse Collings has been unseated at Ipswich on petition,

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and has, of course, resigned his office. The Judges exonerated him personally ; but two of his agents certainly bribed, without his knowledge, and he cannot contest Ipswich...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Suppleinents, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Sixteenth of...

The revenue for the year ending with March 31st was

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£89,581,000, or over a million and a half more than was collected in the previous year. But as compared with the Budget estimate, the Revenue Returns are unsatisfactory. The...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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A CABINET Council was held on Saturday, and on Monday it was officially announced that Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Trevelyan had resigned. They have agreed to postpone all...

At a Conference of clergy, Nonconformist ministers, and lay- men

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held last week, under the presidency of Mr. Albert Grey, to consider the subject of Church Reform, the Rev. Sir George Cox moved a resolution affirming that " the only means by...

Archbishop Trench, who two years ago resigned the Arch- bishopric

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of Dublin, died on Sunday morning in Eaton Square, in his 79th year. He graduated in the University of Cambridge in 1829, and early in life made a considerable reputation as a...

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Mr. Take, writing to us from Achill Island on March

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28th, says : " So far from the destitution caused by the failure of the potato crop being confined to the islands, it extends at intervals along the whole coast of Connaught,...

The French Chambers are still occupied with Bills disliked by

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the Clerical party. Of three carried this week, two are reasonable, and one is persecuting. Cremation has been per- mitted by a heavy vote, and though opposed by the priesthood,...

Prince Bismarck's plan of a Spirit Monopoly has been contemptuously

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rejected by the German Reichstag, only three Members voting for it on the final division. He accepts• the defeat, and promises a Brandy-tax instead; but his closing speech was...

The Bishop of Nottingham has been rather sharply censured from

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Rome for refusing communion to members of the Primrose League in his diocese, and lie has already retracted his pro- hibition till the pleasure of the Holy See on the subject...

Mr. Tuke also remarks that Achill Island curiously illustrates the

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position taken up in his letter to the Spectator of March 6th :—" On the Mission estate, on which we are, there are 453 tenant., of whom 154 are under a £1 rental. 144 above...

The riots in Belgium have abated, after the districts round

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Charleroi had been reduced to a kind of anarchy, and the General Commanding-in-Chief, General van der Smissen, had placed them in a state of siege. The complaint of the miners...

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Town has been amused and interested by a suit brought

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by the trustees of Madame Mercier, Court dressmaker, for dresses supplied to Mrs. Maxwell-Heron. The luxury revealed in the case, and the charges for it, were alike monstrous....

At a meeting of the Keswick Literary and Scientific Society,

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held at Keswick on Monday, the Rev. H. D. Rawnsley read an interesting paper on the preservation of public footpaths,—a duty which, at all events in the Lake country, becomes...

Mr. Henniker-Heaton on Tuesday proposed a uniform penny postage on

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all letters to the Colonies, basing his argument mainly on the way in which cheap postage bound different countries together. Considering that anybody may send a letter to...

Lord Harris on Monday asked the Government to take off

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all penalties from the cultivation of tobacco in the United Kingdom. He said it had been grown as far north as Scotland, that it was still grown in Belgium, and that in Ireland...

The debate on Dr. Cameron's motion for the-Disestablishment of the

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Scotch Church resulted in a very large majority against Dr. Cameron, the English Disestablishers being apparently unwilling to meddle in so thorny a question as that affecting...

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A great fuss is being made without much excuse as

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to the possession by the Navy Department in the United States of the designs of our various. ships-of-war. Of course, if these have been obtained by the treachery of Admiralty...

A deputation from the Free Land League waited on the

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Lord Chancellor on Tuesday, and elicited from Lord Herschel' some important declarations. He was evidently desirous . to abolish primogeniture at once, to enfranchise copyholds,...

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LORD HARTINGTON AND HOME-RULE. O N Thursday, when Mr. Gladstone will open his Irish policy to the House of Commons and the nation, the great historical crisis of our day will...


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I T will come to a Poor-law for Europe. Nothing strikes us so strongly in all these labour struggles, which are now breaking out everywhere in a way that threatens civilisa-...

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TT1HE papers which are now indulging in such unmeasured 1. abuse of Mr.- Gladstone are, we believe, making a very serioue mistake, not simply in temper, but in policy. The...

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T HERE is a singular and unedifying uniformity about the religious policy of the French Republic. Ministers change with bewildering rapidity, but as regards the Church, they all...

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T HE argument about the Irish Police seems to us to be taking a false direction. It is said everywhere with approval that Mr. Gladstone, in his plan for Home-rule, will concede...


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E NGLISH journalists are not quite fair just now to the Prince of Bulgaria, whose attitude has become one of the most important factors in the Eastern Question. They forget not...

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A FTER the almost ecstatic way in which Mr. Mundella's Railway Bill was received by all parties in the House of Commons and the Press, it is rather startling to read the...

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T HERE is something in the life of Sir Henry Taylor, the old poet wbo passed away from among us on Saturday, dying at eighty-six, without pain, without struggle, and without...

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A CERTAIN amount of uncertainty and apprehension must at the present moment affect the minds of book- sellers and librarians as to their possible responsibility for libellous...

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F REDERICK DENISON MAURICE, writing in 1849 of the late Dr. Trench,—at that time not even Dean of Westminster, and fourteen years before he became Archbishop of Dublin,—says of...

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THE AGRARIAN PROBLEM IN IRELAND. ITo THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sia,—Will you kindly allow me to correct two trifling errors in my letter upon the above subject in the...

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pro THE EDITOR OP THE " SRECTATOR:] Sis,—Having now returned to London, I hasten to redeem my promise to Archdeacon Denison. He has accused me of " throwing mud" at him, " in...

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RESPICE FINEM ! T. " Tuou liest, Hope," 'tis said, when unfulfilled Thy promises on life's worn footpaths rest ; When roofless stands the temple thou didst build ;— But what...


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SIR,—Personal controversy is not a thing to cumber you with ; for myself, I shall be very brief in closing it. The real matter in hand, just at present, is Mr. Gladstone's Irish...


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MR. HOLMAN BUNT'S PAINTING.* [TIIIRD NOTICE.] he our last article upon this Gallery we spoke at some length of the " Awakened Conscience " and the " Light of the World," and...

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THE CHOICE OF BOOKS.* TBE title of Mr. Harrison's book is somewhat misleading. The opening essay occupies only ninety-three pages of a book which comprises four hundred and...

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CARICATURE.* " 1886." "Therefore Mr. Everitt claims to bring the

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nineteenth century ' down to date.' " With this idea in our head, we • English Caricatorists and Graphic Humouriets of the Nineteenth Century Row they Illustrated and...

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instructive book, and not less interesting and instructive to the average English Protestant than to the rising generation of Catholics (we use the word in Father Amherst's...

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THREE NOVELS WITH A PURPOSE.* WE have arranged the three

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novels whose names we have given below on an ascending—or, if the ultra-artistic reader prefers it, on a descending—scale, according to the amount of " purpose" that each...

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Tuts is a thoughtful and useful little book on the eternally interesting topic of "our boys." With a great deal of it most think- ing people will agree ; and when they disagree,...

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BRIGHT and clever as this tale is, we should hardly give it more than a -few hearty words of commendation for its literary merits, did it not illustrate with-extreme ability a...

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Reminiscences of Yarrow. By James Russell, D.D. (Blackwood.)— Although not

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in any sense a very remarkable book, this is an interest- ing one, and belongs to the class of local histories, tinged, and in some instances suffused, with personality, in the...


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Mrs. Oliphant's pleasant serial fiction of "The Story of a Young Life," which is running in the Scottish Church, has been exceptionally interesting in the March and April...


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Marion's Married Life. By the Author of " Anne Dysart."

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3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—The main interest of this story, which is told in the autobiographical form, lies in the conflict be- tween a wife and a mother's claims. Marion's...

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Beecher (H. W.), Selected Sermons, 2 vols. cr 8vo (Dickinson) 7,0 Henning (H.), Ursulas' Beginnings, lffino Chancellor N. B ). Life of Charles I., Soo (G. Bel (R.T.S.) 3/6 l &...

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One describes the angelic goodness and sweetness of an old French lady. "Impossible !" says somebody, who ought to know better; "all Frenchwomen are wicked." One can only...

just mentioned, afforded an amusing instance of his familiarity with

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Persian in the conduct of business when, having occasion to take notes of the evidence at an important trial at the County Assizes, some thirty years after he had retired to his...