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On Monday, also, the French Army of the Loire advanced

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along its whole line, but the attack in the east, directed against Prince Frederick Charles at Beaune la Rolande, with the view of penetrating to Fontainebleau, was repelled...

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M. de Gortschakoff has learnt manners, and his reply to

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Lord Gran- ville's despatch may be described as most courteous, but we do not perceive that he yields anything. He is, of course, most anxious for peace, quite distressed by...


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T HE Russian affair is believed in official circles to have taken a peaceful turn, and Ministers are most of them betaking themselves to their country houses, only the Duke of...

The St. Petersburg correspondent of the Independance Beige, a well-informed

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but credulous paper, says President Grant has offered the Czar the alliance of America in the effort to cancel the Treaty of 1856, and has promised to send the American Navy to...

The great events of the week have been the defeat

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of the French at Amiens, the engagements on the Loire, and the sortie from Paris. Sunday saw a disastrous defeat of the French before Amiens, followed by the retreat of the Army...

The French plan seems to be to turn the left

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round so that the whole force should face Fontainebleau, if we may judge by the report of General Chanzy, dated Patsy, 1st December, which says :—" The 16th Corps left its...

Before Paris the result of the sorties of the 29th

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and 30th is very difficult to define. On the 29th (Tuesday), General Trochu issued a proclamation throwing the responsibility of the blood about to be shed " on those whose...

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The news of the sortie from Paris has, of course,

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been received at Tours with a transport of enthusiasm, and of course the Tours public insisted on a speech from M. Gambetta. The War Minister, though faltering with emotion,...

There is a rumour about that the Colonial Office has

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an idea of federalizing the West India Islands under a single Governor- General, a plan which would, we doubt not, find hearty support in Parliament. No Act of Union could make...

Perhaps the triumphant election in two districts of a "

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female lady," as a humble electress called her candidate, at the head of the poll, and the defeat of the third (very much less known for educational efforts) by a mere handful...

General Butler has been trying for the second time to

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set the- Union on fire. A schooner has been sent from his Congressional district to break the Canadian fishing laws, and has, of course,. been seized by a British cruiser. As an...

The School Board Elections in London have turned out, on

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the whole, extremely well. We say this not because something like half the candidates elected were named by us last week as suitable for election,—for one or two of the best...

In the east the Army of General Werder fell upon

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Garibaldi's forces near Pasques on Sunday, 27th November, and inflicted (according to the German account) a loss of 400 killed on his rear guard,—a very heavy loss for...

The new Constitution proposed for Germany is by no means

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quite- clear. Baden, South Hesse, and Wiirtemburg enter substantially on the old terms, but in Bavaria the King retains the command of the army in time of peace. Moreover,...

A telegram to the second edition of yesterday's Times from,

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Versailles says, quoting from a German official document :—" All around Orleans the country people, instigated to fight by the priests, who have been ordered by Bishop Dupanloup...

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Mr. Tomline, a great proprietor and landbuyer in Suffolk, and

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a mien of much ability and many crotchets, will have it that as the Mint receives gold and returns sovereigns, so it ought to receive silver and return shillings. Indeed, if we...

Science has done a great deal for the besieged French,

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not only in the way of balloons, but in the way of photography. We under- stand that the messages by carrier-pigeon are usually written on a piece of thin paper, not nearly four...

The British Government has never exactly recognized the French Republic,

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aristocratic Foreign Secretaries having an idea that while they may recognize Kings and Emporers offhand as persons naturally entitled to rule, they may not recog- nize...

The news from New Zealand is very peaceful. It seems

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as if the natives, including the Han-hags,—the murderous fanatics,— were likely to be bribed into tranquillity by the prospect of getting profitable engagements on the public...

Mr. Gavan Duffy and his associates, who have been engaged,

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as we reported some time ago, in the preparation of a report as to the federation of the Australian Colonies, have presented that report to the Victorian Government, and...

A correspondent at Tours tells a good story of M.

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Gambetta. His colleague, Glais-Bizoin, recently had a fit either of cold de- pression or hot constitutionalism, insisted that an Assembly should be summoned, and declared that...

The daily papers are always publishing intercepted letters from Paris,

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and articles from the Soir and the Figaro, all of which deprecate resistance, complain about provisions, and call for an armistice and peace. The effect of them all, of course,...

We pleaded somewhat strongly the case of the Vicar of

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Ledbury, Mr. Jackson, suspended by the Dean of Arches for five years, on a charge of impropriety and adultery with his servant-girls. We . therefore mention that the Judicial...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 911 ex. div.

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THE CRISIS OF THE WAR IN FRANCE. ri great crisis of the War has come, and no cne can yet tell in which way it will be decided ; but it is quite certain that up to the time at...

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T HERE is no longer any necessity to justify the defence of Paris. The great city, after the patient endurance of an investment of seventy-four days, during which she has sup-...


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I'VE have every consideration for the difficulties which impede the action of the British Government in any very serious foreign question. Those difficulties are in truth...

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T HE London School Board Election has turned out so well, that if there had only been a few more public-spirited. women, it would have been difficult to conceive a better Edu-...

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T HE extreme reluctance of any Ministry to summon Parlia- ment until such summons is unavoidable is, no doubt, very natural, but it is occasionally very injurious to the public...

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T HE bitter, and as far as we know the unprecedented, malignity with which women who aspire to be Doctors are pursued by the literary class is as hard to explain as it is to...

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T HERE is something very amusing in the persistency with which men always assume that the difficulty of their oppo- nents' position is insurmountable, without casting even a...

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RUSSIA'S TRUE MEANING. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,— "Russia protests against any territorial conquests by Germany ; but should Prussia persist in annexing any...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ''SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—With few exceptions, our public writers and speakers are treating the Russian Question as one not of expediency—the expediency of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR. "] SIR,—As the Spectator occasionally contains articles on colonial matters, it may, perhaps, not be out of place to call your atten- tion to a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..SPEOTAT0311 "SIR,—I think the practice described as above meets with scant justice at present. Allow me to say why it commends itself to me. The real...


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THE IRISH CHANCELLORS.• TILE biographical work by which Lord Campbell added a new terror to death has met with blame from many quarters, but the severest thing that has yet been...


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(TO TRH EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOB.1 SIR,—Mr. Forster congratulates himself on the working of his Bill, because twenty-six of the largest towns have applied for school boards ;...

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THE FLORENTINES.* "BLESSED are they that expect nothing, for they

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shall not be disappointed," was, unfortunately, not one of the beatitudes. • The Florentine. By the Countess Montemerli. London: Thuile/ Brothers. implanted in our minds at a...

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IT is now admitted on all sides that by the adoption (tardily and reluctantly as the step was taken) of Negro volunteers into its army, the North touched at last upon the vital...

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interesting task to rescue a worthy human life from oblivion, and though the biography of Madame de Miramion is essentially religious, and is introduced to the English public...

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THIS is the most important treatise on Moral Philosophy which has issued from the British Press for some years. Anything so awowedly systematic we have not had since the...

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FOR a novel not vivified by exceptional literary genius, not marked by any very profound study of recondite character, not fascinating the reader by the spell of a highly...


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Christian Work on the Battlefield. (Hodder and Stoughton.) — In this volume are collected some of the experiences of that vast body of men, numbering several thousands, who did...

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Germany and the Rhine, 1869-70. By Harry Swinglehurst. (Seton and

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Mackenzie.) This little volume bears the "red cross," and, like some other men and things which have assumed that symbol, is some- what an imposition. Ninety-three pages are...

Village Sketches. By Thomas Whitehead, M.A. (Routledge.)—Some of our readers

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will have, we are sure, a pleasing recollection of a former volume from the same hand and dealing with the same class of subjects. Nothing could be more genuine and excellent...

A Fool's Paradise. By Thomas Archer. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—No one

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can complain, at all events, of Mr. Archer for not giving his readers enough in his three volumes. These are crowded with incidents and characters, and are very tolerably...

The Royal Guide to the London Charities, 1870 - 1. By Herbert

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Fry. (Hardwicke.)—Here is an octavo of more than two hundred pages, which is simply a list, made as short as possible, of the hospitals, homes, schools, dm., which exist for...

CHRISTMAS Boors.—Stephen Scudamore the Younger. By Arthur Looker. (Routledge.)—This is

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a capital story. We never again get anything quite so good as the first chapter, in which Stephen and his sister Lucy make an expedition to Halket Wood in search for some...