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TOPICS OF TELE DAY. A. GRIM/LT/TSAI Lock-out, the 458 — — Lord Stradbroke upon ... — — Sir E. Kerrison upon-. ... 524 — — and the Bishop of Manchester ... 424 Allan, W.,...

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Mr. Cardwell addressed the Druids at Oxford on Thursday in

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a long and good speech, part of which—his account of the Ashantee war and the possible change in the land laws—we have quoted elsewhere. We must note here, however, that . he...

The Solicitor - General's speech on the same occasion, which

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in its political aspects we have elsewhere discussed, was, besides being instructive on the question of land, very entertaining, after the easy egotistic fashion which he so...

We have had a fond dream and a great disappointment

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this week. The hope has been raised, but cruelly dissipated by Pro- fessor Owen, that a live Dodo had been found in the Samoan Islands, and was coming over to America, if not to...

In the course of his speech, Sir W. Harcourt delivered

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a . very entertaining apology for the British squire. People "seem to think," he said, "he is a sort of ogre iu top-boots who roasts a peasant in the morning and stews a baby...


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S PANISH affairs are likely to become still more confused, for the Cortes met again yiaterday, and three parties will engage in mortal struggle,—Castelar's, which is...

The latest intelligence from Madrid (January 2) looks as if

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S. Castear, in despair, were contemplating a coup d'etat. Having tried to conciliate the Church, he has mortally offended S. Sal- meron, and will, it 1/S Mated, be defeated...

Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, the Chairman of the Executive Com- mittee

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of the Birmingham Education League, Mayor of Birming- ham, Chairman of the Birmingham School Board, and last, not least, author of the punning Radical programme, "free schools,...

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

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Two consolatory events have been reported this week. commencing in

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the centre of a great town as a magnificent Portugal has repented herself, and has suppressed the Macao. boulevard, then continuing as an ordinary country road, finally Coolie...

An ugly telegram has reached the Times from the borders

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of Northern India. Shere Ali, who is known to have been exceed- ingly ill, has formally proclaimed his youngest son—or son of his favourite wife, we forget for the moment...

Lord Warwick has written to say that he has resigned

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his seat on the Governing Body of Rugby because he thinks Dr. Hayman ill-used by his colleagues. Dr. Hayman himself has been writing a good deal to the Times since our last...

The Virginius, the unhappy subject of dispute between Spain, Cuba,

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and the United States, has somewhat conveniently "foundered,"—thereto inclined, no doubt, by artificial inlets of sea-water, —on her way to New York. She was towed by the...

General Bixio, we regret to see, is dead. He was

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the best and the wisest of the Garibaldians, though he lacked the genius, rising sometimes to a sort of inspiration, which in his best moods animates their chief. He got tired...

There is little substantial news about the famine, except that

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rain has fallen in Behar, apparently for a day or two ; that the Bhagulpore zemindars have refused to receive advances or to assist their tenants ; that Burdwan has been...

Lord Aberdare made a good speech also on New Year's

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Day, at or near Cardiff, on occasion of the opening of some new Board Schools in the Gellygaer School Board district. He pointed out how impossible it was for any fifteen men,...

The Head Master of Eton is also more or less

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in conflict with his Under-Masters, but we confess we think he has the right on his side, and that some of the Under-Masters are going in for a " seniority " principle which...

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The latest despatches from the Gold Coast show that the

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4 Himalaya' and ' Tamar,' with the British troops on board, arrived on December 5, but were ordered by Sir Garnet Woh3eley to sea till he had finished some preparations. The...

Mr. Bright has written a letter to a theological student

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on the difficulty of any effective speaking, or indeed writing, on subjects such as ministers of religion are usually expected to treat once a week at least, which ought to...

The reporters all allege that the 'lichborne trial approaches its

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completion. Dr. Kenealy, having Mr. Wyld to help him—a barrister apparently possessed with the idea that something ought to be said for one's client—is sticking close to...

The Publishers' Circular informs us that 3,463 different books and

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pamphlets have been published in this country in the year 1873, the highest number reached in any other being 659. Some of these are American importations, but the number...

The polling at Stroud is fixed for Tuesday, and both

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parties are very confident, Sir H. Havelock's followers trusting their -candidate, and Mr. Dorington's remembering with delight that Stroud is a collection of villages as well...

The Prime Minister married his eldest daughter at Ha- warden

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this day week, and said a few words of a strictly private character, in a party absolutely limited to the families of the bride and bridegroom, at the breakfast, which words...

The Emperor of Germany intends, it is said, to invest

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Mr. Carlyle with the Prussian Order of Merit. Is it in commemora- tion of his unequalled literary services to the House of Hohen- zollern? or is it from the sense that the...

Is this old? If not, it is neat It is

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told by the Melbourne Herald, of "two members of the New South Wales Legislature :— These wiseacres were arguing in the Parliamentary refreshment- room, when the following...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 92.

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SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT AT OXFORD. T HERE are certainly some men who are greatly improved by success, and we shall not be surprised if the Solicitor- General be one of them. His...

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B. CARDWELL, in his speech at Oxford, on Thursday, .1.11. gave some explanations about the Ashantee war, which were both valuable and necessary. Most of them have been given a...

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UR. DISRAELI once dubbed Mr. Horsman "a superior LV person." The contemptuous phrase affords a fine example of its author's happily-ingenious talent for sarcasm. By one...

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FITZJAMES STEPHEN has published in the Con- INJ. temporary his second Essay on the British Constitu- tion, but it is no help to the study of the first. In that I first he said...

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1 I T would be an excellent thing for the Liberal party if all their opponents would write like the political writer in Blackwood. We cannot better explain how that is than by...

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THE fight in the American House of Representatives over the pay of Members has been violent beyond all pre- cedent, and has roused the Press to a degree of temper which we do...

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I F we had to explain what it is which gives its highest attraction to Irish poetry, we should say its skill in expressing lightness of heart. Not that we hold the Irish,...

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S IR HENRY THOMPSON seems fond of giving the public a gentle startle by papers which at first sight shock them, but generally end in producing nothing but discussion. The idea...

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[TO TRH EDITOR OF THR .5P5OTLT3R.1 SIR,—The attack which you make upon Italy and upon Professor Schiff of Florence in a note this week, with reference to the Pro- fessor's...


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DR. HAYMAN AND RUGBY SCHOOL. r ro TRH EDITOR Or TIIII "EPROTATOZ.1 there not a danger that in the din of the personal contro- versy arising out of this affair the true lesson...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—With reference to the ease of the Time-table of St. Mary's School, Newmarket, to which attention was drawn in your last number, I beg...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your correspondent "F. B.," in his letter of last week, has done good service by giving utterance to his experience of and views upon...


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SIR,—It should be known, both in the interest of the Newmarket School Board and in that of the Birmingham League, that the arrangement described by your correspondent " J. P."...

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[TO THE ]tDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-] Snt,—The late lecture at Westminster Abbey has raised an interest- ing discussion respecting the comparative merits of Christianity,...


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PHINEAS REDUX.* THE rumour of Phineas Finn's return to the political world after his brief married life with Mary Flood Jones and his temporary exile in the Irish Civil Service,...

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AN alligator's head, emerging from the ripples of the San Juan, on the cover, and a jaguar, in a tropical forest, at close-quarters with a man, for a frontispiece, are promising...

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THERE is a dreamy charm in some of these lyrics which in certain moods of mind, and especially to the young reader, will prove very attractive. Mr. Goose has been with the...

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FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER.* "OF making of books there is

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no end," said one who himself wrote with no 'prentice hand, and who can scarcely be supposed to have suffered from a superabundance of manuscripts. Did he with prophetic glance...

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THE first and perhaps the only properly political article in the Contemporary, Mr. Fitzjames Stephen's second essay on Parlia- mentary government, we have noticed at some length...

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The Portfolio : January. (Seeleys.) — The Portfolio, which has now made itself a high reputation for art of the most genuine kind, puts forth for the coming year a programme of...

The Swiss Family Robinson. (Warne.)—This old favourite appears with a

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sequel, which has been before published, under the title of "Willis the Pilot," and is, like most sequels, far inferior to its original. The cage, for instance, which Sir...

The British Almanac and " Companion for 1874. (Company of

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Stationers.)—This very complete and useful volume keeps up its reputation, the Almanac containing the usual calendar and the in- formation about the Government, the Legislature,...

A Letter on the Right of Appeal in Assistant - Masters. By

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an Assistant-Master of Eighteen Years' Standing. (Birmingham: Josiah Allen.)—The "Assistant-Master" restates fully and forcibly the argu- ment on this question, which, indeed,...