3 JULY 1869

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The Peers have been playing bob-cherry with the Irish Bill

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all the week, and two of them have made two good deep bites. The Archbishop of Canterbury carried, by 130 to 74, an amendment fixing 1872 instead of 1871 as the date for the...

Mr. Lowe proposed the health of the Lady Mayoress, advocat-

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ing the separate right of married women in their own property, but discouraging women from the attempt to gain the franchise, on the somewhat narrow ground that this must end in...

We sincerely congratulate India upon the selection of Mr. Fitzjames

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Stephen to succeed Mr. Maine as Legislative Member of Council, a selection which is the more creditable because it would, we believe, also have been that of the late Government....


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T HE Corps Legislatif assembled on Monday. M. Rouher said the Session would be held only for the verification of powers, and for the consideration of certain financial schemes,...

LDrd Grey made a very long and an able speech

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on Tuesday night in favour of applying the surplus to concurrent endowment, and on some of his points no doubt he made good his case against Voluntaryism,—i. e., he showed what...

4 %,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Her Majesty's Ministers were entertained at the Mansion House on

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Wednesday, and Mr. Gladstone took advantage of the occasion to make a very guarded, but very dignified, statement on the subject of the Irish Bill. After extolling "the gracious...

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London has been startled this week by a very great

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crime. A letter was received on Monday morning by the police at Smith- field station, signed "J. W. Duggan," and warning them to go to 15 Hosier Lane. They went, and found an...

The Bishop of Oxford made a speech which was a

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substitute for that which he did not make on the second reading, in which he inti- mated, as we understand him, that had he been able to speak he should have voted for the...

Later in the evening there was a curious collision in

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Committee between the Bishops of Lichfield and Oxford. The Bishop of Lichfield (Dr. Selwyn), led away by Mr. Disraeli's ingenious Paradox that the Roman Catholic religion is...

We hope Lord Granville will be careful in the distribution

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of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. It was a good idea to revive it for colonial dignitaries, who will value the handle to their wives' names exceedingly, but we do not...

Lord Carnarvon in his speech in defence of his amendment

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avoided any calculation as to its pecuniary result, and did not mention a most important point, the right of the Synod to invest the money as it pleases. That body may get 5 per...

In the debate of Thursday night the Duke of Argyll

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spoke very strongly and very ably against the Bishop of Peterborough's pro- posal to consider the tax on clerical incomes,—of which every clergyman who pays it has notice before...

Is there a stock of nitro-glycerine in London or not?

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Reasoning a priori, we have no more doubt that there is than that there is a stock of sugar ; and if there is, this great capital may, at any moment, be blown to atoms. On...

The Government has been again asked to find funds for

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the Gurney prosecution, and the Home Secretary, on grounds noticed elsewhere, has finally refused. We regret to perceive that he had the full support of Mr. Gladstone, who, on...

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The most liberal of our English Church clergymen have signed

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a petition, got up chiefly by Mr. Llewellyn Davies, the Vicar of Marylebone, in favour of that amendment of the Duke of Cleveland's, by which a manse and ten acres are to be...

There was endless talk on Monday in the Commons about

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£128,000 voted for the Parks. Alderman Lusk did not like a " drankery " recently opened in Victoria Park ; Mr. Goldney thought London got too much money ; Mr. Candlish wanted to...

If the Duke of Argyll will give a quiet hint

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to Col. Mallesou,— person with eyes and brains just appointed Custodian to the Rajah of Mysore,—to see if he can find out what is doing among the Mussulmans of Southern India,...

We understand that the Government of Canada have formally and

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expressly contradicted the statement made in these columns in our issue of May 22 (and which we copied from a New York paper), that the Dominion is no longer granting licences...

Anybody want a kingdom all for himself, twice as big

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as the Isle of Wight, with hills as high as Skiddaw, timber, fresh-water streams, beautiful climate, varying only from 38 deg. to 78 deg., and a soil that will grow anything ?...

The University Tests' Bill at last got into Committee on

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Tuesday, and Durham was, we are happy to say, included in its scope. The Conservatives did not resist the admission of Dissenters to Con- vocation, but they tried a battle on...

The papers are making a silly fuss about a matter

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with which they have about as much to do as with a private misunderstanding between private persons. It appears that the Reform Club is, more or less, in the hands of a certain...

Consols were on Friday evening 94 to 92i

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T ORD GREY's speech on the committal of the Irish Church .1..J Bill in the Lords, and the issues generally raised by the various amendments of the Lords, render it almost impos-...


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THE PROGRESS OF THE BILL. T' muddle in the Lords is much more apparent than real. As might have been expected, in a House full of indi- vidualities, there is a medley of...

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L ORD CAIRNS is not a success in his leadership of the Con- servative Peers. Well as the loan which the Conserva- tives of the Lower House have effected from the literary...

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I T i, we suppose, impossible to excite an interest here in Argentine affairs. Had the projects of 1808 succeeded, —projects which now read like dreams, though we sent armies to...

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T HE Home Secretary's defence of the Government for declining to continue the "Overend prosecutions" was a very lame affair. Government has a right to prosecute, and Mr. Bruce...

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of any good thing, so full as regarded Providence of trust and distrust, trust for the future, and distrust for the present so methodical and so distraught, is an anomaly not...

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S CIENCE is every day teaching us to think of the Sun, and what have now been so long called the "fixed" stars, with less and less of that sense of fixity which their enormous...

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cvni.—THE WELSH MARCH :—MONMOUTHSHIRE AND HERE- FORDSEURE.—THE CITY OF HEREFORD. T HE city of Hereford stands on the left bank of the river Wye, which forms a natural defence to...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TH1 " SPIICTITOR.1 SIR,—I venture to ask you if you are quite fair in the way you. speak of the Protestants of Ulster. You condemn their " marclr- ings" to and...


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THE BISHOP OF ST. DAVID'S ON SACRILEGE. ma ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] Sin,—You have pointed out that, while speaking of sacrilege in the House of Lords, I did not explain what...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The exception (if it be the only one) is certainly not very important, but you will allow me to remind you that the state- ment in your...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Your correspondent "A Yankee," writing in the Spectator of June 5, reproves Mr. Goldwin Smith for his letter to the Bee- hive,...

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UNDER THE EARTH.* THE civilization of a country, it has been said, may be measured by the amount of sulphuric acid or by the amount of coal which it produces. Looking at the...

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THE FRENCH BAR* Tam sketch contains many points of interest,

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but it is fragmen- tary and wants method. Too much of the book is taken up with biographical details about the advocates of the present century, and the distinctive...

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ADAM Thomson . was born at Coldstream in 1779, lived, laboured, and preached there for more than half a century, and died in 1861, beloved and lamented as so good a man deserved...

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OLD-TOWN FOLKS.* THE only objection we have to make to

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this novel is that we seem to have read it before. Taken by itself, it is a very good novel indeed, full to repletion of delicate sketches of very original cha- racters, and...

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to be the keeper of the prison at Philippi during a rather memorable visit which St. Paul paid to the city, became a convert to the Apostle's teaching ; but by a curious kind of...

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THE public has been often asked of late years to form an entirely fresh judgment with regard to the character of persons famous in literature or history. According to the new...

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The Golden Chain of Praise. By Thomas H. Gill. (Hunt.) — Mr.

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Gill certainly has a good notion of what a hymn ought to be, and carries out his conception with some power and success. The chief fault that we have to find with him will be...

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Cobbett's Legacy to Parsons. (Griffin.)—Whatever it may have been, the

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Legacy is scarcely just now, but it certainly has the merit of very vigorous language. "The author's son, William Cobbett," supplies a preface in which the only remarkable thing...

The Reporter's Guide. By Thomas Allen Reed. (Pitman.)—Any one who

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wants a thoroughly sensible and practical account of the pro- fession of " reporting " should read this little book, and the number of those who do want such an account is not...

Cassell's Ilustratecl Readings, by Tom Hood, Second Series (Cassell and

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Co.), is a volume full of good things in prose and verse ; s. selection of such sort as does credit to the taste and judgment of the editor. Most English authors of note appear,...

The Prophet Isaiah, Chapters i.-xxxiii. From the German of H.

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Ewald, by 0. Glove; B.D. (Deighton and Bell ; Bell anti Daldy.)—We are often inclined, it must be confessed, to wish, with Dean Milman, that we had an Ewald to criticize Ewald....

Home from India. By John Pomeroy. 2 vols. (Tinsley.)—This is

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one of the novels to which a critic finds it difficult to do justice. It is something of a labyrinth, and a labyrinth is apt to try the temper of even the best-tempered of men,...

We heartily welcome a very pleasant-looking edition of Dr. Johnson's

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Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (Sampson Low and Co.), to which the Rev. W. Webb has prefixed a readable introduction. We hope, though we do not feel confident, that the younger...

Little Women. Part II. By Louisa M. Alcott. (Boston, United

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States, Roberts ; London, Sampson Low.)—This is a continuation of a pleasant little book which some of our readers may remember to have been praised in these columns a few...

Athletic Training and Health. By John Harrison. (James Parker.) —Mr.

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Harrison, unless we misunderstand him, advocates a distinctly athletic training. He argues, for instance, that the condition to which the pugilist brings himself before a...

Constance Aylmer; a Story of the Seventeenth Century. By H.

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F. P. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—We always feel to be "rubbed up the wrong way " by stories of the seventeenth century, whether they are written in the interest of Cavaliers or of...

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A Guide to Scottish History, by Elizabeth Perry (Longmans), may

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be described as Sir Walter Scott's Tales of a Grandfather put into the shape of a catechism. It would have been as well, perhaps, if the early kings, beginning with Fergus L,...