3 JULY 1880

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Nothing can be more unjust than to say, with the

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Times and the Daily News, that Mr. Gladstone attempted to frighten the House into agreeing to his resolution, by threatening it with further disorderly acts of Mr. Bradlaugh's....


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T HE Cape Parliament has decided that it will have nothing to do with the project of Confederation. The project was brought before it in the shape of a motion that a Conference...

Mr. Gladstone moved, on Thursday, a postponement of the - Standing

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Orders of the House till after the motion relating to Parliamentary affirmations, whereupon Mr. Gorst rose to ask the attention of the Speaker to the point of order whether a...

Mr. Gladstone then moved his resolution,—" That every per- son

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returned as a Member of this House, who may claim to be a person for the time being by law permitted to make a solemn affirmation or declaration instead of taking an oath, shall...

Sir S. Nortbcote then moved his amendment,—that the House cannot

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adopt a resolution which virtually rescinds that of June 22nd last; and argued that the Clerk at the table was bound to question Mr. Bradlaugh as to the grounds of his claim to...

An accord of Europe is certainly possible, whatever may be

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its extent. The members of the Berlin Conference separated on Thursday, having unanimously signed, with the special consent of their Governments, a protocol declaring Greece...

*** TheEdit ore cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Chamberlain, as President of the Board of Trade, has

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received his first important deputation, and has sent it away a little puzzled, but much conciliated. The tradesmen of London sought him on Saturday to complain of the Civil...

Mr. Chaplin, in moving the rejection of the Bill, of

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course raised the scream of confiscated property, and mentioned a case in which a solicitor, who had been about to advance 215,000 on a mortgage of land in the scheduled...

M. de Freycinet has carried out the decrees of May,

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and has expelled the Jesuits throughout France from their establishments by force, giving other non-anthorised societies a month's grace. Actual force was not, of course,...

The news from Afghanistan is most unsatisfactory. Abdul.- rahman Khan

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has, it is stated, received letters from the Indian Government offering, on certain conditions, to recognise him as Ameer, and has returned a most amicable reply, but with...

The Chinese, who, for some months past, have resolved on

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a war with Russia, have now commenced one, by invasions at two points. They have entered Manchouria, close to their own border, and the Government of St. Petersburg is urging...

Yesterday week, at the morning sitting, Mr. Forster moved the

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second reading of his "Compensation for Disturbance (Ireland) Bill," in a speech of very great ability and modera- tion. He showed that the Land Act had given the landlord...

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Yesterday week there was a lively little debate in the

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House of Lords on the Bill for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister, the principal speakers against the Bill being Lord Beauchamp and Lord Coleridge. The Scriptural...

>c .). The Government of Belgium is following the example of

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Prince Bismarck and M. de Freycinet, and trying to deal with ..."" the spiritual resistance of 171tramontanism by secular force. The Belgian Bishops have resisted the Education...

It is stated, apparently on official authority, that Mr. Adam,

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the First Commissioner of Works, will succeed the Duke of Buckingham as Governor of Madras. That is a very great pity. Mr. Adam has had plenty of Indian experience, having been...

The Bill for the absolute Sunday closing of public-houses in

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Wales, for the sale of liquor, was read a second time without a division last Wednesday, though the Government declared, through Mr. A. Peel, that it could not support, though...

The Rev. R. W. Dale preached last Sunday, at Birmingham,

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a very fine sermon on the Bracllangh question which has been so long before the House of Commons, maintaining that the oath is valueless as a test either of religion or...

Consols were ou Friday 94 to 94.

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Prince Bismarck has carried his "Discretionary Law," enabling him to

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use or relax the Falk Laws at his pleasure, through the Prussian Parliament. It was believed that he would be beaten, after all, the House modifying several import- ant clauses,...

The Liberals have carried again both Wallingford and Gravesend, the

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latter place by an increased majority. The vote in Wallingford was,—Mr. Pandeli Ralli (Liberal), 567 (15 less than Mr. Wren's poll at the general election) ; Mr. Hanbury...

The Claimant is to remain in prison. The plea raised

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for him, that he had been sentenced to two terms of imprisonment for one perjury, was argued out last week, and disposed of by the Court of Appeal. The main contention, that...

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THE BRADLAUGH SETTLEMENT. T HE Government has done well in relation to Mr. Brad- laugh's case, though it has done well rather tardily. If it had taken its present action,...

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and desultory, the spaces covered by the combatants at once

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so vast and so unknown. Scarcely a hundred individuals in London understand the facts when they hear them, and pro- and the supply of munitions, including new European...

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MR FORSTER'S BILL. T HE lines of the discussion on Mr.

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Forster's Bill have been precisely what we anticipated, when a fortnight ago we wrote upon this very grave step of the Government. We are, moreover, happy to see that so far as...

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O NE prediction at least, greatly derided by Roman Catho- lics, has proved true. Throughout the discussion on the Pope's Temporal Power, many observers, ourselves among them,...

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L ORD RAMSAY did good service in raising, in the debate on the Navy Estimates, the question of the entry and training of Naval Officers. Naval officers who find their way into...


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I T is said that Cardinal Wiseman once asked a certain Monsignore what he thought of a debate in the House of Lords. The Monsignor° made answer to this effect :— " Eminence, I...

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W E confess we lardly understand the latent or avowed dislike with which many men of the highest character, alike for good-feeling and for piety, still regard the Sunday- school...

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1V E know nothing less creditable to a society like ours, which has had and has plenty of time to consider, not merely the rough justice of life, but also the finer adjust-...

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COMPENSATION FOR DISTURBANCE (IRELAND) BILL. [TO TRH EDITOR OF TIIE SPECTATOR."] SIR,-It appears to me that it was a very unfortunate circum- stance which prevented Mr....

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " Sncerkroa.1 San,—I have to thank you for publishing on the 19th my letter on Irish land legislation. Since it was written, Mr. Forster has brought in his...

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EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] 'SIR,—At the close of the letter of "C. A. E.," which appeared in last week's Spectator, an attack is made on Mr. Laing for 'failing to scrutinise...


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fro ERR EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—With reference to the ebullition of feeling on the part of the students to which you refer to-day, allow me to say that its having been...


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(To THE EDITOR OF Till " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Will you permit a person who has a tolerably impartial dislike for the history and temper of both our great ecclesiastical English...

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[LAST NOTICE.] WE begin the second part of our concluding Academy notice- at the fourth room, taking the pictures therein and in the following rooms as far as possible in the...


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(To THIS EDITOR OF TIll SPECTATOR:"] SIR,—My attention has been called to your review—that ap- pears on p. 530 of the Spectator of April 24th last—of a work by Sir George...


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[TO MR EDITOR OF THS " $PECTATOR:1 SIE,---With reference to your notice of our issue of reproduc- tions of drawings by old masters in the Royal collection at Windsor, I shall...

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MR. LEWIS WINGFIELD ON CONVICT-LIFE.* Tax usual objections to a novel with a purpose are silenced in the case of Mr. Wingfield's book. He has used the best means of obtaining a...

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THERE can be no doubt that Mr. Lang trifles very elegantly. He has not, indeed, attained, though it is quite possible that he may attain hereafter, to the first rank of the...

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Mn. SWINBURNE'S wrath against certain critics of Shakespeare who decide upon what is and what is not genuine by the rule of thumb and finger, has led him to pour forth a torrent...

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Vex success in life be commanded? Not always ; yet assuredly much more frequently than is commonly supposed, three special qualifications being especially necessary to its...

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Three Shots from a Popgun. By James Prior. (Remington.)— We

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do not see why the author has chosen for his book this somewhat silly title. The three stories are, on the whole, not below the average of merit commonly attained in the...

The Convocation Prayer-book. (Murray.)—Our duty with regard to this volume

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will be best discharged by quoting part of the prefatory note addressed to the reader :—" It will be understood that the volume now offered to the English Church and nation...

Amateur Theatricals. By Walter H. Pollock and Lady Pollock (Macmillan

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and Co.), will be found to contain plenty of useful hints, the outcome of a considerable experience. Theatricals are, probably, always more or less of an amusement, not unmixed,...


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The Purgatory of Dante Alighieri. Edited, with Translation and Notes, by Arthur John Butler. (Macmillan.)—We quite agree with Mr. Butler in his choice of the Purgatorio rather...

Practical Religion. By the Rev. J. C. Ryle, M.A. (Hunt

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and Co.)— This book is the third and last of a series, which is intended by the author to cover the whole ground of Christian faith and practice. It has now a special interest,...

Miss Rouverie. By Mrs. Molesworth. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—

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It would be difficult to make a pleasanter book out of materials so alight. Only Mrs. Molesworth could write three lively volumes, with a single misunderstanding for its main...

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We have to acknowledge the third volume (for 1879) of

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Professional Papers of the Corps of Royal Engineers. (Royal Engineer Institute, Chatham.)—The contents are of varied interest. The first paper is a lecture, delivered at the...

Tom's Heathen. By Josephine R. Baker. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The "

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heathen " is an apparently respectable banker, who inspires in the heart of his minister a strange aversion, which, as it afterwards turns out, is justified by events that...

We have received the Annual Register for 1879 (Rivingtons), with

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its usual contents, "English History" and "Foreign History," con- stituting, together with a "Retrospect of Literature, Science, and Art," a first part, and a second part,...

The Consummation of the .4 ye. (Longmans.)—We have here Swedenborg's

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interpretation of Christ's prophecy of the fall of Jerusalem in the twenty-fourth chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel. The "consummation of the age" is what appears in ourVersion as...