3 MAY 1873

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Of course, after this the Tories laboured hard to show

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that in clamouring for the relief of local taxation, they were clamouring for what affects the poor man far more painfully than the rich ; but that was uphill work, and no one...

It is said that the first result of these Elections

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(to be followed up a few days before the Assembly returns to Versailles by others to be held at Lyons, which will result in the same way) will be to ensure M. Buffet his...

The sham amendment on the Budget moved brMr. W. H.

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Smith, in the interest of Sir Massey Lopes, has occupied two nights of the time of Parliament during this week, but was negatived without a division at the close. It was a...

Kaiser William arrived at St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon, on

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the long-promised visit to his faithful 'ally and devoted nephew, Czar Alexander. It is an occasion which gives room for a good deal of thinking. The ceremonial itself, indeed,...


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T HE French elections of Sunday turned out great triumphs for the Radicals, as far, at least, as success at the poll goes. The results, which we have analysed carefully...

It was worth remark that Mr. Disraeli in his speech

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was exceedingly anxious to flatter the working classes. Absurd schemes for the reform of the financial system had never, he said, come from the working classes ; they had come...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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There is no very important step in the Spanish political

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drama to record this week. The fuller accounts of the revolution of Wednesday week (23rd April) substantially confirm the story we- told in our last impression. It is pretty...

Mr. Lowe has had his way about the Irish Railroads,

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and we are sorry for it. Lord Claud Hamilton proposed a resolution in favour of their purchase by the State, on Tuesday, which was seconded by the O'Conor Don, thus showing that...

Prince Bismarck, of course, accompanied his sovereign lord, inseparable as

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Mephistopheles from Faust. He, too, for the occasion assumed the Cossack. When Prince Gortschakoff visited him in state, the Chancellor wore all his Russian orders. Prussia,...

There is a crisis in the Italian Cabinet. It seems

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that for some time Signor Sella, not the nominal, but the virtual Prime Minister, has been discontented with the cool assumption of the Deputies that budgets may be unsettled at...

Bit by bit we gain a clearer view of the

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Khivan Expedition. General Kaufmann's order, recently published, shows that more than 5,000 men, 18 guns, and a rocket battery, will be employed in the Eastern columns alone....

The annual Amazonian debate took place on Wednesday, when the

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women's suffrage party diminished the majority against them by 12, as compared with the vote of last year, the Bill being rejected by 222 votes to 155. Lord John Manners and Mr....

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Consols were on Friday 93i to 93i.

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The report of a suggested compromise between the Irish National

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Board of Education and Father O'Keeffe, to which we drew attention last week, not without implying our doubt as to its authenticity, turns out to have been of the nature of...

The late Ex-Emperor's will has been published by the soli-

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citors to the Empress, in order to rectify, as they say, the false rumours current about it. The firm adds that his estate has been sworn under £120,000, but that it is subject...

Lord Justice Christian again ! Again there has been, accord-

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ing to the Dublin "Correspondent of the Times, " a numerous audience assembled to witness what is popularly known as a field-day' in the Court of Chancery Appeal." On this occa-...

The Austrian International Exhibition was opened at Vienna on May

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Day, beneath skies not so bright as those of England on Thursday, but there was the usual amount of pageant in the ceremonial. The Emperor was accompanied by the Crown Prince...

Governor Pope Hennessy delivered a lecture on the British settlements

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in Western Africa before the Society of Arts on Tuesday evening. Since the days when Mr. Hennessy figured as the connecting link in what Lord Derby called the "natural alliance"...

Mr. Macready, the eminent actor and greater manager. who restored

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the taste for the Shakespearian drama in London some thirty odd years ago, died last Sunday at Cheltenham, at the age of eighty. We should hardly call him a really great actor....

The vacancy for Bath caused by the death of Sir

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William Tite is to be filled on Tuesday, when Mr. Jerome March, a sound Liberal, who was Mayor of Bath when the British Association met there, and a popular mayor, is to be the...

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T HE French Elections have turned out to the full as Radical as M. Gambetta had promised himself. His estimate of the majority in Paris for the Radical candidate against the...


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THE BUDGET DEBATE. A I B. W. H. SMITH'S motion never had any reality in it. We described it last week as probably intended to be a mere reconnaissance against the Government...

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S EVENTEEN years ago, the then Governor of South Carolina openly proposed to establish afresh the Slave Trade between Africa and the Southern, or at least her own ports. There...

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W E confess to having looked with a certain horror on the so-called O'Keeffe question for name months back, and to having seized on every excuse for hoping that English...

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A N uncomfortable prospect opens before the Scottish Mem- bers of Parliament, whose love of Liberalism, as tested by their fidelity to Mr. Gladstone, seems to have waxed cold....

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A DEMONSTRATION of unusual and imposing pretensions has this week threatened the Lord Chancellor's Judica- ture Bill. Not indeed that the measure, opposed or unopposed, has now...

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E VERYONE knew, by general rumour at least, that the late Emperor of the French, with all his longheadedness and power of slow, tenacious reflection, was a superstitious man,...

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W HY is it that most people are affected in a curiously un- pleasant way,—unpleasant and irritating, but without either the anguish or the solacement of great and dignified...

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THE CHURCH AND THE CLERGY.—IV. [TO THE EDITOE OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin.,—What is the explanation of the fact that Christianity is a democratic system, and yet the Christian...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —With more than common interest I took up your paper to-day, as soon as it-reached me, expecting that it would contain an article on our...

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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE .` SPECTATOR.") Sis,—In a letter in the Spectator of April 26, "A Catholic states that so long as children "are under the direction of a well- principled...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR.') Sia,—In your article on "The New Liberalism [which, by the way, is old and common] on Church and State" the following passage occurs in...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Generally when an author replies to his reviewer, it is be- cause he fancies he has something to complain of in the latter's criticism,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—I am obliged by the insertion of my letter in your last issue. I am acquainted with the discussion in your columns between "A...


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(TO THZ EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR:1 SIR,— " J. W. L." doubts whether any Bishop would consent to consecrate a burial-ground unless a chapel was also provided for the sole use of...

[TO THE ED/TOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Mr. Carvell Williams is

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in error in saying that "all the churchyards closed by Order in Council may be repaired out of the poor-rate." The fact is, "they shall be maintained and repaired," and the...


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THE WATER-COLOUR SOCIETY. SOME changes have taken place since the last exhibition of the Water-Colour Society. It has lost, by death, a worthy associate, Mr. Deane, from whose...

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THE LIFE OF DAVID COX.* A RAPIDLY rising demand for David Cox's landscapes, and the speedy prospect of some more being offered for sale, combine to render this an opportune...

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A NEW STUDY BY MM. ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN.* THE famous French collaborateurs

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have an exceedingly skilful way of intensifying the effect of their studies in human nature by simple beautiful natural pictures, consisting of a few lines of description of...

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IIA.NNIBAL.* THE writer who adventures in the difficult region of

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the historical drama is not without daring and ambition. A short flight in verse may be comparatively easy, but to possess strength of wing sufficient to sustain a prolonged...

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MR. FOOTMAN'S LECTURES.* This little work is just another straw

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showing in what direction the stream is setting. It strengthens our conviction that the National Church would do well to institute an order of Preachers, whose lives should be...

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MRS. RIDDELL has more versatility than we care to find ; we would rather, at the risk of some repetition, have studied again the pictures of passion and tenderness and solitary...

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TALES OF THE TEUTONIC LA.NDS. - * Tales of the Teutonic Lands.

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By George W. Cox, M.A., and Eustaee Hinton Jones. London: Longraans• 1872. THE collection of stories now offered to us by Messrs. Cox and Jones is the promised sequel to the...

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Handy Book of Fruit-Culture under Glass. By David Thomson- (Blackwood.)—Fortunate

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people, who can indulge in the luxury of glass, can here learn from a most experienced teacher all that they need to know. The author tells us that "he has kept specially in...

Tegner's Frithjof Saga. Translated from the Swedish by Captain H.

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Spalding. (Murray.)—Some account of Esaias Tegner and his great poem would have been acceptable to most readers. Nor would a more copious apparatus of notes have been out of...

Essays. By the late William Godwin. (H. S. King.)—These essay

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were written in the latter years of Mr. Godwin's life, and were left by him nearly ready for publication. It was his wish that they should be revised and put forth by his...

The New History of Sandford and Merton. By F. C.

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Buimand. (Bradbury, Evans, and Co.)—We need not toll our readers that there is. plenty of fun to be got out of this parody of the moral tale for boys of half a century ago....


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Plays and Puritans, and other Historical Essays. By Charles Kingsley. (Macmillan.)—The first of these essays is a very eloquent and vigorous vindication of the stand taken by...

Margaret. By C. C. Fraser-Tytler. (Strahan and Co.)—A readable story,

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not without some power. The elements of which it is composed are very slight, and it is to our mind too didactic, but this may possibly commend it to some readers. The sketch of...

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Legends of the Jacobite Wars. By Thomasine Maunsell. (Tinsley

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Brothers). —Scarcely legends two quiet novelettes, Katherine Fairfax" and " Isma O'Neil "—in which historical truth seems to have been carefully attended to, though occasionally...

Stories in Precious Stones. By Helen Zimmern. (Henry S. King

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and Co.)—A pretty little conceit, prettily bound, excellent print, and fairly good illustrations. This little book contains a tale for every month in the year, written about the...