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Whatever the cause, the Germans gained six days,' which Von

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Moltke appears to have applied thus. The Crown Prince, stopping his march on Paris, turned slowly north, not to catch MacMahon, but to cut off his retreat, and by the 29th was...

MacMahon, however, with splendid tenacity, renewed the engagement ou the

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1st September, having probably been joined by the 13th Corps, and evidently at first gained some advantage, for the Flourenville correspondent of the Standard telegraphed at...

There is therefore, on Friday night, an immense balance of

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probability that MacMahon, after four days of desperate fighting, including two of alternate success and failure, was at last driven backward on Sedan with enormous losses, and...

Before we begin the narrative of events we must once

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more call attention to the numbers. It appears day by day more probable that the German account was correct, and that France was in- vaded or threatened by an army such as the...

MacMahon did, as we imagined, attempt to relieve Metz. Having

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received reinforcements and supplies until be had an army of five corps of soldiers, one of marines, and about one of Gardes Mobiles, Franc-Tireurs, and other sundries, say...

Meanwhile, an army, consisting of the 4th and 12th Corps

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and the Royal Guard, had been formed out of the enormous force round Metz, and entrusted to the Crown Prince of Saxony, a soldier who behaved well in Bohemia, and who is heir of...


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T EIE week has been a heart-breaking one for France. The last military chance has failed, and the country, if saved at all, must be saved by a popular war. The same inexplicable...

*„,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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We do not like this telegram at all :—it is

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from the second edition of the Times of Friday, and comes from its own Calcutta correspondent, who probably gives the official version. "A vague panic exists among Europeans and...

Strasburg is suffering fearfully from the siege, and even the

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roof of the Cathedral has been set on fire, though the fire was promptly extinguished. General Uhrich, who commands the place, is making a thoroughly heroic defence, though it...

It is stated positively by the Strasburg correspondent of the

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Daily Telegraph that the Bishop of Strasburg, daring his recent unsuccessful attempt to mediate between the besiegers and the besieged, was told authoritatively by the Prussian...

The lower-class Parisians, taught for half a century to believe

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France the greatest of military powers, ascribe all defeats to treachery, and display the old temper of 1792. Every foreigner is a spy of Bismarck's, and the faintest suspicion...

There will be very serious trouble about the position of

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the Francs-Tireurs, or French Volunteers. They wear a kindof uniform, and ate acknowledged by the Government ; but the Germans declare that as they have no military officers...

The most terrible mot yet uttered about this war is

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one reported by the correspondent who supplies Blackwood with a spirited original description of Forbach "L'Empire c'est la pain; certaine- meat ce ne pas la guerre."

Suppose France left without a Government, every man in France

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refusing to sign the treaty, how would matters go then ? That form of extreme resistance has never occurred, and like the extreme form of passive resistance, probably never will...

It is stated that a somewhat bitter contest is raging

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in the French Cabinet as to the removal of the seat of Government. The Imperialists, aware that Parisians may insist on surrender, as the citizens are said to have done in...

Nothing appears to have changed in Paris during the week.

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The Ministry is entirely master of the situation, refuses news, and defies the Liberals to call in the people. The National Guard has been armed with muskets, which had been...

A correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, who is in the

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Prince's Camp before Metz, says dysentery is telling heavily there, owing to the German habit—which they will abandon after this war— of camping without tents. He met a French...

The news from the French provinces is very alarming, for

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it seems to show that the rural population are really breaking out into that hysterical state of suspicion and alarm which, as we believe, quite as much as the oppression of the...

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A very curious telegram was sent this week from the

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King of Prussia's head-quarters at Bar-le-Duc, representing that the Em- Teror of the French was certainly not with MacMahon's army, -and that there was reason to suppose he was...

On the 24th August, the Red River Expedition entered Fort

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- Garry unopposed. Riel had escaped before it arrived, and as there was no resistance, the people heartily welcoming the expedition, the English regulars began their return...

It is said that the English ironclad Defence has recently

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anchored at Civita Vecchia, and that the captain has taken important de- spatches to the Vatican ; and it is rumoured that the Defence has orders to receive the Pope on board,...

General Grant is said to be congratulating America in the

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-warmest way on the commercial gain she is certain to win from the European war. " The war," he says, or is said to say, " will raise values in Europe ; iron, and leather, and...

English generosity is not coming out very strong as yet

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towards the sick and wounded. We have raised about £50,000, not a halfpenny a head for the whole population. Surely we ought to send at least a million sterling, which England...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 94.

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M. Louis Blanc wrote a letter to yesterday's Pall Mall

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Gaulle, in which he tries to make out a case why English sympathy should be given to France. There is much in it with which we agree. We can hardly hold Count Bismarck guiltless...

The story of the massacre of Tientsin, on the 21st

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June last, is told privately in a private letter dated Cheefoo, June 30th, published in Thursday's Standard, but the signature of which is not given. The horrors narrated are...

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A REMARKABLE letter in the Daily News of last Saturday- -the Daily News, by the way, has been by far the richest in correspondence of value, correspondence with nug- gets of...


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THE DEFEAT OF MACMAHON. I T is too much. The bitterest enemy of France—and in England France has no enemies, though the Empire has so many—could not read the record of this...

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W E will not say that modern science has made a people's war impossible,—for there is no saying what men, exalted to the verge of madness, might effect by incessant bayonet...

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about the National Defences is strong, but not, we fear, strong enough to create a system of National Defence. The country sees clearly enough that a. disorganized nation may be...

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THE EMPIRE DYING HARD. T HE Empire, if it is going

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to die, at all events dies hard. The last straw of the pile of calamity now accumulated on the Emperor,—the straw that would put the finish- ing-stroke to the endurance of most...

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IRISH FEDERALISM, death, but by the actual destruction of our

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very houses and lands, and of all that makes life possible—all these things have been unknown to us for centuries. So our internal revolutions, comparatively legal and orderly...

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T HE Papers have been teeming for the last few weeks with the various German songs which have become popular during the present war in the German armies and cities,—the many...

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'T HE Paris Press does not come out of this War business well, j, it is a little difficult to account for its exceeding and i rritating badness. The days when the real debate on...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF "THE SPECTATOR. "] Berne, August 26, 1870. YESTERDAY we were in the fine cathedral here, listening to some pieces on the organ played by the organist, a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR, —There are many prisoners, German and French, whose cases we ought to commiserate. I think we should not forget one, an • Italian, who...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —I cannot think that the defects in the Irish Marriage Law, which you lately pointed out as practically nullifying " Civil Marriage "...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your article on " National Suffering and National Morality," in your issue of August 27 (p. 1,030), you ask a most seasonable...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —Some of your readers may, perhaps, remember the case of Gunesh Soonderi Dabee, the young Hindu widow whose baptism by the Rev. Mr....

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THE EMPEROR, THE EMPRESS, AND THE EMPIRE. So I've lost! Well, I thought I should lose. One does not throw sixes thrice. And when the players are armies, 'Tis so hard to load...


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MR. CHURCH'S ST. ANSELM.* Tars is perhaps the most valuable volume yet published of a very unequal series. Mr. Church says truly that Anselm has attracted more notice in France...


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[TO THE EDITOR OE THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—While I thank you heartily for the notice of my book in the last number of the Spectator, I venture to say a few words on a point with...

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METHODISM.* OUR advice to the careful reader searching this little

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yolume for statistics—and few others will probably read it—is to take it in conjunction with Mr. Matthew Arnold's work on Culture and * The History of the Religious Movement in...

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ARTHUR.* 'CRITICS are generally supposed to be men, and men

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are not -supposed to give way to their feelings ; nevertheless, men are but men, and do sometimes have a quiet cry over a good novel, and we confess to have shed a few manly...

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THE name of Rufus Choate is not so well known in England as that of his great contemporary and competitor Daniel Webster, but if it is to this circumstance we owe a far shorter...

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LN a dedication to Charles Dickens, which can only have met the public gaze when the great novelist was already withdrawn from it, Mr. Thornbury describes the origin of this...

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about a fourth part of the whole work, if we exclude the eighth book, in which none are found. It would not be too much to say that, whether we regard their historical value or...

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CURRENT LITERATURE Heroes of Hebrew History. By S. Wilberforce, D.E., Lord Bishop of Winchester. (Strahan.)—An orator, for such the Bishop of Winchester unquestionably is, puts...

John ; or, the Apocalypse of the New Testament. By

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Philip S. Deaprez. • (Longmans.)—This book is a -" retractatien." The writer was once an interpreter of what we may call the "extreme preterist" school,—that is, he believed...

Poems. By James Rhoades. (Macmillan.)—We do not find it easy

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to estimate the value of these poems. They are not to be reckoned among the ordinary verses, passably good, both as to metre and as to sense, which it is a common accomplishment...

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For Richer or Poorer. By Holme Lee. 3 vole. (Smith,

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Elder, and Co.)—The graceful writer whom we know by the name of Helms Lee is, if we may transfer the terms from the region of history to that of fiction, a chronicler rather...

The Curiosities of Toil. By Dr. Wynter. 2 vols. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—This is a book which treats of a variety of subjects so great as to defy description. The author's title is certainly inadequate. It is only by a very jocose or...