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But this appeal to Welsh Conservatives fell as dead in

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Car- narvonshire as a shell fired into a bank of clay. On Monday, Mr. Rathbone was elected by a majority not appreciably short of that which seated Mr. Watkin Williams at the...

'Ile first movement towards the evacuation of Candahar has tat

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length been made. Shere Ali, the incompetent member of the Barnkhzye family whom Lord Lytton made " Wali " Candahar, and addressed as "your Highness," finding his posi- tion...

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Lord Granville made a quiet but admirable speech at Hanley,

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on Saturday, explanatory of the foreign policy of the Govern- ment. We have said enough of it elsewhere, but must add here that he utterly repudiated the charge of secrecy ;...

Sir Stafford Northcote made a speech at Brecon yesterday week,

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the object of which was to encourage the thin and desponding bands of the Welsh Conservatives to take heart of grace, and rally their forces. He cited the words of the Welsh...


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P ARLIAMENT has been summoned for January 6th, and it is well understood that the Session will be essentially an Irish one. The Liberals hope and believe that the Government...

Mr. Courtney made an able and thoughtful, but rather menacing,

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speech at Liskeard yesterday week, in relation chiefly to the Irish policy of the Government. On foreign policy, he supported them heartily. In relation to Afghan affairs, he...

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Mr. George Shaw-Lefevre succeeds Mr. Adam as First Com- missioner

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of Works, and is succeeded in turn by Mr. G. 0. Trevelyau as Secretary to the Admiralty. Both appointments are excellent. Mr. Lefevre is one of the most thoughtful, cheer- ful,...

Mr. Gibson followed in the same strain, in a vehement

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invective against the Government for not adopting more stringent mea- sures in Ireland. He forgot to explain, however, why his own Government, instead of striking at people of...

A great Conservative solemnity took place at Woodstock on Tuesday,

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Lord Randolph Churchill there engaging, as it were, to be more amenable to party discipline for the future, though indicating clearly enough that his own allegiance was given...

Lord Cranbrook made a speech at Berkhampstead on Thurs- day,

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in which he proclaimed his party's intention of showing a moderation in Opposition such as the Liberal party, by its unexampled violence in Opposition, had by no means deserved....

The Government of Germany is daily becoming more oppres- sive.

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Freedom of the Press has never existed either in the Empire or its component States, but freedom of thought and of the expression of thought in books has always been the boast...

A meeting of the Greek Committee was held on Wednesday,

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at which Lord Rosebery, the chairman, made a speech distin- guished at once by feeling for Greece and by some unexplained motive for hesitation. He believed that Greece had lost...

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That is a very curious story sent from Constantinople to

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the Times about the agitation against the Sultan raised by the ex-Khedive. Ismail, who is a much more important person in Turkey than Europe quite perceives, is striking...

Mr. Dale is to be brought up under the writ

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of Habeas Corpus, to have the case argued whether he has been legally imprisoned or not. Mr. Arthur Charles's preliminary argument gained him great credit, and certainly allowed...

It is not often that the Times makes so funny

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a blunder as it does in the Dublin letter published on Wednesday, where it transforms the "hanging gale,"—or arrear of half a year's rent on an Irish farm,—into a "banging...

Lord E. Fitzmanrice, who, though nominally a Liberal, has proclivities

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to Jingoism, and who is sure to resist the Govern- ment policy in Ireland, bears, in a speech uttered at Glasgow on Wednesday, strong testimony to the justice of its Eastern...

The French Government is still under the impression that opinion

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in France is opposed to intervention on behalf of Greece, and on Tuesday and. Thursday in the Senate the official speakers seemed ready to deny they had ever heard of such a...

The parishioners of St. Paul's, Lorrimore Square, Walworth, are not

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in a very happy frame of mind. During two incum- bencies they have had very High-Church incumbents, and they have taken cordially to the ritual introduced. On the 13th of last...

Colonel Gordon, "Chinese Gordon," has been studying the disturbed districts

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in Ireland, and a letter recording his con- clusions is published in Friday's Times. They are, briefly, three :—First, that in West Ireland the "gulf of antipathy" existing...

Consols were on Friday 99 t to 99 ex div,

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LORD GRANVILLE'S FOREIGN POLICY. T HE Liberal Press is quite unconsciously in a sort of con- spiracy with the Tory Press to do one bit of injustice. It ignores Lord Granville a...

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T HE Conservative banquet at Woodstock, at which Lord Randolph Churchill and his colleagues magnanimously consented to be reconciled to the leadership of Sir Stafford Northcote,...

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W E did the Bishop of London a technical injustice last week. As it turned out, it was not fair to charge him with silence. His sin was that when he did speak, he said nothing...

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JILITARY reformers are puzzling themselves over a diffi- culty which ought to be trivial, but is not. Mr. Childers is trying, as successive War Ministers have tried, to render...

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THE REARRANGEMENT OF THE BENCH. experience of the profession, and

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the fact that, from his recent elevation to the Bench, he is probably more familiar than any of his colleagues with the opinions and feelings of the Bar, are further reasons for...

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I N the valuable essay on the "Limits of Human Knowledge," which the Duke of Argyll contributes to the December num- ber of the Contemporary Review, there is one passage which...

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W E wonder whether the disposition to leave a fortune increases ? It seems an odd question to ask, but it is directly suggested by the memorandum submitted by Mr. Justice Watkin...

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Ru9by, Tennessee. OUR opening day drew near, not without rousing the most serious misgivings in the minds of most of Us whether we could possibly be ready to receive our guests....

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[FROM A COP.IIESPONDENT.1 PREGNANT with the future fate of the two old Universi- ties of England are the few remaining weeks of this year. The Commissioners within that brief...

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• am reminded by your dictum that a judge-made lair can be set aside only by formal alteration, and by Mr. Frederic Harrison's assertion, in controversy with myself in the Pall*...


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THE THREE F.'s. . fro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Si,—Sir Stafford Northcote told the people at Brecon that he did not know what the three F.'s were, but that he guessed...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 you allow me to offer a few remarks on the question of the imprisonment of the Ritualistic Clergy ? I wish, for argument's sake, to start...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—One of our two greatest historical scholars has gone from us. The death of Dr. Guest leaves Dr. Stubbs without a peer. Yet so great a...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE " EPECTATOR.".1 SIR,—As a Land Bill for Ireland is, no doubt, in contemplation, and the Irish Land Question occupies so much the public mind, I trust you...

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THE BOOK OF JOB.* THE word " commentary " on the title-page of a large volume -will frighten some readers, and it may be as well to begin by reassuring them. Those who have...


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That in the day's great glory fades ; Too fiercely bright is the full light That her pale-gleaming lamp upbraids, Before the daybreak sings a bird That stills her song ere...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] THE account given by Sir Charles Duffy of the trial of O'Con- nell, of the monstrous unfairness with which it was conducted, the virtual packing of the jury,...

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ROYAL WINDSOR.* THE first two volumes of Royal Windsor were

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published in 1879, and the last two early in the present year. Mr. Dixon was at work on and finished the revise of Vol. III. only the day before his death, and his daughter, in...

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MRS. MOLESWORTH'S CHRISTMAS STORY.* Mits. Moi.EswonTri has struck out a

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new line in this charming little book, and we hope, one that is not destined to be unfruit- ful. This is really a study of a child's character, but one made so fascinating by...


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to see that we have delayed our notice of this useful little book till it has reached its second edition. It aims at supplementing to some extent the admirable book published by...

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READERS of reviews of novels like to be told the subject of the story under consideration, and therefore we set out on what we have to say about David Armstrong with a rough...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. We do not know whether Dr. Smiles means his Duty (Murray) for a Christmas book. But if Christmas books are, as we suppose, commonly gift-books, nothing could...

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The Sunday Maga:ine for 1880. Little Snowflakes, and The Strength

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of Her Youth, being the Sunday Magazine Christmas numbers, for the young and adult readers respectively.—We know of no magazine for the young, or, indeed, for the old—especially...

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The fourth edition of The Life and Times of Dr.

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Lawson (W. Oliphant) comes recommended to us by a letter addressed ten years ago by Mr. Thomas Carlyle to the author, the late Dr. Macfar- lane, of Clapham. Mr. Carlyle retains...

We have to notice the eighteenth volume of The Works

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of Charles Kingsley, containing "Sanitary and Social Lectures and Essays." Under this title are included eleven essays, ranging, as regards the time of their delivery, over a...