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INDE X.-1873.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY. A DDRESS, Debates upon the ... ,„ 168 1 - 1. Admiralty Administration, the Quarterly Agricultural Returns of the United Kingdom ... 438 — Labourers Attitude...

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Mr. Vernon Harcourt also- two very clever speeches at

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Oxford this week,—the sortof speeches which talk a man into office,—tellin g speaches, which will increase his popularity; speeches disa g reeable to the Government in tone, as...

We did not overrate Ur. Jay Gould's financial skill when

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we predicted that he would g ain by his "restitutions. " It appears from the fuller reports of his arran g ements with the Erie Rail- way Company, that he stipulated with the...

Mr. Cardwell has made two speeches to his Constituents, one

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on Monday and one on Wednesday evenin g . The fiist contained little that was new, bein g a defeace of the Licensing 'Bill as essential to the morals of the country" ; of the...

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The Pope h a s.bee a mdul g in g l c a . g ood Christmas brush with his enemi e S, h a vi ng delivered to the Cardinals on the 23rd of December a n ,Alloc u tion, the text of...

Of course, after this the reception of New Year's Day

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was not a cheerful one. The Pope declared he saw a g reat analo g y be- tween the present state of Europe, and the condition of Pentapolis when it was feastin g just before its...

' As we s upposed, Lord Granville has really submitted a

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proposal about Russia in Asia to the Go vernment of St. Petersbur g . It seems certain that the Note proposed the establishment of a line of demarcation between the Empires, but...


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I ( I ( AMEHAMEHA V.., Kin g of the Sandwich Islands, was the last AM race. He died last week, and the throne bein g vacant, the islanders will have to dispose of their own...

-* * * The Editor cannot .undertake to. return Manuscript in- any

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It is stated, apparently on good authority, that the dominant

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influence-in the New York Tribune has been purchased by per- sons who intend to make of it an Administration paper. They are represented by a Mr. Orton, and he has secured Mr....

The Continental papers are greatly exercised about some reve- lations

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made by the Due de Gramont, Foreign Minister of Napoleon when the war broke out, as to the attitude of Austria with regard to the war. The Duke had informed the Commission of...

M. de Tocqueville, the son of the political philosopher, and

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Deputy for La Manche, has written a singular letter to the papers. Beaumont,. the chief town of his Canton, has sent him an address to be forwarded to M. Thiers in support of...

Mr. Harcourt's Druidical speech on Wednesday was not so good,

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though skilful enough. He put, indeed, the argument against entails well, and against the enforced preservation of game admirably What would you think if, when a corn- factor...

A very long addition has been made to the Hayman

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corre- spondence, but no new point whatever has been brought out. Dr. Hayman seems anxious to show that he acted very reason- ably in all he did, but the fact remains that he...

Several of our contemporaries appear to be greatly troubled because

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the farmers are burning " corn " in Iowa, finding it cheaper than wood. The Standard recently hoped such a people would not be punished by some calamity, and even the Daily News...

The iron colliers of South Wales, to the number of

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70,000, are on strike. The masters affirm that the price of iron has fallen £2 a ton, and. that they must for timeinsist on a reduction in wages of ten per cent. They, however,...

Sir E. Thornton, the British Minister at Washington, has re-

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ported to the Foreign Office on the recent epidemic among American horses. He says the disease was a sort of influenza, accompanied by fever, which weakens theanimal for about...

The San Francisco Bulletin states, apparently on authority, that the

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Mikado of Japan intended on the 1st of this year to estab- lish a Parliament. The fifty nominees, Princes and Daimios, forming the present Council will remain as a kind of Upper...

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The case of " Stannus v. Finlay" has ended in

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a verdict for the' plaintiff, with damages assessed at /100. Mr. Stannus claimed £10,000. The verdict would make it libellous to express an 'opinion that a property was...

The latest accounts represent the Cesareviteh as slightly better of

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the fever, which, however, has not 'left him, but very weak.

The Pall Mall is very sore at our remark, that

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it hates Mr. Gladstone, pleading that it only feels towards him well founded dislike and distrust. Now we understand by the words " dislike " and "distrust" the emotion which...

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested a prayer for the

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cessation of the continual rain, whereupon a long corre- spondence, rather unexampled in the columns of the Times, has arisen whether it is not very shortsighted to pray for a...

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, Dr. Vaughan, made a

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sagacious speech on Thursday, in forming a new Society called "the Academy of Catholic Religion," in which he pointed out I . that Roman Catholics had always held that...

The Melbourne Argus of Thursday, November 7, in one of

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the last dropping discharges of its violent and uneandid political attacks on Mr. Duffy, turns upon us, and charges upon us gross misrepresentation for saying that the Minute in...

The missing Comet,—Biela's,—which was divided into two by some disturbing

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influence in 1846,—and which in its periodic re- turn in 1866, and again this year, had managed to escape obser- vation, has been found by a very curious astronomical conjec-...

Consols were on Friday 91i to 91i.

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THE POPE'S NEW POSITION. I F the decree of Infallibility were to be passed at all, it would have been a wise thing on the part of the Vatican Council to choose a Pope of...

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IF the statement made by the Telegraph on Tuesday about Delagoa Bay is true, the German Chancellor has made another hit, and Lord Kimberley will have business on his hands of a...

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D O the English people at heart like what Mr. Vernon Harcourt calls '• Grandmotherly Government "—that is to say, legislation interfering in their own interest with their own...

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THERE have been numerous rumours, which are not un- usual at this time of the year, and very often have a foundation in fact, of some alteration and reconstruction of the...

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always prudent ; he would deplore a nronetary crisis in

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the style Germany has always been a puzzle to politicians, the War Office where indeed his administration has been far from becoming European. Originally, no doubt, the Austrian...

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the vigorous sceptic of the Pall Mall, after I severely cudgelling Mr. Gladstone for exhibiting Dr. Strauss's eccentric forms of doubt with a note of wonder and warning,...

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T HE necessity of modern society is a Brahminioal caste. That was, about 3,000 years ago, the conclusion of Munoo, or the thinkers whose thoughts he formulated ; and it is also...

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWENTY-FIFTH CLAUSE OF THE EDUCATION ACT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-"] SIR, —It is stated on apparently good authority that in the next Session...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—In the admirable article in last Saturday's Spectator, on Dean Stannus's libel case, the writer has confounded the two Lords Hertford....


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SIR, —The Spectator of the 3rd of August, in an article on the "Labourers of Blenheim," commented severely but justly upon the Duke of Marlborough's attempt to checkmate the...


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`112,—Mr. Gladstone's address at Liverpool has been blamed for advertising, as it were, the atheistic tendencies of the science of the age, and for recommending, as read by...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ) Sra,—In your impression of the 21st ult, you state,—" five leading gas stokers in the employ of the London Gaslight Company were on...


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MR. FITZJA...AIES STEPHEN'S INDIAN EVIDENCE ACT.* Tax Indian Evidence Act,—" Introduction,—Stephen," is likely from its title and appearance to be classed by the public with...

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OFF THE SKELLIGS.• "OR off the scent," should have been

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added, for no title was ever more deceptive. We hoped for some such exquisite descriptions of the West of Ireland coast scenery from Miss Ingelow's pen as Mr. Black gave us of...

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CazrAis WOOD'S memory will be long held in well-deserved honour as an explorer, and the republication of his narrative of the famous task which he accomplished thirty-seven...

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IF we regret to miss from this book the charm of some of M. Abont's earlier volumes, the fault does not lie so much with the author as with the circumstances under which he has...

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THE " Little Women" whom Mrs. Alcott introduced two or three years ago to English readers are, we fancy, as great favourites here as they are in their own country. Everyone will...

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THE CHURCH OF UTRECHT.* [SECOND NOTICE.] THE nineteen years between

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the death of Archbishop Codde and the canonical installation of a successor constitute the period of most critical trial for the vitality of the Utrecht community. Exposed to...

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THE nucleus of this collection has been formed by some State Papers which were restored to our Government in 1867 (at the suggestion of Mr. Hepworth Dixon) from the public...

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The Book of Racquets. By J. R. Atkins. (Warne.)-01 coarse

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the game of racquets can no more be learnt from a book than any other game can. Mr. Atkins gives rules and directions, as he is in duty bound to do ; but he is too well...

Cabinet Portrait Sketches of Statesmen. By T. Wemyss Reid. (H.

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S. King.)—There is nothing very striking about these "portraits," but they are worth looking at, rather as sufficiently clear and well-drawn sketches of personalities more or...

Original Poems for Infant Minds. By Several Young Persons. (Routledge

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and Sons.)—This is a reprint of an altered edition of our old friend "The Original Poems," against the alterations in which we have always protested, as destroying much of the...

A Scamper to Sebastopol and Jerusalem in 1867. By James

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Creagh. (Bentley.)—Mr. Croagh's scamper was not so hurried but that he con- trived to make a good many observations on his way. And he seems to be a very shrewd observer. The...


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Poems of the Inner Life. Selected chiefly from Modern Authors. Now edition, revised and enlarged. (Sampson Low.)—It is an easy task to make a fairly good selection of poems. The...

The Runaway: a Story for the Young. By the Author

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of "Mrs. Jerningham*s journaL" (Macmillan.)—This is a very charming little story, one that will suit children of all ages, except, perhaps, the very young, who may take it too...

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The Sedgeborovgh World. By A. Farebrother. 2 vols. (S. Tinsley.)

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—This novel may be read, probably with some pleasure, and certainly without offence. It has two heroines, if we ought to speak of heroines in connection with a narrative which...

The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth. By C. J. Palmer. Vol

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L (G. Na)), Groat Yarmouth.)—Yarmouth has found a worthy chronicler in Mr. Palmer. The town is a notable one, for its parish church, among other things, which exceeds in...