4 JUNE 1870

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It is stated on authority that Tollymore, the beautiful park

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in county Down which belonged to the late Lord Roden, is to be purchased or leased by the Prince of Wales. We trust that design will be carried out, even if Parliament has to...


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T HE Derby this year has been a failure. The crowd was smaller, dingier, and more blackguard than usual, the road was very dull, the weather was very disagreeable, and the pace...

Mr. Henley brought up on Monday the subject of the

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secret session, and that rule of the House by which any member who calls attention to the presence of strangers is invested with the power of excluding all, even reporters, from...

The Fenian invasion of Canada was a bubble which broke

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at the first prick of the sword,—to the great disappointment of the disaffected Irish papers, which broke out into premature raptures, though the Fenian Generals were at that...

Parliament adjourned for its Whitsuntide holiday on Tuesday, the Commons

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having first passed the Irish Land Bill. Mr. Hardy made a final speech against the Bill, in which he hinted that the Lords must make alterations in principle in it, and...

The arrangements made by the Committee of the Convocation of

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Canterbury for the revision of the Authorized Version of the Scriptures seem to be exceedingly wise. There are to be two companies ; one for the revision of the Old Testament,...

"An English Colonist" writes to the Times on Monday to

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say that Lord Granville has sold a British colony, Gambia, to the French Government without consulting Parliament. The statement is, of course, utterly incredible, as the Home...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Mr. Lowe has given up his reduction of the game-licence

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duty, but he has not given up his duty on carrying a gun, so that any schoolboy who goes out shooting at a mark must buy a licence value E1 sterling, but men in possession of a...

It is now said that the (Ecumenical Council will not

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adjourn till the schema De Romano Pontifico is voted upon. The Vatican says that thirty-six speeches of from one to two hours each have already been delivered, and that probably...

The (Roman Catholic) Bishop of Southwark, Dr. Grant, died at

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Rome on Wednesday last, after a very painful illness, which, though it has sometimes intermitted its severity, had been upon him long before the meeting of the (Ecumenical...

On Monday and Tuesday, the Admirals, passed Lords of the

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Admiralty, and shipbuilders in the House pecked away at Mr. Childers and Mr. Baxter like so many irritated turkey-cocks. The reductions were declared to be heartless, the...

Sir Shaf to Adair has lost his sixth contest for

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East Suffolk. He has reduced the majority against him from 1,700 to 171, but still Lord Mahon has been returned. Ile believes that the ballot would reverse the verdict, as it...

The speech in which Marshal Prim denied that he had

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been concerned in the Portuguese Revolution has been received in England. It amounts to this,—that he has no wish to conquer Portugal, and it would in no way interfere with the...

Yesterday week the House of Lords, after a sharp preliminary

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squabble all round as to the right of making a speech when you are only putting a question, passed without a division the second reading of the Bill for repealing that...

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The Legal Education Association, of which Sir Roundell Palmer is

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the President, and Mr. Quain, Q.C., has as yet been the chief working member, have published a general proposal, in which, 'without in any manner committing themselves to...

A unique sort of lecture on "Christ and Christianity" was

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delivered last Saturday at St. James's Hall by Keshub Chunder Sen, from the stand-point of Indian Theism. Coming to the Bible in the course of an independent religious...

There are cases, it would seem, in which even Mr.

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Ayrton,— whose raison (Titre ends if he cannot guard the public purse,— -can be induced, to sanction a job. He is actually bringing in a Bill for presenting a strip of Hyde...

The Government appear to have received information that the Feniaus

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threaten an attack upon the Dockyards. According to the Globe, the authorities at Portsmouth have issued strict orders to guard against fire; at Gosport, Marines have been...

A telegram from Washington, dated Juno the 3rd, announces that

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the House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the Internal Tax Bill, imposing a tax of five per cent. upon Government bonds. The vote is denounced as partial repudia-...

We are sorry to see Mr. Toole, who is a

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comedian of real genius, with a great power of pathos as well as humour, condescending to act in such a senseless burlesque as the " Princess of Trebizonde," at the Gaiety...

The full Court of Probate and Divorce decided on Thursday

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that - no suit for adultery should proceed while the respondent was -insane. The argument was heard before Lord Penzance, Chief Baron Kelly, and Mr. Justice Keating, and was...

M. Bass does not doctor his beer, finding that it

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pays better to sell the genuine article. Consequently he assumes that nobody -else does. Mr. W. R. Stnee, to test that, purchases twelve -samples of beer in the west and south...

The General Assembly of the Established Church of Scotland has

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voted by 241 to 68 that it would prefer the abolition of lay ; patronage. 'Thereupon the Duke of Argyll writes a letter to the Moderator declaring that as one of the largest...

Consols were on Friday evening 92k to 93.

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THE STRENGTH OF PARLIAMENT. T HE Parliamentary system of doing business is clumsy, no doubt, and at times unendurably slow, but it works on great occasions with extraordinary...

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. GLADSTONE was at the Derby. Now, the popular view of the Prime Minister seems to be that of a bishop in domino, or else why that tone of mysterious en- joyment of naughtiness...

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THE NORTH-GERM.A.N EMPIRE. T HE processes of digestion are not performed

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in public, and we do not wonder, therefore, that the success of the Hohenzollerns in assimilating their new acquisitions attracts comparatively little attention. It is, however,...


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E VERY seller in the world likes "Government " as a buyer, for very evident reasons. The State buys things in large quantities,—for example, the British Admiralty wants 18,000...

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M R. LOWE has called upon us to educate our Masters ; but if the cry for women's rights succeeds, we shall, in a still more exact sense of the term, be bound to educate our...

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L AST Monday's discussion in the House of Lords, following as it does on the more important debate of the 29th of April, on the public letters and combined resolutions of the...

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T ACITUS, in one of those pleasing episodes which vary the monotony of a narrative taken up with tyranny, treachery, and civil wars, tells us of a German prince who appears to...

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IN a remarkable letter to the members of the CEntmenical Council which the old prophet of Italian unity and liberty has published in the new number of the Fortnightly Magazine,...

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W E are assured by three separate and, in their way, com- petent authorities, that diamonds have of late shown a. tendency to rise in value, have indeed risen within the last...

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T IIE usual combination of an important horse-race and a gigantic and disorderly fair was duly held on Epsom Downs on Wednesday last. The former element in the dual event was...

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LAYMEN IN THE CHURCH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE EPECTAT011.1 SIR,— Can you spare me space to ask whether the distinction, which I see is frequently drawn between the conditions of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:l Sra,—In your kindly notice of my little book on Saturday last you did me an unintentional though an almost deserved injustice. Will you...


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MOUNTAINEERING WITHOUT GUIDES. *. MR. GIRDLESTONE has long been known, by name at least, to that section of the community which takes an interest in things Alpine, as the man...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-"] SIR,—Mr. Bonney, in his very clear and instructive narrative of the circumstance connected with the Cambridge petition on the University...

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Tim WOMAN WHO DARED.* T is not for its literary

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merits that we select the Woman who Dared for review. Literary merits of a certain kind it has. This, • The Woman who Dared. By Epea Sargent. Boston, United States: Roberts,...

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FERRAR'S COMPARATIVE GRAMMAR.* Tins would be acceptable as the first

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systematic work that has appeared in English on the subject, even were the handling of it less careful and thorough than it actually is. It is now some time since grammar has...

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Ma. MUSGRAVE is an inveterate wanderer to and fro upon the face of the earth, especially France. It is now no less than fifty- four years, he tells us, since his first visit to...

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THE Magazines are full of Lothair. With the exception of the Cornhill, each of the older monthlies has a review of the novel, and each is more or leas savagely condemnatory....

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Shakespeare and the Emblem-Writers. By Henry Greene, MA. (Triibner.)—One cannot regret that Mr. Greene has published this book. It is fall of curious learning, and will give the...

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Professor Maurice's Letter to the Working-Men's College on Secular and

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Denominational Education (Macmillan) is a characteristic and powerful appeal in favour of enlisting "all the force in the land," "all the belief in the land," by whatever name...

Gold and Tinsel. By the Author of "The Ups and

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Downs of an Old Maid's Life." 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—We expected a good novel from a writer who has done such a very bright and truthful piece of character- painting as "The Ups and...

Miss S. D. Collet's Indian Theism in its Relation to

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Christianity (Strahan), the republished form of an article in the Contemporary Review for February, to which we called attention at the time, is a most able and interesting...

Mr. Frederick Looker has given us a new edition of

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his airy and humorous London Lyrics in a very pretty volume (Strahan), which will be popular enough in English country houses during the approaching summer.