4 MARCH 1876

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Mr. Goschen brought before the House of Commons on Monday

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the Admiralty Minute on the loss of the Vanguard,' in a very spirited and amusing speech, on the main point of which we have commented elsewhere. We may add here that he...

Don Carlos entered France on the morning of the 28th

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February, and was immediately conveyed by special train to Paris, whence he was despatched to Boulogne, and will, it is believed, proceed to England. No convenio was entered...

Mr. Ward Hunt, on whose answer to Mr. Goschen's chief

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criti- cism we have said enough elsewhere, replied that the Reserve Squadron was not sent out merely to practise the Coastguardsmen ; that, on the contrary, they were sent out...

M. Gambetta has uttered a speech at Lyons in which

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he sketches the programme of the Liberal party. He desires to diminish the influence of the Clericals, particularly in education ; to establish liberty by giving each Commune...

Elsewhere we have drawn attention to the remarkable corre- spondence

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between Lord Salisbury and Lord Northbrook on the Indian Tariff Act, a correspondence which shows that the Secre- tary of State for India is determined to be sole legislator for...


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A OTHER of these terrible scandals in the United States. General Schenck, the American Minister here, who is accused of receiving a bribe to promote the interests of the Emma...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Hardy, in the course of a discussion on recruiting,

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on Thursday, previous to his speech on the Estimates, told a capital story about the utter want of conscience most men display in giving characters. A man of notoriously bad...

Lord Stanley of Alderley on Monday raised a short debate

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on affairs in Malaya, charging the Colonial Office with having changed its policy as regards the Peninsula, with allowing Sir W. Jervois to power, and with failing to check...

The Tories need not be so anxious to elect Sir

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Hardinge- Giffard, for they will never find a Toryer Law Officer than the present Attorney-General. Sir Charles Dilke on Tuesday brought forward his annual motion for an inquiry...

Mr. Hardy brought forward the Army Estimates on Thursday, in

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a.very good speech. It appears that he intends to grant an increase of 2d. a day to all private soldiers, the money to be re- garded as deferred pay, and distributed as a bounty...

The Times announces the dismissal of. Sir D. Lange, the

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Agent in England for the Suez Canal Company. He had, it appears, formerly urged the British Government to buy the Canal, and his representations were, by a grave breach of...

The Turkish Government has made another default. Messrs. Dent, Palmer,

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and Co. announce that they have not received the money to pay the interest and drawings on the loan of 1858, which was originally £5,000,000, at 85, and was specially secured on...

Mr. Disraeli's Solicitor-General is still without a seat. The election

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for Horsham ended on Tuesday, and it was found that the Tories there, who, at the general election, polled 529 votes for Sir Seymour Fitzgerald, and in December, 1875, gave...

Mr. Disraeli's reception of the Burials-Bill deputation on Monday was,

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as his manner is, somewhat ambiguous. The depu- tation begged him not to give way for an instant to Mr. Osborne Morgan's resolution, but to meet him with a direct negative. Mr....

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The Government are very dilatory in producing their Vivisection Restriction

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Bill. We had hoped that Mr. Cross, who, in spite of the unaccountable delay in the publication of the Commissioners' Report, has had the complete evidence before him since the...

A discussion is commencing in the commercial world upon the

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fall in the value of silver, which is greatly affecting trade with the East, and all persons interested in remittances from Asia. The Secretary of State for India cannot now...

Lord Hampton's (Sir John Pakington's) appointment, at the age of

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77, to be Chief Commissioner of the Civil Service Com- mission was sharply and justly criticised by Mr. Mundella and Mr. Lowe on Monday night. Mr. Mundella moved the reduction...

M. John Lemoinne, the eminent journalist, of the Daub, was

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admitted, on Thursday, to the honour of a seat among the members of the French Institute. In his inaugural address, which was a panegyric on his predecessor, also a journalist,...

A curious discovery has followed Mr. Crookes's discovery of the

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dynamic power of light. It is this,—that selenium, a metal or metalloid which, under certain peculiar treatment, acquires a very feeble power, even when kept in the dark, of...

The Irish Secretary, Sir Michael Hicks-Beach,—who is certainly one of

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the strongest members of the Government, made an ex- cellent speech on Major O'Gorman's Irish Municipal Franchise Bill, the intention of which was to assimilate municipal fran-...

By the death of Lady Augusta Stanley, the wife of

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the Dean of Westminster, which occurred, after a very long and most trying illness, on Wednesday last, London has lost one of the few connecting-links between the uppermost, the...

Consols were at the latest date 94 to 94i.

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LORD SALISBURY'S NEW POLICY. I T is quite possible—indeed, it is very probable—that the Government may be called on to defend itself in an un- expected quarter, namely, the...

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M R. WARD HUNT is very angry with the Press, but the Press has at least done him this signal service,—that whereas in speaking at the Mansion House he had nothing but lightness...

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to command the approval of Parliament. It is, in fact, asking Parliament to give a power-of-attorney to certain persons not yet named, but to be named before the Bill passes...

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W E fear there is little consolation in store for our Anglo- Indian friends. Their coinage is falling in value, and it will continue to fall, and as far as we can see, there is...

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T HAT poor Sir Hardinge Giffard ! It is quite melancholy to see him, a middle-aged Pert in a big wig, making little rushes at Heaven's gate whenever it opens, only to see it...

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W E are a little afraid that Sir Charles Dilke's victory may prove to have been too easily won. No one will suspect Mr. Cross of saying more than he meant, when he promised to...

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I N. June, 1873, Dr. Mount, one of the Local Government Board Inspectors, was instructed " to make inquiries with the view of ascertaining and reporting to the Board the com-...

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N °"life " has yet been published of Charles Kingsley, and there is, we suppose, little chance now that one ever will be issued. We rather regret this, for though Charles...

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TT is evident that Spelling-Bees,—which should, by the way, 1. certainly be called " spelling-hives," and not "spelling-bees," for nothing can be more anomalous than to give the...

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W E publish to - day the true Libro d'Oro of England, a nominal roll of every man in England and Wales who possesses 5,000 acres in any one county, and belongs therefore to the...

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THE QUEEN'S TITLE. [TO THE EDITOR. OF THE " SPROTA.TOR.1 8IE,-It appears to me to be neither consistent nor desirable that a ruler should assume a higher title from a...


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A SPRING EVENING. ACROSS the glory of the evening skies A veil is drawn of shadowed mists, that rise From lavishness of God's late gift, the rain. So, after farewell said,...


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KING ERIK.* MR. GOSSE has given us in King Erik a poem of considerable beauty, the main fault of which seems to us to be that its dramatic form is not quite justified by its...

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IT is almost needless to say now that the teaching of Mr. Darwin's Origin of Species has effected an almost complete revolution in biology, and that no book has appeared in this...

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Arran six months of roaming on the west coast of Scotland, Miss Gordon-Cumming spent upwards of a year in travelling about India, and she has combined her recollections of the...

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OF all ancient authors, Pindar is generally acknowledged to be the one who taxes the powers of the translator to their fullest extent. This arises from several causes ; partly,...

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Ersilia. By the Author of " My Little Lady." 3

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vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)--This is a novel of more than common merit. Braille, the heroine, is a character of much beauty, and her story, if it involves no dramatic situations...


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Thrift. By Samuel Smiles. (John Murray.)—There is no book among the current literature of the day wo would rather see in a young man's hand than this. Although every person in...

this book as a volume of sermons. It is, perhaps,

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none the worse for that, only it does not so describe itself, and its second title, "A Sequel to Bible Teachings in Nature," does not help those who are not familiar with that...

England, Literary and Social, from a German Point of View.

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By Julius Rodenberg. (Bentley.)—This book has an attractive title. We are always glad to hoar what the" intelligent foreigner" has to say about us. Unhappily, he has little to...

Brandon Tower: a Novel 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Wo have no

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intention of conducting our readers through the intricacies and convolu- tions of this story. Its hero, as we suppose we must call him, though he is a very poor sort of hero...

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Telegraphy. By W. H. Preece, C.E., and J. Sivewright, M.A.

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(Long- mane, Green, and Ce.)—Our artisans, for the most part, learn their trade from the observation of practised hands, and know little about the theory of their operations. In...

We have to notice a very elegant and convenient edition

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of The Bible. (Oxford University Press.)—It is bound in flexible morocco covers, which overlap so as to keep out dust. The type, though the volume of the Bible is smaller than...

by average magazine poetry. Its anther appears to have travelled

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through Europe, and to have visited the famous galleries and museums of Italy and Belgium rather more leisurely, and to better purpose than do many of her countrymen and...

NEW EDITIONS.—The Rev. J. J. Taylor's Retrospect of the Religious

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Life of England (Triibner) appears, with" an introductory chapter on recent developments," by Dr. James Martineau, a chapter, we need scarcely say, of the greatest interest. We...

Pausanias the Spartan. By the late Lord Lytton. (Routledge.)— Little

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more than a third of the work, as originally contemplated by the author, has been preserved, or, it should rather be said, ever existed. Nor is this third more than an...

Ruth and Gabriel: a Pastoral Story. By Laurence Cheny. 3

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vols. (Sampson Low and Co.)—We do not doubt that Mr. Cheny has photo- graphed Lincolnshire life, talk, and manners with all accuracy, but this is not enough to make a novel. The...