4 MARCH 1882

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Then came Mr. Gladstone's great speech on the question of

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policy, one of the most powerful of his many powerful efforts. He denied any intention to censure the action of the Lords, apart from the necessary censure on the policy which...

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So numerous were the reports circulated about the possible action

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of the Government in regard to the resolution censuring the Houie of Lords, that a meeting of the Liberal party was called on Monday, in -Downing Street. It was attended by 278...

Monday night was a great night in the House of

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Commons. First came Mr. Gladstone's motion for suspending the orders of the day till after the motion referring to the Irish Land Act, which he took advantage of formally to...


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A DETERMINED attempt was made on Thursday to murder the Queen. As her Majesty, seated in a close 'carriage, was driving from Windsor Station to the Castle, a poorly-dressed man,...

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In the division list, it is noticeable that the Home-rule

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party were nearly equally divided. At least 14 of the genuine Home- rnlers voted with the Government, not liking the appearance of siding against the Irish Land Act; while 16...

Mr. Blennerhassett's Bill for the abolition of agricultural distraint gave

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rise on Wednesday to a sharp and sensible debate. The landlords' advocates, of course, condemned the Bill, nominally on the ground that they would be compelled to demand rents...

The debate of Thursday night was not very instructive. Indeed,

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it was kept up almost wholly by Home-rulers and by Conservatives, the Solicitor-General for Ireland being the only speaker for the Government. He, however, completely answered...

A lover of Shakespeare, on hearing Mr. Gladstone's remarks on

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the right of the Irish Judges to refuse to answer the ques- tions of the Lords Committee, quoted Glendower's remark in Henry IV., — " I can call spirits o'er the vasty deep ;"...

Mr. Bradlaugh has been returned again for Northampton by a

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majority very slightly diminished from that of last year. He polled on Thursday 3,796 votes, against 3,688 given for the Conservative Member, Mr. Corbett. No other Liberal...

The Attorney-General on Tuesday moved that Michael Devitt, elected for

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Meath, being still under sentence for a felony- treason—was incapable of election. He quoted precedents,but, of course, relied on the statute of 1870, under which a person con-...

All the accounts from Russia concur as to the attitude

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of the Palace towards General Skobeleff. The Czar is bitterly annoyed at the General's imprudent language in France, and he has been ordered to repair to St. Petersburg, by a...

It is reported from Cairo that Arabi Bey is losing

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his ascend- ancy, that his comrades murmur at the non-fulfilment of his promises, and that some of the Notables begin to feel the power of the Assembly. It is supposed,...

The latest intelligence from Herzegovina is unfavourable to Austria. It

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is affirmed at Cettinje that General Jovanovich ordered a strong force to seize a position commanding the- Drina, held by the insurgent leader Kovacsevic. The insurg- ents...

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On the subject of the failure of the French Treaty

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of Com- merce, too, Lord Hartington made a very clear statement. The Government, he said, had not attempted to haggle and bargain with the French Government. It had taken its...

A course of lectures for male and female students is

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to be given at South Kensington upon dairy; poultry, and bee management, farm-garden culture, and other minor food indus- tries, and at the same time an exhibition is to be held...

The Guardian of last Wednesday has accused the Spectator of

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being an "apologist" for the outrages on the Jews in Russia. The truth is that we reserved our judgment on the case till we were in possession of the evidence of our own Consuls...

Sonie light has at last been thrown on the theft

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of the body of Lord Crawford. The police of Aberdeenshire believe, on the -evidence of letters demanding ransom, that the body was stolen for plunder only, and that the active...

Mr. Frederick Treves, of the London Hospital, in a lecture

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on the dress of the period, delivered last Saturday, made a very judicious attack on the artificial narrowing of the waist, which is, indeed, not only injurious to the health,...

Consols were on Friday 100k to 1001.

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Lord Hartington made a good speech on Wednesday at the

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twenty-second annual dinner of the Association of the Chambers -of Commerce, in reply to the toast of " Her Majesty's Ministers," which was proposed by Mr. Moore, with...

A case concerning which there has been a great deal

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of talk terminated on Tuesday. Mr. Robarts, Remembrancer of the City of London, was charged by a clerk in the office with " mutilating and tampering with the books." Upon this...

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M R. GLADSTONE'S speech on Monday night was, to all who heard it at all events, and probably to many who only read it, one of the most powerful oratorical efforts of the present...


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THE ATTEMPT ON THE QUEEN. A SOMEWHAT singular destiny appears to pursue the Queen. Throughout a reign which is now becoming a long one, no attempt, small or great, has ever...

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W E wish the leaders of the Liberal Party, or, indeed, tile leaders of both parties, would think out the question whether more frequent meetings between them and the Mem- bers...

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-FI ORD HARTINGTON'S declaration to the Associated Chambers of Commerce on Wednesday, that the New Rules proposed by the Government are the very least that can possibly be...

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T HE news from Ireland is still very bad. It is not merely that Meath, one of the richest counties in Ireland, a land of large grass farms and tenants with capital, has re-...

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T HE Bill to amend the Public Worship Regulation Act, which has been introduced by Mr. Reid, Mr. Albert Grey, and Mr. Stuart-Wortley, deserves recognition as an honest attempt...

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T HE publication of Mr. Ainger's little book on Charles Lamb, one of the truest and most unique of all the great English humourists, has set people talking, as people always...

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T HE Times of Tuesday, in an article secretly directed against the Closure, started the odd theory that manners in England must be degenerating, because otherwise the gentry in...

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THE BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL AND CANON TREVOR. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —A letter from Canon Trevor, in your last issue, contains a pungent remark on a vote I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—In submitting that Mr. Green's release would leave him still under Lord Penzance's sentence of suspension, I did not at all expect the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TH8 " SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—Some recent remarks of mine on Vivisection have been charged by Dr. Hoggan in your columns with sundry errors and follies, in respect...


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appeal for fresh legislation in the matter of the Public Worship Regulation Act will, I trust, prove to have been met by the Act to Amend the Public Worship Regulation Act,...


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/To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Many observations might be made upon the letter of the Bishop of Peterborough in your last number, but there is one in particular...

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BOOK C, ODE I. IT was t'other day that I chanced to range Somewhere about the old Exchange, As worthy old Horace erewhile would stray By accident down the Sacred Way, For no...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —Your article on " Jumbo " is written in such a different spirit to that of many that have appeared in the papers during the week,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —A sentence in a letter from Mr. Shorthonse, in the Spectator of February 25th, raises a very interesting question as to the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ' ] Sin., — As one of the very few persons who can claim to be well -acquainted with James Hinton's printed MSS., I should like to point out...


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[To TWA EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Bia,—Probably most of your readers who are interested in the question "whether Hegel platonised," have been reminded by your article of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —You say that I have marked as hitherto unpublished two sonnets that appeared in your columns some months ago. Pray, permit me to say...

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BIRKET FOSTER* IN one of the lesser-known picture-dealers' galleries, that of Messrs. Vokins, of Great Portland Street, there is at present on exhibition a loan collection of...

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MR. ATNGER'S " CHARLES LAMB."* 'imm will be few, if any, of the numbers of Mr. Morley's interesting series which will have a greater popularity than Kr. Ainger's study of...

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IN previous works (for instance, in The Hand of Ethelberta and Far from the Madding Crowd), Mr. Hardy has shown a talent for depicting heroines the reverse of common-place, and...

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THE admirable accuracy and true historical instinct which mark Mr. Prendergast's volume on the Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland extort a welcome even now, when to most English-...

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A NEW book from the pen of Gottfried Keller is an event not to be passed over. We have had occasion before to point out in these pages the distinct and original merits of that...

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TILE Channel Tunnel is mach discussed in the Magazines, but we do not see that the controversy is in any way settled. All the writers go on repeating the old assumptions. Lord...

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Wiclif's Place in History. Three Lectures delivered before the University

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of Oxford in 1881. By Montagu Burrows, M.A. (Isbis- ter and Co.)—The brilliant historical and literary genius of Mr. John Richard Green is perhaps nowhere more strikingly...


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The Indian Empire : its History, People, and Products. By W. W. Hunter, C.I.E., LL.D. (Triibner and Co.)—We have already noticed this volume in our review of the " Imperial...

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A Home-ruler. By Annie Young and Rachel Trent. (W. H.

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Allen and Co.)—This is a pretty little story, showing some marks of inexperience in its construction, but decidedly well written and read- able throughout. The three daughters...

Our Brother in Black : his Freedom and his Future.

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By Atticus G. Haygood, D.D. (Phillips and Hunt, Now York.)—Here we have a calm and rational utterance on the subject of the negro population from a genuine Southerner, a man who...

The Land of the Morning. By William Gray Dixon, M.A.

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(J. Gemmell, Edinburgh.)—Mr. Dixon resided in Japan for four years, occupying during that time a Professor's ohair in the College of Engineering in Tokeyti. Professors have...

Military Maxims and Apothegms. By Captain Bartle Teeling. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—This little volume, adapted for the pocket and intended to be a soldier's vade-mecum, is a collection of " maxims and apothegms" more or less significant, uttered or...

The World's Foundations. By Agnes Giberne. (Seeley and Co.)— This

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is an effort, and, on the whole, a successful effort, to popularise geology. It is a book intended, the preface tells us, for "beginners of all kinds," and will serve this...

Familiar Allusions. Edited by C. G. Wheeler. (Chatto and Windas.)—This

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handbook of miscellaneous information was originally began by the late Mr. A. Wheeler, and was designed and intended as a companion volume to his "Dictionary of the Noted Names...

Shaker Sermons. By H. L. Eads. (Trfibner and Co.)—This volume,

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printed, we see, at " Shakers, New York," and the work of the " Bishop of South Union, Kentucky," sets forth the theology and practical rule of life of the Shaker community. The...

What Shall We Act ? By M. C. James. (George

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Bell and Sons.) —The plan of this book is to give an analysis of the plots of a hundred good comedies and farces, more or less suitable for the purposes of amateur acting. The...

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Novets.—Lady Gleadonwyn. By James Grant. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—We do

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not like Mr. Grant's " novels " as much as we like his "romances." The fact is that he is not very skilful in dress- ing up his characters in the costume of modern society. The...

The Newspaper Press Directory for 1882. (C. Mitchell and Co.)—

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From the thirty-seventh annual issue of this useful directory, we learn that there are now published in the 'United Kingdom 1,817 newspapers, distributed as follows :—London,...

Mechanical Industries Explained, by Alexander Wall (W. and A. K.

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Johnston), gives practical directions for the following of a great variety of arts and employments. Some sixty of these are enumerated and described, ranging over almost every...