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The Episcopalians of Scotland are about, apparently, to admit the

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laity to some share of authority in the Church. In the Epis- copal Synod of Glasgow and Galloway a motion to admit the laity to vote was carried unanimously, with, however, this...

The Egyptian Viceroy has answered the Sultan's letter of cen-

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sure- by another expressing profound loyalty to his Sovereign, "explaining" suspicious circumstances, and offering to visit Con- stantinople, an offer in which we do not...

A curiously melodramatic yet noteworthy story comes to us from

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Cuba. The Government there—or rather a military tri- bunal acting under its orders—condemned a seaman to death for aiding the insurgents, apparently in the face of evidence. The...

Mr. Hall, the leading tenant in Redbottrne, the parish in

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which the Duke of St. Albans has asked the congregation to nominate a vicar, writes to the Times to explain what kind of vicar he wants. It "is not the preaching simply, but the...

The Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland made a speech at a banquet

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given by a Dublin Schools' Society on Thursday week, in which he made one very remarkable statement. The deposits in the joint-stock banks in Ireland now amount to /20,000,000,...


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MHE Emperor of the French, in spite of all the official denials, has, it is clear, been ill, and ill in a way which alarmed France. The first surgeons in the Empire have been at...

• The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The "stormy petrel of the Tuileries" is flying abroad again.

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On September 1 Prince Napoleon made a speech in the Senate of an hour and a quarter, in which he declared that the way to pre- vent revolutions was to anticipate them ; that the...

The Master of the Mint, Sir J. F. W. Herschel,

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sends to the Times a long letter on Mr. Lowe's proposed reform in the coinage. His view appears in the main to agree with our own s —that Mr. Lowe is right, that it is very...

A terrible agrarian murder has been committed in county Mayo,

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the first, it is said, for 100 years. Mr. James Hunter, a Scotch shepherd, hiied a farm of Dr. Gibbings on a lease which, as he held, included a right to a bog amidst some...

It is asserted that the Chinese Government has not refused

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to ratify the Treaty concluded through Mr. Burlingame with the United States. Mr. Burlingame himself has received a telegram in an entirely contrary sense, and the Times says,...

A cable telegram of September 1 informs us that the

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public debt of the United States has "been reduced since March 1 by 49,500,000 dollars," or, say, rather less than ten millions sterling. How Mr. Gladstone's mouth must water We...

The Irish Protestant Episcopalians are quite resolved to give the

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laity power in the new organization of their Church, but they seem dreadfully puzzled to know how much power they ought to have. At a recent meeting called to request the two...

There is a kind of drift visible in the discussion

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of this Irish Land question which is worth noting. It may arrive nowhere, for until Mr. Gladstone has spoken even the direction of the stream is uncertain ; but still there is a...

The Brazilians seem to make little progress in the war

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with Paraguay. The Comte d'Eu, with 14,500 men, is lying in a valley at the foot of the hills occupied by Lopez, some thirty miles from Assuncion ; but he cannot advance a step,...

The secret of the fall of the Albert has been

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pretty clearly revealed. It appears, from statements made at the shareholders' meetings, that the late Mr. Kirby, the manager, was entitled, under the original deed of the...

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The Election Commissions of Norwich, Bridgewater, and Beverley are going

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on, but we wish to notice the general results of these inquiries hereafter. At present, the general drift of the evidence is to show two facts. One is that there is a class of...

The grand Durbar which was to have been held at

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Agra in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh has been given up. The native chiefs who had been invited were determined to display all their grandeur before the Empress's son,...

The Berlin correspondent of the Times continues the contro- versy

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as to the religious condition of Germany by describing the German Protestant Association, a society which is in fact a Church with this for creed, "I believe Christian morality...

A writer in the Times, who has, at all events,

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studied the statistics of the question, states his belief, founded on experi- ments, that the wheat yield this year will be about the average, that is, 27 bushels to the acre...

The National Society in its " Paper" for September publishes

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an article against the possibility of compulsory education. Com- pulsion, the writer argues, involves punishment, and who is to be punished ? The child, who, perhaps, has not...

The Catholic Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland have placed .on

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record a series of resolutions about the Education and Land questions. On the land they are very vague, demanding only 41 a just and equitable settlement between landlord and...

We do trust that next Session Mr. Gladstone will bring

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in a Bill to abolish the immoral comedy called the " election " of Bishops by the Chapter, under pressure of the conge dare, that is, of a law which makes the rejection of the...

The Byron controversy has been going on all the week

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with very little result. There is a strong feeling that Mrs. Beecher Stowe had much better have held her tongue, that nothing has been gained by the revelation of a secret which...

Consols were on Friday evening 921 to M*.

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THE EMPEROR'S ILLNESS. T HERE is little to wonder at in the alarm which every rumour about the Emperor's health creates in Paris. France, with its scientific administration,...

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A SMALL square 16mo, of 54 pages in all, index included, lies before us, which is in itself, to English eyes, a curiosity, —a "People's edition" (and the second one) of the text...

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T HE leading Colonists in England have asked the Colonies possessing representative institutions — that is, the Dominion, Newfoundland, Prince Edward's Island, the Cape, New...

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THE Government of India will, we imagine, be very soon compelled to perform one of those acts of high-handed but intelligent and beneficent despotism which are the justifi-...

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T HE defeat of Working-Men candidates at the last Elections is far from having settled the question of the direct representation of the Working-Classes in Parliament. Those who...

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A CONTROVERSY has lately been raised in the columns of the Times as to the cost or cheapness of Clubs as houses of entertainment, and, as usual in all such discussions, the...

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IN common with most of our countrymen, we have long

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had a meat, vegetables, and cheese, without fish, soup, or sweets, you very genuine admiration of the peculiar genius of Mrs. Harriet pay two shillings to half-a-crown more ;...

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E VERY one who may find himself in Abergavenny should see ' the Sugar-Loaf Hill, a miniature Peak of Teneriffe, green up to the top with bracken and heather and whortleberry...

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L ERWICK, the capital of Shetland, and its only town—pro- nounced Ler-wick, not Lerrick—literally thrust itself upon my notice as we steamed up the harbour. The town looked as...

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No. III. TN most European countries, the middle-class, the " comfort- 1 able " people, represent the nation. This is the class with which most travellers mix, and consequently...

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cxiv.—THE WELSH MARCH - SHROPSHIRE. - (Conclusion). CHESHIRE.-GEOGRAPHY. A MONG the leading landed gentry of Shropshire during the 1 - 1. early Plantagenet period, we may...

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THE BATTLE OF THE LANGUAGES: ONE WORD MORE. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:) SIR, —Whilst disposed to agree very much with your correspond- ent "C. B. C." that language has...

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I SHOULD not wish "C. B. C." to suppose that when I spoke of the fallacious character of language as a test of race, I overlooked the phonetic any more than the etymological and...


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Sin,—In the article on "President Huxley," which appeared in the Spectator of August 28th, the following passage occurs :—" So strong was the opposition that the Council [of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR.] SIR, —There was some discussion in London last winter respect- ing the actual amount of emigration to the large towns of France, especially...

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LANCASHIRE: ITS PURITANISM AND NON- CONFORMITY.* DR. HAII.EY makes in these volumes a valuable contribution to Church History. He will pardon us if we make the objection which...

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summing up lucidly and cogently which Sir Alexander Cockburn is famed for bestowing on juries is here exercised for the benefit of the public and of our legislators. Taking the...

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USHERED in with very becoming diffidence both by author and editor, this book contains several interesting details about the slave trade, buried in a cloud of unmeaning tattle...

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"THE world in Europe generally nowadays, but above all in France, is becoming indulgent in the extreme to men who have run away with other men's wives," says the Baroness Blaze...

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The Annual Register for 1868. (Rivingtons.)—A glance at the sum- mary of contents will convince any one that this book, supposing it to be ordinarily well executed, must be very...

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It is rather late, we fear, now that the spring

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and almost the summer are over, to notice Mr. J. B. Burgess's Old English Wild Flowers. (Warne.)—There will still, however, be some late summer and autumn flowers to find,...

like a bald rendering of a chorus of /Eschylus, strongly

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dashed, however, with Anacreon. The translator is very anxious to give us what Kfilidasa, the Sanscrit poet, wrote in its entirety. We must plead guilty to so much "English...

The Treaty Ports of China and Japan. By N. B.

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Dennys. (Triibner.)— This is a handbook to some thirty towns in China and Japan, and gives to anyone who may be intending to reside in any of them all the information he can...