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Mr. Forster, on his side, pointed out that the meetings

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of the Laud League, so far from carrying off the steam which would otherwise result in outrages, as Mr. Parnell maintains, almost invariably result in new crops of outrages. Mr....

In all probability, we shall hear of a great battle

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between General Roberts and Ayoub Khan in the course of to-day or Monday. The accounts speak of proposals for negotia- tion on the part of Ayoub Khan, and of apologetic mes-...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to returnManuscript in any case.

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Mr. Tuke has publishel a second edition of his weighty

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pamphlet on " Irish Distress and its Remedies " (published by Ridgway), to which we called atienfin on its first appearance. In a postscript added to this claim, be gives the...

The Irish Members appear to be guided by somewhat peculiar

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ideas of their own in their occasional twenty hours' sittings. As we understand it, the only object of the mouster sitting of last week, which lasted from four on the Thursday...


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• G ENERAL ROBERTS'S great march,—as brilliant a military operation as has been undertaken since General Sherman's march—has been made, and had brought him safely to Candahar,...

Parliament was to have been prorogued on Tuesday next, but

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the delay in passing the Appropriation Bill caused by the very unjustifiable conduct of the Peers in throwing out the Irish Registration Bill, solely because it came up to them...

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On Wednesday, which was the tenth anniversary of the great

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surrender of Sedan, the Emperor of Germany put out a pro- clamation, intended as an answer to the discussions of the German Press whether or not the celebration of this...

The modifications which the Lords introduced into the Ground-Game Bill

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were two. They insisted on a close time for game, including hares and rabbits, namely, four months, from the end of March to the end of July,—declaring that it was necessary for...

Lord Granville made on Monday one of those pithy state-

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ments of the Eastern policy of the Government in which no statesman of the day can rival him. In regard to the Monte- negro frontier, the Porte had given two answers to the...

On Saturday, the Burials Bill passed through Committee, and on

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Tuesday it was read a third time, and passed the House of Commons, with no amendments, unfortunately, likely to offend even the Bishops in the House of Lords. It is true that...

The Ground-Game Bill—of which, by the way, the late Mr.

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George Loch, Q.C., formerly M.P. for the Wick Burghs, was the real author, as he introduced a Bill founded on the prin- ciple of Sir William Harcourt's Bill into the Parliament...

A curious case, illustrating the great need of the Ground-

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Game Bill, was tried at Muudford Police-court, Norfolk, on Tues- day. The head gamekeeper of Mrs. Lyne Stephens summoned a farmer's son named Giles and two labourers for...

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Mr. Adam is to go as Governor to Madras in

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October, as was contemplated some months ago, in place of the Duke of Buckingham. The Liberals can ill spare him, and we fear Madras is hardly the Presidency which would be most...

We think it is almost certain that the calculations of

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Messrs. Read and Pell, the Assistant - Commissioners to the Agricultural Commission, concerning the cost at which wheat from the Red River, Canada, and the United States can be...

Mr. Bright explained at some length on'Thursday the reason why

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Dissenters dislike the so-called religious census, as it is understood in this country. The reason is, first, that they feel it insulting to be asked their religion at all ; and...

It seems likely that the Irish Land League, in refusing

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to place any evidence before the Irish Land Commission appointed to inquire into the working of the Land Act of 1870, has played a bad card. In Ulster, at all events, that bad...

The Henn of Commons have disagreed with Lord Brabourne's amendment

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to the Employers' Liability Bill, the intention of which was to except employers from liability for sub-agents,- i.e., agents to whom authority is given by an agent, and not by...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 971.

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Mr. Beresford , Hope, whose chief alarm concerning the Burials Bill

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seems to be the prospect that some women—among the " Salvation Army," or among the Shakers—may get a chance of conducting a burial service in one of the national churchyards,...

Mr. Fawcett's new plan for facilitating the:small savings of the

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poor is an admirable one. A saving child may now get an official strip of paper intended to hold twelve :stamps, add a stamp at a time to it as he can save a penny, and when it...

Sir Henry James, in moving for a Commission to inquire

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into the Corrupt Practices at Gloucester, Macclesfield, Chester, Knaresborough, Boston, Oxford, and Sandwich, expressed a rather sanguine opinion that corrupt practices at...

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE SESSION. NTO Government probably has ever passed through a more III harassing Session,—relatively short as the Session has been,—than that which, in not...

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L ORD BEACONSFIELD was obliged rather early in his career to consider deeply the difficulties of leading what a diplomatist once called " a fat-cattle Opposition,"—that is, an...

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W E certainly shall not deny that the Burials Bill is a measure into which a large amount of compromise might' fairly and wisely have been imported. But there are compro- mises...


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IT is Christian to be of a contented temper ; and the Arch- '. bishop of Canterbury certainly follows St. Paul in endeav- ouring, in whatever state he is, therewith to be...

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A SCOTCHMAN has published a pamphlet of thirty-five pages, for the purpose of proving an affirmative answer to that question. After giving an historical sketch of the relations...

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W HAT one wants mainly in a holiday is, in the strictest sense of the word, recreation,—that is, not mere amuse- ment, but anything whatever that really creates anew the...

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W E are prone to regard Literature as a strictly intellectual manifestation, when, nevertheless, the most conservative or preservative element of literature—Humour—is scarcely...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, — My friend Mr. Oakley, who is in the secrets of the con- gregation of St. Peter's, Bournemouth, tantalises us of the out- side public...


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LORD MONTEAGLE ON IRISH EMIGRATION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] 1312,—As you kindly gave me so mach of your space in the Spectator for August 21st, I must apologise...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 have read with interest your comments on my letter to the Guardian, and shall be glad if you will allow me to make a few remarks by way of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." bR, — A few words in your article of last week on "The Bourne- mouth Case " seem to call for remark. After truly describing the impassable...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TIM " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—It cannot be too clearly understoqd that the riots in the towns of the North of Ireland have nothing whatever to do with the agrarian...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. "] Stn,—I have an idea that the trap sold by Mr. Spong, King William Street, Strand, is, if not a perfect trap, vastly superior to the cruel...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] fora, — You say, "The Clergy

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ought to be specially grateful to Mr. Bradlaugh's followers for giving them tracts, or doing any- thing to bring before them the nature of their own views." We, clergy, have yet...


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Sia,—My bad writing did me bad service, when it made -" factitious " look like " fictitious," and got it so printed. Will you let my argument have the benefit of the correction,...

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PRISONER. SOUNDS of the river-side are in my ear Through the long day ; The merry haymakers I plainly hear, The tossing hay. 0 cruel dreams, that through the roaring town My...


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POEMS BY SIR SAMUEL FERGUSON.* This is a volume of poetry marked by originality. It does not profess, like a host of recent poems, to be a revealer of mysteries, metaphysical...

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CAPTAIN MONTAGUE has written an entertaining and, in some parts, a really impressive book, about his experiences of the Zulu war. His title-page describes him as the author of...


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MR. A. J. WissoN's volume on _Reciprocity, Bimetallism, and Land Tenure-Reform may be regarded as a convenient work of reference, in which to look for an exposition and...

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was hardly dry upon his scaffold when a book appeared which, in the end, has excited more contrc- • Eix..er BartAss4. A New FAJI'on, wihh a PseGee by Collie' ine Mary PUN- more....

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TUE principal Magazines this month are full of interesting matter, and the difficulty is to make, within a limited space, a fair selection of their contents. We wish, therefore,...

MR. ALLIES' "A LIFE'S DECISION."• Mu. ALLIES wrote, in 1853,

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an account of the questionings, the studies, and the struggles, mental and moral, which had ended three years before in his abandoning his position as an Angli- can clergyman....

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Tales front "Blackwood." New Series. 12 vols. (Blackwood and Sons.)—For short tales, we do not know a livelier series than this, republished from Blackwood's Magazine. Now and...

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We are glad to notice the first number of a

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serial edition of heath'." Gilpin's Forest Scenery. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The book itself was noticed in those columns some months ago, and we welcome this convenient edition of...

Miracle Plays and Sacred Dramas. By Dr. Karl Hese. Translated

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from the German by A. W. Jackson, and edited by the Rev. W. W. Jackson. (Triibner.)—This is a very complete survey of the sub- ject. No book dealing fully with the subject could...

—Ephphatha ; or, the Amelioration of the World. By F.

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W. Farrar, D.D., Canon of Westminster. (Macmillan.)—Canon Farrar's position as a preacher in one way puts his sermons beyond the province of criticism. Ills success is so...

The History of Napoleon the First. By P. Lanfrey. Vol.

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W. (Macmillan.)—This fourth volume includes the history of about two years (December, 1809—December, 1811). The most important events which it records are the election of...

Lamartine and his Friends. By Henri de Lacretelle. Translated from

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the French by Maria E. Odell. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y.)- M. de Lacretelle tells the story of Lamartine's life, as it appeared to a devout worshipper of his genius who viewed...

SERMONS AND LECTURE8.—Some Helps fin School Life. By the Rev.

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J. Percival. (Rivington.)—Here we have twenty-seven sermons, preached (with one exception) in the chapel of Clifton College, at intervals during the seventeen years for which...

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BOOKS RECEIVED.--We have received the third volume of "The Student's

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Commentary on the Holy Bible, Founded on the Speaker's Commentary, abridged and edited by T. M. Fuller, M.A. (John Murray.) The volume deals with the books of Job, the Psalms,...

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Mgrs.—We have received from Mr. Wyld two of his Military

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Staff Maps. One is descriptive of the country around Cabal, Jellalabad, aad,the Karam, coloured so as to show the main and native routes. The other is a map of Afghanistan,...