5 APRIL 1873

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T HE Right in France are losing their presence of mind, and beginning to hit about wildly. They combined with a smell _number of the extreme Left this day week to cast a slur on...

- Another frightful disaster at sea, almost, if not quite,

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the most destructive since the loss of the Royal George with "twice four hundred men." The White Star steamer 'Atlantic,' from Liverpool to New York, fearing a storm and falling...

There was a curious scene in the House of Commons

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on Thursday. Mr. Munster (M.P. for Mallow), influenced in some measure apparently by Mr. Justice Lawson's severe, and we are inclined to think unduly severe, sentence on the...

Mr. Fawcett's Trinity College, Dublin, Bill is no longer a

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poli- tical danger, and in its new and truncated form will almost certainly pass. Yesterday week, too late for Us to record the fact before going to press, a discussion took...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Then followed a debate on the history of the Devastation,

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which it had been elaborately rumoured would be a historically exhaustive debate, a debate of revelation, to the point almost of impeachment. There was an evident fullness of...

Lord Selborne has acceded " cheerfully " to Lord Cairns's

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proposal to refer the Judicature Bill to a Select Committee of the House of Lords, allowing himself to be reassured as to the effect of that ominous proceeding by Lord Cairns's...

The Queen had, as so often happens with her, a

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glorious day for her visit to the East-End Park named after her, on Wednes- day, and seems to have been received with as passionate a loyalty in that rather sad region of her...

On the question of going into Committee of Supply on

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the Navy Estimates on Thursday night, Mr. Brassey made a clear and sensible speech on the state of the Naval Reserve, one of the late Mr. Graves's questions. He expressed a...

If we may trust the Russian Press, there is a

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very strong Russian party insisting on the annexation of Kltira after it has been con- quered. The Gobs, in an article which - has been translated this. week, declares that the...

The news from Spain is no better. The Carlista have

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not been checked,—at Berge, in Catalonia, they made prisoners of 500 soldiers, and at Ripen they set the church on fire and made reprisals on the Carbineers,—and everywhere we...

Lord Kimberley has taken a bold step towards the foundation

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of an Australian Dominion. A little Bill, only thirty lines long, was introduced in the House of Commons on the 27th of March, and read a second time sub silentio at an early...

The Due d'Aumale's reception address at the French Academy on

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Thursday, an doge of M. de Montalembert, was evidently a distinguished literary, perhaps a political, success. The Assembly adjourned for the day. All the talents of France...

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The Select Committee on the rise in the price of

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Coal have pretty well established that the rise in wages has not had much to do with the recent rise of price. A rise of half-a-crown a ton seems to be about the most which has...

The Church Association have had a grave conference on what

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ought to be done to check the growth of sacerdotalisin in the Church of England, and have decided apparently not to begin wholesale litigation and not to leave the Ritualists...

The dinner of the Institute of Civil Engineers, on Saturday,

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was diversified by mutual censure as well as mutual praise, and for liveliness the mutual censure very naturally had the best of it. The chairman of the evening was Mr....

'The papers have been full all the week of "

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later-University " matches. There have been the Boat-race, the Chess Mitch, the Racquet Match, the Billiard Match, and the Athletic Sports. The Boat-race was an easy victory for...

The Challenger appears to be picking up very curious crea-

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tures from the bottom of the Atlantic. It has dredged up creatures almost entirely composed of eyes, in which the body is a mere appendage to the eyes, and another, a crustacea,...

The Women are beginning to show how much they value

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the new opportunities offered them of higher education. One student A Girton College (the college which has hitherto had its habita- tion at Hitchin), Miss Woodhead, has passed...

It has been discovered that many Londoners mistake old and

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disused pumps, in which there is a slit where the handle used to work, for letter-boxes, and put their letters in them. In one in Great Titchfield Street several of these were...

The sentence passed by Judge Lawson on Mr. McAleese, the

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publisher of the Ulster Examiner, for an act of undoubted con- tempt of Court, is, to say the least of it, somewhat severe. The articles incriminated imputed both to the Crown...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 98

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THE ARTIFICIAL GLOOM OF THE BUDGETS. M R. LOWE must take care that he does not overdo those 1 anticipations of evil which it is well for a prudent financier to indulge when he...

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A S we have more than once said, the stars in their courses seem to fight for the Republic. There was a time last November when the Right appeared to have a chance of throwing...

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like many other able men", fall a little too much into that mistake which is the - exact opposite of professional self-glorification,—extravagant admiration of achievements...

THE "DEVASTATION" DEBATE. T HOSE who went to the House of

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Commons on Thursday evening expecting a battle-royal on Lord Henry Lennox's motion touching the Devastation were fain to be disappointed. The noble lord began his speech by...

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T RIS journal has not usually been accustomed to swell the strength of the Agnostics,—the party, we mean, who are so ostentatious in magnifying the number and magnitude of the...


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C ERTAIN so-called " Memoires Secrets de Napol4on III." are about to be published, and a Paris journal, not renowned for love of Bonapartism, has printed some specimens. If the...

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The modern school of painting in Denmark calls Eckersberg its master and founder. There had been good painters in Copenhagen before,—Abildgaard, the pompous and allegorical...

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ATR. VALPY'S Agricultural Returns of the United Kingdom 1.11 for 1872, with copious appendices embracing details illus- trative of the agricultural position of foreign...

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VENUS. F ROM the tone of Mr. Goschen's reply to a question of Sir John Lubbock's respecting the approaching Transit of Venus, many have been led to imagine that Halley's method...

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PROPERTY IN RELIGIOUS RITES. [TO THE EDTTOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SI11,—As I do not think that either of your correspondents of last week has made the best defence possible for...


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Sin,—You tell me at the end of my letter that my argument "justifies the statement that the best allies of Disestablishment are the spokesmen of the Church Defence Movement."...

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Sra,—The fallacy of the "thin end of the wedge" argument has rarely been more cleverly illustrated than by the letters of your two correspondents last week. I am not to pay a...


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in error in supposing that in Ireland only a silent burial is permitted to Nonconformists in the parochial churchyards. It was probably because they knew that the change asked...


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Sin,—The general opinion being that a revision of the Act is necessary, why should not the revisal simply be to the effect that all birds should be included in the protection,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOlt."1 SIR,—I was glad to see your suggestion that the Government would do well to supplement by a short Act the "Wild Birds'' Protection Act" of...

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THE FIRST DUKE AND DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE.* Wtt.LIAat CAVENDISH, who rose from the rank of a commoner, through the degrees of Baron, Earl, Marquis, to be Duke of New- castle, was...

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This work is the third of a series of three powerful tales by which the author has illustrated three remarkable epochs in the history of India, with which great, mysterious,...

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A GENUINE family record from the hands of a man who suffered , in the great French persecution, followed up by letters of his- children and grandchildren, showing how Huguenot...

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continues this month with much spirit that curious hybrid novel on Army Reform, called "A True Re- former," gives us also a feast of fancy in "Shakespeare's Funeral," a quaint...

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Russian Conspirators in Siberia. By Baron R—, "a Russian Dekabrist." Translated from the German by Evelyn S. John Mildmay. (Smith and Elder.)—It is possible that some of our...

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Gold Elsie. From the German of E. Marlitt, Author of

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the "Old Maid's Secret." Translated by Mrs. A. L. Winter. (Strahan.)—The -" Old Maid's Secret" we read with much pleasure, and Gold Elsie we - have found not unworthy to be its...

Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea. By W. H. G. Kingston.

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(Rout- ledge.)—One regrets, perhaps, to see what may be called the friends of one's youth—such stories as "The Loss of the 'Kent,' East Indiaman," and "The Wreck of the Medusa...

Handbook of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, and Herbaceous Plants. Based on

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the French work of Messrs. Decaisne and Naudin. By W. B. Homsley. (Longmans.)—We hare often been surprised at the indifference shown by good, practical gardeners, and even by...

Ravensdale. 3 vols. (S. Tinsley)—This is a story of the

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period when the disaffection of Ireland reached its culminating point, the closing years of the last century. The hero is an Irishman by family, but born in England ;...

Pont. — Songs for Sailors. By W. C. Bennett. (H. S. King.)

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Mr. Bennett is a writer of some literary skill, who has cultivated the art of poetry with a diligence which puts to shame the crowd of care- less rhymesters, and who has not...

The Complete Peerage, Haronetage, Knight age. and House of Commons

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for 1873. By Edward Watford, M.A., late Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford. (Hardwicke.)—This is a most convenient little book, com- bining Mr. Walford's excellent peerage,...

Brare Men's Footsteps. By the Editor of "Men Who Have

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Risen." (W. S. King.)—A good book of its kind, which will, we hope, meet with the same well-deserved success that attended its predecessor. The editor first gives the life of...