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The Committee appointed by the General Conference of the Irish

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Church has drawn up a draft constitution for the future government of that body. We have analyzed its main pro- visions elsewhere, but may here state that its general effect is...

We shall, we imagine, soon see a great many foreign

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loans on the Stock Exchange. The country is full of money seeking in- vestment, and joint-stock enterprise is almost extinct. A Chilian. loan of a million or so was subscribed...


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A RUMOUR has prevailed all the week of dissensions in the French Ministry, but there seems to be nothing in it. It was stated that the Emperor wished MM. Buffet and Louvet to...

** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Our special correspondent in Rome confirms in his letter the

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account given in various other correspondences, that the Chaldee Patriarch of Babylon having supported Monseigneur Strossmayer in the Council, and spoken against the official...

The Presbyterian Church of Ireland has accepted commutation en bloc.

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The clergy have consented to surrender their life-interests so as to form the basis of a sustentation fund, which will be sup- plemented by contributions until it reaches £100 a...

The Ultramontane organ, the Tablet, asserts that the signatures to

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the various petitions in favour of the definition of Infallibility amount now to 500,—including, we suppose, the adherents of that dogma on the Commissions, for whom it is not...

M. 011ivier has addressed a circular to the Procurenrs-General of

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the Empire directing them how to treat the Press. He tells them to insist on truthfulness in reporting, especially in reporting debates in the Chamber, and on the insertion of...

The rumours as to the adjournment of the Council are

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officially contradicted by the Tablet. "The Holy Father," it writes, "is full of strength and confidence, and is not going to adjourn the Council, as its enemies now say." Will...

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The New York Tines gives a curious instance of the

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effect of American taxation. Hides are taxed, "lasting" is taxed, elastics are taxed, and the consequence is that the people of the Union pay an increased price of 71 per cent....

A telegram has been received by the Hudson's Bay Company

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stating that Riel, the "General" of the insurgent" WInnipeggers," has been taken prisoner, and the authority of General Mactavish (Macdougall?) restored. Nothing is said,...

Mr. Patterson has presented an amateur budget to the Liverpool

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Chamber of Commerce. It is a bold one. He pro- poses to abolish all the assessed taxes, now yielding 11,165,496, the duties on fruit, coffee, tea, and sugar, and the excise on...

The general result of the Agricultural Statistics just published for

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1869 is, that in that year and the previous one, nearly a million more acres were ploughed up for corn, farmers being tempted by the high prices. On the other hand, the number...

Mr. Gladstone on Thursday received a deputation from the Colonial

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Emigration League, which laid before him evidence of the existing distress, and asked him to bring the subject before Parliament, with a view to resolutions sanctioning loans to...

The new Cab regulations do not seem to work well

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at all. Mr. Bruce's extraordinary idea of allowing passengers to steal the fare of any cabman who may take them up in the street has been declared illegal by one magistrate, and...

Sir Thomas Bazley, speaking on Monday to the Manchester Chamber

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of Commerce, made a statement which will be warmly received in India. He said that, in his opinion, looking to the extent of the demand and the position of affairs in America,...

The police have detected and punished a very dangerous method

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of debasing coin. James Clifford, formerly employed at Wool- wich, had learned how to take away gold from a sovereign by an electro process, and had employed his knowledge on a...

Dr. Livingstone's death has again been falsely rumoured. A letter

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from Captain the Honourable Ernest Cochrane, dated the 7th January, on Her Majesty's ship Peterel, on the west coast of Africa, states that Dr. Livingstone had been murdered...

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A considerable deputation of men eminent in acienee waited on

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Earl de Grey and Mr. Forster on Friday, to press upon them the expediency of appointing a Commission to inquire into the rela- tions between the Government and Science. The idea...

At a public meeting convened on Monday by the National

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Education League in St. George's Hall, Langham Place, the Rev. D. Canty, Roman Catholic priest of the district, attended, and showed a good deal of pluck,—moving an amendment to...

A great meeting was held in Manchester on Tuesday to

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give support to the Government especially in relation to the proposed. Land-Tenure Bill, the reduction of taxation, the abolition of University tests, the introduction of the...

A numerously signed memorialwas presented to the Archbishops of Canterbury

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and York the other day praying for relief in the case.of Athanasian Creed. The memorialists wished either that 'may' should be substituted for shall' in the rubric ordering its...

In an Irish ejectment case the other day, tried in

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Dublin, the counsel for the ejecting landlord, Dr. Batteraby, Q.C., produced to the full Court a threatening letter, menacing him with death if he did not withdraw from the...

Consols were on Friday evening 92 to 923.

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The Dean of Arches, Sir R. Phillimore, gave judgment on

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Thursday in the case against Mr. Parches, the celebrated Ritualistic preacher at Brighton. He decided that it was un- lawful for Mr. Purchas to wear, or allow to be worn, a...

"A Nonconformist," who writes to the Times, seems to be

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in great trouble because it had been (erroneously) reported that the Archbishop of Syra and Tenos, robed in his vestments, had joined an Anglican procession in York Minster, and...

The Solicitor-General made a good speech in Exeter last week,

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in which he gave it as his impression (just as we have given it as ours), though disclaiming carefully any knowledge from behind the scenes, that the education measup promised...

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THE COMING SESSION. P ARLIAMENT meets once more on Tuesday, and it isnatural, even if it is rather foolish, to forecast a little the pro- gress of its work. One has always to...

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W E congratulate the Tory party on the withdrawal by Lord Cairns of his resignation as leader of the Conservative Peers. Not that Lord Cairns has distinguished himself in that...

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T HE inquiry at Waterford has resulted not only in unseat- ing the sitting Member, but in declaring the candidate- who failed, Mr. Bernal Osborne, disqualified to contest the...


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P APAL finance has always been a mystery to outsiders, and the tendency among Protestants has been to consider it a mystery of iniquity. Very grave writers use very hard...

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T HE draft Constitution just prepared by the Committee appointed by the clergy and laity of the Irish Church is, in some respects, a very good Constitution indeed. It might be...

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F AR be the audacity from us to review the mighty quarto,* big as a picture Bible, luxurious as a King's edition of a classic, and illustrated like a Natural History, in which...

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S OME fine anonymous stanzas in the February number of Macmillan's Magazine, written on occasion of the meeting of the (Ecumenical Council on the Feast of the Epiphany, give us...

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:—CONCLUSION. L EEDS demands a separate notice as one of the great indus- trial capitals of Yorkshire and the North of England. Its origin and early history are verapt in...

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[FRON OUR SPECIAL COURESPONDENT.] Rome, January 29, 1870. UNLESS I misread the signs abroad greatly, this last week has been one of superior importance for the Council. I think...

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THE CROWN PATRONAGE OF BISHOPRICS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] SIR,—I rejoice that Mr. Baldwin Brown claims his right as a Nonconformist to take an interest in the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Will you kindly allow me to answer Mr. It. It. Noel's letter anent the above crisis in the last issue of your well-informed paper? I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") will ask permission, once more and for the last time, for the insertion in your valuable paper of a few words on Papal Infallibility. There...

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THE ANCIENT MASTERS AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. (SECOND NOTICE.) THE Exhibition is well furnished with landscapes of various schools ; and among them two by Claude are conspicuously...

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TILE LAST WISH. Come when I am dead, love, On a day to me ; I shall not feel you tread, love, Tenderly ! Come not very soon, love, To the quiet place ; Let it be in June,...

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MR. T. HUGHES'S ALFRED THE GREAT.* READERS must not expect to find in this volume an historical study, properly so called, one of those calm clear pictures of the past which...

WEE WIFIE.* Axrrurso more incongruous than the title and the

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tale—more widely different than the story told and the story that, with such a title, every one had a right to expect—it is impossible to conceive. Of course, Wee TVifie ought...

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IT is refreshing to find a man of exact and profound science at work in a field where hitherto little but spurious and shallow learning has been employed. The reconciliation of...

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this memoir of her husband with such modesty that we have no right to be disappointed. According to the title-page, the position occupied by the memoir is purely subordinate,...

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our age, not indeed to neglect the works of the great Greek thinkers, but to study them as if they possessed only a literary and antiquarian interest, and had no real practical...

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So Runs the World Away. By Mrs. A. C. Steele.

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3 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—Everyone will be charmed with the sweetness and grace of the picture which occupies the earlier part of the first volume. The simple-hearted old...


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e.* Eartere. — We have to express our regret that several errors of the press in the notice of Mr. Beesly's "Translation of the Annals of Tacittas " escaped correction. In the...

The Contemporary Review, February. (Strahan.)—This number is more than usually

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varied and interesting. The most noticeable article is Miss Collet's essay on "Indian Theism and its Relation to Chris- tianity," reviewing the present position of a movement...