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Mr. Cave returns to England in a few days, having,

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it is re- ported, completed his mission. Clearly, then, his mission had not the object assigned to it in this country. Even if Mr. Cave had been a man with a genius for finance...

„,* The Editors cannot undertake td return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Disraeli has been watering his Conservatory with baronetcies. He

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has given one to Mr. J. H. Scourfield, M.P. for Pembroke- shire ; another to Colonel 4. T. V. Gilpin, who has been Member for Bedfordshire for a quarter of a century ; a third...


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T "Queen will open Parliament in person on Tuesday, and the dullest Recess we ever remember will be at an end. The Queen is also about to hold a Court, and the two incidents are...

Lieutenant-Colonel Burne, now in the Council of India, but formerly

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Military Secretary to Lord Mayo, is to accompany Lord Lytton to India as Private Secretary. If that selection has been made by Lord Lytton, it is creditable to his judgment,...

There is evidently fierce resistance at Constantinople to Count Andrassy's

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Note, and according to the latest telegrams, which, however, may be quite false, a compromise has been suggested not very favourable to Austrian dignity. The Note is to be read...

M. Butrct has been beaten. In spite of the Marshal-Presi-

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dent's letter, and the circulars to the Prefects, and the strong pressure exerted on the Mayors, the Senatorial Delegates have sent up 110 Republicans, mostly Moderates, 36...

Lord Penzance delivered judgment on Thursday in the case of

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the Rev. C. J. Ridsdale, incumbent of St. Peter's, Folkestone. On the question of the vestments, the use of the alb and chasuble in celebrating the Communion, all argument had...

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The French Prefect of .Police, M. Leon Renault, has made

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a speech, explaining at length his reasons for adopting the Repub- lican solution of the Constitutional difficulty, and for being a determined opponent of Bonapartism. He is...

Francis Deak, the Hungarian patriot and statesman, died on Friday

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week, and was buried on Thursday, his body being fol- lowed to its grave by the representatives of all Hungary, the King included. By birth a Magyar of good family, Beak early...

It would appear that a few of the highest of

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the High Church have entered into an intrigue with Rome, the object being to get Rome to establish in England a " Uniat " Church, in subordina- tion to the Papacy, but with...

The contest between the gentry and the tenant-farmers in North

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Shropshire has ended in the victory of the latter, their candidate, Mr. Stanley Leighton, receiving 2,737 votes, as opposed to 2,700 given to his opponent, Mr. Mainwaring. This...

No leas than five Societies and Corporations, including the Manchester

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Chamber of Commerce and the Wesleyan Missionary Society, sent deputations to Lord Carnarvon on Tuesday to pro- test against the exchange of the colony of the trambia for the...

The clerical opposition to the Burials Bill are pushing their

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cause not wisely, but too well. They have been plying the seven Con- servatives The voted for that Bill with threats that they shall be opposcd at the next election, if they do...

The Rev. Mr. Ridsdale himself wrote a letter to the

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Archbishop of Canterbury, before the trial commenced, which appears in yesterday's Times, in which he declares that the Church, in her synod of Canterbury, has not recognised...

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A very curious case was heard on Tuesday in the

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Queen's Bench Division of the High Court. The plaintiff, Sarah Phillips, married a Mr. Barnet more than six years ago. He beat her, thereby, she says, permanently injuring her,...

The Trustees of Felsted School have hardened their hearts against

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their late Head Master to the very last. Even the Bishop of Rochester,—perhaps partially induced thereto by the near -prospect of getting cross-questioned on his strange conduct...

A man named David Jewell, a dealer in old china

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in Oxford Street, was tried at the Central Criminal Court on Monday and Tuesday for receiving some china stolen from Mr. Savarin Salting, a connoisseur in the article. There was...

Mr. John Forster, the biographer of Goldsmith, of Dickens, of

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Landor, of Swift, and the author of some works of much merit and research on the Puritan period of English history, died on Tuesday at his house in Palace Gate, Kensington, at...

A mechanic, Mr. George Beavis, living at 6 Queen's Place,

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Rutherfield Street, Islington, appears, if his own account sent to - the Kentish Mercury be accurate, to have been almost as badly treated by the administrators of English "...

The Clergy are still much exercised in their minds as

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to the proper demeanour for them, now that they are told they have no legal title to the epithet "Reverend." A correspondent of the Guardian suggests that the Clergy should take...

Consols were at the latest date 941 to 941.

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MR GLADSTONE'S LINE ON THE SUEZ CANAL. R UMOUR, of a kind which is not at all likely to be quite without foundation, persists in attributing to Mr. Glad- stone an intention of...

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T HE - doubts we expressed as to the good faith of M. Buffet in calculating the returns of the Senatorial Delegates sent in to the Ministry of the Interior have been amply con-...

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M R. PLIMSOLL has perhaps disappointed his opponents by the moderation of his speech at Liverpool. Whether he has, or has not, demonstrated the necessity of a compulsory survey...

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T HE direct importance of the North Shropshire Election is of a social rather than a political kind, but indirectly it may have much political importance too. In a party sense,...

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,•T HE death of Francis Deak deprives Hungary of her greatest statesman, at a time when such influence as his is perhaps as needful as ever. Among European celebrities there has...

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those of the public who understand matters ecclesiastical, great confidence in his fairness and sagacity. He takes care not to enter on those questions which cannot be properly...

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number of the Contemporary Review to Mr. Martineau's criticisms on some of the positions of his Belfast address in 1874, has elicited a rejoinder from Mr. Martineau in the new...

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TT is difficult even for a comparative stranger to walk about 1. West London without noticing the extraordinary number of curiosity-shops, and especially shops dealing in old...

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THE BURIALS BILL (TO TOO EDITOR Or TH13 SPZOTIA013.1 SIR,—Underlying the letters of your two correspondents, "E. S." and "R. S.D.," there appears to me to be a very serious...

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Sru,—Although newspaper correspondence can do little either to retard or accelerate the progress of destruction, yet words shot at a venture may carry a straw here to a drowning...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—There is now so little substantial difference between your view of what the Scottish Universities need (competition alone excepted) and...


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SIR,—Am I to understand that your correspondent, "R. S. D.," does not think that a churchyard would be desecrated by the ministrations of a man who availed himself of the...

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Sm,—In your review of Singer's "Shakespeare" (Saturday, January 29), you mention the reading of "Macbeth," i., 7, 1-2, given by Mr. Irving,— " If it were done when 'tis done,...


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THE WORKING-MAN'S PROGRAMME. THERE once was a Common near me, And I managed to keep a cow ; And the milk it fed the childern, But I cannot keep it now. They have taken away...


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of Repton, played a game of chess with my brother many years ago, on the top of a Dorsetshire coach, on a dark night, and of course without a board before them. The last time I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Pray mark that the reading of the line in Milton is not "pearls," as "C. B. C." makes out, but "pearl ;" and as sound often points out...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] SIR,-1 was very much delighted with your clear state- ment of the nature of the qualifications requisite for chess, and with the acute remarks...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOE:1 SIR,—Pardon me, but in your article on Singer's Shakespeare ' r last week you quote "Macbeth," act. i., scene 7 :— " If it were done, when...

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THE OLD MASTERS. Tilts year's exhibition is one of peculiar interest, as it seems likely to be the last of the series. Indeed, the falling-off in quality is very noticeable,...

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THE GNOSTICS OF THE TWO FIRST CENTURIES.* Tars took is worth notice on more than one account. It is the posthumous utterance of a man of undoubted eminence, and it is a good...

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MOST readers will remember Oliver Holmes's quaint conceit of the three Johns—the real John, John's ideal John, and Thomas's ideal John. Only one of the three Johns, he added,...

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MR. LvrrEvros need hardly, we think, have approached his subject with so great a fear of shocking the conventional religious feelings and ideas of his day as has evidently...

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THE Magazines are good this month, and the Fortnightly is especially BD. It has not a poor article, and has four which will be read by men who care for clear information and...

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Musical Tales, Phantasms, and Sketches. From the German of Elise

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Polko. (Samuel Tinsley.)—These musical stories are, in fact, stories about musicians of more or less fame. In reading them, we have occa- sionally been doubtful as to which of...

A Garden of Women. By Sarah Tytler. (Smith, Elder, and

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Co.)— The Cornhill Magazine has ever been fortunate in its novellettes and its lady-contributors. It was the Corn/mill that discovered Miss Thack- eray, and if it did not...


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The History o/ I - ndia. By J. C. Marshman. Abridged. (Black- wood.)—We reviewed the larger edition of this history on its appearance at considerable length, and with decided...

Ben Miler's Wooing. By Holme Lee. (Smith and Elder.)—A. delightfully

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fresh rendering of the "old, old story," quite enough to convince us, did we need it that the theme is not by any means worn out. Ben Milner is the very best of wooers. Could wo...

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Timber and Timber-Trees. By Thomas Laslett (Macmillan and Co.) —Botanical

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treatises are found to be of too technical a character for practical purposes in carpentry and naval architecture. This book has been written with the view of supplying...

How to Live Long. By W. W. Hall, A.M., M.D.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—At the season when we have just been wishing our friends many happy years, a work that professes to teach us not only " how to live long," but also how to...

The Amateur House Carpenter. By Ellis A. Dayidson. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—If Mr. Davidson had definitely adhered to his plain and very practical purpose of being a "guide in building, making, and re- pairing," he might have produced a useful...

The History of the Italian Revolution. First Period: the Revolu-

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tion of the Barricades (1796-1849). By the Chevalier O'Clery, , E.S.G. (R. Washbourne.)—This volume is the first of a series, and when we saw that it only brings us down to the...

Charming Money. By Sarah Birkbeck Nevins. 3 vols. (Simpkin, Marshall,

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and Co )—We hardly know if these three volumes can fairly ho described as a novel. They might, if opened in one part, be taken as a three-volume tract, so unctuous and...