5 JUNE 1886

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In the course of this hot debate, Mr. Gladstone was

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told, by an interjection of Lord Randolph Churchill's, that not only the 24th, 37th, and 39th clauses of the Bill would neces- sarily be completely reconstructed, but that the...

The Irish debate of the week has been very intermittent.

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Yesterday week, the two speeches of most importance were Sir Thomas Acland's, which promised his vote for the second reading, while it confessed frankly the troublous world of...

Before the resumption of the Home-rule debate yesterday week, there

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was a rather hot skirmish between Mr. Gladstone and those opposed to him on the subject of his statement at the Foreign Office on the previous day. Though differing entirely...


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M DE FREYCINET has, it is stated, given way about the • expulsion of the Orleans Princes. He finds that the Radicals will oppose his Bill taking power to expel the Princes, as...

Monday's debate was opened by Mr. Henry Fowler, the Financial

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Secretary to the Treasury, in one of those bewildering speeches in which it is maintained that Ireland is to be half- separated in order that no one may ever think it possible...

The situation has changed a good deal since our last

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issue. Mr. Gladstone agreed on Thursday that the division on the Home-rule Bill should be taken on Monday night; and though Members below the gangway shouted for Taesday, Monday...

*.* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The debate on Thursday was opened by Mr. T. P.

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O'Connor in a lively speech, which showed magnificent unconsciousness of the part he had so lately played as the traducer of Mr. Gladstone's Government,—a part which, however,...

Mr. Sexton replied to Mr. Chamberlain in a speech exceed-

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ingly long, but with Berner flashes of eloquence, and full of a kind of angry : humour . His antagonist had evidently touched the quick, and he described him as a man who...

Sir William Harcourt's speech was heavy, and cumbered with Constitutional

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technicalities. He has, indeed, made so many public statements adverse to Home-rale, that the fly-leaf of excerpts from his speeches published by the Unionists is the best...

On the same evening, Mr. Storey made a strong speech

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in favour of the Bill, and for the emigration of marquises, earls, and baronets (especially the new-made ones), rather than of Irish labourers ; and Mr. Macnaghten a very lively...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday, a discussion was

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taken on the second reading of the Arms Bill, which elicited some powerful speeches from Lord Northbrook, Lord Selborne, and the Duke of Argyll. Lord Northbrook showed that Lord...

Mr. Chamberlain concluded his speech, which was marked by some

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brilliant passages of arms with the Irish Members, given elsewhere, by shadowing out his plan for the ultimate settlement of Ireland. He thought it might be founded on the lines...

Mr. Chamberlain opened the debate on Tuesday in a most

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powerful speech. He would have voted for the Bill if reduced to a mere resolution in favour of Irish autonomy, but he held that the Premier's explanations of Friday, as well as...

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On Wednesday afternoon, a likeness of the late Frederick Denison

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Maurice was unveiled at Queen's College, Harley Street, by Mr. Llewelyn Davies, the Principal of the College. The likeness has just been painted by Mr. Lowes Dickinson, and is...

So many falsehoods are in circulation as to Mr. Bright's

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actual opinions on the Home•rule Bill, and on the duty of Radicals as to the second reading, that it is worth while to quote the text of his letter to a constituent, published...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 104 to 100ixd.

Mr. J. G. Blaine, the unscrupulous politician who contested the

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Presidency in 1884 with Mr. Cleveland, intends to offer himself again in 1888, and has already begun making speeches, and, with a view to the Irish vote, has pronounced-...

The official inquiry into the complaint that only foreign seamen

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are now employed in the British merchant service, shows that the grievance has been grossly exaggerated. The per- centage of foreigners employed tends to increase, ship-masters...

Belgium has been agitated by a great social scandal. M.

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Vandersmissen, leader of the " Independent " Party, which stands between the Clericals and the Liberals, a man of thirty- five, and of high social position, married a woman of...

We omitted to mention last week that the Committee of

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Convocation appointed to consider the possibility of so modi- fying the University of London as to bring it into closer com- munication with the teaching bodies that prepare...

The Americans begin to feel that-their store of public lands

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is not inexhaustible. They resent, therefore, the large purchases recently made by foreigners, who buy and hold huge blocks, which are thenceforward closed to settlers. The...

Why does not the Prince of Wales, who takes such

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interest in the Indian and Colonial Exhibition, ask Lord Dufferin to send home the Gates of Somnath, the " mighty gates of sandal wood, the carven gates divine P" Apart from...

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THE FORGOTTEN ELEMENT IN THE IRISH PROBLEM. W HEN the Home-rulers say so positively and so frequently that there is no alternative at all between Home-rule and what they are...


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T HE Daily Telegraph of Friday has given currency to a rumour which we sincerely hope is not true. It is that the Government, if defeated on the second reading of the Home-rule...

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M R. CHAMBERLAIN'S speech of Tuesday settled for the present the fate of the Home-rule Bill. That speech was not only the best he ever made, and the most effective yet delivered...

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M R. MORLEY'S speech on Thursday is very much the best which lie has yet made in defence of Home-rule. It is, indeed, a strong speech for' a weak case, and a speech which well...

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'UTE are not, as a rule; much offended, still less alarmed, V by the misrepresentations current: in times of political warfare, especially at moments when the warfare grows...

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I T is an interesting speculation whether M. de Freycinet is without opinions, or without the courage which the possession of opinions should properly carry with it. One or...

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O NE of the best of Lord Beaconsfield's many flashes of light on history is his account, in " Coningsby," of the great men who have also been very young :—" ' For life in...


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T HE annual farce of the Vestry elections has just taken place in London, and the government of this great city is again entrusted for another twelve months to the undisputed...

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T HE Warden of Keble, in the first number of a very useful and valuable series of popular and simple papers on re- ligious subjects, called " Oxford House Papers,"* intended, we...

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MAY IN ANJOU. [FROM A CORRESPONDENT:I Now at last I know the answer to a question which has often troubled me, and this year quite as much as ever,—Where do the English poets...


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COLERIDGE ON THE IRISH QUESTION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE '• SPECTATOR.••3 SIR,—Your readers may be interested in the following extract from Coleridge's " Table Talk." It bears...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Yesterday, at Queen's College (Harley Street), the new .portrait of Frederick Denison Maurice, presented to the College by friends and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—Though your correspondence columns just now are filled to overflowing with letters upon subjects of great interest, possibly, in the...


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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [SECOND NOTICE.] WE regret to say that, owing to an error in the catalogue, we stated inaccurately that Mr. Watts's picture of "The Soul's Prison" had...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] Sus,—There is a sad and touching epilogue to be added to the story hastily and imperfectly told in my letter in your issue of May 29th,...

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BURTON'S "ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY." OLD copies of Thee Anatomy of Melancholy are more rarely to be met with now at the booksellers' than they were in the early part of this...

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Ma. HARDY has not given us any more powerful study than that of Michael Henchard. Why he should especially term his hero in his title-page a " man of character," we do not...

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Ix the early days of the Fortnightly Review, a paper on Frederick W. Robertson appeared in that journal by a writer who had enjoyed the advantage of listening to his preaching,...

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Kingdom of Spain, it is said that if a man were seen laughing heartily over a book, that book was sure to be the story of the adventures of Don Quixote. Now-a•days, and in this...

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MR. RODEN NOEL'S ESSAYS. 4 TBE old question as to whether

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the artist is the best or the worst critic of the work of his fellow-artists, is ooe which at this time of day may be profitably left to the debating societies. A good deal of...

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LLOYD'S UNIVERSAL REGISTER.* LLOYD'S Registry of Shipping is not a

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very ancient institution. It was but the other day almost that it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary ; but it has had a long and prosperous career, and for reasons we shall...

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THE Rev. R. W. Dale, in the Contemporary Review, protests against the exclusion of the Irish Members from Parliament upon the grounds that the Empire belongs to Irishmen as well...

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History of the Corporation of Hirrninyliain. By John Thackeray Bunce. Vol. II. (Published for the Corporation by Cornish Brothers, Birmingbam.)—Mr. Bunce completes iu this...

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Egypt and Babylon, from Scripture and Profane Sources. (Hodder and

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Stoughton.)—Professor Rawlinson has put together in a convenient shape the main facts of the history of these two nations. The volume is nearly equally divided between the two,...

The Looking-Glass. By Theophilns Marcliffe. (Bemrose and Sons.)—This is a

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" fac-simile reprint" of the edition of 1805. It is "a true history of the early years of an artist," and its interest lies in the facts, proved beyond question in the appendix...

Comedies from a Country Side. By W. Oatram Tristram. (Ward

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and Downey.)—These tales are not "comedies," according to the common acceptation of that term. They are rather ignoble tragedies, for they have all a gloomy ending. What of the...

Italian Popular Tales. By Thomas Frederick Crane, A.M. (Mac- millan.)—The

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Italians have lately been giving much attention to the- folk-lore of various portions of their country. The results of this study have appeared in periodicals and small...

The Melanesian Languages. By R. H. Codrington, D.D. (The Clarendon

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Press.)—This volume is one of the many contributions which have been made to the sum of human knowledge by missionary enterprise. Dr. Codrington describes his volume as an...

The Highlands of Cantubria ; or, Three Days from England.

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By Mars Ross and H. Stonehewer Cooper. (Sampson Low and Co.)— This is an interesting book of travel, possessing, too, the advantage of treating of accessible places and...

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Dulcie Carlyon. By James Grant. 3 vole. (Ward and Downey.)

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—Mr. Grant is pleased to call his novel after the name of his heroine ; but Dnlcie Carlyon, though she fills a considerable space in its pages, is not a very important person....

History of Prices since 1850. By Michael G. Mulhall. (Longmans.)

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—In this book Mr. Mulhall carries on and brings down to the present time (i.e., to the end of 1884), the work which the late Mr. New- march did in his " History of Prices." It...

The Pentateuch : its Origin and Structure. By Ed win

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Cone Bissell, D.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—There can be no doubt that Professor Bissell's volume is one of the ablest contributions that has been made of late years to Biblical...

A Country Gentleman and his Family. By Mrs. Oliphant. 3

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vols. (Macmillan and Co.)—Mrs. Oliphant seems inclined, if we may judge from this, her latest novel (if, indeed, it is her latest), to go over to the American school of fiction....

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We must be content with acknowledging and introducing to the

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notice of students An Introduction to Practical Bacteriology, by Edgar M. Crookshauk, M.D. (H. K. Lewis). Mr. Crooksbank's treatise, which is very folly illustrated, is "based...