5 MARCH 1870

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E VERY new influence brought to bear by the Opposition to papal infallibility on the (Ecumenical Council seems so far to have tended practically to precipitate its definition,—a...

Mr. Corry of course criticized Mr. Childers' statement, but the

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only points he made were that he was entitled to some of Mr. Childers' credit, which is true of every First Lord who ever held office ; and that sweeping reductions in the...

King Louis of Bavaria has written a birth-day letter of

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congra- tulation to Dr. Dollinger, in which he expresses his hope that Dr. Dollinger will continue his bold fight against the Ultramontaues. As the fight cannot go on upon the...

The whirligig of Time has never brought about its re-

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venges with more picturesque effect than by bringing a coloured member for Mississippi, Mr. Revels, to that same place in the Senate which was last occupied by Mr. Jefferson...

One might almost suppose that the French Government meant the

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threat in this sense, and was rather disposed to extricate itself from a false position at Rome by precipitating matters, but for a certain tone of plaintiveness in Count Daru's...

Both the Army and Navy Estimates have been produced this

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week, and very satisfactory they are. Mr. Childers, having no Horse Guards to bother him, can carry out his own policy, and his policy is to give us forty ironclad men-of-war,...

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Mr. Cardwell presented the Army- - Estimates on - Thuralay. As usual, he

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smothered himself in details, but it would appear that under his arrangements the United Kingdom at least is well guarded. There are 109,000 men in the Islands, of whom 86,000...

The submarine cable has been safely laid from Bombay to

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Aden across the Arabian Sea. It remains only to extend it to Suez, and then we shall have a communication with India, which would be perfect but that the Khedive can interrupt...

The Irish Tenant-Right chiefs do not appear to be satisfied

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with the Land Bill. We publish to-day a letter from the editor of the Freeman's Journal, their organ, disputing the usual view of the Bill. He says the mere tender of the lease...

Mr. Lowe and the brewers are going in for a

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tussle. In 1862, Mr. Gladstone abolished the duty on hops, but imposed a tax of 3d. per barrel on the brewers by way of licence. This was, in fact, to impose a light duty on...

Mr. Gladstone intimated both on Monday and Thursday that he

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had some new plan to propose for the repression of agrarian outrage in Ireland. On Monday, in answer to a question from Lord J. Manners, he stated that Government had several...

The French Winnipeggers seem to have roused the English Winnipeggers

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at last. On the 28th February it was stated in Toronto that a sort of Territorial Government had been formed in the Settlement, with Rielle for President, and that negotiations...

The North-GermanParliament has abolished capital punishment by a-,vote iof 118

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to 81, in spite of a strong speechlrom Count von Bismarek,.and a threat that the -Federal Council would reject the common Penal Code. The vote is a remarkable one, as it is not...

Mr. Heron, Mr. Disraeli's " sham Fenian," was officially returned

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for Tipperary by a majority of four votes over his opponent Mr. Kickhani, the "true Fenian," having polled 1,668 votes against Mr. Kickham's 1,664. The total number of votes...

Mr. Cardwell proposes that in future men shall enlist for

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twelve ,years, of which six shall be passed at home in the Reserve. He 'believes that this change will greatly encourage recruiting, which, however, improves. The standard has...

The American Senate seems to have a prejudice in favour

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of honesty. The House of Representatives lately passed a resolu- tion advising an issue of £10,000,000 in greenbacks, that is, mulcting every creditor about 12 per cent. for the...

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The Universities are getting anxious about Mr. Gladstone's delay of

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the University Tests' Bill. It was promised in the Queen's :Speech, and the delay is very likely due solely to the came .assigned,—the pressure of other Government business,—for...

The question of amalgamating the two branches of the legal

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profession, to which we have more than once alluded, has received fresh discussion in a pamphlet by Mr. C. T. Saunders, and the subject becomes all the more important from the...

A large body of merchants waited on Lord Clarendon on

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Monday to complain of the new treaty with China. They did not like the increase of 2- per cent. on imports, because they thought the local mandarins would still levy transit...

Mr. Torrens, the Member for Cambridge, moved on Tuesday in

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the House of Commons, a resolution "That in order to arrest the increase of pauperism, and to relieve the distressed condition of the working-classes, it is expedient that...

Jacob Spinass, the Swiss porter of Buecker's Hotel, Finsbury, :accused

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of killing Cecilia Aldridge, a young prostitute, was on 'Thursday found guilty and sentenced to death. The case as :summed up by Baron Channell resolved itself in two...

The governing body of Trinity College, Dublin, has declared unreservedly

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in favour of the abolition of all religious tests, and has transmitted a memorial to Mr. Gladstone in which they insist on the advantages of having young men of different faiths...

A Bill has been introduced into the Lords by the

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Lord Chan- cellor, which received the fullest support from Lord Derby, for altering the law in relation to the allegiance and naturalization of British subjects. It proposes...

Consols were on Friday evening 92i- to 92k.

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THE DUKE OF RICHMOND. T HE difficult as to the Tory leadership in the Lords has been settled by the choice of the Duke of Richmond, —an event which, as it has been followed by...

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T WO very different opinions are suggested in our correspond- ence to-day as to the probable working of the Education Bill if it should pass into law. The Rev. Llewellyn Davies,...

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- 1T is Mr. Baxter's speech on the Navy Estimates whichi 1 demands the attention of politicians rather than Mr._ Childers'. The First Lord is doing his work extremely well, even...

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ATR. LOWE'S Savings' Banks' Bill and his Friendly ill. Societies' Bill are now before the public. The principle of both is the same,—to abolish that Janus Lifrons the "Barrister...

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IT .is worth while every now and then, particularly when affairs are so exceedingly dull, to look just a little ahead, and see how the weather promises for the immediate...

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W E must say we sympathize deeply with Mr. Gladstone in his reluctance to meet the agrarian difficulty in Ireland by a renewed suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act. Locking up...

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M R. HENRY ALABASTER, the Interpreter to Her Majesty's Consulate-General in Siam, has just given us an exceedingly remarkable book, which all those who take the least interest...


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T HE Tories, or rather that section of them which the Standard represents, are trying to buy the popular vote rby affecting great sympathy with distressed operatives, whose...

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T HE question about to be argued before Lord Penzance whether the insanity of a respondent ought to bar an action for divorce, would seem prima facie to admit of only one...

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FEMALE SUFFRAGE. rro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—The question of Female Suffrage will shortly come before Parliament. The advocates of it assert the right of women to...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —You think I have exaggerated the rancour which would come out of the proposition to leave the "religious difficulty" to the local...


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70 THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Stn,—Before troubling ourselves about the difficulties of the management of "School Board Schools," it is worth while to ask how many of such...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPUTA:FDIC] SIE,—In your article of Saturday last on "Objections to the Land Bill" you say, "the argument of the Freeman's Journal, the organ of the...


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FREILIGRATH'S POEMS.* FREILIGRATH'S daughter, Madame Kroeker, has given us here a collection of very graceful translations (by various translators) of the most popular of her...

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WE have here a charming little book to look at, delightful to hold in the hand, and exactly the thing to slip into one's pocket, if only one wanted to read it. The publisher and...

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THE author of this book is a fervent Roman Catholic, who has made use of a sojourn in the Pyrenees to visit a number of places where the Virgin is said to have appeared either...

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ANY great change in the style or habits of thought

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of a veteran writer who has just given us his eighth volume would be so un- expected as to be alarming. We sincerely hope that Dr. Hook will continue to enrich the world with...

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THE idea of this volume is, to some extent, novel. "That idea," in the words of the editor, " was that the Autumn Recess, which falls to the lot of almost all professions in...

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'This is a sensation novel in the approved form of a prologue, four books, and an epilogue, respectively entitled "A Legacy of Vengeance," "The Marble Heart," "The Old Love and...

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Macmillan is full of good papers this month, and promises for April a poem by George Eliot of eight hundred lines. The special character of the magazine is telling in its...

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The Scenery of England and IVales. By D. Macintosh, F.G.S.

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(Long- mans.)—Mr. Macintosh deals with his subject in a way that will be un- familiar to most readers. He seta himself to investigate the causes which have made the varieties of...

Historical Gleanings. Second Series. By J. E. Thorold Rogers. (Macmillan.)—In

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this volume Mr. Rogers "sketches" Wiklif, Laud, John Wilkes, and Horne Tooke. As usual, he is readable and lively, if not brilliant ; but the further he removes the scene from...

The Iliad of Homer. Books With Preface and Notes. By

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S. H. Reynolds, M.A., Fellow and Tutor of B.N.C., Oxford. (Rivingtons.) —This volume scarcely keeps up to the average merit of the very com- mendable series to which it belongs,...

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CURRENT LITERATURE Memoirs of the Marquise de Montagu. By the Baroness de Noailles. (Bentley.)—We do not know who has translated this book. It has been rather carelessly done,...

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An illustrated Natural History of British Moths. By E. Newman.

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(Tweedie.)—Mr. Newman has made of this a very complete work, exactly, in fact, what might be expected from an enthusiastic and experienced follower of a pursuit of which he...