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All the news received this week tends to increase the

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importance of the fall of Metz. It would appear that Can- wobert's corps had really reached pazaine before he was shut in, and that the total number of soldiers to whom rations...

Three facts may be noted as patent in the situation

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of France at the commencement of the armistice. Power in Paris, Tours, and Lyons is in the hands of the new soldiery and the National Guard, both evidently inclined to support...

We have discussed elsewhere the conduct of Marshal Bazaine ;

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but may mention here, that according to the correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, who was shut up in Metz, the Marshal was accused on all hands of supineness, that a plan...

The only important sortie of the garrison of Paris during

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last week took place, as we anticipated, again on a Friday (yesterday week), and was directed to the heights on the north-east, to the occupation of Bourget, from which the...

The Provincial Government at Tours, on receipt of intelligence of

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the fall of Metz, seems to have lost its head with rage and humiliation. It appears to have been convinced that Metz could have held out and that Bazaine had betrayed it to the...


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TA ORD GRANVILLE'S mediation holds out far more promise of peace than there has yet been since the war began. It seems all but officially admitted that an armistice has been...

Bad news seems to act on Frenchmen like acid on

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an alkali. 'The moment it falls there is a sputter. The news of an armistice was received in Tours and Paris exactly in the same way. Up sprang the populace in a rage, rushed to...

* * I' The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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regularly paid. The Pope, in fact, will be much in

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the posi- tion of the Emperor of Delhi under British rule. We doubt greatly if that arrangement will be found to work satisfactorily by either party. The Leonine City is sure to...

From the Army of the Loire, of which a considerable

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portion seems to have passed to the ncrth of the Loire in the direction of Le Mans, no active operations are reported. It is said to be in better discipline and spirit than any...

The dislike of Frenchmen for Federalism amounts to a passion,

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or there would be danger in the proceedings of the League of the- South. The Reds of sixteen departments have elected M. Esquiros, the Prefect of Marseilles, President of the...

We regret to see that Lord Granville denies the report

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that he has sent troops from Madras to China. He believes that only the regular reliefs have been ordered from Hong Kong. A battalion of Marines has, however, been sent, and the...

Lord Granville's reply to Count Bernstorff on the question of

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our neutrality is extremely courteous, neat, and conclusive. He meets every point in the Prussian Minister's despatch, and answers it with a completeness which scarcely leaves...

In the Vosges, Garibaldi's presence has as yet produced no

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good result. General Werder attacked and defeated the French near Gray on the 27th, capturing, according to German account, 15 officers and 500 men, and on the 30th attacked...

It will be seen, we think, by this resu»ze of

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the drift of the speeches of the week, that there is no kind of relation to Liberal or Conservative politics in the sympathies of honourable members.. The sentiment which leads...

The people of Victoria (Australia) have heard of the war,

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and, are bestirring themselves. They think England may be drawn in,. and are about to fortify Port Philip, organize an artillery, and change the volunteer riflemen into a...

It is curious to study the out-of-town speeches, as the

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Times has wisely rechristened what it used to call "extra-Parliamentary utterances," on the subject of the war, and see whether any classi- fication of the sympathies in...

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The Emperor has published his defence, in a pamphlet which

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has reached us too late for full notice, but which strikes us on first perusal as rather a confession than a justification. While main- taining that he was forced to war by an...

Gambetta was perfectly right in his vote of thanks to

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Chateau- dun. It appears from an official German report, analyzed by the Berlin correspondent of the Times, that General Wittich was -opposed there by 4,000 Gardes Mobiles, who...

A curious statement is made in the Philadelphia letter of

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the 'Times printed on Thursday as to the cause of Mr. Motley's recall, —a statement which is, of course, quite unsupported, and on the lace of it not very probable, if we are to...

Professor Max Muller puts forward an idea which he thinks

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will relieve conquest of much of its harshness. He would allow all Alsatians who desire to remain Frenchmen to live in Alsace as Frenchmen do in Berlin ; that is, as foreign...

Somebody professes to have found out how to add a

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cubit, or, at any rate, some portion of a cubit, to the stature, in spite of the Bible, and has published this remarkable advertisement :— 0 SHORT PERSONS.—Anyone (Male or...

There are now some 130 or 140 candidates of a

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very good class in the field for the Metropolitan Education Board, and room for only 49. The tenor of the addresses is, with the rarest possible excep- tion, in favour of...

Sir Henry Storks has sustained a severe defeat at Colchester,

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having received 500 less votes than the late Liberal Member, Mr. Gurdon Rebow, and nearly 600 less than his opponent, Mr. Lear- month. The defeat is claimed by the Conservatives...

A letter to the Allgemeine Zeitung gives a curious illustration

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of the popular resistance to annexation which is likely to be ex- perienced in Lorraine and Alsace. A police commissioner, it says, who has 18 or 20 villages under his control,...

Consols were on FridAy 03 1-16th to 93 3-16ths.

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The Duke of Aosta has agreed to accept the Spanish

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Crown, if -elected by the Cortes. The vote is to be taken on the 6th. According to telegrams, the nomination meets with resistance among the majority, and the cry is raised that...

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THE ENGLISH MEDIATION. TT is fresh proof how idle external criticism on the opportu- nities and conduct of diplomacy generally is, that Lord Granville's offer to mediate at a...

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I T is unhappily too clear that M. Leon Gambetta, Dictator of France outside Paris, is neither judge nor statesman, at least as Englishmen understand statesmen and judges....

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T HE immense, and, as it were, self-dependent strength of the Prussian monarchy is shown in nothing so clearly as in the way the Hohenzollerns have maintained the tradition of...

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1F the Spectator were published in Marylebone, it is probable . that its managers would vote for Professor Huxley as a representative of the Marylebone district of the...

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T HERE is so subject on which this nation knows so little of Mr. Gladstone's mind as on Foreign Politics. He has never been Foreign Secretary ; he has not often spoken at length...

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T HE War has invested the monthly returns of the Board of Trade with an unusual interest. Thousands of English- men, who usually turn from the long columns of figures with...

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ATISS COBBE has written a very interesting and thoughtful ATI essay in the new number of Macmillan's Magazine, on what has been called, in relation to the similar phenomena of...

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rplIE little boys who started out of the mud when the Echo was born to sell that paper, and who constitute already a feature in London life, are getting overloaded with odd...

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SIR,—I am quite at a loss to understand by what offence of opinion or of tone I can have aroused such rancorous animosity as you display towards me in your last number, which...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In the editorial note appended to my former letter you ask. if the Pope or King of Prussia has authorized the Duke of Man- chester to...

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THE HISTORY OF IRELAND.* MATERIALS are now so ordered and thrown open that a modern English historian commands a better view of a period than an inquirer perhaps centuries...

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MODERN AMERICAN SPIRITUALISM.* Tins work, we are told, has been

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undertaken at the command of "the wise and mighty beings through whose instrumentality the spiritual telegraph of the nineteenth century has been constructed," and to these...

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children's tales. If she has a weak side for imitating Hans Christian Andersen, and is, besides, too apt to hint at explanations of her marvels,—a practice which all -children...

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THE force of simplicity could no further go than in the title of this story—" Robert Lynne, by Mary Bridgman "—unless, indeed,. it had been possible, without outraging truth, to...

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MR. HINGSTON made the acquaintance of Mr. Charles Browne, better known as Artemus Ward, in Cincinnati in the year 1861, and subsequently acted as "agent in advance "for him...

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thing that strikes us in this book is the extraordinary English in which it is written. We do not set this down to peculiar ignorance or want of skill in the translator ; for...

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THE Contemporary, as at present managed, seems likely to run its rivals, the half-crown monthlies hard. It addresses, of course, a somewhat graver class, but the absence of a...

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Schooled with Briars : a Story of To-Day. (Tinsley.)—In an

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incautious moment we gave this story, not having looked beyond the title, which seemed to savour of a high morality, to a young lady to read, and wore very properly rebuked for...

Life and Sport in South-Eastern Africa. By Charles Hamilton.

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(Chapman and Hall.)-1 thoroughly genuine book this is, sometimes almost offending the reader by the thoroughness with which the writer enters into the savage life which ho...


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The Queen's Taxes. By John Noble. (Longmans.)—" It is not," says Mr. Noble in his preface, ‘` the intention of this work to advocate either of these systems of taxation [direct...

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Petrone!. By Florence Marryat. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—We were pre- judiced

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against this novel by the very strange English which we met with in the earlier pages. For instance, we have, "Dr. Ford knew that none of the reasons were emergent which had...

Lizzie Wentworth. By Benjamin Wilson, MA. (Virtue.)—This is another fooliah

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story about what is called seduction. The young woman who is here represented as a victim was, it is evident, perfectly well able to take care of herself, and, whatever we may...

Janie. By the Hon. Mrs. H. W. Chetwynd. 2 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—We have a pleasant recollection of Mrs. Chetwynd's former tale, "Mademoiselle D'Estanville," a sketch of French life, showing no little humour and pathos. In...

Physiological Essays. By Robert Bird, M.D. (Trilbner.)—Dr. Bird would not,

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we suppose, resent being described as an extreme materialist ; but then, as our readers know very well, the materialism of the present s practically very far removed from,...

The Ocean Telegraph to India. By J. C. Parkinson. (Blackwood.)

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—This is a narrative of the successful laying down of the telegraphic cable between Bombay and Suez, a cable upwards of four thousand statute miles in length. The work was...

repulsive, about Mr. Fitzgerald's novels. But his earlier works had

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a certain force about them, which has of late been rapidly diminishing, and which now is reduced almost to nothing. There is some cleverness cer- tainly in the extreme ingenuity...