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Our letters from India inform us that the policy of

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the Indian Government in Afghanistan is to be modified. The hill tribes will be subsidized, on condition that they keep the passes free for trade, and act as a kind of Highland...

Mr. Frederick Peel has come forward as a candidate for

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South- East Lancashire. He promises to vote for the disestablishment of the Irish Church, and against the existing Administration, and that is pretty much all he promises, his...

The Cabmasters have decided to break the law. They want

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more stands,—which is reasonable ; and say that the Railway Companies shall furnish them,—which is absurd. In order to enforce their demand they have organized a strike from...

Mr. Bright has issued his address to his constituents at

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Birmingham. It is a short one, Mr. Bright justly believing that his opinions are too well known to need long explanation. He wishes for further redistribution in order to secure...


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A N idea that Napoleon is intriguing at Brussels and the Hague is disturbing the Continental chancelleries. The notion is that he has a secret understanding of some kind with...

The Liberal chiefs should devise some system for restricting the

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number of Liberal candidates, who are now in many boroughs treading on one another, to the danger of the party. Some mode of winnowing them is wanted which shall be decently...

The Dean of Elphin (Dr. W. Warburton) has refused to

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sup- port the Irish Church, in a letter the only fault of which is its inordinate length. Its leading points may, however, be briefly summarized. The Dean holds that a Church...

The Liberals of Birmingham need not boast any more of

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their brains. They have been devising all manner of painfully elaborate schemes for securing the return of three Liberals, have worried workmeu with mathematics, and mapped out...

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Dr. Vaughan on Sunday delivered a remarkable sermon in Doncaster

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upon the English Establishment. He doubted if the Establishment would last, and told his hearers that Dr. Jeune was accustomed to say, "If I live ten years I shall be the last...

As we expected, the story of the capture of Humaita

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by the Brazilians was invented at Rio. The Brazilians are in the fortress, but they did not take it, and are worse off than ever they were. A General Osorio, second in command,...

We often forget, in considering Belgian affairs, the intensity of

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bigotry by which part of the population is distinguished. *even colliers have recently been tried at Antwerp for torturing two comrades to death to make them do homage to the...

A recent trial has caused the publication of a part

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of Meyerbeer's will, in which he directs that his notebooks containing unfinished scores and other musical fragments shall be carefully sealed up, and not opened unless one of...

A report is current in Paris that Queen Isabella of

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Spain has offered Napoleon an alliance. If he goes to war with Prussia, the Italians will have Rome, consequently Her Majesty offers him 40,000 Spaniards to garrison the Papal...

The Russian Government has published an account of recent events

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in Samarcand which we noticed some weeks since. It appears that the small garrison left in the citadel was attacked on 15th June by the Tartars and inha- bitants of the town....

Mr. Hughes made a speech at From on Monday, in

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support of Sir II. Rawlinson, which was remarkable for a courageous denun- ciation of the Ballot. If the electors had not the courage to com- bine to resist intimidation, he...

Mr. Grant Duff, as usual, makes the condition of foreign

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affairs a leading topic in his address to his constituents. Europe, he says, far better governed than she was, "is groaning under the weight of her own armour," and "it is...

Sir Thomas Henry, the Chief Magistrate, has stated in the

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Bow- Street Court that "Government has determined to put down prize- fighting." Accordingly, Joseph Goss, who had arranged to fight for the championship, and Henry Allen, his...

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The number of convictions in London during the past six

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'months for using false weights and measures was 659. Admitting that a portion of these were convictions for giving too good - weight,—a frightful injustice still sanctioned by...

The amount of business transacted in Home Securities during the

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week has been very moderate ; nevertheless, the market has shown firmness, and a slight advance has taken place in the quotations. Yesterday, Consols, both for money and...

The Express publishes, under all reserve, an extraordinary story, •

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derived from a sincere Catholic, an ardent upholder of the Temporal Power, who fought at Mentana on the Pope's side. According to this gentleman, General Failly received from...

The Nonconformist publishes a remarkable account of election prospects in

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Scotland. There are 60 seats, and of these 32 will be filled by Liberals without a contest. In 15 more the only con- test will be among Liberals, three are Tory property, and of...

A dispute of some kind appears to have arisen between

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the King of Saxony and the President of the North German Con- federation, and the King for some days threatened abdication. The Prussian War Office, it is reported, insisted...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Brazilian, 1855 Egyptian, 1864 Italian Mexican Aug. 28. 78} 851 61 I 14 Sept. 4. 7.54x. d. se f hal 14 Aug. 28. , Russian...

Mr. Disraeli has knighted Mr. E. W. Watkin, Member for

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Stockport, Chairman of the South-Eastern Railway Company, and general advocate for the Railway interest whenever it wants to oppress the public, or drive a bargain with...

General Peel has addressed a long letter to the Times

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in defence of the Tory military expenditure. We have reviewed this letter incidentally elsewhere, and have endeavoured to show how imperfectly it meets Mr. Gladstone ; but we...

Mr. Reverdy Johnson, the new American Minister, made his first

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speech in England on Thursday at the annual Cutlers' Feast. It was a good though not a striking speech, full of good-will and -cordial profes,ions of international amity. Mr....

The Austrian Government has struck another and a tremendous blow

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at clerical ascendancy. The Church Courts have hitherto claimed an almost total exemption from secular authority, have in fact regarded all their proceedings as partaking more...

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A WARNING TO LANDLORDS. i T is difficult for Liberals who, like ourselves, dislike and distrust the Ballot, to read the accounts of recent elec- tioneering proceedings without...

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T HE public cannot be expected to follow very closely a financial discussion. Anything can be proved by accounts, and people turn with instinctive dislike from an argument made...

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W E do not wonder that an address such as Mr. Leicester Warren has just issued to the farmers of mid-Cheshire should make Tories very cross. They would like very much to see...

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A S November draws near the issues of the American Elec- tion deepen and widen week by week, while the result becomes to eyes dimmed by the smoke of the conflict every week more...

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i T would be impertinent to doubt the clearsightedness of the great educator, and we must therefore suppose that Mr. Disraeli knew what he was doing when he conferred the...

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O F all the problems connected with Education, none, perhaps, needs resolution so immediately as this,—is maintenance by manual labour compatible with high culture ? or, to put...

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O NE of the most noteworthy incidents in the brilliant and busy week just spent by the sevens at Norwich was the delivery of a sermon on Sunday in the cathedral by Dr. Magee....

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W HEN the "May Meetings" are over and Exeter Hall silent, the "Auxiliaries" become voiceful all through the king- -clom, upholding the honour and usefulness of many societies ;...

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LXXVIL—CENTRAL ENGLAND :—NORTHAMPTONSHIRE AND WARWICKSHIRE.—THE TOW.NS (CONCLUDED). B IR M IN GH AM, with which we must conclude our notice of the towns of this Province, is...

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[To TILE EDITOR OF TIIE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you permit me to say, without disrespect, that your article this week on "Illegitimacy" seems to contain a certain con- fusion?...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TIIE "SPECTATOR."] SIU,—I sympathize with your Methodist correspondent in the satisfaction which he expresses over the fact that "a wave of Christian love has...


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have lately printed a review of Dr. Hinds' pamphlet on the Limits of Clerical Freedom, in which occur the following words :—" The horrible faith of the Recordite, that the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you allow me here to make One statement and to ask one question about our Sermons ? As a clergyman having regularly to preach two...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your appreciative notice of Mr. Lynch's new Rivulet you italicize as " weak " the following line in some verses quoted from the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I thought that some far abler pen than mine would have advocated the cause of gleaners, but as no letter has appeared on the subject, I...

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THE LIFE OF A BRIGHTON CLERGYMAN.* SINCE the death of Frederick Robertson, Brighton has been an ecclesiastical close borough. The sagacious Vicar has, no doubt, sanctioned a...

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WE have had reason to complain lately of the flood of worthless books on "the Irish difficulty " which has been poured out from every quarter since Mr. Gladstone made that...

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points of view from which this book may be considered. It is, perhaps, unique as being the record, by a living eye-witness, of the most atrocious tyranny that has existed since...

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WE need spend no time on the plot of Not Too Late, as in fact there is none. A little girl loves one man, to her woe, and mar- ries another, to her weal. Which is all. But...

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St. Pauls of this month has a paper, evidently by Mr. Trollope himself, which will attract some attention. Mr. Trollope is a Northerner in sentiment and, we believe, an...

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The Shady Side and the Sunny Side. Two New England

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Stories. By Two Country Ministers' Wives. (Sampson Low.)—These are two tales of the "Queeclay " class, not quite so good as that book, but still fairly readable, and interesting...

The English Bible. By a Barrister-at-Law. (Bartlett.) —The Barrister attempts

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too much. His subject is the evidence relating to the history and authenticity of the Bible generally. It is impossible to compress. into a volume of a hundred and eighty pages...

The Sea Fisherman. By J. C. Wilcocks. (Longmans.)—Mr. Wilcocks wonders

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that out of more than five hundred works on angling that have issued from the press not more than three profess to deal with the sub- ject of sea fishing. He has made in this...

Albany Stark's Revenge. 3 vols. By Richard S. Maurice. (Saunders

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and Otley.)—Revenge is a subject which affords great facilities for the construction of a plot, but which nevertheless a novelist will do well to avoid. The settled enduring...

Thoughts of a Physician. (Van Voorat.)—This volume is a col-

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lection of essays on various ethical subjects, most of them pleasantly and sensibly written, if not showing much originality or power. The writer illustrates some of his...

The Red Court Farm. 3 vols. By Mrs. Henry Wood.

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(Tinsley.) —Mrs. Wood tells us that "the germ of this novel appeared in two short tales, published by the author in first-class periodicals some years ago." The process of...


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Apologetic Lectures on the Saving Truths of Christianity. By Chr. Ernst Luthardt. (T. and T. CLsrk Edinburgh.)—Herr Luthardt, who is one of the Professors of Theology in the...

Aids to Prayer. By Daniel Moore, M.A. (Rivingtons.)—This volume- contains

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a course of six Lent lectures on the subject of prayer delivered in the Church of which Mr. Moore is the incumbent. They are, on the whole, able discourses, and maintain the...

A Ride Across a Continent. 2 vols. By Frederick Boyle.

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(Bentley.) —Mr. Boyle claims in his preface the right to laugh at what seem to him absurdities. The claim would readily be conceded, if it were not unfor- tunately the case that...

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The Rock Ahead. By Edmund Yates. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)

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—This is decidedly the weakest of Mr. Yates's novels, and while aiming at being highly sensational it fails in sustained power in that direction. The author has taken, as one...

Sacred Sketches. By W. Aubrey Cutting, M.A. (Macintosh ; Miller,

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Norwich.)—This is a neat little volume of prose and verse, both of fair merit, so arranged as to illustrate tho Christian year. It seems to have been intended for the circle of...

Me Interference Theory of Government. By Charles Astor Bristed. (Leopoldt

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and Holt: New York.)—This is a vehement protest against the "paternal" system by which a government undertakes to look after the morals of its citizens, and especially against...

One too Many. 3 vols. (Saunders and Otley.)—Objectors to the

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ultra- sensationalism of modern novels are gravely informed that "truth is stranger than fiction." This answer is held to be so sufficient and has been so often repeated of...