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We criticise elsewhere the measures adopted by the Italian Government

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for the restoration of order in Sicily, where the Maffia, the secret organisation of criminals, has recently reduced public justice to a farce, but we must add here that no...


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17 RE is little news this week from Paris, but we see reason to elieve that the French Government is a good deal preoccupied with Spanish affairs. The German Government is...

Mr. Watkin Williams has been delivering a curious speech at

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Wrexham, Denbighshire, about Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Disraeli. He is a "candid friend" of his own leader, and for the nonce rather a cordial admirer of his rival, whose Church...

Telegrams from Madrid of the 3rd inst. report that Marshal

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Zabala, who had quitted his command to confer with the Government, has provoked a "complete Ministerial crisis" ending in the appointment of S. Sagasta to the Premiership. This...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to give an idea of the

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military position of the Carlists, which may be briefly described as im- proving, but improving mainly from the inaction and half-hearted- ness of the Republican authorities....

The Chinese certainly appear to be preparing for war with

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the Japanese. They are collecting an army estimated to number 40,000 men, are gathering transports, and have given Z00,000 for an ironclad belonging to the King of Denmark....

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

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The Times publishes a telegram from Rio Janeiro stating that

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Chili is aexious for a Spanish-American Congress, and that "Lima"—i.e., we presume, the Government of Peru—has decided to aid the independence of Cuba, and "proposes to...

Sir Edward Watkin has been in a high state of

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indignation at the rough criticism that he has received from the Press. His proposal to abolish the workmen's trains on the South-Eastern Railway is justified, he contends, by...

The Commission of great officials ordered to inquire into the

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affairs of Guzerat has reported against the present Guico- war. He is accused of wild extravagance, misgovernment, and oppression, and the Viceroy has warned him, according to a...

The papers publish full accounts of the Confirmation of the

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eldest son of the Crown Prince of Germany, which took place at Berlin on the 1st inst., and was attended by all members of the Ptotestant branch of the Hohenzollerns. There was...

We are happy to perceive that Sir Arthur Phayre, the

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first Chief Commissioner of British turmah, has accepted the doverno't. ship of the Mauritius. Sir Arthur is less known in this country than his merits deserve, but in India he...

The Pall Mall Gazelle has a valuable article on the

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"mean whites" of India, the children of poor Europeans, or half-castes, who are becoming numerous, and for whom there is no place in the Imperial system. There are colleges for...

A private Act of Parliament, as unwieldy in dimensions as

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the person to whose misdeeds it owes its origin, was passed during lest SeesiOn, and has now been printed by the Queen's Printers. Its object is to authorise the raising of...

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The Viennese are in a great, and it would appear,

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a just panic about the condition of the Austrian artillery. The Minister of War had ordered a competition between the bronze guns used in the Austrian service, and the steel...

Legal procedure, so far as it has recently been modified,

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has owed its principal force of direct impulsion to the recom- mendations of the Judicature Commission. That body has now closed its labours, and presents a scheme for the...

The new Licensing Act will fairly stand a comparison, in

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the refinements of verbal ambiguity, with any of our recent curiosities of draughtsmanship. The time that was spent in the House of Commons in discussing what should be...

The Times calls attention to one of the most serious

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defects in our Army system, the determination of the Horse Guards to paas over the Scientific Services in selections for command. There are now 8,016 officers in the British...

The President of the United States has made up his

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mind that he cannot allow Republican institutions to be imperilled in the Southern States of the Union, and acting on the clause of the Constitution which gives him the power to...

A correspondent of the Times, who writes from Debree, on

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the Sone, and calls himself a canal engineer, states with unusual force a problem which is already perplexing the Government of India, the rapid increase of population produced...

Some friends of the late Dr. Sumner seem to fancy

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that we did not intend, in our paragraph of last week, to accept Mr. Sumner's refutation of the old story of the Bishop's marriage. We accepted it implicitly, and quoted Sir J....

Consols were on Friday 92i to 92f.

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The Committee of Investigation of Plymouth Church have acquitted Mr.

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THE FITTITRE OF ROYALTY. THE Confirmation of Prince Frederick William Albert Victor of Hohenzollern, the eldest son of the Crown Prince of Prussia, would hardly have been...

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S P.ANISH affairs pursue their tortuous course, and grow daily more bloody and revolting. From the Mediter- ranean north of Barcelona, to the Atlantic south of Bayonne, not...

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I T isjust fifteen years since the writer of these lines wrote, speaking of the Queen's Proclamation—the Indian Golden Bull—" The annexation of territory in India has ended, the...

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T UE exodus which took place from so many districts of North Germany during last year and the year before has been repeated recently in the territories of another vast mili-...

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T HE Italian Government should borrow an Anglo-Indian Commissioner, and set him to reduce Sicily to order. It is evident, from the experience of the last twelve years, that they...

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gri epidemic of brutal violence, to the outbreak of which n the North of England we lately drew attention, has not yet been checked, and we are afraid that it is not confined to...

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T H2"Protestant Episcopal Church in Ireland" seems to be face to face with a problem which no Protestant community, except the Free Church of Scotland, and in a less degree, the...


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frO the public generally the tract of country lying in the wedge of land which separates the Severn from the Wye is best known as the seat of extensive Coal and Iron Mines....

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rillIERE lies before us a small red book, which could hardly fall to inspire any one who should turn over its orderly, lucidly- arranged pages, with many a subject for...

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ised," and the process was not in a respects a pleasant one. left unfulfilled by the great revolutionist of modern mdility are still being carried out. The budget of the city...

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PROFESSOR TYNDALL ON SCIENCE AND RELIGION. [To TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sm,—Permit me to suggest an answer Science might make to the scientific argument of Professor...

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SIR,—Philosophical writers have so often given new meanings to old words, that no one can object to you defining metaphysics as "the scientific study of the laws of mind ;" but...


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ONE DEED OF GOOD. IF I might do one deed of good, One little deed before I die, Or think one noble thought, that should Hereafter not forgotten lie, I would not murmur, though...


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Sts,—Whether Professor Tyndall's address has been quite fairly dealt with by his orthodox critics may perhaps be questioned, but, at any rate, it seems to have set all the world...


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SI11,—A story is going about which ought to be true, if it is not, but I have been assured by a friend in Holy Orders that it may be depended on. Two persons, a Materialistic...

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ELECTION PETITIONS.* PERHAPS the framers of the new tribunal for trying Election Petitions were right in giving the Judge the power to decide both on the law and the facts in...

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• The Forest and the Field. By • the Old Shekarry." London: Chan.* and Windne. ThosE who remember "the Old Shekarry "—and we fancy that none of his former readers can have...

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kind of reception was given to these lectures in Boston, but we are sure that an English audience would consider them tedious and unsatisfactory. Occasionally Professor Bascom...

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OWENS COLT EGE ESSAYS.* Oetober, 1873, Owens College, Manchester, took

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possession of a pile of new buildings, where henceforth it is to carry on its work. Some twenty-three years ago this institution was started with the modest endowment of less...

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Milton's L'Allegro and 11 Penseroso. Translated into French. By John Roberts, M.A. (Harrison and Sons.)—Mr. Roberts's translation of these noble poems is painstaking, and in a...


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IT is not easy to make up one's mind as to what is the charm of The Sisters Lawless. Compared with the author's first story, Rosa Noel, a novel which stood out from the...

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A Rudimentary Treatise on Clocks, and Watches, and Bells. By

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Sir Edmund Beckett, Bart. (Lockwood and Co.)—From this interesting scientific handbook, which has reached its sixth edition, and now appears with several alterations and...

Through Normandy. By Katherine S. MacQuoid. (Isbister and Co.) —This

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is a pleasant book of travel, nicely illustrated by the author's husband, and calculated to form a useful and interesting guide-book for tourists in Normandy, both on and off...

South by West; or, Winter in the Rocky Mow:tains and

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Spring in Mexico. Edited, with a Preface, by the Rev. Charles Kingsley. (Isbister and Co.)-4,11awance being )nade for the inexperience of the writer, who does not dieeriminate...

Lord of Himself: j Novel. By Francis a Underscood. (1349n,)—

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American writere of flagon are generally so much inferior in their art to our own, that we rarely anticipate pleasure from the perusal of a Transatlantic novk The enthusiasm...

A Strange Love. By Frank Usher. (Tinsley Brothers.)—This is probably

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the worst novel of the season,—it is certainly the worst which has come under our notice ; and it is one of those books in which it is difficult to believe that even the writer...

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The Lana' Improver's Pocket-Book. By John Ewart. (Lockwood and Co.)—This

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is a compendious and handy little volume, in note-book shape, consisting of formulas, tables, and memoranda required in any computation relating to the permanent improvement of...

Memoir of Thomas T. Lynch. Edited by William White. (Isbister.)

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—It would not have been well to let a life so full of courage and devo- tion as was - this pass away without some permanent record. "He was simply the bravest man I ever knew,"...

Little Lives and a Great Love. By Florence Welford. (Masters

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and Co.)—These stories arc well meant, and the lessons they are - intended to convey are good, sound, and useful. But the stories sue nowhere in comparison with the sermons; and...