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The Danes have won the first round. On the 30th

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January (Saturday) Field-Marshal von Wrangel informed General de Meza that he had received orders to occupy Schleswig, and requested him to evacuate the Duchy. General de Meat...

Mr. Disraeli, like Lord Desby, indulged in his speech on

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the Address in a tone of bitter sarcasm. His point was that Her Majesty's Government had come down to the House without a policy to produce, that it was trusting too entirely to...


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• P ARLIAMENT was opened on Thursday by commission, Her 1 Majesty being still unable to attend. The Speech is, as usual, very formal and reserved, and bears many marks of...

It is believed that the Danish force actually ready and

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in the field amounts to 30,000 men, while the Prussians and Austrians have each 25,000 men in the Duchies. Austria has, moreover, 20,000 more men in readiness for immediate...

Lord Derby's speech was, of course, an effective and brilliant

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attack upon Lord Russell. Slightly altering the Roman phrase, he said of the Foreign Secretary, that he left nothing untouched, and touched nothing which he did not throw into...

In the debate in the Lords on the Address, Earl

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Grey made, as usual, a very powerful and slightly crotchetty speech. He could not believe it the duty of this country to sit calmly by " while this monstrous act of injustice...

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One of the few measures named in the Queen's Speech

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is the appointment of a Royal Commission to revise the various forms of subscription "required to be made by the clergy of the Established Church," of which it is said the...

Under the weight of honours which the Townley case has

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showered upon the administrative capacity of Sir George Grey that great statesman's official self-possession will probably collapse. The Derby magistrates have this week...

Mr. Buxton gave notice last Thursday night that on Tuesday

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next he would move " That this House, while only imputing to Admiral Kuper a misconception of the duty imposed upon him, deeply regrets the burning of the town of Kagosima, as...

The case of " O'Kane v. O'Kane and Lord Palmerston,"

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which has for the last three months been one of the main interests of the clubs, has come to a somewhat mysterious ending,—the peti- tioner refusing to press the case, which has...

There is an impression prevalent in London, apparently, that the

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British Cabinet cannot, if it tries, dissociate the cause of Schleswig from that of Holstein. We would commend to those who think thus the words of the Danish despatch, accepted...

A clever saying is attributed—we know not with how much

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truth—to Lord Stanley, with regard to the Dano-German con- test, that England is no doubt morally responsible to Denmark for a certain amount of physical as well as moral aid,...

Late in the debate Mr. Layard read out a despatch

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of Herr von Bismark, which was supposed to contain the assurance that the German Governments would maintain the Treaty of 1852. The reading excited " loud laughter," and well it...

Mr. Goschen, the youngest member for the City of London,

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has justified the expectations we expressed at his election. His speech when seconding the Address received the emphatic approval of the House, and bristles with points, the...

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The Alabama, on June 25th, burnt a British ship, the

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Martaban, near Moulmein, in the Bay of Bengal. She had British papers, signed by the authorities at Moulmein, and was owned by Mr. Riddell Currie. It appears that the vessel was...

Although the stock of bullion in the Bank of England

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has increased 281,0231., the amount held being 13,303,2431., and although the export demand for gold has fallen off, the lowest quotation for money in the general discount...

Consols, on Saturday last, closed at 90f for money, and

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91* for account. Yesterday they left off at 90* * for transfer, and 91 to 91* for time.

The principle of the Credit Foncier appears to be taking

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pos- session of the English business imagination, and we have now a new scheme—the Credit Foncier (limited)—brought before the public with the same general object as the...

On Monday nearly all home and foreign securities were very

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dull, and consols sold as low as 891. Since then, however, the markets generally have exhibited more firmness, and the fall in prices has, in several instances, been recovered....

The Confederate Congress have so far adopted this advice as

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to " rush through the Senate " and pass, by an almost unani- mous vote, a Bill repealing the exemption of those who have placed substitutes in the service. But for the rest the...

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The most interesting news from America respects the Con- federate

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States. The Tennessee Confederate generals, Generals Hardee, Cheatham, Stevenson, Breckinridge, and others, have addressed a very urgent communication to the Confederate Con-...

The latest intelligence from China curiously justifies Captain Osborn's refusal

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to obey any Chinese mandarin. Major Gordon had inflicted a severe defeat on the Taepings in Soochow, and offered their leaders safety if the city were surrendered. It was...

A clergyman has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment for

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a libel. The Rev. T. R. Birch engaged himself as tutor to Mr. F. Taylor, a merchant residing at Slough. He discovered after his engagement that Mrs. Taylor was a divorcée, who...

The Council for India have disposed of 400,0001. in bills

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on the East at previous rates. The applications within the limits amounted to 1,400,0001.

We hear on the best authority that General Garibaldi and

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the King of Italy, who are in perfect accord, are so confident of the spread of war in the spring that a descent on the coast of Dalmatia is already arranged, for which a...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities, yesterday and

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on Friday week, were as follows :— Greek Do. Coupons .. Mexican Spanish Passive •• Do. Certificates Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858.. .. 1862........ •• • • • • • • • • Friday,...

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THE DUTY OF ENGLAND TO DEN3IARK. T HE cannon shot for which Europe has for weeks been listening has at length been fired. The Germans have crossed the Eider, have attacked the...

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Tr HE first day of the Session has not disappointed expecte- ' - tion quite so much as usual. The Queen's Speech was, indeed, bald, indecisive, and ungrammatical, but then it is...

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view of the matter, except in the last resort, and

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inquire im- much wilful blindness that their traditional way is broad and Patiently if our interests are always to be postponed to a the few gates in it wide—like another way of...

rous. - The debates on the address, those splendid efforts

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of the French Opposition to sow without losing time in the nevertheless necessary drudgery of the plough, were nearly over when, on Saturday, the Duke de Morny rose amidst a...

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S INCE the last census was taken—it is already a thing of the past—nearly two years have elapsed, the ponderous volumes of statistics which contain its results have gone on...

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W E can scarcely imagine a task of more singular difficulty and delicacy than that which devolves on the family of a great author, such as we have recently lost, in the...

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T HE true. horror of the catastrophe reported from Santiago does not lie in the destruction of life, or even in the awful sum of human agony involved in the incidents which...

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m HE Earl of Sunderland, statesman and schemer, was succeeded by his younger son Charles, who ran a remarkable career. He entered Parliament in 1695 as member for Tiverton. His...

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[We print, with pleasure, this valuable communication from one who has a good right to be heard on this subject—of course, without in any way committing ourselves to his...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." Sra,—Will you allow me to answer, once for: all, in your columns, the many protests I receive as to the end of my late controversy with "J....


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EDITOR OF " THE SPECTATOR." SIR,—In your remarks last week upon the Capetown judgment the following passage occurs :— , "With regard to the phrase of the Second Article,...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." DEAR S/R,—In the notice which appeared in last -week's Spectator of the photograph from my drawing of the late W. M. Thackeray, the critic...

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JEAN INGELOW'S POEMS.* SINCE the first brief notice of these poems appeared in our columns,—in ten lines from the clear sound judgment and thoughtful intellect of one, now no...

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ALEXANDER NECICHANI was a man of whom Roger Bacon, a generation later, testifies that " he wrote truely and usefully on many subjects, but yet cannot and ought not to be ranked...

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Ma. Dime has certainly chosen a title which requires to be viewed in the full light of the two volumes which it precedes to be understood in its real bearings. His work is not...

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Mn. MARTIN has done a great service to all politicians, publicists, men of conversation, and talkers who like their talk to be based upon reasonably accurate data. He has...

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Mn. MATHEW professes to follow the horse from the cradle to the grave, and a more devoted follower the noblest of quadrupeds could hardly desire. It is true that the handsome...

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WE have noticed the two first articles in the Cornhill in another connect:on, but there is an excellent paper oa "Training in Relation to Health," written from the...

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The Pilgrim's Progress. By John Bunyan. (Cassell, Potter, and Galpin.)—This

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edition, in royal octavo in profusely gilded boards, copiously illustrated by Messrs. Salons and Paulo Priolo, and still more copiously annotated by the Rev. Robert Maguire,...

Rayham Abbey. (J. Hogarth, Haymarket.)—A series of photographs of these

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well-known ruins, and of the seat of the Marquis Camden, in whose gardens they stand. The pictures are really admirable, though on rather too small a scale to bring out fully...

The Swiss Family Robinson. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—Even- ings at

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Home. (Longman and Co.)—Two volumes of the " Shilling Entertaining Library," edited by Mr. J. S. Laurie. They are of a size to enter the pocket, well printed, and on fairly good...

A Desk - Book of English Synonymes. By John Shorer. (Groombridge and

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Sons.)—An enormous number of synonymes are collected hero in a small cheap volume, which will be useful in schools to call the attention of scholars to the nicer shades of...


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Annis Warleigh's Fortunes. By Holme Lee. Three vols. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)--Any one who knows how well the author can write, who has, for instance, read " Sylvan Holt's...

Mrs. Wind and Madame Rain. By Paul do Mussot. (Sampson

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Low, Son, and Co.)—A most amusing old Breton legend, or rather a com- pound of two legends, translated by Miss Emily Makepeace, and illustrated by Charles Bennett. We heartily...

The Great Grundy Romance. Illustrated by John Brown Smith. (Lockwood

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and Co.)—A piece of wild humour which will cost tho un- wary reader many a groan. The parodies of James, Bulwer Lytton, itc., are by no means happy ; the whole fun consists in...

Indian Year - Book for 1862. Compiled by John Murdock. (Graves, Cookson,

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and Co., of Madras.)—A solid mass of useful information well put together.