6 MARCH 1880

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In the debate of Saturday all the amendments intended either

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to diminish the rigour of the Standing Order, or to throw the responsibility on any authority more competent to judge of the matter than the whole House, were negatived. The...

The debate on the new Standing Order to put down

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Obstruc- tion lasted through the sitting of yesterday week, and was re- sumed on Saturday at noon, when the proposal of the Govern- ment was adopted without substantial change....

The Berlin correspondent of the Standard, whom for many reasons

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we believe to have ready access to the German Foreign Office, forwarded on Thursday night a most serious telegram.. He declares that "he is in a position to contribute the...

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IT is not too much to say that Europe held its breath on March 2nd, in expectation of news from St. Petersburg. Nothing, however, occurred. No city was fired, no notability was...

The Emperor of Germany is taking great pains to show

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that lie desires no war. On March 2nd a letter from him to the Czar was published in' St. Petersburg, in which he congratulates his nephew on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his...

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The election for Drogheda resulted in the election of the

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Liberal, Mr. Whitworth, and the defeat of Mr. McCoan, the special candidate of the Home-rule League. Mr. Whitworth had at first pledged himself only to support "the largest...

Mr. Cross brought in his Water Bill for the Metropolis

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on Tuesday. He proposes to form a "Water Trust," consisting of twenty-one members, three of whom will be paid and appointed in the first instance by himself, and afterwards by...

Lord Lytton, on March 2nd, in a speech on the

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Bill amend-- ing the Licence Acts, took occasion to make some remarks on the finances of India, which he declared to be in a healthy state. The interest on the Debt, he said,...

The First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. W. H. Smith),

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addressing, on Wednesday evening last, the annual meeting of the London . and Westminster Working-Men's Conservative Association, made a somewhat mysterious statement. He said...

The late Government of Victoria were defeated at the general

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election, and left in a minority of 12,—the reason being, we hope, that the country disapproves of the introduction of• the novel principle of a plebiscite into the...

Mr. Gladstone, as a resident in Marylebone, made a speech

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at the Vestry Hall, St, Pancras, yesterday week, in favour of the Liberal nominees for the borough at the next election, Sir - T. Chambers and Mr. D. Grant. He congratulated...

Mr. P. A. Taylor made an amusing speeeh against the

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Game-laws on Tuesday night. The state of England had' reminded him of the state of the Balearic Islands before the- Christian era, when the rabbit was regarded as a sacred...

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Privilege has been a serious thing for Mr. C. E.

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Qrissell.. It will be remembered that he was accused last Session of repre- senting to the agents of the Tower High-Level Bridge that he could control the House of Commons...

The University of Cambridge appears to be full of the

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con- viction that a great deal of help, at least, can be given to teachers in enabling them to teach, besides that most essential help of all, which makes them masters of the...

The Bill for the increase of the German Army was

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brought in in the German Parliament on March 1st, and on March flnd was handed over to a Select Committee, which is .considered "almost tantamount to acceptance." The Bill was...

Consols were on Friday 97 t to 971.

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The Bishop of Lichfield, Dr. Maclagan, seems not to be

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afraid of the charge of heresy. If the report of his recent charge in the Times can be trusted, he assured his clergy that the Greek word translated in our Version " eternal "...

Reuter announces, in a telegram from Teheran, that the Persian

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Government has finally declined to occupy Herat, the political risks being too serious. On the Continent, it appears to be believed that the Shah yielded to Russian pressure,...

Dr. C. W. Siemens gave a very remarkable lecture at

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the Royal Society on Thursday night, on the power of the electric light over vegetation. He had, he believed, shown by experiment that the electric light has the same sort of...

The new Post-Office cheques are to come into use on

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or before September 1st. They are to be of four denominations,- 2s. 6d., 5s., 10s., and 15s., the poundage being ld. for the first two, and 2d. for the second two. The cheques...

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T HAT the Government had hoped to pick a quarrel wita the Opposition on the question of Obstruction, and failed, was obvious to all careful observers of the House of Commons...


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COUNT VON MOLTICE'S SPEECH. W E can see nothing in the speech of Count von Moltke, or in that of the German Minister of War, General von Sameke, to modify the opinion we...

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I T is, we imagine, pretty certain that the scheme of assigning Herat to Persia has broken down. The Times revealed the secret a little too early, and though, as is evident from...

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THE HOPELESSNESS OF REPRESSION. THE attempt on General Loris Melikoff fortunately

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failed. But, if we may trust the statements of the newspapers, he has already received notice that it will be soon repeated ; and there seems no reason to doubt that the...

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MR. CROSS'S WATER BILL. T HIS Government, with its mechanical majority,

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could, we suppose, pass anything ; but we doubt if, without the aid of this majority, Mr. Cross's Water Bill can be carried. Its original idea is a sound one, and we give the...

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THE HARTMANN EXTRADITION CASE. T HE French Government may be sincerely

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pitied for the misfortune of having a Nihilist as their guest. 'What- ever they do with him, they will find the result annoying. Sovereigns, at all events, may be forgiven if...

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W E wonder if there is any truth at all in the idea that great events tend to produce great men, that the effect of immense changes, striking catastrophes, vivid life generally...

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I N a very entertaining, though somewhat farcical article of Mr. James Payn's on "Share Admiration in Literature," contained in the new number of the Nineteenth Century, we...

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T HE managers of the Theatre in Westminster have shown a worthy desire to do good work. They have been honour- ably distinguished by a steady discouragement of the art of...

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AUSTRIA AND ENGLAND. [ro THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.] SIn,—In your issue of February 21st, I observe that you share what appears to be an antipathy common to the Liberal...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 8114—During the last twenty years it has been my duty to listen to a good part of the debates in the House of Commons, and I am convinced that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—Mr. Weller once observed that shuttlecock is a very. good game, when you have not got two lawyers for battledores. It is much the same,...


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AN OLD BOAT. I PASSED a boat to-day on the shore, That will be launched on the sea no more. Worn and battered,—the straight keel bent, The side, like a ruined rampart, rent ;...

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THE PALACE OF ART. " I built my soul a lordly pleasure-house, Wherein at ease for aye to dwell ; I said, '0 Soul, make merry and carouse, Dear Soul, for all is well !' " I...

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A GERMAN VIEW OF LORD BEACONSFIELD.* THIS book is what it professes to be, a " study " of Lord Beaconsfield's career,—and in some respects a careful study too. Mr. Brandes has...

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GREENE FERNE FARM.* THIS kindly little book may be taken

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to define conclusively its author's limitations as a writer. As a work of art—whether novel, story, tale, or romance—it is absolutely non-existent. We observe that none of the...

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'THOSE researches into the brain and nervous system, which have been prosecuted with the utmost energy, and with no small measure of success, during the present century,...

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PAUL HEYSE'S NEW STORIES.* Das Ding an Sick, is a

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formidable subject, if the title of a book is to indicate its subject, for a story ; but Paul Heyse likes fax- reaching subjects and titles, and has the faculty of making a...

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FAR the most striking paper in the Magazines of this month is an unsigned one in the Contemporary on the " Mysteries of Administration in Turkey," which, from internal evidence,...

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Annals of Chemical Medicine. Vol. I. By Dr. J. L. W. Thudichum. (Longmans.)—The defects of this new venture are so conspicuous, and its merits so recondite, that a brief general...

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A Young Man's Fancy, with other Tales. By Mrs. Forrester.

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3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—The authoress quotes on her title-page Tennyson's well-known line, "A young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." Love, in one form or...

The Ober-Ammergau Passion Play. Reprinted, by permission, irom the Times.

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By the Rev. Malcolm MacColl, M.A. A New and Revised Edition. (Rivingtons.)—Having reviewed Mr. MaeColl's book on the Passion Play when it was first published, in 1870, it is...

conceived incident than many a pretentious novel. The morality is

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of the highest Christian order, hating the sin so much that it can feel the most compassionate interest for the sinner. The special virtue of patience in the heroine is...

is founded on the work of Professor Mohl, and other

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commentaries." The Psalms are arranged into stanzas, and "the idea of the publica- tion is that, analysed according to their sense and probable original structure; they should...

A Pink Wedding. By R. Moanteney Jephson. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—

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Mr. Jephson gives a certain freshness to the first two volumes of his novel by laying the scene in Japan. The characters, indeed, are -quite familiar, and even conventional,...