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All that is excellent, though one act of "high finance"

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will sometimes give the country more than ten acts of economy ; but Mr. Lowe complains that the world is not grateful, and that the metropolitan Press, in particular, has made a...

A Minister has spoken. Mr. Lowe, of course, said nothing

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at the Cutlers' Feast, Sheffield, on the question which interests us all, the future policy of the Government, but he made a curiously characteristic defence of himself. He...


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T HE imbroglio at Cartagena has ended without a fight, which on 1st September seemed to be almost inevitable. It would seem that the Intransigentes demanded the surrender of the...

The Internationalists seem to have come to great grief. At

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their sixth Congress, on Monday, only one of their original leaders was present, Jaques Guillaume, the remainder being dead, changed in their opinions, or become too prosperous...

We have lost Shaftesbury, of course, partly because Mr. Danby

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Seymour swallowed the League whole, and partly because a section of the Grosvenor family has turned Tory, as the re- mainder will probably one day do, the present Marquis having...

Eight hundred Irish, English, and Scotch Catholic gentlemen, ladies, peasants,

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and peasant girls, left London on Tuesday by as excursion train for Paris and Paray-le-Monial. They behaved, an eye-witness tells us, just like other people ; but they had...

V' The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Henley has made the first speech in the Recess,

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but he has not said much on politics. His main point was the Judicature - Act, which he hoped, rather grudgingly, would work ; but he bore -strong testimony to the fact which he...

Dr. Manning delivered a parting lecture to the Pilgrims on

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the previous night, the main point of which we have noticed elsewhere. We may, however, add here that he made much of the ancient history of pilgrimages, and was careful—much...

The Calcutta correspondent of the Times announces that the 'Government

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of India has arranged to spend some £27,000,000 within the next five years on State railways and canals of irri- gation. The writer approves the scheme, but adds, "In spite of...

All kinds of rumours are.afloat about the Ashantee Expedition, as

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there usually are when any work of a disagreeable kind is to be done. Everybody volunteers, and everybody's friends think he must die because he has volunteered. Why shouldn't...

We warn the working-men against making one seri- ous mistake.

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Three young men recently assaulted a fellow- workman on some trade quarrel. The jury found them guilty, and Baron Pigott sentenced them. The London Trades Council thought the...

The Lutheran Minister of Geneva, who had to preach the

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funeral sermon on the Duke of Brunswick, got out of his trouble - very nicely. He never uttered a word either of praise or blame, but accepted the death as proof that no...

Lord F. Cavendish writes to the Bradford Observer to say

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the report of his speech is inaccurate. He had no authority to pledge Mr. Gladstone, and could not consequently have pledged him. Moreover, he did not say he was nearer the...

Spain seems to be going through another Ministerial crisis, and

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Emilio Castelar is at last to be placed at the head of the Council of Ministers. As he is distinctly in favour of postponing Federalism, of crushing Carlism and the Irrecon-...

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The last portion of the French indemnity is to be

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paid to- day, France having raised in three years rather more than £200,000,000. For this she has to pay on the average 6 per cent., and will therefore, until she exacts her...

A rumour exists in Paris, apparently of some authority, that

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the Pope is again unwell.

We perceive that pilgrimages in Austria, as well as Italy,

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have been forbidden by authority this year. If this step has been taken for sanitary reasons, it may be wise, as pilgrims un- doubtedly, when not travelling comfortably by...

We publish elsewhere a remarkable amount of the great Chinese

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Hoey or secret trading society of San Francisco; upon which the police have, by no means unwillingly, laid their hands. It is difficult to see what they can do, for the Hoey is...

Many correspondents of the Times urge strongly the employ- ment

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of ladies as teachers in elementary schools. They can often earn £74 a year, are much more independent than governesses, teach much better, and attract to the schools a...

The American farmers of the West are getting very angry

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with the Railway lords, the Factory lords, and the Ring lords, and threaten to form a party which shall put all these things down. The Railway lords tax their produce too much,...

The Times, with, we confess, every sinologue at its back,

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makes much of the personal reception of the European and Japanese Ambassadors by the Emperor. That the privilege is of extreme value is certain, as the only word which can be...

Mr. W. H. Gladstone addressed his constituents at Whitby on

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Thurs lay, in a speech which contained one or two important statements. He affirmed that the Premier, whose son and Private Secretary he is, would in no case touch the question...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92i.

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THE EMANCIPATION OF FRANCE. T O-DAY, it is stated, the last franc of the French In- demnity will be paid, and the last German soldier will quit France. The great country, not...

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vi R. CHAMBERLAIN in his last paper in the Fortnightly kYL asserts in the coolest and moat confident manner that the Workmen will side with the Nonconformists, knowing them to...


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M R. GOSCHEN must be a sweet-tempered man, if at heart he is delighted with the Intransigentes of Cartagena. If they had only fired that shot, the Peace party might have roared...

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T is with regret, but with no surprise, that we find that the 1 Chinese immigrants to the United States are likely to have their hard lot made harder through their incorrigible...

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T HE typical Frenchman of English witticism and burlesque, —a product of the imagination as far removed from reality as the English milord with high teeth, pendulous whiskers,...

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W E have often pointed out the apparent decay in the political intelligence of Rome, its preference for causes already dead, its want of foresight, and its curious inability—an...

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A MONG the Sociological problems which are working them- 1.1 selves out at this moment, there is none more interesting or important than that of the relation between the Rate of...

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T is just possible that the sanguine anticipations of Sir Samuel 1 Baker in regard to the results of his Expedition to Central Africa may prove to be, for a time at least, very...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTA.TOR:1 Sea, —Will you allow me to string together, for the edification of your readers, two stories which I have recently heard, and for the=...


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IRISH CHURCH FINANCE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Stn,—I have read Mr. Gairdner's letter on the finance of the Church of Ireland .in the Spectator of the 30th ult.,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—As you have criticised the paper on "The State of Eng- lish Poetry" in the current number of the Quarterly Review, may I ask for a...

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A FIRST SKETCH OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.* WITHIN the last two or three years, several works have been pro- duced designed as guides to the study of our literature. Some of these...

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THE activity of Mr. Timbs as a book-maker is inexhaustible. Volume follows volume in quick succession from his ready pen, and unlike many compilers, he has the art of producing...

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HISTORY has as yet taken small account of the "Holy Club," and yet it is perhaps not too much to say, if it had never existed, we in this country might have had a far other page...

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THIS is an abridgment of the large and exhaustive work Published three or four years ago by Herr Emminghaus, and it contains in a moderate compass a great variety of important...

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A MAHRATTA ROMANCE.* IF good wine needs no bush, as

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the proverb affirms, it is certain that a novel based on Hindoo life, first published nearly forty years ago, and now republished from the only copy attainable, required an in-...

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WE have mentioned Mr. J. Chamberlain's article in the Fort- nightly elsewhere, and have here only to wish that in the next election he may be in Parliament, where his ability...

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The Cambridge Undergraduates' Journal, of which the two first numbers lie before us, is begun in a sensible and spirited manner, which should promise it a future. Being written...

Among the number of Magazines which have reached us, and

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of which it is impossible to make special mention, are Good Words, the St. James's, Dublin University, St. Pads, Temple Bar, Tinsley's, London Society, Town and Country, Sunday...

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An Autumn Tour in the United States of Canada. By

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Julius George Medley. (H. S. King.)—Our friends across the Atlantic ought to be thoroughly satisfied with such a traveller as Colonel Medley. They are not easy to please ;...

The Clergy Directory and Parish Guide, 1873. (Bosworth).—This volume, of

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which we have spoken before with deserved praise, certainly contains a great amount of information at a very low price. But it certainly doss not toll us all that we want to...

The Causes of Social Revolt. A Lecture. By Captain Masse,

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R.N. (Longmans.)—The sort of justice which the lecturer deals out may be judged of from the way in which he treats the Spectator. He quotes from us the words, "Starvation is the...

Gaul or Teuton? By Lord Dunsany. (Longmans.)--Lord Dunsany reviews the

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causes which led to the great Franco-Prussian war, with the view of answering the question whether we are to find our allies of the future iu France or in Germany. And he also,...

Stories of Whitminster. By Ascott R. Hope. (Nimmo.)—Mr. Hope -still

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continues to work with considerable success the mine of which "A Book about Dominies " was, we believe, the first specimen. Stories of Whitminster is as good as anything that we...

From Birth to Bridal. By Mrs. Day. (Hurst and Blackett.)—This

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is a wholesome and pleasant novel, with plenty of fresh air, free country life, and talk about children and dogs in it. The girl whose story it tolls is an original character,...

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The Reformation. By George P. Fisher, D.D. (Hodder and Stough-

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ton.)—Dr. Fisher is Professor of Exlesiastical History in Yale College, and tho volume with which ho now pnisenti us grew, he tolls us, out of a course of lectures given by him...