7 AUGUST 1880

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Lord C ranville introduced the Bill, in a speech of

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great ability, on Monday night, showing that 1,800 families would be turned absolutely out of their holdings in the course of the present year, while only 406 families were so...

We have now received Colonel St. John's account of the

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disastrous battle in which General Barrows was crushed by Ayoub Khan. It appears that the battle was fought on Tues- day, the 27th, not Monday, the 26th July, a few miles north...

*** TheEditors cannot undertaketo return Manuscript in any case.

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Sir Bartle Frere has been recalled. On Thursday, Lord Kimberley

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stated in the House of Lords, and Lord Hartington in the House of Commons, that " there had never existed between her Majesty's present Government and Sir Bartle Frere that...


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T HE prominent anxiety of the week has not, after all, been our disaster in Afghanistan, profoundly as that has been felt, but the serious illness of the Prime Minister, which...

The Lords have rejected the Irish Compensation for Dis- turbance

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Bill, by a majority of between 5 and 6 to 1. There voted for it 51 Peers, and against it 282,—majority, 231. This was partly due, no doubt, to the reports of the Irish harvest,...

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On Tuesday, Lord Cairns resumed the debate, in an exceed-

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ingly long and very technical speech, accusing the Government of the sort of pity which actuated the hearer of a charity ser- mon who was so much touched by its appeal, that he...

Mr. Bourke has odd notions of the meaning of words,

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and Lord John Manners still odder. In the debate of yesterday fortnight on Armenia, Mr. Gladstone said, in relation to the Anglo-Turkish Convention, that " the jealousy of the...

In spite of Mr. Gladstone's illness, there appears to be

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some- thing of his own spirit in the Government. The Employers' Liability Bill, the Hares and Rabbits Bill, and probably the Burials Bill, are to be pressed ; and these...

Sir Henry Holland, speaking as a Conservative sitting for an

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agricultural borough (Midhurst), gave the Bill his hearty sup- port, though wishing for limitations in Committee. Mr. Duck- ham spoke strongly for the Bill, and Lord Elcho, of...

The Hares and Rabbits Bill passed its second reading yester-

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day week without a division, the Conservatives declaring, how- ever, that in thus passing it, they only intended to put on record their admission that the Game-laws needed grave...

Lord Emly supported the second reading, but contributed really to

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its rejection, by the parenthetical backhander which he contributed, when he called it "this unhappy Bill ;" Lord Lansdowne made a very able speech for the trades-union to which...

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Mr. Dodson was elected for Scarborough yesterday week by a

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majority of 222 (for Mr. Dodson, 1,828; for Mr. Duncombe, 1,606). The majority is not so large as at the general election, when Mr. Caine, who was second to Sir Harcourt...

places of 719 Republicans and 712 Reactionaries who went out

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are to be supplied by 927 Republicans and 374 Reactionaries; while 130 contests remain to be decided by the second ballot. Taking into account the Councillors elected in 1877,...

It is rather a misfortune for Sir William Harcourt that

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at Derby he has succeeded a man of singular piety, and that he feels himself compelled to follow in Mr. Plimsoll's steps. He was present on Wednesday at the celebration of the...

Mr. Mundella, in moving the grant for Education on Mon-

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day, gave a most admirable exposition of the growth of the Education system since 1870, of which we have said something elsewhere. Here are the figures which show the growth of...

The trial of the Guy's Hospital nurse has resulted in

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the jury's returning a verdict of manslaughter against the prisoner, Pleas- ance Louisa Ingle, the nurse whose negligence during the admin- istration of the bath was regarded as...

Dr. Tanner's forty days' fast ends to-day, and if he

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has suc- ceeded in living through it, and has really done all this time what he has appeared to do, we may fairly hope that he will succeed in living through the return to...

Mr. Rylands took, we think, a not very wise or

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courteous advantage of Lord John Manners in the discussion on the Hares and Rabbits Bill, when he insisted that, having moved the adjournment of the debate, and having been...

Console were on Friday 97: to 97 ;.

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THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND IRELAND. T HE House of Lords, which, for many purposes, is a great Trades-union of landowners, have decided, by an immense majority, a majority of...

THE FIRST LESSON OF CANDAHAR. T HE defeat near Kushk-i-Nakud was

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a severe one, but it will not be an unmitigated disaster, if it teaches British statesmen and Generals one great lesson. In advancing beyond India, we leave behind the two most...

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O NE important gauge of a statesman's power is the depth to which he can illuminate the statistics of his sub- ject. As children test the brightness of their teachers by their...

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T HE Government have recalled Sir Bartle Frere, because " there has never existed between themselves and Sir Bartle Frere that harmony on the various and important questions...

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D ANKRUPTCY has long been one of the most im- I/ pregnable of English abuses. It has been attacked in two ways, and in neither has the assault succeeded. The old way was to...

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U NDER this title Mr. Take .has published a most moderate, a most instructive, and a most suggestive pamphlet. Lord Monteagle confessed, in a letter to the Times, that Mr....

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A IR. RUSKIN'S criticism on Wordsworth in the vagrant- 1 minded article misnamed " Fiction—Fair and Foul," which appears in the August number of the Nineteenth Cen- tury, is a...

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T HE Scotch student who begins with bright hopes of a pulpit career, then finds the entrance thereto too narrow for his expanding mind, and at last has to content himself with...

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C ANNES last winter afforded material for not a few paragraphs in the papers that chronicle the doings of " Society." Balls and duchesses abounded by the sheltered Mediterranean...

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IS THE CAPE COLONY FIT FOR SELF- GOVERNMENT? [nog A CORRESPONDENT.] I visrrED South Africa some time ago, and have very lately returned to it, after a lapse of several years....

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THE BOURNEMOUTH CASE. TEl EDITOR OF TUB " SPECTATOR.."] Sia,—The letters of Sir Henry Taylor and Mr. Portal leave very little for those outside the parish of Bournemouth to say...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, —Your thoughtful and suggestive article bearing on this subject has been read by many with peculiar interest. It strikes a timely...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."' SIR,—I am obliged to Mr. Brewin for producing another instance of the injustice of the present law prohibiting the erection of an...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, - With a view to point out some, at any rate, of the facts of this matter, will you allow an old Guy's man, one uncon- nected with the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE .SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It would have been wiser if Mr. J. T. Trench had allowed your lenient criticism upon the despotic traditions formerly prevailing upon...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIB,—Goethe's Faust, in the shape in which we now know it, was first published in 1808. It was first acted upon a public stage in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—The review of Wace's Bampton Lectures on " The Foun- dations of Faith," in the Spectator of the 17th July, mentions my work on " The...

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MARY ANERLEY.* Ma. BIACKMORE can afford to repeat himself. He is strong enough to dispense with novelty, as the first, or even as a very prominent quality of his work, and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "Sracraion.") S11,—" No one," you say, in the former of your two papers on " Aristotle on Free-will," " will be able to assert free-will effectively, till...

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WI LEN Fanny Price went from her home in Portsmouth to live at Mansfield Park, one of the charges her cousins brought against her was her ignorance. They complained that, think-...

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VISUAL ART.* " OH ! that mine enemy would write

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a book !" has long ceased to be a wish whose gratification was attended by the result desired, namely, the humiliation of that enemy ; for in these days all enemies, and friends...

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THE ZULU WAR.* Tins is iu reality a book of

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horrors. We wish we could demonstrate that it should have been less so. Miss Colenso may mistake or overstate, but she is, in the more important particulars, careful to give her...

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THE author of these volumes did not live to see them published, and this fact necessarily modifies the critic's tone in speaking of them. We do not intend by this that the book...


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THERE is a fair average of merit in the Magazines this month, but nothing above a fair average. The Fortnightly leads off, with a calm and moderate article by Justice Longfield...

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takes ns down to the reign of Ahab, of which,

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by a somewhat incon- venient arrangement, it includes a part only. It is, like those that have gone before it, full of suggestion and illustration. Dr. Eders- helm brings to...

We have to notice a new edition of Selections from

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the Kur-cin, by Edward and William Lane. (Triihner.)—To this well-known book Mr. Stanley Lane Poole has added an excellent introduction, in which he discusses " the Arabs before...

the long.absent squire at the stile, in the usual fashion

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which we know so well. There are the accustomed complications, a little more enlarged than usual, the self-sacrifice, and the satisfactory ending. It is a fairly well-written...


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ford.)—This little book will be of inestimable advantage to editors, whips, and politicians of all classes. There has been nothing so difficult to get as a short and compendious...

Shakespeare's Knowledge and Use of the Bible. By Charles Words-

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worth, D.C.L., Bishop of St. Andrew's. (Smith and Elder.)--This is a third edition, to which the learned author has added some additional illustrations, and some corrections and...