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The causes of this extraordinary reaction are many, but they

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are not very far to seek. The country, in the first place, is weary of the Gladstone Government, not because of anything it has done, so much as from an indefinite desire for...

We have lost a seat in Chelsea also, though Sir

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Charles Dilke, having modified his Republicanism into an assertion of his right to inquire into the Civil List, has been returned at the head of the poll. • Mr. Gordon, however,...


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T HE Liberal party has been smitten hip and thigh from Dan to Beersheba. The result yesterday afternoon, after the return 'for the City and for Westminster had become known, but...

We have lost three seats in the City, and though

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Mr. Goschen's seat is saved, he is fifteen hundred behind the lowest of the Con- servatives. The City has for a long time been the stronghold of Liberalism, and it put Mr....

The most tremendous of the Tory victories is that at

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West- minster, where the two Tory candidates, Mr. W. H. Smith and Sir Charles Russell, have been returned, the former by a vote close upon two to one, and that over a candidate...

We must add to all these causes one other, the

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almost entire failure of Mr. Gladstone's expedient for regaining popularity. The people did not understand and did not like a Budget being submitted to a plebiscitum, and...

A telegram from Sir Garnet Wolseley announces- that the Ashantee

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war is nearly over. With a gallantry of the :old Indian kind, the Commander-in-Chief, finding his marchinipeded by the running away of his native carriers—who ran away, we...

'I': The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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We regret deeply to see that the Viceroy has called

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for sub- scriptions, and that subscriptions are shortly to be raised in England. Any expression of sympathy with the people may be grateful to them, as that of the Queen was,...

The news from India seems to us, as we have

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explained else- where, most disastrous—amounts, indeed, to an acknowledgment that the famine is upon us a month too soon ; that the c irriage arrangements have broken down ; and...

The contest in Bradford has ended, as we expected, in

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the victory of _Mr. Forster, who is returned at the head of the poll by a crushing majority, 3,500 above his nearest Radi- cal opponent, Mr. Godwin, who only obtained 8,398...

Sheffield has again returned Mr. Roebuck as an independent candidate

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at the head of the poll, and given Mr. Mrmdella only the second place. Mr. Chamberlain is defeated. We regret this, as there are discernible in Mr. Chamberlain the elements of...

Mr. Disraeli has made two speeches since our last issue,

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one at Aylesbury this day week, and one at Newport-Pagnell on Wed- nesday. Neither speech was specially remarkable except for one or two gratuitous inaccuracies, such as the...

Mr. Disraeli must be already sketching out his Cabinet, by

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far the most serious of his early difficulties. With the Peers he has no trouble, for we cannot think that with a real majority, and a separate office which he can exactly fill,...

Leeds and Manchester have 'both shown the influence of the

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Conservative wave,—Manchester certainly at least, Leeds less certainly. In Manchester the two Conservatives, Mr. Birley and. Mr. Callender, head the poll, Sir T. Bazley...

The borough of Cambridge is apparently determined not to have

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a reform of the land laws. Both its Liberal members have distinguished themselves by very ablespeeches and publications. on land tenure and its reform, and both have been...

It is remarkable that the alarm caused by Sir Henry

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Havelock's. utter rout at Stroud,. after Mr. Winterbotham's death, was a. false one. Both the Liberal candidates have been returned, and poor Mr. Dorington, who kept -the seat...

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The authors of the Limours murders, which we described a

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few weeks ago, appear to have been discovered. A rural postman was found hanging, with a paper beneath his feet explaining that the culprits were the Garde Champetre, supported...

The exclusion of Mr. Fawcett at Brighton is perhaps the

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greatest personal loss which the House of Commons has as yet suffered. And it is little indeed to the credit of Brighton that he should be, as he is, at the very bottom of the...

Archbishop Ledochowski has been sent to prison at Ostromo, in-

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Posen, for his disobedience to the Prussian ecclesiastical laws, and refusal to pay his fines under those laws,— the first of the Bishops to suffer, but by no means the first of...

If Mr. Andrew Johnstone is thrown out in South Essex,

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and he is the only Liberal with the feeblest chance of re-election, on account of his personal popularity, the county will have regained its old distinction of returning only...

It is clear, from what Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Goschen, and

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Mr. Lowe have said in their election speeches, that Mr. Forster's colleagues were quite determined to insist on some alleviation of the Twenty-fifth Clause in the sense of...

The only news of importance from France this week is

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that Marshal Macalahon has announced that he considers the Septen- nat or Seven-Years term a definite and established Government. He told the Tribunal of Commerce to rest...

Mr. Gladstone made a speech at Woolwich on Saturday in

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his out-of-door-and bad manner, and another at New Cross on Mon- day in his in-door and indefinitely superior style. The first has been rendered of little importance by...

Consols were on Friday 92i to 921.

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THE POLITICAL PROSPECT. I T is certain that the Tory Government will have a majority ' hi the new Parliament. As we write, the Liberals have lost sixty-five seats and gained...

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I N spite of the misrepresentations of the Pall _Wall Gazette —misrepresentations so quietly and persistently made as to promise to become in due time intellectual curiosities—...

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IATE remarked last week on the first engagement between Mr. Lowe and Mr. Disraeli, the engagement of which the record is contained in their addresses to their constituents....

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I T has come at last, the terrible calamity of which the Press has for four months steadily warned the India House— we do not mean the Secretary of State, but the self-...

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W E are not quite sure that what with the surprise, what with the breathless haste of the elections, and what -with the absence of candidates who calculated on an autumn...

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L ORD DERBY not long ago recalled to one of his audiences at Liverpool the old definition of Genius, that it is only a power of taking much greater pains about a certain class...

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W E doubt very much if the gentleman who this month contri- butes to Blackwood a paper upon "International Vani- ties" is very strong in his history, and should rather like to...

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lisation, is one of the most delicate and complex that can I engage the attention of thoughtful minds. Contributions--. highly important contributions—have been made to its...

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EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Stn,—The Spectator is so honourably distinguished by its candour in admitting letters written to oppose its own...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The ease of aphasia mentioned by your correspondent "B. E. ff." in the Spectator of last week is of exceptional interest, and one which...


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sure I am correct in using the term "Aphasia" in my case, I leave your medical friends to judge. I am now seventy-four years of age, and have always enjoyed the beet of health....


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SIR,—The events of this week in Marylebone have brought before us again the consideration of the question of Arbitrations at Elec- tions. I write before the result of the...

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CHARLES DICKENS.* Tnis is a melancholy close to a book which, in spite of the many traits of astonishing perceptive power, and prodigal generosity, and unbounded humour,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Having seen in the Spectator of Saturday last a statement as to my table of the rhythmical peculiarities of Shakespeare's Plays, I ask...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin, — In your review of the "Personal Recollections of Mrs. Somer- ville "you quote an anecdote about Chantrey which is singularly infected...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—' Anglicanus," in last Spectator, draws a distinction between Evangelicals and Calvinists. There is no doubt that in point of fact he...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—No one could have been—naturally so—so annoyed as I was when I saw the " Diary " in print ; and the remarks of the reviewer, at the end...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — In your notice of Dr. Talmage's book you say you do not know where he gets the line, " Vidit et erubuit Nympha." It is part of a...

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Dn. PrE-Ssurn, whose letter on Vivisection will be found in another column, goes ia one respect farther than any of the physiologists who have hitherto contended for the fight...

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THE YELLOWSTONE REGION.* As a literary production, the description before

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us of the Yellow- stone Lake Region in the Rocky Mountains has an unusual number of faults. The book is a compilation from a manuscript report of the exploration of this remote...

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MR. MARTINEAU'S SELECTION OF HYMNS.* Tnis is no ordinary selection

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of hymns, nor is it formed, as so many selections are, to serve a temporary purpose. The aim of the editor is a high one, and the sincerity and judgment with which he has...

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THIS volume awakens great expectations, which the perusal of it fails to fulfil. The title of it is, no doubt, very attractive, but so far as we have been able to gather, it is...

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THE very miscellaneous and fragmentary contents of this Calendar are perhaps chiefly interesting so far as they exemplify the system of espionnage and secret intelligence on...

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The Shadows of a Sick Room. (Murray.) — A little book, evidently the production of a man of deep and thorough piety, yet so cultivated that his thoughts when lying sick unto...


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ONE remarkable result of the sudden Dissolution is the absence of a political article in Blackwood. The thunder was no doubt prepared, and has perhaps been reserved with no...