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TDT result of the Liverpool election will be known as this heet reaches our readers' hands. Any speculation upon it would therefore be useless ; but we may mention that up to...

In the House of Lords, the Address was moved by

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the Earl of Onslow, in a cheerful speech, which, as Lord Granville said, was "very agreeably flavoured by party spirit ;" and seconded by Lord Rosse, who lost himself in a...

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Lord Beaconsfield replied to Lord Granville very feebly. He knew

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very little, and seemed to care less, about the questions put to him. In relation to the asserted misconduct of our troops in South Africa and the executions in Cabal, he...

Parliament was opened on Thursday by the Queen in person,

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but the Queen's Speech was read by the Lord Chancellor. In this speech, her Majesty declares that "the course of events has tended to furnish additional security to the...

The speech delivered by Mr. Cowen at Newcastle on Saturday

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last, and published in Monday's Times, has been for the Con- servatives the great event of the week, and one over which their jubilation has been almost hysterical. It is to be...

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While we have steadily upheld the claim of the present

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majority on the London School Board to public support, on the ground that they have done their difficult work exceedingly well, we cannot blind ourselves to the fact that if...

Sir Stafford Northcote, in his reply, acknOwledged, as we have

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shown elsewhere, that the Government have as yet no policy for Afghanistan, but stated that as regarded Greece, the British and French Governments hoped to proceed by Inter-...

The debate in the Commons on the Address was very

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flat. Colonel Moray, the mover, made an ordinary speech, and Mr. Corry read a sort of pamphlet, so acrimonious that Lord Hartington rebuked him for a violation of the usual...

In his letter to yesterday's Times, Mr. Sullivan supports his

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charges thus. He shows that many of the Irish Tories, dis- gusted by the disestablishment and disendowment of the Irish Church, did declare that, since an "essential and...

Mr. Sullivan, in speaking at Liverpool on Tuesday, made some

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very startling assertions respecting the intrigues of the Conservatives with the Home-rule party, which he reiterated in a formal letter to the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday...

The first State " Convention " of the Republican party

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in America to nominate a candidate for the Presidency is that of Pennsylvania. It was held this week, and attended by 246 members. It was at first believed that General Grant...

After a short speech from Sir C. Dilke, and a

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statement by Mr. Cross that he hoped to announce the result of his nego- tiations with the Water Companies in a few days, the rest of the sitting was occupied by a contest...

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The Italian Government is at war with the Upper House.

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The Minister of Finance declares that the actual returns of 1879 show a surplus of 2760,000, and expects a surplus of 2640,000 this year; and he desires, in presence of such a...

The theory that the 38-ton gun which burst on board

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the Thunderer ' was burst by being charged with a second shell and second charge of powder before it had been discharged of its first, has been proved beyond reasonable doubt by...

Lord Sandon has been very anxious about Liverpool. It would

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not at all suit him to become the minority Member for that borough, and he has accordingly devoted. much time this - week, as well as last week, to the canvass on behalf of Mr....

Consols were on Friday 98, to 981.

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The lady students are earning for themselves already a con-

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siderable reputation. The first name on the Honours' list of the University of London's Matriculation Examination last January is that of a lady, though of a lady disqualified...

The farmers of East Cornwall at least do not appear

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to have a supine trust in the Government. On Wednesday afternoon a crowded meeting of those of the Callington district took place in the great room of Goulding's Hotel, at...

The correspondent of the Times at Alexandria points out the

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-extreme injustice to the people of Egypt involved in the recent settlement of the finances, arranged under pressure of the -external force of Great Britain and France. While...

Mr. Parnell, in America, has done the Nationalists and Home-rulers

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great disservice. Although Congress, with its singular want of dignity and forethought, has granted him its 4' floor" for an "oration," which Members did not attend to hear, the...

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THE GOVERNMENT'S AFGHAN POLICY. B UT for their utter contempt for honesty in forcing on the war, we could find it in our hearts to pity the position of the Government in...

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Thursday night, completely made up by his attack on the Govern- ment, in his speech on the Address, for his complete silence during the Long Vacation. That must have been a mere...


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I T is natural that the organs and advocates of the Government should be delighted with Mr. Cowen's speech at Newcastle. It is not without eloquence ; it is very plausible in...

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M . SULLIVAN, in his letter to Friday's Times, has so explained his assertion that the Irish Home-rule party was called into existence and, in its earlier days, fostered, by...

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IN a very quietly written, but exceedingly unfair article, the Saturday Review of last week pleads the cause of the Jingo. We have no intention of answering the article, for as...

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O UGHT we to be more or less grateful when the person who does us a service makes himself a little ridiculous by the act of doing it ? It is plain that he does the service at a...

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W E see little that English Liberals can deem hopeful in the latest programme of the Russian Revolutionists, drawn up, it is believed, by the University students, who are...

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F ORD, great moralist, which in essence Mr. Ruskin certainly is, we cannot help observing that he is much too fond of that refined and delicate sneering which is the most...

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W E wonder sometimes, as we wade through a mass of correspondence, whether it is possible to teach good writing. The doubt may seem absurd, considering that the majority of...

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I F evils are to be measured by duration rather than by intensity, a quarrel with a favourite book is of the worst. There is a pertinacity of malice about a book which is...

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MR. BRIGHT'S PLAN FOR IRELAND. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") you allow me to suggest a means by which the objection you so forcibly point out to Mr. Bright's plan for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Lord Beaconsfield alone can tell us whether, as you sug- gest, he borrowed his motto, " Imperhun et Libertas," from Lord Clarendon's...


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Sin,—As your only objection to the settlement of the Irish land question proposed by Mr. Bright, is the fear of a pos- sible combination of the Irish farmers to resist the...


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[To THE EDITOR O' THE "SPECTATOR.'} SIR,—I would not be so ungracious as even to seem to contro- vert your courteous review of "The Higher Life in Art," but there is one passage...


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SIR,—I beg to direct your attention to the following passage from Cicero's Fourth Oration against Catiline, quoted by " A Roman," in a letter to the Morning Post for January...

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Tali WINTER EXHIBITION AT BURLINGTON HOUSE. [SECOND NOTICE.] - THERE are not very many pictures of great merit in this Winter Exhibition, if we except those of Holbein and his...

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POLITICIANS OF TO-DAY.* THESE sketches, Mr. Reid tells us, were "originally written to supply the readers of a provincial newspaper with informa- tion which they might have...

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WHAT the people and mayor of Semur will say to this very bold interpolation of Mrs. Oliphant's in the records of their public life, we can hardly imagine. Probably they will...

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IT is hard upon reviewers that when they come fresh from th scenes in which they seem, for some short time at any rate, to , have been living, and which have become endeared to...

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FOSTER'S PEERAGE AND BARONETAGE.* Tun is not a new edition

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of a former work, but a distinctly original.undertaking, by one who, so far as we know, has done nothing of the sort before. Nor is it intended to renew its ap- pearance year by...

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CETEWAY0 is not a contributor one expects in an English magazine, but he has virtually contributed an article to Mac- millan for February. Captain J. R. Poole escorted the Zulu...

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The Countries of the World. By Robert Brown, M.A. (Cassell,

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Fetter, and Galpin.)—Mr. Brown continues in another volume, quite worthy of its predecessors, this excellent work. He first describes, under the title of "Oceania," the various...

Rough. Ways Made Smooth. By Richard A. Proctor. (Chatto and

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Windus.)—We can congratulate Mr. Proctor on his now volume in every respect except the choice of a -title, that which he has taken certainly not leading the reader to expect a...


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The Imitation of Christ. Fac-simile edition. (Elliot Stock.)— In the notice of this very curious and valuable fee-simile last week, we made a mistake as to the modus operandi....

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The Reader's Handbook. By the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—This is a welcome addition to the list of what may be termed the really handy reference-books, combining as it does a dictionary of literature with a...

Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage for 1880. Forty- second edition.

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(Harrison.)—From Sir Bernard Burke's preface to this useful annual, we learn that there ate among the aristocracy 577 peers and 865 bayonets. Of every one of the 1,442 persons...

A Year's Cookery. By Phillis Browne. (Cassell and Co.)—Mrs. Browne,

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whose felicitous name suggests the "savoury messes" which her " neat-handed" prototype in Milton was wont to dress, has given us a very useful book. It contains a complete menu...

Clergy Directory for 1880. Tenth annual volume. (Bosworth.)— This edition

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may be said to be corrected up to the 31st of December, as an appendix contains the Advent ordinations and the obituary announcements up to that date.

a physician, who had already attained some distinction, and who

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might, if long life had been granted to him, have risen to eminence. But his range of culture reached fur beyond the literature of his pro- fession. A paraphrase of the first...

Year-book of Facts in Science and the Useful Arts. By

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James Mason. (Ward, Lock, and Co.)—This is, as its title implies, a con- densed record and résumé of all the principal events that occurred and the discoveries that took place...