7 MARCH 1868

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The Times has evidently been unable to believe that the

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"Radicals," those extreme persons whom it takes to be about on a par with the Reform League, should venture to impeach the President. Its conductors accordingly telegraphed on...

Mr. Bouverie was the only person who criticized Mr. Disraeli's

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Ministry. He did not in the least dispute Mr. Disraeli's right to the distinguished position which he had so fairly earned. But he poured out the discontent of the dissatisfied...


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T HE new Premier met his followers at his official residence in Downing Street on Thursday, and made them a short speech promising a truly Conservative policy, which was well...

Lord Malmesbury made the Ministerial statement in the Upper House,

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which consisted chiefly in the remark that he did not say last week that Mr. Disraeli would form a new Administration " if possible," but "as soon as possible." To this...

Lord Russell at once fell upon his evidently diffident and

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spirit- less foe. He didn't object to Mr. Disraeli. It was proper enough for the leader of the House of Commons to become Prime Minister on the resignation of the Premier, but...

The Continent is greatly exercised because Prince Jerome Napoleon has

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suddenly left Paris for Berlin. The "stormy petrel of the Tuileries," it is said, never takes wing unless trouble is at hand. It is asserted that the Prince intends to endeavour...

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The Orford Conservatives have been pouring out their griefs in

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the ear of a friend. In an address to the Archbishop of Canter- bury which appeared in Tuesday's Times, they declare that if the Oxford Tests' Abolition Bill passes it will...

A curious ccrrespondence appears in the Guardian of last Wed-

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nesday between Dr. Gray (the Bishop of Capetown) and Dr. Stanley, the Dean of Westminster. The Dean, in his recent speech in Convocation, had pointed out Dr. Gray's manifold...

Captain Montgomerie, R.E., a clever officer, chiefly employed n the

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Cashmere frontier, has employed a native pundit in explo- rations in Thibet, which have been very successful. The pundit travelled in disguise with instruments about him, and...

The majority in the French Chamber seems to have got

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the bit between its teeth, and to be getting beyond the Emperor's control. It has rejected every Liberal amendment to the Press Law, and has been all the week engaged in...

A large meeting of London grocers was held on Thursday

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at the Hanover Square Rooms, to form an association for the protection of the trade. Several speakers were very bitter against the Civil servants for setting the co-operative...

Louis, the ex-King of Bavaria, died on 29th February at

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Nice. He is remembered in England chiefly as the King whose fancy for Lola Mentes, the dancer, caused an emeute in Munich, and cost him his throne. His claim to be remembered in...

Mr. Disraeli, on Thursday, proposed the second reading of the

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Bribery Bill, and described the mode in which he intended to construct the tribunal. It is exceedingly clever, and was pro- bably suggested by Lord Cairns. Two of the superior...

A powerful deputation from Owens College, Manchester, waited on the

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Duke of Marlborough on Thursday, to urge their case for assistance from the Government in the great building extension which they have just undertaken. They intend, we believe,...

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The Bishop of Winchester (Dr. Sumner), formerly Bishop of Llandaff,

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was seized with paralysis on Wednesday, and as he is -seventy-eight years of age, the hope of his recovery seems to be slender. Should unfortunately the attack prove fatal, Mr....

Lord Spencer seems inclined to have a regular quarrel with

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London. A little while ago he wanted to spoil Wimbledon Common, and now it is stated he intends to see what he can do with Wandsworth. Mr. J. Gravell writes that his Lordship...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Friday, Fob. 23. Friday, March 6. Mexican 151 15/ Spanish New ... 351 36f Turkish 6 per Cents., 1858 61f 69 x.d.. „ 1862 61 61. United...

The Mint appears to have discovered that there are deep-rooted

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sentiments in Englishmen about different coins. The guinea and half-crown have always been popular, say the authorities of the Mint, the five-shilling piece, and florM, and...

If old John Walter were alive what would he say

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? Here is the Times, which for half a century has beaten every jour- nal in Europe in energy and enterprise, actually publishing the latest news of a British expedition per...

The amount of business doing in National Securities this week

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has been only moderate. Nevertheless, the quotations have ruled tolerably firm. Yesterday, Consols closed at 93k ; Reduced and New Three per Cents., 92* ex div. ; Exchequer...

A telegram was published on Sunday, and repeated on Monday,

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alleging that the Emperor had been seized on Saturday with a fit of asthma, and gasped so violently that he had to be carried to a balcony window. Asthma does not come on in a...

Mr. C. Tennant suggests in the Star a brilliant plan

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for reliev- ing the British Museum, now suffering from a plethora of treasures. Leave the natural. history collection where it is, and give up Somerset House to the other...

The American Government has again ordered its diplomatic agents not

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to put on Court dress, to the extreme annoyance of all - who are thereby compelled to be conspicuous at Court receptions as the only gentlemen in black swallow-tails. It is...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading British Railways left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Great Eastern... Great Northern ... Great Western Lancashire and Yorkshire ... London and Brighton London and North-Western London and...

The second reading of the Bill for abolishing the horrid

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spectacle of public executions, and performing them in private, passed the House of Commons on Thursday night by a large majority,-181 to 25. Mr. Hardy produced very striking...

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THE NEW PREMIER'S FIRST SPEECH. M R. DLSRAET , T is obviously trying to gain time. Either because he has not made up his mind, or because he has not convinced his Cabinet that...


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I T is high time that politicians of all kinds took up a clear and distinct line on the one Irish subject which is already ripe for settlement,—the question of the Church. That...

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"IF the Peers do not set their house in order, and that 1 speedily, they will lose their special place in politics altogether. The events of the past year have been signally and...

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HINDOO CONSERVATISM. 1857 it was accidentally reduced, North India sprang

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in one glad bound, as of a panther with its chain cut, at our throats ; and in the presence of those three admitted facts, what is the use of chattering about popularity ? If...

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THE MIDDLE-CLASS EDUCATION REPORT. T HE Report of the Middle-Class Education

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Commission will probably mark an era in English history. Although the secondary education—the education of the classes which are not so pressed by poverty as to accept for their...

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T HE fact that very considerable changes are contemplated at the War Office is no mere matter of general rumour and hearsay, but is substantially indicated by the recent...

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MHE controversy which has appeared, partly in these columns, and partly in letters to the Pall Mall Gazette, on the subject of the originality which Mr. Gladstone lately...

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i T was Lord Lytton, we think, who originally said that the passion of Hate as an effective agent in affairs had disappeared Out of modern life, and an able writer in the...

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1,4V.—TUR SUBURBAN COUNTIES AND HERTFORDSHIRE :— TAINES—the lost of the towns in this Province whose 0 burgesses are mentioned in the Domesday Survey — has had a Roman origin...

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GENERAL EXHIBITION OF WATER-COLOUR DRAWINGS. THE power of selection is, beyond question, one of the most efficient aids to the success of the general Water-Colour Exhibi-...

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OF THE "SPECTATOR." Tuesday, 3rd March. SIR, —By far the ablest, most interesting, and most moderate defence of the attempt to establish a new ecclesiastical rigime in South...

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A SISTER'S STORY.* IT is not surprising that a work which, closely printed in two volumes, has in France gone through twelve editions, should be regarded as a fair subject for...

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IT is difficult, when the taste receives a violent shock, to keep the judgment cool ; to remember that vulgarity is not a synonym for baseness, or inordinate vanity always the...

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A PRUDENT critic naturally hesitates before he confesses to having felt something of disappointment in reading one of Dr. Stanley's books. There is no living English writer...

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THE eight essays in this series of the Dublin Afternoon Lectures on Literature and Art address themselves with a single exception to literary topics. The attractive style in...

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The North British Review. March. (Edmonston and Douglas ,—The present number of the North British is not as good as vaml. The subjects are not in themselves attractive, and...

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A Buried Secret. A tale. (J. C. Hotten.)—The author of

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this tale has buried his secret with great success. He has done the same with his bad characters. He had better have followed suit with his book.

Pigeons, their Structure, Varieties, Habits, and Management. By W. P.

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Tegetmeier, F.G.S. (George Routledge and Sons, the Broadway, Ludgate Hill.)—The name of the author of the Standard of Excellence is a sufficient guarantee for the efficiency of...

Country Towns, and the Place they fill in Modern Civilization.

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(London: Bell and Daldy.)—It appears from the census of 1861 that there are in England and Wales some two hundred and twenty towns whose populations range between five thousand...

Capital Punishment. A Tale of the Nineteenth Century. (Saunders and

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Otley.)-11 a man buys Church property, turns a ruin into a smok- ing-room, and goes to church only once on Sunday, the inevitable result will be that his son will be hanged as...

English Heraldry. By Charles Boutell. (Cassell, Patter, and Galpin.) —We

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do not know how many persons of the present day will endorse Mr. Boutell's proposition that some knowledge of heraldry ought, in consequence of its singular and comprehensive...

Lyrics and Bucolics. Translated by T. Herbert Noyes. (London: J.

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C. Hotten.)—Like Mr. Conington, Mr. Noyes thinks that the English heroic line of ten syllables can be seldom made to comprise all that may be said in a hexameter containing on...

The Young Earl. 2 vols. (Saunders and Otley.) — Manifestly

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a youthful work, the author of which wants to play at novel-writing. From first to last everything is according to the Cocker of fiction, and neither wo, nor the author, nor the...

Practice with Science: a Series of Agricultural Papers. Vol. I.

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(Long- mans.)—The title of this volume inadequately describes its contents. The agricultural papers in it are of a high class, and will, no doubt, enlighten those to whom they...

founded upon Holman Hunt's picture of "Our Saviour in the

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Temple." Mr. Tenner tells us that he is well aware of the discouraging circum- stance "that no kind of composition is so little attractive to the general public now as that...

telly's title-page, is "told in detail for the first time,

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chiefly by the aid of original letters, official and other documents, and contemporary memoirs recently made public," has been related more than once in a shorter form, and has...

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Visions of Paradise. An Epic. By David N. Lord. Vol.

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I. (New York, David N. Lord, 19 West Fourth Street.)—An epic in twelve bouks without a subject and without an incident is too much for either humui or critical endurance. Mr....

Papers on Maritime Legislation ; with a Translation of the

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German Mercantile Law relating to Maritime Commerce. By Ernst Emil Wendt. (Longmans.)—This volume contains various letters, addresses, and criticisms on maritime questions and...