7 MAY 1870

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We have now received the despatches from Mr. Erskine toLord

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Clarendon up to the day after the Greek murders, and an important letter from the well-known Athenian correspondent of the Times, but no light is as yet thrown on the fatal...

The Times' correspondent at Athens tells us expressly that the

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Prime Minister, M. Zaimis, had admitted the absolute reasonable- ness of the demand that there should be no pursuit, since the same order had been given for the same purpose in...


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Y ESTERDAY week (April 29) a plot against the Emperor's life was discovered, or said to have been discovered, in Paris. A soldier and deserter of bad character, of the name of...

*,,,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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A barrister of the name of Protot has been also

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arrested as con- cerned in the same plot. He seems to have made a very powerful resistance,—being a man of great physical strength,—and to have repeatedly appealed to the mob to...

The official press of France and the supple courtier who

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calls himself Prime Minister, have of course availed themselves of this discovery to urge on the people that every ' no ' to the piebiacite of to-morrow will mean sympathy with...

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The terms of the "'amicable undenitanding " are now undergoing

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discussion in the Parliament of be Dominion. It is proposed 'by the Bill as introduced into the Assembly of the Dominion, as far as we understand the telegram, that a province...

But perhaps the most amusing speech was that of the

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American Minister, Mr. Motley, who told how he had been studying only that morning the example set him by the am- bassador of an important republic, who had attended a great...

Lord Elcho's superciliousstyle of-course gotlim into .a squabble. He charged

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Mr. Robertson, M.P. for Berwickshire, with enter- taining so blind an admiration for his leader as to have sunk into a "moral molluscous" state, in which he was ready to shut...

The House has got on fairly with the Irish Land

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Bill, for though it is still in the middle of clause 4, it has got through four pages and a half out of about thirty pages in the Bill, and decided on the leading principles in...

Lord Granville explained on Thursday night the steps which - the

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Government h ave taken in relation to the lied River insurrec- tion. When it broke out, the transfer of the Hudson's Bay Company to the Dominion had not yet been effected, and...

The annual banquet which celebrates the opening of the Royal

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Academy was held this day week, when the usual number of soft speeches, giving everybody to believe that everybody WM :en- chanted with eveeybody., were made. Mr. Childers said...

The prospects of the Government have greatly brightened since the

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reassembling of the House after the Easter recess. Not only is the Irish Land Bill proceeding with respectable speed, but Mr. Newdegate's silly proposal to excite the Roman...

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Mr. W. R. S. Ralston, the accomplished translator of Tour-

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gueneff's exquisite novel of "Liza,"—and, by the way, of a very weird and powerful tale by the same great author, called "The Idiot," in the May number of the Temple Bar...

The Women's Rights are looking up in the world. On

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Wednes- day, Mr. Jacob Bright's "Women's Disabilities Bill" was carried through its second reading, in a thin house, by a majority of 33, —124 to 91. What most excites our...

'Consols were on Friday evening 8811e-94.

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In answer to that unwearied and interminable interrogator Sir G.

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Jenkinson, Mr. Bruce has explained that his reason for commuting the sentence of Jacob Spinasa was the production of very important new evidence from a Swiss surgeon, showing...

A very edifying question of privilege was raised in the

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House of Commons on Thursday by Mr. Osborne, to whom such questions are sweet. It -seems that after the debate on Mr. Newdegate's motion on Monday, while the Speaker was put-...

Mr. Dicey, whose appointment as editor of the Daily News

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we mentioned some three months ago, has already ceased to be its editor, under circumstances which he thus concisely describes to us. Speaking of the original negotiation, he...

"A Beneficed Clergyman," in a letter to the Pall Mall

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Gazette of Monday, explains the general outline of a reform by which those friends of the National Church who have a prescience of the future, hope to enable it to set its house...

But who was the impulsive person whose dreams of kicking

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and garotting 'Mr. Whalley led to all this tumult ? That is at pre- sent a profound secret, but Dr. Brady expressed his belief that Mr. Kinnaird was the only person so situated...

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O NE of our contemporaries is greatly agitated because "the Government of King George have shown no more consideration to England than they would have shown to Portugal and...


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THE PLOT AND THE PLRBISCITE. W HATEVER view we may take of the discovery made, or asserted to have been made, by the French Govern- ment of a plot to assassinate the...

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BILL T HE time is close at hand when we shall know the limits of Government concession on the Education Bill. As this is really the question on which, more than on any other,...

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S YSTEMATIC indecency, culminating in rape, is-'the charge , which the Dean of Arches has been investigating for six: days, and of which he has declared that Mr. Jackson, the-...

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I T is impossible to read the second Budget statement which the Indian Finance Minister has just made without a feeling of great discouragement. We have never been inclined to...

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W E have spoken elsewhere of the general characteristics of Mr. Disraeli's new novel, and not spoken of them very respectfully ; but the book gives us a good occasion for a few...

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S OME few weeks ago, the writer, happening to be in a remote part of Wessex, was called upon—as most of his -readers have probably at some time or other been called upon—to...

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THE IRISH LAND BILL IN COMMITTEE. (To TIM EDITOR. OF TUE "sem:Irma.?'] Sut,—I conceive that, while preserving Parliamentary forms, Mr. • Gladstone received and assumed a...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THR "SPECTATOR.") Sut,—In your article of April 23rd on "The Birch in Classical Times," you say that its title is, properly speaking, a misnomer ; there was no...


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hope you will open your columns to a warning on a subject which is of vital importance to Ireland, and yet appears to be almost overlooked by English politicians? I am not...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SPECTATOB-1 SIR,—The statement in a paragraph of to-day's Spectator that in the Legislative Assembly of the colony of Victoria, on the discus- sion of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me space for a few remarks suggested by your article " Cmsar and Mmzenas," of last Saturday? The attention of the English public...

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No one with any regard for contemporary art can visit the Society's Exhibition of 1870 without being conscious of the grievous loss it has sustained in the death of James...

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LOTHAIB.* LOTHAIR " floats so very high in the aristocratic empyrean,— that without an impartial Duke on your literary staff, a conscien- tious editor has scruples as to forming...

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A PLEASANT and a clever book ; not full of fresh knowledge, but very full of happily expressed thought. Mr. Lowell, as a writer, has the gift generally specially assigned to the...

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THERE is a little book entitled A Sketch of the Denominations of the Christian World, by Mr. John Evans, of Islington, which originally appeared about the end of the last...

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Ur is a pleasant change after what we have heard of late, and are - likely to hear for some time to conic, about New Zealand, to read such a book as Lady Barker's, with its gay...

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The Odes, Epodes, and Satires of Horace, translated into English

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Verse. By Theodore Martin. 3rd Edition. (Blackwood.)—The novel feature of this edition is the translation of the "Satires," which Mr. Martin now, for the first time, publishes....

The Analytical History of India. By Robert Sewell. (W. H.

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Allen and Co.)—The word "analytical" is used somewhat loosely, as it very commonly is, for "epitomized." Mr. Sewell condenses the history of India from the earliest times down...

Now - a - Days at Home and Abroad. By J. R. Digby Bests.

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2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—By "now-a-days" Mr. Beate means twelve years ago, and he tells us how he then took his family abroad, how he sojourned in Portugal, Africa, and...


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The Resurrection. By Samuel Cox. (Strahan.) — Mr. Cox, whose valuable work on the Book of Ecclesiastes we noticed a year or so ago, gives us in this volume a very able and...

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PONTRY. — Purpose and Passion : being Pygmalion, and other Poems. By

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Kenningale Robert Cook, B.A. (Virtue.)—We gather from certain indications in this volume that Mr. Cook is a young man ; and we doubt whether circumstances, in leading him or...