8 APRIL 1876

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Lord Shaftesbury's motion for an address to the Crown to

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entreat her Majesty to assume some title in her capacity of ruler of India less distasteful to her subjects than that of " Empress " was brought forward on Monday night, in a...

Mr. Fawcett's motion for an address to the Crown, begging

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the Queen not to assume the title of " Empress" of India, will not come off till after the Easter vacation. Mr. Disraeli had pro- posed to give him Monday next for the motion,...

Sir Stafford Northcote brought on the Budget on Monday, be-

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fore a very inattentive House. He had for the past year a sur- plus of £710,000, but for the coming year he expected a deficit of £774,000, which he should increase by £26,000,...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE news from the East

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is becoming more serious. The Servian Government has raised a forced loan, has called out its militia, and refuses all demands from Turkey for explanations of its acts. The...

Lord Selborne made a very spirited speech, in which he

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proved that the title of 'Queen' has long been officially used in the Statute Book of India, complimented Lord Cairns on the delicacy with which he had picked up in the course...

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

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Paramount" or "Lady Paramount" was not a title,' but "a

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definition and description," [and what, then, is Defender of the Faith ?' do not definitions and descriptions become ' titles ' when systematically used ?]—that 'King' and...

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The British Government, as we supposed last week, has finally

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retired from any effort to improve Egyptian finance. On Thqrs- day night the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in answer to Mr. Gourley, read a statement declaring that "it did not...

There was, however, a short and dull debate on Thursday

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upon the Income-tax, Mr. Hubbard moving that both imperial and local taxation should be based upon real property, and that taxa- tion levied upon industrial earnings should be...

Prince Bismarck appears to have made, in the Prussian Diet

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this week, a sort of apology to the Constitutional Prussian party of 1863-5, for the apparent hostility with which he treated their resistance to the military autocracy claimed...

There is a contest of some interest going on in

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l3arbadoes be- tween the planters and the Governor. Lord Carnarvon, in a de- spatch of January 28, 1876, directed Mr. Hennessy to bring forward Lord Kimberley's plan of...

The Russian official journals now affirm that the story of

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the Czar's abdication was pure invention. It is pretty evident that', it was not, but the denial may be taken as meaning that the pro- ject has been laid aside. The Czar, it is...

President Grant is believed to be very ill. He has

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had some kind of a stroke, produced by vexation at the official frauds, or at the revelation of them, being nearly fatal to his third term. The Senate has formed itself into a...

Mr. Cave's Report on Egyptian finance was published on Monday,

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and is analysed elsewhere, and the market, with its unerring instinct for facts, responded by an immediate fall. This has greatly annoyed financiers in France, who hold great...

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Lieutenant Cameron, who performed the great feat of crolssing Africa

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from Zanzibar to the Western Coast, which he reaChed only towards the end of last year, after a long disappearance in the centre of Africa, was entertained on Monday afternoon...

On Thursday night, again, Lord Morley tried to expunge the

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clause which associates three delegates from each College with the Commission, for the purpose of making statutes relative to that College. Lord Lansdowne said the proposal was...

The Oxford University Bill has encountered no serious mutila- tion

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in the Lords. The chief amendment was proposed yesterday week by Lord Granville, and had it been supported by the Arch- bishop of Canterbury—who is voting very officially just...

Mr. Dixon, M.P. for Birmingham, moved on Wednesday the

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second reading of his Education Act Amendment Bill, for extending educational compulsion to the whole nation, and extending it by means of universal School Boards. He made a...

The Indian Budget was published in Calcutta on March 31,

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and is very bad. The revenue for 1874-75 was /50,570,177, and the expenditure 150,251,047, but 14,249,566 extra was spent for public works. The revenue in 1875-76 was...

The 'Mistletoe' affair has ended in a kind of compromise.

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The Admiralty have decided that when the Queen is on board the Alberta,' the attention of her Captain, Prince Leiningen, is un- avoidably taken up by attendance on her Majesty,...

A terrible agrarian murder has occurred in Ireland. Mr. P.

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S. Bridges, a land agent, who had been fired at a year and a half ago for an ejectment, was on Thursday week fired at again. He was drivingfrom Mitchelstown towards Cork,...

Yesterday week, Sir T. Chambers moved for an inquiry as

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to "the number, rate of increase, character, and present position, in relation to the law, of monastic and conventual institutions in Great Britain." As regards the monastics...

Consols were at the latest date 941 to 94g.

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THE FINANCES OF EGYPT. N OTHING is more remarkable about the finances of Egypt than the interest which is for the moment felt about them. That a petty African State, not yet...

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danger of repudiation by the masses, if he did anything

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of which come nearest to each other in numbers, wealth, and which the shopkeepers did not approve, and he would indeed the character of their interests, and the consequent...

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T HE Budget Speech this year was a very sensible and a very dull one. Sir Stafford Northoote has many claims to respect as a statesman, but originality is not one of them, and...


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it/OST people are saying that the Government has suffered AM. terribly sinoe the reassembling of Parliament, and if we were living in 1866 most people would be right. There...

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I T is satisfactory to observe how the controversies about Education, at one time so violent and bitter, are narrow- ing themselves to very minute issues indeed. On Wednesday,...

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TN an article on the condition of Mexico last autumn, we I pointed out that the progress of anarchical revolution was so general at that date, that the strong hand of a...

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T BEE letter from Mr. Scoones which we print elsewhere raises one real and one imaginary objection against the change which Lord Salisbury has lately made in the method of...

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VETE wonder if Mr. Donald Cameron, of Lochiel, Groom-in- V V Waiting to the Queen, and unopposed Member for Inver- ness-shire, knows where St. Kilda is. If he does not, as it...

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T HERE has, we suspect, never been a popular favourite who has so completely found the key to the sympathies of her special audience as George Eliot. It was hardly possible to...

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LORD SALISB1JRY AND THE INDIA CIVIL SERVICE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "EPROTITOR.1 shall be obliged if you will permit me to make a few com- ments in your columns on the...

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[TO THE EDnva OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Sun,—I should be very sorry to wound the feelings of any of your Nonconformist readers, and if my phrase about "poisoning the -wells " offends...


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I DOANT go to Church, 'cause I cannot Bee the good, And yet I'm none so sartain I should go there if I could ; For I does what I likes, and jest when I likes, d'yer see? And...


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By the lengthening of the eves,— Spring is coming. • By the flowers that scent the air, By the skies more blue and fair, By the singing everywhere,— Spring is coming. All...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—It is said to be the sluggard only who tells his dreams, but I will venture to trespass on your time with an account of one I dreamt the...

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THE LIFE OF LORD MACAULAY.* (fillOOND NOTICE.] THE most striking feature in Lord Macaulay's style, both as essayist and as letter-writer, is a certain uniformity of...

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MR. WILLIAMS'S history of the Midland Railway gives us, with great particularity and detail, an account of the precise state of • * The Midland Railway ; its Rise and Progress....

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Mn. GALTON might fairly claim Robert Stephen Hawker as am example of heredity in the matter of religious instincts. Hiis grandfather was Dr. Hawker, sometime rector of Charles,...

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IN this volume M. Boissier leaves the ground of philosophiccr- religious criticism, which he occupied with so much ability in his Religion Romaine d'Auguste aux Antonin:,...

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Mn. GAIRDNEN has now conducted us to the end of the Poston Letters. Of his qualificatiOns for the task of unravelling the tangled web of English history during the fifteenth...

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THE Magazines are, taken altogether, somewhat dull this month, full of fair papers enough, but without anything of the striking interest they have taught us to expect. As a...

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Ecclesiastical History of Ireland, from the Earliest Times to the

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Pre- sent. By W. 0. Killen, D.D. 2 vols. (Macmillan.)—Those who have the leisure will do well to read these two volumes. They are full of interest, and are the result of great...


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The Portfolio for April. (Seeley and Co.)—If we say that the high level of merit to which the conductors of the Portfolio have accustomed us seems to us scarcely to be reached...

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The Life and Times of Louisa, Queen of Prussia, with

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an Introduc- tory Sketch of Pnissian History. By E. H. Hudson. Second Edition. (Hatchards.)—The first edition of this interesting work having been reviewed in our columns at the...

Annabel's Rival : a Novel. By Dora Russell. (Tinsley Brothers.)—

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The rival of Miss Annabel Lee is her own sister, whom the de- spicable hero of this novel marries because she has been left a fortune, while the beautiful Annabel has merely the...

The Laws Relating to English and Foreign Funds, Shares, and

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Securities. By William Boyle. (Effingham Wilson.)—This book will be found useful by the layman, but will be of no help to the lawyer, for it only touches on those plain cases...

The Native Races of the Pacific States of North America.

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By Hubert Rowe Bancroft. Vol. V. Primitive History. (Longmans.)—In a chapter which is as full of learning as the rest of Mr. Bancroft's work, and is certainly more amusing than...

The Gwillians of Bryn - Giant - an. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—To speak (mite

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frankly, this is a very disagreeable story. Grace Gwillian relates her own biography, and tells us a dismal tale of a childhood and youth -made wretched by all kinds of evil...

Studies, Biblical and Oriental. By Rev. William Turner. (A. and

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C. Black.)—The most important papers in this volume are those which relate to the decipherment of cuneiform inscriptions, in which Mr. Turner defends the commonly accepted modes...

The Youth of the Period. By J. F. Shaw - Kennedy.

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(Samuel Tinsley.)—What can be the good of writing the biography of an extra- vagant and profligate young fool, a creature without a single good quality, and without brains...

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Ceylon : a General Description of the Island, Historical, Physical,

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and Statistical. By an Officer, late of the Ceylon Rifles. (Chapman and Hall.)—The successors of a famous book labour under an unavoidable disadvantage. They are estimated by...

given, or is about to give, to the world in

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his larger history. Of that history we have already had occasion to express our opinion at some length. In the more compendious work before us, some of the blemishes which we...

Fermentation. By P. Sohiitzenberger. (Henry S. King and Co.)— The

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study of fermentation has a twofold interest, chemical and biolo- gical, and is intimately connected with a theory which has had eminent adherents and opponents, that of...

Botany Primer. By Dr. .T. D. Hooker. (Macmillan and Co.)—

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This is certainly the most difficult of all the primers for school children to undertake. Although in method and matter it leaves nothing to be desired, as might have been...

Nuttall's Spelling - Bee Guide. (Warne and Co.)—A. really useful " Guide

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" would not contain "five thousand difficult words of the English language." Any person really wanting to be guided in per- forming the duties of an interrogator at a...