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The most ominous phenomenon in the House of Commons on

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Thursday was the innumerable host of notices of motion,—of which the Prime Minister's, of a Committee of the whole House to consider the subject of University Education in...

The Address was moved in the Commons by the Hon.

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Mr. Lyttelton (East Worcestershire), and seconded in a speech of some ease, promise, and ability by Mr. Stone (Portsmouth), after which Mr. Disraeli began his speech in his best...

Mt. Disraeli then fell into a somewhat minute criticism of

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the Geneva Arbitration, and the interpretation put upon the famous Three Rules' by the Arbitrators, pressing the Government as to the measures taken to recommend the "three...

The debate in the Lords, except upon the Central-Asian paragraph,

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analysed elsewhere, was rather tedious. Lord Clarendon, who moved the Address, spoke well, but the only "note" of his speech was a protest against any endowment of Roman...


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P ARLIAMENT met on Thursday, and the Queen's Speech was read, as usual nowadays, by Commission, Her Majesty sharing, it is to be presumed, the opinion of the Swedish Legisla-...

40 , 11 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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M. Thiers and the Thirty have, it is believed, come

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to an agreement at last,—that is to say, the Thirty have surrendered at discretion, and the President is quite pleased with them. They are as harmonious as a whale and his...

M. Thiers made an important statement on Tuesday with reference

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to the Electoral Law. He had all his life opposed universal suffrage, but that mode of election had not turned out so terrible as he expected, and he could not forget that a...

A meeting was held at Brighton on Tuesday to receive

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an address from "the _native inhabitants of Bengal "--that is, from some of them, to the people of Brighton, thanking them for the attention paid by their representative to the...

Sir W. Armstrong has delivered to the North of England

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Institute of Miners and Engineers a remarkable lecture about the price of coal. He believes that the supply is not now equal to the demand, the men only working 33 hours a. week...

Geneva is either more anti-Catholic even than Prussia, or the

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authorities of the Canton have made a blunder from want_of knowledge of the Papal system. Monsignor Mermillod, bishop- in partibus, who had been acting as coadjutor to the...

The Prussian Chamber of Deputies have passed the Bill for

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such an alteration of Articles 15 and 18 of the Constitution as will enable the State to persecute all forms of religion it dislikes, by a majority of 245 to 110 votes. The...

The Duke of Richmond evidently thinks that what with one

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law and another, and Sir C. Dilke and Mr. Gladstone, landed property will soon become quite worthless. We wonder what the Duke of Northumberland thinks about it. He has a house...

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A somewhat striking religious phenomenon took place yester- day week,

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in the shape of a really crowded meeting, mostly com- posed of elderly laymen, at St. James's Hall, from which a satellite meeting was thrown off to the Hanover Square Rooms, to...

Consols were on Friday 92i to 92i.

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The Strike in South Wales continues, and the masters appear

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- to believe it will last, Mr. Crawshay, the greatest among them, having brought up his pit horses to the surface, a change which for them must be like a recovery of sight to...

Mr. Caine has fought a hard battle for Liverpool, and

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we do not know at the time we go to press how the contest has issued. The election was conducted with perfect order. The card trick was practised by the Tories not for the sake...

The Government, mindful, perhaps, of Dr. Hessers nation- ality, has

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expressed its regret for his detention and has paid his passage to Brazil, while the public is subscribing liberally to a compensation fund. Dr. Hessel himself has furnished an...

Ladies who pride themselves on their "seal-skins," and who enjoy

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the comfort of them, should read Mr. Frank Buckland'a letter to last Wednesdays Times, and at least use their influence with Members of Parliament to get an inter- national...

A memorial from the people of Limerick, both Roman Catholic

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and Protestant, headed by the Postmaster-General (the Member for the county of Limerick), and signed by both the Roman Catholic and Protestant Bishops of Limerick, and by Dr....

The New York Herald publishes a striking account of the

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horrible snowstorm which on 7th January desolated the State of Minnesota. The broad, high table-land, almost treeless and open to the winds from the Northern Sea, was visited on...

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THE OPENING OF THE SESSION. F IRST nights are generally a little unreal, except when country gentlemen flock to Westminster with - feverish cattle on the brain. Certainly the...

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rE very guarded and careful statement on Asiatic affairs made by Lord Granville on Thursday night, does not throw as much light on the recent negotiations with Russia, as the...


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T HIS Coal Famine will not, we think, last very long—not, that is, for years—but it may for a time give rise to as much suffering in different ways as the failure of the cotton...

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T HE announcement that Mr. Bone, Tenant-farmer, intends to contest South Hampshire at the next election, is, we believe, serious, and is well worth the attention of the country...

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Christendom as it can be made. Now, by their own

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almost universal admission, this is not the case. Mr. Hubbard, for instance, says very plainly that he had once felt the same difficulty which we feel about the Damnatory,—or,...

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M R. DOUGLAS SPALDING has been making some very curious and instructive experiments on the instincts of chickens hooded by himself from the moment of their birth till they were...

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TT is rather vexatious, in one way, to see so much made of Dr. liessers case. His innocence is quite clear, and Government and the public are acting justly as well as...

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A N important natural phenomenon will occur before long, and there is some fear that this country—though the Govern- ment has been very liberal—will suffer serious discredit...

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THE LEAGUE SCHEME AND THE RURAL PARISHES. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:"] SIR,—If your readers are not quite tired of the Education question and the "religious...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—The agitation that is springing up in Scotland just now for tenant-right is on the part of the farmers of that country per- fectly...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In an article headed by the question "Is England in Earnest about Education ? " you express a very natural fear lest the tactics -of...


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THE NEW EDITION OF THE IDYLLS OF THE KING.* THESE volumes complete a six-volume edition of Mr. Tennyson's poems, which for beauty and simplicity of form, for paper, type, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE “SFEOTATOR.1 Sin,—A good cause is rarely aided by the use of extravagant language ; and experience proves that under a nearly perfect system of...

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A CHARACTERISTIC pamphlet from Dublin with the above title marks the close, we should hope, of an episode in the proceedings of the Chancery Appeal Courts over the water which...

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NEARLY thirty years ago, Messrs. Simms and McIntyre, of Belfast, began to publish a series of shilling books called "The Parlour Library," whose appearance was greeted with a...

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THE first and most generally interesting of these is Dr. Richard Morris's "Old English Miscellany, containing a Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred, and Religious...

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\Vs have not for a long time read a story we so entirely like; and we do not feel moved to find much fault with anything except the title, which has not only an affected and...

THE FORCES OF N ATURE.* IT is by no means

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easy to assign an exact position and value to the popular volumes on science lately given to the world by Figuier, Flammarion, Simonin, Hartwig, and two or three other foreign...

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The Fourth Gospel the Heart of Christ. By Edmund H.

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Sears. (Boston, U.S. : Noyes, Holmes, and Co. London : Sampson Low and 00.) —Mr. Sears has taken as his title a phrase of Ernesti's which certainly expresses the feeling of some...


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The Dublin Review for January, 1873. (Barns and Oates.)—This is- not a very lively number, but it contains an effective article on the Queen's Colleges in Ireland, showing how...

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A House of Cards. By Mrs. Cashel May. A. New

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Edition. (Chapman and Hall.) Buried in the Deep, and other Tales. By Mrs. Cashel Hoy. A New Edition. (Chapman and Hall.)—We spoke of the great merits of Mrs. Cashel Seers vivid...

Life of Bishop Bedell. By his Son. Now first edited,

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by John E. B. Mayor. (Macmillan.)—This is one of the series of volumes generally described as "Cambridge in the Seventeenth Century." It has, however, little to do with...

Baron Grimbosh, Doctor of Philosophy, and sometime Governor of Barataria.

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(S. Tinsley.)—This is a satire on English character, habits, and politics, a satire not in the least malicious, and possibly, in consequence of its innocence, not very lively....

Imauddeen, and other Poems. By E. A. W. (Nisbet and

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Co.)—The - versification of the poems in this little volume is clear and smooth. The tone of thought is religions, but never goody. The longest poem in it, Intauddeen, is the...

Lives of the Saints. March. By the Rev. S. Baring-Gould.—Mr.

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Gould continues with unwearied industry to epitomise the vast litera- ture of saintly biographies. In the volume now before W3, St. Gregor" the Great, St. Gregory of Nyssen, and...

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Cyrilla. By the Baroness Tautphceus. (Bentley.)—This is a new edition

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of the best of Baroness Tautphceus's novels. "The Initials" is better known, and it is free from the tedium and repetition which are the principal faults of Cyrilla; but it is...

Hogarth's Frolic. (J. C. Hotten).—Our readers may have seen in

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"Hone's Everyday Book," or elsewhere, The Five Days' Peregrination round the Isle of Sheppey by William Hogarth and his Fellow-pilgrims, Scott, Tothall, Thornhill, and Forest."...

Pearl and Emerald: a Tale of Gotham. By R. E.

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Francillon. (Smith and Elder.)—Readers of the Cornhill Magazine were probably much perplexed by Pearl and Emerald as it appeared in successive numbers, and they will not be much...

A Mingled Yarn. By Mrs. Henry Mackarness. 3 vols. (Bentley.)

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—Mrs. Mackaimess is the author of a charming little book which every one who may have read it must remember with pleasure, "A Trap to Catch a Sunbeam." We gladly allow that...

Ephemera. By Lord Lyttelton. Second Series. (Murray.)—We are always glad

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to read the productions of so accomplished a writer as Lord Lyttelton, and glad also to see them in a permanent form. The volume before us contains a number of lectures and...

certain that the subject has not lost any of its

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interest during the interval. Some letters from Mr. Hope dealing with this matter appeared, as our readers may remember, in our correspondence columns. In those columns many...

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Grace Toltnar. By John Dangerfield. (Smith and Elder.)—This is a

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clever, but not an attractive story,—the story of a love that was marred by misunderstandings, and of a life, or rather of two lives, which the marring of that lave destroyed....

Round the World: Sketches of Travel through Many Lands and

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over Many Seas. By E. G. Prime, D.D. (Sampson Low and Co.)— Dr. Prime started on August 1, 1869, to do what is now "The Grand Tour; to go round the world, and accomplished it in...

Sons of Dives. 2 vols. (S. Tinsley.)—There is nothing specially

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remarkable about this novel except, perhaps, the English, which is uncommonly bad. It is hardly worth while to fill up even a few lines with a specimen, but, for once in a way,...

be ; to point out where the tradition is deficient

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or false, and then to work out his own idea of the character. Of course it is possible to pass upon this author's idea the same criticism as the author himself passes upon that...