8 MAY 1869

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MHE Mayor of Cork has wearied out the patience of

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the Govern' ment, and on Wednesday the Attorney-General for Ireland brought in a Bill dismissing him from office, "as if he were naturally dead," and disabling him for life for...

The debate upon this Bill was marked by an unexpected

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incident. Mr. Disraeli, who cannot understand the instincts of his own party, all but resisted the first reading, saying that it was a Bill of pains and penalties for mere words...

It was clearly shown during the debate that Government could

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not proceed by indictment. No trial could have been held until November, and Mr. O'Sullivan would therefore retain his office almost or quite up to the close of his term, while...

Thursday was Ascension Day, and the Directors of the Bank

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of England, in accordance with an old and laudable custom, all ent to Church. Having confessed themselves miserable sinners, and Prayed to be delivered from the world, the...

The Irish Church Bill has made rapid way in committee

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during the week, has triumphantly weathered Whalley's Bluff, Jeukinson Point, and Aytouu Reef, and got into comparatively smooth water, through which it was scudding rapidly at...

The great Maynooth fight began on Tuesday and ended on

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Thursday. Mr. Whalley moved on clause 30 to omit the words which leave a part of the Maynooth Act unropealed,—his object being to extinguish the College as a corporation, and...

On Thursday night Sir G. Jenkinson moved his amendment, the

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effect of which would have been to compensate Maynooth out of the Consolidated Fund instead of out of the Irish Church property,—on the ground, which we confess seemed to us...

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Mr. Sinclair Aytoun made a shabby motion to cut delve

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the amount of compensation to .Maynooth, and was beaten la* in the evening in a House not quite so full, by 107 (305 to 191). Of course, in this division some ultra-Protestants...

Mr. Disraeli is cordially sick of the Irish debate, to

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the details of which he is unequal, and even against the principle of which he finds it a hard task to whip up any enthusiasm. He has done all in his power to facilitate the...

The debate of Tuesday on Maynooth brought the long-standing quarrel

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between Mr. Newdegate and Mr. Whalley to a head. The Member for North Warwickshire complained piteously that Mr. Whalley had made the Maynooth question a laughing-stock of the...

Mr. Gladstone made a frightful blunder on Monday. He actually

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proposed that Members should forego a week of their Whitauntide holiday, and only retire for ten days, a proposal which created such a mutiny that on the following day the...

Mr. Gladstone has given notice of the names of the

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three Commissioners whom he has selected for the winding-up of the Irish Church. They are Viscount Monk (an Irish Peer), Mr. Justice Lawson (an able Liberal Irish lawyer), and...

The Spaniards are getting on ,slowly with their Constitution. The.Gortes

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have, however, moteittbaireligious. clauses which establish the Catholic religion, but concede toleration to foreigners, and to any Spaniards who profess any religion other than...

The Pall Mall of Wednesday seriously misrepresented,—we do not, of

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course, mean intentionally,—our article of last week on Mr. Sumner's speech, making it appear that we had contended for a formal apology for our conduct during the Civil War....

The refusal of the Queen's Bench to compel the present

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Bishop of London to inquire into the doctrine of one of Mr. Bennetta books on the Eucharist has beep followed up by a refusal of the Dean of Arches (Sir R. l'hillinaore) to...

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The alarmists made a last effort (at least, let us

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hope it is a last e ffort) at St. James's Hall on Monday, to persuade the country that it does not wish to disestablish and disendow the Irish church, and to persuade the House...

The Bishop of St. David's, on Monday, explained clearly to

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the House of Lords that nothing very fatal happens to the country in consequence of the temporary inability of certain bishops through old age or sickness to discharge their...

Mr. Justice Blackburn appears to think that an idiot's vote

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is as good as any other person's in a borough election. In trying the petition against Colonel Meller, M.P. for Stafford, Mr. FitsJames Stephen said he objected to one vote on...

Lord Stanley on Wednesday took the chair at the eightieth

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annual dinner of the Royal Literary Fund, and made an extremely cold speech, prefacing it by the remark that he had read the records of previous dinners, and thought everything...

It appears from the latest advices from Buenos Ayres that

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Lopez still maintains the war, carrying off small detachments, holding kis railroad and making forays in railway waggons, and keening, at least, 6,000 men in the field. The...

An extraordinary case of heartlessness was tried on Wednesday before

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Baron Cleasby. Frances Alice Whimper, aged 18, was on 11th April a nurse in the house of Mr. Brehm, grocer, of Spitalfields, and in company with Ellen Toohey, a girl of 15,...

The Americana are beginning to see that protective duties are

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taxes levied on the poor for the benefit of the rich. A very important meeting was held at Boston on the 20th April, to found a Free-Trade League. It was supported by many...

The Court of Common Pleas, on Thursday, delivered judgment in

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the case of Mr. Birley, minority Member for Manchester. Mr. Birley's firm had held a contract from the Indian Secretary of State, the whole of the money for which he had not...

Diamonds of large size, one of 83 carats, have been discovered at the Cape.

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The annual dinner of the /loyal Academy was held on

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Saturday, and the President, the Duke of Cambridge, Mr. Gladstone, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Mr. Revordy Johnson made speeches. The Duke, returning thanks for the Army,...

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T HE root of all this trouble in Cork is the root of all other trouble in Ireland, the perverse habit of applying English ideas of government and administration to a people of...


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T HE letter from the sober and thoughtful New York correspondent of the Daily News, printed last Tuesday, gives a complexion to the character of Mr. Sumner's speech which...

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HE greatest objection, perhaps even the sole objection, to Direct Taxation as a mode of supplying the Treasury is, those who pay the taxes do not, under our suffrage, conthe...

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T HE fourth volume of the official account in course of issue by the Austrian Government of the events of 1866 contains assertions and gives versions of despatches hitherto...

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I T is not often that a private Act of Parliament deserves or obtains much general discussion ; but a Bill promoted by Oriel College has been so far exceptional in its fortunes...


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[BY AN EYE-WITNESS.] T HE commencement of Lord Mayo's Indian career has been auspicious. Sir John Lawrence passed the last months of his Viceroyalty under a cloud of impending...

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"IN the second volume of Mr. Leeky's interesting book on the A history of European morality, he gives a characteristically Impartial account of the austerities of the Christian...

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THE TowNs : — (CONTINUED.) B EFORE proceeding with the towns of Lincolnshire which+ still preserve a certain urban character, we must refer to a place which appears to have been...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—It really is hard upon the Australians that their doings should be discussed in our House of Commons by members who do not take the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR.) Sin,—It seems to me you yield the point substantially contended for in the Quarterly Review and Temple Bar, when in your article with the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In a critique which appears in your impression of May 1 I regret to find that I am again confounded with the author of hitty, Dr. Jacob,...

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THE WATER-COLOUR SOCIETY. IN this ensue mirabilis of Art, when the national collection of pictures has first found elbow-room, and the Academy (or it is its own fault) has done...

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SONNET. FASHIONABLE CHUROU.—MAY, 1869. Tnv. air is faint, yet still the crowds press in With stir of silks and under-flow of talk That falls from lips of ladies as they walk,...


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THERE is something striking in coming upon the true genius of an Oriental faith,—(in that sense in which the Semitic faiths must be distinguished from the true Oriental type),...

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Tins book is a curious medley of authentic history, accepted anecdote, and broadly expressed hero-worship, all centrin g of course in the Minister President of Prussia, and all...

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DR. BuLuia's title appears to be learned, like the disclaimers of responsibility issued by a railway company, so as to embrace within his net the whole of every subject touched...

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IT is idle to speculate on the reasons which have induced Mr. Hewitt to make a long and heavy book, where one of half the size and a tenth of the weight would have been...

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Fraser has a valuable though slightly dogmatic paper on the treatment of habitual criminals, in which the writer accepts Lord Kimberley's Bill merely as an instalment of reform....

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Mad: a Story of Dust and Ashes. By George Manville Fenn. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—The book deserves, on the whole, something better than the very strange and we may say unattractive...