10 FEBRUARY 1872

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In the House of Commons, Mr. Disraeli, after twitting the

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Government with having lived during the Recess in " a blaze of apology," and with thinking that it was one of " the transcen- dental privileges of a strong Government to evade...


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1 HE week has been overshadowed by the American dispute, and the general position of the westion remained most unsatisfactory at its close. According to all accounts received...

The only real subject of interest in either House was

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the Treaty of Washington, though, of course, the movers and seconders of the Address in the two Houses were compelled to tell off the various links in the chain of unreal...

Mr. Gladstone in reply certainly went too far in asserting

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that the English Government relies on its own interpretation of the Treaty of Washington, as affording " the only rational meaning, the direct grammatical meaning, whether...

Lord Derby's speech added very little to the discussion of

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the Alabama claims except a strong opinion (not shared by Mr. Disraeli) that the policy of sending out a Commission to Wash- ington at all was a mistake, was a giving of the...

The only important paragraph in the Queen's Speech, read by

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Commission on Tuesday, refers to this difficulty. After mention- ing that the Arbitrators appointed under the Treaty of Wash- iugton have held their first meeting, Her Majesty...

11 : The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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One of Mr. Gladstone's main points was the number of

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great concessions we had made for which this supposed waiving of the " indirect claims " was the only equivalent. We had submitted to arbitration, although we had formerly said...

The Speaker made a dignified speech to the House resigning

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his office ou Wednesday, and on Thursday Mr. Gladstone moved an address to the Crown asking that some " signal mark of royal favour" might be conferred on Mr. Denison for his...

The situation in France does not improve. There has been

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no " event " this week, but M. Casimir Perier, the Minister of the Interior, has insisted upon resigning, annoyed, it is said, not only by the Protectionist policy of the...

Mr. Bernal Osborne, in a fierce onslaught on the Government

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in Wednesday's debate, in which he accused them of gross bungling in relation to the Washington Treaty, and said it was a pity they did not send out a sharp attorney to draw it,...

Three or four new schemes have been discussed in the

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Com- mittees of the French Assembly for the speedy payment of the German indemnity, but none of them are acceptable to Govern- ment. One of them is to raise a loala of...

A rather unpleasant complication of the matter was brought out

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by Mr. Otway, who stated that before the Commission on the other British and American claims (not springing out of the acts of the cruisers) now sitting at Washington, the...

Government has been unlucky in elections this week. Mr. Powell

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has been returned for the West Riding (Northern Division) by a majority of 44, the numbers being 6,961 for him, and 6,917 for his opponent, Mr. Holden, who stood on the...

Mr. Cowan, a Deputy Commissioner in the Loodiana district, has

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suppressed the Kooks revolt with great decision, unusual gallantry, and a total contempt for justice. Three hundred of the fanatics under Ram Singh attacked the petty fort of...

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A short and somewhat disappointing debate occurred on Thurs- day

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on the business of the House of Commons. Mr. Gladstone moved for a Committee in succession to the Committee of last year, but Mr. Disraeli opposed, on the ground that ample...

The Lancet retaliates on our article of last week in

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a very characteristic manner by attributing our view to the " sad excuse of a disordered mind." That may, perhaps, be a joke ; but for anything its very weak articles on this...

We thought Dutchmen understood Colonies, but it seems that knowledge

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is confined to the Dutch Government. In the early clays, when we liked foreign possessions, the British Government coerced that of Holland into a Treaty limiting Dutch...

The Times of Thursday publishes a letter from the Cape

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-diamond fields, which is in its way a curiosity. Englishmen and Americans have, except in India, not too much respect for the rights of " natives," but a plebiscite forbidding...

The Prince of Wales has published a letter, dated August

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26, 1871, but only just received from Sir S. Baker. He had been 175 days taking his fleet and soldiers from Khartoum to Gondokoro, -a distance of 700 miles, the difficulties of...

The Licensing Bill is not to come on till the

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Ballot and Educa- tion Bills have been disposed of ; but the Home Secretary stated on Wednesday his hope that it would be found as effective and as stringent in its provisions...

Consols were on Friday 91; to 91i.

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M. Elisee Reclus, the distinguished French physical geographer of whoin

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we have so often spoken, and on whose behalf so many English men of science have petitioned the French Government, has had his sentence commuted to simple banishment.

On one point of detail, which has no bearing on

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the sanity or insanity of Miss Edmunds, we are glad to be corrected in relation to a mistake made two or three weeks ago. We had hastily inferred that Miss Edmunds' assertion...

Lord Lawrence has resigned his post of Chairman to the

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London School Board, and though he was persuaded to withdraw his resignation till after he had tried the effect of rest and travel, it is but too probable that his great...

The Government has divided the Ballot Bill into two. The

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first is a Bill to secure secret voting on the plan of last year, without alterations ; and the second is to provide against bribery, treating, personation, and other offences....

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THE FIRST DEBATES. T HE meeting of Parliament does, no doubt, reduce greatly the political proportions of many events which have loomed large in the Recess, and we know no...

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T HERE can be little doubt that the result of the election of Tuesday for the West Riding is in one way a bad omen for the future of the Liberal party. It brings under a strong...

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IR JOHN LUBBOCK is known to the general public,—as 1. distinguished from the Maidstone public,—chiefly as the representative of the Stone Age and of Prehistoric Man. His...

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T HE Meeting of Parliament often seems to disperse the political clouds. Questions which looked large daring the Recess suddenly become small ; people who were of im- portance...

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T HERE is only one ground upon which the execution of these Kookas can be justified, and that is State necessity. We will endeavour to see presently how much that plea is worth...

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W HAT a curious amount of common-placeness there is in men, even in men of weird imagination and in moments which they themselves think inspired ! It is difficult to imagine au...

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W E do not doubt that it is quite a right thing for the Heads of t. great State to return thanks publicly for the mercy of Heaven on occasions when it has been prominently...

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THE WARM LAKE OF NEW ZEALAND. [FROM A COBBESPONDEN7.] November 4, 1871. HAVE just returned from a visit to Rotomahana, the Warm Lake of New Zealand. I fear I cannot so...


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THE DISSENTERS ON EDUCATION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOR.1 SIR, —The new School policy of the Dissenters requires to be made as clear to the public mind in general as it...

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CHARLES BONER AND MISS MITFORD.* Ix these pleasant volumes Miss Kettle has revived the memory of one of those men who inhabit, as it were, the atmosphere of literature, and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sur,—Whilat entirely agreeing with your own article and the able letter of " Ex " in your last number, I think that there are still two...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR:1 SIR, —In his able letter on " Our Indian Wars," Colonel Meadows Taylor has certainly proved, if any proofs, indeed, were needed, that a small...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE Bractrivroa.1 SIR,—I have to thank you for your very kind appreciation of my last article on Mr. Mill, but I am bound in fairness to make one explanation....

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THE ROSE GARDEN.* Wao is this authoress whose tales have

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all the soft atmosphere of Miss Thackeray's, and no slight flavour of the bright humour and moral depth of touch of George Eliot, though they deal with French life? We say...

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THE LAND OF DESOLATION.* DR. HAYES deserves the thanks of

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every intelligent reader of Arctic travels. He understands his subject thoroughly ; so well, indeed, that he can fearlessly condescend to make it interesting, and, instead of...

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UNDElt a title whiob, to the ordinary reader, must be suggestive of scandal, Sir Travers Twiss has brought out a solemn and learned work, as far removed as possible in its...

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St. Pauls, if not the best, is, we think, this month the most readable of the Magazines. Besides " Septimius " which lags a little,. though it is full of Hawthorne's most...

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Blacicwood's Ancient Classics for English Readers : Sophocles. By Clifton W. Collins. (Blackwood.)—Mr. C. W. Collins has performed a difficult task with very creditable skill....