10 MAY 1879

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The shadow of the Elections is on everything. The Irish

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Members on Wednesday actually carried a Bill for allowing the formation of Volunteer Corps in Ireland, the Attorney-G- eneral for Ireland observing that her Majesty's...

A curious little debate occurred on Tuesday in the Lords

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about the instructions sent by the Government to Sir Bartle Frere. Lord Cadogan recently explained that the instructions compelled the High Commissioner to abstain from...

Mr. Fawcett has given notice that he will meet Mr.

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Dillwyn's motion of Tuesday next with an amendment. Mr. Dillwyn intends, it will be remembered, to move that the direct interven- tion of the Sovereign in politics is...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • TH E news of the week

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from Zululand is of much interest. According to the correspondent of the Daily News, the Zulus intend to make a series of raids into Natal, while the Boers are becoming actively...

• It is understood that 5,000 more troops will at

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once be sent to the Cape, and this increase of the force employed, coupled with the difficulty of obtaining transport and the sickness among the horses, may delay the final...

Yakoob Khan has agreed to meet Major Cavagnari at Gunda-

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muck, and carry on negotiations with him there, and arrived in the camp on Wednesday, the 7th inst. This visit suggests an early peace, more especially as General Roberts has...

The Editors cannot undertake to ref urn Manuscript in any

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Lord Salisbury, on Monday, made an elaborate statement as to

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the progress achieved in executing the Treaty of Berlin. He stated that Bulgaria had been constituted; that a commence- ment had been made towards razing her fortifications ;...

Mr. Herschell on Tuesday carried a resolution stating that t „ in

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the opinion of the House of Commons, "the action of breach_ of promise of marriage ought to be abolished, except in cases where actual pecuniary loss has been incurred by reason...

Lord Beaconsfield spoke as usual at the annual banquet of

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the Royal Academy, on Saturday, and said he would have defended his thesis of last year,—that imagination was the forte of English painters, but that he dreaded the storm of...

The House of Commons virtually debated Mr. Rylande resolutions over

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again last Monday night, and the rgchartig was better than the prepared feast. Mr. Gladstone was unable on the previous Thursday to point out the blunders of the Chan- cellor of...

The tariff battle began in the German Parliament on the

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2nd inst. with a speech from Prince Bismarck, in which he frankly explained his views. He believed Free-trade to be a mistake, which all the world was abandoning except England,...

Sir W. Harcourt read out in the debate a passage

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from a. letter written by the Prince Consort on April 18th, 1854, exactly applicable to the present situation. The Prince wrote :—" The party conflict in the ilAllSfit of...

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The Times of Wednesday publishes, in a way which indicates

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special authority, the statement that "Lord Beaconsfield has recommended that a special grant of 2200 should be made towards defraying the expenses of Dr. Ginsburg's work on the...

The Tory journalists, and even some statesmen, keep repeating that

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if Turkey is to live, she must have financial assistance, with- out which she can make no "regenerating reforms." Why ? Turkey has at this moment, by her own account, an ample...

The Liberal defeat at Canterbury on Thursday is a consoling

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one. The city is Tory and ecclesiastical, and just one of those places where Lord Beaconsfield's policy is appreciated, and the Tory candidate, Colonel Laurie, was returned by...

The Bill declaring that affinity is not consanguinity, called in

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Parliament the Bill for Legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister, was thrown out in the House of Lords on Tues- day, by 101 to 81. Of the Bishops, one (Ripon) voted for...

A most remarkable instance of criminal fanaticism is re- ported

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from Massachusetts. Charles Freeman, a small farmer, residing at Pocasset, and a member of the Congregation of Second Adventists, declared a week since that he had received a...

We wonder how many of our readers are aware of

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the extent of "Fiji," as the colony is called. We certainly had in our own minds greatly underestimated it, and we venture to say most even of those who have watched the Colony...

The Iron Duke,' the splendid ironclad, of 6,034 tons and

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4,268 horse-power, which ran into and sank the 'Vanguard' on theist of September, 1875, is stated by Lloyd's agent at Shanghai to have gone ashore there on Friday. She remains...

The House of Commons made considerable way with the --clauses

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of the Army Discipline and Regulation Bill on Thurs- day. Some half-dozen Members, dreading quiet Constitutional -changes, and suspicious of martial law creeping into places...

Consols were on Friday 98i to 981.

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THE GOVERNMENT WINDING-UP. . W E are not quite so anxious as Lord Kimberley showed himself on Tuesday to learn what Government intends to do in Zululand, if it succeeds in...

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T HE choice of Mr. Gladstone as a candidate for the Borough of Leeds at the General Election is a notable indication of the drift of popular opinion in the great Yorkshire town....

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E cannot express or feel any pleasure at Mr. Herschell's success in passing his resolution in favour of abolish- ing actions for Breach of Promise of Marriage. It seems to us...


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T HERE is a deep feeling of regret at the death of Mr. Butt. It is all the more intense, because he was a man who missed his mark,—a man who, though dying at no very early age,...

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M R. LEFEVRE succeeded on Friday week in pledging the iyi House of Commons to two important propositions re- specting landholding in Ireland. The Government and the House...

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Church of England opinions, and a very high idea of

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his own rights as landlord. Mr. Burton owns, among other property, the parish of Bag-Ederby, and has, we imagine from the general tenor of the story, refused permission to the...

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A NY politician who, twenty years ago, had imagined the spectacle Pesth witnessed last Saturday, would have been ridiculed as a dreamer of silly dreams. He might have con- jured...

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T HE Birmingham School Board is about to commence an experiment of singular intellectual interest. That Board, as our readers know, is of all Boards in the country the one...

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IV E have heard a "private view" defined as an occasion on which large crowds of people meet by invitation to pre- vent each other from seeing a collection of pictures. The...

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O F all the minor disadvantages of travel which have accom- panied the substitution of the locomotive for the coach, perhaps none is so real an evil as the very partial...

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MELANCHOLY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] Sia,—May I make two remarks on the interesting article on "Melancholy," in the Spectator of May 3? 1. You suggest that a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPISITATOR.1 Sra,—The late Duke of Wellington once told the House of Lords that it was useless for them to talk about some desirable reform, because...

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Ere THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sa.,—Your reviewer of Mr. Froude's " Cwsar," objecting to his phrase "nothing less than," calls it "a German, not an English idiom." May I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 &n, — I read with much regret your article in this week's .Spectator, entitled, "The Irish Synod on Screens." It is - marked by a total want...


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THREE PAINTERS AT THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. WE felt compelled last week, in our notice of the Royal Academy, to express a strongly unfavourable opinion upon the quality of most of...

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THE MIRABEAU FAMILY.* [SECOND NOTICE.] THE Marquis de Mirabeau was distinguished from his terse, simple, and undemonstrative brother by excessive impetuosity, • Les...

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feeling towards Mr. Woolsey savouring of disre- spect, that we venture to call his two goodly volumes "Political Science for the Sea-side." His work on "International Law" has...

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THIS is a reprint from the Exasamer of a number of plea- santly written articles upon a variety of social subjects, which are treated at the same time with sportive play of...

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CHRISTOPHER NORTH.* Tins book is not without defects. Dates and

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facts are some- times too few, reflections too many ; letters from Wilson at the most stirring period of his life, when he took part in establishing Blackwood's Magazine, are...

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The Contemporary Review.—May. (Strahan and Co.)—The Con- temporary is a trifle over-solid this month, though it has some good papers. Mr. Freeman replies to Mr. Fronde in a very...

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Blackwood's Magazine .—May. (W. Blackwood and Sons.) —Blackwood - offers, besides

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its stories, a paper on "Public Affairs," in which we note that Sir B. Frere is given up to the wolves ; a discussion on the French Republic, in which it is said to be wanting...

The Nineteenth Century.—May. (C. Kegan Paul and Co.)—Mr. Montague Cookson

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repeats, rather feebly, his argument for a junction of the moderate men of both parties to take power out of the hands both of Lord Beaconsfield and the Radicals ; and Mr. F....

The Fortnightly Beview.—May. (Chapman and Hall.)—By far the best paper

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in the number is Mr. F. Pollock's monograph on Professor Clifford, a most charming sketch, which will enable all readers to under- stand the deep impression this mathematician,...

Fraser's Magazine.—May. (Longmans and Co.)—Mr. A. J. Wilson, while contributing

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valuable facts on the finances of Egypt, of which he takes a pessimist view, argues strongly that if we touch the country at all, we must lay hold of it with an armed force. Mr....

Macmillan's Magazine.—May. (Macmillan and Oo.)—Mr. Grant Duff sends an effective

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analysis of Seeley's " Life and Times of Stein," and Mr. Freeman a learned account of Syracuse ; but the most valuable paper in the number is Mr. G. Macmillan's demonstration...

MAGAZINES AND SERIAL LMERATITRE.—We have received the follow- ing for

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May :—The Gentleman's Magazine, in which Mr. P. Kent, in na article on the "Bar as a Trade," concludes as follows :—" Tc> sum up this latter branch of my subject : men who are...

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My Friend and My Wife. By Henry James Gibbs. 3

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vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—The title is not very happily chosen, for it does not repre- sent the best part of the book, which finds its chief interest in a subject which never...

Canons of the First Four General Councils. (Clarendon Press.)— Much

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is talked about the "Four Councils," but few, probably, really know what was done at them, are aware, for instance, that the Nicene Creed took its present shape at...

NEW EDIT1ONS. — The Bishop of Carlisle sends out a new edition,

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-" revised and rewritten" (surely the greater includes the less), of A Guide to the Parish Church. (Deighton and Bell ; Bell and Sons.) A preface explains the circumstances...

EnnATML — By a clerical error on the part of the reviewer,

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in our last issue, The Land of Midian Revisited was described as being published by Messrs. Chatto and Windus. The name of the publishers should have been Messrs. C. Kegan Paul...