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Spanish politics seem very unsettled. At Badajoz on Sunday there

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was a small military rising, pretty easily put down, a rising apparently due to a Republican feeling in favour of the constitu- tion of 1869, though others attribute it—without,...

Sir Stafford Nortbcote deprecated annexation or permanent occupation, but thought

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that language indicating a fixed inten- tion to withdraw without giving any guarantee for the order of Egypt might be dangerous. And this called up Mr. Gladstone, on whose...

To this little sheaf of questions Mr. Gladstone replied in

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a way which appears to have comforted Mr. Bourke and the Con- servatives, more than it comforted the two advocates of imme- diate evacuation. He answered Sir Wilfrid Lawson in...


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T HE Egyptian question has been twice raised in the Commons this week,—once on Monday, and again, with more elabora- tion, on Thursday. On Monday, Mr. John Morley put to the...

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

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On Tuesday Mr. Gladstone read the resume of a letter

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from Lord Dufferin on the subject of the progress made in Egypt. The Egyptian Army Lord Dufferin reports to be in a quite satis- factory condition ; the constabulary is not so...

On Thursday, a debate on Egypt was raised by Mr.

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John Morley, who, on the occasion of the vote for the Diplomatic Ser- vice, called attention to our occupation of Egypt, in order to urge our speedy evacuation. He denied that...

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On Tuesday the House of Commons read the National Debt

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Bill a second time, after a very careful exposition by Mr. Childers of the, mode in which he proposed to redeem £173,300,000 of Debt in twenty years. He reminded- the House...

The Lord Mayor gave a banquet at the Mansion House

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to her Majesty's Ministers on Wednesday, at which Mr. Gladstone spoke. The newest Ministerial statement made had reference to the proceedings of the French Admiral at Tamatave,...

The French prospects in Anam are somewhat altered by the

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death of Tu Due, the " Emperor " of Anam, as he was called, —though he never for a moment failed to assert his allegiance- to the Emperor of China,—on July 20th, at Hue, and the...

The trial of the Liverpool dynamitenrs before Mr. justice Stephen

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ended on Thursday, with the conviction of four of them—Timothy Fetherstone, Dennis Deasy, Patrick Flanagan,. and Henry Dalton—for treason-felony. O'Herlihy was dis- charged on...

The rest of Mr. Gladstone's speech contained a sentence as

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to the occupation of Egypt, which we quote in another column, a review, not too optimist, but by no means disheartening, of the achievements of the Government in pacifying...

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Illingworth spoke from the Liberal side

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against the Bill—Mr. Rylands and his amendment hacl prudently vanished into space—and Sir G. Goldney from the Conservative side warmly in its favour. Sir John Lubbock also made...

Of the other speeches, Lord Hartington's, on the too hasty

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depreciation to which our Army organisation is subjected, was interesting, as he showed that the deficiency in our Recruiting system had already been got over, and that 5,000...

In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, the second reading

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of the Agricultural Holdings Bill was moved by Lord Carlingford in an able speech, in which he insisted that it was quite right to give the tenant compensation for his...

Lord Wemyss—better known by his old name in the Commons

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when he was Lord Elche—moved an amendment against super- seding freedom of contract, the early part of his resolution being described by himself as merely "padding." He thought...

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The rest of the debate was discursive, and not very

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real. The Duke of Richmond said that a great deal of the new Bill was - taken from the vilified Permissive Act of 1875, and that in 1875 it would have been perfectly impossible...

Bank Bate, 4 per cent. Consols were on Friday 99}

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to 99k.

Mr. W. H. Smith made one of those bitter party

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speeches at the London and Westminster Working Men's Conservative Association on Monday which, coming from so mild and busi- ness-like a man, produces the effect of a lion's...

Then Mr. Dawnay moved to reduce the charge for South-

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African purposes by the salary of the Resident with Cetewayo, and made a very strong attack on Cetewayo and the policy of the Government in restoring him,—a speech, in fact, of...

Mr. Blake, M.P., told a good story to some Irish

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fishermen with wham he made an appointment at Billingsgate Market on Tuesday morning, for the purpose of expounding to them some of the secrets of the fish market. The supply of...

It is stated from Natal, and now admitted in England,

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that Cetewayo was not killed, as was said, in the recent action with Usibepu, but that he escaped, and is lying concealed with only two insignificant wounds in his leg. Mr....

The debate on the South-African policy of the Government came

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off on Monday night in two separate instalments,—the first on their Transvaal policy, and the second on their Zulu policy. First, Mr. Gorst moved to reduce the vote for the...

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THE OCCUPATION OF EGYPT. 11 R. GLADSTONE'S speech in the House of Commons on Thursday night will be a very serious disappointment to all those who had, with us, sincerely...

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T HE Government is certainly to be congratulated on the division of Tuesday night, and still more on the faint- heartedness even of that part of the Opposition which was...

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W HATEVER may be the legislative fruits of the Ecclesi- astical Courts Commission, it has at least produced a mass of lucidly arranged information of the highest value to the...

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I T is not an easy matter to compare a man with himself, but, taking him all round, we think Lord Wemyss a more remarkable personage than Lord Elcho. In most cases, trans-...

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I T is strange how hard some crotchets die I It might have been thought that the signal overthrow of the official view with respect to Crown Lands in the cases of the Thames...

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I N the growing complexity of modern society, doctrines of law which were of comparatively small importance, and were, perhaps, laid down to meet circumstances .of extreme...

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/UR. NORMAN PEARSON'S article on "After After Death," _ — /iL in the August number of the Nineteenth Century, will remind all those who know Cardinal - Nevrman's " Callista" as...

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W E should hope that Mr. Mundella's answer on Monday to the questions as to the effect of our Educational system on the health both of the children and the teachers, will...

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A FEW days ago, a party of English folks, three of whom were ladies, went (by Visp and St. Nicklaus) from Geneva to Zermatt, with the intention, after making a short sojourn...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THII " SPEcrATolt."] Sin, —In the article on " Mirage " which appears in last week's Spectator, a quotation is made from the " Proceedings of the Society for...


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THE " ILBERT BILL." ITO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. ") BIR,--It is with no small surprise that I have read, in the Spectator of August 4th, an introductory paragraph on the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sllt,—May I, through your columns, call attention to a passage in the last edition of the " Unseen Universe," by Professors Balfour Stewart...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR,—Many will thank you for calling attention to Mr. Drum- mond's profoundly interesting and suggestive book. But may I remark that there...


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Sin, — In the review of Mr. Drummond's book, entitled " Natural Law in the Spiritual World," I notice that the writer refers to the theory of " Biogenesis " as the now certain...


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THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra.,—Your number for August 4th contains a notice of Mr. Drummond's new book, entitled "Natural Law in the Spiritual World." Your critical article is worthy...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Will you kindly allow me to acknowledge, through your columns, the receipt of the following contributions in aid of the. sufferers by...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THR "SPECTATOR. "' SIR,—The reviewer of Julian Hawthorne's novel in your last week's issue has described the lines,— "Only the actions of the just Smell sweet...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—The following anecdote may interest some of your readers: —Some years ago, when starting for a foreign tour, I entrusted my little...


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ITO THE ED/TOR OF THE " SPROTATOR."] SIR,—I am sure, without intending it, yon have really done me rather an injury by your notice, on July 21st, of my last book, "Miss...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Your correspondent Mr. Matthews, whose excellent letter appeared in your paper of the 28th ult., has, I consider, done great service...

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MR..GALTON'S INQUIRIES INTO HUMAN FACULTY, AND ITS DEVELOPMENT.* THOSE who have read any of Mr. G-altou's previous writings, especially his Hereditary Genius, will not be...

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THE centenary of Diderot's death, after modern fashion, will be in the course of celebration in one more year. On July 31st, 1784, • The Paradox of At-Hag. Translated from...

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THE ORKNEYS AND SHETLAND.* Tuts book is so enjoyable, contains

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so much solid information, and is in all important respects such a conscientious perform- ance, that we hurry at once to discharge the necessary duty of fault-finding. We should...

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BY the publication of this great work, Professor Skeat has worthily crowned his long list of labours in English study, and, while placing himself incontestably in the front rank...

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NEwMAN has told us in his Apologia that Keble once said, in reply to some one who asked him if he thought a particular sermon good, "All sermons are good;" intending apparently...

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• Retroveet of a Long Life, from 1815 to 1883. By B. 0. Hall, FAL 2 vole. London : Bentley and Eon. TUE uses to which books may be applied are manifold. They may be serviceable...

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The Westminster Review, July. (Triibner and Co.)—The first article in this number deals with the subject of the blasphemy laws.. It is temperately written, and certainly exposes...

The Magazine of Art.—The frontispiece of this number is Mr.

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Vat Priosep'a "At the Golden Gate," and there is a sketch of the artist's career, containing, by the way, some curious information shoat the birthplaces of some of our most...

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We are glad to see that there has been sufficient

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appreciation on the part of the public for a poem that, though not of the first rank, is one of the noteworthy productions of this generation, as to call for a new edition of...

Hymni Usitati Latine Redditi. By James Anthony Lawson, LL.D. (Regan

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Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Most of these hymns are rendered into classical metres ; some are put into the more usual form of rhymed verse. We must own to a preference for the second...

Register of Merchant Taylors' School. By the Rev. Charles J.

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Robinson. Vol. I. (Farncombe and Co., Lewes.)—Merchant Taylors' School possesses a register of scholars admitted which is almost com- plete since the foundation, in 1561. Mr....

Rambla—Spain. By the Author of "Other Countries." (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—The author has not much to tell us about Spain. How can any traveller have much who, as is ingenuously confessed in this volume, does not know anything about the language ?...

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Like Ships upon the Sea. By Frances Eleanor Trollope. 2

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vole. (Chapman and Hall.)—Journalism, commercial speculation, and politics, as these pursuits are followed in Rome, form the main sub- ject of Mrs. Trollope's novel. We cannot...

Flosetdi Graeci Boreales ; sive Anthologia Graeca Aberdoniensis.

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of Greek verse, chiefly iambic translations from English dramatists, which Professor Geddes has collected and edited, and to which he has himself made a very considerable...

Emanuel Swedenborg : the Man and his Works. By Edmund

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Swift, Junior. (James Speirs.)—We cannot find that Mr. Swift tells us anything that is new about Swedenborg ; but he brings into prominence some facts that are not sufficiently...

Sermons. By the late Rev. H. R. Huokin, D.D. (Bemrose

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and Sons.)—We are glad , to welcome this memorial of the life and work of a good and able man, who was cut off in the very prime of his life. Dr. Huckin, without possessing...

On Blue Water. By J. F. Keane. (Tinsley Brothers.)—" Blue

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water" is the water that we meet with some three or four hundred miles from land, where the depth is not less than a hundred fathoms. The most remarkable of the experiences...