11 JULY 1885

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T HE re-elections of Ministers have been completed, and in the few contested cases they have been returned with increased majorities. The only interesting struggle, however, has...

Lord Carnarvon on the same night explained the imme- diate

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policy of the Government in Ireland. He stated that agrarian crime had greatly diminished, and in its worst form, murder, had become extinct, and that the Crimes Act was at the...

Lord Salisbury made his expected declaration of policy on Monday.

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He said little of home affairs, beyond declaring that he intended to dissolve at the earliest possible moment, and at first confined himself to foreign policy, stating that he...

Lord Kimberley—who, in consequence of the illness of Lord Granville,

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led the Opposition in the Upper House—accepted Lord Salisbury's assurances as to Russia and Afghanistan, and agreed that, in the loose condition of affairs there, we must rely...

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

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Mr. Bradlaugh presented himself on Monday to the House of

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Commons to take the oath, and was stopped by a motion from Sir Michael Hicks-Beach which the new leader of the House rather awkwardly supported by a long speech while Mr....

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On the Irish question Mr. Gladstone would not allow Sir

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Michael Hicks-Beach to assume, as he had doue, that the Tories had always been even more reluctant to pass Coercion Bills than the Liberals. He reminded him of the fierce...

To this great speech, the dignity and comprehensiveness of which

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can hardly be exaggerated, Lord Randolph Churchill replied with an earnest, and to some extent successful, attempt to take up the attitude of a statesman. He spoke of the treat-...

After this statement Mr. Gladstone made one of his most

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powerful and impressive speeches,—subsequently described by Lord Randolph Churchill as "magnanimous,"—in which he approved generally of Sir Michael Hicks-Beach's proposals, and...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach brought forward his Budget on Thursday. He

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proposes to accept Mr. Childers's addition of two- pence to the Income-tax, his tax on the property of Corporations, and the stamp-duty on foreign bonds and securities payable...

The most unpleasant part, however, of his statement was the

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confession that the Admiralty had been so careless as to under- estimate by no less than £850,000 the expenditure they had incurred in the recent preparations for war. Sir...

As to the Crimes Act, the Chancellor of the Exchequer

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declared that the Government feel the greatest possible aversion to exceptional legislation of this kind, and hold that "even when requisite, such legislation is to some extent...

On Tuesday Sir Michael Hicks-Beach made-his statement as to the

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intentions of the new Administration in relation to policy and legislation, which he took occasion to do when asking the House to give Government business a priority on Tuesdays...

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Paris has been greatly moved by an insurrection in Hue,

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the capital of Anam. Anam is now governed by a boy-King, in whose name a Regent administers the country, under the guidance of the French. The latter have just forced upon the...

On Monday a meeting was held at 1 Adam Street,

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Adelphi,— the Dean of Llandaff in the chair,—to establish a separate branch of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants for the district of the Strand and St....

The annual meeting of the Wordsworth Society was held at

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Lord Houghton's own house, in Rutland Gardens, on Wednes- day, and addressed at some length by Lord Houghton himself. Though he denied to Wordsworth the name of a poet of...

Bishop Moberly, who had intended to resign his diocese on

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Jane 30th, but who was then too ill to be disturbed with business, expired on Monday morning, at the age of eighty-two. He was a first-rate head master at Winchester, and a good...

The cholera in Spain is still killing above seven hundred

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persons a day ; and though the numbers fluctuate, there is no sign of permanent abatement. As yet it has not reached France, but it is daily expected. The cordons fail, and...

This affair is most unfortunate for the French, as the

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Anamese of the hills will keep up a guerilla war which may last for years. Moreover, the Government will be compelled to place a large garrison in Hue, and will not be able, as...

The Federal Council of Germany has finally expelled the Guelphs,

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declaring that the accession of the Duke of Cumber- land to the vacant throne of Brunswick cannot be permitted. The claim of the Duke of Cambridge, who is next in succession,...

The London School Board on Thursday passed by a vote

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of nineteen to eighteen a momentous resolution. They re- solved, on the motion of Mr. Hoare, to "petition Parliament to make it a condition of the annual grants that all public...

Bank Bate, 2 per cent. Consols were on Friday 99f

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to 99g.

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THE MINISTERIAL DECLARATIONS. T HE line taken up by the new Government upon all affairs outside Ireland is fairly satisfactory. They will pass the more important measures on...

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r is obvious that for the present at least the new Govern- ment is to be much more Democratic than Tory. What will happen in case the General Election should turn out in their...


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gersevered in their South Sea policy, though it had a strong attraction for the later Bourbons ; and they surrendered Mexico under the Second Empire after they had occupied it,...

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ril Bishop Bhop of Southwe ll 's first address to the Southwell 1 Diocesan Synod gives a striking impression of the man. If we might interpret it quite freely in our own...

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THE WOODSTOCK ELECTION. T HERE is one pleasant feature about the

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Woodstock election, and that was the sharp rebuke which the working-class living in the collection of villages called by that name gave to political rowdyism. It is quite clear...

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T HE Pope and the Ultramontane faction have at last come to blows, and each, in his own way, may lay claim to the victory. The Pope has triumphed, in so far that he has put to...

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T HAT still-vexed body, the London School Board, seems to be in smooth water at last. It has, perhaps, been more unfortunate in its attempts to settle questions as to the extent...

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A QUESTION has lately arisen in University College Hospital which seems to us very instructive, as showing how a valuable practical principle may be caricatured so as to become...

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T HE elevation of Sir Nathaniel Rothschild to the Peerage will be received with pleasure by all the leading financiers and members of financial houses in Europe. The family has...

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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." I SIR, —In a note in your issue of July 4th you say respecting the Woodstock election that you think the contest "unwise and unfair." I trust...


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DEMOCRACY AND THE CHURCH. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." J SIII,—At the present crisis it is all-important that the friends of what is called the Established Church should...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] should like to know who are the persons to whom Mr. Joseph John Murphy refers in his letter, who maintain "that Irish agrarian and political...


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SIR, — The disappointment expressed by "E. C. T.," in to-day's Spectator, would certainly not be " unreasonable " if it were well founded ; but I am happy to say that the...


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rTo THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'1 SIR, — I crave permission to offer a few remarks on the letter of your correspondent, "C. A.," in your last number, on the above subject. I...


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lTo THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I Sia,—If your correspondent will kindly communicate with me, I think I can do much to forward his or her wishes in finding markets for the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR-1 can only suppose

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from Mr. Waller's letter that he has forgotten his own pictures, that being the only possible explana- tion of some of the statements contained therein. I am writing in a...


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SONNET. THE morning lights sleep softly on this hill ;— The snow clings coldly to Ben Nevis' sides ; And gently come and go the mystic tides Which man's small measure with...


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MICHAEL FIELD'S NEW PLAYS.* MICHAEL FIELD has certainly not achieved in this volume any- thing as good as his play of Fair Rosamund. The new plays have plenty of dispersed power...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Fair criticism, from a competent critic, I receive with respect; but as your Art critic (sheltering himself behind your paper, like a...

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a rendering of CEdipus Res which is at once a faithful translation of the Greek and a genuine poem. This success is due to a number of causes, foremost among which we believe to...

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ROYAL books are becoming numerous, and as authorship is fashionable just now in high places, we shall probably see many more, for there is certainly no lack either of princes or...

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Z °ROASTER.* PREVIOUS works of Mr. Crawford's (notably Mr. Isaacs)

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have shown him to have a taste for studying rather remote subjects; and that this new book affords fresh proof in the same direction will be evident when we say that it is a...

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AMONG the many weighty questions with which the Democracy, whose advent to power is now so near at band, will have to busy itself, none is more important than that of public...

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GENERAL FRASER.* THE biographies of Anglo-Indian officers and officials have

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often proved the most popular form in which the affairs of our great Eastern Dependency could be discussed or described ; but it would require more courage than discretion in...

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THERE is nothing especially attractive in the magazines of this month, though there are many good papers. The most readable in our judgment is Dr. Jessopp's "A Swain of Arcady"...

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sketch of a remarkable man, who, whether as savant or

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politician, made himself a distinct place in his generation. Another sketch is that of "Christine Nilsson," whose personality and artistic position are described with both...

on July 9th, 1870, by Messrs. Christie and Manson (Charles

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Dickens died in the preceding month), with the prices realised, and the names of the purchasers. The highest price fetched was 21,050, for Mr. Frith's "Dolly Varden," bought...

curious ghost-stories are put together, the locale of one of

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them being in Wimpole Street—a very strange narrative, for the truth of which the author vouches. But any number of these stories are of no avail unless names are given, and to...


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Time. (Swan Bonnenschein and Co.)—Time is one of the more serious magazines. It contains this month three noticeable political articles. In "Ethical Socialism," Mr. A. Fabian...

of opposition to things as they are, because they are,

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and even to paradox. The impression, for instance, made on the writer of "Four Biographies" by Mark Pattison's "Memoirs" is, we venture to think, almost singular. We should...

Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. With Notes

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by Dean /Allman. 2 vols. (Ward and Lock.)—These are two stout octavo volumes of more than a thousand pages each. They will bring what is not only one of the most learned, but...

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(Longmans.)—Here are more than a hundred maps, illustrating Euro- pean

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history (the relations of European kingdoms to other countries) from the middle of the fourth century A.D. For all this number, the volume is a quarto of the smallest size,...

A Treatise on Future Naval Battles. By Admiral Sir George

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Elliot, K.C.B. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Torpedoes, rams, armour, guns, et hoc genus °rune, constitute the subject on which Admiral Elliot writes. He illustrates his theories and...

The Story of My Life. By J. Marion Sims, M.D.

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Edited by his Son. (Appleton and Co., New York.)—Dr. Sims was born in South Carolina in 1813, and died in his seventieth year. Meanwhile, he had achieved a great reputation as a...

The Real Shelley : New Views of the Poet's Life.

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By John Cordy Jeaffreson. 2 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—We willingly give Mr. Jeaffreson credit for a good purpose in this attack upon Shelley and his biographers; but we...

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Italy Revisited. By E. S. G. S. (City of London

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Publishing Company.)—This book is an account of a journey to Caprera, under- taken by an English lady who was anxious to be present at the funeral of Garibaldi. It is written...

New EDITIONS.—We have received the first volume of Phillips's Manual

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of Geology, Theoretical and Practical. Edited by Robert Etheridge and Harry Govier Seeley. (C. Griffin and Co.)—This first volume appears under the special care of Professor...

MAGAZINES, Exc.—We have received the following for July :—The Art

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Journal, the line engraving in which is "Evening on the South Downs," by C. 0. Murray, after E. Douglas.—The Magazine of Art.— The English Illustrated Magazine, to which Mr. H....

Story of the Soudan War. By W. Melville Pimblett. (Remington

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and Co.) —We are, ourselves, rather sceptical as to the utility of writing contemporary history. Political controversy is still busy with the Soudan, and it is hardly...

Leicester : an Autobiography. By Francis W. Adams. (George Redway.)—This

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book purports to be the autobiography of a young man of considerable poetic power, who is thrown upon the world at an early age. The chapters relating to his school-days, with...

Shakespeare's Garden of Girls : a Study. By the Author

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of "Lady Macbeth." (Remington and Co.)—This book, which is tastefully got up, and dedicated to Miss Anderson, may be safely recommended to -all lovers of Shakespeare. It...

weeks. Here he effected a great cure, discovering in a

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patient the cause of illness, which no one else had been able to detect, and so curing him. This was a surgical case. It was in surgery that be first made his mark. We cannot...

Report of the Country Holidays Fund to Provide Fresh Air

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for Ailing London Children. (Secretary, Miss L. Courtney, 1 Adam Street, Adelphi.)—We mention this report only to call our readers' atten. tion to the very admirable and...