11 OCTOBER 1879

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And there, with a remark from General Roberts that the

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headmen of the suburbs are asking permission to pay their re- spects, the curtain drops. Nothing more is known or will be known for some days, for the clansmen have burst into...

The rumour that Austria has entered into an alliance with

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Turkey is singularly persistent. The usual form of the story is that Austria, in consideration of certain large concessions made by the Sultan—concessions which involve part...

All this while, another little noticed British force is doing.

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something either very magnificent or outrageously foolhardy, we do not quite know which. General Hughes, who was sent with a weak division from Candahar to Khelat-i-Ghilzai, has...

The Government of India has broken off all diplomatic rela-

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tions with that of Burmah. It had previously withdrawn the Resident at Mandalay, Colohel Browne, and finding that this warning only encouraged the King in his evil...

General Roberts's merit in war is decision, approaching, as in

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Asia it should approach, to rashness. Warning General M`Pherson, who was creeping up in charge of a heavy convoy of munitions, that he might . be attacked, he sent General Baker...


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G ENE R AL ROBERTS has found th e enemy. On Saturday and Monday it was known in London, by telegram from the Viceroy and other sources, all more or less official—there being,...

*. Th 6 Editors casisot undertake tO 7•eturn Manuscript in

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any case.

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Cetewayo has arrived at the Cape, and has been allotted

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rooms which open on to the ramparts of the castle. He has attendants of his own and three of his wives, and has asked • for ten more, whom ho named, and who are, apparently,...

The Prussian elections have ended iu a decisive victory for

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Prince Bismarck. Tho large towns have still voted for Liberals, but in the country districts the electors, grateful for the Austrian alliance, pleased with the protective duty...

The retirement of Count Andrassy from the Austrian Chan- cellorship

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was officially announced on the 9th inst., the Gazette publishing a letter from the Emperor, dated October 8th, to the retiring statesman. In this letter the Emperor tells the...

A meeting was held in Cork on Sunday, on the

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land laws, at. which 15,000 persons were present, including six Members of Parliament ; and Mr. Shaw, who may be taken as the represen- tative of the moderate Home-rulers, made...

Mr. Parnell has issued an appeal to the Irish in

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America for aid in his agitation against the tenure of land. It is exceedingly long and windy, but the substance of it is that the distress in Ireland is severe, that its cause...

It is announced that the Chilian Fleet has captured the

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Peruvian ironclad Huascar,' and added in cipher telegrams to private individuals that the entire Peruvian Fleet has been swept off the seas. The private telegrams may be...

The Austrian Parliament was opened on Wednesday, by a long

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speech in which the Emperor complimented the Bohe- mians on their re-entry into the Reichsrath, which was declared to be " a step towards reconciliation and a good...

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Sir Stafford Northcote is paying a visit to Ireland, and

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ou Wednesday a banquet was given in his honour by the Dublin Corporation, at which he made a very dexterous speech. Avoid- ing European politics altogether, and getting over the...

The fate of Miss Edwards still excites earnest attention in

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Liverpool, and is certainly one of the most inexplicable cases of disappearance. The young lady is twenty-two, the daughter of parents in good position, and just engaged to a...

Liverpool has recently been honouring Mr. 3. A. Picton, -citizen

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who has been for thirty years a member of the Town Council, and has acted during that time as a kind of local Minister of Public Works. On Wednesday, at a banquet given to him...

The Times' correspondent in Constantinople gives a curious instance of

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the determination of the Turkish Government not to carry out reforms, in Asia Minor according to its promises. The very first interest to be watched in Turkey being that of the...

The Congresses this year are unusually dull. The Church Congress

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has, so far, been too provincial,—that is, Welsh ; and no paper of great general interest has been read, unless it be the Bishop of Winchester's, on " The Causes and Remedies...

-Perhaps the most remarkable paper read before the Social Science

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Association this week was Lord Reay's, on " The Tenure of Land." Lord Reay (Baron Mackay, in Holland) has experi- ence in many countries and a diplomatic training, and, unless...

Consols were on Friday 97; to 98,

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W E wonder if the Government has a surprise, or what it. thinks a surprise, in store for us. For months past, indeed ever since the rising of Parliament, it has expressed by its...


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GENERAL ROBERTS'S • ADVANCE UPON CABUL. B ETWEEN Lord Lytton's childish impatience of criticism and the wrath of the Ghilzai clansmen at our invasion, Englishmen at home as...

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T HE Prussian Elections have ended in one of the most complete victories ever won by a Minister. They amount to nothing short of a vote of absolute confidence in Prince...

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IT is, perhaps, unreasonable to expect anything to come of Church Congresses, and yet it is hard not to feel a little disappointed when nothing does come of them. It is true...

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT has earned the gratitude of the whole community by his speech at Liverpool on Monday last. What with agrarian agitations and " mysterious disappearances"...

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School Board. At the last election, their appeals to the electors were of a mixed .character. They demanded a re- actionary Board, in the joint interests of conscience and the...

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TT is one of the many peculiarities of Englishmen for which I it is so difficult to find a rational explanation, that a foreigner's descriptions of England, its society, and its...

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R. MATTHEW ARNOLD has somewhere remarked, very happily, we think, on the too great moral bias stamped ou the English word " Curiosity." It should be a perfectly neutral word,...

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[TO THE EDITOR 'OF Tfls " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I observe in this day's Spectator the following statement —" Lord Normanton has r it is true, written to the Pall Mall Gazette to...


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Sin,—I must content myself for the present with a very brief answer to Dr. Littledale. He, as I understand, wishes that the " intelligent minority " should be secured by law...


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• [TO THE EDITOR OP TEE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—There is a curious passage in Sir Gilbert Elliot's Lettere which, as bearing on this subject, you may think worth placing before...


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THE DUKE OF ARGYLL ON LEASES. [TO TUE EDITOR OF TILE " SPECTITOR1 Sint,—The reply to my letter of " A Scotch Farmer," and your own observations on it, indicate much...

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PRIMITIVE PROPERTY.* THEORIES about property, its origin and its rights, have been apt to be mere justifications of existing systems ; such, at least, are many of the theories...


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Au ! swan of slenderness, dove of tenderness, Jewel of joys, arise ! The little red lark, like a rosy spark Of song, to his sun-burst flies ; But till you are risen, earth is a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF Tag " SPROTATOR.1 SIRS Will you allow me to say that the writer of the article on " Vegetarianism, " in your impression of last week, entirely misrepresents...


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*litt, — A friend of mine has just sent me your notice on my Holidays in Eastern France. " May I beg, whilst thanking you for your review, to insert this disclaimer of any...


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your issue of last week, in your brief comment on Sir Evelyn Wood ' s speech to the Fis h mongers ' Company, you say, The colonists [of South Africa] may be very kindly men . ....

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IN the midst of the universal 'lament over the irretrievably unhappy condition of the British farmer, when we hear on all sides that he not only cannot pay his rent, but can...

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Alsruouen works on sport in India and Africa are so numerous as to have become absolutely tiresome,, some of them, too, evincing a blood-thirstiness which is repellent to most...

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taken any special interest in =ham- logical research and speculation, may find it difficult to enter into the enthusiasm of a man who could give the leisure hours of eighteen...

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THE second of these portfolios of the " greatest men" con- tains the portraits and lives of architects, sculptors, painters, musicians,—Phidias, Praxiteles, Leonardo da Vinci,...

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TUE most readable, as well as the best, paper in the a:ntent- porary is Colonel' Osborn's, upon the present policy in Afghani- Stan, an unhesitating and most forcible...

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Time University Magazine, for October, is brim full of cleverness,

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and that is all we can say about it, for it is the single impression it makes upon us. We have read all the papers, with a certain enjoy- ment in their vivacity, and can...

Blackwood. (October.)—The traveller in Syria continues his lively sketches, and

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this time adds his testimony to that of the many ob- servers who have declared that there is a flavour or aroma about Damascus,--a flavour at once of mysticism and of extreme...

Macmillan. (October.)—Mr. Seeley continues his thoughtful lectures on history and

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politics, essaying to show that the great parties have not held their dogmas continuously, but have repeatedly changed their policies. The Tories, for example, wore the peace...


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• Fraser. (October.)—This is not a good number of Fraser. There is no article of conspienous merit, and the majority of the paper] are distinctly poor. Mr. Kobbel gossips...

The Cornhill Magazine, for October, depends on its stories; the

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padding being unusually devoid of interest, unless we except a terri- ble attack on the character of Burns, which ought, in Scotland, to call forth replies. We do not know,...

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Natural History Rambles. By J. E. Taylor, Rev. J. G.

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Wood, and C. O. G. Napier. (Christian Knowledge Society.)—These are inter- esting and instructive little books, full of scraps of knowledge, amusing anecdotes (all, let us...

Mesmerism : with Hints for Beginners. By John James. (W.

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S. Harrison.)—The publisher tells us that there is a demand " for a text-book for beginners who are inquiring into mesmerism," and that this little book, in which certain...

The Comedic Humaine, and its Author. By H. H. Walker.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—Mr. Walker is anxious to make English readers acquainted with Balzac. Accordingly, he sketches the life and character of the man, gives a general...

Venerabilie Bedae Histories Ecclesiasticae, Libri III., IV. Edited by John

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E. B. Mayor, M.A., and I. R. Lumby, B.D. (Cambridge University Press.)—The editors' prefix to their edition Herr Adolf Ebert's "Account of Beda," taken from his "History of...

NOVELS. —The Cure of Souls. By J. Maclaren Cobban. (Chatto and

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Windus.)—There are not a few proofs of originality and power in this novel. Its main purpose is to show how the dense ignorance and indifference generated by centuries of...

Euclid, and his Modern Rivals. By Charles L. Hodgson. (Mac-

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millan.)—There has been, as all our readers at all interested in the subject must be aware, a great revolt of late years against Euclid. He has not wanted defenders—Mr....

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The Philosophy of Existence. By E. G, K e ll ey, M.A. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—We thought this was a book on metaphysics, when we first took it up. The additional title, "The Reality and Romance of Histories," perplexed us. It is a queer work,...

A Manual of Organic Chemistry. By Hugh Clements. (Blackie and

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Son.)—This is another chemical manual, newly added to the legion called into existence by the examinations of the Science and Art Department. It is not, in any sense, a...

Science Lectures at South Kensington. Vol. II. (Macmillan.)- . Here

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are some seventeen lectures, given at South Kensington to science teachers during the exhibition of the loan collection of ap- paratus. Those lectures explained the apparatus...

A Practical Grammar of the German Language. By Dr. Leonhard

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Schmitz, F.R.S.E. (John Murray.)—In this work the Roman letters aro used, and no one will deny that the Pupil's task is thereby ren- dered rather lighter. On the other hand,...

PERIODICAL LITERATURE.—WO have received the October number of the following

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:—Tho Gentleman's Magazine, in the "Table Talk" in which " Sylvanns Urban" states that he has frequently seen French children intoxicated. "Strange as such an assertion may...