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As regards the method of election, the three-cornered system is

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swept away absolutely and everywhere, and the general prin. ciple adopted will not be to treat the great cities and counties as entities at all. They will be subdivided into...

In Wales, Pembroke and Haverfordwest are to be united, and

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Radnor and Brecon to be abolished, the three seats being given to Glamorganshire (2) and to Canarvonshire (1). In Ireland, Athlone, Bandon, Carlow, Clonmel, Coleraine,...

The most noticed passage of the speech, however, referred to

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a possible "compromise." Lord Hartington utterly rejected the idea of introducing the Redistribution Bill this autumn, in. order that it might go up to the Lords with the...

Lord Hartington delivered a weighty though not brilliant speech at

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Rawtenstall, in Lancashire, on Saturday, full of guid- ance as to the intentions of the Government. He repeated in the most emphatic way that the Government were ascending the...

According to this proposal, the general drift of which we

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have discussed elsewhere, there will be 668 Members of the House of Commons, of whom 465 are allotted to England, which gains six ; 30 to Wales, which remains stationary ; 103...


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T HE event of the week has been the publication in the Standard of the draft Redistribution Bill, prepared by the Ministerial Committee selected for the duty, and intended for...

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

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Mr. Forster and Mr. John Morley also spoke at Leeds

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on Satur- day. Mr. Forster laughed at the Tory demand for a Dissolution on a subject, the Franchise Bill, which everybody professed to be agreed about, and said the object was...

Of speeches there are no end. Lord Randolph Churchill has

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delivered two this week, one at Leeds and one at Carlisle, both pervaded by two thoughts,—one that bold, open rowdyism of expression will take with the mob, and the other that...

It is understood that the Government has resolved to defend

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Bechuanaland from the incursions of the Boers, at first through a local European police force—armed, of course—and afterwards, if needful, by an expedition. This course,...

_ In the other portions of his speech, Mr. Chamberlain,

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after defending by many quotations his belief that the Tories were not sincere in their professed liking for the Franchise Bill, —which was denounced by the "most honest" man...

Sir William Harcourt on Thursday made a splendidly powerful, though

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bitter attack on Lord Salisbury, against whom he spoke nearly an entire page of the Times. He never varied his sub- ject, or for an instant lost his grip ; and Lord Salisbury,...

It must be observed that Mr. Chamberlain, who is to

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the Radicals what Lord Hartington is to the Tories, endorsed this offer at Hanley on Tuesday. After a speech of great vigour and some acrimony, in which he rejected Lord...

Reports continue to arrive from Pekin that the Empress is

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arranging for a compromise with France, but no compromise has been made. The Chinese mob is so fierce against the French, even in Hong Kong, that the coolies refuse to load...

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The French Government is not making our mistake in Tunis.

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Having received from Lord Salisbury a "free hand "in the Prin- cipality, she has made herself completely responsible for its administration. The fiction of a Mahommedan...

The present temper of the French people is strangely shown

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in a little incident. A Congress is sitting in Washington to decide on an International Prime Meridian. England, Germany, and America, having some ninety per cent, of the ocean...

The Times' correspondent in Calcutta is very trying to the

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patience of Anglo-Indians. There is always in so vast an Empire something going on of interest, but with the control of the telegraph for one night in the week, and a monopoly...

It is demi-officially stated that Lord Northbrook has recom- mended

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the total abolition of the Egyptian Army, and the substitution for it of armed police. The object is to save 2400,000 a year, but Nnbar Pasha and the Egyptian Ministry resist,....

Mr. Lowell delighted Birmingham on Monday with an address at

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the Midland Institute, on Democracy, which he called throughout "a great experiment," though one that must be made. The "only argument against an east wind is an overcoat."...

The news of the week from Egypt is bad. General

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Gordon, with four steamers, carried out his threat of burning Berber, shelling the place till its defenders ran away. He did not, however, apparently occupy the town, but...

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THE FIRST SKETCH OF A REDISTRIBUTION BILL. T HE Standard should not have published the sketch of the Redistribution Bill prepared by the Ministerial Com- mittee. A journal of...

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T is natural enough that compromise should just now be much discussed. The English people, to begin with, being a people of business, are seldom averse to compromise in itself,...


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T HE exact truth cannot be known till Parliament meets ; but unless all reports afloat are unfounded, the course adopted by the Government in the Bechuana affair is wise and...

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" T HE Government of the day," said Mr. Courtney, address- ing his constituents at Liskeard on Wednesday, "does not get the assistance it ought to receive from its own sup-...

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T HE question of race-hatred in India, which has again been opened by Mr. Wilfrid Blunt, is, politically, not so important as it seems to him and to most Englishmen to be. It is...

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THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY. T HE Cloaca Maxima of London is now

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finishee. From Bayswater to Aldgate, from the Tower to Kensington, the huge sewer which is called popularly and correctly the Underground Railway, and part of which is...

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FANATICISM IN FRANCE. T HE extremes to which opinion runs in

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France—the bigotry of religious zealots on the one hand, the fanaticism of Free-thinkers on the other—have received striking illustration within the last few days in the...

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lt1OST Englishmen who read at all have, we fancy, read Mr. In Lowell's Address, delivered on Monday evening, to the Midland Institute in Birmingham. His name, to begin with,...

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• MHE man who in England spoke first of Co-operation, and -1 even gave to the word the meaning which it has since kept, was Robert Owen," writes Mr. Hubert Valleroux in his...

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LIFE IN TEXAS. l_Fitom A CORRESPONDENT.] RaRChe, on the Rio Grande, September 16th, Mt. IT must be many years now (how they do shut up in these latter days like a telescope)...

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THE LORDS AS A SENATE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "Sriforsroa."] 'SIR,—When you give a public challenge, I must in courtesy suppose that you wish it to be accepted. Often, then, as...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—I am thankful to Mr. Blunt for the interest he has evinced for India ; but I must say his observations are several of them...


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SIR,—It surprises me somewhat to find you quoting with appa- rent approval a sentence from Bishop Goodwin's address at the Church Congress, in which he depreciates unanimity...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." Sra, — Having recently returned from a visit to Salt Lake City, I read your article on the Latter-Day Saints in the Spectator of October...


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THE "SPECTATOR. " 1 Sin,—Lord Hartington, speaking on Saturday at Rawtonstall in support of the Franchise Bill, used words which certainly indicated that the Government are...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR"1 SIR, — In your obliging notice of the paper on Mr. Bernal Osborne in the current number of the Fortnightly Review, you say, " The point to...


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ire THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.') beg to call your attention to what I believe to be an error in your valuable paper. In your article on " A Plaiscite about Preachers, " you...

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A GERMAN EPIC.* IT shows how complete is the neglect in this country of the con- temporary poetry of Germany that no English critic, as far as- we are aware, has called...


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THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. p he original of these lines was written more than fifty years ago by the Greek poet Alexander Soutsos, as a satiric protest against a decree, passed...


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—ST. BERNARD. Lo I this one preached with fervent tongue : The world went forth to hear; Upon his burning words they hung, Intent, with ravished ear. Like other lives the...

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M. HUBERT VALLEROUX'S work on Co-operative Associations (which has received a prize from the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences) is that of a writer whose first publication...

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IT was a quaint custom of writers more than half a century ago to make brute animals or inanimate objects narrate their history. The Story of a Pineushian., The Travels of a...

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ELWES' TRANSLATION OF SPINOZA.* Jr is an encouraging sign of

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the times, that in England so much attention should be given to the study of Spinoza. His system demands and repays the deepest study. We may not be pre- * The Chief Works of...

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HENRY GREVILLE'S DIARY.* Tim second series of selections made by

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Lady Enfield from the diary of her uncle, Mr. Henry Greville, does not in any way alter our opinion as to the interest and value of the work which we formed from the previous...

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IN his article on Anarchy, in a late number of the Contemporary Review, M. klisee Reclus, after describing in moving terms the • Die Ernahrungeteeiee der Arbeitenden...

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The London Quarterly Review. October. (T. Woolmer.)—This is a particularly

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good number. Passing by the article which, as re- lating to Wesleyan Church history, has the place of honour,—" 'rim Methodist 'Plan of Pacification,' 1791-1795,"—we find an...


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The English Illustrated Magazine. Vol. I. (5facmillan.)—We have noticed this magazine from time to time during this first year of its existence. The volume containing the...

Dream Faces, By Hon. Mrs. Fetherstonhaugh. (Richard Bentley and Son.)—This

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is a pretty book, printed in violet ink on glossy paper, with a poetical motto—" While the wheel spins bravely, the flax wears fast "—on the title-page. It has a fly-leaf...

The Church Quarterly Review. October. (Spottiswoode and Co.) —We have

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found the most interesting article in the present number to be that on "Frederick Denison Maurice "—a genuinely apprecia- tive review of the great teacher's life and work....

From Grave to Gay. A Volume of Selections from the

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Complete Poems of H. Cholmondeley-Pennell. (Longmans.)—A little volume such as this needs no criticism. Most of our readers are probably familiar with Mr....