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We appear to have gained a diplomatic success in China.

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At all events, the Chinese GoVernment, if they are not going to do what we ask, are anxious to temporise, and to seem to do it. China has agreed to send a special embassy to...

The most important French event of the week has been

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a letter by the Vice-Admiral of the French Squadron in the Mediter- ranean, be la Ronciere-le-NourY, to a political friend in the de- partment of the Eure, by which department...

What on earth is Mr. Ward Hunt about? A correspondent

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, -- Arf Thursday's Daily News calls attention to Admiralty instruc- tions, dated the 31st July last, and published in extenso in the United Service Gazelle for the 21st August,...


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T HE military news from the Herzegovina during the week has certainly been triumphant for the Turks. The storyof Turkish successes against volunteers, whether from Bosnia or...

The meeting of British sympathisers with the Christians of the

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Herzegovina and Bosnia which was held in London on Thursday was not a very brilliant one. The best card played was a letter from Lord Russell, rather less incoherent than his...

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Mr. Marten, M.P. for Cambridge, is carrying out Mr. Disraeli's

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political programme, "Sanitas sanitatum, omnia sanitas," with an enthusiasm which suggests that he must be devoting himself to sanitary studies and indulging in sanitary...

Mr. Roebuck made twe more speeches at Sheffield last Monday,

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on occasion of a dinner to celebrate the opening of the Weston Park and Museum. The first was a very spirited one in favour of opening not only the Park but the Museum on...

Education does not proceed even now at any violent pace.

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From the recent Report drawn up by the Inspectors of Scheele, it ap- pears that about sixty per cent, of the children presented within the last year for examination have...

In his other speech Mr. Roebuck was less happy. Irritated

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by a brilliant article in last Saturday's Times, in which the egotism of his speech at the Master Cutler's feast was very happily quizzed, Mr. Roebuck begged his audience to...

M. Thiers, who is at Lausanne, has been discoursing to

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a correspondent of the Delmts on the work by which he is going to convince Frenchmen that the higher philosephy is religious, though he rejects "the supernaturalism of M....

M. Raoul Duva], who, it is rumoured, is likely to

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supersede M. Rouher in the lead of the Bonapartist party in France, made a flaming speech last Monday to a large private meeting at Evreux, in which he violently attacked the...

Russian anxieties with regard to the state of matters in

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Central Asia, if they were ever genuine, have been soon removed. The battle with the disturbers has been fought and won. Nothing, indeed, could have served the purpose of...

Professor Fawcett, M.P. for Hackney, made an excellent speech on

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Education at Salisbury on Monday, in distributing the prizes awarded after the Oxford and Cambridge local examinations there, in which he insisted on the danger of distributing...

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Captain Webb has achieved a great feat, but his success

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seems not unlikely to drive our usually rather stolid population a little crazy on the subject of swimming. Miss Beckwith, fired with an athlete's ardour, swam last week from...

The loss of the 'Vanguard' has been the subject of

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a great 'correspondence throughout the week. It appears from the letters of Mr. E. J. Reed, M.P. for the Pembroke District, and formerly 4 ' Naval Constructor" to the.Admitalty,...

We observe with pleasure in the Animal World for this

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month that Sign or Peruzzi's recent visit to this country was made the occasion of presenting him, as a member of the "Italian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,"...

A letter printed in our correspondence columns from one of

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the leading members of the Working-Men's International Society, Mr. Maltman Barry, will be read with interest by most of our readers. In it he criticises severely the Report of...

In the inquiry into the collision at Kildwick, near Skip-

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ton, in Yorkshire, which was fatal to six persons, —persons somewhat unfeelingly and rashly described by the Times last week as "mostly of the vulgar sort,"—as though, even if...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson delivered one of his amusing bits of

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chaff on Wednesday, at the dinner of the Wigton Agricultural Show. He said that party politics were no longer so unreasonably bitter as they used to be, that he did not think...

Consols were at the latest date 94 7-16ths to 94

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THE HERZEGOVINA. T HERE can be no doubt that the fighting in the Herzegovina has turned out, as it was sure to turn out, while the insurgents remained without regularly...

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AT makes Mr. Roebuck an interesting political study is this,—that he, and he almost alone, seems to show us what average Englishmen of more than average abilities and...

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A FTER five years of ceaseless turmoil, Spain seems visibly nearer domestic peace ; at least so far as the elimination of one discordant element is concerned—Carlism appears to...

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W E have received certain placards and handbills announcing a series of mass meetings on behalf of Farm-Labourers, which are to be held in the West of England during the present...

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T HE pace of life is curiously related to geographical facts. If we take as normal the rate of the social pulse-beat in our own country, the life of societies in Central Europe...

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N OWHERE, perhaps, is the curious conservatism of the English character more strongly displayed than in the management of our great Public Schools. During the past three hundred...

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ARDINAL MANNING preached a remarkable sermon in Manchester last Sunday, when reopening the Church of St. Augustine. He pressed home with great vigour the favourite principle of...

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I T is probably not very often that a lady will be quite so im- prudent, and we must add so unscrupulous, in her mani- festations of good-will to a person in want of a place, as...

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T HE old town of St. Malo—the quaint fortress-port of the Surcoufs and Duguay TrouMs—celebrated this week the memory of one of its sons who, in his day, wielded a literary...

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COMBINATIONS OF CAPITAL AND LABOUR. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—As the Report, under the above title, read on Tuesday (August 31) by Professor Leone Levi, before...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sru,—Dr.Liddon is at present out of town, and it is possible that he may see the Spectator too late to reply to the note which you have...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—As the Spectator has devoted an article to Captain Webb's resent feat, you may not object to have your attention called to what up to...


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THE QUEEN OF CONNAUGHT.'" A VERY new subject is treated in this story with great freshness and vivacity. The tale may be said to be a study, very far from favourable, and on...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TELE "SPECTATOR.') Sirt,—I think that both you and your readers may be glad to hear that the late Bishop of St. David's left behind him some critical and...


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(TO TEE ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.') Sin,—In an article in your paper of the 28th August, entitled, "A Political Lesson from Oxfordshire," I find the following sentence ;—" If...

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CLAUDIAN.* WE heartily welcome any effort that may be made

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to extend the narrow limits of our classical culture. The energy with which this culture is pursued is, it may be allowed, by no means incon- siderable, but it has its origin in...

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Tins work begins to assume the character of an original chronicle in 1521, and that of a more minute political diary in 1533, under which year (the last but fourteen contained...

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EMMA CliEYNE.* WE can hardly call this a good story,

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but it is a clever and lively volume of art-criticism, mingled with keen sketches of life, some rather highly-coloured caricature, and a little delicate character- drawing, all...

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THERE is very little, we are sorry to say, to justify the first part of the title which Mr. Buckland gives to his book. Some of the papers have to do, it is true, with fish. Mr....

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EVERYBODY knows what satisfaction there sometimes is in giving in, in relinquishing the effort to find good in everything, or even alleviation in anything. When one has tried...

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The Annual Register for the Year 1874. (Rivingtons).—The Anneat Register

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is always well done. So much we can say from the experience of not a few years, and so much we may repeat on the present occa- sion. It may be well to remind our readers that...


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The Portfolio. September. (Seeleys.)—This number is distinguished by a singularly beautiful etching which occupies the place of frontis- piece. This is by Mons. A....

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The Lady Superior. By Eliza F. Pollard. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—The plot of this story is of that melodramatic kind which scimehow found more favour in the oyes of a past generation than it does in ours. A child brought...

The Gradual Psalms: a Treatise on the Fifteen Songs of

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Degrees. By the Rev. H. T. Armfield, M.A. (J. T. Hayes.)—Mr. Armfield gives us here a very complete work, for the preparation of which he has availed himself largely of the...