12 APRIL 1884

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As to the charge that this measure was a mere

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party measure, intended to secure the Liberals in office, what could be more absurd than to say so, when agricultural boroughs certainly return as many Conservatives as...

The adjourned debate on the Franchise Bill was resumed on

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Monday by Mr. Stuart Wortley, who devoted himself to the rather barren task of proving that the Liberals could not possibly care for a Franchise Bill, which they had waited four...

Mr. Goschen's was the last important speech in the Debate.

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He announced his intention of voting against the Bill. The Government had not given him the pledge he hoped for, to represent minorities in their Redistribution Bill ; the new...

Telegrams and letters have been received from Khartoum down to

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April 1st. Up to that date, the Arabs were attacking General Gordon with little success, the General shelling them from the steamers, and they not having the confidence for an...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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I T was announced at the beginning of the week that Nubar Pasha had resigned, declaring that he could not work with Mr. Clifford Lloyd, who reduced him to a nullity, and that...

On the question of Redistribution, the Prime Minister main- tained

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that that matter could not possibly have been dealt with in the same Bill as the Franchise, without leaving an Imperial question—which the Government intended to deter- mine as...

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After Mr. Goschen's speech, Mr. O'Connor Power pleaded powerfully for

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a self-acting law which would alter the repre- sentation as population varied, and pointed out how the attempt to keep down Irish representative rights had told, as it was long...

At its meeting on Tuesday, the House of Commons was

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a little amused, and a little shocked, by a new question of privilege. Mr. Dodds, Member for Stockton, had issued a private Whip adjuring Members to support the Stockton Carrs...

The House, with tellers and Speaker, numbered 555, and there

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were 34 pairs, which accounts for 68 more votes, or for 623 in all. Only 19 votes remain unaccounted for, some of them being the votes of Members who were ill, like Mr. Bright,...

Sir William Harcourt produced the London Municipal Bill on Tuesday.

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Its general idea, which is the absorption of all Municipal functions by a "Common Council " of 240, elected by the householders of thirty-nine districts, is sufficiently...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, who,—in spite of a certain rigidity of

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mind which occasionally leads him into false positions, like that of his unhappy commentary on the "dirty trick" of March 15th,—is probably more likely than any other Conserva-...

The Bill appears to have been received with general approval,.

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though annoyance is expressed both by Tories and vestrymen at the abolition of Aldermen, the leading local workers still apparently desiring that title. It is essential,...

Mr. Stuart Wortley, in a letter to Wednesday's Times, vir-

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tually admits that the Conservative working-men of Sheffield do desire to see household francbis extended to the counties, though he makes the very path( tic plea,—(1), that the...

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It is believed that the expiration of Aleko Pasha's term

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as 'Governor, which is now approaching, will be the signal for agitation in Eastern Roumelia. He has governed so well, that - the province is quiet and prosperous, education...

The Agricultural Department of the United States has issued. a

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Report showing the immense increase of the growth and ex- port of corn in the last few years. There are now 4008,807 separate farms in the States, against 1,449,073 in 1850,...

The Postmaster-General made an interesting speech at Salisbury on Wednesday,

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in returning thanks for an address of congratulation presented to his father on his 91st birthday. Mr. Fawcett told his audience that his father, who settled in Salisbury in...

Bank Rate, 2f per cent.

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Consols were on Thursday 102f to 1021.

The Rev. Brooke Lambert, Vicar of Greenwich and chairman of

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the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants, has hit upon a happy expedient for raising funds for that excellent Association. Instead of having a bazaar,—for...

The French Government is making great efforts to introduce - the

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German system of conscription, but is baffled by the resist- -auce of the educated classes. General Campenon, the Minister of War, has introduced a Bill reducing the period of...

Mr. Healy on Tuesday outdid himself. He accused the Irish

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'Government of conniving at the discharge of murderers, and letting them loose to prey upon) the country, and the Speaker did not stop him. Then he accused Mr. Trevelyan of...

The new Liberal party recently formed in Germany, by -the

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fusion of the Progressists with the Liberals, has for one of its objects the establishment of a responsible Ministry for 'Germany. Prince Bismarck considers this scheme...

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE FRANCHISE BILL. T HE great majority of 130, by which the second reading of the Franchise Bill was carried on Monday, is in many quarters supposed to secure...

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT has done his work well. The Bill which he described to the House on Tuesday, and which passed its first reading without a word of opposition, creates a...

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T HE dispute between Nubar Pasha and Mr. Clifford Lloyd has been pacified for a moment, but it is important, as showing that the make-believe method of government in Egypt...

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M R. GOSCHEN'S speech on Monday night, justifying his vote against the Franchise Bill, was not one of his greatest efforts, and indeed could not be. The Member for Ripon wished...

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MEMBERS of Parliament who wish to have a little more insight into a question which grows in difficulty before our eyes with every step we make towards the re- solution of...

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THE ABOLITION OF COPYHOLDS. T HE House of Commons recently passed

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by a large majority the second reading of Mr. Waugh's Bill for the compulsory enfranchisement of Copyholds. It was under- stood, however, that the Bill would be referred to a...


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M R. DODDS, junior, is not without employment. That is the satisfactory fact—the one satisfactory fact—re- vealed by the discussion of Tuesday morning last. He is a solicitor,...

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A N able writer in the Pall Mall of Monday, whom the editor of that journal describes as "A Suburban Pessimist," makes a violent onslaught on the social life, or no- social...

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W are bound, of course, to accept the verdict of the jury in in' Mr. Gilbert Scott's case as final, and to believe that he is incapable of managing his own affairs. Indeed, it...

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PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION. (To THE EDITOR OF TBZ " SPBOTATOR.1 Sus,—Mr. Hare's scheme is so constantly spoken of under the' term "Proportional Representation," that it seems...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You did me the honour, some weeks ago, to insert a letter of mine, containing suggestions as to a method of studying the psychology of...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—A passage of your review of my book on the Land Laws makes it needful for me to say what I would rather not have said in public, or...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") So.,—Along with the news that the Scotch Church Question is down for discussion in Parliament on May 13th, comes the intimation of a new...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " srEcneroa.-1 Srs,—Your well.known advocacy of the claims of the animal world upon our attention encourages me to bring before your notice the increasing...


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"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Had I known that this little poem was to have the honour of appearing a second time in the Spectator, in a Latin dress, I should have written before to beg...


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170 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is no feminine pertinacity of desire to have the last word which induces me to reply to your note of April 5th, but simply the wish...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your Supplement of April 5th, you say that "Mr. Dobson quotes by Jingo' from a book which was published some thirty years before...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have only just seen the letter of "R. J. K." in the Spectator on the above subject, and as I should be sorry, indeed, to remain under...


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DR. WARD'S ESSAYS ON THEISM.* [FIRST NOTICE.] So many of these essays have already been discussed in these columns, on the occasion of their first publication in the Dublin....

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THE CANON'S WARD.* Is Mr. Payn going to reverse the

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general order of things with novelists, and do his best work last ? If this novel were his first, we should look very hopefully forward; and if Thicker than Water had been his...

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Amoxo the first desires that come when the earlier ambitions of youth have been satisfied or discarded is the possession of a spot, however small, where work can be put aside,...

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VICTOR DIMITY'S HISTORY OF ROME.—VOLUME L* Tars splendidly printed and

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profusely illustrated first instal- ment of M. Victor Duruy's "History of Rome and the Roman People, from its Origin to the Establishment of the Christian Empire," is not the...

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are in fashion, and Mr. Skene's were worth recording. His book is very pleasant reading. The events and actors of the Crimean War are fast fading into the twilight of history ;...

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TALES OF LA GRUYERE. * LA Gm:xi:az, known to the general

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public only for its excellent cheese, which enjoys a world-wide reputation, is one of the most interesting:districts of the Swiss Romande—as Switzers - denominate the...

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CivinsmoN has bad its historians ; and the various movements of the human mind which collectively produce what we term civilisation—literature, the arts, philosophy,...

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Timan are two reasons why special notice should be taken of this book, the latest addition to the valuable Theological Library which has been published in instalments durin g...

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The British Quarterly Review. April. (Hodder and Stoughton).— The first

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article of this number is a noteworthy criticism, by Mr. St. George Mivart, of Mr. J. B. Stab's remarkable book, "The Concepts of Modern Physics," and indirectly, of much of the...

ER/UV:TIC—In the review of Introduced to Society, in our last

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number, the word "not" was unfortunately omitted in the remark that the author "conveys the idea that his story was as interesting to himself as he had made it to his readers."...


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Blackwood's Magazine.—We noticed the political article in this magazine last week, but may call our readers' attention here to the paper on James Hobert Hope and Frederick...

COIIRECTION.—The name of the story in the Cornhat Magazine which

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we praised last week, is "Margery of Qnether," and its author is the author of "John Herring."

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Lancashire Gleanings. By William E. A. Axon. (Tubbs, Brook, and

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Chrystal, Manchester; Simpkin and Marshall, London.) The articles of which this book is composed were originally printed in periodicals, and the author has done well to put them...

Marked "In Haste." (Prow's Printing Company, New York ; Sampson

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Low and Co., London.)—The plot of this story is very slight, the device of a brother mistaken for a lover, and becoming the cause of misunderstandings and jealousy, is...

PorritY. — Romance of Song. By William Reid. (D. Bogne.)—If all these

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verses were the juvenile productions which Mr. Reid tells us in his preface some of them are, we might give him some en- couragement. Fluency and facility of a certain kind...

The English Illustrated Magazine makes, we are glad to see,

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a stand against the preponderance of fiction which is the bane of some English magazines. What can be more deplorably disappointing in its way than to take up, for...

Harper's Magazine.—This number opens with two diverse experiences of travel,—"A

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Lover's Pilgrimage" to Verona, with its amusing experiences of a search for Juliet's house and Juliet's tomb ; and "Visit to Sardis," with an account of the -recent excavations....

The Century has a remarkably interesting article on the ."

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White House" at Washington. The illustrations, the interiors especially, are excellent; and the history of the House, the Windsor Castle of the States, is eminently readable....

0 - iria Raleigh. By W. W. Follett-Synge. This novel, which was

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reviewed in our columns on its first appearance, has been translated into French by Madame Wister, and has pleased French readers to an extent which indicates that the "...

St. Nicholas supplies the usual variety of entertainment to its

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young clientele. Miss Alcott contributes a touching little tale of the days when the Indians were still a danger to settlements which have now long forgotten the last of them....

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—We have received The Stranger's Story : an Episode of

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the Malvern Hills. Edited by Charles Grindrod. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—The Story of St. Stephen, and other Poems. By John Collett. (Longmans.)—Religion in Europe : an...

—Epigrams of Art, Life, and Nature. By William Watson. (Gilont

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and Walmesley, Liverpool.)—Here there are Some really vigorous and sprightly things. We do not agree with all his judgments about men and things. It sounds very fine, for...

We have received The Official Year-Book of the Church of

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England. (S.P.C.K.)—Some of the statistics are peculiarly interesting. The number of deacons ordained in 1882 was 729, an increase of 26 on the year before, and of 147 on 1872....

MAGAZINES AND SERIAL PEBLICATIONS.—WO have received the fol- lowing for

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April :—Part 1 of Artists at Home (Sampson Low and Co.), the biographical notices in which are by F. G. Stephens, and the full- page illustrations photographed by J. P. Mayall,...