12 FEBRUARY 1881

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Thomas Carlyle died on the morning of last Saturday, February

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5th, in his house at Chelsea, in the eighty-sixth year of his age, having been born ou December 4th, 1795. Ho was the son of James Carlye, a shrewd stonemason, of Ecolefechan,...


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T HE news from South Africa is not pleasant; it never is. Sir G. Coley, with the relics of his force, encamped on Pro- spect Hill, between Laing's Neck, where the troops were...

The reinforcements may prove none too numerous. The Boers fight

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exceedingly well, and have immense advantages in their positions, in their intimate knowledge of the country, and in their ability, after fighting on foot, to mount their horns...

'i** The Editors cannot undertake to ret urn Manuscript in

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any case.

Lord Granville on Monday promised to produce the Secret Papers

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captured in Afghanistan, upon which the late Govern- ment so much relied to justify the iniquitous invasion of that country. On Wednesday, however, they were published in the...

All the mosquitoes in the world seem inclined to sting

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England at once. King Koffee Kalcalli, of Ashauteo, has just declared war. Mr. Griffith, Lieutenant-Governor of the Gold Coast, on January 18th gave asylum to an Ashantee...

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After the storm, a calm and rather muggy weather. The

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debate ou the second reading of the Irish Coercion Bill commenced yesterday week, and terminated last Wednesday, after a discussion lasting through four full sittings, which...

On Monday, Sir Rowland Blennerhasset cited Mr. Grattan as having

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in like circumstances supported a Coercion Bill, and declared that it was not the Land League which had brought the country into its present state, so much as the disorganised...

Lord Rosebery made a very amusing speech on Wednesday, in

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opening a new Liberal Club at Brockley, in the Parliamen- tary borough of Greenwich. In the first place, he replied to Mr. Cowen's charge against the Government that they had...

A new and rather unexpected danger has appeared in Egypt.

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The Army has suddenly discovered that it is the only force in the country, and is using its knowledge. The officers have hitherto been Arabs or Egyptian Turks, but the Minister...

In the division, seven English Members voted against the Bill,—Mr.

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Labouchere, Mr. Bradlaugh, Mr. Burt, Mr. Mao- donald, Mr. Jesse Collings, Sir Wilfrid Lawson, and Mr. Thompson ; while some 85 Liberals were either shut out from the division,...

Mr. Mundane, who spoke at the same meeting, gave great

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credit to the Tories for their behaviour in the House of Commons, but hoped they would go with the Liberals a step further, when the Government cam e to the end of the...

Mr. A. M. Sullivan sends to Tuesday's Times a very

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singular account of the Parliamentary contest of last week, iu which he omits the essential features. Ho omits to notice that Mr- Parnell, in holding out the hope that the...

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Mr. Fowler on Thursday night took a division on a

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motion condemning the abolition of the offices of Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas and Lord Chief Baron. The debate, in spite of some good speeches, and of a remark by Sir...

Mr. Carvell Williams is very justly elated at the success

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of the Nonconformists in the Cambridge Mathematical Honours List. He writes to Monday's Times that both this year and last year the Senior Wrangler has been a Nonconformist, and...

We fear, from the discussion in Convocation, that the Arch-

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bishop of Canterbury and sonic of the Bishops are even now endeavouring to "make believe very much" that the compre- hension of divergent ritual required in the Church will not...

The Spanish Government has been quite suddenly over- thrown. The

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moderato Liberals, under Sagasta, taking advan- The Spanish Government has been quite suddenly over- thrown. The moderato Liberals, under Sagasta, taking advan- tago of the...

Mr. Goschen has visited Prince Bismarck at Berlin, and Baron

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Haymerle at Vienna, on his way to Constantinople, but no definite result has been made public. The popular theory among Correspondents is that the Sultan is absolutely...

A comical incident has been reported from Skye, which illustrates,

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if it be true, the ease with which a population remote from the centres of civilised life may be made to believe the most improbable absurdities. A Free-Kirk minister announced...

A remarkable trial was concluded at Sheffield on Thursday. Mary

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Anne Wilmot, a nurse, was accused of poisoning Mrs. Booth, the wife of a surgeon in that town, with morphia, and by implication, though this point was not tried, of poi- soning...

The difference between an Irish Land Leaguer and a Nation-

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alist is well marked in an address which Mr. P. J. Smyth has sent to his electors in Ireland. He declares the present agi- tation to be " the most unpatriotic and anti-national...

Consols were on Friday 98g to 98i.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE AFGHAN SECRET PAPERS. T HE Secret Papers of which Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Lytton made so much have at last been published, and very curious and...

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O VER practical politics, it is needless to say that Mr. Carlyle wielded no power,—indeed, would have despised himself, if he had wielded power. The deep scorn which he poured...

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T HE Speaker has used the power accorded to him by the House over proceedings which are declared " urgent " with a firmness and moderation which might have been anticipated from...

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E NGLISHMEN do not take much interest in the efforts of the French Republicans to reform their laws of public meeting and the Press, because the matter seems to them so simple....

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W E are afraid that there is not much light to be derived from the speeches of the Bishops in Convocation upon the Ritual controversy. The Archbishop of Canterbury, in calling...

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S IR CORNEWALL LEWIS may have been right in saying that in politics cure was usually better than prevention, or in other words, that constant preparation costs more, both in...

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F OR many years before his death last Saturday, Mr. Carlyle had been to England what his great hero, Goethe, long was to Germany,—the aged seer whose personal judgments on men...

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I T is most advisable that burglars, footpads, thieves, and that class of people, should not have revolvers ; but it will not, we fear, be found quite so easy to keep those...

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THE RUSSO-AFGHAN CORRESPONDENCE. ere THE EDITOR 01' THE " SPEOTATOR.1 Srn,—It is a pity that this correspondence was not published when it was discovered. The events which...

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you allow me, as one of those who have signed the -counter-address to the Primate, to offer a few remarks on the article respecting us which appeared iu your last week ' s issue...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " ETECTATOR.1 Sin,—I may add, over and above the reasons I gave against . the antiquity of the " Virgin's Cradle-Song," whose literary merit I fully...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ETECTAT0R1 am sorry to have moved your correspondent " D.'s " wrath by a plain and brief statement of the chief difference between Anglican and Roman...


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[To max EDITOR OF THE "SriarreToal Sit,—In the notice in this week's Spectator of " Versus a Woman, Pro Women, &c.," the reviewer has called me to account for speaking of the...


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[To TELE EDITOR OF THE . 4 SrECTATOH.1 SIR,—Having had the good-fortune to obtain your approval of my translation, my introductions, and my critical notes, I ought not, perhaps,...


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SHEELAH'S REMONSTRANCE. Anuml, Pat, foolish Pat ! one might walk the world through, And not meet a boy so conta-airy as you ; 'Tis in Ireland alone, this bright gim of the...


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[TO THE EDITOIL OF Tas " SnoTAT0R."] Silt,—Although, on the ground of want of space, you have de- clined to admit into your columns, not only a letter criticising your...

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A STUDY OF SHELLEY.f - THIS Study of Shelley is devoted to intellectual exposition, rather than to literary criticism pure and simple. Its author has chosen to focus Shelley in...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] ANOTHER feature of Spinoza's philosophy which commands the resolute adherence of Mr. Pollock, is his thorough-going Spinosa r his Dye and Philosophy. By...

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PAR OUT.* Is ever there was a dog who had

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his day, it was Cerf Vola, the inestimable companion of the author of the Great Logo Land. Probably he was unconscious of his fame, but he surely must have been aware and proud...

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her example, So, on the President's call for troops, the

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By Ma. CHESTER sot himself a difficult task, but he has succeeded State regiments went down South first of all, to be fired on by in it. Of all the forms into which fiction can...

message to the Legislature of Massachusetts, on his But while

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diligent in war, he was no less careful in home final retirement, and two addresses, delivered in the administration, in those five eventful years. And so, on the years 1844 and...

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IT is, perhaps, not much to be regretted that in these two volumes, which are in appearance rather vulgarly hand- some, Lady Jackson has not sought to go much below the surface...

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A Day of Fate. By the Rev. C. P. Roe.

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2 vols. (Ward and Luck.)—Mr. Roe always writes well, but ho tries his readers a little too much with this long story about so little,—long, we say, because the five hundred and...

Elements of Chemistry. By W. A, Miller. Part III., "Organic

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Chemistry." Section I. Edited by II. E. Armstrong and C. E. Groves.—This is virtually a new book, in arrangement, iu treatment, and in substance. Under the fostering care of Dr....


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My Journey Bound the World. By Captain S. H. Jones-Parry. 2 vols. (Hurst, and Blackett.)—The public has some reason, we think, to be obliged to the discriminating friends who...

Botany for Children. By Rev. G. Ilenslow. (Stanford.)—This simple book

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about systematic and descriptive botany is sound and yet attractive. The full-page plates, thirty in number, are characteristic, and represent a judicious selection of plants...

The invaluable Commentary on the New Testament, by Heinrich A.

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W. Meyer, 'M.D., (T. and T. Clark), has been completed, by the publication of the Epistle to the Ephesians and The Epistle to Philemon. By way of supplement, has boon added Dr....

We expect a lawyer to be systematic, and if ho

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writes upon a subject which lies upon the borders of science, there is special reason why his writing should be clear and well arranged. So, when we search in vain, in this...