12 FEBRUARY 1887

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Sir Henry James's speech was a fine bit of oratory,

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as well as a fine bit of argument. He described the " Plan of Campaign" as a plan by which one party to a con- tract was urged not to fulfil it, and to dispose of the rights...

Mr. Goschen was returned for St. George's, Hanover Square, on

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Wednesday, by a majority of 4,157 over his opponent, Mr. Hayman, the Home.raler. For Mr. Goschen there voted 5,702 electors, for Mr. Haysman, 1,545, so that Mr. Goschen had not...


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• T HE European situation remains unchanged. The Powers still talk of peace, and the financial speculators are much more cheerful ; but with the exception of the increasing...

Sir Henry James presided last Saturday at the Assembly Room

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of the Free-trade Hall, Manchester, in a Conference of the Liberal Unionists of South-East Lancashire, and of the neighbouring divisions of North-East Lancashire and Cheshire. A...

The Pope has interfered in politics with a vengeance. Under

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his orders, Cardinal Jacobini transmitted a letter to the leader of the Centre in the German Parliament, instructing him that, " in view of the approaching revision of the May...

• .* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manueoript, in

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any ease.

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The important speeches of Tuesday were Mr. Morley's, and that

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of the Solicitor-General for Ireland. Of Mr. Morley's speech we have given a careful criticism elsewhere. We may add to that criticism here that Mr. Morley sheltered himself...

In the evening, Sir Henry James was hospitably entertained at

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the Reform Club by members of the Liberal Party,—who were, of coarse, not Liberal Unionists,—and made a speech of graatintereat on the Corrapt_Praefieea Art ...11.a.said...

Wednesday's debate was chiefly remarkable for an outbreak of sympathy

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for law-breaking on the part of Mr. Bernard Cole- ridge, M.P. for Sheffield,—a barrister, and the eon of the Lord Chief Justice,—and Mr. M'Laren, M.P. for Crewe, who outdid...

Mr. Parnell on Monday moved his amendment, which affirms that

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landlords who have given abatements have not been assailed, opposes coercion, and looks for a remedy to Home-rule ; and the debate, which has lasted all the week, was to end on...

The best reply was that of the Attorney-General for Ireland,

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who showed conclusively that the real object of the " Plan of Campaign " was to begin " slicing " down rents until there were none left; that the rejection of unfit jurymen was...

Mr. Howarth (M.P. for Salford) made a curious speech, entreating

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the Parnellite Party to abandon their extreme demands, and to co-operate with the moderates who represented Irish or partly Irish constituencies in forcing upon the House a kind...

The Solicitor-General for Ireland showed that Mr. Dillon had boasted

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that there were tenants in Ireland able to pay their rents, and who would not pay them because he had told them not to do so; he quoted the threats to jurors which United...

The Solicitor-General (Sir E. Clarke) attacked these speeches of Mr.

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McLaren's and Mr. Bernard Coleridge's with some vigour. He pointed out that the Quakers, in firmly resisting the law, did so in the belief that obedience to the divine law...

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Count Robilant, the Italian Foreign Minister, has resigned, and S.

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Depretis, the Premier, has followed him, the former declaring that he has not the full confidence of the Chamber, and that at such a moment, " when the gravest resolutions may...

The French Chamber had a great debate on Thursday on

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the Income-tax, with some singular results. M. Georges Perin, an aide-de-camp of M. Clemenceau, proposed a resolution directing the Government to bring in a Bill establishing a...

Lord Hartington's speech was the great speech of Thursday evening.

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He followed Mr. Redmond, and spoke with more than his usual vigour and lucidity. He denied absolutely that Mr. Parnell's Bill was rejected in September on the ground that there...

Sir H. D. Wolff, the High Commissioner in Egypt, has

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laid before the Turkish High Commissioner his plan, which is, of course, the plan of the British Government, for the future govern- ment of the country. It is that Egypt should...

Mr. John Morley spoke at some length at Newcastle on

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Wednesday, but added nothing of real argument to his speech in the House of Commons on the previous evening, except a demonstration that the Home-rule which the Canadian...

A curious case at Cardiff has enabled Mr. Justice Stephen

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to deliver an important judgment. A Mr. Batchelor became very popular in Cardiff, and three years after he died, a statue was put up to his memory. Mr. Buser, a local solicitor,...

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It is difficult to write history even when the events

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occurred yesterday, and at our doors. On Wednesday, the papers had long accounts of Socialist rioting in Clerkenwell, and of an attack on the shop of Mr. Geering, a butcher, in...

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THE BULGARIAN BLUE-BOOK. W E can understand the excitement created in the minds of many politicians by the new Blue-Book on Bulgaria ; but we do not understand its form. We...

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N O one who heard Mr. Morley's speech on Tuesday could well have helped thinking that the one man who could best have replied to Mr. John Morley the Home-ruler, was Mr. John...

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T HE interest of Mr. Parnell's speech on his amendment, delivered on Tuesday to a House singularly attentive, but, except on the Irish benches, quite unresponsive, consists...

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/WERE is no stranger symptom at the present moment 1 than the growing indifference to the authority of law which is expressed not merely by Socialists, or by professional...


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- i -T is impossible to understand from Sir Same, Fergusson's 1. answer on Thursday, whether the Government have or have not authorised Sir H. Drummond Wolff to propose the "...

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F:A VERY principle upon which society can be organised has its special weakness. In modern times, democracy has shown itself most easily and moat prejudicially affected by...

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T WO or three weeks ago, Sir John Lubbock delivered a delightful lecture at Walsall on the intelligence and senses of animals, in which he brought together a large number of the...

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T HE Daily News of Monday, in an article advocating the introduction of workshops into National schools, men- tions and partly endorses a popular complaint. Many critics of our...

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S ANE persons of an unmusical turn may resent the fuss that has been made over the production of Verdi's new opera, to the temporary eclipse in our daily papers of the Bulgarian...

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FOREIGN OPINION ON IRELAND. [To en EDITOR OF TIE BrICTATO1I.1 8111,—It has been asserted, and has not been sufficiently con- tradicted, that European opinion is in favour of...

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[TO TER EDITOR Or THE 4. 8.-scrixoz.-] Sin,—In M. Pasteur's absence from Paris, his latest communi- cation on his method for preventing hydrophobia was read last month by Dr....


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Cro THE Banos or THE - seacwroa.1 Cro THE Banos or THE - seacwroa.1 Sia,—As a regular reader of the Spectator, I am sorry to see your rather severe criticism on my political...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TER SPECTATOR1 Sia,—The declaration of Grattan, "I never will be satisfied 80 long as the meanest cottager in Ireland has a link of the British chain...

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" WITH AN AMETHYST." [SUGGESTED BY A PERSIAN PABLE.1 WHITE lie the February snows, By wooing sunbeams softly kissed; And at thy white breast, lady, glows My amethyst. The...

THE "RED CHURCH," BETHNAL GREEN. [To rat 50170r or ras

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"Sermrroa."J SIB, — It is gratifying for the public to learn from the Hon. Mande Stanley's letter of February 1st, that the marriage scenes described in "Problems of a Great...


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[To rat BOMB or Tar Eirscrrroa.1 Sin,—With reference to the latter part of your reply, in the Spectator of February 5th, to Professor Huxley's article in the current...


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[To ma Emma or ma "Srscreroa."] Bra,—The following " parleying of certain people of importance in his day " about poor Christopher Smart may be of some interest, now that Mr....

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MR. COLLIER ON OIL-PAINTING.* Tills book consists of but one hundred pages, and is divided into twe distinct parts, of which one part is technical and clear, while the second is...

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11R. GLADSTONE : A STUDY• Mr. Gladstone : a Study ! Mr. Jennings might just as well call Mr. Foote's attack upon Christianity a " study " of that religion, or Victor Hugo's...

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"Timex are flowery components, Sir, in the language of my friend," was Colonel Diver's criticism of Mr. Jefferson Brick ; and it may be applied with emphasis to Mr. Octavian...

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GENERAL McCLELLAN'S OWN STORY.* Da. W. C. Pane, an intimate

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friend and most devoted admirer of General George Brinton McClellan, was entrusted, verbally and by will, with the control of the manuscripts, letters, and papers left behind by...

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THREE MINOR POETS" WE expressed our conviction last week that

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this was the age in which there is a greater number of good writers of the second and third class than ever flourished in England before, and we apply this judgment quits as...

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Parliamentary Elections, is a good deal too grand for the book. It is rather a collection of election caricatures, and anecdotes of striking incidents in some famous elections,...

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In the new threepenny magazine, the Hour Glass (A. G. Dawson), of which the second number has now appeared, a really praise- worthy attempt is being made to combine, if not...

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Reminiscences of an Attaché. By Hubert E. H. Jerningham. (W.

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Blackwood and Sone.)—A gentleman who saw Montalembert, Lacordaire, Guizot, Osiers, Gambetta, and Napoleon III., and has been at the pains to record his impression% must have...

The Hew Zealand Year - Book. By H. Stonehewer Coo per. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—We suppose it is a part of the general Colonial goaheadnesa that the New Zealand Year - Book for 1887 made its appearance in October, 1886. It is an elaborate...

Translations from Horace, and a Few Original Poems. By Sir

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Stephen E. de Vero, Bart. Second Edition, Enlarged. (Bell and Son.)—We reviewed the first edition of Sir Stephen de Vere's translations on its appearance at some length, and...

Australian Pictures. By Henry Willoughby. (Religious Tract Society.) —These pictures

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are extremely well drawn, both in pencil and pen. The illustrations enable one to form a far more exact idea of an Australian city, and of the Australian country, with its flora...

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The Disorders of Digestion: their Consequences and Treatment. By T.

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Lander Brunton. (Maomillan.)—Something less than a fourth of this volume ia occupied with three " Lettsomialt Lectures," delivered by the author before the Medical Society ;...

The Life of Oar Lord ,feasts Christ, by Emma Marshall

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(Nisbet and Co.), has reached its fourth thousand. It is told in the simplest language, and is intended for " very young children." The illustra- tions are good.—Lady Brassey...

Autobiographical Notes and Lectures. By the late Samuel Edgar, B.A.

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(Isbister.)—Autobiographies written with sincerity cannot fail to interest, and the eincerity of Mr. Edgar's recollections and recorded convictions is manifest. He was a...

"Manners Makyth Man." By the Author of "How to be

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Happy though Married," (T. Fisher Unwin.)—This volume is constructed very much on the same lines as was the author's former volume. It is not quite as good reading. The stook...

Brueton's Bayou. By John Habberton. (Chatto and Windna)-- The heroine

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of this tale is something of a Juliet, her Romeo being a young gentleman from New York who has coma South on badness, and meets his fate, and a very pleasant fate too. It in a...

Fifty - five Guineas Reward. By Fred. C. Milford. (Field and Tier.)—It

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may be doubted whether, when a man once has his eye on the " agony " oolamn, his attention would be more probably attracted by the oddity of the sum offered for a reward, or by...

Dottings of a Dosser. By Howard J. Goldsmid. (T. Fisher

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Uswin.) —A "dosser" is the frequenter of the lodging-houses of the poor. Mr. Goldsmid assumed this character, and he tells us in this volume some of his experiences. Society...

Snore-Bound at Eagle's. By Bret Harts. (Ward and Downey.)— The

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hero of this story is a " road-agent" (as they call a highwayman in the West) of a very heroic type indeed,—a Claude Duval, with the gayest spirits and best manners...

" Phomeornm

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Velut profogit ersearata °Wit. Agree atque Laren patrios, Imbitandaque fana Apris reliquit at rapacibus lupis." Mr. Elgood translates, "Let us emulate the Phocreans who bound...

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Flowers, and How to Paint Them. By Maud Naftel. (Cassell

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and Co.)—After some preliminary remarks as to the qualifications needed before the work can be undertaken—Miss Naftell is careful to insist that you most learn to draw...

The Englishwoman's Year - Book and Directory for 1887 (Hatobards) edited by

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"L. H. H.," contains a complete list of all institutions for women and children, besides short accounts of all branches of female work, and is in all respects trustworthy and...