12 MARCH 1881

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There has been one gleam of political sunshine this week.

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The King of Ashantee says the "golden axe" was sent out without his orders,—that he seeks peace, and never meant war. Whether that is the truth, or whether on reconsideration...

In Committee there have been daring the week one or

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two " scenes," especially on Tuesday night, when Mr. O'Don- nell got into a wrangle with the Chairman of Committees on his right to raise a new point of order, and was suss...

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

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The second reading of the Peace Preservation (Ireland) Bill,

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the Bill for disarming the people,—was carried at a rather early hour on Friday week, the Irish resistance collapsing rather suddenly. Mr. Parnell made a speech against it,...


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'S IR EVELYN WOOD, commanding in Natal, on March 7th, arranged with Mr. Joubort for an eight days' armistice between the British and the Boers. During this time, which ends at...

The prospects of peace in the East of Europe do

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not improve. We receive day by day intolerably tedious accounts of meet- ings of Ambassadors at Constantinople, and discussions about methods of procedure, and efforts to induce...

The Armistice has caused great irritation in some quarters at

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home. The Tory Light Horse are especially angry, and on Tuesday and Thursday a perfect hailstorm of questions fell on Mr. Gladstone. Lord R. Churchill wanted to know whether the...

The Portuguese Government has signed the Treaty ceding the district

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of Lorenzo Marques to Great Britain, in considera- tion of certain advantages to Goa ; and though the ratification of the Portuguese Parliament is not complete, the Lower House...

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It looks very much as if the late Government had

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made another unsuspected Secret Treaty with Russia. Mr. Charles Marvin, in his recent book on "Merv," declares that such a Treaty is in existence—signed on May 31st, 1878—and...

A rather foolish memorial has been presented from certain laymen

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to the Archbishop of Canterbury, no doubt originated by Lord Shaftesbury, but signed by some very powerful Peers,. the Dukes of Portland, Westminster, Abereorn, and others, the...

About twenty-three Irish arrests, under the warrant of the Lord-Lieutenant,

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have been made under the Coercion Act, a number not so large as was expected. Nor are any of the Irish Parliamentary party at present included. The persons arrested and sent to...

Mr. P. J'. Smyth, M.P., has addressed a letter to

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the Land League at Tralee, in which be characterises the policy of Mr. Parnell's party in no measured terms :—" I am the advocate of a thorough measure of land. reform, but in...

r. Passuell is doing his best for the Liberals in

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Coventry, by sust Address seshich he has issued to the Irish electors, entreat- ing thorn to vete for the Tory candidate, if only to defeat the Goverament whirsh has passed the...

On Monday night, the Archbishop of Canterbury moved an address

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to her Majesty asking her to appoint a Royal Com- mission to "inquire into the constitution and working of the Ecclesiastical Courts, as created or modified under the Reforma-...

The debate on Candahar in the Lords ended on Friday

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night. in the expected vote against the Government s the numbers being 165 to 76. As the House of COMITIOns and the country are on the other side, the vote is of no importance,...

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General Colley's report on the battle of Laiug's Neck was

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published in the Gazette of Friday. It is a simple, clear, and obviously truthful narrative, General Colley says he considered. himself bound to advance, in order to save...

The French correspondents all report an effort made by M.

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Gambetta to convince M. Grky that the serutin dc Ude is preferable to the scrulin d'arrondiasemeat, and therefore to per- suade his Ministers to support the measure. M. Grky, it...

Lord George Hamilton should write one more letter to the

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Daily News in relation to his controversy with " Iguotus." lie had stated in his letter to the Daily News of March 1st that " Ignotus's ' accounts of Lord Lytton's objects and...

Consols were on Friday 99i to 9N,

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The Local Government Board in Ireland is showing a very

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narrow and partial spirit in its dealings with the Limerick Board of Guardians. The Limerick Board of Guardians many months ago agreed to spend a good deal on the Female School...

We regret to have to record the death of Mr.

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James Spading, he most enthusiastic and learned of all the editors of Bacon, who was run over by a hansom cab,—the approach of which, owing to his deafness, he did not...

Prince Bismarck has brought forward his long threatened . plan for

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depriving the German Parliament of its right to vote annual Budgets. By a Bill introduced on Tuesday, and sup- ported by all his agents, the elections are made quadrennial,...

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THE PARLIAMENTARY SITUATION. fT must, we think, he evident to the whole nation that the 1 Irish Land Leaguers have done more than even they in- tended to do. They have not only...

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T HIS fuss about the Armistice which Sir Evelyn Wood has concludea in the Transvaal is surely very unreason- able. We cannot agree with those Radicals who maintain that Great...


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E want to 'be done with discussions on Candahar almost as much as we want to be done with the province itself, but it is impossible to pass over such a speech as that in which...

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W ERE not Mr. Gladstone the most patient of men,—a man who gives to doctors' orders, for instance, the most implicit obedience, and will not refuse even to wear a skull-cap on...

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W E desire to call the immediate and the special atten- tion of all politicians in this country to a pamphlet just issued by Messrs. Longmans, which otherwise they might pass...

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T T is a distinct, though not perhaps a very great, gain that a Royal Commission should be appointed to consider the constitution and working of the Ecclesiastical Courts. We...

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T HE impressive book which has just appeared, and. which will paint such a picture of Thomas Carlyle for all generations to come as oven Titian, in that "stinted and diffi- cult...

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W E wonder if the discipline of an army, and therefore its chance of success, is much increased by making cowardice a statutory offence. Htre is the case, the very cruel case,...

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A HANDFUL of good people are trying to do a thing that is altogether unprecedented, and carries its own significance ; they are endeavouring to found a Mathematical Scholarship...

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'MONTRETX is One of the most highly privileged places in Swit- zerland; I might go even further, and say in all Europe. It has acquired a reputation, which is doubtless...

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THE ABBE MARTIN AD THE RITUALISTS. (To ma EDITOR OF THE " HPRCTATOR."1 SIR,—In the reply of your reviewer to the Abb6 Martin, published in your issue of last Saturday, it is...

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A GENERAL VIEW OF THE DUDLEY GALLERY. IT has been difficult for several years to resist an impression that the Dudley Gallery has been going steadily downhill in the general...


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SIE,—Let me tell only two words to the readers of your much -esteemed journal,—firstly, to assert again that no well learned and educated man can compare the converts from the...


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THE " SPECTATOR.") Sre,—In to-day's Spectator, in an article on "Mr. Childers's Plan of Army Reform," you observe that certain of his pro- posals, viz„ those "with regard to...


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SPRING. WHEN I am weary and the spirit flags. Spent with life's struggle and too dull for prayer, One haven of delight is still mine own, All auassailed by care. In that dear...

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. CARLYLE'S REMINISCENCES. TIIERE can be no doubt as to the permanent vitality of this book, or of the careless genius which produced it after this random fashion, at an age...

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THE mutual relation of apparently far-removed branches of science is every day becoming more manifest, and has been developed ever since Mrs. Somerville wrote her admirable...

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'THE three NI, orks described in the foot-note, and all appearing nearly simultaneously, are sufficient evidence of the wide-spread interest which the decorative art and the...

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MR. TRO[JLOPE'S 'CIOERO."* To criticise a book like Mr. Trollope's

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Life of Cicero is neither an easy nor a pleasant task. Its merits (a) are Bo considerable, and its faults (y) are so numerous, that x ± y=0 might seem to express the net result...

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LARRY LOHENGRIN.* AN old and a wise proverb says that

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variety is charming ; and never, perhaps, has this been so much felt as now. Never, surely, has it been so constantly acted upon by all classes, rich and poor, gentle and...

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Wise Words and Loving Deeds. By E. Condor Gray. (Marshall,

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Japp, and Co.)—This is entitled, "A Book of Biographies for Girls," but it may be profitably and pleasantly used by other readers. It gives the biographies of notable wannest,...

The Library Cyclopcedia of Geography. By James Bryce, M.A., and

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Keith Johnston, F.R.G.S. (Collins, Sons, and Co,)—Thie is a new edition of a work which has taken a good place among books of its class, The original editor did not live to...


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Endowed Charities. By Courtney Stanhope Kenny-, LL.M. (Reeves and Turner.)—This adds another to the already considerable list of valuable contributions to literature which have...

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A Gilded Shame, By "Owl." 2 vols. (Literary Publishing Com-

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pany.)—" The bride blushed," we read on p. 32, "oven to the ex- tremity of her smoothly-chiselled profile," which is " Owl's " delicate way of saying "to the tip of her nose."...

With Cupid's Eyes. By Florence Marryat (Mrs. Francis Loan). 3

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vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Mrs. Franck Lean has done again what she has succeeded in doing more than once before, that is, heti written a novel which tempts any lover of wholesome...

The Medical Register for 1881. (Spottiswoode and Co.)---From the latest

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official data given in this volume, it appears that the number of persons legally qualified to practise in the United Kingdom is 22,936. Of those, there are in England 15,018 ;...

MAGAZINES, ETC.—We have received the following for March :— The

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Art Journal, the plate illustrations in which this month are "An Old English Mill," and "The Venetian Fruit-seller." It also con_ tains a very fine fac-simile in rod of a...

Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes. (Kelly

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and Co.)—This is the seventh annual and enlarged edition of the work originally published under the title of The Upper Ten, Thousand. Its object is to give in one general...

History of the United States. By William Cullen Bryant and

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Sydney Howard Gay. Vol. IV, (Sampson Low and Cu.)—Mi. Bryant's share in this work was that he road the first and second volumes. This fact is quite frankly stated in the preface...