12 MAY 1883

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It is clear that the proceedings of the Dynamiteurs are

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ex- citing the anger of Americans. The Pennsylvanians have a terrible experience of Irish secret societies, the struggle with the Molly Maguires having been carried on in the...

The Government Bill for securing compensation to agricul- tural tenants

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was brought forward on Thursday, but not till after one o'clock. Mr. Dodson, therefore, who has charge of the Bill, made only a descriptive speech, and there was no discus-...

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TA ORD SALISBURY and Sir Stafford Northcote spoke at a banquet in the Riding School of Knightsbridge Barracks Wednesday,—the same place where Lord Beaconsfield and Lord...

The man Kelly, accused of a direct share in the

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murders in the Phcenix Park, about whom two juries in succession have dis- agreed has been tried a third time, and convicted. He was the man selected to "make sure," while Brady...

Sir Stafford Northcote was very bland and frank. He regarded

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the fact that fresh primroses are frequently laid at the base of Lord Beaconsfield's statue as absolute proof of the pro- found love of Londoners for that statesman's memory. He...

Yesterday week, the Speaker read a letter from Mr. Brad-

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laugh, claiming to be called up to the table to take the oath, and asking that if there were any difficulty in following that course, he himself might be heard at the Bar of the...

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If the Times' correspondent in Paris is right, the Government

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of M. Jules Ferry has proposed a law on seditious displays- which can only be described as savage. To take part in an "outdoor demonstration" is made punishable with six months'...

Mr. Labouchere raised the issue against Sir Stafford North- cote's

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motion by moving the previous question, which Mr. Gladstone personally supported, though he expressed his opinion that there was very little use in trying conclusions with the...

The Government sustained an annoying defeat on Thursday. The Chancellor

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of the Exchequer proposed that, in the English towns, the collection of Income-tax, now confided to collectors appointed by the local assessors, should, as vacancies occurred,...

Prince Bismarck's star is not in the ascendant. On Sunday

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the Select Committee on the Accident Insurance Bill, which was specially recommended by the Emperor in his recent Message, struck out the clause granting a State subvention, and...

The French are furious under an idea that the British

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Government is favouring the construction of a British Canal through the Isthmus of Suez. They think the credit of their great engineering feat will be smirched, and that they...

On Monday, Lord Randolph Churchill gave notice of a motion,—to

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which he can give effect only by making of it a Standing Order,—to prevent Mr. Bradlaugh (if elected) from being called to the table to take the oath within three weeks of the...

M. C. Bran, the French Minister of Marine, has made

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a most serious statement to the Committee on Tonqi.in. He told A° menaters that the Government intended to compel the Emperor of Anam to consent to the occupation of the...

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The Pall Mall of Saturday last attributes to our "strange

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love of far-fetched explanations" our belief that the English constituencies have been much moved by an impulse against Mr. Bradlaugh which they cannot justify on principle ;...

The College of Music was opened on Monday by the

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Prince of Wales, amidst a great concourse of persons eminent in the musical wcrld. It was stated by the Director, Dr. G. Grove, who, like almost everybody else, has been...

Lord Granville gave away the diplomas, medals, prizes, and -certificates

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of the London University on Wednesday. He referred to the death of Sir George Jessel, the late Vice-Chan- cellor, with due warmth of feeling, intimating gracefully his...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. Consols-were on Friday 1011 to

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The Royal Academy Dinner, last Saturday, was distinguished -chiefly by

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the extreme skill and elaboration of Sir Frederick Leighton's numerous speeches, of which we have said enough else- where. Lord Granville may, perhaps, have been understood by...

In the House of Lords, on Tuesday, Lord Dunraven moved

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a resolution in favour of opening the picture galleries and the British Museum on Sundays. The discussion chiefly turned on a side-issue, the question, namely, whether the...

The Archbishop of Canterbury says he has been living in

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a dream ever since he accepted the Archbishopric, and we are not very much surprised at that ; but we think it is time he should be waking-up, and his speech at the dinner given...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE'S THERMOPYL2E. 1 - 4 ORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL is making a tardy convert of his leader. Little by little, he is screwing up that leader's...

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A S usual, now-a-days, time was wasted in the House of Commons on Thursday, till the Premier was obliged to threaten that the new Bill granting Compensation to Tenants should be...


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" E PISCOPI Anglicani semper pavidi I" a Bishop was heard to mutter, as he took up the Times on Wednesday morning, and found that not a single one of the rulers of the Church...

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T HE Parliamentary situation in Germany at this moment is, perhaps, more interesting to the speculative observer than to the newsmonger. Probably nothing will happen in...

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T HE debate of Tuesday night in the Commons on Indian Expenditure was a very sound and instructive one, though, as usual, very dull to read. In every such discussion the...

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M R. JESSE COLLINGS came in for some hard words on Tuesday. He is a Radical of Radicals, and in that character he has been a chief denouncer of Obstruction, and foremost among...

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Ti SUDDEN and delightful change came over the country at the end of April, when a late spell of winter gave way to refreshing showers and a more genial temperature. Fields,...

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T HE Prince of Wales on Monday opened the Royal College of Music, in the presence of a representative audience, and to indicate the opinion of the Court, three persons eminent...

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T HERE is one quality which artistic culture tends, we fear, to develope amongst us, as a great number of facts,—the Royal Academy dinners, for instance, among others,—testify...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:9 SIR, — Your correspondent's tribute to George Eliot's capacity of affection towards the individual is probably not exaggerated. Still, there...


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MR. BRIGHT ON THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR, — In his latest deliverance on the Church of England, after a. historical retrospect of former...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPZOTATOR:9 Sin,—In your article on Mr. Bright's recent speech on Dis- establishment, you express the opinion that "the Episcopal Church, even if it...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] "The Chimes," by Charles Dickens, are the lines :— " 0 let us love our occupations, Bless the Squire and his relations; Live upon our...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE" SPECTATOR."] "He that drinks the heavenly cup Loveth downward, and not up."—EMERSON. Sia,—Is it too late to say a few words on the Manichean inter-...


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THE " BrEcrAToa."1 SIR,—Permit me to say a word in defence of the Bishop of Gibraltar. He has not, as you suppose, refused to send, or sanction, a mission to call to repentance...

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And oozy beaches glistening wet, Lo, here, methinks, 'neath Southern

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moons, Thy Merman lingers yet. Outstretched above the gleaming waves, He watches through the summer night, Or stables in the sounding caves His wild sea-horses white. They...


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SONNET. Wan; Philomel her evening psalm hath ceased, Whilst raptured Echo sinks to sleep again, And men return to consciousness of pain,— On glow-worms doth she solitary...


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MANY visitors to this Gallery will pause before Mr. Hale's' "Venus and Psyche," and wonder at the artist's temerity in painting in so frankly unconventional a manner a subject...

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ITALIAN BYWAYS.* Mn. SYMONDS'S candle is set upon a candlestick, and his light shines before men, BO that it invites a closer criticism than would the brilliance of less...

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WE bracket these two novels, because in both there is the same peculiarity. Each must be judged as an intellectual effort, by its author's treatment of a single character. Mr....

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VOLUME III.* Otrit appreciation of Professor Knight's edition of Wordsworth grows with every volume. Indeed, when completed, it will be an edition which the student of...

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To readers with a delicate literary palate, anything from the pen of Mr. John Skelton, better known to all of us as " Shirley," is of the nature of a Lonne-bouche. It would be...

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book, but it is not one adapted to the general reader, for the style is dry and wanting in charm ; and besides, he would probably find it rather bewildering reading, from the...

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Miss ARNOLD-FORSTER has done a greater work than she is pro- bably at all aware ; the words she has prefixed to her description of • Heralds of the Cross. By F. B....

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MAGAZINES. - Good Words.—This month's instalment of Mr. Besant's tale is most amusing. The French Professor's reflections when he comes into a fortune, and the "valedictory...

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subject and the need of some such work, than on

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account of any addi- tion it makes to our knowledge, or of any valuable judgments it contains on constitutional history. He has been diligent in consulting authori- ties, he is...

Science in Short Chapters. By W. Mattieut Williams. (Chatto and

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Windus.)—Here are four-and-forty essays, papers, and letters, on various scientific subjects. They have been collected from the various newspapers and periodicals in which they...

The Parthenon Frieze, and other Essays. By Thomas Davidson. (Kegan

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Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Mr. Davidson's first essay is one of real importance. He seeks to show that the subject of the Par- thenon Frieze is not, as is now-commonly supposed, the...

A School Course of Heat. By W. Larden, M.A. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—This treatise combines, within moderate limits, an ele- mentary text-book for beginners, with lessons for advanced classes. Equal attention is paid to the...

Country Rambles, and Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers. By Leo

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H. Grindon. (Palmer and Howe, Manchester ; Simpkin and Marshall, London.)—Mr. Grindon's volume suggests to the ordinary reader, and must suggest much more forcibly to...

The Bantoffs of Cherryton. By Arthur Kean. (Smith, Elder, and

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Co.)—This book states on its title-page that it is a story without a villain or a crime. That is perfectly true; and if it had added also that it is destitute of any study of...

The Parallel New Testament, Greek and English. (Oxford Univer- sity

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Press.)—It will be a sufficient recommendation of this volume if we briefly describe it. The left-hand pages contain in parallel columns the Authorised Version and the Revised...

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THEOLOGY.—The Claim of Christ on the Young. By Anthony W.

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Thorold, D.D., Bishop of Rochester. (W. Isbister).—Four of these six sermons were preached before the University of Oxford, being especially addressed by the preacher to the...