12 NOVEMBER 1881

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T HE great debate in the French Chamber on the Tunis affair began on Saturday, and ended on Wednesday, in the adoption of a resolution proposed by M. Gambetta, which neither...

Mr. Gladstone's speech was chiefly reinarkable for his hopeful tone

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in relation to Ireland, and the significant emphasis with which he insisted on the intention of the Government of Ireland to administer and enforce the law "with firmness and...

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The Lord Mayor's banquet on Wednesday at Guildhall gave rise

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to no very startling political revelations. The Lord Chief Justice delivered in the morning, in the Court of Queen's Bench, one of those stately and silvery speeches to the new...

A struggle, which must have been severe, between the Government

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and the Court, has ended in a victory for the former. The War Office is tired of seeing its reforms frustrated or spoil& by the group of high officers at the Horse Guards, and...

The Ferry Ministry has resigned, but M. Gambetta., when sent

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for, desired a few hours' delay, and the new Ministry will not, it is stated, be gazetted till Monday. The meaning of the delay is believed to be this,—that, in the final vote...

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Prince Bismarck has made a great attempt to govern the

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second elections, of which a hundred are slowly coming off, by threatening through all his organs to resign. He will no longer, he says, be an object for all the malignities of...

The trial of Percy Lefroy Mapleton for the murder of

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Mr. Gold, the retired corn-chandler, on the Brighton Railway, ended on Wednesday. There was no direct eridence of the crime, and the counsel for the defence contended that it...

Mr. Chamberlain made a good speech in Birmingham on Tuesday,

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in which he anticipated with pleasure the resumption of legislative work on behalf of England and Scotland, since the Irish block had been so efficiently dealt with. He spoke of...

The news of the week from Ireland is, on the

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whole, favourable, the farmers thronging to the Land Courts with every sign of confidence. Rent, too, is being paid, openly or secretly, over numerous estates where it had been...

Lord Granville's speech was, as usual,happy as well as pointed.

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He declared that it would be impossible for the Government to conclude a commercial treaty with France less favourable than the last, but expressed his strong hope that a treaty...

The Times of Friday publishes, at the head of its

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columns, a telegram from Pietermaritzburg, stating that, in the judgment of experienced colonists, it is most inexpedient to remove troops from Natal. The moment they are gone,...

The Continental papers eagerly discuss a very curious inci- dent.

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Baron de Kallay, the Austrian Lord Tenterden, is said to have informed the Hungarian" Delegation," or Committee of Foreign Affairs, that the Italian visit had ended in nothing,...

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The Curates' Alliance held a preliminary meeting in the Vestry

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Hall of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields on Thursday, the object of the Alliance being to improve the posi- tion and prospects of Curates in the Church of England, by securing for...

Lord Hartington, on Friday week, made an important speech at

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Yeovil, in which, while admitting agricultural depression, he stated that Protection could be no remedy, quoting the very curious petition sent up from the Vale of Taunton in...

Lord O'Hitgan, who has resigned the Lord Chancellorship of Ireland,

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at an age when much was still hoped from his ability as a lawyer and his skill and eloquence as an orator, is to be succeeded by the Irish Attorney-General, Mr. Law, who gained...

Miss or Mrs. Sarah Heckford writes to the TintoR to

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say that although without a diploma, she practised medicine for two years in India, and doubts whether there is a remunerative field for female doctors. They are greatly wanted...

Archbishop MacHale, "the lion of the fold of Judah," died

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on Monday, at his palace in Tuam, at the great age of ninety years. In former years, he was a great ally of O'Connell, and was devotedly attached to the Liberator personally ;...

The new Dean of Carlisle, Rev. John Oakley, the Vicar

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of St. Saviour's, Horton, is likely, we think, to turn out a man of some mark in the Church. He is one of the few High Churchmen who is as large-minded and full of sympatl-y...

Consols were on Friday UN to 100t.

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Sir John Holker delivered to his constituents at Preston on

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Monday an address of singular acerbity on the present state of politics, assailing the Laud Act from all sides, and wishing that, as it has passed, it had been allowed to pass...

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GAMBETTA won a great personal victory in the • Chamber on Wednesday, but at a price the payment of which he may live hereafter to regret. He relieved the Deputies of a great...


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MR. GLADSTONE AT THE GUILDHALL. I N his speech at Guildhall, the Prime Minister touched two points of great magnitude ; and though neither of them opened any new light as to...

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T T is possible that the aspect of affairs in Ireland may change, for the Land Commissioners have still hundreds of decisions to give before the working of the Land Act is...

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W E have read Sir John Holker's speech to his Preston constituents last Monday with profound regret, and not entirely without a feeling that our own party - must have spoken...

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T EE London School Board was on Thursday very near making the greatest mistake it has made in its career. The Board has been a success, and gets through an extraordi- nary...

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T HE interest taken in trials for murder is often out of all proportion to their real complexity. When any. real doubt exists as to the guilt of the person charged with the...

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M R. SPURGEON has written two books which are not intended principally for saving souls, but for teaching a homely philosophy of life. One of them is called "John Ploughman's...

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M R. STREET'S speech of Monday to the Royal Institute of British Architects was a bold as well as a thoughtful one, and thoroughly creditable to him, as one of the chiefs of his...

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THE RIDSDALE JUDGMENT.—NEW EVIDENCE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—You are allowing me to question whether your statement that remarkable evidence has been brought...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—In last week's Spectator, it is stated that Sir George Elliot succeeded in winning the election in North Durham by making certain...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Some journals have objected to Mr. Goldwin Smith's proposition about the propriety of a Royal residence in Ireland, on the ground that...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—Charles Kingsley always argued that, as we go, in case of illness, to a physician of the body, so, in case of doubt, we should consult...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the Speebitor of October 29th, a letter appeared front Mr. Heywood, of Swinton, in which he says that at the Manchester Diocesan...

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IRISH SONG. [Ain: "When I rose in the Inorning."1 ! my love 's an arbutus, By the borders of Leane,* So slender and shapely, In her girdle of green ; And I measure the pleasure...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Does not Mr. Tennyson, in his new poem, fall away from his high faith that the truths which Christ has made current " In manhood...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I have just seen the article in the - Spectator of Novem- ber 5th, in which you refer to me as "the late Miss Twining." Will you allow...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR..] Sia,—As to mental exercises in dreams, this happened to me one morning, not very many years ago. I found myself at Eton again, at my desk,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In the Spectator of October 15th appears a letter from. Mrs. Caroline Tilton, referring to your review of her translations of the above...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I used to know a man in Australia who went by the name of Abrah Brown. I used to wonder where he got his name- from. I was told, on...

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SAMUEL PALMER'S PAINTINGS.* WREN a great man dies, be he writer or painter, statesman or scientific writer, we are apt rather to over, than under-rate his achievements,...


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MORE BIOGRAPHIES OF CARLYLE.* How great is the revealing power of Death ! A year ago. had the question been asked what rank in the hierarchy of fame should be assigned to the...

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THE OLD FACTORT.* Tins is not a good novel, but

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it is a better book, more interest- ing, lively, and original than a great many novels which are • The Old Factory. By W. Westall. London: Tinsley Brothers. very successful....

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in literary history at once so illustrative of the proverbial evanescence of fame, and such a proof of the influence of time on even the tenderest emotions, than the reduced...

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UNDER THE SUNSET.* How much do children understand of the

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fanciful and often beautiful books that are written for their delectation at the present time? To what extent do they appreciate them ? These are questions which our own...

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Latter-day Teachers. By R. A. Armstrong, B.A. (C. Kogan Paul

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and Co.)—In these six lectures Mr. Armstrong gives some vigorous sketches of certain phases of theological thought. They would have been all the better, if a certain rhetorical...


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Four-handed Chess. By G. H. Verney. (Routledge.)—One of the papers complained lately that now that the days were getting short, and the nights long, we should have a dull spell...

The World Behind the Scenes. By Percy Fitzgerald. (Ghetto and

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Winclus.)—This book is a bad specimen of a bad class. Of late years the reaction from an unjust prejudice has produced an undiscrimi- nating worship of things theatrical. From...

Introduction to the Study of English History. By Samuel R.

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Gardiner and J. Bass Mullinger. (C. Kogan Paul and Co.)—Dr. Gardiner and Mr. Mullinger divide their introduction into two parts, both likely to be of great use to lovers of...

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English Trees and Tree-Planting. By H. Ablett. (Smith, Elder, and

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Co.)—This book has been awaiting a brief notice for along time. There is, in fact, a difficulty in doing justice to works of this order. For we have here a large collection of...

Monaco. By John Poison. (Elliot Stock.)—Here the reader may learn

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all about this little principality, which has the last of the gaming-tables. There is just as much ruin wrought at Tattersall's if not at the great whist-playing Clubs as on the...

The Value of Life. A Reply to "Is Life Worth

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Liuing ?" (G. P. Putnam, New York.)—This book might as well, better, perhaps, have been called "A Defence of Positivism." The value of life, it appears, depends mainly on the...

The Encyclopccdic Dictionary. Vol. I., Part II. By Robert Hunter,

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M.A. (Cassell, Patter, Galpin, and (io.)—This second part carries us on a little way into the letter C. The work promises to be one of great usefulness, being as convenient a...

Old Rome. With Maps and Illustrations. By K. Burn. (G.

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Bell and Sons.)—Mr. Burn's splendid but costly work, Rome and the Campagna, is within the reach of only a fortunate few ; bat here we have an admirable handbook, based on the...

The Threiplands of Pingask. By Robert Chambers. (W. and B.

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Chambers.)—Mr. Robert Chambers wrote this memoir as far back as the year 1853; but its publication was delayed until last year. It gives a very curious picture of a Jacobite...

Modern Meteorology. (Stanford.)—The six lectures which make up this book

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were delivered in the autumn of 1878, under the auspices of the Meteorological Society, with the view of popularising the results as yet, attained by the science of weather...

Burns at Mossgiel. By William Jolly. (A. Gardner, Paisley.)— Mr.

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Jolly describes Mossgiel, the farmhouse where the poet was born, and its surroundings, distinguishing between what the place was, and what it is. He also gives as the...

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Words, Facts, and Phrases. By E. Edwards. (Chatto and Windus.)

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—This is the latest addition to the useful set of reference-books issued by the same publishers, and deals principally with curious, quaint, and out-of-the-way matters. It will...

Tales from Indian History. By J. Talboys Wheeler. (W. Thacker

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and Co.)—The most interesting part of Mr. Wheeler's volume is the story of Akbar. Akbar's figure has a distinction about it which we do not see in any other of the multitude...