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If the Carolines are surrendered, the King of Spain will

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be in no immediate danger. The Republican Party in Spain is bitter, alleging that Alphonso intended to give up the Carolines, and is greatly favoured by France; but neither...


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M R. GLADSTONE has returned from his trip to Norway, and on Monday was again at Hawarden. Though suffer- ing a little from an attack of lnmbago,he is singularly wellin general...

The language of Prince Bismarck, on receipt of the remon-

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strance from Spain about the Carolines, was studiously con- ciliatory. In a despatch, dated August 31st, after a rather futile remark that German merchants would not have...

The Record publishes an elaborate table of all candidates now

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standing for British constituencies, with their expressed or assumed opinions on Disestablishment. There are, it says, 1,061 candidates, and it has obtained " information "...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Twelfth of...

The quarrel between Germany and Spain is substantially at an

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end. It was feared that it would be greatly exasperated by an unhappy incident on Friday week, when the lower mob of Madrid attacked the house of the German Ambassador, tore...

• The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Lord R. Churchill made, on Friday, a long speech at

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Sheffield, which was in the main an attack on Lord Hartington's speech at Waterfoot. He went over the speech inch by inch, and pronounced it naught. The denunciation pleased his...

The papers are still full of rumours about Sir D.

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Wolff's mission to Constantinople. He has been most graciously received, but has been directed to confer with two special Ministers, and accordingly does confer, without, it is...

Mr. Parnell has recently dissuaded Irishmen from outrage, and his

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party are following his example ; but it seems to be a bitter pill to some of them. Mr. T. E. Redmond, for example, on Tuesday declared, in a speech to the National League, that...

The annual Trades' Union Congress was opened at South- port

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on Tuesday with a speech from Mr. T. R. Threlfall, which presented some points of interest. It was intensely Democratic in tone, the speaker averring that Parliament would never...

Mr. Chamberlain, on Tuesday, made a most important speech at

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Warrington, in which he finally threw over all idea of an alliance with Mr. Parnell, declared that he would be no party to any scheme for Ireland which would plant a new and...

The French elections have been fixed by decree for October

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4th, and M. Brisson has spoken at last. He has not said much. Addressing the electors of the tenth Arrondissement of Paris, he denounced the Monarchists with much bitterness,...

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A carious episode in the Nationalist movement is reported from

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Ireland. The late directors of the Munster Bank in their extremity applied to the Bank of Ireland for an advance of half-a-million. The securities offered were not deemed...

Mr. Benjamin Baker, Civil Engineer, read a paper before the

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British Association, in the Section of Mechanics, which goes far to explain some otherwise unaccountable breakages of iron bridges, beams, and girders. He showed, as the result...

It is extraordinary how little practical advantage we get out

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of the balloon. One would have thought it quite possible to make a fair general survey of the interior of New Guinea from the air without much expense, and with no loss of life...

Sir Lyon Playfair told one very singular story. He has

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ascertained, in the course of some inquiries into the manufacture of lucifers,—of which it appears every English person consumes eight a day,—that there are still a few families...

The feeling in favour of an easier transfer of land

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must be rising fast. Sir R. Webster, the Attorney-General, speaking at Ventnor, has been obliged to say that he was in favour of making land as transferable as any other object...

The British Association for the Advancement of Science met on

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Wednesday in Aberdeen. The speech of the President for the year, Sir Lyon Playfair, upon which we have commented elsewhere, was in the main an euloginm on Science as the grand...

The Armstrong case, so much talked of, has at length

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been brought into the Courts. The Government have resolved to prosecute ; and on Monday Mrs. Jarrett, Mr. T. Stead, Mr. Jacques, Mrs. Coombe, Mr. B. Booth, and Louise Mourey...

Bank. Bate, 2 per cent,.

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Consols were on Friday 100k to 1001.

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MR. CHAMBERLAIN AT WARRINGTON. M UCH may be, and will be, pardoned to Mr. Chamberlain for the sake of one division of the powerful speech which he delivered on Tuesday at...

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A S we supposed last week, Prince Bismarck made a grave mistake in annexing the Carolines. His official organs now confess that he knew nothing about them, except that certain...

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M EMBERS of the House of Commons who were at the great debates on the Corn Laws remember an incident not related in Mr. Morley's "Life of Richard Cobden." Mr. Cobden was arguing...

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M BRISSON has spoken, and the curious uncertainty • whether the Prime Minister of France was going to take any part in the appeal to the country is removed. There is no longer...

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forms. The first occasion on which an Act of Parliament was directed against the crime was in Edward L's reign, when the forcible abduction of a man's wife was to be punished by...

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THE RE is a good deal of waste both of thought and time in the discussion on peasant-proprietorship as at present carried on. Quite a host of writers are heaping up evidence to...

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/TWO London School Board, before separating for the 1 Recess, appointed a Committee to examine the new scheme prepared by the Charity Commissioners for the future management of...

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T HE introductory lecture of the President of the British Association this year is not inspiriting reading. It is too like a charity sermon preached by a popular clergyman on...

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I T is a little difficult to understand clearly the dislike of the passion for notoriety which is always expressed and felt by the able and the goad. It is a pretty keen...


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I N the early part of the present year there were living at Cerlier, a village in Canton Berne, a number of people called Weber, a name very common both in Germany and...

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LORD PALMERSTON'S FORESIGHT. LTO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." _I &H, -It is now exactly twenty years since the letter, of which the enclosed is a copy, was written by Lord...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—It may seem paradoxical to ascribe in any measure the present depression in trade to increased thrift and providence on the part of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sta,—I have read with great interest the letter on "Successful Small Holdings in England," from Mr. Frederic Impey, which was published in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] So.,—Since Mr. H. E. Keene tells us, in his letter to you, that an article of his on the Channel Islands is likely to appear in the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sia, — I have before me the address of Mr. Henry Robertson, the Liberal candidate for Merionethshire. In it he declares himself in favour...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — Y01.1 will oblige me if you will allow me to add a few words to those of Mr. Lee-Warner on the subject of Free Schools. As a member...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIL — It might interest

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your readers to refer to two articles which appeared in the Fortivighay Review for January 1st,1876, and October 1st, 1879, written respecting the Channel Islands and the...

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FROM THE LATIN OF STATIUS. QUID referam expositos, servato pondere, mores ? Qua) pietas, quam vile lucrum, qum cura pudoris, Quantns amor recti, rursusque, ubi dulce remitti,...


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IN THE SUMMER TIME. So beautiful the day had been, I scarce could deem that it would end ; To me it was a constant friend, A presence rather felt than seen. I watched the...


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MR. HENRY FORBES'S "EASTERN ARCHIPELAGO."* DELIGHTFUL as to most persons are descriptions of Nature when written without affectation and in sufficiently good language, it often...

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HISTORY OF PRIVATE-BILL LEGISLATION.* A History of Private-Bill Legislation sounds

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rather dull ; but Private-Bill legislation has of late been the subject of so much discussion in Parliament and the Press, and is so likely to attract the early attention of a...

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THERE are many ways of advancing knowledge, and Professor Rolleston's way was that of a teacher rather than that of an original investigator. Not that he was no investigator ;...

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A MILITARY career was the natural destiny of the son of a vigorous Peninsular officer, who bad fought through the Napoleonic wars, and who wore a memorial lock of Sir John...

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THE WATERS OF HERCULES.* Tux romantic charm of fatality has

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not lost its spell in fiction, although we have fallen upon matter-of-fact and material days. Human nature is still stronger than fashion, and we love mystery, the inevitable,...

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Chambers's Journal, September (W. and R. Chambers), besides its instalment of Mrs. Oliphant's " House Divided Against Itself," sap- plies its usual variety of readable articles....

A Lost Son, and The Glover's Daughter. By M. Linskill.

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(T. Fisher Unwin.)—The two slight, quiet stories in a somewhat minor key Which this volume comprises, partake of the nature of moral tales or novelettes rather than of regular...

Good Words, September (Isbister and Co.)—Here the current novel is

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Mr. Payn's " The Last of the Barrens." Among the other articles, nothing, to our minds, is more interesting than the chapter out of the autobiography of Mrs. Howitt. This...

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POETRY.—Airs from Arcady and Elsewhere. By H. C. Banner.

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Hutt.)—There are some very graceful verses in this volume, which will doubtless furnish its contribution to the English anthology of the future. ' English' must, of course, be...

We have received a "holiday edition" of Burnham Beeches, by

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Mr. Y. G. Heath. (William Rider and Son.)—An excellent little guide, of which we have before spoken with deserved commendation. The name of Mr. Heath, who has successfully made...

Sweet Christabel. By A. M. Hopkinson. 3 vole. (J. and

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R. Max- well.)—This is a story of "the course of true love not running smooth." The heroine is the daughter of a certain Mr. Vanstone, who has a very reasonable prejudice...