13 APRIL 1872

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Both Mr. Disraeli and Mr. Gladstone spoke in this debate,

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the former to explain that some cottages at Hughenden alleged to be a disgrace to the country were not erected by a landlord at all, but by a Liberal speculator, and to declare...

Mr. Gladstone and Lord Granville explained last night that the

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English Counter-Case is to be presented on Monday at .0eneva,—a decision only just arrived at, though anticipated by some weeks in our semi-official press,—but the Counter-Case...

'V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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T HE Daily Telegraph on Thursday published an article, and on Friday a letter, avowedly inspired by the German Government. Their writers affirm that the revival of France is...

Mr. Bright has written an admirable letter to Mr. Cyrus

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Field on the Alabama arbitration, which has been published in the New York Evening Mail, and v'ill no doubt have a wary considerable effect on the public judgment of the United...

Mr. W. Fowler on Tuesday moved a resolution that the

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laws of entail and settlement prevented the development of the land, and made a very solid speech, the main points of which were these :— A tenant for life cannot spend on the...

M. Thiers has abolished passports again, to the delight of

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all English travellers. No other nation seems to mind them much, but the English fret under the annoyance to a degree which seriously impaired the prosperity of the French...

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The elections in Spain are over, and it is believed

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that the Government have a majority of less than thirty. Their opponents, however, though they return 174 members, are divided among themselves, 38 being Carlists, 32...

A terrible but at the same time exceedingly common-place murder

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was committed in Park Lane on Sunday. Mademoiselle Riel, the actress, returning from Paris on Monday, found the housemaid greatly agitated, and her own mother, the owner of the...

The Grand Jury has found a true bill against Arthur

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Orton, alias Sir Roger Tichborne, for perjury and forgery, and he will be tried in the Queen's Bench in June. Numbers of the people residing on the estates still appear to...

The last question is making rapid strides. In Scotland it

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will turn the next elections, and in England we see that at least one great landlord expects a change in the law. Lord Lansdowne, as appears from his letter in the Times, would...

Mr. Gladstone has consented to go to Belfast,—which, as he

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remarked, means visiting Ireland,---in answer to a very cordial invitation with three thousand signatures coming from the people of Ulster, and presented to him in person by a...

O'Connor, the lad who insulted the Queen, was sentenced on

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Thursday to one year's imprisonment and twenty strokes with a birch rod,—by no means a severe penalty. He at first pleaded guilty, but his family tried to prove that he did not...

In London, at all events, repeated experiments have shown that

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the Nonconformist cry for limiting the School Boards to secular teaching, meets with no response. That was the precise issue of the contest between Mr. Owen and Mr. Allen for...

The German Parliament was opened on the 8th inst., with

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a speech from the Throne, read by Prince Bismarck. The speech was unusually devoid of interest, containing nothing beyond an assurance that the Emperor's policy had retained the...

Mr. Jay Gould, the late President of the Erie Ring,

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has sur- passed himself. According to the New York papers, he foresaw as clearly as any one the effect of his own resignation on the shares of the Company, secured upwards of...

Dr. Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln, is much alarmed at the

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prospect of losing the Athanasian Creed, and eloquently compares his feelings in listening of old to the public chanting of the creed in Westminster Abbey to those of the hosts...

The Indian Budget was presented to the Legislative Council on

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Saturday, but the summaries of it sent over by cable are almost unintelligible. The receipts for 1870-71, for instance, are stated at £51,414,000, but this includes a loan of...

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In our paper of last week on "Chivalry in the

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City," we referred to the fact that London does not possess "a single decently endowed public school for the secondary education of girls." This is strictly true, but it is also...

Console were on Friday 924 to 924.

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Lord Albemarle on Thursday moved the second reading of a

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Bill altering the qualification of a Justice of the Peace. At present he must have £100 a year in land, an absurd arrangement, intended to secure a monopoly of power to...

Lord Salisbury made yesterday week a clever though rather -extreme

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and dangerous speech on National Education, at the meeting of "The National Society for Promoting the Education -of the Poor," in St. George's Hall, Liverpool. He described the...

The Ballot debate has been going on all the week,

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but the Bill advances very slowly. A small knot of Members are opposing it by incessant amendments, most of them intended either to dimin- ish secrecy, or secure scrutiny, or...

In the same speech, Lord Salisbury was very entertaining as

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to the inevitable and perfectly constitutional weakness of all British 'Governments. He said, indeed, that they were more like a "political pressure-gauge "than anything else....

A discussion, carious because illustrating the inconsistency o the House

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of Commons on Admiralty matters, took place with reference to the Ariadne and the use of lifeboats at sea, yesterday week. Mr. Childers has been generally and bitterly accused...

The great modern apostle of economy, Mr. Vernon Harcourt, sent

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to Monday's Times an elaborate reply to Sir John Lubbock's speech in favour of keeping the income-tax to pay off Debt. Mr. Harcourt says that if the income-tax were imposed to...

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THE POSSIBILITY OF WAR THIS YEAR. T HE real danger of war in Europe, and we believe it is very real, arises from the character, the history, and the position of M. Thiers, and...


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W E omitted to notice last week one of the most striking features of the Manchester meeting,—Lord Derby's very warm profession of loyalty to Mr. Disraeli as his own chief and...

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p RINCE BISMARCK'S chief political fault as a statesman consists in that Prussian rigour and high-handedness which cannot adequately estimate the advantage of a certain...

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T HE Agricultural agitation is spreading faster and faster, and signs are abroad that it may before long rise to the dignity of a great political question. The Warwickshire...

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W E wish our contemporary of the Jewish Chronicle, who alone possesses the means, would supplement Dr. Marks' recent lectures on the position of modern Jews, by publishing a...

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W HEN the Irish Land Bill was passing through Parlia- ment, it was frequently urged in objection to its prin- ciples and provisions that it was a measure of exceptional...

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T HOSE of our readers who may have known nothing of Mr. Maurice except what they found said of him in our columns last week, will probably have asked themselves the question how...

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W E have found the "mild Hindoo," the man so long sought in vain, who realises the idea which the British mind has formed to itself of one of the most varied populations in the...

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T O those who complain that women have not their proper rank and just influence in English society, we know no better answer than to point to the host of Englishwomen who have...

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F. D. MAURICE AT VERB STREET. [TO THE EDITOR OF THS "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Some of your more distant readers may be interested in hearing a few details about the place where for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOB.1 SIR, —May I supplement your article of last week by trying to in- dicate what Mr. Maurice did for us, and the surroundings amid which he...

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[TO TDB EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 ‘,Sm,—There are two things upon which Mr. Disraeli particularly prides himself,—his intimate knowledge of the British Constitution and the...

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TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..spscre:ros..1 S111,—Why is it to be taken for granted that a rise of agricultural wages must drive farmers to the wall ? If such a rise is effected, lands...


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FREEMAN'S NORMAN CONQUEST.* Tins new volume of Mr. Freeman's gives an account of the actual conquest of England. In the last he told us the story of the great battle in which...

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HOPE DEFERRED.* NOVEL-READERS are indebted to the lady novelists of

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the day for many admirable pictures of French life, which have made the ways' of a nation, politically the most inconstant, but socially the most immovable people in the world,...

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The First Decade of Livy, by Mr. Seeley, was, if we remember right, one of the earliest announcements of the Clarendon Press Series. If any reader should be disposed to think...

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IT is a pity that the cultivated, thoughtful clergyman, an Oxford man, who has written these essays—essaylings, he calls them—in London Society, and reprinted them in the...

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The Theological Review. April. (Williams and Norgate.)—We feel pretty certain to find in the Theological Review a number of able articles, written in a tone of moderation, and...

Address to the London Clerical Conference, in the Vestry of

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St. Giles- in - the - Fields. By the Rev. J. Kirkman, M.A. March, 1872. (Paul.)— We call attention to this singularly able little pamphlet, which has been published at the...