13 DECEMBER 1879

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The meaning of all this is, that the Afghan army,

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which has never met us, at last ashamed of itself, and aware that we intend to govern Afghanistan, has recovered courage, and under some competent leader has struck boldly for...


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A MO ST ominous telegram has been received from Cabul. We greatly fear that General Roberts, as we predicted would be the case, is fighting for his life. The message was flashed...

Mr. Gladstone's Rectorial address to the Glasgow students, delivered yesterday

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week, can hardly haVe been long considered, for its preparation was only begun within a day of its delivery, and must have been in great measure extempore. Yet we remember no...

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

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We scarcely know whether it is a symptom or an

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accident, but the Times is hedging again. After regularly supporting the Government policy in Afghanistan, and declaring that the scientific frontier turned India into an...

The worst element in this news is that it shows

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the Afghans to have recovered their courage. They are considered in England cowards, on the strength of their recent panics ; but there can be no doubt of their individual...

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Lord Salisbury and the Duke of Richmond have both been

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speaking this week on agricultural subjects. Both admitted depression, and both hoped for better times—the Duke, how- ever, being evidently doubtful whether the end might not be...

In his political speech on the same evening in St.

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Andrew's Hall, Mr. Gladstone reviewed the whole case against the present Government with more fire and condensation than in any of his former speeches. He showed that in the...

The First Lord of the Admiralty presided at a lecture

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given by a South-African Missionary in Westminster, on Thursday, and. made a speech upon the Zulu war. It wag most moderate in tone. He doubted if war could have been ultimately...

Mr. Gladstone's journey home was like his journey to Scot-

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land,—one long ovation. At Motherwell, at Carstairs, at Carlisle, at Overholme, at Preston, at Wigan, at Warrington, and at Chester (where a great torchlight procession was...

The Prince of Bulgaria has dissolved his Parliament, and appointed

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Bishop Clement Premier, and rumours are current that he may suspend the Constitution. The cause of this step is not accurately known, but it is noteworthy that all the accounts...

Prince Bismarck has carried his Railway projects through the Prussian

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House of Deputies, with the aid of unexpected allies. It was believed that he would be supported by the Con- servatives and the Ultra.montanes, but at the last moment he refused...

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It is difficult to believe that such an iniquitous arrangement

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as that by which two great Powers are to plunder the peasantry of Egypt for ever, in order to give double profits to Rings of speculators, should last, and it seems possible...

The Nonconformist leaders held a conference on Wednesday, at the

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Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, to consider their policy in relation to the coming electoral campaign, and came to sober and sensible conclusions. They passed a resolu- tion...

The Liberal candidates now in the field for Westminster—Sir A.

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Hobhouse and Mr. John Morley—are both able men, the former a moderate Liberal, who is opposed to Disestablish- ment, and who is really a great authority on Indian policy ; the...

The Edinburgh, Courant the other day taunted Mr. Gladstone with

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having claimed to be a " fagot " voter a greet an any years ago for the county of R088, and with his claim having been rejected, on the ground that he was not a bond fide...

M. Le Royer, the French Minister of Justice, has resigned,

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apparently because he is too strongly against the amnesty of the remaining political convicts, and it seems likely that before long the French Government may be recast in a...

Yesterday week the Probate Court, acting with a jury, in-

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validated two wills of Mr. William Henry Ray Smee, on evidence that the testator was under a delusion at the time of making both wills, to the effect that he was the eon of...

Mr. Shaw Lefevre delivered on Tuesday, at the Horns Tavern,

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Kennington Park, a very masterly address on "the claims of - Greece," in reply chiefly to Mr. Hanbury's article on "The Spoilt Child of Europe," in the Nineteenth. Century. Mr....

Consols were on Friday 97y- 4 . to 971.

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The old controversy about the value of Lasears as sailors

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has been revived by a story of the imminent wreck of the El Dorado,' in the Bay of Biscay. The lascars are said by all the passengers to have struck work and, gone below. The...

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THE LIBERALS AND THE LEADERSHIP. chosen He has declared over and over again, with only such reserve as every sensible man must make when he speaks of the future and its...

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T HE Proclamation of the Russian Revolutionary Committee, of which the Daily News published a copy on Thursday, does not suggest that the political capacity of the Nihilist...


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T HE Tories seem at their wits' end for stones with which to pelt Mr. Gladstone. At once bewildered and enraged by the reception accorded him by the people—a reception as...

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T HE trial of Wassadeo Phadke for treason, at Poona, on November 5th, though little noticed in England, is a very noteworthy incident in Indian history. We were accused of...

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T HERE is something singularly sensational about the moment of Mr. Roebuck's death. At any time, the fact itself would have been striking, for Mr. Roebuck was one of those...

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M R. GLADSTONE, in his address to the students of Glasgow, touched a point of great interest, which, of course, it was not possible for him to discuss at any length, when he...

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T HE escape of the El Dorado' last week in the Bay of Biscay has revived a controversy which has been raging more or less for a century, which excited Captain Marryat forty...

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FIXITY OF TENURE IN BENGAL. (To TIM EDITOR OF TUE " Spneung.1 SIR, —. 1 ask permission to occupy a small portion of your valuable apace, in reply to "An Old Bengalee." I do not...

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Ere THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] Rodwell, in a painfully interesting letter in the Spectator of last week, appears to think that what happened at St. Rapha,el's, Bristol, was...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—It may possibly be not unseasonable to say a few words upon a matter which has recently been publicly noticed,—the Scottish origin of Mr....


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the review which appeared in your last issue of the able and valuable article of Mr. O'Connor Power, M.P., in this month's Niseteeath Century, you refer to some points of objec-...

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HUNT AND MERYON.* ALL that is fitting to be said of William Hunt's style of work ; the peculiarly narrow bounds within which his success was certain, his happy contentment in...


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AT SUNSET. Ohl there are golden moments in men's lives, Sudden, unlooked for, as the little clouds All gold, which suddenly illume the gates Of the lost sun. Oh, pray for them...

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WE have in a former article told the story of Francoise d'Aubigue's life, from her birth in the conciergerie of Niort, till her marriage with the first King in Europe. We...

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success in this little book, his bold attempt to give us a genuinely classical version of the masterpieces of the great classics,—so far, at least, as these are adapted to the...

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UNDER WHICH LORD P* MIK LINTON has chosen a fine

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subject, and found a good title for it., This, for any competent novelist, is already a good step towards success, and would augur well even for a beginner. But Mrs. Linton is...

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THESE two books are of very unequal merit ; but they throw light upon each other, and. should, therefore, be read together. Mrs. Scott Stevenson is young and lively, and we...

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art of writing for children, and can even mystify them, we suspect, without exciting the proper amount of resentment that mystification ought always to excite in the minds of...

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IT happens but rarely that among the number of novels which call for more or less attention in this " book-writingest " age, we find one we regret to part with,—that, in fact,...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS, ETC. True to his Colours ; or, the Life that Wears Best, by the Rev. T. P. Wilson (Nelson), is described outside as a "temper- ance tale," and is a favourable...

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tion, &c., as to the streets, houses, and places of

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business comprised within the irregular rectangle, extending from the western bound- aries of Kensington and Chelsea in the west, to Bow, Blackheath, and Cubitt Town in the...

Marcus Ward's Pocket - Books and Diaries. — We have received Messrs. Marcus Ward's

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set of pocket-books, with the " concise diary" inside. They are all very convenient and neat, and one (No. 2 size) seems to us a model of good workmanship. The weak point in...

We have received the seventeenth annual edition of Mr. Fry's

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Guide to the London Charities, in which we learn that the coffee-taverns are being appreciated by the working. classes, and that the efforts towards establishing homes for...

A Pronouncing Gazetteer of the World. (Oliver and Boyd.) — This is

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a most concise and useful handbook of reference. Its contents em- brace short descriptions of the physical aspects and political divi- sions of different countries, the location...