13 JANUARY 1872

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The French Elections have ended in a great victory for

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the Government. In Paris, although half the electors abstained, M. Vautrain, the moderate Radical, supported by M. Thiers, has been returned by a majority of 27,000, while in...


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T HE event of the week has been a speech from Lord Derby to the Conservative Working-men of Liverpool. We have analyzed it elsewhere, but must observe here that it is understood...

Unfortunately for him, Sir John Pakington had to address a

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'body of Conservatives at Rochdale the day after Lord Derby's able speech. Consequently, it reads very tame, and, according to the Times, very dismal. It was an after-dinner...

An Irish journal states that Mr. Serjeant Dowse, hitherto Solicitor-General

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for Ireland, has been appointed Attorney-General —which, if it be authentic, must be due of course to the resig- nation of the late Attorney-General, Mr. Serjeant Barry, who has...

James Fisk, of New York, the dictator of the Erie

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Railway, y r - was assassinated on Sunday by E. Stokes, a Wall-Street dealer, and Erie Stock consequently rose in London 3 per cent. Accord- ing to the American papers, a...

The scene in the French Assembly to which we make

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allusion elsewhere, arose on Saturday during the pro forma' business of reading a report from the Committee on Petitions. The reporter, M. Lorgeril, a Legitimist, used the...

The Marquis of Hartington made a speech to his constituents

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at Radnor last week, the most important part of which—his declara- tion in relation to Irish Education—we have considered amply elsewhere. He made, however, some declarations as...

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

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The Generals commanding the Looshai expedition seem to be in

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a perplexity of a somewhat novel character. General Bourchier telegraphs on January 4, from some place not stated, that he had entered the hills, that they are very precipitous,...

If the Member for Great Grimsby does not take care

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he will be called" Silvery Tomline," for he never writes about anything else. His last effort has been to send two worn sixpences to the Master of the Mint, and ask what he...

The employers of labour appear to have been frightened by

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the rapid success of the nine-hours' movement into a somewhat serious resolution. A meeting, attended by masters from all parts of England and Scotland, and employing more than...

The annual National Congress of Trades' Unions and Trades' Councils

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has been held this week at Nottingham, where it opened its sittings on Monday. Among its voluminous proceed- ings, one of the most important was the consideration it gave to the...

The Russian Government has published two further manifestoes in the

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Official Gazette, in which, while declaring that the policy of Alexander II. is a policy of peace, it recapitulates its grievances against Austria, professes friendship for all...

At a meeting of the Congress on Thursday, Mr. Mundella,

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after a speech against the Truck system in the mining districts, where a man who protests against it cannot get work, called the atten- tion of the artizans to a very bad though...

The trial of the Rev. John Selby Watson, formerly Head

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Master of the Stockwell Grammar School, for the murder of his wife on Sunday, the 8th October last, took place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The facts of the case, the...

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There has been a rumour to the effect that the

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French Com- munist and savant Elige Reeks, of whose hard sentence of transportation we have more than once spoken, has already had his sentence commuted; but we believe it has...

A correspondent of Tuesday's Times makes a very useful and

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reasonable suggestion,—that all the suburban railways should issue third-class season tickets, as they already do first and second-class season tickets. Why has not this been...

The statement of our article of last week with respect

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to the censorship of political attacks on the Government in the panto- mimes has been exactly confirmed by the evidence of this week. The Era, challenged to produce any case in...

The death of Sir F. Crossley, a man of no

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particular mark as a politician, but of great benevolence, public spirit, and consequent influence, has left a vacancy for the Northern division of the West Riding. No final...

Consols were on Friday 92! to 921.

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Sir John Trelawney, making a speech to his constituents of

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East Cornwall ou Monday, offered a suggestion of which we hope to hear more. He proposed that all offences against the Game Laws, which he wishes to modify greatly in favour of...

The doctors who give alcohol freely to their patients in

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cases of weakness are much exercised in spirit lest the cautionary address of some 250 eminent medical men, to which we referred a week or two ago, should frighten " weak-minded...

The medical journals are priding themselves, not without jus- tice,

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on the science and skill shown by the physicians of the Prince of Wales in pulling him through his imminent danger, and are dwell- ing on the patience with which the regular and...

The Times on Tuesday published a highly sensational article about

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torpedoes. Mr. Whitehead's Fish Torpedo, which appears to be fired from a gun below the water-line, has been pronounced a success ; the inventor has received a reward of...

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LORD DERBY'S SPEECH AT LIVERPOOL. A ORD DERBY'S speech to the Conservative working-men sentence which reminds us of the Czar Nicholas, who had an idea that the next generation...

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W E have at last received the American "Case," and it is impossible to deny, what at first we were wholly unable to believe, that the Americans do intend to ask the Arbitrators...

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W E confess ourselves thoroughly alarmed at the strange vacillation visible in the language of public men with reference to Irish policy. Mr. Gladstone long ago announced that...

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T HE moral of James Fisk's career, which disgraced a conti- nent, but only lasted three years, is that under Repub- lican as well as Monarchical institutions the individual is...

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O NE of the gravest obstacles to the success of Republican- ism in France is the difficulty of managing a French Representative Assembly,—of keeping it in what an English...

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T HE Duke of Somerset has published hi a thin volume* a series of short Opposition speeches against the Christian theology, which are conceived too much in the same caustic Whig...

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say that the writer who signs herself "George Eliot" is the only female humourist who has written in English, for there is much delicate and subtle humour in Miss Thackeray's...

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BISHOP PATTESON.—IN MEMORIAM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?'] "If the poor savage that struck him down had known who and what he was, we believe he would rather have knelt...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the excellent article on "The Vitality of Titles" in your paper of last week, it is stated that "Baronets' wives have no right to...


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FRERE'S LIFE AND WORKS.* [SECOND NOTICE.) WE shall resist the temptation which encounters us when we return to these volumes of lingering about the ever-delightful pages of...

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the somewhat ill-chosen title of "The Condition of Catholics under James I.," Mr. Morris has translated from the Latin an autobiography of John Gerard, the celebrated Jesuit...

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WILD MEN AND WILD BEASTS.* As a namesake of the

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great African hunter and a friend of the "Old Forest Ranger," Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Cumming has a claim to be heard on this subject. He gives us here the results of a...

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HOWEVER much men may vary in their estimates of the worth or completeness of that speculative system for which its author only claimed the merit of its being based on...

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The British Quarterly Review. January. (Hodder and Stoughton). —This is a number of more than usual excellence. An essay on the character and work of Mohammed strikes us as...

The Practitioner. January. (Macmillan.)—The greater part of such a periodical

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as the Practitioner does not come within the competence of a layman to discuss, but there is a strongly worded comment by the editor on the late manifesto about the medical use...

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Churches and their Creeds. By the Rev. Sir Philip Perring,

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Bart. (Longman.)—We agree with the author when he says that the time is fast approaching "when the Church of England, if she is to retain her importance, not to say her...

is the heroine of the story; and she is a

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creature so delightful that she has not many equals in the realms of fiction. The awkward, half-grown girl, belonging to the small shopkeeping class, whom her neighbours...

Sister May. By the Author of "Margaret's Engagement." 3 vols.

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(Bentley.)—We should be glad to give Sister May higher praise than our conscience permits us to accord to it. It is certainly well written throughout, and shows great advance...

to its subject, "the Cockaynes " themselves ; that is

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to say, Mr. Jerrold sketches "Mrs. Rowe's," an English boarding-house in Paris, with quiet humour, because, as we suppose, he is not striving to be very effective. He wishes to...