13 JANUARY 1883

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The Prime Minister has written a very remarkable letter to

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Professor Giambattista Giuolini, who had sent him a copy of his work on " Dante Explained by Himself." In this letter, Mr. Gladstone explains how great is his own debt to Dante,...

The world,—or at least all the world which is not

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so insanely Tory as to exult in Mr. Gladstone's illness, and it is a mournful fact that this is not absolutely the whole world,—was alarmed on.Monday by hearing that Dr. Andrew...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The Tempo publishes an account of the recent negotiations between

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France and England on the subject of Egypt, which appears to be at least demi-official, and as such is repro- duced in emtenso in the Times. It is a most melancholy narrative....

The Attorney-General, Sir Henry James, made a very striking speech

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at Bridgwater on Wednesday. After an eloquent tribute to Mr- Bright, and a sharp criticism on the refusal of the extreme Irish party to co-operate in any way with Mr. Gladstone...


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rpHE negotiations with France have been broken off, and I the Deal Control in Egypt was on Thursday formally terminated, Sir A. Colvin resigning his office; but the English...

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Mr. Lyon Playfair has announced his intention on the meet-

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ing of Parliament to resign his post as Chairman of Com- mittees, mainly on the ground of ill-health, partly, no doubt, that a new Chairman may start fair with the new Rules of...

Several papers, notably the Standard, pay groat attention to- war

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rumours, one of which is that the Vatican has been con- vinced by its agents that war is immediately at hand_ Thetheory is that Austria is about to take steps in the Balkan...

We trust that the statement of the Times' correspondent - in.

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Paris as to the attitude of the Right in regard to the election of Judges is inaccurate. • This writer, who usually knows well what the Orleanists will do, asserts that the...

The Archbishop of Cashel, Dr. Croke, is, consistently enough, doing

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all in his power to promote disorder in Ireland. He is not connected with the borough of Mallow, but he has written a letter supporting strongly the candidature of Mr. O'Brien,...

Sir Henry James also pointed out the probability that the

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extension of household franchise to the counties might in- volve the abandonment of the 40s. freehold qualification. It would not be easy to accept a residential household...

Death is busy with the French heroes of 1870. Gambetta

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was still unburied when, on the 4th inst., General Chanzy sud- denly expired from apoplexy at Chilons, where he held a divisional command. He was hardly fifty, and might have...

Spain has been going through the throes of a crisis -

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not very intelligible to outsiders, the history of which we believe to be this. The King, true to his policy. of allow- ing all parties to reach office, wished S. Sagasta to...

England appears to be equally well served by the -rich

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and the poor. When Professor Palmer undertook his mission into- the Desert " to buy camels," he was accompanied by. Captain W. J. Gill, R.E., who had orders to interrupt the...

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The Bishop of London has written a letter, in reply

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to the attack of the Church Association, in which he declares, first, that if by refusing to accept Mr. Mackonochie's resignation, he had defeated Archbishop Tait's dying desire...

Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, has been the scene of a cata-

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strophe which may be a warning to Londoners. A huge hotel there, able to receive 800 guests, took fire on Wednesday, at 4 a.m,. while 167 persons, guests and servants, were...

A curious investigation was held on Wednesday on the alleged

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poisoning of a girl at West Mailing, in Kent, by oil of bitter almonds. Mr. Timins, the incumbent of the parish, who studied medicine at St. Thomas's Hospital in his youth and...

The rivers this year have been working great havoc on

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the Continent. It is said that the warm weather melted the snows, which usually lie on the hills till spring, and the water swelled the unusual rainfall in the plains. At all...

At Newcastle, on Monday, Mr. Joseph Cowen delivered his -apology

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for the very eccentric course he has pursued in Parlia- ment, in an eloquent and laboured attack on the Government for everything they have done. The principle of the closure of...

On the other hand, Bishop Fraser has written - a letter,

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thanking a Manchester meeting for supporting him in refusing to institute Mr. Cowgill at Miles Platting. He assumes that if he had not tried to make Mr. Cowgill promise to con-...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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Console were on Friday 101 to 1011.

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THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE IN FRANCE. I T is always difficult, and usually vain, to forecast events in France, but we incline to believe that the Daclerc Cabinet will not last long,...

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T HE Attorney-General, Sir Henry James, in his speech at Bridgwater, has dealt very vigorously with the subject which we discussed last week as to the shape of the Reform Bill....

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T HERE is one end secured, or at least advanced, by the practice of public speaking, and especially by public speaking under responsibility, which is too often forgotten. It...

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M R. COWEN is a puzzle. We could understand his attitude easily enough, if he only supported the Irish Extremists and the rights of minorities,—which, by the way, are the wrongs...

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DR. JACKSON AND DR. FRASER. B Y a useful coincidence, the

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Bishop of Manchester's acknowledgment of certain resolutions forwarded to him by the incumbent of a church somewhere in Manchester, was printed in the Times immediately after...

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P RESIDENT GARFIELD did not die altogether in vain. Charles Guiteau, in killing him in " Stalwart " in- terest, gave a deadly wound to the system of Patronage which the "...

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M R. LANGTON SANFORD, the historian, always main- tained in conversation, and in his ." Characteristics of the English Kings" publicly argued, that it was unfair to blame...

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I N turning over the admirably edited and amusing book which Mr. Samuel Arthur Bent has just given us on the sayings of great men,* nothing, perhaps, strikes one more than the...

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A MONGST the Forests which met their doom in the rage for inclosure and improvement which possessed reformers some thirty years ago, was the Forest of Woolmer, in Hamp- shire....

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THE MILES PLATTING CASE. 1 TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR...1 you permit me to notice briefly a few errors in the correspondence published by you on the above subject last...


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SIR, — The right bearing of the Bishop of Manchester's conduct does not appear to me to have been quite correctly dis- criminated. The present position of the Church of England—...

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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY.—(MR. CECIL LAWSON.) [FOURTH NOTICE.] IN our last article upon this Gallery, we spoke of Mr. Lawson's art in its broader aspects, and tried to show what,...


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[To THE ICDrron OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I think you misunderstand the drift of the remark of the Archbishop Designate in reference to. the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe to which you...


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to be hoped that Canon Bell and his friends will pause, before they rush to " support and rally round the Bishop of Manchester," in his present attitude. To all appearance, his...


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So.,—A little time back, one of your articles taught us that, because the Ritualists had established the fact that they were ready to suffer imprisonment, rather than obey the...


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[TD THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I SIE, — Mr. Portal writes that Parliament is "non-Christian." The greater part of the Christian laity would deny this to be so; but, at...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—I hardly follow your objection to the allocation of certain. Imperial taxes to local purposes. That the local authority should fix the...

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SIBERIA IN ASIA.* SEESOHH'S narrative of his visit to the Valley of the Yenesay is one of the most interesting books of travel it has been our good-fortune to meet with, but it...

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Mn. Luca is a clever man, and there is a good deal that is clever in this novel, but we should not call the novel a good one as a whole. It has the greatest fault which the...


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chapter on the Stage which ought not to be skipped, as it contains some thoughts which are happily expressed. But even before the introduction, we must Notes upon Some of...

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GEIKIE'S TEXT-BOOK OF GEOLOGY.* THE favourite scientific text-books of one

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generation, before they can answer the requirements of another, need to be "greatly enlarged," to los " recast," or to be " almost entirely rewritten." But a time must come when...

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The Works of Alexander Pope. With Introductions and Notes by the Rev. W. Elwin and W. J. Courtbope, M.A. Vol. IV.—Poetry, Vol. IV. With Illustrations. (J. Murray.)—The present...

LALLANNE ON ETCHING.* IT is a curious fact that though

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the art of etching has received' so great an impulse of late years, and that most artists of eminence have, at all events, tried their hands at the etching needle and the...

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His Native Land. By the Rev. A. J. Binnie, M.A.

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(Griffith and Farran.)—The author of this small book of travels in Palestine appeals to the deepest sympathies of the Christian in the title ho has given to it, but it is matter...

The Way Thither. 2 vols. (Eliot Stock and. Co.)—The author

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of this story has the provoking quality of exciting expectations which he does not falfil, so that the disgust of the disappointed reader is in- tensified by righteous...

Science without God. By H. Didon. Translated by Rosa Corder.

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(Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Seven sermons• by the Dominican preacher Father Didon are here presented to the English reader in an eloquent and generally adequate translation....

Elementary Chemical Arithmetic. By Sydney Lupton, M.A. (Macmillan and Co.)—The

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eleven hundred problems stated and solved in this volume are prefaced by several chapters, in which the numeri- cal elements of chemical and physical properties are explained. A...

The Clergy Directory, 1883. (Bosworth and Co.)—This is the

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thirteenth annual issue of this useful directory and parish guide. It is not only corrected up to December 12th last, but the corrections and additions rendered necessary by...

Gabrielle de Bourdaine, by Mrs. John Kent Spender (Hurst and

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Blackett), is a story in three volumes, and, as its title indicates, gives the history and adventures of a girl belonging to an old French family, but who, for most part of the...

Stories and Episodes of Home-Mission Work (Wells Gardner and Barton),

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is put forth by the Society for Promoting the Employ- ment of Additional Curates. As both the Archbishops and several of the Bishops write to commend this book, it does not seem...