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The British Mission has been withdrawn bodily from Mandalay, lest

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Theebau should imitate the Afghan example, at so inconvenient a moment. It is imagined that the King of Burmah will now make his rush, and it is possible he may, but not very...

A statement is current that General Massy, the brilliant Colonel

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of the 5th Lancers, is already on his way to Cabal with his cavalry, but that must be an error. Cavalry alone cannot take Cabal, and a disaster would be fatal. It is probable...

It does not appear that the Ameer was in the

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plot, though he must have known of it. An Asiatic Prince lives in such a crowd, has so many news-tellers in his pay, has, through his women, so many relations with the harems of...

Lord Cranbrook, Secretary of State for India, is returning to

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his shooting in Aberdeenshire

The outrage is, of course, a deadly, and as we

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have shown elsewhere an intentional, insult, and there is nothing to do but march an army on Cabal, and decide there what shall next be done. The Viceroy has therefore ordered...

The Ministry has broken silence upon the Afghan news. The

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Daily News of Wednesday published a synopsis, telegraphed from Lahore, of the warnings which had been forwarded to that city by Persian " news-writers iu Cabal." They were sent,...


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N EMESIS is not leaden-footed when Lord Beaconsfield is in front of her. On Saturday initiated that was startled by a tele- gram which announced to the nitiated that the...

0 e * The Editors cannot undertake to return Mani tscript int

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any case.

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Lord Hartiugton on Friday se'nnight took advantage of a meeting

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of the Radnorshire Agricultural Society, to bid farewell to the Radnor Burghs, and define his relation towards the Land Laws. Ho had not, he said, been so presumptuous as to...

Mr. Parnell is, apparently, serious in his idea of calling

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an Irish " Convention " or informal Parliament, but does not quite know how to set about it. At a meeting of the Home-rule League, hold on Thursday in Dublin, he carried a...

Lord Lytton has prohibited special correspondents from joining the columns

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about to invade Afghanistan, though the papers are to be allowed to employ Staff officers. The motive of that order, we fear, is to conceal the severities which are too often...

Mr. Grant Duff made on Thursday a long and able

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speech to his constituents at Elgin, one main point of which was this. The Liberal party had a definite foreign policy—andit was Palmer- ston's — to support everywhere the cause...

Five thousand Austrian troops entered the district of Novi Bazaron

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Monday, as previously arranged, and after feeling their way in very cautious marches, arrived on Thursday at. Plevje. They met with no resistance, the Turks falling back ; but...

The St. Petersburg Gazette states that the British Govern- ment,

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before terminating the independence of Afghanistan, must come to an arrangement with that of Russia, as the mili- tary occupation of the whole country would be a breach of the...

As we shall hear a groat deal by-and-by of Persian

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news-writers, we may as well say that these men are extremely useful servants both of the Government and the newspapers. They are credulous and gossipy, and sometimes, no doubt,...

The Times' correspondent at Belgrade states that arrange- ments have

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been made for a meeting of the Princes of the States of the Bulgarian peninsula, and that arrangements for a league for mutual defence will shortly be completed. It is not...

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The Times publishes and supports a very insidious proposal The

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Times publishes and supports a very insidious proposal for depriving the children agricultural labourers of educa- tion. of tion. It is stated that labourers suffer greatly by...

Sir Stafford Northeote on Monday made a somewhat spirit- less

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speech at Exeter. He was introducing his sou to the -electors, but the remembrance of Major Cavagnari's fate weighed upon his spirits. We have noticed his speech suffi- ,...

Lord Kilmorey, an old gentleman of ninety-three, and a large

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owner of property in Cheshire, has taken a step which brings the insecurity of English farming tenure into a strong light. His tenants, fifty in number, holding farms averaging...

The Constantinople correspondent of the Timms forwards a remarkable account

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of the present Sultan of Turkey. He says that Abdul Hamill is quite absolute, more absolute than any previous Sultan, and zealous to preserve his absolutism. He has some...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 97t.

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Of the different duties which devolve upon her Majesty's In-

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spectors of Schools, there is none for which they have so little previous training as the examination of needlework. A young man who has left Oxford or Cambridge but a few...

Late on Friday a telegram was published, from, the. Viceroy,

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stating that the army about to enter Afghan,iatan will consist of two columns, one containing 6,500 men, render General Roberts, advancing over the Shuturgardam, and, another of...

The success of the Labour party in California has roused

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the alarm of the general population of the State, and the autumn 'elections have gone heavily against them. Mr. Perkins, the Republican candidate for the Governorship, has been...

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THE AFGHAN REVOLT. VAKOOB KHAN'S statement that he was powerless, shut up in his palace with five attendants, is, we believe, literally true, and gives the key to the history...

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Envoy to his capital, and he hold out for days. He knew, as his grandfather and his father knew and said, that the pledge was one which he might never be able to fulfil....

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A S we entirely concur in the propriety of an immediate, though not a reckless, march upon Cabul, we may perhaps be allowed to point out what a flood of light is cast by recent...

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R • CIi ILDE Rehas lately a echinYorkMshirewhichreadsr aterst rangelyinthesetimes con- sidering the occasion and the man. We know well enough the two customary types of...

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I T must have been with a heavy heart that Sir Stafford Northcote rose to beat the Ministerial drum before the Conservative working-men of Exeter on Monday last. To do the...

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T HIS week in Berlin has seen a sort of resurrection of the Prussian "National Liberals." They have at length made up their minds to put out a programme, in View of the coming...

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T HE unanimity displayed by the leading representatives of the Conservative party, on the platform and in the Press, in denouncing the Farmers' Alliance, either openly or...

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A GOOD many observers believe, and shrewd men of the world are among them, that one of the dangers of the present French Republic is the personal simplicity of the Pre- sident's...

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T o tourists in London at this season, we would sug- gest an hour or two with the portraits that have been rescued from the oubliette of the British Museum, and transferred to...

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Y OUNG ITALY, especially of late, has been breaking the hearts of all who are in love with the poetry of associations. Besides the inherent beauty in the old work which is being...

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ere THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") 8114 — I did not last week state the full extent of the " fiat burglary " that Mr. Swinburne has committed on Shakapere. 'There are three...


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"SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Recovering from a long, serious illness, I have just read the article entitled "Dr. Brentano's Studies on Labour," in the Spectator of August 16th. With...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sue—Your article on the disregard to the members of their own profession shown by the Benchers of the Temple might have been made even...


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FIXITY OF TENURE IN SCOTLAND. ere THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] see that in last week's Spectator you state that Mr. Errington proposes next Session to introduce a Bill...

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MR. GLADSTONE AND THE GREEK QUESTION.* Tuts is the third volume of Messrs. Bentley's series of " Diplo- matic Sketches." In point of interest and information it is quite up to...


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BARREN DAYS. WHAT of these barren days, which bring no flowers To gladden with fair tints and odours sweet, No fruits, that with their virgin bloom entreat Kisses from rose-red...

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"TRAVELLING in France without hotels or guide-books " might, Mrs. Edwards tells us, be, with very little exaggeration, chosen as the title to her latest book, which, were it not...

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'Tins volume of letters was privately printed some time ago, and we then noticed it chiefly in relation to the astounding display which it makes of the waywardness of Lord...

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Tmi names of the men of letters who are directly or indirectly responsible for the resurrection of these poems are a sufficient Justification for the belief that they will...

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Cornhill Magazine.—September.—Tho padding of the number consists of an exoellent

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though appreciative account of Bishop Atterbury, whom the writer believes to have been a mis- taken patriot, though no lover of still waters or a quiet life. He is said to have...


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Thaekeray's Works : the New "Edition de Luxe." (Smith and Elder.)—Our reference to this magnificent edition of Thackoray's works last week was necessarily deficient in some...

Magazine.—September,—Professor Seeley continuos his lectures on the relation between history

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and politics, the present chapter being mainly a protest against the influence of party fooling on the study of history. Professor Seeley maintains this feeling to be fatal not...

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Awat Tudy's Magazine.—September. (George Bell and Sons.)— " Mother Molly"

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is fresh this month with the very air of the moors. We hear the gurgle and the ripple of the mountain stream, and scent the gorse on the breeze above, or the wet mosses and...

Maud Atherton. By Alfred Leigh. 2 vols. (James Blackwood and

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Co.)—We have a strong suspicion that Alfred Leigh is a young lady's nam•deplume. If not, the author is a young man of essen- tially feminine—not effeminate—nature. The tone of...

SERMONS.—We are obliged by want of space to pass by

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with a very brief notice a number of volumes of Sermons. Sermons on Daily Life and Duty, by George Dawson, M.A., edited by his wife. (C. Regan Paul and Co.) ; and by the same...

Blackwood's Magazine.—Septoraber.--The writer of the "Review of the Session" continues

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to exalt the Ministry, describing the Treaty of Berlin as "a great, bloodless triumph of states- manship," and ridiculing the experienced Indian statesmen who prophesied...

The Gentleman's Magazine.—September.—Besides Mrs. Lynn Linton's story, "Under which Lord

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?" this month's number Con- tains an interesting account of the "Missing Links," which should, if evolution is the law, connect the different species of nature; an account by...