14 AUGUST 1875

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DARLIAMENT was prorogued on Friday, the 13th inst., the Queen's Message—it is never now-a-days called a Speech— being read by the Lord Chancellor. It contains two important sen-...

There was a grand Parliamentary skirmish on Friday week. Lord

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Harlington, waking for the first time out of his listless ways, reviewed the whole course of the Session, in a speech which we have analysed and characterised elsewhere, and...

A majority in the French Assembly have resolved, according to

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the Times' Paris correspondent, to spoil the next Assembly as far as they can. They have determined to plase all past Cabinet Ministers, Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the...

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

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The restrictions on the importation of cattle from abroad, on

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the policy of which we have commented elsewhere, have already produced, it appears, something like a strike of the foreign importers of sheep and cattle. The regulation of the...

We regret deeply to perceive that the speech of Mr.

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Justice Brett in sentencing Colonel Baker did not accurately describe the Judge's intention. He sentenced him in the speech to imprison- ment without hard labour—that is, to...

Lord George Hamilton introduced the Indian Budget on

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Monday night, in a speech which would have been clear if he would have abstained from using the absurd financial termino- logy of India. Why cannot &diens say the partially...

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In the month of May, 1873; a.SPanish coastrgnardefirlifer stiked a

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Spanish vessel, the Sol,' off ruropic point. The 'S - 61' Eltd cleared from Gibraltar with a mixed carge, partly owned- by Englishmen, but, it is asserted, also, with contraband...

This insurrection in the Herzegovina is becoming more im- portant.

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Serviana, Bosnians, and Montenegrins are hastening to the assistance of their brethren, .the Turks are defeated every- where, and Trebinje is besieged. The garrison have sallied...

The O'Connell , Centenary ended in a-sharp:encounter between the High Catholics

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and pure Repealers, of whom.the Lord Mayor has made himself the spokesman, and the Home-rulers,. backed by the popular Nationalism, which concerns itself little , about...

The debate which followed upon the Budget wasvery profitless. Mr.

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Smollett moved that the statement was unsatisfactory, because it involved annual borrowings for works many of which are unre- munerative, and took a division. He showed that the...

Lord Granville has disclosed the secret of his delicate tact

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and his conciliatory powers. He has.discoursed this" week at Dover. on the power of music, and though he tells us that in his childhood the stern spirit of the age refused to...

The Unseaworthy Ships Bill passed its second reading in the

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Lords on Monday night, after a debate which reads well, but added; little to the public knowledge of the subject. The Duke of Somerset, who has a passion for saying disagreeable...

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The Sabbitariane hive cOntriVed to altei the li in a

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non- Sabbatarian direction, Their iroieention or the Brighton Aquarium Company threat*d so many other Companies, that the Home Secretary was obliged to bring in a Bill enabling...

The Icelanders' are appealing for English help, and appear to

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deserve it. They are excellent people, always struggling with their climate, and they have been this year overwhelmed with misfortunes. On Easter Monday a terrific eruption of a...

Anothergreat step has been taken towards the preservation of Epping

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Forest. The Corporation of the City, who have already performed the service of proving by their Chancery suit the illegality of 2,000 acres of inclosures, have given in detail...

The trials of the new Scott-Moncrieff tramway-car at Glasgow this

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week seem to have shown results of some importance. The car, which is inipelled by compressed air, is rather larger and heavier than an ordinary tramway-car, and can be driven...

tad Oiiiiñlbitétd Breliine seenia deairous of obtaining in the I,Oft . the - refitititIon

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Mi. Whalley hag' achieved in the Conimona. 'The - - fferkiy' Ra#frieil'ibeetitly Stated that Cardinal Manning had One - in a garden pirtY at Chitiviick, had been pregented to...

The Wesleyan Conference has held its annual meeting this year

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at Sheffield, and has discussed among others two subjects of general importance. A considerable body of English Methodists; and especially those of the great towns, and a...

The habit of looking at a Corporation of any sort

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as a', Pile, "enemy of the human race," which distinguishes 114tah juries, viailudicicivaly . sliown at the Gloticeiter Assizes on Tuesdal. The pieriiietell of the Kings Aril...

Consols were at the latest date 95 to 95i.

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The Bank-rate for distount was on Thursday reduced to iper

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THE O'CONNELL CENTENARY. T HE Fates, as usual, have been unkind to Ireland about this Centenary. It was to have been such a grand celebra- tion, and it came to so very little....

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I N the formal debate on the second reading of the Appro- priation Bill, Lord Hartington for the first time assumed the functions as well as the place of Leader of Opposition....

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W E should say, on the whole, that most of the Bank Directors, Bank Managers, and bill discounters who have suffered through Messrs. Collie's failure are very glad in their...

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T HOSE Englishmen—and there are a good many of them— who detest Establishments because, as they think, they foster sacerdotalism, should study carefully the reports of the last...

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T HE apprehensions of a deficient harvest may or may not be realised in England, but the open grain markets of the Old and New Worlds secure us against any real danger of dear...

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I T is quite impossible, we are aware, to interest Englishmen in the fate of the Herzegovina. It is true that the insur- rection is spreading, till the telegrams from...

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W HEN the present Government came into office, it pro- claimed its mission to be the removal of all the evils under which every class in the country laboured, but without...

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V lE Child-world has lost a friend, who was to it what Shake- speare is to the grown-up world of men and women, by the peaceful passing-away of "dear And'sen," as every one in...

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MHE hope of discovering buried treasures, which has so often inflamed the minds of men, may be taken to be delusive.. There may exist, by possibility, in some forgotten...

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Cs'ESAR'S CAMP. O F the several Ancient Monuments scheduled to Sir John Lubbock's Bill, the most accessible to Londoners was Cfesar's Camp at Wimbledon. The earthwork which...

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ONE of the last services to the cause of good Art, out of many which have been done by the Burlington Fine-Arts Club, has been the bringing together of the collection of about...


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"THE SECOND DEATH." [To THE EDITOR OF THE SPE0TATOR.1 Stn,—I have not read the tract on "The Second Death," and am not going to discuss it ; but I wish to mention the fact,...

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INSECTIVOROUS PLANTS.* To say that Mr. Darwin has contributed more than any living author towards the establishment of the current of scientific - thought which marks the...

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to be doubted," says Mr. Hood, "there are critics who have essayed to handle Mr. Carlyle who are altogether unequal to the task," and after a perusal of this volume, we are...

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THE romance of travel still lingers in the North, preserved, in spite of modern mechanism, by the stern facts of nature which that mechanism can neither subdue nor cajole, and...

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IF it be true that imitation is the sincerest flattery, then Miss Broughton must be quite satisfied with the testimony to her powers which she is constantly receiving. Lady...

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A BULKY volume, containing a very full and distinct outline of the constitutional history of England, from the Teutonic conquest to the recent election of the late John Mitchell...

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Alice Godolphin; and A Little Heiress. By Mary Neville. 2

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vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Is it unfair to take advantage of an author's confi- dence, when she tells us that she has published at an earlier ago than is usual for such ventures,...


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The Portfolio, August. (Seeleys.)—This is an unusually good number. The frontispiece is an etching by M. A. Brunet-Debaines, after Turner's" Post Rnysdael," one of the happiest...

The Human Voice. A New Method of Production, Development, and

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Preservation. Also Essential Rules for the Guidance of Vocalists. By Vandeleur Lee, Professor of Singing. (Ilatchards.)-3Ir. Vandeleur Lee's method of teaching the art of...

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Tavern Anecdotes and Sayings. By Charles Hindley. (Tinsley Brothers.)—One of

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the books which cannot be criticised. The stories will be very stupid to some and will entertain others, Like most collections of the kind, it has the bona qucedam, mediocria...

The Life and Campaigns of General Lee. By his Nephew,

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Edward Lee Childe. Translated from the French by G. Lifting. (Chatto and Windus.)—That the writer should have succeeded in being what he seeks to be, entirely impartial, could...

Was it a Marriage? By Karl Hiihno. 3 vols. (Tinsley

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Brothers.) —The title seemed to promise an exciting story, possibly of the sensa- tional type, but still in all probability readable. The opening chapters, however, though not...

The Dialect of the English Gypsies. By B. C. Smart,

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M.D., and H. T. Crofton. (Asher.)—This is a greatly enlarged reissue of a paper which was read by Dr. Smart about fourteen years ago before the Ethnological Section of the...

Edith Dewar; or, Glimpses of Scottish Life and Manners in

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the Nine- teenth Century. By Colin Rao Brown. 3 vols. (Sampson Low and Co.)— These three volumes do not fulfil in any satisfactory way their promise of giving us "glimpses of...