14 DECEMBER 1872

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Mr. Auberon Herbert (M.P. for Nottingham) made a speech of

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admirable and very lofty tone at Poole last week on the Agricul- tural Labourers' question, saying that what filled him most with dismay was to find any class so completely...

The " crisis" in France has begun again. It was

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supposed by the moderates that M. Thiers and the Right had hit on some modus vivendi ; the President selecting his personal followers for the vacant Ministries, and the Right...

The test vote against the Prussian Bill for county reform

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was taken in the Herrenhaus on Saturday, on a motion by Iierr von Stahl, and was defeated by 114 to 87 votes. The Conservatives there- upon refused to discuss the Bill any...


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A i - R. ARCH and his colleagues addressed a very large meeting, - JL which would, no doubt, have been crowded, but for the horrible weather—at Exeter Hall, on Tuesday, on the...

The religious war in Prussia is becoming bitterer and bitterer.

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We have not yet received the detailed explanation of the very strong measure taken in the province of Posen,—the closing of all Roman Catholic churches over which the Government...

It is quite impossible to guess how the decision on

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dissolution will go. The presumption is that the Right will win, but the Bonapartists may desert them, and M. Thiers may throw his in- fluence into the opposite scale. If both...

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

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The Gas Strike is said to be over. It was

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evident from the first that the men had miscalculated their strength, and on Monday a decision of Mr. Lushington, sitting magistrate at the Thames Police-court, spread a perfect...

Sir G. Balfour has been elected Member for Kincardineshire without

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a contest, and although the numbers will not be known in time for our issue, there is hardly a doubt that Mr. Barclay will be elected for Forfarshire. His adversary, Sir James...

We cannot, of course, contest a legal question with Sir

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John , Wickens ; but if the Vice-Chancellor is right in his law, the law needs improvement very much. Lord Aylesford, on coining of age in 1870, wanted some money to pay off old...

Lord Malmesbury has published a letter on the game laws,

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to which the Times has accorded its largest type, but which, we ven- ture to say, is the most muddle-headed letter ever written upon the subject. Lord Malmesbury says rabbits...

Lord Rosebery, a Peer who does not talk half enough,

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has added a chapter to the great English " History of the Uncomfort- able." In a speech at Edinburgh on Monday he told the citizens, on the authority of the Census return, that...

Among Dr. Stanley's supporters was Dr. Hayman, the head master

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of Rugby, who has pursued a policy of " masterly inaction " in relation to his own difficulties, and who may possibly have thought a Liberal vote on such an occasion not a bad...

The high Orthodoxies should not attempt coups de main. Their

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natural movement is slow, and like nature itself, they can never do anything of consequence without an ample allowance of time. The attempt to exclude Dean Stanley from the...

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The Smithfield Club Cattle Show was opened on Tuesday, and

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there was the usual array of splendid animals, described by the reporters in terms of loving enthusiasm. These gentlemen speak of animals with "lovely eyes," and " grand heads,"...

Cambridge appears to be not behind Oxford in the desire

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for University Reform,—indeed some of her most distinguished men at- tended the meeting at the Freemasons' Tavern a month ago,—and now a paper is being extensively signed among...

The Wesleyan Congress on Education, which met last week, while

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it decided on a very progressive policy in relation to the discouragement for the future of denominational schools, adopted frankly the Government policy of unsectarian...

It appears that Mr. Goschen, who, though he took a

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first-class at Oxford, had some scruple at that time about taking his degree, is still ou the list of Undergraduates, and that as a consequence he is still persecuted by...

Some persons, presumably Reds, walked about Madrid in pro- cession

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on Thursday night. Three columns of soldiers were accordingly ordered to walk about too. One of the columns met the procession, was fired at, and poured in a volley, killing...

A legal reporter of the Times publishes an account of

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the number of Cases now before the principal Courts. There are 172 before the Queen's Bench, 58 of which are remanets ; 202 before the Common Pleas, 93 of which are remanets,...

Mr. Grant Duff delivered his annual lecture to his constituents

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at Elgin on Tuesday, the 10th inst. We have analysed it else- where, but may mention here that the Member for Elgin is not one of those who believe that England has been effaced...

A curious illustration of the power of scientific prediction even

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in subjects by no means of a mathematical kind has just been afforded us. In the memoirs of the Museum of Practical Geology : —" Mineral Statistics of the United Kingdom of...

Dr. Fraser, the Bishop of Manchester, has paid us the

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compli- ment of incorporating in his charge the chief part of an article on the value of the Establishment published about a year ago, and this is the more remarkable, that the...

Consols were on Friday 91f to 91f.

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THE CLAMOUR AGAINST THE INCOME-TAX. T HE tradesmen of Wolverhampton deserve great credit from politicians. They have what tradesmen when they plunge into politics are so apt to...

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T HE favourite theory of the day,—and one, no doubt, which well justifies the interest it has excited by the new light it has cast upon many of the difficulties of physical and...

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T HE Right are either conscious of weakness, or they are very grateful for very small mercies indeed. Their leaders tell them and the world that by their proceedings of last...

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RE are people, we believe, in the world who thoroughly enjoy scenery only from the bird's-eye point of view. The sight of a lake from its banks, of a plain from its road- ways,...

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I T is a remarkable thing that intellectual oddity or freak- ishness should be a kind of " note " of the High-Church party. Ostensibly one would expect that a party which...

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I N one of the many at once fascinating and irritating sarcasms which it was impossible not to look forward to and backward at, while Middlemarch was still incomplete, and life...

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T HE Gazette of last week announced the bestowal of an honour upon a Birmingham citizen whose claims to such a distinction are of a very remarkable kind, and well deserve...

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S UCH cheap reprints of Dryden as the " Globe Edition" mark, we trust, the coming-back of a taste for poets who were the delight of days that did not know the lurid tints of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPBOTATOE.1 Sim,—The scene in the Sheldonian Theatre on Wednesday, though exciting enough to a younger generation, must have seemed tame to veterans who...


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MR. GLADSTONE AND HOMER. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] MY DEAR Sim i —In your interesting article of to-day on the- study of Homer, you have quoted from a report of some...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—As a member of various Universities in different countries, 1 think my views on the above subject may have at least the merit of...


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[To MS EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Mr. James Hall wrote to the Times last week that a Company at Newcastle-on-Tyne for building dwellings for work- ing-men had realized...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTSTOR.1 Sin,—All advocates of Church Reform should be thankful for your expression of opinion that congregations require to be pro- tected against...

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(TO TIM EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin,—As a small landowner in that part of Somersetshire which Sir Thomas Acland once represented in Parliament, I trust you will allow me...


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THE COUNTESS LEONORA CHRISTINA ULFELDT.* Lv 1615, Christian IV., King of Denmark, contracted a morgan- atic marriage with Kirstine Munk, a lady of an ancient and noble Danish...

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ERMA'S ENGAGEMENT.* ERMENGARDE ST. BARBE, Erma's distinguished name in full,

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is a very bright, beautiful, engaging, clever girl,—a thoroughly successful heroine for a pleasant novel, but a great failure as a type of the strong-minded woman made for...

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DR. CIIIITIDS' s fourth volume includes the time intervening between the fall of Athens and the death of Epaminondas. We suppose that every student of Greek history feels his...

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THESE Memorials introduce us to an interesting family and to a number of persons well known in society half a century ago. Francis, Augustus, Julius, and Marcus Hare, " the most...

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THE Contemporary, which sometimes forgets that even the classes to which it appeals may have a surfeit of metaphysics and theology, is full this month of readable papers ;—one...

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Meridiana : the Adventures of Three Englishmen and Three Russians

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in South Africa. By Jules Verne. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The " Three. Englishmen and three Russians " are the members of a joint commission appointed by the English and Russian...

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Rabies and Hydrophobia: their History, Nature, Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention.

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By George Fleming. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. Fleming, who is an authority of the greatest weight in all veterinary matters, has done excellent service to the community by...

The Liberator: his Life and Times, Political, Social, and Religious.

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By M. F. Cusack. (Longman.)—Here is a "Christmas book" for Home Rulers. We have read Miss Cusack's preface attentively, and though it seems to us slightly incoherent—probably...

The Round Robin: a Gathering of Fact, Fiction, incident, and

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Adven- ture. Edited by "Old Merry." (F. Warne and Co.)—Boys will not speculate too curiously on the meaning of the title of this book, nor will they be very apt to question its...

Messrs. Rontledge sends us a variety of picture-books, to which

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we cannot devote the space which some of them, at least, deserve. There is Walter Crane's Picture - Book, with its "sixty-four pages of drawings," done in a very artistic style....

Recent Pastimes of Merrie England. Interpreted from ancient MSS. and

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annotated by F. 0. Barnand ; with illustrations drawn from ye quick. by J. E. Rogers, Author of "Ridicule Rediviva." (Cassell and Co.)—Mr. Rogers' illustrations have all the...

Reports on the Discovery of Peru. Edited by - Clements R.

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Markham, C.B. (The Haklnyt Society.)—The materials here supplied have to a certain extent been made use of by Prescott and others; this does not, however, prevent the originals...

The Panelled House. By M. Branaston. (Society for Promoting Christian

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Knowledge.)—There is a great deal of quiet beauty in this story. It is a tale of still life ; but still waters proverbially run deep_ The little legend told by "Nest " (one of...