14 JANUARY 1865

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— — - D ARLIAMENT will meet for despatch of business on Tuesday, the 7th of February. The Session will, we believe, be opened by the Queen in person.

Late on this day week came the news of the

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surrender of Savannah to - General Sherman, which took place on the 21st of December, General Hardee having evacuated the city and escaped with the garrison of 15,000 men across...

Mr. Forster, member for Bradford, made his annual speech to

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his constituents on Tuesday. After expressing his conviction, derived from his recent efforts to make the Foreign Office attend to commercial interests, that the country does...

The Moniteur of the 10th inst. contains M. Fould's report

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on the French budget in extenso. We have read it repeatedly with anxious attention, and have not the faintest idea of what it means, or how M. Fould reconciles his figures, or...

The French Council of Commerce has recommended the aboli- tion

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of the French Navigation Laws, advising that foreign and native ships should be placed on the same footing, that materials for shipbuilding should be exempt from duty, that...

The Wilmington expedition was a great failure. Admiral Porter's "

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armada " commenced the attaer on the morning of the 24th December by the explosion of a powder ship, the Louisiana, contain- ing 210 tons of gunpowder, beneath Fort Fisher,...

The news from New Zealand is that Sir George Grey

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has requested his Ministers to remain, but has declined their advice. They insisted therefore on his summoning the Assembly, which he consented to do,—for the 21st November,—but...

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Marshal Narvaez has introduced a Bill into the Cortes abolish-

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ing the Act which declares St. Domingo an integral part of the Spanish Monarchy. It is a very frank Bill, the preamble declaring that Spain was deluded as to the wish of the...

The Richmond Whig of December 20 had a most minute

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cal- culation of the resources of the South in white men, and showed to its own satisfaction on paper that the South has still 692,795 fighting white men, and that its army in...

Major Lumley has got off cheaply. On Monday Serjeant Parry

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apologized on his behalf for his conduct in challenging Mr. Desborough, jun., and for the libellous language he had uttered, and the Court only bound him over in heavy penalties...

General Hood has apparently effected the retreat of his beaten

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and diminished force across the Tennessee, about eight miles above Florence, where the shoals prevent the Federal gunboats from barring the passage. Probably about half his army...

The Board of Trade of Detroit, Michigan, recently ordered a

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committee to report on the proposal to abolish the reciprocity treaty with Canada. They did so, and people who believe that no American can understand free trade should read...

The Times has published this week two or three paragraphs

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on a subject a good deal more important than most political questions. It appears that there are people in England,—notably Messrs. James Gordon and Co., of 11 Orange court,...

The Times publishes a non-official report upon Broadmoor, the great

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asylum where criminal lunatics are detained. The wretched inmates, it appears, are treated with every care and kindness, can write to their friends, see them, take exercise, and...

A question which has greatly agitated theatrical society and amused

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everybody else was settled on Wednesday by Mr. Tyrwhitt. The proprietors of the regular theatres feel aggrieved by the pro- prietors of the irregular theatres or music-halls,...

The new Electoral Law in the colony of Victoria gives

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votes to all women who pay municipal rates, and at the last election they availed themselves of their new power. It is reported that they voted "very well," favoured "educated...

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At the Westminster Police-court yesterday week Father Charles Bowden, of

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the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, was examined before Mr. Selfe for having induced the daughter of Mrs. M'Dermot to leave her home and to live in a Roman Catholic refuge. The...

The case known as "the Plaistow murder" ended on Thursday,

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when Ferdinand Kohl was found guilty of the murder of Theo- dor Furhop, and sentenced to death.

Mr. Stanton, the American Secretary of War, has received by

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post a box containing four pills, and no explanation. What did the mysterious present symbolize? Were they bitter pills,—one to represent each year of the renewed Presidency ?...

A company has been formed, supported by the Credit Foucier

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of England, called the City of Milan Improvements Company, with a mixed English and Italian directory, and a capital of 600,000/. They have acquired seven acres of land in the...

The present week's return of the Bank of England shows

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an increase in the stock of bullion of 163,7981., as compared with the preceding statement, the amount now held being 14,097,390/. In the reserve there is an augmentation of...

Consols, which left off on Saturday last at 891 for

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money, and 90 to 90i for account, closed yesterday at the same quotations both for money and time.

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the following prices :— Friday, Jan.6. Friday, Jan. 13. Greek .. 231 .. 241 Do. Coupons .. .. — .. — Mexican .. 281 .. 24 Spanish Passive .• Do. Certificates .. —...

The feeling of the parishes adjoining to Wimbledon Common is

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pronouncing itself strongly against Earl Spencer's Bill. At a pri- vately called but numerously attended meeting of freeholders and others residing in the vicinity, held at...

A most curious account of what we may call "natural

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pho- tography" comes to us from Florence. On the 15th April, 2nd June, and 22nd August of last year occurred murders of three housekeepers in Florence, committed apparently...

The closing prices of the leading British Railways yesterday and

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on Friday week were as follows :— Friday, Jtill. 0 Friday, Jan. 13. Caledonian 133 132 Great Eastern .. 48 47 Great Northern .. Great Western.. 137 791 136 8 1 1 West...

The Bishops of France, such of them as are not

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Gallicans, have been placed by the Encyclical in a very embarrassing position. It is part of their creed that the Pope is greater than Cm3ar, but then Cmsar pays their wages,...

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MR. FORSTER ON IMPERIAL DUTIES. T HE doctrine of non-intervention laid down by Mr. W. E. Forster when speaking to his constituents on Tuesday night deserves attentive...

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' AIR. LINCOLN in his last annual message spoke of the 1.11. resources of the North as not only unexhausted but 44 inexhaustible. " It is not necessary for us to point out that...

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one new clause in the lost Encyclical Letter. We are informed upon authority we ourselves- entirely credit, that the letter was written and the eighty propositions prepared...

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In France the effect has been of a very different

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kind. cept one. No body of English-speaking men has ever remained Gallican sentiments, the Archbishop of Cambrai, a strong prim gi fade case for sending an accused person to...

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THE dispute between masters and men in the building trade which threatens every man in England who has taken or given a contract, and hundreds of thousands of working families,...

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I N the Spectator of September 24 we showed how General Sher- man, by main strength and skill, drove the Confederate army under General Johnston over the Chattahoochee, and...

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THERE is a game played with very small children,—probably 1 the most elementary surviving form of the drama in five acts,—which, slight as its pretensions at first sight appear,...

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T HE Douglases were essentially great feudal barons, the Hamil- tons polished French nobles, the Campbells great patriarchal chiefs and Scotehmen, par excellence, but the SCOTTS...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, December 31, 1864. IT is difficult for a correspondent in New York, the subjects of whose letters must be somewhat determined by the...

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THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF CHRIST.* THIS is a very strange book, one which will deeply interest the class who are interested in watching the development of modern heresy. Its author,...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—I should be sorry to think that just at this moment "Mr. Buxton represents the courage of the thinking class on the subject of Reform,"...

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which has ceased to believe in fairies has the greatest diffi- culty in creating good Fairy Tales. The attempt is something like that to create a Religion of the Future, though...

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THE DUBLIN POPULAR LECTURES.* WE know of no lectures except

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on science delivered in London— and we doubt if they are accessible to that class whom it is an • L 57e Afternoon Lectures on Literature and Art, delivered in the Theatre of...

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THE dislike of the present generation of novel readers for a story with a bad ending is not at first sight very intelligible. They are all realists, all students of police...

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The Joys and Sorrows of a Schoolmaster. By One of

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Themselves. (W. AllanandCo.)—Without preface of any kind this little volnme is launched on the world, and the title-page, the whole of which we have given above, will certainly...


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The Foe on the Hearth. A NoveL 3 vols. (T. Cantley Newby.)- - Between the first and last pages of this remarkable work "all the interim is Like a phantasm& or a hideous dream."...

Maggie Bell; or, the Lost Sister. By Warwick Holme. 2

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vols. (John Maxwell and Co.)—No one can doubt that this very pleasant tale is the work of a lady, for no man would have ventured on two of the incidents, The hero, going up to...

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English Common Sense versus Foreign Fallacies in Questions of Religion.

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By John Du Bonlay. (Rivingtons.)—We presume this pamphlet, for in size it is no more, to be intended for circulation among that numerous class who, having no knowledge of...

Lonely Hours. Poems by Fanny E. Fisher. Dedicated by permis-

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sion to Sir E. B,Lytton, Bart., M.P. (Hodges, Smith, and Co.)—This "little volume written under disadvantages" belongs to a class which criticism cannot tolerate. Some of the...

Christian's Mistake. By the Author of John Halifax, Gentleman_ (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—John Halifax older and more learned is called Arnold Grey, and is Master of St. Bede's, Avonbridge. He marries beneath him, but his wife is a lady, and her...

Lays of the Western Gael. By Samuel Ferguson. (Bell and

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Daldy.)-- The greater number, though not quite the whole, of these poems are either founded on Irish traditions or versions of Irish poems. The former are the more valuable....