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The arrangement with the Suez Canal Company must, of course,

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be ratified by Parliament, and it is said that it will be strenuously resisted. The shipowners, who hoped for a com- peting British Canal, with very low rates, are furious, and...

The Corrupt Practices Bill had all but passed through Committee

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before yesterday's sitting. A few alight changes had been made in the right direction,—such as the Equity clause which will permit an Election Judge to declare that by a trivial...

No intelligence whatever of these events appears to have reached

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Paris, but M. Jules Ferry, the Premier, assures the Cor- respondent of the Standard that he had received intelligence of Mr. Gladstone's speech with the "greatest surprise." He...

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

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Mr. Childers on Wednesday described the arrangement made by the

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British Government with the Suez Canal Company. The Company are to cut a second Canal by the end of 1888, parallel with the first, and of adequate capacity ; to appoint an...


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GRAVE incident occurred in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon. Sir Stafford Northcote having inquired, in a, guarded and significant way, whether serious news had not...

The hiring of public vehicles by a candidate or his

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agent for the conveyance of electors to the poll is to be strictly forbidden, while it is to be permitted to any number of electors to join together to hire a public vehicle...

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Mr. Mnndella's reply was very exhaustive and powerful. He showed

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that the Act, which bad only been five years in opera- tion, had done wonders in the way of stamping out rinderpest and sheep-rot, diminishing in a very great degree pleuro-...

The French Chamber on Tuesday began and finished another debate

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on Tonquin, M. Granet, on behalf of the Radicals, pleading that military occupation would not make a valuable colony ; and that China, even if she did not intervene openly,....

The Comte de Chambord still lives, and the accounts of

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his. condition are sometimes more favourable. His immediate agent in Paris, however, the Comte de Blacas, publishes ominous- bulletins ; it is admitted that they have grown...

A good deal of interest was taken on Thursday in

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an inquiry by Mr. Creyke into a grant of a pension of £250 a year to Prince Lucien Bonaparte. Mr. Gladstone explained that the Prince had devoted, not only his whole time, but...

Mr. Chaplin obtained a victory over the Government on Tuesday

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which is much to be regretted, and a victory not only over the Government, but over the Act of 1878 on the importa- tion of cattle, which his resolution virtually requires the...

Mr. Hugh Mason's motion for extending the franchise to female

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as well as to male householders was beaten, on Friday week, by a majority of 16, in a small and rather indifferent House, 114 voting for the motion and 130 against it. The...

The accounts from Egypt are most distressing. The deaths from

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cholera in Damietta are declining, the daily average having sunk from 120 to 35; but r.t Mansourah, a town thirty-three miles up the river, with only 17,000 people, the deaths...

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We greatly regret to hear of the serious illness of

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the Bishop of Peterborough, which on Tuesday took the form of peritouitis, accompanied by terrible pain. On Friday he was thought to be much better, though by no means out of...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. Consols were on Friday 99g

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to 99/.

Mr. Bradlaugh has been again the subject of a resolution

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in t he House of Commons. On Monday, the Prime Minister read, in answer to a question from Sir Stafford Northcote, a letter which be had received from Mr. Bradlaugh, intimating...

The Bishop of Lincoln, Dr. Wordsworth, who is in his

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seventy- sixth year, has intimated that if the See of Southwell, which would take in the counties of Nottingham and Derby, as con- templated in the Act of 1878. cannot be...

The slight, but persistent, decline in Consols has given rise

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to a good deal of remark. It is due, we are told, to considerable sales by small holders, and a hesitation on-the part of trustees, who have sought the Two and a Half per...

It is stated that the Government of India have agreed

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to allow the Ameer of Afghanistan a lakh of rupees a month, £120,000 a year, so long as he conducts himself on principles approved by the British Government. That is a reversion...

A meeting was held at St. James's Hall on Wednesday,

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to protest against the sentences passed on Messrs. Foote and Ramsey for blasphemy, and, indeed, altogether against the blas- phemy laws as they now stand. We greatly regret that...

Mr. Plunket, M.P. for the University of Dublin, made a

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very titter speech against the Government, at Retford, on Wednes- day, his chief text being the Monaghan election, and the com- plete rout of the Liberal candidate, Mr. Pringle....

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BRITISH RELATIONS WITH FRANCE. I S the Times really wishing for a rupture with France, for it is that which it is helping to force on ? The situation is quite grave enough,...

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W E wonder at the calm with which these telegrams from Damietta and Mansourah are received in England. They conceal horrors which, if they occurred in the West, would drive...


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M R. CHAPLIN'S victory on Tuesday night illustrates afresh the old remark that a producing interest is always indefinitely stronger in proportion to its numbers than consumers,...

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I T is not only the election in Monaghan which shows that the new agrarian question in Ireland may shortly become of high political importance. There are signs abroad that in...

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I N the middle of May, after tracing the progress of the growing crops from their respective seed times, we were able to congratulate the country upon the probability of a...

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T HE decision of the Channel Tunnel Committee is more satisfactory than it may appear, when the numbers on each side are first looked at. That the scheme should be rejected by...

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MBE Materialists are very confident that they base them- selves selves on facts, while they charge the believers in spirit in basing themselves on mere dreams. We are far from...

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T WO years ago, when writing of the murder of Mr. Gold, the retired baker, by Lefroy, we discussed some of the difficulties of suddenly becoming invisible. They are very great...

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A MONG the minor events that have recently come to pass on the Continent, none, perhaps, is more significant than the election, a few Sundays ago, of a new Consistory of the...

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"MR. FREEMAN ON THE AMERICAN." LTO .THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOE.1 Sia,—It is the custom in most quarters that an author shonld not review his reviewers. And in most...

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THE GOLDEN CHERSONESE.* "Tits Golden Chersonese " is Miltouic for the Malay Peninsula, a region of whose interior we practically know not much more than was known when it...


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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR...1 Sia,—The writer of the notice (in your last issue) of Lieutenant Pogson's "Agriculture for India" may not be aware that theta are one or...

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BUT YET A WOMAN.* Tins is a very taking book.

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The author, of whom we have only - beard that he is a young American mathematician, Las at least produced a story which tests his imaginative insight into the genius of a...

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little volume is of the nature of an argu- mentain ad herniae'n against those who object to the Ridsdale judgment on the ground that it contradicts the previous and existing law...

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Persia is as yet but little visited by the modern tourist, it has been better described than probably any other land of the East, and this by both natives and foreigners who...

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THE EXPOSITOR.* THE Expositor, far from declining in interest and

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ability, steadily increases in both, nor have we often come across any volume deal- • L The Expositor. Second Series. Vol. V. Edited by the Bey. Samuel Cox, D.D. 2. The...

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WP do not group these three volumes together because of any similarity they bear to each other—nothing could indeed he more sharply contrasted than Mr. Smith's sturdy grasp of...

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The Renaissance of Art in. Italy. By Leader Scott. (Sampson

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Low and Co )—Mr. Leader Scott modestly calls this handsome volume, a quarto of between three and four hundred pages, an " illustrated sketch," and attributes any merit that it...

Our Tour in Southern India. By Mrs. J. C. Murray-Aynsley.

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(F. V. White.)—We must begin by thanking the writer for the unusual brevity of her introduction. She does not begin with a description of Southampton Water, or of the horrors of...

Unconscious Testimony. By the Rev. Charles F. Hutton. (Kogan Paul,

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Trenoh, and Co.)—Mr. Hutton'e plan has been carefully to examine the Hebrew original of the Old Testament, in connection with the Septuagint, and to bring out points which have...


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The Molly Maguires of Pennsylvania ; or, Ireland in America. Told by Ernest W. Lucy, edited by "C. E." (Bell and Sons.)—We are now familiar with the outlines of the Molly...

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My Connaught Cousins, by Harriett Jay (White), is not an

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improve. ment upon " The Queen of Connaught," or even " The Priest's Bless- ing." Miss Jay seems to have made a mistake in writing not a single story, but a collection of tales...

Constantia Carew, by Emma Marshall (Seeley, Jackson, and Halli- day),

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is an autobiography in one volume, which deserves a word of commendation, as being much superior to ordinary religions fiction. It is a simple, every-day story of lay life,...

Songs in Sunshine. By the Rev. Frederick Langbridge. (Eyre and

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Spottiswoode.)—Mr. Langbridge modestly commends his verses to the public, as being easy to read and made to sing. We accept both pleas. We may add that they are not only easy,...

A Short History of the English Parliament. By Andrew Bisset.

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(Williams and Norgate.)—How Mr. Bisset should have supposed that be was presenting the public with a history of tha English Parlia- ment, or, for that matter, with the history...

Shakespeare's Historical Plays. By Charles Wordsworth, D.C.L., Bishop of St.

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Andrews. Vols. II. and III. (Blackwood and Sons.)— Bishop Wordsworth has completed in these volumes the tank of editing, with a certain amount of revision, excision, and...

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.Physics in. Pictures, with Explanatory Text, prepared by Theodore Eckhardt

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and translated by A. H. Keane (Stanford), belongs to "Stanford's Series of Instructive Picture-books." The "principal natural phenomena and appliances " are pictorially...

Tack-by-the-Hedge. By Selina Gaye. (Seeley and Co.)—This, we are told,

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is a true story, and a very good story, too. Jack is a "waif," whom a kind-hearted lawyer, who knows better than most men who is his " neighbour," befriends. He becomes...

The Midnight Cry, by E. M'Hardie (S. W. Partridge and

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Co.), presents the voucher of Lord Shaftesbury for its value. It is a work on prophecy, and is described as "an inquiry into the evidence (chronological, historical, and...

Two pamphlets on important points of domestic economy deserve a

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brief notice. Babies : How to Rear Them, by F. A. Fawkes (W. Swan Sonnenschein and Co.), is fall of sensible suggestions. We shall quote one paragraph, derived from the author's...