14 MAY 1887

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Mr. H. Fowler made a very able speech on the

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ample powers of a Committee to carry on an investigation of this kind, which he maintained to be larger than those of an ordinary tribunal. But he did not show that they were at...


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P RINCE BISMARCK still continues, through the North- German Gazette, his polemic with the Russian Press. He repeats emphatically that Alexander IL did in 1876 cede Bosnia and...

On the last night of the Privilege debate (yesterday week),

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Sir Henry James made a remarkable speech, in which he en- larged on the impartiality of English juries in the political cases of our time, and illustrated his argument by the...

Colonel Saunderson in his speech appealed personally to Mr. Dillon

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to say whether the extracts which the Times had quoted from the Freeman's Journal showing that Mr. Dillon had associated and taken counsel with P. J. Sheridan long after the...


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With the " Srlemeros" of Saturday, May 21st, will be issued gratis a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. Advertisements...

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

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The eruption being once over, the cloud of obstruction settled

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down heavily again on the House. On Monday there was an all-night sitting, "progress " not being reported till 20 minutes to 5, when twelve lines of the Bill, or, including the...

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We speak elsewhere of the difficulty Englishmen and Irish- men

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have in understanding one another. Here is another illustration, a formal resolution passed by the Tralee Board of Guardians That we enter our indignant protest against the vile...

That is a fine letter from Emin Pasha published in

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the Times of Tuesday. This Austrian savant is defending himself in the Southern Soudan against hosts of enemies, and Mr. Stanley is even now ascending the Congo in the hope of...

Parliament was occupied for hours on Thursday with a silly

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little question which at another period would have consumed about ten minutes. Many years ago, Parliament had an idea that Indian appointments would be given, like some Colonial...

Mr. Dillon thinks he has devised a plan whioh will

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defeat the Crimes Act. He either believes, or affects to believe, that the purpose of that Bill is to keep up rents, and declares that he has devised a new "Plan of Campaign "...

The German and Russian Governments are cultivating friendly relations by

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a war of tariffs. The Russians have just imposed duties on foreign iron which will, it is said, almost ruin the Silesian factories, and have at the same time prohibited German...

Mr. Gladstone delivered a speech to a select meeting of

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Non- conformists at the house of Dr. Parker on Wednesday, which we have read with dismay and a genuine sinking of the heart, —not for its hearty support of Irish. Home-rule, not...

According to the latest accounts from Paris, the Goblet Ministry

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is in danger. The Budget Committee insist on larger reductions in expenditure, and the Premier, unable to reduce the Military or Naval Budgets, and afraid of irritating Deputies...

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The Bishops have expressed themselves very decidedly against reviving,—for the

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present at least,—any kind of diaconate engaged in ordinary business,—even though such a diaconate should be excluded from the priesthood so long as they did not give up secular...

Mr. Bright avoids speaking on Ireland, but the following letter

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shows that his judgment is as accurate and his powers of -expression as forcible as ever:" Reform Club, Pall Mall, S.W., May 10th, 1887. Dear Sir,—You do not seem to be aware...

The banquet given to Mr. Goschen at the Criterion yesterday

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week elicited a very telling speech from Lord Salisbury, and from the guest of the evening. Lord Salisbury said that he did not wish to pose as a martyr of political self-deniaL...

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On Wednesday, Lord Granville, the Chancellor of the London University,

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distributed degrees, honours, scholarships, medals, and prizes to the graduates and undergraduates. In the course of his speech, Lord Granville paid a very appropriate and just...

Mr. O'Brien, editor of the United Irishman, holds that Lord

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Lansdowne's tenants, particularly the rich ones, are overrented to the extent of 15 per cent. Lord Lansdowne differs, inasmuch as the tenantry are paying either a judicial rent...

The efforts of the British Government to arrange with that

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of Russia for a delimitation of the Afghan frontier have apparently failed. The Commission, headed by Sir W. Ridgway, -sent to St. Petersburg to settle the few remaining...

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PRINCE BISMARCK'S REVELATIONS. T HE revelations which Prince Bismarck and others are making as to the secret agreement by which Austria acquired Bosnia and the Herzegovina, are...


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M R. GLADSTONE'S speech at Dr. Parker's luncheon is, we frankly own, a new and severe blow to us. It is clear from it that Mr. Gladstone is quite conscious of the...

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I T is very natural for a Government beset by difficulties as the present Government is, to dwell chiefly on the more hopeful aspect of affairs when it is relieved for the...

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N OTHING has surprised us more in recent discussions than the slight attention paid by the public to the Government offer to prosecute the Times. That offer was one of the...

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T HE situation in foreign politics is in many respects most singular. So certain are financiers and the investing public that peace will be undisturbed, that the prices of all...


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T HE Fortnightly Reviewer appears to have completed his study of the chief foreign European Powers. We suppose, at least, that the article on Italy in the May number finishes...

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I T is very natural that the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury should wish to reform its constitution. Upon two points at least, a change is very greatly needed. The...

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THE Queen is to open the People's Palace, that singular and benefioial creation of a philanthropic novelist, this after- noon. The object of the ceremony is entirely approved by...

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I N a letter which will be found in another column, our correspondent, Mr. Alfred Austin, who has a very large knowledge both of English literature and English politics, gives a...

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A GREAT deal has been written of late, and with perfect

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truth, of the serious loss, from a humanising and educa- tional point of view, with which London in general, and the neighbourhood of Sydenham in particular, is threatened by...

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LITERATURE AND POLITICS. [To rue Eorros Os TEN .. BrscrAroa. - ] Sie,—Interesting and suggestive as everybody must have found the observations made by you, in your issue of May...

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[To THE EDITOR 07 Tex " SPECIATOB..1 Srn,—In the course of your allusions to my recently published lecture on "Mental Differences between Men and Women," you ask :—" Did Mr....

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[To THE 1301TOE ON THE •• SPZITTATOR.".1 tam, —I have just seen your article on " Spring," in your issue of April 23rd, and it seems to me you are a little unjust to the...


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THE COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON. A TRIPTYCH IN VERSE. AT last! after months of a black wind, Tormenting from North and from East, Till poets and lyrists all lack wind To sing...


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correspondent, "J.," who in the Spectator for May 7th criticises Mr. Goschen's appropriation of part of Sir Stafford Northcote's Debt Fund, has brought oat a very salient plea...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE ••SPECTSTOL " ] Sts,—As in your recent review of Mr. Frank Hill's short Life of Canning you express a curiosity as to the authorship of the mock specimen...


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1 - To THE BE MS or THE BrscrAror," 'SIR,—Will you kindly allow me to point out to your readers an unfortunate error (in my article of last week on the Grosvenor Gallery), by...

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THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER- COLOURS. [PIM NOTICE.] Taa exhibitions of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water- Colours steadily increase in importance; and the...

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A GREAT AUSTRIAN STATESMAN" Annals. has hardly been fertile in great statesmen, and our heading involves no great praise of Count Benet. But that eminent man's career, admirably...

[We are assured that Mr. Halle is not solely responsible

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for the banging of pictures in the Grosvenor Gallery, he acting throughout under the direction of Sir Coats Lindsay. Mr. Halle, moreover, entirely repudiates the epithet...

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WHY Avernus P The characteristic of that classical limbo was surely hopelessness and stagnation. Moreover, no one could get into or out of it without the golden bough, which the...

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WITH a full measure of fastidiousness, Mr. Rawneley would publish less, but would obtain a more certain hearing for what he published, and probably would publish a good deal...

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M. CHARNAY'S "ANCIENT CITIES OF MEXICO." 4 Tins handsome volume gives

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us the latest results of explorations which have been carried on at intervals during the last fifty years or thereabouts, and which have been followed with especial interest in...

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SCOTTISH NATIONALITY AND RELIGION.• Tuts volume contains the miscellaneous papers

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of a highly cultivated, observant, and fair-minded Scottish Dissenting clergy- man, who, although he did not take an active part in the burning theological and ecclesiastical...

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AMONG all the•enormous forces which Mr. Gladstone personally brings to the aid of any cause which he espouses, which is the chiefeet and most important P For our own part, we...

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The most popular article in the Magazine of Art for

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May, is a historico-gossipy one on "The Royal Academy Banquet." It is interesting and lively, but somewhat spoiled towards the close by a slightly spiteful story bearing...

The Lady's World has decidedly improved in arrangement, and in

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quality and variety of letterpress, since we noticed the first number, although the stories are by no means so good as they ought to be. There is plenty—perhaps too much—about...


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Politicians and public writers in England should not overlook a high-class American magazine to which there is not quite an equiva- Politicians and public writers in England...

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The Dictionary of Religion. Edited by the Rev. William Benham,

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B.D., F.S.A. (Cassell and Co., Limited.) — This Dictionary of Religion professes to be en "encyclopedia of Christian and other religious doctrines, denominations, soot,...

The English Church in other Lands. By the Rev. H.

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W. Tucker. (Long- mana.)—This volume—one of the " Epochs of Church History," edited by Canon Creighton—as the work of the Secretary to the S.P.C.K., comes from a well-informed...

Fancy Pigeons. By James C. Lyell. (L. Upcott Gill.)—This is

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a third edition of a work which has received approval from a consider- able number of interested readers. The special feature of the new issue is that coloured pictures of the...

The History of Berkshire. By Lieutenant-Colonel Cooper King. (Elliot Stock.)—This

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is the latest addition to the "Popular County Histories" which Mr. Elliot Stock is publishing. The old county histories, admirable as they often were, the life-work of some...

Chemistry of the Sun. By J. Norman Lookyer, F.R.S. (Macmillan

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and Co.)—Mr. Lockyer gives us first a short account of the work done by early investigators in spectrum analysis, Kepler, Newton, and Wollaston, the last of whom may be...

We are sorry to see the editor of the Scottish

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Church, in a note to the May number, which closes the fourth volume, saying that the measure of the support granted to the magazine by the Church " has hitherto been very...

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The Gospel of St. John. A Verbatim Translation by F.

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A. Paley, M.A. (Swan Sonneusohein and Co.)—Mr. Paley makes his trans- lation from the Vatican MS., and gives the notable variation, of the Sinaitic and the Sera codices. He...