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The Imperial host and guests at Berlin must have been

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more than usually inclined during the week of festivity to agree with the late Sir G. Cornewall Lewis that life would be very tolerable but for its enjoyments.' They had been...

That we have not yet reached perfection in the conduct

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of Peace Manceuvres has been made plain by the incidents of the week. Saturday closed with an interesting series of movements, which brought the invaders over the little stream...

The Congress of the Internationalists at the Hague terminated on

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Saturday last, and the results, which we have elsewhere examined, were principally these :—The Federalists, who were against a political organization, were beaten at all points,...

The Preston Ballot was going on all yesterday, and its

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result c,ould tiot be known for some twelve hours at least after it was concluded,—long after the hour when we must go to press. Indeed, the daily papers will be lucky if they...


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T HE weekly papers are out of luck. The two most interesting events of the week,—the judgment of the Geneva Tribunal and the results of the Preston Ballot,—will neither of them...

The same paper asserts, what is of some importance, that

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"a far larger proportion than usual of the operative classes refuse to give information as to how they intend to vote, many of them expressing their opinion that secresy has...

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

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There has been a rumour that France, alarmed at the

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hostile temper of Italy, has been taking precautions so to undermine the Mont Cenis Tunnel on the French side that, in case of war, it could be easily destroyed ; and, in point...

It seems probable that the threatened Bakers' Strike will be

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averted by a very fair compromise between masters and men, suggested at a conference held on Wednesday. The masters are willing to agree to the twelve-hours day, to begin at 4...

There is a rumour, not yet even semi-officially confirmed, that

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negotiations are pending between Austria and Germany for a Customs' Union between the Zollverein and Austria,—the Austrian Empire, we presume, but possibly Hungary and the...

There is another rumour, with apparently strong foundation, that negotiations

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have been resumed between England and France for the conclusion of a modified Commercial Treaty, on some such basis as this :—France proposes, as we understand it, in all in-...

On the question of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Sir

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John Cole- ridge spoke with considerable force. The Common-Law appeals to the House of Lords were as unsatisfactory as could be, and not long since even the Chancery appeals...

Lord Napier insisted that 1.70,000,000 ought to be spent right

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out on labourers' cottages, of which he affirmed that at least a third, numbering 700,000, would need to be completely rebuilt, at an expense of at least £100 each ; and be...

The Attorney-General, Sir John D. Coleridge, M.P., opened the department

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of "Jurisprudence and Amendment of the Law" on Thursday, in an address apparently meant to confute some hostile critic who had described him as a Law reformer in these terms :—"...

Congresses abound, and of all Congresses the most alarming for

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the breadth and vagueness of its subjects is that of the Social Science Association. This was opened by the President of the year, Lord Napier and Ettrick, sometime our...

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The general drift of the evidence about this most wicked

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of massacres seems to be very much what we described last week- - that there was much previous deliberation among the leaders -of the Court party, Catherine de Medici's party,...

As the literature on the subject of this Massacre is

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attracting some -attention, we may extract a curious passage from the festival oration delivered at Rome, on receipt of the news of the Massacre, by Marcus Antonius Muretus,...

One of the most beautiful spots in the Swiss portion

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of the beautiful valley of the Inn has suffered a terrible calamity. Zernetz, situated just at the point where a little cross-valley from Male in the Vintschgau, strikes the...

Our correspondent "J. B." sends us a second letter this

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week, for which, however, as the subject is not one to which we can devote much space, we cannot find room. In substance it says that the document from which we quoted in our...

Dr. Harvey Goodwin, Bishop of Carlisle, gave a new turn

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to the" heathenism" question raised between Mr. Thakfir and the Archbishop of Canterbury, by a sermon preached last Sunday in Carlisle Cathedral, upon the text, " Ye are the...

The Times has virtually, though not expressly, retracted its accusation

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against all true Roman Catholics not "liberal to laxity," that they would not admit the Massacre of St. Bartholomew to be "a crime, or even a mistake." Sir George Bowyer, who is...

Consols were on Friday 921 for money.

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THE FATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL. T HE new political planetoid, already

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small enough, is ha virtual disruption ; the International is now indeed inter- national,—divided among the nations,—and it is questionable- even whether its fragments will...


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"THE EMPIRE IS PEACE." P RINCE BISMARCK has added his official assurance to those which have already been given by august and other personages in Europe, that the triple...

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T HE news of the week from the United States has given us little definite information regarding the chances of the candidates, but on the whole, tends to deepen our impression...

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1 T would seem that there are not a few clergymen who are 1 so much excited by the prospect of losing the Church's manclat impe'ratif to recite the Damn atory Clauses of the...

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T HE Second Series of Autumn Manceuvres are now at an end, and although marred by some striking blemishes, they have been a great improvement on the operations of last year....

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Once more Walpole was tactically beaten, but here again the

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can be no mistake either about their activity or their general idea intervened. There were troops at Wilton, persistency. The only doubts must be about their success, pose. They...

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F OR many years Shipowners have been complaining with increasing urgency that our Seaman are deteriorating in quality and physique. The matter has attracted the atten- tion of...

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11R. DOWDESWELL,—the father of the representative of ill West Worcestershire, and himself a Worcestershire land- lord of some note,—is still master of one of those real sources...

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C LIFE Scenery on a moderate scale is, in islands like ours, comparatively so easy to reach, that it hardly ranks as high as it intrinsically deserves to rank in the esteem of...

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DARWINISM AND THEOLOGY.—II. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—In my last letter I observed that Darwin is felt to make too large demands on the past. It is felt also...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"] SIR,-If "A. J. W.'s " practical acquaintance with landlords and farmers were equal to his generous sympathy with the labourers, he would...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-1 SIR,—Both in this country and among our neighbours a great deal of attention is now given to education. "La question do Peducation," said M....


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR..1 you kindly allow us a short apace in the columns of your valuable paper It is in consequence of your remark on the agricultural labourer and...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Having just returned from the Continent, I did not see the letter of "M. A." in your journal for August 31 until yesterday. Your...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SFECTITOR:1 Sra,—Many fathers who may be sincerely anxious to give their- daughters a good education may be unable to send them to Hitchin or Girton....


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sin,—Absence from home has prevented me from seeing the: Spectator of the 24th August till to-day. As a Belfast man, I thank you for your...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEersToR. - ] Sut, — "Kid," the word which seems to have puzzled you in your notice of the "History of Leicester," is neither an animal nor a sort of...


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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN.* WE oannot be too grateful to the anonymous translator of this book for undertaking the toilsome task of making it intelli- gible to the English public....


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SIII,—The Irish Protestant, especially if he be a landlord, seldom comes off well at your hands. Your article on "Mr. Disraeli's 'Melancholy Ocean" lays one more sin to their...

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THE ordinary difficulties under which biographies labour are increased in the instance of the Life of Sir Henry Lawrence by the circumstance that the two volumes which compose...

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LUARD'S MATTHEW PARIS.* THIS volume comprises a synopsis of universal

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history from a monastic and English point of view, of which the compilation has been hitherto attributable to Matthew Paris, Matthew of Westminster, or in part to Roger of...

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OTHER COUNTRIES.* Jr is not easy to characterise this work,

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or to say whether it is a book of travels, of history, of philosophical reflection, or of facetious xemark. It combines all these ingredients thrown together in an odd...

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To the relationship between Dr. Dollinger and the Vatican Council, whose decrees be has repudiated with such startling effect, we need not here allude more than to remark that...

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IT is encouraging to the promoters of the study of English in schools to know that the first edition of Dr. Morris's excellent Specimens of Early English, A.D. 1250-1400, has...

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HAWTHORNE'S " SEPTIMIUS."* THOUGH no reader will be inclined to

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place Septimius on a level with such finished masterpieces of the author as The Scarlet Letter and Transformation, few will regret, notwithstanding all its im- perfections, that...

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Poems by V., Author of "Paul Ferrell." (Longmans.)—It has been said that " if it be trite that the female mind is not naturally inferior to that of man, it must yet be admitted...

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Yarndale : an Unsensgtional Story. 8 vols. (Longmans.) — The author might

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have, with at least equal propriety and truth, put on his title- page,—" Yarndale ; or, No Storyat All." For two of his three volumes— the three contain twelve hundred closely...

remember to have seen in Fraser's Magazine, " showing something of

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the Anglo-Indian, the land he lives in, and the people among whom he lives." The book is interesting and amusing, and we should say likely to be decidedly useful. Page 17, for...

Three to One. By G. W. Dasent, D.C.L. 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—We cannot but think that the public of readers has some ritht to complain of Dr. Dasent. The public is perfectly aware that he can write very well if he...

The Athanasian Creed; Facts and Suggestions, including a New Rans-

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ration. By Robert Eden,..M.A. (Parker.)—Mr. Eden thinks that the Creed was the work of Hilary, Bishop of Arles, and written early in the fifth century, that it was written in...

Managers' Series of Reading-Books," manuals of which we had occasion

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to speak with high praise some few months ago. We cannot better express our own judgment of Bible Lessons than by quoting part of what Mr. Grant says in his preface :—" These `...

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SCHOOL-BOOK8.—Soled Geometry and Conic Sections. By J. M. Wilson. (Macmillan.)—Mr.

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Wilson follows up his former contributions to a simpler and more rational system of geometry, of which we have before had occasion to speak with praise, by another valuable...

in Quest; a Story of Modern Tendencies. (British and Colonial

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Pub- lishing Company.)—This is a book to which we willingly concede the praise of a good motive, but which we cannot think to be of a wholesome kind. We are first introduced to...

Fables and Leyends of Many Countries rendered in Rhyme. By

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John Godfrey Saxe. (Triibner.)—Mr. Saxe has got some old favourites here, and some new, or rather newly found, "fables and legends," which are not unworthy of being ranked with...

First in the Field. By the Author of "Recommended to

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Mercy." 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—This is really a very uninteresting story about the loves of a certain young gentleman and an heiress, neither of them characters for whom...