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The Austrians are making little progress in Bosnia, and it

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is becoming clear that there is some cause of weakness in their military arrangements. They have failed to take Bihacz, and they talk of avoiding Novibazar till the spring,...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return 3fanuscript in any

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The latest intelligence from the United States is most serious.

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The elections have been held for Maine, and the "Greenback- Labour party," which proposes large issues of inconvertible paper, legislation on behalf of labour, and a Poor Law of...

The Constantinople correspondent of the Times points to a danger

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which 113 believed to be threatening that capital. The Russian Army is being withdrawn over sea week by week, and will shortly be gone, and the British Fleet is retiring from...

The Times publishes another telegram from its Calcutta corre- spondent,

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in which the writer, who is obviously inspired by Lord [ Lytton, declares it to be indispensable that the British "should II possess a commanding influence over the triangle of...

The German Parliament was opened on the 9th inst., the

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Emperor's speech, prepared, it is presumed, by the Crown Prince, being read by Count Stolberg, the man whom German official opinion marks out as Prince Bismarck's successor. The...


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T URKEY is rapidly becoming disintegrated. The Mussulman population of Albania, irritated by the recent defeat of Islam, has virtually revolted. It has established a "League,"...

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Nothing further has transpired as to the accident to the

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'Prin- cess Alice,' except that it was more disastrous than was believed last week. No less than 623 bodies have passed through the hands of the police, and the total of the...

The Paris correspondent of the Times details two interviews which

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he enjoyed in Berlin during the Congress, one with Prince Bismarck, and one with Dr. Virchow, the savant and Liberal leader. The Prince recounted to him a striking incident of...

Mr. John Morley on Wednesday delivered a strong address to

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the Trades-Union Congress at Bristol in favour of restricting production. He contended that unlimited production involved the absurdity of an unlimited demand, and that...

Dr. Virchow gave the correspondent a strong impression of his

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dislike of the Chancellor. The Prince desires, he says, to carry out not a German, but a Bismarckian policy. "He has given us glory, but has deprived us of liberty, without...

The dispute between the Government and the Daily News as

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to the health of the troops in Cyprus has suddenly ended, and in the way usual under the present Administration. The Daily .News asserted that fever was very prevalent among the...

There appears already to be a hitch in the arrangements

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which are to turn Egypt into a constitutional country, and to enable Egyptian bondholders to obtain seven per cent., with perfect security. The English Minister of Finance has...

One of the most real of the dangers which beset

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the Republic in France is the fanatical hostility some Republicans betray to the Catholic priesthood. It has always been asserted that General Chanzy lost a battle because he...

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The growing wealth of France, displayed in the readiness with

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which all requests for loans are met, has tempted the Republicans to recommence the Napoleonic policy of enormous public works. The Minister of the Department, M. de Freycinet,...

The obelisk on the Thames Embankment, which has, for some

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weeks past, been slowly lifted day by day in a horizontal attitude from the boat which brought it over to England, was dropped without a hitch into a vertical position over its...

Accidents come in groups. The railway collision at Sitting- bourne,

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and the steam-boat disaster on the Thames were supple- mented on Wednesday last by a colliery explosion, in which 280 men and boys have lost their lives. The scene of the...

The Scandinavian jurists have been holding a Congress at 'Christiania,

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and the principal question brought before them was the advisability of trial by jury. Most Englishmen will be sur- prised to hear that this institution is unknown in...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson, speaking to the East Cumberland Liberal Association

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on Tuesday, made rather a happy mot. He thought that the speakers who were so perpetually repeating that Lord Beaconsfield and Lord Salisbury had obtained peace with honour were...

A rumour, officially described as premature, is mentioned in the

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papers, that the Portuguese have agreed to cede to the British their claims on Delagoa Bay, the great harbour in South Africa recently surrendered to them under an arbitrator's...

The municipal authorities of Coblentz, Treves, and Saarlouis have passed

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a police regulation forbidding boys under the age of sixteen to smoke in the streets. Similar rules used to be enforced in our University towns, so far as undergraduates were...

Consols were on Friday 94! to 941.

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THE MURDER OF MEHEMET ALI. T HE murder of Mehemet Ali, recently Plenipotentiary for Turkey at the Berlin Congress, and at the time of his death Special Commissioner in Albania,...

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W E see no reason for attributing such unfathomable plans to Prince Bismarck, because he has made his anti- Socialist Bill the principal topic of the Emperor's Speech. He has...

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to grow its peaches outside the garden wall. It is impossible to mistake the meaning of the accounts which are being published day by day,—now as semi-official papers in the...

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resigned his living. Those of our readers who have not seen Mr. Brooke Lambert's address to his late parishioners will naturally say,—And what then ? Incumbents are resigning...

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A MONG the chief virtues of a great statesman, the keen perception of power and administrative genius among those from whom he has to select his Ministers stands in the foremost...

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• if a campaign, or Lord Beaconsfield's two or three cam- paigns, were the one thing needed to set British trade in motion. Peace was promised, and peace was pronounced better...

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A MONG the qualities which make the character of Sir Walter Scott peculiarly attractive, and are not, we believe, by any means without influence on his genius, the foremost...

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T HE death of the able Prussian renegade who, under the name of Mehemet Ali, has done such good service to Turkey, has raised again the old question, which for the next twenty...

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H OBBIES are useful sometimes, though we are too much bored with the hobbies of other people to think so readily. The fault is not so much in the hobbies themselves, as in the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] Ssa,—As one interested in the higher education of women, may I venture to ask attention through your columns to the pro- vision recently made...


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UNEQUAL SENTENCES. [TO THE EDITOR 07 THE " EPROTALTOR:1 Szn,—Is it possible that the sentence passed by Lord Craighill on the wretched Isabel Grant will really be carried out...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TDB "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—With the drift of your note on this Act I can quite concur ; it is often made the text of any amount of insincere sentimentality. But I...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,-1 wish to strengthen my position by a few extracts from a great living theologian, Dr. Newman. In my letter to you last week, I...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] Sra,—There are many improvements in the social condition of the people of India which are greatly desired by its educated men, and which we...

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MR. MORISON'S " GIBBON."* Jr must be very carping criticism indeed which could welcome otherwise than warmly Mr. J. C. Morison's sketch of England's greatest historian. For...


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THE COMRADES. (FROM THE GERMAN OF OHLAND.j I HAD a mate in the regiment, A better man ne'er stepped. The bugle blew to battle, And 'mid the roar and rattle One step, one...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—We are told in the Times of the 30th ult. that Professor ilteckel, of Jena, in the speech he delivered at Paris, where a banquet in his...

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It is somewhat characteristic of En g lish society that a soldier who. has followed the profession of arms from his youth until he has attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel,...

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the leaders on either side in the great religious struggle begun three centuries ago, and continued down to these days, and still, as abundant signs indicate, far enough from...

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LN this novel, which, while it has some of the characteristics of those that have already won for its author an honourable place among writers of fiction, is very different from...


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American Communities. By William Alfred Hinds. (Office of the American Socialist, Oneida, N.Y.; Triibner, London.)—This account of the American Communities is written by one who...

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Saintly Workers. By Frederick W. Farrar, D.D. (Macmillan.)— This volume

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contains five "Lenten lectures," which Canon Farrar gave this year in the Church of St. Andrews', Holborn. This descrip- tion sufficiently expresses their purpose and character....

Wilhelm's Wanderings: an Autobiography. (Remington.)—Wil- helm's chief title to attention

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is that he was acquainted with Goethe and Lander. The most interesting part of his book is the romantic story of his marriage, and its consequences, a story which, in skilful...

Mother Gabriel. By M. Betham-Edwards. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blacketk)—It

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is easy to criticise the plot of Brother Gabriel. The re- lation between Zoe' and the young ex-Capuchin is scarcely among the possibilities of life. When she saves his life, in...

In a World of his Own. By Mrs. Fred. E.

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Pirkis. 3 vols. (Reming- ton.)—In a World of his Own is not an improvement on "Disappeared from her Home," which was, if we mistake not, Mrs. Pirkis's first attempt. In the...

Eyes so Blue. By Agnes Law. 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—This

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is one of the novels which, as it seems to us, only women have the courage to write, and valid] it would be very much better, both for them and for the world, to leave...

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has good cause to complain of the manner in which

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his former book (to which this is a supplement) was treated by some of his critics. Very harsh language was used, though the terms quoted probably look worse when they are...

Of the Echoes of Foreign Song, by the Author of

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"A Month in the Camp before Sebastopol" (Longman), and German Gems in an English Setting, by Jane Malley (Hermann Bohlen, Weimar), a brief notice may suffice. Many of the poems...

before. Her book has in any case much merit. If

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it is a first effort, it shows no common promise. It is a well and vigorously drawn pic- ture of life among a people whose peculiarities had not been smoothed away by...

merits of Mr. Andrew Wood's translation it is perhaps difficult

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to form an estimate, for Lessing's style and manner are somewhat intractable, and in seeking faithfully to reflect these, a translator has a hard task before him. In this...

We have received a volume of Sketches for Cottages and

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other Buildings. From Sketches and Notes by R. Norman Shaw, R.A. Drawn by Maurice B. Adams. (W. H. Lascelles.)—Theso cottages are to be constructed on the "Patent Slab System of...