15 AUGUST 1863

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The Emperor of Austria adheres to his project of assembling

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all German Princes in a great meeting to be held at Frankton on Monday next. The Kings of Denmark and Holland have declined to be present, and the King of Prussia not only...


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N o THING further has been recorded this week of the pro- gress of diplomacy in the affairs of Poland. The three notes have, it is said, been despatched; but their contents are...

Captain Marryatt once wrote that nothing could beat a London

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sparrow for impudence except a midshipman, but the novelist had not the ill fortune of knowing the chair- man of the "Sabbath Alliance of Scotland." The Channel Fleet has been...

The Queen left Woolwich for Germany on Tuesday, the 11th

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inst., accompanied by Earl Granville. A somewhat unpleasant incident preceded her departure. Some official person, who must be known to the departments, and who ought to be...

No authentic statement of' the Austrian plan for reform of

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the Federation has yet been published ; but it is said that the main idea will be to apply the Parliamentary system to all Germany. The Upper House would be composed of the...


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interest now appears in the SPECTATOR, and will be continued, either weekly or at short intervals, giving an Account of the Great Governing Families of England, in Relation to...

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It appears from Mr. Farnall's report at the last meeting

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of the Central Executive Committee that pauperism is again on the increase in Lancashire, there being on the 1st inst. an in- crease of 1,229 persons in 27 unions receiving...

The intelligence of the week from America is of but

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minor interest, consisting chiefly of details of the capture of Vicks- burg. In the East Meade and Lee are again opposite each other upon the Rappahannock, and the attack upon...

Mr. Francis Galton is a man to be envied. He

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has found a spot in the Jungfrau range where a man, standing in safety, may watch the avalanches come down within ten yards' distance. The spot directly faces the Jungfrau...

The proclamation of the Empire has greatly irritated all "North

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Americans. So long ago as March 3, 1862, Mr. Seward formally protested against the establishment of a monarchy in Mexico as "injurious and inimical," and Americans now believe...

Edmond About, having exhausted Rome, and Athens, and Paris, is

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trying, as a new excitement, to make himself use- ful. He says the French have not enough meat, while, from the subdivision of property, stock decreases. He pro- poses,...

experience in the Crimea," and requesting them to call _personally,

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with certain precautions for secrecy. They were both angry at the imposition, and the brass-finisher went straight to the Russian Consul previously to visiting Styles. The...

The medical profession is discussing, not without some slight acrimony,

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the practice of vivisection. Horrible accounts have been published of the extent to which it is carried in France, where students, for instance, are taught to remove

Two letters from Mr. Davis to General Lee, intercepted by

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the Federal soldiers, have been published. In the first, dated June 28, S. Cooper, Adjutant-General, informs General Lee that it is impossible to form a reserve army at White...

The Mexican tragi-comedy approaches its fifth act. General Forey, it

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will be remembered, selected thirty-five persons who, in their turn, were to select an assembly of two hundred and fourteen Notables. The Assembly has met and decreed that...

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Law reformers in England will be forced ere long to

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adopt a hint from Indian jurisprudence, and make torture a specific offence, apart alike from aggravated assault and from murder. Last week a farmer at Wellington, in...

The cable for the submarine telegraph from Bushire to Kurrachee

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down the Persian Gulf is nearly ready, and will, it is expected, be laid before next February. By that time the land line through Turkey will be complete, and the com-...

The war with Japan is postponed, the Tycoon offering to

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comply with all demands if an extension is granted him of fifty days. It is believed that he will pay all indemnities, but endeavour to avoid the execution of Mr. Richardson's...

Aldermen say they can govern, and they have at last

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got -a chance of showing their capabilities. An Act passed last session enables them to pass nearly any rules they please for the regulation of City traffic, to prescribe routes...

The Iron Times, a " first-class daily newspaper," started some months

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ago "to supply a great want," seems to have been far too deeply absorbed in its great mission to pay any at- tention to the smaller but more definitely expressed wants of its...

The coroner's jury assembled to inquire into the accident on

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the Lynn and Hunstanton Railway have passed a verdict severely reflecting on the Great Eastern Railway Company for negligence in working the line, and on the official in-...

A strange will robbery, which took place a few months

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ago in Monmouthshire, has formed the subject of the most interesting trial of the week. The house of the late Mr. Powell was broken into in May last, manifestly by some one...

Consols are at 93 93* for money, and at 93i

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93f for the Account. The New Threes and Reduced Annuities are 93* 93f. Bank Stock is 238. The Five per Cent. Indian Loan is at 108* 108/. Turkish Six per Cents., 1862, are 68...

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THE NORTHERN FREEHOLDERS. T HE state of American opinion on the subject of the negro is curiously illustrated by the most recent intelligence. On the one hand, we have the...

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I TALY is mourning, and England ashamed, but an Elliot has one more place. Since the death of Cavour no event has so profoundly disheartened Italians as the removal of Sir James...

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considered the differences between the two Churches, it is for

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the education and advancement of his children, nor how difficult to see how a priest who really believes that there is far the child ought to sacrifice his judgment to his...

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THE NEW HOPE OF GERMANY. T HAT is probably a sound

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instinct which induces most English politicians to respond so warmly to the German cry for unity. It is not that Germany is, as asserted, an "unaggressive" power, a giant intent...

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HAPSBURG-MONTEZUMA. T HE recent intelligence from Mexico has sent up Mexican

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bonds ; but it is only on speculators that it is likely to leave any pleasant impression. Most Englishmen, we sus- pect, sympathized, though faintly, with this Napoleonic idea,...

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rpHE "Order of Foresters," the largest but one of the societies which are rapidly gathering the whole working class of Great Britain into vast organizations for mutual help, has...


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I T is announced that Mr. Baron Wilde is to sit in the seat of Sir Cresswell Cresswell. Perhaps no judicial appoint- ment was ever more anxiously expected by the public ; for...

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TRAVELLERS by rail to Tours and the south-western provinces of France will have noticed, in passing through the depart- ment of Loir-et-Cher, a singular looking country. It is...

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these Stanleys, and not precisely the men which the popular opinion formed during the agitation for the Reform Bill would make them out to be. Strong, brave, and efficient, with...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] August 11, 1863. NAPOLEON III. may ape his uncle to his heart's content, by giving away crowns and sceptres; he may contrive to appear before...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, August 1, 1863. THE situation of affairs in this country is more interesting at the present time than at any other since the month...

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in arts.

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THE ART UNION PRIZE-PICTURES. "THE Art Union of London," says the catalogue of that society, "was established to promote the knowledge and love of the Fine Arts, and their...

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at Her Majesty's Theatre, brought to a close on Monday evening by a miscellaneous performance for his benefit, has unquestionably raised the prestige of the old Opera House to a...


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THE HISTORY OF FRANCE.* Mn. CROWE'S name stands so modestly ou his title-page, and is so conspicuously free from the additions of initials and descrip- tions with which...

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without a certaiu feeling of shame that we are com- pelled to acknowledge that, until very recently, we were entirely ignorant of the important fact that orthodoxy numbers the...

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HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN NAMES.* Tux author of "The Heir of

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Redclyffe " is entitled to a very fair place among living novelists. Her heroes and heroines are very small people, it is true. In their most abandoned monients, their conduct...

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DREAMTHORP.* Mn. SMITH is one of the numerous buttercups of

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English litera- ture. He is strictly vernacular and indescribably indigenous— very small, very bright,—each little sentence shining with the truebuttercup burnish and gold, and...

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imagine, be no doubt that Mr. Ball possesses peculiar qualifications for the by no means easy task of compiling an Alpine Guide. There are few men, in England or elsewhere,...

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Egyptian Mythology and Egyptian Christianity. By Samuel Sharpe, author of "The History of Egypt." (J. R. Smith.)—Mr. Sharpe, who has devoted considerable time and labour to the...

Lyra Eueltaristica. Edited by Rev. Orby Shipley, M.A. (Long- mans.)—This

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very antique-looking volume consists of a collection of hymns and verses, both ancient and modern, on the subject of the Holy Communion. In a long and rather confused preface,...

Our County; or, Fkunpshire in the Reign of Charles II.

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By Henry Moody. (J. R. Smith.)—Mr. Moody, whose official position as curator of the Winchester Museum renders him, no doubt, peculiarly alive to the importance and...

Lectures on the Revelation of St. John. By C. J.

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Vaughan, D.D. Two. vols. (Macmillan and Co.)—When we say that this collection of ser- mons is inferior to any of its predecessors, we are only stating what is, perhaps, the...

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A First Year in Canterbury Settlement. By Samuel Butler. (Long-

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mans.)-The preface to this little volume informs us that it is with the author's Mends, not with the author himself, that the responsibility of its publication rests. The...

The Boy's Own Volume. Midsummer, 1863. (Beeton.)-Adventwes of a Link

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French Boy. By Alfred de Brehat. (Bell and Daldy.)- Both these volumes belong to that attractive class of literature com- monly known as "Boys' Books," which is so lavishly...

The North - Devon Scenery-Book. By George Tugwell, MA. (Simpkin, Marshall, and

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Co.)-Mr. Tugwell, who has already published a "Hand- book to North Devon," which, from his account of it, must be a re- markably business-like publication, has thought it...