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As soon as the news was known, the Cabinet met,

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and it- was resolved to take the most energetic action, and double the force at Lord Chelmsford's disposal. A battalion at the Mau- ritius had already been sent for by Lord...

Parliament reassembled as arranged on Thursday, but the first night's

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proceedings were very tame. Their main interest, apart from the catastrophe in Zululand, consisted in the disclosure that the Ministry had nothing to dis- close. As we...

It is useless to shut our eyes to the possibility

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that we may be on the eve of far greater disasters in South Africa. All the native tribes but recently subdued may accept the massacre at Insaudusana as a signal for...

On Tuesday next Mr. Dillwyn, M.P. for Swansea, will move

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to submit the Civil Service Estimates to revision by a special Finance Committee, composed—not in any partisan fashion,— of the men most interested in finance on both sides of...


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E NGLAND has been saddened by a great disaster. Early on Monday morning the Ministry received a telegram from Lord Chelmsford, commanding in South Africa, which announced that...

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The First Lord of the Admiralty, Mr. W. H. Smith,

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made an effective speech to his constituents on Tuesday, which chiefly turned on Sir W. V. Harcourt's recent attack on our new acqui- sition of Cyprus, and he read a long letter...

The German Emperor opened the Reichstag on Wednesday, in a

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speech of some importance. The Members are informed that a measure for increasing the disciplinary powers of Parlia- ment will be brought forward, that a' Treaty abolishing the...

From the accounts received of the French Ministry, it would

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seem that M. Leon Say, the Finance Minister, is the chief strength of the party opposed to any advance of protective duties, and disposed decidedly to lower them ; while M....

M. Grevy has lost no time in settling the military

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difficulty. General Gresley has removed Generals Montaudon, Bourbaki, Bataille, Cambriels, Deligny, Douay, d'Aumale, and du Barrail, from their commands, appointing three of...

The making of " faggot-votes " in Midlothian for the

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pur- poses of the Conservative struggle with Mr. Gladstone has been going on with extraordinary spirit and unscrupulousness. It is interesting to observe that amongst the...

Shere All has not gone into Russia, after all. A

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telegram from the correspondent of the New York Herald at Tashkend- a Pole, we believe—dated 7th inst., announces that the Ameer is unwell, and remains at Mazar-i-Shereef, near...

Lord Granville in the Upper House indicated that the Oppo-

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sition would by-and-by seriously attack Sir Bartle Frere, as having by his viewiness brought on this war in Zululand ; and Lord Hartington insisted strongly in the Lower that...

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Lord Hartington made an effective speech in the Liverpool 'Theatre

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yesterday week,—one for which the extreme Conser- vative organs, like the Times, have severely attacked him. One of his chief points was that that feeling of panic concerning...

Lord Claud John Hamilton, in addressing his constituents on the

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same day at King's Lynn, ventured on a few de- lightfully broad assertions. After panegyrising the conduct of the great Afghan campaign (where we have only twice met with...

The explosion on board the Thunderer ' is declared by

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the {Committee of Inquiry to be thus explained :—" That the gun, having missed fire when loaded with a battering charge, was again loaded with a full charge, and fired with both...

Mr. Gladstone in lecturing last Monday on Dr. Hook,—the late

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Dean of Chichester,—and in delineating his great talents and great virtues, yet described him as naturally a regular John Bull. " Sixty years ago it was the duty of every...

Sir John Lubbock has made out that ants do not

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recog- nise ants of the same nest by any sign or pass-word, though he thinks it impossible that in the case of nests con- taining 100,000 each, all the ants know each other...

It is a comfort to see that Mr. Hunter Rodwell,

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Q.C. and M.P., the tenant-farmers' Conservative Member for Cambridge- shire, has been addressing the farmers at Ixworth on the sub- ject of Reciprocity, in a strain of the...

Consols were on Friday 96} to 961.

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THE DISASTER IN SOUTH AFRICA. C ETEWAY0 has justified Sir Bartle Frere's rash policy thus far. The Zulu King has shown that he possessed an army which could at any moment have...

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T HE Duke of Argyll's shell is a very formidable shell indeed, but it is fired somewhat too late in the day to produe the sort of confusion and demoralisation which it might...


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T HERE is very little to be said about the opening of the Session, except that it has been opened, and that the Majority manifest a certain indefinable but unmistakable change...

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A. FEW days ago, Sir George Campbell, in a speech to some local audience, probably not intended to be reported, told them that General Roberts's raid into the Khost Valley...

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I T used to be thought that a Member who had been "named" by the Speaker would occupy a position of solitary mysteriousness. No one, not even the Speaker himself, could say what...

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A pt. GLADSTONE in his lecture on Dr. Hook gave an admirable definition of true moral heroism ;—only un- fortunately, the heroes whom human beings take up and fondle in their...

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E NGLISH legislators may be in the right in leaving to property-holders such absolute power of bequeathal as they do. Laws must accord with rooted sentiments, and Eng- lishmen...

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I T is difficult to realise that vast Forest the memory of which is handed down to us in the Wealds of our Southern Home Counties. Stretching from the edge of Romney Marsh to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE .` SPECTATOR."} Sin,—The somewhat vague talking which characterises the very long letter on the subject of Prince Bismarck's Protec- tionism in your...


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THE DECAY OF EVANGELICALISM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR'] SIR, —There are some interesting issues arising out of the funeral oration which the Times pronounced over the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—May I ask you to let me direct the attention of your readers to the advertisement of the Evans Memorial Fund," by which we hope to put...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—While thanking you for your otherwise favourable notice of my paper on "Agricultural Depression" in the Fortnightly Review, allow me to...

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE.* Tars story will take a high place among Mr. Trollope's works. Indeed, there is something in the atmosphere of Ireland which • An Bye for an Eye. By Anthony...

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MRS. BrrLER, as we cannot but believe, has achieved a great success, and of the pages of this remarkable biography it is diffi- cult to say whether they reflect more strikingly...

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OF all the books, seasonable or unseasonable, which the Christ- mas season produces in abundance, we doubt whether many will better repay purchase and perusal than this...

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TUE Liber Studiorum of Turner is sometimes looked upon as a. central type of his Art when it was in its most admirable style, and as the chief monument by which a far posterity...

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Ma. W. R. GREG, in the beginning of a powerful paper published eighteen years ago on "French Fiction: the Lowest Deep," wrote, "It is hard to say whether the current politics or...

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MANY readers will like this Scotch story because of its wit and wisdom, others will enjoy its admirable sketches of scenery, and some will ask for it at their libraries because...

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PESSIMISTS are in danger of forgetting the really enormous progress the world has made during the last forty years. A not inconsiderable step in that progress is closely...

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Fraser's Magazine for February gives us an interesting, but not striking, account of Bourbon, the mountain-peak rising out of the Indian Ocean, which the French have turned into...

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volumes without feeling a profound respect for the man whose

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life and work they describe. Fears entertained, possibly offence given, in high quarters prevented Dr. Hook from rising to that eminence in the Church which he might have been...

Rachel Oliver 3 vols. (Macmillan.)—This is a well written, even

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a clever book, but it wants unity of purpose. Rachel is the unselfish daughter of a selfish father. We are introduced to her in her early childhood, and part with her, some...

Freda. By the Author of " Mrs. Jerningham's Journal." 3

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vols. (Bentley.)—We must apologise for the accidental delay which has retarded our notice of this most entertaining book. One good has come of it,—that Freda happened to come in...

Covert-Side Sketches. By J. Nevill Fitt. (Sampson Low and Co.)—

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Mr. Fitt, who writes under the initials "H. H." in the Sporting Gazette has put together a volume which we may venture, though without' possessing any special acquaintance with...

Six Months in Ascension : an Unscientific Account of a

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Scientific Expedition. By Mrs. Gill. (Murray.)—Mr. Gill went to Ascension Island in 1877, under the auspices of the Royal Astronomical Society, to observe the opposition of the...

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The English Array. By Major Arthur Griffiths. (Cassell and Co.)

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—In this volume we have a sketch of the history of the Army, of the recent changes which have so altered its constitution, and of its pre- sent state. These sketches are...

On the Wolds. By Edward Gilliat, M.A. 3 vole. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—It would not be rash to conjecture that there is much in this story which has been drawn from life. Every one who knows anything of rural life in England among the...

South Africa and its Mission Fields. By the Rev. J.

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E. Carlyle. (Nisbet.)—This is an interesting account of the work which is being carried on by various Christian communities in South Africa, There is no part of the world in...

The Problem of the Homeric Poems. By William D. Geddes,

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LL.D. (Macmillan.)—It is almost needless to say that much interest and instruction will be found in the effort of a laborious and ingenious scholar to establish even an...

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New Greece. By Lewis Sergeant. (Cassell and Co.)—This is an

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able and well-written plea on behalf of the new kingdom of Greece, the author's contention being that, on the whole, it has made so much progress during the very brief period of...

The House of God the Home of Man. By the

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Rev. a E. Jelf. (Christian Knowledge Society.)—A few words from the preface will explain the stand-point of the writer of this book. He calls it "the work of one who is more...

Mrs. Cardigan. By Annie Thomas (Mrs. Render Cudlip). 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—It is not too much to say that this is an uncommonly repulsive novel. The heroine, who is endowed with all those sinister charms which some writers are so...

The Works of George Eliot. Cabinet Edition, 19 vols. (Blackwood.)

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—A very handy edition of George Eliot's novels and poems, very cheap, extremely well printed, and bound in cloth, in a style which reflects great credit upon the publishers'...

Israel in Canaan, under Joshua and the Judges, by Dr.

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Edersheim (Religious Tract Society), is the fourth volume of " The Bible His- tory," compiled rather than written by the author, so many are the quotations from, and references...

There is a good deal besides ancient history in this

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most interesting and well-written little book. It is intended to supply for general readers the information obtained by the Ordnance Survey of 1868-9, and published in a costly...