15 JULY 1871

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The Ballot Bill has been discussed for four weary days

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; but it has not prospered, and the Times and other journals are quite sure it is to be withdrawn. It may possibly even have been already withdrawn before this journal is in our...


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T EIE curse is on the Bourbons still. The Comte de Chambord, after accepting the fusion with the Orleanists, thought fit, of his own mere motion, and in defiance of advisors...

Yesterday week's debate was a mere frittering away of precious

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time on infinitesimal suggestions. On Monday, Mr. Walter's amendment to limit secret voting to the boroughs,—the places which least need it, and where it will do most...

The most strenuous efforts were made to shake the Comte's

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determination, and on their failure the Legitimist party as an organization dissolved. Even they were unable to give up the tricolour, or to sacrifice the reality of the...

Mr. Gladstone, interrogated on Thursday by Mr. Monk (M.P. for

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Gloucester) as to the reason why the Prince and Princess of Prussia had been allowed to take up their residence in Prussia House during their stay in London, instead of being...

Naturally enough, during the course of so critical and, to

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one side at least, so unwelcome a measure, there have been a great many sharp collisions. On Thursday, Mr. Bentinck (Norfolk) moved the adjournment of the House on purpose to...

'IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The fight over the Army Bill in the Lords began

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on Thursday, Lord Northbrook leading the way with an excellent exposition of the policy of her Majesty's Government. He denied absolutely that they were without a plan. Their...

The project entertained by Her Majesty's Government of pro- viding

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a Royal residence in Ireland, to be inhabited usually by Prince Arthur, appears to have been dropped for the present. It is to be brought forward again " when the state of...

Three tragedies have been under investigation this week. We must

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not say anything about the " Eltham Murder " or the " Bayewater Tragedy" until the verdict is given, but, we suppose we may be permitted to congratulate Lord Justice Bovill and...

The entire debate in the Lords was a good one,

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the Peers rising above the Coalitions in the width of the considerations they pressed, and it is extremely doubtful still whether the Bill will be thrown out. It was resolved on...

The Duke of Richmond, in moving that the House should

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not pass the second reading until it had before it a comprehensive plan, admitted that Lord Northbrook had described a large scheme, but refused to consider it because it...

A very serious riot is reported from New York. The

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Orange- men of that city wanted to hold their procession on the 12th, but the Irish Catholics, who rule the city, threatened to attack them. The police accordingly, instead of...

Mr. Ayrton is proud of his hatred of art, fortifies

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himself in his blunders, piques himself on his clownish nicknames for the great monuments of the past. Asked on Monday by Mr. Lowther whether his attention had been called to...

The only independent speech in defence of Government made on

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Thursday was by Lord Sandhurst, who spoke heartily and even warmly in favour of abolition. Promotion, he said, did depend on money, and he did not believe that the moral influ-...

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The attempt of 141r. Dixon (Birmingham) to repeal the cumulative

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• voting for Education Boards got soundly beaten on Wednesday, his Bill being rejected without a division. It was opposed by Mr. Collins and Lord Frederick Cavendish, who, in an...

Mr. Tomline this week gave a horrible fright to hon.

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members and others with weak nerves, by announcing a discovery that, under an old statute of 1372, no lawyer can sit as a county mem- ber ; and Mr. Bentinck went farther, and...

The authenticity of a letter addressed, or assuming to be

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addressed, by M. Thiers to the Popo on the difficulties which would embar- rass any attempt of the Holy Father to find an asylum in France has been formally denied by M. Jules...

The children in English bricklields, the most oppressed caste among

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English serfs, are likely to be protected this Session. Mr. Mundella's Bill placing them under the protection of the Factory Act and forbidding girls under sixteen from being...

A lobster is not a wild animal. A be may

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be. At least that seems to be the legal view, for at the Exeter Assizes a man who had stolen a lobster from the " pot " of a fellow-fisherman in the Channel, and who pleaded...

Mr. Seely on Tuesday brought up the old question whether

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it would not be, en the whole, better to abolish the Board of Admiralty, and leave all power and responsibility in theory, where it now rests in practice, with the First Lord....

Console were on Friday ni to 93i.

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We are requested to correct a slight error as to

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the title of the review in which Mr. Crookes' article on a " a new force," which he proposed to call "psychic," appeared.. It was not the Popular Science Review for July, but...

The French Assembly is passing a Decentralization Bill, The principle

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of it appears to be that the Prefect shall be aided and sometimes controlled by a Commission, elected by the Councils General from amongst their own number. The Radicals oppose...

The Ecclesiastical Titles' Act Repeal Bill passed through Com- mittee

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in the Lords on Tuesday, Lord Russell giving in his adhesion in a weak, confused, grumbling speech, which it would have been much better altogether to suppress, as he could not...

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T HE sudden, the almost melodramatic collapse of the Legi- timist party in France appears to have been due to three causes. Their dignified but feeble chief at the last moment...


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THE PEERS AND THE GOVERNMENT. T HE more moderate of the Tory Peers are said to shrink from the idea of rejecting the Army Bill, and we do not wonder at their hesitation ; for...

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1/FR. BERESFORD HOPE cannot be said to be a man of _V I_ influence in the House of Commons, though he is unquestionably a character, almost indeed a political gro- tesque, a...

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are apt as a nation to be severe on the unpractical character of the democratic movements of foreign countries, and not perhaps without reason. But it is at any rate often...

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T HE political position of the Teetotal question in this country is not a little curious, and is not adequately explained by the popular theory of the matter. This theory, as...

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PROFESSOR PLUM.PTRE, in an able and interesting sermon 1. recently preached at St. Paul's, and now published (by &rabid)) on that article in the Apostles' Creed known as "the...

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P OOR John Leech's worthy successor, Mr. Du Maurier, who every week softens the hearts of women towards Punch— they have hated Punch ever since Jerrold's time—by his incom-...

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THE LIFE OF SHAFTESBURY.* FEW English statesmen have borne a worse character than the first Earl of Shaftesbury, or afforded a better illustration of the pro- verb, " Give a...


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FROM HEINE. KIND, Wilt WAREN KINDER." My child, we then were children, Two children little and gay ; To the fowl-house we went creeping, And hid ourselves under the hay. The...


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MR. CROOKES' ARTICLE IN THE " QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF SCIENCE." [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Allow me to draw the attention of your readers to two points,—one...

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Tarsals are few among our readers, we imagine, to whom the names of Peteu, Merida, the Usumasinta, or even the province of Yucatan itself, present more than the vaguest of...

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* Limly Wood. London: Ohn.pinAn and. HIM i tsciny :aidin g

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to the river lisemasinta, it may be as well, perhaps, that artist who rashly sought the sea and found his gir0 4.0otee,, the reader should uuderstitiei clearly that we are...

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oes 04010R if it Wan not on a par rev's relatives, the hypochondriacal earl, with a beautiful niece, The biographer of a painter is hardly to blame if his readers are and the...

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Wiese likes old love stories, quaint yellow packets of letters, portraits in pastile, a faint scent of musk and dried roses, and the best of good wit, will like this book. Such...

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77te Athanasian Creed. By A. P. Stanley, D.D., Dean of

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Westminster. (Macmillan).—The substance of this pamphlet appeared in the Con- temporary Review, and was then briefly noticed in those columns. Dr. Stanley puts with admirable...


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29re British Quarterly Review. July. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— We have read many articles in the British Quarterly on the great subject of " Church Establishment," and though...

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The Unity of Italy. (New York : Putnam ; London

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: Tritbner.)— This volume contains an account of a certain meeting held in New York last January to celebrate the completion of Italian unity by the occupation of Rome by the...

Kate Coventry, an Autobiography, edited by G. J. Whyte Melville,

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now edition (Longtnans), hero appears in a very readable form and in very good print. In our opinion, Kate Coventry is one of the cleverest of Captain Whyte Melville'a lively...

The Truth of the Bible. By the Rev. Bourchier Wray

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Savilo. (Longman.)—This is an apology for revelation to which. we can give little praise beyond the credit of good intentions. It displays industry and research, and it is...

Seuem. BooKs.—We have to notice two of the useful series

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of clas- sical text-books for which we are indebted to the Clarendon Prose, Selections adapted from Xenophon, by J. Surtoos Phillpotts, and The Commentaries of foiling Guar;...

talist,' is naturally full of interest and value. An advocate

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of emigration may be supposed to put more coulenr de rose into his picture than naturally belongs to it ; but probably there is good authority for everything that is said about...