15 MARCH 1879

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1 111E Times has received from its correspondent at Pesth a copy of a confidential despatch, dated January 26th, addressed by Lord Salisbury to Lord A. Loftus, to be read to the...

In spite of his financial embarrassments, it is nearly certain

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- that Lord Lytton has determined on a new war. As we antici- pated last week, Sir S. Northcote 'knew nothing about the Matter, Lord Lytton having sent " reinforcements " to...

The Impeachment debate came off in the French Chamber on

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Thursday, but was, on the whole, a languid affair. The great majority of the Republican party were known to be opposed to the policy of impeachment, while a good many of them...

Hungary has suffered this week from a great calamity. Szegedin,

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the second town in the kingdom, and the great entre- pit for wool, has been destroyed by a rising of the Theis& itu- ated in &marsh, with houses of wood or unburnt brick,...

The Duke of Connaught was married on the 13th inst.,

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at Windsor, to the Princess Louise, third daughter of Prince Frederick Charles of Prussia, known in the Franco-German war as the "Red Prince." The ceremonial was of the most...

It is not easy to understand Prince Bismarck's position about

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the " Gagging Law." It has been rejected almost unanimously by the German Parliament, and was very feebly defended by the Chancellor, whose line in the debate has been to say...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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The Government is decidedly unlucky in all that relates to

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Zululand. The first steamers with reinforcements on board were so loaded with stores, that it was impossible to give them enough coal for the voyage to the Cape, and they were...

The financial news from India is not good. The Budget

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pro- duced in Calcutta on March 13th shows that the deficit of 1877-78 was 23,543,000, in addition to 24,790,000 spent on, public works. In 1878-79, there was a surplus of...

There was another Egyptian debate on Thursday in the House

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of Commons, Sir G. Campbell wanting to know why the British Government supported an Administration at Cairo which ruled in the interest, not of Egyptians, who are perishing of...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson exchanged his Permissive Bill this year for

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an abstract resolution declaring the right of the inhabitants of any district to decide for themselves on the subject of the grant and renewal of the publicans' licences in that...

Yesterday week, Mr. Courtney moved a resolution to the effect

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that it is injurious to the best interests of the country that women who have a vote for municipal elections and for School Board elections should have none for Parliamentary...

The debate, of course, turned on the distinctionbetween the Per-

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missive Bill of former years and the principle of a" local option," which was all that was claimed as the necessary drift of the resolution; and it soon appeared that many...

Mr. Cross has for the second time proved himself, as

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supreme Judge, amenable to "influence." Our readers will remember that he stopped by a pardon proceedings against a " Countess," believed to belong to the Brunswick family. He...

Mr. E. A. Owen, of 1 Tanfield Court, Temple, in

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a very nalf way, gives a portion of the public a piece of rather startling in- formation. The Polytechnic caught fire on Friday week, and the upper floors were burnt out. The...

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The Daily News of Thursday contained some very amusing comments

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on the conduct of a Conservative Tripe Club at Hanley, which, on Lord Beaconsfield's health being drunk with all the honours, took notice of the conduct of one of its members,...

The people of Manchester are very wisely forming a Society

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for increasing and diffusing the knowledge of Commercial Geography, i.e., the knowledge of all the attainable facts con- cerning the different wants of different nations—those,...

A return, moved for by Mr. S. Cave, shows the

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number of houses in England and Wales licensed for the care of lunatics, and the number of patients on the 1st January of the present year. From this it appears that in the...

We gather from a sermon of Dr. Bridges, printed byWyman,

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of Great Queen Street, and preached "on the 1st Moses, in the 91st year of the Western Revolution," at "the Eleusis Club, Chelsea," that there is a split in the rank, or rather...

An action for libel has been going on during a

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great part of • the week, brought by the Rev. George Drury, the Rector of Claydon, in Suffolk, against the Editor of the East Anglian Times, for an article referring to the...

Consols were on Friday 961 to 96t.

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IMPERIALISM ON THE WAR-PATH. I F Lord Lorne will only just contrive to embroil us with the Government at Washington, the thing will be complete, and North, South, East, and...

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I T must have been a very interesting matter to the Italian or 'Sicilian observers of the course of Ulysses,—if there were any,—to see him steering between Scylla and Charyb-...

THE FRENCH IMPEACHMENT. T HE French Government and Assembly are out

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of humour with logic, and a very good sign it is that they are so. They are not disposed to impeach the Administration of the Doc de Broglie, but they are disposed to go as far...

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THE CLEWER CASE. T HE judgment of the Lord Chief Justice

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in the Clewer ease seems to be perfectly conclusive, in point of law. If the words "it shall be lawful" always conferred discretion as well as power, half the administrative...

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M R. GOLDNEY'S very humble little Bill, allowing clergy- men without benefices to take their seats in Parliament if electors choose to send them there, was thrown out in the...

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I T is almost impossible to exaggerate the absurdity of the position in which the Ministry now stand towards Turkey, or the danger of the position in which they stand towards...

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T HE conduct of Lieutenant Chard at Rorke's Drift once more calls attention to a difficulty in the way of every English Administration, the imperfection of our means of...

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M R. GALTON has made some very useful contributions to modern science. He has done great things to- wards showing that the higher mental abilities are really in- herited, though...

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A CCORDING to the well-known astronomer and mathe- matician, M. Oppolzer, the Sun will probably rise on the morning of March 18th with the planet Vulcan in transit across his...

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[We give this account from a friend to the scheme, as of a certain intellectual interest. We pass no criticism on what may be called a dream of fair living.—En. Spectator.] M R....

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THE MISERY OF THE BOSNIAN REFUGEES. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] Sin,—Seeing from time to time in your columns some mention of unhappy Bosnia, I venture to send a few...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sia,—While we are suffering from the disaster at Isandula, it is impossible that the conscience of the nation should not ask itself why we...

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IN THE DUDLEY GALLERY.—II. IN our first article on this Gallery, in last week's Spectator, we confined ourselves almost exclusively to general remarks upon the lack of high aim...


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IRISH SONG. [Am: " OH ! WOMAN OF TIM HOUSE."] BEFORE the first ray of blushing day, Who should come by but Kitty Chan, With her cheek like the rose on a bed of snows, And her...

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M. JULES SIMON ON M. TRIERS.* M. JULES SIMON, whose book we have noticed before, offers us a spirited account of a most exciting period, of history, verifies numberless reported...

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FROM BOMBAY TO THE BOSPHORUS.* WE have not often read

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a much more interesting book of travels than this unpretentious work; and appearing at the present time, Mr. Geary's intelligent experiences, and equally intelligent...

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WE tell in the authoress's own words the main points of the first volume of this novel, merely premising that the hero, who is an artist, and the heroine, a young English lady,...

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"Ii' the readers of this true history," says our author, in a post- script, "will imagine for themselves a number of hospitals for typhus fever, where any one of them, man or...

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THE BASIS OF FAITH.* THE subject of this volume is

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one of unflagging interest. Writers without end have dealt with it, and we quite expect in future years to see the number of such volumes as the one before us increase rather...

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Aunt Judy's Magazine, for March. (George Bell and Sons.)— Grown people need not despise this thoughtful little periodical, though it be especially meant for young ones. "Mother...

Canada under the Administration of the Earl of Dufferin. By

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George Stewart, jun. (Sampson Low and Co.) The History of the Administration of the Ri g ht Hon. Frederick Temple, Earl of Dufferin. By William Legge. (Lovell Printing and...

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Memoirs of Bishops Jolly and Gleig. By the Rev. W.

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Walker, M.A. (D. Douglas, Edinburgh.)—We complain so often of the wearisome length of biographies, that it is the merest justice to bestow emphatic praise on a biographical work...

NEW Enmoxs.—Dean Church republishes Dante : an Essay (Macmillan), published

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originally in the "Christian Remembrancer," in 1850, and reprinted four years afterwards in a volume of "Essays and Reviews." To this has been appended a translation, executed...

The Leavenworth Case : a Lawyer's Story. By Anna Katharine

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Green. (G. P. Putnam and Sons, New York.)—It seems to us a defect in this story, that the very beginning of it gives a tolerably plain hint of the end. It at once occurs to the...

Our English Bible : its Translations and Translators. By John

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Stoughton, D.D. (The Religions Tract Society.)—This is an excellent popular account of the subject, written by one who has the qualifica- tions (always wanted, though not always...