15 MARCH 1884

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There was a grave discussion on Monday in the Commons

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on the Military Vote in Supply. Mr. Gladstone was unwell, and a complaint by Sir R. Cross on the silence of the Government elicited a strong speech from Lord Hartington. The...

Lord Salisbury addressed a crowded meeting on Wednesday, in the

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Concert Hall at Lillie Bridge, under the auspices of the Borough of Chelsea Conservative Association, and moved a resolution in favour of forcing on a dissolution at the...

Nothing whatever is known of the next step to be

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taken, and much will depend on General Gordon's opinion. He would know already of the victory, but that the telegraph is again cut below Khartoum. Before the battle he is...

General Graham, therefore, moved out on the 12th to a

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stock- aded camp, and on the 13th to the actual attack, which was made in two oblong "squares," arranged in echelon. The foremost consisted of the 2nd Brigade, with which was...


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- VICTORY has again declared for the British arms. In pursuance of a just and merciful policy, which we are ashamed to see some of our contemporaries condemn, General 'Graham...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Mr. Dixon-Hartland, M.P. for Evesham, made a very un- fortunate

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attack on Mr. Chamberlain's appointments of officials under the new Bankruptcy Act, in the House of Commons yesterday week. He affirmed that of the sixty-seven appoint- ments...

The Home-rule Party in Parliament have been reinforced by the

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arrival of the Brothers Redmond, who reached Queens. town last Saturday from Australia. They had been collecting funds for the National League, and had established, they said,...

The debate, and the facts brought out after the debate,

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were in every way calculated to enhance Mr. Chamberlain's reputa- tion as an administrator and as a politician; but we rather regret- his having said repeatedly in his reply...

The Merchant Shipping Bill; of course, does not propose to•

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prevent the small capitalist from insuring his ships, but only from recovering more than their real value; and Sir E. J. Reed, on behalf of the Shipping interest, states, in a...

Mr. Chamberlain's reply was not so absolutely triumphant as the

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subsequent revelations of Mr. Dixon-Hartland's blunders have since made it, for the simple reason that, having had no notice of the special appointments to be attacked, and...

Lord Salisbury added to his usual attack on the Egyptian

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and Irish policy of the Government a fierce onslaught on the Merchant Shipping Bill. " The shipping interest," said Lord Salisbury, "has been attacked on grounds which seem to...

Lord Sherbrooke is still to all intents and purposes Mr.

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Lowe, but Mr. Lowe, apparently, with less manfulness and courage. He has written a letter, in reply to a correspondent who bad requested him to deliver one of his old, great...

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M. de Lesseps has had a severe check. He has

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been accus- tomed to implicit obedience in his Company, but at the great meeting of shareholders, held on the 12th inst., his agreement with the English shipowners was only...

The London Corporation, being anxious just now for popu- larity,

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has introduced a Bill the essential proiision of which is that the Water Companies shall be paid according to the water used, and not according to rental. The Companies do not...

The Times of Thursday prints a letter, three columns long,

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in large type, from its correspondent in Hanoi, which it is per- fectly heart-breaking to read. The French in Tonquin are governing as if they were in a town taken by storm, and...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1011 to 102.

After three months of arduous preparation, the French have succeeded

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in. taking Bacninh. General Minot threatened the fortress in front, while General Negrier, with a heavy column, occupied the eastern road to Langson, by which, if the Chinese...

Those of our medical men who maintain the right and

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the humanity of vivisection would do well to inquire into a case brought to light the other day by our able and instructive contemporary, the Zoophiliet. It referred to a case...

Prince Bismarck, on the 13th inst., condescended to inform the

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Reichstag of his reasons for sending back the Resolution of the American House of Representatives expressing regret for the death of Dr. Lasker. He should not, he said, have...

The Oxford Congregation debated the women's question again last Tuesday,

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the Warden of All Souls' (Sir W. Anson) taking the lead against the new Statute. He ridiculed the idea of doing what was disapproved at Oxford only because Cambridge had adopted...

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AV E wonder how many of the British people realise the amazing character of the drama now playing on the Red Sea, the bewildering way in which, with a small squadron of...


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THE VICTORY OF TAMANHEB. T T was touch-and-go, this time. " Moral effects " are not much understood in the Desert, where they think that God rules to-day, as he did yesterday ;...

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TI ORD SALISBURY never conceived a less creditable party manoeuvre than his attack last Wednesday on the Mer- chant Shipping Bill. It is not surprising that so rash a party...

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M R. WILLIS is to move on Friday next the following resolution :—" That the legislative power of Bishops in the House of Peers, in Parliament, is a great hindrance to the...

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M R. HERBERT SPENCER is probably quite right in declining to allow his name to be placed before the Liberal electors of Leicester, as a Liberal candidate. Apart altogether from...

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I ORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL holds a singular theory J about the functions of Municipalities and of Members of Parliament. The common-place notion is that they alike exist to guard...

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M R. LLEWELYN DAVIES, who of all men living, pro- bably, except the members of Mr. Manrice's own family, understood Frederick Denison Maurice best, has declared in the...

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T HE irritation created by the conduct of the present Execu- tioner, Binns, seems likely to lead to an injudicious agita- tion for a change in the present method' of inflicting...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sia,—The question of Proportional Representation, as it is now called, is becoming a pressing one. May I describe a scheme, for which I...


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LIBERAL ORGANISATION. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. ") 80.,—The letter of Mr. Herman Merivale, in which he points the moral of the Brighton election, deserves the...

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SIB,—Your justification of the luxury of the rich makes it hard to place the following ways of spending motley in their right relation to each other. A spends two thousand...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The writer of an article in your paper of the 8th inst., on "The Prodigality of the Rich," alluding to excessive and luxur- ious...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, I must ask you to allow me in your columns to enter my protest against the Duke of Argyll's representation of the position I take up,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOIel Sia, — A question of the utmost importance, not only to myself, but to others who read and value the Spectator, seems to me to be opened...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sra,—I venture to address to you, as the editor of the only first- class periodical, so far as I know, which vindicates with the noblest...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "EFECT■TOR "] SIR, — In Ireland, one in five, or, say, twenty per cent., of the adult male population have the Parliamentary franchise. To judge by...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Your kindly reviewer questions the accuracy of my state- ment that " Addison's papers on Milton achieved the triumph. of making a...

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THE LATE F. D. MAURICE.* [FIRST NOTICE.1 "Tian are some persons," said Mr. Maurice, in a letter writ- ten in 1849, "who need to have their own identity impressed upon them by a...


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A SHELTER,—spent and tempest-driven Mid winter's strife,— I sought, and found the boon of Heaven, Eternal life. 'Oh Word, how is thy truth confessed ! Who seeketh part,...


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THE ROSE AND THE POPPY. "STAND apart," said the Rose, "and taint not The sweetness I throw on the air; What art thou to Man, that thou claimest His garden with me to share P "I...

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THERE is really good work in this book, better even than the writer's clever tale, Signor MOnaldini's Niece, had led us to expect from her. The figures of the two girls in whom...

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THERE is a well-known rale which used to be inculcated on the budding draftsman in a conveyancer's chambers, which was couched in the form, "First, turf your testator." The...

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M. DARYLL ON ENGLAND.* M. Dearra.'s book is not likely

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to ran through thirty editions, as has John Bull et Son Ile. It is meant as a serious contribu- tion, not only to Frenchmen's knowledge of us, but of them- selves. England is...

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A VILLAGE composed of eight huts, lost amid steppes to all practical purpose interminable, "lying on the snowy expanse like an atom thrown into space by a freak of fate," is the...

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LICHFIELD lays just claim to possess the most beautiful of our Cathedrals. For vastness of size, it is easily surpassed by York and Canterbury; for grandeur of site and for...

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THE present time, when the Australian Colonies are evidently about to take a new departure, by becoming a confederation, and, through confederation, effectually claiming the...

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Whitworth are the chief subjects of Mr. Jeans's book ;

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but he has also given chapters to Sir John Brown, famous for his manufacture of armour-plates, and to Messrs. S. G. Thomas and G. J. Shelus, who have both done good service in...

Charles Dayreil : a Modern Bacchanal. By Henry Sony. (Elliot

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Stook.)—Mr. Solly's "Bacchanal" is a worshipper of the true Bacchus, the joyous, triumphant god, not of the false Bacchas, the bloated Silenus, his garlands falling awry over...

Sons, New York.)—These two books form part of the library

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of litera- ture which has already appeared in that latest effort of American enterprise, the Northern Pacific Railroad. The story of the Northern Pacific is on a par with that...


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A History of London. By W. J. Loftie, B.A., F.S.A. Supplement to the First Edition. (Edward Stanford.)—This little book is intended as an appendix to the first edition of the...

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A Smaller Latin-English Dictionary. By William Smith, D.C.L., and Theophilus

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D. Hall, M.A. New Edition. (John Murray.)—This new edition of the "Dictionary for Schools" exhibits in many respects considerable improvements. First and foremost of these is...

First Love, and Panin and Barbi:a-in. By Ivan S. Targenev.

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With an Introduction by Sidney Jerrold. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—Tur- genev does not shock his readers, but there is something very sombre, and sometimes one is inclined to say...

Uncle George's Money. By S. C. Bridgeman. 2 vole. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—We have here two volumes of love-making, which is carried on between four young ladies and a slightly larger number of men, young and middle-aged. There is a rich...

A Circle of Song ; or, Lays of Love and

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Laughter. (J. Palmer, Cam- bridge.)—The author has collected here the verses which it has amused him to write during the course of years, which have now reached, as we gather...

Pericles Brum : a Satirical Romance. By Austin Pember. (J.

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and R. Maxwell.)—This is another forecast of the future, taking the turn not of scientific development, the favourite topic of romancers, but of political advance. Pericles is...

POETRY. Interludes and Undertones. By Charles Mackay. (Chatto and Windus.)—Dr.

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Mackay has a well.earned place among the poets; minores of this generation, or perhaps we should rather say, of the generation that is passing away. We cannot honestly say that...

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We have received an edition in one volume of Charles

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Kingsley : his Letters, and Memoirs of his Life. Edited by his Wife. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—It is abridged from the cabinet edition, itself an abridgment of the...