15 NOVEMBER 1879

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The Guildhall banquet on Lord Mayor's Day produced no great

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sensation. Lord Beaconsfield did not announce a disso- lution, and indeed only said that "in all probability" he should next year have the honour of congratulating the Lord...

Sir Stafford Northcote, in returning thanks for the House of

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Commons, complained of Lord Hartington's assertion that, pending an appeal to the country, all interest had vanished from the debates of that assembly ; and compared it to the...

A rumour that the Attorney-General, Sir John biker, who has

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returned his private briefs, was about to be raised to the Bench as Lord Chief Baron, was on Wednesday denied by Sir John, who telegraphed to Preston that his briefs have been...

A story is current in Vienna that the Balkan States—Servia,

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Bulgaria, and Montenegro—have formed a league against Austria. If Austria tries to pass Novi Bazar, Sorvis, is to find 120,000 men, Bulgaria, 90,000; and Montenegro, 26,000,—all...


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L ORD SALISBURY is fidgetting with the Fleet " again. It was ordered to Vourla, then delayed ; and now it is to leave Malta on Monday, for some unknown point in Turkish waters....

Count Schouvaloff, for five years past Russian Ambassador to the

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British Court, has been relieved of his duties by Imperial decree, and will be succeeded, probably after some considerable interval, by Prince Lobanoff, now Ambassador at...

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At a crowded meeting held in Hawkstone Hall, Westminster Bridge

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Road, on Tuesday, to hear from the Rev. M. MacColl a lecture on "The Condition and Prospects of the Christian Pope-. lations of the Ottoman Empire," a somewhat notable incident...

Suppose the Austro-German alliance ends in the submission of Russia,

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and the re-entry of the Czar into that league of the three Emperors which has for its foundations a common dread of revolution and a common ownership of Poland. Would Lord...

Tlie news from the Cape, though not exactly alarming, is

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dishearteniug, especially to Sir Stafford. Northcote. The Boers are still refractory, refuse to obey the law which requires per- mite for carrying arms to be purchased from...

Mr. Cowen, M.P. for Newcastle-on-Tyne, and one of the few

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Radical Jingoes, though a very able and very honest man, addressed his constituents this day week in a manly speech, in which we rejoice to observe that he strove to tone down...

At a crowded meeting of Home-rulers held last Monday in

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the Free-trade Hall, Manchester, a somewhat significant collision occurred between Mr. Parnell and Mr. Mitchell Henry. Mr. Parnell said he wished to see a beginning made of a...

General Roberts and the Khyber force have established com- munication,

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and a new route is being opened between Jellalabad and Cabul, along which supplies can easily pass without danger of attack, except in a single defile. The clansmen offered no...

The Mum of Saturday had a strong article in favour

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of con- structing, or rather reconstructing, a harbour at Pamagosta, in Cyprus. It appears that Admiral Hornby, with the six large vessels under his command, entered Fame,gosta...

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In a letter to last Saturday's Times, Mr. Henry Allen,

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the secretary to the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, confirms, and more than confirms, what we said last week as to one of the causes of the revulsion of feeling...

Consols were on Friday 971 - to 971.

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The carelessness with which men sometimes get up their cases

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was curiously illustrated by a deputation w hi c h v i s it e d th e Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth on Thursday. The deputation consisted of leading Trades Unionists, and...

"A Vicar" confides ruefully to last Saturday's Times that the

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" offertory " at his church is full of " threepennies," which are in special demand by his congregation for the express pur- pose of the Sunday offertory. When paying a bill at...

Mr. J. G. Dodson addressed his constituents at Lewes on

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Friday week, and told them that this Government had failed in carrying out even the policy they had adopted. They had tried to make of Afghanistan and Turkey buffers against...

Mr. Baxter, in a very interesting speech, delivered yesterday week

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at the town-hall, Berne (ono of the Montrose group of boroughs), having refuted the absurd imputation cast upon him by the Times, that he wishes to have neither Army nor Navy,...

We strongly advise all politicians to try and read at

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once the book which Sir Samuel Baker has just published on Cyprus and the Anglo-Turkish Convention, Sir Samuel is a pronounced anti-Russian, and he went to Cyprus a year ago, to...

The Birmingham School Board are about to restore the reading

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of the Bible in the Board Schools. This is the re- sult of an offer made to the Liberals by the eight Conserva- tive candidates, who were the advocates of Bible-reading in...

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LORD BEACONSFIELD AT THE GUILDHALL. T HE view taken by almost all English journalists of the Guildhall speech of last Monday was that it was one of Lord ]3eaconsfield's most...

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protested in the Spectator against the SIXTEEN years ago we contempt into which English Diplomatists had fallen in their own country. There was just then no great diplomatist...

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I T is as difficult as ever to understand the precise position of the British Government at Constantinople, but it can hardly be any other than a most disquieting one. According...

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I r Christianity were without meaning, and history without lessons, and economic science without laws, there might be a certain attraction in the advice which Lord Beaconsfield...

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T HE work to which Archdeacon Denison has undertaken to devote the remainder of his life was modestly begun on Thursday. At two public meetings, one at Exeter Hall in the...


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T HOUGH Sir George Bowyer appears to us to have advo- cated very few public causes which are good causes, and very many which are mischievous,—though, in spite of his nominal...

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T O a new and striking volume of sermons preached before the University of Oxford, Dr. Abbott, the very able head- master of the City of London School, has prefixed some...

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T HE Lord Mayor's Show will, we believe, go on. It has been criticised and attacked and laughed at., in every possible way, for the last thirty years, and very seldom and very...

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THE EASTERN DIFFICULTY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR."1 collect from the telegrams that the alarming crisis in Constantinople might be tided over by the appointment of...


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FROM KAYE'S "HISTORY." [TO THE EDITOR OF TIIIC "SPECTATOR.'] SIR, — In 1839 the British forced a Sovereign (Shah Soojah) on the throne of Afghanistan, ousting Dost Mahomed. In...


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[To Tee EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I cannot think that you quite do justice to Professor Clifford in your article of last Saturday. You speak of his "measureless...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPE0TATOR."1 Sia,—In his last Report to the Committee of Council on Education, Mr. Matthew Arnold denies to " calculation " " formative" power....


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MR. JOHN MORLEY'S MEMOIR OF BURKE.* WHETHER, as Burke's worshippers must maintain (and no hero of the latter days has had such and so many), the great- ness of the subject of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THR " SPECTATOR.") 'SIR, — There are two opposite, though kindred, errors on Irish affairs to which English opinion seems to be liable. English- men see that,...

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LANG'S CYPRUS.* HAMILTON LANG'S book about Cyprus may be described

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as an amalgam. Half of it is composed of pure and valuable ore, and half of very indifferent alloy. The ore is the account of the present state of the island, the result of Mr....

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EVERY ONE knows something of Wycliffe, but the Examiner of all examiners, who frightened Water-baby Tom out of the king- dom of the Tomnoddies, would have to go far and ask much...

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OF late years, the wonders of underground " Rome have been minutely and, we may add, scientifically explored. The title of this work can hardly be misleading, as most people...

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IN the three handsome volumes before us, we have the first in- stalment respectively of,—(1), a translation of the Upanishads, by F. Max Muller ; (2), a translation of the...

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Madelon Lemoine. By Mrs. Leith-Adams. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—It

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is not easy to say why this novel, written, as it is, with considerable ability, containing a story which should, considering its outlines and incidents, be fairly interesting,...


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The Lord's Sipper: Uninspired Teaching. By Charles Hebert, D.D. 2 vols. (Seeleys.)—Dr. Hebert has made a contribution to the literature of the Eucharistic controversy, of which...

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Darwinism, and other Essays. By John Fiske, M.A. (Macmillan.) —Most

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of Mr. Fisko's essays are reviews, and some of them reviews of books which are not well known on this side of the Atlantic. The first is an original essay on "Darwinism," and it...

Mate of the 'Jessica': a Story of the South Pacific.

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By F. Frank. 'fort Moore. (Marcus Ward and Co.)—This is a dashing, delightful story of the sea ; full of all the charming impossibilities, desperate vil- lainies, hairbreadth...

Attic Nights. By Charles Mills. (Chatto and Windus.)—It was a

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somewhat strange idea to revive the dramatis persona of the Noctes Ambrosia?: ce, "the Shepherd," and Tickler, and North, and even to bring out again into the light of day the...

Galileo Galilei and the Roman Curia. By Karl von Gobler.

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Translated, with the sanction of the author, by Mrs. George Sturge. (C. K. Paul and Co.)—Herr Gebler devoted himself, with an assiduity ' which undermined his health, to the...

Cousin Simon. By the Hon. Mrs. Robert Marsham. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—We seem to be returning to the era of quiet stories. Simple and natural studies of human life, its trials and compensations, are beginning to put in a mild and not...

The Newspaper Reader, by Harry Fiudlater Bussey and Thomas Wilson

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Reid (Blackie and Son), a volume in " I3lackie's Comprehen- sive School Series," may claim to be somewhat of a novelty. "In view of the fact that newspapers constitute so large...

Biblical Revision : its Necessity and Purpose. By Members of

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the American Revision Committee. (Sunday-School Union.)—There is little in this volume that will not be familiar to those who have kept up with the literature of the subject...

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The Oxford Bible for Teachers. (University Press.) —We have received

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two more editions of the Bible from the Oxford University Press, both reprints of the Oxford Bible for teachers, admirably printed and bound. The smaller one is curiously thin,...

Rental Book of the Cistercian Abbey of Cupar-Angus. Edited by

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the Rev. Charles Rogers, LL.D. Vol. I. (Printed for the Grampian Club.)—This volume, though without any special interest, makes available for the student of history a. -...

COMMENTABIBS.—We have before us two volumes (the second and third)

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of A New Testament Commentary for English Readers, by Various Writers, edited by C. J. Ellicott, D.D., Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. (Cassell, Pettor, and Gulpin.) These two...

Emergencies : How to Avoid Them, and how to Meet

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Them. Com- piled by Burt G. Welder, M.D. (sew York : G. P. Putnam's Sons.)— 'This is a most useful little volume, "to be carried in the pocket," and weighing, in its paper...