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r E French papers are still full of Tonquin, and the negotia- tions do not advance, though the Figaro declared them com- pleted. The stumbling-block appears to be this, that the...

Almost all reports about the health of Prince Bismarck have

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proved false, but this one, forwarded by the Berlin correspond- ent of the Telegraph on the 13th inst., looks true; and if true, is so important that we give it textually :—"...

Mr. Gladstone is steaming about the Scotch islands in Sir

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Donald Currie's steam yacht, the Pembroke Castle; and on Thursday made a speech at Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkneys, He spoke of the great progress made in the half-century...

A correspondence has been published between Captain John- stone, commanding

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her Majesty's corvette Dryad,' off Tama- tave, and the French Admiral Pierre, after the bombardment of that port. The English officer only protests against bom- bardment without...

The ultimatum submitted by Admiral Pierre to the new Queen

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of Madagascar, Ranavalona III., has been shown to the correspondent of the Daily News, now at Antananarivo. It is of the most peremptory character. The French Republic demands...

Every day confirms our impression that, if the Chamber is

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con- sulted, the French Government will be ordered to make peace with China. The electors absolutely dread the notion of such a war, to which also, it is said, the Army is...

• e * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any ease.

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The correspondent of the Times declares that the condition of

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Egypt never was so bad. The old native system is suspended, and the system which is to supersede it is not organised. The prisons are never cleared, for the new tribunals are...

In the same correspondence (Times, 11th inst.), Admiral Pierre, in

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a letter to Sir J. P. Hennessy, Governor of the Mauritius, states his reasons for arresting the Missionary, Mr. Shaw. He writes courteously, though he states that he has...

It appears to be nearly certain that both in Bulgaria.

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and Servia the Princes are acting with Austria, and that . Russia in consequence is agitating for popular control. She- can rely, she thinks, on the masses. This, at least, is...

The outbreaks of peasant feeling in Hungary are becoming- very

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serious. General Ramberg, as we note elsewhere, has partially quieted Croatia, by prohibiting the levy of taxes by force; but in Hungary itself, the Slav peasants attack the-...

Renter telegraphed from Simla on Friday week a statement, that

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the opinions of all officials about the Ilbert Bill had been published, and that " of a total of 140, there are 114 in favour of and 26 opposed to the measure." On Monday,...

The Alps being exhausted, and Cotopaxi subdued, the Alpine

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climbers are at last turning their attention to the highest mountains in the world, the English Himalayas. The ascent of these peaks was supposed to be nearly impossible, partly...

So universal has been the recognition by the French Legiti-

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mists of the Comte de Paris, that Don Carlos, his only possible competitor, has given way, and has published a letter to -his Spanish followers, declaring that he is all...

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The Melbourne correspondent of the Times points out that the

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most imperative motive of the Australians in desiring to annex New Guinea and some other islands has escaped attention at home. The statesmen of France, finding their habitual...

Burglars are taking so kindly to the knife and the

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revolver that even the Police are startled. Within the past fortnight, four or five cases have occurred in which interrupted burglars have endeavoured, like their American...

The death of Mr. Bliley, the Conservative Member for Man-

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-.cheater, vacates the minority seat for that city, and should lead in a most interesting contest. The Liberals, however, are not Toady. Not only have they not decided on a...

The Lancet endorses an opinion recently delivered by Mr. Spence

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Bate, F.R.S., and long since maintained by the few thoughtful dentists, that human teeth among the culti- vated classes are in process of degeneracy. The . " dentine " is...

We are interested in observing the quietness, rigidity, and success

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with which the delegates assembled in the Trades Union Congress apply the principle of the Closure. They allow and wish for free debate, but their time is limited, and when the...

The same writer visited the prisons in Mansourah, which it

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appears. the Khedive, though present in the town, must not inspect," for reasons of etiquette." He found them crowded by 174 prisoners, better-looking than an average crowd in...

The continued vitality of international jealousies is in nothing better

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illustrated than in the difficulty of appointing Stipendiaries in Eastern cities whom all Europeans will trust. The white settlers will not submit, often with good reason, to...

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SHALL THERE BE A REFORM BILL IN 1884 T HE discussion which is raging among the country papers as to the expediency of devoting the next Session to the reform of the County...

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Iv I, wish the Emperor of Austria could be interviewed, and made to explain, after the fashion of an Ameri- can candidate for the Presidency, his own view of his own present...

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M R. FREDERIC HARRISON began his excellent address to the Trades Unions Congress by recalling the rale which lays down "That papers in defence of Trades Unions shall be...


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Tli E Liberals of Manchester will, we think, mistake their duty, if they fail to fight for the Tory seat vacated by the death of that excellent Conservative Mr. Birley. Mr....

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A MONGST other New Year's gifts, the results of what some people falsely call a wasted Session, her Majesty's Ministers have in hand for the public the Patents Act, which comes...

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OUR BOYS. r E most marked feature of our day, the

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pleasanter lives of the young, has certainly been attended with one dis- advantage. It is much more difficult to find careers for the Boys, as they grow up. It is not more...

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" N O Sovereign ever succeeded to a grander tradition than Victor Emanuel ; the history of the House of Savoy is the history of grand military achievements and noble illustra-...

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INSTINCT v. CIVILISATION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTAT011.1 S111, — In the current number of the Oornitill (September), there is a short tale which propounds a curious...

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TH8 " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Will you kindly allow me to offer a few remarks on your correspondent Mr. Batho's letter P He says, " I am bound to assure your readers that a greater...

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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE "Bracr.Toa.1 Slit, — The words are those of Lord Colin Campbell, the Member for Argyllshire, who writes on Saturday to the Scotsman :— " Of all the...


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[To TES EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] • Sin,—Canon Trevor and the Rev. G. R. Portal contend that the proper method of governing the Church [meaning the Clergy] is by Bishops...


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LTO THE EDITOR or THE " SFECTATOR.'l Sia,—The passing of Mr. Bryce's London Parochial Charities Bill has reminded me of a circumstance that came under my notice a few months...


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[ - To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIB,—Fully agreeing with your admirable article as to how the Tory counties are to be won, permit me to give the political history of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sma,—Allow me to suggest that Mr. Chamberlain did not refer to the question of a Redistribution Bill in his letter to the Bat- tersea...

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REVELATION AND MODERN THEOLOGY.* THE former works of Mr. Row have been mainly apologetic, and had a direct reference to the culture, the criticism, and the science of our time....


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BUDDHA. WHOEER bath wept one tear, or borne one pain (The Master said, and entered into rest), Not fearing wrath, nor meaning to be blest, Simply for love, howbeit wrought in...

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DECO:ID NOTICE.—TIIE KING OF BOURGES.] Ur to the date of his accession to the throne of France, under, perhaps, the most extraordinary circumstances recorded in any history,...

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AN ITALIAN ON FRIENDSHIP.* Or all contemporary Italian authors, Signor

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de Amicis is beyond question the most popular. By his graphic sketches from military life, his literary portraits, his picturesque narra- tives of travel, he has acquired. a...

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A WRITER in the last number of the Quarterly Review expresses tart dissatisfaction with the present state of criticism in England. It has fallen, he asserts, for the most part,...

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Tins is a nourishing book. Most men are conscious of a certain interest in the early Caliphs, the most distinct and notable series of men whom Asia has produced; and also of a...

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THE pith of this volume will be found in the introduction and in the concluding chapter. The author's reading in physics, chemistry, physiology, and electricity has led him to...

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Two Sides to Every Question. By Mande Jeanne Franc. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—Miss Franc tells her story, as she puts it on her title- page, " from a South-Australian stand-point." We cannot see much difference between this stand-point and...


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Westcott, in his preface, "was to show the direct bearing of the different articles of our historic faith upon our view of the world and of life." This, therefore, is a...

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PoEYRY. — Destiny, and other Poems. By M. J. Sevrano. (G. P.

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Putnam's Sons, New York.)—" Destiny " is a poem of between two and three thousand verses, in the course of which three persons Ernest, Clarence, and Margaret, by name, muse,...

Robert Pocock. By George M. Arnold. (Sampson Low and Co.)—

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Robert Pocock was a worthy of Gravesend, who died in 1830, at the age of seventy years. He wrote a history of his native place, and he could also claim the titles of...