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it is not yet known how the Greeks will receive

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the decision. There is fear that the Army may break out, and that the King will be dethroned. The Army, however, may be employed 'in part in occupying Thessaly and the ceded...

On Tuesday the state of Lord Beaconsfield excited the greatest

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possible alarm, but since that day there has been a decided improvement, which amounted on Friday to reasonable grounds for hoping that he may yet recover his health. The change...

Yesterday week, the Duke of Argyll said a few words

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in the House of Lords in explanation of his retirement from the Ministry. His differences with his colleagues, he said, con- cerned, and concerned only, the Irish Land Bill, and...

The English people have manifested their interest in Lord Beaconsfield

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in a rather odd fashion, by deluging his house in Curzon Street with all sorts of contributions of nutritious food and drugs in which the senders felt unlimited confidence. The...

The " Executive Committee " of the Nihilists have addressed

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Ti manifesto to the new Czar, which reads like an ultimatum. They speak in temperate words, and declare that " they regret the loss of so much energy and ability, in a work of...

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

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G REECE has yielded to the Powers. That, at least, appears to be the impression received everywhere from the reply of M. Coumonudouros to the "Identic Note," warning him that...

The Duke's place in the Cabinet as Lord Privy Seal

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has been filled up by the appointment of Lord Carlingford, who will greatly strengthen the hands of the Government in the discus- sion of the Laud Bill. It was Lord...

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The situation in Tunis is still strained. The French con-

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tention is that France does not wish to annex Tunis, bat that she must and will punish the Kroamire, the raiding tribe, and compel the Bey to give guarantees against their...

Before separating for the Easter Recess, yesterday week, Sir Stafford

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Northeote made a lively demonstration against the Government, which was supported by the lumbering invective of Mr. Chapliu. The professed occasion or excuse was Mr. Gladstone's...

The action of Italy in the Tunis affair is still

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uncertain. The Italians are extremely enraged, accuse the Cairoli Government of having failed in "competence," and have so reproached General Cialdini for " French proclivities...

The position of the Bey of Tunis as regards independence

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is we believe, this. For more than 150 years he has been elected by the priests and people of Tunis, but the election must be confirmed by the Khalif, who, moreover, claims a...

Mr. Chaplin's, on the contrary, was one of painfully laborious

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vituperation. He assured Mr. Gladstone that the line of his remarks on the success of the repeal of the Malt-tax in intro- ducing lighter barleys, maize, and rice, into brewery...

On Monday the Liberals were badly beaten at St. Ives,

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Mr. Ross, the Conservative, winning by a majority of 102 (462 against 360) over the Liberal candidate, Mr. Pendarves. Last April, Sir Charles Reed beat Mr. Ross by a majority of...

Mr. Bradlaugh was returned for Northampton on Saturday, by a

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much reduced majority of only 132 over his Conservative opponent, Mr. Corbett, In April last his majority over the Conservative, Mr. Phipps, was 758, and instead of polling...

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Carlyle's will has been published, and turns out to be

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a document in some sense characteristic of him, though characteristic, we think, rather of Carlyle's weaker than of his stronger side,—of the deep interest which he very...

Not absolutely the first meeting of the Court of the

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Victoria University, but its first meeting for business of primary import- ance, was held. on Wednesday at the Owens College, Man- chester, when the general regulations for the...

Nevertheless, we are disposed to grumble at the University for

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admitting amongst the subjects for which it confers a Science degree with honours so professional a subject as Engineering. Doubtless, the requisitions are, many of them, of the...

It was a favourite assertion of the English friends of

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the South, during the American Civil War, that emancipation 'would be fatal to the Blacks. Naturally thriftless, they would, when deprived of the guidance of their masters,...

Consols were on Thursday 1001 to 1002.

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The news from the Transvaal is still unsatisfactory.- 'The Boer

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leaders seem honest, and have at once restored Potchef- stroom, apologising for the breach of faith committed by a subordinate, Colonel Cranje, in not warning the British garri-...

The election for 'West Cheshire, vacant by the death of

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Sir Philip Egerton, will be watched with keen interest. The Liberals have secured a very good candidate in Mr. Tom- kiuson, who is intimately connected with the county, who as a...

The St. Petersburg papers announce that Lord. Dafferin, of whom

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they speak in a friendly spirit, is to succeed Mr. Gosehen at Constantinople almost at once, and congratulate Europe on the selection of a man who understands Russian views....

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T HERE is one objection to the Land Bill which has scarcely as yet been discussed, but which requires discussion, not only because it goes to the root of thu Bill, but because...


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THE CHIEF OBJECTIONS TO THE LAND BILL. I T is too early to cast the horoscope of the Irish Land Bill, but up to the present moment it would be hardly possible even for Mr....

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A LESS edifying case has seldom detained a jury for a week than the trial of Mrs. Fletcher, for obtaining jewels and money under false pretences. Strictly speaking, perhaps, our...


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W E do not know that it is of much use to condemn either Europe or the British Government for the betrayal of Greece. " Europe " is too impersonal to be sensitive, and the...

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M R. CHAMBERLAIN'S Bankruptcy Bill seems to us exactly one of those Bills to which the " New Pro- cedure" we have so often suggested might reasonably be applied. It is, with...

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T HE new University of the North-West,—unfortunately called the Victoria University, a title which will always confound it with the Australian colony of that name, instead of...

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T HE Times, iu the somewhat whimsical outburst against Relations which it permitted itself last Wednesday con- trary to all its usual precedents, insisted at much length on the...

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M ANY great surgeons, we are told, doubt whether Surgery, as distinguished from Medicine, has many more triumphs to achieve. The rate of mortality from operations may be greatly...

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TWILIGHT. Now, tender Twilight lays a cooling palm, In gentlest blessing, on Earth's fevered brow, Soothing her into silence,—save for low, Sweet warblings, rippling o'er the...


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WILLIAM LAW'S " LETTERS." [TO THE EDITOR OF TILE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—At the close of your admirable review of my " Life of William Law," a question is asked respecting the...


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THE SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS.* Tun Exhibition is one of average excellence, iu which there are few very important works and a great deal of quiet merit. Those who...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR. "] Sia„—Some time ago, you suggested what a Pope friendly to Temperance might accomplish. We have not yet had the opinion of the Vatican, but...

[To TUB EDITOR OF TILL " SPECTATOR."] Mr. Overton answers

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the question at the end of your very interesting notice of his work in the Spectator of last week, he will, no doubt, refer to what must be a misprint in your quotation of Mr....


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(To TRH EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Stn,—Will you kindly grant me space to say that the couple of sentences quoted in last week's Spectator from the editor of the Contemporary...

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THE HERO AS MAN OF LETTERS.* WHILE the public are engaged in considering what monument is to be erected to our last great man of letters, and deploring the indiscretion of his...

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Tux full title of Mr. Morgan's book runs thus :—" University Oars : being a Critical Enquiry into the After-health of the Men who Rowed in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat-race...

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WE have no manner of doubt that for all teachers, this book containing the lectures on teaching delivered last year by Mr. Fitch in the University of Cambridge, will prove a...

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LORD STRATFORD DE REDOLIFFE.* WHATEVER our judgment on Lord Stratford's

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policy and its results, no one can gainsay the massive honesty and unswerving will of the Ambassador who for so many years stayed the course of Eastern events by his personal...

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IT is now more than half-a-century ago since Thomas Carlyle,. in the pages of the Edinburgh Review, gave an unhappy noto- riety to the Pere Bouhours, who to his own complete...

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SCLHIEMANN'S ILIOS.* IT was said of Dr. Johnson, that he

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was a man fit to "grapple with whole libraries." We felt, when we hastily inspected Dr. Schliemann's Mos, that we should find it a very tough job in- • Moe: the Clip and Conn...

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Oddities of the Zulu Campaign, By \Varney Burton. (Cecil Brooke.)—Hero

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we have a glimpse of the "seamy side" of the military redcoat. Ensign Dobbs, who, getting a little frightened one night, rides off to get help for his men, and is a hero for a...

A Story of Autumn. By Mrs. Comyns Carr. (Remington and

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Co.) —Mrs. Comyn Carr has written a slight, graceful story, with just that fragrance of autumn leaves about it that suits the title. There is not much force or passion in the...


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A livusehold Queen, and other Poems, By Alsager Hay Hill. (London Labour News Ottioe.)—The little volume of verses by Mr. Alsager Hay Hill has the merit of being unassuming and...

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The Orthoepist. By Alfred Ayres. (D. Appleton and Co., Now

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York.)—Mr. Ayres kindly teaches the Britishers how to pronounce their language. He gives between three and four thousand words, elabo- rately marked with notes, which are...

Household Science. Edited by the Rev. J. I'. Faunthorpe, M.A.

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(Stanford)—" Readings in Necessary Knowledge for Girls and Young Women" is the second descriptive title of this volume. Its• contents appeared originally in the " Whiteland's...

Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity. By Paul Stnpfer. Trans- lated front

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the French by Emily J. Carey. (C. Kegan Paul and Co.) —This is a very laborious and complete work, which all students of Shakespeare may consult with advantage. The first...

Pat-son Malthus. By James Bonar, 13.A. (Glasgow : James Maclehose.)—This

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brochure of Mr. Bonar is a very unpretentious publication, but it is a very lucid and thoughtful contribution to the literature of " the dismal science." Within the brief...

Sylvestra : Studies of Manners in England, from 1770 to

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1880. By Annie Raine Ellis. 2 vols. (George Bell and Sons.)—" They who did not live before 1789 knew not the sweetness of life," is a now almost forgotten mot, attributed to...

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NOVELS. — Aunt Ifopsy's Foundling. By Mrs. Leith Adams. 3 vole. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—There is little to attract in this novel, except it be the novelty of the scene and the surroundings ; and of this little use is made. Save for a few bits of local...