16 AUGUST 1879

Page 1

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in moving the second read-

The Spectator

ing of the Public Works Loans Bill on Saturday last, gave a most dismal account of the losses on these loans made by the State to Municipal Bodies. Since 1792, when this system...

The last evening of debate in the Commons,—Thursday evening,—was somewhat

The Spectator

sad-coloured. First, Mr. Grissell, who surrendered to the Serjeant-at-Arms so soon as there were but two days left of the Session, was ordered. to Newgate for the remaining...

The Commission of Inquiry into the causes of Agricultural Depression

The Spectator

is much too big for practical purposes, and is furnished, in the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, with too mild, and bovine a chairman. There is no representative of the...


The Spectator

P ARLIAME NT was prorogued yesterday. The Queen, who was represented by the Lord Chancellor, is made to say that her relations with other Powers continue to be cordial, and that...

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

The Spectator


Sir Julian Goldsmicl's attack on the Government both for its

The Spectator

mismanagement, and for its secret management, of our Egyptian policy, was made on Monday, and was complete, un- answerable, and unanswered. He was seconded by Sir Charles Dilke,...

Page 2

But the most curious turn in the movement for commemorat-

The Spectator

ing Prince Napoleon in Westminster Abbey is the memorandum, we suppose communicated by the Dean of Westminster himself, published in Tuesday's Times. Sir Stafford Northeote had...

Yesterday week, Sir Wilfrid Lawson raised a discussion in the

The Spectator

House of Commons as to the propriety of putting up a monument to the Prince Imperial in Westminster Abbey, which at least suc- ceeded in eliciting a great deal of objection to...

The Irish 'University Bill was virtually passed through the House

The Spectator

of Commons last week, and is now a part of the law of the land ; but it is evident that it has been passed, so far as the votes of Irish Members are concerned, much more for its...

The murder of a policeman by Mr. Mainwaring, at Derby,

The Spectator

in a fit of intoxication, has given rise to a great scandal. It seeTri$5 that after Mr. Justice Lindley's charge, the jury retired to de- liberate, and were equally divided, six...

As a remedy for this evil, Sir S. Northeote proposed

The Spectator

that for the future the State should ask 3i per cent., if the loan was for a short period of not exceeding 20 years, - 8 per cent, for a loan which was not to be repaid under 30...

Count Andrassy has returned to his estate at Terebos, in

The Spectator

Hungary, and it is universally believed that he has resigned, or is immediately to resign. His resignation, if it should take place, will be due in part, no doubt, to a wish for...

Page 3

We are sorry to observe an unfortunate split among the

The Spectator

Liberals of East Aberdeenshire. The sitting Member, Sir A. Gordon, was elected as a staunch Conservative. He was opposed by Mr. Douglas Ainslie, a brother of Mr. Grant Duff, and...

We believe that the draft charter of the proposed Victoria

The Spectator

University has, in accordance with the request of the Lords of the Privy Council h been submitted to that body. We understand that, according to this draft, the University would...

The new Minister of Public Worship at Berlin, Herr van

The Spectator

Puttkammer, has been blazoning abroad, greatly to the scandal of the German Liberals, that his conception of the true ecclesiastical policy is as different as possible from his...

The Ministerial Whitebait Dinner came off on Wednesday, at the

The Spectator

Ship Hotel, Greenwich, but the hero of the occasion, Lord Beaconsfield, was absent, which was a pity, as the trout which Lord Beaconsfield had tickled and caught with his...

The Government of the United States are going to try

The Spectator

to prevent the immigration of the Mormons, by diffusing through friendly European Governments the information that polygamy is a violation of the law of the United States, and...

A very hasty Corrupt Practices Bill has been pushed through

The Spectator

Parliament. In the main, it is only a continuance Bill, but at the last moment, the Government have added to it a provision for requiring two Judges to sit on every election...

The Paris correspondent of the Times announces with great pomp,

The Spectator

in the curious letter published on Tuesday, which con- tains at least as much about Germany as Franee, that Prince Bismarck is deeply absorbed in the working of the new economic...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 97.

The Spectator

Page 4


The Spectator

WINDING-UP. T HE Session which is now at an end, has been chiefly occupied by the Government in the attempt to wind up its very much embarrassed affairs. It has concluded peace...

Page 5


The Spectator

S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE took credit last week at the Mansion House, for a policy "the result of which would be greatly to increase the honour and elevate the posi- tion of the...

Page 6

THE FINAL AFGHAN DEBATE. T HE important feature of the last

The Spectator

debate of the Session— the debate on the same subject with which the dreary Session of 1878-79 opened—was the final evidence it affords, that no former description by the...

Page 7


The Spectator

M R. GLADSTONE'S address at the opening of a Fine-Art Exhibition at Chester was marked by the care which he gives to everything that can affect the well-being of the...

Page 8


The Spectator

I r our domestic history during the last five years had in any degree answered to the expectations formed in the begin- ming of 1874, something would have been done towards the...

Page 9


The Spectator

T HE protracted inquiry in" Nowell v. Williams," suspended for a time by the Long Vacation, is interesting in many ways, and not least so because it shows how long and arduous...

Page 10


The Spectator

T HAT any Jury should propose to settle their verdict by having recourse to a ballot, is, of course, not only utterly sub- versive of justice in the individual case, but a great...

Page 11


The Spectator

A SMALL market-town on a branch lino of railway is apt to look dull at the best of times, and no one would imagine, from the first view of the long, grass-grown street of...

Page 12


The Spectator

A LAZY JOURNEY.—IV. WE spent some days at Ville-aux-Abbayes, predetermined not to hurry, and drank our fill of the strange spirit of tranquillity and worship which still makes...

Page 13


The Spectator

THE BATTLE OF ULUNDL (TO THE EDITOR OF Mt SPECTATOR:") SIR,—The following paragraph appeared in a recent telegraphic despatch from the special correspondent of the Daily...

Page 14


The Spectator

[To TAN EDITOR 01I TEM SIIICTATOR.1 STE, — When we find Lord Aberdare, as President of the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, actually voting against those...


The Spectator

"8nful...km:1 Si,—In your article last week on the above subject, you say, "If we assume Convocation to be opposed to that judgment, it is certainly strange that not a word...

Page 15


The Spectator

[ro THE EDITOR OP THE"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In an essay published in this month's number of the Gentleman's Magazine, I have made the remark that "for the sake of verbal...


The Spectator

(TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Judgiug from one extract you gave in your last week's review from "Pictures of the Past," by Mr. F. H. Grundy, it may fairly be said that...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THIS "SPECTATOR,] have read with deep interest an article that appeared in the Spectator headed "A Find in the Scottish Highlands," in reference to the manner...


The Spectator

SONNETS. Ir by the meaner measures we would prove , The secret soul of Truth's reality, How light our chances of success 0 love Of what we seek to prove, we see Alone in thy...

Page 16


The Spectator

[Founded on the two lines : "Hugamar f6in an sowra ling :"* "'Tis wo have brought the summer in ;" of the song, "Herring is King," in Horneastle's "Irish Entertain- ment.")...


The Spectator

MR. PETER BAYNE ON CARLYLE AND TENNYSON. Wn are doubtful whether, in Lee8on8 from, My Alfaetolv, Mr. Bayne has chosen the most fitting title for this book. That he regards Mr....

Page 18

SIR GILBERT SCOTT'S RECOLLECTIONS.* Tzz Dean of Chichester precedes the

The Spectator

Recollections of his friend, 'Sir Gilbert Scott, with a dismal jeremiad. The Church restoration of the last thirty years has destroyed in a large measure all that was of...

Page 19


The Spectator

Tnouen a German, we feel as if Holbein almost belonged to us ; so many great Etglish people were painted by him, and so much of his finest work is in our Royal and private...

Page 20


The Spectator

DR. Eln,NtAxo is one of the ablest of the younger men among the so-called "Socialists of the Chair." As the author of an important work—the best that exists—on the Trade-Unions...

Page 22


The Spectator

Tux plot of Mr. Saunders's new work is neither remarkably in- teresting nor essentially common-place ; it is striking neither from its natural simplicity and probability, nor...

Page 23


The Spectator

IN 1875, Mr. Davis travelled through portions of Cilicia, Lycaouia, Cappadocia, and the little known district of Isauria, and his tour included a journey to the ruins of ancient...

Page 24

The Merton Prize Essay, 1879 : the Authenticity, Character, and

The Spectator

of very great ability, learning, and candour ; which appreciates at their full value all the difficulties affecting the authorship of the Fourth Gospel, and yet judges the...


The Spectator

Aunt Judy's Magazine, for August. (George Bell and Son.)—" We and the World" and "Mother Molly" make fair progress, though they are not at the most interesting stages. Mrs....

Page 25

The Master of Redleaf : a Tale. By Elizabeth Avery

The Spectator

Meriwether. (S. Tinsley and Co.)—If the author of this story had told it in a different manner, she might have produced a striking work ; as it is, she misses the sublime, and...

Sketches Beyond the Sea. By Franc B. Wilkie, Chicago.—This is

The Spectator

a volume of reprinted articles from the Chicago Times. The author seems to have taken things a good deal too much for granted during his stay in England, and to have been of a...

and which will have a special interest for travellers, whether

The Spectator

they wish to study the botany or geology of the district described, are lovers of sport, or are intent on the more practical object of money- making. The account of the...

Wolfern Chace : a Chronicle of "Days that are no

The Spectator

More." (Remington and Co.)—It is easy to guess at the line of a story which opens thus : Malediction on all chimney-clocks and their inventor," said Sir Geoffrey Langdale to his...

Her World against a Lie. By Florence llarryat. (Samuel Tinaley

The Spectator

and Co.)—The denial of her marriage that constitutes the "ho " by which Delia Moray saves herself from being deprived of her child by the cruel brother-in-law, to whofo a most...

Waltoniana. By Richard Herne Shepherd. (Pickering.)—The feature of this book

The Spectator

is that it contains " inedited remains, in verse and prose, of Isaak Walton," the poems beginning with the "Elegy upon Dr. Donne." Walton'e final cast of this is to be found in...

Whitecross and the Bench : a Reminiscence of the Past.

The Spectator

By the Author of "Five Years' Penal Servitude." (Bentley and Son.) —This book is one among the many instances which come under our notice of the insecurity of taking it for...

Page 26

Scripture Riddles in Verse. By Richard Phillips. (E. W. Allen.)

The Spectator

—A small book, with which the author has taken more pains than such an effort seems to us to deserve. Of course, there is nothing wrong in itself in playing over Scripture...

Novets.—Great Grenfell Gardens. By B. H. Buxton. 3 vole, (Tinsley

The Spectator

Brothers.)—This is a novel of society, and in some respects a favourable specimen of the class. Mr. Norman, a wealthy mer- chant, has three daughters, Mary, Estella, and Nettie,...

No collector of engravings should fail to possess himself of

The Spectator

British Mezttotinto Portraits, by John Chaloner Smith, BA. (Henry Sotheran), a work of which we have now the second volume before us. The author's plan is to give an...

We have received another of the excellent series of handbooks,

The Spectator

published for the benefit and guidance of persons intending to emi. grate, The Australian GraPierS' Guide (S. W. Silver and Co.; Hamilton and Adams), put together by a writer...

The Freedom of the Truth. By Mango Penton, F.R.S.E: (Long.

The Spectator

mans and Co.)—The object of this book is to help those who are perplexed by opposing claims of religion and science. The writer contends for the claim of Christianity to rank as...