16 AUGUST 1884

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Mr. Gladstone replied that so far as he could judge,

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Sir Staf- ford .Northcote, though he professed his desire that our occupa- tion of Egypt should not be permanent, really desired a per- manent occupation; for he had argued that...

Major Kitchener has reached Dongola, and gone on to Debbeh,

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whence he hopes to get within two or three days' journey of Khartoum. He appears to be convinced that the Mndir of Dongola has really been loyal to the Egyptian Govern- ment,...

Sir Stafford Northcote made his last Egyptian speech on Monday

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on the motion to go into Committee on the Appro- priation Bill. He wished, he said, at a moment when England is taking a new departure in Egypt, to say a few words of warn- ing,...


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MHE Queen prorogued Parliament by commission on Thurs- day. Of course the Speech, which was read by Lord Selborne, was not very jubilant, and commenced with regret. "The satis-...

M. Ferry, on Thursday, moved the vote of credit for

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the Tonquin expedition. He declared that France was not at war with China, but was only taking pledges for the indemnity which China refuses to pay. The Chamber cheered him...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The National Assembly, for a revision of the French Con-

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stitution, completed its work on Wednesday, and adjourned sine die. It declared the Princes of France ineligible for civil or military office, and the Republic inviolable, and...

The seizure of Kelung, in Formosa, by Admiral Cotirbet, was

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probably predetermined, and one real motive of the heavy French demand on China. We doubt if the place will ever be given up, for its possession alters the position of the...

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In the discussion that followed, Sir Robert:Peel took a violent

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part, declaring everything the Government had done a failure, Sir E. Baring " an undoubted failure," and assuring the Prime Minister that if he wanted an independent report on...

Lord Randolph Churchill's speech contained one or two Disraeli-ish phrases,

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such as this,—" The careering conferences of Mr. Morley and the childish screams of Mr. Jesse Collings ;" but the following was the best of these phrases,—" We know," he said,...

Mr. Mundella received last Saturday in Manchester a striking testimonial

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to the successful efforts which he made twelve years ago to reduce the hours of labour in factories, and to increase the age at which children's labour should be admissible. The...

But the Conservative meeting at Manchester was far more importaut

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in its bearing on Conservative strategy than as a popular demonstration. Lord Salisbury, elated by the numbers to which he spoke, and strong in the democratic Toryism of his...

Mr. Childers replied,—again with great effect. Lord Randolph had attacked

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all that Mr. Childers had done, but had specified nothing except the Coinage Bill, which was withdrawn with a number of other Bills solely because an Autumn Session was needful....

The great Conservative demonstration at Manchester came off on Saturday

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with very tolerable success. The Manchester papers all agree that in the Hall of the Pomona Gardens there was nothing like the number present at the Liberal demonstration; but...

On Tuesday Lord Randolph Churchill took up the running in

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an attempt to review the Session a la Lyndhurst, and made even a worse figure than Sir Robert Peel,—which is saying a good deal. He made Mr. Childers the special subject of...

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A meeting to pass resolutions in favour of the abolition

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of the House of Lords was held at St. James's Hall last Satur- day, Sir Wilfrid Lawson in the chair. Sir Wilfrid Lawson said that what was wanted was a Bill for disfranchising...

The Duke of Wellington's sudden death from heart-complaint on Wednesday

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leaves, it is said, a third Garter at the disposal of the Prime Minister. As the Marquis of Bath has just levelled a serious personal attack at Mr. Gladstone—a most unfortunate...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1001 to 1001.

Mr. Labouchere was also very fierce. Far be it from

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him, he said, to compare the House of Lords to thieves ; nevertheless, in - the last fifty years it had done more harm than all the thieves' dens and thieves' kitchens in...

In the House of Commons, on Saturday, Mr. Gladstone moved

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that the House do go into Committee on the House of Lords' Bill for giving a separate Bishop to Bristol so soon as a sufficient endowment has been provided for the See,—a Bill...

Mr. Cross's statement, yesterday week, of the Indian Budget was

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given as usual to a very thin House ; but it was an able and lucid statement, which was very well received by those who were present, and which elicited a very complimentary...

Colonel Rich, in his Report on the terrible Downton accident

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of June 3rd, by which five passengers were killed and forty-one injured, passes a severe censure on the London and South- Western Railway, for running trains made up of inferior...

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LORD SALISBURY EDUCATING HIS PARTY. N O one would have supposed that Lord Salisbury, who spent so much honest Conservative invective on Mr. Disraeli's policy in 1867, would...

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W E have often had occasion to remark that there is nothing more difficult than to judge, from the tone of public meetings and the public Press, how far the mind of the...

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T HERE are few of our public men who have a better claim on the respect of Liberals, even when he opposes them, than the Marquis of Bath. A Tory by family and disposition, he...

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I T is curious enough that there should be added to the anxiety felt at the alienation between England and France, an impression that there is an even more decided alienation of...


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T HE proceedings in the Manchester Town Hall on Saturday had a biographical and a social interest. From the former point of view they marked a stage in a remarkable career. The...

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an evening, they fell asleep from the severity of the

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labour HE invention of the Telephone within a few years of the THE of the telegraphs by the Post Office has un- excessive labour was deteriorating the health, injuring the...

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T HE migrations of European populations were never before so general, so extensive, and so complex as they are at the present moment. Railways have cheapened travel and almost...

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M R. JAMES BRADLEY THAYER has just republished a short account of a " Western Journey with Emerson in 1871 " (Little, Brown and Co., Boston), for the purpose of setting the few...

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C ANON LIDDON, in the eloquent sermon which he preached last Sunday on the spiritual value of prudence,—which we know only from the summary in the Pall Mall Gazette, a summary...

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THE REFORM OF THE LORDS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I Sin,—The reform of the House of Lords has been so ably advocated in your columns during the last three weeks,...


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S IDNEY SMITH said the railroad would never be made safe till a bishop was killed ; and if the death of a distin- guished scholar and respected citizen like Professor Cesare...

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from week to week the various suggestions which appear in your columns for the reform of the House of Lords, the question recurs again and again to my mind,—" Cui bono ?" I had...


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it, the question before the country with regard to a reform of the House of Lords is a twofold one. 1. The object to be sought for is that the Second Chamber shall show a more...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR,"] S111, — You refer to the expression " ruthless," used by the Prince of Wales in his speech at the Anti-Slavery Meeting in the Guildhall. In...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In the Spectator of last week Mr. Rowe, the able Head Master of the Grammar School at Tunbridge, tells part of the story of the "...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." "] Stn,—The following extract, from a letter received a few days since from an American friend, may interest your readers, as it may be new...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR, —I am an Independent Liberal, who at first believed that the House of Lords had performed a most unconstitutional act in rejecting the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] have read with much interest your article on "Bogus Batter." The article only dealt with the manufactured equiva- lents for butter, known...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In criticising ancient monumental inscriptions we must make allowance for the changes which have taken place in our nomenclature. In...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sta.—On the subject of

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epitaphs, how do you like this, to be found in Uppingham Churchyard P- " This corpse Is Phccbo Thorp's." —I am, Sir, &c.,


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—You say that the argument of Mr. W. R. Greg's article, " England as It Is," in the Edinburgh Review of 1851, would have held good in...


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many in this busy city to whom the weekly reading of the Spectator is as an oasis in the desert, and whose wearing toil rarely permits them to visit country church- yards where...

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CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH.* Tins thick volume of nearly a thousand pages, many of which are in small type, is on the whole more curious than readable. Captain *Smith's mode of telling...


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THE PHILOSOPHER'S ATOM. WIIEN ask we, " What is it? and whence did it come ?" No answer is given ; our science is dumb. Yet, bold in their dogma, nor bolder than blind, Some...

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0 BITER DICTA.* THE anonymous author of these amusing and

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brilliant, but somewhat light-heeled essays, pays, in the course of the essay on Benvenuto Cellini's life, a very just compliment to the late Mr. Bagehot, of whom he speaks as...

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AN AMERICAN NATURALIST.* Mn. BUa.RoUGas says, in speaking of his various walks among the Virginia Hills, " But whichever way I go, I am glad I caine ;" and the reader of his...

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travel is the work of no " 'prentice hand." The authoress is an old campaigner, at home in the saddle no less than at the desk, and, what is of no small moment in Greece, at...

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CHINA AND THE CHINESE.* "Drape the thirty-five years," says Dr.

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Williams, iu the opening sentence of his Preface, " which have elapsed since the first edition of this work was issued, a greater advance has probably been made in the political...

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Two special reasons induce us to bracket together the new work by the author of Julian Sarslake's Secret, whose capacity is only beginning to be shown and known, and the latest...

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MEXICO.* Ar the time when Alison wrote his famous history

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to prove that God was on the side of the Tories, nothing could well seem more unpromising than the prospects of the Spanish-speaking lands of North and South A merica. Bad as...

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Life at Puget Sound, 1865-1881. By Caroline C. Leighton. (Lee and Shepard, Boston, U.S.; Triibner and Co., London.)—We wish that Mrs. Leighton had bethought her of giving a map...


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MR. BICKLEY writes in his preface that the work of George Fox as a " social reformer" has not been sufficiently treated by his biographers, and that he intends to supply the...

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The World Beyond the Esterelles. By A. W. Buckland. 2

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vole. (Rivington and Co.)—In the first part of the work Mr. Bnckland gives us some noteworthy facts concerning Cannes, Hybres, Grasse, Nice, and other towns of the Riviera which...

Godfrey Helstone. By Georgina M. Craik. 3 vols. (Bentley.)— The

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characters to whom Miss Craik introduces us in these volumes seem somewhat colourless and insipid. It may be said that they are all the more true to nature ; but it is difficult...

Memorials of John Flint South. Collected by the Rev. Charles

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Seth Feltoe, M.A. (John Murray.)—The writer of these Memorials (a nephew of their subject) has executed his grateful task with skill and taste. The career of the distinguished...

Savage Sritnetia. By Clive Phillips-Wolley, F.R.G.S. (Bentley.) —Travels written by

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sportsmen rarely interest us ; the " kill, kill!" motive to which they are due being not only unsympathetic, but repulsive. This consideration apart, and with the farther ex-...

Mrs. Willoughby's Octave. By Mrs. Marshall. (Seeley and Co.)— The

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" octave" means a family of eight children (Mrs. Marshall, like Miss Yonge, seems to like a large canvass to work upon); and the family is used gracefully, and not made, as such...

Railway Rates and Radical Rule. By J. Buckingham Pope. (Kegan

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Paul, Trench, and Co.)—This is a very pretty alliteration, and seems to show that if Mr. Pope had lived some thousand years ago, when assonance was essential to metre, he might...

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Otterstone Hall. By Urquhart A. Forbes. 2 vols. (A. Gardner.)

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—In the novel before us, we see life, as through the wrong end of a telescope, reduced to infinitely small proportions. We could scarcely have supposed that joys and sorrows,...

The Leavenworth Case. By Anna Catherine Green. (Strahan.)— This is

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a Collins-Gaboriau kind of story ; but while its machinery does not creak so continuously as that of Mr. Wilkie Collins's later novels, it is deficient in the easy realism of...

The Never Never Land ; a Ride in North Queensland.

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By A. W. Stirling, F.R.G.S. (Sampson Low and Co.)—" Of the youngest of the Australian Colonies," says the author of this interesting book, "I can find no account which conveys...

Mary Elwood : a Novel. By J. M. Barker. (Remington

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and Co.) —This is a harmless, dull production. It may possibly give invete- rate novel-readers, to whom nothing comes amiss, some pleasure ; what satisfaction it can have...

Venus' Doves. By Ida Ashworth Taylor. 3 vols. (Hurst and

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Blackett.)—The title of this story is somewhat misleading, since only one of the female characters, Violet Yorke, shows any of the sim- plicity of a dove ; and even she finds it...