16 DECEMBER 1871

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. ,141.1n Sunday the Prince of Wales was the theme

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of both prayer and sermon iu the churches of almost every religious body of England, and curiously enough, apparently rather more than less among the Catholics and...

The French Foreign-Office papers have appeared, and with them a

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very curious and romancing account by M. Thiers of his mission to England during the late war. He tells the Government that his language produced "un certain coup de fouet " in...

The Cuban question may yet become very important. We publish

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elsewhere an account of the state of affairs, derived from Spanish and Cuban sources, and it seems to be quite clear that the Spanish Ministry has lost the reins, and that the...

The situation in France seems to be growing critical. The

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majority of the Assembly have refused to return to Paris, and it is believed that they contemplate a quarrel with M. Thiers and the election of the Due d'Aumale to the...

The anxiety for the Prince evinced by all classes has

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been of unusual extent and sincerity. Throughout the country all festi- vities and almost all public meetings have been suspended, the London evening papers have issued Sunday...

Englishmen seem to be nearly as superstitious as the natives

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of India. The latter firmly believe that the Queen in accepting the Koh-i-Noor accepted the destiny which accompanies that jewel, and will either have to endure severe personal...


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T HROUGHOUT the week the danger of the Prince of Wales has been the one absorbing topic. On Wednesday, the irritation in the bronchial tubes became so severe that suffocation...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Lord Courtenay, the eldest son of the Earl of Devon,

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passed on Saturday through the Bankruptcy Court. Lord Courteutty is. only thirty-five, but the debts were stated at the astounding sum of 2824,306, of which /567,6138 were...

Mr. Lowe has been thrashing another deputation. East Lon- don

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has got a park—Victoria Park—and wants to enlarge it. The Government, however, had advanced the money for the park, on condition of being recouped out of the sale of certain...

A most dangerous kind of villain was locked up on

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Wednes- day. A blacksmith of 21, named William Anthony, was tried for fire-raising, and it was shown in evidence that he made a regular trade of setting fire to yards and...

Mr. Stansfeld on Tuesday attended a meeting of the Charity

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Organization Society, held to consider the best means of checking the abuses found to exist in the system of out-patient relief. He informed the Council that he trusted next...

Mr. G. Dixon has been doing a novel thing. He

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has held a public meeting of agricultural labourers iu Herefordshire, and in- duced them to speak on their grievances. They all spoke sensibly enough, complaining mainly of...

The attack on Sir Charles Dilke's meeting at Bolton has

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ended in the death of one of the persona wounded (William Schofield), and a verdict of manslaughter against some person or persons un- known has been given. 'to this we might...

It would appear to be as difficult now as it

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was in the time of Raleigh to obtain a true account of anything. It was impossible that statements should be clearer or more definite than those about the existence of a...

The Rev. William Rogers has retired from the London School

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Board, and his loss will be greatly felt. No one has done more for the practical education of London, and no one has used his. influence so steadily on the School Board to...

S. Sella brought forward the Italian Budget on the 12th

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inst.,. and it is rather more favourable than usual. The deficit of the• year is still £6,000,000, and M. Sella believes that it will be nearly as much for the next five years....

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Mr. McLaren (M.P. for Edinburgh) addressed his constituents last week

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on the reform of the House of Lords, declaring, amidst a strife of cheers and hisses, in which the cheers had decidedly the upper hand, that he was opposed to the abolition of...

The Czar has been entertaining Count Moltke, and at a

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grand dinner given to the Order of St. George made a very important speech. He proposed the health of the Emperor of Germany, the oldest living Knight of the Order, and...

Canon Liddon is reviewing at St. Paul's all the wonderful

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fortunes of Christianity, with a view apparently to show that many of theta have been far snore surprisingly favourable to the religion of Christ, than the historical situation,...

The New Yorkers appear disposed to be a little tete

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esalte'e about their Cats. The New York Times had a short article the other day piquing itself greatly on the cultus of cats in that city, and con- trasting it favourably with...

Consols were ou Friday 92i to 92i1 ex. div.

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The accounts of the proceedings of the Ku Klux Klan,

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pub- lished in the New York papers and taken from the mouths of the accused, show that the action of Congress was not taken a moment too soon. The object of the Society was to...

We humbly hope that we did something to improve the

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very bad Dog Bill introduced last year into Parliament, and that, with the trifling aid of the Duke of Richmond, we did prevent some most atrocious principles from being...

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T HE Saturday Review of last week suggested, somewhat. cynically, it is true, but, on the whole, with very great shrewdness of conjecture, that the " joint " action of which the...


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THE PRINCE OF WALES. T HE absorbing anxiety of the week has diminished towards its close. The Prince of Wales, who was given up in Sandringham on Wednesday, and all over...

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R. SCUDAMORE is becoming a trifle too despotic. Able .111 Administrator as he is, perhaps the very ablest in the service of the Crown, there are laws of right and wrong out-...

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I T is generally believed, and Mr. Gladstone's speech at Aberdeen gives us even clear reason to hope, that one of the first tasks which the Administration intend to propose to...

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ATODERN French statesmen having failed, like everybody il'JL else except Bismarck, to found a powerful Upper House, have always been very anxious about the forms of procedure to...

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T HE reference to Cuba in the Message of the American President will recall the attention of many to the con- tinued condition of that unhappy island. Whatever ulterior designs...

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W E English certainly have not the happy art of expressing the shades of feeling with any clearness and delicacy. Just as language is very apt to fail the most accomplished and...

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A MEItICANS have at least one genial quality. They do appreciate Humour. Of all the differences between society there and society here, wo do not know one more striking than the...

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[TO THR EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTA.TOR. - ] Sin,—Various proposals are made for the formation of Boards to which should be entrusted the power to licence, or refuse longer to...


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THE EXPENSES OF VOLUNTEER CORPS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE “13111,0TATOR.1 SIR,—Will you grant me space in your columns for some observa- tions on the more immediate difficulties...

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[TO TUX EDITOR OF THE "SPROTITO. "] have been looking for some few weeks past for an answer to Professor Huxley's rather broad assertion in the November number of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "EPECT1TOR,"] SIR,—Cousidarable disappointment was felt by those interested in the maintenance of amicable relations between China and Europe at the...

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MR. FORSTER'S LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS.* We have already compared the impressions left upon us by Mr. Forster's life of Dickens and Dickens's autobiographical fiction, " David...

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WHATEVER the value of "the higher criticism," it can hardly be denied that criticism of a mere commencement cannot very easily be criticism of " the higher " kind,—that it must...

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Ir is nearly two years since we last laid down a novel of Miss Carey's, and though we recognize iu the book before us—by some very marked characteristics of style—the same hand...

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Ir, as seems likely, Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen means to give ua a Christmas volume every year, it would be as well that he should learn to endure, or anyhow, to understand,...

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Tux list of Bourbon memoirs which the last few years have furnished to the students of the great European catastrophes of our and our fathers' generation is completed by this...

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Beautiful Plcluros by British Artists. (Hotton.)—This is a very handsome volume, "A. Gathering of Favourites from our Picture Gal- leries, 1800-1870," as it is described on the...

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ORRIBTMAS Boom. — Our Old Uncle's Home, by Mother Carey

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(Griffith and Ferran), tells us in a sufficiently amusing way how two young gentlemen went to live with an old uncle and aunt, precise people, who had never had a boy within a...

Travels in Urugney. By the Rev. J. H. Murray. (Longmans.)—

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Mr. Murray's is a sufficiently readable book, making no great effort at being entertaining, but not the less pleasant for that. He saw many men and things in South America, cud...