16 JANUARY 1875

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Mr. G. 0. Trevelyan made a very spirited speech to

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his con- stituents at Hawick on Tuesday night, in which he criticised severely but justly Sir William Harcourt's strange conduct in so sharply attacking the Ministry under...

\-7,, powers will speedily be brought forward. It is known,

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how- ever, that it will be defeated, and a new Ministry will then be appointed, pledged to carry an electoral law, to be followed by dissolution. The Marshal, it is said, is...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to explain our view of the

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extent of this catastrophe, but we must add here that the Liberals in the House will probably make one last effort to induce Mr. Gladstone to reconsider his decision, and then,...

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

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any case.

Not so, however, the Daily News, which, in a singularly

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acrid article on Mr. Trevelyan's speech, taunts him with not being content " with the comparatively humble functions of prompter on the political theatre and merely whispering...


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1_ 1 GREAT blow has fallen this week upon the Liberal party. Mr. _ 4. - 1._ Gladstone, in a letter to Earl Granville, dated the 11th inst., has announced his final decision to...

Alfonso XII. has entered Madrid, amidst the acclamations of the

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respectable classes, and keeps making little speeches after the Napoleonic style, such as that he " knows all the wants of Catalonia." He has presented the baton of a...

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The Turks, who have lately re-established their old authority in

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Arabia; have, as usual, made themselves so detested that the tribes are in insurrection. According to the Cologne Gazette, the Turkish Governor-General is hard pressed in Yemen,...

Mr. Fawcett made an excellent speech on Education on Monday

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in taking the chair at the opening of the new Board Schools in Turin Street, Bethnal Green. He pointed out the wrong inflicted on the towns by leaving the rural districts...

The Times of Tuesday declared that it had reason to

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believe that Prince Bismarck has intimated to the new Government of Spain that the German Government will delay its recognition of Alphonso XII tall the decree suspending the...

The Calcutta Correspondent of the Times states that the Government

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of India intend to recommend the Secretary of State not to appoint a military officer as Minister of Public Works, thinking the military element in the Council strong enough....

Lord Northbrook has terminated the reign of Mulharrao, the Guicowar

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of Baroda. An investigation, conducted by Sir Lewis Pelly and Mr. Soutar, Superintendent of Police in Bombay, showed grounds for suspecting that the Guicowar was implicated in...

President Grant has forwarded a Message to Congress defend- ing

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his action in Louisiana on the ground that we supposed he would take. He declares that lawlessness and bloodshed have characterised the State ever since its reorganisation ;...

The old second-class passengers by the Midland Railway do not

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seem contented at all with the new arrangements. They say that although they can go first-class for second-class price—and there seems to be some doubt even about that, which...

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The Registrar-General has commenced this week to publish returns from

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what he calls " Greater London." Hitherto he has only given the " London" ruled over by the Metropolitan Board, which contains 3,445,160 persons, but in future he will also give...

Mr. Auberon Herbert is a candid man. He writes to

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the Times of Tuesday to admit that he has heard that his prote:gis the poor Shakers, in some of their fanatical dances, even when both sexes are represented, do, consciously or...

The Paris Correspondent of the Times telegraphed to Thurs- day's

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Times a curious prediction by a somnambulist, who, he says, had read his thoughts, when he had placed his hand in hers. He, therefore, asked her how the political imbroglio...

Mr. Seymour-Haden wrote to the Times of Tuesday a very

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powerful protest against the usual practice of burial in coffins. The true remedy, he says, for the poison which our modern graveyards and cemeteries diffuse is not cremation,...

Mr. Caird, the well-known writer on agricultural subjects, sums np

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in the Times his opinions on the land projects likely to be submitted to Parliament. He is opposed to tenant-right, as tending to deprive the incoming tenant of capital...

Canon Liddon's controversy in the Times with Monsignor Lapel and

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"An English Dignitary,"—whom Dr. Liddon himself appears to identify with the Archbishop of York,— has been going on all the week, and is interesting chiefly for the study it...

Mr. Henry Petre has published his correspondence with Bishop Vaughan,

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the Bishop of Salford, in which the Bishop first asked him to retract his publicly expressed doubts of the recent Papal dogmas, and then, when Mr. Petra declined to do so,...

Consols were at the latest date 92i-92a.

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MR. GLADSTONE'S RESIGNATION. "N OW is the stately column broke" without an external blow. We suppose there is no help for it, for every man, however necessary to his...

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T HE situation in France at the present moment depends more upon the character of the man who administers, and will, if he lives, administer for six years more, the Execu- tive...

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D R. NEWMAN speaks of his just published answer to Mr. Gladstone as if it were very likely to be his " last publica- tion." But if one may judge in any degree of the vitality...

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T HE Liverpool Daily Post does not quite understand our position with respect to the repression of crimes of violence, so frequent in that town, and indeed throughout the North,...

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T HE very frank political autobiography which Earl Russell has just published, under the title of " Recollections," will not greatly modify the public estimate of his political...

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"A LLONS, Messieurs," said Don Luis de Hero, when he had successfully negotiated with Cardinal Mazarin the Paix des Pyrenees,—" allons rendre graces a Dieu ; nous etions...

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I T is not surprising that the leaders of the Republican party in the United States should have resolved to pass, during the present Session of Congress, some kind of measure...

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A N old lady, a former acquaintance of the present writer, was once heard to reiterate with much emphasis, during the cold ablutions of her little grandson, under the more...

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E VERY question connected with Church Temporalities, or, for that matter, Nonconformist Temporalities, is more or less difficult, and the one raised by the Bishop of Exeter in...

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A N important total Solar Eclipse will occur on April 5.. Unfortunately, the path of total shadow lies for the most part on the Indian Ocean, and the totality will last longest...

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LAY REPRESENTATION. rTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Whether I have shown "quaint impatience" and "serene indifference," whether Dr. Trevor did or did not sneer and...

(TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you kindly allow

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me to correct a rather grave mis- print in my short letter of last week ? I am made to say, " We do not advocate the admission of the laity to the Church's Councils, &c. What I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Srn,—It is, no doubt, true, as you point out in your criticism of Mr. Llewelyn Davies's article on " Church Prospects," that the Public...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sia,—In relation to your occasional note as to Oliver Cromwell having been originally a " Williams," in which you correct a lapse of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") hope you will consider as worthy of record an habitual action on the part of our "conscious automaton" of the cat species, which certainly...

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MACLISE AS AN OLD MASTER. WE are not aware what is the recognised age at which a deceased painter is entitled to be canonised as an Old Master ; but we ob- serve that the...

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THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND THE FEUDAL1TY.* PRODIGIOUS as is the literature accumulated on the French Revolution, there is no sign of abatement in the activity pro- ductive of...

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A SECOND work of fiction, by the author of Pandarung Hari, has been dug out of the submerged forest of circulating-library litera- ture, after having been overwhelmed by the...

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THE first thing one learns from Mr. Wahl's book is how very little one knows about Russia. A popular notion of the big empire whose extent comprises one-sixth of the whole earth...

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MRS. PARR has a soft and delicate touch which gives even to the slightest of these stories,—and some of them, " Sylvia," for • The Gosau Smithy, and other Stories. By Mrs. Parr,...

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Mn. HOPE'S book is, without doubt, honestly intended for an Eirenicon. He is an advanced High Churchman, but he is willing to make concessions—concessions at the extent of which...

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We have still to gather up a gleaning of what it would now be an anachronism to call "Christmas Books." Aunt Charlotte's Stories of French History for the Little Ones, by...