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On Monday Mr. Bright was received in Birmingham, for the

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week of rejoicing over the twenty-fifth anniversary of his con- nection with Birmingham, and the fortieth of his entrance on public life, with demonstrations of public affection...

The Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister Bill passed its

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second reading in the House of Lords, on Monday, by a majority of seven (165 for it and 158 against it), the division showing a much larger number on both sides than have ever...

As regards the actual guilt of Suleiman Sami, the evidence

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would appear to be conclusive. He himself admits it, to begin with, and only pleads that he acted under Arabi's orders. He was, moreover, seen ordering thebnrnings by scores of...

On Wednesday, Mr. Bright was presented by the Liberals of

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Birmingham, in Bingley Hall, with a silver dessert service and with the picture painted of him by Mr. loll, no fewer than twenty thousand people being, it is said, packed into...

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NEWS OF THE WEEK • P ARLIAMENT has been the scene

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of a scandalous dis- cussion this week. Suleiman Semi, the Egyptian officer believed by her Majesty's agents in Egypt to be immediately responsible for the burning of...

The trial of the six Americans charged with the conspiracy

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to blow up London buildings with dynamite ended on Thursday in a verdict of acquittal in favour of two of them, and of guilty against four. They were all indicted under the...

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But the most remarkable passage of his speeds was that

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in which, after remarking on his long.tried devotion to, the principle of securing the Irish peasants in the possession of their own farms,. and making them proprietors where it...

Mr. Chamberlain, at the same meeting, made an outspoken speech,

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in which he denied that, under the present distribution of power, the people were represented at all. He believed that the people were more Radical than the House, though not...

Lord Granville presided at the banquet of Thursday in the

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Birmingham Town Hall, and proposed Mr. Bright's health. He mentioned that he had suggested to Lord Aberdeen, when forming the Cabinet of 1853,—the Cabinet of all the Talents,...

A deputation of Armenians waited on Lord Dufferin on Wed-

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nesday to congratulate him on his efforts on their behalf, and to express their hope that the Ottoman Government would at last see its own true interest. Lord Dufferin, in...

Prince Bismarck has gained two important victories this week. On

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Monday, Herr Bennigsen, the leader of the National' Liberals, announced to his followers that he resigned his post,. and with it his seat in Parliament. He retires for a time...

Mr. Bright in reply described, as he had been asked

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to de- scribe, how his political convictions had grown up. The forcible levying of Church-rates from members of other Churches was the first occasion which had turned his...

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The following is the official return of the results of

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the St. Andrews Arts Examination of 1883 for Women,—the examination for the diploma of L. L. A., as that Univer- sity terms it — Passed in Latin, 9 (1 with honours) ;...

The French Government have thought fit to publish a moat

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ontrageous statement. Their organs affirm that during an interview with Li Hung Chang at Sha'nghai, M. Tricou, the new French Ambassador, informed him that orders had been...

The Lord Mayor presided yesterday week at the Mansion House

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over a meeting of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (14 Grosvenor Road, S.W.), held partly to raise funds for this very valuable association, and...

It is clear, not only from the letters which we

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publish else- where, but from other equally remarkable indications, that the Oxford feeling agaiust the organisation of a physiological laboratory with every arrangement for...

The freedom of the Press means on the Continent something

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- very different from what it means in England. The Queen of Spain wants a holiday, as everybody wants who is condemned to live the Court life, and proposes to pay a short visit...

Newnham College had a festivity of its own last Saturday,

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when a portrait of Miss Clough, who thirteen years ago opened with half-a-dozen women students the institution which now holds -eighty, was presented to Newnham by the former...

Wednesday was a great day at both the older Universities,—

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Commemoration at Oxford, and the day on which the hono- rary degrees were conferred at Cambridge. At Oxford, Dr. Schliemann, Lord Rayleigh, Lord Justice Bowen (an old and...

Mr. Gladstone announced on Thursday that the Government would consider

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whether the Agricultural Holdings Bill could not have precedence of the Bill against Corrupt Practices at Elections. It is probable, therefore, that they intend to give the...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1004 to 1001 x.d.

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THE EXECUTION OF SULEIMAN SAMI. T HE Government on Monday put forward two arguments in defence of their conduct in allowing the execution of Suleiman Sami, and in answer to...

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T HE majority in the Lords for the Bill rendering it lawful to marry a deceased wife's sister, is at least as important in its bearing on the relation of Canonical to Statute...

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P RINCE BISMARCK has won, though at a great . price. In spite of a determined resistance, and after a contest of nearly twelve months, he has carried his test-vote, the...

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T HE great ovation of the week to Mr. Bright has evidently been anything but a pure pleasure to himself, though it must have at least convinced him that the great mass of his...


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I T is, in our judgment, evident that Liberals must very shortly make up their minds as to their attitude towards the question of Peasant Proprietary in Ireland. The Tories have...

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T HE figures which the Duke of Rutland laid before the House of Lords yesterday week were gloomy enough to justify all that he said about the gravity of the . Agricultural...

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T HE prospect before young men who are earning their living, whether in the civil professions, or in business, or in that work of superintending which year by year demands...

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D IGNITY is a quality which grows rarer as the world grows more populous, and for a very obvious reason, that there is a certain inwardness about all dignity which needs...

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"NATURAL RELIGION," AND ITS DRIFT. [nom A CORRESPONDRNT.] [The author of Ecce Homo and of the recent book on Natural Religion permits us to publish the following interesting...

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VIVISECTION IN OXFORD. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra, — I trust you will allow me, as a still older and equally loyal member of the University of Oxford, to add a...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sta,—The very week of

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my arrival in this beautiful city was signalised by a most unfortunate triumph on the part of the friends of pseudo•science. By a majority of 3-88 to 85—the University...


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SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr. Edward Liddell, appears to be one of those persons who estimate the value of a charity by its expenditure. It has not occurred to him that in many...

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IT° THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Mr. Herman Merivale asks the interesting question, " What is the name of the chief city of Russia ?" He says in his letter :--" All...


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leave to inform Mr. Herman Merivale that the proper title of the Russian capital is, in English, " St. Peters- burg," and in French "St. Petersbourg," its original Russian name...


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add another query to Mr. Herman Meri- vale's. Why are we so particular in prefixing " Saint" to the Russian Peter, whereas at home, where the " burg " is un- doubtedly named...


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SPECTATOR."J . SIR,—After reading your article on " The Failure of Recruits," I think it may, perhaps, be worth while to tell you my experi- ence on the subject. I live near...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [THIRD NOTICE.] Is this notice we propose to speak chiefly of those works which are otherwise likely to escape observation, either from their lack of size,...

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METHODS OF SOCIAL REFORM.* THE republication of these valuable papers will recall and increase the profound sense of loss with which the news of Professor Jevons's untimely...

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WE cannot bestow on this Life all the praise lavished on it by some of our contemporaries. It is an interesting book all through, in parts even a brilliant book, but it is not a...

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THERE are occasions when a critic's duty becomes as simple as it is pleasant, and the present is a case in point. This book is indeed a delightful one, and this assertion can be...

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A WORK which purports to contain the history of the " greatest city the world has ever seen," in two volumes of some 850 octavo pages in all, of which 100 are taken up with...

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SOME one has recently stated it to be his opinion that the fund of possible novel-incidents is now exhausted, and that the world must henceforth be contented with an altered and...

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book would lead an ordinary reader to expect an account of the sons and daughters of George III., but any one who has enjoyed the privilege of making acquaintance with Mr....

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Guide to the Lake District. By Herman Prior. (Gansett, Win-

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dermere ; Simpkin and Marshall.)—This is a very handy little volume, containing all that is to be found in the large editions of Mr. Prior's book, but of such a size as to be...

Old Court Customs and Modern Court Rule. By the Hon.

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Mrs.. Armytage. (Bentley and Son.)—A readable magazine article might have , been made out of the materials which Mrs. Armytage has been at the pains to collect for this...

Moloch. By Mrs. Campbell Praed. 3 vole. (Chapman and BOO

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—Most readers will be a little surprised by the scenes in which they first make acquaintance with Mrs. Campbell Praed's heroine. If this young lady had dropped from the moon,...

Lusus Intercisi. By Henry John Hodgson, M.A. (Bell and Son.)

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—A. volume of Greek and Latin verse from the pen of so accomplished a scholar as Mr. Hodgson is sure to find, at least, some appreciative readers. One distinctive feature of...


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The. Histcry of England. By Dr. Lingard. (Nimmo and Bain.)— We are glad to see that the demand for Dr. Lingard's England still continues: The work of the learned Catholic...

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Letters from a Young Emigrant in Manitoba. (Kegan Paul, Trench,

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and Co.)—The gist of this book is to be found in the few words which are appended by the editor to the last of the letters. The writer of them went out at eighteen, and "he...

The Land of the Five Rivers and Sindh. By David

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Ross. (Chap- man and Hall.)—This volume may be briefly described as a gazetteer of the Punjaub and Sindh. Information, both historical and geo- graphical, is abundantly...

The Conservation. of Solar Energy. By C. William Siemens, F.R.S.

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(Macmillan and Co.)—Mr. Siemens publishes here, together with the original paper, read to the Royal Society last year, the correspondence which that paper, with the remarkable...

Contradictions. By Frances M. Peard. 2 vols. (Bentley and Son.)

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—Miss Peard does not trouble herself to provide much incident for the entertainment of her readers. Of course, there are mis- understandings, and there is a rescue, an heroic...

Her Sailor Love. By Katharine S. Macquoid. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—We must own that these three volumes of lovers' affairs, even treated with the skill which Mrs. Macquoid's pen can command, seemed to us a little wearying. It...

Our Eastern Sisters and their Missionary Helpers. By Harriett Warner

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Ellis. (Religions Tract Society.)—There is much that will interest the reader in this volume. It is a record of work that has been done among women in India and the Further...

Azahar. By E. C. Hope-Edwards. (Bentley and Son.)—Miss Hope-Edwards gives

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us here extracts from a journal which she kept in Spain, during the winter of 1881-82. She entered Spain by way of Barcelona, and spent the greater part of her time at Valencia....

Sophocles : the Seven Plays, in English Verse. By Lewis

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Camp- bell, M.A. (Kagan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Professor Campbell has done so mach good work for Sophocles, that any contribution of his to the understanding and appreciation...

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POETRY.—Love in Idleness. (Kagan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—It is plain

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enough to any one who reads a page or so of this volume that its author possesses no small poetical gifts. His work wants substance. We read his poems through, and find that,...

Acionirant Judson : his Life and Labours. By his Son,

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Edward Judson. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The filial piety of Mr. Edward Judson has given us here a more complete account than we have hitherto possessed of a laborious and noble...

Retrospections, Social and Archeological. By Charles Roach Smith. (Bell and

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Son.)—We are not inclined, nor, indeed, do we feel com- petent to criticise, this book. Mr. Roach Smith gives us pleasant recollections of persons—pleasant, that is, for the...

Sam's Sweetheart. By Helen Mathers (Mrs. Henry Reeve). 3 vols.

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(Horst and Blackett.)—Miss Mathers' story opens in a gold-diggers' camp, called by the probable name of "Misogamy," and situated in Australia, though possessing a certain...