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The French Government has evidently determined to take strong measures

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against the International. M. Dufaure asserts that the Society is carrying on a propagandist war against property and society ; that it scatters its publications in thousands;...

London has this week been scandalized by the painful end

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of a more painful trial. One A. Chaffers, an attorney, in 1869 declared before a magistrate that the wife of Sir Travers Twiss, the Queen's Advocate-General, had in 1858 been a...

M. Pouyer-Quertier's resignation or dismissal has been discussed in the

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French Assembly without mach result. The real question seems to have been whether the Minister of Finance approved the system of transfers and fictitious entries of which M....

Mazzini died at Pisa on Sunday, the 10th inst. We

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have endea- voured elsewhere to give our conception of a character which hardly belonged to our time, so pure, so lofty, and so narrow was it ; but we must add here that our...


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T HE American Reply has arrived, and is by this time in the hands of the Cabinet. It is a reply conciliatory in tone, but insists on the right of the American Government to urge...

1 ",,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Guardian has inserted two almost confessedly official defences of

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the Treaty of Washington, written with great elegance and some force, and which are universally ascribed to a learned member of the Washington Commission. They show, to our...

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Mr. Salt introduced his Public Worship Facilities' Bill on Wed-

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nesday, and carried it through a second reading by a majority of 29. Its purpose is to give, in Mr. Salt's words, " greater elasticity to our ecclesiastical system," to enable...

It appears to be believed in Italy as well as

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in England that matters are going very badly in Spain. Indeed, the departure, or rather expulsion, of King Arnadeo is looked upon as certain, and intrigues are on foot for...

Mr. M'Lagan is pushing a very clever Bill very easily

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through Parliament. It declares that whenever applied to, as in cases of suspicious death, the Coroner shall have power to hold an inquest on the cause of any fire, as he would...

In short, Mr. Gladstone's construction of the Act is quite

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as admissible as Lord Salisbury's, and as it appears that he did actually offer the living to two members of the Oxford Convoca- cation before offering it to Mr. Harvey,—so...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to diminish the absurd import- ance

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ascribed by the correspondents of most English papers to the " rows" in the French Assembly. There have been two in the last ten days, one caused by an epigram against M....

Lord Salisbury made a good, but useless speech on Friday

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week about Cape affairs. We are governing the South African colonies on a bad system, they being Crown colonies, yet ruled by elected Legislatures which cannot remove the...

The Ewelme Rectory debate, —which did not go to a

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divi- sion,—came off on the evening of yesterday week too late for our last impression. Mr. Gladstone made, on the whole, a very successful defence of his appointment, arguing...

The Upper House of the Prussian Diet has accepted Prince

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Bismarck's School Inspectors' Bill by an unexpectedly large majority (49), in a house of 201 members. The Prince, in his able speech, laid great emphasis on the King's...

The shareholders of the Erie Railway have regained control of

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their property. Deprived of his colleague Fisk, Jay Gould could not keep his control of the concern, and on Monday the agents of the shareholders succeeded in coming to a...

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A meeting was held in the Mansion House on Monday,

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under the presidency of the Lord Mayor, with the view of raising, as a thank-offering for the recovery of the Prince of Wales, a national fund for the completion and decoration...

Consols were on Friday 92! to 92k.

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General Simmons, said to be a man of unusual organizing

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ability, has addressed a long letter to the Times, in which he pleads that the Militia and Volunteers should be abolished, and the money wasted on them be expended in keeping up...

We have received a pamphlet, written, we are told, by

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an Austrian officer of experience and rank, strongly advo- cating the construction of the Euphrates Railway. He believes that Russia has devised a plan for reaching the Mediter-...

Lord Northbrook, the new Indian Viceroy, did a curious thing

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on Saturday. The Mayor of Winchester gave him a banquet, attended by the county and the representatives of India, and of course Lord Northbrook made a speech. Of course, also,...

The regular fight on Thursday over the Ballot Bill was

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chiefly confined to payment of expenses, Mr. M'Cullagh Torrens offering the extremely pleasant suggestion that the Returning Officers, ex- penses should be paid out of the...

It appears that there are still people who believe in

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the Tich- borne Claimant to the extent of £5,000, for after some delay bail to that amount has been offered for his appearance on his trial for perjury. For the remaining £5,000...

We have before expressed our hope that the Rev. Llewellyn

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Davies may be elected to the Metropolitan School Board for the district of Marylebone, in the place of Professor Huxley, who has resigned. A meeting was held to promote his...

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MAZZINI. Bourbon to a fortress, and Cavour was ready " to strike quickly and strike hard," Italy was ready to take advantage of the blow, and become once more the nation she has...

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went and the Roman Catholic authorities, and insisted that the

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use, was increased by the news circulated through Germany at loss of it was due not to anything that he had done or left the same time, that a Prussian Bishop (M. de...

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T HE Government is very likely to be beaten on the ques- tion of the Strand Embankment, and it will deserve its defeat. It is entirely within its right, and uses its advantage...

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W E have not yet seen the American answer to Lord Granville's " friendly communication " of February 3, but the tenor of it is pretty well known to many people in this country,...

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T HE National Assembly is given to " rows." Consequently personal government will, within a month or so, be re- established in France. That seems to be the general conclu- sion...

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JUSTICES' CLERKS' FEES AND SALARIES. called, 6s. 8d.,"—and so on.

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Thus, when the old woman is asked whether she has anything to say, and replies, " No," the clerk is credited one shilling for her " Statement," though, if she had stayed away...

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V ERY few Englishmen, we imagine, heard of the termination of the Twigs Libel Case without a sensation of personal pain. With& vindictiveness quite unusual in our race, they...

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T HE accomplished editor of Dr. Duncan's " Colloquia Peri- patetica " (the Rev. William Knight), has recently preached before the University of Glasgow a thoughtful and profound...

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THE NONCONFORMISTS AND THE EDUCATION ACT. [TO THR EDITOR OF TRH " EPROTATOR."J SIR,-Will you allow me to say a few words through your columns on the results of the debate on...

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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:] Sm,—May I, first as a Liberal, secondly, as attaching a more than political value to the alliance of the Nonconformists with the Liberal...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIB,—In the Education debate, as reported in the newspapers, I was much struck by the fact that no answer was given to Mr. Dixon's...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] confess to being utterly

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mystified by a statement made h r Mr. Forster in the course of his speech last Tuesday, and endorsed by you in your first article in last week's issue. The statement ina the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] STR,—The letters of your correspondents last week on certain characteristics of the clerical mind are exceedingly interesting. Indeed, it...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] S1R,—There will, no doubt, be many attempts this week to give to English readers an idea of Joseph Mazziai. Even to those sketches which are...

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LORD KILGOBBIN.* MR. LEVER will find no one to echo the wish with which he closes the melancholy dedication of his latest novel, that this effort may be his last. On the...

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MR. HELPS ON GOVERNMENT.* WE fully indorse Mr. Helps's claim

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to be allowed to speak with some authority on a matter with which he has had a long and intimate connection. We agree with him that his opportunities of observing the workings...

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" UGLY."* Tms biography of a rough-haired terrier by his

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mistress is defective as a work of art, in that it is too digressive, and intro- duces irrelevant sketches of travel' in relation to matters which -do not appear to have...

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THE last addition which Mr. Lucas Collins has made to his Quar- terly Volumes of the Classics for English Readers—a series as ex- cellent in its execution as it was original in...

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IBSEN'S NEW POEMS.* THE distinguished Norwegian writer whose name stands

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at the head of this article has won his laurels almost exclusively in dramatic literature. His plays are highly esteemed among his countrymen, and have gained him a place in...

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THREE large volumes are devoted by Mr. Tyerman to a record of John Wesley's life, and if the spirit of the writer had been more genial and his style less rhetorical, the vast...

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Broken Toys. By Anna C. Steele. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mrs.. Steele

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writes good English and devises her plots with fair knowledge of the world, and displays a kind of cynicism which is attractive ; but we do not like Broken Toys. These perpetual...


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An Introduction to Aristotle's Ethics. Book I. - IV. and X., ch. 6 - 9. By the Rev. E. Moore. (Rivingtons.)—Mr. Moore does not claim for his book more than an elementary...

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Poster.—Fra Dolcino, and other Poems. By A. and L. (Smith

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and Elder.)—It is the capital defect of Fra Dolcino that it does not tell its own story. A poem of this kind must, above all things, set out a clear picture of the man and of...

Wide of the Mark. By the Author of " Recommended

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to Mercy." vols. (Tinsley.)—We learn from the preface that "the main facts Wide of the Mark. By the Author of " Recommended to Mercy." vols. (Tinsley.)—We learn from the preface...

A Glossary of Ecclesiastical Terms. Edited by the Rev. Orby

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Shipley, (Rivington.)—Mr. Shipley and his coadjutors deserve great praise—the chief share being, of course, the editor's due—for the indus- try and care with which this...

The Queen of the Regiment. By Katharine King. (Hurst and

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Blackett.) —This is a charming, fresh, cheery, innocent novel,—evidently the work of an unpractised writer, testing her ability, feeling that it is in her to write stories of...

Robert Blake of Ringwood. 3 vols. (Newby.)—Anything more dreary than

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this novel it would not be easy to find. It is a wearisome record of love-making, and husband-hunting, and such like phases of the relations between men and women in society. We...

Border Reminiscences. By Randolph B. Marcy, U.S. Navy. (New York:

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Harper.)—The first chapter of General Marcy's book is the best. It describes an American "Captain Kearney." Captain Kearney is the incomparable liar whom Marrvat describes in...