17 AUGUST 1878

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There seems to be no doubt that the Austrians have

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had very serious work to do in the military occupation of Bosnia, nor indeed that the Mahommedan insurgents contrived to inflict a serious check upon one of their divisions. On...

Mr. Roebuck has been appointed a Privy Councillor, and is

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to rank for the future as "the Right Honourable John Arthur Roe- buck." It is stated by the Sheffield Telegraph that this honour is enhanced in graciousness and distinction "by...

On Tuesday, too, Sir Charles Mlle elicited from Sir S..

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Northcote that Turkey looks on the proposed rectification of the Greek frontier with a certain "jealousy," though both Mr. Bourke and Sir S. Northcote deny knowledge of any...

On Tuesday, Sir Charles Dilke called attention to the rumours

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of Russian advance in Central Asia, where it was said, —on no good authority, apparently,—Russians had crossed the Oxus, and he asked for information as to the new British...

'V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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NEWS OF THE WEEK • P ART ,TA MENT was prorogued

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yesterday. The speech from the Throne refers to the appeal made by the Crown in the "critical condition of public affairs when you assembled at the commence- ment of the year,"...

A correspondence between Mr. W. E. Forster and Mr. Alfred

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Iffingworth on the subject of the condition on which alone Mr. Blingworth was prepared to propose Mr. Forster to the Liberal Representative Committee of Bradford as one of the...

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The Iriebrmediate Educatfot Bil iteelf palmed through Commit- tee on

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Monday, and was reaa a third time. Mir. Lewis moved various amendments, the object of 'which wits 10ther to destroy or greatly limit the effect of the payments for results to...

A Bill for preventing the spread of Socialism has been

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laid before the Federal Council of Germany. It appears to be a most sweeping and dangerous measure, declaring, for instance, that associations, meetings, and publications used...

The debate on the Indian Budget on Tuesday was thinly

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attended ; and the Chancellor of the Exchequer bad to deliver a ponderous apology for the absence of Members, the point of it all being that the House was so deeply interested...

The Irish Sunday Closing Bill has passed both Houses at

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last, after meeting with more protracted, and in some respects, less intelligible opposition than any Bill which we can remember that has been introduced into the House of...

The Lords have accepted the amendments of the Commons on

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the Cattle Plague Bill,—or more correctly, "The Contagions Diseases (Animals)Bill,"—with sufficient meekness; and have even had the grace to be almost grateful for the...

Mr. Lowther named on Tuesday the Commissioners for Intermediate Education

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under the Irish Intermediate Education Act. They are to be Lord Chancellor Ball, Lord Behnore, Professor Molloy, the O'Connor Don, the Right Hon. Christopher Panes, Professor...

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Mr. Spottiswoode, the new President of the British Associa- tion,

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delivered the address at the opening of the meeting at Dublin on Wednesday last. His subject was chiefly mathematics, and we have shown elsewhere how very deep he lays the...

Another remarkable letter, signed "An Epirote," appeared in last Monday's

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Times, narrating the manner in which England had kept her engagements with Greece to see that Greece suffered nothing in the issue by her pacific action, and her efforts to...

Lord Beaconsfield has made a good appointment to the vacant

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Deanery of Peterborough, in the Rev. John James Stewart Perowne. Dr. Perowne is a considerable Hebrew scholar, one of the Company for the Revision of the Authorised Version of...

Yesterday week the New Bishoprics Bill was carried through Committee,

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in spite of a running fire of criticism from the Radi- cal Opposition, who strove to make all Bishops appear at once superfluous and ridiculous. Mr. Dillwyn read some attacks on...

Mr. H. Samuelson brought before the House of Commons On

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Wednesday the extremely unsatisfactory character of the inquiry into the death of the Times' correspondent, Mr. Ogle, showing that there was strong reason to suppose that he was...

Consols were on Friday 94,1 to 95.

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One of Mr. Spottiswoode's moat curious facts was this

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:- "Professor James Thomson has recently constructed a machine which, by means of the mere friction of a disk, a cylinder, and a ball, is capable of effecting a variety of the...

The health of the 42nd and 101st Regiments, now in

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Cyprus, is, according to the correspondent of the Daily News, in a very bad condition. That correspondent states that 170 of the former regiment are down with fever, and that...

The Ministerial Fish Dinner was held on Wednesday, and was

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signalised by a curious freak of literary effort in the preparation of the menu. This was composed in very elaborate old English, being headed, "Ye annnale Whytebaite Dinner of...

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THE SEQUEL TO LORD BEACONSFIELD'S TRIUMPH. T HE Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bourke, seems, not unnaturally perhaps, almost fascinated by Lord Beaconsfield's great...

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T HE Bradford Liberals will find much in the correspondence between Mr. Forster and Mr. Illingworth which was published on Monday, to put them on their guard against making an...

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THE FEATURE OF THE SESSION. T HE Parliament which Lord Beaconsfield

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summoned so early in order not to ask its advice, or even gather its opinion, on any one important element of his policy, disperses to-day, after doing all in its power to...

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Uas legal questions raised by the judgment of the Queen's - Bench Division of the High Court of Justice in the Mackonocliie case are curious and interesting. They must not,...

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M R. CROSS has had a passage-at-arms with the Judges, and we rather think he has had, in some respects, the best of it. The Lord Chancellor and the Home Secretary in- vited a...

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A A - R. SPOTTISWOODE'S address at Dublin is certainly one of the most masterly which have been delivered in our time by Presidents of the British Asssociation, though not,...

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T HE Commissioners of the Scottish Fishery Board seem anxious to prove that the herring fishery of last year was not so bad as it was at one time represented to be, and in par-...

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W RIT E the advantages of intellectual pursuits have been set forth so often that any attempt to enumerate them must pass over trite ground, and arrive at conclusions which will...

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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE 'SPECTATOR.') SIR,—With your permission, I wish to make a few remarks on Mr. Murphy's letter in your last issue. From the fact of pur- chasers under the...


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THE GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE. r TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your correspondent "A. J. B." is quite right in saying that Sir S.N orthcote rivals his chief in showing...

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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Now that the great Constitutional debate is over, there will be great danger lest the admirable lessons urged with so much force and...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE “SPECTATOR."j SI11,—In the quick responses

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called forth by the " School-Board Mistress's" letter to the Sp«.t«tor, objecting to women as inspec- tors of schools, it is curious to remark the individual sensitiveness of...


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rro THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] Sm,—I am a woman, and have been for eight years at the head of a large school, and I read with much pain the letter of "A School-Board...


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am not going to reply to your article of the 10th inst., in reply to my letter on small landowners in Ireland. When both sides of a special and definite question have been fully...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sru,—I can confirm the remarks you quote as to the effect of high altitudes on the working of the vital machine, having four years ago...


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IN LOVE'S ECLIPSE. WHEN death—the dreadful shadow of the earth— Rests on the mortal face of Love's twin star, Love turns dismayed, as if that shadowy bar Could shut him off...


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A GERMAN HYPATIA." WE would preface our notice of this interesting novel by advising every reader to follow our example, and read it in the original. We presume that our ideal...

TO AN ICONOCLASTIC POET. FIGHT not dead gods, nor think

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the incense-cloud Which in our day hides the Eternal Face Comes from a priestly hand. The heavenly grace Thou see'st in a bare room or city's crowd, Abides no less within the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"] Sin,—Judging from many years' experience in hospitals and sick- rooms, I am at a loss to know to what disease the writer of your article on...

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and a force in this collection of speeches and lectures on the subject of the National Church which will, we hope, do more to excite the interest of Liberal politicians in the...

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OXFORD IN DR. JOHNSON'S TIMES.* Tins volume might, perhaps, have

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been more aptly entitled, " Johnsoniana," for it is a miscellaneous collection of essays, most of them enlarged reprints from periodicals, on desultory points relating so...

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"LONDON is quite empty! All London is out of town !" the phrase with which, in some form or other, those who still linger greet one another. And what of the tens of thousands,...

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very opportune time for issuing the second edition of his book on Socialism. It is founded on the larger work of Schaffie, and occasionally M. Kaufmann has been content to...

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Whistle-Binkic ; or, the Piper of the Party. Being a Collection of Songs for the Social Circle. 2 vols. (David Robertson, Glasgow.)—We are glad to see at length so admirable a...

The Lawyer's Daughter. 3 vols. By Frank Trollope. (Skeet.)— The

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reader knows pretty well what he may expect to find when the scene of a novel is laid in Venice, in the seventeenth century. Unscrupu- lous nobles, adventurers of every degree...

Heat. By Dr. Lardner and B. Loewy. (Crosby Lockwood and

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Co.) —Standard classic works on science are almost an impossibility. No matter how apparently correct they may ho, so rapid is the progress of science, that some new discovery...

Poets of America. By W. J. Linton. (Bell and Sons.)—"

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Selections from One Hundred American Poets, from 1776 to 1876" is the further description of his work which the editor supplies upon his title-page. One hundred poets in a...

and useful a life as Mr. Smee's deserved a memorial.

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Without attaining to a first rank in science, yet he probably did a work for the popularising of scientific knowledge that has not often been surpassed. His remark- able...

Life and Adventures of an Unfortunate Author. By Himself. (Samuel

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Tinsley.)—This is supposed to be the autobiography of an author who fails in the great ambition of his life, and htrving staked everything on the chance, commits suicide. It is...

Fashion Then and Now. By Lord William Pitt Lennox. 2

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vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—A veteran writer who remembers the "0. P." riots, and was apparently able to form an opinion about the behaviour of the audience, if the word "audience...

A Manual of Rules, Tables, and Data. By D. K.

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Clarke, C.E. (Mackie and Son).—A very handy and reliable book of reference for mechanical engineers, containing tables of strength of materials and constructions, weights and...

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Crumbs from Dame Nature's Table. By Emma E. Adams. (Partridge

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and Co.)—This is a very pleasant little child's book, with a charm of its own, in spite of its contriving to embody a good deal of useful information in a not, indeed,...