18 FEBRUARY 1871

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A year since these would have been thought very great

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re- forms, and Mr. Cardwell is not unmindful of immediate exi- gencies. By adding 11 millions to the Estimates he is able to increase the Artillery from 180 guns to 336, and to...

It is asserted that the Parisian election is due to

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the abstention of the Respectables, who would not vote for the late Government, or its rival, the Reds. With very brief intervals, however, Paris has for more than half a...

The Armistice has been extended to the 24th inst.

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Mr. Cardwell's proposal was, on the whole, very warmly received

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in the House of Commons, and will greatly strengthen the Government. There are, of course, an infinity of criticisms to be made. A concession has evidently been made to the...

The Government of the National Defence has resigned its powers

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into the hands of the Assembly, retaining office, however, until successors can be appointed. M. Fevre, in resigning power, said little beyond expressing a hope that those with...

Nothing can be more obscure, more snippety, or less intelligible

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than Renter's telegrams about the French elections. Half of them are not recorded, and those which are, are frequently con- fused by contradictory reports from the department...


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A/R. CARDWELL brought forward his measures for the Reor- rd. ganization of the Army on Thursday night, and they are wnexpectedly satisfactory. Purchase is finally abolished, the...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Bishops have struck the heaviest blow at the National

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Church which it has received for many a long year,—without knowing it ; but three righteous men have been found, the Bishops of St. David's and Exeter and the Dean of...

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In the Lower House of Convocation, Dean Stanley made a

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most eloquent and telling exposure of the cowardice and bad faith of this ecclesiastical coup d'e'tat. He could never believe, he said, that the House of Convocation would "...

On Tuesday Lord Cairns raised the subject of Mr. Gladstone's

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statement on the night of the Address, that the neutralization of the Black Sea had not been the principal point insisted on in the Treaty of Peace after the Gritneati War, and...

We have given so much space elsewhere to the general

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drift of the Voysey judgment and its probable results, that we need only here speak of it in relation to Mr. Voysey himself,—an able, earnest, and thoughtful Rationalist, whose...

In spite of a dissuasive appeal from Lord Halifax, the

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Duke of Somerset moved on Thursday night for a Committee of Inquiry into the Board of Admiralty, saying in his short speech as many unpleasant things for Mr. Childers and the...

Sir Henry Storks has at length found a seat, having

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been elected for Ripon. The Contagious Diseases' Act must, it is clear, be aban- doned, even if its moral results were less doubtful than they are, as we cannot enforce hygienic...

A Bill is to be introduced by Government prohibiting bankrupt

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Peers from sitting in the House of Lords. The rule already exists, in the House of Commons, and is a just one, as we do not want lawgivers who represent their creditors ; but...

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A long correspondence has been published between Sir Spencer Robinson,

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late Controller of the Navy, and Mr. Gladstone, which appears to amount to this. Mr. Childers resolved to omit Sir Spencer's name from the Admiralty patent for some unknown...

On Wednesday Professor Huxley moved in the Metropolitan ' School

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Board for a committee to consider the scheme of education to be adopted in the public elementary schools, and to report thereon. He supposed the sort of schools most wanted in...

A noteworthy and very disagreeable incident occurred in the House

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of Commons on Thursday. It appears from the Blue-book on the Paris Treaty that Mr. Odo Russell, discussing the Russian Note with Count Bismarck, had said that Great Britain...

Consols were on Friday 91i to 92.

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The ex-Emperor Napoleon's address appeared on Monday, and fell flat

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at once. The truth is, that the Emperor has apparently lost all that grand courage of style, that power of making a confi- dence to France which gave the chief flavour to his...

As Sir John Rose cannot serve on the Anglo-Canadian Com-

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mission, Sir Stafford Northcote has been offered and accepted the appointment of filling his place. Sir Stafford is, of course, a Conservative, though a very moderate and...

The House of Commons has absolutely refused even to listen

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to the idea of the working electors as to the dowry of the Princess Louise. Mr. Gladstone on Monday moved a resolution sanctioning the annuity of £6,000 a-year in a long speech,...

The Germans have at least shown good faith in leaving

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the elec- tions in Alsace and Lorraine free,—which we are the more bound to acknowledge, as one of our principal objections to taking the elec- tions was the fear that the...

Mr. S. Shaen recently endeavoured to expose and thereby punish

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what he considered cruelties practised by a Workhouse master upon some pauper girls. Therefore, a jury of ratepayers, in the teeth of a charge from Sir A. Cockburn, fined him...

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THE FRENCH ELECTIONS. Tut Assembly of 1871, like the Assembly of 1849, will, is evident, be. reactionary. Paris, always accused of fickleness, but in politics the most...


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A R. CARDWELL'S proposal will do. We regret deeply 111. that the Government should have foregone such a splendid opportunity of civilizing England by insisting that every lad...

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I T would be childish to deny, that however strong may ba- the feeling of a very small party in England, to which we are not ashamed to belong, in favour of a policy of earnest...

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Ecclesiastical Appeal will probably be regarded by serious Churchmen as constituted at the present time in a very much sounder and more respectable way than it was when Lord...

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M R. BRUCE appears determined to make up for his com- pulsory inertness during last Session by bringing forward his principal measures at as early a date as possible. He has...


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T UESDAY and Wednesday's debates in the Upper House of Convocation can excite but one feeling in the minds of really thinking men, and that feeling is profound scorn. We...

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T HERE will be a great many,—and those not the least earnest and profound,—among the theologians of the National. Church who will feel dismay at the judgment of the Privy...

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T HE extreme bitterness with which the Saturday Review usually writes of women—the undertone of annoyance at their impudence in being so important as to deserve...

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A FTER all, astronomers and physicists were not quite satisfied with the evidence obtained about the Sun's Corona, last December. It seemed far from improbable that the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —You call upon all Liberals to admire and be satisfied with the recently published letter of Mr. Gladstone to Bishop Hampden. I do...


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DR. MAUDSLEY ON BODY AND MIND. [To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 air,—As it is your custom to admit letters occasionally, I trust you will allow me to say a few words of...

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if your attention has been drawn to a letter from Lord Granville, July, 1802, in Lord Malmesbury's " Corre- spondence" (vol. ii., p. 12), where Napoleon is described as ending a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In an article headed " Mr. Froude on the State of Ireland," which appeared in a recent number of the Spectator, the following sentence...


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THE PARADISE OF BIRDS.* MR. COURTHOFE ' S second excursion into the now almost untrodden region of refined extravaganza is a much more decided success than his first. This poem...

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THE DAILY NEWS WAR CORRESPONDENCE.* THE copiousness of the information

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purveyed by the Daily News for the public during the present war from correspondents at almost every centre of interest, its general accuracy and vividness, have been...

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WE are quite willing to admit that a story by Madame Guizot de- Witt, and one which Miss Muloch has thought it worth while to- translate, comes to us with a double guarantee of...

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Two or three years after Lord Campbell had earned for himself the reputation of a popular author and an unsafe historian by the publication of his Lives of the Lord Chancellors,...

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Tars somewhat obscure title has been assigned to a volume describing what is generally known as " raw produce." The origin, uses, and value of most of the useful and ornamental...

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THE SCIENCE OF LOGIC.* WE have noticed in a former

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number (October 9, 1869,) a work by Professor Jevons, in which he discussed the metaphysical foundation of the science of reasoning. We have now before us a treatise designed to...

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Political Economy for Beginners. By Millicent Garrett Fawcett. (Macmillan).—Mrs. Fawcett's book is intended as " an assistance to those who are desirous of introducing the study...

We Girls: a Some Story. By the Author of " The

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Gayworthys." (Sampson Low and Co.)—This is a story of American life, told in a lively, unaffected way, and sufficiently amusing, though its native collo- quialism—not in the...

The Birth and Childhood of Our Lord: Meditations. Illustrated with

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twelve photographs. (Seeleys.)—This volume—we know not by whose fault—seems to have strayed from its proper company of Christmas, books. It is not inappropriate, however, to any...

The Decline of the Roman Republic. By George Long. Vol.

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III. (Bell and Daldy.)—No one can help regretting that Mr. Long's literary faults are so 'obvious and, we may add, so irritating, that they provoke a cen- sure which is...

Miracles, Past and Present. By W. 'Mountford. (Boston, U.S.: Fields

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and Osgood ; Trhbner.)—The noticeable feature in Mr. Mountford's argument is the use that he makes of the phenomena, or supposed phe- nomena, of spiritualism. "To gainsay the...

Papers on the Great Pyramid. By St. John V. Day.

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(Edmonstonn and Douglas.)—We read not a little of this book without gaining any but the faintest idea of what it was about, but seeing quite-plainly that it intended to be very...

Contemporary Annals of Rome. (Richardson.)—This is the first volume of

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a promised series. It consists of two parts, " The Centenary of St. Peter" and "The Montana Campaign," that is to say, a great "function'' and a glorious secular triumph. We are...

Sketches on the Wing. By G. de M. Soares. (Stanford.)—Mr.

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Soares:- appears to travel far and wide when he is what he is pleased to call " on the wing." He begins with short flights to Paris, Strasbourg, and Baden ; and then takes a...

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Navy Enrrioss.—Mr. C.C. Clarke publishes a new edition of his

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Riches of Chaucer. (Lockwood.)—The book is capitally arranged for the use of the general reader, who will be specially grateful for the explanation of obsolete words, put as it...