18 JANUARY 1879

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General Stewart has entered Candahar unopposed, the Mussul- man citizens

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looking on passively, and the Hindoo citizens being delighted. His column and that of General Biddulph met at Takht-i-pal, the junction-point of the Khojak and Gwaja Passes, on...


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T HE event of the week is the very unexciting programme read by the French Ministers to both Chambers on Thursday,— in the Senate, by M. Dufaure ; in the Chamber of Deputies, by...

The unintelligible point in the situation on the North-West frontier

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is the collapse, for the moment at any rate, of all fight- ing-power in Afghanistan. If the influence of the Barukzye family had perished, the known facts would be explicable,...

Sir William Harcourt made at Oxford on Tuesday the most

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brilliant, as well as the most weighty, attack on the Government which has yet been delivered by any of the Liberal leaders. Of the chief points of his speech we have given a...

On the subject of Cyprus, Sir William Harcourt was very

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amusing. Quoting Mr. Brassey, to show that " the British administrators of Cyprus hold the unworthy office of tax- gatherers for a bad Government," he pointed out that we had...

*„, 41 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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On Wednesday, Mr. Goschen delivered an address to the students

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of University College, Bristol, in which he insisted on the importance of the distinction between useful knowledge, and knowledge which gives the mind a mastery over itself,...

The annual meeting of the London and Westminster Bank, perhaps

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the most important of all unlimited Joint-Stock Banks, was held on Wednesday, and the statements made by the Chair- man, Sir John Rose, have greatly reassured the public. This...

The proposals for advancing English money to the Sultan are

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endless, but the most dangerous is one put forward by Mr. Hamilton Lang, in the Times of Monday. He declares that the " mime difficulty," that isi the difficulty of the...

Before the Germans can have the satisfaction of trying Prince

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Bismarck's new experiments in Protectionist policy,—in other words, of experimenting, like Goethe in his youth, on their capability for suicide,—they have had the advantage of...

The Marquis of Ripon seems to be none the less

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of a Liberal for having become a Roman Catholic. In an address delivered to a Liberal meeting in Harrogate yesterday week, he remarked that while other people became...

It is still extremely doubtful whether the German Liberals will

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resist Prince Bismarck's Bill for punishing the free expres- sion of opinion by Members of the Reichstag within the walls of Parliament. It is reported in some quarters that the...

When the law against the Socialists was first passed, it

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is said that Prince Bismarck burst out with, " Now, off we go for the pig-sticking !" (" Jetzt geht die Sauhatz los "). And apparently the chase has been tolerably active. For...

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It is believed that the threatened strike of miners in

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South Yorkshire, which, from the number of men implicated, would have been a great calamity, will be avoided. This result will be due in the main to the efforts of Mr. Mundella,...

The Government has at last moved in the matter of

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the pro- jected Lotteries for the benefit of shareholders in insolvent banks. .0n the 14th inst., Sir R. J. N. Napier, chairman of the meeting held in Glasgow to establish the "...

Mr. E. J. Lowe, the astronomer, in a letter to

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Tuesday's Times, mentions a curious instance of the value of small birds in agri- culture :—" Thirty-five years ago, a countryman left here for Australia, taking with him all...

The strike of the Goods Guards on the Midland has

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ended in the defeat of the men. They have not avowedly surrendered, but they have " gone in " in groups, and will, we hope, be all re-employed. The threatened strike of the...

The new Papal Encyclical against Socialism, Communism, and Nihilism is

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a very sensible sort of document. The Pope has, indeed, in relation to these three subjects, got a theme which enables him to contrast to good effect the teaching of the Church...

Mr. Clare Read, on Friday week, addressed his constituents at

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Dies, in a speech more distinctively Tory than usual. He thought, though himself a seceder from the Government, that the Cabinet was stronger and better without Lord Derby and...

The Austrian Government has published a provisional statute for the

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government of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The provinces, united under the name of "Bosnia," and with Serajevo for capital, are placed under the Imperial Ministry, and not under that...

Consols were on Friday 95; to 96.

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SIR WILLIAM HARCOURT AT OXFORD. W HEN a contemporary devoted to the cause of the Government said of Sir William Harcourt's speech at Oxford that it was dull, it must have used...

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I T is not perhaps very remarkable that nations are even slower to take the political advice of their neighbours than individuals themselves. Yet we are disposed to think that,...

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T HE petition to the Czar from 300 members of many different Provincial Assemblies, forwarded to the Vienna Tagblatt, and published in the Standard of Tues- day morning, would...

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T HE more carefully Prince Bismarck's latest proposal is studied, the more difficult does it become to believe that it is dictated by any motive except that of destroying, or at...

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English journals have achieved in working the telegraph has, for the English community, one serious drawback. We fully recognise the energy and liberality which the Daily Papers...

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T WO English country-houses, one of the first and one of the second class,—Duncombe Park, the seat of Lord Feversham ; and Morton House, belonging to Lord Durham, a smaller...

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I N a volume of essays by the late James Hinton, which has just appeared,* there is a remarkable one upon Genius, in which Mr. Hinton maintains that the affinities of genius are...

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(THELETES.—PHILONONMS.) PART II. rit L.—How vividly your gibes recall those happy days ! ut you forbade poetry. Let me sober myself with the memory of their conclusion. PHIL...

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too, like Mr. Oxenham, am surprised that you should think that, to an educated mind, 1 Cor. xv., 22-28, would seem to make in favour of Universalism. I know that, to a...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — It surprises me that

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so able and unprejudiced a writer as , the reviewer of Ozenham ' s works in the Spectator of the 4th inst. I should say that the only passages in the New Testament which appear...


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CATHOLIC ESCHATOLOGY. [To TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTITOR:1 SIR,—I am truly sorry to be obliged to obtrude myself again upon you in what may seem a personal matter, but I am...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR, — Will you allow me to express my sense of the singular injustice done to Leo XIII., by confounding his encyclical with similar...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—We are deeply indebted to you for giving voice to that condemnation of the Lottery which most Scotchmen feel, but which some have been...


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LOUIS XV.'s SECRET DIPLOMACY.* [SECOND NOTICE.] IN November, 1762, peace was signed between France and Eng- land. Within a few months after that date, Louis XV. amused himself...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—Last week's Spectator contained a friendly remonstrance with me on the subject of Cinderella's mythological significance. Allow me to...

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Tuts is a novel of very considerable power,—power of writing, power of conception, and power of delineation. That Mrs. Bishop writes with a purpose,—the purpose of glorifying...

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A NATURALIST IN INDIA.* Tux wave of Imperialist feeling which

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is just now passing over this country does not seem to have altered one peculiarity noticed by Macaulay, when, after dilating on the wonderful events connected with our...

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CLEVER, very ! But Mr. Reuter tells his story with his pipe in his mouth, and his slippers on, his feet on the fender, and the fog outside. The business time of life is over,...

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GOTTFI1IED KELLER'S new work is not equal to his Leute eon Seldtryla (reviewed in the Spectator, October 7th, 1876). The power of realisation by careful, lifelike detail is...

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Recollections of a Girlhood. By Frances Ann Kemble. 3 vols.

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(Bentley.)—This book stands, in a way, by itself. There have been volumes of recollections of the green-room and the stage, written by natives and by visitors. Miss Kemble was...


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The Brahma Year-Book, No. IIL, for 1878. Brief Records of Work and Life in the Theistic Churches of India. Edited by Sophia Dobson Collet. (Williams and Norgate.)—This is a...

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By far the most striking paper in the Contemporary for January is, again, M. Gabriel Monod's review of "Life and Thought in France ;" but the number is full of good, though not...

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Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory, 1878 - 9. — This useful compilation gives

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the various steam routes to the places treated of, with rates of fares and times of transit ; particulars of the railways in operation or construction ; the names, &o., of the...