18 MAY 1872

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It is very difficult to form any judgment worth having

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as to the success of this proposed Supplemental Treaty, which is s4r1 to begin by reciting the British and the American views and stating that the President of the United States...

The Cincinnati Platform adopted by the Liberal Republicans contains promises

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which, if they are realized, will go far to undo the results of the Civil War. The Liberals affirm the abolition of slavery and the right of negroes to vote, but they declare...


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• V ERY crowded houses listened on Monday to Mr. Gladstone's and Lord Granville's explanations of the present condition of the weary negotiations with the United States. Both...

The other notable point which strikes us on a superficial

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glance at the correspondence is the uncandid way in which Mr. Fish treats Lord Granville's public interpretation of the Treaty given in the House of Lords on June 12, 1871. " It...

Under these circumstances, the House of Lords had, of course,

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*nothing to do but to adjourn, which it did, after listening to a 'rather curious outburst from Lord Russell, who called the Indirect 'Claims " these mendacious claims," and who...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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We have just received the argumentative correspondence between Lord Granville

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and Mr. Fish on the subject of the " Indirect Claims." It contains little that is new on the subject,—iudeed the discussion in Parliament and the Press has nearly exhausted the...

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The Ballot Bill now only awaits the third reading, which

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is fixed for 30th May. The Bill was reported on Monday, after a long debate upon the method of taking the votes of electors who cannot read. Mr. Forster at first proposed to...

The Conservatives of Kent had a grand banquet at Canterbury

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on Tuesday, at which Mr. Gathorne Hardy made a speech, described by Conservatives as most eloquent and able. It was very fiery, very full of hope, and sometimes a little...

The House of Othman is going to commit a huge

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blunder. It has for five hundred years been a tradition of that House to con- sider its eldest male the heir of the throne, and thus avoid the absurdity of devolving the...

Mr. Gavan Daffy, the Prime Minister of Victoria, delivered at

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a banquet at Castlemaine on the 20th of March one of those spirited speeches which raise colonial questions into a higher- level of political life. He gave a sketch of the...

Has M. Thiers lost all control of his police? He

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promised not to send any more destitute Communists to England, but they are shipped hither every week in batches, the captains of the steamers receiving their pay direct from...

Mr. Cavendish Bentinck appears to be as unmanageable a- member

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of unparliamentary as of Parliamentary committees. We are probably not wrong in ascribing to him the chief responsibility for a movement which has diminished the chances of a...

The Swiss have rejected their new Constitution by a majority

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of about 5,000, and a cantonal vote of 13 to 9, and the project must therefore be abandoned. The idea of the reformers was to transfer to the Federal Government the control of...

The Pope, as we mentioned last week, has finally declined

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to receive Cardinal Hohenlohe as Ambassador from the German Empire, and it was expected that Prince Bismarck would retort by breaking off all communication with the Vatican. He...

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Mr. Vernon Harcourt has formulated his theory of National Defences

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in a speech to the United Service Institution. He says that if Prussia, Russia, France, and America united to attack us, we should still have more ironclads than the allies, and...

A Parliamentary return has just been issued about absenteeism. It

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appears that less than 20,000 persons own the soil of Ireland, of whom 5,982 own less than 100 acres. These, of course, are resident ; and so are 5,589 more, owning an average...

The Spanish Minister of Finance has presented his Budget, which

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shows an estimated receipt of £21,400,000, against an -estimated expenditure of £26,500,000, or a deficiency of more than five millions sterling. It is proposed to meet this by...

Consols were on Friday 93f to 93f.

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We have been perfectly overwhelmed this week with letters, most

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of them unusually long, about the Permissive Bill and the history of free licensing in Liverpool. We have printed one, not because it is worth reading, for there is nothing in...

In the Convocation of the University of London, on Tues-

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day, Mr. Shaen made the rather important announcement that he had received from Sir Roundell Palmer the most explicit assurance that as far as he (Sir Roundell Palmer) was...

The " Claimant" is amusing himself, pending his trial for

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perjury, by " starring " it among the tenantry of the Tichborne estates. On Tuesday he was at Alresford, "attended," as the Court Circular says, by Mr. Guildford Onslow, and...

Something of the old Cromwellian spirit has always adhered to

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the Evangelical party in their dealings with the heathen. A good -sound Calvinist can always be trusted in India to do stern work, and sometimes does not stop sufficiently to...

Mr. Lowe also declared himself on a subject which had

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engaged the attention of Convocation on the previous day, and led to a very narrow division,—the desirability of dispensing with a knowledge of Greek at the matriculation of...

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THE SUPPLEMENTAL TREATY. T HERE has been another change, indeed, more than one, this week, in the kaleidoscopic negotiations with the United States. Last week a wonderfully...

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I F there is a man in the House of Commons from whom we I might expect a clear statement of the Conservative Creed it is Mr. Gathorne Hardy. He is high in the counsels of his...

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MR. GLADSTONE'S LOVE OF THE " DEFLNITE." and especially great

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in negotiating the fair compromise between the different principles they contain. He is great in finance, which involves precisely the same class of balanced considera- tions....

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THE SWISS PLEBISCITE. T HE votes of thirteen Cantons having been

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registered against the proposed revision of the Federal Constitution of Switzerland, while only nine Cantons had approved the measure, the necessary consequence has been that...

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W E fancy, from what we hear, that the country may look upon the Ballot Bill as passed. There will be a hot debate, and perhaps a large division, upon the third reading ; but...

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T HE public mind in England still seems to be perplexed about the Hooka executions, and especially about the action of Lord Napier, the acting Viceroy, against those who ordered...

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D R. NEWS A.N told the Anglo-Catholics at least two-and- twenty years ago what they must become if they continued to play their curious pranks of counterfeit Romanism within the...

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throughout the United States have nominated Victoria Wood- hull for

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President and Frederick Douglas for Vice-President, they have given a blow to their cause which will have a reflex action upon its prospects here. That cause, so far as we...

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VESUVIUS IN ERUPTION. [We have received the following lively account of the eruption of Vesuvius from a friend, being extracts from a letter from Naples.—En. Spectator.] [TO...

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THE ATHANASIAN CREED IN IRELAND. [TO TEl EDITOR OF TEl "SPECTATOR-1 SIR,—As a member of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland, I have been much interested in reading your...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Allow me to say a word for my friend Mr. Birks. When Whewell was asked why the essay on "Matter and Ether had not attracted more...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—To those who still cling to a belief that there is even now good social work to be done for the nation by the Church of Eng- land, and...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—I as a layman

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am not a little disappointed that the effort for the disuse of the Athanasian Creed has failed. I thank you for various excellent remarks upon the question and for the in-...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me to correct a mistake which occurs in the postscript of the letter from "An Assistant-Master " in the Spectator of May 11 ? Your...

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JOHN LEECH'S OUTLINES. FOR some time to come there will be, as for a week past there have been, on view, at 9, Conduit Street, John Leech's inimitable Oat- lines,—the outlines...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") you permit me to make a few remarks in vindication of the Free-licensing experiment at Liverpool, upon which you pronounce such sweeping...

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MAURICE'S MORAL AND METAPHYSICAL PHILOSOPHY.* THE second edition of Mr. Maurice's Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy was reviewed at length in the Spectator, when it appeared ;...

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THE GOLDEN LION OF GRANPERE.* THERE is nothing more surprising

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in Mr. Trollope's workmanship than the slightness of the materials with which he constructs an amusing story. He has plenty of resource for his longer tales of English society,...

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EDWIN WILKINS FIELD.* BY the personal friends of such a

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man as the subject of this memorial-sketch no memorial whatever is needed. The only fear is that they will find any memorial inadequate to describe the character of the man who...

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A FEW of our best novelists write short stories which are almost as good as their novels. Mr. Trollope, Miss Thackeray, and Mr. George Macdonald are of the number. Some of our...

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THE United States are taking a lead in the humorous literature of the day. Bret Harte and Colonel John Hay and Artemus Ward are not alone. Their humour, it is true, is of a much...

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A SCHOLAR who at this moment produces an edition of Gains for English readers performs an important duty. The immense sale of Mr. Austin's lectures, the success of Mr. Maine's...

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Socrates for English Readers. A new Translation from Xenophon's might

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have been made out of the Memorabilia. But we cannot say that it has been made by Mr. Levien. His translation seems accurate enough, as far as we have compared it with the...

Robert Ainsleigh. By the Author of "Lady Audley's Secret." (MaxweN

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and Co.)—This is a reprint of a novel by Miss Braddon which appeared some years ago in the Belgravia Magazine. There does not appear to be any special reason for its...

Henry Ancrum : a Tale of the Last War in

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New Zealand. By "J. H. K. 2 vols. (Tinsley.)—We must own to having but a moderate liking for books of this kind, which, for the most part, are neither good novels, nor good...


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Swoon AND TEXT Boos.—Scenes from Greek Plays. By A. Sidgwick.

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(Rivingtons.)—These little volumes, which have been in use, we believe, for some years in Rugby School, are likely to be very serviceable. " Scenes " from four plays of...

The Finger of Fate. By Captain Mayne Reid. 2 vole.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—This novel has caused us a shudder, but not such a shudder as in old days Captain Mayne Reid knew well how to cause, when he surrounded his hero with...