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The Skouptschina, or Servian House of Representatives, was opened on

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Thursday week at Kragujevatz by Prince Milan, with a very . _non-committal speech, in which he neither announced a peace policy nor a war policy. "Our nation," he said "is dis-...

Plymouth yesterday week, and has been going on all the

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week. It would of course be premature to anticipate in any way its decision, but this much is clear,—that the uncertainty amongst the officers of the fleet, from the highest to...

A very shocking murder of the Greenacre type has been

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discovered during the last week, and discovered, apparently, through the want of common care for its concealment shown by the man who is suspected of it. Henry Wainwright, who...

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Strange, in a letter to Tuesday's Times, expresses

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his opinion that such an iron ship as the 'Van- guard' is the naval equivalent in force of a whole corps d'armere in the Army—i.e., of 30,000 men----and he very justly remarks...


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T HE Insurgents in the Herzegovina have had apparently some successes during the week, to set off against their reverses, and in the district of Zubei they appear to hold their...

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

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Though Sir Julius Vogel has been laid up at a

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German bath, while the present New Zealand Parliament has been holding its last session, his policy, like John Brown's soul, has been " march- ing on,"—at a rate, too, which...

It seems to be strongly suspected that the remains are

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those of a woman called Harriet Lane, and who went by the name of "Mrs. King," with whom Wainwright—who is a married man—had lived, and by whom he had had children. This woman...

Ilfr. W. E. Forster made an eible and elaborate speech

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on Friendly Societies at Otley this -day week, on the occasion of a meeting of a district lodge of -the +Oddfellows. After criticising the condition of this Society, he...

Mr. Gladstone has made two educational speeches within a week,—one

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at Chester on Thursday week, on laying the corner- stone of the New King's School there ; and one at Hawarden, on Tuesday last, on occasion of an effort to place the Hawarden...

The Coroner's jury empanelled at Portsmouth to inquire into the

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cause of the death of Samuel Turner, the mate of the Mistletoe,'—the vessel run down by the Queen's yacht on the 18th August,—brought in their verdict yesterday week, to the...

In his Ilawarden speech, Mr. Gladstone, who had been felling

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a particularly large tree just before he came down to urge the -miners to take care of their minds, was specially severe on those favourite modes of amusement among labourers...

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The Archdeacon of London, Bishop Piers Claughton, has -written to

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the Times to dissuade any of the High-Church party from resigning their cures in consequence of the operation of the Public Worship Act, which is now at work. Bishop Claughton...

Our contemporary the Globe has reproduced from the American papers

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a legend of a canine'funeral, spontaneously celebrated in 1869 by dogs, on the death, by shooting, of the spaniel of a negro who belonged, before emancipation, to Governor...

Nothing new has happened in France this week. M. Buffet's

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promptitude in removing Admiral de la Roneiere le Noury from the command of the Mediterranean Squadron for his recent letter has calmed down the opposition to the Government,...

Victor Hugo is more screamy than ever. In declining to

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attend "the Congress of the League of Peace and Liberty," he renews the expression of his fear that peace must be postponed. "What France wants to make, is Europe. To make...

'The effect on the finance of the colony from the

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amalgamation of general and provincial revenue is considerable, and must go on increasing. Major Atkinson, who holds the office of treasurer in Sir J. Vogel's absence, was able,...

There are certain speculations—speculations in which self - restraint is is

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everything and undue eagerness for returns is fatal,— wherein Governments certainly succeed very much better than private individuals. The Oyster-culture seems to be one of...

An Irish clergyman, the Rev. George Meares Drought, believes that

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he has discovered a remedy against plagues of flies,—and a very simple and pleasant one,—namely, a window-garden of geraniums and calceolarias. He says that he had for a long...

The Castalia,'—the double ship which was invented to secure the

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passengers between Calais and Dover from sea-sickness, or at least to reduce the danger to a minimum,—seems, if we may trust "A Resident at Calais," who writes to yesterday's...

Consols were at the latest date 94i to 94f.

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M R. FORSTER gave a somewhat new reading of the theory of the Poor-law in his interesting and sagacious speech at Otley last Saturday on Friendly Societies. He not only held...


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RUSSIA AND THE EUROPEAN POWERS. T RE is at the present moment probably more prospect of an effective European intervention to secure a certain amount of autonomy for the...

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T HE Admiralty instructions as to the reception of Fugitive Slaves on board Her Majesty's ships, to which we drew attention briefly last week, do not improve upon close...

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A STRANGE, ironical destiny baffles conjecture and prepares endless surprises in the politics of Spain. A few days ago, it seemed clear that the Alfonsist Government was...


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W HEN people speak of Socialism in Russia, they are often apt to forget that, in a good many respects, Russia has never ceased to be a Socialist country. The Russian Empire, in...

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FI E lives in the Zoological Gardens, and his residence has the common suburban fault of being too near the road. It lacks seclusion, with its attendant dignity, and its...

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a very masterly article by Lord Blachford,—who is perhaps even

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better known to the world in general unfler his old title of Sir Frederick Rogers, formerly the able permanent head of our Colonial Office,—on that automatic hypothesis of...

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H. W. E. FORSTER, in his speech at Otley on Saturday, ill said that, excepting the capitalists and trading class,— the class of "men of business" of various kinds,—there is...

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A SUMMER DRIVING-TOUR. un THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—In an article published on the 10th April last, which was calculated to attract attention from all the large...

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COOKS IN SICILY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,-TIIOSO of your subscribers who may have read and pondered your able and interesting article on cooks and contracts in...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Your "Word to Agricultural Labourers" in last Saturday's Spectator will, I trust, have all the greater influence upon those to whom it...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Si,—In the letter of Mr. Maltrnan Barry there occurs one pas- sage which demands reply, the more because it embodies an error not uncommon...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—In the Spectator of August 21 you were good enough to publish a letter of mine on the consequences of our competitions for entrance...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIH,—In last week's issue you say, "The Jewish Church was cer- tainly so far from an infallible Church, that the prophets, who were not...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—May I venture to suggest, to gentlewomen in quest of occu- pation, work in the wards of asylums for the insane? They would find there a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In the article on Mr. Hodgkin's edition of Claudian in last week's Spectator, your reviewer has passed over an extra. ordinary blunder...


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AIOLIERE IN ENGLISH.* " MORE than a century has elapsed since the last edition of Moliere in English was issued in this country." So we learn • Ifolierea Dramatic Works...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Permit me to correct a slight inaccuracy in Mr. AL Conway's kind letter about me published in your impression of September 4. It is...


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[TO THE Emelt OF THE " $PECTATOR:1 Sin,—It may be an item of intelligence worth recording, that the "antique tapestry representing the story of Coriolanus," at the Hotel de...

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READERS familiar with the imitative poetry of our age, the poetry which is the growth of poetical feeling and enthusiasm rather than of inspiration, may have observed in it one...

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those figures in history whose celebrity 'derives no little of its fascination from mysteriousness. His fame is due more to the pervading sense of his eminence than to clear •...

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LUMLEY'S "HIGDEN'S POLYCHRONICON." THE first two volumes of Iligden's Polyehronicon

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were edited by Mr. Babiegton, about ten years ago, and announced in a para- graph which we may conveniently quote here, viz. :— " This is one of the many modireval chronicles...

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"THE policy that annexes Fiji tolls the knell of the Polynesian race," writes Mr. Wood, and he thinks, therefore, that any facts of interest which he can supply relating to the...

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Sketches of Illustrious Soldiers. By James Grant Wilson. (New York:

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Putnam).—Mr. Wilson begins with Gonsalvo of Cordova, and ends with Ulysses Grant. As his volume of something less than 500 pages contains twenty - five sketches, including the...

The Parish Net: How it's 'bragged and What it Catches.

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By George C. T. Bartley. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. Bartley has made good his claim to speak with authority on the subject of pauperism, and he speaks with the more effect, because...

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Toxic 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Writers of novels must really take

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it to heart that it is only for a brief, alas ! a too brief, period of life that one can stand three volumes wholly occupied with love-making. Critics, too, of a sober age even...

The Widow Unmaskvd ; or, the Firebrand in the Family.

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By Flora F. Wylde. 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Wo understand—not from ex- perience, for we have not been driven to criticise novels from ill-success in writing them—that it is the...

Ilistory of India. By L. J. Trotter. (Society for Promoting

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Christian Knowledge.)—The only fault that we have to find with Mr. Trotter's book is one for which he is not responsible. To include the history of so large a portion of mankind...

Minutes of the Sessions of the Westminster Assembly of Divines:

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No- vember, 1644, to March, 1649. Edited by the Rev. A. F. Mitchell and the Rev. J. Struthers. (Blackwood.)—This volume is edited from transcripts of the original minutes,...

Life and Correspondence of the Rev. John Clowes. Edited by

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Theodore Compton. (Longmans.)—The notable fact about Mr. Clowes was that he was a follower of Swedenborg. If that meant nothing more than the holding very definite notions about...