19 APRIL 1879

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Sir William Harcourt also made a most powerful protest against

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overriding or trying to override, in Eastern Roumelia, the principle to which the latest constituted nations, Greece, Italy, and Germany, owe their new birth. He attacked Lord...

The " Secret Executive Committee," as it is styled, of

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the Russian Revolutionists, has attempted to assassinate the Czar. It had posted up in St. Petersburg on the night of March 31st, and on several succeeding nights, placards,...

Lord Derby, who has been, in conjunction with Lord Beacons-

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field, the patron of the Lancashire Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, wrote to the Secretary last week to request him to forward the last annual report of...

Sir William Harcourt made on Wednesday, at Sheffield, one of

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those speeches which remind us more of Mr. Dis- raeli in his most brilliant days,—such days, for instance, as those of his Stroud speech in 1858,—than of any other of our modern...


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Vi country is to-day in deep anxiety. It was expected that tt news of the relief of Ekowe would be received on Wed- nesday, but it was not received. On the contrary, the...

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

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Parliament reassembled on Thursday, and, of course, Sir Stafford Northcote

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was " heckled " by Sir J. G-oldsmid about Egypt. Equally, of course, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his most smooth and conciliatory manner, refused to make any reply. The...

It is very difficult to doubt that Lord Lytton has

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decided on an advance to Cabul, although such an advance may not have actually begun. Sir S. Browne's force at Jellalabad has been strengthened by an additional Division, and he...

The journals devoted to Egyptian Bondholders persist, we see, in

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believing that the two Governments may act through the Sultan, and affirm that that course would be easy. They do not, however, explain how bondholders will be benefited by...

Cockermouth at least has given out no uncertain sound. Oa

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Wednesday, the Liberal candidate, Mr. William Fletcher, was elected by a much more considerable majority than his pre• decessor in 1874. In 1874, the late Member, Mr. Isaae...

Mr. Blight's speech at Birmingham, on Wednesday, was received with

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enthusiasm, though it was an elaborate denun- ciation of the policy of the Government, which, from the Gulf of Venice, yid Cyprus, Egypt, and Asia Minor, up to Afghanistan, has...

A new combination has been arranged for the government of

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Eastern Roumelia. The mixed occupation has been aban- doned, and Alexo Vogorides, a Bulgarian Greek, third son of the Prince of Samoa, and an experienced diplomatist, has been...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson made a very sharp attack on the

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Govern- meat in his speech at Cockermouth on Monday. The plea fora scientific frontier, he said, was a plea for robbery, neither sore nor less. The first well-known ruler who...

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The discussion concerning the countervailing duty which it is proposed

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by the sugar-refiners to put on all sugar the exportation of which is promoted by bounties, like the French bounties, does not often touch the real issue. That a countervailing...

The present Mayor of Birmingham—Alderman Jesse Collings —has made a

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very sensible innovation on the traditional usages of the office which he holds. He has arranged, at his own private cost, to give a series of free concerts at the Town Hall ;...

A sharp discussion has been taking place in the Times

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during the week, between Mr. C. H. Pearson, one of the Victorian Com- missioners for the settlement of the Constitutional difficulty, and Mr. Frederick W. Haddon, who takes the...

The Times publishes a curious account of a quasi-religious movement

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in France, which but for one circumstance might turn out important. A good many moderate sceptics are im- patient of their position as Catholics, and are willing to turn...

At the examination of Katherine Webster before the Rich. mond

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Bench of magistrates, on Thursday, a fresh statement was read, which the prisoner had made,—a statement which changed her version of the date of the murder from the 3rd to the...

A reporter of the Boston Herald has interviewed Mr. Jeffer-

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son Davis, the late President of the Confederate States. He states .that he accepts the results of the war, which he now de- scribes as " that great cslamity." He is of opinion...

A curious discussion between M. Renan and M. 314zieres con-

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cerning the personal appearance of St. Paul, has followed the public reception of M. Renan into the French Academy. M. Renan has described St. Paul as a bald man, of short...

Consols were on Friday 98 1 1 1 . to 98A.

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THE TROUBLES OF THE COUNTRY. T HE troubles of the country are no lighter, are rather, if anything, thicker than before. There is a momentary respite in Eastern Europe, the...

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T HE impression that this Government is at least a resolute Government is rapidly fading away. Doubtless, it has done three or four very audacious things. The purchase of the...

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A LITTLE glimmer of light, very faint, but still perceptible, has this week been thrown upon the objects of the Russian Revolutionary Committee. It is not strong enough to see...

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LORD DERBY'S SECESSION. T EE secession of Lord Derby from the

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Conservative Asso- ciations of Lancashire, is received by many of our con- temporaries as a mere tardy confession of the crypto-Liberalism which has always underlain his...

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A FORTNIGHT ago it was settled, or supposed to be settled, that as the East Roumelians were certain to fight for the liberties granted them by the Treaty of San Stefano and...

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THE CLEWER CASE. T HE Bishop of Oxford has helped to

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fill the columns of the Times during the dull days of the Easter Resess. He has written a letter himself ; he has been the occasion of several letters from other people ; and he...


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M R. HENRY JAMES, Junior, has betrayed no single pur- pose so clearly in his various more or less 'elaborate sketches, as that of in some sense glorifying the American char-...

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W E are a very great people, and a very rich one ; there can be no doubt of that ; but every now and then a very small exertion seems to cost us a very great effort. The Prince...

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A CANADIAN EX-PREMIER ON THE CANADIAN TARIFF. [TO TES EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ' ] Sra,—'1 he condemnation of the Canadian tariff by the Parlia- ment and Press of the United...

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[TO TH1 EDITOR 07 TII1 " SPECTATOR:I Sta,—Allow me to thank you for your excellent, and I may add, remarkable, article on " The Cavendish College : its Use and Abuse," in the...

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mgamorAroa.1 SM,—I trust you will allow me to correct one error that occurs in your review of my work on Theism. Your reviewer says :— "The belief that when we have catalogued...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SpaorAros...] • :STR*—In the brief notice of my book—the Life of Mr. Glad- stone—which appeared in the Spectator of last Saturday, the reviewer says that...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " tiescrace."1 Sia,—It is gratifying to find your influential journal advocating the compulsory discontinuance-of the unlimited liability of Bank...


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THE MIRABEAU FAMILY.* [FIRST NOTICE.) IN these two volumes, we have the first instalment of the work upon which the distinguished author of Beaumarchais and his Times had been...

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READINGS IN MELBOURNE.* Is Lord Beaconsfield's " imperialism " were

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like that of Sir Archibald Michie, what might we not hope from a Conservative Government ! If—instead of making our name a terror to uncivilised nations, frightfully increasing...

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08 the 14th of November, 1876, Mr. Campion entered Spain at Iran, and went on to San Sebastian, with the intention of walk- ing across Spain ; and on the 14th of March of the...

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MIDWAY between the arts of Italy and of Flanders, influenced by both, but entirely formed by neither, grew up the French Art of the Renaissance. The seed was probably sown by...

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IT is one of the striking characteristics of the favourite psy- chology of the day, that it does not merely deny the old philo- sophical assumptions on which the true ideal of...

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The British Quarterly Review. April. (Hodder and Stoughton.) —The feature of the number is naturally Dr. Freeman's article on "The Normans at Palermo." The subject suits him...

Aunt Judy's Magazine, for April. (George Bell and Son.)—" Aunt

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Judy's" readers will rejoice to find that Mrs. Ewing has resumed her story. The scene between the old Irishwoman of the coffee-stall and the hero, is full of the humour of the...

Arrows in the Air. By the Rev. H. R. Haweis,

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M.A. (C. Kegan Paul and Co.)—Everything that Mr. Haweis writes is fresh and full of thought. His works hold a place of their own in the literature of the day ; and we believe...

The London Quarterly Review. April. (Wesleyan Conference Office.)—The most readable

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article in this number is the first, a review of the proceedings of the Missionary Conference at Shanghai, written, it is evident, by one who knows his subjects. and holds...

Food, and its Preparation. By Mrs. W. T. Greenup. (Bemrose

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and Sons.)—The writer of this little book (which is a transcription of some lectures given to girls at Sheffield) says truly that books on cookery are very abundant now-a-days,...

The Religion of the Africans. By the Rev. Henry Rowley.

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(W. Wills Gardner.)—A great amount of information on the subject' of African beliefs and superstitions is to be found in this interesting and valuable little book. It may also...

Through the Church Porch. By E. Warden. Edited by the

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Rev. W. Andrew, M.A. (William Poole.)—It is unusual to meet with a volume of sacred poetry not largely dogmatic ; and women, though less prone to dogmatism than men, are by no...

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Paradoxical Philosophy : a Sequel to the Unseen Universe. (Mac-

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millan.)—This may truly be called a " Symposium," and has this ad- vantage of the frequent " Symposia " that have lately been published— it is not " dry." It is absurd to string...

SCHOOL AND CLASS Booxs.—The Agamemnon of 2Eschylus, with a Metrical

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Translation, and Notes, Critical and Illustrative. By Benjamin Hall Kennedy, D.D. (Cambridge University Press.)—One strong point in this edition is the very clear way in which...

The Curd's Niece. By Maurice Segrave. (Burns and Oates.)—The main

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incident of this story is the self-devotion of a girl who denies the love which she really feels, because the mother of her lover is opposed to the marriage on which he is...