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The death of Mr. Charles Buxton deprives the House of

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Com- mons of a most valuable member, an honest and earnest philan- thropist, whose philanthropy never got the better of his judgment. Mr. Buxton declined office under Lord...

The gun-cotton manufactory at Stowmarket, said to be the largest

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of the kind in the world, blew up on Friday evening, killing about thirty persons, and wounding treble that number. Two of the principal partners in the factory were blown to...

M. Rivet demanded " urgency " for his motion, but

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M. Adinet, of the extreme Right, moved as an amendment that the Assembly should confirm and continue the powers conferred on M. Thiers at Bordeaux. This was equivalent to a...

Members who work hard in the House of Commons during

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the small hours have now apparently to do their own reporting. Mr. Watkiu Williams, for example, writes to the Times to inform the public that the Bill for reforming the...


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T HE news from Frankfort is most unsatisfactory. It is said that the French are paying their indemnity too rapidly for German satisfaction, that Prince Bismarck objects toretire...

Mr. Fawcett on Monday opened a grand but very useless

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debate on the constitutional propriety of abolishing Purchase by Royal Warrant. His point was that the Premier, the head of " an inefficient administration," had overridden...

Diplomatists are greatly, and, as we conceive, justly excited about

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the meetings between the Emperors of Germany and Austria. The first took place at Iscbl on the 11th, and the second was to take place at Gastein on the 17th. At the first no...

M. Rivet on Saturday introduced into the French Assembly a

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motion of great importance. He proposes to extend M. Thiors' powers for three years, to call him " President of the Republic," and to enable him to appoint and remove the...

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

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A Bill with the dreadful title "Reductions ex eapite lecti

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" has been hurried through the Lords, and has elicited a formal " pro- test " from Lords Redesdale, Skehnersclale, Denman, and Ha war- den. Lord Redesdale knows business, and if...

We wonder who is really responsible for the useannesses the

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British Treasury occasionally commit? Professor Sylvester is one of the first mathematicians in Europe, and at the ago of forty agreed to accept the mathematical chair at the...

Mr. Fawcett took occasion in the course of his speech

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on prero- gative to state his views as to the reform of the House of Lords. He was not in favour of abolishing that House, unless, indeed, the minority were fairly represented...

The Post Office is about to undertake a new business,

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which may prove very profitable, but will demand very great care in management. Mr. Mousell stated, on Monday night, that he desired to extend the money-order system to all...

The motion of inquiry moved by Sir J. Gray into

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the affair in the Phoenix Park was defeated on Thursday by 75 to 23. Mr. Glad- stone's defence of the Government was a straightforward, though to us not quite satisfactory one....

Mr. Lowe was nearly defeated on Tuesday about a tax

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bill. Horses used for agricultural purposes are exempt from taxation. Farmers, however, sometimes use such horses to carry their families to church, and then they are taxed. Mr....

An absurd little debate was raised on Friday week in

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the House of Commons, which seems to interest a groat many people. Mr. Eastwick wanted such officers as had clone great services to the wounded during the war to be allowed to...

The sympathies of English juries are absolutely inexplicable. Mrs. Mary

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Sadler quitted her husband, and lived with Captain Sills, of the Argyll and Bute Militia, as his mistress. His family endeavoured to induce him to quit her, and he promised to...

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Scott centenaries are still going on, and we want to

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know why so many speakers think it necessary to abuse " Anne of Geier- stein." Did they ever read that story ? It is always mentioned as the last most melancholy evidence of Sir...

The officers of the Indian Staff Corps, or some of

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them, have 'another grievance which was discussed in the House of Commons on the 10th inat. They say they joined the Staff Corps on con- dition that they should enjoy its...

Mr. Fowler on Monday moved the rejection of the vote

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for the police employed to carry out the Contagious Diseases Acts, that is in fact, the nullification of the Acts themselves. The debate is so prudishly reported that it is...

Consols were on Friday 93g.

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Mr. Tomline, the Member for Great Grimsby, has again returned

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to his silver question. This time he wants to know whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer will help hint to try before a Court his claim to compel the Mint to coin his silver....

A correspondent of the Times recently attacked Colonial Bishops -for

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coming home too often and resigning their sees too easily, whereupon Dr. Ryan, late Bishop of Mauritius, says that Dr. Wilson lived his life in Calcutta, that Dr. Smith was...

Mr. Gladstone stated ou Friday se'nnight, to the disgust of

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a great section of the Liberal party, that Mr. Disraeli had pledged the Government to pay Governor Eyre's legal expenses, incurred in defending himself for his conduct in...

Great alarm appears to be felt iu London about the

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cholera—an alarm very useful in many ways—but the few facts known do not justify it. Cholera, after being endemic in Russia for two, or, as some say, for five years, has reached...

The " Orthodox Catholics," as they call themselves in Prussia,

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have taken a great step forward. It was announced at a recent meeting at Heidelberg that they had scoured the adhesion of two Dutch Catholic Bishops, Jansenists, belonging to a...

The Select Committee of the Commons on Pawnbroking have 'reported

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that the time has not yet arrived for free-trade in pledges, and have advised that up to £2 interest should still be fixed by .statute at a halfpenny a month for every 2a. or...

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IS MR. GLADSTONE FALLING ? T HE politicians, and they are many, who are speculating on the speedy fall of this Government are reckoning, as we strongly suspect, without their...

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T HE contest now raging silently in the French Assembly seems likely to end in something of interest, the evolu- tion of a perfectly new and untried form of government. The "...

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r MIE world has been on tiptoe this week to hear what is arranged at the meeting of the Emperors of Germany and Austria at Gastein on the 17th inst., and we cannot wonder at...

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NYBODY who thinks it an easy task to govern our Indian 1I Empire, or desires to know how much of vital force yet lives in the Mussulman creed, should read the demi-official...

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T HE latest news from New York is a little bewildering to Englishmen, but it will, we believe, when carefully examined, furnish a most valuable lesson to Mr. Lowe, and all who,...

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A GOOD deal has been written at different times about the prospects of male emigrants in the United States, but the chances offered to female emigrants have been generally...

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T HE world changes slowly. Listen to the American version of the cry of the Jews before Christ, uttered again in all sin- cerity, though surely under the strangest of...

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URPRISE has been expressed in the newspapers that the cele- bration of the centenary of Sir Walter Scott should have awakened leas enthusiasm in the sister country than the...

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THE PEERS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 Sur,—In your interesting article on " - The Reform of the House of Lords " you omit one consideration, which is, that there is a...

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[TO TEE EDITOIL Or VIE " SPECTAT011.1 SIR,—Mr. Whalley's recent attempt to extort a confession of faith from the Ministers of the Crown deserves somewhat more attention than...


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[To 1 . 1114 ED11 . 011 Or 71111 SVICCTAT011.1 Srn,—I shall be glad if you will allow me to call attention in your columns to one aspect of the question of legal education...

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(TO TSB EDIT011 OP TDB " ISPSOTATOIE,1 SIR,—It is well known that our best sailors are now those who are trained to the sea from boys, and are bound to serve so many years in...


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I SIT in a quaint old garden, With weather-stained, warm old wall, And over the blaze of the flowers The brown shadows cooling fall. And the long lawns stretch before me, And I...


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THE "UNDO() SCEPTIC. I THINK till I weary with thinking, Said the sad-eyed Hindoo King. And 1 see but shadows around me,— Illusion in everything. How kuowest thou aught of...

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MR. STOPFORD I3ROOKE ON THE VOYS EY JUDGMENT.* THE ingenuity of the lawyers in discovering that the Purchas Judgment is directed ad personam, not ad rent, has probably pro-...

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TiDtSE two volumes are announced as the first of a series of reprints of the early Scottish poets. It may fairly be assumed that most readers south of the Border know little...

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IT is understood that the many thousands of Communist prisoners who can hardly escape condemnation at the hands of the French tribunals will be sent to New Caledonia, and that...

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'OLD MARGARET is young Margaret Van Eyck ; one of the three Van Eycks who painted at Ghent nearly five hundred years ago. As she remains young all through the brief tale, we...

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MR. TYR1tELL'S BACCII2 E.* lifelike the more it departed from

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the true ideal of Greek tragedy ; With a reputation, both family and personal, to maintain, Mr. and this is in fact the substance in great part of the oavillings at Henry...

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Hermes in Obscurity. By the Author of "Papers for Thoughtful Girls." (Strahan.)—Miss Sarah Tytlor has in this volume followed up the book to which reference is made in the...

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Naw Enrnows.—To a new edition of Guesses at Truth, by

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Two Brothers (Macmillan), Professor Plumptro prefixes a memoir of the two authors, Augustus and Julius Hare.-4 second edition of Who is Responsible for the War? by Scrutator...

Mentone. By W. Chambers. (Chambers.)—Mr. Chambers sums up what is

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to be said for and against Menton with a judicial impartiality. He has an acquaintance of some standing with the place as well as with some of its rivals, and puts it in tho...