19 JANUARY 1878

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Sir Stafford Northcote, who spoke between Lord Hartington and Mr.

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Gladstone, affirmed and reaffirmed that the policy of Government was peaceful. Parliament had been summoned because it would be possible for Government, with its support, to...

In the Commons, after Mr. Wilbraham Egerton had moved, and

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Mr. Tennant seconded the Address, the debate was confined to Lord Hartington, Sir Stafford Northcote, and Mr. Gladstone, the rest of the evening being taken up by the Irish...

Lord Beaconsfield's reply was constrained, and was evidently composed for

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a very different occasion than that which Lord Granville's keen but modest questions had made for him. Till Lord Granville interrupted him, to explain, there was no sign of the...

Up to Friday evening no authentic intelligence had reached the

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public as to the Russian conditions of peace. It is certain, however, that they have been forwarded to the Grand Duke Nicholas as commander-in-chief of the army, and that he...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

In the House of Lords the Address was moved by

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Lord Wharn- cliffe in a long-winded and dull speech, and seconded by the Earl of Loudoun in a few words of no particular meaning ; after which Lord Granville, in a speech of...


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P A.RLIAMENT • was opened on Thursday, with the usual ceremonies, the Speech from the Throne being read by the Lord Chancellor. It was, on the whole, pacific. Her Majesty...

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Lord Stratford de Redcliffe published on Thursday a letter to

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the Times upon the terms of peace to be demanded by Russia. He writes temperately, but from a diplomatist's point of view, holding all manner of documents sacred which have been...

The Russians publish nothing of what is going on south

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of the Balkans, and the Turks exaggerate all events, but it seems certain that Suleiman Pasha is retreating towards Philippopolis, that he turned at bay at Tatar-Bazardjik, and...

Mr. G. 0. Trevelyan, in the course of a very

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masterly speech— repeating arguments for our neutrality, which can never be too much popularised, and which no one has put better than Mr. Tre- velyan—delivered to his...

The Pope refused to allow the priests serving in the

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Basilicas to repeat prayers for Victor Emanuel under the form,— " Pro Rege nostro," alleging that to do so would be to sanction the extinction of the Temporal Power. The funeral...

Mr. Bright's speech at Birmingham on Saturday was not one

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of his best. We are somewhatweary of his self-glorifying rehearsals. of his own resistance to the Crimean war, and entirely decline to - admit that the Russian hectoring about...

Mr. Chamberlain's speech was much abler and more relevant to

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the occasion. He said very happily that the present Govern- ment is unfortunate, for when it does nothing, the country is un- easy; and when it does anything, the country is...

The meeting of Parliament has taken the interest out of

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most of the public meetings of the week, and the speeches of Members to their constituents, but we must mention the great workmen's meeting at Exeter Hall on Wednesday. It was...

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Mr. Robert Giffen, the head of the Statistical Department of

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the Board of Trade, read a very striking paper before the Statis- tical Society on Tuesday on the "Accumulation of Capital in England," in which he showed that the increase on...

Unless, indeed, it were Sir Charles Dilke's, at Chelsea, on

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Tuesday,—far more- elaborate and exhaustive, but less popular -and pithy. We have referred to it at some length elsewhere, but may say here that for its instructive review of...

Frederick Dimsdale and his son, the solicitors accused of raising

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.£300,000 upon forged leases, have pleaded guilty, their counsel admitting his inability to explain away the facts, extra- ordinary as they are. The elder prisoner, a man of...

The later hours of Thursday evening were taken up in

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the -Commons in the discussion of a motion by Mr. Mitchell Henry, declaring it the "duty of Parliament, on the earliest opportunity, to consider, in a wise and conciliatory...

We regret much to observe the announcement of the death

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of Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, of Kier, M.P. for Perthshire, which took'place on Tuesday at Venice, after an illness of eight days, from typhus fever and congestion of the...

There was a blunder in our " note " of

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last week on the new Indian Order of the Crown, which, however, did not extend to . the article on the same subject. The Order was bestowed on Lady Lawrence, the wife ofthe...

The advocates for the higher education of women obtained a

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great triumph at the meeting of the Convocation of the London University on Tuesday night, when a motion approving the draft Charter which will empower the- University to grant...

Telegrams arrive every day in London announcing a "modifi- cation

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"in the policy , of Austria. Count Andrassy has, it is stated, informed the Government of St. Petersburg that the Emperor cannot consent to any Treaty which is not in accord...

Consols were on Friday 951 to 95k.

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THE MEETING OF PART.TATIFINT T O those who are satisfied with the formula that "the greatest of all British interests is peace," the meeting of Parliament will probably give at...

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I T is rather the fashion, especially with people who are always glad to speak at them, to decry the worth of public meetings, and to talk of them as places where all Bacon's "...


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Y far the most satisfactory circumstance in all the recent proceedings of the Government is the definiteness and persistency with which Lord Derby has kept the Turkish...

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S IR CHARLES DJUKTI, in the very remarkable and power- ful speech delivered at Chelsea on Tuesday,—a speech which embodies so much history and so much sagacious politi- cal...

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speak Gaelic, while the Frenchmen of Canada are loyally on

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At the same time, there exists in England for the dark races, our side. It does not lie in religion, for the English Catholics, unless indeed they are Hindoos with money, little...

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THE DISTRESS IN SOUTH WALES. T HE experience through which South

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Wales is now passing may well teach Englishmen a little modesty. They are accustomed to look at the Poor-law with a curious mix- ture of shame and pride. They are often willing...

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W E are on the side of the Doctors, for once. They may be dying of dignity, and some of them certainly are, but. they are not dishonest. On the contrary, they are suffering in...

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I N the lecture which the Archbishop of York delivered two or three months ago, at Leeds, on the German School of Pessi- mists and "The Worth of Life," and which has just been...

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Berlin, January. Szn,—To judge from telegrams in the English papers, there should be sufficient interest in England about the so-called poli- tical crisis in this country to...

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THERE IS NO WAR PARTY. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR: Sin,-1 am glad to see that the Pall Mall Gazette, the Daily Telegraph, and my new little friend, the Week, have...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Will you allow a woman to enter a protest against the severe, and as I think, unjust sentence pronounced on his countrymen by Sir...

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IRISH SONG. 1817(30E8T: 0 1D BY A LYRIC or BARRY CORNWALL'S.] On:! the Spring's delight Is the cowslip bright, As she laughs to the warblin' linnet ; And a whistlin' thrush On...


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SIR THOMAS MAY ON DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE.* [SECOND NOTICE.] SIR THOMAS MAY commences his second volume with a careful sketch of the vicissitudes of democratic government in the...


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(To THE EDITOR OF TRH ..seserrirea.-) Srlt,-.4 think billions are unduly slighted by the Times. I can give definite illustrations both of billions and trillions, meaning by a...


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account of Mr. S. Harrison's method of signalling at sea—the Abacus system,—published in your journal of the -5th inadvertently wrote " right " for " left " and vice versa,...

[TO TR/ EDITOR OF TH1 " snoriTon.1 Sin,—Your brief dissertation

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in your last number on the vague indefiniteness of the sum of a "billion," reminds me of a story told by a clergyman in the North. He was returning home from a Bible-meeting, in...

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IN this age of child-culture, there is nothing wonderful in the fact of good art being employed in the decoration and delinea- tion of nursery-rhymes, and one more such work...

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LOVERS of Venice, "visited "or "unvisited,"—and who that Las heard of the queen city of the Adriatic is not her lover ?—will be delighted with M. Yriate's second volume, which...

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William Black's novels has be trusted to so slender a thread of story as in this one, in which, nevertheless, he breaks entirely new ground, and departs with daring inde-...

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(Oust readers may recollect that recently an attempt was made to raise some memorial to Albericus Gentilis, the celebrated jurist. Many lawyers, English and foreign, thought...

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ness and accuracy of the knowledge out of which it is written. Just as a genuine scholar shows his gift even in teaching the rudiments, so in this brief outline Professor Jebb...

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We have received one of Letts's Medical Diaries for the

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year, and think it an improvement on those of former years. It is convenient in form, and contains useful tables of medical constants, scales of charges, poisons and their...

We have omitted to notice at the proper time among

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the gift-books of the season a very handsome volume, The Birthday - book of Flower and Song. Compiled by Alicia Amy Leith. (Routledge.)—Each day has two or three passages,...