19 JUNE 1880

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Lord Carnarvon on Friday week raised an important debate - upon

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Armenia. He declared the situation of the province to be well-nigh desperate, 144 villages having recently been swept away by the Kurdish ravages, and neither life, property,...

The Select Committee on Mr. Bradlaugh's case have agreed - to

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a report which, to some extent, throws over the report of the previous Committee, inasmuch as it says that that report having been carried only by the casting-vote of the...


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fr HE second Conference of Berlin assembled on the 16th inst., and elected Prince Hohenlohe president. Neither Turkey nor Greece is represented; but the former Power has a...

Mr. O'Donnell asked, on Monday night, the Under-Secretary of State

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for Foreign Affairs whether the M. Challemel-Lacour spoken of as the French Ambassador Designate to England was the Citizen Challemel-Lacour who, as one of the Prefects of the...

Thereupon Mr. O'Donnell said it was perfectly impossible to accept

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the explanation of the Government, and he would put himself in order by concluding with a motion ; and he began a speech in which he accused M. Challemel-Lacour of having...

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

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The Cabul correspondent of the Times, who forwards, we presume,

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official intelligence upon this subject, declares that the Chinese army in Kashgar has actually entered Kuldja; and that all the Mussulmans of the Khanates are excited, either...

The motion for the adjournment of the debate was thrice

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negatived, by majorities of 106, 166, and 201 respectively, when at last Mr. O'Donnell declared that he only wished to explain the question he was about to put to the...

Two separate sets of reports are arriving from Afghanistan.. According

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to one set, Abdnrrahman Khan is advancing on Cabal, either with an army or with a guard of two thousand men, and the British Government has forwarded to him an "ultimatum." If...

It would be a good day for the Greeks if

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Englishmen would call their country "Hellas," as they ought to do, and its people " Hellenes." The change is, we suppose, impossible, but a begin- ning has been made, for the...

The idea for which we have contended for eighteen years

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—that Liberals should seek the farmers as their natural allies —seems to have been accepted at last, and on Wednesday a deputation of farmers from all parts of Great Britain...

Hereupon arose a debate, which lasted many hours, and which

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was full of heat and mutual recriminations. Mr. Parnell, disowning all sympathy with Mr. O'Donnell's question midcourse, still protested against such a silencing of a minority...

On Thursday, when Mr. O'Donnell was to have put his

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further questions to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, it appeared that the Speaker had struck out a portion of these questions, on the ground that they referred...

We have discussed elsewhere the precise meaning of the "new

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clause" introduced by Mr. Forster into the Irish Relief Bill, about which so 'much is being said in political circles. The clause is an effort to extend the Land Act of 1870, so...

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The Burials Bill debate in the Lords on Tuesday was

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marked by the adoption of two bad amendments, and the rejection of one still worse. The bad amendments were moved by the Arch- bishop of York, and their object was to compel...

Canon Ryle was consecrated Bishop of Liverpool in York Minster

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yesterday week, amidst a crowd of clergy, by the Archbishop of York, assisted by the Bishops of Durham, Chester, and Manchester. Canon Garbett, who preached on the occasion from...

Sir Stafford Northcote replied with extreme warmth, not to say

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resentment, and on many points appeared to make good his ground against Mr. Arnold. He showed the impracticability of expecting landlords who were not getting their own rents...

On Saturday, Mr. Justice Denman and Mr. Justice Lopes unseated

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Mr. Bevan, the Liberal Member for Gravesend, for 'corrupt practices. The demand for a scrutiny by the Conserva- tive candidate,—the Lord Mayor of London,—was withdrawn, no that...

Mr. Arthur Arnold, M.P. for Salford, made his first speech

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in the House of Commons on Friday week, in the form of a very sharp attack on the Government for their ineffectual scheme of relief in Ireland. Mr. Arnold asked for the forbear-...

The French Government has, it is believed, decided to pro-

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pose a plenary amnesty for the offences of the Commune. The demand for it has been raised again, and accepted by the Extreme Left, the Advanced Left, and half the Pure Left, and...

Consols were on Friday 98: to 981.

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Aberdeen is losing its distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Bain,

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and we think we may fairly hope that the new P ro- fessor will not be a mere Bainite, but will be a man of some mark and originality, who, whether he agrees fundamentally with...

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THE NEW IRISH RELTFIF BILL. P ROBABLY the gravest step yet taken by the new Govern- ment, is the resolve to apply to the existing distress in Ireland the principle involved in...

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I T is by no means impossible that Europe may reach the crucial point of the Eastern Question more rapidly than is generally supposed. That point is not exactly the accord of...

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THOSE RABBITS. AV E have not seen the end of these

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Rabbits yet. The Government measure, though it may seem to towns- folk uninteresting, or even unimportant, excites more interest among the rural community and all men with a...

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T HE scene of Monday night would seem to us a very ominous one, if we did not believe profoundly in the sincere dread felt by the Prime Minister of creating precedents for...

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SIR H. LAYARD ON TITRKEY. F OR once, we have laid

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down a Report by Sir H. Layard with a sense of pleasure. For years past we have been enforcing, in season and out of season, the doctrine that at the very basis of the Eastern...

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N EITHER the Lord Chancellor nor the House of Lords were very wisely employed on Tuesday evening. The sins of the House came first in order of time. By a majority of 19 the...

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M R. RALSTON, in his interesting introduction to Miss Stokes's admirable selection of "Indian Fairy Tales,"* mentions some of the characteristic resemblances and some of the...

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W E observed last week that the old charge against the Quakers of being a parcel of hypocrites had almost disappeared. Nobody now sees any humour in depicting the Friends as men...

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THE ARABS OF MESOPOTAMIA AND THE SYRIAN DESERT. (FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] SIR,—In continuation of my last week's letter, I proceed to notice the actual condition of Mesopotamia...

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IRISH LAND REFORM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIE,—Althongh the Irish land question is now "within the range of practical politics," I fear that Irish violence combines...


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Tas Eorroe or THE SPEOTITOR."J Sra,—A recent number of the Pall Mall Gazette contains an appeal from Dr. Bridges, to which I hope you will not think it too late to recall the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF VIZ " SPECTATOR:1 Snt,—I beg permission to add a few final words on this question. The more I examine Clause 11 of the Bill which professes to relieve the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF 71111 SPECITRTOR.1 Snt,—May I suggest that when the Ballot Act is renewed it would be an advantage to omit the clauses which refer to the illiterate voter ?...


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"BricuToa."1 Srit,—Not far from the beginning of Shelley's Prometheus Unbound occur the lines,— " Speak, Spirit ! Prom thine inorganic voice I only know that thou art moving...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF TEE SPECTATOR."( Snt,—Permit me to remark that the Wild Birds' Protection: Bill, brought in by Mr. Dillwyn, and now awaiting consider- ation in Committee of...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY.—LANDSCAPES. [FOURTH NOTICE.] IN our last notice of this exhibition we spoke very shortly of some of the principal kinds of portraiture. In the present...


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THZ EDITOR OF THN arm-morel &n,—I think you treat me somewhat unfairly in your number of June 5th (which we have only just received down here). You take the occasion of a...


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And in Thine house, my prayer hath folded wing; My spirit turned from Thee to things of sense, And found delight in vain imagining. Ah, cool and quiet places where men pray !...

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RYDBERG'S "ROMAN DAYS."* APART from its intrinsic merits, this volume is interesting as affording a gauge, to some extent, of the present state of Swedish literature. The...

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TILE author of this curious book seems to have begun his career as a midshipman in her Majesty's Navy,—or, to speak more strictly, in that of his Majesty, the late lamented King...

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CONVICT LIFE.* Tnis is a remarkable book, and deserves the

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attention of every one who is interested in the punishment and reformation of criminals. The writer has had ample experience of convict life, he is a shrewd observer, and his...


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FAMILY pride is one of the most overworked motives of the English novel. Of its utility to writers of fiction, there can be no question ; we have only to observe how dull and...

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WIEEN in a fit of what he amusingly calls "trout-sickness," the author of this volume, who may be known to some of our readers as the "Red-Spinner," of certain serials,...

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Laura Dibalso ; or, the Patriot Martyrs. By Richard Hengist

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Horne. (Newman.)—Mr. Horne tells us in his preface that his tragedies are "systematically constructed for stage representation," though without any hope that they will be...


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Poor Zeph. By the Author of "Grandmother's Money." (F. W. Robinson.) (Hurst and Blaokett.)—We have copied the title given on the outside of this book. In appearance, the book is...

A Glossary of the Eases Dialect. By R. S. Charnoek,

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Ph.Dr., F.S.A. (Triibner.)—We have been much disappointed with this book. It is wanting in the discrimination of peculiarities of pronuncia- tion and peculiar words. Dr....

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The Watering-places and Mineral Springs of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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By Edward Gutman. M.D. (Sampson Low and Co.) —This book is described as "a popular medical guide," and as also giving "notes on climatic resorts and consumption sanitariums,...

we may presume to have already appeared elsewhere. By a

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curious want of judgment or of power to estimate the value of her own work, the author has put two of the weakest of the whole number in the first and second places of the first...

The Village of Palaces or, the Chronicles of Chelsea. By

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the Rev. A. G. L'Estrange. 2 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—It is curious to see the variety of interest to which a skilful chronicler like Mr. L'Estrange can appeal, when he tells...

For Her Dear Sake. By Mary Cecil Hay. 3 vols.

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(Hurst and Blackett.)—There is some cleverness in the writing of this book. There are graphic descriptions, forcible rhetoric which is not far from being eloquence, reflections...

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Cetshwayo's Dutchman. By Cornelius Vijn, translated from the Dutch and

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edited with Preface and Notes, by the Right Rev. J. W. Colons°, D.D., Bishop of Natal. (Longmans.)—Mr.Vijn is a young Dutchman, who crossed into Zululand for the purpose of...

Rodman the Keeper : Southern Section. By Constance Fenimore Woolson.

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(D. Appleton and Co., New York.)—These are sketches of life in the Southern States, picturing meetly with a quite remarkable power the condition of things which has resulted...

Lord liaskelyne's Daughter. By Rosa Mackenzie Kettle. (J. Weir.)—As we

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are told, under the date of April, 1880, that this is a "new story," we do not quite see the meaning of the special "author's edition" that appears on the title-page, unless it...