19 OCTOBER 1872

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A curious present has been made to Mr. Disraeli by

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Mr. Andrew Currie, of Glasmont, near Kirkcaldy. It is a magnificently carved silver-mounted walking-stick, made from wood which formed the stair leading to Adam Smith's house in...

It is difficult to arrive at the truth as to

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the number of involun- tary emigrants from Alsace, the French in their excitement going as high as 350,000—an impossibility—and the Germans in their 'annoyance going as low as...

The materials of modern history are very ample, but sometimes

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not very clear. If there is any human being outside Spain who understands the Ferrol rising, he certainly is not in a newspaper office. All that can be gathered from the...

We shall have to hanga Railway Board yet. Railway accidents

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are beComiog too numerous. The Times of Friday contained a column of them, one of them being really terrible. It occurred on the Great Eastern—a railway which generally...


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P RINCE BISMARCK'S organ, the Correspondence, puts out a de- fence of the terrible blunder and oppression committed in enforc- ing the German conscription in Alsace. It may be...

We regret to notice the death of Mr. Albany Fonblanque,

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Editor of the Examiner from 1822 for a quarter of a century, and one of the most brilliant journalists this country has ever pro- duced. A thorough Radical of the old kind, in...

The Bishop of Winchester (Dr. Wilberforce) closed the Church Congress

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at Leeds last week with a sermon on the first great Council of the Church at Jerusalem, the leading idea being that the Church had then absolute dogmatic certainty, because it...

-11 %,,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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We did an unintentional injustice last week to the Bishop

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of Peterborough, when we said, copying the report in the Times, that he had spoken of a Dissenting minister's wish to preach in his pulpit as "an insult to his understanding."...

The state of mind of the Tory Members in relation

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to the Agricultural Labour question is a very curious study. Take, for instance, that of Major Arbuthnot, M.P. for Hereford, at Eghain last week, or of Sir M. Hicks-Beach, M.P....

M. niers has been provoked into a blunder which his

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enemies are diligently exaggerating. Prince Napoleon has repeatedly passed through France, and on Friday week was residing with M. Maurice Richard, accompanied by the Princess...

Our people keep their pluck,—that is one good thing. On

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the 1st of September the nasty little British village called Orange Walk, in British Honduras, was attacked by 150 Ycaiche Indians. fromYucatan. The Indians were well armed and...

The Synods held by the Disestablished Church of Ireland are

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none of them encouraging, but some of them very much the reverse. At Ardagh the Bishop of Kihnore has been telling a most dismal tale of the indifference of the landowners to...

The Swedish paper Sydsvenska Dagbladet has published a touching account

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of the death of the late King of Sweden, which shows not only the perfect nerve and equanimity of Charles XV.'s character, but the true feeling of Swedish patriotism which ani-...

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Lord Salisbury, in an able speech on education delivered on

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Friday week at Manchester, took occasion to point out one danger which accompanies it, the notion that it is not "genteel" for an educated man or woman to work with the hands....

Sir Bounden Palmer has assumed the most taking title open

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to him, Baron Selborne of Selborne,—the Selborue made illustrious by White's history of the place.

It would seem that Mr. Bessemer's delightful plans for saving

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us from sea-sickness in crossing the Channel are really maturing, and that Mr. E. J. Reed, formerly naval architect to the Admiralty, is now settling the plans of a couple of...

Mr. Lowe's amusing story about the Irish Parliament's subven- tion

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to Achmet's Dublin baths has been declared absolutely un- authentic this week by Mr. E. B. Hamilton in Tuesday's Tine, but it seems that the corrector needs correction, for...

A. lady whose letter is published in the Times gives

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an inter- esting, though somewhat sensational, account of an accident in the Mont Cenis tunnel, on the 6th inst. The French train was just in the centre when it ran into a goods...

We have discussed the inference to be drawn from the

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very strong language and personalities which marked the meeting of the Convocation of the Queen's University in Dublin last week. We may add here that the extreme inadequacyof...

It is not very likely that the Government, with a

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County Organisation Bill on its hands, which, if a good Bill, must half madden the House of Lords, intends this Session to take up the subject of the Land Laws. But a good many...

M. Thiess appears to have had a sharp difference with

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the Permanent Commission of the Assembly. He appeared before them last week to inform them that he had expelled Prince Napoleon, and was met by a storm of interpellations. Why...

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THE CONDITION OF ITALY. condition of Italy. The truth about

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the present state of affairs in that country is, that the English system of admin- istration has been applied in somewhat too undiscriminating a fashion. The Lanza Ministry, as...


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LORD SALISBURY ON TORY PROSPECTS. of interest acute enough to cause an instant rearrange- ment of parties, should ignore the religious chasm which is slowly deepening between...

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T HE hope we expressed a fortnight ago that the Catholic minority in the Convocation of the Queen's University in Ireland might be allowed to speak freely and without unseemly...

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‘ATE do not feel the least sympathy with those who treat Mr. Peter Taylor's protest against the use of the Cat with sheer, hard contempt, as the language of a sick effeminate...

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1 T must be allowed that Mr. Butt has given proof of very remarkable skill in stirring the dying embers of agitation. He touched the dormant Repeal movement which had hyber-...

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W E are afraid that Mr. Stansfeld has made a mistake. By the Public Health Act of last Session every por- tion of England and Wales having . been provided with a local authority...

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T HE reproach 'of the English Kings, as of the English people, is a poverty of ideas, a certain ordinariness of purpose and intellectual design, and it is one from which Mr....

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T HE Germans are ahead of us in the scientific treatment of ' consciousness ' generally, but their learned men who understand ' consciousness ' are not usually out-of-doors men,...

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P ARIS has a school whose professional object is to train Masters for the University. As the curriculum of studies is high, and the situation of official mastership much envied...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In Mr. Price's letter on this subject, he has (in the last. paragraph) called attention to the influence of migration on the rise in...


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S1R,—Your correspondent "A Dissenter" makes the astounding assertion that "the primary object of the Church is to attack Dis- senters." Now I do not hesitate to say that if you...


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[TO TSB EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] Sra,—It is important that the public, as well as members of the London School Board, should enter into the discussion now going on as to the...


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C HURCH DISESTABLISHMENT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "spacrnami should be obliged if you would allow me to call your attention to an error into which I think you have fallen in...

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ITO THE ED/TOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In your issue of the 12th, Mr. Martineau proposes an inter- pretation of the opening verses of Genesis as being the only possible or...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 'Sin,—It is difficult to find fault with a phrase when the censor is not quite sure of the sense in which it is intended to be taken by the...


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THE LEGEND OF S. VITALIS.* VITAL'S stood before his cell and mused ; "'Of women cometh wickedness,' so spake Jesus, the son of Sirach, speaking truth. I thank Thee, Lord, that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—In last week's Spectator, in your article on Mr. Wills' historical play, "Charles I.," you say,—" We should like to know whether Mr....

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A NEW ZEALAND POET.* THERE is power, buoyancy, intellectual subtlety, and vivid picture enough in this book to make out a great many poems which would strike the attention of...

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FROM TRINIDAD TO PARA, BRAZIL.* Fr is to be regretted

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that Mr. Wickham has allowed his book to be published in his absence, in the form of "Rough Notes." It is not a narrative of striking exploits of travel for which the pub- lic...

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IT has for many years been known that Lord Brougham added a novel to his long list of writings, in order, as may have been suggested, that he should verify one-half of the...

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IT is difficult to say anything of a book so unequal as this. Now it appears real and simple, and now made-up and absurd,—here we come across a thoughtful passage, and there we...

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The Worthies of Cumberland. By Henry Lonsdale, (Routledge.)—The "Worthies who

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are Dr. Lonsdale's subjects in the volume before us are "The Howards," under which title are included "Belted Will," Charles, Duke of Norfolk, Henry Howard of Corby, Mrs....

Struggles and Experiences of a Neutral Volunteer. By John Farley.

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2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. Farley acted for the British National Society for the Relief of the Sick and Wounded and for the French Peasant Farmers' Seed Fund. In the first...


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Pansies. By Adelina T. Whitney. (Strahan.)—This is a graceful little volume of verses, by one of the most accomplished of American poetesses. We are inclined to regret the...

Ethel Mildmay's Follies. By the Author of " Petite's Romance.'

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3 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—Miss Ethel Mildmay falls in love with a certain O'Neill, but then, as it unfortunately happens, he is not the right O'Neill, but an impostor whom an...

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Memoir of the Right Hon. Sir W. Houle. Edited by

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Emma Leathley. (Bentley.)—The outside of this book excites an expectation which the title-page disappoints. There we read "Memoir of the Early Life, dm." Mr. Justice Mettle had...

Michael Tresidder : a Cornish Tale. 2 vols. (Bentley.)—We cannot

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see anything especially "Cornish " about Michael Tresidder, except it be a few lines here and there descriptive of Cornish scenery and the dis- tinguishing prefix of the hero's...

Stray Thoughts and Short Essays. By J. R. Pretyman. (Longtuans.)

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—This is one of the books which have a tendency to irritate a critic. What Mr. Pretyman says is, on the whole, true and sensible enough. He does not make blunders which one...

Chronicles of Golden Friars. By T. S. Le Fenn. 3

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vols. (Bentley.) —Mr. Le Fenn does not make us tremble as he used to do. Is it that his hand has lost something of its cunning, or that we have grown less impressionable?...

Love and Law, or, the Two L's. By A. Mactavish.

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(London : Cassell, Patter, and Galpin.)—Mr. Mactavish might have secured the luck which attaches to odd numbers by adding a third L on the title-page, as the story turns—as it...

political events accompanying the conquest and settlement of the Island

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of Britain by the Saxons, Danes, and Normans." An introductory chapter deals with the Roman occupation of the island. Thus we have a tolerably complete account of what might...