1 APRIL 1871

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The Upper Ten Thousand of London had a field-day on

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Wed- nesday. The Queen opened the "Royal Albert Hall," that huge and ugly copy in brick of the Colosseum, down there in Ken- sington, and eight thousand persons in their finest...

It is believed that the internal programme of the Revolt

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is con- tained in some pledges exacted from the representatives of the 14th Arrondissement, which is wholly Red. These are to abolish the conscription ; to suppress distraint...

The Central Committee really appears to have published in the

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Journal Officiel a kind of proclamation declaring Princes enemies of the human race, to be killed wherever met. The writer is speaking of the Duke d'Aumale, who, he says, only...

The programme of the Commune, which is supposed to be

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:guided by Blanqai, who however remains concealed, is apparently to federalize France. At all events, each of the ten great cities is to be secured its autonomy under certain...

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

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M. Thiers at Versailles is still collecting troops. He has

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now about 50,000 soldiers of sorts, including, it is believed, 10,000 men of the Metz army, and 8,000 Bretons who talk Welsh, and some 50 pieces of cannon. General Vinoy is...

Sir Charles Dilke brought on on Thursday his not very

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hopeful motion, condemning the Government for going into Conference, after they had for some time emerged from it, in a very able speech, of which we have discussed the two main...


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OTHE Revolt is master in Paris. The Moderate Battalions 1 encamped round the Bourse did, as we predicted, nothing ; 'their Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Saisset, found the...

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The German Parliament has passed a law by which Alsace

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is tosend representatives to the Reichstag, as an integral part of Germany, from January 1, 1873. Till then she is to be governedt as a Prussian province, and apparently without...

Mr. Goschen brought forward the Naval Estimates on Monday in

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a speech which elicited warm approval. Its drift was that for our £10,000,000 a year we now maintain a sufficient ironclad fleet to defend our shores and protect our foreign...

Mr. Bentinck invoked the opinion of the Government yesterday week,

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on the question whether a certain meeting held to foster the growth of Republican feeling, in the Wellington Music Hall, on Wednesday, the 22nd March, had not passed a seditious...

Lord Carnarvon on Friday week reviewed the blue-book on the

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Tientsin massacre in a thoughtful speech, the drift of which, was that the Foreign Office were not sufficiently tenacious im maintaining our Treaty rights. They did not insist...

Society considers that singers and actresses ought not to be

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good. It is an impertinence in them. If, like Jenny Lind, their -goodness is undeniable, then the men they marry must be bad, to give society some small consolation. Either they...

Mr. Bernal Osborne, who delights above all things to plant

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his sting in any young man of ability, seized the opportunity when Sir Charles Dilke was irresolute enough to express his wish to withdraw his motion,—a feeble step, for it...

In this way, Mr. Gilpin and Mr. Bernal Osborne were

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the principal performers, Mr. Gilpin in his forced indignation even mentioning Sir Charles Dilke by name, instead of speaking of him as the Member for Chelsea, and asking...

The House of Lords has rejected once more that unhappy

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candidate for matrimony the Deceased Wife's Sister, who- has been declared eligible by the House of Commons, it is said, in no fewer than 40 separate divisions ; and this. time,...

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Into the remarkable and characteristic extract which we gave last

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week from Professor De Morgan's will, a slight verbal in- accuracy, which, however, essentially modifies the meaning, crept by some inadvertence of our own. We printed it thus :...

The "religious difficulty" came up again at the meeting of

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the London School Board on Wednesday, Professor Huxley describ- ing what sort of selection from the Bible he wants,—namely, a selection excluding plain-spoken passages, which...

Mr. Julian Goldsmid (M.P. for Rochester), who is a Master

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of Arts of the University of London, has just made his Univer- sity a handsome present,—of £1,000, to be paid in annual in- stalments, to be distributed over ten years,...

Sir J. Elphinstone has been lecturing on a plan for

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cutting through Adam's Bridge. He has an impression that if a sum of £100,000 were spent in piercing that inconvenient ocean wall, the route from Europe to China would be 750...

On Tuesday, Mr. Lowther brought before the House the expe-

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.diency of strengthening the law against the export of arms by neutrals in the time of war. He wanted the Government to con- .cert with the other European Powers measures for...

The Peers cannot forget the wrongs of the Lord-Lieutenants. Those

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very dignified and entirely useless officials are not, it appears -from a speech made on Tuesday by Lord Vivian, to be " snubbed " by Secretaries of State or "underlings "like...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92f.

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Lord Sandon on Wednesday proposed the second reading of his

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:annual Bill for establishing Parish Councils. He wants, as our readers may remember, to elect a small Council of Sidesmen in every parish, who shall have power to prevent the...

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W ITH that curious incapacity for looking beyond the moment which is apt to distinguish the popular view of external affairs, the people of England, who, when they saw the utter...


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THE IDEA IN THE REVOLT. T HE Revolt, having mastered Paris, has put forth its pro- gramme. On this day week, Admiral Saisset, having been appointed by the Government to the...

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I T will be more likely that Sir Charles Dilke will learn something by his experience of Thursday night, than that the Ministry will profit by it ; yet there is quite suffi-...

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y ORD BANDON'S Bill for the creation of Parish Councils. .1.2 will not, of course, pass this year. No bill of the kind can pass nowadays unless brought in by Government, and the...


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T HE Select Committee on Public Business has recommended November sessions. The recommendation was carried by a majority of only one, and will scarcely be accepted by the...

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W RITERS on International Law are peculiarly tempted by the importance of the subject and its undefined nature to prescribe as rules, not so much that which can be shown to be...

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I TARDLY any problem in theologic history seems to modern JL thinkers so difficult of solution as the influence of Calvinism upon Scotland, Geneva, and New England, and we...

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part in solving the Slavery question in America ;—for without the sparkling and abundant humour of the " Biglow Papers," and the equally powerful though, per- haps, not...

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L E VERY one who attempts to draw a picture of James Stuart must feel a great difficulty in the fact that a master-hand has anticipated him, and that after the remarkable...

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THE PURCHAS JUDGMENT AND THE BISHOPSi [TO THE EDITOB, OF THE " SPEOTATOR:l Sin,—A memorial has been presented to the Bishops asking therm not to enforce upon the clergy the...

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[To TIM EDITOR OF TRIS " SPECTATOR.") SIII,—In the present High-Church and Broad-Church crises, the Broad-Church clergy will not be accused by the outside world of having...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—I perceive that a deputation of unemployed working-mem has waited upon the Secretaries of the Poor Law Board to propose. theadoption...

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THE PLAYGROUND OF EUROPE.* No one probably at the present day would misunderstand the title of this book, no one probably of the last generation would have dreamed of using it....

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'THE interest attaching to Mr. Lear's Italian and Albanian journals will make many readers anxious to accompany him on his tour through Corsica. Whether the effect of this...

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the late Mr. Logan—a Scotch barrister and county- court judge, who died, at the age of fifty, in the year 1862,—by Dr. John Brown, which is prefixed to these very brief...

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Class books of various branches of natural science appear in

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numbers that are very significant of the advance which is being made on this side of education. Lessons in Elementary Physics, by Balfour Stewart, LL.D. (Macmillan), covers a...

Among Class - Books treating of languages we may mention A Treasury

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of the English and German Languages, by Joseph Certain, LL.D. (Black- wood); French Pronunciation, by M. H. M. (Longmans); Elvald's Intro-


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SCHOOL AND CLASS-BOOKS. Manual of the Ancient History of the East. By MM. T. Lenormant and E. Chevallier. 2 vols. (Asher and Co.)—The first of the two volumes comprises the...

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Christendom : Its Unity in Diversity. (A sermon preached before

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the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, Edinburgh, May 3, 1870, by the Rev. Jardine Wallace, BA., Moderator. William Blackwood.)—It is not often we meet with a 'Moderator' of any...