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The intelligence from Afghanistan, never very clear, is be- coming

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more obscure than ever. The Viceroy now reports, under date January 28th, that Shere Ali never quitted Afghani- stan, but is residing at Mazir-i-Sharif, a holy place close by...

There has been a decided failure in the Khost Valley.

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We have never joined in the attacks upon General Roberts, who has appeared to us one of those dashing though over-confident leaders who in India often do great things ; but his...

It is not yet known whether this remarkable transfer of

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power, accomplished so easily and with so little friction, will be followed by any change of Ministry. The Ministry, which is not dismissed by the Constitution, has resigned, to...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE scene in France has

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suddenly changed again. At the beginning of the week, it became known that the Marshal strongly objected to superseding General Bourbaki and the other commanders who were...

The long-dreaded Zulu war would appear to be at hand,

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and has, indeed, in all human probability already begun. Sir Bartle Frere, aware, it is said, that the officers of Cetewayo's army were pressing for war, forwarded to the Zulu...

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On Tuesday last it was announced that the Queen had

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been graciously pleased to nominate the Rev. Joseph Barber Light- foot, D.D., Canon of St. Paul's, and Margaret Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge, to fill the...

Sir Stafford Northcote's increase on the Tobacco Duty does notaappear

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to have been a success. Three-fourths of all the tobacco used in the United Kingdom is consumed by the poor, who purchase in half-ounces, and as the extra tax cannot be divided...

Another most important trade is threatened with suspension. Cases of

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plearo-pneumonia have been discovered in a cargo of cattle landed at Liverpool from the United States, and the Committee a Privy Council have ordered the whole to be isolated...

We are very sorry to hear from eye-witnesses that the

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Indian Government has sanctioned in Afghanistan the expedient adopted by General Avitabile and Lord Dalhousie for put- ting down fanatic murderers. The men are shot, their...

Mr. Leonard Courtney, M.P. for Liskeaxd., speaking at the Bristol

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Conference of last week on Women's Rights, described a walk in Cheapside some years ago with an imaginative friend, who suddenly becoming possessed by the vision of the ever-...

The Sultan is ill. The Sultan has been alarmed by

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a new plot, and has dismissed the Minister of Police, and has ordered the guards to be changed every day. The Sultan has received - the draft of the Anal Treaty with Russia, but...

Mr. Bryce sent to the Times of Monday very interesting

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extracts from a letter written to him by the Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, who has just resigned his office, on the ground that he cannot get the least attention paid to...

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The Government does not intend to allow cremation to be

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practised in England without a discussion in Parliament, in which, apparently, the Home Secretary will take the adverse view. The people of Woking are furious because a Company...

Mr. Sidney Buxton, in one of his amusing papers on

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animals in the Animal World for February, says that dogs and horses are, as far as he knows, the only animals sensitive to- ridicule, while cats and birds are wholly unaware...

The Liberal Two Hundred of Southwark are doing their best

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to discredit the Caucus system. They have asked intending candidates for the borough to deliver trial sermons before them, and though Mr. Brodrick indignantly declined, four...

The struggle between the labourers in Kent and the farmers

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who locked them out has ended in the men's departure for New Zealand. The men, it will be remembered, struck against a - reduction of work, and were then locked out till they...

It is extremely difficult to make out the facts as

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to the progress of the "Black Death" in Russia. The Government, though evidently alarmed, and willing to take the most desperate steps, even to the burning of infected villages,...

The trial of the Glasgow Bank Directors will probably end

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this week, but too late for our impression, and we can therefore only record that the Lord-Advocate has withdrawn the charges of theft and embezzlement. It was necessary, the...

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MARSHAL MACMAHON'S RESIGNATION. N OTHING in Marshal MacMahon's Presidential career has become him so well as its close. Its commencement was hardly creditable to him, for M....

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W E do not know why Sir Bartle Frere should be so fre- quently described as a " peaceful " High Commissioner in South Africa. He is a very able man, and has, we believe,...

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T OED BEACONSFIELD deserves great credit for his selection of the new Bishop of Durham. Canon Light- foot is not only a man of very remarkable learning and very strong judgment,...

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T 'ORD LYTTON and his Council are not content, it would _LI ,sppear, with the war they have on hand. They long for -more occupation, and are inclined, by way of distraction, to...

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I T is again asserted, with what looks like some autho- rity, that the Duke of Connaught is to go to Ireland as Viceroy. There is nothing improbable in the statement,— indeed,...

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i T is high time that the chiefs of the Liberal party should come to some definite conclusion about this Caucus system, and to some sort of agreement with those who are...

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W E are glad that the great bankers and merchants in the City, of London are, as the important Memorial addressed to Lord Beaeonsfield shows, giving their minds to the subject...

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T HE accounts we have recently published of the late Mr. Bidder's extraordinary power of visualising a memory, so as to obtain an extraordinary amount of extra confidence in the...

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T HERE is one conclusion at which any one who studies this straggle between the Shops and the Stores will very speedily arrive, perhaps a little to his surprise. The business of...

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V ESUVIUS is a fashionable volcano. People went "to see the Eruption" this winter, just as they went "to see the Exhibition" last summer ; and yet, if bigness be anything, and...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—The current number of the Quarterly Review contains an article on "Our Schools and Schoolmasters," in which the schoolmasters, more...


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Tat CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF REBELLION. (TO THE EDITOR OP THE BrourAros."1 Srn,—In the "News of the Week" in your issue of January 18th, Iobserve the following statement with...

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CTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—In the interesting article upon alcohol in your impres- sion of January 4th, you touch upon the difference in the action upon the...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—Yon have frequently published letters containing stories 'bearing on the question of the moral nature and the future of the lower...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have read with interest the article in last week's Spectator on the tradesmen and the Co-operative Stores, which calls to my mind the...


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A REPROACH, AND ITS ANSWER. THE Sun cried to the laughing Sea, "Leave thy sweet wiling! East thou no depths of love in thee, Too deep for smiling ?" But ever, till the day...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your article of last week on the "Reciprocity Craze,' you have, to the infinite benefit of the British sugar industry, established...

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How do the roses die ? Do their leaves fall together, Thrown down and scattered by the sky Of angry weather ? No, the sad thunder-stroke O'ersweeps their lowly bower ; The...


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THE WATER-COLOUR SOCIETIES.* THESE two exhibitions have been open for some time, but owing to the pressure on the slight amount of our artistic space, we have been unable to...

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LIFE AND TIMES OF STEIN.* VETS is a most disappointing book. A deficiency almost complete in the power of pictorial writing has spoiled the result of great labour, great...

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PERHAPS the biographies of the men of greatest intellect have not attained an excellence proportionate to their subjects. To- the names of Dante or Titian, Raphael or...

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LIFE AMONG THE 0 STRICH-HITNTERS.* FAR-STRETCHING and apparently boundless plains,

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of absolute aridity—diversified only by the deceptive glitter of the salinas, or salt lakes—over which wander two or three hunters, with vaga- bond instincts and a desire to be...

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• Through Conte with the Camera in the. Autumn of 1878. By John Thera/on, F.B.O.S. In -vols. Loudon: SampeoLLow and Co. IN the present conflict of opinions as to the value of...

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The British Quarterly Review.—January. (Hodder and Stoughton.) —Not one of the longer articles in this number is, properly speaking, a "review." The accotint of "Contemporary...

Aunt Judy's Magazine. (George Bell and Sons.)—We have before us

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the first three numbers of the new volume of this favourite children's periodicalr-4reM November to January. (Why does not Aunt Judy make her year coincide with the calendar ?)...

The Year-Book of Facts in Science and the Arts for

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1878. By James Mason. (Ward and Lock.)—We welcome again the annual issue of this excellent work. Among its subjects are "The Haman Race," "The Animal World," "Geographical...

NEw EnrrioNs.—Mr. R. H. Quick published in 1868 a valuable

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and interesting work, which was, if we remember right, reviewed in this journal, Essays on Educational Reformers. Of this he now sends out a new edition, or rather, imports for...

Flowers, and Their Unbidden Guests. By Dr. A. Kerner. The

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translation revised and edited by W. Ogle, M.A., M.D. (C. Kegan Flowers, and Their Unbidden Guests. By Dr. A. Kerner. The translation revised and edited by W. Ogle, M.A., M.D....