1 JUNE 1878

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The Times, the Telegraph, and the Pall Mall Gazette have

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all been stating this week that the Sultan now becomes an Asiatic sovereign, that he will be permanently threatened in Asia by Russian ambition, and that his dominions must be...

If this account is correct, and some part of it—particularly

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the odd little clause about Kotour,—looks "inspired," the first emotion in the country will be one of intense surprise. What bave we been spending millions for, and violating...

Earl Russell died at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, on Tuesday

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evening, at the age of eighty-six. He first entered Parliament in 1813, and has been a Member of the Legislature, therefore, for sixty-five years. He has held at various times...

Up to the publication of this statement, matters looked rather

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worse than better. There were rumours on Satur- day of dissensions in the Cabinet, which caused a sort of panic on 'Change, and as they were officially denied on Sunday, moat...

There has been a great wrangle in the papers about

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Mr. Dillwyn's turning Mr. Roebuck out of his accustomed seat, in the debate of Thursday week,—the debate in which Mr. Roebuck said so many venomous things of the Liberals. Mr....

NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE latest rumour is a statement

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in the Globe that the assembling of the Congress "is definitely settled," and that the Governments of England and Russia have agreed to support - the following programme :—There...

4 %* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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There is obvious irritation at Vienna, where the statesmen see

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their little game quite spoiled. They thought that if Eng- land would only be good enough to fight Russia, they could impose any terms they liked upon St. Petersburg. As,...

There was a discussion in the House of Lords on

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Monday on the very stringent Bill for the stamping-out of cattle disease which has been introduced by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon into the House of Lords, but which is...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer on Tuesday moved for a

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Committee to examine the whole question of Parliamentary Re- porting, which was, of course, granted. He seemed to think that discontented Members wanted impossibilities,—namely,...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach announced on Thursday that if the Cape

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Colony and other Colonies interested would vote fair sums towards the maintenance of an electric-cable communication with Great Britain,—that is, really with Madeira,—her...

From the course of the Committee on Parliamentary Procedure, it

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would seem that the finding of any remedy for " obstruction " will be a difficult matter. The Chancellor of the Exchequer appears to wish the House to adopt a rule that any...

The Democratic party in Congress is doing a very silly

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thing. Moved, it is believed, by Mr. Tilden, it has voted for a Com- mittee which is to reopen the whole question of Mr. Hayes's elec- tion. They believe that investigation will...

The situation at Constantinople has been very strained, but for

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the moment there is order. The Sultan, frightened by the attempt of the War party to release Murad, and by the burning- down of "the Porte "—the Downing Street, so to speak, of...

A debate was raised and a division taken on Monday

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against the estimate for the Sepoys sent to Malta, but the debate was half-hearted and the division a farce. Lord Hartington made a very weighty speech against a division, upon...

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Mr. S. Morley, M.P., in writing to the Bristol Trades

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Council last week, remarks that greatly as the Unions have benefitted the men, in bringing them to act unitedly and to consider their -own interests in common, they have done...

There has been a great hubbub in the Scottish Free

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Kirk this week, about Professor Robertson Smith,—a young Aberdeen Professor of great learning, of extraordinary orthodoxy, and of no common abilities, whose case has been...

A frightful calamity has happened to one of the great

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German ironclads in the Straits of Dover. We do not yet know whether it were to the Kiinig Wilhelm' or the 'Grosser Kurfiirst.' The latter (the Grosser Kurfiirst ') is a great...

The School Board of London is doing a good thing

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in teaching girls to cook. One of the teachers is henceforth to give lessons in every Board School on food and its preparation, and the girls will be required to attend. And...

The Centenary festival in honour of Voltaire was held in

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Paris on Thursday at the Gaite Theatre. At the same time, an immense crowd was watching a demonstration in Notre Dame in honour of Joan of Arc, and in " reparation" for the sins...

Consols were on Friday 97 1 - 7 6 . to 97-pc-,-.

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The Times of Wednesday announces that Sir Joseph Whit- worth

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has invented armour-plating impenetrable to any missiles sow employed. This armour is composed of "fluid-compressed 'steel, and is built up in hexagonal sections, each of which...

It seems the more probable that the censure of Professor

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Robertson Smith on Tuesday will, in some way or other, be reversed by the Assembly, because the result of the vote on the third count in the indictment against him, that...

The new form of the " Jingo " rhyme is

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pithy and sententious :— -" We don't want to fight ; but by Jingo, if we do, We won't go to the front ourselves, but we'll send the mild Hindoo."

A telegram of Sunday last from Philadelphia says that a

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tornado -crossed a portion of Wisconsin on Thursday week which literally 'swept the wooden bull dings in its path-way before it, and 'carried on the debris of the houses for...

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AN ENGLISH PROTECTORATE OF ASIATIC TURKEY. T HE Tory papers, among which we must now, alas ! class the Tinier, have evidently received hints to put out feelers about a new and...

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E ARL RUSSELL,—or rather Lord John Russell, for the greater part of his public life was passed as "Lord John,"—was certainly not the greatest statesman of his day, nor quite the...

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TF the account of the meeting in the tea-room between Sir 1 Stafford Northcote and his supporters, which was given in Friday's journals, is to be trusted, the Government are to...

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LORD LYTTON'S LAST STROKE. pretty sharply, have provided them good

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weapons, and in some cases have availed themselves of European officers. Holkar, Scindiah, the Regent of Hydrabad, the Maharajah of Mysore, and we believe, the Prince of...

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A NOTICEABLE change has come over the Sabbatarian movement during the last few years. It has been in a great measure swallowed up in a wider and more fanatical agitation than...

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T HE Free Churchmen of Scotland are more likely, after all, to be converted by Professor Robertson Smith, than they are to convert him. It is quite true that, on the motion of...

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W E wonder what the precise truth is as regards the feeling entertained by the English Poor, and especially the employed poor, towards the rich. Is it less or more bitter than...

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ere TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—I ask with hesitation for a portion of your valuable space for a few lines on a document, which by the end of the present week may seem...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.") Sin,—The difference between the two schemes now before the public for a North of England University may be well illustrated by reference to...

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SIR,—In a letter which appeared in your columns last week, the Principal of the Owens College states "that it is impossible to suppose that all who have recently memorialised...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE °SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Lord Redesdale said on Monday in the House of Lords that "the demand by Russia for the cession of territory in Bessarabia is...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY, 1878. INo. 105 " THE CORNISH LIONS," BY JOHN BRETT ] "WHICH are the Lions ? I should call them gulls,— What an odd picture !" " Hush ! the Times critique...


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [SECOND NOTICE.] LN our first notice, we dwelt upon one or two prominent features of this Exhibition, and we shall now endeavour to point out, as briefly as...

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GARDINER'S PERSONAL GOVERNMENT OF CHARLES I.* Tam further instalment of Mr. Gardiner's work commences at - the period immediately following the assassination of the Duke- of...

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THESE is a certain type of young men which has afforded to humourists a frequent target for their shafts. We mean that class of young men, usually from the lower-middle ranks,...

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the greater part of the world and round it in search of sport, and who has also seen active service in the Crimea, India, and China, has been on a hunting journey to South...

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THE number of books and other writings which appear in the present day on either side of the long-standing controversy be- tween Atheism and Agnosticism on the one hand, and...

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Jr a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well ; therefore if our thoughts, as we close Mr. Greenwell's book on British( Barrows, are tinged with the melancholy which...

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The Life and Writings of St. John. By James M. Macdonald, D.D., Princetown, New Jersey, U.S. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—We are told by Dean Howson in his introduction that Dr....

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Essays on Anglo-Saxon Law. (Macmillan and Co., London ; Little,

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Brown, and Co., Boston.)—This volume is made up out of four essays written in America, where it is satisfactory to find that the obscurest corners of early history are...

Gesta Romanorum. Translated by the Rev. C. Swan. (George Bell,

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London.) (Bohn's Antiquarian Library.)—We have here, translated for the benefit of those who wish to acquaint themselves with the literary aspect of medirevalism, the famous...

The Irishman in Canada. By Nicholas Flood Davin. (S. Low

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and Co., London ; Maclean and Co., Toronto.)—At first sight, it does not seem a particularly "happy thought" to write in separate volumes histories of the German in Canada, the...

Cheer or Kill. A Novel. By Eleanor hitch. (Charing Cross

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Publishing Company.)—We presume that this is what is sometimes described as a novel of absorbing interest. The heroine, if we may so call her, plans and by the hand of another...

Maid Ellice. By Theo. Gift. (Samuel Tinsley.)—Family pride and the

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honours of an ancient lineage are among the most freely used of human weaknesses as the bases of difficulties and distresses among fictitious heroes and heroines. In real life,...

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The Corn and Cattle Producing Districts of France. By George

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Gibson Richardson. (Cassell and Co.)—Arthur Young's book on "French Farming " appeared nearly a hundred years ago. Of course, its value has by this time become simply...

Rome and Canada ; the Ultramontane Struggle for Supremacy over

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the Civil Authority. By Charles Lindsey. (Lovell Brothers, Toronto ; Sampson Low and Co., London.)—This volume deserves the attention of all who are studying the problem of the...

Cothurnus and Lyre. By Edward J. Harding. (New York :

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The Authors' Publishing Company.)—This is a remarkable volume, to be " the work of a young Xnglish book-keeper, at present residing in New York." It has many extravagances and...

Miles : a'.I own Story. By the Author of "Fan."

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(Samuel Tinsley.) —This is a clover story, which others than "the young," for whose edification it is intended, may read with pleasure. The author does not quite avoid the...

China : Historical and Descriptive. By Charles II. Eden, with

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an Appendix on Corea. (M. Ward and Co.)—The writer, or rather writers, of this volume disclaim all attempts at originality ; they do not refer to any personal experiences in the...

Errors of Speech and of Spelling. By E. Cobham Brewer,

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LL.D. 2 vols. (Tegg.)—It is somewhat startling to find more than fifteen hundred pages (such is the size of these two volumes) of " errors" made, as Dr. Brewer says in his...

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Ingerstein Hall and Chadwick Rise: a Story of the Thirty

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Years' War. By James Routledge. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Mr. Routledge is resolved to have a sufficiently copious subject. The "Thirty Years' War" is not enough for him, and he...