1 MARCH 1879

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Prince Louis Napoleon,—who, by a courtesy which is hardly courteous

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to France, is still called the "Prince Imperial" in the English journals,—has determined to go with the Artillery force which is to be sent to South Africa, and to share "the...

Prince Leopold delivered another able and eloquent edu- cational address

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on Tuesday, in distributing the prizes to the successful students of the Birkbeck Literary Insti- tution. On one rather common-place assumption in that address, which we take to...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • N O news of any importance

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has arrived from the Cape since our last issue. The Warwick Castle' has arrived at Madeira, with intelligence from the front to February 10th; but it only brings a telegram from...

This Government will be in a muddle in Egypt yet.

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On Friday week, in answer to Mr. Samuelson, Sir Stafford North- cote stated that "the case of Egypt was peculiar ;" that it was necessary to avoid a catastrophe there which...

We recommend to readers anxious about the history of this

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war, three papers,—Mr. Morley's, in the Fortnightly Review, which is a little too eloquent, but is full of official opinions ; Lord Blach- ford's remarkably temperate and calm...

The accounts add little to our knowledge of the affair

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at Isandula, and without more details it is impossible to decide on all the causes of that disaster. It is quite clear, however, that the main causes were carelessness and...

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

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Mr. Monk, M.P. for Gloucester, though a supporter of Mr.

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Osborne Morgan's Burials Bill, moved, on Wednesday, the second reading of an ad interim Bill of his own, providing for adding a slip of unconsecrated ground to existing...

The contest for the Haddington Burghs resulted in the return

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of the Liberal candidate, Sir David Wedderburn, and the defeat of the Solicitor-General for Scotland, but the victory was not so great as that obtained in the last contest. Sir...

The fate of Shere All is still uncertain. The correspondent

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of the New York Herald telegraphs a report from a Russian surgeon who visited the Ameer at Maziri-Shelif that he has gangrene of the thigh, and his death is certain ; but this...

The Bulgarian Deputies have met at Tirnova, have organised themselves

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into a Constituent Assembly, with the Exarch or Chief Bishop as Speaker, and have begun to study the draft Constitution. This is, in its way, a very remarkable document, an...

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon introduced on Tuesday a

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new Medical Bill, for compelling all practitioners of medicine in the United Kingdom to pass a common examination, which would be determined on common principles in England,...

Sir Stafford Northcote is beginning to present his little bills.

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On Thursday night he moved a vote of credit for 21,500,000, as a first demand for the Zulu war, and proposed to raise the money by Exchequer bonds. He expected, he added, that...

The Irish Members, though not always the most temperate of

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critics, are very sensitive to criticism. The Times of Tues- day happened to say that in the debates on the Rules of Procedure, the Irish Home-rulers watched with "malign....

President Grevy, in announcing his accession to office to the

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King of Portugal,—and also, we presume, to other Powers, —says, "I know that to respond to the confidence of my fellow-citizens, as well as to my own aspirations, I must make...

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Peace, the murderer of Mr. Dyson at Sheffield, was executed

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at Leeds on Tuesday. He professed conversion, and wrote ' good" letters to his friends, but maintained that although he fired at Dyson, his victim's death was an accident;...

Those who care to form an adequate estimate of the

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blunders committed in the Afghan policy of the Government, should read Captain Eastwick's very interesting pamphlet on" Lord Lytton and the Afghan War," just published by R. J....

The Bishop of Oxford (Dr. Mackarness) endured a long and

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rather severe, not to say brow-beating, examination by the Lord Chief Justice, on Thursday, in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, where he appeared to...

The Free Church of Scotland seems not indisposed to enter

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into friendly communication with the Established Church, in relation to the letter addressed to the former Church last year by the General Assembly of the Establishment,...

The Russian papers announce that the Plague has reached St.

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Petersburg, a man suffering from it having sought relief from a doctor there. The official doctors, however, declare that he is not suffering from plague, but from a form of...

Consols were on Friday 96i to 96}.

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GREAT BRITAIN AND SOUTH AFRICA. W E do not wonder at the irritation, or even at the sort of despair, with which political society in England regards the crisis in South Africa....

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CHAMPAGNE IN POLITICS. T HE dinner at the Reform Club to

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Lord Dufferin was not a very momentous political event, but it did show, if only by the force of contrast to recent Liberal meetings, what the Liberals are most in need of, and...

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von Boon is the first break in the circle of soldiers and statesmen who, between 1864 and 1871—a space of only seven years—built up the German Empire. He passes away...


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TN the very instructive article which Mr. Frederic Harrison has contributed to the Fortnightly Review for March, on his "first impressions" of that new Republic which the change...

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1VER. BEAR, the Editor, we believe, of the Mark Lane 111. Express, makes a great effort, in this month's Fortnightly, to explain the almost inexplicable quarrel of forty years...

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T HE Chancellor of the Exchequer is prepared to sacri- fice a great deal of time now, in order to save a little hereafter. His first resolution on public business has taken...

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P RINCE LEOPOLD'S striking speech on the extension of the higher education in London, has been followed by one at least equally effective in delivering the prizes won at the...

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W E know of few things more unaccountable or unreason- able in popular temper than the indignation and disgust expressed in newspapers at the reported " conversion " of a...

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BRITISH AND NATIVE TROOPS IN INDIA. [TO THE EDITOR OF THB " SPECTATOR:1 18 to be hoped that your remarks in last week's issue on the two " leaders " which the Times put out on...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—My experience, as an official visitor for several years of a large Private Lunatic Asylum, and also of a large County Asylum, has...

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(TO TSB EDITOR OF THE "sractiron.1

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you allow one who has for many years past had occasion to visit Lunatic Asylums, being the nearest relative of a patient, to state the points in which observation and reflec-...

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MARCH, THE LION. MAitcn, the lion, awoke in his lair,—

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Woke, and stretch'd a mighty paw; Rolled out a yawn that filled the air, And caught my breast with his claw. Then some good angel, that serves the Lord,— Serves the Lord that...


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(To THE EDITOR OF 711E "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—As one who was brought up in the strictest school of the older Evangelicals, I ask permission to add one word to what your other...


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GENTLE reader,—patron mine, Born of old and patient line, Some with eager zest embrace Glories of the field and chase; Covet these the athlete's prize, Guerdon meet in lady's...


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OLD-MASTER DRAWINGS AT Tku, ROYAL ACADEMY. NEITILER the winter exhibition at the Grosvenor nor the Academy,. in so far as either is concerned with the drawings of the early...

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ETHICS AND ESTHETICS OF MODERN POETRY.* Ma. SELKIRK has written his book with much earnestness of purpose. The volume consists of six chapters, "Scep- ticism and Modern...

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MR. HENRY JAMES is certainly a very remarkable illustration of the tendency of our age to subdivide in the finest way the already rather extreme division of labour, till a very...

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THE celebrated essay of Laplace, Sur les Probabilites, has an indescribable fascination for a certain class of minds. Nil morta2ibus arum est, might be taken as the motto for...

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A CAVALIER POET.* MANY persons, even among those who have

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a fair acquaintance with our less known writers, are unaware of the fact that the name of Daniel has been borne by two English poets. The works of the earlier of the two men,...

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'THERE is a line in an old song to the effect that,— " A man may drink, and not be drank," but Mr. Samuelson would scarcely admit the accuracy of that .saying. His History of...

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THERE is something almost painfully unromantic in the short history of the great new world of the South. Discovered but the other clay, this aggregation of nineteenth-century...

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Cupid and the Sphinx. By Harford Flemming. 3 vols. (Samuel

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Tinsley.)—Readers must not be frightened away from this novel by a grotesque title. They will see, indeed, if they get as far as the preface, that this same title is not so...


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POSTRY. — Plays and Poems. By R J. Gilman. (E. Faithfull.)— The plays are so much better than the poems, that it seems a pity the latter were added. In the former, the...

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Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought. By James Bonwick. (C. Kegan

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Paul and Co.)—This is a most interesting book, full of learning and ingenuity, bat not unfrequently fanciful in its conjectures and arbitrary in its statements. Many of Mr....

Phcebe's Fortune. By Mrs. Robert O'Reilly. 3 vols. (Strahan.) —This

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is a story which is, in every way, good to read. The author may be charged, indeed, with an unpractical optimism. But optimism is, after all, the best working faith that we can...

Art Embroidery : a Treatise on the Revived Practice of

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Decorative Needlework. By M. S. Lockwood and E. Glaister. With Nineteen Plates, printed in colours by Thomas Crane. (Marcus Ward.)— When women come to share all the occupations...

The House by the Works. By the Author of "Occupations

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of a Retired Life." 2 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—We do not remember any one of Mr. Garrett's books that we have liked better than this. He deals with life as it really is, and...

AU Saints' Day, and other Sermons. By the Rev. Charles

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Kingsley, M.A., late Rector of Eversley. (C. Kegau Paul and Co.)—These Sermons differ 'so little in thought and style from others by the same writer already published, that they...

The Picture Hymn Roll. (Religious Tract Society.)—A series of 12

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hymns suitable for the nursery or the school-room, appropriately illustrated, and mounted so that they can be changed at will.