20 APRIL 1878

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Str Wilfrid Lawson on Tuesday resisted the proposal that the

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House of Commons on its rising should adjourn to Monday, May 6th, on the ground that this was far too long a holiday for the House to take, in the present critical condition of...

Lancashire is threatened with a grave calamity. The masters in

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the cotton trade contend, we think reasonably, that profits have so declined that unless wages can be reduced they must stop, and have given notice of a ten-per-cent. reduction....

Parliament adjourned on Tuesday for an unusual holiday, the Commons

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taking a Recess to May 6th, and the Lords to May 13th. Nothing was said in the Lords, and no question asked as to the position of negotiations, but in the Commons Mr. Forster...

The impression of the public at the close of the

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week is that things look more pacific, but there is very little evidence in support of the impression. Sir Stafford Northcote said, on Tuesday, that the danger had not...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE event of the week

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has been the publication, through Renter, of a telegram from Calcutta, datedApril 17th—that is, one day after the adjournment of Parliament—announcing that orders had been...

On Thursday her Majesty in Council forbade the export of

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all torpedoes or torpedo apparatus from the United Kingdom. The order is probably prompted by informatien of which we have no knowledge, but on the Continent it will be regarded...

11 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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On Tuesday, Mr. O'Donnell raised a question of Privi- lege

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against the Globe newspaper, for writing in relation to the murder of Lord Leitrim, "The facts are too clear to be contradicted with any chance of success, and we do not do Mr....

The Leitrim murder caused a violent " scene " in

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the House of Commons on Friday week. Mr. O'Donnell complained of the conduct of the Government, and under cover of a hypothetical "bad earl in Cumberland," who had practised...

On Thursday afternoon, a Nonconformist "Ministerial Con- ference" was held

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in the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, for - the purpose of presenting to Mr. Gladstone an address on the - risk of war. The address contained the names of four hundred...

The news from the Cape is not satisfactory. It appears

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to be certain that Secocoeni, the lieutenant or " dog " of Cetewayo, the Zulu King, is in insurrection, and probable that his master will also rise ; while there are reports...

The South Northumberland election has resulted either in a tie,

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or in something which will have the legal effect of a tie. On the declaration of the poll, each candidate had 2,912 uncontested: votes. The Liberal candidate, Mr. Grey,—the heir...

Puppies, whose lives were endangered by the Chancellor of the,

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Exchequer's first proposal at the early age of two months, have been respited to six months' life ; while puppies of the more aristocratic order called "whelps,"—the minors, as...

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For the Continent, the Tinas still embodies the English Press,

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and in the Times of the 8th inst. Lord Derby, in his celebrated defence, is said to have stated that "Austria, with an army which could not be trusted to fight against the...

The death of " Boss " Tweed, the vulgar but

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astute man who so long governed and plundered New York, is announced this week. He had fled to Cuba, but the Government gave him up, and he died in custody under an order to...

The Oxford University Liberals have decided on bringing forward the

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Savilian Professor of Geometry, Professor H. J. S. Smith, as their candidate, on the next vacancy,—i.e., whenever Mr. Hardy becomes Lord Staplehurst. No abler and more...

Mr. Waddy, QC., and now M.P. for Barnstaple, is chosen

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as Mr. MandeHa's colleague to fight Sheffield in the Liberal interest at the next election ; and on Thursday night, both Mr. Waddy and Mr. Mundella spoke to a crowded...

The Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol has withdrawn his licence

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from the Rev. A. H. Ward—the chaplain of St. Raphael's, Bristol,—a church primarily intended for sailors, marines, emi- grants, and others connected with the seafaring life,—who...

The Bishop of Salisbury, in a somewhat similar case, has

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seen his way to veto proceedings against the Rev. Horace Edward Chapman, Rector of Donhead St. Andrew, notwithstanding the ad- mitted fact that in certain cases candles are...

We regret deeply to see statements that gold has been

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dis- covered in Wynaad, the best coffee-producing district of South. India, and is being worked by the "Alpha Mining Company.' The world does not need more gold, and the...

Consols closed on Thursday 95 to 95i.

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SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE'S LEADERSHIP. T HE choice of Sir Stafford Northcote as leader of the House of Commons, after Mr. Disraeli went to the Upper House, was all but inevitable....

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T HE order to despatch Native troops to Malta received by the Government of India, and telegraphed home the day after Parliament had dispersed, is a very serious event, much...

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T HE Leitrim incident in the House of Commons on Friday week is discreditable to all concerned, from the English people down to the Enrage section of the Home-rulers. An Irish...

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TIRE South Northumberland Election is by far the best symptom of the present condition of political feeling in the country which we have had for a long time. The repre-...

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has an enormous advantage over the Opposition. mately go. In

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Berlin, of course, we expect secrecy on diplo- first word as to the "alternative policy" which -we may rely on it the British Cabinet has considered, and can . do could not, we...

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T HE friends of Parliamentary Government in the Colonies have very good reason to feel obliged to the Deputation which waited on Sir Michael Hicks Beach last week, and elicited...

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TT is certainly one of the greatest misfortunes of a highly organised state of society, that it is so inconvenient for different people to work and play at different times,—that...

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W E wonder some novelist with a reputation, and money enough to risk a moderate loss, does not publish a novel with an " argument " at the beginning, a short sketch revealing...

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T HE crushing defeat which Cambridge sustained last Saturday was not a victory for the Marquis of Hartington. The Journal des Debate was wrong. It informed its readers that the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR-"] SIR,—Is not the following dilemma an accurate alternative definition of the position of our Government with respect to the Congress,—either...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF Till " SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—The Spectator seldom misrepresents facts, but I cannot help thinking your article this week, headed " The Growth of Aristocratic...


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ENGLAND'S AND RUSSIA'S TERMS FOR THE CONGRESS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:I trust the latitude for which the Correspondence columns of your paper bears so fair a name...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Professor Rolleston's theory that the ox was supersede& as a beast of draught and burden by the horse is ingenious, but is it true ? Up...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your proposal to institute a staff of Certificating Doctors , has one weakness which seems to have escaped your attention. In many...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Srn,—May I ask for a few lines to reply to Mr. Davies ? His general principles are sound enough, as was to be expected, the only question is...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIB,—Will you allow me a corner to question a statement made in your review of " Thalwall's Remains," Vol. III.? The reviewer states,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] do not dispute Mr. Murphy's claim, as a practical Irish- man, to laugh at logic, especially English logic, to his heart's content. As to his...


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[To THE EorrOB OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your review last week of " Fergusson's Temples of Jerusalem" casts what I think is an undeserved slur upon the honesty or intelligence...

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[TO TES EDITOR OF THE " SPZOTAT011.1 SIR,—Will you allow me to correct the definition of " Rundale," given in the note to "N. G. B.'s " letter on the Donegal murders ? 4 i...


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STUBBS'S CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY.* PROFESSOR STUBBS has with this volume completed a work which entitles him to a permanent place in the front rank of English historians. He has...

Easkruar..—In the Spectator for April 13, page 472, ool. 1,

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in the letter signed "A. J. B.," through a printer's error, the word d‘sagreinent" appeared, instead of "denigrement."

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a series of very beautiful Indian tales, reminds us of Tara more than of any other novel that Colonet Meadows Taylor ever wrote. But it has not the fire and move- ment of Tara,...

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Mn. 1VILSON very fairly describes the matter of these volumes as essays towards an estimate of the economic position of nations and the prospects of British trade. He expressly...

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WE are delighted to welcome this pleasant writer, in her own name, from the mysterious ranks of the noms de plume, but she makes her debut playing—without doubt quite...

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Mn. FINLASON'S erudite work on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council was suggested by the correspondence between the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Baron with...

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A CASUAL glance at this volume might lead to the idea that nothing of general interest would be found in it, and that though a meritorious, it was a decidedly dry book. A closer...

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The Constitutional and Political History of the United States. By Dr. H. von Hoist. Translated from the German, by J. Lalor and A. B. Mason. (Triibner and Co.)—The author of...

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Half-hours among Some English Antiquities. By Llewellyn Jewitt, (Hardwicke and

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Bogue.)—This is a praiseworthy attempt to popularise a subject of growing interest, with which every one ought to have some acquaintance, and it seems to us to be fairly well...

Memories of Our Great Towns, 1860-1877. By Dr. John Doran.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—Dr. Doran was accustomed to contribute to the Athenccum a series of papers about the towns at which the "British Association for the Advancement of...

Salt hurst. By Mrs. Arthur Lewis. 2 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—It

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is not uncommon to hear a wish that "children Would not grow up." We felt inclined to something of tho same desire about Mrs. Lewis's heroine. She is a delightful child, but we...

A History of the Councils of the Church. By the

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Right Rev. Cl. J. Hefele, D.D. Vol. II. (T. T. Clarke.)—This volume, like its prede- cessor, is a piece of very thorough and conscientious work, which can be safely recommended...

Love and Art, a Leaf from the Past ; and

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other Stories. By Sophia Henson. (Remington.)—The most interesting part of this volume is a brief introduction, in which the author speaks of her early literary experiences,...

Spiritual Letters of Archbishop Finelon: Letters to Men. Translated by

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the Author of " Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambrai." (Rivingtons.)— Many English readers will welcome this translation of Fdnelon's Letters, in which the better side of Catholicism...

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Commentary on the Greek Text of the Epistles of Paul

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to the Thessa- lonians. By the late John Eadie, D.D. Edited by the Rev. W. Young (Macmillan.)—This is a very full and careful commentary. Dr. Eadie had studied with the utmost...

Catiline, Clodius, and Tiberius. By Edward Spencer Beesly.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—These essays attracted BOMB attention when they were published in the Fortnightly Review, and we are glad that the author has thought fit to give them a more...

Sir Gilbert Leigh. By W. L. Rees. 2 vole. (Sampson

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Low.)—These two volumes are at least equal to three of the ordinary novel, with its large type and wide margins, admirable features, any sneers against which whereof we may have...

John-a-Dreams : a Tale. (Blackwood and Sons.)—It is probably our

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own fault that we are unable to discern the author's meaning in this story, which produces on the reader an effect similar to that of certain handwritings, that look beautifully...

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St John and the Seven Churches. Illustrated with Eight Steel

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Engravings. By the Rev. Robert Vaughan. (Virtue and Co.)— The frontispiece "Christ and St. John" is after Ary Scheffer, though in the "Table of Contents" it is oddly enough...

Worth Waiting For. By J. Masterman. (C. Kogan Paul and

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Co.) —Readers who are not discouraged by the opening chapters of this novel, which are disfigured by some clumsy and dreary playfulness calculated to make one renounce the...

The Little Leo: a Story of the South Sea. By

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Sydney Mostyn. 3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—This is a good story, which does not need to be recommended to the reader by the not very pleasing "short introduction" which the author...

The History of Margaret Morton. By a Contemporary. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—A thoroughly middle-class novel, in which there are no lords and ladies, whose scenes lie not in Belgravia, in which fashionable jargon has no place, and nobody seems...