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Prince Gortschakoff has, it is said, answered Lord Derby's de-

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spatch, declining to take any part in the new Conference on the laws of war, in a conciliatory spirit ; but the Czar is said to be much hurt at a refusal which, after the recent...

Household suffrage has illustrated itself in Stoke-upon-Trent by returning Dr.

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Kenealy, Counsel for the butcher who claimed the Tichborne baronetcy and was recently imprisoned for per- jury. The candidates were Mr. Davenport, a Conservative,Q.C. ; Mr....


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T HE debate next Monday os Mr. Hardy's Bill for facilitating Ex- changes in the Army will, it is believed, be the first serious debate of the Session, and unless the War Office...

Mr. John Mitchell, who was convicted of felony for the

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Irish rebellion of 1848, and who, when liberated on parole in Van Diemen's Land, gave up his parole under circumstances which he and his friends affirm to have given the...

Dr. Kenealy appeared in the House of Commons to take

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the oaths on Thursday night, and of course there was a ' scene." It has been the unbroken custom of the House for two centuries that a new Member elected during a sitting of...

This was the subject of a very warm debate on

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Thursday night, when Mr. Disraeli moved a resolution to the effect that Mr. Mitchell was incapable of being returned as a Member of the House of Commons. This was met by a pro-...

The recall of Sir B. Pine, Lieutenant-Governor of Natal, has

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enabled Lord Carnarvon to send out an ad interim ad- ministrator, specially Charged to report on the many questions which now press for settlement in that colony. The relation...

* „, 4 The Editors cannot undertake io return Manuscript in

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any case.

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The Times of Monday publisls an interesting account of the-

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benefite which the Navy will dtrive from the recent Orders in Council providing for the application of the funds of Greenwich Hospital. There was room for iraprovement in that...

The second reading of the Bill for legalising marriage with

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a deceased wife's sister was moved by the Common Serjeant on Wednesday, discussed after the usual fashion, with the display of the ancient arguments, and rejected by a majority...

The Bishop of Lincoln (Dr. Wordsworth) is not prepared to

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recommend his friend, the Vicar of Owston, to resist legal pro- ceedings-taken for• the purpose of getting a tombstone describing a late Wesleyan minister as " Reverend " into...

The Home-rulers in Parliament are taking up this Session the

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attitude of injured Moderates, who always speak so respectfully of their opponents that they are bound, in justice to themselves, to exact respect from their opponents....

A writer who probably intends his authorship to be easily

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recognised, under the well-known signature of " E. P. B.," maintains in the Times of Thursday that there is no excuse for imputing a breach of privilege to Members who only...

The Lord Chancellor introduced his Bill for the Reform of

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the Patent Laws on Friday week. It is, to speak briefly, a Bill for restricting the too lavish grant of patents, which are now conceded for the most trivial improvements, and...

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The Election Law will have to be revised, and that

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in this Session. A petition had been lodged against the return of Mr. Praed, the Conservative Member for the wretched little borough of St. Ives, in Cornwall, on the ground of...

The Army Estimates for the year are out, and provide

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for a total force of 186,821 Regulars of all arms. Of these, 100,059 will be stationed at home, 23,912 in the Colonies (including 10,000 men in the Mediterranean), and 62,850 in...

A frightful case of extortion on the part of an

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uncle towards his niece, which resulted apparently in the suicide of the latter, was brought to light in a coroner's inquest held on Tuesday, at the Windsor Castle, Charles...

The most serious difficulty in the way of Mr. Cross's

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plan is cost, and we are sorry to see that the last report of the Peabody "Trustees is not encouraging. The Trustees have now been some .years at work, but they have only...

It appears to be believed in Paris that a majority

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has been secured for a Senate, on a compromise proposed by M. Wallon and accepted by Marshal MacMahon. According to this project, the Senate will consist of 250 members, of whom...

Consols were at the latest date 921-921.

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Mr. Horsman reserved his gravest charges against Mr. Leonard Courtney,

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in relation to the Liskeard election, for his letter of last Saturday,—being apparently irritated thereto by a very sharp letter of Mr. Courtney's, which appeared in the Times...

Mr. Cross's Bill for pulling down city rookeries and covering

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the sites with barracks for artisans passed its second reading on Monday, under a shower of minute criticisms which would be better offered in Committee. The most important of...

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THE RESTORATION OF PITRCHASE. T HE Government has at last decided on a step which will, we believe, arouse the Liberal party to vigorous and united action. Mr. Hardy will on...

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T HERE is a persistent thread of irony interwoven with the chequered story of Irish history. Almost everything that is done to conciliate Ireland turns out to have alienated her...

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PRINCP RINCE LOUIS NAPOLEON has " won the Engineers," and E Frenchmen will not at first understand the meaning of that phrase as Englishmen do, the event may yet exercise an...

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T HE election of Dr. Kenealy for Stoke-upon-Trent by a vote of 6,110, and a majority of nearly two thousand over his next opponent, Mr. Walton, who, as a working-man, thought...

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I F the House had seen the moral advantage to be gained from the unusual incident of Monday night, the step taken by Mr. Sullivan in drawing attention to the unparliamentary...

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D URING the past three weeks there has been sitting at St. Petersburg a mixed body of officials, nobles and com- moners, which may almost be called the first Representative...


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T HE description which Mr. Greg, in his lecture of Friday se'nnight before the Royal Society, gave of the hurry of modern life is very true and very good, but we fail entirely...

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S IR ALEXANDER MACDONNELL, the Resident Commis- sioner of the Irish Board of Education, who lately died in Dublin, has not received from the Press anything like his due weed of...

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INCE we wrote on Captain Boyton's life-saving apparatus, 0 by which, it is said, he has saved seventy other men's lives, as well as his own under circumstances in which nothing...

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A LETIER FROM PARIS. [BY A SUPSHFICIAL OBS/MYER.] I HAVE observed that as soon as one's friends have crossed the streak of sea which is so little• like silver at this season,...

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THE AGRICULTURAL LABOURERS AND THE POLICE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SLE,—We have had two Unionist meetings at Blandford this winter, in which I took a part. The...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR-"] SIR,—In the Spectator of the 13th you quote Mr. Lewis Carroll as saying that the real (though not perhaps the ostensible) defence of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—A patient recently consulted me who was blind and subject to fits. I pointed out to her friends the danger to which she was exposed in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sut,—It happens so frequently that public discussions in periodi- cals gradually drift away from their first scope, that I hope you will...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR-1 Sin,—In your interesting notice last week of Sir John Lubbock'er work on the fertilisation of wild flowers by insects, your reviewer refers...


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VALENTINE VERSES. I SEND a sign of love ; the shower sends The breeze before it, whispering, " He is coming ! And the glad field her leaves and flowers bends, And hushes all...

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MEDLEVAL POPULAR MOVEMENTS.* HOWEVER it may be with plants and animals, there can be no doubt that all our social and political growth and progress have been obtained through...

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THE two editions, one illustrated and one not illustrated,—we greatly prefer the latter, objecting, as we do on principle, to have an author translated into pictures by any less...

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" IT is true to a proverb," says Dr. Davies in one of these papers, "that we English people have a knack of doing the best possible things in the worst possible way ; and that...

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ME. AUSTIN tells ua in his "prefatory note" that he "has not concerned himself to eschew what are commonly called anachro- nisms," alleging with undoubted truth that they were "...

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AN epitome of the Constitutional History of Germany since 1815, and of its present Constitution, compressed within 124 pages, is necessarily somewhat of the nature of...

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Da. HARTWIG has compiled several large and interesting volumes on popular science, somewhat sensational in character, but on the whole calculated to serve a useful purpose. Yet...

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Ashes to Ashes : a Cremation Prelude. By the Rev. H. R. Haweis. (Daldy and Isbister.)—Mr. Haweis pleads the cause of cremation, putting his arguments into the month of an...

heir is to be found, and the clergy ought to

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feel grateful for the way in which Mr. Amphlett decides the question. At first we begin with a henpecked vicar, a Prondie among the inferior clergy, and it seems that the clergy...

The Countess Matilda von der Recke. By her Daughter. Trans-

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lated from the German. (Seoleys.)—The Count von der Recke Volmerstein, who is still, we believe, alive, originated the idea of the Deaconesses' Institution, afterwards carried...