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We recorded last week the conviction of the Rev. John

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Selby Watson for the murder of his wife at Stockwell, and the recom- mendation to mercy by the jury, in consideration of his age and till then blameless life. We may add that...


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T HE Queen is to go in State to St. Paul's on as early a day as can be fixed after the 20th of February, to return thanks for the recovery of the Prince of Wales; and of course...

Christina Edmunds, the Brighton chocolate-poisoner, after a trial in which

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the facts of the case, as shown upon her committal, were brought out with scarcely any variation, was convicted before Baron Martin at the Central Criminal Court on Tuesday of...

Sir J. D. Coleridge's line has been to show that

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the real Roger Charles Tichborne, though a young man with some failings and a certain propensity to drink, was a thorough gentleman at heart, utterly incapable of leading the...

The Times of Thursday and Friday published in its second

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editions two telegrams from Calcutta, dated 18th inst., announcing that 300 Kookas,—that is, men belonging to the new sect of Puritans which has arisen among the Sikhs—had...

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

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Mr. Roebuck addressed his former constituents of Sheffield on Wednesday

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in the Music Hall, his sole topic being the wicked- ness of Mr. Gladstone, whom he evidently regards, as "Dr. Slop" regarded Napoleon, as the cause of the blue-bottles in the...

The Tichborne case reopened on Monday with the speech of

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the Attorney-General, Sir J. D. Coleridge, for the defence, which has been continued throughout the week, and had reached, up to last night, even in the somewhat compressed...

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The American House of Representatives has passed, by 171 tc>

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25, a Bill granting an amnesty to all rebels, except such as had been military or naval officers in the Federal service before the war, or members of Congress. The Americans are...

Every French Government in succession seems to accept the same

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theory of its own strength,—that it is always weak enough to be blown over by newspaper breath. The Minister of the Interior, who in 1869 argued that all Press offences should...

The two parties in the West Riding have finally selected

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their candidates for the vacancy in the Northern Division. The Con- servatives will run Mr. F. S. Powell, a wealthy manufacturer noted for local liberality, who says in his...

Messrs. White and Fawcett addressed their constituents at Brighton last

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Monday, Mr. White taking a much more moderate tone towards the Government than the Professor,—his spirit having been soothed apparently by the stay in Italy which he had made...

The Austrian Reichsrath, in its address in reply to the

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speech from the Throne, recommends direct elections instead of elec- tions through the Diets ; declares that there can be no constitu- tional compromise with the Bohemian...

The German Correspondent, the demi-official organ of Berlin, announces that

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the Minister of Education, Dr. von Miihler, perhaps the most perverse obscurantist in Europe, has at length resigned, and will probably be succeeded by Dr. Falk. The cause of...

M. Fialin, who in 1833 called himself Vicomte de Persigny,

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and in 1869 was created Duc de Persigny, died at Nice on Friday week, the 12th inst. He was the Emperor's henchman, either believed in Bonapartism, or said he did, and had...

We have commented elsewhere on M. Thiers' latest speech, in

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which he pronounces the Treaty with England deplorable and fatal ; but must here note that he has uttered two or three speeches since not reported, that every economist in the...

Mr. Vernon Lushington, Permanent Secretary to the Admiralty, has given

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the Megora Commissioners a noteworthy account of the way business is done in that department. It received more than 100,000 letters a year, but nobody was responsible for open-...

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"That very superior person," as Mr. Disraeli called him, Mr.

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Florsman, addressed his constituents at Liskeard on Thursday. The style of his address may be judged from his statement that" he was not a friend who flattered,"—a remark always...

The Ring has not quite ruined New York. Mr. D.

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A. Wells, formerly Commissioner of Revenue, has been appointed to report on the City Debt, and has ascertained that it amounts to about £25,000,000 sterling, at an average...

The recent solar eclipse, of which two very admirable accounts

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appear in Nature of this week, from the pens of Mr. Norman Lockyer and Mr. J. P. Maclear, seems to have finally set at rest the little doubt which still remained as to the...

The Times appears to believe we shall get the Tunnel

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under the Channel after all. At least it announces that the British Govern- ment has granted all needful concessions, and that a Company has been formed, with some great names...

We have criticized the greater part of Mr. Fawcett's speech

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carefully elsewhere, and will here only add that he drew a very useful lesson from the spectacle now before us of the Law officers of the Crown engaged night and day in private...

The Captain-General of Cuba, S. de Valinaseda, appears to have

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been compelled by the Volunteers to test the forbearance of mankind. He has issued a proclamation declaring that after January 15 every insurgent captured, whether white or...

Lord E. Fitzmanrice addressed his constituents at Caine on Friday

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week, in a speech of some importance as an indication of the next great struggle coming. He wants a radical reform of the Land Laws, not through equal division or the assumption...

Bishop Moriarty has gone in against the Home-Rule party in

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Kerry, and given in his adhesion to the candidature of Mr. Deese in a very temperate and sagacious letter, which shows how reasonable the Catholic clergy of Ireland would be,...

Consols were on Friday 92f to 922-.

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MR. ROEBUCK AT SHEFFIELD. T HE Premier should give Mr. Roebuck an office, or that seat among the Life Peers for which he avers with acidulated humility that he is now too old....

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W E should sincerely regret to see the prophecy fulfilled which the junior Member for Brighton told his consti- tuents on Monday that kind friends had so freely communi- cated...

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more we consider "the American Case," the more painfully the inexplicable, or if explicable, discreditable forcing of the natural meaning of the Treaty, and of the Protocols...

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'. IT is very difficult to decide whether M. Tillers is a Pro- tectionist, or only a politician who thinks it expedient for party purposes to advocate Protection. He has, it is...

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P EOPLE—and there are a good many of them—who think that domestic politics are, as the Americans say, "welly played out," that there will speedily be nothing left for the...

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true of Christina Edmunds. But if this incapacity to care for others, or for their opinion, is to be regarded as a sign of irresponsibility, we can only say that almost all...

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T HE little professional fight which has been going on among the Doctors as to the value of alcohol in medicine, or rather as to the value of professional " round-robins " about...

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ST. ATHANASIUS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sru,—Will you allow me to say a few words in favour of St. Athanasius ? I do not know whether he is the author of the Creed...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Will you permit me in as few words as may be to point out the distinctive and singular largeness of this Athanasian Creed, which is...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] STR,—I dare not hope to equal the eloquent and most touching biography of "Nero," with whom I had the honour of a slight acquaintance. But I...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have just received the Spectator of November 11, contain- ing an article on the open Polar Ocean. It may interest you to know that...

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[TO TIER EDITOR OF TIM "EPROTATOR."J SIE,—Would you think the following extract worth adding to your recent interesting notices of our poor pussies ? The extract is from our...

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THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY RICHMOND.* "Tins book shows originality, wealth of conception, genius, and not a little detailed knowledge of the world ; the outline of the tale is...

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Jr it had been possible to surprise the secret of Europe, and thereby get a sure key even to the near future of States by visiting assiduously celebrities and keeping a record...

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DR. FRIEDRICII stands at this moment in such influential relation to the so-called Old-Catholic movement in Germany as of itself would secure attention to any production from...

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Tnxs is, on the whole, a pleasant, gossipy book, but very desultory by no means keeping close to the subject proposed, and laying Mr. Gillmore open to the charge of book-making,...

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THE author of this book has evidently written from a pure sense of duty, and he may fairly claim to have his book received in the same spirit. If the reader finds it tedious to...

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The Old Maid's Secret. By E. Marlitt. Translated from the

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German by H. J. G. (Strahan.)—The translator is quite justified in calling this " a charming story." It is a study of character, worked out with all the precision and care, all...


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Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland. By the Rev. Charles Rogers. Vol. I. (Griffin.)—This is the first volume of a work which is published for the "Grampian Club."...

Rertslers Treatise: Vol. XII., with an Index of Subjects to

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the Entire Series. (Butterworths.)—The eleven volumes already published were compiled by the late Mr. Lewis Hertslet, Librarian and Keeper of the Papers of the Foreign Office....