20 MAY 1865

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Soon after giving this answer Lord Palmerston was again called

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up by the indomitable spirit of Mr. Darby Griffith, who wished him to clear up the mystery how the accurate anticipa- tion of the Chancellor's budget got into The Times. The...

The Emperor Napoleon has been eating an African dinner, with

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tortoise broth for turtle soup, porcupine, gazelle, and loin of the wild boar for paces de resistance, salmis of Carthaginian hens, antelope cutlets, and bustards for entrées,...

On the same evening poor Mr. Ferrand undertook the task,

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for which he was certainly ill-fitted, of eliciting the history of the Hon. Richard Bethell's hopes in connection with the Leeds Bankruptcy Court, and he has continued his...


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E UROPE has been startled with a short and business-like pro- clamation from the President of the United States that, "Whereas it appears from evidence in the Bureau of Military...

Lord Palmerston re-appeared in the House of Commons on Thursday

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night with his arm in a sling, and was greeted with the freshest and most demonstrative affection. He was immediately questioned (as was Lord Russell on the same night in the...

Mr. Villiers on Monday carried his Union Chargeability Bill by

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a majority of 266 to 93, and the squires therefore gave up direct opposition. On Thursday, however, on the Bill going into Committee, Mr. Henley proposed a string of amendments...

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Lord Shaftesbury on Friday week exposed a great social evil.

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A habit has grown up for some years in Lincolnshire, Northamp- tonslure, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, and parts of Norfolk of employing gangs of women and children of both...

The second reading of the Roman Catholic Oaths Bill, of

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which the object is to assimilate the oath taken by Roman Catholic members to that taken by the other members of the House, was carrie 1 on Wednesday by a majority of 56-190 to...

They have odd ideas in North Wilts of the qualifications

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which fit a man to be a good county member. In that division the Tory electors are divided as to the claims of Sir George Jen- kinson and. Mr. Long, and those gentlemen are as...

The news from the Cape is,unpleasant. The Colonial Govern- ment

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wants to " locate " the Kaffir chiefs on land marked out for them after the American fashion, and the chiefs object to be located. Sandilli, most formidable of them all, refused...

Convocation has agreed to ask the Crown for a licence

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enabling them to alter the 36th Canon, and thereby to simplify the sub- scriptions enacted for the clergy of our Church. There is, we believe, ne doubt that the Crown will grant...

A. case of singular brutality was investigated at Guildhall on

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Saturday. Arthur Windett sometimes acts as conductor to his own omnibuses, and on Friday stopped in Moorgate Street to take up a paralytic passenger. This gentleman was...

Photographs of Mr. Johnson, the new President of the Union,

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have reached London. They show a strongly-built man, with a square head, overhanging brows, full lips, tiger jaw, and firm, full cheeks. A strong man evidently, but not, we...

Mr. Mills on Tuesday raised a debate on the merits

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of the scheme of examination now adopted for the Indian Civil Service. He thought too many subjects were given, and was inclined to strike out English literature and Oriental...

Sir C. Wood is not behaving quite well in this

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matter of Indian grievances. He is either under the impression that he cannot remedy the evils complained of, in which case he should say so, or is determined to go his own way...

The Poor-Law Board has published its decision in the case

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of Timothy Daly. The doctor who "attended "him but never dressed his leg is dismissed, as is also the head nurse, while the master is severely reprimanded, and told that he is...

Le Moniteur republishes a Provisional Constitution for Mexico, decreed by

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the Emperor Maximilian on the 10th April. We have sketched the provisions of this remarkable document else- where, but may observe here that difficulties are thickening around...

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Home Securities have been dull throughout the week, and Consols

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have declined in value one-half per cent. On Saturday last the Three per Cents. left off at 90f for delivery, and 89f f for account.

Lord Elcho is going to move for a commission to

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inquire into the state of the franchise, and how it may be possible to give a practical representation to the working clam without any further lowering of the franchise. This...

Caledonian .. .. .. .. •I1

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Great Eastern .. .. .. Great Northern .. .. .. Great Western.. .. .. .. D. West Midland, Oxford - Lancashire and Yorkshire .. London and Brighton .. .. Loudon and...

One of the most curious aspects of the American war

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is the implicit confidence the Government appear to feel that all the need for a strong military and naval organization is passed. They are not only reducing their forces and...

The Railway Credit Company, with a capital of 2,000,000/. in

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40,000 shares of 501. each, is announced. The principal object of the undertaking is to contract for the construction of railways and other public works, but the Directors will...

The delegates of the different Reform Associations assembled at Manchester

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on Monday to consider the question of Reform, and on Tuesday attended a mass meeting in the Free-Trade Hall. About five thousand persons were present, and a speech from Mr. W....

Affairs are not going on satisfactorily in New Zealand. The

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army marches about and does nothing, and General Cameron asks for 2,000 more troops from home. Sir George Grey, on the other hand, talks in his despatches of reducing the number...

The body of Abraham Lincoln was buried at Springfield, Illinois,

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on the 4th inst., within nineteen days of his murder, after a long progress through many of the principal cities and States of the Union, from Washington to his home in Illinois.

Even catastrophes in'the United States are on a scale unknown

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to the rest of the world. On the 27th April the steamer Sultana left Memphis on her upward voyage with 2,200 passengers on board, chiefly exchanged Federal prisoners. She had...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Securities left

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off at the following prides :— Greek Do. Coupons .. Mes iosu Spituilih Passive • • .. Do. Certilicate3 •• Turkish 6 per Ceuta., 1358.. Consolidds.. .• Friday, • • • • • •...

The Credit Foneier and Mobilier Company of England are in-

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structed to receive subscriptions for 1,212,000/. A Stock of the Metropolitan Extension Railways of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Company in 30,300 provisional scrip...

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MR. HENLEY. W E trust that Mr. Henley is not yet at the end of his term of service in the House of Commons, and we should regret it the more if we thought that his mischievous...

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C ERTAINLY within the next twenty years, possibly with- in a very much shorter period, two great English-speak- ing communities, possessed of vast territories, of an extensive...

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D O the working classes want to be represented in Parlia- ment, or do they simply want to have votes ? That is the question which the operatives of this country have to answer...

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T HE Rev. Mr. Wagner, by refusing to answer the questions of the magistrates as to the statements made to him by Constance Kent, has re-opened a very difficult question, be-...

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may never work, is intended to march, and it has

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an into!. it by the European standard. Mexico is a tropical country, leetual interest as the latest attempt of an enlightened despot with a semi-civilized population and a...

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O UR old friend the anatomist curate, victim of British stupidity empanelled on a coroner's jury, has turned up again with a lively pamphlet* on the wrongs of curates. De...

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A LMOST all European writers, whatever their subject, polities, or society, or science, now tacitly assume that the human: race is to progress for ever, or, to state their...

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T HE name spelt variously Elliot or Eliott is that of a border clan rather than of a family. Six distinct branches are enumerated by genealogista, but the family with which we...

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[FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, May 6, 1865. PRESIDENT JOIINSON'S proclamation implicating Jefferson Davis and five other leading insurgents directly in the...

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MR. THEODORE MARTIN'S " FAUST."* Mn. THEODORE MARTIN is always a graceful and scholarly trans- lator, and he has, we should gather, spent more than usual labour on this work,...

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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS was born in 1723, the year of Sir Christopher Wren's death. He died aged sixty-nine in 1792, the year in which Benjamin West was elected President of the...

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Ma. EDWARDS is the elder Disraeli of libraries. He has already written their lives; this time he gives us their curiosities and their genealogy ; we shall soon have their...

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Our Inheritance en the Great Pyramid. By Professor C. Pia* Smith, F.R.SS.L. and E., Astronomer Royal for Scotland. (Alexander Strahan and Co.)—What can be the value of a merely...

stand it. Norman Maitland is essentially a common-place character, frequent

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in novels, and nowhere else. How as the son of an Italian actress by an unknown father he could be an Englishman, why he went to Antrim, why he came away again, why he seat for...

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Captain Masters's Children. By Thomas Hood. Three vols. (Samp- son

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Low, Son, and Marston.)—A novel above the average, but disfigured by the choice of the principal male character. It is called Captain Masters's Children because he had but...

Wines and Other Fermented Liquors. By James Richmond Sheen. (Robert

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Hardwick° )--A. very pleasant little book, but not free from the vice of book-making. The historical account of the wines of the ancients, the early history of the vine, and the...

Murmurings. By Edmund Falconer. (Tinsley Brothers.)—It would he unkind to

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say anything of the politics of the two poems which fill thin volume, for the author himself apologizes for his injustice. But it is much to be regretted that Mr. Falconer's...

Travels. By Umbra. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—This volume consists of two

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parts, a tour in Iceland and in Switzerland. The former is supposed to have taken place twenty years ago, and the tourists are six in number. We imagine the facts to be...

The Birthplace and Parentage of William Paterson, founder of the

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Bank of England and projector of the Darien Scheme. By W. Pagan, F.S.A. (W. P. Nimmo.)—There was a tradition but no evidence that Paterson, the founder of the Bank of England,...

The Argument it Priori for the Moral Attributes of God.

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By W. Honyman Gillespie. (W. P. Nimmo.)—The author of the argument a priori for the necessary existence of God has in these pages endea- voured to establish, by similar...

Rask's Anglo-Saxon Grammar. By Benjamin Thorpe. (Trnbner and Co.)—The publication

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of this translation thirty-five years ago was an event, and we are glad now to receive a second edition much improved. Professor Rask wrote for Scandinavian students, and much...

The Anthropological Treatises of Blumenbach and Bunter. By Thomas Bendy:31m,

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31.A., Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. (Longman and Co.).-.These are rather curiosities of anthropological literature than of much scientific value ;—indeed Hunter's tract,...

The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. By Alexander Smith. 2

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vols. (Macmillan and Co.)—Mr. Smith has performed his work as an editor with a care which shows that he knows what is due to the reputation of his author and to his own. He has...

Hours of Quiet Thought. (T. C. Newby). Village Sermons. Second

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series. By G. F. D. Teissier, Rector of Brampton. (Macmillan and Co.)—Two volumes of average sermons, of which the first come from a Scottish manse, and are printed as essays....

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Bertie Bray. By the Author of Sir Victor's Choice. Two

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vols. (John Maxwell and Co.)—.A. rather slight story, in which the author's inevitable captain of cavalry, very beautiful and very contemptible, but strangely dear to the...

'146 Fortnightk Review. No. L (Chapman and Hall.)—There are good

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and poor papers in this number—two very good ones. Mr. Bagehot has written a masterly paper on the Cabinet, which we discuss else- where. Mr. M. D. Conway has given a clear and...

A Book of Thoughts. By "H. A." (Macmillan and Co.)—A

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pretty little volume of extracts from eminent writers, English, French, and German, with translations of the two latter classes. They are mostly moral and didactic, and are well...

A Biographical Memoir of Samuel Hartlib, with a reprint of

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his pamphlet entitled "An Invention of Engines of Motion." By H. Dircks, Esq. (John Russell Smith.)—A scholarlike little monograph, giving all the information that can be given...