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The meeting of the Emperors and Chancellors at Skirnievice has

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gone off happily, the Sovereigns who assembled on the 15th parting on the 17th inst., and having no time to quarrel. They had, it is said, conversation for about an hour and...


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is our tatoi:tion occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Seventh of...

It is probable that the Government will have great difficulty

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witliGeneral Gordon. He has done two things—the keeping of Khartoum and the formation of an army—which probably no one but himself could have accomplished ; but he has obvi-...

The Government has taken the first necessary step towards the

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restoration of financial safety in Egypt. Under the iniquitous agreement with the Jew Rings, called the Law of Liquidation, the claim of the Bondholders runs before the claims...

It will be observed that General Gordon anticipates no diffi-

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culty in sending troops from Khartoum to Dongola. It is probable, therefore, that General Wolseley will find none in sending them from Dongola to Khartoum ; and from Wady Haifa...

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

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A MESSAGE, undoubtedly authentic, has at last been received in Cairo from General Gordon. It is addressed to the Khedive, is written in cypher, and has been three times...

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Sir Michael Hicks-Beach made a speech at Cheltenham on Thursday

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noteworthy, amidst the flaccid speeches on his side, for a certain strength. He said that Mr. Gladstone in 1879 was quite right in appealing to the country against a House of...

Sir S. Northcote is trying to neutralise Mr. Gladstone's speeches

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in Midlothian, and has spoken twice at great length, on Monday and Thursday. On both occasions he was temperate,. argumentative, and clear, and if he had had anything fresh to...

It appears to be almost Certain that the object to

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which Admiral Courbet will next address himself is the capture of Nankin. That is to say, he will force his way up the" Great River" for at least two hundred miles, or one...

We published on Saturday last an account of the pamphlet

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in which the German General Von der Goltz maintains that in the next invasion of France cavalry must be employed on a great scale, and that serious battles of cavalry and...

The King of the Belgians has arrived at the decision

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we ex- pected. He has, as a Constitutional Sovereign, signed the Education Act, which was passed by large majorities in both Houses directly after an election. That Act, in...

Lord Ampthill's place as Ambassador in Berlin has been filled

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by the appointment of Sir E. Malet, now Minister at the Belgian Court. Sir E. Malet has done good service as Consul-General in Egypt, and is trusted by the Foreign Office ; but...

Two curious rumours are afloat as to the agreement made

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at Skirnievice. One is that Russia has asked, in return for certain concessions in the Balkans, for a "free hand" in Armenia; and another, that she has intimated an intention of...

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• The Pall Mall Gazette publishes what it believes to

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be an ex- haustive sketch of the condition of the Navy by a first-class and unprejudiced authority. The general conclusions are that although Great Britain could defeat any...

The fury of the cholers in Naples is abating, but

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in the day ending at midnight on the 17th there were 507 new cases, and in all 293 deaths. The visit of the King appears to have given hopefulness to the people,.and the...

We note with interest that in the discussion of Thursday

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on the compulsory enfranchisement of leaseholds, the balance of opinion at the Congress was wholly in its favour. Mr. Rubin- stein, Solicitor to the Birkbeck Building Society,...

A correspondent, who for some unknown reason does not wish

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his letter published, sends us what seems a conclusive ex- planation of the strange facts we have recently published about "insane pigeons." It is, at all events, an explanation...

James Wright, the Horton burglar, was convicted on Tuesday, and

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sentenced to penal servitude for life. The peculiarity of his case, upon which we have commented elsewhere, is that Wright, like Peace, was a convict who had made up his mind...

The Social Science Congress met this year at Sheffield, on

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the 17th inst., proceedings being opened by the President, Mr. Shaw Lefevre, in a singularly thoughtful and impartial speech. He reviewed the progress of the two great ideas of...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 101i to 101i.

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• THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TORIES FOR THE LORDS. T HE Tory chiefs are shifting their "ground, and making a grave mistake in doing so. Up to a quite recent date their argument...


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I T is useless to argue with fanatics, or we might ask the Russiar Terrorists to study the scene at Skirnievice, and see what it is they, with all their unscrupulous energy and...

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I T is impossible as yet to know whether the rumour that the Parnellites will in November strike a bargain with the Tories is or is not well founded. Mr. Parnell, with his...

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ANT HILE in the rest of Europe Democracy is struggling either for predominance or existence, in Switzerland there is none to dispute its sway ; all acknowledge the supreme...

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T HE circumstances under which Sir Stafford Northcote has been condemned by the party wire-pullers to speak at Edinburgh this week, if they do not altogether disarm criticism,...

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THE HOXTON BURGLARS. B URGLARY helped out by revolvers is a

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crime that in- terests every one who has anything to lose. The notion that your plate, your spare cash, and your wife's ornaments may be taken any night of the year is...

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REVISING BARRISTERS AND REGISTRATION. T HE revolving year has again brought

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round the Revising Barrister. This year, whether or not conscious of some impending doom, he has come in, as the month of March comes in, like a lion. Mr. Algernon Bathurst, the...

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N O more conclusive proof of the wisdom of publicity in public affairs could have been given than the publication of Dr. Crichton Browne's Report on Over-pressure in Elementary...

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S EVERAL vegetarians appear to have been greatly annoyed by our passing remark last week that the sect to which they belong is a conceited one, and ask why we should disparage...

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A MID the smoke and stir of this feverishly active century, it is a refreshment to hear of a quiet but earnest attempt to revive a long-disused and very peaceful industry....

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HOME-RULE OR LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT. [TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] Sot,—I have lately had two or three conversations with a Catholic priest who has just returned from a...

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TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sie,—There can be no question, as between Boarding-Schools and Day-Schools, which is the natural and righteous system. Boys were made to live...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Sin,—In your article last week, "The Apologists for Can- nibalism," you appear to me to have entirely overlooked a point • This 14 the true...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." _I S1R, — Allow me to assure you that Mr. Henry George has never advocated the "parcelling out of all land for cultivation," as you imply in...

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[TO THE Eiii.im OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIR,—Having many years ago cullei quaint epitaphs in Ilfra- combe Churchyard, 1 wonder at my not having met with that sent you by Mr....


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SIR,—I have not seen the following epitaphs among those which have appeared lately in your columns. You may think them sufficiently quaint to deserve publication :- " Here lies...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR ") 8E14—Why is Lord Dufferin so emphatically called an Irish- man ? Is it because his lineal male ancestor crossed from Scotland to Ulster in...


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11.0 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." J Sta,—In response to Mr. Dyson's letter in your last issue, I have been nearly all my life in India, in the Madras Presidency, and...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I think your correspondent,

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Mr. William Thorne12,-, will find the epitaph he contributes to your columns in an old popular poetic dialogue, entitled the "Messenger of Mortality ; or, Life and Death...


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ago, I copied this epitaph from a mural tablet in the little old parish church of Minster, near Boseastle in Cornwall. I think it is more quaint than most :— " Forty-nine...

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to add a few " Yankee " epitaphs to the entertaining list you so kindly publish ?— " JAKE C. M. Here lies one who's Life's threads cut Assunder; she was Struck dead by a clop...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIS, - - - With reference to

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the epitaph published in your paper of Saturday, the 6th, as taken from Cleish parish church, Fife- shire, Mr. H. Young, the proprietor of Cleish Castle, Kinross. shire, writes...


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SEPTEMBER. I" awl], l'honneur et le ris De Cypris."j 0 GOLDEN child of the year That is sere, With robe of gossamer twining; 0 month that walkest a maid, Unafraid, O'er...


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copied from the parish register at Yattendon, Berke, for 1770, the following memorandum in the handwriting of the then rector, Dr. Bellasis :—" recd. 5s. & 3d., being the Fee of...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] WE have seen how impossible it is to believe that Mr. Hinton, in the pages of The Law-Breaker, is simply elaborating the truism that the highest life is one in...

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MISS TO MMY.1- WHEN Mrs. Craik writes in her best

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and happiest mood—and she has thus written in this her latest volume—a new story from her Pen can never be anything but welcome. A uniformly strong writer she has never been,...

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country in the world where the edu- cation of the poor has been so grossly and infamously neglected as in England." So, in 1806, wrote Sydney Smith, in the course of his smart...

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WiEnt the hours of factory folks are regulated by law, and it is proposed to limit the hours of shop employes in like manner, and rehouse the poor at the expense of the State,...

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A RUSSIAN TOUR THROUGH CHINA.* THESE two volumes are sufficiently

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interesting to make it a matter of regret that they did not see the light sooner, for the reader must bear in mind that they refer to a period of ten years ago, when China was...

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stroffora: a Trafiedy. By Robert Browning, with Notes and Preface by Emily H. Hickey, and an Introduction by Samuel It Gardiner, LL.D. (George Bell and Sons.)—Mr. Browning's...

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Tfriel ; or, a Voyage to Other Worlds. By the

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Rev. W. S. Lech- Ssyrma, M.A. (Wyman and Sons.)—If the author is right, this globe on which we dwell is not the best of all possible worlds. The Venusians—a barbarous but...

The Guide to Nice, Historical, Descriptive, and Hygienic. By James

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Nash, A.C.P. (Kerby and Endean.) —The "guide" proper is limited to forty pages, out of a total of one hundred and eighty-eight; and it is. certainly defective in some respects....

An Innocent Maiden. By Theo. Gift. (F. V. White and

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Co.)— The maiden in question has two admirers,—an excellent and plain young vicar, and a rakish young captain, who, though generally very good-looking, was not so when out of...

Abstract and Analysis of the Report of the Indian. Education

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Corn. mission. By the Rev. J. Johnston. (Hamilton, Adams, and Co.)— The Education Commission was appointed by Lord Ripon On February 3rd, 1882. It consisted of a president, the...

The Franco-American Cookery Book. By Felix J. Deli4e. (G. P.

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Putnam's Sons.)—We feel quite unable to do justice to this monu- ment of industry and ingenuity, exhibiting, as it does, the result of French skill, itself the flower of an...

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The Diary of an Idle Woman in Spain. By Frances

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Elliot. 2 vols. (F. V. White and Co.)—No one can complain of any poverty of material in these two volumes. On the contrary, there is even a superabundance of it ; what is...

Two Ifs. By E. M. Abdy-Williams. (W. Swan Sonnenschein and

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Co.)—This is a novel of a type now somewhat old-fashioned. In the first chapter a will and a set of diamonds are missing. In the next turns up the heir, who is for the present...