21 AUGUST 1875

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A bad accident occurred on Wednesday on the Solent. The

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royal yacht 'Alberta,' with the Queen on board, was steaming across the channel at 16 miles an hour, when it ran down the 'Mistletoe,' a yacht of 120 tons, owned by Mr. Heywood,...

Another arbitration has gone against the British. The Portu- guese

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claim Delagoa Bay, the natural outlet of the Dutch Republics north of Natal, by right of discovery and occupancy ; but it seems certain that they admitted a Dutch claim to...


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T HE insurrection in the Herzegovina is attaining larger pro- portions. The Turks win no successes, the insurgents are well armed, and the influx of Slays from Bosnia, Dalmatia,...

The Prince of Wales has paid a most successful visit

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to Sheffield, and has opened the Park there, just presented to the town by the Mayor. Itwas supposed, for some unknown reason—Trades Union- ism not being in any way...

After thekPrince had gone, Mr. Mtmdella addressed his consti- tuents.

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The Tory party, he told them, had no capital of its own, but "carried on business with accommodation bills." Mr. Disraeli had to employ all his rhetoric and imagination to gloss...

As yet, the action of the neighbouring Powers is obscure,

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but according to the best accounts, their decision remains firm to allow Turkey to sudue the insurrection if she can, and if she cannot, to occupy the disturbed provinces with...

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

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The co-operative manufacturing companies of Lancashire are doing a very

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remarkable sort of business. A large crop of these enterprises, owned in £10 or £.5' shares, chiefly by the workmen to whom they give employment, has sprung up all through the...

The New York correspondent of the Daily News telegraphs (August

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19) that some eighty negroes have been arrested in the counties of Jefferson and Washington, in Georgia, on charges of conspiracy. They are accused of having joined in a plot...

The Royal Agricultural Society's Shows in Ireland are always cheered

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by sunny Viceregal optimism. We do not remember a single Lord-Lieutenant who had the courage to discourse gloomily on these occasions. But now there is really very little excuse...

Before the Conference broke up (16th inst.), Dr. Dollinger made

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a very strong speech against the doctrine of Purgatory. He said it was unknown till the time of Gregory the Great. Before that, the only belief had been that the soul passed...

A Conference of the Old-Catholic leaders, about fifteen prelates of

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the "Oriental" Church —the branch of the Greek Church which acknoialedgeethe Patriarch of Constantinople as Metro- politan—and some English High-Churchmen, met at Bonn on the...

The elections for the Councils-General in France have scarcely altered

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the composition of those bodies, and in all but seven departments the same presidents were reappointed. This Is the more noteworthy, because these Councils-General will have to...

Earl Russell has published a new pamphlet on "National Education,"

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which contains some curious reminiscences. So recently as 1839, Lord Melbourne doubted the value of education as a means of advancing men in the world, pointing to many un-...

The intelltgentrefrOM Spain rereains without interest. The official theory at

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Madrid is that the Army is attacking the Carlists on Mr. Lincoln's plan, when he said that his only policy was "to keep pegging away," and that the enemy will by-and-by be sur-...

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IF^ The Germans have held another national festival. Herr Bandd,

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a Hanoverian sculptor of merit, has at length completed his life's labour, a colossal statue, 45 feet high, of Hermann, the German leader who, according to Tacitus, defeated...

Mr. Gladstone, in the preface to his collected edition of

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"Essays on Vaticanism," complains that the Due Decazes has refused to allow his book to be sold on railway-stalls, in kiosks, and on the public highways in France. M. Buffet,...

The Chairman of the Midland Railway explained at the Company's

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half-yearly meeting on Tuesday how the abolition of second-class carriages had worked during the last half-year, the first completed since the change ; the passenger traffic...

The International Telegraph Conference at St. Petersburg brought out some

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differences of policy between the English and the Continental delegates. The objection of the former to con- ducting the ordinary telegraphic business without limitation on...

A somewhat important letter from Mr. Gladstone to Mr. Eubule-Evans

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has been published this week. Mr. Eubule-Evans recently published a paper in the Contemporary suggesting re- forms in the English Church, and Mr. Gladstone tells him that they...

The state of affairs in the City is a little

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unusual. So great is the supply of money, that the Bank-rate is only 2 per cent., the Joint-Stock Banks are giving only 1 per cent, for deposits, aid money can be had on good...

An immediate consequence of the unreasoning faith with which a

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great proportion of the English people accepted the story of the 4 ' Claimant," apparently because it was incredible, was the resus- citation of several minor " claimants," some...

Consols were at the latest date 94i to 94f.

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THE CHANCES OF A " RELIGIOUS " WAR. A LL the world seems agreed that the next war in Europe is to be a religious war. Mr. Gladstone and Cardinal Manning, at daggers-drawn upon...

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A LL Parliamentary personages, and especially the leading men in the House of Commons, have been influenced during the past Session by the lassitude of the times. Nothing is so...

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" IDIRAISE to the All, and to my intelligence, I have outwitted 1 that dangerous barbarian, and carried all my points, without declaring war! With my 40,000 troops and my new...

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EPEATED ill-success is not likely to make the process ik which ensures it either pleasant or profitable, and Marshal MeeMahon's award in the matter lately in dispute between...

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AATHEN the annual Report on the Police by their Commis- sioner appears in the shape of a Blue-book, the people of Londoa are, as a rule, reminded that their safety hangs upon a...

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T HE reconstruction of the Judicature was a subject large enough to deserve to be treated entirely by itself, but it is not surprising that the discussion of it did not close...

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IT is much easier, or we fancy so, to understand the impulse Of the travelling theologians who have recently met at Bonn for a discussion on the reunion of Christendom—raised...

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A - FOREIGN war could hardly threaten this country with greater distress than the operation of the Orders in Council upon the Foreign Cattle Trade. We pointed out last week that...

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A N ugly scramble after property is no very uncommon sequel to the termination of a marriage by death, but there is room for a much more disagreeable struggle when a marriage is...

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"THE SECOND DEATH." (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —Though Mr. Murphy is right in saying that "eternal death" is not a Scriptural expression, he is mistaken in...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—I am a true admirer of what has been called the Spectator's English temper. May I presume upon that for a few remarks on the above...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —I have read, with much care, your article on the O'Connell Centenary. The Spectator is usually fair and candid, and wide in its...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.') SIR,—Will you allow me to raise an issue on the strength of a sentence in your very interesting article on "The ' Find ' at Laurium"? I am...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Stn,—The question so ably treated in your article of the 31st of July, headed "Insanity and Responsibility," would, I think, be greatly...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—On the 4th of August there was a debate in the House of Commons on a recent change made by the Admiralty. A Com- mittee of gentlemen...

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THE TUNDRAS AND THEIR INHABITANTS.* Six days' journey by land from Archangel lies the grey and dreary little coast town of Mezen, a place of "modified exile," the frontier town...

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AMONG the more serious questions which really beset Anglo- Indian administrators on all sides is that of public works. What principles should regulate expenditure, how much...

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IT is a sad pity that collectors of ghost stories cannot be induced to exercise a little economy of belief. Not a few of us would willingly go with them a mile, but they always...

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SIGN A. t IF as a rule the novels of

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Oujda are of an objectionable type, it cannot be denied that she sometimes shows power, and her present story, Signa, is not without its traces. Not only does the interest of...

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WE advise our readers to lose no time in making themselves acquainted with this volume of Sagas. The period of fresh poetic sensations seems to pass away in early youth for...

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MR. DRUMMOND'S volume is not a "mere illustrated game-book," as he aptly describes the majority of works which purport to deal with animal life in Africa, and though it might...

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Italy and France: an Editor's Holiday. By Alexander Mackie. (Hamilton, Adams, and Co.)—The editor of the IVarrington Guardian, taking his holiday, but utilising it, as the...

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Self - United. A Novel. By Mrs. W. Hickes Bryant. (Samuel

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Tinsley.)—We derive an impression from this quietly interesting, very thoughtful book—whose title we do not understand—that the writer is- a highly educated person, of steadfast...

His Queen. By Alice Fisher. (Henry S. King and Co.)—"

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The blindless bay-window faces the south-west, and on the purple velvet sofa where she lies luxuriating in its warmth the low sun darts down in strength. A great green glass...

Over Land and Sea : a Log of Travel Round

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the World in 1873- 1874. By Arthur G. Guillemard. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Except his enjoyment of a long sea voyage, there is little to distinguish Mr. Guillemard from preceding...

Jelpoint, an Unyarnished Story of the Time. By M. F.

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Mahony. (Chapman and Hall.)—What has become of the "Irish humour" which used to be so much talked of, and occasionally met with in times that are not old, but have seemingly...

Scarschifflocks. By L'. S. Maine. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—This novel

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reminds us in certain respects of the old-fashioned stories, of upwards of twenty years ago, and the association is, on the whole, agreeable. It is a moderate story, and if not...