21 JUNE 1884

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No official information of the fall of Berber has been

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re- ceived in London. Nnbar Pasha, however, believes it, the Mudir of Dongola has heard of it, and the people of Assouan are flying on account of it. Major Kitchener, in command...

On Tuesday afternoon, after various unwise attempts by private members

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to tinker the Bill, attempts born either of pure political fidgets or of political vanity, Mr. H. Fowler moved his new clause postponing the operative effect of the Bill till...

The Committee on the Franchise Bill was completed on Thursday,

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and the report is to be put down for Monday, though it seems possible that the discussion on Mr. Gladstone's Egyptian statement will hardly leave room even for the somewhat...


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GLADSTONE will, he has stated, give a full account of the agreements entered into with France on Monday, and on Thursday he promised to give the account such a form that a...

Yesterday week, in Committee qn the Franchise Bill, Mr. Albert

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Grey brought forward his new clause for postponing the effect of the Bill till January 1, 1887—a clause regarded at one time as the great hope of the Opposition, but which found...

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

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The women have been threatening the State with terrible consequences

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for the vote of last week on Mr. Woodall's motion. At a meeting, held under the presidency of Mr. Stansfeld yesterday week, the suggestion of a raid on the Hyde Park palings was...

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The King's party, aided by the Boers, appear to be

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conquer- ing the whole of Zululand outside the Reserve. They have recently defeated Usibepu, whom we placed in Northern Zulu- land, with a slaughter of 600 of his followers, and...

We regret deeply to notice the death of Mr. Bromley-

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Davenport, M.P. for North Warwickshire, an honest and intel- ligent Tory, who retained in the midst of his dull party the faculty of humour. On certain breezy subjects Mr....

The Duke of Argyll on Monday discharged against the Irish

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Land Act one of those brilliant political rockets with which he annually delights the majority of the House of Lords, while he appears to himself to be rescuing imaginary...

On Monday Mr. Mundella moved the Education Estimates, in a

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very interesting speech on the present condition of education in England. The estimates for the year exceeded three millions for the first time, being £3,016,167, showing an...

The American Democrats do rot hold their Convention till July

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8th, but in the preliminary State meetings Mr. Cleveland, Governor of New York, is always nominated, and the Independ- ent Republicans have announced that if be is chosen they...

Mr. J. Curtis, twenty years a resident in Morocco, gives

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his opinion in the Pall Mall Gazette of the chances of the Shereef. He says that the Emperor's Government is detested by all his subjects, partly from its habitual injustice,...

A discussion followed, which, of course, turned largely on the

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alleged over-pressure, and on Dr. Crichton Browne's eccentric report. That there are cases of over-pressure, owing to the injudiciousness of Committees, School Boards, and...

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Lord Spencer made two or three impressive speeches at Belfast

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on Wednesday, in acknowledging his very hearty re- ception by that great city, in unveiling a picture of the Queen, and in laying the foundation-stone of a free library. We call...

Lord Redesdale moved the second reading of his Bill to

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pre- vent the cruelties which go on in pigeon-shooting matches, on 'Tuesday, and the second reading was passed ; but Lord Aberdare showed how extremely ineffective for its...

Some curious opinions uttered by Prince Bismarck in 1868, after

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Germany had been, in fact, made, but not tested by the fight with France, have been published in the memoirs of Pro- fessor Bluntschli. He said even then that he did not fear...

The Times on June 14th issued a number containing twenty-

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four pages, an incident which has occurred only once before. The papers, therefore, publish calculations showing that the paper contained 2,559 advertisements, that 200 distinct...

Few men in this generation remember when Mr. C. H.

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Spurgeon was not preaching, yet he was only fifty on June 19th ; and, if his gout would leave him alone, might be a leading figure in his community thirty years hence. He began...

The rich in England are grumbling much, bat they evidently

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are not poor yet. The Fountain family, of Narford, in Norfolk, have for the last four generations been collecting art pottery and curiosities, and the present owner has very...

M. Ferry says that there is a difficulty in abolishing

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the gaming tables at Monaco, as Monaco is a sovereign principality. So is Turkey, but a means of dealing with Turkey has been found. If the Five Powers agree that Monaco is a...

Lord Salisbury, in presiding at the meeting of the National

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Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Church Principles, on Tuesday, delivered a reasonable and thoughtful -defence of the principle of denominational schools,...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. Consols were on Friday 99f

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to 94 x.d.

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OPINION AS SHOWN IN LINCOLN. P OLITICIANS of both parties will do well to study the result of the bye-election for Lincoln, which came off last Saturday. We do not often attach...

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L ORD SALISBURY'S remarkable proposal, made on Tuesday at the meeting of the National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the National Church,...


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Tj ORD SPENCER does not come so often before the notice of the British public as the great services which he renders to us might seem to require. One of his greatest...

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MHE partisan virulence with which the event is discussed I should not conceal from Liberals the truth that the capture of Berber by the Mandi's lieutenant, which, although...

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T HE debate on Church patronage which employed the House of Commons on Wednesday was of a much more satisfactory character than some similar discussions in the past. The...

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T HE general honour paid to Mr. Spurgeon upon his fiftieth birthday is to us a pleasing sign of the times. We have no sympathy, of course, with his theology, which is old Cal-...

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M R. MUNDET,T,A, in moving the Education Estimates on Monday, was well entitled to take credit " for the progress all along the line " which his department has made during the...


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" D O you not see," says the Bishop of Peterborough, in the course of an Oxford University sermon on the Ethics of Forgiveness, which we criticised three years ago in these...

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A RE we Philistines ? We did not know it, bat it must be so, for the enthusiasm created by a sale like the FOU7I■ taine sale of pottery, and the prices given on Tuesday and...

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CENTURY. I N 1746, three volumes of correspondence appeared which purported to be written by Jewish chroniclers at different places. Extracts from the letters appeared in Tome...

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MR. STOPFORD BROOKE ON CHRIST. ITo TER EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Having read with much interest the article on this sub- ject in your last number, I shall be glad if...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —In your article, " The Destiny of Holland," you say that the Constitution of Holland does not provide for a female succes- sion, and...


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your very interesting article on Mr. Stopford Brooke- and Unitarianism you assert that history and experience are against his contention, and that it is not among Unitarians...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sur,—In your criticism of

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Mr. Stopford Brooke's sermon to the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, you allege that "the history of Unitarianism has been a history of fading and blanch- ing devotion...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR SIR, — In the review of my recently published work, "Ancient Religion and Modern Thought," which appeared in your last issue, you take...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'] Stn,—In your interesting review of Professor Sedley Taylor's book on " Profit-sharing," you refer to me as the founder of the Decorative...


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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS. LCONCLUDING NOTICE.] A FEW last words on the Academy, beginning with the third gallery. Mr. Vicat Cole's " Oxford, from Iffiey," is a good speci- men of...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — With reference to the picture, "A Study : Cairo," which you did the honour of mentioning in the notice of the Royal Academy...


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IT° THY EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—The lovers of natural beauty seem destined to wage an incessant warfare against the utilitarian spirit of our age. At one time they are...

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MARSHAL BITGEAITD.* Mrss YONGE has done well to " edit " for the English public M. d'Ideville's life of the conqueror of Abd-el-Kader, the mili- tary coloniser and...

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FARGIIS has had a_ great success in the popularity of Called Back, and though its interest is not one of the kind in which we recognise the highest literary qualities, we are...

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MICHAEL ANGELO TITMAESH has left a protest on record against the celebrity of a man of whom it was only known that he had 'written a book about the East. Every one, he said, had...

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THE GIANT'S ROBE.* THE first point to be noticed about

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this novel is that it is an .experiment in reproducing a magazine story at once in one volume, instead of passing it through the intermediate stage of three volumes. We trust...

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Ix is always pleasant to meet with a new work from the pen of Miss Gordon Cumming—and this for two reasons, if no more : first, she is an experienced and independent traveller...

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LA. FIN DU VIEUX TEMPS.* Ix is refreshing to come

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across a French novel that deals either with the illicit loves of people of fashion nor the amours d debauches of slaters and washerwomen, which, besides g entertaining without...

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The New Dance of Death. By A. Egmont Hake and

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J. G. Lefebre. 3 vols. (Remington.)—We doubt if any one will be amused, certainly no one will be bettered, by the perusal of this book. It is less eatery than a series of...


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The Orient: or, St. Saviour's Priory Quarterly Papers. April, 1884. (G. J. Palmer, 32 Little Queen Street ; M. C. Geater, 221 Ebury Street.)—This little quarterly will be of the...

Memoirs of Life and Work. By C. J. B. Williams,

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M.D. (Smith, Elder, & Co.)—This can scarcely be called an interesting book, but it contains much that fairly deserves that character. If it had been severely cut down—its five...

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Scnoor, BOOKS.—Shakespeare ' s Henry VIII., with Notes, Examina- tion-papers, and Plan

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of Preparation (W. and R. Chambers) Standards VI. and VII., King Richard II., by Charlotte M. Yonge (National Society's Depository) ; King John, with Introduction, Notes,, &c.,...

Cities of Northern and Central Italy. 4 vols. By Augustus

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J. C. Hare. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—In a characteristically modest preface to his volumes on Northern Italy, in which he tells what he has done since their original publication...

Dickens a Catalogue. (J. W. Jarvis and Son.)—This is a

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cata- . logue of a number of works, all deriving their interest from their connection with Dickens, including some of the oldest copies of his works, the pseudo-Dickens works,...

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We have received from Mr. Edward Stanford a set of

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five Maps, so arranged and coloured as to show at a glance some of the numerous and complicated divisions of London. The Maps are compiled from Ordnance and other surveys, on a...

GUIDE Booxs.—We have received the sixth edition of Dickens's Dictionary

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4 London, and a new edition of the same author's Dictionary of the Thames (Macmillan and Co.) ; the second edition of Colbran's Guide to Tunbridge Wells and Neighbourhood ; and...