22 APRIL 1871

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ivJ R. LOWE brought forward his Budget on Thursday night, in a House not less crowded than usual ; but the speech, though amusing in parts, contained less clear exposition and...

In proposing his very high Estimates for the current year,

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Mr. Lowe, so far from groaning over the lavishness of his colleagues, made a very spirited appeal to the country not to grudge the money requisite for such a real reorganization...

M. Thiers daily assures the Prefects that all is going

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on well, but he is waiting, as is believed, for more troops before he attempts any final coup. According to the best authorities we can find, one of them the German General in...

The most amusing part of Mr. Lowe's speech was his

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com- mendation of the stamp on matches, "not matrimonial engage- ment3," which he proposed to borrow, he said, from America, as a token of admiration of her finance and...

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There was a good deal of grumbling after the speech.

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Mr. White (M.P. for Brighton) grumbled at the low estimates of revenue, which he was sure would be exceeded,—of course they will, but then there is the loss of the House-tax...

The following is the exact estimate of expenditure and revenue

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(as proposed by Mr. Lowe, including, of course, the new duties) for the current year 1871-2 :- ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE. ESTIMATED REVENUE. £26,910,000 Customs ....C20,100,000...

The weary, dreary Civil War round Paris has dragged on

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through the week, but the general result may be summed up in few words. The loyal troops have taken Asnieres, have advanced within a few hundred paces of the enceinte, and have...

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The Lord Chancellor, dining on Wednesday in Fishmongers' Hall, made

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a strong speech against the desire of this country for prestige. "Prestige," to begin with, he said, was not an English word, and was too closely allied to another foreign word,...

The Commune on Wednesday published another manifesto, intended to be

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a full programme of their ideas. They deny that they wish to govern France, but declare that they will end "the old official and clerical world of military supremacy and...

The Birmingham Nonconformists had a meeting on Tuesday to- support

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Mr. Miall's coming motion for the separation of Church and State, at which they resolved that "the national sanction , given to the theological creed and ecclesiastical policy...

One of the interesting details of Mr. Lowe's Budget speech

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was his. account of Mr. Stansfeld's reforms in the Custom House, by which - he has been able to save not only the whole increase in salary pro- mised by the late Government to...

Nothing whatever is known with accuracy of German ideas about

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the insurrection. There is no sign as yet of interference ; the German Government communicates only with M. Thiers as the Head of the State ; and there is said to be no pressure...

Mr. Gathorne Hardy asked Mr. Gladstone in the House on.

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Tuesday whether he intended to propose any legislative measure to remedy the evils reported by the Westmeath Committee, to- which Mr. Gladstone made the rather curious reply,—a...

We regret to record the sudden death of the Right

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Hon. J. R. Davison, Member for Durham, and Judge Advocate-General. He died of heart disease at a friend's house in Suffolk, where he had retired to rest apparently in full...

Lord H. Lennox rose on Tuesday to move for a

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Select Committee to inquire into the circumstances of the dismissal of Sir Spencer Robinson, lately Controller of the Navy. Lord H. Lennox eulogized Sir Spencer's services,...

Mr. Goschen supported his predecessor in a speech the pith

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of which was that Sir S. Robinson, though a man of unusual capa- city, was difficult to get on with ; that he was a political officer, and that his relations with his colleagues...

The changes proposed in the Probate duties are these :—First,.

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all property which pays either Probate or Legacy duty is to pay both ; while the property of intestates is to pay no more than the property bequeathed by will ; and the basis of...

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Just as Protection is losing ground in America, it is

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winning it in Australia. The Melbourne correspondent of the Times says that the popular cry during the elections then proceeding was for a 25 or 30-per-cent. duty on every...

Consols were on Friday 93 to 93i.

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It is to be wished that Chancellors of the Exchequer

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would sometimes remember the exceeding ignorance of other people. Mr. Lowe is going to borrow the Permanent Suitors' deposit in the Court of Chancery, of about 2.56,000,000, at...

Mr. Torpey promises to be rather an interesting character. It

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appears from the evidence given at the examination that he sent for Mr. Ryder, and tried to give him information as to the fate of his diamonds, naming the Dutch merchants who...

The Times of last Monday had a telegraphic report from

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Phila- delphia that the Joint High Commission had signed a convention - for the settlement of the Alabama claims,—the contracting par- ties agreeing to a rule that a neutral is...

A fierce discussion has been going on as to Mr.

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Tom Taylor's right to burn Joan of Arc upon the stage. Mrs. Rousby is tied -every night to the stake, with the faggots, &c., round her, flames break out, and in short the scene...

Dr. Diillinger has been excommunicated by the Archbishop of Munich,

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and the Telegraph says,—we know not on what autho- rity, —that he has been visited with the "major excommunication." This is a serious step, as it of course involves the future...

Mr. Reed, of Hackney, on Tuesday brought up the old

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proposal -that no letters should be delivered on Sunday in the country, as the rural postmen wanted their day of rest, and Mr. (3-ladstone promised an official inquiry into the...

The friends of the Marquis of Normanby gave him a

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dinner on Wednesday, to celebrate his appointment as Governor of Queens- land. Lord Kimberley was present, and must have been a little astonished to hear Lord Normanby declare...

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THE BUDGET. M R. LOWE had on Thursday night what would have seemed to some of his predecessors at the Exchequer, and to most of his contemporaries at foreign Exchequers, a very...

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TRIERS is certainly not a eat man, and probably .1/1[ great ,, not a competent one ; but the political difficulties in his way are greatly under-rated in England. They are such...

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THE issue of the Westmeath Committee's Report more than 1 sustains the view which we took at the time it was ap- pointed, of the great vacillation and weakness of purpose shown...

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O NE of the most serious of all the difficulties in the way of governing free States was discussed in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. How far are the Parliamentary Chiefs...

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A VERY remarkable, though, we greatly fear, a very hope- 11 movement, is just now going on in New York. The "Ring," which governs the city in order to plunder it, and which...

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T HE Protestant Church of Ireland can scarcely be regarded as a very sagacious interpreter of the times and their signs. Its general Convention of last year, by a resolution...

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T HE Quarterly asserts that Mr. Twisleton in his forthcoming book on Junius has placed the authorship of the celebrated Letters beyond controversy, and we agree with the...

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XXIV.—CHARLES I. T HE character of Charles Stuart is still the subject of warm controversy, and there is little probability of public opinion becoming unanimous on the...

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EMIGRATION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, I am sorry Mr. Jenkins disagrees with my arguments, and is inclined to think poorly of my moral character. I can respect...

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ITo THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 'SIR, —I have not seen the record of the Vatican Council quoted in your last impression as stating the number of Italian Bishops at 106...


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THE CONSCIENCE AND FUTURE JUDGMENT. I SAT alone with my conscience, In a place where Time had ceased, And we talked of my former living In the land where the years increased....


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPROTATOR.1 have read with great interest Mr. Bridges' defence of the Paris Commune, and I am much obliged to you for inviting him to publish in your...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—Has not the Bishop of Manchester hit upon the true explanation of the want of that "statesmanlike and manly part in the political...

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ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI.* THE character of St. Francis of Assisi is perhaps the noblest and most Christlike among those attributed to the Roman Catholic saints. How he and his...

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Tars is an absolutely anonymous story ; no falling back oi. previous works which might give a clue to the authorship, and no assumption of a nom de plume which might, at some...

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THE SECOND BRUNEL.* ELEVEN years have passed since the deaths

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of Brunel the younger and the younger Stephenson, about the same time. Both these accomplished designers and constructors of great mechanical works of utility were the sons of...

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NOVELISTS AS PAINTERS OF MORALS.* ENGLaarn has hardly received the

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honour she deserves as the birthplace of the modern novel. Except the incomparable Don Quixote, what had Europe produced in the way of narrative fiction before the appearance of...

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A CLASSICAL culture, which, if not deep is widely extended, has produced a multitude of scholars, more or less competent, who are eager for work. Like mountain-climbers, who, as...

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Tins is a somewhat curious combination of the conventional type of Irish Riband or Whiteboy story with a social and religious study of middle-class society in an Irish country...

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Our Duty to Animals. By Mrs. Charles Bray. (Partridge.)— Another

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excellent little manual, by the author of Physiology for Schools, consisting of simple, bat carefully arranged lessons, "intended to help the teacher to give such regular and...

A Souvenir of the War of 1870-7E, .from the Commencement

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to the Fall of Paris ; illustrated with Portraits of Eminent Personages and Generals, with Views of Strasburg, Sedm, and Metz. By William Simpson, Esq. ; an introduction, by Dr....

Jasmine Leigh. By C. C. Fraser-Tytler. (Strahan.)—This is a very

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doleful little story, telling the fortunes of a young lady whom we cannot help thinking somewhat helpless and silly. It is put in the form of a diary, which, though not without...


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East and West, edited by the Countess Spencer (Longmans), is a little volume (the handsome exterior of which contrasts oddly enough with the squalor which it describes) telling...

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Life of Sir Walter Scott. By the Rev. G. Gilfillan.

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(Oliphant.)— Though we cannot always accept Mr. Gilffilan's literary estimates, thinking it, for instance, extravagant even in a Scotch critic to say that Scott was "the...

Monk of Monk's . Own. By Logh Knight. 3 vols. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—Of course the simplest reader understands, and is meant by the author to understand, that the Captain Monk who succeeds just in the nick of time to the inheritance...

Children Rescued from Pauperism, by W. Anderson (Menzies, Edin- burgh),

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is an account of the "Boarding-out System in Scotland," and has the interest which attaches to one of the most hopeful experiments. of the day. Mr. Anderson has seen the system...

Dr. Wainwright's Patient. By Edmund Yates. 3 vols. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—Mr. Yates continues to produce with an industry which may be compared to that of the spider, and his work, if the substance of it be somewhat thin, is, at all events,...

Dr. Foakes writes a little book, Gout and Rheumatic Gout

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(Philip and Son), to prove that these diseases ought to be treated not with mercury or colchicum, drugs which, he says, do nothing more than palliate, not without leaving bad...

The CrOWR and its Advisers. By Alex. C. Ewald. (Blackwood.)—

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This volume consists of four lectures dealing with the several subjects ef "The Queen," "The Ministry," The House of Lords," "The Corn. mons," and delivered, the author tells...

Askaros Kassis the Copt. By Edwin de Leon. (Chapman and

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Hall.) —M. De Leon, who has been United States' Consul-General for Egypt, describes his book as "A Romance of Modern Egypt," and it shows every sign of careful observation and...