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By far the most serious news yet received from Natal

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is the uni- versal testimony to the headlong daring of the Zulus. Their leaders, when once resolved on attack, do not care how many men they lose, but carry their regiments...

-VP The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The debate on Mr. Dillwyn's motion for a special Finance

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Committee, to revise the Civil Service Estimates before they are submitted to the House, was a very remarkable and in- structive one. The sensation of the debate was the...

The Times of Tuesday stated that Leo XIII. had "intimated

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his desire to raise Dr. Newman to the rank of Cardinal, and that with expressions of deep respect for the Holy See, Dr. Newman has excused himself from accepting the purple." We...

Monday and Thursday were spent by the Government in the

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House of Commons in making very little progress with resolu- tions concerning the order of business which, if carried, would have been of no manner of use, while they would...


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N EWS has been received from the Cape by telegraph from Madeira down to January 29th. So far as it goes, it must be pronounced favourable ; but it goes a very little way. The...

No further explanation of the disaster at Insandusana has been

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published in this country. The colonial belief is that the camp was wrongly pitched, in a place where it could be commanded from all sides, and that precautions had not been...

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A kind of revolution has occurred at Cairo. The Ministry

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had resolved to reduce the army, now nearly 40,000 strong, to 10,000 men, by summary disbandment, and to dismiss 2,000 officers, with or without their arrears of pay. The...

The first Bulgarian Assembly opens to-day. Most of the Representatives

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have arrived at Tirnova, and are found to be men belonging to all classes, but all taking an intelligent interest in the national politics. The majority, it is said, are...

Prince Bismarck has had a very severe rebuke. The German

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Chancellor had requested permission from the Reichstag to prosecute the two Socialist Deputies, Herren Hasselmnnn and Fritsche, who were expelled Berlin, for returning to take...

The debate of yesterday week on Mr. Meldon's motion to

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establish household suffrage in the Irish boroughs,—i.e., to assimilate the borough franchise in Ireland and England,—was a very interesting one. It elicited, for instance, a...

Pasha for oppression, has been appointed Ambassador at St. Petersburg

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; that Sir Henry Layard comes home from Constan- tinople, ostensibly on the ground of ill-health, which we are happy to believe is not serious ; and that the British invasion of...

Mr. Goschen on Monday brought up the subject of a

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gold coinage for India, in the form of a request that the Government wonld promise not to alter the regulations affecting currency in India before Parliament had discussed any...

Lord Cairns introduced his Bankruptcy Bill on Monday, in an

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excellent descriptive speech, in which he told the Lerds that the plan of leaving creditors to look after their debts had failed ; that liquidations by arrangement or...

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Mr. Bright, in a letter on the American protective tariff

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written to Mr. Cyrus Field, puts the case against Protection with almost extravagant force. - " It is strange," he says, " that a people who put down slavery at an immense...

Mr. Balfour's Burial Bill, which proposes to entitle Noncon- formists

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to burial with their own rites in any churchyard which is distant three miles or more from a cemetery, and which has not been given to the Church within the last fifty years,...

If Mr. Cross finds his Act to check and restrain

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Vivisection losing all respect with the public, it will be chiefly, we believe, because he has granted a licence for a third series of the cruel experiments made by Professor...

The first contest in Cork County since the introduction of

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the Ballot took place last week, the result being declared on Monday, as follows :—For Colonel Colthurst, Home-ruler, 8,157 ; for Sir G. Colthurst, Conservative,...

In Professor J. S. Brewer, the study of English history

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has lost one of the most original, accomplished, and disinterested of its labourers. He was Professor at King's College, London, but the greater part of his work was done in...

Lord Carnarvon, on Friday week, inquired what precautions the Government

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had taken to prevent the introduction of the plague, observing that lie had a special interest in the question, because he had not only seen the Asiatic plague raging, but had...

Consols were on Friday 06i to 961. .

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SIR BARTLE FRERE IN ZULULAND. AA TE do not see how it is possible for her Majesty's Govern- ment to acquit Sir Bartle Frere, and retain any effective control over the policy of...

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W HAT is the Times at? Twice this week, the organ of her Majesty's Government has fired off articles so com- pletely " out of the blue " that it is difficult to believe they are...

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the trial of " Nunn v. Hemming " was anti- cipated long before it came, not only by the Jury and Judge,—indeed, the Judge, we think, interfered more than either precedent or...

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T HAT admirable arrangement for the administration of Egypt, under which the country was to be governed by an International Commission of clerks, and two great Govern- ments...

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PUBLIC BUSINESS. T HE House of Commons has got to work

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in a proper and orderly fashion, and has begun by discussing the method of its procedure. The week has virtually been given up to this subject, and we hope that we shall not be...


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P RINCE LEOPOLD'S remarkable speech at the Mansion House on Wednesday, ought to suggest some new idea to the fertile brain of the Prime Minister. In pursuing that notion of his...

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W HETHER Dr. Newman has done the best for his Church by refusing the Cardinal's hat, may fairly be doubted, even by those who see in that refusal, as they well may, a new proof...

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L ORD CAIRNS, one of the best men of business in Parlia- ment, told the House of Lords on Monday that, taking only the cases which came into Court, it was certain that the...

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S OME information has recently reached England from the United States, which deserves more notice than the cursory paragraph usually devoted by newspapers to such things. It...

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THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your issue of February 8th, reviewing Mr. Helmore's " Catechism of Music," you express a hope that it " will serve to exclude that unscientific method...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Stn,—My attention has been drawn to a statement in the Spectator of Saturday last, to the effect that the Liberals of Midlothian have...


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" SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—There is little doubt that the fast and furious onslaught made by the Shopkeepers on the Co-operative Stores will be unsuccessful. The position of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] 8ia,—The discussion of this subject reminds me of a grand pro- phetical saying of Edward Irving's :—" When the Holy Ghost departs from any...

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THE HIGHER CRITICISM.* WITHIN the last ten years, public interest has been excited to a degree quite unparalleled in England about artistic matters; we may almost talk about an...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Will you allow me to publish the following brief explana- tion in your pages P—I am asked by Mr. Thomas Martineau, of Birmingham, to...

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MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT'S LETTERS.* THAT Mary Wollstonecraft's public writings are now fresh and instructive, while Godwin's offer to our wearied minds a curious combination of...

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Jr one of the chief objects of fiction be, as we think it is, to keep human life alive,—for a great deal of it is almost as little alive as anything which breathes and eats and...

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FINAL CAUSES.* THE debate between efficient and final causes is

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as old as speculative thought, and philosophy in every age has come across this question ; students of the history of philosophy are familiar with the enormous literature of the...

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IF it be the manner which distinguishes the literary artist, it is the matter which proves the poet, as our age understands poetry._ There would be less of futile and irritated...

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CARTOLICHE.* PERHAPS little better can be said of a novel

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than that there is nothing to say about it. Where there is an absence of any- thing to find fault with on the one hand, and on the other, where all is so equal that there is...

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Tuts book, it appears, was specially intended by its author for the study and perusal of the religious society of which he was himself a member. Mr. Barclay was a Quaker, and...

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Withered Leaves. By Rudolf von Gottschall. Translated from the German by Bertha Ness. 3 vols. (Remington and Co.)—Time and patience are essential to the reading of the 1,026...

The Monk of Yaste. From the Spanish, by Mariana Monteiro.

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(IL Washbourne.)—The retirement of the Emperor Charles V. must always have the fascination, both for writers and readers, which is produced by a romantic and mysterious event ;...

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Jesus the Messiah : a Narrative Poem. By G. C.

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Davies. (Provost and Co.)—This poem is a very unhappy, though no doubt well-meant, attempt to make the story of the Gospels more popular by presenting it in rhyme. We refrain...

a committee of clerey and laity, by distinguished men of

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the English and Scotch Churches. It is carious in what differing forms a subject which has once come to the surface of the general thought crops up. Now it is our greatest...

Debrett's Peerage and Titles of Courtesy. Edited by R. H.

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Muir, LL.D. (Dean and Son.)—This is the 166th annual publication, and is corrected up to the 31st December last,—or rather, to the end of January in the present year, as...

Fuel : its Combustion and Economy. Edited by D. K.

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Clark, C.E. (Crosby, Lockwood, and Co.)—This is an addition to Weale's useful rudimentary series, and contains the treatises of Messrs. Williams and Prideaux, with many...

which was held at South Kensington, and were delivered to

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science teachers. We may expect, therefore, that they will not be " popular," in the ordinary use of that term, but will contain an account of the latest theories, researches,...

Proceedings of the National Rifle Association for 1878. (Harrison and

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Johnson.)—In this, the nineteenth annual statement and report, we are told that in 1878 the excess of receipts over expenditure was such as to enable the committee to add to the...

The Classified Directory to the Metropolitan Charities for 1879. By

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W. F. Howe. (Longmans.)—This is the fourth annual edition of this handy little guide, to which has been added a list of most of the unendowed charities in the provinces, grouped...

answered question ; but the one to which attention is

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directed in these pages is " Whence art Thou ? " The subject is far too deep and wide to be touched on here, but the intention of the writer is best described in his own words....

A Catechism on Gospel History. By the Rev. J. Kettlewell.

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(Rivingtons.)—This catechism, in which the Gospels are broken up into questions and answers, is meant for the assistance of teachers ; but for the most part, the writer only...