22 JANUARY 1881

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On Monday, Mr. Justin McCarthy brought forward his amendment to

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the Address requesting the Queen to refuse the aid of the police, constabulary, and military to the evictions of Irish tenants, pending the production of remedial land measures....

The State Trial in Dublin approaches its conclusion. The traversers

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were refused permission to introduce a vast mass of evidence, which they had prepared in order to show the condition of Ireland, the Crown preferring to withdraw a clause in the...


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TT is believed throughout Europe that the chances of war be- tween Greece and Turkey have seriously increased. Turkish °obstinacy has not, of course, been diminished by the...

When we spoke last week of the hope of a

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mild winter having vanished, We did not anticipate the horrors of this week. On Tues- dly and Wednesday fell a snow-storm such as has not visited England for ten years, blocking...

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

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The dreary debate on the Address dragged on till Thursday,

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and then closed abruptly, with no discussion to speak of even on the Report. Yesterday week, the debate on Mr. Parnell's amendment was concluded, after a spirited speech from...

But the only effect was to embitter Mr. Parnell, who

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in his speech first travelled out of the line of the discussion to offer an explanation as to the meaning of his denunciations of landlordism as the representative of the...

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Mr. John, who gave so much valuable evidence on the

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subject of the ' Atalanta' and its construction, writes to Monday's Times to say that the ' Atalanta' Committee kept back from him the Constructor's report upon his. evidence,...

There is no news of importance from South Africa, except

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the arrivalof her Majesty's 60th Rifles in Natal, and the further expression. of Dutch opinion in the colony that the Boers are hardly treated, and that their independence...

Lord Fortescue is one of that- class of almost osten-

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tatiously sensible men who have the knack of acting in a way to show radical want of sense. Just at present he is most anxious to facilitate Coercion in Ireland, by giving the...

The Times states that the Government intend to modify the

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position of the Lord-Advocate for Scotland. That great officer is now not only the chief legal adviser of the Crown on Scotch affairs and public prosecutor-general, but is also,...

The Home-rule Party just now does not appear to be

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quite unanimous. The strongest man in it, Mr. O'Connor Power, a man much more acceptable to the true Irish heart than Mr. Parnell, has intimated at Nottingham that if the...

The election at Wigan turned out unfavourably for the Liberals,

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though no seat is lost, because there was none to lose. The Liberal candidate, Mr. Lancaster, however, who had supported. the Irish view against coercion, polled only 2,536...

Sir Henry James's Bill to nrevent corrupt practices at elec-

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tions is even more severe than was believed. The penalty suggested in the Bill for corrupting electors is two years' im- prisonment, with hard labour, and a fine of £500; while...

Russia also has a South Africa upon her hands. The

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Tekke Turcomans,,eouth-oast of the Caspian, give her as much trouble as the Zane have given to England, and the Czar has ordered his best General, Seobeleff, to subdue thorn....

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has published a letter, written on

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the last day of the old year, to Canon Wilkinson, in which he admits that "it certainly may be fairly taken to show that there must be some exceptional difficulty in present...

Consols were on Friday 98i to "Mi..

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The Indian Government has at last made up its accounts

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for the Afghan war. It was at first to have cost only 0,000,000, and then Lord Lytton and Sir E. Strachey affirmed that £6,000,000 would, at all events, not prove too small an...

It has been decided by the Lords Justices of Appeal

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that Mr. Dale and Mr. Enraght are to be set at liberty, after all, not because Lord Penzance had no power to send them to prison under the Significavit, for disregarding his...

London Society admires wealth so very much, that it is

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rapidly raising the Rothschilds to a position intermediate between that of English nobles and Royal Princes. Their movements, festivi- ties, and marriages are chronicled in the...

The long-protracted war between Chili and P emu appears, at

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last; to draw to a close, victory having declared finally for the smaller, but more highly-organised State, with its nearly pure-blooded governing class. The Chilians, after...

The new Chinese treaty with America is an ominous one

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for India. The Chinese Government concedes to that 'of the United States the right 'ho limit or suspend the immigration of Chinese labourers when it considers it essential to do...

The Royal Commission on Agriculture, presided over by the Duke

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of Richmond, has sent in its report upon Ireland. A minority, which includes Lord. Carlingford and Mr. Stansfeld, is in favour of granting the "three F's ;" and even the...

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THE CLOTURE AND LIBERTY. I T is clear that the time when a remedy for Obstruction must be considered is very close at hand. Not only have the Parnellites threatened that if a...

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T HE most disheartening feature in this now struggle between Ireland and Britain—for it is a struggle, though the field is, as it were, a law court instead of the roped lists—is...

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N OTHING proves more curiously the altogether deceitful character of statistics, than the different interpretations put upon the Wigan election by different political critics....

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I F, as seems probable, the Diplomatists—whether from despair, or from a secret wish that the crisis should arrive—have abandoned the attempt to secure Greece her territories,...


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I T is so difficult to understand the attitude of France with I relation to the Greek question, that it is impossible not to speculate on whether the apparently ultra-pacific...

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'T HERE is something pathetic in the present position of the Pope. Like Pius IX., he has fallen on evil days, but unlike Pius IX,, he has had no compensating consolations...

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T HE Snow, so long as it lasts, is certainly a mild kind of plague,—not nearly so bad as the locusts, not so bad, probably, as the dust-storms of the East, not to be compared...

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built up, and preserved that marvellous organisation of China, which still to a third of the human race seems unimprovably perfect, they know absolutely nothing,—not their...

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known ten times as lunch, and had been twenty times

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as IN a speech which he made a short time ago at. Darwen, charming a raconteur as he is—and we have met few such— Colonel Stanley expressed the opinion that the system. of we...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] your review of " Pictures from Ireland," on the 8th inst., you say that " it will tax the highest statesmanship to take the leap in the...


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[To TIM EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Let us be just, even to Mr. Stopford Blair. In your last number, you say he will be known hereafter as " Cursorary Blair." I find, on...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE n SPROTATOR.1 SIR, — As I think your remarks on the enfranchisement of women in this week's Spectator are calculated to mislead the unthinking, I venture...


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THE TRANSVAAL. (To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.. "] :Sea,—The Spectator of January 8th contained a letter from Mr. Roden Noel, who demands, as many other Liberals are...

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[TO Tun EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] . Sut,—I hope you will excuse me for writing to you, but as I have noticed your opinion on the Ritualists and the imprison- ment of our...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your notice of Fraser's 32agazine, you seem to give a qualified acceptance to the assertion, in an article on " Folk Lullabies," that...


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THE STORM,* 1881. DAME Nature, perusing the newspaper page, Jumped out of her bed in a deuce of a rage ; And swore by all Saints to the Calendar known, She would prove on the...

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G ROSVENOR GALLERY.—DECORATION. [FIRST NOTICE.] "Tau decorative portion of this year's winter exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery resolves itself practically into three series...

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AN IRISH LANDLORD.* MR. BENCE JONES has written an instructive and oppor- tune work. He relates his experience as a " thorough " John Bull in Ireland, and it is not the less...

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book, though it does not seem to us to correspond very closely with the new title chosen for it in the recast which it has suffered since it first appeared under the title,...

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IN reviewing this work, it is impossible to dissociate it

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from the most civilised countries does not attempt." author, Sir Richard Temple is one of the most notable A.nglo- It is a full answer to this view to remark that the Chinese...

agriculture. Although we propose to follow Mr. Arnold cate-

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" kind," the true, because the cheapest, way of takingtaxes gorically, we shall endeavour to keep our remarks on hie. statements on farming matters as distinct as possible....

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THE title-page of this volume reminds us of the lengthy titles which Defoe was fond of attaching to his novels.. The extra- ordinary incidents of the story read like romance,...

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Britis4, Quarterly Review, for January. (Hodder and Stough ton.) — There is little or nothing in this number which calls for special notice in these columns. No literary subject...

Second Steps to Greek Prose Composition, with 3fiscellaneous Aids to

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Accentuation, and Examination Papers in Greek Scholarship. By the Rev. Blomfleld Jackson, M.A. (11facmillan.)—Greek prose is not generally well taught in our schools, and a...

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Consecrated Women. By Claudia. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— Most of these

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women are Protestaut saints, though the list is headed by Catherine of Slane. Protestantism is quite capable of producing saints, though they are of very various types, and very...

The Era Aimanack, conducted by Mr. Frederick Ledger. (Era Office.)—This

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useful compilation for those who frequent the opera and theatregoers has now reached its thirteenth annual issue ; and this year, in addition to giving a list of the musical and...

Time Odyssey of Homer, Translated into English Verse, by

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Sir Charles du. Cane. (Blackwood and Sons.)—Sir C. du Cane loss employed what is, in our judgment, the best metro—if one metro must be employed—for the translation of the...