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The scenes in the American House of Representatives during the

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day or two preceding the Recess seem to have been most dis- creditable. There were 600 neglected Bills to be passed, and the Session was almost unbroken from the night of the...

The Globe of Friday week printed the text of the

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Anglo-Russian Agreement, signed on May 30th at the Foreign Office by Lord Salisbury and Count Schouvaloff. Under this agreement, the Powers agree that Bulgaria shall be divided...

A great hound of Prince Bismarck, which goes by the

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name of the " Reichshund,"—the dog of the Empire,—has been credited this week by the " Jingo " papers with the political sagacity needful to discover that Prince Gortschakoff is...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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T RE Tories are out of temper. They see that the Anglo- Russian " Agreement" published in the Globe, however obtained, has been signed on behalf of both Governments, and that it...

The reports as to the health of the German Emperor

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are contradictory. According to the latest bulletin, he had been walking about in the garden, and was much better ; but an impression has got abroad that the irritation created...

The stories from Berlin are endless, and most of them

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contra- dictory, but the following appear to be true. The first meeting was held on Thursday week, as arranged, a second on Monday, and a third on Wednesday. In the first two...

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In South Northumberland it appears that Mr. Grey must resign

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the seat, not owing to any defeat, but to the negligence of the presiding officer, who had failed to stamp with the official stamp nine of the voting-papers presented to him....

After the presentation of the prizes to the North-London Collegiate

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and Camden Schools for Girls last Tuesday, Lord Granville said that the objection was still entertained to such schools that they would turn young ladies into pedants and blue-...

On Monday Mr. Roebuck addressed his constituents in the Albert

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Hall, Sheffield, in defence of himself and the Government, and in favour of his own re-election at the next dissolution, both for his own sake and Lord Beaconsfield's. He asked...

The Bill enabling unmarried female householders to vote for Members

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of Parliament was defeated on Wednesday, by 219 to 140. There was little originality in the debate, and none of the political leaders took part in it. Mr. Courtney, who moved...

Mr. Banbury has wisely abandoned his crazy motion condemn- ing

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Mr. Gladstone's article in the Nineteenth Century for sedition. The disgust of the Government at so silly a proposal, and the dismay of his party at the false position into...

A somewhat confused debate took place in the House of

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Com- mons on Tuesday night, on the subject of a motion of Mr. W. Holms, for a Select Committee to inquire into the operation of the Scotch Church Patronage Act of 1874, and its...

The Old Catholic' Synod at Bonn has decided, by 75

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votes against 22, that the canonical prohibition of marriage for mole- elastics above the rank of sub-deacons does not constitute any Obstacle to the marriage of Old Catholic...

The election for Southampton terminated yesterday week in the success

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of the Conservative candidate, Mr. Alfred Giles, by a majority of 248, over the Liberal candidate, Mr. H. M. Bompas, Q.C. (2,552 against 2,304 votes), so that the Conservatives...

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The Committee of the House of Commons on Public Busineeg

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have presented a " first Report," and a very grotesque document it is. The Committee recommend that whenever a Member has been twice formally declared by the Speaker to be out...

The House of Commons, on Monday, came to a vote

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of some importance. The Bill before it was only a local Bill, allowing a tramway company to use steam ; but it brought down a very full House, and the discussion turned entirely...

The Lancashire strike has ended in the complete victory of

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the masters, the men returning to their work at the reduction of 10 per cent. The immediate causes of the surrender are stated by the Weavers' Committee to have been the...

A somewhat dreary dinner, relieved by a speech of Lord

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Granville's on Lord Russell's character as a debater and a talker, was held at the Cannon-Street Hotel on Tuesday, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the repeal of the...

The report, by Mr. Consul-General Fawcett, upon the murder of

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Mr. Ogle, Times' correspondent at Volo, has been presented to Parliament, and republished by the Times without comment. ft is briefly that Mr. Ogle was extremely imprudent,...

Consols were on Friday 951 to 95i.

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But Lord Granville's personal memories of Lord Russell were very

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fresh, and as the loss of that great reformer was also fresh, Ms speech on the subject had all the vividness of a green leaf -amidst a host of sere and withered leaves. Lord...

Bishops are already flocking to London for the Pan-Anglican Synod,

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which is to commence on Tuesday week, July 2nd. We do not know what will come of that meeting, but a proposal of a somewhat grandiose description has already been broached that...

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I Mr. Roebuck's speech at Sheffield, on Monday, hems& it the 1 great critical question of the occasion whether or not he was the man he was five-and-forty years before. No one...


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THE ANGLO-RUSSIAN AGREEMENT. T HERE has never been a moment during these two years when it was more necessary for English Liberals, and indeed, for all reasonable politicians,...

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V NGLISHMEN are often surprised at the preference which many Orientals display, and which most, we think, feel at heart, for their own life over the life of Europe. The latter...

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N OTHING in history is more strange, though it seems to us all so natural, than the quiet, persistent, immovable 'refusal of the English people, a refusal continued through oven...

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exertions. relief from the ports of the Empire to the

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wretches What these incidents are it would be almost needlessly who so terribly need it. There are distinct traces of shame startling to explain, were it not for the fact that,...

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T HE Report of the Select Committee on Copyright deals with ground covered by fourteen Acts of Parliament. Of these Acts, the Commissioners have to speak in that dis- respectful...

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A FAILURE was announced early this week, which was a signi- ficant sign of the times. A corn-dealing firm "went" for £90,000, or some such trifle, and it was announced in...

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A MONG Mr. Disraeli's early squibs is a bit of rhodomontade called " The Infernal Marriage," in which he narrates a journey of Proserpine's, taken for the benefit of her health,...

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PARIS IN JUNE, 1878.—No. I.

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T HE approach to Paris, after the train has passed Creil, gliding over the restored bridge whose demolition was one of the blunders of the war, is more than usually beautiful...

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LAST WORDS ON THE NORTHERN UNIVERSITY. [TO THE EDITOR OF TIER SPROTLTOR.71 Sur,—In his former letter, my friend, Dr. Carpenter, omitted from his sketch of the history of the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — Why do those who would defend Mr. Gladstone against Mr. Hanbury cite such old-world precedents as Burke and Fox, or Chatham and the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — The question of the steering orders on shipboard has assumed very curious proportions, although the subject is too technical to...


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[TO THE EDITOR' OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] Six, — May I be allowed to suggest, with all respect, that the statement, in your article of Mr. Leslie Stephen's book, that John- son...


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..SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In the close of a paragraph on p. 687 of the Spectator for June 1st, you say of a motion carried in the Free-Church Assembly, that it is " an admission that...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [FINAL NOTICE.] "HENRY IRVING as Duke of Gloster," by E. Long, A. (472), is one of the few satisfactory portraits in this year's exhibition, which is an...

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VICTOR HUGO'S " HISTORY OF A CRIME." * IT might seem a work of supererogation to review a book of which the ninety-eighth edition—and that far from the latest—lies before us ;...

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Tins is one of the most fascinating little books on natural theology which has been published for many years back. The title is, perhaps, a little too scholastic ; but the...

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IN speaking of this volume, we do not intend to enter into the question of its value from an archaeological point of view ; nor does the author's manner of dealing with his...

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LADY CHATTERTON was a highly accomplished woman. She painted beautifully, we are told, in oil colours, composed music, played on the harp, understood several languages, and...

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WHEN we say of Mr. Price that he is far more of the "teacher," in the best sense of the word, than of the " professor," as people generally understand that term, we pay him, in...

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Food from the Far West : or, American Agriculture, with

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Special Reference to the Beef-Production and Importation of Dead Meat from America to Great Britain. By James Macdonald. (W. P. Nimmo.)— Mr. Macdonald was commissioned, he tells...

Winna. A Novel. (Charing Cross Publishing Company.)—In spite of very

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faulty construction, and a curiously blundering style, we are disposed to speak favourably of this story, mainly because it is, that best of all things in a novel, interesting....


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Expository Essays and Discourses. By Ssmuel Cox. (Hodder• end Stoughton.)—This volume is full "earned and ingenious comment on various difficult theological subjects and obscure...

Money, and its Laws. By H. V. Poor. (C. Kegan

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Paul and Co.)— Mr. Poor is hard on political economists. Beginning with Aristotle, who was "eminently unscientific," he carries us down in a history of monetary theories to...

Waifs and Strays from the Far East, being a Series

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of Disconnected Essays on Matters relating to China. By Frederic Henry Balfour. (Ti iihnor and Co )—We do not know if this is Mr. Balfour's first appearance in the world of...

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Broad Outlines of Long Years in Australia. By Mrs. Henry

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Jones, of Binnum Binnum. (S. Tinsley and Co.)—Our first surprise upon opening this volume is to find that it is a novel, our next, upon perusing it, is that any lady of the...

The Art of Grafting and Budding. By Charles Baltet. (Macmillan

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and Co.)—This work, which is a translation of M. Charles Baltet's " L'Art de Greffer," will be a most interesting one to all gardeners. Every mode of grafting and budding is...

The Bampton Lectures, 1876 ; the Witness of the Psalms

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to Christ and Christianity. By W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry. (John Murray.) —The eloquence and beauty of these sermons, which must hold a fore- most rank among the...