22 MARCH 1879

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The Lahore correspondent of the Times points out that there

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is no proof that Yakoob Khan intends to make peace, and that lie has as yet sent no answer to the Government of India. It is quite possible that he may be unable to concede...


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Tw 0 telegrams about Burmah, one from Lahore, where Lord Lytton now is, and one from Calcutta, have been received this week. According to the former, no further threatening news...

The Times publishes the reply of Prince Gortschakoff, dated Feb-

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ruary 8th, to Lord Salisbury's despatch of January 26th. It is cold and brief, but polite. The Russian Chancellor refuses to enter into a polemic "in which he sees no practical...

On Tuesday, in reply to a question from Mr. Hibbert

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as to whether the Government intended before the next Dissolu- tion to fill up the vacancies caused by the disfranchisement of Beverley, Bridgewater, Cashel, and Sligo, Sir...

We observe, with some surprise, that the Government have issued

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an ordinance in Cyprus requiring from the inhabitants forced, though not unpaid, labour, for the making of roads and. other purposes. The ordinance is to be presented to...

The news from Natal, received this week, extends only to

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Febru- ary 28th, and includes only one item of importance. The Zulus have not entered the colony, and confine their military operations -to an effort to close Colonel Pearson's...

The Editors cannot gindertake to returnManuscript in any case.

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Lord Elphinstone, in replying on Monday night to a question

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as to the explosion on board the Thunderer,' gave a most lucid account of the circumstances under which it is believed that the gun burst from a double charge. Those who put in...

The Swiss Republic has found itself compelled to re-establish the

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penalty of death. Capital punishment was abrogated some years since throughout the Federation, with the general consent of the people, who, like the Italians, considered the...

There was quite a " scene " in the House

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of Commons on Friday week about Lord Chelmsford. Mr. Jenkins wished to know whether the Government would continue the General in com- mand, and on being told very curtly by Sir...

General Roberts, commanding in the Kurum Valley, has ex- pelled

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Mr. McPherson, the very able correspondent of the Standard, from his camp, for sending information which, in the General's judgment, misled opinion. The power of so expelling...

lu both Houses of Parliament this week, questions have been

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put as to the message sent by the Queen to Lord Chelmsford, on receiving news of the disaster of Isanlana. The Queen, it was ad- mitted, had expressed to Lord Chelmsford,...

Correspondents in Italy unite in stating that Menotti Gari- baldi

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has a new enterprise on hand,—the settlement of a portion of the southern coast of New Guinea. He has collected 3,000 adherents, many of them gentlemen, and about £120,000, and...

On St. Patrick's Day the Irish Members of Parliament very

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naturally made a night of it ; but the peculiar 'feature of the debate was that Mr. Parnell discussed the Army Estimates, with an ability and knowledge which commanded the...

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The catastrophe at Szegedin appears to have been complete. The

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waters have not retired, the foundations of the houses have been loosened by the saturation of the marsh, and of 9,700 houses and cottages, only 261 are left standing, a...

The French Republicans have introduced a new Educational Law, which

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will take away from the mixed juries the right of conferring degrees, and restore that right to the State alone. But further, M. Jules Ferry's Bill is intended to interfere with...

The School Board of London appears to have got itself

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into con- siderable pecuniary difficulties. The loans from Public Works Loan Commissioners to which it is entitled are only forthcoming after the completion of the school...

Consols were on Friday 97 to 97+e.

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We observe with pleasure that Oxford is no longer content

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to leave to Cambridge all the efforts that are to be made for the higher education of women. A Ladies' Hall is to be established in Oxford, under the superintendence of Miss...

The present Canadian Government seems bent upon a Pro- tective

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policy, and. Mr. Bright put a question on Thursday to Sir Michael Beach, which was intended to elicit whether the British Government would or would not use its authority to...

Mr. Cartwright carried his Committee on Tuesday for a reinvestigation

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of our present wine duties,—somewhat, we sus- pect, to his own surprise. Mr. Bourke's reply to him sounded very unpromising and almost hostile up to its very close, and then...

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THE COMING DEBATE ON THE ZULU WAR. T HE amended Resolution on the Zulu War, which will be debated next week in both Lords and Commons, is very skilfully drawn. It runs,—" That...

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S IR ARTHUR GORDON, lately Governor of Fiji, was received at the Colonial Institute on Tuesday with ex- ceptional honours. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, now Secretary for the...

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Committee on Intemperance natu- rally seems to us a very discreet one. It makes, on the whole, the same suggestion that we have supported,—the suggestion to try cautiously, and...

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T HE Government have given the Farmers two important political lessons this week. By allowing the Bill abolishing Hypothec in Scotland to pass, they have shown them that the...

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W E have more than once indicated the direction which legislation ought to take, with the view of composing the Ritual disputes which promise to become more abundant every day....

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M B RIGHT'S question to the Colonial Secretary on Thursday, has given rise to a general chorus of complaint that Canada will persist in so calmly ignoring in her fiscal policy...

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W E referred last week to the rent in the minute Church of the Positivists,—the crack in the rather thin eggshell of the Religion of Humanity. There has been a partial...

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T fi - F,RE is a certain apathy in the English mind about catastrophes caused by floods which it is very curious to notice. They excite less interest and less attention than any...

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TR. RUSKIN'S Address, read at the first meeting of his 111. Society, was as near an approach to the style of an ordinary chairman of an ordinary Limited Liability Company as...

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PRIVATE LUNATIC ASYLUMS. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sla,—Many besides myself will thank you for your article on this subject last week. It is not one which can long...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As pointed out by you in a recent Spectator, farmers have s received from Liberal newspapers treatment not calculated to impress them...


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[To THE Eprroa OF THY "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In speaking of the exclusion of the Clergy from Par. liament, you say that they are disabled from a right conceded t.o every other...

[TO THE ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —" A Magistrate," who lately

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told us in your columns that "the one possible remedy for lunacy abuses is the abolition of all private asylums, and the transfer of all patients whatever to public asylums,"...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you allow me, a licensing magistrate, to confirm, as far as my own experience goes, your opinion (which I am sur- prised was not...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"] Sm,—The writer of a paragraph on the Akenham burial case, in your summary last week, made a mistake of considerable importance. He spoke of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR;—As you have not deemed it necessary to notice an article in the British Medical Journal of the 8th inst., taking you to task for some...


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SIR,—In your remarks on the absurdly illogical exclusion of the Clergy from the House of Commons, you have not noticed one, and that not the least weighty, argument against it....

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[FROM THE "SPECTATOR," FEBRVARY 1.] How do the roses die? Do their leaves fall together, Thrown down and scattered by the sky Of angry weather? No,—the sad thunder-stroke...


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DE PROFUNDIS. BELOW the dark waves, where the dead go down, Are gulfs of night more deep ; But little care they whom the waves once drown, How far from light they sleep. But...


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MR. McCARTHY'S "HISTORY OF OUR OWN TIMES."* IN these splendidly printed and dexterously bound volumes we have the first half of what promises to be a deservedly success- ful...

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BERTHOLD AUERBACH'S stories are something more than mere works of fiction. They profess to be faithful pictures of a kind of life, new to us, of which he has been one of the...

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ADEQUATELY to notice this work would require the limits of a quarterly rather than of a weekly reviewer. Its two authors have been able in producing it to avail themselves of...

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"Tnis book will disappoint the reader who has expected from The title—History of Sennacherib—to find in it a history, pro- perly so called, of that Assyrian emperor, though the...

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THOUGH we heartily agree, in the main, with the political part of Mr. Grant Duff's Miscellanies, we intend to say little about it. The Member for the Elgin District of Burghs is...

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Near the Lagunas ; or, Scenes in the States of La Plata. By the Author of "Ponce de Leon." 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.) The stage is somewhat crowded with characters, and we must...

Memoir of the Rev. Francis liodgson, B.D., Scholar, Poet, and

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Divine. By his son, the Rev. James T. Hodgson, MA. 2 vols. (Macmillan.)— Mr. Hodgson's life was worth recording, and it has been well done, by a biographer who possesses the...

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Russian . and Turk : from a Geographical, Ethnological, and His-

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torical Point of View. By R. G. Latham, M.D. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—This is essentially a republication of two other works by Dr. Latham, and must be considered disappointing in...

Agatha Chieveley : a Novel. By Fanny D. Dickins. (Charing

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Cross Publishing Company.)—Without any particular merit, with certain glaring faults indeed, this story has kept us interested, after a fashion, to its close. It is, we...

Pillars of the Empire; Sketches of Living Indian and Colonial

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Statesmen, Celebrities, and Officials. Edited, with an introduction, by T. H. S. Escott. (Chapman and Hall.)—Of these sketches, not quite a half are the work of the editor;...

Islam ; its Origin, Genius, and Mission. By J. J.

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Lake. (Tinsley and 0o.)—This little book is a popular exposition of the general character of Mahom - medanism, - which deserves, in the author's opinion, to be better understood...

Orators and Oratory. By William Matthews, LL.D. (Griggs, Chicago. Tribner,

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London.)—The author -draws a distinction be- tween declamation and oratory. They have in America, he thinks, too much of the former, too little of the latter,—a complaint which,...

and gloomy character which belongs to the legends of the

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North. It is, in fact, one of the numerous embodiments of the idea of humanity being changed by evil influences into bestial form ; but it wants the brightness of such a...

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The Life of Robert Schumann. With Letters, 1833-1852. By Von

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Wasielwski. Translated by W. A. Alger. (William Reeves.)—The lives of musicians are not generally of the highest order of biographical interest, and this memoir of Schumann is...

English Party Leaders and English Parties, front Walpole to Peel.

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By W. H. Davenport 'Adams. (Tinsley Brothers.)—Mr. Adams is one of the most industrious and versatile bookmakers of the period, he is equally at home with the beauties of nature...

Every Man's Own Lawyer. (Crosby, Lockwood, and Co.)—This compilation is

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the work of a barrister, and is a handbook of the principles of law and equity. The information it gives on points of law is supplemented by notes, indicating where the records...