22 MARCH 1884

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-V ERY little news of importance has arrived from Egypt this week. Osman Digna is said to have fled, but the report is unconfirmed, and General Graham is fidgetting about with...

Admiral Hewett, apparently under some impression that Osman Digna was

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a rebel, or irritated by the slaughter of two messengers, who, for aught he knows, may have been executed as spies, or killed by mistake, issued a proclamation offering a reward...


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It ie our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the 'SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertioements. The Fifth of...

There was a discreditable debate in the House of Commons

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on Saturday. Mr. Laboachere, during a discussion on Supply, suddenly made a speech attacking the whole policy of the Government in Egypt as "a policy of grab," and moved that...

So soon as this scene was over, the Irish Extremists

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devoted themselves, during the greater part of Saturday night, to that minute criticism of certain Votes in Supply by which they appear to think that they earn popularity in...

After the vote, a somewhat remarkable Parliamentary incident occurred. Sir

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William Harcourt remarked in a stage aside that "that dirty trick had failed," a remark of which Sir Michael Hicks-Beach was so foolish as to take notice. He had no sooner...

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

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Mr. Gladstone has been unwell all the week with a

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cold, and has lost his voice, which prevents him from attending the House or Cabinet Councils. He is not, however, ill, and bat for the chilly winds might be in his place in...

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Lord Randolph Churchill, who is nothing less than a Con-

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servative;—a Tory revolutionist is the name which would, per- haps, best describe him,—bas declared this week not only us favour of Mr. Broadhurst's motion as to leaseholds, but...

Another philosopher has declined to enter Parliament. At least, Mr.

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Frederic Harrison's letter declining to stand for Leicester is generally so understood, though, as we read it, he would stand, if left absolutely free to speak and vote...

The second reading of the Bill of the Government—as altered

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by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon—to prevent the importa- tion of foot-and-mouth disease into the United Kingdom, i.e., the Contagious Diseases Animals Act Amendment Bill, was...

The Cambridgeshire election has, of course, gone for the Con-

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servatives. The late Speaker was always a minority Member,. and the late Speaker had a support in the county which no suc- cessor could hope to obtain. Mr. Thornhill, the...

Mr. Broadhurst, on Wednesday, received unexpected support. for his Bill

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enabling leaseholders in towns to compel their - landlords to sell them the freehold of their occupancies. He made a striking speech, full of evidence as to the wretched system...

The Chinese and French are both excited by the capture

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of Bacninh. In Pekin, the statesmen are looking round for allies, while the war party grows stronger ; and in Paris, the journals say that France must demand an indemnity from...

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Miss Octavia Hill, who appears to be the great referee

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in all questions as to the soundness of any work of charity, bears witness, in a, letter tb the Warden of Keble College, published in the Times of last Tuesday, to the admirable...

Mrs. Weldon has not been well advised in bringing an

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action for trespass and for libel against Dr. Forbes Winslow, and Baron Huddleston non-suited her on Tuesday, on the ground that there was no trespass,—the house entered by Dr....

A good deal of nonsense is being talked about Colonel

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Burnaby's share in the battle of El Teb. He volunteered for the fight, and being a good shot, killed many, and for this he is blamed severely. Why ? As it seems to us, the...

We are happy to observe that Mr. E. A. Freeman

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has been nominated to the Chair of Modern History at Oxford, vacant by the elevation of Dr. Stubbs to the See of Chester. This was what we anticipated, and we are heartily glad...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. Consols were on Friday 101i

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to 102.

The Established Church of Scotland, and indeed Scotland her- self,

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ha saffered a severe loss in the death of Dr. Service, the author of the volume of sermons on "Salvation Here and Hereafter," which was noticed in these columns some years ago....

Sir Auckland Colvin produced the Indian Budget on the 14th

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inst. It is fairly satisfactory. The actual ontturn of 1883-84 —it is called the "revised estimate," but that is only a phrase— was a revenue of £70,569,000 and an expenditure...

Mr. Fawcett, in addressing an assembly of blind persons on

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Tuesday last, drew attention to the want of organisation amongst the numerous societies for the promotion of the welfare of the blind. He stated that one person in every...

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A SURVEY. T A ET us look round, coolly. The air this week has been heavy with rumours, which, though baseless, indicate a certain disturbance in the public mind. Not to mention...

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r E scene of Saturday night in the House of Commons was thoroughly discreditable to everybody concerned, except the members of her Majesty's Government and Mr. Richard. In the...


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E NGLISHMEN who so studied their papers on Monday as to understand what it was that really happened on Saturday last in the Commons, must have felt more of genuine heartache...

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T HE debate on the new measure for keeping out foot-and- mouth disease, certainly shows that if the new legisla- tion demanded by the farmers is to be used with as much energy...

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T HE owners of English cities have had a first warning, and will do well to consider at once how they will remodel their Leasing System. If they do not, Parliament may some day...

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T HE House of Commons exhibited a wonderful unanimity in point of principle, together with a singular diversity of opinion on matters of detail, in the debate on Mr. Craig-...


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S COTTISH business does not very often get postponed to English business, in spite of the lamentations so often uttered by Scottish Members ; but there is one grievance North...

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T HE early portion of Colonel Maurice's Life of his father contains what has been regarded in many quarters as the most interesting section of the book ; the story, we mean, of...

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MHERE are Home controversies, most of them moral, but not quite all, upon which men find what we may call their intellectual instinct quite as sure a guide as their reason, and...

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A N English actor of high rank in his profession recently spoke of Signor Salvini as the greatest living exponent of dramatic art. Being asked whether he passed this deliberate...

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SOUTHPORT. [PROM A CORRESPONDENT.] I WONDER if you will care to take a sea-side letter, at this busiest time of the year ? Folk have no business to be "on the loaf" before...

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LIBERAL ORGANISATION IN BRIGHTON. [To TDB EDITOR OF T2 E " SPECTATOR." Sta,—Since Mr. Romer's lamentable but not inglorious defeat,. we have been getting into working order an...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR '] Sut,—Mr. Gladstone, in introducing his Reform Bill, expressed his desire that, in the electoral system of the future, county and borough...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.) have read a letter in your issue of the 8th inst. to which is attached the names of some of Lord Lansdowne's tenants in the Queen's County....

BISHOPS IN LONDON. [To rns Eorron or THE " ElpserATos."1

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Sta,—Your article on Mr. Willis's motion is too forcible and thoughtful to need the aid of fiction for its support. Bishops who "live half the year in London" are, in the...

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LTO THE EDITOR OF VIZ " SPECTATOR..9 Sia,—The above subject is one of such great importance, that I feel sure you will allow me to deal briefly with two points sug- gested by...


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THE LATE F. D. MAURICE.* [SECOND NOTICE.' ONE happy feature of this admirable biography is the con- densation of the leading feature of each chapter in the passages prefixed to...

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TO LEEWARD.* Tufa Mr. Crawford possesses talent above the average

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of writers is unquestionable ; but in this work we think be has been unfortunate in two important matters,—first, in the theme chosen for the display of his power ; and...

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read this volume, without wishing that Lord O'Hagan had given us more of his political speeches and more literary and personal criticism. The speech to the electors of Tralee in...

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"AND the world is richer by this gift of suffering." With these pregnant words Mrs. Be Long concludes the narrative of her husband's ill-fated expedition. In the face of that...

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THE PREVENTION OF WRECKS.* THIS book has made its appearance

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at a most opportune moment. It is not, however, a piece of book-making, designed for the particular occasion which has brought its subject-matter pro- minently before the...

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MR. BULLEN'S SELECTIONS FROM DRAYTON.* DRAYTON holds a conspicuous position

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among the Elizabethan poets. In his lifetime he won high praise from some of his most distinguished contemporaries, and when he died the Muses, after the orthodox fashion, wept...

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The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins. By Robert Pollock,

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of Lincoln's Inn. With a Preface by A. H. Millen. (Reeves and Turner.) —Peter Wilkins is so old and well-known a story that any detailed criti- cism of it would be superfluous....


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Chapters in, the History of English Literature, from 1509 to the Close of the Elizabethan Period. By Ellen Crofts. (Rivingtons.)— These chapters, as the writer tells us, are...

Agnes Horan. By Thomas A. Pinkerton. 3 vols. (W. H.

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Allen and Co.)—This story will please its readers sufficiently well, except, indeed, in the catastrophe which overtakes the hero, if he about whose sayings and doings most is...

sound editorship and good printing can bestow upon it. Bus.

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well's "Johnson" is a book for every period of life, and every mood of mind. Since the days of Shakespeare, we do not know any single work that displays so wide a grasp of life,...

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We have received the first volume of Thoughts upon the

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Liturgical Gospels, by Edward Meyrick Goulburn, D.D. (Rivingtons.)—Dr. Goulburn gives an interesting Introduction, in which he speaks of the history of the Sunday Gospels, and...

The Valley of Sorek. By Gertrude M. George. (G. Ridgway.)—

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This novel is not easy to read, a fatal fault in the matter of novels which the best intentions in the world, and even literary merit beyond the average, cannot counterbalance....

Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage, the 101st annual publication.

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(Dean and Sons.)—The present issue is corrected up to February 9th, and according to the preface contains two months' later information than kindred works. For instance, all...

Reminiscences of Travel in Australia, America, and Egypt. By Richard

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Tangye. (Sampson Low and Co.)—These sketches are more amusing than edifying. Mr. Tangye has not gone beyond the beaten track ; but he keeps his eyes open, sees what is going on,...