22 MAY 1875

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It would seem that the Spanish Ministry is alarmed at

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the aspect of affairs, for it is about to call the Cortes together. A decree las been issued declaring that the electoral period is at hand, and allowing free discussion on...

It seems that the Government of India, while dethroning the

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Guicowar for maladministration, also decided as a separate matter upon his innocence or guilt of the special charge investigated by the Commission. In a public "Resolution,"...

Mr. Grant Duff delivered one of his brilliant and elaborate

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speeches in the Town Market Hall of Elgin on Thursday. Criti- cising the exhaustion, rather than reaction,—reaction he denied, —which had followed a period of great political...

The part which this country took in the late negotiations

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in Berlin is still unknown to Parliament, but there is an impression abroad that she took a serious and important one. According to one account, Lord Derby offered mediation...


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THE French Minister of Justice, M. Dufanre, on Tuesday pre- sented two Bills to the Assembly, intended to supplement the Constitutional Laws. By the first, called the Public...

",„*. The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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An extraordinary statement has been received from Brussels,— that the

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Government of Germany has requested that of Brussels to prohibit Catholic processions within its territory. The state- ment is widely believed, but it is obviously invented by...

The Court of Common Pleas decided on Friday week that

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the Grand Junction . Canal Company is liable for the explosion on the Regent's Canal on 2nd October last. Lord Chief Justice Coleridge laid it down that if the Company had...

The popular idea about the extraordinary number of deaths in

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the first quarter of this year was correct. The Registrar-General 4.4t0fi thnt ` 4 CAM* in the death-rate last quarter upon the average rate in the first three months of the...

Sir Stafford Northcote attended, on Tuesday, a banquet given to

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the Annual Committee of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Newport, and responded to the toast of "Her Majesty's Ministers." After chaffing a certain Colonel Lyne, who had...

Lady Burdett Coutts has come out against both the Bills

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for the restriction of Vivisection, on the old ground that they sanc- tion the practice to some extent, and so "do evil that good may come." That is a line of objection with...

Mr. Grant Duff then passed on to state briefly the

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impressions he had formed during his recent tour in India. He thinks the Empire strong, the few white seeds on the top of the heap of black seeds being bound together into a...

The Home Secretary, Mr. Assheton Cross, laid the first stone

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of a new church in the parish of Garston, near Liverpool, on Tues- day, and availed himself of the opportunity to deliver an earnest and sensible harangue on the duties of the...

If a telegram published in the Daily News of Friday

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is correct,. Prince Bismarck will shortly have a great opportunity of show- ing his impartiality. He recently complained to the Belgian Government of its Bishops, for...

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Dr. Kenealy has found out that one of the chief

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causes of Par- liamentary transgression is the seven years' period which, in the ex- treme case, it is permitted Parliaments to live. He told the people of the Potteries, at the...

Mr. Seymour Haden resumed the subject of " Earth to

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Earth' , in the Times of Thursday, with a stream of soft eloquence on which the Pall Mall justly commented as apparently rather calculated to give aesthetic than physiological...

If we may judge by a letter of Mr. H.

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J. Roby's to Saturday's Times, the Government, though it withdrew the objectionable clauses of the Endowed Schools Bill of last Session, has not given the enlarged Charity...

At the annual Conference of the Yorkshire Union of Mechanics ,

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Institutes, which was held at Wakefield on Wednesday, Mr. J. G. Fitch, formerly one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools, and now acting under the Charity Commission for the...

A letter from Edgar Quinet's widow to his intimate friend

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Garibaldi, published in the Rappel for last Wednesday, contains a deeply interesting account of the last days of that noble French writer and patriot. She shows him following...

Consols were at the latest date 941-94i.

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DISARMAMENT AS A SECURITY FOR PEACE. A GOOD many fallacies about Disarmament have recently been exposed, but there is one, and an important one, which seems always to escape...


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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE has ripened late. We all knew, of course, that he was one of the most sensible Members of Mr. Disraeli's Government at the time the present Conservative...

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M E statements now made in various quarters that the Native mind in India, or rather, the Mahratta mind in the Western and Central Provinces, is displaying symptoms of...

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two permanent tendencies of modern France---the tendency to insist upon equality of electoral rights, and the tendency to heap power, and therefore responsibility, upon the Head...

on Thursday night in reply to Mr. Sullivan, we should

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be as satisfied as the Times is with his answer. Certainly it is not for the English people to treat with anything but supreme indifference the somewhat unusual liberty taken by...

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O 1111 Judicial System has grave defects, but, at any rate, we are fortunate in our Judges, and this, in part, because we follow a very natural and a very sensible method of...

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I T is now nearly thirty years since the fi rst detailed plan for a simple system of Land Transfer, or as it was then termed, a Registration of Title, was laid before Lord...

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I T did not need the care which is evidently being spent on the New Congregational Memorial Hall, and the mild and manly speeches made there on Saturday on occasion of the...

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T HE Whitsuntide holidays have been fine, the population of the great cities has had a chance of amusing itself, it has amused itself, and the account of its amusement is very...

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S IGNOR SALVINPS performance of "II Gladiatore" has no distracting element in it to interfere with the admiration which it inspires, and the pleasure which it produces. The...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 you allow one who has had some experience in pre- paring candidates for the Indian Civil Service to call attention to certain grievances of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SP3INATOZ.1 Sus,—In a letter to the Spectator, of May 8, the Bishop of Iiandaff refers to a sentence of mine, quoted in your review of "The Life and...


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SIIL—As Chairman of the Commission which the public insist on calling by myname, allow me to remove certain misunderstand- ings of our report, some of which find expression in...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [THIRD NOTICE.] WHEN the motive of a picture is chosen to catch attention by its: mere novelty, or by the ascertained popularity of its class, we consign...


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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE SPROTAT011."] SIR,—With reference to your article of last Saturday on "The Vivisection-Restriction Bills," I would remark that there is one very important...


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ITO TER EDITOR OF THR SPROTATOR.1 Sra,—My attention has been called to a couplet in last week's Spectator which I cannot but think needlessly offensive. Had it been true that...

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SONGS OF TWO WORLDS.* Tau volume is more perfect in execution than either of its pre- decessors, though there is certainly one poem in the second series, —"The Organ...

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THIS is the third instalment of Mr. Gardiner's History of England, and forms with those already issued a continuous his- tory, extending from the death of Elizabeth in 1603 to...

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THAT the Greeks, pre-eminent as they prove themselves to have been in poetry, sculpture, and architecture, should have left us - without an echo of the music to which they were...

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Dn. BENSON well preserves the tradition of a teaching which may be almost said to owe its origin to the Rugby sermons of Dr. Arnold. Half-a-century ago, it was commonly...

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• Algeria as C is. 1 vol. By George ()oaken. London : Smith. Elder, and Co. MR. GASKELL dedicates this book to his wife, and in doing so calls it recollections of one of the...

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Historic and Monumental Rome. By C. J. Hemans. (Williams and Norgate.)—This is an enlarged and rewritten edition of Mr. Hemans's " Story of Monuments in Rome and its Environs,"...

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Here and There among the Alps. By the Hon. Frederika

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Plunket. (Longmans.)—As people are at least beginning to think about possible Swiss tours for the year that now is, we may take the opportunity of commending this little book to...

Practical Hints on the Quantitative Pronunciation of Latin. By Alex-

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ander J. Ellis. (Macmillan.)—" The real trouble of the new pronun elation," Mr. Ellis remarks, "begins just where no trouble is suspected, —in accent and quantity." Nothing...

Skyward and Earthward. By Arthur Penrice. (S. Tinsley.)—The narrator with

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his friends contrives to construct a balloon which has wonderful motive-power, and which also can be guided at will. With this machine the friends visit the moon, which they...

Picture and Incident from Bible Story. By Various Authors. With

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fifty large illustrations. (Virtue, Spalding, and Co.)—This is a hand- some and well executed volume, though we are inclined to prefer the incident" to the " pictures." The...