23 APRIL 1881

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T HE stock of genius in England has been again reduced. Lord Beaconsfield died at his house in Curzon Street, at 4.30, on the morning of Tuesday, the 19th inst. His illness had...

Nothing is yet known of Lord Beaconsfield's successor, but time

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and the Land Bill alike press, and lie will probably be indicated next week. Conservatives have occasionally stepped out of the routine, but on this occasion they have no young...

Lord Beaconsfield's case seems a very poor pivot for the

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hot controversy which is raging among the Doctors. Granting their ertremest theories, they do not apply. It is admitted that Dr. Kidd is a regularly qualified prac- titioner. It...

The entire Press, not only in this country, but throughout

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the civilised world, has been full of comments upon Lord Beaconsfield's career, and the general judgment is unusually accurate. That his life was a'romance, and himself a great...

It was at first believed that Lord Beaconsfield would have

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been buried with a State funeral in Westminster Abbey. His .career had earned that crowning honour at the hands of Englishmen, and it was not believed that he who, most of all...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return 3fanueeri2.4 in any

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Lord Grey published a long letter in the Times of

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Thursday against the fundamental principle of the Irish Land Bill—the power given to a Court to settle the amount of a "fair rent." He says this is a law of maximum, resembles...

The British flag was hauled down at Candahar on the

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21st inst., and the troops evacuated the city, which was taken over by Sirclar Hilshim Khan, in the name of the Ameer, Abdurrahman. It was believed that with the evacuation,...

The Albanians have, at last, broken into open revolt against

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the Sultan. The facts are not yet quite clear, but it is reported from many quarters that Dervish Pacha, Governor in Albania, and a very determined man, was moving with 10,000...

Every class in Ireland except the leaseholders appear to be

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more or less pleased with the Land Bill. The absentee land- lords like it, because they think it will secure rents, and only reduce the importance of their Agents,. whom at...

The Greeks have, as we expected, accepted the decision of

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the European Ambassadors as final. There was a furious indigna- tion meeting held in Athens on Sunday, in which it was evidently thought that the troops might join, and the King...

The correspondent of the Standard at Heidelberg, the new capital

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of the Transvaal, telegraphs on April 16th that the Volksraad had met, and that the leaders, Kruger, Jonbert, and. Pretorius, have been invested with powers to meet the British...

The latest news from Tunis indicates that the French Government

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is prepared for the occupation of that State. The preparations at Bona for the despatch of a French corps d'armee are complete, but the Boy shows no sign of giving way. On the...

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Mr. Gibson, who is rising fast in the Tory ranks,

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on Tuesday made a political speech at Burton-on-Trent. He charged the Ministry with increasing expenditure by two millions a year,— a result entirely of the previous Ministry's...

Mr. Charles Darwin, the great naturalist, has written a letter

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to Professor Holmgreu, of Upsala, on the subject of Vivisection, published in the Times of Monday last. In that letter, which defends vivisection wherever the interests of...

The Talcs' correspondent in India states that some results of

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the recent Indian census have been published, from which it appears that among the 44,000,000 inhabitants of the North- West Provinces and Gude, the increase of population has...

At the annual conference of Elementary Teachers, held on Monday

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and Tuesday in Lambeth, a rather savage paper on the defects of the existing system was read by the Rev. E. F. MacCarthy, of King Edward's School, Birmingham. It condemned...

Consols were on Friday 100L to 101.

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The Daily News has been enabled to publish a most

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import- ant communication from St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, it appeared on Tuesday, the day of Lord Beaconsfield's death, and as Englishmen can only think of one thing at one...

A message from Hong Kong of March 23rd, published through

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Reuter, announces a fact of very grave importance. Tao 'Tsung Tang has been appointed President of the Board of War, besides receiving other high honours. This means that the...

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LORD BEACONSFIELD. T T is strangely difficult to associate the idea of death with the great man who has just left us. Indeed, it is not easy to associate with him any turn of...

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T HE Conservative Party will be thrown into temporary. bewilderment by the death of their great leader, whose. loss may prove greater than even their natural grief suggests....

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E UROPE should be consulted and should agree, before • France either annexes Tunis, or forces on that State a protectorate which will be undistinguishable, except for evil, from...

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M ABSAKOFF'S internal policy for Russia has evidently • very strong supporters in the highest official circles of the Empire. The idea of the great Slavophil, that owing to the...

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RAILWAY RATES. T HE gist of the evidence taken by the

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Select Committee on Railway Rates has been set out with great clear- ness in the Times. Whatever may be the result of the inquiry either in the Committee or in Parliament, there...

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W HILE the difficulty between Russia and China has been placed in a fair way towards settlement by the diplo- matic efforts of the Marquis Tseng, events of great import, arm...

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T HERE is one popular error about Lord Beaconsfield's career which it appears to be almost impossible to correct. The public does not wish to lose an illusion which flatters its...

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T HE Gipsies begin in our educating era to present a social problem which, though it is scarcely pressing, is certainly perplexing. When the learned authors of "The Dialect of...

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THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND VACCINATION. [TO THE EDITOR. OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In an article on " The Medical Profession and its Morality," contained in the last number of...

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(ru THE EDITOR OF TUE' "SPECTATOR.') Sta„—While admiring the accuracy of some of the conclusions of your critic on the American painter,.Mr. Hunt, will you allow me to make...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your delightfully disgusting essay on "Catching Cold" omits one of the most frequent causes, namely, letting the fire go down. Stingy...


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PEACE—AND HONOUR. [APRIL 197H, ISM] HUSHED are the sounds of party-strife In reverence round the quiet bed, As all the busy stream of Life Seems' stayed beside one spirit fled :...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,"] have an edition of W. Law's works, printed for J. Richardson, in 1762, the earliest after Law's death. In this edition, the words of the...

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MR. CHEYNE ON ISAIA11.—VOL. H.* MR. CIIEYNII has now completed his learned and valuable Com- mentary on Isaiah, of the first volume of which we gave some .account in the...

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THE anonymous writer of this story became favourably known.. some years ago by the Harbour Bar, and we therefore turned. to this new effort with considerable interest. In one...

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SECRET ITALIAN POLITICS.* SOME suspicion naturally attaches to publications which

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purport to give revelations about the doings of clandestine agents—a suspicion further enhanced by the fact of such publication being anonymous. The narrative in the volume be-...

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IN giving the Peon de Chagrin to Raphael do Valentin, the old merchant says, "L'homme s'6puise par deux notes, instinctive- ment accom phis, qui tarissent les sources do son...

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very clearly in his preface the scope of the first three volumes of his work :— " The history of England," he says, "from 1815 to the present * A History otRoiasd,fOel...

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Tnis is a book which we have read—or, rather, studied, for it 'deserves and repays study—with pleasure and satisfaction ; and which will, we believe, be read and studied by many...

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Life and Nei' Children. By Arabella B. Buckley. (Stanford.)— No

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one can popularise science better than Miss Buckley. This volume about the lower orders of life—if, indeed, the dwellers in each marvellous communities as bee-hives and...

The Story of a Soldier's Life ; or, Peace, War,

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and Mutiny. By Lieutenant.General John Alexander Ewart, C.B. 2 vols. (Sampson Low and Co.)--One does not often find better reading of its kind than this story of a soldier's...

Critical Essays and Literary Notes. By Bayerd Taylor. (Sampson Lew

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and Co.)—In the Essays and Literary Notes of Mr. Bayard Taylor, we have a reprint of articles contributed by him at different dates to the Atlantic Monthly, the International...


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British Quarterly Review. April. (Hodder and Stoughton.)---This is an unusually good number. The place of honour is occupied by Mr. IL T. Dale's very able article on...

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The Expiring Continent. By Alex. W. Mitchinson. (W. 11. Allen

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and Co.)—It is not difficult to guess that the "expiring con- tinent" is Africa. One is used to seeing strange epithets applied to it, but why " expiring ?" Many people think...

The Chwch in Relation to the State. By Edward Miller,

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MA. (C. Kogan Paul and Co.)—The question here discussed, there can be hardly a doubt, is one which will soon engage the attention of Eng- lish statesmen. Of all qnestions, it...

The Crypt of Canieaury Cathedral. By W. A. Scott Robertson,

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M.A. (Mitchell and Hughes.)---Mr. Robertson urns made a worthy return for the distinction of an honorary stall which ho holds in Can- terbury Cathedral. The Crypt, winch he...

The Aryan Village in India and Ceylon. By Sir John

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B. Phear. (Macmillan.)—After an introduction which deals with the outline of ethnology as bearing on the origin of the Bengal population, and with some illustrative parallels in...

.711 - adga Dunraven. By the Author of "The Queen of Connaught."

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(Bentley.)—In this very Irish novel, Mr. Dunraven, his son Conn, and his niece Madge, are brought over from their native Ballymey and their ancestral castle of Shrauamonragh to...

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Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory. (G. Street and Co.).Wo

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blame ourselves for not havin g noticed this directory before. For all who have connections with India or the Colonies, it is an invaluable compendium, containin g ,. as it...