23 APRIL 1887

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M R. G 0 SCHEN'S Budget speech was a remarkable perform- ance. He spoke with the utmost animation for two hours and three-quarters, and rather apologised to the Committee for...

The night of yesterday week was one of great excitement

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in the House of Commons, though it began quietly enough in a dashing speech of Sir William Harcourt's, of which the chief points were that he regarded all conspiracies as...

No news whatever has been received this week from Bulgaria

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or any of the European capitals, in reference to the Continental situation. The latest rumour is that Russia has submitted three names to Constantinople as candidates for the...

For the past year, the final Budget estimate of revenue

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had been 289,869,000, and of expenditure 289,610,000, leaving an estimated surplus of 2259,000. The Supplementary Estimates swelled the expenditure by 21,259,000, giving a total...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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On Monday, the Times published a facsimle of a letter

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pur- porting to have been written by Mr. Parnell to some of his associates in the Land League after the assassinations of 1 2. It was dated "15/5/89," and ran thus :—" Dear...

After that, the scene of passion was renewed with Mr.

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Sexton, who also gave Colonel Saunderson the lie direct ; but in his case, as he had been personally attacked, which was not the case with Mr. Healy, the Speaker intervened to...

Passing to the more general connection of the Land and

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National Leagues with crime, Colonel Saunderson asserted that the Executive Committee of the Land League, of which Mr. Parnell was the head, contained Mr. Sexton and Mr. A....

Later in the evening, Colonel Saunderson rose to bring his

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indictment against the Land League and the National League, and to justify those clauses of the Bill which permit the Govern- ment to proclaim, in particular districts, any...

Mr. Balfour's reply to Mr. Gladstone was the ablest speech

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he has yet made in the House. He proved that Mr. Gladstone had not read the reports of crime furnished, and did not understand in the least the drift of the conspiracy clause....

On Tuesday night, Mr. Gladstone addressed the Eighty Club in

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a speech full of verve and brilliance, though one singularly unfair, in our opinion, to the Liberal Unionists. First he gave the Pamellites a testimonial to character as having,...

The publication of this letter rendered a situation sufficiently electric

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still more threatening. But in reality the new shock rather reduced than increased the violence, and the debate of Monday was less exciting than might have been expected. Mr....

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Prince Bismarck has not yet carried his Bill repealing the

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May Laws through the Prussian Lower House, and so vehe- ment is the opposition, that he has been obliged to use extra- ordinary means. On Monday, in a speech in which he openly...

The new Irish Land Bill passed its second reading in

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the Lords on Thursday, after a debate of a kind to which we are now unaccustomed,—a debate intended to improve the Bill. The clauses admitting leaseholders to the benefits of...

Mr. Morley delivered a long and argumentative speech at Wolverhampton

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on Tuesday. He declared that the true reason of the breaking down of the "Bound-Table Conference" was the irreconcilable language used by Mr. Chamberlain outside. He maintained,...

Lord Salisbury made an outspoken speech to the Primrose League

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on Wednesday. He maintained strongly that Mr. Parnell was bound to bring an action against the Times, because his language had been marked by callousness," perhaps even by...

We trust there is no intention of breaking up Unionist

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meetings in London by violence; but it looks very like it. On Thursday, a meeting called by the Women's Liberal Associa- tion for South Kensington to hear a lecture from Mr....

An extraordinary, and possibly serious incident, is reported from Pagny,

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on the frontier of Alsace-Lorraine. M. Schnaebell, Police Commissary at Pagny, was, it is said, asked by the German authorities to set up some boundary-posts which had been...

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LORD HARTINGTON ON JADOBINL9M. TRE E is a point in the recent speeches made by Lord H R artington and Mr. Goschen in Edinburgh which will not, we hope, escape the attention of...

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T HERE have been few more passionate episodes in Parlia- ment than the two last nights' debate on the second reading of the Criminal Law (Ireland) Amendment Bill. On the first...

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I T was an interesting spectacle on Thursday to see Mr. Goschen take to finance like a fish to the water. He revelled in the subject. In it he was like a South-Sea islander in a...

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I F the Government is wise, we do not see why the present , agitation in Afghanistan should affect its policy or seriously disturb the current of affairs. Politicians in Berlin....

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I T is natural enough that the Cabinet should wish to secure the direct aid of Lord Cadogan and Mr. Ritchie in their deliberations. Lord Cadogan has charge of the new Irish Land...

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A REMARKABLE set of petitions was presented to the House of Commons on Tuesday. One Member after another rose to convey the wish of this or that body of persons that there shall...

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OME eminently unpleasant revelations have lately been made about the condition of the East-End Jews, and the great amount of destitution existing among them. A few figures have...

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rrHERE is hardly any language, we imagine, in which there is so beautiful a word for Spring as our English word. The French printemps and the Italian primavera alike mean...


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from either the historic I I or the philosophical point of view, is asking just now whether it is possible that a grave change has passed over the English national character....

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THE FORWARD MOVEMENT OF CONSERVATISM. [To zuz Emma or zinc "Brimrierolt."1 Sra,—I at once acknowledge that "Lord Randolph Churchill and his immediate followers are doing for...

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[To TEL Emma Ow THY "Bracravos.."] fha,—Yon have recently devoted a good deal of space to lifibernicisms, malaprops, portmantologisms, &c., and. I do not know whether you will...


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[To THE Eons. Or THU SPECTATOR...1 IR, — The Spectator of April 9th finds that "the Conservatives have become Liberal-Whigs, and will before long claim to be wheels in the...

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A RAINLESS APRIL. COME, April, come with gift of smile and tears, Not with thine eyes unable thus to weep,— Haat thou no store of sorrow from the deep To loose and laugh...


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THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER- COLOURS. [FIRST NOTICE.] THIS exhibition is a first-rate one, the best which has been seen at this gallery for several years. The...

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MR. STEBBING'S VERDICTS OF HISTORY RETIEWED. 5 'THE publication of Mr. Stebbing's interesting volume serves to remind us that the art of historical-essay writing is not wholly...

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Saracinesca is a clever, striking, interesting, and unequal book. As far as we can judge, the author is in no danger of that mistake so often made by foreigners in France or...

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KINGTON OLIPHANT'S book, The New English, is the out- come of years of devoted labour, and makes a very valuable contribution to the history and philology of the language. The...

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MR. FITZGERALD has done his best, or his worst, to spoil a good subject in these two handsome volumes ; but, happily for him and his readers, the subject was too good to be...

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Is noticing the memoir of Mr. Wicksteed which his son has- recently published, we remarkedt on the trenchant opinion which Mr. Wicksteed expressed against the attempt, not...

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SOME AMERICAN SHORT STORIES" WE have long felt that in

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the art of writing short stories—an art which is more difficult than it seems to the idle reader— American authors are greater proficients than their English rivals. No English...

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Debretes House of Commons and Judicial Bench. Compiled and edited

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by Robert Henry Hair, LL.D. (Dean and Son.)—This useful publication, corrected up to February 14th, gives a short account (with armorial bearings when used) of all the Members...


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We commend the enterprise, as we believe in the earnestnese, of the conductors of the Westminster Review, who, in the sixty-fourth year of its existence, have changed it from a...

A Day after the Fair. By William Cairns. (Swan Sonnen-

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sohein and Co.)—A. briskly written story, well fitted to while away an hour of railway travel. But Mr. Cairns somehow gives one the impression of being able to do much better....

Diaresoana, Exc.—The City of London Directory for 1887 (W. H.

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and L. Collingridge), besides the usual information given in publi- cations of this kind, supplies a "Livery Companies' Guide," which will be found interesting. Here are some of...