23 AUGUST 1879

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It was in relation to this part of Mr. Gladstone's

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speech that Mr. Cavendish Bentinck, who loves a chance of appearing to answer greater men, especially when they have no oppor- tunity of reply, retorted on Wednesday, at the...

Sir Charles Dilke, in his speech at Chelsea on Tuesday,

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went over very much the same lines as Mr. Gladstone, only insisting more on the mischievous policy pursued in Egypt. He declared, however, that the Government now needed no...

Of Count Audrassy's resignation there can now be no doubt.

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But it is clearly voluntary, though definitive, and not due to any misunderstanding with the Emperor of Austria, or with the new Ministry. How far it is due to a conviction that...


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M R. GLADSTONE spoke at Chester on Tuesday in favour of the second Liberal candidate, the Hon. Beilby Lawley, who, in conjunction with Mr. Dodson, is to contest Chester at the...

*** The Editors earvrtot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The work of the Agricultural Commission bids fair to be

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a monster affair. The terms of the Commission were published on Saturday, and authority is given in it to any " five or more " of the Commission to call before them such persons...

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The Councils-General in France are now beginning to hold their

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usual sessions, and M. Lepbre, the Minister of the Interior, has wisely assured them that they will be quite at liberty to discuss M. Jules Ferry's Education Bill, and its...

Captain Carey arrived at Plymouth in the Jumna,' on Wed-

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nesday night. He appears to have been living under no great apprehension, and is qUite content to await the decision of the authorities, hoping, however, that the court-martial...

The Ordre, M. Rouher's organ, is trying to prepare the

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ground for Prince Jerome in a fashion that will agree to some extent with his bitterly anti-clerical past. It asserts that Napoleonism has always made war on Clericals and...

M. Pelletan has reported on some few of the petitions

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sent in against M. Jules Ferry's Education Bill, and declares that the signatures to the petitions have been got up in a most wholesale and unscrupulous way,----which is most...

The Home Secretary made a speech, or at least said

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a few words, at Bootle on 'Wednesday, on occasion of a dinner given by the Ormskirk and Squthport Agricultural Society, in which he contented himself with sympathising with the...

Dr. Allman set a very good example, as President of

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the British Association, this year at Sheffield. By confining him- self on Wednesday to one subject, and that one which he pro- foundly knew, he made a remarkably interesting...

Of Mr. Mundella's very sagacious and instructive speech at Sheffield

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last Monday—which should be read in a local report like that of the Sheffield Independent, to be understood at all— we have said a good deal elsewhere, but it is well worth...

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Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, one of the acutest and most

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interesting of the brilliant literary New-England circle of authors, has been lecturing in America ou " reading," and ends his lecture by remarking that we should do very ill...

Last week, at a meeting of the Commission of the

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General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, Dr. Begg moved and carried this resolution :—" The Commission, taking ditto consi- deration the threatening aspect of God's Holy...

We omitted to mention last week the death of a

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very con- siderable scholar and a very remarkable man, the late Professor George Long, a contemporary of Macaulay's, formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, the first...

Consols were on Friday 97j- to 98.

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The rain has returned this week in more than its

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former force. The Irish mail has been stopped at Chester by the flooding of the railway. The Avon, at Bath and Bristol, has overflowed its Nimbi, and done much damage ; and...

To Conservatives in want of a cry, we would suggest

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that the best we have heard was contained. in Mr. Mundella's speech on Monday in Sheffield,—one, indeed, that would beat any in " Coaingsby," "Our old Cat and our now...

Yesterday week Cardinal Newman received congratulations from a considerable number

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of different bodies on his elevation to the purple, and by one of them, the committee of his presentation fund, he was told that before his conversion to the Catholic faith, he...

Professor St. George Mivart, who presides over the Biological Section

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of the Association, delivered an address on Thursday which raised again the old question of the distinction between .animal and human intelligence, a distinction which...

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WIIAT THE PRACTICAL ISSUE WITH THE ENGLISH PEOPLE WILL BE. 1 T is very curious to observe that with one accord the papers which write in the interest of the Government...

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IF we had to select from the House of Commons a represen- .11- tative of the most thorough-going and yet the beat type of democratic Liberalism, we should name Mr. Mundella....

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T HE Elections to the Prussian Landtag take place about six weeks hence, and already there are all the indica- tions of an animated contest. The party of the Centre have...

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T HE death of the late Sir John Lefevre ought to call to our minds one of the least-remembered among the great facts of politics,—namely, that behind the visible statesmen who...

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I T is not often that we find ourselves in agreement with Mr. O'Donnell. But in his controversy with the Times, he has certainly, to our minds, got the better of his adversary....

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W E hear a good deal of the joylessness of the present generation, and no doubt there is a greater unrest and a greater impatience amongst those who lead the forward move- ment...

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T HERE used to be " merchant-princes ;" there are still squatter-princes. Among the number, Sir Samuel Wilson, who went out when a boy from the County Down, in Ireland, anal...

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A LAZY JOURNEY.—V. • These short months of absence seem to us, on looking back, so How curious it is, afterwards, to remember and to write. I am sitting again at the same...

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Sin,—May not the alteration in " A Dream of Fair Women," commented on in your last number, have been intended to hint at the other version of the Iphigenia legend,—namely, that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR1 SIB, — Your long and able paper on my " Life of Lever contains the following passage :- " Lover writes to Mr. Hayman that lie has a perfect...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] Silt,—A propos of

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the interesting discussion of Mr. Tenuyson's description of the death of Iphigeneia, contained in your critique upon Mr. Bayne's book, may I suggest that the origin of the...


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IPHIGENIA AT ATJLIS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—A very interesting point of criticism is dwelt upon in the last week's issue of the Spectator, in a review of Mr....

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[TO Tun EDITOR OF THE .SFECTATOIL1 Silt,—Your comments on Mr. A stley's letter last week have put those who advocate the total abolition of Vivisection ou their defence, and in...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—Since you inserted my second letter on the Government Banking Bill, on May 17th last, that much-vaunted measure has been so altered and...

" December 20th, 1846, Schloss Reidenburg, Bregenz. "Mv DEAR Cuiu —There

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is an adage about short reckonings and long friendships, which, I opine, may be as applicable to correspond- ence as to matters moro mercenary. Hence, having received yours a...

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A GOSSIP ABOUT CHINA.* WiT11 a new book about china on our table, we feel at once on the holiday side of life. What is more delightful than to have a mania, and what is more...


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[To Tam EDITOR 0E SPECTATOR.''] SIR,—Thero is a blemish which spoils the joyous and thoroughly Irish lines of Mr. Alfred Graves, on "Herring is King," pub- lished in the last...

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HENRY MERRITT.* " Evxarramo iu my life has conic too

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late. I could not buy good food and clothing, until my health was ruined. Now I have the dearest wife, I cannot live to enjoy happiness." Such were the sorrowful words which...

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AMONG the various trades with which women now-a-days occupy themselves, there are few they carry on so largely as that of novel- writing. They have been addicted to it from the...

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Me. COVENTRY PATMORE has many of the gifts of the poet, but he lacks one thing,—intensity. He has sentiment, an exquisite eye for the graces of modern life, available for the...

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:TUDOR PORTRAITS.* MR. BURKE is deeply impressed with the responsibility

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as well as with the dignity of the historian, Ile considers himself stringently bound to narrate facts, and not to be as most other writers are ; and he lays upon himself the...

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Coligny. By Walter Besant. (Marcus Ward.)—Coligny is a familiar name to most Englishmen, yet, strange to say, the little volume before us is the first narrative of his life as...

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A Tiger Lily. By L. C. Mervyn. Two vols. (Samuel

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Tinsley.)--The heroine tells her own story, and is at great pains to make her readers understand that she was very ugly and ill-tempered, yet not without indicating a reserved...

Studies of the Times of Abraham. By the Rev. U.

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G. Tomkins. (S. Bagster and Sons.)—This is a book of very considerable value. First, we have thirteen pages of illnstrntions drawn, from Assyrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian...

The. Modern, World. By J. A. G. Barton. (Blackwood and

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Sons.)--This is a very praiseworthy attempt to condense into a compass of about 300 pages an account of the principal countries of the modern world. it gives, of course, a very...

Picturesque Lodges, by John Birch, architect (Blackwood), is described on

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its title-page as " a series of designs for gate-lodges, park entrances, keepers', gardeners', bailiffs', grooms', upper and nndor servants' lodges, and other rural...

Total Abstinence. By Benjamin Ward Richardson, M.D. (Mao,- millan.)—Dr. Richardson

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steadfastly maintains his cause, against what must be called a great preponderance of professional opinion. In every way he deserves a hearing; and though ho may not make as...

of the heroic ago of Ireland as embodied in the

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border-tales and songs. There is some grace in Mr. O'Grady's rendering of these, and whether or not we see ground for his implicit belief in the exist- once of his heroes and...

Many persons now enjoying, or trying to enjoy, their annual

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sojurn at the sea may road with profit the Hygiene of the Sea, trans- lated from the Italian of Dr. Victor Grassi, by Frederic W. Wright. (Bemroso and Sons.)--If the author is...