23 DECEMBER 1865

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T HE President's Message was read in Congress on the 4th inst., and has been most warmly received. We have explained its general drift in another column, and need only remark...

A curious letter appeared in the Cheltenham Examiner of Wed-

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nesday, from a Mr. Macdougall, pointing out how high negro gentlemen have actually risen in Jamaica. In the Legislative Council there are several men of colour, among them the...

The Republican majority in the House of Representatives has appointed

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a committee to consider the claim of States recently in rebellion to seat their representatives, and inclines, it is said, to- wards a decidedly Radical programme. The drift of...

A famine in Bengal, where the soil yields two crops

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a year, and it is said that the return of a rice crop is often equal to seventeen times the cost of cultivation, seems almost impossible, but there is one. The drought has...

The Fenian trials are going on, but they are wonderfully

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tire- some. It seems certain that a great number of recruits were gained by a statement that an American army was on its way, and that private soldiers were promised...

Leopold II., King of the Belgians, took the oath to

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the Con- stitution on the 17th inst., and then read an able speech to the Chambers. He intended to follow the precepts of the dead, and if "he could not promise Belgium a great...

The Cattle Plague return for the 16th inst. shows that

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the rate of seizure has risen to 6,000 a week, and Government has issued an order for the collection of statistics showing the number of cattle in the country. The cry for the...

On Thursday Mr. Cardwell told Mr. Charles Buxton, M.P., and

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other members of a deputation which went to him to ask leave to send out a barrister to Jamaica, to watch the proposed Commission and secure full evidence being brought before...

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It is not improbable that the death of King Leopold

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may -exercise a great effect upon the destiny of Mexico. Very in- different to grandeur, the late King was not indifferent to money, and in thirty-four years he accumulated a...

For the current year, which will be ended 30th June,

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1866, Mr. McCulloch estimates as follows on the basis of one quarter's receipts :— REVENUE. EXPENDITURE. Customs £29,400,000 Civil Service £8,718,000 Lands 124,000...

Ernest Forward, alias Southey, the baker who in his mad

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vanity thought all men in high position criminals for not recog- nizing his greatness, and at last murdered three illegitimate chil- dren, his wife, and his legitimate child to...

Lord Stanley made a speech in favour of Chambers of

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Com- merce at Liverpool on Wednesday evening, and dropped remarks as to the virtual agreement of all parties on political questions on which we have commented elsewhere. For the...

The population of Paris is now slightly above half that

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of London,—namely, 1,667,841, and has as near as possible doubled since 1832,—that, is in 33 years,—when London had exactly the population which Paris has now. It seems...

Mr. McCulloch's proposal with respect to the debt is very

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bold. He wishes Congress to pass a bill applying 40,000,0001. sterling annually to the piyment of interest and the reduction of principal, beginning with the next fiscal year;...

The news from New Zealand is that the Weld Ministry

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had been compelled by the lukewarmness of their supporters, who were perpetually absent in critical divisions, to resign, —much to the disgust of those supporters when the...

Mr. McCulloch does not venture to compare the actual receipts

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of the Union Treasury for the year ended 30th June with his predecessor's estimates. As we predicted a year ago, they have fallen far short of the expectations formed. Counting...

The Emperor of Austria opened the Hungarian Diet in person

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on the 14th inst. at Pesth. In his speech, which was most warmly received, the Kaiser declared that there had been "perversion of right upon the one hand, and stubborn assertion...

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The Italian Ministry has fallen. S. Sella really proposed to

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raise 4,000,0001. by a tax of 10 per cent. upon corn when taken to the mill, and the feeling of the Chamber was so marked that the Ministry took advantage of a vote, directing...

The leading British Railways left off at the following prices

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yesterday and on Friday week :— Friday, Deo. /1. Friday, Deo. 22. Caledonian .. Great Eastern .. Great Northern .. .• •• 12-I. 43 1271 • • . • • •...

The basis of the commercial treaty with Austria has been

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agreed upon. Austria agrees never to enforce any higher duty on British manufactures and goods than 25 per cent. ad valorem, which will, however, only be the maximum duty,—and...

A terrible explosion occurred near Merthyr Tydvil on Wednes- day

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morning in the Gethin coal pit, which belongs to Mr. W. Crawahay. The " choke damp," as the miners call it, exploded, it is believed from contact with an injured Davy lamp, and...

A considerable number of French students, it is well known,

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still recognize the old formula that Christianity is Catholicism, and as Catholicism is visibly not true declare Christianity false. Six of them recently attended a students'...

Three English gentlemen, Lord John Hervey, the Hon. Mr. Strutt,

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and Mr. Coore, have been captured by brigands in Livadia, Greece, and compelled to pay 1,0001. each. There really in not sufficient capacity in these German Princes for the most...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities yesterday and

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on Friday week were as follows:— Friday, Dec. 16. Friday, Dee. 22. Greek .. .. 151 151 Do. Coupons .. Mexican .. .. 27 23 1 Spanish Passive •• Do. Certificates .....

General Grant's report on the conduct of the war during

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the last year, in which he was Commander-in-Chief, is a very remark- able document,—lucid, simple, strong. It is clear from it that General Grant did really, and not in name...

The title which the Master of the Rolls has assumed

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on his elevation to the Peerage is Lord Romllly, in deference, we suppose, to his father's fame. Sir F. T. Baring takes the title of Lord Northbrook.

During the greater part of the week the Consol market

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has been very quiet, with a tendency to depression. On Saturday last the closing prices were 87/ 1 for money, and 874 1 for account. On Tuesday the quotations were one-eighth...

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L ORD STANLEY is never weary of expressing the belief that everybody is really agreed about politics, and that there is no longer a substantial difference between sensible...


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TOPICS OF THE DAY PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S FIRST MESSAGE. I rat, Americans have got a Chief Magistrate with a faith in him. It may not be a good faith, it is certainly not a faith...

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W E are a practical people, we English, and a self-governing. Consequently, having built the largest capital in the world, and filled it with a population greater than that of...

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W E must wait for the introduction of practical measures, and for their reception, before we can draw any moral from the enthusiastic welcome of the Emperor of Austria by the...

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I'VE published on the 9th inst. a careful exposition of the international law of copyright as between England and America, which we take it amounts in brief to this. For your...

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IF it be true, as we believe it is, that Mr. Eyre, naturally a brave and just, though weakly obstinate, and dictatorial man, has succumbed to the intense feeling of race-hatred...

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I F Henry Dunbar is a success—and crowded houses, visible emotion in the box es , dud loud applause everywhere, surely constitute a success—Mr. Taylor has done something...

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TWO of the daughters of the " Great Earl " Gerald were I remarkable women. The eldest, Lady Eleanor, married funk Donnell McCarthy Reagh, chief of Carbery, county Cork, and...

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December 8, 1865. CONGRESS met on Monday of this week, was organized without difficulty, and proceeded promptly and quietly to business. Little, however, has been done during...

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[lo THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] 74 Piccadilly, W., 18th December, 1865. SIR,—The article with the above heading in your number for December 3 has the following remarks :...

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ECCE HOMO.* Tee attempt to delineate from within the life and work of Christ, without making any fundamental theological assumption as to his nature and the reality of his...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —My chief design in writing is to express my dissent from the views which you have supported in respect of those who in counties...

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RALPH DARNELL is not equal to Tara, for Colonel Taylor has not comprehended with the same thoroughness the nature and the limits of his own power. It is power, as any one who...

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FAIRY TALES.* Lx these three pretty and amusing little books

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we have a volume of fairy tales for three sorts of children,—the simple credulous child of marvelling nature, the humorous fanciful child of modern sentiment, and lastly, the...

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SOCIETY, as represented by the pictures before us, is chiefly occupied in marrying and giving in marriage. The number of plates taken up by young couples in various attitudes,...

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Almeria's Castle. By Henrietta Lushington. With 12 illustrations. (Griffith and Farran.)—Lady Lushington takes the place of honour among the caterers for the rising generation...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. By Lewis Carroll. With forty- two

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illustrations by John Tenniel. (Macmillan).—This is the book for little folks, and big folks who take it home to their little folks will find themselves reading more than they...

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Great Fun. (Sampson Low, Son, and Marston.)—Little folks will, we

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think, really find great fun in this series of story books, abounding as they do in coloured illustrations of a highly striking character. They are eight in number, of copy-book...

The Sedan Chair. By Madame de Chatelaine. With illustrations. (Routledge.)—Sir

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Wilfred Neville, having been fortunate enough to save the life of a Moorish astrologer in Spain, is by him rewarded with a chair which shall take him at his will once into each...

Little Songs for He to Sing. Illustrations by J. E.

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Millais, R.A. Music by Henry Leslie. (Cassell, Potter, and Galpin.)—Half-a-dozen little songs, beginning with "Twinkle, twinkle, little star," and ending with morning and...

The Naughty Girl of the Family. By Mrs. H. Mackarness.

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Illus- trated by F. W. Lawson. (Routledge.)—The authoress of A Trap to Catch a Sunbeam gives us here a very pleasant story of home life. Both mothers and daughters will be the...

Featherland. By G. M. Fenn. With illustrations by F. W.

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Keyl. (Griffith and Farran.)—The birds at Greenlawn had a fine time of it. "Not a nest was touched; not a gun was aeon ; the rooks never smelt powder, but built their great...

Stories Told to a Child. By the Author of Studies

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for Stories. (Strahan.)—This squat little volume contains a number of stories, each with its own illustration. They are not badly told, but the effort to improve the occasion...

Don Quixote. Translated by C. Jarvis. With 100 illustrations by

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A. B. Houghton. Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. (Warne.)—The type and paper of this edition leave the reader nothing to desire, and there is excellent drawing in the...

The Lighthouse. The Story of a Great Fight between Man

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and the Sea. By R. M. Ballantyne. With illustrations. (Nisbet.)—Mr. Ballantyne is well known as an author in connection with the perils of the sea. Ha has written in a...

Picture History of England for the Young. By H. W.

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Deleken, Ph.D. Illustrated with eighty engravings by the Brothers Dalziel from designs by A. W. Bayes. (Rontled,ge.)—The illustrations in this volume will attract children,...


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Clarendon Press—Chemistry for Students, by A. W. Williamson. H. Bailliere—The Philosophy of Art, by H. Thine. John U. Hotten—Humbugs of the Won't, by P. T. Barnum. A....

Ernie Elton, the Lazy Boy. By Elizabeth Eiloart. (Routledge.) Agatha,

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or Sketches of School Life in England and France; and The two books together, as they both contain a good deal of fun, and are intended for corresponding ages in boys and girls,...

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TRUSSER—On the 22nd inst., at 18 Cavendish road, N.W., Mrs. N. Trubner, of a daughter.