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The Government has decided that all affairs in dis- pute

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between ourselves and the Governments of the Trans- vaal and the Orange Free State shall be settled by a Special Commissioner, and Lord Reay has been asked to accept the office....

The Bishop of Natal died on Tuesday last, in the

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seventieth year of his age. Dr. Colenso was Second Wrangler at Cambridge in 1836, and also Smith's Prizeman ; and his name was long known chiefly as the author of very clear and...

Against the evil omens of the day, we must never

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forget to balance the good. Mr. Gladstone has written to the Midlothian Liberal Association, expressing a hope that he may yet fulfil the engagement to speak there which he had...

*** The Editors cannot undertake fo return Manuscript, in any

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A terrible catastrophe occurred on Saturday at Sunder- land. A

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conjuror named Fay, who had taken the Victoria Hall, offered to admit school-children to his afternoon enter- tainment for a penny. An enormous number, probably 3,000, of all...

Sir Henry James admits that the Criminal Code Bill cannot

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get through the G rand Committee on Law during the Session, and that it must be abandoned. He stated in the House on Thursday night that he had given up hope, "in consequence of...


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A NOTHER night (Monday) has been nearly wasted. Mr. Bright, in the speech at Birmingham which we noticed last week, accused the Conservatives of having formed an alliance with a...

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The French have gained what they think a further success

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in Madagascar. Admiral Pierre, after bombarding Majunga, presented to the Queen, or to her Ministers—for it is said the Queen is dead—an ultimatum demanding the protectorate of...

We have said enough of this ghastly tragedy elsewhere, but

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may repeat here that givers of entertainments must avoid these vast collections, unless they can find officers to govern the children's movements. There was no special fault,...

Mr. Bright concluded his speeches at Birmingham on Friday week

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by an unexpected and almost furious outburst in favour of the Channel Tunnel. He declared that those who believed that Englishmen could not defend the Tunnel, a mere hole under...

The Bill for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister

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passed through Committee in the House of Lords on Tuesday, after a discussion on the retrospective clause legalising marriages of this kind, the result of which appears to have...

Avery curious letter, bearing a London post mark, was received

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on Wednesday by the Mayor of Sunderland, which professed to be written by E. Mindful, the private secretary to the "Presi- dent, pro tem., of the Irish Republic," expressing•...

A long discussion took place in the House of Commons

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on- Friday week, which was continued through the sitting of Monday, on the proper definition of spiritual intimidation for the purposes of the Corrupt Practices Bill. It was at...

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The ancient and extraordinary charge against the Jews of .sacrificing

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human beings in their Passover rites has been revived in Hungary. A girl named Esther Solymosi was recently mur- dered, or supposed to be murdered, at Tisza Esslar, and certain...

The Irish Members are always most successful when they ask

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for money. On Wednesday, Mr. Blake moved the second reading of a Bill ordering that a quarter of a million should be granted from the remaining funds of the Irish Church to...

On Monday night Lord Salisbury asked Lord Granville in the

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Lords, and Mr. Warton and Mr. Lowther asked the Prime Minister in the Commons, if their attention had been called to the speech of Mr. Chamberlain at Birmingham, advocating...

Two important Irish returns have been issued this week whose

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figures are too eloquent to need comment. One is the return of agrarian offences during the month of May. The number of offences against the person amounted to 5,-2 of firing...

Lord Carnarvon made a very sensible speech on agricultural depression

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on Tuesday at Newbury, in which he deprecated the disposition to rely on Government for help in relation to such matters as agricultural depression, and quite admitted that so...

The polling for Peterborough, for a successor to Mr. 'Whalley,

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was going on yesterday, and the result will be known before this journal is issued. The only candidates in the field were Mr. Sydney Buxton,—who has recently exerted .himself to...

Mr. Peter Taylor has done a great service to sanitation.

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On Tuesday he moved a resolution declaring the compulsory laws for vaccination " unadvisable and dangerous," and made a. speech repeating all the old arguments, the best of...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent, Consols were on Friday 100i

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to wag x.d.

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MR. BRIGHT'S BREACH OF PRIVILEGE. W E do not suppose that Sir Stafford Northcote expected the House of Commons to declare that Mr. Bright's charge against the Conservatives of...

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W E will not go so far as to say that there is no species of intimidation applied exclusively by ecclesiastics, and which, therefore, may technically be called spiritual, that...


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T ORD SALISBURY did not take much by his belligerent J questioning of Lord Granville on Monday, in relation to Mr. Chamberlain's speech. It is quite new doctrine that a Minister...

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F EW men have had a stranger fate in life than Bishop Colmar). He made his reputation first as a second wrangler who wrote very excellent mathematical school-books. To this he...

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W E should, under certain circumstances, have a good deal of sympathy with the Parnellite proposal of Wednes- day to abolish the Viceroyalty of Ireland. Mr. Justin Waithy's Bill...

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N EITHER the magnitude nor the number of the ques- tions raised by the Corrupt Practices Bill grows less, as the House of Commons becomes better acquainted with its provisions....

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T HERE is, we fear, no chance that Mr. Shaw Lefevre's Bill will become law this year. Looking at the opposition it has excited, it seems hardly probable that it will reach the...

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O NE fact comes out very painfully in the history of this ghastly tragedy at Sunderland. The public under-rates rather than over-rates the danger from a crowd, and especially a...

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"N ONSENSE dies hard," says Mr. Labouchere, and he is perfectly right ; but no nonsense dies harder than the nonsense of infatuated prejudice. Amongst literary men, those who...

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T HE seemingly small portion of the French-play-going _ public which selects the serious series of the Gaiety performances has an intellectual treat offered to it in M. Jules...

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LIBERALISM IN THE SOUTH. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECIATOE." J Bra,—Living in a very large and growing southern town, may I ask you to insert the appended letter, if you agree...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I was scarcely prepared to find even the answers to my . query in the Spectator leaving me in just the same doubt as- before upon a...


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passage cited in your last number from a . private letter by the author of "Natural Religion " reminds me that, as far as I know, it has never been yet pointed out that the-...


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DEAR —,—The promptness as much as the courtesy of your personal reply to my request tempts me to write to you once more npon the general aspect of a question interesting to us...

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[To TEE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") Oxenham has touched on a point of great importance to all non-resident M.A.'s, namely, the difficulty of procuring information of University...


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[TO TH8 EDITOR OP TH8 "SPECTATOR."] you allow me space to make a slight correction ? It is in regard to a statement about a work of mine, in a notice of the Grosvenor Gallery...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] you kindly allow me to correct two misprints in my letter of last week ? "I do not write to supplant," &c., should be "tb supplement;" and...


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ITO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") 8111,-Who is to guard the guardians ? The writer of a notice -of " Contradictions," by Miss Peard, in your number of last week, charges her...


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IDYLLS OF THE ILIAD.—IX. 1FSEA.S. ZZLETA, Lectum, spurs of Gargarus, Shoot out their pine-e othed ridges to the north Of Ida, rolling to the western sea, And waves that laugh...

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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [LAST NOTICE.] IN this last notice of the Grosvenor Gallery, the majority of our remarks will be confined to the pictures in the east gallery, the two...

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THE LADIES LINDORES The Ladies Lindores must be tested by the scenes in which Caroline Lindores appears. The rest of the story is of the kind to which Mrs. Oliphant has so well...

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THE clever author of German Home Life has in Ant Ccesar ant Nihil given us a story which is powerful, ambitious, and inter- esting, but is yet, from the artistic point of view,...

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MR. CHURCH'S literary cunning in selection, translation, and paraphrase, does not in any degree desert him. A more charm- ing supplementary volume to his other Greek tales it...

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IT must be admitted that these volumes are calculated to appal even a reader who is genuinely interested in the subject of which they treat. Eleven hundred large-octavo pages...

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CECIL LAWSON.* Tam is a very gorgeous edition de luxe,

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of a very simple, short memoir, by Mr. Edmund Gosse. We confess that we think the matter somewhat slender to have been expanded to the limits of a folio volume, to have been...

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POETBY. — Serapion, and other Poems. By Justin H. McCarthy. (Chatto and

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Windus.)—Mr. Justin H. McCarthy is an addition, and, we willingly own, a considerable addition, to the ranks of the 4 ' Pagans." The principal poem deals with an episode in the...


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The third number of the Scottish Review is marked by strength and solidity, and what, for want of a better word, we may call " Scotchi- mess." These are especially the...

"Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die," has

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seldom been better expressed ; but is there anything much worse to be said ?—Poems Afany Lands. By Rennell Redd. (David Bog,ne.) —Mr. Rodd has repub- lished here some of the...

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Cambridge S'holarships and -Examinations. By Robert Potts. (Longmans.)—Mr. Potts given

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here an account of the scholarships, exhibitions, prizes, and other "aids and encouragements" for learn- ing in the University and Colleges of Cambridge. Apart from the special...

North America. Edited and enlarged by Professor F. V. Hayden

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and Professor A. R. C. Selwyn, F.R.S. (E. Stanford.)—It is stated in the preface that this volume is, in common with the excellent series to which it belongs, primarily based...