23 MARCH 1872

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Sir Charles Dino brought forward his threatened motion on the

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Civil List on Tuesday in a very tedious speech, which we have analysed elsewhere. Its general drift was that savings to a great amount, upwards of £300,000 before 1852, were...


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TN answer to Lord Derby, last night, Lord Granville said some- ." thing of the position taken by the Government in replying to the American Note, and what he said seems to be in...

The riot was a most discreditable one. When Mr. A.

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Herbert rose to second Sir C. Dilke, the Tories, instead of quietly not at- tending, resolved to stop him, and for an hour and a quarter yelled, shouted, screamed, hissed,...

The French Treaty with Great Britain has been denounced, the

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Treaty thus expiring at the end of twelve months, and M. Thiers is battling hard with the Finance Committee for his favourite duties on raw materials. They appear disinclined to...

Mr. Horsman raised on Wednesday in a new form the

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old question as to the authority of Parliament in relation to Treaties. He inquired of the Prime Minister "whether he can give an aiwurance to the House that, with reference to...

Mr. Lowe is to explain his Budget to Parliament on

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Monday night, a few days before the completion of the financial year, instead of waiting till after Easter, from which we infer two things,—first, that it will be a very...

*: The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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It appears from some minutes published in Allen's Indian Mail

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that high feud was lately raging between the Indian Government and the Secretary of State for India. On January 26, 1869, the Duke ordered a reduction of a million and a half...

The debate on Mr. Fawcett's Bill for abolishing tests in

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Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Dublin, and reconstituting the governing body, came off on Wednesday, and in spite of Mr. Syuan's great flow of rhetoric was one...

A Treasury Minute has been published fixing the salaries of

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the Law Officers of the Crown. The Attorney-General next after Sir J. Coleridge is to have £7,000 a year for all non-contentious work, and the usual professional " fees" for...

A terrible accident has occurred on board H.M.S. Ariadne. While

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off the coast of Portugal, on the 8th inst., a man named Felix Richardson fell overboard. The ship was immediately hove to, though a stiff breeze was blowing, and the cutter...

The India Office has settled £1,000 a year on Lady

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Mayo, and given £20,000 to the younger children of the deceased Viceroy. The grant is rather larger than the usual one, which is £2,000 a year to the widow of a deceased...

Mr. Gladstone, in declaring the intention of the Government to

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support the Bill so far as it abolished tests, and to vote against the absurdly inefficient clauses for the reform of the governing body, said very happily of Mr. Fawcett's...

We hope all the postmasters in England are not thieves,—because

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if they are it will be inconvenient to the Treasury, and thieving is for them quite legal. The postmaster of Swindon, as appears from a question asked by Mr. Cadogan on...

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The first election of a Bishop in the disestablished Episcopal

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Church of Ireland took place on Tuesday in Clonmel. The Synod of Cashel and Waterford elected the Dean of Limerick (Dr. Maurice Day), who is understood to be a representative of...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to criticize the reform of the

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Admiralty explained by Mr. Goschen on Monday—not a perfect reform, it is so wanting in simplicity—and on Thursday Mr. Goschen described the position of the Navy. The Navy is...

The English moneyed class is, after all, not quite reckless

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of money when it has espoused a bad cause. The Tichborne Claimant has had to postpone indefinitely his application to be admitted to bail; evi- dently because the requisite...

The strikes of the agricultural labourers in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire

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seem to be creating a sort of panic. Their plan is to strike by districts for 16s. a week, the men out of work being supported by those who receive wages, and has so alarmed the...

Mr. Isaac Butt, who had taken the oaths at the

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beginning of the sitting, made his first speech to this Parliament on the ques- tion, and an able speech it was, advocating the endowment of a slew Catholic College within the...

Prince Bismarck, according to the Berlin correspondent of the Times,

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continues his war with the Ultramontanes. Not only does he 'continue to pay the salaries of excommunicated chaplains and professors—as is also to be done in Austria, under a...

There is something like a stampede of London School Board

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representatives. Following Mr. Rogers, Professor Huxley, and too probably Lord Lawrence, Lord Sandon has resigned, and now Canon Miller (of Greenwich), all on the plea of too...

Consols were on Friday 92 to 93.

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The Lord Chancellor gave notice on Thursday that he should

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take the sense of the Peers on the propriety of creating a Court of Appeal, to be called the Imperial Supreme Court of Appeal-.-- why not "Supreme Court" only ?—which should...

It seems that Russia has already determined on the rebuilding

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and partial fortification of Sebastopol. In reply to Lord E. Cecil, Lord Enfield said on Thursday night that the only information in the possession of the Foreign Office on the...

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THE IRISH UNIVERSITY QUESTION. I T would greatly have conduced to the clearness of Wednes- day's debate, and it would greatly conduce to the clear- ness of the discussion in...

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N OBODY has much right to congratulate himself on the management of Tuesday's debate. Sir Charles Dilke made out a very poor case against the management of the Civil List in a...

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I F we may trust the Daily Telegraph of Friday, and die- miss altogether the anxiety rightly created by the Daily Telegraph of Monday, there is no reason to find fault with the...

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P RINCE BISMARCK is an able man, perhaps the ablest in Europe, but he will need all his ability to play success- fully the dangerous game he has begun. Judging from the extreme...

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M R. GOSCHEN'S reform of the Admiralty, a reform which it seems to be the destiny of every successive First Lord to carry out, has a little disappointed us. It is very moderate,...

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W E entirely sympathize with the wish of the Town Council of Batley to buy a handlome gold chain worth £200, and adorned with emblems of the borough,—a wool-manufacturing...

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TT is a little difficult sometimes for some men to help feel- ing annoyed at the kind of national interest excited by the annual University Boat-race. Here are eighteen young...

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MR. LEATHAM AND MR. SEEBOIIM. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Since Mr. Seebohm has done me the honour of commenting upon some remarks which I made during the...


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[ToTHE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Perhaps your correspondent "B. K. A." will think I am. writing in a lucid moment when I tell him that I quite share- his distrust of...

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of being excluded by "B. K. A." from the shrewd Nonconformist laymen, and of being classed among those "excellent friends" of his who, "in the delirious paroxysms of their zeal,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPBOTATOR."J SIR,—I think you will be interested in the following anecdote of a distinguished foreigner. One of the happiest results of that...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR, —In noticing the paper in Fraser on the working of the Irish Land Act, you say that it "will not extinguish one form of agrarian...

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THE CHILDREN'S GRASS. I . WHERE the twinkling river pushes 'Thwart the dipping swan, All his ruffling down Very softly blown, Lustrous blue reflects the rushes Where the...

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.* Ix reading these volumes, we shall do well to remember a statement made by the editor in the preface to the English Note-Books. "Mr. Hawthorne," it was...

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MARY HOLLIS" A DIITCH novel, translated into English with the

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assistance of its author, who has been called, we are told, the Walter Scott of Holland, naturally excites curiosity. We like to know what sort the books are which amuse a...

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WE can easily imagine that the announcement of the publication of a Natural History of British Moths will awaken a strong desire in many of our readers to become possessed of so...


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To lovers of female beauty it will be a sufficient recommendation of this novel that it was said by one of our Royal Princes, of a modicum of a lawn at Fulham pressed by the...

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TABBY'S CHICKS.* Tappy's Chicks is altogether too insignificant a title

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for so delightful and valuable a little book. We suppose children's books sell best, and that the title will attract these little customers, but it certainly gives no idea of...

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FAIRY TALES, OLD AND NEW.* THE two gay little volumes

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before us are, we fancy, but the first instalment of a series of the "Famous Fairy Tales" of all countries with which Messrs. Dean and Son mean to delight their little readers,...

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Bible Music. By Francis Jacox, B.A. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— This

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volume consists of compositions which have the look of sermons, that is to say, they are of a length more or less suited to a discourse and have a text at their head. If they...

The 2Eneid of Virgil. Books 1. - VI. Translated in English Blank

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Verse. By G. K. Rickards, M.A. (Blackwood.)—We are disposed to agree with much that Mr. Rickards says on the subject of translating Virgil. No metre could be so well suited to...


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Chefs d'CEuvres of Art and Masterpieces of Engraving. (Sampson Low Co.)—This is a most meritorious work, of which it is difficult to speak with sufficient praise. The scheme,...

The Portfolio. March. (Seeley.)—The frontispiece to this num- ber is

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a very fine etching, an "Aged Spaniard," by M. Alphonse Legros. The mechanical execution is excellent, and the expression very noble. It would scarcely be possible to draw a...

Fair to See. By Laurence W. M. Lockhart. 3 vole.

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(Blackwood.) — Fair to See is so pleasant a novel to read that one does not care to ask too curiously whether it is written according to rules of art. Two young English...

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Bow it All Happened. By Louisa Parr. 2 vols. (Strahan.)—Miss

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Parr's "Dorothy Fox" was, as we took occasion to say, a capital book and gave its author a distinct rank among novelists. The volume before us seems to be the natural...

Letters and Other Writings of the Late Edward Denison. Edited

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by Sir Baldwyn Leighton, Bart. (Bentley.)—We are very glad to find here the fulfilment of the hope which we expressed when noticing last year the private issue of this volume....

History of the Commune of Paris. By P. Vesinier. Translated

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by J. V. Weber. (Chapman and Hall.)—It has been said that " revolu- tions are not made with rose-water :" the maxim is certainly true of a revolution the object of which is...

Annie, "An Excellent Person." By E. S. Maine. (Smith and

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Elder.)— No one who begins this story will fail, we venture to say, to read it to the end ; and few, at least of those who can be moved by "fictitious. woe," will get so far...

Ups and Downs on Land and Water. By Augustus Hoppin.

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(Boston, U.S.: Osgood and Co. London : Sampson Low, Son, and Marston.)—Mr. Hoppin and three friends went by the Nevada steamer from New York on a course of European travel,...

Ecclesia : a Second Series of Essays on Theological and

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Ecclesiastical Questions. Edited by H. R. Reynolds, D.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.) —Out of the seven essays which make up this volume —a volume which can hardly claim, on the...