24 APRIL 1880

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Sir George Bowyer is much shocked at Lord Beaconsfield's Cabinet

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for assuming that a new Parliament is certain to express want of confidence in it, without actually testing it by a vote. He thinks Mr. Disraeli in 1868, Mr. Gladstone in 1874,...

It is rumoured that Mr. Forster, who has always felt

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a deep interest in Irish affairs, may consent to accept the Irish Secre- taryship, with, of course, a seat in the Cabinet. This would be, from the official point of view, an act...

A serious-looking telegram had previously been received in the beginning

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of the week from Candahar. The Kakars, a great Pathan tribe near Quetta, saw in General Stewart's march their opportunity ; they rose behind him, cut the tele- graph through the...

It is curious enough to observe the complete collapse not

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only of the Liberal cabal against Mr. Gladstone, but even of the Tory outcry that he is so formidable and dangerous. The Standard, it is true,—one of the very best and most...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Sir Donald Stewart, according to a telegram of April 23rd

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to the Times, has entered Ghuznee, after a sharp engagement with the tribesmen. They attacked him to the number of 15,000 men on the 19th inst. with the greatest fury, 3,000...

The Queen has got real " Queen's weather " for

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the forma- tion of her new Government. On Thursday, Lord Hartington went down to Windsor, declining a royal carriage to carry him to the Castle, strolled quietly up from the...


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• fri " crisis " has been transacting itself somewhat slowly throughout the week. Lord Beaconsfield has resigned. Lord Hartington has been sent for and has declined the...

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The French Republic appears disposed to imitate the ex- ample

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of the American one, and entrust high diplomatic posts to men who have not been regularly trained. The Americans send Mr. Lowell to London, the most important capital with which...

The Times publishes a curious analysis of the classes which

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have furnished new Members to the present Parliament. There are 257 new Members in all, or considerably more than a third of the whole House. Of these, no less than 150 are...

Scotland has sent up seven Conservatives to the new Parlia-

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ment and fifty-three Liberals. The seventh Conservative is furnished by Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, Aberdeen apparently furnishing the larger number of Conservative...

A meeting of delegates from the London Vestries was held

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on Friday week, in St. Martin's Vestry Hall, to discuss Mr. Cross's Water Bill, which was defended by the chairman, Mr. Wather- ston, representing St. Martin's-in-the-Fields,...

The Paris letter in the Times of last Saturday contained

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an• . interesting review of the eight French Ambassadors in England sent here between 1870 and 1880, to whom M. Ldon Say, who is just coming here in that capacity, will add a...

The Rev. W. J. Stracey draws in the Times a

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terrible picture- of the condition of Palestine, much of which is now treeless, and scarcely cultivated by its wretched population. There are n o roads, except near Jerusalem...

Lord Dalkeith is not taking his defeat in Midlothian well.

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Like Mr. Douglas-Pennant in Carnarvonshire, he kicks against the pricks ; but, unlike him, insinuates charges against his adversary which he does not plainly set forth_ Mr....

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We were misled by a mistake in the Times' report

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of the poll in Mid-Surrey, when we said last Saturday that Mr. Napier Higgins, Q.C., polled even fewer votes than his Liberal col- league, Mr. Stern, who was not a very...

M. Renan delivered, yesterday week, a special lecture,—not one of

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the Hibbert course,—on Marcus Aurelius, of the general teaching of which we have said enough elsewhere. But we may add here, that M. Renan indicated in it once more his own...

M. de Freycinet has issued a very lengthy Circular to

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the representatives of the Republic abroad, explaining the action of France in Roumania, its proposed action in regard to the revi- sion of the frontier between Greece and...

The split among the Home-rulers is becoming more decided. Mr.

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Meldon, acting for Mr. Shaw, the Parliamentary leader of the party, called a conference in Dublin for the 27th inst., but Mr. Parnell declined to attend. He did not believe that...

M. Tricoupis, the Greek Premier, has addressed a Circular to

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the Powers, informing them of the excessive increase of bri- gandage in Thessaly, consequent on the delay which—owing, as we believe, to British secret opposition—has been...

Consols were on Friday 981 to 981.

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The Indian Government has introduced a Bill, called briefly the

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Jhansi Relief Bill, which excites much discussion, and in- volves a very important experiment. The landlords of that district, annexed, we believe, just after the Mutiny, have...

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the electoral campaign the utmost sagacity, as well as the most cor- dial loyalty both to his party and to his former leader, and now he has crowned his work by the distinct...


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THE QUEEN'S POSITION. W E deprecate very strongly the attempts which have been made in many Tory journals, and, we regret to say, in a few Liberal ones, to bring the Queen's...

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T HE Opposition must be reorganised, as well as her Majesty's Government, and the task will, in a different way, be very nearly as difficult. Lord Beaconsfield, the present...

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I T is full time now to consider what the total impression made upon the country by Lord Beaconsfield's Administra- tion has been, and what were the real causes of the great...

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THE SHOWER OF HONOURS. T HE expected shower of honours has

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fallen, but it is not a very heavy one, and, with one marked exception, we do not see that it is open to much animadversion. Lord Lytton should not, we think, have been made an...

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THE PARTIES AND THE PUBLICANS. T HE uses of adversity have

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never proved sweeter than in the case of the Licensed Victuallers. Not a month has passed since their great defeat at the Elections, and already they are changed men. Contrition...

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lecture of yesterday week, " is bracing, but not con- solatory; it leaves in the soul a void which is at the same time delicious and cruel, which one would not give in exchange...

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N OTRING would seem to ordinary observers less probable than an immense expansion of Mahommedanism till it became the creed believed and obeyed by the largest portion of the...

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I T is twenty years, they say, since so fine an Easter week has been known in Paris as that of the present year of grace. Cloudless skies, brilliant sunshine, soft, sweet air,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—There is not at the present moment any question iu the internal politics of this realm so important as the question of the Irish...


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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE AND THE ELECTIONS. [TO THE EDITOE OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sin, — You are quite within the mark when you say that more than sixty " friends " of the Farmers'...

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[TO TYR EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR, —Among the questions which will come before the new Parliament, one of the most important is the redistribution of seats. The...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR, — Those of your readers who have been interested, as I have, in the clear statement of the question of "Determinism " and "...

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HORACE.—ODE TO AUGUSTUS. [TRANSLATED BY THEODORE MARTIN.] [We fear, from the last volume of his " Life of the Prince Consort," that Mr. Martin himself would not consider this...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—While I am not prepared to estimate how far the Liberal victory has been due to the earnestness of the Nonconformists, I may venture,...


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THE REIGN OF QUEEN ANNE.* THE reign of Queen Anne has occupied the attention of several recent historians. Ten years ago, Earl Stanhope published his solid and carefully written...


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" SPECTATOR."] SIB,—In an article entitled " The Personal Qualities of Candi- dates," published in last week's Spectator, the following sentence occurs : —" No doubt, Lord...

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SIR GEORGE CAMPBELL, starting with the self-evident proposi- tion that a man cannot be said to have seen the world until he has visited both hemispheres, and made himself master...

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A COURSE of lectures delivered before the students of Cornell University by the well-known American translator of Faust is here published, under the above title. It appears from...

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- THE successful work of the world seems to get smaller and smaller in scale. As the species that used to build the Pyra- mids now spends most of its spare energy in running up...

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Thomas Aquinas, Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, John Locke, Leibnitz, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, are the philosophers chosen as the greatest ; but Professor Porter, in his preface, winds...

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Farming for Pleasure and Profit : Second Section, Poultry Keeping. By A. Roland. (Chapman and Hall.)—There are so many good books on poultry—books thoroughly scientific, and yet...

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&Hoot AND CLASS Boors.—Readings from English History. Selected and edited

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by John Richard Green, M.A. (Macmillan.)—In three parts Mr. Green brings down his readers to the battle of Balaklava, the description of which he borrows from the graphic pen of...

Lecture Notes on Physics. By C. Bird. (Simpkin, Marshall, and

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Co.)—Sound, light, heat, magnetism, and electricity are represented in this volume by sets of brief notes, such as the science-master of a school would wish his pupils to set...

We are glad to call attention to an excellent guide

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and handbook, London in 1880, illustrated with bird's-eye views of the principal streets, by Herbert Fry (David Bogue.)

Elementary Lessons on Sound. By W. H. Stone. (Macmillan.)— This

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class text-book really does furnish, as its preface promises, "in- formation intermediate between acoustics and music proper, supple. mentary to both." Such information is...

A Handbook of Nursing for the Home and the Hospital,

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by Catherine J. Wood (Cassell and Co.), is a useful little work, which has reached, - we are glad to say, a second edition.