24 AUGUST 1878

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Mr. Cross also spoke, complaining of the anxieties the Ministry

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had suffered from the time when "we failed to induce Turkey to yield to the remonstrances of Europe without having recourse to arms," and when, nevertheless, "we thought it...

There is not a little in the present state of

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affairs that will recall to many persons a once celebrated parody of a letter from the Prince Regent, in 1811 :— " I repeat it, 'new Friends,'—for I cannot tloscrib0 The delight...

On Wednesday the Mayor of Liverpool entertained at a banquet

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the three Cabinet Ministers who are also representatives for Lancashire constituencies, namely, Colonel Stanley, Mr. Cross, and Lord Sandon. Colonel Stanley dwelt on the fact...

Lord Sandon did not take up the economic strain. He

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was proud of what had been spent, and assumed, as all the Ministers assumed, that peace had been secured by it. If he is right, there was no harm in his pride. But what is...

At Batoum it is said that Dervish Pasha has given

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notice of the day—the 27th inst.—on which Russia will take possession, and that he has offered those of the inhabitants who do not desire to be under Russian rule the...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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O N August 19th, after achieving a preliminary victory over the insurgents on the 16th, the Austrian troops entered Serajevo, where a frightful street conflict took place, in...

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The reports of the Rhodope Commission concerning the retali- ation

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taken by the Bulgarians on the Mahommedans of that dis- trict are very frightful. They would, however, be better credited in this country, if more impartial men bad been sent on...

If the accounts contained in correspondents' letters from Paris are

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to be trusted, M. de Freycinet is carrying out his plan for the purchase and management by the State of embarrassed lines of railway with wonderful tact and success. He manages...

Professor Huxley delivered an amusing address on Saturday to the

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Anthropological Section of the Biological Section of the British Association at Dublin, remarking that as in different epochs different portions of the earth's surface have...

The absurd and dangerous measure for the repression of German

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Socialism which we mentioned briefly last week, seems to be received with less disfavour than we should have hoped by the National Liberals,—who are a little alarmed at the...

To an audience in the same section Sir John Lubbock

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de- livered one of his amusing lectures on the habits of ants,—to some of the more interesting facts of which we have drawn attention in another column. Here we may add that, in...

The heir apparent to the throne of Afghanistan, Abdoollah Jan,

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Shere Ali's youngest son, died yesterday week,—an event which may prove fortunate for Afghanistan and for the interests of British India, if his father, Shere Ali, who is...

The epidemic of assassination barknot yet ceased, a single week

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having furnished two ;—one, unfortunately, successful, and one a failure. On Friday week (August 16th), General Mesentsoff, Chief of the Third Section of Police, was going out...

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In the course of his lecture Mr. Romanes remarked that

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insects are usually "more intelligent than many of the lower vertebrate," for the experiment of Professor Mobitus proved that "a pike requires three months to learn the position...

The outbreak of yellow fever in the United States, and

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especially in Granada, New Orleans, Memphis, and along the course of the Mississippi, seems to be of a more fatal and alarming nature than any hitherto known. In Granada the...

"From which," said the lecturer, "we see that a pike

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is very slow in forming his ideas, and then again in unforming them, thus resembling many respectable members of a higher community, who spend one-half of their lives in...

On Wednesday, Mr. G. J. Romanes delivered before the Associa-

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tion an address on "Animal Intelligence," which has not been well reported, but appears to have been intended to show that animal instincts are the hereditarily transmitted...

One of Professor Huxley's remarks on the awful stupidity evinced

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by mankind in sticking to any groove of intellectual habit - which had once been found useful, received a curious illustration in the very copy of the Times in which his address...

Consols were on Friday 941 to 941.

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A great controversy has been raging as to the proposal

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that all middle-class schools should be inspected by Government In- spectors, just as all elementary schools are. Some of the head masters say it would degrade the character of...

Mr. Caird writes to Wednesday's Times that "the wheat crbp

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now being harvested is a full average, and the best we have had for some years." The area under wheat has increased, he says, in the United Kingdom by 50,000 acres, the total...

The elections of this week to the Conseils-Gdneraux of France

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seem to make a Republican majority in the Senate next January more than probable. In three Departments, the Conservative was replaced by a sound Republican, and this as the...

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MR. CROSS AT LIVERPOOL. O NE of the most interesting features in the Ministerial speeches at the Liverpool banquet on Wednesday, was the unconscious sort of way in which Mr....


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rrHE discussion to which the action of the Bradford Liberal Committee has given rise, is one of the most important which can be raised in a country which is rapidly becoming in...

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" p IINCH " has lately published a selection of upwards of a hundred cartoons of Lord Beaconsfield, ranging from the time when he first commenced his attacks on the late Sir...

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T RE principal result of the Stock Exchange Commission is, to a great extent, the rehabilitation of the Stock Ex- change itself. The Commissioners give it as their opinion that...

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O N the whole, the glimpse which we get of the nature and objects of the Communistic and Socialist agitators in America by means of the Labour Committee of Congress, is re-...

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TN his interesting address to the Anthropological Section of the British Association last Saturday, Professor Huxley made a remark on the chief characteristics of the history...

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T HE luxury of life on a grouse-moor is, now-a-days, only for those with a "portly income." In the days when Aber- nethy prescribed the shooting of moor-fowl to wearied patients...

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MITE'S law of the Three Stages has always seemed to us to contain a principle curiously detachable from the belief or disbelief of its author. We suspect indeed—and the opinion...

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NOTES BY THE WAY ON BEATEN TRACKS.—I. rF11011 A CORRESFONDENT.] Antwerp, August 14/h, 1878. WE reached Antwerp by a somewhat unusual route, having struck from Calais north-east...

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE REVENUE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE U SPEOTATOH.1 SIR,—In your last week's issue, " Statistician " comments upon a statement of the Chancellor of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ‘` SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Allow me to say that in your article on the recent break- down of the prosecutions against Messrs. Mackonochie and Edwards, you have...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE usrscrkron.-] Stn,—The statement made in your columns by "A Trained Nurse" that people who have suffered much pain bear it better than others, is, I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'J Stu,—May I observe how much it is to be regretted that some other commissioner than Mr. Fawcett was not appointed to the Rhodope...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] Sin,—The correspondence between Mr. Forster and Mr. Illingworth is calculated to give us pause. The Liberal Asso- ciations at Birmingham,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "sue-mon:] Stn,—I sent an advertisement to the Tablet, the leading Ultramorl- tane newspaper, of a work called "Conversations on the Vatican Council," and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Murrough O'Brien, in the Spectator of the 17th inst., quotes me as saying that the condition of the Irish tenant-farmers is little better than...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Will your lively correspondent, "F.," inform me why a woman in the intervals of school-inspecting cannot bind man and his strength in...


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THE LIFE OF GEORGE COMBE.* Moss: who are old enough to have been acquainted with the current topics of forty or fifty years ago will remember the sensa- tion caused by the...

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THE FERN PARADISE.* Two Londoners, Mr. Ward, of Wellclose Square,

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and Mr. R. Warington, of Apothecaries' Hall, have laid nature-lovers under deep obligation by the invention of the fern-case and the aquarium. By the former contrivance, we are...


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THE author of Phyllis has chosen a larger canvas this time, and filled it with a greater number of figures. By her more ambitious effort she does not disappoint the expectations...

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ONE of the problems which perplex the thoughtful critic is to account for the dissatisfaction and disappointment he almost invariably feels on examining books which*profess to...

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THE title which Mr. Henry James, Jun., has given to his book is vague and misleading. That book is a collection of essays which have already appeared in American periodicals,...

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The Art of Reading Aloud. By G. Vandenehff, M.A. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)--The author seeks to teach his art by various and very sensible means, and seems especially happy in his use of some of the best-known and commonly understood terms...

County versus Counter. By Theodore Russell Monro. 3 vols. (Chap-

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man and Hall.)—The title of this novel scarcely describes the plot as it is actually developed. There is much in it, it is true, about the strange social code, so full of...


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pieces of humorous verse, which have appeared in various periodicals. He dedicates them as a " gratefal admirer" to Mr. Frederick Locker. The comparison thus suggested is not an...

Ke'ramos, and other Poems. By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Routledge.)—" Kdramos

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" is a characteristic and pleasing poem, and recalls some of the veteran poet's happiest efforts. The conception is felicitous ; a bystander hears a potter singing at his work,...