24 DECEMBER 1881

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Of the second speech, the speech at Nelson,—the strongest delivered

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since Mr. Gladstone spoke at Leeds,—we have pointed out the chief features in another column. We may add here that Lord Harlington expressed some wonder at the apparent im-...

Lord Hartington made two speeches to his Lancashire con- stituents

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last Saturday,—one short one at Brierfield, and one very important one at Nelson. In the Brierfield speech, there were two remarkable expressions,—one of the frankest and...


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MHE Berlin correspondent of the Times states that a prohibited I Russian paper professes to have received information of an agreement, signed at St. Petersburg, between Austria...

The Master of the Rolls and the other Judges of

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Appeal gave judgment on Wednesday on the question of the distinction be- tween the Lodger Franchise and the Household Franc . ' ire , raised in the recent judgment of Mr....

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

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The news from Ireland this week is not sensational, but

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much of it is hopeful. The juries continue to give verdicts, and in Con- naught alone a hundred persons have been sentenced for intimi- dation and agrarian outrage, after fair...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPEC- TATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The First of...

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The Sultan has signed a decree " settling" the repudiated

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Turkish Debt. The principle of the settlement is that the nominal debt shall be reduced to the amount actually received,— that is, in the case of the General Debt, shall be...

We notice elsewhere the demand of the American Government for

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the i evision of the Bulwer-Clayton Treaty, so as to allow the Washington Foreign Office to fortify the Panama Canal, and to assume its general control. We do not believe the...

The figures which we quoted last week from the Echo,

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as showing that the amount of agrarian crime in Ireland has not increased since 1879, have been shown-by Lord George Hamil- ton, in Wednesday's Times, to be quite untrustworthy....

If there were any reason wanted to justify the English

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people iu the distrust which they evidently feel for the Mansion-House Committee as an Executive Committee for interfering in the proprietary disputes of Irishmen, it would be...

The French operations in North Africa will, it is reported,

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be suspended. In Algeria, there is nothing more to be done, for Bou Amema and the three tribes which support him have re- tired for the winter into Morocco, whither they cannot...

A great meeting of Irish landlords has been called for

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January 3rd, to take the working of the Land Act into con- sideration. A smaller meeting was, however, held on Thursday in Dublin, attended by some ',300 of the smaller...

The Italian Senate has passed the Electoral Reform Bill, with

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some protests from the Conservative side. Under this Bill, every male adult in Italy who can read and write will become an elector. It is said that the merit of this suffrage is...

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Sir W. Gregory pnblisbes in the Times a remarkable account

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of Colonel Arabi Bey, the leader of the Egyptian Army, with whom he recently had an interview of two hours. He is a tall, athletic, and soldierly man, with a heavy and stern...

Mr. B. T. Williams, the Member for the Carmarthen District,

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having accepted a County-Court Judgeship, Mr. Lewis Morris, —the author of " The Songs of Two Worlds,"—came forward, with Mr. John Jones Jenkins,—both of them as Liberal...

The Archbishop of Canterbury has addressed a circular letter to

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the clergy and laity of England, suggesting that it ought to be a matter of interest to the Church to assist the great stream of British emigrants, who, to the number of about...

English Judges stop working for August, September, and most of

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October, or twice the period claimed for holiday by the majority of professional men. All legal business therefore stops, the remaining nine months are crowded, and the delays...

An artist and etcher of Sheffield, named Thomas Skinner, aged

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sixty-two, has been poisoned with arsenic, administered on December 6th in the stuffing of a fowl. Suspicion has fallen on his housekeeper—Felicia Dorothea Kate Dover, aged...

Consols were on Friday 99 to 991 i x.d.

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There is no positive news of Mr. Walter Powell's fate,

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but in his case, no news is only too certainly bad news. Indeed, the finding of part of the mahogany frame of a thermometer used by him in the balloon in the sea, near Bridport,...

The Dean of Durham (Dr. Lake) has had a little

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controversy with the Guardian, on the subject of the Bishop of Manchester and his episcopal injunction to the clergy of his diocese to regard the ritual of the Cathedral as a...

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THE STRENGTH IN LORD HARTINGTON. W HAT is it that gives the pervading impression of a strong and commanding intellect to the speeches of Lord Hartington ? No one, we think, in...

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T HE value of Mr. Herbert Gladstone's very striking speech at Manchester—a speech scarcely reported in London—. consists mainly in its tone. Politicians have naturally...

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T HE question of the success or failure of the great effort made by the French to reconstruct their Army is of the first importance to Europe, and it is quite possible that...

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T HE Panama Canal is eminently one of those questions about which it is well to say as little as possible. Mr. Blaine, in his recent despatch, has but asserted, on behalf of the...

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A CORRESPONDENT, who disapproves of the Bribery sentences, insists, in another column, that you cannot make an act infamous, by punishing it as if it were infamous ; and, on the...

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NATE hear from several sources, and indeed it is almost self-evident, that Prince Bismarck has quite made up his mind as to the course to be pursued with this refractory and, in...

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A S Pleasantness means much more than pleasingness, so Unpleasantness means much more than unpleasingness. People may be called unpleasing who do not please, but who hardly do...

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remarkable for poisoning cases, two of which, called iu the newspapers the " Wimbledon Mystery" and the Sheffield Tragedy," have attracted unusual attention. The first is...

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L EAVING out the very young, the stupid, the utterly sel- fish, and those who are not the subjects of some extra- ordinary preoccupation. what are people thinking of ? There is...

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THE NEW LAND ACT. LTO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—I hope you will publish the following account of the pre- sent situation in Ireland, by one who is neither . a...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—In your article of the 10th inst., respecting the sen- tences inflicted on the gentlemen recently convicted of bribery, there is one...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sia, — As a Liberal who

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disapproves of the bribery sentences,. you will, perhaps, allow me to state the reasons for which I, in common with many other Liberals, would gladly see them re- considered....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—In your article, " The Catastrophe in Vienna," you say, "But in Europe no conflagration that we can recall, in a single building,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECrATOR.••] SIB, —I send you this letter, as fit reading for Christmastide. It deals with the marvellous, it tells of great human kindness, and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] 5is.„—.1 pn•opos of Mr. E. Clarke's proposals for amending House-of-Commons proce lure, you say, "It would be better to limit...

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CRITICISM AND THE DUDLEY GALLERY. THE present Exhibition of Cabinet Pictures in oil at the Dudley Gallery derives a certain amount of quasi-melancholy interest from the...


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THE tamarisks bow'd their heads, compell'd By no ungentle force ; The breeze a sunny fragrance held, Mingled of sea and gorse ; And on the turf the daisies shone ; The heaving...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR29 SIR,—Iii it so certain that the misprint " freshly-blown noses " was an invention ? Was it not rather an instance of the printer's...

[It is dangerous, sometimes, to jest. We have received a

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letter fiercely scolding us for saying that Mr. Plunket, though a Tory and an Irishman, usually adhered to truth and common-sense " That," says the writer," means that Tories...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—The misprint in Mr. Tennyson's " Guinevere," noticed in your article on " Bad Handwriting," seems to have been corrected ; but...


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THE SAILOR GIRL. WHEN the Wild Geese* were flying to Flanders away, I clung to my Desmond, beseeching him stay ; But the stern trumpet sounded its summons to sea, And afar the...

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MEMOIRS OF COUNT MIOT DE MEL1T0.* NtiMEROl and important as have been the works recently pub- lished, in English, French, and German, which profess to throw, from private...

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SELECTIONS OF SONNETS.* MR. WADDINGTON'S selection from the Sonnets of

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"the Poets of the Past" is the third of the kind we have had within the last few years. First, there was, in 1873, Mr. Dennis's ad- mirable little selection, of which we have...

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THE older Mr. James Payn grows—we beg it to be understood that we allude to his literary age, that.we refer, not to the man, but to the novelist—the cheerier he becomes, and...

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TASTE fluctuates, and what is right to-day is wrong to-morrow; the old love is thrown aside for the new, and we leave the new again for the old. Villon's poetic reputation is a...

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Tuts is a capital treatise on the cultivation and management of a small farm of from thirty to fifty acres, abounding in clear- headed advice and shrewd personal observation....

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Church and Chapel. Edited by the Rev. R. H. Haddon.

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(Smith, Elder, and Co.)—Five preachers—viz., the late Dean of Westminster, and Messrs. Brooke Lambert, R. H. Redden, A. J. Ross, and S. A. Barnett—preached these sermons...


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CHRISTMAS AND i:E1V YEAR'S BOOKS. We take the earliest opportunity of mentioning, while reserving for a future time a longer notice, Raphael, his Life, Works, and Times. From...

Erre/aux.—In our notice of Mr. Britten's book on Ferns (published

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by Cassell and Co.), last week, " European Ferns" should have been substituted for " Foreign Ferns."

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Fundamental Truths of Judaism. By Clementine de Rothschild. (Simpkin, Marshall,

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and Co.)—This little volume contains some letters written by the authoress (who died in early youth) to a Christian friend. They call for a few words of hearty acknowledge-...

A Book of the Beginnings. By Gerald Massey (Williams and

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Norgate). 2 vols.—These massive and well printed volumes are devoted to "an attempt to recover and reconstitute the lost engines of the myths and mysteries, types and symbols,...

Bush-life in Queensland. By A. C. Grant. 2 vols. (Blackwood

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and Sons.)—John West, whose "colonial experiences" are here described, goes out to Queensland. Unhappily, ho goes under the auspices of a swindling ex-colonist, who robs him...

Chaucer for Schools. By Mrs. II. R. Haweis, Author of

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Chaucer for Children. (Chatto and Windus.)—In this work, Mrs. Haweis has not only enlarged upon her former one, but has given, besides the text of Chaucer, with a glossary, a...

find that Miss Aldridge insists upon the young man afterwards

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going to Cambridge ; but we heartily recognise the force and truth of this part of the story. The simple earnestness of the young man and of his hearers makes a very effective...

in a square mile in the city of Philadelphia than

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in any other place in the world,"—meaning, " in any other square mile." And why ? Partly, because the dwellers therein own their own houses. Mr. Barnard tells us how this is...

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Eighteen Centuries of the Church of England. By the Rev.

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A. H. Here. (Parker and Co.)—We do not think that a book of this kind can ever be very useful. Even a stout octavo of more than six hundred pages is quite insufficient for a...

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Annals of Chemical Medicine. Edited by J. L. W. Thudichum,

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ALD. (Longmans.)—This, the second, volume deals with the application of chemistry to physiology, pathology, therapeutics, pharmacy, toxico- logy, and hygiene. Among works of...