24 DECEMBER 1892

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Sir E. J. Reed has got a large majority of

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his Cardiff con- stituents to endorse his letter to the Chairman of the Liberal Association there, and he evidently holds that he has secured the gratitude of the moderate...

Mr. Gladstone has gone to Biarritz for three weeks at

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least. Ministers have dispersed to all parts of the Kingdom, and no more Cabinets will be held till the middle of January. It is evidently believed by those who have the beet...

The evidence, however, of M. Andrieux, formerly Prefect of Police

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in Paris, whether it is confirmed or not, will enormously increase the agitation. He is believed to be venomous, but trustworthy, and he produced a photograph of a memorandum in...


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T HE sensations based on the Panama Scandals multiply in Paris. The Government, alarmed by the tone of the public mind, and by the narrowness of its majority against investing...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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It is certain that many eminent Frenchmen, and some foreign

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observers of experience, regard the situation as fraught with immediate danger, and, no doubt, anything may happen with Paris in such a mood. The rumours, however, of Prince...

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The Report of the Committee which agreed to inquire into

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the expenditure of the money received by" General " Booth for his "Darkest England" experiment has been published. The Committee, which secured Sir Henry James as Chairman,...

The Blenheim orchids, a splendid collection made by the late

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Duke of Marlborough, are for sale, and though the prices do not indicate any mania, they far exceed those usually paid for any book not valued for its rarity. One specimen, for...

We deeply regret to see that the Head-masters, in their

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annual Conference, passed on Thursday a resolution favouring the reservation of scholarships to the sons of those who need such pecuniary help. All may compete for them, but...

A curious correspondence is published in Tuesday's Times- concerning the

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Walsall Election petition. A suggestion appears to have been made to the unseated Member that if he could only arrange to let the Gladstonian candidate have a "walk-over," he...

Colonel Saunderson, speaking at Lurgan on Monday, described the Session

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of Parliament which is going to open at the end of next month as probably the most important which this century has seen (Colonel Saunderson, of coarse, excepts the Session in...

We confess we did not believe the story that some

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of the strikers at Messrs. Carttegie's Homestead Mills had endeavoured to poison the non-Unionists. The devotees, we thought, of the new gospel of Labour are capable of violence...

The great jewel robberies have begun again. On Sunday night

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Leigh Court, near Bristol, the residence of Lady Miles, was entered by adroit burglars, who found a safe, in which jewels were stored to the value of 230,000, wide open. The...

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Bishop Bagshaw, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Notting- ham, being

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filled with a godly jealousy of Mr. St. George Mivart's rose-water view of Hell, has issued a pastoral on the subject, in which he endeavours to restore the traditional -...

Mr. Balfour can make even a speech on technical education

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interesting, which is not a common feat even amongst our ablest statesmen. In giving away the prizes to the successful students of the Municipal Technical School at Manchester,...

Lord Planket, Archbishop of Dublin in the Church of Ireland,

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sends to Thursday's Times an account of a rather feeble attempt at persecution in Madrid, where the late Government, under the influence, as it is supposed, of the Ultramontanes...

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

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complains bitterly of want of funds. It is already, we are told, in debt to the amount of £5,000, and it cannot add the twenty new officers of whom it stands greatly in need...

Mr. Courtney spoke to his constituents at Lanivet, near Bodmin,

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on Thursday, and commented to them on the fact that the change rf Government had not changed, and could not have changed, the practice of carrying out Irish evictions, when the...

The Stepney Election petition against the return of Mr. Isaacson

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has failed, the Judges, Mr. Justice Cave and Mr. Justice Vaughan Williams, concurring in stating that Mr. Isaacson's election was valid.

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2t) were on Friday 97k.

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THE NEW IRISH DANGER. IR EDWARD REED has carried the great majority L. of his Cardiff constituents with him, though the Irish Party have condemned his letter, and have struck...

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A S far as we can see, the present Government of France is acting under circumstances of almost incredible difficulty, with great nerve and some discretion. We have all along...

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THE SECRECY OF THE GOVERNMENT. T HE Government certainly keeps its

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secret as to the main lines of the Home-rule Bill wonderfully well. Except Mr. John liorley's voluntary, and perhaps carefully calculated, disclosure at Newcastle, that in his...

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I T is very much to be regretted that the English papers have not found room for fuller reports of the North Meath Election. Had they done what the Irish Daily Independent—the...

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has passed through his"Panama Inquiry " with his personal character unsmirched. It was necessary, however, that the inquiry should be made, and inevitable that it should be made...

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T HE principle which the County Council has adopted in regard to the payment of wages is of even more importance to Londoners than we imagined last week. It may add shillings in...

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W E wish that all threatened interests were as wise in their generation as the Country Brewers' Society. Instead of contenting themselves with setting violence against violence,...

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TT is, perhaps, natural that, in the public estimate of a very long, very honourable and most industrious life such as that of the late Sir Richard Owen, there should be a...

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E VERY advance in civilisation brings with it a number of new laws and conventions, which, though in a sense natural to civilised man, are also, in a sense, artificial, and...

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T HE special repute of the late Sir Bernard Burke throughout the United Kingdom, is something of an intellectual puzzle. He doubtless knew his odd business very well, but so...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There is one distinction

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between the young and the old which is often overlooked, but which, from the nature of the case, inevitably prevents that flow of sympathy from youth to age of which your first...


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MR. T. W. RUSSELL AND THE RENT QUESTION. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." .. ] SIR,—In my letter which appeared in the Spectator of De- cember 17th, I ought to have stated...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Mn. " SPECTATOR,"—I agree with your correspondent " Sexa- genarian" in thinking the Macmillan article, on which your first comments on this...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SpiecTAToi."1 Six,—You are right in "doubting whether Wesley ever did leave the Church of England." I was thinking of Wesley's followers more than of...


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CTO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATJR.1 SIR,—I was pleased to see that the Rev. J. Skinner Wilson has disposed of a "figment " contained in the article under the above beading in...

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THE SONG TEAT FAILED. I WATCHED a cloud-streak red in sunset burn, And as I looked, it faded ; I strove a song to shape, your smile might earn, But thought drooped, sad and...


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HANDLING: A REPLY. CERTAIN remarks in this column on Mr. Steer's manner of painting have called forth a criticism from "G. M." in the Speaker on the ground of their obscurity...

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LENA'S PICTURE.* MRS. RUSSELL BARRINGTON has written a story of a very original kind, of which the effective execution must have been even more difficult than the original...

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an anecdote which deserves golden type. It relates how Fuseli, a man of dangerous wit for an Academician, once introduced two sculptors. "This," he said "is Mr. Nollekens, and...

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TWENTY-SIX capitals, of which seventeen are European (Dublin, shameful to say! not being included), are described by as many writers, and of these writers as many as nineteen...

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IF we except Mr. Wallace's translation of the lesser Logic, the excellent version of the Philosophy of History in Bohn's Library, and a few fragments, Hegel's eighteen volumes...

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A DIARY OF THE SALISBURY PARLIAMENT.* THE letterpress and woodcuts

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of this book are very vulgar, very mannered, and very clever. Never, indeed, have the same peculiarities of style been more exactly reflected in the writing and the pictures...

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NOTHING can show the extraordinary difference between the constitutional Government of to-day, and the arbitrary or personal Government of the Tudor period, better than the new...

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In the Service of Rachel, Lady Russell. By Emma Marshall..

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(Seeley and Co.)—This is another of those admirable historical romances in which Mrs. Marshall makes the past speak to the present through its nobler characters. It is more...


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GIFT-BOOKS. In the Far Country. By Albert E. Hooper. (James Clarke and Co.)—We confess to liking the real as distinguished from the " fairyland " portion of this book, and we...

Fifty-two other Stories for Boys. Edited by Alfred H. Miles.

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(Hutchinson and Co.) Fifty. two other Stories for Girls. (Same editor and publisher.)—We are glad to see these excellent suc, cessors to books that deserved, and seem to have...

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The British Almanac and Companion (Stationers' Company) contains the usual

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information about things sacred and secular, celestial and terrestrial. The Companion reviews, according to custom, the '• Architecture," "Art," "Drama," "Engineering," "Music,"...

The Post Office London Directory (Kelly and Co.) is an

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institution so well known, and so indispensable, that a brief notice will suffice for it. But, however brief, such notice should be of emphatic praise. A task that yearly grows...

The Priceless Orchid. By Percy Ainslie. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Jack

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Ralston goes through some curious adventures before lie finds the priceless orchid, to search for which he had left England. His hardships and wanderings in the tropical forests...

Running It Off. By " V ernx " (Nat Gould).

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(Routledge and Sons.)—There is a disagreeably strung favour of various kinds of villainy about this book. We hava seduction, abduction, lying and slandering, turf ras:•alities...

The Robber Baron of Bedford Castle. By A. J. Foster,

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M.A., and E. E. Cuthell. (Nelson and Sons.)—These two writers have made an interesting little story out of the exploits of De Breautic, and the final assault of Bedford Castle...

Empire and Papacy in the Middle Ages. By Alice D.

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Green- wood. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—This book appears, from a reference in the introduction, to be in part the outcome of the autumn Oxford Session of the University...

The Real Robinson Crusze. By F. C. Burnand. (Bradbury, Agnew,

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and Co.)—Travesties are always doubtful adventures ; this is not one of Mr. Barnand's happiest efforts. To say that the hero is a liar and scoundrel would be to take the story...

The Little One's Own Wonderland (Dean and Son) is the

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yearly 'volume of a magazine, which evidently is well supplied with pictures and reading. The coloured pictures are a little pro- nounced in their hues ; but they are for the...

Tales of Adventure and Stories of Travel. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Most people remember those little annuals that in the earlier part of the century supplied our fathers with much of their miscellaneous reading,—" The Keepsake," "The...

We have received from Messrs. Marcus Ward an illustrated edition

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of Burns' poem, The Cotter's Saturday Night, with a sen- sible and sympathetic introduction from the pen of the Rev. Dr. John Hall. The frontispiece represents the birth-place...

Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice. Illustrated by Ludovic Marchetti.

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(Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—The illustrations are spirited and effective, the grouping of the figures in some of the scenes being particularly good. Othello himself is a...