24 FEBRUARY 1883

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T HE United Kingdom has been occupied this week with the evidence of an Irish informer. James Carey, a contracting carpenter, and a Town Councillor of Dublin, who was nearly...

Carey has not explained where the money, of which the

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In- vincibles had plenty, came from, but he implicates officers of the Land League. Especially, he declares that T. Brennan, Secretary of the Land League, and Mr. Sheridan, whom...

On Tuesday, Mr. Gorst moved an amendment to the Address,

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which was debated during that evening and the whole of Wed- nesday and Thursday, expressing a hope that the recent change in Irish policy would be maintained," that no further...

The debate of Thursday, which was introduced by a speech

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of Mr. Lowther's,—and a speech of Mr. Lowther's needs no description, for it is always the same ; he always thanks God that he did what he did in Ireland, and did not do what...

On Wednesday, Mr. O'Brien, the new Member for Mallow, made

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of his maiden speech a furious attack on the administration of the Crimes Prevention Act, which he declared to be used for the condemnation and execution of innocent men by...

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Mr. T. P. O'Connor, who at last replied to Mr.

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Forster, and whose speech was so delivered as to win a great many cheers not only from the Irish, but from the Conservative benches, charged Mr. Forster with tolerating the...

On Monday, after another fierce little debate, in which Sir

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Henry Wolff said that the Prime Minister was staying at Cannes chiefly to avoid this Bill, the resolution to ask for leave to bring it in was carried by a majority of 131 (184...

We sincerely trust that the British Government will use its

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influence in Egypt to prevent the gross plunder of the Egyptian people which is now arranged. Every European in Alexandria who lost anything in the insurrection is sending in...

Obstruction began on Friday week, so soon as the Attorney-

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General moved that " the Speaker do leave the Chair," in order that he might move, in Committee of the whole House, that the Chairman be directed to move for leave to bring in a...

Mr. D. Forrest, who says he has much experience of

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the Egyptian Fellaheen, writes an extraordinary letter to the Times. He declares that it is useless to try to make Egyptians sharpshooters, for the people are universally...

The Solicitor-General (Sir Farrer Herschell), in attending a meeting of

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the Egham Branch of the West Surrey Liberal Asso- ciation, last Tuesday, held for the purpose of promoting the can- didature of Mr. St. George Lane-Fox as a Liberal...

Mr. Parnell, who moved the adjournment of the debate, will

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have replied to Mr. Forster before this journal is in our readers' hands, though much too late for our issue. Sir Stafford Northcote also gave notice of a formal motion...

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111. Raikes has had to defend himself this week for

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the im- putation which he recently cast on Mr. Gladstone for attending the Carnival at Nice, and allowing himself to be pelted by confetti, as he sat on the knife-board of an...

Mr. Childers, on Wednesday, received a deputation from the Financial

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Reform Association of Liverpool, which presented a memorial praying for a "free breakfast-table," and the aboli- tion of the duties on dried fruits and on plate. They thought...

The Attorney-General has made his anti-Bribery Bill much more bearable,

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but it is still on one point open to objection. We cordially approve the clauses reducing the limit of allowable expenditure to £350 for every 2,000 voters in boroughs, and to...

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The French Senate on Friday week finally rejected the Barbey

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Bill, which allowed the Government to banish any member of a family formerly reigning in France, if he or she had done any overt act as a Pretender, or any act jeopardising the...

The programme read by M. Ferry on Thursday is lengthy

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and argumentative. The Ministry say they will " terminate the incident" of the Princes and try to avoid crises, and that they will go forward with reforms one by one, and with...

Hobart Pasha writes to the Times for the millionth time

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to warn the world that Russia is designing. The Government of St. Petersburg, he says, want the control of the Kilia mouth of the Danube. If they get it, they will deepen the...

The fall correspondence between the Pope and the King of

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Prussia has been published, but its substance does not differ from the sketch originally given. The Pope's ultimatum is clearly that the training of priests in seminaries shall...

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THE REVELATIONS IN DUBLIN. W HAT is the use of affecting to doubt the evidence, especially James Carey's, just produced in the Kilmainham inquiry ? Nobody does at heart doubt...

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T HE amendment on the Address, which Mr. Gorst moved on Tuesday, in relation to Irish policy, was, as every one admits the offspring of the Dublin revela- tions." It appeared...

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T HE crisis in France has resolved itself thus far, that there is again a Ministry which, so long as the Chamber will permit, can act. M. Jules Ferry, though far too Jacobin,...


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T HE scene of Thursday was a scene of very complex and not very easily reconciled elements of political emotion. That Mr. Forster, in his attack on the leaders of the Land...

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which the Farmers' friends listened to Mr. Gosehen's speech of Monday was quite natural and excusable. Nobody likes to be told that his grievance, parti- cularly when it is...

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T F the Salvation Army has many such officers as Miss Charlesworth, we do not wonder that it makes converts. Her account of her conflict with the " Unsaved " authorities of...

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T HE motives which impel ordinary men, and especially ordinary men without personal wrongs to avenge, to enter Secret Societies embodied with an intention to kill are doubtless...

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I F one may trust the general impression in political circles, the strong feeling expressed by the Princess of Wales on the barbarous sport of Pigeon-shooting, as it has lately...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.') Six,—As the Land Question is exciting such general interest, and our Land System is being so severely tried by agricultural depression, I...


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WHY MR. FORSTER RESIGNED. [To THE EDTPOR OF TEE "BrzorsToa."1 Sut,—As a rule, the public are apt to take their impressions of what passes in Parliament from the leading...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE 4. sinscrAToR."1 Sra,—Though it is impossible for correction to overtake error, on all the roads it takes, it may overtake it on a few of its roads - ; and...


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beg to withdraw unreservedly what I said of the Bishop of London, in a letter printed in the Spectator of February 10th. I find that in the cases which I had in view, Dr....


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THE " SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—My attention has been drawn to some comments of yours on a letter of mine, published in the Times of Wednesday, February 7th, on the subject of " The...

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THE DEAN ON THE DEAN.* Tins is a very graceful and charming picture of one of the most -graceful and charming of men. It is difficult to read anything about the late Dean of...


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(To 'THE EDITOR or THII " Ersomoa.1 SIR,—IS it quite true that Mr. Gladstone has, " as a rule," passed over Liberal Clergy in his recent Church appointments ? Do not facts point...

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MR. MEarvALE has long been well known for the buoyant and abundant humour of his serio-comic verse. Our readers, at least, are not likely to have forgotten that charming...

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" IN England, the contributions to Aristotelian literature have borne no sort of proportion to the extent to which minds have been educationally imbued with certain of...

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and the title alone, reminds us of that delightful book, Field-Paths and Green Lanes, in which Mr. Jennings takes his readers through the lanes and woods of Surrey and over the...

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SAMUEL PALMER.* Tan story of this artist's life and work,

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which has just been written by his son, and published by the Fine-Art Society, forms, in the simplicity of its record, as notable a contrast as could be desired to the noisy art...

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THE NATIONAL REVIEW.* THE long-expected Tory magazine, the National Review,

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has appeared in very good time, excellently got up, and with a long list of capable contributors ; but it will hardly, we fear, satisfy expectation. It has an odd air of a...


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THE student who has carefully followed a good commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians, Bishop Lightfoot's, for instance, or Bishop Ellicott's (Mr. Dale expresses his special...

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NOVELS AND TALES. — Patty's Partner. By Jean Middlemass. (Tinsley Brothers.)—We do not object to an honest and above- board imitation of Dickens, each as we find in all the...

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Questions and Exercises for Classical Scholarships. (Thornton, Oxford.)—This is a

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useful compilation of fifty critical papers, in- cluding a supplement of questions on literature, and nearly a hundred pieces for unseen translation from Greek and Latin. The...

James Burn, the Beggar Boy : an Autobiography. (Hodder and

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Stongbton.)—Mr. Burn began his life with some very curious ex- periences. His stepfather followed the occupation of a professional beggar. To this he added a private taste for...

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Nadine. By Mrs. Campbell Freed. (Chapman and Hall.)—The career of

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Nadine is stated to be founded on fact ; but even remember- ing this, and acknowledging that it is an unusual career, and fall of a certain tragic interest, we cannot believe...

American Notes, 1881, by A. Sutter, C.E. (Blackwood), is a

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sufficiently entertaining little book for general readers, though specially interesting to members of the writer's own profession, who will better understand many of the terms...

Illustrious Shoemakers. By William Edward Winks. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr.

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Winks opens a rich vein of literary material. Much has been written about illustrious "soldiers and sailors "; why should not the "tinkers and tailors" have their turn ? We may...

The Life of John Duncan, Scotch Weaver and Botanist ;

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with Sketches of his Friends and Notices of the Times. By William Jolly, F.R.S.E., F.G.S. (Regan Paul and Co.) —As Mr. Jolly was the discoverer of the Scotch weaver-botanist, it...

Leisure Readings. By Edward Clodd, Andrew Wilson, and others. (Wyman

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and Sons.)—This volume contains a number of interesting essays,-originally published in the new journal, Knowledge, supple- mented sometimes by the correspondence which their...

Dzierzon's Rational Bee-keeping. Translated from the German by H. Dieck

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and S. Stutterd. Edited by C. N. Abbott. (Houlston and Sons.)—Herr Dzierzon is a veteran authority on bee-keeping, a sub- ject about which he began to write in various journals...

Weird Stories. By Mrs. J. H. Riddell. (J. Hogg.)—Manufactur- ing

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ghost-stories—we suppose these are manufactured—is a profit- less occupation. They are not thrilling, and to be thrilling is their raison d'itre as stories, unless we suppose...

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A Girl's Destiny, by E. C. Clayton (Tinsley Brothers), is

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a tolerably interesting tale, though the incidents throughout are of a well-worn type. A charming girl, devoted to a somewhat myster- ious father ; a fine young man, who comes...

Practical Lessons on Insect Life. By T. Wood. (J. Hughes.)—

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An interesting and attractive volume, illustrated by a number of woodcuts, and containing much useful information concerning the life-history and habits of many of our insect...

Messer Agnolo's Household. By Leader Scott. (Longmans.)— This tale deals

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with the domestic life of Florence in the time of Lorenzo dei Medici, and a most graphic and pleasing picture it gives of respectable citizen interiors in the cinquecento...

Health Lectures, delivered in Manchester. Fifth Series, 1881.2. (Heywood.)—The Manchester

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and Salford Sanitary Association has not only continued its system of delivering evening lectures, but has added thereto the very useful supplement of short discourses to...

The Soil of the Farm. By John Scott and J.

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C. Morton. (Brad- bury, Agnew, and Co.)—This small volume belongs to the" Handbook of the Farm Series," and is the fourth instalment of the whole num- ber of six which will...

The Sun : its Planets and their Satellites. A Course

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of Lecture& upon the Solar System, read in Gresham College, London, 1881-2. By Edmund Ledger. (Stanford.)—Gresham College is generally regarded as an educational Nazareth, from...

We have received the sixth half-yearly volume of The Antiquary

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a Magazine Devoted to the Study of the Past. (Elliot Stock.)—It is full of interesting matter. Among the articles may be mentioned " The Domesday of Colchester," "Accounts of...

Love's Martyrdom : a Play and Poem. By John Saunders.

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(Kegan Paul and Co.)—As a letter from so able a critic as Charles Love's Martyrdom : a Play and Poem. By John Saunders. (Kegan Paul and Co.)—As a letter from so able a critic as...

In the Black Forest, by Charles W. Wood (Bentley), is

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a small volume recording the writer's impressions of the scenery and in- habitants of the part of Germany indicated in the title ; but the numerous illustrations, though in a...