24 JULY 1875

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The City was in a state of excitement on Wednesday.

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In Lothbiny, the Chairman of the London and Westminster Bank informed the shareholders in their half-yearly meeting that "vicious and most reprehensible expedients" had been...

A judgment delivered on Saturday by Lord Gifford in Edin-

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burgh, in relation to a ship called the 'Bard of Avon,' appears to have had some influence in exciting Mr. Plimsoll's already over- strung nerves on Thursday, on the subject of...

Of course, Mr. Disraeli had to move that the honourable

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Member for Derby be reprimanded by the Speaker for his dis- orderly and violent conduct ; and the Speaker remarking that Mr. Plimsoll would be heard in his own defence, and...

On Thursday evening there was a strange scene in Parliament.

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Mr. Disraeli, after answering a question' about the Infanticide Bill, went on to explain that he should be obliged to sacrifice the Merchant Shipping Bill, since it would be...


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4i MHE rain it raineth every day," till all Englishmen are sick of 1 the sound of it. There was an interval of sunlight óu Tuesday, and an intermission of rain on Thursday, but...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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A large meeting was held at Willis's Rooms on Friday

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week to further the project of founding a Memorial to Lord Byron. Mr. Disraeli was in the chair, and warmly advocatql the project. He _ extolled Byron's poetry for the "sublime...

Sir Robert Phillimore's judgment in the case of "Jenkins Cook,"

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to which we referred briefly last week, and on which we have written more fully to-day, has produced a startling effect on the public. Even the Guardian evidently regrets that...

The Elections in Bavaria have ended in a small majority

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for the Ultramontanes. The figures are not yet clear, for as tele- graphed they will not add up, but it is understood that the Clericals have a majority of two or three. Last...

Sir R. Baggallay stated last week that the Premier would

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this week inform the House what Bills he intended to retain. The House therefore expected on Monday a huge slaughter of Bills, and the Times on Monday named the principal ones...

It is believed that Mr. Disraeli has settled with his

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Conserva- tive supporters, assembled in private caucus, to pass the Agricul- tural Holdings BilL They hate it, and the array of amendments is endless, but the Premier is firm....

The Government of Washington have got the Black Hills. The

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Sioux find fighting too dangerous, and have accepted $25,000, or /5,000, to resign their rights in the territory. It will now be thoroughly explored, the best mines worked by...

The French Government is beginning to play tricks again. In

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order to have time to carry out the provisions of the Constitutional Law, which orders that the Senate must be elected a month before the Dissolution, and that the Assembly must...

The Home Secretary on Monday hinted that it was not

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intended to remove the Vicar of Spalding from the Bench, as he had served for many years, and would probably not offend again. This intimation appears greatly to have cheered...

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The Cobden Club had its annual dinner on Saturday week,

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- under the presidency of M. Michel Chevalier, to whom Lord Hartington afterwards awarded the gold medal of the Club for his achievements in spreading the doctrines of...

Sir John Hay has not benefited by his appeal from

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the Vice- Chancellor to the Lords Justices in the matter of the Canadian Oil Wells Company. Sir R. Malins had decided that he must repay the £1,000 paid him, in order to...

The Report of the Select Committee of the House of

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Commons on the New Forest has been issued this week. It consists of a series of Resolutions, the most important of which propose that the ancient ornamental woods and trees...

Mr. George Pollock writes to Thursday's Times to recommend the

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entire discontinuance of chloroform as an anwsthetic, in favour of ether. Chloroform, he says, lowers the action of the heart, while ether stimulates it. The question of the...

Bristol aspires to a University, or rather an Owens' College,'

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of its own. On Tuesday, a deputation from Bristol, consisting of the Dean of Bristol, Dr. Percival, the Head of Clifton College, and Mr. Budd, waited on a meeting of certain...

The Lancet of this week has an amusing article on

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the ten- dency of railway trains to lull passengers to sleep, and accounts for it on the supposition,—more learnedly expressed,—that it is the vibrations of the sounds in the...

The Geographical Congress assembled at Paris has formed a .collection

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of maps, one of which, of great interest to Englishmen, shows the wonderful extent of the section of the Himalaya between India and Yarkund, regarded often in this country as if...

Consols were at the latest date 941-f.

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T HIS was to be the "business" Administration,—let us see how it does its business. The Government, from the first, promised to avoid sensational legislation, and although it...


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THE PLIMSOLL INCIDENT. I T is only too clear that Mr. Plimsoll has brooded over the dangers to which our Seamen are needlessly exposed, till the prospect of another long delay...

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M R. WHALLEY is one of the greatest of the ' enigmas ' of life, though not one, we believe, on which Mr. Greg has thrown, or attempted to throw, any light. For sixteen years now...

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T HE news from the Cape by the mail of 15th June is very good. The Legislative Assembly, it will be remembered, irritated by Lord Carnarvon's resolution to do justice to...


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T HE conduct of the Government of France in the matter of the Dissolution has been most unsatisfactory. Our readers are aware that the root of bitterness in that country is a...

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I T would never do to rank consistency high among the politi- cal virtues, but there can be no prudishness in expecting that a statesman or a government should not have more...

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T HE Cobden Club must, of course, take a couleur-de-rose view of the future of a doctrine which they hold to be both true, and identified with the reputation of the great man...

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T HE Church of England is a little unfortunate just now. Not a few of its clergy have been showing zeal untempered by discretion. One, at least, of its bishops has been...

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I T is not at first sight quite clear why any one should want to put up a Memorial of Byron in London. Byron's claim to fame, and to the homage of the world as well as of his...

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PIGEON -RACIN G.—I. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR...) SIR,—My attention was drawn last week to the account of Pigeon- racing in Belgium, given by a Brussels correspondent...

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(TO THE EDITOR Olt TUB " EPROTATOR.1 SIR,—If one did not know that the function of the Dean of Arches is like that of the man on a skittle-ground who seta up the skittles. to...

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[To THE ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") '8ix,—There is no anomaly certainly in Mr. Davies protesting as he did in your publication of Saturday week against the revival of the "...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") :SIR,—Though I am sure it will astonish Mr. Llewelyn Davies, it is nevertheless a fact that there is no paper which I more regularly peruse...


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GENERAL SHERMAN'S MEMOIRS. * [FIRST NOTICE.] No name in connection with the great struggle against the Slave Power, some time predominant in the United States, is better known...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE - sescrArea.1 -SIR, — Your remarks on the Spalding case are so distinguished by - their fairness from most of those that have appeared in print, that .1...

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Mn. JAGOR visited the Philippine Islands in 1859, and his travels extended into late in 1860. In other latitudes and any but a Spanish dependency, the minute, careful, and...

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A NEW and powerful novelist has arisen. We, at any rate, do not remember Mr. Benedict's name ; but we are not likely now to forget it. It is seldom that we rise from the perusal...

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WE must premise that we know little more of the physiology treated of in Mrs. Buckton's lectures than what we have learnt during the perusal of her book, and we cannot therefore...

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Tuts is a learned and a thoughtful book. The learning is that of real and large familiarity not only with the great Italian historians, poets, and philosophers, but also with...

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The Lives of the Saints for August. By the Rev. S. Baring - Gould.. (Hodges.)—Mr. Baring-Gould, who does not happen to fall foul of any Protestant or other evil creatures, has...

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Cloth of Gold, and other Poems. By Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

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(Routledge.)—Mr. Aldrich's name is beginning to be known on this side of the Atlantic. He may be said to belong to the school of Mr. Long- was permitted to gain her. But...

Dolores. By Mrs. Forester. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—Mrs. Forester

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has tried a bold experiment. Her heroine is one of whom she would not have us think any harm, but this same heroine loves, or says that she loves, three men in succession, and...

Remains of Lost Empires. By P. V. N. Myers. (Sampson

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Low.)— This volume contains the observations of a traveller among the ruins of Palmyra, Nineveh, Babylon, and Persepolis, and some historical ob- servations on the subjects...

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Sketches and Studies : Descriptive and Historical. By Richard John

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King, B.A. (John Murray.)—This volume contains the occasional contributions made to some of our best periodical literature through a period of about eighteen years (1856-64)....

The Hill Forts, Stone Circles, and other Structural Remains of

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Ancient Scotland. By Christian Maclagan. (Edmonston and Douglas.)—This very handsome volume, the materials for which have been collected with the utmost industry, must always...

The Manuale Clericorum. By the Rev. F. G. Lee. (Hogg

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and Co.)— This book is an abridgment of the notorious "Directoriam Anglicanum,' and does not therefore need to be any further characterised. The frontispiece is enough. It...

of Ireland to the Close of the Twelfth Century. By

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R. B. Brash, archi- tect. (W. B. Kelly, Dublin.) The interest of this book is, of course, mainly artistic and antiquarian, but it throws a light also on history, "The native...