24 MAY 1879

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Yakoob Khan has now been fifteen days in the British

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camp, and the Treaty is not made yet, and the official bulletin-makers abuse him as vacillating, unintelligent, and capricious. He is probably only a shrewd bargainer, fighting...

The Duke of Argyll made yesterday week one of the

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finest speeches to which the House of Lords has listened for many years, in moving for papers concerning the prospects of re- form in European and Asiatic Turkey. He chose the...


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N O later news has arrived from South. Africa this week, but the fuller intelligence brought by the Pretoria' is f ar from satisfactory. The Boer movement, it is true, reduces...

The officials are quite aware that this war is growing

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to alarming dimensions. On Monday night the Duke of Cambridge declared that it placed a great " strain " upon the Army, and admitted, in answer to Lord Truro, that the soldiers...

The Duke also assailed sharply the Afghan policy of the

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Government, restricting himself, as he said, wholly to the past, and avoiding ground likely to prejudice the pending negotia- tions in Afghanistan; but on this evidence of party...

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

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The Calcutta correspondent of the Times, telegraphing on.. Sunday, explained

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the recent conflagrations at Poonah. They are attributed to " dacoits," that is, bands of armed insurgents,. who are plundering villages in the Mahratta, country. The leader of...

The great fight on Indian Finance fixed for Thursday came

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off as a fraternal feast. Mr. Stanhope, in the course of his speech on the Indian Budget, admitted that the deficit of the past year would be £3,500,000, and that the deficits...

On Wednesday, the O'Conor Don moved the second reading of

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his Irish University Bill, in a very moderate speech, in which he intimated that though he should prefer the new University's direct endowment out of the Irish Church Sur- plus,...

Nevertheless there were various speeches from different sides of the

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House in favour of the O'Conor Don's Bill, including a very Liberal and able one from Mr. Osborne Morgan, who was, he said, eager to stamp out bigotry, whether Protestant or...

The text of General Obratscheff's speech at Philippopolis has arrived,

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and it is found that he did state publicly that the Sultan would be in no hurry to occupy the Balkans. More- over, a letter has been published from Prince Vogorides (Aleko...

Prince Bismarck has executed a voile-face. He has for some•

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weeks been arranging some compromise with Herr Windthorst, and the Centre or Ultramontane party, and at last he has been: successful. That party, with its 120 Members in a House...

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A meeting, so crowded that the Duke of Argyll could

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not get in, was held on Saturday afternoon at Willis's Rooms, to advo- cate the claims of Greece to an extended frontier. The meeting, which was crowded with Members of...

In a Congregation held at the University of Oxford on

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Thurs- day, a statute was introduced, and its preamble carried by a, majority of 57 placets to 20 non-placets, for the introduction of a new faculty of Natural Science, in the...

The Archbishop of Aix has been condemned by the French

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Council of State for using the churches as places in which to excite agitation against the Government,—that is, for ordering a pastoral attacking the Education Bill to be read...

The Bishop of Peterborough, in presiding last Saturday at the

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annual dinner of the Artists' General Benevolent Institution, made himself very amusing. In proposing the toast of " The Army and Reserve Forces," he remarked that since he was...

In an excellent speech at Bristol last Saturday, on the

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sub- ject of Intermediate Education, and in favour of a great Coun- cil of Secondary Education, upon which the Government should be represented, and whose duty it should be to...

Yesterday week Katherine Webster was committed for trial for the

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murder of Mrs. Thomas, at 2 Mayfield, Park Road, Rich- mond, on or about March 2nd. The prisoner has dismissed or lost her counsel, Mr. O'Brien alone appearing on her behalf....

Consols were on Friday 98: to 98;.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND INDIAN FINANCE. AIR. STANHOPE'S speech of Thursday, on Indian Finance, was very adroit, and except in one foolish dig at Mr. Fawcett for writing alarmist...

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T HE Duke of Argyll is certainly the greatest orator in the House of Lords. We do not know, indeed, how far the Bishop of Peterborough might have it in his power to rival him,...

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IT is impossible for any Englishman, whether opposed to the war in Zululand or not, to read t he accounts from South Africa without a feeling of distress. A British Army is...

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MHE Government are, no doubt, perfectly judicious in not 1. exhibiting too much eagerness to close with the O'Conor Don's proposal. Mr. Gladstone's University• Bill of 1873...

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W E have not been able during the past year to sympathise so heartily with the Greek people as at the beginning of the struggle between Russia and Turkey we had hoped would be...

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completely occupied with its own not very consoling affairs, that the great change which has just occurred in Germany has passed almost without com- ment. That change, however,...

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I T wart quite obvious that the Bishop of Peterborough, when he presided last Saturday at the Annual Dinner of the Artists' Benevolent Institution, was not merely enjoying...

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N OTHING perplexes Anglo-Indian observers more deeply than the political instability of Hindoo society, its readi- ness on that side to make new combinations, to set up new...

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THE BREAKING-UP OF DOGMA IN SCOTLAND. go ma EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR, I was talking with, or rather listening to, a venerable Scotchman, not many days ago, and when...


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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN SWITZERLAND. [FROM A CORRESPONDENT. J IT would be a mistake to attribute too great importance to the decision of the Swiss people to restore to the...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sxa,—Mr. Albert Pell's letter opens up a very wide subject,— viz., what facilities can be given to the weekly wage-earner to provide for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—With reference to Lord Kinnaird's letter in your last issue, may I say that for women (and men) there is already a Free Circulating...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Srn,—On May 3rd, you published a contemptuous article ou the Church of Ireland, entitled, " The Irish Synod on Screens,' and on the 10th,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —The gratitude of all Leeds Liberals has been fairly earned by your journal, for the able and descriptive article on our Leeds...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIB,—Your interesting article on

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" Probability as the Guide of Conduct " seems to me hardly to take sufficiently into con- sideration,—first, that man is a complex being, whose conduct is influenced by a great...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECT ATOR:1 So.,—Have you, in your to-day's review of Mr. Gladstone's paper on the above subject, quite done justice to the spirit of liberality and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—I hope the promoters of the new University will recon- sider its name. If the Queen's name is desired, she ought to have her title,...


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BEGABTERED Earl, whose name shall live For England never to forgive, When the clear voice of truer men Calls Peace and Honour back again,— Spirits, that at thine insult flee,...

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ROYAL ACADEMY. [THIRD NOTICE.) WE proceed with our notice of the chief works of the Acade- micians and " Associates." No. 219, " Woodland and Moor," by Mr. Peter Graham, A....

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PROFESSOR PLUMPTRE ON THE MOVEMENTS IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT.* THESE are thoughtful lectures, conceived in a very large spirit, and set off by that sort of scholarship which adds so...

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Me. PAN had a villain in his last novel, or at least, a bit of villainy ; the villain was not very villainous, the bit was not very big ; the predominant jollity and fun of the...

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human nature will find much to interest him in this remarkable biography. No poet probably ever had a stranger education than Sydney Dobell, or one which would seem more...

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MRS. PFEIFFER has already given us such ample proof of power of thought, and her ability to secure true imaginative expres- sion, that it is inevitable she should be judged by a...

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WE think that Miss Yonge is quite right in saying that " the eight hundred years' struggle between the Moslem and the Christian is very little recollected at the present day ;"...

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Mixed Essays. By Matthew Arnold. (Smith and Elder.)—Under this title, Mr. Arnold publishes nine essays, which have appeared from time to time during the last twenty years, and...

Rides Out and About : a Book of Travels and

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Adventures. (Religious Tract Society.)—" The Rambles of an Australian School Inspector" is the largest of the three articles which compose this book. It is extremely...

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By Little and Little, and other Sermons. By the Rev.

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Parker Morgan. (Hodder and Stoughton.)---This is a small book of sermons, very nicely got-up and printed, by-the-bye, which appear to have been addressed by a Welsh clergyman to...

The Student's French Grammar. By Charles 114ron Wall, with an

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Introduction by E. LittrtS. (Murray.)—This work, which now, in its complete form, is given to the public, is the outcome of many years' labour. We learn from the preface that...

The Teacher : Hints on School Management. By J. R.

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Blakiston, M.A. (Macmillan.)—This is a capital little book, which we recom- mend without the least hesitation to a very numerous and important class, school-managers and...

In Strahan' s Books for the People, a highly ornamented

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series of capital stories, we have, in the " Social Reform Section," The Story of Ten Thousand Homes, a story with a purpose, but, unlike many such, the teaching is given more...

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The Life of Sister Jeanne Benigne Gojos. By Mother Marie

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Gil- trade Provane de Leyni. (Burns and Oates.)—A very curious speci- men of devotional writing, out of which we could, were we so minded, make extracts that would surprise most...

Brazil and the Brazilians ; Portrayed in Historical and Descriptive

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Sketches. By Rev. James C. Fletcher and Rev. D. P. Kidder, D.D. Ninth Edition, Revised. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Much as Brazil has been bewritten of late, the standard work on the...

' rums in Trafalgar's Bay, and other Stories. By Walter

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Besant and James Rice. (Chatto and Windus.)—These stories have all, we believe, appeared in some serial or "Christmas Number," and are therefore pro- bably familiar to most of...

Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. Edited by the Rev.

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Charles Rogers, LL.D. Vol. VII. (Printed for the Royal Historical Society.)—Among the papers in this volume may be mentioned one on "John of Jenstein, Archbishop of Prague,...

More Dolls. By "Auntie Bee." (Routledge and Sons.)—A doll from

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a show-case, known by the surname of "the Bride," becomes the property of a young lady named Milly (though the word " pro- perty " does not well express the relation between a...

The French Village. By L. G. Seguin. (Strahan and Co.)—The

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stories contained in this little work are all very gracefully told. The reader is taken to a quaint sea-side village, called St. Brie—a row of stone, weather-beaten,...