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On August 15th the, French received a second severe check

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in their advance on Hanoi, and have been further annoyed by the overflow of the Red River, which has inundated the country which they occupied. It seems clear that the Anamese...

Farther intelligence from Madagascar proves that the death

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of Consul Pakenham was in no way due to the high-handed pro- ceedings of Admiral Pierre. The Consul was already dying and unconscious when the French orders were issued, and...

This outrageous speech of Mr. Healy's brought up Mr. Glad-

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stone, who, in words of great eloquence, dignity, and even pathos, pointed out the certain tendency of such language to inflame every feeling of antipathy which exists between...

Mr. Healy has been the political prize-fighter of the week,

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and some of his blows have certainly been unworthy of any fair pugilist. Thus on Thursday week, he dragged into his speech an accusa- tion against the wife of a Sub-Inspector of...

Prince Bismarck's semi-official organ,—as it is called,—the Nord Deuteclu3 Gazette,

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has given Europe a fright this week, by a manifesto against the anti-German tone of the French Press, and a warning that such displays of temper in France, if not controlled,...


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T HE Comte de Chambord died yesterday, at the age of sixty- three. He has been a Pretender all his life, and yet never a Pretender at all in the English acceptation of the...

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

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To this eloquent and most powerful appeal,which produced the profoundest

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impression on the House of Commons, the Irish Extremists returned an obstinate and even sulky "non pos- sumus." War between England and Ireland, they said, was only prevented by...

The House of Lords hardly ever acted worse on a

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compara- tively trivial occasion than in rejecting the Irish Registration Bill, for no reason at all, except that the Irish Home-rule party liked it. The Bill does nothing...

On Friday week, the House of Lords threw out the

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Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act Bill, which would have put an end to the cruel and completely unsportsmanlike pigeon matches by which the country has been disgusted, rejecting...

On the motion for the second reading of the Appropriation

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Bill on Tuesday, Sir Stafford Northcote braced himself up to a general review of the Session, which was not, however, a striking performance. He quizzed the Government for...

Mr. Gladstone, after correcting Sir Stafford Northcote's cal- culations as

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to the numbers of the proposed, the successful, and the abandoned measures of the Government, and insisting that, in spite of the difficulties of the Session, the legislative...

Another enthusiastic meeting of Anglo-Indians was held in Calcutta on

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Thursday to protest against the Ilbert Bill, in which the speech of Mr. Atkins, Secretary of the Railway Servants' Association, who spoke for the railway ernploy6s in various...

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Murders of the deliberate kind appear to breed each other.

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Only last week we remarked on the singularly deliberate murder of his five children by the blacksmith Gouldstone at Waltham- stow. On Sunday night, at Thornton Heath, Croydon,...

King Charles of Roumania has been staying at Potsdam, and

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acting as sponsor to the second son of Prince and Princess William of Prussia, the great-grandson of the Emperor of Germany. The German Court has been making a great fuss about...

The pension granted by the Government to Mr. Matthew Arnold

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for his services to English Literature will do them the highest credit in the eyes of all true lovers of literature. It is, however, only equal in amount to the pension awarded...

but they did not do so without raising bitter complaint

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of the Government for its treatment of the Upper House, in which, of course, Lord Fortescue's wail was the shrillest of all. And -doubtless it is very unfortunate that such a...

Two very well-earned political distinctions have been conferred this week

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by the Government. Sir '1 homas Acland, M.P. for North Devon, has been made a Privy Councillor; and Mr. Ferrer, the Permanent Secretary of the Board of Trade, has received a...

The discussion of the sentence of the court-martial on Com-

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mander Heron for failing in his duty in looking after the stores in the hulk which he commanded at Aberdeen—the -‘ Clyde '—came off on Monday, and the feeling of the House...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. Consols were on Friday 99I

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to 100.

The House of Commons agreed to that amendment of the

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Lords on the Agricultural Holdings Bill which extends the provision against -compensating the tenant for improvements -causing an increased return,—so far as the increase is...

The Lords also threw out on Tuesday the Local Government

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4(Se,otland) Bill with more excuse, as Lord Balfour of Burleigh moved its rejection, and Scotch opinion seems to be by no means fully united in its favour'. Lord Salisbury,...

Baron Malortie, writing to Monday's Ti ales, gives very strong

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support to the view of Dr. Mouat, which we reported last week, and to our own conjecture published six weeks ago, that the epidemic in Egypt is not Asiatic cholera. He quotes a...

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THE EFFERVESCENCE ON THE CONTINENT. P RINCE BISMARCK is evidently so exultant over the political mistakes of the French Government, that he is warning France, with almo. - 4...


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been, in a strangely typical way, the representative of lost causes generally. Causes become lost because they are embodied in men like the Comte de Chambord • yet even in...

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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE did not make much of his onslaught on the Government on Tuesday for the waste of the Session. A vast deal of time has, no doubt, been wasted this...

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T HE debates of Thursday week and of last Saturday brought out both the success and the failure of the Irish policy of the Government in a very vivid light ;—its success in...

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T HE passing of the Bankruptcy Bill has enabled the Government to add at least one measure of first-rate social, if not political, importance to the Statute-Book. The main...

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S INCE writing on Harvest prospects, six weeks ago, the vicissitudes of a somewhat extraordinary season have led to great changes in the appearance of the crops, now rapidly...

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H OW are we to explain thos3 outbreaks of hatred against the Jews which occur periodically in different parts of the world, and which at this moment are only kept in check in...

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INSPIRATION. T HE Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge has seldom done either a better or a bolder thing than its publication of two remarkable lectures by the Head Master...

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CLARET1E may be taken as the embodiment of what I • is best in contemporary French literature. While the author of" Le Million" is inferior in talent to no one of the younger...

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T HE stress and strain of modern life have grown to a great intensity. Men live in restless anxiety, under constant pressure, with quickened brains and fevered pulses, until...

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THE STATE OF EGYPT. (To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — Since I last wrote to you six weeks have elapsed, during which cholera has been sweeping with a heavy hand over...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SrEcrATolt."] SIR,—I fully agree with all you say respecting Mr. Chamberlain and the Bankruptcy Bill, but will not his decision to delegate the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR') Stn,—I hope I shall not be thought intrusive in offering some remarks suggested by the reply with which Mr. James Stalker has honoured my...


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go THE EDITOR or THE "SPECTATOR.] the remarks of the Spectator . to-day on "Blocking Bills in Parliament," the following statement is made:—" proposal that a Legislature must,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] Sra,—Your timely article on Crown Lauds' Administration, sets out in the clearest light the serious danger to the public interest attending...

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have not yet seen Mr. Drummond's work on "Natural Law in the Spiritual World," but I wish to mention that I am the author of a work entitled "The Scientific Bases of Faith"...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The recent debate in the House of Lords on the Pigeon- shooting Bill is instructive in respect of the arguments adduced both against...


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has thought much and written on this im- portant subject, which one of your correspondents did me the favour to mention, I would ask permission to be allowed to draw attention...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "ssEcrsros.1 Sra,—In the account of the material brought for the building of Solomon's Temple, it is said :—" Beside what the chapmen brought."—I...


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[ro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTITAI."/ SIR,—A little illustration of canine intelligence shown by my colley, " Dido," may be added to those which have lately appeared in the...


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"ACROSS THE ESTUARY, SOUTH DEVON." YsouE sounds are stirring in the outer world, Which wake an echo in the world within me ; The frowning mists across the valley hurled To...


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HORIE PETRIN/E.* • THERE is hardly, we think, enough that is new in this book to have justified its publication in its present form, so soon after the appearance of Dr....

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ANOTHER. BIOGRAPHY OF PENN.* No one would iay, after reading

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the works published by Dr. Stoughton, including his, in many respects, excellent volumes on Religion it England from the Opening of the Long Parlia- ment to the End of the...

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TWO " STUDIES " IN FICTION.* Tits two novels we

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have bracketed together are, in some re- spects, as dissimilar as they well can be. Arthur Tregarthen, the tragedy of whose life Mr. Christie Murray tells in his new work, and...

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Jr this delightful little volume had its deserts, it would not be- reviewed by any critic until it had been carried in his pocket for half a year or more ; taken out and opened...

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A SELECTION FROM SPENSER.* WE welcome with the heartiest good-will

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any book that is calculated to make Spenser better known to young readers. For them he has special charms. His imagination is boundless, his fancy inexhaustible, his purpose...

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TffE career of Antonio Rosmini, the founder of the Order of Charity, was a marked instance of what Roman Catholics call a "special vocation." Born heir to a large property, head...

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The Three Witnesses. By the Rev. H. T. Armfield, M.A.

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(Bagster and Sons.)—Mr. Artnfleld deserves, in any case, the praise of courage. " Lost causes" approve themselves to a certain class of chivalrous minds, and the cause of the...

that was always melodious and fluent, though showing few traces

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of power. These sonnets are a distinct advance. The sonnet is, indeed, to a writer who really knows the principles of Ms art, and has the necessary command of expression, an...

—There is nothing, of course, that will not be pressed

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into the ser- vice of the writer of fiction, and the Salvation Army is not likely to be an exception. Such we suppose to be the original of what is here called "The Heavenly...

Recollections of the Kabul Campaign, 1879-1880. By Joshua Duke. (W.

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II. Allen and Co.)—This handsome volume, the value of which is materially increased by the addition of maps and sketches, contains an eye-witness's account of the advance of...


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The Face. Church Principle : its Character and History. By Sir Henry Welwood Moncrieff, Bart., D.D. (Blacniven and Wallace, Edinburgh ; Hodder and Stoughton, London.)—Mr....

For the Major. By Constance Fennimore Woolson. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Mrs. Woolson is already favourably known to English reader by her clever and pleasing though rather prolix story called Anne, a work which reveals a tree sense of humour...

Circe's Lovers. By Leith Derwent. 3 vols. (Chatto and Windus.)

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—" Circe" is a certain Lilian Desmond, who achieves a great success upon the stage, first in burlesque, then in the comedy of Shakespeare and Sheridan. Her lovers are...

Readings in Social Economy. By Mrs. F. Fenwick Miller. (Long-

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mans.)—" I cannot but think it emphatically necessary," says Mrs. Miller, in her preface, "that social science shall be written, as physical science has been already, with a...

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We have to acknowledge a second edition of Where to

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Find Ferns, with a Special Chapter on Ferns Round London, By Francis George Heath. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr. Heath gives the particular positions, but not the exact spots, in...