25 DECEMBER 1880

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Nothing pleasant is reported this week from Ireland. There have

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been no more agrarian murders, for the Mullen murder is clearly a case of private vengeance ; but the sway of the League is spreading, and the terror of all connected with land,...

If the Standard's correspondents may be trusted, the pro- posal

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to request Greece and Turkey to submit their difference to an International Council of Arbitration has been accepted by Germany, Austria, France, and England. It will also, it...

The Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland prohibited by proclamation a meeting which

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was to have been held at Cullohill, near Dar- row, in Queen's County, last Sunday, on the ground that "the said meeting, or assemblage, has been called together for the sake of...

A letter on the Ritualist troubles, written by the Bishop

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of Manchester to the Rev. John Bone, Vicar of St. Thomas's, Lancaster, and published in last Tuesday's Times, hardly shows Dr. Fraser's usual grasp of the difficulties of a...


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W E regret most deeply to announce the death of "George Eliot "—Mrs. Cross—which occurred on the might of Wednesday, from pericarditis. The death was an- nounced too late for...

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

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At a meeting of the clergy of the rural deanery

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of Westbere, Kent, held last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury expressed his regret that conscientious clergymen should be imprisoned for doing that which they felt it their...

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Most disquieting news has been received from the Cape. The

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Boers of the Transvaal have carried out the threat made through Mr. Joubert a month ago, have held a mass meeting at Heidelberg, attended by 5,000 men, and have proclaimed a Re-...

Mr. Shaw Lefevre made an admirable speech at Accrington '

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this day week. He contrasted the foreign policy of the present with that of the late Government, and maintained that it was founded on wholly different principles, and was as...

Mr. Cavendish Bentinck, speaking yesterday week to the Whitehaven Conservative

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Club, called attention to a sentence uttered by Sir Wilfrid Lawson, in which he bad said, "Rather than see my fellow-subjects in Ireland drenched in blood and crushed down by...

Mr. Grant Duff was very graphic in his description of

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what the Empire means of which the pseudo-Imperialists talk so much at random :—" The blood-and-thunder school of Im- perialists never seem to comprehend what that Empire is...

The Times of Thursday contains an article which suggests that

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the Government do not expect Lord Ripon to remain in India. He would be most unwise to do so, for he has evidently one of those constitutions to which a " chill " in the tropics...

Mr. Grant Duff made at Peterhead on Monday one of

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that brilliant series of speeches which, if collected, would constitute a most epigrammatic Liberal comment on the politics of the last twenty years. -Ile gave a very high...

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We can scarcely wonder at the Boers thinking the present

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a favourable time. The Pondos have not risen, as was reported on Monday night, but the Colonial Government expects them to rise, and no progress is made against the Basutos. The...

A meeting of the Bread Reform League was held at

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the Mansion House yesterday week, to promote the use of flour made from the whole wheat alter the outer husk or bran-husk has been taken off it by the process known as Dr....

The French Senate, on Tuesday, gave the Government a sharp

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rebuke. M. Herold, Prefect of the Seine, thought him- self entitled, under the law, to remove all crucifixes and religious emblems from the elementary schools of Paris. With...

Mr. David Minket, M.P. for the University of Dublin, and

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some time the Conservative Solicitor-General for Ireland, made a very able and, on the whole, a moderate speech at Chester- field this day week, on the subject of Ireland. He...

Fathers of families, and especially fathers of scapegraces, will hear

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with pleasure that Naval Cadetehips will hereafter be given by a modified system of competition. The plan of admission by patronage, revived by the Tories, has not worked well,...

The Exchequer Division of the Supreme Court decided on Monday

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that the State monopoly of telegraphs covered tele- phones. In a judgment which it is an intellectual luxury to read, owing to its marvellous lucidity, Mr. Justice Stephen...

Consols were on Thursday 98k to 99:, ex div.

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE LORDS. I T is clear that there is more feeling of irritation in the country against the House of Lords for rejecting Mr. Forster's Compensation for...

THE TIDINGS FROM SOUTH 4FRICA. T HE Government is as unlucky

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as Ireland. It i quite- within the range of political possibilities that just as the Treasury is getting straight, and the Ministry is able to reveal' its plans for Ireland, and...

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TT is said, on fair, though not conclusive, authority, that among 1 the Government projects for the benefit of Ireland is a large scheme of emigration from the congested...

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J UST as the whole Tory Press of England, with here and there a Liberal journal, is howling that the Liberal Government has plainly deserted its duty in not hurrying on coercion...

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m R. DE LA BERE'S deprivation is a much more important 1 event than Mr. Dale's imprisonment. It shows the Ritualists what the law can do, when it is defied. None of the...

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T HE social campaign against the Liberals will, it is said this Session be very severe. Lord Beaconsfield opens a great house in Curzon Street, with unusual capacity for giving...

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T HE Rev. Edward White has just published a striking little book on "The Tone and Teaching of the New Testament on Certainty in Religion,"* which was preached as the Merchants'...

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F OR a great part of my life, I (or "we," if the plural may add dignity and weight to ray beginning), suffered under a modest conviction that I was a very ill-informed person....

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[To TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your article on "Ritualism and the Law," you refer to the means of putting down Ritualism. Surely the shortest is to change the word...


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(To THE EDITOR OF TUZ "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—A leading article in the Pall Mall Gazette of the 21st inst. appears to quote Mr. Bence Jones's statement that if the Habeas Corpus Act...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTIN 0 E: 4 1 SIR,—You were kind enough, in your issue of last Saturday, to publish a few lines from me on the present condition of Mace- donia. I...


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SUGAR BOUNTIES AND RETALIATORY DUTIES. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SrEcrATHE. - 1 Sin,—In the Spectator of Saturday week appeared an article which, whilst candidly admitting...

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THE POWER OF SOUND.* AMONG the regions over which Science is eagerly waiting to extend her sovereignty, none is more alluring than the domain • The Power of Sound. By Edmund...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SER, — Your correspondent" S." is quite right in saying that suffering is in many cases the result of ignorance ; but un- fortunately for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The fierce bitterness of defeated demand for recognition and sympathy—issuing in resolve that they who will not feel with us, or...

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THE old saying about Italy has hitherto applied with as much justice to the regions recently visited by Mr. Gallenga, and which he describes in this work in surely the very best...

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Is these two volumes the case of Modern Spiritualism is laid before the curious reader. A good part of the phenomena described took place under the eyes of trained scientific...

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JA.PAIT has been a good deal—some might and do say, too much—with us of late. Miss Bird, who is almost as pre-eminent among lady travellers as George Eliot among novelists, has...

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THERE are very few people who could pretend to criticise Mr. Christie's book, if to criticise implies any superiority of know- ledge in the special subject which he has chosen....

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CHRISTMAS BOORS. Cambridge: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes. By T. W. Clark, M.A., with Etchings and Vignettes by A. Brunet-Debaines, H. Toussaint, and C. Grenx....

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A Voyage Up the Niger to Benueh. By Adolphe Burdo.

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From the French, by Mrs. George Sturge. (Bentley and Son.)—Mons. Burdo does full justice to his exploits, when be calls them "Travels in Central Africa." He does not seem to...

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POETEY. — Love - Songs. By George Barlow. (Remington.)—Mr. Barlow has somehow managed to

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get his head above the crowd of candidates for poetical fame. He has done it by his persistence and industry; successive volumes of verse have challenged the attention of...

Tins Trimble's Little Mother. By C. L. Mateanx. (Cassell, Fetter,

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and Galpin.)—Miss Mateaux has woven together here a story of human and a story of bird-life. Tim Trimble is an adventurous spirit, who has left the dullness of a village life...

The Golden Hind, Menai, and, other Poems. By Charles Robinson,

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M.A. (George Bell and Sons.)—Mr. Robinson's "Story of the In- vincible Armada "would have been better told, we think, in prose, or in anythingrather than the indifferent...

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The London Directory for 1881. (Kelly and Co.)—The publishers have

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this year, in addition to improvements in the arrangement and classification, added several new features to their valuable office and business requisite which add considerably...