25 FEBRUARY 1871

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The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Yesterday week was the critical day at Bordeaux. M. Keller

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laid on the table a declaration of the deputies of the departments of the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin, of the Meurthe and the Moselle, declaring their unalterable attachment to...

The latest statement current in London about the terms of

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peace is contained in a telegram from the Versailles correspondent of the Standard, dated the 23rd February. He asserts that M. 'Thiers has signed a peace ceding Alsace and part...


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TT P to Friday evening no official account of the terms of peace had reached London, and no account at all worth ten minutes' .examination. With one exception, the latest...

On Sunday last, M. Thiers explained his views to the

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Assembly in language which all but said that he must get peace at any price. The conventional reservation that the peace would be rejected " if it be not honourable " clearly...

It is stated that M. Thiers, when accepting the chief

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place in the French Executive, made terms which did not point to mon- archy, and certain that he insisted on the insertion of the word " Republic " in the vote which is his...

The appointment of Lord Hartington as Secretary for Ireland promises

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to be a godsend to the agitators for Home Rule. His debut surpasses the wildest exploits of Sir Robert Peel. We are curious to see whether one Irish member not in office will...

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The Princess Louise is to be married on the 21st

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March, and the Guardian is in despair over a Lent festival. One of the most powerful arguments, it says, for an Established Church is the 4 ' indirect influence it exercises...

Mr. Trevelyan's able speech was ably delivered, with perhaps- a

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shade too much of that hard unsympathetic voice and manner which seems to express limitation, and which laid him a little open, to the satire of Mr. Bernal Osborne, who had...

Sir Robert Peel followed Mr. IIerbert with one of his

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sharpest attacks on the Government, in a speech of bitter vivacity and cleverness, but as unstatesmanlike as Mr. Herbert's was wise and just. He called our policy one of selfish...

Yesterday week, too late for our last impression, Mr. Auberon

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Herbert made an admirable speech in the House of Commons on the ostentatious neutrality of Her Majesty's Govern- ment, concluding by moving a resolution to the effect that the...

There was another debate or conversation on Tuesday about, Mr.

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Gladstone's letter to Mr. Deese on the independence of the Pope,—a letter which, it is said, greatly harasses Orangemen in Ireland and the Edinburgh constituency. Mr. Johnston...

The Bill for repealing the Ecclesiasticilit' Act passed its

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second reading in the House of Commo ursday night, by a majority of 86 (137 to 51). Nothing of note was said by anyone.

But the wonder of the night was Sir P. O'Brien's

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speech,—a,. speech which outdid all the Celtic achievements of our generation. Very little of it is preserved in the reports, chiefly because the ingenuity even of the ablest...

Mr. Forster introduced his Ballot Bill on Monday in a

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descrip- tive speech, which ended in a fine appeal to Conservatives to sacrifice the illegal, in order to strengthen the legitimate, influ- ence of station and property. We have...

We have commented elsewhere on the first half of Mr.

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Trevel- yan's Tuesday's speech, that on the Commander-in-Chief, and need only say here that he displayed all the ability for which he has credit, and much more tact ; but in the...

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Lord Carnarvon on Thursday brought the whole question of the

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defences before the House of Lords, in one of the most annoying speeches we remember to have read. We say annoying, because a full knowledge of the subject, and a curious...

Bus locutus est. A prodigy has happened in the Church.

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The Lower House of Convocation, shamed by Dean Stanley into some • dim sense of what the conscience of the external world thinks of the bad faith of the Bishops, has,—not...

The German demand for a triumphal entry into Paris strikes

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the British mind as a piece of childish vanity, only surpassed by the still greater childishness of the Parisian refusal. Defeat being once certain, what on earth does it...

General Ducrot's account of his escape has been investigated by

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a German court of honour, and tested by evidence, and he has been unanimously acquitted,—a fact we recommend to the large Anumber of persons who in the teeth of evidence persist...

Mr. Gladstone sustained a curious defeat on Thursday. A body

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-of members, led for the nonce by Mr. Fawcett, are very anxious for a committee of inquiry into Indian finance, and Government promised one, so taking the matter out of Mr....

Various able letters on the Voysey judgment appear in another

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column. Our correspondents have apparently misunderstood us to say that the position of such men as Mr. Maurice, Mr. Llewellyn Davies, Mr. Ross, Daan Stanley, and others is no...

The Orleanist Princes have quitted France, and await in retire-

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ment the vote of the Assembly. It is said that a fusion has been effected between the Legitimists and Orleanists, and that in the -event of the Assembly deciding on Monarchy,...

The Judicial Committee have decided that Mr. Parches, of Brighton,

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has offended against ecclesiastical law by wearing the chasuble, alb, and tunicle in celebrating the Communion ; by using wine mixed with water, and wafer bread ; and by...

Mr. Vance Smith has written a very manly and sensible

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letter to the papers about the monstrous bigotry shown as to the " West- minster Communion." He points out that the recital of the Nicene Creed is not required in the...

Every man with a horse ought to send a guinea

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to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It has prosecuted a vestry for not rolling the granite used to repair roads. The magistrate suggested a compromise, and...

Consols were on Friday 91i to 92.

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THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. W ELL, but where is the answer to Mr. Trevelyan ? He is considered beaten because on Tuesday night officer after officer rose in the House of Commons to...

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" r ERE are no faults left for you to commit," was M. Thiers' neatest and most deadly epigram on the French Empire after the success of Prussia against Austria in 1866. He was...

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passing through a spasm of weakness. In two separate instances on Thursday night they shrank from a clear duty, apparently through a fear of Parliament. One of these failures...


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the Prime Minister on Monday night in relation to Professor Fawcett's amendment on the University Tests' Bill has given very great dissatisfaction to the great majority of the...

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M R. FORSTER has made the Ballot Bill as good as a Ballot Bill can be, which, in our judgment, is not saying much. The idea at the bottom of the Ballot system is bad. It is...

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H AD Lord Advocate Young yielded to advice pressed upon him from many quarters, he would have reintroduced this year the Education Bill which in 1869 Mr. Moncreiff and the Duke...

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T HE six months which have gone by since the Married Women's Property Act came into operation have brought in their train the discovery that the Act, though framed as it stands...

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T is perfectly fair, of course, that Mr. Friswell should be punished for publishing his rubbish about Mr. Sala—though we object, as Mr. Sala does, to the system which inflicts...

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A RCHBISHOP MANNING, in his Lent Pastoral, very pro- perly invites the Roman Catholics of his diocese to turn their attention from the sins and calamities of foreign nations to...

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SIR,—Coming from Church on Ash Wednesday, it is impossible not to contrast the wisdom of the compilers of our Liturgy with the indiscreet zeal of those who framed the judgment...


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THE VOYSEY JUDGMENT.—A NEW " ARTICLE " OF RELIGION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—You have hit so skilfully the various blots in Lord Hather- ley's decision, that...

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sharing the opinion expressed in the Spectator that our " Church, though never more vital, earnest, and useful than 410W, has never before been exposed to such serious dangers,"...

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Stn,—It would be indeed a consummation much to be desired, in my judgment, if the Church of England should be brought by the largeness of view belonging to her identification of...


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Sin,—In common with most readers of the Spectator, I looked) forward with much interest to the perusal of the articles which' were sure to appear on the Voysey judgment. Those...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—A few days ago we were able to hope that we should soon. read the Word of God, by means of a translation as perfect as the scholarship...

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MR. WICKHAM'S MEMOIRS.* [FIRST NOTICE.] -WHEN Frenchmen declare that the gold and the intrigues of Pitt were the cause of much of the misery, bloodshed, and civil rancour...

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WE confess to a literary weakness for Mr. Le Fanu. In the first. place, he has a flavour of genius which never entirely leaves him,. though he does draw upon it recklessly and...

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[FIRST NOTICE.] Tills will prove a first-class book of facts and references even to• those who do not agree with its views. Sir John Lubbock arrives- at the conclusion that...

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THE CANON'S DAUGHTERS.* " Go on sending in eggs," was

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the order given by some hungry pedestrians to an hotel waiter, and " go on sending in The Canon's Daughters" would be a wise command for Mr. Mudie and Mr. Smith to issue...

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A MEMOIR OF BEETHOVEN.* THE centenary of Beethoven's birth has

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fallen on a troubled time, and has not been celebrated in the master's own land with the honour which was its due and which had been designed for it. • Beethoven: a Memoir. By...

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MR. JESSE'S "LONDON."* IT seems easy enough to review a

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book of this sort, especially if you have the courage to abstain from reading it. Some general remarks on the number of books that have been written about London, and on the...

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The Works of Alexander Pope. TVith Introduction and Notes. By Rev. Whitwell Elwin. Vol. IL Poetry. (Murray.)—The second volume of Mr. Elwin's edition of Pope contains the "Essay...

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CLASSICAL AND SCHOOL BOOKS.—The Order of Words in Altw Greek:

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Prose, by Charles Short, M.A. (Sampson Low), is an elaborate and care- fully-made contribution to Greek scholarship which we receive from the• other side of the Atlantic. Mr....

Notes on Fields and Cattle and Successful Farming, by the

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Rev. W.- Holt Beever, M.A. (Bradbury and Evans), are both described on the title-page as "from a diary of an amateur farmer." If there has been• a sort of slur on this name, as...

Country-House Charades. By Edmund C. Nugent. (j. a Hotten.)— We

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should say—if one can judge whether a piece is good for acting without seeing it acted—that these Charades will answer their pur- poses very well. They are not unamusing to...

The Prophet's Mantle. By the Rev. J. Murray. (Blackwood.)—This volume

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of sermons the author describes as " being scenes from the life of Elisha, the eon of Shaphat." The subject, which is wonderfully picturesque and varied, is worthily handed. The...

Ad Clerum : Advices to a Young Preacher. By Joseph

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Parker, D.a. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Dr. Parker is a divine of considerable repute in the communion—that of the Independent Churches—to which he belongs, and in this volume he...

The Public Life of IV. F. Wallets, edited by J.

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Santley (Bemrose), is the autobiography of a gentleman whom we may, we suppose, call without offence "a clown," and who describes himself as " The Queen's Jester," on the ground...

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NET, EDMONS.—The Home Nurse. By Esther Le Hardy. (Hard- ivicke.)—This

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very thorough and valuable little treatise has reached a third edition. We can honestly bestow the praise, though the writer's views on "infection and disinfectants" seem to us...