25 MARCH 1871

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On 'Wednesday matters grew much worse. The first hours of

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the revolt were marked with blood, some mutinous soldiers under .General Lecomte having seized that officer and shot him slowly to death, over the body of his comrade, General...

The Central Committee has published no distinct programme. It asserts,

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however, that the Assembly has no title, having been elected only to conclude peace ; that Paris has been insulted by the removal of the Legislature, that the city is entitled...


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T HE Reds of Paris have revolted at last, and were on Friday evening in full possession of the capital. The train has 'been laid for weeks, the battalions of National Guards...

Reports of German interference have been rife throughout the week.

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The only official account of their intentions is, however, contained in a speech delivered by Jules Fevre to the Assembly on Wednesday. He informed the members that the German...

The Royal Wedding, which has interested all Englishwomen throughout the

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week much more than the revolt in Paris, went off on Tuesday at Windsor most successfully. The day was fair, the attendants were the first persons in the Empire, the crowds were...

The debate on the Army Regulation Bill was concluded on

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Friday week with a curious anti-climax, after all the terrible predictions with which the abolition of Army Purchase had been greeted, by carrying the second reading without...

We noticed in our last number the tumultuous dispute on

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the night of Thursday week, in which Mr. C. Bentinck took so distinguished a part, and in which he charged the Prime Minister with a despotism worse than any attributed to Count...

• a * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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The first Session of the Federal Parliament of Germany was-

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opened on Tuesday by the Emperor in person. His Majesty, who was surrounded by a splendid cortege of Princes and Generals, read his speech seated on the new throne, the stone...

On the same night, Mr. Stapleton made a speech which

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was virtually a proposal for promotion by seniority instead of selec- tion, arguing that in Prussia only one officer in forty was pro- moted out of his turn, in order to enter a...

Mr. Gladstone replied by saying that Mr. Mundella and his

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seconder had not really suggested any means by which the surplus- in the Army Estimates, about £2,750,000, could be saved at present without weakening the Army. All the...

When the motion thus made room for, actually came on,

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on Thursday, Mr. Mundella made a very good speech on economy, but not one in support of his thesis that you might do all you are going to do, or ought to do, and not ask for...

Mr. Trevelyan brought on his motion for abolishing military sinecures

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on Monday in a very full House. He showed that we had 580 " Generals," who cost the country £371,000 a year, in sinecure colonelcies, half-pay, and the like, whereas we wanted...

As a division had been taken on the motion for

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going into Com- mittee, the forms of the House would not allow Mr. Mundella to move his amendment against any increase in the Army Estimates the same evening, and Mr. Gladstone...

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There was an " ugly rush" in the Commons on

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Wednesday. Mr. Carnegie had moved the second reading of a Bill abolishing the Scotch law of hypothec, the Lord Advocate was supporting it, and everything was going on...

Mr. Stansfeld is a master of language, but he has

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this week given currency to a curious definition, in virtue of which, as we understand him, adulteration is only predicable of any process of admixture wherein the element added...

A body of Delegates from the Radical Associations of London

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met on Wednesday at the Wellington Music Hall, Holborn, to commence an agitation for a Republic. It was resolved that a Republican Association be formed, and that an address to...

The first German Parliament is composed, according to the Berlin

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correspondent of the Times, of 382 members, one for every 100,000 of the population. Of these 382, no less than 236, or more than a clear majority, are sent from Prussia, 48...

Professor De Morgan,—the great mathematician and teacher whose books changed

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and raised the whole character of mathe- matical study in England, —died this day week, and was buried at Mensal Green on Thursday last. His health had been shaken not many...

We are all a little apt to grumble at the

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slow progress of our own opinions, but sometimes one is suddenly struck by the marvellous rapidity with which the best of them make their way. Yesterday week the House of Lords...

The ex-Emperor of the French arrived at Dover on Tuesday,

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and was warmly received by a large mob, which appears to have been actuated partly by curiosity, partly by kindness, and partly by the reaction in the Emperor's favour caused by...

Mr. Lowe is great in snubbing, but as some people

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reckon with- out their hosts, so Mr. Lowe sometimes snubs without providing his victim. On Thursday night Sir James Lawrence asked him whether a particular order issued by the...

Consols were on Friday 92* to 92i.

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THE REVOLT IN PARIS. T HIS movement in Paris is a Revolt, and not a Revolution, and like most revolts, appears likely to produce almost unmixed evil. Its history cannot be...

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T HE Emperor of Germany poses well. There is a certain grandeur in the simplicity with which in his first speech to the United Parliament of Germany he announces to Europe that...

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T HE end of the Army Purchase debate was very remark- able ; almost all the speaking had been one way, but all the voting was the other. A division was not challenged. The...

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Commons on Wednesday was wonder- fully characteristic both of the House and of the English people. The Bill before the House was one for the abolition of the law of Hypothec,...

MUNDELLA'S MOTION. T HE general effect produced upon us by the

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debate on Mr. Mundella's motion is that the Government is, perhaps, doing about as well as a government without any really master-mind on the questions of the National Foreign...

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O N Thursday last, at Mensal Green, was buried a man of very rare intellectual power and force of character,— one of those who mould the mind and more or less profoundly strike...

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W E must "say something," we are told, about the wedding of Tuesday. It is one of the few etiquettes supposed to be binding on journalists that they must "say something" about...

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LORD LYTTELTON AND BROAD CHURCHMEN. [TO THE EDITOR Of THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Allow me to express a hope that Lord Lyttelton's letter will be reassuring to those whom he thinks...


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O UT of the mass of information which the laborious editor of " Debrett's House of Commons" has collected about the members of the Lower House, we have picked some noteworthy...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE .` EPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—In the very admirable essay entitled " Euthanasia," in your last number, the writer has exhausted the secondary argu- ments against...


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PAUL JOSEPH PROUDHON.* " CONTRADICTION is the fundamental law, not only of society, but of the universe ;" and Proudhon, who says so, is the best illustration of his maxim. His...

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KESHUB CHUNDER SEN IN ENGLAND.* THE indefatigable pen by whose

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instrumentality mainly Keshub- Chunder Sen and his great Theistic movement in India have been introduced to the literary notice of the English public, has here- been employed,...

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IT is perhaps scarcely fair to speak of so pleasant a book in so homely a way, but the comparison of small things with great has always been permitted, and so we may venture to...

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IN this volume Dr. Max Milner is no longer the professor, but comes before us as the essayist or litterateur. He has ceased to speak ex cathedra on early phases of speech and...

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MURRAY'S EASTERN COUNTIES.* MR. MURRAY has at length done for

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the Eastern Counties that which he had previously done for Scotland, Ireland, and the majority of the other English counties in their natural groups,—he has produced a very...

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NUMEROUS and startling as are the revelations which modern science has made with regard to the functions and physical features of the Sun, no one can study Mr. Proctor's book...

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complicated, and yet scarcely rouses one enough to be at

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the pains to. unravel it. Yet it is constructed with some skill ; there is ability too both in the drawing of character, and in the description of scenery. Still the interest...

from the Urdri. Lieutenant-Colonel Osborne, who is political agent in

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Bhopal, adds a sketch of the history of the reigning family, one dis- tinguished, as many of our readers will remember, by groat services to our cause during the mutiny. The...

Fenton's Quest. By the Author of " Lady Audley's Secret."

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3 vols. (Ward, Lock and Tyler.)—We have always thought, and once or twice taken occasion to say, that 'sensationalism' is not by any means the worst fault of the modern novel,...


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Mr. J. H. Simpson prints. under the title of A New Crusade to put down lVars (Burns), a little pamphlet which he has contrived to make, or we should, perhaps, rather say, which...

The True Vine. By the Rev. Hugh Macmillan. (Macmillan.)—In seven

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essays, to each of which is prefixed a sentence of our Lord's alle- gory of "The True Vine," Mr. Macmillan draws out one of tho "analo- gies of nature and grace," the likeness...

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State Contentment : an Allegory. By Robert Desborongh. (News- agents

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and Publishing Company.)—" State Contentment" is a happy country, which the hero visits in a dream, where everybody is virtuous and well-off, the people having got rid of tho...