25 MAY 1878

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The ground is evidently hot in Constantinople. On May 20th,

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Ali Suavi, a man unfavourably known in London, but once tutor to Sultan Murad's children, headed a crowd of armed refugees in a desperate effort to deliver Sultan Murad from the...


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T HE general aspect of affairs is more peaceful. Count Schouva- loff has returned, the Queen has retired to her summer retreat in a remote corner of the Scotch Highlands, and...

In the House of Lords on Monday, Lord Selborne rose

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to argue the legal case against the use of Indian troops in Europe by the mere authority of the Crown, and without the consent of Parliament. He contended that the form under...

Such was the legal case against what had been done.

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Lord Cairns, in his reply, insisted that " the Kingdom " in the Bill of Rights meant only England ; asserted,—what was disproved by Sir Henry James on the last night of the...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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The leaders of both parties are rather remiss in their

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conduct of the business of the House. On Monday night the great debate very nearly fell through in the dinner-hour. The Speaker was just putting the question, when Mr....

The majority for Government was; nevertheless, 121 ;—for Government, 347,

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for Lord Harlington, 226. If, as something in one of the speeches on Thursday night suggested, the Govern-. ment had suspended temporarily five of the Ten Commandmenth, and Lord...

In the division of Thursday night, Mr. Newdegate was the

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only Conservative voting for Lord Harlington, though a few others appear (like Sir A. Gordon) to have abstained from voting altogether. Of the Liberals who voted for the Govern-...

The task of reply on Monday was confided to Sir

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M. Hicks- Beach and Mr. E. Stanhope, the new Under-Secretary for India. Sir Michael argued that the conduct of the Opposition in the Upper House in avoiding a division showed...

In the Commons the debate was opened on Monday night

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by Lord Harlington, in a rather tedious though weighty speech, in which he showed from several precedents that both parties had repeatedly admitted that foreign troops could not...

On Thursday, the Home Secretary (Mr. Cross) resumed the debate,

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in a very lame and lumbering speech, in which he dwelt most emphatically on the need for secrecy at the time the measure was resolved on, and declared that information had been...

In the House of Commons on Tuesday night, Mr. Fawcett

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opened the debate with a vigorous speech, insisting on the enor- mous political consequences claimed by the Tories themselves for the act which had been thus done without the...

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The election for the county of Down terminated on Saturday

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in the return of Lord Castlereagh, by a majority of 1,375. The numbers were,—Lord Castlereagh (Conservative), 6,076 ; Mr. Andrews, Q.C. (Liberal), 4,701. Lord Beaconsfield...

Lord Carnarvon on Wednesday, in distributing the prizes to the

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medical students of King's College Hospital, made a remark- able statement about the chances offered by the profession. He had inquired carefully about the matter, and Sir James...

Reading, however, has returned a very strong Liberal, in place

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of the late Sir Francis Goldsmid, who on the ' Eastern Question was not a Liberal at all. Mr. Palmer, who had denounced Lord Beaconsfield's policy in good round terms, and...

The Government believes, as its recent appointments show, in "blood,"

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and it may possibly believe in bone too. Lord Hardinge on Tuesday asked if marks would not be given for physical strength, as shown in athletics and gymnastics, in the...

The Oxford University election terminated, as we expected, by the

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victory of Mr. Talbot, by nearly three to one,—for Mr. Talbot, 2,687 ; for Professor Smith, 989. If ability and academical dis- tinction had had much to do with the election,...

The Supplementary Estimate for the Sepoys has been laid on

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the table, and will be moved on Monday. The total cost of moving 7,000 men to Malta, and keeping them there, is set down at £748,000. Sepoys cost, therefore, £100 a man.

The "Bagot Will Case," which has excited much interest in

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Ireland, ended on Tuesday in a verdict for the plaintiff, Mrs. Neville Bagot, whose case was that her deceased husband, a rich Australian squatter, had made his will under an...

The German Government, availing themselves of the excite- ment produced

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by the attempt to assassinate the Emperor, have brought in a Bill enabling the officials summarily to suppress 4 ' Socialist" writing, lecturing, or teaching. They will have...

Consols were on Friday 961 to 961-.

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THE GREAT CONSTITUTIONAL DEBATE. T O those who will pore,—not without consequences plea- santer for oculists than for eyes,—over the long and close columns of the great...

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T ORIES think it very hard when Liberals accuse their favourite Minister of a tendency towards personal govern- ment, but even they must see that the recent conduct of the...

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TT is not easy to believe that Prince Bismarck has been pro- .I. yoked to the repressive legislation which he proposes by the attempt upon the Emperor's life. That crime and the...

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T HE Attorney-General, Sir John Holker, is, to some extent, a unique figure in Parliament. When he became Solicitor-General, on the formation of the present Government, nobody...

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I T was to be expected that the nomination of Colonel Wellesley as First Secretary of the Embassy at Vienna should irritate a large number of excellent persons, Mr. Benett...

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latest application of the Ballot is so very curious, that it deserves more than a passing mention. On the occurrence of the riots in Blackburn, Alderman Pickop, of that town,...

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T HE instrument which Professor Hughes has discovered (and which he proposes to call the "Microphone," as the one which enables you to send sound to a great distance is called...

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O NE of the worst effects of trials like the Bagot Will Case, just finished in Dublin, is that the evidence produced so greatly increases the predisposition of society to resist...

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IF we may credit the vague rumours which have lately floated through the Himalayan Passes, the person into whom the spirit of the late Dalai Lama had passed has been discovered,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—May I call your attention to a slight inaccuracy in your last issue, which disguises a great fact ? You say, " The military...


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THE PROPOSED NORTHERN UNIVERSITY. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The brief notice contained in the Spectator of the 18th inst. of the deputation which, on...

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MEAN. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —Until the " Eastern Question " recently rose into a pro- minence which overtops all other political questions, the doubt...


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SIR,—In your note upon my paper on alcoholic drinks, delivered before the Medical Society of London, you ask a pertinent ques- tion,—viz., " Might not the same be said of...


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[TO TIER EDITOR OF TRH "SPEOTATOR:1 have long felt that " egoism " and " altruism " find their reconciliation in St. Paul's (and the Church Catechism's) doctrine of the One...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] you kindly afford me a small space for the result of the attempt made by Englishwomen to record their protest in favour of Peace, and to...

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SPARKLING like a diamond Beams the day-star in the skies ; Nature, loosed from Winter's bond, Smiles as one in sweet surprise. Light and life are firm allies ; Hawthorns wear...

WHAT wanton wind, disorderly, fantastic,

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Hither impelled thy alien germ, 0 Weed ? Why wasted here was Nature's virtue plastic On such a seed ? Here, where the sumptuous rose and stately lily, Through the bright hours...


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THE SOCIETY OF PAINTERS IN WATER-COLOURS. Tars exhibition of finished drawings hardly fulfils the expectations which the last winter exhibition of sketches would be likely to...


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THEN answered bold as beggar-brat That plant of mean descent,— "Whoever speaks to me like that Is very imperent. " At me no hothouse swell shall rail, In such outlandish...

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PHILOCHRISTUS.* OFTEN as the life and ministry of Jesus Christ have formed the subject of literary treatment within the last few years, another book on the same topic will seem...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] . IT is only in certain very broad aspects that Milton can be admired as a politician. lie expresses with magnificent enthusiasm his confidence in freedom, his...

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1HE authoress of the life of Arthur Schopenhauer is naturally annoyed at finding herself anticipated in her life of Lensing by Mr. Sime. The peculiar good-fortune which she...

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WE do not think Miss Montgomery so successful as a novelist as she is in her short stories. The interest, the pathos, and the strong individuality with which she invested a...

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IT is a common-place remark to say that Health is one of the first of blessings, but it may not be quite so evident that it is possible to care too much for it. The...

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The Creeds of Christendom, with Translations. By Professor Schaff. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Thcso volumes, which form part of a theo- logical and philosophical library,...

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In the Spring of My Life. By Princess Olga CantacuziSne.

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Trans- lated by Eugenia Klaus. (Samuel Tinsley.)—This very pretty story, thoroughly French in its sentiment and in its views of life, has not been BO skilfully translated as...

A History of the United States of America. By Josiah

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W. Leeds. (Lippincott, Philadelphia, U.S.)—Mr. Leeds remembers in his youth how, being at school, he had to "rehearse the wars of his country," especially " the battles of the...

Scepticism in Geology. By " Verifier." (Murray.)—A good deal of

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modern geology, according to " Verifier," is made up of delusions and superstitions, and among these the theories as to the great and per- manent effects of earthquakes, and of...

The Scriptural Doctrine of Sacrifice. By Alfred Carr, B.A. (T.

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and T. Clark.)—The most interesting portion of this closely-printed octavo volume is that in which is discussed the meaning and purpose of " sacrifice " in Patriarchal times...

We have the pleasure of recording the publication, on behalf

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of the "Lords of the Committee of Council on Education," of two works illustrating the "Special Loan Collection of Scientific Apparatus," which was exhibited at the South...

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Tennyson's Works. In 1 vol. (C. Began Paul and Co.)—A

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very remarkable edition. It contains all the poet's works, in a handy octavo of less that 700 pages. We dislike double columns ourselves, but the edition is most convenient for...

Ritual of the Altar. Edited by the Rev. Orby Shipley.

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(Longman,) —This is a " second edition, revised and enlarged," and professing, according to the title-page, to contain " The Order of tho Holy Com- munion, with Introits,...

Professor Mahaffy publishes a second edition," revised and enlarged," of

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Rambles and Studies in Greece. (Macmillan.)—The author has under- taken another journey through the country since the first publication of the book. It is satisfactory to find...