26 APRIL 1879

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Mr. Forster made a powerful speech at Rotherham on Satur-

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day, to a meeting of 2,500 Liberals, in the drill-hall. He began it with a very generous testimony to the success Rf Lord Har- tington as the Liberal leader. Lord Hartington, he...

The new accounts of the skirmishes between Colonel Wood and

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Umbelini on 28th and 29th March represent them as very serious affairs. The details are still imperfect, but Colonel Wood appears to have been beguiled into an attempt to seize...

The latest report from Afghanistan is that the Ameer has

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agreed to receive Major Cavagnari at Cabul, in order to con- • eider British offers, but there is some mystery still about the whole business. A British division has advanced to...

No intelligence of a trustworthy character has been received

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about the attitude of the Boers. According to the latest rumours, they are about to besiege Pretoria, and, if possible, capture Sir Bartle Frere, to keep as a hostage ; but the...


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E KOWE has been relieved, to the deep gratification of the country, and without great loss of life. Lord Chelmsford, who, in spite of his telegram dated Natal, 1st April,...

The main part of Mr. Forster's speech, as regarded home

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politics, was the failure of the Conservatives to effect that kind of moderate reform, for the desire to initiate which they had taken so much credit when they came into power....

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

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M. Jules Ferry, the French Minister of Education, made a

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speech this day week, in distributing the prizes of the French learned societies, at the Sorbonne, in which he made an attempt at an apology for the illiberal Education Bill...

On Thursday evening, Mr. Rylands moved his series of resolu-

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tions, condemning the expenditure of the Government, and de- manding immediate steps for its reduction not merely to the limits of the revenue, but so as to give substantial...

Mr. Councillor Middlehurst, of Salford, finding a difficulty in understanding

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Lord Derby's withdrawal from the Conservative Union of Lancashire, wrote to him to inquire whether that with- drawal were intended to dissolve his connection with the Con-...

The Emperor of Austria is celebrating his silver wedding, and

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Vienna has seized the opportunity to amuse itself. Grand pageants have been arranged by Austrian painters, in which all the kingdoms, provinces, nationalities, and races of the...

The foreign-politics part of Mr. Forster's speech was a very

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able recast of the old criticisms, which, as he justly observed, need repeating, as long as the policy on which they are criticisms is dinned into us as still right and...

The result of the excitement and ill-feeling produced by the

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con- flict over the French Government's Education measure,—a mea- sure, no doubt, forced on by the Radicals in a spirit as dictatorial as that in which measures of the opposite...

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General Biddulph has some humour. Two German students —students at

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Giessen—reading the account of his able passage of the Kojak Pass, wrote him a post-card of greeting, in which they stated (in Latin) that they congratulated him on his passage...

The County Government Bill may be considered doomed. The Liberals

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scorned it, Mr. Whitbread ridiculed it, and now Mr. C. S. Read, speaking at Norwich, says the more he has looked at it, the less he likes it. "It would unsettle everything and...

A deputation to the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor of

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the Exchequer on Monday concerning the French and Dutch sugar bounties, was followed on Tuesday by a debate, brought on by Mr. Ritchie, M.P. for the Tower Hamlets, on the same...

Sir Stafford Northcote on Tuesday introduced his Banking Bill,—a very

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weak affair. It does not compel Unlimited Banks to become limited, but permits them ; and also allows them to enter a new class, clumsily called " Reserve Liability Banks," in...

The Government has evidently taken its final decision in re-

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ference to Egypt. It will do nothing. Sir Stafford Northcote on Thursday night intimated, in reply to Sir J. Goldsmid, that Mr. Rivers Wilson was about to return to his post as...

A negro "exodus," as it is called, has commenced in

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the Southern States. In Louisiana and Mississippi particularly, the negro labourers declare that they cannot get land, except at rents which they cannot pay ; that they are...

Consols were on Friday 99 to 99-i.

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THE RELIEF OF EKOWE. T HE relief of Ekowe is a relief to the whole country, which, in its weariness of mismanagement in all directions, had sunk into an apprehensive mood, and...


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rpHE first night's debate on the Budget was not one of first- J_ rate interest, but it elicited 'a very plausible plea,—vir- tually amounting to one of extenuating...

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O NE point of high importance comes out strongly in this Russian crisis. The internal administration of the Empire is not in strong hands. The Emperor, who once or twice in his...

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T HE great Railway Companies have shown more statesman- ship than the Chancellor of the Exchequer. They have refused to offer what he had distinctly intimated, in his reply to...

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In short, the proposal for the Commutation of the Railway

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influence through Alexo Vogorides in both Bulgarias Lord our position there is a fair and a crucial test of the value of his boastings. He says the position of the country in...

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T HE concurrence of a Strike, great almost beyond pre- cedent, with a period of extraordinary trade depression is so disastrous a phenomenon that it would be strange if no one...

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M R. DILLWYN, Sir George Balfour, and Mr. Farrer Herschel], Q.C., have brought in a Bill to amend the Lunacy Laws, which, in default of such a measure as the Government only...

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I T is as difficult just now to invest money as it is to make it. So complete is the paralysis of profitable business produced by the fall of prices, and by the uncertainty...

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T ORD VIVIAN'S dream about the horse that won the City A and Suburban Handicap race some time ago is worth recording and discussing, because it presents the unusual features of...

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THE DISTRESS IN . EGYPT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—It would be ungenerous to criticise too closely the letter from Mr. Chester which was published in the...

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THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In your last number you speak of a " quasi-religious movement in France," of which the organ is a newspaper, the .7:liformateur, and treat it as a mere...


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" SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Yon devoted, a short time back, some space to the con- sideration of the duties of clergy and congregations in matters ritual and ceremonial. Will you allow...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The reviewer of " Current Literature," in your last num- ber, is good enough to say of the article on "The Normans at Palermo," which...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR: • ] SIB, — Probably, as you suggest in your editorial note, I have misunderstood the meaning which your reviewer intends to attach to his...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTITOR.1 SIR, — It was with much pleasure I saw in your last week's issue the following editorial remark :—" That a countervailing duty to any...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, In the mosaics at Ravenna, St. Paul is represented several times in company with the other Apostles. The rest have a strong family...


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ENGLAND AND RUSSIA IN CENTRAL ASIA.* MR. DEMETRIUS BOULGER has evidently devoted much attention to the collection of materials for these volumes, and the fact that they are...

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LORD MACAULAY, in his essay on Byron, speaks of the difficulty of dissociating the work from the worker, and of criticising in vacuo, as it were, poems which we are perforce...

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specimens of translation like those with which the Arundin,es Cami and the Sabriacte Corolla have made us familiar, this book contains specimens of translations from Greek and...

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DR. DRAPER'S SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS.* Is this country, the name of

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Dr. Draper became famous in one hour. To some scientific workers, he had been already known as one who was patient in work, skilful in devising and carrying out experiments, and...

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SKETCHES FROM SHADY PLACES.* Fr seems to us that, in

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future, books had better be published without titles, since a title is no longer any guide to the sub- ject or object of the book. "Why not give the name of the author, and if...

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Pretty Arts for Leisure Hours. By E. A. Davidson. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—Modest books, like modest people, are apt to under-rate themselves, and in this case the title of the book gives but a poor idea of its real value. Not that it is by...


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Through Bible Lands. By Philip Schaff, D.D., LL.D. (Nisbet and Co.)—So many excellent clergymen of various countries and creeds have travelled over the route followed by Dr....

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The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined. By the

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Right Rev. J. W. Colenso, D.D., Bishop of Natal. Part VII. (Long- mans.)—Bishop Colenso now brings to an end a work of which the first part was published as long ago as 1862. A...

The Student's Gospel Harmony, being the Four Gospels in the

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Original Greek. By the Rev. John Slatter, M.A. (W. Wells Gardner.)—Harmonies of the Gospels are not of unquestioned utility ; they often appear to suggest more doubts than they...

POETRY. — Songs of a Wayfarer. By F. Wyville Home. (Picker-

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ing.)—We think well enough of Mr. Home's performance and promise to make it seem worth while to speak plainly. He has no common gifts of poetical thought, of imagination, and of...

The Marble Queen. By E. A. Ryder. 3 vols. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—There is an inherent weakness in this story, though the author does her best to make it good. The old criticism that the misunder- standings which complicate life, as...

A Brief History of Methodism, and of Methodist Missions in

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South Africa. By the Rev. W. Clifford Holden. (Wesleyan Conference Office.)—Though much has lately been written on the origin and development of the Methodist Church, yet this...

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The Famine Campaign in Southern India, 1876-1878. By William Digby,

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Hon. Secretary Indian Famine Relief Fund. 2 vols. (Long- mans and Co.)—Mr. Digby does not put this book forward as a history of the famine campaign in Southern India. It is too...

The Dawn of History. Edited by C. V. Keary. (Mozley

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and Smith.) —We all know that this is an age of manuals. Knowledge has to be popularised, and this little volume is an attempt to popularise what is known, or supposed to be...

The Club Directory. By Lieutenant-Colonel James Ivey. (Harrison.) —We doubt

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whether the materials exist for a really good history of Clubs. If each of them had had a Greville of its own, what a volume might have been compiled oat of their reminiscences...

NEW EDITION8.—Poems. By Coventry Patmore. (G. Bell and Sons.)—A clearly-printed

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and well-bound edition, in four volnmes.— Johnston's Chemistry of Common Life. Revised by A. H. Church. (W. Blackwood and Sons.)—Professor Church has brought the con- tents of...

Miscellanies, Literary and Religious. By Christopher Words- worth, D.D., Bishop

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of Lincoln. 3 vols. (Rivingtons.)—The first paper in these volumes dates back, as far as the work which it describes is concerned, to the year 1832. Dr. Wordsworth paid a visit...