26 APRIL 1884

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The fate of General Gordon is, of course, a different

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question, and Mr. Gladstone on Thursday fully admitted this. He de- -dined to indicate the method to be adopted, and stated in the most absolute manner, on information which...

The motion for adjournment had no sooner been negatived, and

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the motion that the Speaker do leave the Chair, to go into Committee of Ways and Means, moved, than Mr. O'Brien sprang to his feet and made a most furious onslaught on Mr....


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O N Tuesday the Eastern counties, especially Suffolk and Essex, suffered from the most serious earthquake recorded in England for many generations. Two churches were very...

The British Government, finding that a sum of £8,000,000 is

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indispensably necessary to the solvency of Egypt, and that it cannot be raised without a modification of the Law of Liquida- tion, have invited the fourteen Powers interested in...

Obstruction was quite the order of the day on Thursday,

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and Mr. Childers did not get the House into Committee to hear his Budget statement till after seven o'clock. First, Mr. Hubbard raised a bitter complaint concerning the morning...

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

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Hussein Khalifa, Governor of Berber, has telegraphed to his Government

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that unless an expedition is sent to relieve him he must submit to the Mandi. Nubar Pasha thereupon called a Council, attended by Sir E. Baring and Sir E. Wood, at which it was...

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On the subject of the reduction of the rate of

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interest, Mr:. Childersremarked on the very rapid rise in value of the Two- and-a-half per Cents., which had risen from 86 to 91 in two years' time, though Three per Cent....

On the subject of the waste in the gold currency,

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Mr. Childers proposed immediate action. He proposes to issue a new token half-sovereign, intrinsically worth only 9s., by which all the existing half-sovereigns would be...

Naar Pasha, in a conversation with the correspondent of the=

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Times, at Cairo, has given his impression of his own position as. head of the Egyptian Ministry. It is widely different from the English-conception of it. He does not intend to...

The Sultan has been entertaining the Heir Apparent of Austria,

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Prince Rudolph, and his wife, and life in Constanti- nople for a week has been a chapter from the "Arabian Nights." Some £200,000 have been spent on the festivities. A special...

Mr. Childers further gave a most encouraging account of the

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steady rise in the yield of each penny of Income-tax, and also of the progress made in the reduction of Debt; and then he passed to the future. He declared his wish to deal soon...

Mr. Childers had, of course, no room for the remission

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of taxation ; but his speech closed with two remarkable proposals, which will make it memorable as a Budget speech. The yield of the Revenue as compared with the Estimates had...

For the coming year, Mr. Childers's Estimates were as follows

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:— Estimate of Expenditure.-1884-85. Estimate of Revenue.-1884-85. Total Charge for Debt S31,104,000 Customs £19,850,000 Army (including some Hamm - 25,800,000 Charm , of...

The Government sustained a rather severe defeat on Tuesday. The

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Lords had sent down Lord Carlingford's- Bill enabling the Privy Council to forbid the import of cattle from any country infected with foot-and-month dis- ease, with an amendment...

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Cardinal Newman has been charged in one of Bishop Wilber-

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force's letters with having said in 1863 that the Catholics can do nothing to arrest the decay of faith in England,—that it all rests with the Established Church. Of course, he...

The curious inclination of the British Court to prefer foreign

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to English sculptors caused a small debate on Monday. It was recently decided to pull down the statue of the Duke of Wel- lington at Hyde Park Corner, and put up a new one in...

A somewhat funny little contest took place in the Northern

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Convocation on the subject of the succession to the Prolocutor- ship, caused by the removal of Dean Cowie to the Southern Province. The Archbishop of York, it is said, declared...

The Statute to be submitted to the Convocation of the

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University of Oxford on Tuesday respecting the examination of women appears to be in some danger, though it has passed through Congregation,—the resident University,—by...

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The Bank has not lowered its rate of -discount, but

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the rate is nominal, for there is a plethora of money in London, which is kept up by unexpected remittances from America. More than 25,500,000have been recently shipped for...

Mr. Fawcett made an excellent speech at Hackney on Wednes-

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day on the prospects of the Reform Bill in the House of Lords. He reminded his audience that in recent years the House of Lords has never ventured to throw out a Bill sent up to...

As we ventured to predict last week, the summons of

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the Viceroy of Yunnan to Pekin meant death. He started for the capital, but "committed suicide" on his road. That means he was strangled by orders from Pekin; and a similar fate...

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T HE Quarterly Review, in an article much too full of malicious and misleading innuendo to carry influence with any except vehemently partisan readers, concludes with an...


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THE BUDGET. M R. CHILDERS on Thursday had to explain what is called a very tame Budget to the House of Commons. That is to say, he had no deficit to meet, no surplus to dispose...

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I T is quite time to speak out about General Gordon. We yield to no one in appreciation of the heroic aide of that officer's character,—his daring, self-sacrifice, and...

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W E regret that the Government should have found it necessary to call a Conference upon Egyptian Finance. They are not ready to submit any large or final plan of settle- ment,...

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T HE position of the Government in regard to the importa- tion of cattle from abroad is one of almost unprecedented difficulty. It has for years been considered that a...

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T HE privileges of members of the Convocation of the University of Oxford are not allowed to rust unused. The defeated party in Congregation seems bent on appealing from the...

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EARTHQUAR Pi IN ENGLAND. T HE shock of earthquake just experienced

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at Colchester, at Wivenhoe, at Peldon, at Chelmsford, and in less degree at many other places in Suffolk and Essex, on Tuesday morning last, between twenty and thirty minutes...


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C OMMON as fires are, and common as even fatal fires are, there is something specially horrible about the fire on Wednesday morning in the Old Bailey. Opposite the door of the...

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T HE old gibe, that " it takes a fool to make a fortune," is, in form at least, untrue. Some founders of fortunes have been large-minded men—for instance, the first Sir Robert...

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THE LATE DUKE OF BUCCLEUCH. • [To TIM EDITOR OF THY "SPECTATOR. "] Sia,—Will you allow me to correct two misapprehensions which appear in your article upon the late Duke of...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOR."] Sia,—While acknowledging a good deal of truth in your article on "The Decay of Evangelicalism," I think it needs supple- menting. You would,...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] Sra.,.—In some of your leading remarks last Saturday you alluded to the " extreme triviality " of the question of a date in the Parches...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THY "SPECTATOR. "] Sia,—One reason for the decay of religions parties, as such, and of the gradual shading-off of their distinctive lines, is that all that is...

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rTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—What my friend the Bishop of Bedford calls "the delight- ful gallantry" of the barn-door cock towards his hens is too , familiar to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] cannot regret the trouble I have taken and given in the question of authorship at issue between the respective champions of Congreve and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — Notwithstanding the numerous letters that have appeared in your columns on this subject, your correspondents have failed to suggest...

[To THE EDITOR OP TEE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —It is satisfactory

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to admirers of Thackeray to find that they can emerge from the " Steele or Congreve " controversy - with their faith in the author of " Esmond " still unshaken.. Does not he...

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PHYSICAL AND MORAL LAW.* [SECOND NOTICE.] HITHERTO, in speaking of the remarkable volume before ns, we have confined our observations to the author's treatment of physical law...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTITOE.1 SIR,--I find that Colonel Maurice, in the Life of his father, accuses me of various misrepresentations and misconceptions. I should be glad...

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PROFESSOR ARMINIUS VAMBERY, the well-known Hungarian_ polyglot and Central Asian explorer, gives a highly interesting sketch in this volume of his early life and adventures. He...

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THE ART OF SWEARING-, Tau style of this book is

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curiously different from what one would expect from the title; and one is tempted to think that the latter emanated from some would-be funny friend, and not from the writer...

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Tais is the first volume of a complete edition of Sophocles, which, as all students of the Classics will learn with pleasure, Professor Jebb proposes to give to the world. Each...

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A BOOK which has taken six-and-twenty years to pass from its first to its second edition may without unfairness be described as a publication in which the republic of readers...

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A CRITIC UPON CRITICISM.• To notice a book which is

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itself a review of reviewers may appear superfluous labour. Readers familiar with the poetical literature produced during the first quarter of this century probably know also...

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London Quarterly Review for April.—This is an excellent number, keeping up, we are glad to see, the standard of the "New Series" on which the Review has entered. The article on...


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IF the author of this story had called it In Bloomsbury, there would have been more reason in the title. There is largeness and latitude, promise and possibility, all of the...

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Studies in History, Legend, and Literature. By H. Schutz Wilson.

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(Griffith and Farran.)—Mr. Wilson publishes in this volume six essays, five of which have appeared before ; and one, " Madame Roland," which is new. This last is, perhaps,...

English Rambles, and Other Fugitive Pieces. By William Winter. (Osgood

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and Co., Boston, U.S. ; Triibner, London.)—We are always pleased by what travellers from the other side of the Atlantic say about our country. To ourselves, they are not always...

Fancy Free, and other Stories. By Charles Gibbon. 3 vols.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—Mr. Gibbon is happier, we are inclined to think, in describing the love and war of three centuries ago, than in telling a story of modern life. The...

Early Lost, Late Found. By Wynter Frere Knight. 2 vols.

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(Remington and Co.)—This is a tale of considerable merit, though we must own to liking the author better in hie lighter than in his graver moods. The:earlier scenes wherein Mr....

Our National Drink Bill. By William Hoyle. (James Hamilton, Glasgow.)—Mr.

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Hoyle's contributions to the Press, under the name here given, are well known. There must be few readers of the newspapers whose attention they have not aroused. He has re-...

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Richer than Wealth. 3 vols. (Sampson Low and Co.)—An ex-

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ceptionally fortunate, or unfortunate, hero is the lover or the beloved of three young women,—the cousin to whom, according to the will of an eccentric relative, he is...

Light in Lands of Darkness. By Robert Young. (T. Fisher

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Unwin).—Mr. Young tells in this volume the story of various missionary efforts, following up and supplementing the accounts of his former work, "Modern Missions : their Trials...

An Old Man's Love. By Anthony Trollope. 2 vols. (Blackwood

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and Sons.)—This is the last complete novel of the author,—the Land Leaguers, reviewed some time ago in these columns, having been left unfinished. It is certainly much better...