26 AUGUST 1871

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W E have been badly beaten in East Surrey. It is justpossible that the anger of the publicans, who have determined, if we may judge from the tone of their organ, to turn out the...

Nothing has yet been finally determined as to the prolongation

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of M. Thiers' powers. According to the latest accounts, however, he insists on the title of President of the Republic, in order that he may be in a position to negotiate with...

Parliament was prorogued on the 21st inst., the Queen's Speech

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being read, and very badly read, by the Lord Chancellor. The document is lengthy, and by no means unusually cheerful. Her Majesty congratulates the country on the Washington...

The Alabama Treaty is bearing fruit for the United States.

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Their bonds, freed from the risk of a quarrel with Great Britain, are rising to their natural level. Mr. Boutwell has this week asked £15,000,000 in Europe, at 5 per cent, and...

Just before the prorogation, indeed while Black Rod was waiting

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to give his historic three taps, Mr. Cardwell read to the House of Commons a letter from Sir Roundell Palmer denying that he objected to the issue of the Royal Warrant. He had...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

This also is M. Gambetta's view, and he has therefore

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brought forward a definite proposal for the dissolution of the Assembly, on a day to be fixed in Committee. In the preamble to the Bill, he states that the National Assembly,...

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Lord Redesdale on Saturday delivered to the reporters and a

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very few Peers a review of the Session. The Lords had sent down to the Commons 37 Bills, of which four had been dropped,—the Betting Bill, Burial Grounds' Bill, Friendly...

The Mali Nationalists have been giving a grand popular reception

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to the Count de Flavigny and other French visitors sent over to thank the Irish for the aid of the Ambulance Corps, and for their strong sympathy with the cause of France....

The Italians are going to make the Tiber disgorge. For

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ages vast, probably from the Etruscan period, it has been the habit of the people of Rome in times of danger, commotion, or siege to bury their valuables in the river, into...

A large meeting was held at Birmingham on Tuesday to

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con- demn the recent action of the Lords. It was condemned, and delegates from all the great cities are to meet and condemn it still further, but the movement strikes us as...

Dr. Fraser, Bishop of Manchester, in a discourse on the

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17th just , delivered while reopening an old church, denounced the sale of livings in strong but temperate language. Nothing, he said, so alienated the Nonconformists, or so...

The Customs Report for 1870 is exceedingly satisfactory. The total

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trade of the kingdom in that year exceeded £600,000,000, an immense increase upon any previous period. Our total exports, bullion included, reached £263,000,000, and our exports...

Admiral Sir R. H. Yelverton entered Queenstown on the 19th

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August, having completed the evolutions of the year off Cape Uehant. He had there under his command 26 vessels, 19 of which are ironclads, including twelve or thirteen vessels...

A very serious strike indeed is in progress at Berlin.

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The Association of Carpenters has agreed to suspend all labour until the masters agree to reduce the hours of labour to 9f a day— quite a fair demand—and increase wages 25 per...

The German demi-official journals earnestly deny that the meeting between

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the Emperors.at Gastein has proved infructnotts. According to the 1Crea. Zeitung, an agreement was established, the bases of which are of course kept strictly secret, The Corre....

The Marquis of Lorne and his wife the Princess Louise

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are paying a visit to the Duke of Argyll's castle at Inverary. Conse- quently, the whole clan Campbell is out to welcome the chieftain's heir and his royal bride. That is all...

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The Americans are in a mess in Corea; very victorious,

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as they would say, but under the necessity of retiring, for all that. It seems from the detailed accounts that the Coreans finally refuse to hold intercourse with them, alleging...

The engine-makers of Newcastle and Gateshead are out on .strike

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to demand a reduction of the hours of labour to 54 a week, *9 for every working day. If those are hours of actual toil, ex- -elusive of rest and food, the demand is a moderate...

The Brighton Magistrates are hearing a case which promises to

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become a cause ccriebre. A lady named Christina Edmunds, 35 years of age, very pretty, ladylike, and self-possessed, is accused of having scattered poison broadcast. She had...

A report is current that an attempt has been made

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to assassi- nate the King of Spain, who, however, escaped unwounded. His fall, it is supposed, would throw Spain into an anarchy, from which the Republic would be the only...

Consols were on Friday 93i to 94.

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General Bixio, the ablest of Garibaldi's Generals, except, per haps,

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his own son Riociotti, has betaken himself to a now career. He has surrendered his rank in the Italian Army and his seat in the Senate, and returned to his old career as a...

Mr. H. Kolas-Jackson, in the City Article of the Times,

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cal- culates that, although the wheat harvest of this year may be a little short, the price of core can hardly be expected to range above 50s. Free trade has done its work in...

The London Swimming Club has devised a new bathing-dress, which

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does not appear to secure its two objects, namely, decency and freedom of motion. It secures only the second. It is a tight- ,fitting brown dress like that of an acrobat, and no...

The Paris correspondent of the Times explains on the authority

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'of books by General Chanzy and M. do Freycinet the failure of the French Army after Coulmiers. General d'Aurelle des Paladines, 'then in supreme command, had no confidence in...

There was a furious scene on Thursday in the French

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Assembly about the National Guard. The Military Commission reported in favour of its abolition, and the majority, dreading the tur- bulence of the cities, want it to be...

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THE CABINET AND THE SESSION. T HE Times has poured a mighty broadside into the Minis- terial ironclad just as she passed in safety out of the line of fire. On the last day of...

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A GLANCE at a map of the countries which border the Mediterranean Sea on the south will show the most careless eye in how insignificant a degree the natural resources of...

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W ILL Dr. Fraser just tell us where the patronage of the Church of England ought to be lodged ? It is very easy and very pleasant for a Bishop to reprehend the present...

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T HE Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have read to the Navy a lesson on the breadth and depth of responsi- bility which the world is surprised to find was needed. The...

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T HE essential principle of every Army is subordination. The first political passion of the French people is the desire for equality. Unless those two apparently antagonistic...

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T HE remarkable manifestation of Polish national feeling of which Lemberg was the theatre on Sunday week, has naturally excited a large amount of attention and provoked a good...

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D R, BEDDOE'S argument, read before the British Association in Edinburgh as to the degeneracy of Englishmen is physique, does not seem to have excited much attention or ten-...

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W E published last week an American advertisement calling on all religious journals to Waite their readers to pray for a miracle to be performed on the first three Sundays of...

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THE BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL AT BONN. [nom OUR 001LREBPONDENT.] Bonn, August 23. Gloria in excelsis is scarcely a usual beginning for a correspondent's advices; but for one writing...

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THE RELIGIOUS ELEMENT IN THE CABINET. [To Tun Emma QF THR "SPECTATOR.' ] S ritt —ri quite agree with you that " religion has nothing to do with fitness for Cabinet office," and...


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Sin,—In a note appended to the letter which you did me the hon- our to publish in your last issue, you lay down two propositions which are equally entitled to, and have, my...

roe are EOLFOR OF THE "SPETATOIl."3 Sift,—IR your impression of

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last Saturday there is a letter sub- scribed F.," in which your correspondent refers to a letter of mine to the Tims (" Home Rule "), published some weeks ago. In my letter to...

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[To , f1(76 EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR."] SIG,—The measure recently passed for clearing off arrears in the Privy Council, being confessedly but is temporary arrangement, need not...


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[To TIIE EDITOR ON TRIO SPECTATOR. ''] DEAR Mit. SPECTATOR,—You have made us unhappy. In to-day's paper your " A." has these words, " But lie did it as a novelist, and not as a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.°] your last Saturday's issue you give an instance in which an M.P. (Mr. AVatkin Williams) had to be " his own reporter." Some of my friends...

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the vicinity of Sedan last winter," and finding no sketch of the country had been * Plan of the Battle of Sedan, accompanied by a Short Memoir. By Oaptuis Fitz- Ooorgo, Royal...


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A BOOK ABOUT QUEENSLAND.* TkIli " University Man " makes no •secret of the fact that he went out to Queensland in the hope of making a fortune, and that he came home...

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THE author of this translation is already well known by his labours in editing the text of Catullus ; and when we took up this volume, it was with the conviction that nothing...

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IN Icrue, Mr. Trench has presented us with a story which, for sustained interest and graceful writing, would in itself suffice to procure a welcome for future productions of his...

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On the Uses of Biography. By .1. B. Brown. (Lengmans.)—This

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is a 'mature delivered before a society which calla itself "The Bromley Friends in Coattail," and is a favourable specimen of its kind, putting the points of the argument...

Versieuli aliquot Latini. By William Almaok. (Rivingtons.)—This is a little

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volume of pleasing and graceful verses, never rising into great excellence, but written with care and considerable skill. We give as a specimen of Mr. Almaok's powers a version...


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Folk Farina. By Ouida. (Chapman and Hall.)—We do not like Guide's books, with their pictures of profligate life, imitations of Guy Livingstone, and perpetual analysis of sexual...

Harry Disney : an Autobiography. Edited by Atholl De Walden.

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3 vole. (Tinsley.)—The author deserves some credit for his ingenuity in putting this " autobiography " in the mouth of a monk of La Trappe. We shudder indeed to think of the...

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The Alpha : a Revelation, put no Mystery. By Edward

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N. Dennys. E'ourth Edition. (3. Burns.)—We commonly do nothing morn than record the appearance of "fourth editions." But the volumo before us must not be so treated. It contains...

Jfy Heroine. (Tinsloy.)—" I have never seen such an embodiment

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of purity and innocence as Geraldine St. Vincent," says the author, Geraldine St. Vincent being "My Heroine." Wo fool quite certain that if she was, she had not studied such...