26 JANUARY 1878

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The first signal of the crisis was the Conservative deputa-

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tion to Sir Stafford Northcote on Tuesday, which urged -upon him that one, at least, of Lord Derby's British in- terests is already seriously endangered, and received from 'him,...


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A NEW crisis, and a dangerous one, is full upon us. On Thurs- day afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, amid cheers from the Conservative benches, informed the House of...

The resignation of Lords Carnarvon and Derby must have been

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an act prompted by an unusual spirit of self-sacrifice and devotion to the public weal. Lord Derby must have felt most 'bitterly the necessity of abandoning a man who has...

Nothing whatever has occurred during the week to justify the

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Ministry in breaking the formal pledge given, through Sir Stafford Northcote, that they would only ask for money on the occurrence of unexpected events. General Gourko has...

The situation in Constantinople 16 indeed deplorable. The bulk of

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the immense population, which is estimated at all figures from 600,000 to 1,400,000—see newest edition of "Johnstone "- is frightened by the crowds of footsore, half-frozen,...

Nothing was publicly known up to Friday evening as to

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the conditions of peace. The correspondent of the Telegraph in Pere indeed affects to forward them to that journal, but then this is the gentleman who reported the cock-and-...

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

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The French Chamber of Deputies was engaged on Monday in

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a warm discussion on the moderation or want of moderation with which the right of invalidating elections had been exercised by the Republican majority. The discussion arose on a...

Mr. Cartwright, M.P. for Oxfordshire, deserves thanks for his pertinent

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question on Monday night as to the policy of Great Britain towards Greece, and Mr. Forster for supporting the in terpel- lation. It is quite clear from the despatch of M....

Sir Stafford Nortlacote moved on Thursday night for a Com-

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mittee to consider the Business Rules of the House of Commons, proposing that he himself should be a member of it, and pro- mising that he would bring before it a few simple...

The King of Spain was married to his cousin, the

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Infanta Mercedes, on the 23rd inst., and the papers are full of descrip- tions of the ceremonial. There is little couleur locale in them, except the refusal of the Duke de...

We regret to observe the spirit in which M. Gambetta's

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organ, the Republique Francaise, is treating the Eastern Question, and especially the relation of the British Government to that question. The great Radical leader has taken up...

The Home-rule amendment to the Address was defeated yesterday week,

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after two nights' debate, by a majority of 253, the motion itself gaining only 48 votes. The chief fea- tures of the debate were Mr. Plunket's amusing speech on Thursday week on...

The telephone has served to amuse the Queen, who always

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takes a great and worthy interest in scientific discoveries. Might she not apply it to a great practical use ? She loves her retire- ment at Osborne, and does not willingly, we...

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'Cardinal Manning, observing what dissatisfaction his refusal to allow the

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Italians of London to join in a requiem for the late King of Italy has produced, telegraphed from Paris his consent to such a requiem for Victor Emanuel, on condition that it be...

The Government of India is so pressed about irrigation works,

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that on Tuesday Lord G. Hamilton asked for a Select Com- mittee to inquire into their utility. Of course, like all other responsible officials, he doubted whether they would...

Truth of last week contained an admirable suggestion for legis-

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lation in relation to the growing evil of wife-beating. It was that the wife of a man convicted of repeated brutal assaults upon her, or of any one aggravated assault leading to...

The cool and determined courage with which the Montenegrins have

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behaved all through this war will, we hope, be rewarded at the peace. After his defeat of Mukhtar Pacha and the retire- ment of Suleiman Pasha, who with his immense force nearly...

The Spelling Reformers have gone in a deputation to the

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Duke of Richmond, who was so impressed by the importance of the subject they broached to him, that he declared himself quite unable to give an opinion on the subject of this...

Some criminal statistics recently published in the Times greatly discredit

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the popular idea that habitual criminals are mainly the product of great cities. In Manchester, no doubt, 16 out of every 10,000 belong to that class, and in Liverpool 11; but...

Consols were on Friday 95 to 95f.

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Mr. T. Brassey delivered on Monday in Westminster a valuable

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lecture on English and foreign labour and the effects of competi- tion. It was too gritty with statistics, but the general effect of it WWI that the English manufacturer could...

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THE NEW CRISIS. P ROVIDENCE would almost seem to arrange political crises to spite the weekly journals. They always happen or culminate late on Friday evening. In the present...

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I N parting with Lord Carnarvon and Lord Derby, and still more in ordering the Fleet to Gallipoli, if the Daily News' information that the Fleet has been ordered to Gallipoli...


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men not likely to become too powerful, and raises supplies for them like a Committee of Public Safety. Munitions are bought with any moneys available, all distributions of pay,...

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S IR MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH has judged wisely in promising a measure on Irish Intermediate Education for the present Session. This is well not only because to pass by needful...

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well-informed correspondent at Berlin, which we printed last Saturday, gives us a consistent and intelligible account of the efforts which have for some time been in progress to...

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A BLUE-BOOK just presented to Parliament announces a very serious and, we fear, very inexpedient change in the administrative arrangements of North-Western India. Lord...

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W E entirely agree, though not always for the same reasons, with the correspondents who so frequently denounce the lenity of the Magistrates towards those found guilty of cruel...

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IF the new doctrine of the rapid selection and sure inheritance of artificial emotions adapted to the peculiar circumstances of men's artificial life be true, we ought to be...

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THE ISLAND OF MACKINAC. Chicago, December, 1877. I HAVE thought that it might be of some interest to some of your readers to know something of an island which is redolent with...

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THE ONLY REMEDY FOR "TILE LAW'S DELAY." (TO ME EDITOR or TIM "SPZOTATOIL1 San,—Mr. Osborne Morgan feelingly reminded us a short time back, that there were 601 cases waiting for...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—" I would rather," in the "Fortunes of Nigel," says Richie Moniplies, when George Heriot was for saving him from his master's wrath, "1...


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BEACONSFIELD TO GRANVILLE. MY dear Granville, 'tis indeed surprising That when you set your simple wits surmising What to my Eastward musings is the clue, You trust in prints...


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THE OLD MASTERS AT BURLINGTON HOUSE. [FLRST NOTICE.] TUE Winter Exhibition of "Old Masters" at Burlington House. is this year of mediocre merit. There are good pictures, one or...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.' ] SIR,—A correspondent has asked you lately why the Danube is oftener frozen than the Rhine. Supposing it to be so, the reason is simple....

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A YOUNG SQUIRE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.* THE Young Squire to whom we are introduced in these volumes is a distinct addition to our portrait-gallery of minor English worthies....

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THIS volume of the interesting and valuable series of "Epochs of Modern History" deserves a little more notice than falls ordi- narily to such books,—and this partly on account...

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Mn. COOKE is one of those artists who were better known ten or fifteen years ago than they are now ; younger competitors and a new style of painting have both tended to obscure...

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GARDENERS AND WOULD-BE GARDENERS.* liarwrrasT&NDD:G the continual production and reproduction

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.43f books of all sorts and sizes upon the art of gardening, it is astonishing how little that art is really understood amongst us. And yet, if we except the Dutch, no nation...

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SOME nine years ago Professor Huxley gave a course of lectures at the London Institution under the title of "Physiography." These lectures (which were afterwards repeated at...

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The Pilot and his Wffe. Translated from the Norwegian of

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Jonas Lie, by G. L. Tottenham. (Blackwood and Sons).—This is a very fresh and vigorous story. It opens with a striking picture of "old Jacob" in his lonely dwelling on Little...

Disappeared from Her Rome. By Mrs. Fred. E. Perkis. (Remington.)

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—This story, though written in a feeble style, is in a certain measure successful. The mystery on which its success depends is well kept, and when it is revealed the reader is...


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The Principles of Science. A Treatise on Logic and Scientific Methol. By W. Stanley Jevons. Second Edition, Revised.—We 'reviewed this book so carefully when it first appeared,...

Sheen's Foreman. By Lady Wood. (Chapman and Hall.)—There are in

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all Lady Wood's novels a degree of originality, joined to a careless strength—we might almost say audacity—of expression, and a breezy energy, that carry her readers on from the...

German and English Dictiona, y. By W. Dwight Whitney and

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August Hjilmar Edgren. (Macmillan and Co.)—Messrs. Macmillan and Co. have added to the list of valuable educational works published 'by them a ccmpendions German-English and...

What He Cost Her. By James Payn. 3 vols. (Ohatto

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and Windus.) —A girl of fierce, independent character makes the acquaintance of a young man under circumstances which make her regard him as some- thing of a hero. The...

The Harvest of a Quiet Eye: Leisure Thoughts for Busy

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Lives. (Religious Tract Society.)—This volume consists of papers which have been published in the Leisure Hour and the Sunday at Home, and were better suited, we think, for a...

A Girl of a Thousand; or, Passages in the Life

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of Laura Bellaire. (Walbrook and Co.)—This is a sketch of a young woman's career, put into an autobiographical form. There is a certain cleverness about it though we should say...

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The Ecclesiastical Calendar : its Theory and Construction. By Samuel

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Butcher, D.D., late Bishop of Meath. (Hodge and Co., Dublin ; Macmillan, London.)—This learned work explains the principles on which the tables placed at the beginning of the...

NEW Enmons.—Among new editions and reprints we may notice Of

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the Imitation of Christ. Four Books. By Thomas it Kompis. (Chap- man and Hall.) This is a very handsome volume. The text of Messrs. Rivington's edition (1876), an unmutilated...

Every Boy's Annual. Edited by Edmund Rentledge, F.R.G.S. (Rout- ledge

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and Co.)—At this time of year boys must be looking out anxiously for reviews of books especially intended for them, and wondering which of the many handsome volumes (for their...

Clergy Directory for 1878. (Bosworth.)—This is the new volume, corrected

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for 1878, of a very convenient and compendious little Clerical Directory, which we have used much and always found accurate. Parliamentary Buff - book, — being an analysis of...