26 JANUARY 1884

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T HE Government has resolved eithet to defend Khartoum, or provide that its evacuation shall be accomplished with- .out bloodshed. It has accordingly invited General Gordon,...

Sir Charles Dilke made a spirited speech to his Chelsea

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con- stituents at the Kensington Town Hall on Tuesday. He pointed out that Lord Salisbury had rested his hopes of a speedy Con- servative reaction on the fact that in 1880 the...

In relation to Ireland, Mr. Lefevre did not think that

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there would be any British party in the House of Commons willing to leave Ireland to herself. Her relative importance in the Empire, as measured by population, has steadily...

Mr. Shaw Lefevre, the First Commissioner of Works, made an

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interesting speech at Manchester on Wednesday, which he devoted chiefly to sketching the principles of such a Redistribu- tion Bill as he thought it possible to get through the...

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As to the prospects of the Session, Sir Charles Dilke

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inti- mated that both the Franchise Bill and the Government of London Bill would be passed at once ; that the latter would probably be carried, on the ground that the Lords...

It is impessible to judge from the telegrams whether Khar-

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toum will hold out, and indeed all depends upon the reception of this news. If, when it is received, the disaffected are cowed, and Colonel Coetlogon decides to wait, there will...

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Mr. W. H. Smith attended a great meeting in Dublin

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on Thursday, and made what is for him a fiery speech. He entirely opposed reduction of the franchise. It must be extended to Ireland, and if extended to Ireland, it would...

The French, as yet, are not unfortunate, though they are

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not successful, in their colonial enterprises. They have Tunis, and the capitulations, the point on which Europe has a legal right to resist them, have this week been given up...

King Alfonso has taken the bull by the horns. Convinced,.

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as he alleges, that the Liberal party in Spain is too divided for united action, and that part of it, at least, is not honestly monarchical, be has passed over S. Sagasta, the...

Lord Randolph Churchill made an extremely clever and extremely scurrilous

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speech at Blackpool on Thursday, which will not improve his reputation with the constituencies for political sincerity. The parties led by Mr. Parnell and Mr. Gladstone, said...

As an economical speech, Lord Randolph's was almost as original

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as it was in its political imputations. "Your iron in- dustry is dead, dead as mutton ; your coal industries, which depend greatly on the iron industries, are languishing ; your...

The Conservative counter-policy on the question of Redistri- bution is

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not, and never will be, very important, since every one knows that the Conservatives in Opposition take one view of Reform, and adopt a very different view directly they attain...

It is said that the number of workmen oat of

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employ in Paris begins to alarm the Government. They exceed 100,000 in number, and tell the Red Deputies that if not assisted they will revolt. We have given elsewhere reasons...

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The account of the constitution of the Federal Council for

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Australia, received by this mail, is far more full than the sketches by telegraph. In the Bill forwarded to the Colonial Office for submission to Parliament, the Council is...

Baron Pollock also pointed out that Mr. Cowgill had virtu-

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ally been deprived of the living for sets which, if they had been brought before an Ecclesiastical Court, would not, in the first instance at least, according to recent usage,...

The Scotsman is very angry with the Spectator for denying

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that Scotland has, since the Reform Bill, sent first-rate men to Parliament ; and produces a long list of names in disproof, in- cluding Francis Jeffrey, the Right Hon. James...

A controversy has been raging about the White Elephant all

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- the week. Professor Flower, one of the best living authorities, says the pink patches on him are patches of flesh-colour which show through, owing to the absence of colouring...

Baron Pollock delivered judgment in the Queen's Bench Division of

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the High Court of Justice on Tuesday in the action of Quare impedit brought by Sir Percival Heywood against the Bishop of Manchester, for refusing to institute Mr. Cowgill to...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday IOli to 1011,

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REDISTRIBUTION. S IR CHARLES DILKE'S and Mr. Lefevre's speeches this week open up the question of Redistribution, as one that is urgent for immediate consideration. Mr....

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T HE British Government have admitted the limited re- sponsibility for the Soudan, or rather for the section of it under the direct authority of the Khedive, of which we spoke...

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W E wish some of the speakers, no longer all Radical, but including some Moderate Liberals, like Lord Aberdare and Sir H. Vivian, who begin to allude to a "Reform of the House...

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]3 ARON POLLOCK'S decision in the Miles Platting Case must be taken as settling the question of law as to whether a Bishop has a right to subject a presentee to an interrogatory...

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A STORY was circulated for a moment in London last week, and even appeared in the Times, which suggested that Paris might very speedily be in revolution. It was stated that...

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A PRIVATE Bill will be introduced in the coming Session of Parliament which merits no common amount of public attention and support. It is a Bill "for the prevention of...


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THE E is no limit to the range of party rancour among tt Conservative Party. It used to be the case that when an Act was passed, the battle-cries which had raged over it while...

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N OBODY will be inclined to say that Sir Stafford North- cote's speech about Nothing, was nothing of a speech. Not only was he very entertaining last Saturday, but even more...

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W E wonder what it is that imparts the curious quality of Industry to any people ? No animal except a beaver has it, and no man in the totally uncivilised and, therefore,...

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AST week there was held in Edinburgh a "National Con- ventiou," which declared in favour of the creation of a State Department for Scotland, but to which, rather ominously,...

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THE SOURCES OF SCOTTISH DISCONTENT. [To THE EDITOR OP THE " 8rEcTaroa."1 Sra,—As one deeply interested, but a silent representative on the recent occasion of the great...

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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE "SpEcTATors."] Sin,—The article in the current number of the Spectator on Mr. Mundella's speech at Glasgow on the rural franchise, and its future bearings...


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(TO TIRE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:I S1R,—Can Miss Lupton and her friends seriously suppose that they are doing the poor a service by inviting parents to join in a crusade...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your late papers on the " Happiness " or "Unhappi- ness" of women, is there not one omission,—that happiness is not an external, but...


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[TO TEE ETorros OF THE "SPECTATOR"] 'Sin,—In your notice of Mr. George's proposal, I read,—" There is absolutely no hope in the scheme, unless reduced to an ordinary land-tax,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the Spectator of the 12th inst. you suggested, in re- ferring to Sir Wilfrid Lawson's speech on Home-rule, that the first effect of...

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THE NEW LUCIAN. WE reproduced last week, in our notice of Mr. Trail's book, "The New Lucian," the remarkable dedication prefixed to his volume, as one of the most interesting...


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MR. ALFRED HUNT'S PAINTINGS. AT the rooms of the Fine Art Society,* there is being held at the present time an exhibition of pictures and water-colour drawings by Mr. Alfred...

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ALARIC WATTS.* THERE are some lives—like John Sterling's, for example,—which • there was no intrinsic reason for writing, and which might in- deed well, or even better, so far...

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MR. GALLENGA'S IBERIAN REMINISCENCES.* OF Mr. Gallenga's latest work it

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is no praise to say that it is eminently readable. His style, pointed, incisive, attractive, always compels interest; rapid and fluent, he carries the reader with him, in the...

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MRS. OLIPHANT holds so high a place among contemporary writers, that we shall not pay her the poor compliment of con- cealing our dissatisfaction with the account of Sheridan...

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MR. FORMAN'S EDITION OF K.EATS.* THE system adopted by Mr.

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Forman in his edition of Shelley has been followed in this fine and exhaustive edition of Keats. That the editor has done his work with loving care and untiring labour will be...

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MANO : A POETICAL HISTORY.* IT is a great relief

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to turn from the silly stuff which makes up so much of the poetry of the day, from its would-be subtle introspection, its pessimism, its animalism, and paganism, to this finely...

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A NOVEL! Does Mrs. Hibbert Ware really look upon this work of hers as a novel ? It certainly does not realise our modem and common-place conceptions of the kind of book...

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THE STORY OF EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY.* Tim is a disappointing and

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unsatisfactory book—a criticism which we regret to have to make on any work by one who has done so much for Aristotelian scholarship and the higher education as Sir Alexander...

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The Works of Tennyson.—Meaare. Macmillan have issued an excellent small

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edition of the Poet-laureate's works,printed like their globe editions, in wonderfully clear type, and on paper which does not show through,—though, as in every English edition,...

Dictionary of Statistics, by Michael G. Mulhall (Roatledge and Sons),

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is a book the usefulness and interest of which are sufficiently declared by its title. Mr. Mnlhall's previous works have proved his competence to deal with the subject, and we...


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The Trustees of Posterity. An Address to the Junior Liberal Asso- ciation of Aylesbury, October 31st, 1883. By George W. E. Russell, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary to the Local...

Vanity Fair Album. Vol. XV., 1883. ("Vanity Fair" Office.)— There

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is little to be said of this volume. If it is not equal to some of its predecessors, it fails for lack of material rather than from want of skill in execution. We prefer the...

Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. (Elarrison.)—From the preface to the forty-sixth

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edition of this useful compilation we learn that between December, 1882, and December, 1883, the deaths menthe Peers were above the average, twenty-three having died during that...

Kelvington : a Tale for the Turf and the Table.

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By " Whitebelt." (Wyman and Sons.)—We are inclined to think that this tale is some- what contra bones mores. The man who tells the story, in the first person, represents himself...

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NEW EDITIONS.—Vire have received :—A third edition of The Little

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Cyclopo3dia of Common Things, by the Rev. Sir G. W. Cox, M.A. (Swan, Sonnenschein, and Co.) A handy book the usefulness of which would be much enhanced were the reasons more...