26 JULY 1884

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The Duke of Argyll made a very striking speech in

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the House of Lords on Tuesday, in reply to the very moderate, but very irrelevant, speech of Lord Redesdale, who wanted to persuade. the Government to do what he well knows they...

We have no news from Egypt which is of any

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real worth this week. The liudir of Dongola has fought so many great battles at Debbeh, that it seems almost a. farce to be told of another; but we are told of another, in which...

The Conference has met twice since the financial Commis- sion

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produced its report, but no decision has been as yet arrived at; and there does not seem to be any very sanguine hope that when the Conference pronounces its decision next week,...


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N OBODY pretends to deny that so far as a procession can prove anything, the reform procession which paraded Lon- don on Monday, and which took about three hours in passing any...

The speeches at the various stations in the Park were

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of various orders of merit, the best, perhaps, being Sir Wilfrid Lawson's. He spoke in a slight shower of rain, remarking in reply to the good-natured cry, "Put on your hat,"...

We shall have trouble yet with the Nisero ' question,

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but it is at least to be hoped that the cynical proposal of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Affairs—to close "some ports in the vicinity" of the territory of the Rajah of...

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Cholera is spreading in the south of France, though not

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very rapidly. It is said that there have been cases of Asiatic cholera at Lyons as well as at Arles, Nimes, and elsewhere in the south. At Marseilles and at Toulon the epidemic...

Sir Henry James's exhortation to abstain from all agitation aimed

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at the reform of the House of Lords was not, on the whole, very cordially received. Mr. Bryce expressed the view that, in face of the last crisis, it would be simply impossible...

The Attorney-General addressed the. "Eighty Club" on Tuesday afternoon in

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a very eloquent speech, the burden of which was that the missionaries of Liberalism, as the Eighty regard themselves, ought to be very careful not to raise the question of the...

Sir Stafford Northcote,—who spoke on Tuesday lit Lynn, where he

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urged the claims of Lord Salisbury's son, Lord Oran- borne, to the confidence of the electors,—insisted on the four years' delay in bringing forward Reform, as proving the...

Mr. Gibson's speech at Worcester on Thursday seems to have

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been less violent in its language than his controversial speeches usually are ; but it was not more accurate. He declared that the question of the County Franchise was not...

Mr. Chamberlain replied to Lord Salisbury's Sheffield address by a

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very lively speech, delivered on Wednesday night at a dinner of the Devonshire Club. He remarked on Mr. Goschen's exhortation to us all to be moderate in the face- of the...

M. Ferry still seems to hope that he may settle

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his differences with China without a war. On Tuesday he is said to have stated at the Cabinet Council, that the Chinese Government had deputed the Viceroy of Nankin to settle...

Lord Salisbury's speech at Sheffield on Tuesday was, in the

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main, a reply to the great demonstration of Monday, which he called "legislation by picnic." He treated this great manifesta- tion of popular feeling with the utmost contempt,...

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Lord Randolph Churchill has certainly succeeded in impress- ing the

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Conservative Party throughout the country with his fighting qualities. At the meeting of more than 450 delegates from Conservative associations and clubs in all parts of the...

We greatly regret to record the death of Canon Lyttelton,-

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uncle of the present Lord Lyttelton,—after a very long and painful illness. The Church of England has had few broader or more earnest theologians. More than once he has taken...

The conference of delegates from the Independent Repub- lican Party

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assembled in New York on Tuesday to agree on their statement of principles. They were 457 in number, and sent by 21 different States ; but the great majority—no fewer - than...

The rumour to which we referred last week, that the

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vacant Canonry of Ripon had been offered to and accepted by the Rev. Malcolm MacColl, was true. And we are glad to observe that papers of very different shades of opinion all...

Mr. Justice Watkin Williams died suddenly on the night of

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Thursday week at Nottingham, where be was one of the Judges of Assize, from aneurism of the aorta, a disease from which he had suffered for some time. As he had studied medicine...

" Supply " goes on with a slowness almost unprecedented

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even in our own times, considering that almost everything else has now been postponed to it. Night after night the Irish Members contest every inch of ground in the voting of...

The Edinburgh, Review appears to have ceased altogether to be

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the political organ of the Liberals, or, indeed, of any party at all. In the new number which has just appeared, there is no paper on the political situation, deeply interesting...

Yesterday week two burglars who were chased by the police

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in the neighbourhood of the New North Road, Islington, used their firearms in resisting them to such effect that two of the constables were seriously wounded before the burglars...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1004 to 1001.

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AGITATION AND " MODERA.TION." N O one who listened to the Attorney-General's most elo- quent and earnest exhortation, addressed to the Eighty Club on Tuesday, to agitate for...

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T, ORD SALISBURY'S speech at Sheffield on Tuesday was an attempt to minimise to his own imagination the effect produced upon it by the London demonstration of the previous day,...

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W E have seen few events more full of political promise than the formation in New York of this third party in American politics, which proposes to cast in its lot neither with...

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A MYTH, scientifically considered, is the development of fictitious persons or events, under the stimulus of feeling or desire, from a small nucleus of fact. Strauss wrote his "...

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" L ANCASHIRE has repented of its Liberalism," said the other day a Manchester Tory paper, "and its verdict at the next election will be the verdict of the country." The wish,...

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A LREADY some oats and a few pieces of wheat have been cut in the earliest districts of the country ; and, if the weather should be fine, harvest will be general in the South...


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I T seems strange to those who remember the early history of the Endowed Schools Act to find the policy, as well as administration, of that well-abused measure attacked, not by...

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C ONCEDING at the outset that there is much that is . wholly healthy and admirable in our national sports, we yet believe the present to be a not inappropriate occasion for...

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T HE siege of Paris appears to have had far-reaching effects, of which no one at the time would have been clever enough to discern a trace. It has not merely determined for a...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR,—Having read with great

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interest your article on this subject last week, and also the letter signed by "M.," may I add a suggestion to those made ? The idea of a Representative House of Peers for the...


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REFORM OF THE LORDS. [To THE EDTTOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The Lords have insisted on bringing to issue the question, —Shall they, or the Commons, govern the country ? The...

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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—It seems to me that all your articles on the Reform ques- tion have evaded the essential issue. The Franchise Bill is just or iniquitous...


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superfluous now to say a word upon the need of some change in the constitution of our Upper Chamber. The Peers know it is imminent, they fear its character, and tremble because...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—Your correspondent, "T. G.," will find the Marquis d'Argens duly noted in the "Nouveau Dictiounaire Historique," 1804, and in Watkins' "...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' Sut,—The eminent clergyman who is a Tory, and in politics a pessimist, is probably not a solitary example among his brethren. At the same...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] "Sri,—In your notice last week of our late Bishop, you spoke of him as "brought up as a Dissenter at Homerton," and after- wards "entering...


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[To TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,--21 propos of your admirable critique last week of a new translation of the Psalms, might I venture to add, with refer- ence to Psalm...

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Ste,— On reading the lines on "Philip, our late parish clerk," to a friend, he gave me the following from tombstones in the churchyard of Lurgan, in the North of Ireland :— "No...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—When a writer borrows from himself, be can scarcely be called a plagiarist; nor is it morally wrong to reprint in a book what you have...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J Sra,—The following

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copies from tablets in Cuddington Church, Bucks, 1611, I think, put the Godshill epitaphs, referred to in last week's Spectator, into the shade.—I am, Sir, &c., "Here lieth the...


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"SPECTATOR."] SIB, — In your review of Mr. McCarthy's "England Under Mr. Gladstone, 1880-1884," you express surprise that the "writer imagines George Warrington to be a...


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THE DERBYSHIRE FLYMAN'S STORY. AT Buxton, by the broad, green slopes 'twist the lower town and the higher, On the steep roadside beneath the trees, stand carriages for hire....


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—To your list of curious epitaphs permit me to add the following, which may be seen in the old churchyard at Middle- wich, in Cheshire,...

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BREWER'S REIGN OF HENRY VIII.* [SECOND NOTICE.] IN Mr. Brewer's first .volume he does not reach that great ques- tion of the divorce of Henry and Katharine which, in the greater...

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OHNET'S " IRONMASTER." 0 A FRENCH work of fiction, of which

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140,000 copies have been sold on the other side of the Channel, which has been successfully dramatised in Paris, and adapted both by Mr. Robert Buchanan and Mr. A. W. Pinero to...

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Tux most remarkable fact about this book is that it is edited and prefaced by a memoir of the author at the hands of the Master of Balliol. But there have not been wanting from...

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A CONSECRATED LIFE.* THE Warden of the House of Mercy,

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Clewer, has prefixed to this Memoir an Introduction, in which he endeavours to remove the prejudices felt by the larger number of Englishmen against what is called the...

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IN THE LAND OF MARVELS.* Tuts translation from the Austrian

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and Bohemian popular stories of Professor Vernaleken is a very worthy supplement to the mainly North-German collection of the Brothers Grimm. Of course, the close analogy...

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PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION.* IN these days of scientific—that is, of

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exact thought—education can no longer be regarded as a wholly empirical art. In its practical details empirical knowledge, no doubt, must remain, as Mr. Sully admits, the...


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Cowdray : the History of a Great English House. By Mrs. Charles Roundel!. (Bickers and Son.) — This history was certainly worth telling. Cowdray was built by Sir William...

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Alter Ego. By Austen Pember. (J. and R. Maxwell.)—This is

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a powerful story, turning on the tragical situation of a man who is bound professionally to hold up high ideals to his fellows and is conscious of being himself absolutely...

Salvage : a Collection of Stories. By Hawley Smart. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—Captain Smart's stories are as free from any didactic purpose as Dr. Karl Hillebrand himself would desire, except, perhaps, that they unconsciously point the moral...

Di Fawcett : One Year of her Life. By C.

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L. Pirkis. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—This story is told in a vivid style. The situation, indeed, is one of the social difficulties out of which some- thing may readily be...

The Early Ancestors of the Prince of Wales : an

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Historical Tour. By Shepherd T. Taylor, M.B. (Williams and Norgate.)—These " ancestors " are the princes, majores on the father's side, the Electors of Saxony, and the...

Illustrations of the Author of Waverley : being Notices and

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Anecdotes of Real Charact , rs, Scenes and Incidents. By Robert Chambers. Third edition. (W. and R. Chambers.)—This work was first published in 1822, and a second edition,...

For Ever and Never. By J. Palgrave Simpson. 2 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—Baronets in real life are not, we fancy, worse than other men ; but in fiction they are sadly apt to be wicked. Very wicked certainly is Sir Cyril Norton....

Dr. Benjamin Ridge publishes a new edition of Ourselves :

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Our Food and Our Physic (Charles Higham), very much enlarged from the original, which appeared in 1861, and of which we are told that fifteen thousand were sold in the course of...

Silver and Gold. By Jessie Sale Lloyd. 2 vols. (F.

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V. White and Co.)—This is really very poor work indeed. The first "silver and gold" in the story are furnished by an old man's silver hair, and his granddaughter's golden locks....

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Trafalgar. By D. Percy GaldOs. From the Spanish by Clara

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Bell. (Triibner and Co.)—This is a story of some of the great naval fights of the Napoleonic wars, told—and told, too, in a very vigorous style —from the Spanish point of view....

POETRY.—Love's Offering. By James Hinton. (Remington )- We do not

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know whether or no this volume is earlier in point of time than a collection of verse from the same pen which we noticed in these columns some little time ago. In either case we...

—Indian Lyrics. By W. Trego Webb. (Thacker, Spink, and Co.,

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Calcutta.)—Mr. Webb begins his volume with between thirty and forty sonnets, in which he describes various characters in Indian life, both native and European. The metre chosen...

The Hessians in America. By Edward J. Lowell. (Harper Brothers,

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New York.)—Mr. Lowell treats of an episode in the Revolutionary War that was not very creditable to this country, and was nothing less than disgraceful to the German Princes who...

Slavonic Literature. By W. R. Morfill, M.A. (S.P.C.K.)—The four chief

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sub-divisions of this subject are the literatures (in their early development, it mast be understood,) of Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, and Bohemia. All are interesting, but the...

Profitable Poultry Keeping. By Stephen Beale. (Routledge and Sons.)—" Poultry

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will only pay," says Mr. Beale, repeating the words of the Secretary to the Royal Agricultural Society, "as an accessory to something else." So dealt with, it May be made...

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We have received :—A new edition, revised and enlarged, of

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Homer's Walks in Florence and its Environs. (Smith, Elder, and Co.) The two volumes are exceedingly well printed, and neatly bound.—The Railwa y Companies' Directory for 1884....