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The failures of last week have not been followed by

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any serious calamity. One or two more failures have oeogrred- notably that of Messrs. Wilson and Armstrong, of Alderman- bury—and the shares of several joint-stock companies...

Mr. Disraeli on Thursday moved the second reading of the

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Agricultural Holdings Bill, in a speech which we have analysed elsewhere, and which announced the surrender of the clause making " letting value" the basis of compensation. The...

M. Louis Blanc was followed by M. Madier de Montjau,

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who was , even more vehement, and directed his attacks particularly against those features of the new Constitution which are accepted without a murmur in the United...

Two of the French Ultras broke out on Monday into

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a general at- tack on the Constitution which they have assisted in carrying. M. Louis Blanc made a very eloquent speech,—received in rather alarmed snence by his own...

The Ministry have very nearly sustained a sharp defeat. Mr.

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Disraeli feels it is getting hot, wishes to get part of his host of donkey-carts through Temple Bar before August, and despises Private Members, so he resolved to annex the...


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T HE telegrams received throughout the week about Burmese affairs have been satisfactory, but they are not quite conclusive. It is stated that the King had explained the...

• * 4 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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The debate on the Contagious Diseases Acts, now become annual,

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came off on Wednesday, in the form of the second read- ing of a repealing Bill, and was remarkable chiefly for the con- flict of statistics it produced. Mr. Stansfeld, who now...

The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Asso- ciations held

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its annual festivity this day week, in the Pavilion at Brighton, Lord Colchester being in the chair, and the Duke of Rich- mond the Ministerial hero of the occasion. Mr....

There was quite a 'scene' in the House of Commons

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on Friday week, in a discussion about permitting seamen to receive Advance Notes, the proceeds of which the sailors very often drink. The Government, on the suggestion of the...

Sir Garnet Wolseley's speech to the Legislative Council of Natal,

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asking them to surrender the liberties of the colony to the Crown, was a most moderate and judicious one. He had proposed that the Crown nominees and the elected representatives...

Eton itself does not seem to have been in much

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danger of instantaneous conversion. At least the Mayor of Windsor had to withdraw his permission to use the Town Hall for the American Revivalists, on the representation of the...

Mr. Disraeli, "being on his legs," proceeded to tell the

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House that he saw no reason why the eleven Bills mentioned in the Queen's Speech should not be passed. Four—the Peace Preser- vation Bill, the Artisans Dwellings Bill, the...

Eton and Eton men and the parents of Eton boys,

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and the House of Lords and the nation, have been quite in a nervous flutter all the week about a very harmless visit of Messrs. Moody and Sankey to Eton, which took place on...

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The danger to which Railway Companies expose their pas- sengers

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by neglecting to provide any means of communication between the compartments and the guard has been again illus- trated this week. Miss Kate Dickinson, a young lady of twenty-...

The Kammergericht of Berlin has decided against Count Arnim. It

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declares that the First Court was wrong in finding him guilty of embezzlement, but holds him guilty of having deliberately removed or secreted documents officially entrusted to...

The West End is greatly exercised about Knightsbridge Bar- racks,

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which jut into the Kensington Road, and by attracting low houses and driving away respectable residents are a nuisance to Prince's Gate, Queen's Gate, Belgravia, and...

Yesterday week there was a discussion of some interest in

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the House of Lords on the inadequate training of the teachers in the Irish National Schools. Of 9,900 teachers, the Irish Secre- tary had admitted that 6,100 were totally...

The Duke of Westminster writes to yesterday's Times entreating the

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owners of carriages to instruct their coachmen to loosen the bearing-rein on their fretted horses at the times when they are not actually driving, but only waiting for their...

The last Hospital Sunday in London has yielded a contribution

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certainly upwards of 220,000, and, it is hoped, more than any hitherto obtained towards the funds of the London Hospitals. Yet this seems a very little sum for London to give...

The Master of the Rolls, in distributing the prizes to

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the students of University College, London, on Wednesday, remarked on the fact that the opening of the older Universities to Dissenters had not only not injured the Colleges...

Consols were at the latest date 92j-93.

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A Church Conference on Foreign Missions was held on Tues-

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day in the Hall of the Cannon-Street Hotel, and was remarkable for the importance assigned to India, and for the expression given to an obviously growing idea that more must be...

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THE Ell.h.CT OF THE BANKRUPTCY OF TURKEY. T HERE is one serious mistake which all bondholders and almost all politicians make in discussing the immediate future of Turkey,...

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THE little brush between the French Minister and the Ex- treme Left has not ended to the profit of the latter. M. Buffet had the 'Ultras at a disadvantage, when he asked them...

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educate them up to something very serious. Mr. Disraeli is

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the chosen leader of the Country Party, but that, judging by his Parliamentary history, is not in the least a reason why he should not next week introduce a law prohibiting...

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CONSIDERING that one of the great advantages of our 1..,) Public Schools is the manliness—we may say, in a good sense, the hardness—which they tend to produce, it may per-...

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IT is not desirable, even were it possible, that Mr. Cross's Labour Bills should pass during the present Session. The repeal section which Mr. Cross proposes to add to the Con-...

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M R. GLADSTONE'S sale of his china will not, we fear, be very profitable to himself, for either the buying world distrusts his judgment, or he has missed the top of the market...

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TT seems a strange thing that, though lights and lighthouses 1 have been so long used to convey definite little bits of in- formation to the sailor and the surveyor as to the...

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TT is, perhaps, just as well that Admiral Rous should have 1 written to the Times a letter in praise of Cock-fighting. The Admiral is careful to say that, the law being what it...

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FLOWER-TRAPS. [TO TEE EDITOR OF THE " EPEOTATOR:] Sin, —1 am very sorry that I have been so unfortunate as to be under- stood to be "an illustration of the tendency to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] SIR,—.1 have just read Mr. W. Bence Jones's letter in the Spectator of the 19th inst., on Mr. McCarthy's Waste-land Reclamation Bill. As a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In the Pall Mall Gazette of Thursday, June 17, there appeared a letter under the above title, from a gentleman signing himself " G.,"...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sxa,—I am strongly inclined to believe that you have somewhat over-rated the political significance of the recent election for West...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—It has been said that you can prove anything by statistics.. So it would seem, from the arguments advanced in the House of Commons,...

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(To TEM EDITOR OF THE '‘ SPEOTAT08.1 believe that in a very few lines I can remove your reviewer's doubts as to the accuracy of the author of "Wanderings in New Guinea," and...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Dr. Walter F. Atlee writes to the editor of the Philadelphia Medical Times : — "In a letter recently received from Lancaster,...


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THE FACE OF THE CHRIST. [These Bonnets are based on the controversy respecting the beauty or deformity of Christ, which originated very early, and continued for a long period....

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MR. TENNYSON'S DRAMA.* THERE can hardly be any serious divergence of opinion as to the strength and dramatic spirit of this poem. We will not say that it is Mr. Tennyson's best...

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IT may be thought that there are books enough about the Great Rebellion. Yet, with all that has been published in the way of history, of illustrative comment, and of biography,...

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AN intelligent and full account of the Fiji Islands, before the record has become ancient history, in consequence of the extinc- tion of the islanders, is opportune and...

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MR. TROLLOPE'S novels are to us among the enjoyments of life, but it is with the greatest difficulty that we have read through The Way We Live Now. The author has made a...

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MAJOR-GENERAL SHADWELL'S volume on Mountain Warfare is not and does not pretend to be original. In his modest and sensible preface he explains exactly the motives which led him...


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The Moon: Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite. By Nasmyth and James Carpenter. (Murray.)—This is a very fascinating volume, copious in its scientific...

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The Duke and the Scholar, and other Essays. By T.

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L. Kingdon Oli- phant. (Macmillan.)—The chief contents of this volume are a life of the Duo do Luynes, and another of Fra Salimbene, a Franciscan of Parma, whose life extended...

How I Spent my Two Years' Leave. By an Indian

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Officer. (Samuel Tinsley.)—That an officer on leave should spend his time in making himself acquainted with his native country, and with visits to the Con- tinent and to...

On Fasting Communion. By the Rev. H. T. Kingdom (Longmans.)—

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We are glad to see a second edition of Mr. Kingdon's able and exhaustive book, a book to which, as far as we know, no answer has been attempted. It seems, indeed, almost...

Smoot. Boors.—Alexander the Great in the Punjaub, from Arrian. Book

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V. With Notes. By the Rev. C. C. Moberly. (Rivingtons.) We are glad to see energetic and intelligent teachers carry out the plan of enlarging the interest of their pupils'...

A Manual of Veterinary Sanitary Science and Police. By George

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Fleming. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—These volumes are, of course, of too technical a character for review in these columns. We may briefly commend them to such of our readers...