26 OCTOBER 1878

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The Times' correspondent with Sir Neville Chamberlain's Mission describes the

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interview between Major Cavagnari and the Afghan commandant at Ali Musjeed, and from his account it is evident that no insult was offered to us. We did, however, grant, as we...

Lord Lawrence has addressed another most able letter to the

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Daily News, protesting against the war altogether. He believes that invasion will produce a violent and bloody struggle, which would end in the deposition of Shere Ali, and...

The cost of this needless Afghan war will be very

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great. Ex- penditure in war depends mainly upon the time consumed, and it is difficult to see how the conquest is to be completed in leas than two years. The army of invasion...

Why is the Government keeping back the Afghan papers ?

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It promised those relating to Sir Louis Telly's negotiations ; and there are papers of vital importance, in which Lord Northbrook rejects the advice of Sir Bartle Frere to...


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A LL the papers have received telegrams from India stating that the reply brought from Cabul by the British Envoy, Gholam Hussein Khan, is unsatisfactory and unconciliatory ;...

Sir Stafford Northcote denies that he has been stumping the

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Midland Counties this week on behalf of the Government, so we must assume that he has not been stumping them, but only going through one or two of them, making as many speeches...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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In the speech at Dudley, Sir S. Northcote dealt with

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the charge against the Government that it has ridden rough-shod over the privileges of the House of Commons, which, he said, was disproved by the continued confidence displayed...

In his chief speech at Birmingham, the Chancellor of the

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Ex- chequer represented himself as engaged in a sort of game at lawn- tennis across the garden-wall dividing him from the Opposition, in the mode recently suggested by Punch ;...

The Hapsburgs are going for once to overcome Hungarian opposi-

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tion. Herr Tisza, the Premier, hinted to a private meeting of his fol- lowers, held the day before the Pesth Parliament met, that within two years Bosnia and Herzegovina would...

The accountants and solicitors ordered to report upon the affairs

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of the City of Glasgow Bank published their report on the evening of Friday week. It is almost appalling in its frankness. The managers of the Bank had treated bad debts to the...

The anti-Socialist Bill in Germany has become law, and has

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been immediately applied. The President of Police has already prohibited four associations,—the " Association for the Protection of the Labouring Population of Berlin," the "...

The Duke of Cambridge on Thursday delivered a speech to

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Company of Haberdashers, at Gresham Street, which must sound ominous to Sir Stafford Northcote. He maintained that as England would not submit to be anything but a great nation,...

It is announced, in a Renter's telegram of October 24th,

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that the Sultan has signed the scheme of reform for Asia Minor pro- posed by Lord Salisbury. Under this scheme, " Europeans " may be appointed inspectors of finance, of the...

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The Society for the Protection of Animals Liable to Vivisection

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held a very successful meeting last week at Southampton, under the presidency of the Bishop of Winchester, who laid down the broad and just principle that even admitting that...

The Home-rule Confederation has met in Dublin this week,— after

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the publication of a warm protest from Mr. Butt, who did not attend it,—but no reports of its secret proceedings were allowed, and even the public proceedings are briefly and...

Cardinal Cullen died somewhat suddenly in Dublin on Thurs- day

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afternoon. He had been in delicate health for a year back, but it was not till last Wednesday that any immediate danger seemed to exist, and even on Thursday morning he was able...

The discussion which arose last week on Mr. Adam's speech

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concerning the judgment passed by the country on the foreign policy of the Government, has been misdirected into a general discussion on the result of the various elections...

The manager of the Westminster Aquarium, who had advertised, to

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the great dismay of London, that he would produce there in November some of the tableaux of the Oberammergau Passion Play, has been induced by the protest of Cardinal Manning...

Mr. Edison's patents for the development of the Electric Light

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have been granted by the Patent Office at Washington, and a Company has been formed to light New York. They have also been filed in London, where there is a rush of electricians...

The Bishop of Manchester, in preaching at Oawestry last Sunday

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on behalf of a cottage hospital, drew a very striking picture of the organised frivolity of both the fashionable world and the leisure days of a large part of the operative...

Consols were on Friday 94- to 941.

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THE JUSTICE OF THIS WAR. I T is time, as the Ameer will not yield, and British armies are gathering fast, to ask wherein consists the justice of this invasion of Afghanistan ?...

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THE Chancellor of the Exchequer at Birmingham and Wolver- hampton was full of modesty. No one can charge him with feeling any approach to pride in the existence of the...

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TN Cardinal Cu ll en the Church of Rome has lost a very I efficient field-officer in Ireland, and the strict denomina- tional system of education a powerful supporter. From...

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THE first effect of the Report upon the affairs of the City of 1, Glasgow Bank, drawn up by Messrs. Anderson and M'Grigor, and published on Saturday, upon ordinary minds is...

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regenerating " Asia Minor is at last becoming clear, and we do not remember to have received a feebler one, even at their feeble hands. The steady and very natural refusal of...

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THE PARIS EXHIBITION. T HE Paris Exhibition is virtually over. The

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rewards have been distributed, and already there is the speech-making betokening the end. The Prince of Wales has been thanked by the English jurors and exhibitors for his...

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A LMOST everybody, we suppose, even from the Agnostic and the Secularist to the Roman Catholic, will be relieved by the announcement that the Ammergau Passion .Play,—;if,...

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E NGLISH Middle-class people, by which we mean just now people with small realised properties besides incomes from work, are at this moment not happy at all. Peace has departed...

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A SPANISH BULL-FIGHT. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE . 4 SPECTA.TOR.1 Sta,—The small town of Amelie-les-Bains, in the Eastern Pyrenees, close to the Spanish frontier, under the shadow...

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[TO TEl EDITOR OP THR " SPHOTATOR."] SIR,—Perhaps the best answer which I can make to your remark that I appreciate but feebly the spiritual life of the Anglican Church, will...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] Srn,—In one of the introductory paragraphs of last week's Spectator you charge Mr. Baldwin Brown with inconsistency, for "speaking with a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In the spring of 1877, my gardener was requested to try to rear a pair of young blackbirds. He fixed on one nest, in some ivy, about...


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THE EUROPEANS.* IT is pleasant to see the promise of a new figure in English,—or perhaps, we should rather say, in Anglo-American,—literature,. and there appears to be the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") • SIR, —There is an important point in law, a right understanding of which may calm unreasoning fear. It is this :—The liability of...


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SIR,—The last paragraph of Mr. Layman's letter suggests a charge against the Bishop of Carlisle of having changed his opinion on the legality of the Eucharistic " vestments," by...


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THE " SPECTATOR." Stn,—Respect for "Mr. Layman," and sympathy with his com- plaint (in Congress) that a hymn sung at the Lord's Supper should have penal consequences, .make one...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] IMMEDIATELY on hearing that the Royal family had been arrested, Fersen insisted on the necessity of deciding on the line of policy which they would have adopted...

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ANOTHER book on China, especially a " history of the laws, manners, and customs " of a people we have known so long, would seem almost superfluous. Since Sir John Davis pub-...

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Tins is a melancholy record of the miseries endured for some years in the Bush by emigrants whose habits and education rendered them utterly unfitted for such a life. According...

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THE writer of this book is correct, when he says that information concerning the present state of Roumania is a want admittedly * Three Tears in Roumania. By 7. W. Ozanne....

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" knit," says the author of the work before us—and for reasons to be given hereafter, we prefer to quote his own words rather than those of his translator—" j'ai Cent comma si...

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Origin and Migrations of the Polynesian Nations. By J. D. Lang. (Sampson Low and Co.)—The author of this volume has solved to his own satisfaction the problem of the peopling of...

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A Handful of Honeysuckle. By A. Mary F. Robinson. (C.

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Kegan Paul and Co.)—The "Rime of True Lovers," with which this volume opens, and which is said to be " after Boccacio," is a little poem of such sterling value, that we need not...

Tales from the Old Dramatists. By Marmadnke E. Browne. (Reming-

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ton.)—Mr. Browne has made an interesting and useful book out of his sub- ject, though he has given us something different from what his title would lead us to expect. We...

The Annals of Tennis. By Julian Marshall. (Field Office.) —Mr.

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Marshall, himself an accomplished tennis-player, has written what seems to us an exhaustive history of the "king of games." His own modest description of the volume is that it...

Queen Dora : the Life and Lessons of a Little

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Girl. By Kathleen Knox. (Griffith and Farran.)—Dora is a girl who has the good-fortune to be educated by the wisest of parents, who aro happily not wanting in the means to carry...

A Descriptive and Historical Account of the Godavery District, in

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the Presidency of Madras. By Henry Morris. (Trilliner.)—The Godavery District is somewhat larger than Yorkshire, and is a fertile and well- cultivated region, yielding no...

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Among new editions, we have received Captain Burnaby's On Horse-

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back through Asia Minor (Sampson Low and Co.), which has reached a seventh issue.—Gold, by E. W. Streeter (Chapman and Hall), which has reached its seventh thousand, and which...

Messrs. W. H. Smith and Son send us a Map

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of Afghanistan, showing the Indian and Russian frontiers and adjoining countries ; also a some- what enlarged map of the Khyber Pass, and a full description of the country.

A Simple Maiden. By Leslie Keith. (Marcus Ward.)—This is as

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good a number as we have seen in the " Blue Bell Series." Hester and Rose are the two heroines, and the shallow selfishness of the one and quiet, deep devotion of the other are...

The Lord Hermitage. By James Grant. 3 vols. (Chatto and

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Windns.)—We suppose that this novel was written at a time when authors, "royal and noble " or other, were doing their best to stir up the mind of the British public against...

Occasional Sermons, preached before the University of Cambridge, and elsewhere.

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With an Appendix of Hymns. By Benjamin Hall Kennedy, D.D. (Bell and Sons.)—The sermons contained in this volume are, for the most part, considerably above the average of similar...

The Crimean Campaign with the Connaught Rangers (1854-55-56.)— By Lieutenant-Colonel

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Nathaniel Steevens. (Griffiths and Farran.)— We must not quarrel with an old Crimean soldier for sounding an alarm at what he considers to be " Russia's insatiable ambition."...