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T HE event of the week has been the publication of a long letter from the National Government of Poland to Prince Czartoryski, in the front page of the Moniteur. The letter...

Our Confederate contemporary assures us that England is still very

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popular in the Confederate States, though Lord Russell is not. If so, we think the monstrous insults and injuries inflicted, according to Mr. Belshaw's account, on himself and...

Lord Teynham's inspired pen has produced an address to the

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non-electors of Great Britain, as personified in the person of Mr. Harper Twelvetrees, which will bear comparison with ti.c highest specimens of revolutionary oratory. Lord ham...


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interest now appears in the SrecrAron. an I will be continued, either weekly or at short intervals. giving an Account of the Great Governing Families of England in Relation to...

Sir Robert Peel has been the hero of an unusual

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scene at Tamworth. The seat vacated by the accession of Lord Rayn- ham to a Marquisate is contested by Mr. John Peel, of Middle- ton, " who will vote for Lord Palmerston," and...

A recent attempt at assassination has enabled the Russian Government

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to treat Warsaw with still greater severity. On the 19th inst., as General Berg was passing near the Zamoyski Palace, explosive shells were dropped into his carriage. The bombs...

President Davis has withdrawn Mr. Mason from London, on the

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ground that " the Government of her Majesty has determined to decline the overtures made through you for establishing by treaty friendly relations between the two Go- vernments,...

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The Emperor of Russia opened the Session of the Fin-

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nish Diet in person on the 18th inst. His Majesty observed that he had long intended to assemble the States, but " supe- rior considerations, the appreciation of which is...

The free Australian colonists threaten that if transporta- tion is

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resumed to Western Australia they will all pass laws for transporting their criminals to Great Britain. The threat is, of course, not serious, as the Governors would veto any...

Mr. Forster made, on Tuesday night, at Leeds, a speech

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on the American war, which was the most tem- perate and judicial estimate of its real purpose and significance that has yet been delivered to any public assembly in this...

General Gilmore reported on the 10th September the evacu- ation

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of Morris Island—that is, of Forts Wagner and Gregg— by the Confederates. The order to carry Fort Wagner by assault had been given, when a deserter came into the lines, and...

On Tuesday the Mayor and Corporation of Liverpool, who had

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already given a ball to the Admiral, gave a dinner to a hundred of the picked sailors and marines of the fleet. They were amply supplied with beef and pudding, beer and grog,...

The Hon. E. Ellice, the well-known member for Coventry, expired

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last week on his own estate in the Highlands, in the 80th year of his age. The son of an Aberdeen farmer who gained great wealth by trade in America and Canada, the whipper-in...

The Richmond correspondent of the Times reveals a new view

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of the currency question. While remarking that "the siege of Charleston is just commencing," he adds a doctrine tha t will puzzle our currency philosophers. " There is such...

The French semi-official papers affirm that the British Government has

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agreed to recognize the Archduke Maximi- lian at once. We sincerely trust the report is, at present, premature. If the Mexicans like to have an Emperor, or France to have a...

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Mr. Bass, in a speech at Derby yesterday week, referred

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very politely to a statement in these columns some little time back, to the effect that the average English wheat harvest might probably be reckoned at about 6,500,000 quarters,...

The Bench of Magistrates at Castle Hedingham have shown more

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sense than the coroner's jury. They have committed Mrs. Smith, the woman who beat the dumb Frenchman to death for bewitching her, and Stammers, the builder, who assisted her in...

The Prussian Government has finally refused to consent to the

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Austrian plan for the reform of the Germanic Bund. The form of refusal is, of course, polite, being a partial acceptance, on the condition that all the main propositions shall...

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Social Science is only an inaccurate term for the whole

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body of opinion on public questions which need thorough discussion by real students, but which are either not suitable or not ripe for Parliamentary discussion. A volunteer...

But little progress has been made with the inquiry into

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the mysterious deaths at Wolverhampton and Dudley. A man named Cheenery was found dead some weeks since in a locked- up house at the former place, his head being hacked nearly...

"L. P." writes to the Times, imploring contributions towards the

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" Mothers' Kitchens" of Blackburn. Although the dis- tress has decreased, it will still be terrible this winter, and the health of the operatives is beginning to give way. There...

The barristers are getting restive. We understand that at the

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last Liverpool Assizes a case occurred in which the Judge had to interfere between hostile Queen's Counsel of high standing, and in the Common Serjeant's Court, on Tues- day,...

It is announced, apparently on good authority, that Gene- ral

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Franklin, who was supposed to have been sent to Mobile, has really quitted New Orleans in order to enter Texas. He is accompanied by nearly thirty thousand men, with whom he is...

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MR. FORSTER ON THE MEANING OF THE AMERICAN WAR. M R. FORSTER'S speech at Leeds is one of the ablest, and will be one of the most effective yet uttered upon the American war. It...

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T HE magistrates of Leigh have been baited into a breach of the unwritten law, which ordains that Englishmen sitting in judicial capacity shall never defend themselves. The fact...

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I T has o ft en been supposed that the one vice of a paper con- stitution is that it is paper, and that paper will tear. The great spectacle of the North American democracy—nay,...

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W EARILY, though without despair, we once more call the attention of our readers to that strange series of battles, manifestoes, intrigues, diplomatic struggles, and poli- tical...

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I T is a very common practice of the Confederate organs in this country to dilate on the social contempt and hatred with which negroes are reg arded by Northern Americans, and...

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W E doubt whether we, " the heirs of all the ages," have in- vented any new pleasure by which we shall swell the per- manent inheritance of our children much more substantial...

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rilHERE is , perhaps, no suffering incidental to humanity which the well-fed find it so hard to realize as the agony of star- vation. They dread that form of death by instinct...

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W E incidentally alluded a short while ago to the prosecution of Cavaliere Fausti in Rome on the charge of treasonable practices, as a case startling in its atrocity even after...

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T HE second history of the Cavendishes, their career as a great Whig House, devoted to the cause which in those days re- presented freedom, the cause, that is, of aristocratic...

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FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] New York, August 12th, 1863. THE flag of the Republic moves steadily forward all along the line, and all the signs indicate that it will not be...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." Dieppe, Sept. 17th, 1863. THAT great work, the " Sartor Resartus," should have contained a chapter on bathing-dresses, and I have no doubt...

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To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIR,—Much interest will be awakened by your " Long Vacation Correspondent's" account of a Protestant minister's sermon at Dieppe. Permit me,...

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DRURY LANE THEATRE is again opened, under the management of Mr. Edmund Falconer. Opinions may differ as to the extent of Mr. Falconer's services to the drama, but no one can...

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FELJX MENDELSSOHN.* A MORE striking and more touching autobiography than the new instalment of letters of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy has not been given to the world for a long...

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M. AIMARD'S STORIES.* AMONG the stories which find their market

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at railway stations or second-hand book-stalls there are few so popular or so saleable as those of Gustave Aimard. Boys in particular devour them, and many grown men, though apt...

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TICKNOR'S SPANISH LITERATURE.* THERE has been in Spain, if anywhere

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in Europe, a very distinct province occupied by literature proper, which is in that country mixed up as little as possible with material science, positive philosophy, or rigid...

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THE aim of this volume is to show the relation which the material bear towards the moral and intellectual resources of a nation. The author deals with his subject in seven...

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WE should probably have allowed this '" Special Prize Ode" to pass without notice, though we find it to be as rich a speci- men of twaddle as ever scrambled into print, but for...

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Better Days for Working People. By the Rev. W. a Blaikie. (Alexander Strahan and Co.)—A well-intentioned little book, addressed to the working classes. Amid a mass of good...

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This volume extends from "Goo" to "Lab." The woodcuts arc'

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nu m er ou s and. g ood, and so far ae we have been able to exami,ne it the articles are accurate and well-executed. We could wish, however, that the, bio g raphical notices of...

Geology for the Million. By Mar g aret Flues, edited by Edward

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Wood, F.G.S., F.R.S.L. (Routled g e, Warne, a nd Routled g e.)—The cheap e st elementary text-book of g eolo g y yet published, and if a little meagro i what can you expect for...

The Rise, Progress, and Present Condition of Banking in India.

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By C. N. Cooke, Es q ., Deputy Secretary and Treasurer of the Bank of Ben g al. (Cranenbur g h, Calcutta.)—The author is deeply impressed with the necessity of g reatly...

The Land Question. By "G. R." (E. Truelove, Strand.)—Thero is

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nothin g in this pamphlet which is not to be found in Mill's "Political Economy ;" but we entirely a g ree with " G. R." that abolition of the present le g al power of be q...

The Poems of George Minimus. No. I. (Hutchin g s and Crowsley,

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St. John's Wood.)—Mr. Minimus has a box full of MSS., but thinks it wiser to publish this pamphlet of 46 12 m o. pa g es "as a sort of sample to be g in with." We cannot help...

Puna Vol. XXX. .(Bradbury and Evans.)—In the volume for 1856,

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the pictures maintain their wonted superiority over the text. There is, however, a certain pleasure and even profit in turnin g over pa g es which remind one—better than...