27 APRIL 1878

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One of the most important events of the week has

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been the utter rout of the ' Jingo' party at Tamworth. Mr. Ilanbury, it will be remembered, resigned his seat, to accept the seat vacated by Sir Charles Adderley (now Lord...

On the 25th of July last year General Trepoff, head

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of the Russian Police, while visiting the prison at St. Petersburg ordered Bogoluboff, a political prisoner, to his cell for impertinence. The young man, indignant, did not...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.


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T HE history of the week tends to beget the suspicion that some one is striving to gain time. Nothing advances, except the armaments, and they advance rapidly. The new...

The Indian Government has taken up the necessary transport for

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its native troops, seven steamers and twelve sailing-vessels, and they are to leave Bombay before the end of the month. The entire division will be commanded by General Ross, an...

Prince Gortachakoff has been very ill with an attack of

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typhus fever, and Prince Bismarck has been a little ill with an attack of shingles. Both are recovering, but it is probable that the elder Chancellor will take advantage of his...

The Pomaks, or Mahommedan Bulgarians, in the villages scattered through

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the Rhodope have complicated the situation by rising in insurrection. According to some accounts, they have risen in consequence of Bulgarian oppression, but according to...

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The Employers published their reply on Thursday. That reply hardly

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recognises the full candour of the operatives' statement, treating the offer to submit to a reduction of wages, if accom- panied by short time, as a mere subordinate and...

The Manchester Examiner quotes from the Era a strange advertisement.

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Mr. Charles Williams, who sings " the greatest war-song on record " at four music-halls, appends to his an- nouncement a note in these words :—" Lieutenant-General Sir T. M....

The first Encyclical of the new Pope was published on

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the 25th inst. It is difficult to form a decided opinion about it be- fore its text has arrived, but according to the synopsis forwarded to the 7 inits, the Pope, though more...

The Cotton-weavers of Blackburn and East Lancashire pub- lished on

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Monday a very able and extremely temperate defence of the strike against the ten-per-cent. reduction in wages of which notice has been given by the employers. We have discussed...

Keble College opened its dining-hall and library on Thurs- day,

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St. Mark's Day, which was of course a day of festi- val and of eloquence, without which an English festival is never held. Mr. Gathorne Hardy proposed a toast to " The Unknown...

the Treaty of San Stefano. It would have Bosnia, the

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Herze- govina, Bulgaria north of the Balkans, Epirus, Thessaly, and Macedonia, and we presume the Islands, taken away from the direct government of Turkey, and, raised to the...

The Marquis of Ripon, in addressing the Co-operative Con- ference

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in Downing Street on Monday last, stated that he regarded strikes and lock-outs as measures of so dangerous and important a character, that though they might be quite...

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A shocking case of cruelty, though too common, we fear,

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at sea, is reported from Falmouth. Charles Cooper, an apprentice, went on board the barque Maggie Dixon,' " stout, healthy, and good-tempered ;" but the captain, R. Proudfoot,...

A correspondent of Thursday's Tinzes calls attention to a matter

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which is of the greatest importance to the investors in English Railways,—the tendency of some Companies to place to the -capital account, in relation to lines already open, an...

Consols were on Friday 94i- to 94i.

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Mr. Bright, in attending yesterday week an annual Conference of

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the Lancashire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire Sunday-school teachers, -held at Rochdale,—a Conference representing, it is said, the teachers of between 400,000 and 500,000...

Professor Henry Smith has, we regret to perceive, identified himself

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with the anti-Russian party in his candidature for Oxford University. Mr. Laing, of Corpus Christi College, writes to yesterday's papers to say that Professor Henry Smith has "...

The Debats has produced some curious statistics of the amount

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of stammering among the French people, as proved by the rejec- tions for the Army on that plea. There are now about 1,000 rejections per annum for stammering, and it is...

On Tuesday, the Bishop of Manchester followed Lord Ripon in

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connecting the Co-operative movement with the great question of the hour. He said that as the great object of this movement was to help capital to think for labour and labour...

Mr. Butt has finally resigned the leadership of the Home-rule

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party. He informs his Limerick constituents that he regards leadership of a Parliamentary party as a serious thing, and that he cannot hold his position while unable to exercise...

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THE "QUARTERLY REVIEW " ON THE MONARCHY. W E recommend all English politicians, whether Tory or Liberal, who care either for political freedom or for the Constitutional system,...

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I T is absurd for an Englishman, or indeed for a Russian, to be dogmatic on such a point, but we do not think the Vera Sasulitch incident tends to peace. What it shows is that...

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T HE bold attempt made by the Chairman of Mr. Ridley's Committee to prove that Mr. Grey did not owe the large support he received in the South-Northumberland election to his...

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W E are drifting slowly to war, with the assent, if not of her Majesty's Government, at least of the interior Cabinet which controls it. That is the only conclusion which we are...

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THE COTTON-STRTKF. CONTROVERSY. T HE general public are beginning to have

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some materials for judging the merits of the controversy as to the ten- per-cent. reduction of wages amongst the cotton operatives. Messrs. Whalley and Birtwistle, on the part...

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W HENEVER Mr. Macvey Napier judges it right to publish the very entertaining volume of the Correspondence of various distinguished men with his father during his editorship of...

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I F any of the children of this world are justified of their works, the Mechanicians are. Their "wisdom," such as it is, seems to know no limit, and they discover and invent and...

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I T is high time that the question should begin to be asked in good earnest,—By what portion of the nation is the higher education given at our public schools most needed, aud...

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THE DOMESTICATION OF THE HORSE. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPEOTATOR.1 SIR, —Your correspondent the author of the " Book of the Horse " has written a letter in your issue of last...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—You ask me if "1 or my Association have ever intimated that a position not inferior to Ireland or Scotland would be acceptable ? If so,...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:"] SIR,—I think you will

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like to know that your correspondent is correct as to camels ploughing. On our way to the Pyramids, in the month of March, 1874, we saw a camel and cow, harnessed together,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The difficulties with which Bishops have to contend in upholding and enforcing the Laws Ecclesiastical are so great, that I feel sure...


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It,--The valuable remarks made in your short notice of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol's conduct in the matter of St. Raphael's induce me to furnish you with the following...

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APRIL, 1878. HOME from the tideless sea, Home with the swallows from that sunniest shore, From Cannes and Nice, Menton and Genova,— In the sweet April we Are at our own dear...


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A VOYAGE IN THE ' SUNBEAM.' fi "Come, let us mount our gallant ship, Spread canvas to the wind; And steering for the southern seas, Leave cold and care behind." So sang...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—As some exception has been taken by you, and in another journal, to the statement, in my " History of English Humour," that for want of...

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to see the refined gold of Holy Writ gilded by homiletic exegesis, and who do not feel that the difficulties which beset their faith are smoothed by exhaustive descriptions of...

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ONE of the characteristics of the growing, if very gradual, popular illumination of the various paths of Art, is that each generation seems to delight in and encourage towards...

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THE FERN WORLD.* MOST persons who know anything about the

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charming plants of which Mr. Heath is so ardent a lover are familiar enough with the habitations not unfrequently assigned to the tribe of ferns in the odd corners of gardens...

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Fr was Cowley, we believe, who said that if a person were to undertake to translate Pindar word by word, it would be thought that one madman had translated another. To this we...

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THE author of the Christian Year scarcely showed his accustomed insight into the workings of the human heart when, in some of his most beautiful verses, he asks, " When the...

SKETCHES OF THE SIEGE OF PARIS.* Tins second portfolio of

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MM. Lawn and Veron's bulky work contains a good deal that most people would care to see, and much that must be interesting to Parisians, and persons inti- mately acquainted with...

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Lyra Hibernica Sacra. Compiled and edited by the Rev. W. Macllwaine, D.D. (M'Caw and Co., Belfast ; George Bell and Sans,. London.)—This is a welcome addition to the already...

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Riffs in the Veil. (W. H. Harrison.)—Spiritualism is not happy

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in its literary efforts. In Rifts in the Veil we have one of its completest failures. This well - printed, prettily - got - up volume contains a collection of...

Illyrian Letters. By Arthur J. Evans, B.A. (Longmans.)—Mr. Evans visited,

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as correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, Bosnia, the Herzegovina, Montenegro, and the neighbouring provinces, and publishes hero a selection from his letters. He wont...

Like Dian's Kiss. A Novel. By Rita. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)— It would be a tempting of fate to say that this is the worst novel we could possibly be condemned to read, and so we will only say that it is the worst novel that, so far...

Side-Lights on Scripture Texts. By Francis Jacox,BA. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Mr.

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Jacox has written another book which, like its pre- decessors, may bo described as the despair of critics and the delight of readers. We trust that many of those who see this...

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Forget-Me-Note. By Julia Kavanagh. 3 vole. (Bentley and Son.)— This

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book comes to us with all the regretful interest that attaches to the last work of an accomplished writer. Though Miss Kavanagh had not passed beyond middle ago at her death her...

The English in South America. By Michael G. Mulhall. (Stan-

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ford.)—The odd, uncomfortable, foreign type in which this book is printed (at Buenos Ayres) makes it unattractive ; but there is a good deal in it worth reading, and the general...

The Trumpeter of Sakingen : a Song from the Upper

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Rhine. By Josepbh Victor von Scheffel. Translated from the German by Mrs. Francis 13t iinnow. (Chapman and Hall.)—The critic has little to say when he finds among the...

Musical Sketches, Abroad and at Home. By Professor Ella. (William

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Reeves.)—Professor Ella's attractive work makes its reappearance in a third edition, with some alterations and augmentations. Wo do not know any book of sketches and anecdotes,...