27 DECEMBER 1879

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It is officially announced that Mahommed Jan, the officer who

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has commanded in the recent insurrection, has proclaimed. Musa Khan, the eldest son of Yakoob Khan, Ameer of Afghani- stan. This was unexpected, and greatly simplifies the...

The intelligence of the week from Afghanistan is, on the

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whole , a little more satisfactory. . General Bright has still difficulty in sparing any men ; and while Colonel Norman, at Jagclalak, is attacked by the Ghilzais, General...

Lord Lytton, anticipating, perhaps, some excitement in India, has issued

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a "statement," with a very rose-coloured account of the position of affairs. He says General Roberts has 7,500 effeetives in Shirpore, with 2,500 of whom he can defend the...

Sir Garnet Wolseley has, at all events, one of the

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qualities of a General. He succeeds. It was very important to defeat Secocoeni, because on his defeat depended tranquillity in the Transvaal, and he has defeated him. With great...

* The Editors cannot 'undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The French crisis drags. It seems clear that M. de

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Freycinet is the Primo Minister designate, but not clear whether or not he can form a Cabinet, or lay down a line of policy of which M. Gr6vy will approve. Hitherto, M. Gr6vy...

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NEWS OF THE WEEK r E Tory and more than Tory journalists appear to be easily pleased. On Monday, Mr. Waddy,—a staunch Liberal of the Gladstone school,—was returned. for...

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The popular speech to the great audience in the afternoon

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was much feebler. With regard to the Afghan war, Sir Staf- ford maintained that the proof recently given of the formidable and deadly hostility of the Afghan people to our...

Mr. Gladstone is assailed, of course, for everything and anything

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he writes, but we should hardly have thought it worth while to assail him for saying that, strongly as he had publicly recommended, and still recommends, the concession of...

The importance of the French crisis is immensely overrated in

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England. There seem to be a number of politicians who enjoy nothing BO much as thanking God that England is not as other nations are, and least of all as this France,—that...

There was a Conservative demonstration in Leeds this day week,—not

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on the scale of the Liberal demonstration of No- vember, when Mr. Forster, the Duke of Argyll, and Sir Wilfrid Lawson spoke, but still one of largo numbers and much enthu-...

Mr. Bourke, the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Stanhope,

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the Under-Secretary for India, both addressed the afternoon meeting ; Mr. Bourke maintaining that the private agreement between Russia and England, before the Congress of...

The Conservatives are going to contest the London University at

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the next election, and for that purpose have put forward Mr. Arthur Charles, Q.C., the eminent counsel so well known in the Ecclesiastical Courts. They could not have chosen a...

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It is difficult to decide clearly whether the situation in

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Spain is serious or not, because it is difficult to ascertain the feeling of the Army, but the signs point to a revival of the Republican movement. S. Canovas del Castillo has...

The Times calls attention to the immense demand which America

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is making upon Europe for gold. No less than 216,000,000 has been exported there from England and France within four months. The demand is due primarily to the resumption of...

The journal of "Russian Antiquities" at St. Petersburg pub- lishes,

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on the authority, it is believed, of family papers in the pos- session of Count Berg, a curious historical statement. In 1865, the writer affirms, Count Bismarck opened a...

There appears to be some difficulty in the way of

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distributing relief in the West of Ireland. The Guardians say that if works are ordered, wages are raised on the farmers, who arc already distressed ; while if money is given...

Mr. H. Barkley publishes in the Times some intelligence from

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Bulgaria which might make a third-rate English squire's mouth water. He has recently been offered 3,000 acres of deep alluvial soil, able to grow anything, and within two miles...

London has been informed by telegraph that Mr. Edison has

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made another advance towards the use of the electric light for domestic purposes. His friends say that ho has found in car- bonised cardboard a better medium than platinum for...

New Zealand, under its late Prime Minister, Sir George Grey,

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does not seem to have kept its accounts very prudently. The new Administration of Mr. Hall has stated, through its able 'Treasurer, Mr. Atkinson, that not only was there a...

Consols were on Wednesday 971 to 97g.

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THE SHEFFIELD ELECTION. T HE Sheffield Election has resulted in a genuine though rather narrow Liberal triumph, over a very formidable body of not harassed, but petted...

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T HERE is nothing to be made of the news from Afghanistan, until we know accurately the cause and the result of the heavy firing round Cabul heard at Latabund on the 22nd and...


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A GOOD many disagreeable things have been said of this Government by its opponents, but nothing that its antagonists have ever said of it can, to its more thought- ful friends,...

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W E have noticed of late with some dismay the wide spread in this country of an idea which was formerly almost confined to the Continent, that patriotism requires all...

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S IR GARNET WOLSELEY appears to have done his remaining military work exceedingly well. He collected an irresistible force to crush Secocoeni, stormed that chief- tain's...

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T HE Duke of Somerset has just published a little book on "Monarchy and Democracy : Phases of Modern Politics,"* the outcome of which is that the Duke sees almost every poli-...

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T HE effect of adversity upon the tenant-farmers of Berk- shire was seen last week at the Town Hall of Reading. They had asked Mr. Shaw Lefevre to give them an address....

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W E must confess to the intellectual defect, if it be a defect, as it probably is, of finding but little enjoyment in the Mfinchausen style of story, the literature of satiric...

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Among the many difficulties of such an attempt, one (which, however, we think has been exaggerated) springs from the fact that the twilight of the one ideal, as in northern...

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LORD LYTTON'S BREACH OF F.AITII. [To TER EDITOR OF TIM 5PEOTATOR.1 Sin,—In a lecture which I delivered on the 15th inst., at the Chelsea Vestry Hall, I took occasion to point...

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[To Tits EDITOR OP TUE SPECTATOR.] Sin,—I have read with much pleasure a letter from Mr. Macfarlane, which I saw copied into a Belfast paper a short time ago. He does not state...


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(TO TUE EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR:] Sin,—In common with thousands of other persons, I am glad to see the very definite line which the Spectator—the most in- tellectual organ of...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Stn.,—As regards this matter, one or two points seem to me worth considering besides those you touch upon. It is a com- mon observation that...


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ETO TEN EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I was sorry to see your tu quoque to Mr. Cavendish Bentinck on the subject of the disturbances at public meetings.. When I was a boy at...

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A CHARACTER—AND A QUESTION. A DUBIOUS, strange, uncomprehended life, A roll of riddles with no answer found, A sea-like soul which plummet cannot sound, Torn with belligerent...


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[To THE EDITOR OP Iii. " SPECTATOR,") Si, — Your suggestion of a clerical pension fund is better, .f.hink, than the charge on resigned benefices provided by the 1), ces...


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MR. MARK PATTISON'S MILTON.* To write a satisfactory and, at the same time, a brief biography of John Milton, is a difficult task, and we question whether hitherto it has been...

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A BOOR that bears the impress of coming from the writer's heart is sure to appeal directly to the hearts of its readers. It * Work amongst Working-Men. By Ellice Hopkins. London...

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OF the many reactions and reversals of former judgments on historical and other questions wisich this generation has soon,. there is none more noteworthy than that which has...

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THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS.* THE Pagrirn's Progress is always a picture-book

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to the mind of its reader. To the child, who reads the story of Christian with eager, unaccountably solemn pleasure, and. to whom it is all as real as Robinson Crusoe, a whole...

MIND IN THE LOWER ANIMALS.* Tun problem or mystery of

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animals—what they are, and why they are—has interested thoughtful men ever since, perhaps, Adam gave to each animal its appropriate name ; and now Dr. Lindsay has come up for...

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Tins work contains the notes of Mr. Haden upon a recent exhibi- tion of etched work by the great Masters from his own collection, to which was added a series of examples of his...

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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S BOOKS, , ETC. Risen by Perseverance; or, Lives of Self - made Men. By Robert Cochrane. (Nimmo and Co.)—The biographies here set forth are those of...

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BIRTHDAY BOOKS.—The passion for "Birthday Books" seems to be on

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the increase. It is, to say the least, as little annoy- ing to mankind as anything of the kind could be, far preferable, certainly, to the "Whet-you-like-best" mania, which...

The British Almanac and Companion for 1880 (the Stationers' Company)

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supplies, as usual, an abundance of useful and interesting matter. The contents of the "Companion to the Almanac" are articles on "The Mint," "Cyprus," "The Temperance...

The Broken Looking-glass ; or, Mrs. Dorothy Cope's Recollections of

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Service. By Maria Louisa Charlesworth. (Seeloys.)—We wrongly described this little book last week as being a second edition, and as having been published by the Religious Tract...

Tennyson's Songs, with Music. (C. Kogan Paul and Co.)—Mr. W.

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G. Claims, the editor of this work, has undertaken a most arduous task. Assisted as he has been by some thirty-six well known and distinguished authors, the volume is one which...

Messrs. Kogan Paul and Co. have issued an exquisite little

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edition of Tennyson's In Afenioriami, in white binding and on rough paper. It is perfectly printed, and as fit for the pocket as the drawing-room.