27 FEBRUARY 1875

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The great case of "Chariton v. the Canadian Oil Wells

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Corpora- tion," in which Sir John Hay, Sir Seymour Blane, Mr. Eastwick, Mr. 1I.Ciillsgh Torreus, and Mr. Francis were sued for moneys obtained on prospectuses alleged to be...

The second reading of the Army Exchanges Bill was carried

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.on Monday by a majority of 97-282 to 185—some Liberals of military proclivities voting with the Government. Mr. Hardy, in explaining his measure, stated that it had been forced...


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T HE Republic was legally established in France on February 25th, when a Bill defining the President's functions was finally passed by 436 to 262, a majority of 174 in a House...

The first speech in reply was Mr. Trevelyan's, which we

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have quoted elsewhere, and which was brimful of knowledge and illus- tration, but the most telling one was that of Mr. Lowe, who has been Under-Secretary for War. He affirmed...

The Legitimists are very sad, and the Bonapaxtists very irritated

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at their defeat. They have endeavoured throughout the debates to defeat both the Senate Bill and the Bill on Powers by incessant amendments, most of them intended to attract the...

G n i * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Lord Lyttelton moved on Tuesday in the House of Lords

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the second reading of his Bill for legalising the increase of the Epis- copate, by the subdivision of dioceses now too large for effective supervision by a single Bishop, and...

The Stroud election resulted in the return of the Liberal

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can- didate, Mr. Marling, a local magnate, who represented West Gloucestershire in the Parliament of 1868-73, but did not come forward at the general election of last year. He...

The Bishop of Peterborough moved on Thursday night the second

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reading of his Church Patronage Bill. Its chief idea is to put it into the Bishop's power to veto unfit presentations. A. Bishop may refuse a presentee who has not been three...

Sir Stafford Northcote is not gaining ground as a statesman.

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His Friendly Societies' Bill, which was discussed on Thurs- day night, is not merely a compromise, but a see-saw,—an embodiment of inconsistent ideas. The Bill is approved both...

The Exeter Reredos case has been decided by the Privy

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Council with its usual good-sense. Lord Batherley delivered judgment on Thursday, reversing the decision of the Dean of Arches as regards the Bishop's jurisdiction and...

The trial of the Guicowar as an accessory in an

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attempt to murder the British Resident at Baroda has commenced, appar- ently without any protest from Serjeant Ballantine against the competence of the tribunal That tribunal,...

There was a short discussion yesterday week on some proposals,

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made by Mr. Newdegate, in the view of restricting the time given to public Bills introduced by private Members of the House of Commons, and so killing off at an earlier stage...

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A Scotch deputation waited on Sir Stafford Northcote yester- day

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week, to represent to him the grievances of the Scotch farmers in respect of the dog and gun tax. The dog tax was a griev- ance to all who kept sheep, and were therefore...

The Pope has addressed an Encyclical to the Prussian Bishops,

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telling them that the Falck laws are invalid, as no temporal ruler can interfere in things which concern the service of the Church or deprive Bishops of their functions. All...

Sir Charles Lyell, the greatest English geologist, probably the greatest

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geologist who ever lived, died at the age of seventy- eight, in Harley Street, on Monday last. He was one of our widest-minded scientific men, keeping his mind open to the very...

Sir Henry James on Tuesday asked for a Select Committee

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to inquire into the circumstances attending the making of foreign loans, and made a most amusing speech. He took as crucial in- stances the loans effected by Honduras for...

The Colonial Office is embarrassed by anew difficulty in the

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Langalibelele affair. Lord Carnarvon restored the Potini tribe absolutely, but there were political objections to restoring Langalibalele, who hail disobeyed a legal summons,...

The Editor of the Frankfurter Zeitung, a Liberal paper, not

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at all given to Romanism, quite the reverse, has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for three months for publishing in his paper a translation of an article—" A Week...

The correspondence as to the contest at Liskeard between Mr.

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nommen and Mr. Courtney has been succeeded by a still more trivial correspondence as to the last contest at Stroud between Mr. Brand and Lord Bury. Lord Bury charged Mr. Brand...

Consols were at the latest date 93i.

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THE THIRD FRENCH REPUBLIC. G REAT changes in France are always made under the influence of fear, and always partake, therefore, more or less of the nature of coups d'etat....

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L ORD LYTTELTON has so strenuously exerted himself to lighten his ship,—that is, to cast out of the Bill for the in- crease of the Episcopate all the elements which most...

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T HE defeat of the Liberals on Monday night upon the second reading of this Bill is of excellent omen for the Liberal cause. For the first time this Session, the Ministry...

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ROME. I N some respects Mr. Gladstone's last pamphlet is abler than- his first, but it is hardly in those respects which would best justify his first. The weakness of Mr....

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THE OIL WELLS CASE. T HE great body of Investors will

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not derive much comfort from the Oil Wells Case. The jury separated without a verdict, and the general effect left by their inability to agree, by the charge of the Lord Chief...

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A WRITER in the February Cornhill has expounded an hypothe- sis of Dr. Brown-Sequard,—the great physiologist (and vivi- zectionist), who has studied so long and so earnestly the...

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IDNGLISHAIEINT always say they are indifferent to foreign- 124 opinion, and when foreign opinion is hostile, their indifference is probably real. If they are educated men, they...

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TIEW will be inclined to quarrel with the latest pronunciamiento I of the Italian patriot. Clerical and Liberal may alike wel- come his exchange of the sword for the...

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A LETTER FROM PARLS.—II. [By A. SUPERFICIAL OBSERVER.] IT has probably been the lot of most householders in London personally to conduct visitors from the provinces through the...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] think there is one element you have entirely left out of consideration in your able article on Dr. Kenealy's election for Stoke. Did you...


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REGIMENTAL EXCHANGES. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sta,—Your interest in the subject of Regimental Exchanges in- duces me to ask you to give publicity to the following...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATDR.") Sin,—Your article on "The Tipperary Election," in common with all the other comments I have read, treats the question of John Mitchell's...

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HEYWOOD'S DRAMATIC WORKS.* THESE volumes belong to the same series of reprints as the edi- tion of Dekker which we lately noticed, and comprise in like- manner the dramatist and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your issue of Saturday last there appear certain.stricturea on the Bishop of Lincoln's advice to the Vicar of Owston, with regard to...


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THE PLAINT OF MOSCHUS. WOE! woe ! See yon the mallows a-dying around in the meadows :- See yon the fresh green parsley, and dill so curling and bosky :— Live will they all once...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The following concise problem in economic science and free- trade principles arises out of the state of facts disclosed by the...

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PROFESSOR MASSON'S ESSAYS.* THESE essays, with a single and comparatively

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unimportant exception, have seen the light before, and are reprinted from a volume published by Mr. Masson in 1856. Besides the paper which gives its unfortunate title to the...

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the biography of a distinguished lawyer is in- teresting only to lawyers or his relatives. Few lawyers indeed have attained to posts of the highest eminence without in some way...

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GIA.NNETTO.* Tars slight story is perhaps even more admirable a

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subject for artistic treatment than the treatment which it here receives is admirable, though that is sufficiently graceful and fascinating. Lady Margaret Majendie has taken a...

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nearly 800 pages) is the first of a series of five, the plan of which is to condense into a few thousand pages the whole mass of available knowledge as to the native races of...

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Lives of the Saints. By the Rev. S. Baring-Gould. July. 2 vols. (Hodges.)—Mr. Baring-Gould pursues with diligence a task which he finds, it is to be hoped, interesting as well...

The Management of Infancy and Childhood in Health and Disease.

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By Howard Barrett, M.R.C.S. (Routledge.)—Mr. Barrett's book may be taken as containing the latest ideas on the subject with which he deals, and is undoubtedly an improvement on...

Winning the Battle. By Gabriel Trotburn. 2 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—The

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battle is very easily won by the handsome six-feet- three hero of this tale ; for a rich old lady, of a wide generosity, takes him up, and one of the first engineering firms in...

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with all the distinctive charm of the literature to which

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it belongs. 'These dwellers in the North, with a certain simplicity of their own mingle a Southern passionateness, and so form admirable subjects of romance. And there is, too,...

Greed's Labour Lost. By the Author of "Recommended to Mercy."

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3 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—This is in part an autobiography. In the first portion of the tale the heroine tells the beginning of her story, and confesses with edifying penitence...

Cook's Tourist's Handbook in Switzerland. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— This is

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a good book as far as it goes, and it is written with a certain liveliness of style. Of course it cannot pretend to compare with such handbooks as Murray, Baedeker, or...