27 JANUARY 1872

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Of the incidents of the Conference we can mention only

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a few salient features. Mr. Richard, after quizzing with some vivacity the newspapers opposed to his policy, especially this journal, and dealing a hard blow at Mr. Matthew...

Mr. Bright has written a very important letter to The

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O'Donoghue, absolutely disclaiming all sympathy with the Home- Rule cry for Ireland. Hearing that some persons had spoken of him as an advocate of " what is termed Home Rule in...

The agitation in Paris and Versailles during the twenty-four hours

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of uncertainty appears to have been extreme. The Con- servatives, who have a majority, endeavoured to find a successor to M. Thiers, and proposed to Marshal MacMahon to assume...

* • The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case. •

Mr. Disraeli seems to have fixed the Easter week for

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stu mping Lancashire in the Conservative interest. We hope he will find occasion to announce in it the conclusion to which he came long ago, but which he has just formally...

The great Nonconformist Conference has been held this week in

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Manchester, attended by some two thousand delegates, and so far as enthusiasm and unity of purpose go, has been what they would regard as a great success. The principles to be...


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T HE Prime Minister has issued his Circular to the Liberal party, and tells them that " immediately after " the Address and the debate on it, to take place on Tuesday, the 6th...

There has been a crisis at Versailles. M. Thiers, after

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address- ing the Chamber seventeen distinct times in favour of a tax on raw materials, at last declared on Friday week that the debate must end. The Chamber was in wild...

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The Rowdies are baring it all their own way just

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now. Dr. Temple, Bishop of Exeter, as all the world knows, objects to drunkenness, abstains from wine himself, and thinks the Permissive Bill might tend to the good of the...

Mr. Bruce has not only respited the poisoner Christiana Edmunds,

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but has quashed the decision of the Court which tried her by directing that she be sent to Broadmoor as a criminal lunatic. The true reason for this interference with justice we...

Cortes on Thursday on the election of a Speaker, and

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the Moderates, who are in power, were beaten by 171 to 120. S. Sagasta, the Premier, immediately resigned ; but the King, after consulting Marshal Serrano, declared that he...

The second day of the Conference was a little stupid,

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but the third was extremely animated, the emotion rising at times to real passion. On that day Mr. Stitt, J.P., proposed the very strong resolution pledging the Nonconformists...

The first day's meeting was temperate. On it not only

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did Mr. Richard advocate giving Mr. Forster another chance, but Dr. Landells expressed his strong wish not to quarrel with the Government, saying it was probably the very best...

Mr. Watson has been respited, and his sentence changed to

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penal servitude for life, on the recommendation of the judge who tried him (Mr. Justice Byles) and of the Lord Chief Justice (Sir A. Cockburn). No one can help feeling a certain...

moral feeling. A former head-master of Stockwell Grammar-School calls him

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" the unhappy and ill-used Mr. Wat- son" (he does not refer to the unhappy and ill-used Mrs. Watson),. evidently considering that the former School Committee should have- been...

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The Russian Government has at last published in the official

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journal its final view of the Catacazy affair, and a very singular one it is. Prince Gortschakoff holds that rapprochement between England and America is impossible, and...

The Royal Geographical Society is about to despatch an ex-

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pedition in search of Dr. Livingstone, who is believed by those who guide the Society to be somewhere to the Westward of Lake Tanganyika, suffering from sickness or want of...

Mr. Gladstone has been addressed by some Irish Presbyterian memorialists

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anxious to re-extract the often given and very superfluous pledge that he does not mean to establish or endow a Catholic University or College. In reply, Mr. Gurdou briefly...

If Sir John Pakington were a little more of a

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representative man, his speech of last Saturday to the Worcestershire Chamber of Agriculture would be the event of the Recess. He evidently thinks that English tenant farmers...

The author of the recent article on the Proletariat in

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the Quarterly Review objects, in a letter which we publish, to our criticisms ; but he fails entirely, as we think, to meet our main point, namely, the enormous scale of his...

Mr. Plimsoll, Member for Derby, made a speech to his

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con- stituents on Friday week which incidentally offers a curious con- firmation of our remarks on the vitality of titles. The Lords last Session passed a Bill depriving...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 921.

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The Duke of Argyll has appointed Sir Louis Mallet a

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Member of the Indian Council. Sir Louis is, perhaps, the ablest and best instructed permanent official ever employed at the Board of Trade, and may be of the highest assistance...

The Thames Valley below Teddington is much exercised in mind

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as to the foul and unhealthy sewage mud which, ever since the construction of the Thames Embankment, and the consequent in- crease of the scour of the river, the tide has...

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT. P ERHAPS no Administration of our time ever yet got into so many political scrapes as the present Government is in now. It has made some very...

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T HE Nonconformists at Manchester have gone in for a manly and intelligible policy. They demand at last rigidly secular education, and that in all Three Kingdoms, and strictly...

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.E VERYBODY is just now abusing the Provisional Govern- ment of France, but the only grave charge against it, to our mind, is that it is provisional. The French " Consti-...

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P OLITICIANS often complain, more especially in private, of the increasing power of the Press, which, they say, with its constant criticism, renders action almost impossible ;...

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T O us by far the most gratifying speech of the Recess is that which Mr. Graves, the Tory Member for Liverpool, delivered on Wednesday before the local Chamber of Com- merce....

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T RERt has been a new and a most formidable stretch of the Prerogative. The weakest member of the Ministry, but the only one possessed of the power of life and death, has...

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Ts certainty, at least as to matters of fact, a mere sign of human folly and presumption? That, we take it, is the question really raised, if any question is raised, between...

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P ROFESSOR RESPIGHI, the eminent Italian spectroscopist, succeeded in making a noteworthy advance in our knowledge of Solar physics during the progress of the Eclipse of last...

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THE CRISIS IN FRANCE. [FROlf A CORRESPONDENT.] Paris, January 23. Tax singular importance of the crisis produced by M. Thiers' proffered resignation makes me address to you...

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THE QUARTERLY REVIEW" ON REHOUSING THE PROLETARIAT. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.”J Sur,—I feel much indebted to you for assisting me to " ventilate" the suggestion as to...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOP.:] have read the remarks

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in the last number of your valuable publication on the paper in the Quarterly Review upon the " Pro- letariat" of Great Britain, in which I observe that what yon speak of as a...

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SIR HENRY HOLLAND'S RECOLLECTIONS.* SIR HENRY HOLLAND slightly apologizes in his preface to this amusing and interesting book for " the large proportion of the narrative"...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] .'SIR,—Your reference to me in the article on Alcohol in last week's Spectator obliges me to ask for space in your columns to -correct an...


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IN MEMORY OF BISHOP PATTESON. HAM He who reaps the wheat and leaves the tares, Who saves the rotten tree and fells the sound, No hidden purpose in the will that spares The...


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OH, restless brain ! be still a little while ; Let tender twilight steep thy stores in peace, The happy consciousness of calm shall ease Thy troubled toilings, and that restful...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR:] suppose that no one, unless it be a Montague in love with a Capulet, believes that there is nothing in a. name. I believe that there is a...

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IF we had only such spirited little novels as these to read and criticize, how pleasant our work would be Or so it seems now, but probably we should get tired of spirited little...

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is certainly the most comprehensive in our own language on the subject of which it treats, probably more exhaustive than any to be found in other languages ; and as the subject...

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A MELANCHOLY interest attaches to the volume before us, by reason of the premature death of the gallant writer. Captain Forsyth was cut off at the early age of thirty-three, on...

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AMONG the customary crowd of Christmas Books, there came to us this innocent-looking volume. Nothing, it seemed, could be more appropriate to the time. Private theatricals are,...


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The Thorough Business Man : Memoirs of Walter Powell. By Ben- jamin Gregory. (Strahan.)—Mr. Powell was born in England, and taken in early infancy to Van Diemen's Land. In this...

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Magdalen Wynyard ; or, the Provocations of a Pre-Rlphaelite. By

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Averil Beaumont. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—We welcome a novel which keeps up throughout its length an interest which every rational reader will acknowledge without any...

Discipline and Drill. By Captain S. Flood Page. (H. S.

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King.)—This volume contains four lectures delivered before the "London Scottish Volunteers" by the adjutant of the regiment. We wish every volunteer corps could hear words of...

Anne Furness. By the Author of "Aunt Margaret's Trouble." 3

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vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—It would not be fair to make it a complaint against the author of Anne Furness that the early chapters of her novel are far more pleasant to read than...

Lakeville ; or, Shadow and Substance. By Mary Healy. 3

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vols. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Valerie Turner is a young lady of mixed French and American descent, who having been brought up in a French convent, is suddenly transferred, at the...

The Primary Synopsis of Uaiversology and Ai ate. By S.

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P. Andrews. (New York: Dim Thomas.)—We shall frankly confess that we have not read the whole of this voluthe. But we have tried to read not a few paragraphs, and have found very...

Master John Bull. By Ascii:1U R. Hope. (Nimmo.)—Mr. Hope will ,

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probably pillory us, with other critics who may happen to displease him, in a future preface. Even in sight of this danger we shall take the• liberty of saying that Master John...

Pen Photographs of Charles Dickens's Readings. Taken from life by

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Kate Field, an American. (Trilioner ; Osgood, Boston, U.S.).—The most amusing part of this volume is the description of the queue which formed itself when tickets for Dickens's...