27 NOVEMBER 1875

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The severe Press Law recently submitted by the Prussian Government

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to the German Parliament has been, it is stated, rejected by the Federal Council. If the proposal was energeti- cally pushed, this vote would be important, as the Council rarely...

Mr. Forster made a striking speech to his Bradford constituents

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on Monday, on some leading portions of which we have com- mented elsewhere. He spoke strongly of "the ability, the courage, and conscientious industry" with which Lord Harting-...

The effect of this measure on 'Change was to depreciate

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Con- sols, the idea being that the Government would not have been so decided unless aware that very serious events were in prepara- ration. In spite of the urgent denials of...

The French Assembly continues its discussion on the Electoral law,

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but no vote has yet been taken on the third reading of clause 14, substituting election by districts for election by depart- ments. It is not expected that the vote on the...

On the subject of the county franchise, Mr. Forster pro-

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duced some striking statistics. It was objected, he said, that you could not admit another million of voters into the counties with- out giving the counties a larger proportion...


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TT is not easy to get the better of Mr. Disraeli. The slowly sink- ing reputation of the Government has been suddenly revived by one of those dramatic and yet statesmanlike...

* * *The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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The Prince of Wales does not appear much delighted with

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his first introduction to Indian sport. He was, to judge from the telegrams, bored with the hunting of deer by trained leopards, a cruel sport, interesting only for the...

Unpleasant intelligence was received on Monday from the Cape. Mr.

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A. J. Van Breda, the Assistant-Treasurer-General, was arrested for the theft of 152,567, which, it is alleged, he abstracted from the Treasury, and " lent " to friends, most of...

Sir James Hannen has decided to accept the secondary evi-

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dence tendered by Miss Sugden, the daughter of the late Lord. St. Leonard's, as to the contents of the old peer's missing will. In doing so, he was guided not only by the high...

The insurgents in Perak would appear to have suffered a

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defeat on the 15th, when Commander Sterling, and Captain "Whittle," of the 10th, with 250 men, 5 guns, and 2 rockets, attacked four stockades, and of course, having learned to...

Mr. Forster also corrected a curious misstatement of the Con-

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servative Press, to some extent countenanced by ambiguous words of Lord Hartington's, as to the dependence of the Liberal majority of the late Government on Scotland and...

The trial of the Whitechapel murder, or alleged murder, has

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been going on all the week, with very little that is startling, very few new turns in the evidence, to break the monotony of a somewhat tedious repetition of the testimony...

M. Paul de Cassagnac, the Bonapartist publicist, who protests against

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the freedom of the Press, and uses language which makes one almost agree with him, has made a speech in Belleville. It was a compound of humour, bravado, and impudence. He...

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Prince Bismarck, whose health is quite restored, has made an

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important speech in the German Parliament, declaring that he never would consent to govern Germany through a " college " of Ministers, whose corporate responsibility reduced the...

We observe with pleasure that the Foreign office has at

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once issued the instructions for which Mr. Plimsoll asked, that an expenditure of £2 should be authorised by every English Consul or Vice-Consul in foreign ports, for the...

The Eton dispute has produced a dropping fire of contro-

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versy in the Times this week, but without shedding any new light on it. Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen and his opponent, {'.Quondam Etonensis," have both written again, Mr. Hugessen...

This day week an accident happened to the Iron Duke,'

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near Plymouth, which has been very variously reported, and the official account of which, published on Thursday, if it tells the whole truth, does not bear out the alarm at...

Cardinal Manning opened on Tuesday a new Roman-Catholic Church at

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Oxford, dedicated to-St. Aloysius. He took as his text the motto of Oxford University, "Dominus illuminatio mea," "The Lord is my light," and'descanted on her great fall since...

A curious case affecting Clubs and Club-law was decided on

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Saturday last by Sir James Bacon. A suit was brought by the Hon. Spencer Lyttelton against the Committee of the Junior Naval and Military Club, to set aside the expulsion of Mr....

A.,Coroner 'has-been elected this week for Suffolk, and the -electors;

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who made the whole business a party affair, have elected an auctioneer, Mr. Chaston. We wish other counties would follow the example, and , elect coroners still more unfitted...

The Duke of Modena, Archduke Francis of Austria, is dead.

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Hewes remarkable for the unflinching "legitimacy" of his opinions, for his large fortune, which he used principally to help Don Carlos, and for a shadowy claim to the throne of...

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M R. FORSTER'S speech at Bradford on Monday was of course delivered under conditions less narrow than Lord Hartington's last week at Bristol, since the former was not under the...


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ENGLAND AND THE SUEZ CANAL. T HE Government has recovered by a single act of far-sighted courage the reputation damaged by the many failures of the present Recess. The purchase...

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W HAT precisely it was that happened on Saturday last to the Iron Duke' the public do not even yet know, but there can be little doubt that the official narrative pub- lished in...

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I T is very easy to deride or to denounce the expression " manifest destiny," but English Ministers must often be tempted to believe that there is some truth in the idea. They...

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E NGLISH opinion on French Press Laws is rendered powerless in France by a failure to understand one of the conditions of the problem, viz., the opinion of ruling Frenchmen as...

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W HAT with Bishop Claughton and what with Dr. Hornby, the English public will not be likely to form just now any very high idea of the justice of clerical minds in dealing with...

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S TROUSBERG—it is quite absurd to call him Dr. Strousberg, or Herr Strousberg, or Mr. Strousberg—has failed, and the English public, so far as it knows anything of him, is...

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W E have read somewhere of a young preacher who, after - he had delivered an eloquent sermon before a learned assembly, was beckoned aside by one of the ' , fathers," twho thus...

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THE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER AND HIS PUBLIC TALKS. [TO THE EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR.") accept your criticism in the friendly spirit in which, I am sure, it is intended. I only...

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SIH,—Your observations on " The Bishop of Manchester and his Public Talks " make me fear that a sentence in my letter of last week may have been understood to imply that " the...


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[TO THE EDITOR 01 TH7 " SPIIIMATOIL1 am not surprised that the friends of Eton should regret the publicity that has been given to the recent action—and in- action—of her...

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Stn Your excellent article on the Eton disturbance has been most satisfactory to many interested readers, to whom the general inadequacy of the remarks of the Press upon the...


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Sin,—I hope you will allow me to intervene in the discussion respecting the character of Bishop Wilberforce, and to suggest a different mode of solution. It is not by balancing...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.. " ] SIR,—In your article of last week on "The Liberal Party and Home-rule," you appealed to the party traditions of European and American...


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CAPTAIN BURTON'S LATEST BOOK ON AFRICA* THE reading of a book by the indomitable traveller and inex- haustible writer, Captain Burton, never fails to affect us in • Two Tripe...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " spEcreroR.1 SIR,—I see by an article in the last number of the Spectator that you accept Mr. Lyulph Stanley's dicta respecting the Church Fellowships at...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..SPECTATOR.1 Stn,—Mr. Grignon must thank himself if a worse construction than was intended be placed on that sentence in the letter to the parents and...

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NOT a few notable translations of great classical poems have appeared within the last few years. The Lucid has been trans- lated once with remarkable skill ; the Iliad, we are...

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EVIDENCE AGAINST THE ANTIQUITY OF MAN.* THE controversy between science

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and theology, which, in spite of some unpleasant features, must be valued as a great educating agency in England, has lately taken a somewhat interesting turn. Ever since...

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[FIRST NOTICE.] MR. TTIOROLD ROGERS has made a valuable contribution to the constitutional history of England in the collection of the Protests of the Lords which recently...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Among the writers of "Christmas Tales," we may give precedence, for his own merit, yet more than for courtesy's sake, to M. Jules Verne. This year he gives us...

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Her Fortune. By Seacome Bell. (James Blackwood.)—Captain Treherne finds that

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he has only £3,000 to leave his daughter. To in- crease " her fortune," he proposes to write a book, which should be pub- lished after his death, and to assist him in this work...

The Vale of Strathmore : its Scenes and Legends. By

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J. Cargill Guthrie. (W. Paterson.)—This is a disappointing volume. In appear- ance, in print, binding, size, and general get-up, it is everything that a volume should be, but...

Astronomy. By J. Rambosson. Translated by C. B. Pitman. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—It is difficult to divine whether this is intended to be a scientific work or a popular treatise. From the preface, the definition of the square of a number (p. 141),...

The Ancient World. By J. A. G. Barton. (Blackwood.)—If Mr.

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Barton had added to the title of his book something which would have limited its scope to the ancient history of the East, it would have been well. Many persons, otherwise well...

Snioland ; or, Iceland, its Jokulls and Fjalls. By William

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Lord Watts. (Longman.)—This little volume does not claim to be either a treatise on Iceland or, indeed, anything more than a simple narrative of the travels of the Rev. J. W—...

Leaves from a Sketch-book. By S. Read. (Sampson Low, Marston,

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and Co.)—All these pencil sketches have appeared before in the Illustrated London News, and gain in excellence by being printed on. fine paper. They comprise quiet bits of...

Orthodox London. By the Rev. C. Maurice Davies, D.D. Second

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Series. (Tinsley Brothers.)—This volume is, we are not sorry to find, "a final farewell" to what the author calls his "comprehensive sub- ject." Ten chapters are devoted to...

Gold-Dust. (Samuel Tinsley.)—We have in Gold-Dust all the usual paraphernalia

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of sensationalism, but the anther has made very poor use of her materials. The personages move in the most genteel society, and of the heroine's family we are assured that...

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Textile Fabrics. By the Very Rev. Daniel Rock, D.D. (Chapman

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and Hall.)—The first of a series of hand-books issued by the authorities of the South Kensington Museum, and reprinted from the prefaces.of their catalogues. The greater part of...