27 OCTOBER 1883

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The Daily News states that the business of the Cabinet

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Council called on Thursday was to consider and accept a settle- ment of the Shaw incident offered by France. The French Government will pay Mr. Shaw 21,000 as compensation, and...


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T HE French Ministry decline to issue a " Yellow Book" on Tonquin, because negotiations are still advancing, but have issued a kind of pamphlet giving a history of their...

On Monday, Sir Stafford Northcote replied, at Carnarvon, to an

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address from the Conservative Associations of the six counties of North Wales, and attempted to comfort them for their small success in imbuing that country with Conservative...

Most of the French papers approve the action of the

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Govern- ment, but the Orleanists and the Reds are very bitter. The former say the Government have left to France only the alternatives of a discreditable retreat or a disaster,...

Mr. James Lowther is our favourite Tory speaker. He made

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a speech at Coventry, yesterday week, which ought to be re- printed and distributed by the Liberal Associations all over the country. In it, Mr. Lowther boasted that he had...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Sir Stafford Northcote, speaking at Bangor on Tuesday, must have

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had Mr. James Lowther in his mind, we should think, when he spoke of "men among us who are playing, perhaps, a selfish game—perhaps it may be called a mad game—and who are...

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The Times' correspondent in Egypt gives a most satisfactory account of the condition of the Army. The kind treatment of the officers and the regular discipline they enforce have...

Mr. E. A. Leathern ended his speech at Huddersfield on

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Tuesday with a passage of singular strength and eloquence, -which deserves a fuller record than any it has found in the London papers. After remarking that some one would say,...

Mr. Raikes, who followed Sir Stafford Northcote, did not imitate

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his moderation,—a quality which the not very amiable politician who represents the University of Cambridge does not understand. He said of the Corrupt Practices Bill passed in...

The Colonial Office is clearly determined that the question of

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annexing, or not annexing, New Guinea shall remain iu its own hands. It awaits the result of the Federal Conference on the subject to assemble in Sydney in November. Meanwhile,...

The long war between Chili and Peru appears at length

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to have ended. The Peruvians, it will be remembered, refused, in face of the Chaim' demands, to form a Government which could either accept or reject them, and the Chilians...

It is said, though we cannot vouch for the report,

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that all the Leaden Joint-Stock Banks intend to offer to take charge of their customers' securities for a charge of one-sixteenth, that is, le. 3d. per cent. They would then, as...

General Lopez Dominguez, the new Spanish Minister of War, has,

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with the sanction of the King, issued a decree whioli may produce consequences. - Under its provisions, the higher Staff offices in the Army, which are now held during geed...

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Lord Justice Fry, in giving away the prizes at Saltaire

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on Monday, made a sharp attack on reading for mere amusement, and advocated reading societies for the special study of par- ticular authors, and also of particular subjects. Of...

The Bishop of Exeter has expressed both the strongest and

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- the most paradoxical opinion on the subject of marriage with a -dheeased wife's sister, of which we have yet heard. He said, at the Exeter Diocesan Conference on Tuesday,...

The Dean of Carlisle, in an excellent letter to Tuesday's

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Times, calls attention to the odd inaccuracy which is so common, not only amongst the enemies of the Established Church, but also sometimes amongst its friends, in reference to...

Sir Moses Montefiore, the Jew philanthropist, entered on his hundredth

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year on Wednesday, and received congratulations from his own community and from many eminent Christians all over the world. He entirely deserves them. A most successful man of...

The Bishop of Manchester has very rightly intimated; at the

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Manchester Diocesan Conference, that should the law decide that he is bound to institute Mr. Cowgill to the living of Miles Flatting, he will submit to the law. That, of course,...

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Another great strike is believed to be approaching in the

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coal trade. The price of coal in London has gone up is. 3d. a ton, -and the Yorkshire miners contend that they- are entitled to a share in the advance. They therefore demand an...

In the Geodetic Conference at Rome, where England, the United

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States, France, Prussia, Switzerland, Italy, and Ham- burg were all separately represented, it was decided on Tuesday, by twenty-two votes to five, to accept the Meridian of...

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THE CLAIMS OF HUMDRUM. I T is a hard position that Sir Stafford Northcote has to fill. He has to persuade the Irish that the party which stead- fastly and passionately resisted...


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T HE determined attitude assumed by M. Ferry has had its effect upon the Extremists. They were full of courage before the Session began. but their first meeting revealed to them...

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IBERALS watch Tory attempts to storm their strongholds with feelings which vary greatly, according to the locality attacked. They are not much interested in Tory addresses in...

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M E. A. LEATHAM'S speech at Huddersfield on Tues- day is one of those impressive signs of the times which the leading journals, for some reason or other, agree to ignore. Mr....

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LORD SALISBURY ON "ROOKERIES." TI ORD SALISBURY'S anxiously-expected paper in the

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National Review upon "Labourers' and Artisans' Dwellings" is very unlike Ma usual performances. It is simple and straightforward, and though it does contain a plan, or rather a...

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J with the single exception of the time of the

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American War, the weaving branch of the cotton trade is just now in a worse condition than it has been since the Repeal of the Corn Laws. Although there is no general stoppage...

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I N Mr. Trollope's "Autobiography" he gives us a brief esti- mate both of his own works of fiction, and, to some extent, at least, of the novels of his contemporaries. What does...

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A S our judgment on Mayne Reid's novels is not that of our contemporaries, we are disinclined to allow his death to pass without a word of criticism. As an individual, we know...

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CHILDREN AND THEIR DINNERS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." 13113, — Will you kindly permit me to inform your readers, whose consideration may have been drawn to the above...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") So„—Failing better answers to Mr. Fletcher's inquiry in your paper of October 13th, he may be reminded that Statutes 1 Will. and Mary I., c....


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Sra„—That a clergyman should wish to belong to a Church not "by Law Established "is, after all, but natural, if he be a believer in spiritual force. Still, under the...

fro TIM EDITOR Or THE "Spzeraros.")

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Sia,—Here is an example of the phrase earlier than any yet given in your columns. It is from the will of Dr. Robert Sanderson, Bishop of Lincoln, who died January, 1662, and is...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "Bescr,To...."] SIR,—In your article of October 20th on "Disintegration," you say :—" Nor is there much more use in considering whether Irish hatred is...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sta,—The question has been raised in your columns as to whether physical injuries are ever transmitted from parent to offspring. Permit me...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sin,—In your notice last week of Mr. H. H. Fowler's address to his constituents at Wolverhampton, I find the following words : —" When Mr....


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Sin,—When your correspondent, Mr. Fletcher, asks,—" Can any one lay his hand on a statute which has established the Church of England ?" he surely asks what is a very un-...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, — In your review of Anthony Trollope's 'Autobiography" you say :—" His own explanation' of his unpopularity 'is that he was impecunious,...

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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " EPIECTATOR.1 SIR,—Many will be interested in your notice of Mr. Percy Greg's book. It is, as regards the present time, a representative book, viz., it...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR...] filB, — Here are two sides of a question. 1. A healthy sign of the times is the general ridicule shown towards things senti- mental and...


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ANTHONY TROLLOPE'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY.* Tins is in every way a characteristic book. It is very character- istic of Mr. Trollope that full six years before his death he should have...

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Miss BROUGHTON is one of the few novel-writers whom we miss, now that no really great master of the art of fiction is left among us, if for a season or two they make no sign....

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THE reconstruction of a vanished world is one of the most difficult and most enchanting feats of science, and when accomplished with success is, perhaps, the best impulse that...

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No reader, however exigent, will expect us, in the space at our disposal, to give anything more than an outline description of, and. a fragmentary comment upon, these volumes....

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"PUT TO THE PROOF."* WE scarcely know whether to begin

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our notice of this novel by praise or criticism, for both come very much to the fore as we turn over the pages; but as the critical sentiment is more excited by the first half...

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Aunt Judy's Magazine for 1883. This year's volume of Aunt Judy's Magazine, containing contributions from Mrs. Ewing, Mrs. Molesworth, and other well-known writers, is, on the...

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True to the Core ; a Romance of '93. By

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C. J. Hamilton. 2 vols. (F. V. White and Co.)—The Rebellion of '93 is not an attractive sub- ject. To an English reader, at least, it is difficult to know where one's sympathy...

The Westminster Review, October. The first article in this number

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is a plain-spoken utterance in "Great Britain, the United States, and - the Irish Question." The writer sets forth very strongly, but, to our minds, not at all too strongly,...

Folk Tales of Bengal. By the Rev. Lal Behari Day.

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(Macmillan.) —These stories, collected at the suggestion of Sir Richard Temple, were taken down from the mouths of various natives of Bengal, five in all, two of them being...

Forbidden to Marry. By Mrs. G. Linnatus Banks. 3 vols.

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(F. V. White and Co.)—Mrs. Linnasus Banks writes realistic novels, not of the hideous kind with which M. Zola disgraces literature, but thoroughly wholesome and sound of tone....

The Quatrains of Omar Khay Om. The Persian text, with

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an Eng- lish Verse Translation. By C. II. Whinfield, M.A. (Traner and Co.) —This is one of the most intetesting volumes in the "Oriental Series" to which it belongs. Omar al...