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as imposed for political purposes, and for political par- , poses only, the Peers, as a loyal body, being then wholly exempted from it; and that it was not till the feud between...

Sir E. Watkin was the first witness examined before the

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Channel Tunnel Commission, and certainly showed that he bad the courage, not to say the audacity, of his opinions. He de- clared that 250 trains each way would be run daily...

After this speech, the debate sank into insignificance. Mr. Stanley

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Leighton deprecated the pulpit eloquence of Mr. Gladstone,—unfortunately, eloquence like his is extremely rare in the pulpit or out of it, and Mr. Stanley Leighton is no judge...

In the desultory debate which ensued, Baron H. de Worms,

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who appeared to triumph in the success won by the Liberals for his own faith, the Jewish, insolently suggested to Mr. Gladstone to start a new Midlothian campaign, of which the...

Then Mr. Gladstone rose, and it was at once evident

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that he was at his highest point of power, and that his mastery of the Rousts had never been more complete. The central point of his speech was the mischief, nay, the danger, of...

The Government has completed its arrangements for the creation of

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a Ministry of Agriculture. An Agricultural Com- mittee of Privy Cowncil will be formed, with a Vice-President in charge, who, it is intended, shall always be the Chancellor of...

' 1 * * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The trial of Kelly, the third man accused of the

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murder of Lord Frederick Cavendish and Mr. Burke, has so far broken down. The first jury called was unable to agree, the jurors for convictien being, it is said, eleven, while...

The Bishop of Gibraltar has odd ideas about the functions

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of a Church. He will not licence an English church in Monaco, The Bishop of Gibraltar has odd ideas about the functions of a Church. He will not licence an English church in...

The agitation against the Contagious Diseases Acts, which has lasted

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since they were brought into operation, ended on Fri- day week in their virtual abolition, Mr. Stansfeld, who has made the question his own, in a speech which made a deep im-...

The proposal of the French Government to convert the £220,000,000

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of Fives into a 41 per Cent. Debt has succeeded. The holders were hopeless of resistance, and although heavy orders to sell were sent to Paris, the fall was not serious. The...

The Standing Committee on Law on Thursday carried a voter

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against restricting the right of criminal appeal to capital cases. Mr. Gorst moved an amendment the effect of which will be that any prisoner convicted of felony will be allowed...

The Irish-American Land League resolved on Wednesday to merge itself

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in the Irish National League, which met on Thurs- day, in Philadelphia, for the first time. The Convention, which includes eight hundred delegates, elected a Catholic priest,...

The Metropolitan District Railway Company have discovered that quarrelling with

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the House of Commons does not pay. They - have a Bill in Parliament, and on Tuesday Mr. Marriott moved. an instruction to the Committee to which the Bill is referred to insert a...

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It is some comfort to know that some of the

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most eminent divines of our day,—eminent for their orthodoxy, no less than for their deep religions feeling,—approve the substitution of the Affirmation for the Oath of...

One of the most unfortunate results of the recent foolish

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prosecutions for blasphemy, of which we have had the third -this week, is that it gives audacious and able men who desire nothing more earnestly than a chance of showing their...

The Lord Chief Justice, who summed up on Tuesday in

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a - very remarkable judgment, gave his reasons for believing that -Christianity could not be considered part of the law of the land in a day when Jews had been expressly...

Lord Carlingford made an interesting speech in the House of

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Lords on Monday, in answer to one of Lord Dunraven's, on. the condition of Ireland. Lord Carlingford stated that while the Government could not see their way to any great land...

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On the relief to be afforded by emigration, Lord Carling

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ford was much more hopeful, but he insisted that it must not be such voluntary emigration as Ireland had had going on ever since the famine, for that was a kind of emigration...

Mr. Bradlaugh, too, has secured another legal triumph. On NOD

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day, Lord Coleridge delivered judgment in his favour in the -suit which he has instituted against Mr. Newdegate for " main- taining " Mr. Clarke in suing for the £500 penalty...

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MHE cause of Ireland, as her English friends understand it, will not be benefited by the proceedings of the Irish- American Convention. The number of Delegates was con-...


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MR. GLADSTONE'S SPEECH. T F the country be as sensitive to the grandeur of Mr. Gladstone's mind as we believe it to be, the speech of Thursday night will decide the question...

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W HAT the enlarged Constituencies seem to lack is a spontaneous initiative. In 1879 and 1880, none but the very few,—Mr. Adam and a few others,—knew how deter- mined the...

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T HE rumour, stated in some quarters as a fact, that Prince Bismarck intends to use the Tripartite Alliance between Germany, Austria, and Italy, in order to propose a European...

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T, ORD DUEPERIN returns to Constantinople on May 4th, to settle, if possible, two or three questions too serious, either in their results, or in the interests they involve, to...

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I T has long been the fashion to attribute the intelligence of the Scottish people, and the diffusion of a taste for serious reading and thinking among them, to the system of...

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T HE meeting held on Tuesday at the Rooms of the Society of Arts differed in one very important respect from most gatherings of the kind. Its object was to supply a want which...

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W E are convinced that some part of the popular feeling against the admission of any Atheist into Parliament is rooted in a confused feeling that the public avowal of Atheism is...

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1% R. N. A. HUMPHREYS, in his paper on the decrease of mortality, read before the Statistical Society on the.. 17th inst., has done a considerable service to the public......

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O NE of our contemporaries entertains, or it may be tantalises us, with a weekly account of how testators whose Wills have been recently proved have distributed their property....

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INFORMERS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—I am glad to see that your conscience (like that of many of us, I suspect) is vexed by the system of justice which secures...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOILl SIR,-It would be impossible to add anything to your demon- stration of the inadequacy of the title to reverence which your correspondent, the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE" SPECTATOR."] Sri, — Many of the Clergy will be grateful to Mr. Footman for his lectures, and to you for calling attention to them. We are beginning to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Permit me to thank you for your review last week of Mr- Footman ' s book on " Modern Unbelief. " What is wanted now- a-days is the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE “sezerieros."1 SIR,—Your very interesting article on this subject, in the con- clusion of which I am disposed to agree, recalls to me, however, the late...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia, — In connection with your remarks on Mr. Footman ' s book, it may not be uninteresting to call attention to the development of Bishop...

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GEORGE ELIOT.* 'run faults of this book appear to us chiefly two,—one, that Miss Blind has written in anticipation of the materials for s, true biography, and has consequently...


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[To TR6 EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR,") &a,—My attention has been called to a review in the Spectator -in which it is stated or inferred that among ostriches the female bird does...

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WE have a difficulty in passing judgment on this book. It is possible, even probable, that the impression it has made- on us is individual to this reviewer, and due to an...

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THERE is no doubt that of late years the science of Political Economy has fallen into some disrepute in this country. We seem almost to have come to the conclusion that we have...

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LAMB has not been always fortunate in his commentators and critics. His acquaintances, indeed, have tried to preserve a faithful portrait of this incomparable essayist ; and...

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THE STORY OF A PLAIN WOMAN.* My Trivial Life and

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Misfortune; a Gossip, with No Plot in Particular. By a Plain Woman. In three vols." This is the announcement which we read upon the title-page of the novel before us, and we...

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JUBILEE LECTURES.* Ii' the Archbishop of Canterbury, as the representative

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of the Church of England, were to begin singing to himself, "Oh, wad some power the gif tie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us," he could not do better than borrow these...

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THESE two magnificent and fascinating volumes, which have been admirably translated and edited by Mr. Walter Armstrong, are "the first instalment of an undertaking which has for...

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Evolution and Creation. By H. Bosse, M.D., F.R.S. (J. Leng

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and Co.) —The author of this work describes it as "a thesis main- taining that the world was not made of matter by the development of one potency, but by that of innumerable...


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Merry England, May, 1883. (Publishing Office, 44 Essex Street, Strand.) —This new magazine is, at all events, well edited, and the opening article, on "The Young England Party,"...

An Old-Testament Conimentary for English Readers. Edited by the Bishop

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of Gloucester and Bristol. Volume II. (Cassell and Co.) —This second volume contains the books from Deuteronomy to II. Samuel. The first-named book, together with Joshua, has...

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The Causation of Sleep. By J. Cappie, M.D. Second Edition.

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(James Thin.)—It would be manifestly impossible to do adequate justice to Dr. Cappie's argument in a brief notice. But we may commend his clearly written essay on the causation...

The Medical Language of St. Luke. By the Rev. W.

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K. Hobart, LL.D. (Hodges, Figgie, and Co.)—This elaborate treatise discusses with mach learning and acumen the arguments in favour of the Position that the Gospel according to...

Nights at the Play. By Hatton Cook. 2 vols. (Chatto

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and Winclus.)—Mr. Dutton Cook has collected in these volumes some hundred and fifty theatrical criticisms, contributed daring the years 1867-1881 to the Pall Mall Gazette and...

The Little Princess. From the German of E. Marlitt. Translated

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by Blanche E. Slade. (Remington and Co.)—Without feeling that The Little Princess possesses any extraordinary merit, we must most sincerely condole with her author on the...

Rienzi : an .,Esthetic and Historical Poem. By T. Stanley

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Rogers , B.A., LL.B. (Ponsonby, Dublin ; Pearce, Southport.)—" Among the most vicious effects of the modern crusade against those forms of faith and aspiration which have...

Coming ; or, the Golden Year. A Tale. By Selina

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Gaye. (Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday.)—This is a story of German religions life, very enthusiastic and speculative ; fall of yearning for the Millennium, and hopes of "the...

Idler and Poet. By Rossiter Johnson. (Osgood and Co., Boston.)

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—These verses are not all bad. There is a dash of imitation in them, now of Longfellow and now of Freed, and the best of them, "A Rhyme of the Rain," has something of Edgar Poe,...

Judcea and her Rulers. By M. Bramston. (Society for Promoting

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Christian Knowledge.)—The author of this work explains that its object is "to give a connected view of the history of the nation of Israel between the destruction of Jerusalem...

A Study ; with Critical and Explanatory Notes of Alfred

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Tennyson's Poem, "The Princess." By S. E. Dawson. (Sampson Low and Co.) —Very critical, highly explanatory, rather pompons, and quite un- necessary. "The Princess" is not a...