28 JANUARY 1871

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That remarkable Frenchman, M. Regnier, the M. N. of the

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Bourbaki intrigue, has turned up again, and has again seen Count Bismarck. He made an offer to the Chancellor, which is vaguely described, but means, we imagine, this,—that if...

A great sortie, in the direction of Versailles, took place

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on Thurs- day week (19th January), which began favourably for the French A great sortie, in the direction of Versailles, took place on Thurs- day week (19th January), which...


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T HE very latest news about Paris is contained in a telegram from General Walker to the Foreign Office, dated Friday, the words of which are :—" Jules Fevre returned yesterday...

On Wednesday the Times published a telegram and an article

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announcing that M. Jules Fevre had offered to the Emperor at Versailles terms of capitulation for Paris. These, it was stated, included permission for the garrison to march out...

Ricciotti Garibaldi probably saved Bourbaki by his gallant exploit in

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defending Dijon against strong German forces, severely defeating them, and capturing, as we believe, the only German colours taken by the French during the whole war. This...

Rumours have also been circulated of two political combina- tions

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for putting an end to the war. The fist, the election of the King of Belgium to the throne of France, though possible, is sur- rounded with difficulties ; while the second, the...

What is bec'ome of Bourbaki nobody fully knows. That General

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Manteuffel has not yet disposed of him is clear from the fact that Versailles has not yet announced to us any further success over him, and that Versailles always announces such...

General Faidherbe's defeat on the same day (Thursday) at St.

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Quentin seems to have been a very serious one. One of his corps (the 22nd) fought really well, and inflicted great loss on the Germans, who own to the loss of 3,000 men and 91...

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

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It is pretty clear that though Italy will not intervene

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alone between France and Germany, the feeling there is exceedingly strong for a joint intervention, which Italy would strongly sup- port. This day week, in the assembly of...

The Prince de Joinville writes to explain his recent arrest

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at St. Malo. He had gone to the Army of the Loire to offer his services in defence of France to the Republican Government, and asked General D'Aurelle's permission to enter the...

Earl Russell has published another letter advocating immediate- increase to

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our defensive forces. He adheres, as is natural, very much to the old ways ; but holds that we ought to be ready to. defend the United Kingdom against invasion, to defend our...

Little is known and less ihought of the proceedings of

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the Con-- ference, which adjourns and adjourns in the hope that a representa- tive of France may attend. The few hints of its proceedings, how- ever, which occasionally creep...

Both theMembersforBrighton have addressed their constituents.- Mr. White discredited the

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cry for more defences as a groundless panic, the cure for which would be an increase of income tax ; held that the British Army presented a maximum of cost and %- minimum of...

Mr. Kinnaird and Mr. T. Chambers, acting apparently as repre--

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aentatives of the Protestant public, have asked Mr. Gladstone to. explain his letter to Mr. Dease promising to support the " spiritual- independence " of the Pope. The letter is...

The new Irish Land Act seems to be working very

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satisfactorily in every respect except costs. The judges find no difficulty in applying it, assessing damages for eviction by a flexible rule of common-sense, with a distinct...

A writer in Macmillan is very angry because we called

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M. Guizot an intriguer, and attributed his advocacy of a National Assembly partly to a wish for peace at any price and partly to am inherent formalism. Considering that all...

On the occasion of King William's assuming the title of

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Emperor, on the 18th inst., in the Galerie des Glaces, at Versailles, the religious service seems to have been very simple. The Psalm read was the 21st, beginning, "The King...

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Count Bismarck has managed to hurl one more sneer against

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M. Jules Fevre, and has managed to include the neutrals who -asked for his safe-conduct to attend the Conference in the sneer. Lord Granville had applied for this safe-conduct,...

It takes trouble even in Africa to kill Dr. Livingstone.

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Sir IL Murchison writes to say that Dr. Kirk, Consul at Zanzibar, received a letter dated "16 Rabiah el Akhir," in which the great Arab Sheikh of Uny-amyeme states that a...

In the Athenmurn of last week appeared a letter calling

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atten- tion to the very dishonest practices of many of the book- canvassers, who go about obtaining from old ladies or women- -servants signatures which they believe to be...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92k.

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Mr. Ayrton has been treated as he treats others—by his

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consti- tuents. It is not a pleasant fate, and must make him exceedingly ill-inclined to live in any world in which his fellow-men take their standard of duty from himself. A...

Mr. Lowe is going to give us the old St.

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George and the Dragon on the sovereigns again. We suppose the idea is to use up the old dies, but it would not be very expensive to give us a new sovereign, bearing a device...

Mr. Samuel Morley, who is to second the Address to

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the Throne in the Commons, and Mr. Hodgson addressed their constituents at 'Bristol yesterday week, the former expressing unabated confidence in the Government. On the Education...

The London School Board had a discussion last Thursday as

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to the expediency of having a public prayer before its meetings for those who liked to join in it. Considering that the Board consists -of men of all religions and no religion,...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE OF THE WAR. T HE immediate future of France depends, we believe, upon an unknown quantity, the readiness of the Centre and South of...

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IF we could thorou g hly understand the failure of General 1 Trochu, we should understand the cause of the failure of France, which as yet no one yet q uite professes to do....


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N IR..MOTLEY'S correspondence with Mr. Fish on the sub- 1 j ect of the former's recall by President Grant and its causes, is q uite a curiosity in the history of diplomacy, and...

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W E wish the editors and leading-article writers who are now pouring out in every considerable English journal conventional phrases about the heartfelt desire of all good men to...

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1 /TR. FROUDE has written a somewhat startling paper on kil the state of Ireland in the last number of Fraser's Magazine, under the title, "A Fortnight in Kerry." Mr. Froude is...

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T HERE is something very perplexing, and to us at least not a little irritating, in the sudden outbreak of popular feeling against the marriage of the Princess Louise, an...

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O NE of the most curious spiritual enclaves, as one may call them, of the nineteenth century, is the popular Paseyism which is setting up its little Opposition shop to Roman...

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O F all the sciences, astronomy is that which appeals most to the imagination. The wonders disclosed by astronomical researches have been held not unworthy the muse of Homer and...


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XX.—ED WARD VI. A NY estimate of the character of Edward Tudor is attended with two difficulties. We have to pronounce on a character which a premature death prevented from...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOILl SIR,—The new Table of Lessons is to be again brought forward in the next Session of Parliament, and the Primate is sanguine - enough to hope...


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THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Disagreeing as I do with many of the opinions con- tained in your excellent article on the Commander-in-Chief,...

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THE EARTHLY PARADISE.—PART IV.. AMIDST the sounds of war and trouble from without, this winter brings to us here in England the welcome voice of a singer whose music is now...


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(TO TIER EDITOR OF TER "SPECTATOR.") is with much regret that some of us read from week to week your strong advocacy of what is called a " spirited " European policy for this...

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Mr. Maurice's capacity as a religious teacher, that while no Englishman ever speaks less in the tone of the prevalent popular opinion, no Englishman is more certain to speak on...

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THERE is a good deal of genius in the world which is born of sympathy ; indeed, if we were disposed to pursue the inquiry (which at this moment we certainly are not), we might...

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Tan first metrical translation of one of the greatest poems of the ancient world marks an era in the history of literature. The Riundyana has been translated in prose into...

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TALES FROM NORSE MYTHOLOGY.* ONE of the most hopeful signs

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of the times is the increasing demand for fairy tales of all kinds. This demand has been partly met by the invention of new stories, and it is now sufficiently clear that the...

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WE do not mean it altogether as a compliment when we say that Mrs. Riddell has outdone herself in this novel. There is certainly no falling-off of power or of interest, no lack...

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Mary Lyon. By Fidelia Fiske. (Morgan, Chase, and Scott.)—This book

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is the biography of a New England teacher, four-fifths, at least, of its contents being devoted to records of conversions and revivals. That Miss Lyon was what her biographer...

The Satires of Horace: translated into English Metre. By Andrew

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Wood, M.D. (Nimmo.)—Dr. Wood defends himself against, the first criticism that will be passed upon his book by modestly calling his verse "metre." Certainly it will scan, but it...

Bible Difficulties : their Teaching Value. (Williams and Norgate.) — Though

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occasionally rather thin, this is a very pronounced and ingenious argumentation on the ecclesiastical side of authority, but written in about the worst English we have met with...


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We are happy to see that Mr. Buchanan's Napoleon Fallen (Strahan) 'has already reached a second edition, and that he has added a supplement to it in the shape of an...

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The Art of Amusing, by Frank Bellew (J. C. Hotten),

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is a book which really deserves its title. It is amusing to read, and it gives a number of plain and practical directions for a vast variety of amusing tricks and performances....

Among Strangers: an Autobiography. Edited by E. S. Maine. (Smith

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and Elder.)—This is a love story with a certain mystery of parentage in it, and with a number of cross purposes among the actors which are a little perplexing and even wearying...

A Digest of Facts relating to the Treatment and Utilization

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of Sewage. By W. H. Coifield, M.A. (Macmillan.)—Mr. Corfield prepared this treatise for the Committee of the British Association. It carries out very thoroughly the purpose...

ice: a Southern Night's Dream. (Sampson Low and Co.) — Why a,

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number of stories, more or less romantic or horrible, about Portuguese princes or princesses, should be called "Ice" it is not very easy to see. The writer is supposed, we...

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the

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Apostles. By Paton J. Gloag, D.D., Minister of Blantyre. (T. and T. Clarke.)—This commentary is more than respectable. It indicates a wide course of reading and real...

The Wonders of Engraving. By George Daplessis. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—M. Duplessis, who has been translated into fluent and readable English by a gentleman signing himself "N. R. E. M.," devotes a pre- liminary chapter to "The Origin of...