28 JULY 1883

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Contemporaneously with Mr. Gladstone's speech, a letter addressed to him

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by M. de Lesseps was published, asserting in the strongest way the monopoly of the existing Company in the Isthmus of Suez for the ninety-nine years ending in 1968, and...

Sir Stafford Northcote on Tuesday gave notice that he would

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move next Monday, if the Prime Minister would give him the opportunity of doing so, "That a humble address be presented to her Majesty, praying that in any negotiations or...

There were three sentences in Mr. Gladstone's speech which were

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important enough to make it desirable to put them on ecord, in relation, first, to the position of the existing Suez Company; and next, to the international character of the "We...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • • O N Monday, the Prime

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Minister announced in the House of Commons, and Lord Granville in the House of Lords, the withdrawal by the Government of the agreement concerning the 'Suez Canal. Both speeches...

Mr. Gladstone also announced that it was the intention of

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the Suez-Canal Company and M. de Lesseps to construct at once, under their existing concession, a second canal for the greater part of its length, though they might have to...

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

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Mr. Mundella made a very remarkable, as well as a

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very terse exposition of the educational progress and the educational short- comings of the country, in moving the new estimates on Thurs- day night. The estimate for 1883-84 is...

Dr. Andrew Clark and Mr. Prescott Hewett have received baronetcies,

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and this will make the Medical profession in Dublin still more angry at the knighthood just bestowed on Dr. Porter. Still, may it not be fairly argued that there should be...

Nevertheless, Mr. Mundella did give us hope that education is

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already telling on the vagabondage and the morality of children. In Birmingham, the average number of juvenile offenders was in the five years ending with 1875, 1,373; while in...

News from Durban, dated July 24th, states that Cetewayo had

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been defeated and, with a number of his chiefs and wives, killed, by his northern neighbour, Usibebu. It seems hard on Cetewayo that, when he was restored, great pains were...

Amongst the remaining measures of the Session, we trust, that

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the National Debt Bill is pretty sure of cordial support.. When we see what our American cousins are doing in the re- duction of Debt, a sensation of positive shame comes over...

Mr. W. H. Smith and Sir Richard Cross had an

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opportuni4 on Wednesday of attacking the Government in addressing *na members of the Henley-on-Thames Conservative Associatie- , , an opportunity which they used with a good...

The cholera has spread everywhere in Egypt, though it is

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a marked feature of this particular epidemic that its deadliness begins to decline rapidly within a week or ten days of its first appearance in any particular city. In Cairo,...

The English Agricultural Holdings Bill has passed through Committee, and

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it is probable that before this paper is in our readers' hands the Scotch Agricultural Holdings Bill will like- wise have passed through that ordeal ; nor do we think that,...

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Mr. Bradlaugh having given instructions to his solicitor to apply

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for an injunction to restrain the Serjeant-at-Arms from interfering to prevent him from complying with the law, by taking the oath and his seat as the duly-elected Member for...

Captain Matthew Webb, who succeeded in swimming the English Channel

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on August 24th, 1875, an operation in the achievement of which he was immersed for nearly twenty-two hours, was drowned on Tuesday, in a mad attempt to swim through the...

A meeting was held yesterday week at Willis's Rooms, in

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connection with the new Church Schools Company, the object of which is to establish good and moderate Church day schools, into the teaching of which religion should enter on...

Sir Richard Cross was even more bitter. Ho vilified every-

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thing that the Government had done. "He charged them with responsibility for all the misery which had been inflicted upon Ireland,—for all the murders, terrors, and abominations...

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Mr. John George MacCarthy, Chairman of the Kerry Land 'Sub-Commission,

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dealt this day week in Court with the charges brought against the Irish Land Sub-Commissioners by the House of Lords, in very able and dignified language. "Some -of these...

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THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE SUEZ-CANAL SCHEME. H EY that will not when they may, when they will they shall have nay," is likely to represent the pre- dominant feeling in the...

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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE usually contrives to take up a weak position, and the motion of which he has given notice for Monday next is no exception to that rule. He pro- poses to...

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THE END OF THE CHANNEL TUNNEL N OTHING is certain now-a-days,—therefore

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we will not say that we have heard the last of the Channel Tunnel. But it seems safe to predict that we have heard the last of it for some time to come. The revolving years may...


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his own petard more effectually than the Bishops have been with their pet handiwork, the Public Worship Regulation Act. They went to Parliament to ask for increased power to...

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O N Wednesday next, the Parcels Post will come into opera- tion. It will be rather difficult for most persons to realise at first that they can send a parcel of substantial...

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J T is not too much to say that the higher strategy of modern Naval warfare must be based on Coal supply, and that the sharp limitations under which fighting-ships now labour...

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A S Paris has been fitly termed "le paradis de l'homme moyen sensuel," so may M. F. de Lesseps be considered as the Adam of the terrestrial Eden. All that Paris longs for,...

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ix REMARK contained in the interesting letter written _ by the author of "Natural Religion," and communi- cated to these columns by his permission, to the effect that we ought...

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p ROBABLY one reason why the holiday-taking Classes so often do not enjoy their holidays as much as they ex- pected, is that they take with them no genuine holiday work, into...

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THE CONDITION OF EGYPT. [To TRII EDITOR Or THE " SPIRITATOR."] SIR,—To those of us in Egypt who have the interests of the country at heart, it was a pleasure to read your...

*** ERRATUM. — In the article on "The Set-offs against Modern Science,"

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last week, we wrote, by a slip of the pen, "Mr. Douglas Galton," in place of "Mr. Francis Galion," who is the author of the book on inquiries into Human Faculty, reviewed by Mr....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' Sia,—As the action of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has been specially commented on by you, it may be of interest to state that the...


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[To TILE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 Sia,—The defeat of the Ennerdale Railway Bill, to which your article alluded last week, has caused no small amount of vexa- tion at the...

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go THE EDITOR OF TUE " EFICTAT011.1 Stn,—As your review of Walt Whitman's "Specimen Days and Collect" in last Saturday's issue may lead. some to suppose that there are two...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Tn. justice to a much-despised class, whose only con- solations are their integrity and their banker's balance (I mean the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Referring to your very just reflections on the extra- ordinary line taken by the Daily News relative to the Suez- Canal question, allow...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—In your issue for June 23rd, p. 809, you fall into the natu- ral error of supposing the late William Lloyd Garrison to have been the...


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DR. MAIIDSLEY ON BODY AND WILL.* Ds. MecostEr's book is certainly not one of which an intelli- gent critic of any school would say, as he anticipates in a somewhat contemptuous...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTLTOR.1 SIK,—If a very curious parallel in one of Ronsard's poems, to part of the song in Mr. Tennyson's "The Miller's Daughter" has not been...

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Iv is very seldom that we come across a book which bears such strong testimony to the good disposition of its writer as does The Romance of Combehurst. It impresses the reader...

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COLONEL MALLESON'S LIFE OF LORD CLIVE.* "Jr has often occurred to

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me," writes Colonel Malleson in his preface, "that the title of the people of these Islands to control the interests of the vast populations inhabiting Hindustan, so often...

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DE.PasssEssk is already well known as the author of important historical books on the life of Christ, and on the early years of Christianity. These works showed that he was a...

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IT is not difficult to point out faults in Mr. William Archer's vigorous criticism of the drama and the dramatists of the day. His style is rather self-conscious. He apparently...

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MR. SWINBURNE'S CENTURY OF ROUNDELS.* A camc who has anything

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of the modesty which characterises his order feels somewhat reluctant to arraign a poet of Mr. Swinburne's rank on a matter which concerns the exercise of • his art. We are...


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WE once heard Mr. Justin II`Carthy's History of Our Own Times spoken of as a delightful history, "because it was so juicy." On the principle, probably, that opposites are apt to...

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Sill HENRY MAINE'S work always carries with it the prestige arising out of great literary achievement. In his volume upon Ancient Law, in which he took the Roman Law as his...

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Living London, being Echoes Re-echoed. By George Augustus Sala. (Remington and Co.)—Mr. Sala, it is needless to say, is a journalist by profession. He is proud of his...

Miss Beauchamp : a Philistine. By Constance McEwen. 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—The reading of this book, or, at least, of as much of it as we could manage, has left little impression besides a languid wonder why the heroine is described...

Wanderings in a Wild Country ; or, Three Years •

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among the Cannibals of New Britain. By Wilfred Powell. (Sampson Low and Co.)—New Britaiu lies off the north-east coast of New Guinea, and has the better known Solomon Islands to...

The Annual Register, New Series, 1882 (Rivingtons), contains its usual

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supply of information, an account of " English " and of " Foreign " history, constituting together "Part I." and "Part II.," with its various items of " Chronicle of Events,"...

Memoir of Sir Charles Reed. By his Son, Charles E.

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B. Reed, MA. (Macmillan.)—The useful life of Sir Charles Reed well deserved the record which the filial piety of his son, regulated always by excellent judgment and taste, has...

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Love's Empire. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—We suppose that this book

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is intended for a social and political satire, and we see that the scene is laid in India. Beyond this supposition and this state- ment we should not like to venture, except,...

The Story of Helena Modjeska. By Mabel Collins. (W. H.

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Allen and Co.)—This book has, in part at least, the look of an autobiography. Miss Collins has evidently had the advantage of hearing from Madame Modjeska (" Modjeska" is a...