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This latter point was made clear by a discussion in

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the Lords on Thursday. Lord Granville, who on Monday made the same statement as Mr. Gladstone, had by some error used the word " neutralisation," as regards the Canal, which Mr....

There is a cholera panic at Toulon, where ten deaths

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from cholera occurred on Sunday, five on Monday, and six on Thurs- day,—the medical authorities being by no means agreed as to whether it be Asiatic cholera, or cholera of a...


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M R. GLADSTONE made his anxiously expected state- ment on the Agreement with France as to Egyptian affairs on Monday evening. He confined himself rigidly to narrative, but, of...

Sir Stafford Northcote at once stated that he saw grave

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objection to the Government plan, especially with regard to the withholding of information on finance ; but, except from Lord Randolph Churchill, there was no strong...

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

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In considering the report on the Franchise Bill on Monday,

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a great deal of time was unfortunately lost, through a well. meant but mistaken attempt of the Government to fall-in with a proposal for disfranchising criminals convicted by a...

Mr. Bourke objected to any Conference at all ; and

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Mr. Laing, Sir H. Wolff, Lord J. Manners, and others, maintained that the financial proposals to be made to the Conference were an integral and necessary portion of the scheme....

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The extension of the hours of polling, which occupied the

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House of Commons on Thursday, is a change absolutely essen- tial to the real use even of our present franchise, and a change of the same kind is as much needed for School-Board...

The third reading of the Franchise Bill was carried on

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Thursday afternoon without a division, after a very impressive speech from Mr. Gladstone on the threats so ostentatiously published that the Lords will throw out the Bill. His...

The French Government has received serious 'news from Indo-China. General

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Millot, commanding in Tonquin, has telegraphed that, "in violation of treaties, a French column, numbering 700 men, has been attacked on the march to Lang. son by 4,000 regular...

The Prince of Orange died at the Hague on the

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afternoon of Jane 21st. It appears that, contrary to our impression, the - right of females to succeed to the throne of the Netherlands is - recognised by Europe as well as by...

Prince Bismarck made on Tuesday a remarkable speech to the

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German Parliament on his Colonial policy. He complained of British delay in affirming or rejecting the German claim to Angra Pequena, but allowed that the question was over now,...

The two county elections of the week have not been

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favourable. to the Liberals, but have shown also that only a very languid, interest was taken by either party. They have shown, too, most of all, that to close a county poll at...

A furious quarrel has broken out in the Bonaparte family..

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The heir, Prince Victor, to whom his cousin, the Prince Im- perial, bequeathed such rights as he had, has long been desirous of more independence, and recently quitted his...

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We deeply regret to record the sudden death on Monday,

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at Coombe, in Surrey, of the Rev. James Baldwin Brown, the eminent Independent minister, at the age of sixty-three. He took his degree as a lad of eighteen among the first on...

The Leaders of the House did not rise to the

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occasion. Lord Granville declined to acknowledge the inefficiency of the House, though he acknowledged that the rushes of Peers, who took no part in the business, to vote on...

Yesterday week there was a curious and instructive discussion in

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the House of Commons on the Bill for extending to the five exempted cities of Ireland the principle of Sunday closing. The Bill was talked out, and was talked out in great...

The annual meeting of the Society for the Abolition of

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Vivi- section, held on Thursday, with Lord Shaftesbury in the chair, gave occasion to the .Daily News of yesterday to moralise deeply over the folly of talking of the rights of...

In furtherance of a suggestion (which we noticed at the

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time) made by Mr. Fawcett early in this year, a meeting was held on Wednesday, at Grosvenor House, to urge upon the Government the expediency of instituting an inquiry, by a...

Dr. Hornby is to be the new Provost of Eton,

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after all. The delay has been so great, that we should think it likely that the 'Government must have wished to make some other and more original arrangement ; for the Public...

The reform of the Lords has been mooted by a

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Peer, and the Lords are startled. On Friday week, Lord Rosebery, in a speech brimming over with humour, eloquence, and knowledge of his subject, moved for a Committee of Inquiry...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 99i to 100 ad,

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THE AGREEMENT WITH FRANCE. W E are by no means through the Egyptian wood yet, but at least one grand difficulty is out of the way. The Government will not be turned out in the...

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T HE Franchise Bill is gone to the Lords, having been read a third time on Thursday without a division ; and now the great question for the country is what the Lords will do...


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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE'S treatment of Lord Randolph Churchill is at best capricious. Like the mothers of some spoiled children, who slap them or humour them without any...

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I T is a great pity Lord Rosebery cannot get a private Act passed reducing him, say for seven, fourteen, or twenty- one years, to the status of a Commoner. He has a talent for...

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T HE news of the week from China may prove exceedingly serious. It was reported on Thursday that 4,000 Chinese regulars had attacked a French force on its way to Langson, and...

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T HE judgment of the Queen's Bench Division in the "Park Club" case is in some points satisfactory. For one thing, it shows that the law is not impotent, as it must have been...

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T HE five thousand who left Toulon on the first clear evidence that a fatal form of cholera or choleraic fever had broken out there, may have contained many whose duty it was to...

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W E suppose that, on the whole, Mr. Hughes is right ; and that for lads who can "rough it" easily, and like out-of-doot life, and have the abiFty to utilise labour, stock-...

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THE ETHICS OF FORGIVENESS. [To THE EDITOR OF TH11 "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Yon will, I am sure, with your usual kindness, allow me a few words of explanation of my sermon on "The...


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T HE death of James Baldwin Brown is the loss of one whom it will be almost impossible to replace. He leaves behind him colleagues who exercise perhaps as large and liberal an...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOE. " 1 Sia,—I find myself in such hearty general agreement with you on this subject that I feel constrained to point out what seems to me a...


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[To THE EDTTOE OF THE "SPECTATOR." J Sia,—In January last year you opened your columns for a brief outline of the principal features of the Constitutional crisis in Norway....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As in your article on Home Lessons you mention the Bradford School Board, may I be allowed to say that that Board has no intention...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIE, — Y011 crown your sum-up of the middle-class appreciation of Mr. Spurgeon with,—" They let him talk English instead of Pulpit...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPF.CTATOR."] Era,—The attitude of the country towards the Government is practically the same as at the General Election. Such was the moral of the...

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"Winn yer sacrifice a copper ?" cried an Arab to a /leak, And the little devil threw a dozen cartwheels as he spoke ; 'Twos at the very workhouse gate, this piece of precious...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP TES "SPECTATOR."] Sut,—The epitaph printed in the Spectator of the 14th, on p. 788, reminds me of one in Bakewell churchyard, between Matlock and Buxton,...


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GEORGE DU MAURIER.* WE confess to a certain feeling of irritation with this exhibi- tion, for which Mr. Du Manlier is wholly irresponsible, for it is one caused by the notes of...


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'ATTA.PKEIA. I . BY thine own soul's law learn to live, And if men thwart thee take no heed, And if men hate thee have no care; Sing thou thy song, and do thy deed, Hope thou...

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WYCLIF AND HUS.* WYCLIF has not hitherto been one of the popular heroes of England. As the "Morning Star of the Reformation," or under some similar title, he occasionally...

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THOSE who agree with us in admiring Mr. Crawford's ability,. and deprecating, as disagreeable and unhealthy, the way in which he manifested it in To Leeward, will rejoice to...

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THE GOSPEL OF DIVINE HUMANITY.* THIS is an extremely original

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and thoughtful book, though it is pervaded by that error which, as it seems to us, always tends to predominate in those forms of Christian philosophy which start from the divine...

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DICKENS IN ELEGANT EXTRACTS.* Ix is not very easy to

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conjecture what was Mr. Kent's object in setting himself his latest literary task. True, there has of late years been a revival of the taste for what used to be called in the...

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A HISTORY OF THE BAR.* UNDER cover of writing a

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history of the Serjeants-at-Law, whom he poetically designates as the "Order of the Coif," Mr. Serjeaut Pulling has given us a discourse on the antiquities of the pro- fession...

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A STORY that begins with a case of kidnapping, related some- what after the fashion of Eugene Sue in Le J`uif Errant, will probably have little attraction for the lovers of that...

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A Friend in Ten Thousand. By Mrs. J. Harcourt. 2

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vols. (Remington and Co.)—This tale consists, in fact, of two tales joined together in a not very artistic fashion. "The friend in ten thou- sand "appears—indeed, plays an...

Nonconformity in Herts. By William Urwick, M.A. (Hazel!, Watson, and

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Viney.)—Mr. Urwick ingeniously begins his history of Hertfordshire Nonconformity with St. Alban (not feeling, however, quite certain that there was such a person), whom he...


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Gems of Chinese Literature. By Herbert A. Giles. (Bernard Quaritch.)—Mr. Herbert Giles has in this volume (ornamented, by the way, with appropriate quaintness) added another...

A Jaunt in a Junk. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—The

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" junk " was really not a junk, but an Indian harbour-boat, which two brothers hire at Bombay and take for a cruise along the coast southwards. This account of their voyage is...

Kirby in the Dale. By John Rye, M.A. 3 vols.

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(W. Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—The new rector of Kirby in the Dale was certainly justified in thinking that he bad been brought by circum. stances to a strange place. College...

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Letters front the Highlands. Reprinted from the Times. (Black- wood

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and Sons.)—These letters furnish materials for the question that is now coming into public notice, the condition of the High- land population. Some of the facts and figures...

Germs: Dust and Disease. By Andrew Smart, M.D. (Macniven and

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Wallace, Edinburgh).—These two lectures are well described as "two chapters in our life history." The first is a popular exposition of the "germ theory" of zymotio disease...

Torwood's Trust. By Evelyn Everett-Green. 3 vols. (Bentley and Son.)—Here

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is a new variation, and not, we think, a very happy one, on the "Claimant Plot." Philip Debenham and Torrington Torwood travel over the world for ten years, Torwood furnishing...

The second volume of Thirty Thousand Thoughts, edited by the

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Rev. Canon H. D. M. Spence, Rev. Joseph S. Exell, and Rev. Charles Neil (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.), is before us. Five more sections, making ten in all, have been added, and...

.4 History of Art in Chaldcea and Assyria. From the

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French of Georges Perrot and Charles Chipiez. 2 vols. Translated and edited by Walter Armstrong, B.A. (Chapman and Hall.)—These volumes are a sequel to the work on Egyptian...

The March of Loyalty. By Letitia M'Clintock. 3 vols. (Tinsley

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Brothers.).—There is, of course, something in these volumes about Irish politics, but happily there is not very much. The end of this part of the story may be briefly...

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Fresh Light from the Ancient Monuments. By A. H. Sayoe,

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(Religious Tract Society.)—Professor Sayoe sums up in this con- venient little volume the results of recent discovery in the history of the Empire of the East. The Hittites,...