28 MAY 1887

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Lord Salisbury made a brilliant speech at Merchant Taylors' Hall

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yesterday week, in which, however, lie struck one very false note when he referred, without any indication that he thought it a fatal extreme in the opposite direction to that...

Yesterday week there was another long debate on the Irish

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Crimes Bill in relation to the law of criminal conspiracy, Mr. Reid moving a proviso that stood in the name of Sir Charles Russell, that an agreement or combination to do that...

• ,.* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.

Germany has been greatly agitated by the illness of the

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Crown Prince, who, as the world almost forgets, is now fifty-six years of age. He has been suffering for some months from an affection of the throat, which involved persistent...


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HE confused crisis in Paris is still going on. The President -I- has " sent for " M. de Freycinet, M. Bouvier, M. Floquet, M. Dnclerc, and M. de Freycinet again, in succession ;...

Lord Rosebery spoke on the same day at Plymouth, of

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course in an opposite sense. He claimed for the Liberal Party that its motto was Vestigia nulls retrorsum, not a very happy omen, as the Liberal Unionist justly observes, seeing...

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Mr. Morley made a speech at Norwich on Wednesday, in

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which, after condemning the Conservative Lord Chancellor's proposal with relation to the Land Laws, as not touching even the fringe of the question, he lapsed into the Irish...

On Monday night, the Closure was applied four times, bat

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with- out really finishing even the second clause of the Bill, as Mr. W. H. Smith bad to consent to postpone the fifth sub-section to the report, and to strike it out for the...

The opposition to Mr. O'Brien in Canada has ended, we

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regret to say, in a shameful attempt to assassinate him. After being hooted at Ottawa, he went on to Hamilton, and there, after a speech to a large crowd, he was returning to...

Belgium is again the scene of formidable strikes. The Par-

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liamentary Commission of Inquiry which reported on the strikes of last year has removed no grievances, and consequently the coal-miners, ironworkers, quarrymen, and...

The Government is not willing to give information as to

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the Anglo-Turkish Convention just concluded by Sir H. Drum- mond Wolff; but there is no doubt as to its main stipulations. The Suez Canal is to be neutralised, and to remain...

The Times' correspondent at Vienna reports a "Palace Revolution "

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at Constantinople. The Sultan has become con- vinced that a powerful party among the officials immediately around him contemplate his dethronement, and has exiled them to Arabia...

Paris has been moved by a horrible accident. The first

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act of Mignon was being performed at the Opera Comique, on Wednes- day, when a curtain above the stage was discovered to be on fire. Whether it had been burned by a gas-jet, or...

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The Geographical Society, which held its anniversary meeting on Monday,

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felicitated itself, not unnaturally, on the estab- lishment of lectureships on geography in the two older Univer- sities, and regarded that as the commencement of a new epoch in...

Canon MacColl is a most decided Home-ruler ; but some

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of the Parnellites are too much even for hie patience. In a letter to the Daily News of Friday, he accuses Mr. O'Brien of visiting Canada "in order to vent his vindictive spleen...

Mr. Bell Cox was discharged from prison yesterday week, on

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the very technical ground that he was not imprisoned as a punishment for contempt of Court generally, but for disobeying the sentence of suspension for six months which had been...

The .Nordenfeldt,' submarine steamboat, has been finished and transferred to

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Southampton Water. She is built of thick steel, is 120 ft. long by 12 ft. at the broadest part, and has a displacement of 250 tons. On the water she makes seventeen knots, and...

The Report of the Committee appointed to inquire into the

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charges of corruption brought against the Corporation of the City of London was issued last Saturday, and came in effect to this,—that a good deal of money belonging to the City...

At the annual meeting of the Iron and Steel Institute,

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held in Westminster on Thursday, the new President, Mr. Daniel Adameon, expressed, in his address, a strong view on the absolute necessity for more canals. He said the mineral...

Mr. Morley, in his speech, bore very emphatic witness to

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the provocations which the rank and file of the Tory Party offer to the Parnellite Members, and especially stated that they had cheered the suggestion that Mr. Dillon might be...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday losa to 1031.

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M GRtVY,we fear, has been betrayed into a considerable . error. Moved by reasons which are as yet unknown, but which may be grave, he has departed from his usual con-...


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THE QUESTION FOR THE NATION. J ORD SALISBURY'S remarks at the Merchant Taylors' 4 dinner on the extraordinary difficulty of making eminent foreigners understand how the House...

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W E fear that neither the Gladstonians nor the Liberal Unionists fully realise as yet the depth of the cleavage by which they are divided. Nothing proves this so much as the...

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T HE accounts of the Anglo-Turkish Convention for the settlement of Egypt, though they may be " confused," as Lord Salisbury said, must be substantially accurate, and we cannot...

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T HE Englishmen and the Scotchmen who emigrate to America rightly identify themselves at once with their new countrymen. They do not desire to stand apart either socially or...

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I T would be a strange thing if the old horror of " regratere," "forestallers," and monopolists generally, which was so plainly registered in our ancient laws, should once again...

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T HE favourable turn that the Crown Prince of Germany's illness has now taken makes it possible to speculate without impropriety on the position which the heir to the German...

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T HE Guardian of Wednesday reports one of those unique sermons by which the Dean of St. Paul's will be remem- bered in England long after his voice is silent. He is one who,...

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T HE invention of a new method of burglary is an incident well deserving a passing comment. Any new crime is exceedingly rare, the only one invented within our recollection...

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F OR some time past, a rumour has, in spite—perhaps in virtue—of contradictions, been gaining in obstinacy and credence in Scotland, to the effect that the two chiefs of the...

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IRELAND AND THE EMPIRE. tTO =a Boma or rox "Sosonzoo."] have not noticed in English newspapers any reference to the probable effect of Irish Home-rule on the maintenance of...

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ECHOES. As one who walks upon a windy night, Through unknown streets, to reach the Minster door, Guides not his footsteps by the gusty light, But by the clangour that the wild...


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A DIALOGUE ON THE PROOFS OF THEISM.* WE are not surprised to find Father Clarke apologising for the singular readiness with which the sceptic of these dialogues gives way to the...


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[To Tan EDITOR or TEE " SYECTITOB..] Sin,—As an addition to the facts on the above subject given by Mr. Ashley in your issue of May 21st, it may be interesting to your readers...


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[To Tar Seine Or roe '93.0767071."] Sre,—In your review of Mr. Fitzgerald's "Book-Fancier," you quote some examples of eccentric bookbinding. Perhaps your readers may be...

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MR. SUTTON'S POEMS" Ix is no exaggeration to say that

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scores of volumes of verse have been published during the last twelve months by poetasters ambitions of a reputation they are never destined to attain. The critic whose vocation...

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RECENT NOVELS.* So the World Wags is a novel which

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has apparently been written to serve a purpose as well as to tell a story, the purpose being the suggestion of a plan for purifying the moral atmo- sphere of what is called...

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THE reading of three out of the four books on Ireland whose names we have given below (the fourth, as we shall presently see, is a work of a very different kind, and is, indeed,...

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Manua the editor of this volume is modestly reticent about his share in its production, it is not difficult to see that it has received from him much more than ordinary...

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THERE is something positively pathetic in the persistency with which, every five years or so, Dr. Bain invites the public into his neat little laboratory, to witness his...

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A Club of One : Passages from the Note-Book of

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a Man who might have been Sociable. With Marginal Summary by the Editor. (Honghton, Boston, U.S.A.)—The editor of these Passages adopts the commonplace artifice of pretending...

London. By W. J. Loftie. "Historic Towns." (Longmans, Green, and

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Co.)—It is a pity that what should be the leading volume of this series, the capital city itself, should have been banded over to a writer who is not a historian, bat a...

The Sweet o' the Year. By H. T. Wilmota eaten,

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M.A. (Skeffington.) —This is a story of the common kind, told with something more than an average amount of ability. The characters will be familiar to readers of fiction,—the...

On the Study of Literature. The Annual Address to the

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Students of the London Society for the Extension of University Teaching. By John Morley. (Macmillan and Co.)—It may be remembered that the delivery of this address at the...


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The Autobiography of an Independent Minister. (Williams and Norgate.)—In noticing this book about five years ago, we observed that although the writer had a practical experience...

How to Write the History of a Parish. By Charles

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Cox, LLD.. (Bemrose and Sons.)—This is an admirable little vadasnecum, not merely for the would-be historian of a parish, bat for any one engaged in historical or antiquarian...

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Our New Pompeii. 2 vole. (W. Blackwood and Sons.)—This "Romance

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of To-morrow" is a specimen, and not altogether a happy specimen, of the political novel. There is a certain novelty about the initial idea, the founding of a certain "club"...

Splashes from a Parisian Ink - Pot. Translated from the French of

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Jacques Normand, by Arthur Hornblow. (Remington and Co.)— These little sketches aptly illustrate the complaint that is made, and made with only too much truth, against the...

A Heart on Fire. By Mrs. Houstotm. 3 vole. (F.

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V. White and Co.)—The author of "A Heart on Fire" (an unusually silly title, by- the-way) claims upon her title-page the authorship of many novels, and apparently, therefore,...

Hook's Church Dictionary. Fourteenth Edition. Edited by Walter Hook, M.A.,

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and W. R. W. Stephens, M.A. (John Murray.)—The editors, assisted by a number of contributors, among whom may be mentioned Canon Bright, Mr. Evan Daniel, Chancellor Espin, Lord...

Athlos ; or, the Story of a Life. By M.

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A. Cartels. 2 vole. (Remington and Co.) —If we have to say what is the moral of this story, it is this, that a word of praise in season will effect what many reproofs have been...

Studies in Social Life. By George 0. Lorimer, LL.D. (Sampson

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Low, Marston, and Co.)—This book, though bearing the name of an English publisher, has been apparently produced in America, as it certainly applies, in the first instance, to...

The Church of the Early Fathers. By Alfred Plummer, M.A.

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(Longman.)—Mr. Plummer's work is limited to the period which began with the panning away of the last of the Apostles, and ended with Constantine's Edict of Toleration (312)....

Early Letters of Thomas Carlyle, 18144826. 2 vole. Edited by

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Charles Eliot Norton. (Macmillan and Co.)—We are not disposed to enter again into the controversy as to Mr. Froude's method of dis- charging his duties as Carlyle's literary...

The Beer of the Bible. By James Death. (Triibner and

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Co.)— Briefly stated, Mr. Death's argument is that what is rendered in the Passover ordinance as "that which is leavened" is in reality a fermented and eatable paste, known now...

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The Eclogues of Calpurnius Siculus and If. Aurelius Nemesianus. By

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Charles Heine Keene. (Bell and Sons.)—We are always glad to welcome any classical work of merit that goes at all outside the narrow track beaten, so to speak, by examinations....