28 MAY 1892

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The Opposition sustained a smashing defeat on Tuesday. They hoped

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that the second reading of the Irish Local Government Bill would be carried by only a small majority, and Mr. Gladstone made a great effort to prove it to be a failure. In a...

The debate included a remarkable incident. Mr. Gladstone, like most

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of his followers, is anxious to avail himself of Lord Salisbury's language about the possibility of rebellion in Ulster, and charged him plainly and strongly with encouraging...

The Bill is really an over-liberal Bill. The "guarantees" will

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only be enforced in special circumstances, and, as Mr. T. W. Russell showed, the fiscal control of the county, its sanitary management, and the execution of all local Acts, is...

Prince George of Wales, now the ultimate heir to the

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Throne, was on the Queen's birthday created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killarney. The title has not in recent times been a popular one, owing to the scandal...


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T HE great question of the day is the date of the Dissolution. The Secretary of the Treasury has explained that the vote on account" will be taken for two months, and as this...

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

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On Wednesday, Mr. Stansfeld moved the second reading of the

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Electors' Qualification and Registration Bill, the object of which is, first, to throw the duty of forming a correct electoral register on proper officers, without requiring the...

Lord Rosebery has dropped all the air of moderation with

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which for a time he discussed the Irish Home-rule Question, and has come out almost as hot a Home-ruler as Mr. T. P. O'Connor or Mr. Timothy Healy. In his speech at Birming- ham...

Copenhagen is celebrating the golden wedding of the King of

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Denmark with elaborate festivities, attended by an extra- ordinary number of Sovereigns and their representatives. The King is now father-in-law to the Emperor of Russia, the...

Mr. John Morley addressed a great Gladstonian meeting at Huddersfield

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last Saturday, which he endeavoured to stimulate to vehement scorn for the popular tendencies of the new Tories, and to persuade them that the modern Tories elected by household...

The German military authorities have published an ex- planation of

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the special honours paid to the sentry who recently shot a civilian. The sentry, a man named Luck, was, they declare through the Post, proved, after the most careful...

Dr. Cameron's motion on Tuesday for the Disestablishment of the

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Scottish Church, was met bY an amendment, moved by Mr. Finlay, asserting that the Presbyterian Churches of Scot- land ought to be reunited on a national basis, and that the...

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At the annual meeting of the Geographical Society on Monday,

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the President, Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant- Duff, delivered one of his interesting addresses on the work of the Society, and the right direction of that work. He...

We sincerely believe that if the people of Ireland could

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be got to express their opinion of their Resident Magistrates without any fear of being taken to task for it by their local leaders, they would speak of many of them with...

Deeming was executed in Melbourne on Monday, and is believed

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to have died without making any clear confession. He did, however, it is stated, admit that he must, on the evidence, have murdered his wife, Emily Mather, but that he knew...

The Committee on Law, to which the Clergy Discipline Bill

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was referred, has closed its labours, and reported the Bill to the House. If this very useful Bill becomes law this Session, it will owe its passing as much to Mr. Gladstone as...

A spirited affair has occurred in West Africa. A Negro

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tribe, -the Jebus, who have acquired a number of Snider% have been giving trouble to Lagos, and a force of coloured troops, com- manded by English officers, was sent against...

All who understand how the work of administering this Empire

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is carried on, have heard with regret of the retirement of Sir Robert Herbert from the Permanent Under-Secretary- ship of the Colonies. A successful student at Oxford, and for...

At the dinner in the evening, the chief guest was

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Mr. Edward Whymper, the explorer of the Andes, who made an extremely amusing speech. When he was cheered, he said that he was not accustomed to those marks of approbation, and...

The Italian Chamber is not contented with Signor Giolitti. 'The

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new Premier defended his programme on Thursday, and stated that he did not intend to reduce the Army, which was essential to the safety of the country, and was so regarded by...

Bank Bate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2-1,) were on Friday 971.

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THE COLLAPSE OF THE OPPOSITION. T HE magnitude of the majority by which the second reading of the Irish Local Government Bill was carried on Tuesday, is a most important fact,...

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A S the meteorites approach the sun, they rush into it at an ever-accelerating rate ; and as Parliament ap- proaches the date of Dissolution, almost every event seems to hasten,...

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AI R. JOHN MORLEY, being painfully aware that he differs widely from a considerable section of his own party on a point which, more than any other, is regarded as the...

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COMMERCIAL WAR. T HE more Lord Salisbury's speech in favour of

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a policy of tariff retaliation is considered, the more clear it becomes that the notion on which it is based is a delusion. No one, of course, seriously accuses Lord Salisbury...

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MHERE is no conviction more deeply rooted, to all appearance, in the minds of the Liberal Opposition, than the worthlessness of the time of the House of Com- mons. The most...

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of the letter from Sir Harry Verney pub- lished in another column, consists mainly in this. Twenty years older than the majority of the old, he finds, as he looks back upon...

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nation, the most industrious and the wealthiest of the smaller peoples, will, we believe, be delighted with the Report of the Joint Committee a Lords and Commons upon Electric...

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OMENS. T HE other day, a practical joke was played on

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one of the inspectors of police in Paris which, it is said, much dis- turbed and alarmed the victim of it. A priest was sent to him in the middle of the night to administer the...

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T HE speech with which Mr. Whymper charmed his audience on Monday at the dinner of the Geographical Society, was not only singularly bright and humorous, but it was full of hope...

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A N evening contemporary offers a word of warning to poets and novelists. Already, it says, musicians are suffering from the competition of infant prodigies, and the fond public...

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I F there is one thing the ordinary Englishwoman of the richer classes believes herself to be specially capable of doing, it is arranging flowers. There are thousands of ladies,...

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A NONAGENARIAN S RETROSPECT. [TO TES EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Few men can tell more than myself of the two first de- cades of the century; those of us especially who...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—The Duke of Devonshire's last words, as chairman of the recent meeting of this Association, were to the effect that we had done a great...


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[TO TEM EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—After reading the interesting remarks on modern methods of painting which prefaced your criticism of the Royal Academy in the Spectator...

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A LONDON LANDSCAPE. BEFORE me lies no purple distance wide, With faint horizon hills to bound my view. Tall houses close me in on every side, Pierced here and there by meagre...


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THE LEYLAND SALE AND GUILDHALL EXHIBITION. LAST week something was said of the remarkable collection of modern French and Dutch pictures got together by Mr. Cottier, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " EPECTATOR."] Siu,—May I point out, with reference to your query in your note on the Greek elections last week, that in calling the future Premier of...

*** The Rev. J. 0. Morris, of Nunburnholme Rectory, Hayton,

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York, wishes it to be known that Mrs. Close's letter on the tame kestrel, published in the Spectator of May 14th, was sent to us by him in a covering letter which unfortunately...

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SIR WALTER SCOTT'S POEMS.* THERE is but one fault to find with this admirable and com- plete edition of Sir Walter Scott's poems,—which appears in two forms, one with broad...

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that a writer on natural history and natural scenery has so much to tell, or so true an instinct for telling it well, as the author who chooses to be known as the "Son of the...

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THE present work, issued in fulfilment of a promise made in the Chronicle History, is a boon for which all lovers of the legitimate drama have reason to be grateful. Though...

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RECENT NOVELS.* No critic with any graciousness of feeling would

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desire to speak save with courteous kindness of the work of a lady, a foreigner, and a Queen who has honoured us by choosing our land as the locality, and our language as the...

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A NOVEL written by twenty-four authors—without any collaboration or previous arrangement, but simply composed chapter after chapter, with no plan for the authors' guidance —is...

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Tins book, which professes to be little more than a record of the chief events in Cardinal Manning's life from materials already before the public, appears to us, nevertheless,...

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The Apodidx : a Morphological Study. By Henry Meyners Bernard, M.A. Cantab. "Nature Series." (Macmillan and Co.) — A. work like the present strikingly illustrates the enormous...

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My Mission to Abyssinia. By Gerald H. Portal. (E. Arnold.)—

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Mr. Portal went, at the request of the British Government, after the slaughter of the Italian troops at Dogali (on the road be- tween Massowah and Sahati), to mediate between...

How to Read Character in Features, Forms, and Faces. By

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Henry Frith. (Ward, Lock, and Co.)—Mr. Frith is a. believer in chiromancy, phrenology, and other " ologies " for which language has not discovered names. He sees character in...

She Loved a Sailor. By Amelia E. Barr. (Clarke and

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Co.)— The loves of Virginia Mason (who is much misrepresented by the "simpering Miss" on the cover) and Captain Bradford make a pleasant story. The Captain, it is true,...

Handbook of Jamaica, 1892. From Official Sources, by S. P.

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Musson and F. Laurence Roxburgh. (E. Stanford.)—The Nicaragua Canal Construction Company. (Nicaragua Canal Com- pany, New York.) — Royal University of Ireland Examination-...

Poverty : its Genesis and Exodus. By John George Goddard.

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(Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Mr. Goddard would have done well to make sure of his facts before he went on to his theories. On p. 2 we find the statement : "Nearly one-tenth of...

The Imitation of Buddha. Compiled by Ernest M. Bowden. (Methuen.)—It

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is interesting to see what a number of admirable maxims can be gathered from Buddhist literature, nor would it be reasonable to object to such a collection as this. But the...

Adrift in America. By Cecil Roberts. (Lawrence and Bullen.) —Whatever

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may be the merits or demerits of Mr. Cecil Roberts, there can be no doubt of his candour. A plainer, more un- varnished account of "work and adventure" we have never seen. After...

An East London Mystery. By Adeline Sergeant. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—Miss Sargeaut begins her first volume with what she calls a " prelude." A murder is committed in an empty house at the East End of London ; and we are then taken...

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Teuffel's History of Roman Literature. Revised and enlarged by Ludwig

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Schwabe. Authorised Translation of George C. W. Warr, M.A. Vol. II.," The Imperial Period." (Bell and Soils.)— This second volume completes the work, a treasury of knowledge on...

Chronicles of King Henry VIII. of England. Translated from the

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Spanish by Martin A. Sharp Hume. (Bell and Sons.)—A manu- script bearing the title given above (in Spanish) was brought before a learned Society in Madrid in 1873. Inquiry...

The Adelaide Procter Birthday - Book, compiled by "F. G." (Bell and

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Sons), sufficiently describes its purpose by its title. It is a very neat little volume, well printed, and on good paper, and of a size to be conveniently carried in the pocket....