28 OCTOBER 1865

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Mr. Justice Crompton has, we regret to find, been compelled

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by failing health to resign. He was one of the best, if not the very best, lawyer on the bench, and will not be easily replaced. It is said that Mr. Collier is not unlikely to...

The Emperor and Empress of the French have both visited

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the cholera hospitals, an act of some policy and more courage,. The arizians, who believe that cholera is infectious, are enchanted vitll an act certainly dictated by real...

Monsignor Merode, Papal Minister of War, has been dismissed. The

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Pope, long displeased with his dishevelled vehemence of action and manner, discovered that he had overdrawn his account as Minis- ter of War by 20,000 crowns, called the act a...

The Clubs have been full of rumours of coming changes

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in the Ministry, but nothing will be certainly known till Monday, when the programme will have been submitted to the Queen. It is believed that the mot d'ordre of the Liberal...

Count Von Bismark has hurled another thunderbolt. Delegates from the

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different Parliaments of Germany recently met in Frank- fort, to pass resolutions condemning the greater German Powers for absorbing Schleswig and Holstein, and appoint a...


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T HE idea of a private funeral for Lord Palmerston was aban- doned, it is said at the request of the Queen, and on Friday he was buried in Westminster Abbey, with a great...

Mr. Newdegate pronouncel a funeral oration over Lord Pal- merston

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as "the Tory head of a Radical Administration" last Wednesday, at a dinner at Sutton-Coldfield. Mr. Newdegate's manner is always a little lugubrious, so that it was quite in...

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The last mail from New Zealand brings sad news of

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the spread of the half-political, half-religious frenzy known as Hau-Hauism, or Pai Marireism, among the native tribes of the northern island. The converts to the new faith are...

A Mobile newspaper asserts that " Vandooism," or, as it

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used to be styled in the West Indies, " Obeah," is still believed by - the negroes of Louisiana. The worshippers assemble in a hut, adorn their hair with sacred herbs, and sit...

On Tuesday afternoon the Bishop of Oxford made a good

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speech at Manchester, in distributing the certificates to the successful candidates at the last Oxford local examinations. After drawing a true and amusing picture of the *...

It appears that we, and the whole press, were wrong

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in stating last week that the Alabama Convention had refused to admit negro evidence in the civil courts. On the contrary, it admitted their evidence pro tempore till the...

Presideat Johnson has received a deputation from South Carolina, praying

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for pardon to Mr. Davis, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Trenholni, and other leading Confederates. In the course of the somewhat desultory conversation which ensued, the Carolinians...

The Emperor of the French has an opportunity of acquiring

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another colony. Radama IL, of Madagascar, granted a French- man named Lambert certain contracts, or rather monopolies, which on the accession of the Queen after his murder were...

The Confederate leaders have now almost all of them settled

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down into private life. General Lee is the head of a college in Virginia ; General Joseph Johnston is an applicant for president or superintendent of a Georgia railroad ;...

The Times' correspondent in New York collects a quantity of

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curious evidence to show that the South is not nearly as poor as it at first seemed, that it has hoarded gold and plate to a very large extent, which it would not bring forth...

The clemency of the North is at least no longer

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to be doubted. Mr. Johnson has pardoned the Vice-President, Mr. A. H. Stephens, of the Southern Confederacy, and a number of other leading secessionists, and there seems little...

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A correspondence of some interest has been published between General

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Grant and General Sherman, on occasion of the former's first appointment as Lieutenant-General to the command of all the armies of the North in March, 1864,—after the battle of...

The Credit Foncier Mobilier of England (limited) announce that a

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new issue of 100,000 shares, 50,000 to shareholders and 50,000 to the public, will be made after 2nd November. The Directors state that their dividend for the past year was at...

At the annual meeting of the proprietors of the Queen

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Assur- ance Company, on the 26th inst., the Directors' Report for the year stated that the fire premiums for the year amounted ta 115,2851.; that 529 life policies were issued,...

The Patrie says a despatch was received by the French

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Govern- ment complaining of a levy of troops in Egypt for service in Mexico, but it contained no menaces. The Times is quite proud of this confirmation of its story, though to...

The closing prices of the leading Foreign Securities on Thursday

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last and on Friday week were as follows :— Friday, October 20. Thursday, October 26. G reek .. .. .. .. .. .. 191 .. 19 Do. Coupons .. .. .. Mexican .. .. .. .....

Some years since Baron Liebig after many experiments dis- covered

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a plan of making an "extract of meat," by which its bulk, nourishment for nourishment, was reduced to one-thirtieth. His plan was tried on the Continent, and at length taken up...

George Price, the engraver charged with atrocious cruelty to his

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wife, was tried on Thursday, in the Old Court. It was proved in evidence that he had 36s. a week, and five children, and a wife suffering from fistula and cancer, that he...

The refractory Guardians of Bermondsey have yielded, and will try

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to carry out the Houseless Poor Act. They, however, dislike it as much as ever, and so do the Guardians of Marylebone, who have obeyed it for some time. They complain that the...

Subjoined is a comparison of the closing prices of the

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leading British Railways on Thursday last with those of Friday week :—. Friday, °etcher 20. Thursday, October 26. Caledonian •• 130 . • 128 Great Eastern •• 4 .• 401...

It is believed that the French Government intends to abolish

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the Receivers-General. These officials receive the taxes and act as bankers, and it will be nec es sary if they are abolished to open upwards of eighty new branches of the Bank...

This week's return of the Bank of England exhibits important

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and favourable changes as compared with the preceding state- ment. The leading alterations are a decrease of 513,908/. in the circulation of notes, an increase of 204,329/. in...

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THE NEW CABINET. A PALMERSTON Ministry without Lord Palmerston will be about as strong as an arch without a keystone. It is not of much use to speculate on Saturday on a...

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IT cannot be said that the resurrection of a Russell Cabinet has been entertained by the country with any enthusiasm. The Roman Catholics, especially the Roman Catholics of...

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lp ARLY this month General Samuel McGowan, of Abbe- .1. 1 / vine, South Carolina, issued to the electors of his district an address, in which occur these words :—" While I have...

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IA N Tuesday the Bishop of Ely (Dr. Harold Browne) com- menced menced hi ;primary visitation at Ely Cathedral, and delivered a charge which should rank him by the side of the...

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L ORD HOUGHTON has given expression, very cautiously and tentatively, to a doubt which is expressed in private with very much less reserve. Is there not, he suggests to a...


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T HE despatches of Count Von Bismark illustrate exactly the meaning of that strange expression of St. James, a "super- fluity of naughtiness." In his despatch to the Senate of...

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T HE Pall Mall Gazette has recently contained a very interest- ing controversy on a subject raised by the recent prayer for - relief from the Cattle Plague, in which Professor...

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New York, October 6, 1865. - Os Monday last the people of Connecticut, voting upon a pro- posed amendment to their State Constitution, decided not to admit negroes to suffrage,...

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October 22, 180. Sin,—An interesting article in your number for the 14th inst. on "The Competing Prayers against Plague" raises a question calling for the gravest consideration...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 London, October 25, 1865. Sin,—As I know nothing of the preacher or the place referred to in the article above-mentioned, and just as little...

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"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The reviewer of my translation of Eschylus in the Spectator alludes to what he considers "the characteristic and unavoidable faultiness of rhymed verse" as...


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OUR MUTUAL FRIEND.* MR. DICKENS has, and always has had, one radical defect as a novelist,—that no characteristics of men and manners take hold of his imagination with force...

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A DAY'S extra labour would have made this book in its way almost perfect, but at present it lacks compactness, the compact- ness which is produced by artistic arrangement and...

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WE opened Major Hall's book with much curiosity, having always. had a longing to know something of the duties, qualities, and attributes of that mysterious entity, the "Queen's...

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The Quarterly Journal of Science—October.—This number contains an interesting article

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by Captain Tyler on the means of communication in railway trains, from which it appears that the objection of the public to being quietly murdered or burnt is really being...

Personal Names in the Bible. By W. F. Wilkinson, M.A.

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(Strahan.)— • This volume opens with fifty pages on the nature and origin of names and surnames in general, then follow more than 100 pages on the names of God, and these are...

The Sunday Magazine. 1865. Edited by Thomas Guthrie, M.D. (Strahan.)—The

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Sunday Magazine contains a large proportion of very serious reading, and continues to enter a protest against latitudinarianism, Sunday travelling, and other modern tendencies....

CURRENT LITERATURE • The Little Things of Nature. By L.

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H. Grindon. (Pitman.)—Mr. Grindon writes in a pleasant and rather sentimental way upon such sub- jects as the vitality of-seeds, the sleep of plants, the magic of chemistry,...

Common Shells of the Shore. By Rev. J. G. Wood.

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With plates by Sowerby. (Warne.)—Mr. Wood's name is a guarantee for the soundness of the information given in this manual. It is rather sternly practical, and not enlivened with...

Meditations. By Henry Alford, (Strahan.)—The Dean of

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Canterbury has published in this small volume the substance of some sermons on the second Advent, Creation, and Providence. His design in preaching them was "to take some of the...

The Art Journal. September and October. (Virtue.)—The ffinatra- tions,-we think,

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in both these numbers are not quite up to the mark ; Egg's pictures of the "Life and Death of Buckingham" are not very interesting in themselves, and they have not been well...