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Mr. Disraeli followed Mr. Gladstone by a demand that the

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con- sideration of this completely transformed Budget, of which the leading feature was, as he remarked, "a sweet simplicity," should be postponed till Monday. The new Budget...


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—4— 1 VIR. LOWE'S Budget, after a week's struggle for acceptance in the country, has collapsed. The grand attack on it was commenced on Monday, by Mr. White, the Radical Member...

But the Government, even when they had fired their own

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matches, had not made sacrifice enough. In the two days before Thursday there must have been plenty of Lord George Caven- dishes to represent that they would join the Opposition...

The defence was not very strong. Mr. Lowe fought, it

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is true, for his Budget with some skill, declaring that the real objection was not to his method of raising supplies, but to his estimates, which the House had sanctioned; and...

Nevertheless, on the Division, the Government, which has a nominal

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majority of a hundred, received only 257 votes against 230,—a majority of 27, and this, it has subsequently been said, was obtained mainly by a promise to surrender the tax on...

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

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The opposition to the Licensing Bill increases rapidly, and it

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may be now be said that the whole body of English publicans are - ranged against it, and intend to "subordinate party feeling to' their own safety." They object to the Bill on...

M. Thiers on Thursday evening made a most confident speech

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to the Assembly. He had obtained an army ; he had placed Marshal Macmahon, a "chevalier without fear and without reproach," at its head ; and however painful it might be to give...

On Monday the match-box makers of London resolved to make

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a demonstration, and some 10,000 very poor but peaceable girls and boys, intermingled with a few roughs, endeavoured to march to Westminster Hall with their petition. It appears...

Mr. Lowe made one of his most inopportune and irri-

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tating speeches among the Civil Engineers this day week, —an entourage in which he always seems to be in high spirits, and where his freaks generally get him, like Tony Lumpkin,...

Prince Bismarck on Monday made a speech to the German

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Reichstag in which he stated that Germany had 600,000 troops in France, and he could move 200,000 on Paris, but he had been unable to recommend intervention to the Emperor. He...

A most important telegram from China was received in London,

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on the 26th inst. It bears date April 12th, and states that the- Chinese Government has formally and officially demanded that. female schools be abolished, that teaching against...

By the latest accounts, M. Thiers was attacking Paris in

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earnest. His idea appears to be to enter by Forts Issy and Vanvres, which are accordingly being shattered to pieces. They have not, how- ever, been stormed, nor have the troops...

Mr. Lowe replied briefly, diaclaiming utterly the character of financial

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" hints " which had been attributed to his various ex- pressions of private opinion ; but conceding that a good deal of reference to "prospective" finance was, under the...

Louis Blanc, who may be taken to represent the moderate-

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Socialists, the Socialists who would be content with a Poor Law and a progressive income-tax, has finally declared against the pro- gramme of the Commune. He prefers a Republic...

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Yesterday week Mr. Bentinck moved a resolution declaring that Her

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Majesty's Government ought at once to withdraw from the articles known as "The Declaration of Paris of 1856," abolishing privateering, and exempting from capture enemies'...

There was a short discussion on Friday week on the

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pensions allot- ted, or rather not allotted, to Colonial Governors. The Act which Mr. Baillie Cochrane introduced, and which passed in 1865, was the first to give them any...

Lord Carnarvon made a good speech in the House of

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Lords on Tuesday night, on the foolish omission of the principle of super- vision of ticket-of-leave men from the Habitual Criminals Act of 1869. In point of fact, what now...

Mr. Wren-Hoskyns moved on Tuesday that settlement and entail were

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bad. His main points were that they - increased the expense of transfer, that the difficulty of obtaining land was the main source of pauperism, and of the decline of the class...

The Pall Mall Gazette, a week or two ago, in

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a rather snappish little paragraph, on what it described, we think, as the random statements of this journal, threw doubt upon our assertion that the newspapers would not report...

All men know that by English law wives have no

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right of property over their own money, or of guardianship over their own children ; but few are, we suspect, aware that widows have no rights over their children either. Even...

Mr. Hughes brought in his Sunday Trading Bill on Wednesday,

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for the sixth time, and it was defeated after a biting speech by Mr. Peter Taylor by 80 to 47. Mr. Hughes' object is to supersede the Act of Charles II., which forbids all...

Consols were on Friday 931 to 931.

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THE WRECK OF THE BUDGET. T HE Budget is lost, partly through its strong points, partly through its weak, most of all through the cumulation of hostilities against the...

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i T is quite evident, if only from the humiliation of Thursday, that the Government is getting weaker, and it is not diffi- cult to trace the causes of that increased weakness....

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O NE of the few points which become clearer and clearer, as this otherwise confused and confusing Revolution in Paris drags its slow length along, is that Proudhon's idea of...

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W E noticed some weeks ago, while discussing the new Constitution of Germany, that Prince Bismarck in preparing it had performed an extraordinary feat of conserva- tive...

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T HE time has scarcely yet arrived in this country for a thorough discussion of its land laws. The true "agri- cultural interest," the farmers and labourers, still look upon...


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I li CURIOUS reaction is visible in what is called the "pub- lic mind" on a subject which a week ago threatened to give rise to prolonged controversy. The highly-coloured and...

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BISHOP 1VILBERFORCE'S APOLOGY. MHE Bishop of Winchester has appointed his

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youngest son, the Rev. Albert Wilberforce, a young man who has been some four years in priest's orders, to the valuable rectory of Southampton in his own diocese,—one of the...

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S it possible to teach good manners? The Bishop of Peter- I. borough thinks it is. He observed recently, with perfect justice, that nothing divides classes in this country so...

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THE MATCH TAX. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —It is an assertion of the days when telegrams were not known that the Scotch bankers were much more successful specu-...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sm,—For the dignity of the subject, which is a great one, I avoid the tempting opportunities for rejoinder to the very good retorts of "...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIE,—I fear the solution of the question "How to modify for the better the spontaneous distribution of the products of labour,' which your...

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"SPECTATOR.') SIR,—I have beard it said that when the Church of Scotland drove forth into exile two of the very ablest and most spiritual Christian, teachers of our times, Dr....


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:"] Ssn,—The immense and almost unlimited extent to which public- houses have increased, and are daily increasing all over the country, has long...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 BIR,—Will you allow an Irish clergyman to thank you for your article last Saturday on "The ProtestankChurch of Ireland, &c." ? It is only...

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THE WATER-COLOUR SOCIETIES. 'TnE Water-Colour Society and the Institute have both lately opened their annual exhibitions, and, notwithstanding the unusually low number of...

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THE LATE BISHOP HAMPDEN.* THE modest title of this volume fitly describes its character. It is not a thoroughly satisfactory biography of Dr. Hampden, and indeed such a work...

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WE know very few literary efforts which are the better for being divided and distributed through the numbers of a periodical, hub unquestionably lectures, unless on one subject,...

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LA BELLE FRANCE.* Tins volume is already three years old

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; but it has gained so much new interest from the events of the last nine months, and breathes so pleasant an air of serenity through the gloom with which it is inevitable that...

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journals kept by Sir Thomas Wyse, who was so long our Minister at Athens, during three tours to Bosotia, Eubces, and Delphi ; an introduction by Miss Wyse, giv- ing us a glimpse...

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LADY NURSES.* EVER since the Crimean War we have been

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familiar with the term "lady-nurses," but, till we read the book before us, we had vaguely regarded their patients as necessarily respectable and docile because they were sick ;...

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THE POETICAL WORKS OF THOMAS HOOD.* Tins pretty volume, bound

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in blue and gold, and illustrated by Dore, contains a selection of Hood's choicest poems, grave and gay. The prefatory notice bears the signature of W. M. Rossetti, which is in...


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The Dublin Review for April, 1871. (Barns and Oates.)—This. is an extremely good number of the Dublin. The first article,. aimed at the doctrine that 'certainty,' however...

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We have to notice a second edition of Force and

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Matter by Dr. Louis Buchner, translated from the tenth edition of the original Kraft and Stog (Triibner), a book on the philosophy of which, possibly the ablest popularization...

77e Public School Latin Gcammar. (Longmans.)—Ilere we have, after an

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interval of about four years, the larger grammar which was promised us when the "Public School Latin Primer" appeared. To that latter work many objections were made, some of...

Words of 1Veight on the 1Voman Question (Longmans) is a

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book which, anyhow, no one will find dull. The " words " are very variety:4 often, of course, contradictory ; but no one can read the mass of thought and fact which they...

Weale's Series. Reading Books. Edited by Rev. A. B. Grant.

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Standards 1-6. (Lockwood.)—Of the mystery of teaching to read we must confess our ignorance, though we feel quite sere that mankind is not sufficiently grateful to those who...

Mr. Thomas Preston publishes The Elementary Education Act, 1870 (Amer),

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furnishing his book with a popular analysis, an appendix of forms, and a full index. An essay called Education of the Rural Poor, by G:31. Sproat (Bush), is the work of a...

POETRY.—Pacflic Poems.—By Joaquin Miller. (Whittingham and Wilkins.)—Mr. Miller tells us

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that he has spent "all but the last few months" of his life "on the rough edges of the frontier," not far, we suppose, from the Pacific. Poetry, he says, is with him a passion ;...

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A Glimpse of Spring and other Poems, by Rebecca Scott

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(Dublin : Herbert), is a volume of respectable verse, sometimes, as in the last poem, "Bringing home the May," rising into a certain grace and tenderness Blossoms strewed by...