29 DECEMBER 1883

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Passing to home policy, Mr. Cowen dilated on the miserable

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failure in Ireland, and declared that nothing but Home-rule would mend the mischief there. He asserted that the English people were, as Goethe called them, " practical, but...

Rumours have been in circulation all the week that the

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Mandi is advancing on Khartoum, but they are wholly unverified. The only European correspondent there, however, the one who telegraphs to the Times, reports that steamers close...

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

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On Saturday last, a deputation from the Liberal working- men

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of Derby waited on Mr. Gladstone at Hawarden Castle to present to him a dessert service of Derby china, specially designed for him, as a commemoration of the fiftieth...

Note, as a remarkable indication of the awing in opinion

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about Egypt, that the Pall Mall Gazette, which has been con- sistently forward in urging evacuation, now admits that it may be indispensable for the British Government to govern...

Mr. Cowen made a very eloquent and elaborate speech to

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his Newcastle constituents this day week. He declared that we ought never to have gone to Egypt, but that having gone, we could never retire, whether it were a false prophet, or...


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T HE Black Flags, having been defeated in the stockaded villages round Sontay, evacuated the citadel on the 16th, and on the 17th Admiral Courbet took possession of the...

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An extraordinary official project was brought forward on Thursday in

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the French Chamber. The French do not settle in Algeria fast enough, and the Government accordingly desires to settle there some 25,000 vine-growers, who have been ruined by the...

The Berlin Correspondent of the Times states that Herr von

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Stoech, the late Minister of Marine, was suffered to resign because his new ironclads, upon which part of the French Indemnity was spent, were found unfit for service. The new...

The final Report on the Census of Bengal, taken in

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1881, gives a remarkable picture of the only province in India where the British Government might possibly be elected by a plebiscite. The Lieutenant-Governorship is nearly as...

M. Bocher, the "business man " of the Orleans family,

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and a Senator, is supposed to be the shrewdest man in France, but he is not always wise. On Wednesday, he induced the Royalists to agree to pass the Estimates en bloc and in...

The Times on Thursday published a telegram from its Calcutta

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correspondent* stating that Lord Ripon contemplated the " disestablishnaeut " of the English Church in India. "This policy," he added, "if persisted in, is sure to give rise to...

Sir Charles Dilke, it is stated, intends very shortly to

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put the tenant clauses of the Sanitary Act of 1866 in force over the whole of London. The nuisance authority of the district may then place the whole of the lodging-houses...

Mr. S. Henniker Heaton forwards from Sydney a complete account

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of the resources of which an Australian Dominion would dispose. The seven Colonies now own 3,000,000 square miles of territory, or three times the surface of Europe west of the...

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Those who were at all startled by Mr. Parnell's declaration

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that Mr. Tuke's Irish emigrants were, for the most part, languishing in dreary attics in the great American cities, should read Mr. • Take's interesting letter to Monday's...

It is stated that two new dioceses are shortly to

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be made. 'The sum has been raised which was fixed by the recent Act of Parliament as the minimum for the endowment of the See of Southwell, broken off from the diocese of...

We cannot conceive why so much fun is poked at

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the Society for Psychical Research (14 Dean's Yard, S.W.), for asking these very business-like questions on the subject of hallucinations and dreams :—" 1. Hallucinations.—Have...

Sunday was brilliant with one of those wonderful sunset skies,—Sunday's

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was golden, with a gold such as Cuyp himself never painted,—which have been the glory of the late autumn ; but since Sunday, the neighbourhood of London at least has been...

Mr. Holloway, one of the now not inconsiderable number of

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millionaires, died on Wednesday, in his eighty-fourth year, with a fortune variously stated at from two to five millions sterling, but more probably,—at least if we count in it...

Sir Theodore Martin shows more zeal than wisdom in his

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con- troversy with Mrs. Hardcastle as to the late Lord Lyndhurst's social attitude towards Lord Campbell. In his letter to the Times of this day week, he denies that anything...

The Dean of St. Paul's should publish his Christmas-Day sermon.

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The Times of Wednesday gives just enough of a sketch of it to make us desire to read the whole, not enough to satisfy that desire. It seems to have been a sermon contrasting the...

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MR. COWEN. I N the eloquent and effective speech which Mr. Cowen delivered at Newcastle-on-Tyne this day week, he re- proached Englishmen with their " pedantry," remarking that...

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I T is impossible to predict what the House of Commons will do, but we do not think Mr. Broadhurst will re- ceive the support for his Bill upon urban leaseholds, upon which he...

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THE CITY GUILDS' COMMISSION. T N spite of the Lord Mayor's

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assertion that the Standard's article on the " City Guilds' Commission" was " purely imaginary" (by which latter term we may charitably suppose he meant " imaginative "), and...

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T HE Government of India has shown some wisdom and unusual self-control in agreeing to a compromise upon the Ebert Bill. It must have been most painful to the Viceroy to yield,...

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T HE inner feelings of the French peasantry have again become matters of serious importance to all Europe. It is evident that the upper classes and the Parisians, excited by...

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T HERE is always a profound interest felt by Englishmen in men who accumulate great fortunes, whether they spend them well or ill, or do not spend them at all, but save them for...


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T HE Derby Porcelain-makers' present to Mr. Gladstone almost fulfils the ideal of a present. It was something which the receiver was known to value. It was something on which...

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r E present which the Liberal working-men of Derby have made to Mr. Gladstone is in every way appropriate. The particular form which the gift took was calculated to give Mr....

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I T is now twenty years since the present writer, at a time when the theatres of London were comparatively deserted, predicted that the first man who placed good English opera-...

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RELIGIOUS TEACHING AT OXFORD. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] 8134—Your Oxford correspondents have not, as it seems to me, fully stated their own arguments. The province...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sza.,—Are you not somewhat hard upon the Poet-Laureate for accepting the peerage which the Queen has offered him, and "is he not likely to...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Stn, 2 -Mr. Darwin's "Notes on Instinct," recently-published by my friend, Mr. Romanes, have again called attention to the interesting...


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SIR,— Permit me to say that you are hardly correct in stating that your correspondent " Jades " is inaccurate in his state- ment as to the work of County-Court Judges, and that...


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THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, I read the review of Samuel Palmer's " Eclogues of Virgil" which appeared in the Spectator. I read it with regret, but without surprise, being but too...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Stn,—In considering the question of the Long Vacation, it should be borne in mind that there are other vacations when there is a total...


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[To THE EDITOR OP TBZ " SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—I have read with interest the letter of Mr. Guthrie, which appeared in your last issue. While I admit the truth of the majority of...

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PROGRESS, OR RETROGRESSION? WHAT Progress in the sum of human years P I asked of Truth, whose wan and weary eyes, Fixed on the strife of hosts contending, The strife of Good...


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IN our first article upon this Gallery, we only spoke generally of the character of the exhibition ; in this, we propose to note in detail a few of the principal pictures. On...

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LORD LYTTON'S LIFE.* THESE two goodly octavo volumes bring the late Lord Lytton's life down to the age of twenty-eight. At this rate, the work can hardly be completed in less...

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THE BLACK PRINCE.* CONSIDERING the eager interest with which contemporary

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records of English history have been searched of late, it is strange that the task of translating Chandos Herald's metrical chronicle of The Life and Feats of Arms of the Black...


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Ma PAYN strikes us, in his character of novelist, as a cross between Wilkie Collins and Walter Besant. He has the love of the former for dark and grand mysteries and for persons...

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THAT Mr. Ashe has collected in this volume for the first time all the extant criticism of Coleridge on the English Dramatists, -entitles him as editor to the thanks of the...

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THE GERMAN TEACHER IN ENGLAND.* IT is computed that there

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are at present in England eight thousand German teachers, all of them men of education and character, and possessed of certificates of proficiency in the branches of knowledge...

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Bride Picotde. By the Author of "Mademoiselle Mori." (Bemrose.) —This is a charming little French story, the point of which consists in the self-denial of a little worker in...

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Examples of Carved-Oak Woodwork of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries,

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by William Bliss Sanders (Bernard Quaritoh), is a hand- some volume, containing descriptive letterpress, with twenty-five illustrations, which have been photographed from...

Bygone Beauties. From Paintings by John Hoppner, R.A.

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Engraved by Charles Wilkin. Annotated by Andrew W. Tuer. (Field and Tuer.)—" When Hoppner died," Mr. Tuer tells us, "Lawrence immediately raised his prices from eighty to one...

Only an Actress. By Edith Stewart Drewry. 3 vols. (F.

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V. White and Co.)—We cannot compliment Miss Drewry on this book. It is the story of a girl who was, by tarns, a street arab, a police spy, and a very wonderful actress, and who...

Greater London. By Edward Walford, M.A. (Cassell and Co.)— By

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" Greater London " is meant, as Mr. Walford explains in his intro- ductory chapter, the district included in the Metropolitan Police jurisdiction, a tolerably regular circle,...

The Foreigners. By Eleanor C. Price. 3 vols. (Chatto and

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Windus.) —Miss Price has made here a skilful use of a subject which, indeed, adapts itself readily to the necessities of a novel,—the contrast be- tween English and French ways...

Hints on Sickness : Where to Go, and What to

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Do. By Henry C. Burdett. (Kagan Peal and Co.)—Who has not felt, in some sudden emergency from accident or sickness, the importance of knowing " where to go and what to do " on...

In the West Countrie. By Mary Crommelin. 3 vols. (Hurst

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and Blackett.)—This story is in the shape of an autobiography, and an autobiography is not an easy form of narrative to manage. Heroines who describe themselves are very apt to...

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Selections from Cowper's Poems. With Introduction. By Mrs. Oliphant. (Macmillan

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and Co.)—It is apparently the destiny of every poet to be exhibited in a " selection." Criticism in the present age takes charge of poetry, and decides bow much or how little is...

British Honduras. By Archibald Robertson Gibbs. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Whatever

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public interest this book may command will be due not to its style, but to its contents. As a writer, Mr Gibbs is sometimes pretentious, oftener dull, and occasionally even...

From the Pyrenees to the Pillars of Hercules. By Henry

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Day. (New York, Putnam's Sons.)—Mr. Day does not pretend to have made any discoveries in the course of his scamper through Spain, or to be anything more than one of those...

A Bushel of Corn. By A. Stephen Wilson. (David Douglas,

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Edinburgh.)—Mr. Wilson has here carefully collected a vast mass of facts relating to the weight of wheat, barley, and oats, as it varies in different seasons and in different...

Italian Rambles. By James Jackson Jarves. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr.

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Jarves loves the old world, especially so old a part of it as Italy, with a fervour which Americans are particularly apt to feel, and describes it with a corresponding sympathy....

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The Story of Siegfried. By James Baldwin. (Sampson Low and

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Co.) — We can cordially recommend this version of the legends of the Nibelungen Lied and the two Eddas, which, though written for children, is worthy of perusal by those of...