29 JANUARY 1881

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For this state of things, Mr. Forster saw only one

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simple remedy,—to ask for the power to arrest without evidence the agents of the terror,—agents known to the police, though evidence against them was uuattainable,—the riff-raff...

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Mr. Forster brought forward his proposal for coercion on Monday,

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in a speech which even his opponents admitted to be one of great power. He showed that the outrages, without counting threatening letters, were in 1880, 1,253, and in 1845, the...

On Tuesday, Mr. Gladstone moved that all other business be

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postponed to the discussion of Mr. Forster's Bills—for a dis- arming Bill is to follow the more important Bill—which led to a Session of twenty-two hours, at the end of which,...

The discussion which followed was remarkable chiefly for the admission

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of the Irish Leaguers that the Land League had criminal followers who perpetrated outrages in their name, and for a curiously subdued tone penetrating almost all their speeches....


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fr HE Frost, which for a week almost paralysed traffic in South England, broke up on Wednesday, the 26th inat., the thermo- meter rising in a few hours, under the influence of...

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It had become necessary that the Lord-Advocate for Scotland should

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have a seat in Parliament, and no other being available, his father, the senior Member for Edinburgh, resigned in his favour. Constituencies never quite like these family...

The debate of Thursday night was relieved by a very

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able speech of Mr. Labouchere's against coercion, which rested its case chiefly on the untrustworthiness of the returns of agrarian crime, as illustrated by the attempt to make...

Sir G. P. Colley, commanding in Natal,has taken a very

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bold, very creditable, and highly dangerous course. Finding that the small British garrisons in the Transvaal were surrendering one by one—as• at Lydenberg, where a company of...

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland have issued a still

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stronger collective manifesto on the Land question. They resolved, in meeting at Dublin on the 27th inst. :—" 1. That inasmuch as we are charged by Almighty God, not only with...

The State Trial in Dublin ended, on Tuesday, in a

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failure.. The evidence as to some of the traversers strikes Englishmen as irresistible, and as to two of them was scarcely denied, and the Judge, though carefully impartial,...

The latest report from Eastern Europe is that the great

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Powers have all agreed to another negotiation as to the Greek frontier,—at Constantinople. It is not to be a Conference, but a kind of collective negotiation with the Porte. The...

General Skobeleff has carried the fortified position of Geok 'Pope.

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The Turcomans defended it with splendid gallantry, making charge after charge upon the Russian lines ; but they could not cope with science,.aud on the 24th inst., their...

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Mr. Rylands on Friday week brought forward a motion re-

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gretting the annexation of the Transvaal, and trusting the Government would not maintain it. His speech was a feeble one, as he wholly ignored. the native question, and rested...

This day week, Lord Cranbrook delivered. at Lincoln one of

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those stentorian party speeches which somehow make on one the impression of being,—like the ultimate atoms, as viewed by the late Sir John Herschel,—manufactured articles, at...

We know few things more cruel than the way iu

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which lion- tamers,—like those at Sanger's menagerie at Birmingham,— deal with their victims, in order to give the public the trivial amusement of seeing them act like tame...

Italian physiologists seem determined to follow in bad foots steps.

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Dr. Gaetano Leopardi has been appointed. Professor of Clinical Medicine at Siena, and has opened his course by announcing that he intends to pursue the track of Magendio....

Another great figure has disappeared from Europe. It is announced

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from St. Petersburg, that Prince Gortschakoff, now a man of vast ago, has finally resigned the Chancellorship of the Russian Empire. No man of our time, except Prince Bismarck,...

The death, last week, of Mr. Sothern, the great creator

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of the conception of Lord Dundreary, excited far loss attention than the enjoyment which he had given to the public would have led us to expect. For that character was not...

The first meeting of the Kyrle Society took place at

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the Town Hall, Kensington, on Thursday afternoon. The society was founded in 1877 ; its object is to bring " beauty home to the people." Prince Leopold is its president, and...

Consols were on Friday 981 to 98.

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MR. FORSTER'S PROPOSAL. M R. FORSTER'S speech on Monday night was admitted by both friends and foes to have been a very powerful speech ;—his friends holding that his...

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"N 0 pessimist view of English politics is ever accurate." That is the earliest political dictum we can recall, and thirty years of daily watchfulness have hitherto only...

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M GAMBETTA'S speech at the reopening of the s Assembly, which the Chamber has ordered to be placarded in each of the 36,000 Communes of France, must be Studied with an eye to...

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T HE Treaty concluded a few weeks ago at St. Petersburg,. and ratified by telegraph from Pekin, promises to furnish a settlement of the difficulty which has been long pending...


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I F the Irish are determined to inflict on us many such pen- ances as the twenty-two hours' sitting of Tuesday and Wednesday, we must saf that we wish they would alleviate the...

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T HE intervention of the House of Lords in the administra- tion of the Burnett Literary Fund is reasonable, as well as natural. In the year 1783, Mr. John Burnett created a...

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T HE betrayal of Greece by Europe, and especially by France, has been even more complete than we imagined. It is asserted that the Conference of Berlin did not act as a...

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O UR contemporary the Scotsman is usually as careful as it is invariably spirited ; but the excitement and distraction into which it has been thrown by a superfluous eagerness...


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DEA.It SON,—I do not wonder at your interest in the great snow-storm of 1881. It is now almost forgotten, but it was the nearest approach to a cataclysm iu English history that...

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M R. MATTHEW ARNOLD, in his essay " Barbarians, Philistines, Populace," says s—" When I want to dis- tinguish clearly the aristocratic class from the Philistines. roper, or...

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OBSTRUCTION, " CLOTURE," AND LIBERTY. [TO TIM EDITOR OF THE " SPRCTAT0R.1 Stn,—The article in your last number on " Cl4ture and Liberty" presents the question in all its...


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[To TDB EDITOR OF TIIE “SPECTATOR2'] SIR,—My attention has been called to the " Notes from Cam- bridge," in the Athena:um of the 15th inst., wherein reference is made by the...

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[TO TRH EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 Sia s —The largeness of spirit shown in your recent " leaders " on Ritual calls for recognition on the part of so-called High Churchmen. It...


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(To TUB EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] STR, — Before the tide of political strife rushes in, I am tempted to ask you to let one who has been debarred by circumstances from taking...

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THE NEW BIRTH. Con spake in a voice of thunder, Of old from Sinai's hill ; And the mystic words of wonder Thrill the believer still ; He sees in the vault above him, With the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIB,—As a " woman naturally born to fear," I have been much interested in your article on women's courage in a recent number of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TUE " SPECTATOR.") have read the ably-written article on the Isle of Man,. in the Spectator of the 11th inst. The writer seems to have had some unfortunate...

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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [SECOND NOTICE.] IN our first notice of this Gallery, we spoke of the decorative works exhibited therein. In this, we have to notice the Water-colour...


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I." STIRS law of every mortal lot, Which man, proud man Suds hard to boar, And builds himself 1 know not what Of second life I know not whore.") I . O ifEART of man ! be...

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CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER'S SONNETS.* Tint interest of this delightful volume cannot readily be ex- pressed by the critic. To say that it is full of beauty, of suggestiveness, of...

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THE Ml TIDE OF LIFE.* "introduction " to this little

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volume is, in sonic respects, of greater interest than any of the four sermons it contains. It is a paper read at Oxford on the 27th of last May, at the invita- tion of the...

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Fishmongers', and very much amused to find that you consulted

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The great interest of this biography, of course, centres in the Garibaldi on Italian penny postage. When you go to Heaven, History of the P0727by Postage, written by Sir...

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THE LAND OF GILEAD.* READERS of travels will probably pause

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before taking up a new book on the Holy Land. Syria and Palestine have been described iu books without number and of every type, from the strong food supplied by such thorough...

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and all that we see or hear in her company

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is of Mrs. Liuton,— Liutony. Other novelists attempt to give their readers a genuine m ( costs its professor 80010 time and trouble ; it is only just, there- fore, that the...

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Industrial Curiosities. Written and editei by Alexander Hay Japp, LL.D.

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(Marshall, Japp, and Co.)—Those "glances here and there in the world of labour " take a sufficiently wide range. The first and longest article deals with leather, an article...

Ultima Thule. By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Routledge.) —Such a reputation

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as that which Mr. Longfellow has long enjoyed is not likely to be increased by anything that he may now write. Nevertheless, the little volumes, iu which he gives us from time...


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The Expositor. Second Series. Edited by the Rev. Samuel Cox. No. I. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The new series of the Expositor contains several articles of very great interest. The...

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Elan Burritt. A memorial volume, edited by Charles Northend, M.A.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—That Burritt was a remarkable man, no one who roads this volume can doubt, if indeed he was not aware of the fact before. His linguistic attainments—he is...

The Hamilton Papers. Being Selections from Original Letters, in the

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Possession of his Grace the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon, relating to the Years 1638.1650. Edited by S. R. Gardiner. (Cam- den Society.)—This volume contains letters of great...

The Red Rag. By R. Mounteney Jephson. 2 vols. (Bentley.)—

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Mr. Tophson should really be above publishing such a book as this. "A Pink Wedding" was indifferent, but this is really intolerable, so foolish is it, and vulgar. This seems a...

An Actor Abroad. By Edmund Leathes. (Hurst and Blackott.) —Mr.

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Loathes made a dramatic tour pretty well round the world, and liked it so well, for various reasons, that ho intends to repeat the experiment. We will not go so far as to say...

Black Abbey. By Mrs. Crommelin. 3 vols. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—This is another study of Irish life, not so distinct as the author's " Orange Lily," which we had the pleasure of noticing in these columns some months ago, but vivid and...

Geraldine and her Suitors. By M. C. M. Simpson. 3

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vols. (Hurst and Blackett)--Thera are not a few authors and authoresses whom no one particularly wishes to meet in society after the first interview, and whose books, even if...

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Our ware, little or great, give us anyhow a supply

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of readable books of military adventure. Major R. C. W. Nutford, of tho 14th Bengal Lancers, writes To Outtbul with the Cavalry Brigade. (W. I. Allen and Co.)—Major Nutford...

Life's Seven Ages. 3 vols. By Mrs. Hibbort-Ware. (C. T.

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Skeet.) —Mrs. Ilibbert-Ware has chosen for the subject of her present work the life of Esquire Hartop, a Yorkshire centenarian, who lived to the respectable age of one hundred...

Health Studies. By H. Sinclair Paterson, M.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This

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volume contains a course of lectures delivered in the lecture-hall of the Young Men's Christian Association. They are characterised by sober sense, though with some of the...

Social Sinners. By Hawley Smart. S vols. (Chapman and Hall.)

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—There is better work in this novel than wo have seen in Captain Smart's recent efforts. Tho idea of the disastrous effect of a con- tingent inheritance is just in itself, and...

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Leaders of Men. By IL A. Page. 1 vol. (Marshall,

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Japp, and Co.)—Under this title, Mr. Page has collected some biographical sketches, which have already appeared in magazines. The best are those of Robert Dick, baker and...

It is difficult to feel as much interest as perhaps

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would ho becom- ing in the second volume of Mr. A. Pomander's Account of the Poly- nesian, Bare (Tranner). Tho author appropriately quotes Mr. Emer- son's saying " that no...

The Women of Christendom. By the author of the "

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Selsonberg-Cotta Family." 1 vol. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.)— This book aims at showing the women of India to what height Christianity has raised the character...

The Grandidiers : a Tale of Berlin Life. By Julius

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Rodenberg. Translated from the German by William &wile, (Sampson Low and Co.)--The charm of this book lies in its freshness. The plot is simple, and the characters familiar. The...

The thought of a series of " Diocesan Histories" was

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a happy one, and as far as we can judge from what wo have seen of its execution, The thought of a series of " Diocesan Histories" was a happy one, and as far as we can judge...

/Caw Entaioxs.s—A Book about Roses, by S. Reynolds Hole, (Blackwood

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and Sons), has reached its seventh edition, and appears with a description of thirty now kinds of roses, and with various additional hints, which the author's enlarged...