29 JUNE 1872

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The tide of political luck has turned in the Bedfordshire

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-election, which resulted on Tuesday in the return of the Liberal -candidate, Mr. Bassett, by a majority of 198 over his Con- servative opponent, Colonel Stuart (2,446 to...

The Lords' Amendments on the Ballot Bill were taken into

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consideration yesterday afternoon, when Mr. Forster moved to dis- agree with the clause making the Ballot optional, which he characterised as making the Bill useless or worse...

The Conservative Associations gave a grand banquet at Syden- ham

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on Monday, attended by about a thousand members, of all degrees and classes. They were addressed by Mr. Disraeli in a speech which will hereafter be remarkable among his...

No details of the negotiations between the French and German

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Governments about the evacuation of France have yet been made public, but it is understood that the principles of the new arrangement have been settled, and that M. Thiers will...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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4THE Indirect Claims, after tormenting the world for a little over six months with their importunate deformities of structure, (have at length attained a happy release. It seems...

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Mr. Staveley Hill has so maimed the Mines (Coal) Regulation

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Bill that it is doubtful whether, as amended, it will be of any mate- rial use,—and he has been supported in so doing by Mr. Gathorne Hardy, in spite of those beneficent...

Lord Ripon yesterday week altered the hours within which the

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poll is to be open under the new Ballot Bill, so as to extend them to 7 p.m. between the 1st of April and the 30th of September inclusive, and to make them close at 5 p.m. in...

The Bishop of Ermeland, Dr. Krementz, who was commanded by

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the Minister of Public Worship to retract the excommunication passed upon two Old-Catholic professors, has formally refused to comply with the order. If the law of the land and...

S. Zorilla, the new Premier of Spain, has put out

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his programme, which contains some important announcements. He intends to keep faith with the public creditor, and to reduce expenditure rigidly ; to restore the liberty of...

The Burials' Bill, which Mr. Disraeli in his speech at

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Man- chester announced his determination to resist, has been burkedr for the Session by a trick. Mr. Morgan, on Tuesday, was about. to fix the Committee for 9th July, when Sir...

No incident of moment has occurred this week in regard

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to the Builders' strike and lock-out, but there are the usual com- plaints of the sufferings endured by the labourers who are dependent upon the skilled hands, who have no...

The Prince of Wales opened the Bethnal-Green Museum on Monday,—the

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first occasion on which the Royal Family has ever visited this part of London in State. The Prince was exceedingly well received, the poor people doing their best with flags,...

Mr. Gladstone at once took up this last point, and

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remarked that as Mr. Disraeli seemed to think the Ballot stood in the same relation to corruption and intimidation as the Riot Act does to riot- ing, he evidently regarded it as...

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A. Select Committee appointed to take evidence as to the

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best treatment for habitual drunkards has submitted a very wild report. It recommends that drunkenness should be prevented by punishing " casual " or " initial " drunkenness...

Earl Russell on Monday delivered an address to the Historical

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Society, of which he has been elected President, on the progress of oivil and religious liberty since 1815. He believes that both have advanced materially, the landmarks being...

Mr. Greeley's programme of respecting State-rights, supported as it is

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in the South, will apparently lead to very horrible con- sequences, if he should be elected President and should adhere then to the principles he now avows. In Montgomery,...

All Saints' College, Oxford, has done a shabby thing. After

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employing a Roman Catholic architect, Mr. Clutton (a convert of some eighteen years back),—no doubt without full knowledge, on the part either of the College or of its Managing...

Lord Belmore, the ex-Governor of New South Wales, made an

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interesting speech on Monday in the House of Lords, with respect to the kidnapping of Pacific Islanders for the labour market of Queensland and of certain French colonies. He...

The dearth of water in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, a dearth

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so extreme that washing may be considered discontinued, and the poor people have the greatest difficulty in making their tea, has been mentioned in Parliament, but it seems that...

The Attorney-General did not do credit either to himself or

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to the Government he advised, when he counselled the policy of -defeating Mr. Edmunds' libel suit against the Treasury—a libel for defaming his character by imputing to him...

Consols were on Friday 92* to 92* for money.

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O NE of the strangest points in Mr. Disraeli's strange intel- lectual character is his strong desire to pose before men, and especially before English electors, as a very...


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THE END OF THE INDIRECT CLAIMS. T HE Indirect Claims have, very appropriately, been in- directly considered and indirectly burked. The Tribunal of Arbitration at Geneva has...

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D OES the Government collectively consider itself respon- sible for the despatches and orders of the Secretary for the Colonies ? Because if it does, it had better, when a great...

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T HE issue of the elections in New Smith Wales, which has brought into office there a Government strongly sup- ported by the Colony itself and in hearty sympathy with the...


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I T is difficult in this Jesuit controversy to assign the palm of foolishness to Rome or to Berlin. Nothing can be more injudicious, from a political, and even an ecclesiastical...

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I T will be a misfortune, not alone to Scotland, but to the cause of National Education generally, if the Peers should be so ill advised as to repeat upon the Scotch Education...

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M R. SALA'S amusing preface to his new collection of sketches "Under the Sun" comes out just at the wrong time. Just when all Englishmen are suffering under a few unusually hot...

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TT must be admitted that the Evangelical party have taken the decision in the Bennett Case with considerable and even sur- prising equanimity. The Dean of Ripon (Dr. Hugh...

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A T the last meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society, Dr. Huggins, the eminent spectroscopist, made an extraordinary statement respecting the motions taking place among the...

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T HE general effect of an extensive display of heterogeneous Jewellery is displeasing and fatiguing to the eye. The hardness and the glitter come out too strongly, the sense of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] Srrt,—I venture to write and thank you most sincerely for the' article tn your last issue on "Girls' Schools in London," and to- beg you to...


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THE APPOINTMENT AND DISMISSAL OF ASSISTANT-MASTERS. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,--Will you grant the originator of the memorial to the Endowed Schools'...

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MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA.* THE experiences recorded in Mr. Clarence King's book disclose a field of exploration and adventure which a few years ago was all but...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—As you have admitted two letters signed " Gilbert Venables," will you allow me a few words in 'eply? Knowing that your space is both...

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Tax appearance of this long-expected book has been followed by the disappointment which was, indeed, inevitable when so much was expected and so little was possible. A...

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MARTIAL, if we remember right, somewhere expresses himself satisfied with the remark of a disparaging critic who had con- temptuously observed that there were some good things...

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IT may seem the tritest of truisms to observe that we have done very little at present in the way of educating the mass of our population, bat we believe few people who have...

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THE writings of the lady who has chosen to assume for literary purposes the name of Fernan Caballero have had but little oppor- tunity of becoming known in England. As far as we...

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The Idol in Horeb. By C. T. Beke. (Tinsley.)—Dr. Bake

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labours to prove that the idol which Aaron made, and which the Israelites wor- shipped in Horeb, was "a cone, and not a calf." This cone was, he says, "an image of the flame of...


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RESTORATION. • " Receive the Holy Ghost, for the office and work of a Bishop in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the imposition of our hands ; in the name of the...

Not Easily Jealous. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—This is a novel which,

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though it is not positively bad, cannot be said to be in any way desirable. The plot, put very briefly—sometimes we can see what a plot really is by putting it briefly—is this....

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—Fra Angelico, and other Short Poems. By J. G. S.

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(Longman.)— This is another volume of careful, polished verse, rising very nearly to the level of poetry whore the subject has presented itself to the writer's mind, and is such...

Porrity. — My Witness: a Book of Versa By William Winter. (Boston,

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U.S.: Osgood and Co.)—The Atlantic does us the service of keeping off the common soldiers, so to speak, of the great army of minor poets. Life, indeed, would be scarcely...

—Poetry for Children. By Charles and Mary Lamb. Edited by

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R.11. Shepherd. (Pickering.)—Some of the poems in this volume have, un- less our memory deceives us, been included in recent collections ; but most of them have doubtless fallen...

—The Geraldine's Bride. By Thomas Gallwey. (Hodges, Foster, and Co.)

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—This is a tale of the love of an Anglo-Norman noble, the head of the Geraldines, for one Catherine M'Cormac, the daughter of a petty chieftain. The marriage was forbidden by...