29 JUNE 1878

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We are informed, on authority which has frequently been accurate,

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that Greece will have in the final discussion one deter- mined supporter, who may make one day's meeting of Congress very serious. This is Count Corti, behind whom may be found...

In the discussion of the Bill, it soon became obvious

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that a great many of the strictest Tories really disapproved the central pro- vision against which Mr. Forster's amendment was directed. Mr. Wheelhouse, for instance...

It is understood that Austria, always lucky except in battle,

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will be allowed to occupy Bosnia and Herzegovina as a prelude to annexation ; that Montenegro will have Antivari and a dis- trict to the south ; and that Servia will be extended...


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C ONGRESS is getting on. It has, it is said, advanced so far, that all fear of collision is now over, and that it will separate on or before July 10th. This is, perhaps,...

Queen Mercedes of Spain died, at Madrid, of aggravated typhoid

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fever, on the 26th inst. She was only just eighteen, had not been married six months, and must have had charming qualities, to excite the deep and almost personal sorrow which...

The Contagions Diseases (Animals) Bill,—in other words, the Bill for

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compelling the slaughter of all fat animals imported from every European country—Canada and the United States are not to be included in the same prohibition—was moved in the...

10 „,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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It is impossible not to feel pity for Mr. James

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Francis Wedderburn Bishop, of Bramdean House, Hampshire, who has just been sentenced to three years' imprisonment at Berlin. He was guilty, but he was probably in his own eyes a...

Mr. Macdonald and Mr. Burt on Friday week endeavoured to

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obtain still more stringent inspection of English mines, maintain- ing that the Inspectors did not inspect enough. Mr. Cross replied that there had been enough inspection, ever...

The secret about which such an extraordinary number of false-

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hoods have been told appears to have been revealed at last. The extreme Tories have never been tired of abusing the Russian Embassy for its baseness in betraying the...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson does not make much progress with his

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Permissive Bill. It was again rejected on Wednesday by 278 to 84 votes, or by a majority of 194. Sir Wilfrid, who was well enough to appear and speak for his Bill again, after...

The Government of India should order a new census of

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the districts of Southern India affected by the famine. It is impos- sible to legislate for the prevention of famines, unless we can estimate the pressure with which we have to...

In a letter on the subject of the Government Cattle

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Bill to last Saturday's Times, Mr. James Caird puts with unanswerable force the extraordinary capriciousness of its provisions. Cows and lean stock, after a short quarantine,...

encouraging secondary education in Ireland, by devoting the pro- ceeds

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of /1,000,000 of the surplus of the Irish Church to assisting the most deserving of those who are under education, and the most efficient of the secondary schools which give it....

Mr. Dillwyn has given notice of a motion on going

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into Com- mittee of Supply which goes to the heart of our recent financial chaos, and deserves the most careful and weighty discussion. He is to bring before the House the...

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The fiftieth anniversary of the opening of University College, London,

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occurs this year. It is intended to celebrate the occa- sion by enlarging the work which University College is now doing, and for this purpose Lord Granville is on Tuesday, July...

The following figures, from the Income-tax Returns, give 4 curious

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view of the sources of English incomes chargeable to the impost :— Amount. Real Estates £65,112,000 Houses ... 96,876,000 Farms ... 86,170 ) 000 Public Dividends ......

A festival in honour of General Hoche was held at

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Versailles on Monday, at which M. Gambetta made a speech on the Army, remarkable for its total absence of bitterness. He trusted it, he said, implicitly, for it represented the...

On Saturday last the loyal German workmen in England tried

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to hold a meeting in Cooper's Hall, Commercial Road, E., to disavow and condemn the violence of those Socialists of Germany who have recently originated the attempts on the life...

On Monday last, at Grosvenor House, a concert was given

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in aid of the Royal Normal College and Academy of Music for the Blind, at Upper Norwood. Few objects could be more worthy the help of the charitable than providing means like...

Charles Mathews, the second considerable comedian of that name,—though his

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father seems to have been, by all accounts, the greater of the two,--died of bronchitis at Manchester on Monday, at the age of 75. Ile will be a great loss to the English....

Mr. George Ransom, who appears to have had a great

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experi- once in Brazil of the use of unshod horses under heavy loads on ." the roughest roads imaginable," has been maintaining in the Times that we diminish the sureness of our...

Consols were on Friday 95i to 95t.

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PROGRESS IN BERLIN. T HE business of the Congress has advanced this week very satisfactorily. Lord Beaconsfield, who has, among his many labours, to pacify the fire-eaters of...

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T HERE really is no possibility of mystery about the Government Cattle Bill. That it is a Bill deliberately intended to protect the grazier and the farmer against the...

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T HE Daily Telegraph of Tuesday gives currency to a rumour which we have heard before, and which we shall not be altogether sorry to find true. It intimates that in the course...

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A VERY significant item of intelligence, of much interest both to politicians and financiers, reaches us this week from the United States. Americans have repeatedly assured us...

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L ORD CAIRNS had no difficulty in demonstrating the need of Parliamentary intervention as regards intermediate education in Ireland. Whether the present state of things is...

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MHE July number of Macmillan's Magazine contains a striking picture of the profound intellectual chaos of the time, in George Eliot's blank-verse debate,—which rises at times...


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W E have no wish to depreciate the advantages of counsel and deliberation. No one who believes in represen- tative institutions could honestly do so. But we think we see signs...

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T HE death of Charles Mathews—a most regrettable event, for within a limited range he was an admirable artist—reminds us of a curious lacuna in the history of the Stage. There...

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PARIS IN JUNE, 1878.—No.

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The two defects of the Exhibition are the absence of coup d'ceil, and the insufficient ventilation. The great size of the building is not so much impressive to the imagination...

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"CHAPTERS ON PRACTICAL POLITICAL ECONOMY." [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") you allow me to correct a misunderstanding contained in the review which you were so kind as to...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—I feel moved to send you a letter made up chiefly of quotations. I am not a partisan of Lord Beaconsfield's, but I wish for once to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Snt,—Last year you were kind enough to allow me to place side by side, by way of comparison, the incomes of the two principal Societies for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the columns of the Times on Monday, "An English Liberal" writes in a tone of persuasive authority. It is the letter of one who is well...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sia,—In thanking you for the notice of my recent work on "St. Kilda," in last week's Spectator, I hope you will excuse me for calling your...


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(Hor. ili., 23.) INCENSE, and flesh of swine, and this year's grain-, At the full moon, with suppliant hands, bestow, 0 rustic Phidyle ! So naught shall know Thy crops of...


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"SPRING'S SECRETS." As once I paused on poet wing In the green heart of a grove, I met the Spirit of the Spring With her great eyes lit of Love. She took me gently by the...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-"J SIR,—I know how valuable is your space, and how many well- known writers are glad to find a place in your columns, but I trust, as one who...

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THE BLACK-AND-WHITE E.KHIBITION AT THE EGYPTIAN HALL. Tins year's exhibition of Black and White, held, as usual, in the room better known by the name of the Dudley Gallery, is...

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is increasing by leaps and bounds. When we contrast our present historical knowledge with that of, say, fifty years ago, we are struck with the mighty difference. We can speak...

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VOLTAIRE said, "Pity the man who tries to say everything." This is the peculiar temptation of a man who has made a particu- lar study of an engrossing subject. He presumes on an...

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republished in a permanent form a remarkable and very suggestive address which he recently Oa Technical Teaching in the Puhlic Elementary Schools of Rural Districts, with a...

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Nothing would be more fatal to the maintenance of a

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high ideal of education than the complete substitution of considerations of utility such as these, for the more uniform standard of general learning and intelligence at present...

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THE author of this book, who is presumedly an American, informs , us rather pompously in his preface that it is the result of long and careful study, and is intended, not only...

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We have to notice two seasonable little books, which we

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can recom- mend to those who are wise enough to know that there is beautiful scenery to be found without going to Switzerland or Norway. These are the Tourist's Guide to...

Sophie aetoe. 3 vols. (J. and 13. Maxwell.)—Sophie Crewe is

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a toler- ably good novel, which does not fail to keep the attention fairly awake. The plot is not, indeed, very happily contrived, and might have been improved by the removal of...

Ponce de Leon ; or, the Rise of the Argentine

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Republic. By an Estancioro. (Chapman and Hall.)---The author does not allow for tho shortness of human life. This is a book rather for Hilpa and Shaltnn, and giants "living each...


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• readers. When, therefore, Colonel Malleson was asked to continue and complete it, he stipulated that the continuation should begin with the end of Sir John Kaye's second...

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The Political Progress of Christianity. By the Hon. S. G.

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Canning. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—The conclusion at which Mr. Canning arrives in this volume is that "there appears sufficient reason to believe that the political dominion of...

Sermons on the Church's Seasons. By John Webster Parker, M.A.,

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late Vicar of St. Alban's, Rochdale. (Rivingtons.)—The Bishop of Manchester, in an introduction to this volume, bears a high testimony to Mr. Parker's merits as a pastor, a...