29 MARCH 1879

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The Government has given the country a surprise. On Friday,

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the 21st, they published a despatch, dated only on the 19th, in which Sir M. Hicks-Beach administers to the High Commis- sioner in South Africa a rebuke such as has rarely been...

The Zulu debate in the Commons began on Thursday, Sir

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Charles Dilke making a speech universally acknowledged to be the best he ever delivered,—a splendid indictment of Sir Bartle Frere, whom he accused of breaking a peace which...


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T HE Standard on Friday published telegrams from India affirming that all negotiation with the Ameer of Afghani- stan have failed, and that orders have been issued to march upon...

The expected debate in the Lords on Zulu affairs came

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off on Tuesday, Lord Lansdowne moving a resolution which censured Sir Bartle Frere for declaring war without permission, and the Government for retaining him in office after...

Before Sir M. Hicks-Beach's despatch of censure was signed, the

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Government had received Sir Bartle Frere's final explanation of his reasons for declaring war, written after Isandlana. The High Commissioner repeats that, in presence of...

* TheEditor8 ca wt undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Times' correspondent at Paris reports a remarkable say- ing

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of M. Grevy's, soon after his accession to office,—that it is usually the duty of the Government to act on the view of the majority of the Legislature, but that now and then,...

A very curious incident has interrupted the discussion upon Lord

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Chelmsford. A despatch has been published from him, dated March 9th, asking the Government to send out a Major- General competent to succeed him, and also to succeed to Sir...

Yesterday week the Alsace-Lorraine Deputies pleaded in the Reichstag at

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Berlin for an independent administration of their provinces, and against the abuses caused by the Central Government at Berlin, and one of them even went so far as to suggest...

Yesterday week, in reply to the Duke of Somerset, who

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put a question, accompanied, of course, by caustic remarks, as to the intentions of the Government in relation to Cyprus, and espe- cially, to the harbour of Famagosta, the...

Mr. E. Stanhope, very late on Thursday night, made a

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most serious proposition. He asked, on behalf of the Government,. that borrowing powers of ten millions should be granted to the India Office, alleging BA the reason that the...

In the Commons, on Tuesday, Sir Charles Mike raised a

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very important debate on Cyprus, reading letters from Cypriotes, which, if they can be trusted, appear to show that the English Administration is, in some respects, even more...

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An unusually cold-blooded murder has been discovered at Richmond. A

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lady, named Mrs. Thornas,of Mayfield, Park Road, Richmond, has mysteriously disappeared, and her disappearance is connected by the police with a box of human remains which was...

The depression in agriculture was the subject of an important

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debate on Tuesday, raised by Mr. Samuelson, who moved for a Committee into the condition of agricultural tenancies, but who really wanted to have the Agricultural Holdings Act...

The Russian Nihilists keep up their systematic terrorism. On the

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afternoon of the 25th inst. a young man on horseback fired at General Drenteln, head of the secret police, with a revolver, as he sat in his carriage. The bullet missed the...

The Russian Government has addressed a Circular Note to - the

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Powers which signed the Treaty of Paris, suggesting the occupation of " East Roumelia "by a mixed body of troops, 15,000 strong, contributed by all the Powers favourable to the...

The School Board of London is out of its immediate

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financial trouble, having received permission from the Local Government Board to present a case for the decision of the High Court of Justice as to its legal right to contract...

In mentioning last week one of the Oxford schemes for

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the education of women,—that one which has elected to offer, at least to all its students, a Church education,—we omitted to describe two other schemes, one the Somerville...

It was determined by the Queen's Bench Division of the

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High Court of Justice, on Tuesday, in an appeal against a con- viction by the magistrates at Highgate, that the Act punishing furious driving is as applicable to the driving of...

Consols were on Friday 97 to 97j.

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SIR BARTLE FRERE IN THE LORDS. THE debate of Tuesday in the Lords threw no real light upon the conduct of the Government in respect to Sir Bartle Frere. The Secretary for the...

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M IDDLE-AGED lawyers in search of a political creed are I sometimes very felicitous in the infelicities of their invention. Mr. Montague Cookson, Q.C., is certainly a case in...


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I T seems still very doubtful whether the French Senate will, at the present moment at all events, consent to return to Paris, in conformity with the wish of the Chamber of...

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T HE mist in which Egyptian affairs have been so long de- signedly obscured is lifting a little at last, and before long the English people will understand what it is their...

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T HE letters which we print elsewhere show that the notion of an ideal Public Worship Bill has an interest for readers of very different schools of theological opinion. The...

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THE TROUBLES THICKENING. T HE troubles of the Ministry, and unfortunately,

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therefore, of the country, are thickening fast. For some weeks past the Government have either believed, or have been anxi- ous to spread the belief, that the Afghan War was...

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T HE unseasonably bad weather of this week, coming as it has at the close of an unusually long and severe winter, has given a certain pungency of sympathy to the usual...

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T HERE is one unpleasantness, to us at least, in reading about Australian savages. They have been very carefully ob- served by very intelligent men, almost as carefully observed...

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THE DISTRESS IN EGYPT. (To THE EDITOR OF THE . 4 SPECTATOR:I Sia,—Having just returned from a land journey through the Sased, I venture, in the name of justice and outraged...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — It is in accordance with your usual spirit of fair opposi- tion that you do not denounce the Public Worship Act, without offering an...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.') am afraid that your

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plan is chimerical. I do not sup- pose that any Ritualist would consider for a moment the wishes of a minority. It is a peculiarity of their mental condition that they look upon...


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SIR, — Allow me to say that the proposal in your leading columns for a solution of the ecclesiastical dead-lock has been made, in almost identical terms, by members of the...

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Sia,—The solution which you suggest for our Ritual squabbles, in your common-sense article last week, is the only one that is consistent with the " comprehensiveness " of the...


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A CRITIC'S APOLOGY. Fon many years there has been one division of literary crafts- men which has received both from authors and the public very rough treatment. Both those from...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In the review of my "History of Our Own Times," the critic asks who was "poor Narcissa." She was the lady men- tioned by Pope in the...


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"P0 STE RE STANTE." FROM SIR ST—IF—D N—RTHC—TE TO LORDS R—C—NSE---LD AND S—L—SB—Y. MY Lords B. and S., on a day coining round, I shall wish myself several...

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MR. HARE'S LAST HEROINE.* M.R. HARE heads his first chapter with Longfellow's lines " Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime." We must, however, own...

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ST. PAUL AT ATHENS.* CANON FARR -IR, in the preface

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he has prefixed to this little volume, says very justly of these sermons, "On whatever grounds any may object to them, no one, I think, can possibly say that they are nothing...

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TilE Corporation of Birmingham are quite determined that their admitted energy and business capacity shall not be for- gotten by the world, for the work which has been entrusted...

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ALL, OR NOTHING.* Tins interesting story embodies a fine idea,

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though one to which Mrs. Cashel Hoey has hardly devoted sufficient space, having, • All, or Nothing. By airs. Cashel Hoey. 8 vols. London : Hurst and Hackett. we think,...

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without any doubt, one of the most interesting and valuable books of travel published for many years. Morocco, although within sight of Europe, is virtually as remote and...

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Flitters, Tatters, and the Counsellor. By the Author of " O'Hogan M.P." (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—There could hardly be a better book for a short railway journey, or indeed...

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The World She Awoke In. By Lizzie Alldridge. 3 vols.

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(Smith, Elder, and Co.)—In Miss Alldridge's last novel, the heroine followed the profession of art ; in this, she follows the profession of nursing; only the nursing is not...

Farm, Ballads. By Will Carleton. (Routledge.)—Some of these ballads are

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excellent specimens of the rough pathos which American writers of ballads often make so effective. The best is certainly the first," Betsey and I are out," where we have...

Byways : a Novel. By Mary W. Paxton. (Samuel Tinsley

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and Co.)—This is unquestionably a clever novel ; very carefully written, hardly ever dull, some of the characters highly entertaining, and all more or less contriving to...

The Transatlantic Submarine Telegraph. By the late George Seward, Secretary

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to the Atlantic Telegraph , Company.—This is a story of remarkable interest. The Atlantic Telegraph Company pur- chased their experience at a very large price. Their first...

Daniel and John ; or, the Apocalypse of the Old

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and that of the New Testament. By Philip S. Deprez, B.D. The Apocalypse Viewed under the Light of the Doctrines of the Unfolding Ages, and the Restitution of All Things. By...

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Food /or the People ; or, Lentils and other Vegetable

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Cookery. By Eleanor E. Orlebar. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This is a collection of recipes for utilising lentils in various ways, and instructions for cook- ing vegetables, mostly...

Handbook of the Law and Practice in the County Courts.

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(Ward , Lock, and Co.)—This little volume contains a great deal of information about county-court procedure ; but its usefulness is much impaired by the index not being...

Blue and Green ; or, the Gift of God. By

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Sir Henry Pottinger. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is a story of the days of Justinian and Theodora, Emperor and Empress of the Roman Empire of the East ; and in many respects it...

The Economy of Consumption. By Robert Scott Moffat. (Kogan Paul

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and Co.)—Political economy, on which Mr. Moffat's volume of nearly 700 pages is, in fact, a treatise, seems to him to be yet in its infancy. At any rate, he thinks that it...

Florse-breaX-ing. By Harry Moreton, M.R.C.V.S. (Longmans.)— This is a valuable

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book, the due notice of which has been too long delayed. But then the subject is a little out of our usual line. Every one who breeds—we might almost say, every one who...

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The Modern Elocutionist. Compiled and edited by J. A. Jennings.

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(Carson Brothers, Dublin.)—A collection of prose and verse, taken chiefly from the works of modern authors, and intended for the use of teachers and students of elocution....