29 MARCH 1884

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The debate on the second reading of the Franchise Bill

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began on Monday in the House of Commons, Lord John Manners moving a resolution to the effect that the House declined to pass judgment on the Franchise Bill without seeing the...

The coast of the Red Sea being clear, it remains

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to attend to Khartoum. It is supposed that General Gordon is locked up there, but the facts hardly amount to so much. On the 8th inst., large bodies of Arabs were threatening...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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W E deeply regret to note a statement, in the evening papers of FA:lay, of the death of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, at Cowles, on the 28th inst. The sad event must have been...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which. will be devoted to Advertisements. The Fifth of...

Mr. Bright replied to Lord John Manners, twitting him with

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not venturing to oppose the Bill,—which no one, he said, ven- tured to oppose,—and with taking the oblique coarse of express- lag a desire to see first the details of another...

General Graham has finished his work. As Osman bigna still

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threatened Suakim, and collected forces to attack it, it was necessary to give him a final defeat. The General, therefore, on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday marched to...

It was supposed on Wednesday that Lord E. Fitzmaurice had

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pledged the Government to an expedition from Suakim to Berber, but this was not the case. What happened was this. Lord R. Churchill raised another Egyptian debate on Tues- day...

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The division list is almost as impressive as the bareness

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of the majority itself. In the minority voted men like Mr. Carington (M.P. for Bucks), Mr. Leveson-Gower, Sir Charles Forster, Mr. Howard (M.P. for East Cumberland), Colonel...

The debate of Thursday was opened by Mr. Raikes, who

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spoke with his usual acrimony. He made it a great offence that the Prime Minister was absent, and called the Government a provisional Government and a " headless "...

The French Chamber has had a two-days debate on Mada-

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gascar, ending in a resolution, passed by 450 to 32 votes, "to uphold all the rights of France in the island." The Premier, however, in the speech which attracted this majority...

Later on in the evening Mr. Ritchie expressed his approval

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of the principle of the Bill, and his intention of voting for the amendment of Lord John Manners, two very inconsistent mental or rather moral states which he did not take much...

The Huntingdon election of yesterday week showed a very considerable

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advance in the strength of the Liberal Party in that borough since the last contest in 1873, though Sir Robert Peel carried his election by the narrow Conservative majority of...

Yesterday week, Mr. Willis's motion affirming that the presence of

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Bishops in the House of Lords is a great hindrance to their work in the Church, and prejudicial to the commonwealth, was discussed in the House of Commons, and defeated by a...

Then Mr. Chamberlain rose, and in an effective speech insisted

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that the Conservative party, as a whole, declined to pronounce the Franchise Bill either good or bad, either too strong or too weak, and declared only that they could not...

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Drinking is supposed to be the great cause of crime

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in England; but Mr. Fawcett, in a speech on Wednesday to the Post-Office employes, told them that in the Department the great causes were drink and betting. He rarely or never...

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Oxford both

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spoke against the resolution, the Archbishop taking the curious view that it is wise to open country places and gardens (like those of Hampton Court) for the Sunday, in spite of...

The Free-trade contest in the United States is becoming sharp.

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Mr. Morrison, who leads the movement in the House of Representatives, has drawn his Bill, which secures a reduc- tion of all customs dues by an amount roughly stated at 30 per...

Mr. Gladstone on Friday afternoon was still not well of

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his cold. He does not, in fact, improve rapidly, the weather being most unfavourable; and it is not probable, as any exertion would injure his throat, that he will appear in the...

Lord Cranbrook on Tuesday made a furious speech at the

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City Conservative Club, in which he ran over all the usual charges against the Government, mentioning especially that - they had passed the Irish Land Law in order to buy the...

Yesterday week, Lord Thurlow moved a resolution in the House

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of Lords in favour of opening public libraries and the national collections of Art and Science on Sunday afternoons, and explained in his speech his strong reasons for thinking...

The Lord Chief Justice has this week been the victim

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of the gossips. They have asserted persistently, and in print, that he had proposed to Miss Mary Anderson, the American actress who draws crowds to the Lyceum mainly by the fame...

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• THE FRANCHISE DEBATE. T Debate on the Second Reading of the Franchise Bill THE has produced one or two good speeches on both sides, though it has not shown the Liberal...

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G ENERAL GRAHAM has finished his work, without much difficulty and without further losses, and the influence of Osman Digna may be considered broken. He is a discredited man,...


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W EST London is becoming much too like Athens when St. Paul complained of its hunger for hourly bulletins. What with the showers of telegrams and the supplies of printed gossip...

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T T was convenient for the Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir William Harcourt, and the other apologists for the Bishops in the House of Lords, to assume, as our respected...

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T HE old comment on English Law, that it is a luxury to live under it, and a very costly one, is strongly illustrated by the ultimate result of the Belt Case. The history of...

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M OST people who are interested in the welfare of the working-classes have heard of the Co-operative Farms at Assington, and we shall take the importance of extending that...

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T HERE never was a time when it was more necessary than in the present day to preach a doctrine which was but a • short time ago obvious and old-fashioned,—the doctrine that the...

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T HE Oxford University Sermon of Sunday week dealt with a theological subject in the light of a somewhat new science with singular frankness and force. Mr. Page-Roberts (who was...

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T HERE is not often much material for intellectual specula- tion to be found in a book of travel, but we have found some in an admirable, though rather long-drawn book on...

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MR. BROADHURST'S BILL. (TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIE,—YOU refer in your article on Mr. Broadhurst's Bill to the objection that a leaseholder buying the reversion of...

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uro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—As no one else has done so, I wish to contradict the statements of the Rev. J. Matthews relative to the Middlesex Liberal Association...


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170 THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—It is not to be expected that the Spectator, or any paper, should publish an answer to its reasonings ; but as I believe that the...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sts.,—Your article of last week indicates the true policy which -those who support this Bill should adopt. Perpetual leases will give all...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 61/4 — In your issue of Saturday, founding your comments on the result of the Cambridgeshire election on the figures given in the Times of...

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[To THE EDITOR Ow THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—One of your correspondents has said that he has never heard, and never seen any one who has heard, a sermon on the- subject of...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—I participate thoroughly in the feeling of abhorrence expressed by your correspondent "E. V. B.," in your issue of the 15th inst., with...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—May I appeal through your columns for personal help in. the work of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young. Servants P This...


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(TO TER EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."1 am afraid we are no nearer finding a rule which shall relieve people from using their reason upon the subject of luxury, and also give them...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR "1 you allow me a few words on the aspect of this question that has hardly been touched on by your corre- spondents, nor in your own articles,...

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THE RIVER CONGO.* APART from the obvious opportuneness of its appearance at the -present time, and in spite of trifling errors in style and offences against good-taste, to which...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—There are certain errors or perversions of fact which are apparently as hard to kill as it is easy to show that they ought to die. In...


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TO MATTHEW ARNOLD IN AMERICA. 0 roar ! who hest left awhile, For larger land and sea, The narrow limits of our isle,— What gain is come to thee ? What higher dreams ? what...

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IS GOD ICNOWABLE P * Mn. RERACH would have made

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this very thoughtful and original book still more effective than it is, if he had not ranged over so wide a surface, and especially if he had not required in his. readers so...

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MEDITERRANEAN piracy is as old as history itself. Indeed, it is much older, for we hear of it as a recognised institution long before history had begun. There are many strange...

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Tins seems to us the best book that its author has yet produced, and likely to increase the well-deserved popularity which he already enjoys in England. Not only are his...

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THE WORLD IN 1883.* OF the great discoveries that distinguish

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the nineteenth cen- tury, those concerned with the improvement of the means of communication are undoubtedly among the most important. The saving of time they have effected has...

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NOTWITHSTANDING the vast number of tourists who yearly visit the Italian peninsula, and even diverge from the beaten track to make excursions in different directions, how few...

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The Gospel in Paris. Sermons by the Rev. Eugene Bersier,

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D.D. ; translated by the Rev. Frederic Hastings. (Nisbet and Co.)—These striking sermons, whioh Mr. Hastings has translated with uncommon skill, are another distinction to the...


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The Lordship of Man in Nature : its Rights and its Obligations. A Sermon preached in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop, by David Wright, 31.A., Vicar of Stoke...

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The Decisive Battles of India, from 1746 to 1840, inclusive.

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By Colonel G. B. Malleson, C.S.I. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—A work bearing such a fascinating title, and from the author of "The Life of Lord Clive," deserves fuller notice than we...

Race-Course and Covert-Side. By Alfred C. T. Watson. (Bentley and

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Son.)—There is a little in this volume about shooting, more about hunting, and more yet about racing, the whole being made up with some miscellaneous articles. We must own that...

The Christian Brothers ; with a Sketch of the Life

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of their Founder. By Mrs. R. F. Wilson. (Began Paul and Co.)— Without doubt, the interest of this little history becomes in- tensified in the four last chapters, which bring...

Bordighera and the Western Riviera. By Frederick Fitzroy Hamilton. Translated

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from the French by Alfred C. Dowson. (E. Stanford.)—This volume is a quite exhaustive treatise on the subject with which it deals. Bordighera was, it seems, first brought into...

Socialism and Communism in their Practical Application. By the Rev.

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M. Kaufmann, M.A. (S.P.C.K.)—This volume is about equally divided between the past and the present. The first six chapters describe ancient, mediasval, and more recent but yet...

The One Mediator ; the Operation of the Son of

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God in Nature and in Grace. By Peter Goldsmith Medd, MA., the Bampton Lecture for 1882. (Rivingtons.) —Mr. Medd has got hold of a great and true conception, but has failed...

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Not Like Other Girls. By Rosa Nouchette Carey. 3 vols.

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(Bentley and Son.)—Miss Carey's subject would have made a pretty little novelette, but it is unequal to the serious demands made upon it by the requirements of a three-volume...

A Scratch Team of Essays, by Sept. Berdmore (W. H.

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Allen and Co.), is distinguished by variety, vivacity, and dogmatism. Mr. Berdmore is evidently strong both in his loves and hates; thus he has "the Birmingham Radical " on the...