29 NOVEMBER 1879

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The Russian diplomatists are said to intend to hold a

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kind of meeting at Berlin on December 2nd. The Czar arrives there on his way to Cannes, where the Empress is lying seriously ill; Prince Gortschakoff will be there, on his way...

Mr. Gladstone's first great speech was made in the Music

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Hall, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, to an audience of about 2,000 persons, including seventy reporters. Ile treated the selection of his name from a world outside that of the...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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At West Calder, on Thursday, Mr. Gladstone addressed three thousand

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people, in a temporary building run up for the occasion, and interested them deeply with his striking descrip- tion of the effect of the agricultural depression in the Eastern...

At Dalkeith, on Wednesday, Mr. Gladstone, after a very im-

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pressive exposition of the weight of new responsibilities abroad for which the Government have made the United Kingdom respon- sible, and the extreme imprudence of these...


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M R. GLADSTONE dominates the week. His progress northwards on Monday was a series of ovations. In Preston, in Carlisle, in Hawick, in Galashiels, he had to receive popular...

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The State prosecutions in Ireland have not produced the agitation

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which was expected. On the contrary, there has been distinctly more order since the arrests than before them. The feeling of responsibility has come over the leading speakers....

There is no rest for the Egyptian Bondholder. King John

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of Abyssinia thinks he must have a port on the Red Sea, and has refused to make peace unless one is conceded to him, He has even taken Colonel Gordon with him into the...

We suspect it was the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh who uncon-

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sciously killed Prince Alamayu, the son of the Emperor Theo- dore, and descendant, in Abyssinian belief, of the Queen of Sheba, who received a sort of State burial on Friday...

The Government of Turkey is getting deeper and deeper into

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the financial mire. The correspondent of the Times, who on this subject has never concealed the truth, now states that in addition to all other expenses, the Porte owes fifty...

The suppression of correspondence from Cabal, and the in- significant

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character of the official despatches, are producing one bad impression. It is believed that General Roberts is execut- ing Afghans without trial and burning their villages upon...

Politicians in Paris, being like politicians in London, very dull,

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are amusing themselves with speculations on possible changes of Ministry. This week they have expected the resigna- tion of M. Lepere, Minister of the Interior. He had recom-...

The Assembly returned to Paris on Thursday, the Chamber sitting

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in the Palais Bourbon, and the Senate in the Luxem- bourg. M. Gambetta, in his opening address, adverted to the change, and said that the seat of Government had now been placed...

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Sir Henry Thompson, in a letter to Monday's Times, maintains

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that the only way for travellers to avoid typhoid fever abroad, is to abstain altogether from drinking any of the water of the countries through which they travel, till it has...

An evening contemporary is much impressed by the experi- ment

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of a French doctor, M. Reynaud, who, having inoculated an unhappy rabbit with the saliva of a patient dying from hydrophobia, found that the rabbit "was attacked with rabies on...

Mr. John Thaddeus Delane, perhaps the ablest newspaper editor who

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ever lived, died on Saturday at his house at Ascot, aged only sixty-two. He was the son of a solicitor who became financial manager of the Times, and in 1841, when only twenty-...

The Guardian of Wednesday publishes a correspondence between the Rev.

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Malcolm MacColl and the Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, which throws a light of some interest on the canons of journalistic fairness acknowledged by that clever but fanatical...

The Cambridge University Commission has decided to recommend the mulcting

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of the Colleges to the extent of £25,000 a year, for the endowment of the University, besides requiring the Colleges to give up each one fellowship towards the endowment of a...

Lord Penzance's sentence on Mr. Mackonochie of suspension , ab officio

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et benefieio was affixed last Sunday to the church door of St. Alban's, Holborn, and was at once removed by indignant members of the congregation. The Churchwardens protested...

We regret to notice the death of Serjeant Cox, a

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man who must have possessed abilities of a very peculiar kind. Known to the gene- ral public as a second-rate Judge, of good but eccentric character, and - to a special circle...

Consols were on Friday 98 1 1 to 98i.

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I T is somewhat remarkable that the chief key-note of Mr.. : Gladstone's addresses to the great stronghold of the Liberals should be, as it has been, the utter failure of the...


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MR. GLADSTONE. T HE serious attempt made in some of our contemporaries to convince the world that Mr. Gladstone's speeches in the North are nothing but an evidence of...

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T HE action of the Government in Ireland has, so far, been decidedly successful. Our " brilliant brethren" there, as Lord Beaconsfield happily called them, have a foible deeply...

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P RINCE BISMARCK has certainly attained one of the objects of his life,—he has transferred the diplomatic centre of the world from Paris to Berlin. For months past the journals...

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I T is not surprising that the Guardian should be troubled at the present position of the lVfackonochie case, The Guardian is, above all things, the representative of moderate...

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T HE Russian official account of the defeat before Dengel Tepe reads to us, like the Russian accounts of the defeat at Plevna and of the battles in the Shipka Pass, as exactly...

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T HE Time' notice of Mr. Delano is curiously bad, consider- ing what he was to the Times ; and we are not satisfied with any of the other notices which have appeared of his...

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S OME of the new letters published within the last week from the pen of Charles Dickens, are amongst the most amusing compositions in the English language. But we should...

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THE REPRESENTATION OF IRELAND. [TO THE EDITOR OF TIM "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,----Your correspondent, "E. C. S.," suggests that it would be well to give "justice to Ireland," and...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Will you allow me to lay before your readers a few startling figures? It is of the utmost importance that Eng- lish people should realise...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPHOTATOR.") SIR,—Will you accept a few words of reply equally to Dr. Abbott's letter and to your article upon it, both of which have deeply interested...

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go THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR.") .SIR,—Referring to your article on "Bag v. Plate," I think it will be found that with a middle and high-class congregation much more will be...


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GTOYTH whiter on the deepening blue, I find some brief-lived thoughts in you, That rise not in the night or noon. Of faded loves, that once were sweet, But now are neither...


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[To THE EDITOR OP TEE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—We notice that the name of our firm is mentioned in your interesting review of " Lang's Cyprus," in the Spectator of the 15th inst. As...


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PROUT AND HUNT.* Alma a time of comparative inaction in the picture world, we have now three exhibitions opened almost simultaneously, and each of special interest. The...

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DICKENS'S LETTERS.* [Finn NOTION.] ONE volume would have been better. At least half these letters only diminish the effect,—which is great,—of the other half. And Dickens, of...

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THE ignorance which prevailed in Europe prior to the begin- ning of the last half-ceatury in regard to that strange religion which arose more than 600 years before the Christian...

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SomE months ago, a novel was published by a gentleman of the name of Mark Hope, which was compared by some critics to the - work of Mr. Charles Heade, and which unquestionably...

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introduction to this Handbook which does him credit :— " It is simply designed," he says, "to give a concise, and as a rule, chronological account of the principal English...

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THIS is a very remarkable work. As a systematic treatise on that part of political economy with which it deals, it is no exaggeration to say that, in our judgment, it renders...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS, Ere. The Frithjof Sega ; or, Lay of Frithjof. Translated from the Swedish of Esaias Tegner, by the Rev. William Lowery Blaokley. (Marcus Ward.)—Mr. Blaokley's...

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Luciani Vera Historic. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by C.

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S. Jerram, M.A. (The Clarendon Press.)—Mr. jerram, who gave us some little time ago an edition of that very interesting allegory, the "Tabula Cebetis," has now increased the...

Loitdon Preachers. I3y T. Williams. (Elliott Stook.)—These sketches of London

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preachers aro clever, not unkindly, but not without some sharp criticism on the orators whom the writer de- scribes. There is some very just censure, for instance, on the manner...

Haworth's. By Frances Hodgson Burnett. 2 vols. (Macmillan.) —There can

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be no doubt about the great ability shown in this story, though the incident in which the interest is intended to centre is not, we think, altogether well conceived. The two...

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Tales of Old Thule. Collected and illustrated by J. Moyr

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Smith. (Chatto and Windus.)—Thero are eight stories of various merit, but all well told, and furnished with illustrations that are for the most part spirited and pleasing. The...

Fiebi-Marsha/ Count Moltke, 1800-1878. By Professor L. Muller. Translated by

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Percy E. Pinkerton, and edited by Captain H. M. Hosier. (W. B. Sonnenschein.)—The author certainly plunges in mediae res, for his first sentence is, "it was the 2nd of July,...

Specimens of Roman Literature : Passages Illustrative of Roman Thought

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and Style. Edited by C. T. Criattwell, M.A., and Peake Banton, B.A. (Charles Griffin.) —This is a most useful book, giving the student a comprehensive view of Roman literature,...

Le File Naturel. By Alexandre Dames, Fils. Translated by T.

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Louis Oxley. (Kerby and Endean.)—This is a really striking play, dealing with its subject in a way that will command the respect and sympathy of every right-feeling reader. Mr....

Martin Luther : a Tragedy. By George Moore. (Remington and

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fo.)'—This is a book of strange combinations. We have a dedication, or rather two dedications, in French, to one English play. We have also a tragedy—whose hero is one of the...