29 OCTOBER 1887

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T HE situation in France is rapidly growing serious. It is be- lieved by general opinion—which may, of course, be poisoned at its source—that M. Wilson, the President's...

Lord Hartington addressed an audience of three thousand

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Unionists at Nottingham on Monday. He said that the Liberal Party had become a one-man party, having changed, at Mr. Gladstone's signal, from all but unanimous repudiation of...

The riots have died away in London, under the pressure

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of opinion and the police; but they will revive again with the first appearance of continued frost. It would be well to take advan- tage of the hill to form volunteer committeee...

Mr. Gladstone, who, after his speeches at Nottingham and Derby,

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was, we regret to learn, confined to his room for a day or more at Sudbury Hall, the house of Lord Vernon, from a slight chill, resumed his journey to Ripon on Tuesday, and...

Then Lord Hartington went on to comment in severe language

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on Mr. Gladstone's speech at Nottingham on " Re- member Mitcheletown !" With a perfect knowledge that Irish peasants are tempted by their leaders to plunder through the...

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With the " SPicremos" of Saturday, November It?,, will be issued gratis a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements....

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We often wonder whether Mr. Gladstone considers it his duty

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to follow carefully the Irish speeches of the Parnellite Party. He said, in his speech last week at Derby, of the Parnellites :— "As they have obtained greater power, their...

Lord Spencer is evidently greatly tried in his mind by

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Mr. Gladstone's recent speeches, and their obvious tendency to promote social anarchy in Ireland. In a long speech which he delivered at Edinburgh on Tuesday, he was, though he...

Lord R. Churchill, in a speech at Stockton on Monday,

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pro- tested strongly against what he called the sentimental doctrine that whenever the people resisted the police, the police should give way. That doctrine was fatal to law,...

Mr. Chamberlain is evidently roused by the new phase of

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the contest between the Government and the Opposition. On Tues- day, he spoke in Islington with a vehemence which shows that he at least has abandoned all hope of...

At Ripon, Mr. Gladstone described the Government as them- selves

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the law-breakers. So far as we can judge, he refuses to regard the Irish Crimes Act of last Session as law at all, and all enforcement of it he appears to regard as...

Mr. Montague Cookson, originally a Home-ruler, has been travelling in

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Ireland, and has come to the conclusion that the National League is an atrocious tyranny. In Cork, Limerick, and Clare, it is the true Government, the Government which is...

We do not understand the importance given to the case

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of Mr. Wilfrid Blunt. That gentleman, a poet, a scholar, and a wealthy man, but altogether wrongheaded in politics, con- sidered the conduct of the Government in proclaiming a...

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M. Renan is publishing a new book, the first part

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of a "Histoire d'Israol," intended to form an introduction to his " Origines du Christianisme," and the Globe of Tuesday gives us large extracts from his preface, from which it...

The Italian Premier, Signor Crispi, made a speech at Turin

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on Tuesday which has excited the attention of all Europe. The drift of it was that something was " done " at Friedrichsrah which will be of service to all Europe ; that Italy...

A letter written from Kerry by a lady to the

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Scotsman of last Tuesday week (18th inst.), gives so admirable a description of the Irish peasantry in Kerry, and especially of their touching pliancy to influence of all kinds,...

A sharp discussion is going on amongst schoolmasters as to

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the pronunciation of Latin which should be used in schools. The old method, still dear to all men over fifty, is universally allowed to be wrong ; but it has the merit, with...

Mr. Sohn Morley, in his speech at Halifax on Tuesday,

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took care not to imitate Mr. Gladstone's vehemence in assailing the Trish Government, the Irish law, and the Irish police. Indeed, he did his beet to modify his leader's tone on...

The Bishops of Lichfield (Dr. Maclagan) and of Salisbury (Dr.

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Wordsworth) have been on a mission to Austria to examine the belief and attitude of the Old Catholics, who are greatly in want of a Bishop, and cannot, of course, get a Bishop...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent, Consols were on Friday lon

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to 103.

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?THE Session has opened ominously for the French Govern- ment, if not for the French Republic. It is already evident that the manifesto of the Comte de Paris has produced its...


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HOW MR. GLADSTONE HAS DISAPPOINTED EXPECTATION. I T has been observed that in his speech at Nottingham on Monday, Lord Hartington abandoned the attitude of respect and...

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M R. GLADSTONE on Taesday once more repudiated passionately the idea of Separation, which he believed was an accusation employed by enemies to create prejudice, as it was when...

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W E have always entertained a very sincere respect for Mr. Spurgeon, and regard him, indeed, as one of the most earnest, honest, and high-minded of the religious teachers of the...


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T HE good fortune which has of late years attended Italy in her selection of ruling men is clearly not yet exhausted. We were never quite able to admire Signor Depretis, who,...

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T HE settlement of the two questions which have so long been a cause of irritation and possible quarrel between the Governments of France and England would have been more...

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W E hope our readers will not be too much offended if we put in a plea for a little juster, or at least more philanthropic, treatment of the unlucky person formerly known as...

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I N a little volume to which the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster has prefixed a preface describing the life of the Poor Clares, therein depicted, as one which gives us "a...

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AMERICAN OPINION ON THE UNION. SS. Umbria,' October 5th. THAT panther.hunt went off in a "fizzle." Our contingent of determined sportsmen kept tryst at daylight, fully armed,...


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riN September 10th, 1853, Edward Thring came to a school- house in rebellion, a handful of riotous boys, a single old schoolroom, and a salary of 2150 a year. Re came with no...

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FACTS FROM GWEEDORE. [To THS EDITO1 Or 281 SPECTATOR...1 Sin,—As Mr. Doherty has written a letter of comment on the article published under the above heading in the Spectator...

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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] Si,—In these days of book-cramming, it is refreshing to meet with an original investigator naively unconscious of the limits of the range of...


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THE srin - uvoa. " 3 Sra, — You said the other day, " We are still Liberals, " and the remark was perhaps not without a reference to the suggestion which you allowed me to...


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much in Germany several mouths in the year, and in various parts of the Empire, and I often wonder what can have been the origin of that delusion which so exercises the -...


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[To rim EDITOR Or THZ . SPECTATOR..] SIE, — You inquire " whether any human being can suggest a piece of productive work which can be given to the unemployed to do. " Canon...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOH . ] SIR,—Starlings are great eaters of berries, and may well, there- fore, take it into their heads to devour garden fruit as well, an Mrs....

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THE NEW ANTIGONE.* Tuts is, in truth, a romance, and not a novel,—and a romance of considerable power. The strength of it lies not in the con- ception or the painting of...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THY SPECTATOB." . 1 SIII,—Your critic of Mr. Ogle's "Idylls of Ilium" doubts whether the slaying of Achilles by Apollo in aid of Faris is Homeric,— at...

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of twelve papers on religions questions. Eleven of them are addressees delivered to different audiences, from a Church Congress to a secularist meeting. The twelfth is a letter...

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THE CHANGES OF HALF-A-CENTURY.* Tins book is a contribution to

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the literature of the Jubilee. In twenty.nine essays, some of them reprinted from the Saturday Review, Mr. Shand discusses the changes which the last fifty years have wrought in...

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RECENT NOVELS.* Ma. W. E. Noanis is one of the

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most workmanlike of our living novelists of the second rank. His books do not move us as we are moved by writing which has genius behind it—though there (1.) Major and Minor....

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Mu O'SHEi describes his book as "a simple recital of personal Imps and mishaps in perturbed Spain, from the abdication of Amadeus to the entry of Don Carlos," and professes that...

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The Young Philistine. By Alice Corkran. (Burns and Oates.)— All

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these four stories are excellent, fall of thought and delicately expressed pathos, and written with an admirable grace. We are inclined to give the preference to the third and...

A Loose Rein. By "Wanderer." (Bradbury, Agnew, and Co.)— This

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is a novel in which sport, love, and Irish affairs are mingled together, the last being perhaps the most prominent, and certainly the most seriously treated, of the three...


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Is there a real feeling in Scotland—as distinguished from a mere sentimental, superficial, or newspaper opinion—in favour of Home- rule, or, in plain English, of the repeal...


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of the new edition of Jamieeon's Scottish Dictionary, has brought an enterprise, which has taken in all about ten years, to completion, with a supple- ment which is in itself a...

The Bible and Contemporary History. By the Rev. W. H.

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Pinnock. 2 vols. (Reeves and Turner.)—Dr. Pinnock's posthumous book will scarcely, we should think, repay the cost and trouble of publication. These two volumes are from one...

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Electricity in the Service of Man. Edited by R. Wormell,

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D.Sc., M.A. From the German of Von Urbanitsky. (Cassell and Co.)— The English editor has followed the plan of the author in first ex- pounding the principles of electrical...

Landon Deecroft a Socialistic Novel. By Lace Ramsey. (17. Reeves.)—Landon

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Deecroft determines to work his farm, situated in one of the Northern States of America, on Socialist principles. He achieves a distinguished success, not only in finance but in...

British Science Biographies Natural History. By Professor Nicholson. (W. and

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R. Chambers, London and Edinburgh.)—This volume is a short history of the progress of the science of natural history, given in the form of short biographies of the leading...

Practical Organic Chemistry. By J. B. Cohen. (Macmillan and Co.)—A

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laboratory guide to the preparation of the more important fatty and aromatic bodies is much needed. The student is apt to get both his ideas and his methods somewhat hazy as to...

The History of Israel. By Heinrich Ewald. Vol. VIII. "The

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Post- Apostolic Age." Translated from the German byJ. Frederick Smith. (Lougmans.)—This is the concluding volume of Ewald's great work, rightly described by the translator as...

Almack's. 3 vols. (Remington and Co.)—This is a new edition

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of a novel which appeared sixty years ago. It is interesting to see what it was that pleased the readers of that day, and not altogether un- satisfactory to compare it with the...

Specimen Days in America. By Walt Whitman. (W. Scott.)— We

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can praise Mr. Whitman when he writes prose ; and it is with prose that of late years he has chiefly occupied himself. Most of these specimens of his work have already appeared...

Handbook, of Physical Geology. By A. J. Jukes Brown, B.A.,

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F.G.S. (George Bell and Sons.)—Mr. Jukes Brown has given a careful account of the historical geology of the districts which are parti- cularly adapted for research, and from...

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SEEMONS. — The City Youth, by J. Thain Davidson, D.D. (Hodder and

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Stoughton), is a volume of sermons addressed more or less to a special audience—to the lads and young men who come np from country homes to work their way in the occupations...

Meadowsweet Comedy. By T. A. Pinkerton. (Vizetelly and Co.)—We cannot

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say that we admire " comedies " of this kind, either on the stage or off them. The principal character is a foolish woman, the principal event is her leaving her husband with a...

Reciting and Reading. By Edwin Drew. (Wyman and Son.)— Mr.

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Drew, who is a well-known teacher of elocution and reciter, gives here some specimens in prose and verse for recitation, anecdotes bearing on the subject, and some "elocutionary...