2 APRIL 1887

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N 0=HG has been reported this week which in the least clears up the prospect as to the continuance of peace. The -reports of outbreaks in Bulgaria are incessant, but they are...

The debate on urgency was concluded yesterday week, the Irish

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Party being advised by Mr. Gladstone not to prolong it, as they were most anxious to do. Sir Henry James made a brilliant speech in favour of urgency, remarking that as you...

A second attempt has been made by the Nihilists to

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assas- sinate the Czar. It was denied, of course, as usual; but according to the latest advices from Berlin, it was actually made, an officer having fired at the Czar while...

It is asserted that King Charles of Roumania, who is

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visiting Vienna, has asked the Austrian Court for a distinct guarantee of his dominions in the event of their invasion by a Russian Army. He has been assured that this is...

The contest between M. Katkoff; the editor of the Moscow

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Gazette, and the Russian Foreign Office, excites great attention in Germany. M. Katkoff had severely attacked communiqua from M. de Giers favourable to Germany, declaring, as we...

*.* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, is any

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The situation in Bulgaria, it seems clear, does not improve.

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The Regents are hampered by want of money, and by the neoeasity of incessant watchfulness against plots. The Russian Government has a party in the country, especially among the...

On Monday, accordingly, Mr. Balfour moved for leave to introduce

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his Bill for the amendment of the Criminal Law in Ireland,—under interruptions from the Home-rule Party so perpetual and so rude in character, that the Speaker declared himself...

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On Tuesday, Mr. Gladstone opened the debate in a speech

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of great brilliance, which showed that, as an orator at least, he has lost nothing of his power. He said that the proposal of the Government, instead of being a care, instead of...

Mr. Morley presided at the meeting of the Liberal Union

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held at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, on Wednesday, and delivered a strong speech against the Criminal Law Amendment Bill. He was severe on those whom he termed -" the...

Mr. Balfour then detailed the proposals of the Criminal Law

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Amendment Bill. Briefly, they are to take power (as under the Irish Crimes Act and under the existing Scotch law) to examine witnesses on oath in reference to a crime committed...

Mr. Goschen's powerful speech began by a comment on Mn

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Gladstone's admission that "the regular Opposition" were now fighting in alliance with the National League, or at least with the party which directs the National League. And he...

The rest of the debate included an apology by Mr.

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Winter- botham for his position as a Unionist who resisted "Coercion" and would vote against this measure, and a lively defence of the Government by Mr. Maclean, who, however,...

Mr. Dillon replied in a tremendously long speech, which, like

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the month of March, came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. It was in the opening very furious, threatening the Irish people with utter servility if they should not...

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The reporters at this dinner, though they have treated Lord

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Hartington fairly, have done little justice to Mr. Finlay, who expressed his full intention of supporting the Crimes Bill with the exception of one clause (that for trying...

Lord Halsbury on Thursday brought forward his Bill for facilitating

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the transfer of laud. It is a bold Bill. The Tory Lord Chancellor abolishes primogeniture; makes the real estate of an intestate personalty ; sweeps away all local customary...

The first of the remedial Bills for Ireland promised by

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the Government was introduced in the House of Lords on Thurs- day by Lord Cadogan, in a speech which makes us wish his Lordship intervened more frequently in debate. It was a...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 102 to 102k.

The Society for the Abolition of Vivisection held a very

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successful meeting on Wednesday, the chief business of which was to protest against the proposal of the "round-robin " lately addressed to the College of Surgeons, advocating...

The inaugural dinner of the Liberal Union Club was given

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on Wednesday, and Lord Hartington delivered an important speech. He announced the failure of the Round-Table Con- ference—the causes of which he apparently knew, but held him-...

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ME. GLADSTONE'S SPEECH. M R. GLADSTONE'S great speech of Tuesday night will probably be fixed upon by future historians as the text for a disquisition like one of those with...

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M R. MORLEY'S speech at the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, on Wednesday, against the proposed amend- ment of the Irish Criminal Law, was for his purpose a very effective one...

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T HE paper on the Austrian Empire in this month's Fort- nightly Review, full as it is of knowledge, leaves, we are convinced, an erroneous impression. The writer, be he Sir •...


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MHERE is one point of grave importance upon which Lord Hartington differs from many of his followers, and upon which, we think, he is far more wise than they. He recog- nises...

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J T is difficult for any one who watches at all closely the Parliaments of to-day, not to wonder whether the system as at present worked will last. That representative govern-...

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rpEtE agitation against tithe has not attracted the attention 1. it deserves. When Disestablishment seemed on the point of becoming the question of the hour, there was abund-...

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T HE Committee OD the defective cutlasses have reported that "the converted cutlasses and cutlass sword-bayonets, pattern 1871, with which the Navy is now for the most part...

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TT is not for us to protect the Laureate, who needs no pro- tection; but the brutality with which in some quarters he has been assailed on account of the "Jubilee Ode" rouses in...

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T HACRERAY'S letters are not like Cowper's letters or Lamb's letters, nor even like Mrs. Carlyle's letters, for, other things being equal, a woman's letters are pretty sure to...

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WESTWARD HO I [To THAI BIHTCHI 0 THZ SPICITATOR.".1 Sin,—It must be nearly thirty years since I first wrote to you over this signature, but never before except in long...

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KEATS'S COTTAGE, HAMPSTEAD. I STROLLED in listless mood along a lane Hedged in by old-world gardens thick with trees And flowers old-fashioned. Sorrow and pain. Hunger for gold,...


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LTo nu, &ems or Tax firscrmoa.-] you kindly give a place to the correction of a slight mistake in your article on "The German Emperor ?" Alexander L did not call himself "a...


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TWO LANDSCAPE PAINTERS. [E. 11. WINPERIS• AND DAVID 5tIIRRIV•r3 THERE are two exhibitions of sketches which have been lately opened in Bond Street which are in marked contrast....


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Pro nue EDITOR OP THZ ..erscmProa."1 SIR,—In your summary of last week's debate, you refer to my speech as one in which " the authority of law was depreciated, and the authority...

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BISHOP FRASER'S LIFE, MR. HUGHES has shown his usual literary skill in reducing this' memoir to the dimensions of a single not too elaborate volume. Nothing is more wearisome...

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young person who had written a story asked Miss Strickland, through a friend, for help and advice. (By-the-bye, it will be a fortunate day when the young literary public knows...

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Leseamuur conceived, well written, and well translated, we hail with special satisfaction this biography of the man who has been for fifteen years, and must continue till his...

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THE SECOND WIFE OF NAPOLEON.* Vats is the most interesting,

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as it is the most authentic, memoir that has been given to the world of the second Empress of the French, during the four years which she passed in France. It is only that...

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TIM enthusiasm displayed about M. Pasteur in Paris last year was something quite beyond English experience. It was worse than heretical not to believe in his cure for...

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it Princess of Jutedom. By Charles Gibbon. $ vols. (Ward and Downey.)—It is somewhat late in the day, we fear, to notice this novel, superseded as it is by at least one more...


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Sea Rieman BURTON and his wife have certainly conferred a great boon on the reading public, great and small, by this edition of The Arabian Nights. The Arabian Nights has...

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The Maid a' the MW. By Mrs. Compton Reads. 2

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vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is a very disagreeable story, well intended, we do not doubt, for vice is certainly made to appear odious ; bat scarcely, WO should think,...

Myth - Land. By F. Edward Hulme. (Sampson Low and Co.)— Thin

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is an intereeting account of the strange creatures which in classical, meditate], and even modern times have existed in the popular fancy,—the chinned, for instance, fairies,...

Swifter than a Weaver's Shuttle. By James W. Gambier, Captain,

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R.N. 3 vols. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Captain Gambier has not been by any means sparing of incident or sensation in thie story. Perhaps he might have made it a little leas...

Lyrical Poems. By Richard Watson Dixon. (Printed by H. Daniel,

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Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.)—Perhaps there never was a time when good printing and good paper were more appreciated in England than the present. The beautiful little...

A Concise History of England and the English People. By

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the Rev. Sir G. W. Cox, Bart. (Joseph Huglies.)—A history of England from the earliest times to the present day, contained in 500 small pages, cannot, if it attempts...

Scenes and Characters. By Charlotte M. Yonge. (Macmillan.)— This is

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the twenty-fourth volume of the collected issue of Mid - Voiles novels and tales. It contains the second in chronological order of her productions, and is certainly interesting,...

The Lady Drusilia. By Thomas Purnell. (Ward and Downey.) —We

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were prepared for something disagreeable by the second title of "A Psychological Romance," and had our anticipation completely fulfilled. The story, in the main, is the...

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Elementary Teat-Book of British Fungi. By William Delisle Hay. (Swan

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Sonnenachein and Co.)—It is ungracious, perhaps, to find fault with no carefully constracted a text-book-an this which Mr. Hay gives us ; still, we cannot help regretting that...

In Four Reigns the Recollections of Althea Allingham, 1785-1842. By

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Emma Marshall. (Seeley and Co.)—This tale has something of the air of eelf-conaciousness which it in so difficult to remove from the autobiographical form of narrative, but it...

Experiences of a Woolwich Professor. By Major-General A. W. Dray-

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son. (Chapman and Hall.)—We confess to having been somewhat dis- appointed withthis book. We expected to find interesting or entertain- ing reminiseenees, but met with little or...

An Autumn Cruise in the .Egeati. By T. Fitz-Patrick, MA.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—The contents of this volume scarcely corre- apond to the expectations roused by its title. A Cruise in the .Egenn should take one to the islands; but about...

Pausaniae Description of Greece. Translated into English by Arthur Richard

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Shilleto, M.A. 2 vols. (Bell and Sons.)—No doubt these volumes would have been the better for a careful revision. They contain errors and omissions. But they are certainly an...

A Strange Affair. By W. Oatram Tristram. 9 vols. (Ward

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and Downey.)—This is a tragedy in prose,—a tragedy in which there is little or nothing of elevation or nobility, scarcely even of outward dignity, to redeem the horror. A...

Victims. By Theo Gift. 3 vols. (Hurst and Ble,ckett.)—This is

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another story—we have seen not a few lately—in which the chief charaeters are of Jewish race. Its chief interest comes from the difference of the French marriage law from our...

Is Love a Crime ? By Mrs. .Tagger. (Swan Sonnensolmin

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and Co.) —Things are certainly changed since the days of our youth. Then it was the great reward of female virtue to marry a clergyman ; now a novelist has to ask whether love...