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Lord Derby had, in fact, resigned, but of course immense

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pressure was applied to recall a step which would have detached from the Tory Cabinet thousands of influential men, who regard the great Lancashire Peer as their security...

Lord Carnarvon has persisted in his resignation, and on Friday

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week made his explanation to the House of Peers, the pith of which is given elsewhere. In a very dignified and temperate but decided speech, he explained that he had steadily...


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T HE delay in the signature of the armistice still continues, and is as inexplicable as ever. According to Russian accounts, it is caused by the reluctance of the Turks to...

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

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The intelligence from Greece is of a mixed kind. On

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the one band, the mob of Athens, irritated by the Circassian or Turkish excesses in Thessaly, has threatened the Ministry and even the King, to compel them to declare war, but...

On Thursday Mr. W. E. Forster moved a resolution, affirming

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that as the conditions which the Government had laid down had not been infringed by either belligerent, and as no information had been received sufficient to justify a departure...

On Monday night the Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the

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vote of credit for six millions in the House of Commons. He made a long statement of the delays in the negotiations and the manifold conjectures and suspicions to which these...

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In the speech at the dinner, Mr. Gladstone remarked on

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the curious fact that the Oxford Conservatives hold bya Canning Club, which they oppose to the new Palmerston Club, though Lord Palmerston was himself a follower of Canning, and...

The Khedive has ordered an inquiry into the realities of

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Egyptian revenue, obviously as a prelude either to the "suspen- sion of the service of the Debt," or to a demand that the creditors shall accept less interest on their bonds....

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach has accepted the Colonial Secretary- ship, in

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the place of Lord Carnarvon, and it is, we should imagine, not unlikely that Mr. Plunket may be offered the Irish Secretary- ship, vacant by Sir Michael Beach's transfer to the...

To Mr. Forster replied Mr. Cross, who described the impression

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that there was a war party in the Government as due to a "lying spirit" abroad in the land. He got very warm indeed about the " sham " vote of credit, insisted that it was a...

The reports that the Austrian Government is dissatisfied with the

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terms of peace gain strength. It is affirmed that Count .Andrassy holds them equivalent to the extinction of the Turkish Empire in Europe, and objects especially to the...

Oxford had a gala-day on Wednesday to institute a new

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Liberal Club, called the Palmerston Club, and occasion was taken of it to present Mr. Gladstone previously with an address at the- Corn Exchange, and get a speech out of him....

The remainder of the debate was not important. Sir Wilfrid

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Lawson amused the House by saying, "If a man shakes his sword in my face, I call him a barbarian ; if he shakes his fist in my face, I call him a bully ; if he shakes his purse...

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The Times' Calcutta correspondent telegraphs on the 27th ult., that

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"a sinister rumour is afloat of doubtful authority, though received through official channels," that the Ameer of Afghanistan is massing troops in Candahar.

The Tory defeats in Scotland this week have been most

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crush- ing. In Greenock the party ran Sir James Fergusson, perhaps the most popular Tory in the West of Scotland, and he was assisted by the Irish citizens, Mr. Parnell going...

In.the French electicumof last Sunday the most complete vindica- tion

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was afforded of the votes of the Assembly which invalidated the elections for the eight seats. These are once more filled up. All eight seats had been held by Conservatives. But...

The latest intelligence from the United States shows that the

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Bill making silver legal tender in all cases secures increasing support. The House of Representatives has passed it by a two- thirds majority, and by the latest calculations the...

Mr. Evelyn Ashley carried his Bill on Wednesday to permit

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prisoners to give evidence—if they choose—in criminal cases, by the considerable majority of 109 (185 to 76), the Government, through the Attorney-General, accepting the...

Consols were on Friday 951 to sq.

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Meetings are being held in all the boroughs to strengthen

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the hands, and possibly the knees, of the Opposition. As a rule, the towns are heartily against war and the vote of six millions, but in Sheffield, a meeting called by Liberals...

In a speech at Belleville on Sunday, M. Gambetta expressed

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his belief that if the Assembly pursued a wise and moderate policy, the Senate would not oppose the Assembly, but would capitulate to it. Perhaps it might not acknowledge the...

The statue of the late Mr. John Stuart Mill on

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the Thames Embankment was formally unveiled and handed over by the subscribers to the Metropolitan Board of Works last Saturday, when Mr. Fawcett made a speech, in which he did...

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THE MISUNDERSTOOD GOVERNMENT. T HIS Government poses as the grievously misunderstood Government,—le Gouvernement inconzpris. It is always declaring, with its hand on its heart,...

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THE TERMS OF PEACE. T HE most discreditable feature about the

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present attitude of the English friends of Turkey is their exultation at the reported change in the policy of Austria. It is declared that Austria intends to fight rather than...

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T HE resignations, ref - meta-Eons, and personal explanations of the past ten days may yet have very grave political con- sequences —and we do not mean consequences upon the...

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THE Government Bill for establishing County Financial Boards introdneed by Mr: Mater Booth on Monday, is -a very bad one, a feeble and hesitating attempt to stave off an...

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M R. HENLEY'S retirement from the representation of Oxfordshire is the breaking a significant link between the past and the future. Of late, indeed, Mr. Henley has not spoken...

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moment, have an extraordinary faculty for refusing to consider the

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We are not at all sure, however, that this policy is in itself a possibility of the ownership of Constantinople having to bo wise one, either for Greece to practise or for...

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yr is not often that Professor Huxley wraps himself in a cloak 1_ of despondency, and like a scientific Lara, glooms out upon the world from a darkness of his own making. But...

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T 'papers are full of accounts of two great movements among the Mahommedans of Eastern Europe,—a flight among those of Roumelia and Bulgaria towards the capital, and an exodus...

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INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION IN IRELAND. (TO THE EDITOH Or THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—While agreeing with you and Lord Emly, as most persons indeed will do, on the necessity and...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] ZIR,—A correspondent in your issue of last week thinks that the only remedy for the law's delay is codification. He takes it quite for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE uSPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—I learn that there is some idea of submitting to Parlia- ment a Bill for the better protection of married women. Its object will not want...


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(To THE EDITOR OF TEl °SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—It may be instructive, at the present juncture, when one of the regular cuckoo-cries of the soi-disant " patriotic party" is, "You ought...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—It seems to me that my co-religionists are pursuing a most suicidal course by tying up their cause with the effete Ottoman Power....

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And three men went thereby, before the heat Had drawn

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from out the field beneath their feet The freshness of the dew-drops and the morn. Then did the loveliness of that lone flower Strike in upon the sense of all the three ; And...


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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [THIRD NOTICE.] IN reviewing any collection of works by what are generally known as the Old Masters, there is one difficulty which stands prominently...


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WANTED, A SECRETARY OF STATE. WANTED, a politician To fill a vacant place In an Administration Which has sunk into disgrace. He must not be ambitious To cherish a good name,...

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ARNOLD'S SERMONS.* THOSE of us interested in such matters who are old enough to remember the beginning of the Victorian era, looking back over the ocean of books which has...

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Tins little book of aphorisms will be looked upon as a very clear and hearty enunciation of the principles that guide the best of the painters whose works are essentially...

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much of late over the legends and folk-lore of primitive times, and are fast reducing the chaos of Wonderland to order. The fairy-tales which fed • The Laws of Fesole; a...

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THIS is one of the series of" South Kensington Museum Science Handbooks," and has a special reference to the admirable collec- tion of Foods which is to be seen in the Bethnal...


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MR. IIARE has made good use of his library, as well as of his eyes,. in the compilation of these pleasantly written volumes. So much of late years has been written about London,...

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The Cradle of the Christ. By Octavins B. Frothingham. (Putnam and Sons, New York.)—Mr. Frothingham, in fact, presents to the world the cradle, instead of the Christ, since,...

Ilfonotheism, the Primitive Religion of Rome. By the Rev. H.

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Formby. (Williams and Norgate.)—It is a mistake to describe this, as the author does, as " a historical investigation." Nothing, as far as we can see, is investigated;...

Cassell's History of the United States. By Edmund Oilier. VoL

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(Cassell and Co.)—This third volume carries on the history from 1826 down to the present time, touching, of course very lightly and with neces- sary caution, on quite recent...

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Oriental Records ; Historical; Confirmatory of the Old and New

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Testament Scriptures. By William Harris Rule, D.D. (Bagstor and Sons.)—Dr. Rule has collected in this volume a mass of curious infer - mation illustrative of customs, beliefs,...

Under the Will, and other Tales. By Mary Cecil Hay.

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3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—Here we have a collection of short tales, which have, we presume, appeared before. Such tales are not attractive when they are thus brought...

Dictionary of English Literature. By W. Davenport Adams. (Cassell and

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Co.)—The author rightly says in his preface that he has "attempted a task of no ordinary or inconsiderable difficulty." His plan is to give the name of. every author of any...

Illustrations of English Religion. Selected, edited, and arranged by Henry

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Morley. (Cassell and Co.)—This volume may be regarded as sequel to one dealing with secular literature, which we noticed some time ago in these columns. It gives a biographical...

In Love and War. By Charles Gibbon. 3 vols. (Bentley

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and Son.) —Mr. Gibbon quite rightly describes his book as "a romance." We are glad to say that we have found it a refreshing contrast to the com- mon run of the novels of modern...

Miscellany Accounts of the Diocese of Carlisle. By William Nicolson,

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late Bishop of Carlisle. Edited by R. S. Ferguson, M.A. (Bell and Sons; Tharnam, Carlisle.)—William Nicolson was Bishop of Carlisle from 1704-1718, when he was translated to...