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Mr. Bright's subject at Birmingham on Tuesday was the im-

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penitent character of the Conservative party. Time after time they had opposed the popular cause,—on Reform, on Free- trade, on the commercial treaty with France, on the paper...

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

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Speeches are beginning to abound to such an extent that

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they extinguish each other, and become inaudible. They are, indeed, fast relapsing into what they must have been before the re- porting era,—addresses to special audiences,...

Mr. Chamberlain, too, was very happy, especially in his treatment

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of the Tories' plea that because Ireland is, in their opinion, unfit for any extension of the franchise, England and Scotland should wait till Ireland recovers herself. It...

The correspondent of the Standard at Cairo, though prejudiced against

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the experiment which the British Government is trying there, knows Arabic, and has unusual means of access to the native Ministry. He states, in a telegram of January 31st, that...


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P ARLIAMENT meets •on Tuesday, but it may be doubted if business will begin. The Tories as a party have given notice that they will propose an amend- ment to the Address upon...

There is no news of importance from Egypt, except that

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General Baker has gone to Trinkitat with 3,000 Nubians, who are disaffected, and Egyptians, who will run away, to cut his way to Tokar. He is quite right, for delay in his...

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Mr. Chamberlain, at the same meeting, stamped on his enemies.

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He had to deal with persons who were denying his administrative skill, and, of course, he had an easy victory. He- smiled at the "experience" his opponents had had of Bills...

Mr. Goschen on Wednesday addressed his constituents at Ripon, with

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a little of the air of a political martyr whose virtues entitle him to be heard respectfully on the eve of a Session in which he expects to be despised and persecuted, and to...

Lord Randolph Churchill retaliated on Mr. Bright on Thurs- day,

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in a speech to his constituents at Kidlington of almost rabid virulence. It was not, perhaps, ranch for Lord Randolph Churchill, who either knows nothing of the Free-trade move-...

As to the Franchise Bill, Mr. Chamberlain said, "We are

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going to interfere as little as possible with existing arrangements. We are going to proceed, as my right honourable friend here (Mr. Bright) has advised us to do, on the old...

The Prime Minister received four deputations on Thursday, one from

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the Leeds Conference, and another from the Trades Unions, on the subject of the Reform Bill ; one from the Metropolitan Members, on the subject of the London Municipal Reform...

Sir Stafford Northeote's Rectorial address to the University of Edinburgh

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on Wednesday was the best Rectorial address of the kind that we can remember. He was very happy in his quotations from the Athenian thinkers and historians who given their...

On Wednesday Mr. Bright delivered a really fine address against

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Mr. George, whose theory of nationalising the land he compared to the theory once popular in the Southern States of nationalising labour. The planters meant to enslave all...

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The discussion of the grant for a physiological laboratory at

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Oxford is coming on again on Tuesday next, and we hope that all members of Convocation who object to seeing a new stimulus given to the cruelties of vivisection in Oxford, will...

The City has been startled this week by a very

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heavy failure. Mr. W. E. Blakeway, head of the stockbroking firm of P. W. Thomas, Sons, and Co., said to be one of the oldest in London, absconded, and it was discovered that he...

Bank Bate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 101i to 1011.

At a banquet given to Mr. R. Power and Mr.

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Leamy in the Town Hall of Waterford, one of the speakers asserted that Ireland would never be satisfied till Mr. Parnell was made Prime Minister of Ireland, with the Irish...

Two inspectors of police have recently been murdered in suc-

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cession in Vienna. A man who refuses his name, but says he is the agent of a secret society established " to put down all blood. suckers of that kind," was seen to commit the...

The "Memoirs" of Heine, written by himself, are, it is

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said, about to be published in "The Gartenlaube," though doubts have been cast by some on the authenticity of the autobiographical MS. As a kind of foretaste, we suppose, of the...

Mr. Lowell, in the admirable speech on which we have

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else- where commented, at the dinner to the Chambers of Commerce, dropped a remark which it would be well, we imagine, for the Colonial Office to note carefully, though we do...

A discussion upon the distress in Paris has been going

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on in the Chamber all the week, the nominal subject being a proposal - to advance £800,000 to aid the Working-men's Committees, and no vote had been reached on Thursday. M....

The Arclneological Society of Vienna intends, it is stated, to

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devote its surplus funds this year to a careful search in the Gulf -of Salamis for any relics of the Greek and Persian galleys which sank there 2,364 years ago. The water is not...

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I T must be assumed, we suppose, that Mr. Chamberlain's declaration at Birmingham on Tuesday disposes of the hope we have expressed that the Government intend to esta- blish one...


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THE COMING DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS. I T is currently reported that the Debate on the Address this Session will be more wearisome even than the de- bate last 'year. It is...

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T HE theorists who assert that the ultimate cause of discon- tent in great cities is the difficulty of obtaining land, should, if they are thinkers, and not mere agitators,...


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W E do not believe in the " influence " which alarmists assume Mr. George to exercise over the lower classes in this country. We know that the few Socialists who flourish in...

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fri RE is something touching in the evident relief with which Sir Stafford Northcote reverted on Wednesday to the studies of his youth. A Balliol man, who took a First- class in...


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M R. LOWELL deserves the praise which is the due of every man who can make a clever speech about nothing in particular. Speakers who can improve the occa- sion, and improve it...

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C ARDINAL NEWMA.N, in the very interesting paper which opens the February number of the Nineteenth Century, has carefully defined what Roman Catholics mean by the inspiration of...

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W E wish some great meteorologist would tell the world, with a certain precision and in figures which cannot be coloured for effect, what the difference of force between a gale...

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W E have recently been occupied in the attempt to answer the question whether that scheme of society known as Socialism derives any special sanction from Christianity. We would...

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THE MILES PLATTING JUDGMENT. [To THE EDITOR Or THIC " SMTATOR.") SIR, — There is not much fear, as you cynically hint in your article this week, of the Evangelicals or Broad...


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[To THU EDITOR Or THE " SPRCTATOR.") Sza, — In your issue of this day ' s date you write of the Bishop of Manchester, —" It is notorious that he has never worn a cope in his...

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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] SIR, — A. very few lines may be desirable to point the moral of the persecution which for the last fifteen years has divided the English...


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svacznea."-] Sim—As a very earnest and, as I hope, very thorough supporter - of the present Government, I am most anxious that it should , accede, without delay, to the moderate...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR "] Stn,—The thought which Mrs. Oliphant draws out so strikingly in" Old Lady Mary," namely, that old age, after a certain period, when all...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] 45114—Don't believe what people write you about this or that infinitesimal thing being the cause of Scottish discontent. 4 ' Well may they...


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TO WORDSWORTH. POET, whose footsteps trod, the mystic ways That lead through common things to Nature's shrine ; Whose heart throbbed rhythmic to the heart divine 'That bird,...


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E AIERSON.* THE various excellent editions of Emerson's works which are now appearing in this country,—of which Messrs. Macmillan's is probably the most taking, if only for Mr....

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• Extracts/rent the Loam of Horace Walpole. Edited by E. Seeley, London: Seeley and Co. 18E44. Hon acs WALPOLE is at least as well qualified to farnialt "wit and wisdom" as some...

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C. W. Stubbs, Vicar of Gran- borough, Bucks, has written an interesting record of facts and experiments in cottage-farming and co-operative agriculture. The author tells us that...

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closer connection between the two books dealing with the American Civil War, which we have bracketed together, than appears on the surface. In the third volume of his detailed,...

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WE have long had to go to America for our sewing-machines and egg-whisks. We now have to seek there for actresses and authors, and very charming specimens we get. There is...

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inns book is the work of an ingenious butsomewhat fanciful mind. It professes to deal with what philosophers call the "noumenal" world—the unknown cause of the phenomenal—upon...

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Egypt after the War. By Villiers Stuart, M.P. (John Murray.) —If Mr. Stuart had taken more time about his book, he could have shortened it and arranged it better, and thereby...

Wallace's Description of Orkney. (W. Brown.)—Mr. James Wallace was Minister

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of Lady Kirk, in Orkney ; thence he was translated to Kirkwall, in 1672. He wrote this description of the islands, their history, and the natural phenomena which they present,...

Hints on Business, Financial and Legal, by R. Denny Urlin

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(Sattaby and Co.), is a little book which covers a considerable part of human life. How you should and how you should not invest your money (" good names" on the prospectus of a...

Recollections of a Literary Life. By Mary Russell Mitford. (Bentley

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and Son.)—This is a reprint from the original edition of 1851. The title, as Miss Mitford says in her preface, gives a very imperfect idea of the contents of the book. There...

Victoria, Queen of England. By Grace Greenwood. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Most English readers will be already acquainted with the contents of this volume, which was naturally written, in the first place, for the American public. Still, it will...

The Principles of Logic. By F. H. Bradley. (Kagan Pau},

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Trench, and Co.)—If- Mr. Bradley will use pepper for pounce, he must not be surprised if he irritates his readers. The public has very likely irri- tated him, for they still...

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Frescoes. By "Oujda." (Chatto and Windus.)—" Ouida " has been

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pleased to put certain novelettes into a dramatic form, and has achieved, we think, a considerable success with them. This is, of course, not more than what one might expect....

Through the Stage Door. By Harriett Jay. 3 vols. (F.

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V. White and Co.)—We are inclined to think that this is the best, as it is cer- tainly the pleasantest, story that Miss Jay has yet given to the world. It is true that there are...

The Age of Clay. By William Boyd-Mushet, M.B. (Wyman and

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Sons.) —The "Age of Clay" is our own, successor, it would seem, to the age of iron, which the satirists of old supposed to have exhausted all evils,—and worse than it. Mr....

The Gentleman's Magazine Library. Edited by George Lawrence Gomme, F.S.A.

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Manners and Customs. (Elliot Stock.)—This volume is the first of what promises to be a very useful series. It is to give us "a classified collection of the chief contents of...

NEW EDITIoNS. — We have received :—A cheap illustrated edition of Macaulay's

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Lays of Ancient Rome. (Longmans, Green, and Co.) — A third edition of The Book-lover's Enchiridion, by A. Ireland. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—A second edition of Records of...