2 JANUARY 1875

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The somewhat tedious inquiry which has been going on all

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the week has not produced much result. It is pretty clear that the accident was due to the breaking of the tire of one of the wheels of a third.-class carriage, and it has been...


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TI1HE Counter revolution has arrived in Spain. Don Alphonso, the Prince of the Asturias, came of age on November 17, and hisadvisers, among whom S. Canovas del Castillo is...

The head of the new Ministry is S. Antonio Canovas

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del Castillo, a nian of unusual cultivation, great influence over per- sons, and of Opinions best described as those of leading Orleanists. That is to say, he is in favour of...

One of the most frightful catastrophes ever recorded at sea

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occurred on 18th November. The Cospatrick,' Captain Elmslie, was on 17th Nov. in lat. 37° 15' S. and long. 12' 25' E., or about 250 miles west of the Cape of Good Hope, with 500...

'Mr. Forster made a farewell speech to his American friends

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on - the 14th Dec., after a dinner given him by the New York Union League. We have discussed his main thesis—the possibility of hearty alliance between Great Britain and the...

Christmas Eve was marked by a railway calamity surpassing in

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its fatality, if not altogether in its horrors, any which the history of railway accidents in this country, the Abergele accident not excepted, has recorded. A train of thirteen...

4- - The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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We have commented elsewhere on the pathetic appeal of the

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Committee of the Evangelical Union to Mr. Disraeli, for help against the clerical insurgents in the Church, and on Mr. Disraeli's encouraging, though rather unsubstantial...

The port boat has not been heard of since Mr.

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Macdonald quitted her, and is believed to have sunk on the 21st, when the wind rose to a gale. Perhaps this is the happier view, for it was no better provisioned than the...

Englishmen are slow to believe that whole territories can be

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depopulated by starvation, but it seems evident that in some districts of Asia Minor entire tribes and scores of villages are perishing from hunger, while the worst accounts of...

Thursday was, on the whole, the most disagreeable day we

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remember in London for fourteen years. The thermometer, which marked 10 degrees of frost in the open air, could scarcely be raised above 50 0 indoors, the streets were as...

Marshal MacMahon has made another effort to obtain his organic

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laws. He has called together the Chiefs of the Conser- vative parties, and told them that he will strike no coup d'itat, but earnestly advised them to pass the Constitutional...

PrinceBismarck has published the Circular of 1872 in which he

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invited the various Governments to take counsel together to secure a proper observance of all the forms by the Conclave at the time of the next election of a Pope. We do not...

The semi-official North-German Gazette has discovered that the New York

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Herald has a principle, and has published the fact to a surprised world. The object of that journal, which Americans had always believed to be circulation, is really...

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Canon Liddon wrote to the Times of Christmas Day to

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refute Monseigneur Capers assertion,—made in the reply to Mr. Glad- stone,—that teachers like Canon Liddon are, though unintention- ally, leading their disciples towards Rome....

Dr. Appleton has been successful in getting his strenuous advocacy

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of the "Endowment of Research referred to even in the Times, which on Monday took up the cudgels not so much to condemn what he proposes as to defend what he attacks. How- ever,...

The discussion as to the precise nature of the sense

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which brought the male tiger-moths to the gauze cage of the female tiger-moth, and which brings the vultures from all quarters to a dead carcass, was continued in Monday's Times...

The Times is actually softening its tone on the subject

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of Arctic expeditions. For a generation at least, that mirror of middle-class opinion in England has entertained and freely ex- pressed two quite capricious prejudices with...

On the 21st November we made a remark on certain

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letters sent by Mr. William Milton to the Times, with the view of proving that the Parliament of 1661 entirely overruled the wishes of Con- vocation as to the revised Rubrics,...

Mr. G. Hope, formerly of Fenton Barns, and one of

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the most .experienced large farmers in Scotland, states in the Times that, -on the whole, he believes compensation for unexhausted improve- ments a greater temptation to a...

Chili shares in the ecclesiastical disturbances now so marked all

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over the world. The Catholic Church has hitherto been the only one tolerated in Chili, but opinion has become hostile to the priests, and the party in power have proposed to the...

Consols were at the latest date 911-91i.

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W E see but one reason for regretting the -accession of Alphonso XII. to the throne of Spain, and none for being very sanguine as to its results. Our reason for regret is the...


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MR. FORSTER ON AN ANGLO-AMERICAN ALLIANCE. I F Mr. Forster should ever become the head of a British Administration, his farewell speech to his American friends, delivered...

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M R. DISRAELI has been trying to comfort the soul of Lord Shaftesbury and the souls of Lord Shaftesbury's friends. Since he old days when Lord Palmerston was talked of in that...

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W E do not quite see the object of parading long columns of statistics as to the strength of the Armies still maintained by the Native Princes of India. It is quite true that...

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T HERE is a want of feeling in the daily newspapers for what is typical in provincial speech-making. We can understand why the Standard should prefer to keep the open hatred for...

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T HE mental effects of the severe cold on social and individual character are discernible enough in one or two different directions. We are told that what the body really does...

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T HE great catastrophes reported in London during this Christ- mas-tide, especially the Railway accident at Shipton and the burning of the ' Cospatrick,' are heartrending at...

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at a country town, I was asked by a friend in London to call on an aged lady who had made known that she stood in need of advice and assistance. She was a person of some little...

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AN AUTHENTIC ANECDOTE OF AN AUTOMATON. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "Specr.tros."] SIR,—Some time ago, a machine of the cat species was received into our house under distressing...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTAT0R:1 SIR,—There is a set of facts which no one of your correspondents on the Conscious-automaton question has yet noticed, but which would seem to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Allow me to point to an error in your last week's remarks upon the "Frederick " suit. You state that the author of "Guy Mannering "...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —May I be permitted to point out to "P. A. "—I wish I could do it with a grace and courtesy like his - own—that he has not yet answered...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sm,—I beg leave to make a few observations on Dr. Trevor's letter of December 26th. 1. He says, that to admit laymen to Convocation is like...

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WILLIAM BLAKE'S POEMS.* THERE are few men of genius who demand more sympathy and consideration from the critic than William Blake. He lived less in our world than in one of his...


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TO DEATH. ALL mirth that jocund spirits know ; All joy that happiest lives contain ; All youth that Heaven gives free from stain ; All truth that hath but lies for foe,—...

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Tuts is a most valuable book. There are speculations in it, par- ticularly about Buddhism, which some scholars will not, we think, readily accept ; the author ignores too...

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THE BLOSSOMING OF AN ALOE.* Tun longer of these stories,

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"The Blossoming of an Aloe,"— which, being interpreted, means the tardy bursting into bloom of a plant which for many a long year has grown into nothing but leafy spears and...

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Do any of our readers relish a queer book ? If so, they will find one in Ten Years of Gentleman Farming. Let them not be deterred by the title, whatever be the depth of their...

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THE authoress of Thomasina is one of our cleverest and very pleasantest lady writers. There is no sameness in either her plots or her people, but she inspires a confidence—never...

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THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.* No one acquainted with the chequered

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course of the Secession war will be surprised that the Battle of Gettysburg should still attract the attention of soldiers and literary men. It was the only action, except...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. Etchings on the Loire and in the South of France, with Descriptive Lettmpress. By Ernest George. (Murray.) Etching seems to grow more and more into favour,...

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The Ship of Ice : a Strange Story of the

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Polar Seas. By S. Whitechnrch Sadler, R.N. (Marcus Ward and Co.)—This is a children's romance, and a very good one too, the interest being chiefly one of adventure, but also,...

Shakespeare Lexicon. By Dr. Alexander Schmidt. (Williams and Norgate.)—No higher

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and more appreciative compliment can be paid to the genius of our great dramatist than lies in the fact that a foreigner should, with much labour and research, deem his time and...

Hymns and Sacred Lyrics. By Godfrey Thring, BA. (Henry S.

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King and Co.)—The hymns in this little volume are real hymns, as no one who enjoys reading hymns will hesitate to sty; and many of them have, moreover, stood the test of having...