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INDEX. FROM JANUARY 2nd TO JUNE 25th, 1892, IMUSIVE. TOPICS OF THE DAY. 77 Abbotsbury, the Swannery at ... 603 Afghanistan, our Success and our Danger in ... 632 Ahab in...

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LONDON: Pr.nted by Joins CAMPS= L, of No. 1 Wellington

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Street, in the Precinct of the 13 ' , my, Strand, in the County of Middlesex, at 18 Exeter Street, Strand ; and Published by him at the " SPECTATOR" OMce, No. 1 Wellington...

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A VERY marked figure has passed away from the diplo- matic service. Sir William White, British Ambassador at Constantinople, died in Berlin on December 28th of a second attack...

We submit to Mr. Chamberlain that this is rather a

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round- about way of getting to Welsh Disestablishment. Would it not be more candid to say : You had better give np Disestab- lishment for the next few years, and for any other...

The Waterford election on Wednesday week ended in a victory

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for the Parnellites, the first they have had in any by- election. Three-fourths of the electors, or 3,031 out of 4,046, recorded their votes, 1,229 being given to Mr. Davitt,...

An explosion of a serious kind occurred in Dublin Castle

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on Thursday at 2 p.m., in a cellar under an office occupied by Mr. Cullinane, of the Finance Department. He was not in the room, but the floor, ceiling, and part of the...

It has been formally given out that the Duke of

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Devonshire will still remain at the head of the Liberal Unionist Party, but that Mr. Chamberlain will be its leader for the future in the House of Commons, Sir Henry James...

A remarkable letter from Mr. Chamberlain was read at a

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Unionist meeting in Ruabon on Tuesday. It was dated this day week, and was on the subject of the hopelessness of pursuing farther for the present the great social move- ments of...

The honours granted on New Year's Day are few, but

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they include three peerages, one given to Sir Frederick Roberts, the able Commander-in-Chief in India, one to Admiral Sir Arthur Acland Hood, and one to Sir W. Thomson,...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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Lord Salisbury has not been lucky in his recent eccle-

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siastical appointments. The best of them,—Archdeacon Norris, to be Dean of Chichester,—has been frustrated by death, the Archdeacon having died from bronchitis on the very day...

Of course Mr. Chamberlain's letter was at once seized on

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by Sir William Harcourt, who writes to a correspondent suggest. ing that Mr. Chamberlain may perhaps be assumed to have obtained the Duke of Devonshire's support to...

Another disaster has occurred in a theatre from pure panic.

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On Saturday, the Theatre Royal, Gateshead, was crowded with spectators intent on a pantomime, when a woman noticed some smoke near the balcony, and shrieked out, " Fire !" There...

The money difficulty seems to stand in the way of

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the Nicaragua Canal, as it did of the canal by Panama. The managers of the undertaking, of whom Senator Edmunds is the most prominent, seem to think a guarantee from the...

We regret to record the death of Bishop Crowther, the

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Negro Bishop of the Niger Territory, at the age, as far as he knew, of eighty. He was captured by Mahommedan slave- stealers in 1821, and, after cruel suffering, was rescued by...

The Ulster Liberal Unionist Association are in favour of the

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Irish Local Government scheme under strict conditions, and no doubt Mr. Balfour's approaching visit to Belfast is meant to fill his sails for the great and dubious enter- prise...

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The Japanese find their Parliament rather unmanageable. Being the most

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imitative of races, they have adopted repre- sentative institutions, and the power of making laws and con- trolling the Executive has been entrusted to a House of Commons. It...

The - Native Indian Congress met this year, on December 281b,'at

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Nagpore, almost in the centre of India, some eight hundred delegates being in attendance. A Madras Brahmin was voted to the chair, and the meeting, after expressing pro- found...

M. Ribot, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Monday

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made another speech upon Bulgaria. He maintained that the Capitulations, under which no foreigner can be punished in Turkey without the intervention of his Consul, were...

Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the Ranger of Windsor Great Park,

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and husband of the Princess Helena, lost his left eye on Saturday at Osborne, in consequence of a, shot (believed to have been fired by the Duke of Connaught) getting reflected...

At the Godstone Petty Sessions last week, Charles Dodson, —described

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as a Wesleyan minister, but disowned by the Wesleyan Methodists as not belonging to their body,—was con- victed of gross cruelty to a pony, which he tortured with an...

Bank Rate, 3i per cent.

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New Consols (2f) were on Thursday 95i.

The Russian famine is assuming vast proportions. A trustworthy gentleman,

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residing in Samara, declares in the Nineteenth Century that half the population of that province, 1,250,000 persons, are literally starving to death ; and. M. Levasseur, the...

Lord Grimthorpe seized, of course, with delight on an opportunity

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of killing two birds with one stone, when he found that thirty-eight ecclesiastics had fulminated against Mr. Gore, and that it was open to him to hit with the same missile both...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY. a close of 1869 had written

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a forecast of the year 1870, how Party. with all 1869, everything looked peaceful, and the recent appre- hensious of war had quite passed away. At the end of of the French was...

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THE WATERFORD ELECTION. T HE lesson of the Waterford election seems

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to us to be, that the split between the Irish factions is a little deeper even than was supposed, that it will certainly last until the General Election—which means much for the...

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A RCHDEACON DENISON retorts upon the Guardian in its issue of Wednesday last, that it hardly lies in the mouth of a journalist who is so careful not to define his own view of...

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THE latest Bulgarian incident, and the latest Chilian, taken together, reveal an international difficulty which, though not of the first importance, is quite real, and...

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CROSS-EXAMINATION. T HE revulsion of feeling produced by the end of

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the " Osborne Case " has had one curious result. It has been the cause of a remarkable outburst of public indigna- tion against the license allowed to cross-examining counsel,...

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I T may seem absurd to say that the prospects of a reconciliation between the Church and the French Republic are better now than they have been before. Yet there is a sense in...

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U NDER all the circumstances, Lord Randolph Churchill's request, if he made it, to be sent as Ambassador to St. Petersburg, has in it something of impudence. He has no claim...

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A MIDST the many strongly chiselled bas-reliefs of New England life which Miss M. E. Wilkins has given to the world in her three volumes of tales, there is none more impressive...

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T HERE is little to be said in the matter of such a disaster as took place at Gateshead last Saturday that has not been said a hundred times over on similar occasions, and...

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T HE number of animals which with ordinary tact and kindness can be tamed by man is so great, that the - range of possible pets would seem almost co-extensive with the limits of...

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MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER AND MR. STANHOPE. [To THE EDITOR OP THE " EPNCTATOR."] SIB, I note that in the Spectator of December 19th you express a very favourable opinion of Mr....

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRH " SPECTATOR-1 Sin,—The report in the Times (December 23rd) of the pro- ceedings on the occasion of the presentation of prizes on board the training-ship...


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LT0 THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Will you allow me a word or two on the discussion now going on about my nearest and dearest friends, the agricul- tural labourers ? It...

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Sia,—May I venture to remark, in connection with your excel- lent article on " The Anglican Reactionaries," that still more noticeable than the discrepancies between the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I you allow me to add another illustration or analogy to the physiological one given in the very interesting article in the Spectator of...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR:9 may be quite true that to the great majority of a few thousand trainel reasoners, belief in Biblical infallibility (" truth without any...

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DEGAS AND MONTICELLI. I see the dusk, with dudal art, Prick seven stars in air ; You choose to see the hinder part Of what you call a Bear. Mr. Arthur L. Collie and La...


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THE wind is wailing through leafless trees, And sweeps bare boughs with his fingers cold, Till they yield with sighs, sad melodies, Mourning the year whose days are told....


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RUSTICUS EXPECTAT. So life, you say, must be a blank, In this old house with crumbling eaves, Set on an idle river's bank, And girt about with leaves. Slowly the spirit moves,...

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• THE POETS OF THE CENTURY.* A LONG poem in its entirety ought never to be admitted into a book like this. An anthology is a literary flower-show, where every beautiful and...

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The Burning of Blow is the most interesting and effective of those stories intended to illustrate the classical epoch of the ancient world, which Mr. Church pours forth in such...

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ALL who know and love—and who is there who knows and does not love P—that wonderful stretch of heaths, downs, and uplands which lies within but thirty miles of London, will...

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Da. SCHLIEMANN turned the first sod of his excavations at Hissarlik in April, 1870. He died, somewhat suddenly, at Naples, not quite twenty-one years afterwards (December 26th,...

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TWO BOOKS BY PIERRE LOTT.* THE chief characteristic, in an

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increasing degree, of M. Pierre Loti's books—with others, indeed, equally valuable—is tender- ness. Sympathy, love of humanity, universal charity, are words and expressions...

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THE new school of translated authors begin to pall with their unutterable gloom. Ibsen, Tolstoi, and now the Hungarian Jokai, are always bringing before us new and yet newer...

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THE larger Magazines do not commence the year with very striking papers. Much the most readable one is Sir C. Cavan Duffy's contribution to the Contemporary, an account of his...

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Redskin and Cowboy. By G. A. Henty. (Blackie and Son.)—

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Mr. Henty has left history for contemporary adventure. Here is a story in which a " claimant " figures (making out his case far more easily than could have been imagined, we...

Sheridan's School for Seward has seldom been so attractively presented

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as it is in an edition published by Messrs. Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., with illustrations by L. Rossi. Outside, we have an excellent imitation of the medallion miniatures which...


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Tycho Brahe. By J. L. E. Dreyer, Ph.D. (A. and C. Black.)—Tyge, or, to use his own spelling of the name, Tycho Brahe, was born in 1546, at Skmne, in Gothiand, then belonging. to...

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Nobody's Business, by Ethel Carrington (Griffith, Farran, and Co.) is

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a pretty story of a child, Popsey by name, by no means " too bright and good for human nature's daily food," but a very loveable and attractive little being. Her various...

Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers ; or, the Kindergarten at

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Home. By Maggie Browne. (Cassell and Co.)—A certain Aunt Polly under- takes to instruct her nephews and nieces in the manufacture of paper toys, plaiting, artificial flowers,...

there are three or four people in its pages that

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are really fine studies, drawn to the life, and from beginning to end full of vitality and individuality. Sir Gilbert Oreburn, the refined, sar- castic, easy-going but...

The Critical Review of Theological and Philosophical Literature.

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Edited by Professor S. D. F. Salmond, D.D. (T. and T. Clark.) —We give a hearty welcome to this, the first annual volume of the Critical Review, a publication intended to keep...

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Always in the Way; or, Mr. Rummins, with Rod, Hounds,

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and Rifle. By Thomas Jeans. (Trischler and Co.)—The author of " The Tommiebeg Shootings" is as pleasant a companion as any one could wish for a railway journey or a solitary...

The Tombs of the Kings of England. By J. Charles

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Wall. (Sampson Low, Marston, and Co.)—This might have been a very good his- torical work. The illustrations are excellent, and there is a great deal of interesting matter. The...

A History of Nottinghamshire. By Cornelius Brown. "Popular County Histories."

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(Elliot Stock.)—If all the books of the " Popular County Histories Series " are to be entrusted to writers of the calibre of Mr. Cornelius Brown, we shall be sorry for the...

Lady Hymn - Writers. By Mrs. E. R Pitman. (T. Nelson and

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Sons.)—Why "Lady Hymn-Writers " ? Surely the conjunction isnot one in which we should speak of "ladies " ? Apart from the curious blemish in the title, there is much that is...