2 JUNE 1883

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A meeting of Liberal Members was held at the Foreign

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Office on Tuesday, and was attended by two hundred and eighty gentlemen. Mr. Gladstone made the only speech, and announced that the Government, seeing the time which had been...

Sir Stafford Northcote held an unreported meeting of his party

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at the Carlton Club, on the same day. His ideas have not transpired, but it is said that he pressed on his audience the expediency of " jealous criticism " upon all proceedings...

The Daily News of Thursday, following the lead of Wednes-

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day's Standard,—how is it, by the way, that official hints to Liberal malcontents so often ooze out through the Standard ?— speaks with a sort of airy candour of the steady...

At yesterday's sitting of the Grand Committee on Bankruptcy, opposition

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was threatened in the interest of the country bankers on a vital point of the Bill; and the Government are likely to be defeated on the point, unless mercantile men and the...


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T HE Czar got through alive. That is, in blunt language, the foreign event of the week. Either the Revolutionary party were daunted by the enthusiasm of Moscow, or they waited...

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

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We have said all we have to say of the

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Coronation elsewhere, but may note here that unless the Correspondents are unusually courtly, the ceremonial was exceptionally well arranged. Nothing appears to have gone wrong,...

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The Government Bill for Tenants is, at all events, a

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success in one respect. All parties accept it as a reasonable compro- mise. On Tuesday, the Bill passed its second reading without a division, and, as Sir M. Hicks-Beach said,...

We have spoken of the plague of Questions elsewhere, but•

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must add here that Thursday nighb illustrated the very grave disposition of Members of the House of Commons to counten- ance the disgraceful waste of time which these idle...

A small disaster, which may have great consequences, has befallen

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French arms. Captain H. Riviere, a Naval officer of distinction, about April, 1832, succeeded in capturing the citadel which dominates Hanoi, the capital of Tonquin. Here he re-...

The point of first importance in the Tonquin affair is

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the attitude of China, which is still uncertain. The Chinese Embassies in Europe all say China will defend Tonqnin, but the Court of Pekin is slow to take great resolutions. The...

On Monday, Mr. Cowen renewed, and on Thursday resumed, his

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attack on Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice, in relation to Lord Granville's supposed congratulations to Mr. Errington on the- occasion of the Papal letter to the Irish Bishops ; and, on...

Lord Salisbury made one of his acrid speeches to the

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South- wark Conservative Association on Wednesday, at the Town Hall, Bermondsey, occupying the greater part of his speech with one- of those violently partisan reviews of public...

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The House of Commons on Wednesday affirmed the im- portant

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principle that, as regards Sunday closing of public- houses, each county shall give its own decision. At least, it passed the second reading of a Bill shutting all such houses...

Mr. MacCoan brought a question of Privilege before the House

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of Commons on Thursday, in the shape of a challenge from Mr. O'Kelly, which had arisen out of a reference made by himself in an Irish speech to Mr. O'Kelly's suspension in...

All who are interested in the Church controversies of the

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day should read the two remarkable articles published in the Fortnightly for June, by Professor A. V. Dicey and the Rev. Malcolm MacColl, The Legal Aspects of Disestablishment...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 102 to 1021.

Mr. Auberon Herbert may take rank with the best phrase-

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makers of the day. His letter to Monday's Times, headed " Some More Political Generosity," contains some of the best (and worst-applied) rhetoric we have read for a long time....

The Pall Mall Gazette publishes a letter from " Stepnialc,"

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the Nihilist author of "Underground Russia," upon the position of the party during the recent coronation. The letter was -written on May 24th, but the writer prophesies an...

But those who are disposed to echo Professor Dicey's sneer

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should read Mr. MacCall's extremely able paper. There they will see that it is in no way the refusal to obey the law which excites sympathy, but the refusal of a man in earnest...

Hereupon, though later in the evening, Sir H. Maxwell asked

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permission to move the adjournment of the House, in order to enter on a full discussion of the subject, but was supported by only thirty-nine Members in so doing. A fortieth,...

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T HE Standard of Wednesday is sanguine of a successful resistance to Mr. Childers's Bill for diminishing the National Debt by re-creating for a considerable period the Long...


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THE PARTY MEETING. T HE faint disappointment among Radicals created by Mr. Gladstone's speech to the party meeting on Tuesday—a disappointment accurately reflected in the Pall...

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A LIBERAL who seems to be ' somewhat' writes a grave complaint in the Fortnightly Review for June that Lady Granville's invitations are not nearly so skilfully adapted to cement...

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T HE irritation expressed by the French journalists at the English comments on their Colonial enterprises is, on the surface, a little absurd. They seem to think that when...

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W k, congratulate Baron de Worms. Like Mr. Ashmead- Bartlett, Sir Drummond Wolff, and others of that type, he is always trying to draw attention to himself, and this week he has...

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T HERE are many ways of wasting time in the House of Commons, but all but one are imperfect in this or that particular. They require some degree of concert on the part of those...

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T HE note of Asiatic Immoderateness of which we spoke last week, ran through the Coronation ceremonial at Moscow to the last, and even infected the service in the Cathedral. We...

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M R. HENRY JAMES, Junior, in his very interesting paper on "The Correspondence between Carlyle and Emerson," published in the June number of the Century, re- marks that Emerson...

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T HE Charity Organisation Society has given expression to a sense of dissatisfaction with the desultory, haphazard Character of our benevolence, which had long been a growing...

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THE ULSTER FARMER. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOF.."] is deeply to be regretted that so few English legislators have taken the trouble to visit Ireland, and given...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 am sure no one would regret more than Mr. W. H. ;(Bullock) Hall that any wrong impression should be the result of his kindly letter. I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SI11,—Efforts have recently been made on behalf of St. George's, London, and King's College Hospitals to obtain an extraordinary levy from...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPRCTATOR."1 SIR, —I venture to think, from the general tone of your article of May 19th, on " The 'Barristers' Agitation," that you are under some...


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[TD THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—My " hastily-written letter " has been somewhat hastily criticised, even in the elaborate and almost solemn castigation which it has...


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I To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sse,—Lord Morley's report on the state of the sick and wounded in our Egyptian hospitals, as commented upon in your columns,. brings out a...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In reference to my previous letter on this subject, I have been asked, "Do I hold it unlawful to kill ?" Certainly not. We must kill or...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] EI11, — In thanking you for your very kindly notice in the Spectator for May 19th, of my " Hibbert Lectures" on Buddhism, I would ask you to...


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COMPTON PLACE. FAIR beeches, though your brother trees In forests stand so proud, Yet here the fierce winds from the seas So oft your heads have bowed, That still, when softer...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—A decree will, on Tuesday next, June 5th, be submitted to Convocation at Oxford authorising the expenditure of £10,000 from the...

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DE BROGME'S FREDERICK THE GREAT AND MARIA THERESA.* THE Due de Broglie says early in the first of these volumes, and with a characteristically elegant sigh, that " we have not,...

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AUTUMN SWALLOWS! THERE is a genuine passion and not a

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little of vivid imagina- tion in this volume of lyrics, which seems to give us some measure of the inward force that has gone.to the making of Miss Ellice Hopkins's beneficent...

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Tax translation of the great Classical poets into prose that has a distinct literary character is one of the achievements of recent scholarship. Some, perhaps most, are scarcely...

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THE subjects of the two works on Ireland we have bracketed together are very nearly as dissimilar as a disease and its cause. Yet they resemble each other in possessing literary...

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WE do not know whether The Story of an African Farm is its author's first book or no, and this uncertainty makes our criti- cism more hesitating than it would otherwise be. If...

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Kingsthorpiana ; or, Researches in a Church Chest. Edited by

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I. Halbert Glover, M.A. (Elliot Stock.)—Mr. Glove; Vicar of Kings- thorpe, near Northampton, has printed here a calendar of certain documents existing in the church chest of his...

We have to notice two new volumes of the series

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"The English Citizen." (Macmillan and Co.) The State in its Relation to Trade, by T. H. Ferrer, touches on one of the most difficult questions of modern life. Though the volume...


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Tinsley's Magazine, for Jane, contains two sketches (besides the continuous stories, which we have not as yet attempted) that are very good; Miss Dillwyn's "sketch of an...

Women are Strange, and Other Stories. By F. W. Robinson.

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(Chatto and Windus.)—Mr. Robinson tells his stories like the veteran novelist he is. They are all interesting in a comfortable, not over absorbing way, though they take us into...

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Crcesus's Widow. By Dora Russell. 3 vols. (John and Robert

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Maxwell.)—Nora Sudeley, who loves and is loved by William Vyner, an artist, is induced to marry the wealthy John Treloar, induced by a downright falsehood, which seems to pass...

The History of Scarborough. By Joseph Brogden Baker. (Long- mans.)—Mr.

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Baker has collected a great mass of information in this volume. Some of it is valuable and interesting, some of it might have been profitably retrenched. All would have been set...

Farm and its Inhabitants. By Rachel C. Lowe. (Privately printed.)

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—"Farm," originally called " Oven's Farm," has been the dwelling- place of the Lloyd family since 1758. In this volume we have pleas- ant and profitable reminiscences of them,...