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The scenes of daily occurrence in the French Chamber revive

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the old doubt whether a popular Assembly can, under any circum- stances, govern France. The members appear entirely unable to restrain themselves. Whenever anything is said they...

A correspondent asks us why a patron who owns livings

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should not be forbidden to sell them just as a Bishop is ? Because the law gives him a right to sell them, and to take away that right without compensation would be...

Another correspondent, whose latter we publish, condemns purchase in the

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Church as placing all patronage in the hands of the landed gentry. That is the reason, he says, why so many clergymen are Conservatives. That is true enough, and is a great...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any ease.

The Hampshire campaign has commenced with a misfortune. On Wednesday

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the horses of the 1st Life Guards, 250 in number, were picketed out, when a fight, as is supposed, between two dogs frightened the animals, and an extraordinary rush, known in...

The Left are furious at the declaration-that this Assembly is

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constituent, and will henceforward direct all their efforts towards its dissolution. They hope to accomplish this end peacefully by inducing the electors to compel their...

M. Vitet's Bill for prolonging the term of M. There'

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powers was finally passed on Thursday by a majority of 480 to 93, and provides that as a "precise title " tends to stability, and as the Assembly has a right to be constituent,...


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T HE crisis in France has been staved off once more, but it was very serious. It seemed nearly certain at the beginning of the week that M. Rivet's proposition making M. Thiers...

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The Viennese papers are trying to convince the world that

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a league of some kind was arranged at Gaatein to which Germany, Austria, and Italy are parties. The Kreuz Zeitung endorses this rumour, and both intimate that the basis of...

We are requested to state that the family of the

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late Mr. Buxton are unaware that he was offered office by Lord Palmerston. That is, of course, final as to the fact, but it was universally be- lieved in 1859 that Lord...

Mr. Gladstone has acknowledged some resolutions passed at Leeds condemning

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the conduct of the Lords about the Ballot in the fol- lowing terms :-*" It is scarcely needful for me to assure you that I regret alike the vote and the grounds of the vote for...

Lord Shaftesbury is mellowing. He made a speech on Tuesday

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t the good folks of Glasgow, who have just presented him with their citizenship, on the Sunday question, which must have greatly disappointed the Presbyteries. Instead of...

Mr. Watney, the new Member for East Surrey, was girt

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with the sword on Saturday, and endeavoured to recite a speech to the crowd. He broke down once, but his supporters were good- tempered, and he finally managed to say he was...

Mellowness comes with age, but a sense of the absurd

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does not, and Lord Shaftesbury could not refrain from one of those absurd state- ments or stories which do the cause he loves so much harm. He says there exists in Londou an...

The Rev. T. H. Sikes writes to the Times to

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describe a new swindle. While he was staying at Antwerp, a letter addressed to his wife there was opened by some swindler, who sent off a tele- gram to the writer in Mr. Sikes'...

Captain Vivian, M.1'. for Truro, has accepted the permanent Under-Secretaryship

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of the War Office, succeeding Sir E. Lugard, who has been appointed one of the Purchase Commissioners. The change will be a great assistance to the department, which is now...

The farewell given by the lower orders of Dahlia to

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the French visitors on Sunday appears to have been an imposing ceremony. A crowd estimated at from fifty to sixty thousand persons accom- panied them to Kingstown, wearing green...

Earl Russell presided on Tuesday at a "Conference "for the

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re- striction of the liquor trade, which was addressed also by the Bishop of Rochester. Earl Russell merely said that Mr. Bruce's Bill combined the maximum of provocation with...

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A correspondent of the Daily News is very melancholy about

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the future of English tea-drinkers. He says we never get any first-chop" tea in England, and never shall any more. There is passion for cheapness in this country, the people...

We have analyzed elsewhere a proposal put forward by the

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Internationale for a Socialist revolution in Switzerland; but must state here that the operative foroe is to be secured by a junction between the Socialists and the Demo- crats,...

The best defence made by the Communists under trial was,

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it is said, offered by Paschal Grousset, the Foreign Minister of that body. He repudiated all complicity in the assassinations or in the firing of Paris ; but admitted the...

It appears from a recent Parliamentary return that only 42,118

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persons pay income-tax throughout Scotland, under schedule D. Only 1,578 pay the tax on an income of more than £1,000 a year, and only 74 on more than £10,000. Seven eases are...

The 10th Huasars seem to have a good notion of

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making them- selves comfortable. The officers of that regiment, being ordered to take part in the Hampshire campaign, have ordered a movable canteen, a carriage ten feet long...

Lord Shaftesbury, in a speech at Glasgow on mission chapels,

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good books, city buildings, and civilization generally, told a good story to illustrate the difficulty of housing the people well. 4 ' There was an abominable district in London...

Mr. J. O'Dowd writes to the Times to say that

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one main reason of the losses sustained on the Yorkshire coast from the action of the sea is the conduct of the proprietors of the foreshores. The sea eats away about...

Mr. Picard, in a speech defending the Bill for prolonging

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M. Thiess' powers, argued that it was indispensable not to leave the -organizing Government at the mercy of a single debate. Very true, and it is very characteristic of France...

Consols were on Friday 93i to 93i.

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The Times is publishing letters on the unfairness of remunerat-

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ing magistrates' clerks by fees. Whenever a fine is imposed, for instance, the clerk demands a fee, frequently tenfold the amount of the fine. The objection is just, as it...

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THE TORY PROGRAMME. T HEIR victory in East Surrey has done the Tories good. Instead of raving and swearing, as they have been doing for the last six months, they are planning,...

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T HE Pact of Bordeaux has become distasteful to the majority of the French Assembly, but they do not know how to get rid of it. That seems to be the meaning of the extraordinary...

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T ' "Report," or series of resolutions, submitted by the Internationale to the workmen of Switzerland for adop- tion at their next meeting is by far the most dangerous pro-...

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w HAT are we to expect from the coming Campaign on the welds of the South-West ? The break-down of the larger Berkshire project will be effaced from the memory of all, save...

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T HE English people has no traditions, and has a difficulty in understanding the inveteracy alike of traditional hatreds and traditional friendships, and consequently miscon-...

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A N action was tried at the last Leeds assizes which cannot fail to have a most important bearing on the future of Trade Unions. A man named Purchon, who had been em- ployed in...

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W E do not suppose many Englishmen have studied or even read the new Warrant of Precedence for India, signed by the Duke of Argyll in May, and just received in this country ;...

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P ROI3ABLY there is not a household in the Kingdom that has not suffered, more or less, from little troubles connected with the gas supply. Not many people in the present day...

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A YEAR since men of science were urging upon Government the necessity of taking advantage of the passage of the Moon's shadow across Spain, Algeria, and Sicily. As our readers...

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THE RELIGIOUS ELEMENT IN THE CABINET. [To THE ]DITOIL or l'EL16 "S1'ECITATOR."3 Srit,—In his anxiety to discuss the question of Horne Rule, which forms no part of the subject...

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[TO MR EDITOR OF TRH " SPEOTATOR. "] Sin,—i hope the Bishop of Manchester will not content himself with one vigorous protest against the system of Church patronage, but will...


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THE RED RIVER EXPEDITION.* Tim is a plain, uncoloured history (rather too much uncoloured indeed) of a great work, undertaken in obedience to a principle of the highest...

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THE MARKED MAN.* WE don't know who Mr. Frank Trollope

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may be, but we make no doubt he is fired by a laudable ambition to rival his great name- sakes as an author of fiction. We cannot conscientiously say that he has succeeded in...

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THE SERVICE OF THE POOR.* Tiffs book is an inquiry

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into the foundation of the claim of religious sisterhoods to make better provision for the service of the poor than secular associations or individual effort. It touches...

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WE had thought the history of the Russo-American Telegraph and Exploring Expeditions was nearly exhausted, but in reading Mr. Bush's narrative, if we gain little information...

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Mit. GRAHAM'S volume is marked by industry and accuracy, but for any of the higher qualifications demanded from the historian of literature and art we look in vain in these...

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Sentenced by Fate. By Selwyn Eyre. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—The title

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promises an exciting story, a tragio tale of virtue struggling against pitiless destiny, or of crime vainly endeavouring to escape a just retri- bution. The drat volume made it...


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The Other Life. By W. H. Holcombe, M.D. (Triibner.)—If any one wants to get in a small compass the substance of SwedenborgSs philosophy on this subject he cannot do better than...

Janice Gordon's Wife. 8 vols. (Hurst and Bleakett.)—The story is

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an ordinary one enough, with the incidents too obviously arranged to suit a moral ; but it is told with a force and a liveliness which altogether redeem the book from the charge...

The Anti - Septic System. By Arthur Ernest Sansom, M.D. (Eillman.)— This

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is a volume which Dr. Salmons has put together with groat indus- try and care, and which is worthy of note. The details of the discussions into which it enters are of a more...

Astronomy SimplUied for General Reading. By J. A. S. Rollvvyn.

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(Tegg.)—We do not exactly understand what the author means when he hopes that the " distinctiveness" of this volume will form the best justification for its appearance. We have...

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The Carylls. By Sir Francis Vintent, Bart. 8 vols. (T.

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C. Newby.)— We were somewhat puzzled by the first two volumes of this novel. They introduce us to a number of people, lords and ladies for the most part, who are fairly well...