30 JANUARY 1875

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The gathering at Lewes, on Wednesday, to do honour to

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Mr. Dodson, as one of the many county members who was obliged at the last election either to take refuge in a borough or to submit - to defeat, became the occasion of political...

Lord Kimberley and Mr. Goschen both made telling speeches of

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the studied Moderate Liberal kind, Lord Kimberley ex- pressing his delight at Lord Salisbury's newly-found interest —expressed at Manchester last week—for the reform of our...


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T IIE Liberal " Whip," Mr. Adam, has issued a notice to the Liberal party stating that having received a requisition from -certain members of it to summon a meeting to consider...

Mr. Bright's speech at Birmingham on Monday was something of

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a disappointment to those who had looked to it as an event likely to exercise a great influence on the choice of the next Liberal leader. He pointedly, and perhaps wisely,...

The French Assembly is getting on with its task of

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refusing to vote any permanent Constitution. M. Ventavon's proposal to confirm the Septennate and give the Marshal the power of disso- lution is already gone ; and M....

The Emperor of China, Toung-chi, died on the 12th January,

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it is stated of small-pox. As, however, he was only attended by a Chinese physician, that is not certain. There is a dispute about the date of his birth, but it is believed that...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Mr. Bright made a second speech at Birmingham on Thursday

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at a conversazione given by the " Central and Ward Committees of the Liberal Association," but though he described the audience as in an unusual degree representative of the...

We regret to record the death of Canon Kingsley, at

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the age of 55. He had been attacked some weeks since with an inflammation of the lungs, and though the inflammation was subdued, died on January 23 of the consequent exhaustion....

Lord Salisbury made a speech on India in the Manchester

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Town Hall on Saturday, of very considerable importance. He openly announced that he had changed his formerly strong opinion of the value of irrigation. " We can scarcely yet be...

Mr. Horsman on Wednesday addressed an enthusiastic meet- ing of

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his constituents at Liskeard in a very amusing speech. He posed as prophet, and said that he had warned the party that if it yielded to Rome, if it offended the publicans, and...

The impatience of France for a more settled Constitution is

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nt., soothed by the financial statement for 1874, which shows a deficit of £3,500,000. This is not a real deficiency, as heavy back-payments to the Bank of France are included,...

The Marylebone Vestry missed a great opportunity on Thurs- day.

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Part of Oxford Street requires repairing, and a proposal was brought forward to substitute wood for granite throughout the street. This was supported by the Duke of Westminster...

The German Parliament has passer the new marriage law, or

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law of religious ceremonies for the Empire, which is of the most comprehensive kind. Under its provisions the civil contract is compulsory, though of course it may he followed...

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The Archbishop of Canterbury appears to have been telling his

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clergy on Wednesday, at Maidstone, not to expect any very important ecclesiastical legislation this Session, and espe- cially not to expect any decision from Convocation this...


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Serjeant Ballantine has gone to Bombay to defend the Guicowar, with a fee of 5,000 guineas, and refreshers which, the solicitors say, may amount to 5,000 guineas more. It is...

A Memorial, signed by a great number of the most

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eminent men of the day in all spheres and professions of life, was pre- sented on Monday to the Committee of the " Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals," to urge...

Consols were at the latest date 921-92f.

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Garibaldi has received a triumphal welcome in Rome, has taken

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his seat in Parliament, and has sworn fidelity to the King and the Constitution. As he is no oath-breaker, the occurrence is of importance to the Italian Kingdom.

The Lord Chief Justice of England inaugurated the new lecture-

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room at the Manchester Atheneum yesterday week in an eloquent speech of that verbose and showy kind more common in a past gene- ration, a speech with a good deal of reference in...

Mr. Cremer, whose expulsion from the Trades' Union Con- gress

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for bringing charges which appeared to be quite without foundation, against certain members of it for betraying the cause *from corrupt motives, we reported last week, wrote to...

We have discussed elsewhere some of the very flimsy and

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ill- informed answers made to the prayer of the memorial, and re- ferred to the high sanction which the movement has gained from an authority no less deeply interested in the...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY THE LIBERAL MEETING OF WEDNESDAY. I T seems clear that Mr. Forster's chance of being chosen the Liberal leader by the party meeting of Wednesday next has...

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T HERE is something very odd and suggestive about the position occupied by Earl Granville just now. He is put out of sight for the moment by the struggle for the Leadership in...

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W . BRIGHT'S speech on Monday has so much disappointed those who were looking for a declaration on the recon- straction of the Liberal party, that they have not done justice to...

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T HERE is scarcely a hope, we suppose, that the division on M. Laboulaye's resolution of Thursday, declaring that " the French Republic consists of two Chambers and tne...

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" T HE Viceroy of India and the Emperor of China govern half the human race " with absolute political autho- rity ; and in Europe, which like Rome calls and thinks itself "the...

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IN TE do not know that Canon Kingsley is a loss to the nation, for premature as his death may be said to have been, be had probably done his best work, but there are few...

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C APTAIN BOYTON'S voyage from Wapping to Lambeth in the inflated india-rubber suit which enables him at will either to float high and dry on his back and steer and propel...

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IF we rightly interpret the drift of the very sensible and mode- rate article which appeared in the Lancet on the 2nd January fast, the purpose of Monday's weighty deputation...


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THE PRINCIPLE OF COMPREHENSION. [TO THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—The fairness and intelligence with which you approach subjects of grave moment make me hope that the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR. " ] Sin,—In my last letter, headed " Fair-p!ay for 'the Masses,'" I showed that Mr. Greg, while admitting the need of emigration as a means of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr. F. H. O'Donnell, will find the information he seeks in " Que'rard, I La France Litteraire,' " v. 3, who gives for...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] have lately had my attention directed to a letter in the Spectator of the 16th inst. by Mr. Hain Friswell. If Mr. Friswell will refer to...


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ASPIRATION. [“ As an eagle siirreth up her meet, thattereth over her young, epreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings He made him ride on the high...


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OLD-ENGLISH LANDSCAPE AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. . IN the history of literature and art there have sometimes been some curious runs upon particular initials, to which we beg to call...


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SIR,—There is obvious confusion between father and son, a generation being lost in describing the ancestry of " our chief of men." It should be generally known that the...

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MR. KINGLAKE'S BATTLE OF INK ERMAN.* MR. KINGLAKE has added a fifth storey to the mighty structure intended to include a portion only of the Crimean War. His new volume will...

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Mn. BUTLER has written a beautiful poem, which would have been still more striking, perhaps even much more striking, if instead of the somewhat conventional view of Charles...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] Jun' one month after the murder of Alfonso, the Venetian Envoy in Rome, Polo Capello, writing to the Signoria, reported that " Madonna Lucretia had previously...

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MR. NORDHOFF'S new volume does not contain as much original matter as his Northern Oregon and California, but as a careful mono- graph of the curious social experiments to which...

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THE defect of Mr. Page's interesting collection of memoirs is, that his sympathies are too entirely with men who love to detail their " religious experience." The impression...

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A Peep at Mexico: Narrative of a Journey across the Republic from the Pacific to the Gulf in December, 1873, and January, 1874. By John Lewis Geiger, F.R.G.S. (Tx-iibner and...

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In Honour Bound. By Charles Gibbon. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—Mr. Gibbon

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treats the old subject of an unequal marriage with considerable freshness and force. There is something painful about the story ; we feel that Teenio's is a bard lot. She might...

Autobiography of A. B. Granville, 31.D., F.R.S. Edited by his

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Daughter. (Henry S. King and Co.)—Dr. Granville's autobiography is a very pleasant contribution to the chatty and anecdotal order of literature, which agreeably supplements...

The Body Mountain Saints. By T. B. H. Stenhouse. (London

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Ward, Lock, and Tyler.)—Macaulay's description of Dr. Naros's por tentous book, tremendous introduction, and imposing title-page migh be adopted bodily to convey an idea of the...

The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs. By Thomas

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Frost. (Tinsley Brothers.)—It is a lamentable fact that, as the author of this volume says in his preface, "no showman has ever written his memoirs or kept a journal." (He...

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The Old House at Aiding : a Novel. By Emma

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C. C. Steinman. (Tinsley Brothers.)—If "Emma C. C. Steinman " is an English lady, it is a pity that she has not learned to write her native language. If she is not, the fact...