30 NOVEMBER 1878

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From the Quetta column, under General Biddulph, there is little

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news, except that it has reached Pisheen, half-way to Candahar, unopposed, and that it has been in urgent want of warm clothing. A hiatus of three days in news from him is...


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S O far, the Afghan campaign has been successful. General Sir S. Browne, after capturing Ali Musjid, as recorded last week, advanced rapidly through the Khyber, meeting with no...

Mr. Childers brought out this most effectively, in his speech

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at Pontefract on Wednesday. lie said that while we were " dreaming that all was quiet, we were slumbering on the volcano of second-rate Indian official Chauvinism ;" and tha...

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

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Up to the present moment, the Afghan soldiery, with every

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advantage of position, and plenty of cannon, have done nothing. They have not displayed either skill, or perseverance, or ordinary courage. Their want of pluck, indeed, has...

The Government, moved, it is believed, chiefly by the legal

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diffi- culty of obtaining money for the Afghan war without a Parlia- mentary Vote, has summoned Parliament for December 5th. It is believed that the Houses will sit till...

Our impression that the despatch of Lord Cranbrook was far

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from candid in its dealings with the history of the Afghan quarrel, has been much more than confirmed by the papers published and the facts elicited since its publication. In...

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Among the Afghan papers submitted to Parliament, is the celebrated

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letter from the Ameer received on October 19th, which was demi-officially reported to be so insulting. It is a whine, not an insult. The Ameer complains that before he had...

The preliminary inquiry in the Gooch case has ended in

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the committal of the accused, Lady Gooch and her nurse, Mrs. Walker, for trial. Lady Gooch, through her lawyers, virtually pleaded guilty, throwing up all defence, and agreeing...

The Duke of Argyll's letter to Thursday's papers is to

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a great extent identical in aim with Mr. Childers' speech. But we will call attention to that in it which is not in Mr. Childers' address. The Duke points out that up to the...

Mr. Childers also made some very weighty comments on the

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growth of personal government under Lord Beaconsfield,—" the personal government of the Minister, using and misusing the Sovereign's name and the Sovereign's powers." The great...

The despatches published only on Friday we cannot, of course,

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! pretend to have as yet mastered, but thus much is as clear as t possible,—that from the time when the Eastern Question became urgent in Europe, Lord Beaconsfield's Government...

The German Emperor is about to return to Berlin, and

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the Government is therefore carrying out the Anti-Socialist Laws with a will. The Ministry of State notifies (November 28th) that for one year no person suspected of designs on...

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Lord Beaconsfield has always despised consistency, but it is curious,

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nevertheless, to read the language which he used about' invading Afghanistan in order to produce an impression on the mind of Europe, in 1812 :—" The only information afforded...

Mr. Sidney Buxton writes a very amusing paper, in the

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Animal World, for December, on the difficulties of acclimatising parrots and cockatoos—an attempt made by his father, the late Mr. Charles Buxton—and it does not appear that...

The Bishop of Oxford, in a preface which he has

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just written to the Principal's report of the operations of Cuddesdon College during the last five years, gives evidence clearly tending to prove that the conversion, or...

The Art world has been interested this week in a

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libel case. Mr. Ruskin does not like those formless sketches, looking like pictures seen through darkness or fog, which Mr. Whistler calls 4 ' Nocturnes," " Symphonies," and the...

Prince Charles of Roumania opened his Chambers on Novem- ber

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27th, in a speech in which, after congratulating the country on its independence and the acquisition of the Dobrudscha, and lamenting the cruel sacrifices of the war, he states...

A meeting of the creditors of Messrs. Smith, Fleming, and

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-Co. was held on Wednesday, and Mr. Fleming was allowed to address them. He made some astounding statements. He de- -Oared that early in 1870 his firm had a capital of £400,000,...

Consols were on Friday 116 to 96:.

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THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN. T HE English people seem for a moment to have forgotten what war is like, and are throwing up their caps, before the contest is over, in a most undignified...

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white before us. 28th, 1876 :—" If the language and

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demeanour of the Ameer First, with regard to the Ameer of Afghanistan ; it is proved be such as to promise no satisfactory result of the negotia- that Lord Northbrook, who held,...

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" WHISTLER v. RUSKIN." Smith, nor Mr. Greg, nor Sir

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Henry Cole has thought proper to take the opinion of a jury upon the question whether these reckless, random epithets fitted. It is all Mr. Ruskin's turbulent and gusty way of...

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W . BUTT'S letters to the electors of Limerick open, both -11. to that particular party to which he appeals, and to the Constituencies of the United Kingdom in general, a much...

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M ORE than a merely literary interest attaches to the un- finished paper which Mr. Bagehot's representatives have this month published in the Fortnightly Review. Mr. Bagehot's...

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I is impossible to find fault with the decision of the Court 1 of Appeal in the new point raised in the Agar-Ellis case. To appreciate the real nature of this point, it will be...

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Gazette of last Saturday admits that it "has little or nothing to say " in reply to our article of the same date. It would have been prudent to have said that " little or...

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to forsake. different quarters to sift and, as it turns

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out, to justify. Hence, We differ from Dir. Shipley at least as widely, perhaps even we cannot help feeling a little doubt whether Mr. Shipley will more widely, than does his...

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W E have received during the last three weeks a shower of letters upon a subject started by the Bishop of Manchester,—the occupation of educated girls, who, as he recently said,...

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THE RIIODOPE INQUIRY. ITO THE EDITOR OF TDB " SPECTATOR.") you allow me to add a few remarks to your able exposure of the Rhodope Inquiry ? In the first place, let me repeat...

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SIR, —The curious inversion of what seems to me the true nature• of things apparent in the letter of " Live, and Let Live," and others who have addressed you on the subject of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. SIR,—Perhaps your columns have been already too much taken up with the correspondence about girls, but I venture to send you a few lines,...

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[TO THE EDTTOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 :SIR, It struck me, as I read your interesting article on " Clerical Self-Conceit," that you omitted one thing felt more or less acutely by us...


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THE GOVERNMENT OF M. TRIERS.* [FINAL NOTICE.) "THE movement that at Bordeaux swept M. Thiers into power was due to a concurrence of distinct streams, which only the extreme...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TIIR " &Ter/mu.") SIR,—A late number of the Saturday Review contains an inter- -eating article on " Folk-Lore," pointing out the singular way in which its...

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A GREAT many clever essays have been written and disappeared, and been buried in old magazines—nay, some magazines them- selves have run a brief career, and some have sunk into...

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" AIN'T I volatile ?" asked Miss Mowcher, as she skimmed from subject to subject, while laying traps for the inexperience of David Copperfield. "Ain't I volatile ?" Mr. Payn...

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IF this delicately illustrated little book were really meant for babies, we should be obliged to protest. It is a great deal too good for them. The babies have it all their own...

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WE owe Mrs. Herbert Martin an apology for having allowed her admirable little novelette to remain so long unnoticed. We are not, however, too late to advise such of our readers...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS, ETC. dered that this, one of the most charming books of country life that has ever been written, has been so long suffered to remain inaccessible, —not...

Men of Mark : Contemporary Portraits of Distinguished Men. With

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Biographical Notices by Thompson Cooper, F.S.A. Third Series. (Sampson Low and Co.)—This volume contains thirty-six portraits, various, of course, in their merits as...


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Arthur Jessieson. By Joseph Crawford Smith. 2 vole. (Chapman and Hall.)—There is something in this novel which reminds us of " Pelham," and something which suggests...

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A Book of Remembrance in Relation to the Mystery of

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God. (W. Poole.)—" The subject of this work," says the author, in his preface, "is a very high one." We have certainly found it hard to understand, and indeed, have only...