31 MARCH 1883

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Lord Salisbury has been tilting this week against the Radical-.

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ism of Birmingham,having made two speeches and two speechlets, the best of them addressed on Wednesday to 500 members of the Midland Conservative Club at a banquet in the Town...

M. Leon Say, the best French financier and most influential

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Free-trader, is, we are sorry to see, entirely in favour of the policy of Colonial expansion. He believes evidently that foreign trade depends upon foreign influence, regrets...


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R EUTER'S Roman correspondent sends a sketch of the understanding which, according to the Foreign Minister of Italy, has for some time existed between Germany, Austria, and the...

At Scarborough on Tuesday, Mr. Dodson made a good -speech

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at a meeting of the Scarborough Liberal Association, in which he declared that the Government would continue "their policy of justice to Ireland, whatever the clamour,...

ynageificent an Assembly to be of much importance in its

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legislative capacity, and gave the impression that the less legislation it does, the better it deserves its grand historical position. We had been, he said, under a Radical...

Lord Salisbury also made his usual attack on the Irish

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policy of the Government, declaring that the Burlesque which should be entitled "Ireland Governed by Irish Ideas" had been con- cluded, as it had been begun, by "an explosion."...

*** Th e Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The speeches of Thursday were not so remarkable, at least

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as regards Lord Salisbury's efforts ; of Mr. Gibson's we have seen as yet no adequate report. Lord Salisbury spoke three times. He attacked the caucus, declaring, with a...

The Times on Thursday gave a front place and its

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largest type to a letter from "A Tory," complaining that Sir Stafford Northcote is to unveil the statue of Lord Beaconsfield, instead of Lord Salisbury. This decision be regards...

The Standard reports its belief that the Mastership of the

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- Rolls has been offered to, and declined by, Sir Farrer Herschell, and has since been offered to Mr. Horace Davey, Q.C., M.P. for Christchurch. We only hope for the sake of the...

The death of Mr. John Brown, the Queen's personal servant,

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has created some interest in society. He has for years been a conspicuous figure in the Royal Household, and at one time the most absurd stories of his influence with the Queen...

The ceremony of the enthronisation of the new Archbishop of

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Canterbury was performed on Thursday, in the Cathedral, the Archdeacon pronouncing the operative words, " Induco, install°, et inthronizo," which would, we suspect, have amazed...

The House of Commons reassembled on Thursday, and began business

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by taking the bit in its teeth. Dr. Cameron moved that "the minimum charge for postaF telegrams should be - reduced to sixpence," his theory being that if sixpence was...

The police of Liverpool have received information that build- ings

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"in a neighbouring town" are to be blown up by a local branch of the " Invincibles," and are keeping strict watch... On Wednesday, a man was arrested on a Cork boat with a. box...

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Campion, who was brought up before Sir Thomas Owden. on

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Monday, described himself as an inventor of agricultural imple- ments, and wanted to justify himself by pleading the wrath of God against idolatry, and the apathy of the law in...

Six men were sentenced by Mr. Justice Lawson at the

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Antrim Assizes on Wednesday to long terms of penal servitude. They had all been members of a criminal society called the Patriotio Brotherhood, founded by an Irish-American for...

On Thursday, Lord Grey published in the Times a bitter,

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-and Sir Bartle Frere an able, though preposterously prolix, letter on Cape affairs. The latter maintains that under - the Convention with the Boers, Great Britain is bound to...

The late Master of the Rolls was buried in the

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Jews' Cemetery at Willesden yesterday week, and this day week the Delegate -Chief Rabbi, Dr. Hermann Adler, preached a sermon on the -.occasion at the Central Synagogue, which...

On Saturday last (Easter Eve), a curious outbreak of what

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we suppose we must call fanaticism, took place in St. Paul's Cathedral, a man of the name of George Campion, who had, according to his own account, lost a good business through...

The English Clergy seem to us to be taking a

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very false step in signing the memorial to Mr. Gladstone against the Affirma- tion Bill, and we wish they would read an admirable letter to this week's Guardian on that subject,...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 102i to 102i.

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T, ORD SALISBURY'S first speech at Birmingham was; much the ablest of the group which he has fired off in the capital of Radicalism. But we may fairly say this of the whole...


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THE QUEEN. T HERE is something very touching and motherlike in the frankness with which the Queen, through the Court Circular, asks her people to sympathise in the grief she...

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T HE special interest of the grand ceremonial performed at Canterbury on Thursday is not difficult to explain. The imposing display attracts all antiquarians, all devotees of...

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I N Mr. Bright's second speech at Glasgow last week, he gave vent to one of the very few virulent political animosities which he still permits himself to entertain, in his...

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A CHANGE has occurred in the Russian situation on which it is hard to avoid speculating, even though the uncontested facts are so few. The cloud of dread which, after the murder...

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M R. LOWTHER'S speeches out of Parliament have always an interest of their own. They show us the natural man of Toryism. Sir Stafford Northcote is a Con- servative, because...

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I T is not often that much teaching is to be obtained by Englishmen out of translated German novels. There is amusement in Preytag's books, principally derivable from the...

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C HICAGO has been the first place, apparently, to provide regular accommodation for those women who gain their livelihood by speculating on the rise or fall in the cost of pro-...

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W E have before this remarked on the tendency in the English language, and to some extent in all language, to stamp moral epithets with too distinct an implication of praise or...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sm,—May I state some of the reasons for which I hold that the- present clerical and religious movement to defeat the Affirmation Bill is...


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THE POLITICAL SCHOOLMASTER LTO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTITOR:'] SIE,—AS a general rule, the Masters of our great Public Schools have, I think wisely, abstained from mixing...

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Sm,—My attention has only to-day been directed to the article in your issue of March 17th on "Queen Victoria as Goddess." Your notice of the addition to the Pantheon may tend...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] shall feel obliged if you will allow me to place a few facts before intending emigrants, in order that they may be able to leave their...


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• [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Srs.,—In your very interesting article of March 24th on the question of emigration from the West of Ireland, you refer to - an offer...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TER "SPECTATOR."] have never hitherto taken part in political controversy, -oral or written, but I can no longer refrain from expressing a - very earnest hope...

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[To THE &Byron. or THE "SrEariefor.."] SIB.,—Within an hour of reading the article with this title in the last number of the Spectator, I have come across a passage in Dante...


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DIARIES AND LETTERS OF PHILIP HENRY.* As to the value and interest of this rude but graphic self- portraiture of a man learned and able above the average, of exemplary life and...

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FEW men could write verses more certain to leave echoes in the ear than did Father Front, and Mr. Black has evoked a host of pleasant associations by the title of his novel, and...

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THERE is much that is striking in this volume, and there would be still more, if Dr. Maclear did not fall too much into the natural habit of believers,—which ought, however,...

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CREIGHTON'S HISTORY OF THE PAPACY.* 'his Reformation is a term

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that may be used in several senses. It may be restricted to the actual revolt against the Papacy which led to the severance of the Teutonic peoples from the Roman Church, and so...

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111B writer of this volume tells us that he will be "no moralist ;" his book is to be "a holiday book." This it certainly is, if gaiety, good-humour, and liveliness are "...

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WE have willingly given to Mr. Whitelaw's volume the careful attention which is the due of a conscientious and reverent effort to render worthily into English a great classic....


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Epics and Romances of the Middle A g es. Adapted from the work of Dr. W. Wagner by M. W. Macdowall, and edited by W. S. W. Anson. (Sonnenschein.)—Atnong the legends collected...

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How to Decorate Our Ceilings, Walls, and Floors. By M.

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E. James. (George Bell and Sons.)—This useful and tasteful manual of instruc- tions has the merit of proposing " arrangements " which are within the reach of householders of...

Handbook of the Tones Collection in the South Kensington Museum.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—This handbook is a perfect piece of work. It is thoroughly satisfactory, full, agreeably written, instructive without being pedantic, and as pleasant as a...

Dr. White has added to his series of "Grammar-school Texts"

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the Epodes and Carmen Seculare of Horace. (Longmans.)—The diffi- culties of the Epodes can scarcely be met in an adequate way by the vocabulary which Dr. White appends to his...

Snakes : Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life. By Catherine

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C. Hopley. (Griffith and Farran.)—Miss Hopley gives us in her in- troduction an almost pathetic account of the difficulties which she encountered in inducing the publishers to...

Saint and Sybil. By Mrs. Pirkis. (Hurst and Blackett.)—Mrs. Pirkiir

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improves ; she writes more carefully, and sees her people more plainly than she did at first. There are fewer violent delights in this novel, and consequently a less imperative...

Faithful to the End : the Story of Emil Cook's

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Life. Adapted from the French by Louise Seymour Houghton. (Hodder and • Stoughton.)—There is too much gush about this biography of a good, pious, and eminent man. It has the...

Rebecca ; or, a Life's Mistake. By R. Dansey Green

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Price- (Roworth and Co.)—This is a story of how a Welsh gentleman of blood and estate wooed and wedded a Welsh peasant girl, whose brother was a "Rebecca," and " wanted " for...

This Work-a-lay World : Thoughts for Busy People. By B..

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Wordsworth. (latchards.)—This sound, excellent little book—a reprint of short lectures to girls in factories and other centres of industry—is described by its author as "a...

Valentine: a Sketch. By E. C. Price. (Chatto and Windus.)—

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This is a remarkable story, with one great defect, which prevents it from taking the high place among recent works of fiction to which it would otherwise be entitled. This...

Political Economy Examined and Explained. By Arthur M. Smith. (Williams

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and Norgate.)—" The Free-trade theory is constructed upon an egoistic system for producing idleness, instead of being, like Protection, founded upon an altruistic system for...

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NovELs.—After Long Grief and Pain. By "Rita." 3 vols. '(Tinsley

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Brothers.)—These three volumes contain three tales, a fact of which we have no warning on the title-page. This is better, perhaps, than if the first had been spun out till it...