31 OCTOBER 1863

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Fuller accounts from Japan have been received this weak, and

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are enough to shock the moral sense of the whole civilized world. It appears that the five English men-of-war who, on the requisition of Colonel Neale, attempted to extort...


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T HE WEEK has been full of rumours as to the European action in Poland. On the one hand, we have a story that the Emperor has sent Marshal Niel to St. Petersburg, and as that...

Mr. Ferrand has made one of his " big bow-wow

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" speeches at Devonport, itt which he called Lord Palmerston a gambler, a political impostor, and jockey, Lord Russell a juggler, and accused Sir Arthur Buller of vilifying and...

On Monday Mr. Gladstone laid the first stone of an

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institute established at Burslem, in Staffordshire, in honour of Wedgwood, the Potter. After the usual ceremonies and the presentation of an address to himself, Mr. Gladstone...

The precise relation of Germany to Denmark is still uncertain,

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for while, on the one hand, the Diet refuses to entertain Earl Russell's suggestions because the quarrel is a "domestic " one, on the other, no great preparations are making for...

It is the habit of the hour in England to

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regard the Northerners as the only party to the American contest who are trying to make money by the war. The Southern correspondent of the Times confesses, however, that the "...

The Warsaw correspondent of the Times gives an account of

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the Russian proceedings in that capital, which helps to explain the bitter personal hate borne by the inhabitants to the Government. He was passing through the streets by the...

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A valuable letter in Monday's Daily News, from the Manchester

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districts, explained one great obstacle to the return of prosperity to the smaller mills. The Indian cotton, says the writer, requires so much alteration of the machinery from...

The military news from America is more striking than important.

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The accounts from the West all represent that Rosecranz, though not yet joined by any reinforcements, holds his own at Chatta- nooga, and that Bragg's attention is turned...

Alderman Salomons addressed his constituents at Greenwich on Wednesday. He

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was satisfied with the Parliament which had reduced tea 5d. a pound, and income-tax 2d.—had provided for the Prince and Princess of Wales, helped Lancashire, and kept out of...

Mr. H. Ward Beecher made another long and final speech

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this day week at Manchester. His speaking is not to our mind, but, on the whole, with a few violent, and a few vulgar, and a few foolish things, he has said in an apt and...

The electoral reports from Prussia show a decided increase in

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the strength of the Liberal party. A few more Conservatives have been returned in places ruled by the officials ; but Berlin has sent up none but Liberals. Herr von Vincke,...

The Honourable Frederick Lygon has exchanged Tewkesbury for West Worcestershire,

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where he was elected on Monday unopposed. lie seized the opportunity to make a severely virtuous speech en political principle, especially with reference to Lord Pal- merston,...

Mr. Chase's criticism on England. in Ohio was by no

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means so extravagant as Mr. Reuter reported it, but rather of the good- humoured, jocose kind. He called us " unneighbonrly," indeed ; but, perhaps, of the people, though not of...

The elections in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Indiana, and the territories

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of Nevada, Nebras'ca, and Colorado, have resulted in a great triumph for the Republican party, and show a very great reaction from the Democratic majorities of last year. In...

The United Kingdom Alliance for promoting majorities in any district

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to put down the sale of all intoxicating liquors in that dis- trict held a crowded meeting at Manchester yesterday week. " There would be," said Mr. Lawson, " as little...

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Mr. Maine, the legislative member of the India Council, has

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-devised a sensible plan for preventing breaches of contract. He proposes to set up a number of courts on the principle of county courts, with power up to 501. to order specific...

A long official report has been published upon the gold-diggings

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recently discovered in La Chandler°, in French Canada. The drift of the information collected by Mr. F. T. Judah, Clerk to the Crown domains, is that the average out-turn per...

The Princess of Wales, it is announced demi-officially, will be

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confined in or about the last week of March.

Mr. John Laird on Friday took the occasion of a

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Volunteer -celebration to make a long and, in parts, very able speech on the national defences. He announced that he had broken the law in the matter of the Alabama with a gusto...

Notwithstanding that the stock of bullion of the Bank of

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Eng- land has further decreased by £207,695—the amount now held being 14,487,574/.—and that the whole of the gold on hand, about 450,0001., has been purchased for transmission...

The Turks have published their budget for 1863-64. According -to

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this statement the revenue will be in round numbers 13,684,0001., and the expenditure about 180,0001. less. The army consumes about four millions, the navy one, the Court more...

The disastrous effort of M. Nader to bring his great

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balloon to earth, after his tour over France and Germany, on the 19th inst., has given rise to many striking descriptions from the various members of that unfortunate party. The...

The annual summary of the local taxation of England has

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been published this week, and the figures are a little curious. The total amount thus raised, which, however, is incomplete, is 3,462,6851., of wh eh the principal items are :—...

In the Stock Exchange, the leading feature of the week

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is a somewhat improved feeling in the demand for railway shares, and although business has not increased to any extent, the quotations have had an upward tendency. The shares of...

Mr. Neate, it appears, Radical-Liberal candidate, once un- seated, will

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be returned for Oxford ; Mr. Hayter, son of the Whig whip, seems secure for Windsor; and a vacancy has just been -caused at Andover by the death of Mr. Cubitt. It is believed...

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THE CONQUEST OF SOUTHERN ASIA. H AS this country really determined to govern Southern Asia ? Because if it has not, it is time that despatches such as those received this week...

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T HE governing boards of Bethnal Green continue to display their zealous emulation in misdoing. This week the Guardians have a little the advantage, their relieving officer...

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PENNSYLVANIA AND OHIO. T HE North has made a most emphatic

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declaration of its purpose to prosecute the war vigorously, and to trust the present Administration with the work. In Ohio, Mr. Vallandigham, whose wish to make peace was so...

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N O man who serves this country well can fairly complain that we are slow to recognize his merits. Rewards and honours are showered ungrudgingly on statesmen and generals,...

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A N old editor once remarked in our hearing that journalists, as a class, wasted half their power because they could not comprehend the depth of the public ignorance. They...


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M R. GLADSTONE'S brilliant and thoughtful eulogy on the greatest of English - potters, the late Mr. Wedgwood, had in it something more than intellectual skill ; something in it,...

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TN the month of August M. Renan, staying by the sea at St. 1 Maio, composed for the .Revue des Deus illoades a curious meditative essay, which he has entitled "The Sciences of...

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"J. 0." ON THE MHOW COURT-MARTIAL.. O NE of the most

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able of our public writers has called atten- tion in the current number of the Cornhill Magazine to the -subject of courts-martial, in a paper entitled " The Story of the Mhow...

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T HE STANHOPES stand at the head of all the Peers of the drawing-room. Modern society has given birth to a class of magnates who are neither " of the robe" nor " of the sword,"...

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[The following interesting letter corroborates so fully the details of our recent articles ou slavery in Brazil, and in other respects gives so striking a picture of the state...

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ght Pula,

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" MIRIAM'S CRIME " IT is doubtful whether London theatres have been so well filled, as a rule, for a long time past as they have been of late. Two, at least,—Drury Lane and the...

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THE MOTHER OF NAPOLEON III.* OF few persons who made themselves conspicuous in the period of the First Empire has there been so much talked and written as of Queen Hortense, and...

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Mn. DUTTON COOK is a good deal more than a mere manufacturer of readable novels; but he is still a good deal less than a writer of books likely to be read after their first...

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GIUNDON'S "Life " is covertly founded on the principles of Swedenborg, and has doubtless supplied many admirers of that teacher with an agreeable epitome of his leading...

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THE sporting novel, as a distinct type of literature, has attained a permanent popularity not easily to be accounted for, even in England, the land, par excellence, of horses...

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THE return of the publishing season freshens up the new Maga- zines, and both the Cornhill and Macmillan are making efforts to catch the public ear. The former begins two new...