3 APRIL 1875

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The importance of this incident is two-fold. In the first

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place, it shows that M. Buffet's Government, so far from conceal- ing Liberalism under model. in, , even more Tory than was suspected ; and, in the second place, it taxes the...


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TT is announced in telegrams both from Calcutta and Bombay that the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the charges against the Guicowar have been unable to agree upon a...

M. Gambetta took advantage of the funeral of Edgar Quinet,

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the Guizot of the Democrats, to deliver a speech which is denounced in Conservative quarters as ultra-revolutionary, but which might have been made by Mr. Stansfeld. Its single...

A curious incident is reported from Paris. M. Dufaure, the

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new Minister of Justice, issued on 30th March a circular to his Public Prosecutors, informing them that the Assembly had estab- lished a Republic as the definitive Government of...

Mr. Childers on Thursday addressed his constituents at Pon- tefract,

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in a speech which he began by admitting that things were very dull. No great interest was taken in any political subject, and Parliament was in a flabby state of mind. As to the...

Mr. Elwes, the Suffolk miser, would have a hard time

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of it if he were alive now. He is said to have visited a clergyman once in the vestry after a charity sermon, and complimented him most highly on his eloquence. "In fact," he...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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John Martin, Member for Meath, the brother-in-law of John Mitchell,

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and his only genuine disciple, died on Monday at Newry. . He was a small landowner of County Down, was educated for the medical profession, and but for John Mitchell would...

The Bien Public publishes a rumour, as yet, however, uncon-

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firmed, that Pedro II., the say.•an Emperor of Brazil, is about to abdicate in favour of his daughter, the Comtesse d'Eu, whose husband, one of the Orleans Princes, is a...

There is a grand discussion going on in the papers

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as to why Englishmen do not get the best teas, and Russians do. Some of the writers, who all seem to be experts, say the cause is the price ; but then Englishmen will give any...

The Lord Chief Justice, on Wednesday, took advantage of a

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dinner given by the Southampton Chamber of Commerce to complain of the calumnies and abuse to which he has recently been subjected :—" Gentlemen, the viper-tooth of calumny is...

It is stated that a Joint Committee of the South-Eastern

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Railway and the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway Com- panies has decided on "a fusion of profits " and friendly inter- working at all points. That seems an ominous...

It seems to be believed that Sir George Campbell will

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be accepted as the Liberal candidate for the Kirkcaldy Burghs, vacant by the death of Mr. Reid. Sir George is a resident in the neighbour- hood, is a thorough Liberal,...

This Orton delusion may have serious consequences yet. On Easter

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Monday a great meeting was called in Hyde Park to protest against the sentence passed upon the Claimant, and after listening to some inflated nonsense from Dr. Kenealy, agreed...

The election for the little Dorsetshire borough of Bridport, which

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excited some interest in official circles, ended on Wednesday in a severe defeat for the Tories. Either they did not like their candidate, Sir C. Whetham, or they did not care...

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If an account published in the Times of Friday is

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correct, the Post-Office Money-Order system is unexpectedly unprofitable. In 1873 no less than £21,630,000 was remitted through the Post Office, and a commission of 1 per cent....

Long telegrams are reaching England about the relations between Austria

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and the Porte, which of late have been rather "strained." As far as we can gather from them, Austria wants not only that a system of Railways in Turkey should be con- nected...

Mr. E. A. Leatham, the Member for Huddersfield, who is

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a Quaker, laid this week the foundation of a Baptist chapel, and gave an address on the occasion. As Quakers do not baptise, he thought it necessary to defend himself from a...

The Times publishes a long description by M. Koscheleff of

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the present state of the Russian Civil Service. It is, he alleges, arbitrary, idle, selfish, and even in the highest ranks, corrupt. Its members seek nothing but their own...

Mr. Childers, on Tuesday evening, delivered a lecture to his

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constituents on Canada and the United States, the main points of which seem to have been these :—He thought the Canadians were beginning to bear to their American neighbours...

It is, we suppose, clear from Sir Stafford Northcote's hints,

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that we may expect a very quiet Budget this year, but the method by which our contemporaries satisfy themselves of that is, to say the least, very summary. The Revenue returns...

It appears from some statistics published in the Times that

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the total indebtedness of the local authorities throughout England is now £77,073,000, of which the boroughs owe £30,441,000, the Harbour Trustees £19,733,000, the Metropolitan...

President Grant has formally abandoned the attempt to im- prove

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the Civil Service of the United States. He had threatened that if Congress would not legislate on the subject before dis- persing, he should regard its inaction as a disapproval...

Consols were at the latest date 921}-i.

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THE TRIAL OF THE GUICOWAR. T HE Government of India is in a mess, out of which, we fear, there is but one dignified method of escape, and that an exceedingly disagreeable one....

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I T is very difficult, it is nearly impossible, for Englishmen to realise fully what is passing at this moment in France. They understand that a Republic has been established,...

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T HERE is a touch of dramatic completeness in the death of John Martin, linked, as it was, to the death of his rela- tive and leader, John Mitchell. To any one who had seen his...

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S ITPPOSE Mr. Walter were one day to be owner of the sole political morning paper published in Great Britain. That seems a preposterous suggestion, and probably is so, as...

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A MONG the many military questions which have been born of the late Franco-German War, few surpass in interest that suggested by the gigantic entrenched camps whereof Paris is...

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T HE politics of the Colonies are rendered both perplexing and wearisome to English observers by the absence of any clearly-marked boundary lines between political parties....

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T HE author of the paper on "The Cost of Living" in the April number of the Cornhill is all wrong, and as if he were right he would be a most aggravating person, it may be worth...

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R OUND about Linares, the centre of the great lead-mining district of Andalusia, and Baeza, the tranquil, isolated, old-world cathedral town just outside its confines, and as...


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E ASTER may be considered more prolific of quarrelling and all uncharitableness than any other of our Christian festivals. We do not propose, however, to disinter the learned...

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T HERE is abundant reason for expecting that the total Solar Eclipse which will occur during the morning hours of Tuesday next will not pass without adding considerably to our...

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"SPECTATOR. ") SIN—A school-boy charged with stealing apples is recorded to have vindicated himself, first, by denying that he had taken any apples, and treating the suggestion...


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Sin,—The brevity with which "An Irish Catholic" has despatched my letter has not been favourable to perspicuity. His remarks are so palpably irrelevant as to look rather like an...


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MR. GLADSTONE AND THEPROTESTATION OF 1789. [TO THE EDITOR OF THIS " sewn...cos:1 iSis r —I beseech you to keep that terrible " Irish Catholic's" hand off my poor back. If only...

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[TO THE F.Drrort OF THZ "SPECTATOR.') SIR, —Allow me a word

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in regard to the noble stand you are making against Vivisection as now practised. The work is all the more difficult, owing to the intense, even virulent opposition of many...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Srn,—Whether the " Luke Hills" decision was or was not a proper• one, I am not going to discuss, but before citing it as an argument for the...


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articles upon "Vivisection," and I think your readers will be interested to know that a "Society for the Abolition of Vivisection" is being formed,—I think I may say is formed....


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go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Six,—You have permitted me to point out in your columns that a bounty on exportation is in its nature a " tribute " forced upon. us, and in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] Sin,—I quite hoped to have seen some reply to your article on "The Metaphysics of Conversion," but as this is not the case, will you allow me...

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DAYS NEAR ROME.* TITS first thing a visitor to Rome should do, is to take his Murray, or his Badeker, or better still, Mr. Hare's Walks in Rome, to which the present volumes are...


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Ere THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—Your correspondent "A. D." is right. I should not have stated that the epithet rsvodAesoS was reserved by Homer for Hera. It is...

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SIR HENRY RAWLINSON, whose competence as a witness on the subject none will dispute, has acted with judgment in republishing certain essays on Central Asia, adding thereto...

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SAD though Mr. Curwen's subject be, every reader will allow that he has treated it in an attractive manner. It is always interesting to follow the career of men of genius, and...

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THE book before us is one of the most interesting and suggestive of the lighter works on serious subjects that we have seen for a long time, and will well repay any one occupied...

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THE extraordinary inequalities sometimes visible between dif- ferent numbers of the same magazine has always been a puzzle to us, but it is explicable, compared with the...

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Catalogue of the London Library. By Robert Harrison, Secretary and

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Librarian. Fourth Edition. 1875.—The publication of a new edition of this catalogue reminds us that five-and-thirty years have passed away since the London Library was...


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a notice of it would have been most appropriate,—the Christmas season. We will do it a tardy justice now, all the more willingly out of regard for the author, whose untimely...

Shadows Cast Before. By Massingberd Home. (Chapman and Hall.) —This

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is a lackadaisical story about a young lady, whose name is Beatrice Vane, but whom her admirers call "Princess." She lives at G el oz, in the Basses Pyrdndes, with her cousin,...

A Child of Fortune. By Stephen J. MacKenna. 3 vols.

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(Hurst and Blackett)—A. military novel, when it is a novel of the barracks, is not an agreeable specimen of literature. We call this a military novel, because the characters in...

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Oriental Zigzag ; or, Wanderings in Syria, Moab, Abyssinia, and

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Egypt. By Charles Hamilton. (Chapman and Hall.)—The real object of Mr. Hamilton's book is to obtain redress for a great wrong which he believes himself to have suffered. His...

Strong as Death. By Mrs. C. M. Clarke. 3 vols.

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(Tinsley Brothers.)— This is a story of the Irish troubles of the end of the last century, and is fairly interesting and readable. The love history of the two heroines is...