3 AUGUST 1872

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Sir G. tessel on Friday week committed his first serious

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official indiscretion. He made a bold, blatant, and brutal speech against Law Reform, and particularly against reform in the Court of Chancery, declaring that the country cared...

Lord Derby brought up the case of Dr. Hooker on

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Monday in a very thin House, it being the eve of the Goodwood meeting, which is more attractive to Peers than discussions about science and art. Lord Derby made, however, a good...


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T HE event of the week has been the success of the French Loan, a success absolutely without a precedent. So attractive were the terms offered by M. Thiers—nearly double the...

Mr. Gladstone has formally pledged his Government to a great

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measure on local government and taxation next Session. On Thursday he stated, in answer to My. St. Aubyn, that the Govern- ment would during the Recess study the whole question,...

We have commented elsewhere on Mr. Ayrton's defence, and the

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Treasury Minute, but may state here that while the former is crammed with imputations on Dr. Hooker, the latter declares that he " deserves the gratitude of his country," and is...

One of the deepest, though least noticed divisions among work-

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ing-men, the chasm between the skilled and the unskilled labourers, came out oddly at an open-air meeting of the brick- layers and others held on Saturday in Hyde Park. Mr....

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The Duc d'Aumale has lost his only surviving son, the

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Duo de Guise, a fact which may be one day of some political importance, as it leaves the Comte de Paris his uncle's heir as well as heir of the Bourbons. The young Duke seems to...

Mr. Lowe has had to give way about the silver

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coinage after all, and Colonel Towline must be in the seventh heaven. He not only gets his silver, but may pose as a far-sighted person, instead of a wrong-headed doctrinaire....

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have assented to the-

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proposal of Lord Shaftesbury that the reading of the Damnatory clauses of the Athanasian Creed should be made optional. Of course, they assent in the most timid fashion,...

Four or five letters from Dr. Livingstone, two to the

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New York Herald, and others to Dr. Waller, have been published this week, and others have been received by the Royal Geographical Society. They contain some...

Dr. Livingstone is clear, however, about the slave trade, which

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he traces to the Banians or Indian capitalists of Zanzibar, who sell about 20,000 slaves a year, and expend 100,000 lives in the- effort to obtain them. We can reach those...

Mr. Monsell appears to have met the Letter-carriers of London

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in a kindly spirit. The men now receive a guinea a week, rising for- four years a shilling a week, then stopping seven years, and then rising by another shilling a week to 30s....

One of those debates in which the House of Commons

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always looks so silly came off on Tuesday. Of all foreign Princes, the one who can worry us most is the Pope, and consequently we have always of late years kept an Agent at his...

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There was an angry squabble in the House of Lords

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on Monday. Lord Salisbury rose to remonstrate against the policy of forcing responsible government on the Cape Colony, a policy which he says will leave the English at the mercy...

We seem to be threatened with a Meat famine, as

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well as a famine of Coal. All over the North the workmen and their wives are protesting quite savagely against the price of meat, and the butchers are holding meetings to see if...

The Scotch Education Bill is through at last, the Commons

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having agreed to the Lords' amendments with a modification in the most important of them. The Pears insisted that there should be a Scotch Board of Education, and Mr. Forster...

The Scotch Court of Session has decided on the petition

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of the lady doctors that female students in the medical classes of the Edinburgh University are entitled to the same treatment as male students, and must, if competent, be...

The Goods' Porters on the London and North-Western Railway have

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this week put themselves in the wrong. They had a quarrel with Mr. Greenish, the manager of the London goods' traffic, and -demanded that he should be dismissed. The Directors...

The Coroner's Inquest on the Hoxtou murders terminated on Friday

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in a verdict of wilful murder against some person unknown. Not a trace of evidence of any kind has yet been discovered by the police, and it is probable that the case will be...

Mr. Graves on Tuesday raised a most important debate on

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the manning of the Navy, which we must discuss more at length next week. At present we can only ask a question. Mr. Graves is ex- tremely anxious to feed the mercantile marine...

Mr. Gore stood forward on Friday as the mouthpiece of

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a party which has talked nonsense in the Press for some time. He asked, as the Standard is always asking, why the export of coal was not stopped? Does the Standard imagine that...

Mr. Sumner, after much hesitation, has finally pronounced for Mr.

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Greeley, and has adressed a letter to the Negroes, urging them to vote for the Democratic candidate. It is not likely that the negroes will comply, but Mr. Sumner will carry...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92 for money.

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THE FRENCH LOAN. 971E: E has been nothing like this Loan since finance began be a science. It was with some hesitation, though on very good authority, that we ventured a...

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THE Keogh debate is evidently over. The Government will not fix an hour for its resumption, Mr. Disraeli spoke and voted on Thursday week against adjournment, and the few...

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AYRTON'S Defence is another indefensible attack upon Dr. Hooker. Owing partly to the publication of a Treasury Minute highly favourable to Dr. Hooker, partly to the refusal of...

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F OR downright mischievous unreasonableness commend us to an Evangelical Duke with an opinion. Every one who has watched the progress of the Labourers' agitation is aware that...

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I N Dr. Livingstone's first letter to Mr. James Gordon Bennett, his earliest utterance, after years of silence to the outer world, the illustrious traveller solicits the aid of...

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T WO very different consequences of the military progress of Prussia may now be studied by the visitor to Northern Germany. On the one hand, the tide of emigration from the...

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T HE scientific men, the men, that is, who hold it weakness to believe strongly anything not supported by material evi- dence, evidence which can be tested by the senses, appear...

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R EADING the August number of " Middlemarch," the fifth portion—and we know of no intellectual luxury quite com- parable to that operation—we gain afresh the sense of the deep...

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W HEN we consider the intense heat which has prevailed in Europe during July, and the circumstance that in America also the heat has been excessive, insomuch that in New York...

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BOURBONNE-LES-BA INS. [FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] Bourbonne-les-Bains, Haute Marne. IF you recall Bilzac'e description of the vehicle in which Oscar Ilusson made his unlucky debut...

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COLLIERS AND THE PRICE OF COAL. [To rue EDITOR OF THE "SPRCTATOR:1 SIR,—The present high price of coal is just now being insidiously used as an argument against the recent...

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(TO THE EDITOR or THB " SPECTATOR...) SIR,—Absence from home, and other causes which I need not specify, prevented me from sending you last week, as I had pro- mised, a second...

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Sun,-The present state of opinion on the question of the Atha- nasian Creed is a singular instance of the changes which time brings about. This creed owes its position in our...


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JOHN CONINGTON.* [SECOND NOTICE.] FEW readers of the volume of Essays on a Liberal Education whisk appeared about five years ago will have failed to notice the singu- larly able...

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Tins is a very valuable book. It is to be hoped that people will now read Chatterton : he has long been to the majority a mere name. The Rowley poems ought to be read, and they...

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TIHLOSOPHERS and historians are agreed that the rise and fall of - nations are in the main subject to laws as real, though not so certainly determined—perhaps in their very...

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AT a moment when the question of prison reform is occupying so large a portion of general attention, it is well to look at the results of the experience of one who for twenty...

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and the other compilers of chivalrous romance whose works are abridged in this volume could be recalled to life and speak with their latest readers, they would no doubt find it...

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The Bible and Popular Theology. By G. Vance Smith, B.A. (Long- mans.)—We have in this volume a learned exposition of Unitarian theology, by a writer eminently qualified to speak...

Model Houses for the Industrial Classes. By Barrister Fletcher. (Longmans.)—Mr.

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Fletcher is certainly entitled to a hearing. He has actually built houses of the kind which he describes. He gives the plans of them. He furnishes us with the details of...

The Annual Register, for the Year 1871. (Rivingtons.)—It is not

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easy to review what is itself "a review of public events at home and abroad." Our impression is that the Annual Register, with which indeed are connected more literary...

Fireside Science. By James R. Nicholls. (New York: Hurd and

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Houghton. London: Sampson Low and Co.)—Dr. Nicholls discusses a variety of subjects, such as the "Chemistry of a Hen's Egg," the "Chemistry of a Cigar," "the Human Hair,"...

Hints for Pronunciation in Singing, with Proposals for a Self-Supporting

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Academy. By Georgina Weldon. (Goddard and Co.)—Mrs. Weldon has a system of instruction superior, she assures us, to every other for the training and development of the voice ;...