3 AUGUST 1878

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Challenged in the House of Lords on Monday on the

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subject of this heavy epigram and manque bit of personality—which de- scribes Mr. Gladstone about as well as a brickbat describes the head at which it is flung—Lord Beaconsfield...

The Marquis of Lorne is to succeed Lord Dufferin as

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Viceroy of the Dominion of Canada, but be does not go out till November. We have made some remarks elsewhere on this appointment, which may be either a great success or a great...


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/THIS day week a congratulatory banquet was given to the .1 two triumphant British Plenipotentiaries by a numerous body of Conservative Peers, in the Duke of Wellington's...

On the subject of the Anglo-Turkish Convention, Lord Beaconsfield's remarks

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were also very significant. He said that it had diminished, not increased, our responsibilities for the future, by making them clear and definite. He came back from Berlin, he...

Yesterday week Lord Rosebery called attention to the Sails- bury-Schouvaloff

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Memorandum, in a speech of considerable skill and liveliness, saying that the policy of the Government being so great as it is, the greater is the need of some explanation. As...

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

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Of Mr. Gladstone's speech we have said almost as much

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else- where as we can usefully say to those who do not themselves read, as everybody should, that terse and -vivid specimen of state- ment, argument, and denunciation. But we...

Mr. Bourke's speech was also worthy of note, if only

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for its very strong assertion that the Anglo-Turkish Convention was a purely conditional engagement. "We had not guaranteed Turkish territory, as had been done in 1856. Our...

The great debate on Lord Hartington's motion regretting the disappointment

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of the hopes of the Greeks, the vast and ill- considered responsibilities of the Anglo-Turkish Convention, and the unconstitutional course of deciding on so vast a change in...

Tuesday's debate commenced with a lively speech from Lord Sandon,

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who spoke of the Turkish power in Europe as now "con- centrated," and therefore probably stronger than it had ever previously been,—an unlucky expression which gave rise to Mr....

And no doubt the Russians at Berlin were put out

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of fear by the engagement they had in their pocket that the talk about Batoum and so forth meant nothing ; but in the House of Lords Lord Salisbury was kindled into anger by...

The greater part, however, of.the debate oflionday night was languid

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in the extreme. The amendment adopted by the Govern- ment was moved, for instance, byMr.Plunket, in a speech of much less than his usual animation ; but Sir Charles Dilke's...

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The Times of Tuesday last contained a telegraphic note from

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Vienna relating to the assassination, on May 14th, of Okubo, Minister of the Interior, at Tokio (Yedo). The conduct of the six assassins was characteristically Japanese. They...

There has been an interesting correspondence in the Times as

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to the degree of comfort with which men can live at great heights. Mr. Webber, writing from the Grindelwald, in Switzerland, to Monday's Times, states that in Thibet he has...

The Supplementary Estimate for the year has been presented to

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Parliament, and amounts to /1,845,500, for expense incurred on account of the war between Russia and Turkey, and the recent outbreak at the Cape of Good Hope. This is but a...

Mr. Marvin, in a letter to Thursday's Daily News, in

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which he attempts to justify his disclosure of the summary of the Salis- ,bury-Schouvaloff Agreement in the Globe of May 31st, on the _ground that he fully expected that...

A deputation from South-East Lancashire waited on Lord Salisbury on

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Thursday, to congratulate him on the result of his labours at Berlin, and Lord Salisbury seized the opportunity to de- fend himself from Mr. Gladstone's criticisms. He excused...

Mr. Cross, in replying on Thursday to a question of

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Mr. Dillwyn's as to the Lunacy Laws, said he would consider the changes requisite in the Recess, and announce his views at the opening of the "next Parliament." We conclude "...

Mr. Cross's reply to Mr. Gladstone was halting and familiar

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with even more than Mr. Cross's usual haltingness and fami- liarity. He was "bound to say" a great many things,—Mr. Cross is always " bound " to say what he does say,—as, for...

Consols were on Friday 94,1 to 941.

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Thursday's debate was remarkable chiefly for Mr. Lowe's speech. He

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delivered a very effective attack both on the double- -dealing of the Government,—in the course of which he was called to order for speaking of the number of falsehoods the...

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THE ORIENTAL POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT. O NE of the most disagreeable of the features of the present crisis is the deficiency of our new Oriental policy on the side of openness...

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T HE chief intellectual interest of the week's debate will be in the light it throws on what the intention of the Govern- ment in negotiating the Anglo-Turkish Convention really...

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THE MARQUIS OF LORNE'S APPOINTMENT. T HE appointment of the Marquis

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of Lorne to be Governor- General of Canada is a step which does credit to all concerned in it, and is indeed an appointment of a kind which has frequently been recommended in...

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F REUSE returns as to the Elections which took place last Tuesday all over Germany are not yet accessible. In many electoral districts, where no candidate got an absolute...

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MR. GLADSTONE'S SPEECH. T HE great event of the Debate is,

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no doubt, Mr. Gladstone's speech. Whatever Mr. Gladstone does and says, there appears to be a party in this country which always finds in his appearances fresh ground of...

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B REAKING-UP Day has come in hundreds of Schools all over England, and boys have descended upon their happy parents and their peaceful homes. This has always been a serious...

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I N a very curious and very instructive, though also very extravagant, paper in the new number of the Cornhill Magazine, with the initials "G. A."—possibly, though we have only...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—You have been entirely misinformed in this matter. Immediately on the resignation of Lord Salisbury, a requisition to Captain Morley...


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WOMEN INSPECTORS OF SCHOOLS. ITO THE EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have been much interested and somewhat surprised at the letter signed "S. L.," in your impression of...


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"SPECTATOR.") SIR,—There is a letter in last week's Spectator, signed " Jno. Hawkins," finding fault with my letter, published in the Spectator of the 13th ult., under the above...

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THE POSITION OF WOMEN IN TURKEY.* THE author of this work, our whole knowledge of whom is derived from his casual allusions to himself, was born and bred in the harem, has...


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OUTWARDS OR HOMEWARDS. STILL are the ships that in haven ride, Waiting fair winds or turn of the tide ; Nothing they fret, though they do not get' Out on the glorious ocean...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Many of those who read Miss Stephen's letter on this sub- ject in the ,Sptetator on the 13th ult. must have been seized with a longing...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Some weeks ago you noticed the controversy then going on about horse-shoes. Your well known desire to help on the humane 'treatment of...

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WE are glad to welcome this valuable addition to a valuable series of books. The scope and aim of that series are too well known to need recapitulation here, and when due regard...

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[SECOND NOTICE.] OUR last week's article must not be taken so much as an attack upon originality in Art-method, as an attempt to defend its pure and rare character. One of the...

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Tms attractive-looking volume is, we conclude, given to the public in order to exhibit the best and not the worst productions of the writers who contribute to it. Mr. Adams...

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Tins work on the Art of Japan is partially a reprint of a series of articles which originally appeared in the Art Journal, and suffers somewhat, no doubt, from the serial form...

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ASTRONOMICAL phenomena possess an interest for all ; even the most uneducated and careless observer must be conscious of the facts that the days are longer in summer than in...

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Me Westminster Review. July. (Triibner.)—This number opens with an article,

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conceived and written in a moderato spirit, dealing with the subject of the House of Lords. The writer finis the obstruc- tive element in the "Life Peers" (i.e., the bishops and...


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The British Quarterly Review. July. (Hodder and Stoughton.)— The most reads ble article in this number is that on "Bryan Waller Procter," the writer of which has used the lately...

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A Handy Dictionary of Commercial Information. By Edward T. Blakely.

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(Simpkin and Marshall.)—" This dictionary," we read in the preface, "is meant as a compendium of commercial information for all those who are preparing for a business life, as...

Boydenhurst. By Hester Hope. 3 vols. (Remington and Co.)— Sir

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Godfrey Culverton, by extravagant expenditure and losses in betting, hopelessly encumbers his property. As the property is said to be entailed, this is somewhat difficult to...

West Yorkshire. By James W. Davis and F. Arnold Lees.

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(Is. Reeve.)—This complete and exhaustive volume gives an account of the " Geology, Physical Geography, Climatology, and Botany" of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Mr. Davis...

Of the Love of God. Translated from the original French

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of St. Francis de Sales. (Rivingtons.)—This is one of a series of devotional books, entitled, "Library of Spiritual Works for English Catholics." By "English Catholics" it is...

Constantinople. By Edmond° de Amicis. Translated from the Seventh Italian

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Edition, by Caroline Tilton. (Sampson Low and Co.) —This is a book full of vigorous and striking description, as well as of penetrating observation and sagacious thought, all,...

Buried Proverbs. (Simpkin and Marshall.)—This is a little volume by

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help of which idle time may be not unpleasantly whiled away by those who have a taste for the kind of pastime which it affords. "A Buried City "is, as our readers are probably...

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POETHY. — Songs of the Christian Creed (English Text), by H. M.

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McGill, D.D. (Pickering), will be welcomed, as the English version of its classical companions and forerunners; but this volume will have, we think, a special interest for those...

Cyprus, and what we know of it. By F. H.

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Fisher. (Routledge and Sons.)—In this little book the author has given a brief and fairly complete account of Cyprus (which he calls "our now colony "), its inhabitants,...

The Poems of Richard Dalton Williams (" Shamrock," of the

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Nation). (T. D. Sullivan.)—Some of these poems are humorous, and these are remarkably good ; some are serious, and these are such as one might expect from a writer who signed...

"Unto which she was not Born," by Ellen Gadesden (Tinsley),

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has the merit of being condensed into one volume. We must object to the title, as not conveying an idea of the story correctly, for it was not the "honour' which weighed upon...

*„* Mr. Millie Grohman writes to us to correct the

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spelling of his name, as it appeared in ow.- review of his book, "Claddings with a Primitive People" (Remington and Co.), which appeared last week. He spells his name with but...