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We said last week we " did not believe" that Baron

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Martin, who, on the trial of Christiana Elmands, charged directly against the plea of insanity, had interfered to save her from execution on that very plea. It appears, however,...

The British Case is a little meagre and bald, but

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its points are good, and appear to have much more of solid law in them than the American Case. It insists, in the few general remarks it con- tains, that the United States'...

It seems almost certain that the French Assembly will authorize

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M. Thiers to denounce the English Treaty in order, as M. Thiers said, to prevent French "manufactures from being crushed by foreign products in her own markets." The final vote...

There is no limit to M. Thiers' folly in finance.

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He ha actually induced the Assembly, by 406 to 165, to re.adopt the ridiculous navigation, lawx, aati Impose taxes to protect the French merchant navy. Ships not being French...


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T HE great anxiety of the week has been the attitude of the British Government in relation to the American demands upon as. The British Press has been nearly unanimous in...

0 . 41 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The "English Case" has at last got out of the

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secret department, but its interest is rather slight, as it was prepared in complete ignorance of the American Case ; and instead of the two cases meeting on the principal...

The last effort at fusion between the Orleanists and Legitimists

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has failed. The Comte de Paris had agreed to visit Frohadorff, and the Comte de Chambord to receive him ; but at the last moment, Henry V. was seized with one of his spasms of...

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The correspondent of the Times telegraphs from Calcutta that the

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Kooka insurrection has been suppressed, and thirty-nine of the in- surgents executed. That is very prompt, to say the least of it, as the rebellion had been put down, perhaps if...

The Looshai Expedition seems to advance successfully. The two columns

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are threading the highest ranges occupied by the tribes, destroying their villages, burning their stores of rice by the 10,000 maunds at a time, and generally making war as hard...

On Tuesday night, Mr. Winterbotham, the Under-Secretary of State for

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the Home Department, made a speech at Stroud, in which he defended the reputation of the last Parliamentary Ses- sion from the scorn cast upon it, panegyrized discussion, and...

The Times has found a new argument against State railways.

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The country may one day be ruined by the discovery of some con- trivance, such as passenger balloons or electric engines, which will supersede them. The State would then lose...

Mr. Otway addressed his constituents at Chatham on Friday week

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chiefly upon foreign policy, though he remarked in passing on the smallness of the Army we obtain for our expenditure. He believed, "unlike Mr. Grant Duff," that the present...

The Birmingham Education Leaguers have put forth a very flaming

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manifesto in favour of the new programme which we gave last week. This appeal is, indeed, so exaggerated in tone that it might seem almost intended to palliate the otherwise...

On the Education question, Mr. Winterbotham took Mr. Lowe's line.

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He was was for secular and opposed to denominational education, and admitted that one of his chief grounds was the wish to prevent Roman Catholic education in Ireland. But...

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Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen addressed his constituents on Friday in an able

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speech, not reported by any paper except the Telegraph. The speech was in the main a determined defence of the Education Act, on the principles so often expounded in this...

Professor Trendelenburg, of Berlin, is no more. He was quite

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one of the first of the living philosophers of Germany, and united a most exact and scholarlike spirit with great power of thought and a thoroughly religious mind. His lectures...

Was it intended that Lord Lawrence should inquire as a

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kind of pemmican Parliamentinto the Naval policy of Her Majesty's Govern- ment? It is an odd arrangement ; but clearly it has official sanc- tion, for on Saturday Mr. Childers...

It is remarkable that Lord Shaftesbury has promised to take

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the chair at a meeting to promote the Reform of the Church of England, to be held at St. James's Hall next Thursday week (15th February), at 8 p.m., of which it is to be one of...

The Court of Queen's Bench on Friday week gave a

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decision which seems to imply that there exists no Court in the country which can compel the Crown to pay a sum of money, however -clearly due. Prosecutors in certain cases are...

A Parliament of Poor-law Guardians from Berkshire, Wilt- shire, and

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Middlesex was held at Reading on Saturday, to con- sider the subject of out-door relief. A series of suggestions offered by the Poor-law Board were considered, the genera tone...

The Parisians seem to believe that M. Thiers, pressed by

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the difficulty of raising revenue, will consent to tolerate public gambling-houses in France. Several watering places have already -asked for permission, and it is calculated...

The Postmaster. General has forbidden the Telegraph Depart- ment to

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tamper with private telegrams any more. He says in an official note on the subject that Mr. Scudamore, in stopping the messages about the strike among the signallers, was...

Colonel Tomline has not done sticking his little silver pins

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into the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. Lowe, he asserts, has at last woke up to the fact that the silver currency is deficient and the silver coinage very bad. Consequently...

Consols were on Friday 921 to 92k.

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THE ALABAMA TREATY. N OTHLNO can be graver than the present situation of this Arbitration question. It would be a calamity of the most fatal kind if either the American people...

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M R. CHILDERS' great speech before the Megmra Commis- sion will, we fear, give a little surprise to his friends. It reveals a weakness in his very powerful mind, a want, so to...

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IT will be very much easier for the historian to weigh the merits and demerits of the Gladstone Government than it now is for the journalist, and his decision will, we believe,...

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W E cannot say we receive the telegrams about British success against the Looshais with any kind of pleasure. We do not, indeed, sympathize with the sentimental objections...

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LIMITED AUTOCRACY. Government." Everywhere, in fact, out of England the

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"Person," as Cromwell called the Head of the State, and the Parliament tend towards dangerous or irreconcilable conflict. The difficulty is in no way lessened, is rather...

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T HERE are few professions for which we feel more respect than the Medical profession, or in regard to which we would adopt with more hearty good faith the old maxim, Calque in...

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D R. W. B. CARPENTER has written a very interesting and ingenious paper on the theory of Common Sense in the February number of the Contemporary Review,—the drift of it being...

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fully ingrained itself there, as well as the power of

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integrating, as it parties, the principles of one of which outraged her most cherished were, the whole of our past experience ; and the former seems to feelings, and the designs...

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OUR LNDIAN WARS. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR.") have been reading again, with much interest, your admir- able article on our Military position in India, published in your...

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ITO TITS EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The two recent trials of Watson and Edmunds have shown the uncertainty and contradiction of opinions on the subject of bow far...

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[TO TIM EDIT011 OF THE SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The most enthusiastic member of the Nonconformist Conference can hardly be dissatisfied with your criticisms on its proceedings. If that...

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an arrangement of the following kind be fair to all parties, and save the country from the threatened secularize- tion ? Instead of the Government grants to elementary schools...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—If no worthier representative of the Manchester Confer- ence undertakes the task, will you allow me space to point out one or two...

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MIDDLEMARCH.—PART II.* THE second book of Middlemareh is very tranquil reading ; there is but one interest in it that ever threatens to excite the warmer sympathies, and that...

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ONE of the most curious and difficult problems in history is that of the indirect influences of civilization, of its unseen action on the world of savagery beyond its pale. Nor...

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ONE defect in Darwin's theory of selection is, that circumstances might tend to a downward course in the higher organizations, as well as to an upward in the lower. The careful...

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IF Miss Saunders meant to call her book of tales after the best of their number, she has certainly not chosen the right name. "The Haunted Crust" is one of those unintelligible...

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"Do you see that stick, Sir ?" said an unlucky acquaintance to Sidney Smith, as we are told in one of the most authentic stories- of the caustic, yet cordial canon. "That stick,...

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The Southern States Since the War, 1870 - 1. By Robert Somers.

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(Macmillan.)—This volume is the work of a laborious and careful observer. Mr. Somers spent six months in going through the Southern States of the American Union, noting down...


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The Dublin Review, for January. (Burns and Oates.)—Dr. Ward continues his very able criticism of Mr. Mill's philosophy in the mas- terly article upon that thinker's "Foundation...

Phrenology, and How to Use It. By Nicholas Morgan. (Longmans.)

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—Mr. Morgan's is a very interesting book, one which doubtless makes a contribution of considerable value to the science of which it treats. For that there is such a science we...

Adam's Peak. By William Skeen. (Stanford).—This is a very com-

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plete monograph upon an interesting subject, the "Holy Mountain" of Ceylon, with the great relic, which is to the Buddhist what the Caaba is to the Mohammedan—the "Sacred...

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The Paris Commune. By W. P. Fetridge. (New York :

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Harper.)— Mr. Fetridge was in Paris from March 6 till after the capture of the city by the Versailles troops, and occupied himself in collecting facts diligently. Facts were...

The Boy's Own Handbook of Indoor and Outdoor Sports. (Hamilton,

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Adams, and Co.)—We should have passed this book, which goes over familiar topics without much novelty of treatment, with some ordinary expression of praise or blame, but for the...