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What a catastrophe the Cucuta .earthquake would have seemed if

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it had occurred in Western Europe ! Occurring, horever, in New Granada, it is only recorded as an incident of a certain in- terest to the scientific. The earthquake was felt at...

The valley- of the Garonne was visited on the 23rd

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of June with a most destructive flood, which destroyed St. Cyprien, the workmen's quarter of Toulouse, Agen, and a number of smaller towns. It is stated that 3,000 lives have...

On Wednesday, Lord Derby received the honorary freedom of the

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Worshipful Company of Grocers, and returned thanks for the -toast of "Her Majesty's Ministers," and for the personal honour -conferred upon him, in a speech in which he said...


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IT is stated in a telegram of the 30th June from Calcutta that the reports as to the new treaty with Burmah were incorrect, that the King has positively refused to allow troops...

The Emperors of Russia and Austria have met and kissed

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each other. The place was Eger, a horrid little railway station in Bohemia, and the interview lasted only one hour. No Ministers were present, and it is thought therefore that...

Lord Salisbury spoke on the same day at the dinner

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of the Middlesex Conservative Registration Association, and came nigh to recanting everything he had ever said against the policy of Conservative governments carried on by a...

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

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Mr. Lowe kept his promise of bringing the case of

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the Civilians attached to the North-west Provinces of India before Parliament on Tuesday. He made a most amusing speech, the gist of which was that Civilians of twelve years'...

Mr. Fawcett and Sir J. Lubbock made excellent speeches on

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Monday in defence of the National Debt (Sinking Fund) Bill. Mr. Fawcett pointed out that if such a Bill as this had been passed before last year, it would have been simply...

Will the Times condescend to explain its theory of royal

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pedigree ? In an article published on Wednesday on the death of the ex-Emperor Ferdinand of Austria, it says that so many families in the West have now lost their thrones "that...

The Legislative Council of Natal his' riccept`ed tirRecipris , al strengthen the

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hands of theA.4efeut e lve„but not in` its lokigiM form. The Council at preseLt eitirtirills`, reininee members and 10 representatives, and the Colonial 'Office :peoposed that...

A remarkable return, eedered by the Privy Council, shows how

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rapidly our Educational system is growing. On the 31st August, 1874, there was accommodation provided for 2,571,826 children, with eight square feet of floor for each child ;...

The Legislature of the Cape has finally released Langalibalele from

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Robben's Island, and has interned him on an estate of 1,650 acres, where his wives and attendants may live with him under police surveillance. The right of the Crown to pardon...

On Thursday Lord Sandon moved the Education vote, which is

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£1,548,563 for the current year, and stated that the accommo- dation provided on 1st August next would seat 3,100,000 children, and that 1,000,000 of these seats had been...

Mr. Cross got great credit on Monday from all sides

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of the House for his Employers and Employed Bills, and Mr. Lowe made a very useful suggestion on it. He proposed to make the clause against "molestation" a general provision...

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Mr. M. Stewart, on Friday week, began a debate on

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the Opium monopoly in Bengal, urging that it should be abandoned, and the opium taxed, as in Bombay, at the port of export. We have shown the fallacy of this proposal elsewhere...

The annoyance given to the young lady on the South-Western

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Railway last week has caused a lively discussion about "ladies' carriages," and several ladies have given the reasons why they decline to use them, their reasons being, to our...

The new Egyptian International Tribunal of Appeal for Egypt was

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opened by the Khedive on Monday with a formal ceremonial. The Court consists of representatives from the European States and some Egyptians, and has jurisdiction in all cases...

It is affirmed that the German Budget will show a

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deficit of nearly £1,000,000 sterling, which is expected to be permanent for some years, and will be met by an increase in the excise on beer and a tax on operations on 'Change....

Ferdinand, the dethroned and retired Emperor of Austria, died on

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Tuesday at Prague, where he had lived in privacy for many years. A German correspondent of the Pall Mall Gazette tells one or two very amusing stories of his peculiar, and...

The Royal Commission to inquire into the practice of Vivisec-

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tion, and to recommend remedies, consists of seven members,— Viscount Cardwell, Lord Winmarleigh (better known as Colonel Wilson-Patten), Mr. W. E. Forster, Sir John Kerslake,...

The admitted deficit in the Turkish Budget for this year

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will be £5,000,000, which is attributed, without reason, to the famine in Asia Minor, and which must be met by a loan. The Finance Ministry in putting forward this statement, at...

The Irish Members almost won a victory on Wednesday, and

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deserved it, for they were in the right. Mr. Butt moved the second reading of his Bill for transferring to elected County Boards the powers now belonging to Grand Juries, and he...

Consols were at the latest date 94-94f.

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LORD SALISBURY'S REPENTANCE. I F Lord Derby has, as he assured the Master and Wardens of the Most Worshipful Company of Grocers on Wednes- day, "a peculiar aversion to that not...

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E VERYBODY is sadly disappointed with Mr. Gladstone's essay on the Church, in the new number of the Con- temporary, but we do not know that the disappointment is very...

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T HE speech delivered by M. Gambetta on Friday week, at the Versailles dinner to commemorate General Hoche, seems to most Englishmen very tame. It reads like a mere exhortation...

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T HE fifty-seven members of Parliament who wish to abolish the Opium monopoly in Bengal must get up their case a great deal better, before they can hope to make a serious im-...

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TB strict entail was established in Scotland by statute in 1685. Entails of an imperfect sort had long been known, and strict entails had occasionally been made previously to...

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I T is difficult for Englishmen who have never quitted their own country to imagine what a great flood is, to comprehend the destruction a river can inflict, and above all, to...

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W E take it for granted that the Ritualist clergy of St. Albans are good and devoted men. That is the character they get from every one who knows them intimately, and in point...

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T HE instability of earthly things marks the crazes as visibly as the serious interests and occupations of mankind. It does not console us much to reflect on this truth, when...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] ' SIE,—The writer of the annotation respecting the Contagious Diseases Acts published in your last issue is so evidently under an erroneous...


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reading through the debate on the Agricultural Holdings Bill, I was grieved to find that no speaker touched on the pro- bable results of that or a similar Bill, if universally...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR'] SIR, —It is a well-known axiom that a false statement confidently asserted will often answer its purpose as fully as if it were a true one....


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FLO W ER-TRAPS. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—To enable me to answer your pertinent question about the utility of a fly-trap in the early stages of its development,...

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SHAKESPEARE'S HENRY THIS is a striking work of imagination, but hardly a great play, for Shakespeare's dramatic fire runs rather low in it, and much the most remarkable scenes...

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between Oliver Cromwell and the once popular Lord Kimbolton, who had succeeded his father in the earldom of Manchester, has long been one of the dark places in the history of...

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Fr is an obvious criticism on Mr. Browning's last poem to say that it is the work of a poet, but by no means a poem. It is not that the subject is unsuitable ; verse is the...

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Janet Doncaster shows plenty of talent, but it is not nearly so in- teresting as many stories which show much less. Mrs. Fawcett may succeed in fiction, but if she does, she...

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THERE are few readers who have a fitting regard for the noblest of all arts who will not already have read in the form in which they first appeared Mr. Swinbtune's eloquent...

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Tins book—a strange mixture of power and weakness, of originality of conception and almost utter failure in execution—endeavours to - point three morals,—that our happiness is...

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IT is a very remarkable outcome from the advanced criticism to which the primitive Christian documents have been for some time subjected, that the Life and Teaching of Christ...

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The Better Self: Essays for Home Life. By HaM Fria well. (Henrys. King and Co.)—This is a book which is sure to excite a good deal of unkind and even unjust criticism. Mr....

Hilda and L By Mrs. Hartley. 2 vols. (Samuel Tinsley.)—This

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is a not very amusing game of cross-purposes in love. "I" falls in love with the vicar of the parish ; the vicar with Hilda, "I's" ward; Hilda herself with a very ineligible...

Life of the Rev. Henry Montgomery, LL.D. (Simpkin, Marshall, and

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Co.)—Mr. Crozier has made a mistake ; his book is too heavy, both in size and subject, for any ordinary reader to attempt, and by the simple exclusion of unnecessarily minute...

Lone Lift; ; or, a Year in the Wilderness. By

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Parker Gillmoro. 2 vols. (Chapman and Hall.)—Of all books, a book of sporting adventure should be kept clear of romance. One never can tell where imagination ceases and reality...

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A Passionate Pilg; ; and other Tales. By Henry James,

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Jun. (Boston, U.S., Osgood and Co.; London, Triibner.)—There is a pecu- liarly American flavour of the pleasant sort about this little collection of tales. Their writer has...

After Long Years. By M. C. Halifax. (Macmillan.)—This is a

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spirited story. Joan Lloyd, whom we find a quiet country maiden in chapter the first, developes by a process which is in nowise hasty or unnatural into a woman of fine and...