3 JUNE 1871

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M. Jules Favre has sent a circular Note to the

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representatives of France abroad, in which he denies the character of political acts to the acts of the Communists. Theft, crime, and premeditated arson, he says, are not to be...

M.Thiers is making concession after concession to the party of

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Monarchy, but straining to the last to maintain the existing re'ginze. He is parting with his most trustworthy colleagues,—Leflo and Picard,—and putting still more moderate...


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T HE deadly and loathsome struggle in Paris appears to be over at last, though the number of the victims of the losing party is not yet complete, and the victors will smart for...

The great buildings in Paris have escaped, as we anticipated

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last week, better than was then supposed. The Luxemburg, and all but the library in the Louvre, are safe. The only part of the Palais Royal burnt down is the block formerly...

The inquiry into the death of Mr. Frederick Graves Moon,

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son of Alderman Sir Francis Moon, which took place under strange and suspicious circumstances at 23 Newton Road, Bayswater, on Wednesday week (24th May), has been one of the two...

The last act of the Commune was an outrage even

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more inhu- eman, though hardly so barbarous, as the attempt to burn the 'public buildings of Paris,—namely, the order for the massacre of Archbishop Darboy and some threescore...

0 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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And in this fashion :—Their execution had been put off

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till the Saturday (27th May), when the troops from Versailles were appro- aching the heights of Pere la Chaise, and accordingly an order was. given to shoot all the priests,...

We have mentioned in another place the only point of

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note or- novelty in the pamphlet attributed to the ex-Emperor, of which the Daily Telegraph gave a summary on Thursday. Of Prince- Napoleon's letter to M. Jules Favre which...

The Belgian Government has not behaved courageously in the matter.

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Besides declaring that it would not give an asylum to Communist refugees, requesting M. Hugo to leave Belgium, and getting a royal decree to expel him when he refused, it has...

It is stated by the Daily News and in other

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quarters that a con- siderable agitation is getting up in Germany for the annexation of Heligoland to the German Empire, which it is assumed that Mr. Gladstone's Government will...

The death of Archbishop Darboy, the third Archbishop of Paris.

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who has died a violent death within the term of only four Arch- bishoprics, was worthy of a great prelate of a great Church. It took place on Wednesday week, 24th May. Loaded...

Victor Hugo has written this week another of his bombastic

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pieces of generosity, or generous pieces of bombast,—we hardly know which to call it,—offering his house in Brussels as an asylum to refugee Communists, in the teeth of the...

Our Government has not yet expressed its own opinion on

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the construction to be put on the Extradition Act, but our correspond- ent, Mr. Ludlow, is certainly mistaken in assuming, as he does in his letter, that Lord Enfield declared...

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General Sheridan is said to have been " interviewed "

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in New York directly on his return from the scenes of the great European war, and to have passed an extremely cautious and non-committal judgment on what he had seen. One...

On Thursday, the Right Honourable James Stansfeld, in laying the

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corner-stone of a new Unitarian Chapel at Halifax (the borough for which he sits), took the opportunity of speaking with warns praise of the generous faith felt by the...

A series of lectures on social and literary questions, to

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be given on Saturday afternoons, will commence on this day week, at the theatre of the School of Mines, in Jermyn Street. Mr. Thomas Hughes will open the series with an account...

The "Protection of Life and Property in Certain Parts of

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Ire- land Bill" went into and through committee yesterday week, 'before the Whitsun vacation, giving rise to a remarkably confi- -dent speech of the Prime Minister's in answer...

The motion for going into Committee was carried by 152

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votes to 7; Sir Colman O'Loghlen's amendment, limiting the power to suspend Habeas Corpus to one year instead of two, was negatived by a majority of 52 (60 votes against 8) ;...

What is really happening in Central Asia this summer ?

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Ac- cording to the Indian telegrams, Herat has just gone through another siege, and has been captured by Yakoob Khan,which Indiana believe to be a very alarming business. Yakoob...

The Irish "irreconcilable," as Mr. Gladstone denominated him, Mr. J.

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Martin, spoke in reply to Mr. Gladstone ; but did not find much to say beyond reiterating that the Irish people did not thank the British Parliament for passing measures which...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 911 (ex. div.).

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THE EAGLES AND THE CARCASE. "17 HERE SOEVER the carcase is, there will the eagles— [or the vultures]—be gathered together." The Govern- ment of France is little more than a...

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T HE House of Commons had been already advised that in the new philo-Fenian Member for Meath it would not encounter a mere rhetorical rowdy of the kind which is not uncommon as...

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T HE real hideousness of the hideous events which have taken up the last ten weeks in Paris seems to most Englishmen, familiar with and even accustomed to measuring the horrors...

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Wit T will be the effect of the Communist failure on he social elevation of the masses ? When the pas- sions justly aroused by last week's catastrophe have died away, the...

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T HE alarm which has been caused throughout all classes by the small-pox epidemic of the present year will make men attach great interest and importance to the Report of the...

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T HE recent strides of the physical sciences and arts have long been exciting the imaginative anticipations of men in relation to the age which is approaching. But a great...

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A CURIOUS and very elaborate and careful book,* by Dr. Bateman, of Norwich, on the remarkable disease which doctors now call Aphasia, suggests a great many questions as to the...

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G REAT as has been the bloodshed and the ruin caused in wresting Paris from the dominion of the Commune, the wonder is, after all, that they were not vastly greater. There is no...

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THE EXTRADITION QUESTION. [TO TER EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR, 1 you allow me space to discuss the question, whether if -the extradition of a person accused of committing murder...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR") SIR,—In the midst of a brief snatch of holiday, beneath a perfect sky, in front of a perfect sea, I am haunted by the thought of the...


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[TOTHE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—That so sincere a lover of America as Mr. Hughes, so faith- ful a protester against our corruptions, should have borne witness- to the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TRH " SPROTATOR.1 SIR, —May I ask for space to thank you for having pointed out, as you did so clearly in last week's Spectator, that " The Battle of Dorking"...


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RUSSIA IN 1870.* Tars is one of the pleasantest books about Russia that has ap- peared since the publication of Mr. Sutherland Edwards' delightful Russians at Home. It is...

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POPE'S LETTERS.* WHATEVER may be Mr. Elwin's moral objections to

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Pope, we can understand his finding some intellectual pleasure in annotating his poems. But on first looking into this volume of letters, and observing the way in which Mr....

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THE EARTH.* THIS book, which is not only excellent, but

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of fascinating interest to all who care for natural science, is the result of more than fifteen years' careful study, travel, and research, by an eminent living French author,...

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EVERYTHING and everybody is fallen foul of in this clever and facetious book, which abounds in passages calculated to rouse the most justifiable indignation or profound contempt...

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A PECULIAR HISTORY.* Trra writer of this review is a

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Churchman attached with some warmth to his Church, and with a belief that its diseatablishment would not be good for religion ; accustomed also to honour the gentler and purer...

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MR. FIMILEY'S pleasant first volume on the Weald of Kent seems to mark a change that is likely before long to transform the character of our county histories. The old type of...

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Porrav.—Convict Once: a Poem. By L Branton Stephens. (Macmillan.) —This

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is the story of a woman who, having been convicted and sentenced to transportation for some crime committed in England, finds the open- ing of a new life in Australia. How she...


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Ancient Classics for English Readers. Xenophon. By Sir Alex.. Grant, Bart. (Blackwood.)—Xenophon is probably as imperfectly ap- preciated as any one of the classics. "English...

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Timm A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.] CV TVs have received this letter too late to insert in the usual place, but are unwilling to delay it till next week.—En. Spectator.] Paris, May...