3 MAY 1879

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T HE Russian Government seems for the moment delirious with fear. The Generals by whom the civil authorities have been superseded have placed the great cities in a state of...

Lord Salisbury has refused to receive the two Deputies from

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East Roumelia sent over to explain the state of affairs in that Province to the Powers of Europe. He curtly informed them, in reply to their request for an audience, that " the...

In the midst of this infernal carmagnole, which it would

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take a new Carlyle to describe, and which is entirely without pre- cedent in Europe, it does • not appear that the Government advances a step. Its agents do not even pretend...

The special correspondent of a French paper, the Estafette, telegraphs

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that the Russian Revolutionists have just issued a programme demanding liberty of the Press, personal liberty, freedom of education and religion, " autonomy " for communes,...

The Constituent Assembly of Bulgaria, on 29th April, elected Prince

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Alexander of Battenberg to the throne of the Principality. The vote was unanimous, and only three names were presented,— Prince Waldemar, of Denmark, who was favoured by...

• ** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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Facts seem to make little impression on the community. The

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public are very indignant at a suspicion that arms, and especially powder, have been sold to Zulus, and Liberals are violently accused of having granted self- government to the...

The news from Zululand received this week (April 25th) is

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thin. We have again been defeated, with some loss, the Colonial forces making on April 8th an ineffectual attempt to storm the stronghold occupied by Moirosi, a disaffected...

Mr. Gladstone's speech was not one of his greatest efforts,

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but it was convincing, and was heard by a crowded House with marked attention. He showed that whereas he himself had in- herited from his predecessors a debt of £13,300,000, and...

The debate on Mr. Rylands' resolutions was concluded on Monday,

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the Government defeating the first one, which regrets the amount of public expenditure, by 303 to 230,—a smaller majority, it is said, than was expected. The debate generally...

A contest is going on in county Mallow which recalls

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very - old days indeed. A mob has risen to defend Catholic friars from the discipline of Catholic Bishops. A body of religious teacheri, called the " Christian Brothers," with a...

M. Jules Ferry delivered on Friday week, at Epinay, a

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speech which has created unusual enthusiasm among French Liberals.. Its point was that the men who, in the Press, the Tribune, and all public assemblies called for the...

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*The Hillmen who own the Khyber, and to whom, according

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to the late surveyor, Captain Scott—whose most instructive ac- count of the Afghan hills, published in this month's Blackwood, should be read by every Member of Parliament—we...

The Duke of Cambridge, in a speech at Fishmongers' Hall

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on Wednesday, lauded the efficiency of the British Army, and gave in proof of it one of the oddest pieces of evidence we remember to have read. He said that Isandlana occurred...

Lord Bateman on Tuesday brought forward his " recipro- city

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" resolution, so long expected, in a speech which, so far as it could be called an argument, was an argument for taxing goods imported from any country which taxes ours. The de-...

The calm persistency of the Hapsburgs has beaten the procrastinating

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skill of the Turks, and the Convention about Bosnia has been signed. The final arrangement is a cession, with a nominal sovereignty reserved to the Sultan. The province,...

Even the patient Peers are beginning to weary of the

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Govern- /limb's steady refusal to explain what it is doing anywhere. On Intinraday Lord Lansdowne remarked that, as Mr. Rivers Wilson had been recalled, he should like to know...

The House of Commons, on Friday week, decided by a

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majority of 180 to 11 that Sir Bryan O'Loghlen's acceptance of the Attorney-Generalship of Victoria vacated the seat for Clare,—a vote the more to be regretted, because in form...

Consols were on Friday 981 to 98}.

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A CONSERVATIVE ARGUMENT FOR A SPEEDY DISSOLUTION. [R. GLADSTONE concluded his fine speech on Monday 111 with a hint which all moderate Conservatives, and indeed, all...

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I T is difficult to read without impatience the speech which Lord Salisbury delivered on Wednesday to the Middlesex Con- servative Registration Association, so completely is its...


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I T is difficult to conceive of a position better calculated to interest and employ an able politician than that to which Prince Alexander of Battenberg has just been elected....

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Resolutions did not at all rise to the dignity of the subject. We cannot help feeling the intellectual decadence of the House of Commons, when we compare the speeches, for the...


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A STATE of siege has virtually been declared in the great Russian centres of trade and population. St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Odessa, with the surrounding districts, have been...

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burst of spiritual graces, it would have been different. A

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rush of converts might have made up for the loss of tithes, and the hallowed recollections attaching to Glebe land might have been exchanged for the present pleasure of carrying...

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W E published some months since two articles, in one of which it was maintained and in another denied that, owing to the intellectual circumstances of the age, there was every...

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T HE extraordinary letter of Sir Robert Peel, published in Vanity Fair, and which has appeared with comments in almost every newspaper in England, will, we hope, give a timely...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—In your very interesting article on " Lord Vivian's Dream," you overlook, as other comments have done, one "coincidence," in itself...


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CAVENDISH COLLEGE, AND PREPARATION FOR BUSINESS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As one of the promoters of Cavendish College, may I thank you for your cautionary...

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[To THS EDITOR OF THE " sewn:role:] Sin,—The march of events in Egypt has been so rapid since the publication of my letter in your columns, that it is scarcely needful that I...


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.Sin,—The bounty question is simply this, and this only,—Shall our sugar-consumers or our taxpayers, or neither, enjoy the foreign " tribute ?" In other words, shall we let...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—In the Spectator of last Saturday (April 26th) you say, speaking of the debate on Mr. Rylands' motion, Mr. Dodson drew a " striking...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") will meet your difficulties. It is known exactly what sugar receives the bounty, and the amount can be estimated with sufficient accuracy....

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] So.,—May I venture to make an appeal in the Spectator for the Cottage Home for fallen women which is to be erected in Brighton, as a...


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS AT BURLINGTON HOUSE. IT is best to speak out the disagreeable truth at once, without fear or favour,—and in the present instance very disagreeable that truth...

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M. TRIERS' SPEECHES.* Ir was perfectly right to publish a collection of M. Thiers' speeches. They are likely to be his most durable monument. The majority of his books will be...

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SEVEN years ago, we endeavoured to give an account in these columns of the principles of the Berkeleyan philosophy, and of the salient facts in the life of Bishop Berkeley...

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MR. FROUDE'S ClESAR.* Ix his article in the Nineteenth Century,

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Mr. Froude has answered beforehand some of the objections which we might otherwise have felt inclined to take to his present work. He calls his biography of Cmsar a " Sketch,"...

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" Midiamtes " are, of course, familiar to every reader of the Bible ; even the little school-girl knows that it was to merchants of this nation—Ishmaelites—that Joseph was sold....

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THu writer in the Field to whom we are already indebted for a couple of entertaining books on shooting, yachting, and sea- flahing trips, at home and abroad, now follows them up...

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The Duration of Future Punishment, and other Sermons. By the

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Rev. Charles Short. (Mathew and Co., Dundee.)—There are many good thoughts in these sermons, which specially aim at reconciling Christianity with the best phases of modern...

We have received a number of little volumes called "Health

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Primers" (Hardwicke and Bogue), which are under the editorship of Drs. J. Langdon Down, J. Mortimer-Granville, and Henry Power, and Mr. John Tweedy. The five now before us are...

An Attempt to Determine the Chronological Order of Shakespeare's Plays.

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By the Rev. H. P. Stokes, B.A. (Macmillan.)--This little book is well and honestly executed, and will be welcome to all Shakespeare students, a rapidly increasing class, as we...


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The Grahams of Invermoy. By M. C. Stirling. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—There is a want of continuity and unity about this book. Particular scenes, and chapters, and...

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The Correspondence between Schiller and Goethe, from 1794-1805, translated from

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the Third Edition of the German, with Notes, by L. Dora Schmitz, Vol. II. (Bell and Sons), carries us down to the death of Schiller, on the 9th of May, 1806. As before, it is...

Memorials of the Savoy. By the Rev. William John Loftie,

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B.A., with a preface by the Rev. Henry White. (Macmillan.)—The family that gave a permanent name to the "Savoy" had but a very brief connection with it. Peter, seventh son of...

The Battle of Unbelief. By the Rev. Gavin Carlyle. (Hodder

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and Stoughton.)—Well meant as this little book is, we are afraid it will not do much to decide the battle between belief and unbelief. The fact is, Mr. Carlyle hits out, as it...

Five Minutes to Spare. Extracts from the Every-Day Book of

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the late Rev. John Guard. (Hatchards.)—The present writer has often thought that it would be a good thing to have an " every-day book," and has bewailed the indolence or want of...

Reminiscences of the War in New Zealand. By Lieutenant Gudgeon.

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This book, which exactly fulfils the promise of its title, will be read with great interest by all who directly or indirectly took part in the opera- tions which it professes to...

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Sancta Christina. By Eleanor E. Orlebar. With a Preface by

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the Bishop of Winchester. (Sampson Low and Co.)—A short time ago some antiquarians found in a very ancient tomb the remains of a isoble Etruscan lady. These at once crumbled...

- The Classic Poets : their Lives and their Tines, with

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the Epic Epitomised. By W. T. Dobson. (Smith and Elder.)—We must begin by objecting to the selection of the " Classic Poets," among whom Virgil should certainly have found a...

Excelsior : a Story. By Montorio. (A. P. Blundell and

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Co.)— This tale tells the adventures, full of romance, of a fatherless girl and a motherless boy, both only half English. It is vividly and pictorially, if not exactly well...