3 MAY 1884

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T HE Great Powers have accepted the British proposal to hold a Conference upon the financial condition of Egypt. The acceptance on the part of most of them has been...

The following are the words of the very latest instructions

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telegraphed to Cairo, on April 23rd, as to General Gordon :— "Gordon should be at once informed that he should keep us informed, to the best of his ability, not only as to...

On Monday Mr. Raikes moved that it be an instruction

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to the Committee on the Representation of the People Bill "that they have power to make provision for the redistribution of seats between the existing constituencies, and for...

There can be no doubt, from the Egyptian papers, that

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the Government intend, if they must, to rescue General Gordon by force ; but that they do not see why, as he was sent on a pacific mission which has partly failed, and as he...

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

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The Egyptian papers presented to Parliament on Thursday show clearly

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that the British Government rejected Zebehr as Viceroy or Sultan of the Soudan on the definite ground that he would, if he defeated the Mahdi, be a great danger to Egypt, and...

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Silbsequently, in Supply, the controversy as to the frightful statue

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of the Duke of Wellington formerly placed upon the- Marble Arch was renewed,—Sir Robert Peel arguing for the re- placement of the statue on the Marble Arch, chiefly, apparently,...

Sir Richard Cross opposed the Bill on the same grounds

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as Sir W. Harcourt, and Mr. Labouchere made a very amusing speech in support of it, in which he said that Sir Richard Cross had decided that the laws of nature, of science, and...

Mr. Gladstone then rose and pointed out that for ten

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years back the Liberals had been endeavouring to put the Irish franchise on an equal footing with that of Great Britain, so that it was most 'unjust to invent a new Kilmainham...

On Thursday, the Conservative collapse began. First, the Lord Mayor,

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in a good-natured and, after his fashion, rather bumptious speech, announced his intention not to move his amendment, in the hope that the House of Lords would ensure an appeal...

The debate on Mr. Raikea's instruction then went on again,

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Mr. Elton protesting against the South and West of England being called upon to give up seats to Ireland ; Major-General Alexander demanding for Scotland ten or twelve...

On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Cameron brought on his Bill for

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legalising Cremation,—the burning of the dead body,— which he advocated on sanitary grounds. He denied that any difficulty arose as to the evidence of poison or other criminal...

After this speech the debate became a lament on the

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part of the Conservatives,—Mr. Newdegate, for instance, bewailing the- condition of the Conservative party, and calling Sir Stafford Northcote its ex-organiser (did he mean...

Mr. Gladstone deprecated as utterly obstructive the revival in a

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more exaggerated form of the plea rejected by the House in a milder form, and exhorted Liberal members who might still wish to speak in favour of the Bill to reserve their...

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When Mr. Parnell sat down, Mr. Trovelyan rose and made

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the important announcement that the Government had pre- pared a Bill to facilitate purchase, which was in nearly the last stage of readiness, and which he hoped to produce...

Marquis Tseng, the Chinese Ambassador in London and. Paris, has

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been recalled, and replaced by the Ambassador hitherto stationed in Berlin, Li-Fong-Pao. It is understood that the instructions of the new Minister are to make peace with France...

It is rumoured that the Hon. and Rev. E. Carr

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Glyn is to be the next Bishop of Ripon. Mr. Glyn is a moderate Evangelical, and, it is said, a good organiser; at least, he has kept up at Kensington in great efficiency the...

' Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1014 to 1011.

Mr. Dodson on Monday proposed an amendment to the new

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'Cattle Diseases Bill, compelling the Privy Council to prohibit importation "whenever they are not satisfied in respect to any foreign country, or any specified part thereof,"...

A most important debate on Irish land came off on

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Wednes- day afternoon. lir-Dickson has proposed a Bill for purchasing Irish estates and selling them to the tenantry through a corpo- rate body, to which Government would lend...

The Republican State Conventions in America have now all chosen

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their delegates for the general Convention which will meet at Chicago to nominate a candidate for the Presidency. The number of delegates is 820, and it is stated that while all...

The Convocation of Oxford on Tuesday gave a remarkable and

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crushing majority in favour of the statute sanctioning the admission of women to certain of the degree examinations and the regular classification of the results. Convocation...

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THE CONSERVATIVE COLLAPSE. T HE Conservative Party is not making head against the Reform Bill. The attempt to reduplicate the discus- sion on Redistribution failed wholly on...

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T HERE is no subject upon which we so deeply distrust the wisdom of democracy as that of the currency. It is one upon which the individual, unless trained to think accurately,...

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Nv E have to tender a hearty apology to the Convocation of Oxford for having spoken last week of the appeal from Congregation to Convocation,—from the resident Univer- sity to...

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W E are approaching, we think, to a more accurate know- ledge of the Mahdi, Mahommed Ahmed, of El Obeid. Mr. O'Kelly, whom the Daily News sent to the Mahdi's capital, though a...

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I N the new number of the Contemporary Review, M. Elisee Reclus has tried to do Society a useful service. In political warfare it is of the utmost importance to know the...

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T HE floods of babble—it can hardly be called speech— which her Majesty's Obstruction have at their command were poured forth in full stream on Friday, on Monday, and on...

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I T is strange that our English Church should have fought as shy as it has of" counsels of perfection." The reason, no doubt, has been a more or less healthy one,—namely, the...

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A CORRESPONDENT is quite angry with us because we will not advocate the grant of honours to the makers of industrial fortunes. He says they have benefited the nation far more...

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SCOTTISH THEOLOGY. rTo THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—I have been very much interested in two letters contained in your last number on—(1) "The Decay of Evangelicalism,"...

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your remarks on my "Principles of the Common- wealth," on April 19th, you seem to impute to me Erastian views. I can best reply to this by quoting from myself (page 64, note)...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or TEM SPIACTATOR.'] Sa„—Kindly find room for a few words of appeal to the people of this country. I have hitherto been receiving support from two sources :...


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[To THR EDITOR Or THE " &ROTATOR.") Sra,—In your article on "The Government and the Meat Trade" you say that "a quarter of the total meat supply comes from abroad," and you...


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[TO THZ EDITOR OP TEL "SPECTATOR."] SIB., - 18 not the increase in the country's prosperity really greater than you state, and that increase hidden by a fact you niention ?...

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pro TIM EDITOR Or TEL "BPECTATOR."1 SIE"—Mr. Collier, in his letter in your current issue, has indeed —albeit, unconsciously—revealed the reason why many of the clergy have...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have read with much interest and amusement your article on " Swearing " in the Spectator of April 26th. But you will permit me to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] Sra,—How do we know that in inviting dogs to the use of words Sir John Lubbock is developing their intelligence ? Are we sure that he is not...


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J Sin„—I come forward very late with a correction, having only recently observed your notice of my " Silverado Squatters.' Your critic quotes my words that a dog " would be...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SFECtIATOR." So.,—Your correspondent, Mr. Collier, seems to be under the impression that the Official Report on Vivisection is a trust- worthy document....

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OXFORD, PAST AND PRESENT. ! the rush, of old men with the kindly anxious faces, Bald heads, and white heads, or turning fast to grey ; Wandering here and there in the old...


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LET us get over the first futile but inevitable question as to this year's Academy,—" Is it better or worse than usual ?" —futile, since from the same ingredients, mixed in much...


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THR "SracTATok."1 &a,—In the beautiful Aldine edition (1513) of the poems of Tito and Ercole Strozzi, the first line of Ercole's fifth epigram in praise of Lucrezia Borgia...


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&a,—I have not seen the book reviewed in your article of April 26th on the "Art of Swearing," but I have often thought of the origin of the name which the Maid of Domremy is...

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THE STORY OF THE COUP D'ETAT.* IT is almost possible to forgive M. Charlemagne de Maupas the part he played as Parisian Prefect of Police during the Coup d'Etat; except on one...

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"Ix. plait des Rabelais," says M. Des Marets, in the preface to his and M. Rathery's edition of the great Tonrangeau. "Taut mieux !" he adds ; "tout le monde en 'tura." The...

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FORTUNE'S FOOL.* Tax opening chapters of Mr. Julian Hawthorne's novel

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are excellent. They form a charming romance in themselves, and will bear comparison with the best of his previous efforts. But at the end of the thirteenth chapter Mr....

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MOUNTSTUART ELPHINSTONE.* WE are very glad to see ample justice

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done, although rather late in the day, and even now in a somewhat lumbering fashion, to the memory of Mountstuart Elphinstone, Resident at Poonah during one of the great...

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THERE is nothing in the Nineteenth Century of any special mark. We are tired of Mr. Keay's lugubrious and exaggerated pictures of the taxation of India, where after all, on the...

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Life-History Album. Edited by Francis Galton, F.R.S. (Mac- millan.)—This "Album,"

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prepared by direction of the Collective- Investigation Committee of the British Medical Association, gives a number of tables of various particulars of physical constitution—...

Heth and Moab. By Claude Reignier Conder, R.E. (Bentley and

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Son.)—This book, published for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, and containing the record of Captain Conder's explorations conducted in Syria in the years 1881...


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SCOTCH MeaezniEs. — There is quite a remarkable outbreak of magazine activity north of the Tweed at the present time, especially in Glasgow and the West generally—a proof, let...

BOOIKS RECEIVED. — The Lesser Parables of Our Lord, by the Rev.

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William Arnot, with biographical treatise by Canon Bell (Nelson and Sons).—Memoir of Charles Lowe, by his wife, Martha Perry Lowe (Cupples, Upham, and Co., Boston, U.S.).—Pity...

"Mr. Babbage has suggested a machine which should work miracles.

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It is not very difficult to understand the principle of this machine. It is a machine which registers numbers 1, 2, 3, Sze., in oven order , for, say, a thousand years. Of...

The Representation of the .People.—West Riding of Yorkshire. By S.

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M. Milne. (Hamilton, Adams, and Co.)—It would be well if some one would do for every county what Mr. Milne, with much ingenuity, and, as it seems to us, success, has done for...

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NEW EDITIONS.—We have received new editions of E. Maitland's The

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Pilgrim and the Shrine, By and By, and Higher Law (Tinsley Brothers).—Each of the works are in one volume, clearly printed on good paper, and neatly bound.