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The speaking has begun with a rush. Sir Henry James

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has spoken at Dumfries, Mr. Courtney at Liskeard, and Mr. Stan- hope at Perth; Lord Richard Grosvenor and Mr. Osborne Morgan at Carnarvon ; Lord Salisbury twice at Reading ; Sir...

M. Ferry will now, it is believed, ask a large

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vote of credit. He distinctly stated in the debate that it was the intention of his Government to seize Sontay and Bacninh, the two fortresses on the Songkoi, and that if China...


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T HE week has been marked by what may prove a grave misfortune for France. The Chamber, by a vote of more than two to one, in a very full house, has affirmed the policy of...

The defence of the Government was entrusted solely to M.

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Challemel-Laconr and M. Ferry. The line taken by the former was that France had originally entered Anam fairly, to punish a massacre of Roman Catholics, which is true ; that...

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

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Lord Salisbury boasted at Reading on Tuesday that unless you

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rise to the revolutionary point, you cannot abolish the House of Lords except with its own consent; and that though fear of death has caused many strange vagaries, it is not...

He declared that Mr. Gladstone's Government had apparently made it

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its first object to discourage and dishearten the English race all over the world, and to fill all who are opposed to them with "wild and unlawful hopes." The Government were...

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Mr. Murray Smith, Agent-General for Victoria, publishes a cir- cular

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from Mr. Service, Premier of that colony, convoking a " Con- vention " of the Australasian Colonies at Melbourne on Novem- ber 25th. Each colony is to send four delegates, and...

London has been disturbed this week by a great crime,

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the' motive of which is still not ascertained. At a few minutes be- fore eight on Tuesday evening an explosion shattered the end carriages of a train travelling from the...

Sir Charles Dilke has made four speeches in Scotland this

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week, but the speeches are hardly up to the mark of his old Chelsea addresses, and it seems to us that he feels more or less fettered by his position as a junior Member of the...

Sir Henry James, at Dumfries, chiefly set himself to refute

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Mr. Gibson's fallacious representations of the comparative finance of the two Governments, which he did with uncommon ability and precision. Also, in the latter part of his...

Mr. Courtney, at Liskeard on Monday, distinguished his speech by

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vehemently opposing any attempt to touch reform in the next Session. He wished to see the County Government Bill passed first, and he spoke of the resolutions of the Leeds...

Mr. Goschen's confession of political faith in Edinburgh on Wednesday

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was very striking, and in many ways very con- tagious. He is perfectly right in asserting that moderate Liberals lose influence by want of enthusiasm for their own moderation,....

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Mr. Matthew Arnold delivered his first lecture in the United

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States on Tuesday, in the Chickering Hall, New York. His subject was "Numbers," and his thesis that the multitude generally go wrong, but that the few,—the remnant, he called...

The Municipal elections this year have, on the whole, gone

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against the Liberals; but that must not be regarded as in any degree tending to establish the existence of a true Con- servative reaction. The truth is that in all minor...

The Times publishes a telegram from its correspondent at Khartoum

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announcing the total defeat of the Mandi, or False Prophet of the Soudan. According to his narrative, which was brought in by two soldiers and an Arab, Hicks Pasha, with 11,000...

The Freeman's Journal, which does not know what it would

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be at, is very angry, both with Mr. Leatham and with us, for our strong view that the union with Ireland should be preserved even at the cost of civil war. We observe that the...

The silent struggle which has recently been waged between Prince

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Alexander of Bulgaria and his Russian officers has ended in the dismissal of the latter. Various reasons are assigned for this step, but the substantial one that the Russians...

Something is going on in Portugal, and if Lisbon boasted

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a s pecial Correspondent, we suppose we should know what it is ; but at present, affairs are a little obscure. As we understand the situation, Portuguese Liberals want to reform...

Mr. W. R. Brodie, of West Savile Road, Edinburgh, is

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a Tory graduate of the Edinburgh University, and not quite sure if he can vote for Sir Stafford Nortbcote as Lord Rector. He " doots " if that gentleman " quite adequately...

Bank Rate, 8 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 101} to 101?r.

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I T is impossible for true friends of the French Republic, especially if they have wished success to M. Ferry in resisting clamour, to read the debates of Tuesday and Wednes-...

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M R. GOSCHEN'S speech in Edinburgh on Wednesday is not a mere unit in the score or so of the week's speeches. It is one of those speeches which are of the nature of actions,...

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M R. FORSTER will, we fear, have learned a disagreeable lesson from the result of his interview on Wednesday with the agent of the Pall Mall Gazette. He had just re- turned from...

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L ORD SALISBURY is always efficient in stirring up passion. His speeches at Reading seem to have been carefully devised for the purpose of irritating French jealousy of England,...

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I T is most satisfactory, amid the wild ideas which are in the air on every side, to observe the attitude of the Eng- lish representatives who attended the International...

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W HILE the minds of politicians are being exercised about the expenses of elections, and the possibility of candi- dates for Parliament who will not need to follow lago's advice...

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T WO remarkable criticisms on the doctrine of the Natural Evolution of Mind have appeared within the last few days, one a striking sermon preached last Sunday week before the...

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W E publish the letter of our correspondent, Mr. Oswald John Simon, with every respect, both for him and for his motives, but with a feeling of simple bewilderment at his...

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T HERE is a good deal of recrimination, more or less amicable, between men and women, on the question which of the two sexes is more under the slavery of Fashion. Men,...

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THE SPECTATOR AND THE JEWS. [To THE EDITOR or THE " sPurraToa.") 81.14—In your columns of this date, a paragraph relating to the venerable Baronet, Sir Moses Montefiore, has...


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[To THE EDITOR or TEE " SPECTATOR.") Sts,—There is great force in your article on the relation of Nonconformists to the Liberal party, and in the conclusion you arrive at that,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —In your very excellent article on "The Crisis in the- Cotton Trade," there is one error which I think it well to point out. You state...


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"SPECTATOR. "] SIE, — It may not be a matter of much consequence what I said at the Leeds Conference in support of my amendment, "That the subject of the representation of...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —In your issue of

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the 20th ult., you quote, apparently with approval, Mr. Bright's statement about the representation of the four "three-cornered" borough constituencies, that, "whilst other 142...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."' SIR, —I do not flatter myself that I am the clergyman who- every quarter rouses the indignation of "A Superintendent- Registrar" by running...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The letter of your correspondent under this head seems= to me to suggest some grave considerations. The children to- whom the dinners...

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[To TES EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sri,—Professor Lankester must be aware, (1), that the experi- ments to which he alludes in his letter to the Spectator are too repulsive in...


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'&34—Your article of September 29th has elicited many letters, and I shall feel obliged by your publication of the following statement with reference to the above practical and...

ere TES EDITOR OF THE " BrscrATos.") SIR,—It may interest

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some of your readers to know that for some years an Association in Edinburgh has provided, during the winter months, two meals a day, for a large number of very poor children,...


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I To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—,1 propos of Lord Justice Fry's strictures on reading for mere amusement, may I ask you to find room for the following pregnant...

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"WILD WEATHER." THERE was certainly an unwonted bustle in the inn that morn- ing. The bar loiterers showed a brisk and somewhat excited. air; the landlord, one of the stoutest...


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After the battle, the peace is dear, After the toil, the rest; After the storm, when the skies are clear, Fair is the Ocean's breast. Out in the gold sunshine Throw we the net...


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LYRICS OF PERICLES.—I.* I. — INVOCATION TO CERES. GODDESS of the golden horn, Plenty's Queen when man was born, Hear us where we bend the knee To thine high divinity : Hear...


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O SUMMER of the Saints, last yearning sigh Of Earth fordone, full fraught with gentle peace !— Smile of reposeful Nature, fain to cease From labour and be locked in apathy,—...


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Eva, Bacchus, the King ! Evoe, Bacchus, we sing ! Cymbal and thyrsua we bring, Evoe! Leaving Cithmron in shade, Come with the Graces arrayed, Come with the Asian maid, Eva!...

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THE POETS' BIRDS.* TiLvr a book on the rich and unhackneyed theme of the treat- ment of birds by the poets should be very interesting, and, in its way, instructive also, is not...

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JAPANESE CELEBRITLES.* Tins book exemplifies in a striking and not

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altogether nu- amusing manner the persistent ill-will with which American writers regard English external policy, wherever confronted with that of their own Government outside...

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Tim is a very fresh and pleasant story, ingenious iu its con- struction, and, with one great exception, effective in its execu- tion. The exception is the evil character of the...

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WILLIAM BALLANTYNE HODGSON.* THERE is only one thing about this

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book that is quite satis- factory ; it consists of a single volume of modest dimensions. Professor Meiklejohn, who describes himself, not as its author, but as its editor, warns...

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TILE novel before us is an Irish story ; its title is taken from a line in a poem by the Irish poet, Denis Florence McCarthy, whose sweet singing ceased but a little while ago...

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"THE Reformation, in the view which I shall take of it," says Mr. Beard, in his introductory lecture, " was not, primarily, a theological, a religions, an ecclesiastical...

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The Satires of Horace. Edited, with Notes, by Arthur Palmer,.

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M.A. (Macmillan.)—Professor Palmer has given us here a most interesting edition of the Satires. It is easy to see the hand of a master in his work, a hand sometimes, perhaps, a...


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Jackanapes. By Juliana Horatia Ewing. With Illustrations by Randolph Caldecott. (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. 1884.) —Why this delightful little tale is dated...

We have to acknowledge the receipt of a very stately

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volume, Art . and Letters,1883. Edited by J. Comyns Carr. (Remington and Co.) —There are more than three hundred and fifty folio pages, and a not far inferior number of...

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CHILDREN'S Booss.—Nothing could be more charming than the Verse books

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for Children, written by Juliana Horatia Ewing, pictures by R. Andre. (S. P. C. K.) There are six of them, " Master Fritz," a charming little parable of life, in which Mrs....

"How virtue wars with persecuting rata,"

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his theme is not altogether dissimilar. Captain, commonly called - Cis, Calvert, though he is not exactly an incarnation of virtue, is a decent young fellow, pursued by fate in...

Careers from English History : England and Spain. By C.

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M. Yonge. (1facmillan.)—Miss Yonge tells in her own vigorous style some forty stories belonging to the last period of the sixteenth century, and to the three years of the...

Dante's Divine Comedy : the Purgatorio. A Prose Translation, by

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the late William Stratford Dugdale. (Bell and Sons.)—Mr. W. S. Dugdale had just finished this translation before the accident which terminated his life. It seems to be fairly...

Professor Henry Morley has our best wishes for his Morley's

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.Universal Library (Routledge and Son),—a title, by the way, which, without the ciirTerentia of "Morley's," has been used before for a not dissimilar undertaking. The volume now...

If only some one had thought three hundred years ago

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of the volume which we have now before us, The Family Register, by A. G. Taunton (W. U. Allen and Co.), we should be in possession of much interesting and valuable information...

A very true and sensible utterance of "nurse," as most

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fathers, if not most mothers, will allow. " R. Andre " (for we know not whether we should say " Mr." or " Miss") has carried out Mrs. Ewing's ideas in a most satisfactory...

Black and White. By E. A. Meriwether. (E. J. Hall

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and Son, New York.)—Mr. Meriwether draws his pictures with very strong contrasts of light and shade. But we should not say that they are exaggerated or untrue. A mem& indignatio...

Stories and Episodes of Home Mission Work. (Wells Gardner, Darton,

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and Co.)—If we felt called upon to criticise this little volume, we might point out that it might have been more effectively arranged. As it is, we would say to our readers—open...

Undine, and other Stories. By Caroline Birley. (Heywood, Man- chester.)—These

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are pretty and well-told stories that Miss Birley has collected in this little volume. Perhaps the best of them is "Yes, or No ?" It is not often, we fear, that a man who has...

Inchbracken. By Robert Cleland. (Wilson and McCormick, Glasgow.)—There is a

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purpose or sub-purpose of controversy in this story. The hero is a Free-Church minister, a very good fellow indeed, but, we are given to understand, not very wise, and in this...