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The " Whitechapel trial," the trial for the murder of

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Harriet Lane, ended on Thursday in a verdict of wilful murder against Henry Wainwright, and of being accessory after the fact against Thomas Wainwright. The Lord Chief Justice...

The French Assembly has passed the Law of Election by

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arrondissement on the third reading by a vote of two to one, and has sent a proposal of M. Bardoux, fixing the elections of the Senate for January 22. and of Deputies for...

Lord Sandhurst has intervened in the Canal affair as deus

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ex machind. Everybody being quite content that the Government -should hold the shares, Lord Sandhurst advises that Sir Stafford 1Vorthcote should at once sell the shares,...

The insurrection in the Herzegovina has prospered this week. It

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would appear to be as certain as anything from that land of lies can be, that Socica, the insurgent leader, has compelled the fortress of Goransko to surrender, two full...

The latest reports from the East all point to an

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extreme tension. The Servians and Montenegrins are again endeavouring to come to an arrangement, and it is understood that the harmony between Russia and Austria as to the...

The Government, on the request of the Khedive, has despatched

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Mr. Stephen Cave, lately Judge-Advocate-General, to Cairo, to advise the Egyptian Government as to its finance, and, we presume, to report the exact state of affairs to the...


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T HE Due Decazes is publishing a number of despatches from the French Ambassadors in London on the Suez Canal. It appears from them that the safety of the Canal was a subject of...

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Mr. Holms, the senior Member for Hackney, addressed his constituents

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on Tuesday, speaking chiefly upon the condition of the Army. He declared that during the first ten months of this year the number of deserters advertised for from the Regular...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach has been haranguing the Orange Conservatives of

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Belfast in a tone of great and rather heady triumph. "The late Liberal Government, —he had almost said the late Liberal party,"—had found to its great surprise that it was no...

Mr. Shaw Lefevre addressed the electors of Reading on Wednesday

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evening, in a speech chiefly devoted to criticising recent foreign and colonial policy. We had, he said, within the past few weeks, been on the verge of a war with Burmah, still...

Mr. Fawcett, in his speech at Hackney on Tuesday, was

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much more loyal to Lord Hartington than Mr. Leatham, and agreed with Lord Hartington that it is a good time to overhaul "thoroughly and carefully, but reverently," our political...

Lord Sandon made a speech at Sheffield on Wednesday on

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occasion of the opening of three more School-Board Schools, in addition to the eleven already previously opened in that great town. He disavowed any intention of speaking as a...

The Prince of Wales was, at midnight on December 2,

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at Kandy, where he was received with wild enthusiasm, and witnessed a procession of elephants and a native reception, which the Times' Correspondent describes as " the wildest...

Mr. Leatham addressed his constituents at Huddersfield last week, in

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words that certainly had an air of despondency and mortification about them, though they breathed the determina- tion not to be discouraged. He said he would rather see the...

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Mr. Disraeli's appointments to the vacant Civil-Service Com- missionerships are

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not of a kind to increase the confidence of the public in that Commission. Lord Hampton (better known as Sir John Pakington) is made Chief Commissioner, and Mr. Walrond...

Mr. Auberon Herbert and Mr. John Morley and others have

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been keeping up quite a long controversy in the Times as to the merit of the Canadian Educational plan, which enables the rate- payer who prefers subscribing to a voluntary...

Consols were at the latest date 94 to 94i.

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Mr. Ward Hunt is the favourite victim of Fate this

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year. The 4 ‘ slings and arrows of outrageous fortune "pursue him as steadily as they pursued Hamlet. Mr. E. J. Reed, no trivial antagonist, has taken up his parable against...

A worse appointment still is that of Sir Seymour Fitzgerald

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to be Chief Charity Commissioner. The Charity Commission, besides its high intrinsic importance, now includes the Endowed Schools' Commission, and ought to be presided over by a...

Alarming reports have been received from Khokand. It is stated

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that the Mohammedans have risen all round the Russians, that all isolated parties have been cut off, and that General Kaufmann, with the main body of his troops, is in danger of...

The result of Monday's School-Board Election in Finsbury is somewhat

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remarkable. A very small vote apparently was taken, for the highest on the poll polled only 3,511 votes, when, as we suppose, if the same proportion of electors had polled as at...

It would appear, from a letter in last Saturday's Times,

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that we were mistaken in our view of the proposed limitation of the fellowship and scholarships recently offered for competition in Hertford College to members of the...

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MR. DISRAELI FROM A NEW SIDE. E VERY one is gratified when a man of note is able to work out in real life that conception of his career which has been elicited from him as his...

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T HE Government has made its coup, and has received its well-deserved meed of applause, and now its difficulties are about to commence. Those difficulties are not, however, we...

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gades. We feel no confidence from the accounts that the

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the position and confirm the obstinacy of the dominant mobilisation " will cover more than 40,000 trained linesmen, tarp clique of which the Horse Guards is the pivot. We...

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T HE remarkable letter which appeared yesterday from the Times' Correspondent in Berlin on the state of the Pro- testant Church in Germany is certainly one to excite very grave...

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T HE statistics of Lancashire Drunkenness, published in the Times of Wednesday, are very distressing, and not a little puzzling. Knowing that crime prevails among the teetotal...

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T HERE is surely exaggeration in the statement that the trial of Henry Wainwright interested the country as much as that of Palmer, the poisoner, who was so loathed that his...


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T HE natural and passionate desire of many women to find out a career for themselves is regarded with different feelings by different classes of well-wishers. With ourselves,...

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lucid paper to the new number of the Fortnightly Review on " Right and Wrong, and the Beientifio OrOand of their Dis- tinction," which states with admirable force and...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Once more, and very reluctantly, I am obliged to ask for admission to your columns, that I may endeavour to assuage the " pain " which...


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THE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER'S "TALKS." [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR Sm,—Your truly admirable remarks respecting the sayings rather than the doings of our worthy Bishop,...

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gather from your editorial note to my letter on the subject of Mr. Grignon's dismissal that in striving to be brief, I became obscure. I will endeavour to make my meaning more...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") ;SIR,—I read the letter of "The Chairman of the Trustees" of Felsted, in your columns, with a feeling of utter bewilderment. I had stated...

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[TO THE EDITOR. OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In your issue of August 7, in reviewing an article in Fraser's Magazine, on the Island of Madeira, you say :—" The island,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — With regard to a paper on the antiquity of man by Mr. Pattison, to which you refer in your last issue, may I be per- mitted to mention...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —With reference to the suggestion in last week's Spectator, that in future Endowed-School schemes no appeal should ever be allowed to...


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SHELLEY'S DEATH. [" A little while ago, there died at Spezzia an old sailor, who in his last confession to the priest (whom he told to make it public) stated that he was one of...

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MRS. MUNDI AT HOME.* A wEW picture-book by Walter Crane is always welcome. His name is a guarantee for good art and good humour, and the familiar bird-mark at the corner of his...

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THE story of the travels of one diplomatist translated by another, —such is the Journey in the Caucasus, Persia, and Turkey in Asia, of Baron von Thielmann. We are bound to...

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THE ARCTIC WORLD.* As a people, we are all interested

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in the success of our Arctic Expedition. The history of Arctic exploration is an old one in our annals, but the nations noware running a race for the prize of ulti- mate and...

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THE practice of protesting, as might be expected, is recurred to intermittently, either when some policy is under consideration of more than ordinary gravity and importance, or...

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THE Fortnightly Review will, we fancy, be pronounced dull bf most people, and it is certainly heavy ; but it contains some very valuable papers. We have noticed Professor...

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CHRISTMAS HOOKS. Beauty and the Beast. An Old Tale new-told with Pictures by "E. V. B." (Sampson Low and Co.)—" E. V. B.'s " pictures are always charming. Their delicacy,...

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Homes and Haunts of Luther. By John Stoughton, D.D. (Religious

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Tract Society.)—In this extremely elegant and tasteful volume, Dr. Stoughton has gathered together, from many and widely different sources, all the main facts and incidents in...

Diaries, Calendars, Christmas Cards. (Thos. De la Rao and Co.)—

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Among the thick-coming signs of the near approach of the season when young England expects every relative to do his (or her) duty, we have to note the appearance not only of the...

This Indenture Witnesseth. 3 vole. By Mrs. A. W. Hunt.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—The worst parts of these volumes are their pale drab covers, and the black-and-yellow printing and stripes upon them, in supposed imitation of a deed....

iVild Hyacinth. By Mrs. Randolph. 3 vole. (Hurst and Blackett.)

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—When we had read to the end of the first of these three volumes, we could hardly conceive what there remained of the story to occupy the remaining two. Wild Hyacinth was...

Riggiedy-Piggiedy, or Stories for EVerybody and Everybody's Children. By the

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Right Hon. E. H. Knatohbull-Hugessen, M.P. (Macmillan.) —Mr. Kuatchbull-Hugessen is indefatigable. In session and out of session, he generally contrives to keep himself in...

Climate and Time. By James Croll. (Daldy, Isbister, and Co.)—

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This book, the subject of which is further expressed on the title-page as "A Theory of the Secular Changes of the Earth's Climate," is admir- able alike for its abundance of...