4 JULY 1885

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A number of rumours have been spread this week as

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to the action of the new Government in Egypt. It is asserted that Dongola is to be retained, that Sir H. Drummond Wolff is to supersede Sir Evelyn Baring, and that Tewfik, the...


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T HE event of the week—which has been otherwise a dull one, every one waiting for the Ministerial declarations, which will be made on the reassembling of Parliament on Monday...

Lord Rosebery, of whom Mr. Gladstone writes,—" He has to

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play, if his life is spared, an important part in the future politics of the United Kingdom,"—that is, in any Radical Ministry he must lead the Lords—was president of the...

The common-sense of the people condemns the antiquated rule under

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which politicians who accept high office must submit themselves to their constituents, and, except Lord Randolph Churchill, the Tory Cabinet Ministers have been returned un-...

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

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The imprudent section of Lord Rosebery's speech, on which we

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have commented elsewhere, was that devoted to local self- government. He looks upon the extension of this device as the great work of the new Parliament, but would carry it very...

In a subsequent passage of this letter, Mr. Gladstone gives

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the cue to his followers as to the course they should pursue towards the ad interim, Ministry :—" Whatever we may think of the conduct and course of the late Opposition, it has...

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Even Mr. A. J. Balfour, who is not in the

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Cabinet, but is as important as if he were, though he made a long and able speech, refrained from a word upon the future. After a long account of the crisis, which he believed...

The National Liberal Federation have issued a circular in which

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they recommend all Liberal Associations to maintain " an incessant watchfulness " over the new Government and a state of active preparation. The House of Commons "should refuse...

The Tories are extremely pleased with the result of the

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con- test for Wakefield, vacated by the death of Mr. Mackie. Mr. Mackie in 1880 received 2,194 votes, and Mr. Sanderson, his Conservative opponent, only 1,796; whereas on...

We cannot learn the result of the contest at Woodstock

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in time for this impression ; but it is expected to be close, though the Duke of Marlborough, who is a Liberal and promised to be neutral, has gone over to his brother's side....

Mr. Ashmead Bartlett, whose seat was contested at Eye, was

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returned on Wednesday by a majority of 137. In a most in- temperate speech, in which he denounced Mr. Gladstone as a man who had been a curse to Egypt, a curse to South Africa,...

Lord Spencer resigned the Viceroyalty of Ireland on June 27th;

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and we confess we do not quite understand the silence in which he has been allowed to depart. Ha has received as yet no honour from the Throne, no special recognition from his...

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The outbreak of cholera in Spain is assuming grave propor-

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tions. The deaths now exceed 500 a day, and on Wednesday 1,487 cases and 692 deaths were officially reported. The disease is most deadly in the city of Valencia, where 104 cases...

The boundless charity of London, which is as exceptional as

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the magnitude of the city, stops, it appears, at one point. Londoners will not assist Londoners to emigrate. The well- known philanthropist, Mr. J. H. Tuke, who has devoted...

A case of grave importance to Life Insurance Offices was

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decided after a protracted trial on Thursday. Isaac Lotinga insured his life in the Commercial Union Assurance Company, and afterwards, as a coroner's jury believed, poisoned...

The popular idea is, we believe, that by English law

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a child born in wedlock is legitimate, unless it can be proved that the husband was away, or in prison, or, in fact, could not possibly have had access to his wife. The decision...

There is a little rift in the perfect accord between

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Germany and Austro-Hungary. The Magyars, though on the whole favourable to Prince Bismarck, whom they regard as a bulwark against the Slav tendencies which threaten their...

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On Tuesday the Archbishop of Canterbury made a speech of

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some iniportance to his Diocesan Conference. He said the Church must become stronger, and she might be made stronger by being formed into a political party. That would not be...

Sir Peter Lumsden gave an interesting lecture to the Royal

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Geographical Society on Tuesday week. He avoided political questions, but left a general impression that the savagery of the district of which Penjdeh may be taken as the centre...

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LORD ROSEBERY IN MIDLOTHIAN. W E have read, and, we think, most Liberals will read, Lord Rosebery's great speech of Monday at Edinburgh, with very mixed feelings. On the one...

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W E question the wisdom of the Archbishop of Canter- bury's address on Tuesday, delivered to his Diocesan Conference, not so much on account of its meaning as on account of the...

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A MONG the little-noticed but most important facts in the history of the world is the enormous recent increase in the number of white men in it. It is barely two centuries...

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W E hardly understand the excessive bitterness which some Liberal politicians, as well as journalists, are exhibiting against the Ministry. They were admitted to power by the...

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W HETHER the Small Farm and Labourers' Land Asso- ciation is destined to succeed in its main object or mot, it has already scored one victory. In spite of predictions so ominous...


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T HE climatic vicissitudes of the cereal year up to the present time have been of so extraordinary a character, that the most careful observers are chary of expressing an...

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S INCE the days of the great ship-money case the Law Courts have not seldom by their decisions been the cause of revolution. But seldom in a quiet way have they been the cause...

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W HEN chatting, a fortnight since, about the position of country bankers in modern English society, the writer was tempted to ask himself whether the Democratic wave which is...

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With regard to musical 'pitch itself, let it suffice to remind our readers that, while all civilised countries have adopted the same system of musical notation, and have agreed...

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A NEW RUSSIAN SECT. A LBEIT inferences based on seeming historical analogies are almost sure to be wrong, there can be no question that the condition of France before the...

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THE DANGER OF LIBERAL OVER-CONFIDENCE. pro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—While quite concurring in your forecast of the result of the coming election, I venture to ask...

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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "' SIR,—Can you afford me a little space to reply to the letter of a " Scottish Landowner," in your issue of June 27th ? In his statement of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." t SIH, — The following extracts, from Maria Edgeworth's corre- spondence, published in her life by Helen Zimmern, are interest- ing, as...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPFCTATOR.") SIR,—In your issue of the 20th ult., "M. N." accuses me of having "added to the confusion " which your—or rather the Guardian's—incorrect...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—We who are fated to see the distress which reigns in agricultural districts, and who yet understand that the general exodus from...

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A BOOK ON ETHICAL SCIENCE.* DR. PORTER is already known- to students of ethical and psychological science by his work on The Human Intellect ; and we ourselves, not long since,...

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THOUGH we have lately heard much about Texas, and are doubtless destined to hear more, there are probably few English newspaper readers who have any definite notion of the ex-...

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Ix is far easier to attempt to realise the changes of the past than to imagine those of the future, yet these are none the less sure. However remote it may be, the time must...

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IN The World We Live Itr—Mr. Crawfnrd's novel of last year— there was a comedy ; in A Woman's Reputation there is a drama. None of the novel-writers of the day shows his readers...

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THE Hon. Robert Grimston, fourth son of the late and brother of the present Earl of Verulam, was born in 1816. His death, therefore, which occurred in the early spring of last...

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The Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—This volume is one of the "Parchment Library" series. It is a reprint of the authorised version,...

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Like Lost Sheep : a Riverside Romance. By Arnold Gray.

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3 vols. (Ward and Downey.)—There is nothing specially remarkable about this story. There is a well-born "villain in it who, as is usual in a certain class of fiction, is a...

A Noble Kinsman. By Anton Giulio Barrili. (T. Fisher Unwin.)

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—Barrili's slight, but fresh, clever, humorous, and amusing novel, entitled " The Eleventh Commandment," made us look forward with pleasure to another work by the same author....

Sketches of Celibate Worthies. By James Copner, M.A. (London Literary

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Society.)—Mr. Copner has here put together twelve biographical sketches, for which he has found a connecting link which is convenient if it is not necessary, in the fact that...

Paradise Pound. By William S. Warren. (Sampson Low and Co.)

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— . Under this strange title Dr. Warren includes a great amount of curious learning and ingenious speculation. He will have none of the Darwinian hypotheses which represent the...

The Key of Doctrine and Practice. By the Rev. H.

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R. Haweis. (J. Bumpus.)—We need hardly say that Mr. Haweis's little book (so conveniently small of size that it may be easily carried in a pocket) is worth reading. Any one...

The True Story of the French Dispute in Madagascar, by

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Captain S. Pasfield Oliver (Fisher Unwin), should be read by all who are interested in a most unfortunate, if not unnecessary, quarrel. It is stamped with the authority of Lord...

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Straight as a Die. By Mrs. Edward Kennard. 3 vols.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—The story of this novel has been told before, and that not once or twice only. We have the good daughter giving up her lover, and sacrificing herself for her...

Historical Richmond. By Edwin Beresford Chancellor. (Bell and Sons.)—There is

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a good deal to be said about Richmond, a place which has, we believe, the distinction of being the largest village in England ; for a village it still is, though at the last...

The Boots Annexed. (James Pott and Co., New York.)—This title

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naturally requires some explanation. The General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America appointed, in 1830, a com- mittee which should make suggestions for "...