4 JUNE 1881

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The condition of things in Ireland is very threatening. The

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islanders of Arranmore, county Donegal, are said to have thrown atones at the boats of H.M.'s gunboat ' Goshawk,' which was protecting the Constabulary in the serving of...

The letter written by the Treasurer of the Land League,

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Mr. Patrick Egan, assailing those among the Land League who ventured to vote for the second reading of the Irish Land Bill, caused a very bitter little debate on Monday, which...


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T HE Irish Land Bill lags. Itis in Committee, but every Govern- ment night is taken up by some amendment, often moved .by a Liberal, which is rejected by Government, but debated...

Another section of the private instructions to the Irish &in-

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atabulary has been published in Ireland, and has caused much hostile comment. The first part eis only an ordinary order to keep a register of suspected persons, and whenever...

The Irish Obstructionists wasted most of the night of yester-

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day week in an attempt to resist an essential Army vote, ou the ground of an allegation made by Mr. A. O'Connor that Irish regiments are especially selected for dangerous...

Archbishop Croke has an odd idea of the duty of

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obeying the law. He said, in a speech at Holyeross, Munster, on June 1, " I wish you to repeat here solemnly this evening that the Govern- ment of this country will act an...

• * * The Editors cannot smdertake to return Manuscript in

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anN case.

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One of the great Indian industries is seriously threatened by

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science. Professor Roscoe states, in a lecture to the Royal Institution, that artificial indigo has at last been made from an„ acid which is one of the coal-tar products. A...

Lord Salisbury made a rather venomous speech at the meet-

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ing of the Middlesex Conservative Association on Monday, in which he first reproved. Mr. Shaw-Lefevre for asserting that in Lord Salisbury's speech at the Merchant Taylors'...

The Tunisian Arabs are beginning to express their feeling towards

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the French, just as the Candaharees did towards us, through individual assassinations. M. Seguin, correspondent of the Telographe, apparently a blameless person, who hap- pened...

M. Gambetta has returned to Paris from Cahors, where he

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has been received with royal honours, and has made a series of speeches, which, as we have pointed out elsewhere, are distinctly Conservative. He wishes the Constitution not to...

It is quite possible that there may be important intelligence

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from Bulgaria this summer. The Prince is straining every nerve to secure a majority at the elections to the National . Assembly, which will come off next week, though the first...

Prince Bismarck's Bill for insuring the workmen in danger- ous

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trades compensation and pensions for accident, which he promises shall be the first of a series of Workmen's Bills, has been virtually rejected. The Liberals were unwilling to...

Messrs. Conkling and Platt, the Senators from New York. who

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resigued rather than allow the President to distribute his New York patronage without their consent, have sustained a severe defeat. The ultimate ballot has not yet been...

Sir Stafford Northcoto made a very moderate speech at Man-

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chester on Wednesday to the Tory gathering held at the Free- trade Hall, in which the only marks of anything approaching to ill-temper were the somewhat peevish and querulous...

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A discussion has arisen as to whether it is lawful

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to read the Revised Version of the New Testament in churches, as if it were an Authorised Version for this purpose. But it appears certain that that is not the case. It has been...

The Census Returns are oozing out in driblets. It is

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said, but we will not vouch for the precise accuracy of the figures, that the population of the United Kingdom will be found to be thirty-four millions, of which twenty-five...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson was, as usual, very amusing last Tuesday,

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in his resistance to the adjournment over the Derby Day. He complained that the holiday-makers first object to putting down business for the Derby Day, on the ground that there...

Dean Stanley expressed on Sunday last what we believe will

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prove to be the mature judgment of scholars on the Revised Version of the New Testament, when ho declared that'' never before had the English nation had the same opportunity V...

"No man who knows soldiers, or their particular way of

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thinking, or who is acquainted with the many trifles which go to make up esprit do corps, would ever deprive a soldier of any peculiarity he prides himself on, without having...

The official first stone of Selwyn College, at Cambridge, was

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laid on Wednesday,—the real first stone having been laid some months previously, for the walls are already rising fast,—and the .occasion was, of course, used to say all the...

Consols were on Friday 100,: i to moi ex div.

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THE LIBERALS AND THE GOVERNMENT. T HE moat hopeless feature in the situation of the Land Bill—indeed, the only hopeless one—is the inability of Liberal Members to understand...

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D ID Lord Salisbury's speech on Monday amount to a retractation of his speech at the Merchant Taylors' dinner on the 19th May, or not ? That is the question which politicians...

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I T seems almost foolish to say that M. Gambetta is contented with the Constitution of France, just when he is supporting so great an alteration as the Scrutin de Lisle may...

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T HE more recent Leaders of the Tory Party may, in some sense, be called Conservative, Radical, Whig, and Tory leaders of the Tories. The late Sir Robert Peel was nothing, if...


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T HE new Census of London has been published, and the figures, which show an increase within the decade of more than half a million, have been received with the usual mixture of...

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T HE laying of the first stone of Selwyn College recalls the two controversies which were excited a good many years ago by the corresponding ceremony in connection with Keble...

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R. J. G. ROMANES gives a very clear and terse sum- inary, in the Nineteenth Century for June, ot the points winch are clearly established in relation to the intelligence of...

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M R. MATTHEW ARNOLD is not a pessimist, at all events in the department of thought. He doubts the existence of insoluble problems, and, indeed, thinks that for most of them, if...

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THE CARLYLE MEMORIAL. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE ..13PECTATOR.1 SI11,—Is it possible (as reported) that the public are stopping their subscriptions to the Carlyle Memorial, because...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] Siu,—Perhaps the numerous persons who are complaining, publicly or privately, of the substitution of love for charity in the new rendering of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,-91.6 very temperate and reasonable letter of "An Oppo- nent of Vivisection," in this week's Specator, appears to request an answer from...


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"THE MONOLOGUE OF DEATH." [Those lino. spoken by the Spirit of Death, in the guise of a "white pilgrim," are shared from a tragedy, called "The White Pilgrim," and printed for...


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LTO TES EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Under the head of " Current Literature," in last week's Spectator, I see this passage :—" We see repeated again the curious story of...


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compiler of the work on the above (reviewed in the Spectator of May 28th) can hardly have been at the pains to verify his references, as the will attributed to the fifth Earl of...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [THIRD NOTICE.] .LET us say a few more words upon this large third gallery, 'which is, after all, the "Tribune," as it were, of Burlington House. Mr. T. H....

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BISHOP WILBERFORCE'.* CANON ASIIWELL has found a worthy successor in Mr. Reginald Wilberforce. In this second volume of BishoP Wilberforce'e Life the personality of the writer...

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F II OM E XILE .* IT is not many

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months since there came out in one of the Magazines an article on " Novel-writing," by Me. James Payn. It was addressed, if we remember rightly, to various would-be novelists,...

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LORD ELLENBOROUGH.* THESE two volumes comprise the private diary kept

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by Lord Ellenborough during the stirring period of the Catholic Eman- cipation Act, when he successively held in the Wellington Cabinet the offices of Lord Privy Seal and...

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Tnx magnitude of the work of M. Reclus, three volumes of• which are now before us in its English version, renders. it impossible to consider it in detail. The comprehensive , ....

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CHINESE IMMIGRATION.* MR. SEWARD'S book affords a very curious commentary

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on the somewhat grandiloquent preamble iu the Burlingham Treaty with China of July, 1868, setting forth that " The United States of America and the Emperor of China cordially...

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THE Contemporary is full of papers of a certain interest, the most readable, perhaps, being two on Lord Beaconsfield—one shy " Shirley," from the admiring point of view ; and...

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My Start in Life. By a Young Middy. 1 vol.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—These bright letters of a young middy are pleasant reading. He starts in such freshness and high spirits, and writes so naturally, that his indifference to...

An Old Educational Reformer t Dr. Andrew Bell. By Professor

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Moiklejohn. (Blackwood,)—It is not every one in these days who knows what is meant by the "Madras System" which some eighty years ago made the name of Boll famous. Briefly, it...

Mother Shipton Investigated. By William H. Harrison. (W. n. Harrison.)—Mr.

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Harrison has collected here in a handy little volume what is known of "Mother Shipton." He would have done better,. perhaps, if he had omitted some very unsavoury details of a...

Alfred Tennyson : H is Life and Works. By Walter E.

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Waco. (Mac- niven and Wallace.) — If it is right to produce a book of this kind at all, Mr. Waco may be allowed the credit of having performed his task in a satisfactory manner....


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Man's Mora/ Nature. By R. W. Backe, M.D. (Trtibner and Co.) —The author of this essay is, it appears, an ardent admirer of Walt Whitman ; hence, perhaps, some of the obscurities...

Shakespeare : Selected Plays, Abridged for the Use of the

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Young. By Samuel l3randram. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—It is not necessary to adopt the opinion of the royal critic, that much of Shakespeare was "sad stuff," before wo approve of...

The Future of Palestine. By 13. Walker. (Nisbet.)—Mr. Walker gives

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us, by way of introduction, an interesting account of the German colony of Haifa, near Carmel. Wo quite agree with him in thinking that this shows what may be done with...

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Remains of Gentilion and Judaism. By John Aubrey, F.L.S., 1686.87.

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Edited and annotated by James Britten, F.L.S. (Published for the Folk-Lore Society, by Solihull, Peyton, and Co.)—This curious manuscript of Aubroy's has never before been...

The Book of Scotsmen Eminent for Achievements in Arms and

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Arts, 'Church and State, Law, Legislation, and Literature, Commerce, Science, and Philanthropy. Compiled and arranged by Joseph Irving. (A. Gardner, Paisley.)—We regret to begin...

With Irregulars in the Transvaal and Zululand. By W. H.

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Tomasson. (Remington.)—Mr. Tomaseon's reminiscences are, in fact, much more occupied with Zululand than with the Transvaal. His book was written before the Boor revolt...