4 JUNE 1887

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The new Ministry on Tuesday laid its programme before the

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'Chamber, promising that it would reduce expenditure by £2,400,000; that it would go on with the Military Bill; that it would maintain a dignified, prudent, and firm foreign...


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M GRAVY has adhered to his determination not to sum- • mon M. Cl6mencean, and to drop General Boulanger ; and after infinite difficulty, he has succeeded in obtaining a...

The gist of Mr. Chamberlain's first speech is contained in

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the saying that "the cleavage of the Liberal Party has become com- plete and irretrievable." He led up to this, however, by a sketch of the history of the last twelve months, in...

ye The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Sir Henry James's speech was mainly directed against the alliance

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between Liberals and Parnellites. He had seceded because of that alliance, disliking Parnellite principles and din- trusting their men. It was now said that no one ever...

Two most important meetings of the National Radical Union were

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held on Wednesday in Birmingham, with Mr. Chamberlain in the chair. At the first, held in the Midland Institute, a letter was read from Lord Hartington declaring that he saw no...

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Mr. Parnell, it is stated in the Daily Express of

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Dublin, is not inclined to lose his rents because tenants will not pay. A man named Kennedy held twenty acres of grass-land in Avondale, at £3 15s. an acre, but after an...

Prince Bismarck has replied to the revelations of General Le

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Flo by publishing some despatches from Prince Reuss, who was German Ambassador in St. Petersburg at the time (May, 1875). They only show that the Emperor Alexander, when talking...

As the Crimea Bill slowly passes through the House, Mr.

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Gladstone's resistance to it increases in determination, if not in violence. Addressing a deputation from Crewe which visited Hawarden on Tuesday, Mr. Gladstone told them that...

Mr. Gladstone made on Thursday a journey through Wales to

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Swansea, which his followers hope will excite enthusiasm throughout the country. He was received at the different stations through which he passed with great enthusiasm, and...

The Times' correspondent states that the precautions observed for the

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Czar's protection on the railway-lines bstween St. Peters- burg and Novo-Tcherkask, the Cossack capital, were of the most extraordinary and costly character. The lines were...

We adverted last week to the possibility of a "corner,"

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or monopoly, being established in corn. It appears that such a monopoly has been established in the Liverpool cotton market ; and has so alarmed the spinners, that they are...

The Times of Wednesday publishes another of its articles furiously

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condemning the Parnellites as men leagued with societies organised for murder, and at its close offers a grave warning to the authorities. It believes that the dynamiter section...

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Somebody is always adding a new hygienic terror to life.

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This time it is Dr. Klein, who on Friday week delivered a lecture at the Royal Institution, showing that we may catch scarlet-fever from milk which has not been polluted...

Mr. Vulliamy, the Ipswich Coroner, is probably an indiscreet person;

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but the censures passed on his recent conduct are far too severe. He had insisted, unwisely, it may be, on excluding reporters from an inquest held on the body of a young girl...

The strikes in Belgium are not over, but they appear

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to be slowly dying down. The. miners have given up the contest for the year, and the workers above-ground are unwilling to face the gendarmes. The singular feature of the...

A correspondent complains bitterly of the difficulty occa- sionally experienced

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in obtaining copies of interesting Blue- Books. In theory they are always obtainable through any bookseller, and in practice this is the case with Blue-Books which nobody reads....

The Herald of Peace quotes some official statistics about one

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of the most extraordinary and least noticed movements now going on in the world. We have repeatedly called attention to the ever-increasing volume of Italian emigration,...

The Germans and Poles in both Germany and Austria are

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ex- ceedingly irritated bya ukase just issued by the Russian Govern- ment. Foreigners are forbidden by this decree to acquire freeholds in Russia, and ordered to dispose of...

We hardly understand the fuss made because the Maharajah Dhuleep

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Singh is now in Russia. It appears to be quite true that he is there seeking assistance to threaten the British Government into increasing hie pension, that he has constant...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 102k to 102f.

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THE DISRUPTION OF THE LIBERAL PARTY. A FTER a long and painful mental struggle, the leaders of the Unionists have satisfied themselves that there is no hope of reuniting the...

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GREVY has succeeded for the moment. His steady, not to say obstinate determination to drop General Boulanger and to bar out M. Ckimenceau, almost compelled the more...


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T HERE is a momentary lull in the storm of Irish debate, and we may take advantage of it to press an argument which is of importance, although it will neither be used nor...

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IR RICHARD TEMPLE has not yet made his mark in Parlia- ment, and though Punch bestows on him the compliment of frequent caricature, reporters hardly understand the estimate of...

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N O doubt it would be possible to exaggerate the importance of the recent resistance to the collection of tithe in North Wales. The Welsh have always been liable from time to...

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M R. HUGHES'S address this day week at Carlisle is not pleasant reading for those who, like ourselves, have watched the co-operative movement with constant and in- creasing...

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W E have been careful to transcribe below the exact particulars which it pleases her Majesty's Stationery Office to set forth as to the mode of purchase of the Report of the...

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R EADING Miss Cobbe's clever paper in this month's Con- temporary on " The Fear that Kills," we were struck, as we have often been struck before, with the new form of Utopianism...

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T HOUGH there is no fear that the Queen's Jubilee will be lacking in heartiness or loyalty, there does seem some ground for the complaint that its celebration will want that...

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OF all the ocean-birds whose welcome forms beguile the tedium of a long sea-voyage, perhaps the great, or wandering albatross (Dionzedea exularts), the fateful bird of nautical...

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ECONOMIC LEGISLATION IN SWITZERLAND. [To ram Emma or Tar ..sezermoz."] Sra,-I observe in your issue of May 21st a letter with the above heading, in which the writer asks for...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 TH74 " 872071.7011..] SIR,-For some considerable time there has been much distress) among the population of this parish. I have refrained until now from giving...

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"KIDNAPPED :" AN ALLEGORY. WE were five in one nest ; Warm and soft was our home, With its lichen-capp'd dome, By bramble and briar caress'd ; And all day and night, While the...


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [szcoND NoTICE.] LANDSCAPE-PAINTING. THERE is one respect in which the exhibitions of the Royal Academy are very depressing, and from year to year their...

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CREIGHTON'S "HISTORY OF THE PAPACY." Tax period with which Mr. Creighton now deals is less attractive than that which occupied his first two volumes. They told of a time in...

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Tins interesting and solid contribution to Mr. Lang's handy series is worthy alike of Mr. Symonds and of the still neglected dramatist whose works and life it describes. More...

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MISS BAYLE'S ROMANCE.* Taman the authorship of this novel is,

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we believe, an open secret, we prefer to treat it as a closed one with which we have nothing to do. The system of advertising a book by withholding, in the first place, the...

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M. GARDINER'S new volume deals with the history of our great Civil War from August, 1642, when Charles I. unfurled his standard at Nottingham, to November, 1644, when he entered...

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THERE could be no justification for the appearance of this volume of more than four hundred pages, were it not, as the title-page intimates, a vindication of character. Nor...

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Da. WESTCOTT is a spiritual optimist: in the shattering of old beliefs, the non-fulfilment of Scripture promises, the moral degradation rather than the moral progress of...

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No one has as yet sung fittingly the Jubilee Ode. The Poet- Laureate's was a failure ; and Mr. Swinburne's, which is a hymn to England, not to her Queen, though it contains some...

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Ralph Waldo Emerson : his Maternal Ancestors. By David Greene

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Haskins, D.D. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—Dr. Haskins quotes on his title-page an appropriate sentence, "Every man in a bundle of his ancestors," and proceeds to give us some...

Angling Reminiscences of the Rivers and Lochs of Scotland. By

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Thomas Tod Stoddart. (Hamilton, Adams, and Co.)—This is a new edition, published fifty years after the first appearance of the work. It is for the most part written in the...


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Gleanings from a Tour in Palestine and the East. By Charles D. Bell, D.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The friend who advised Dr. Bell to publish these recollections of his travels...

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A Comedy Without Laughter. By Percy Roes. (Longmans.)— Rhona Lascelles

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has two lovers, and the comedy, which at one time comes near to as much tragedy as modern life commonly admits, has for its subject the working out of the relations between...

The Throne of the Fisherman. By Thomas W. Allies. (Burns

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and Oates.)—It is beyond our province to discuss the great question which Mr. Allies deals with in this volume. He sees in the supremacy of the Pope "the root, the bond, and the...

A Short History of the Canadian People. By George Bryce,

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M.A. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr. Bryce has given a history of Canada from the very earliest period. After a preliminary chapter on " The Dominion of Canada," in which he describes...

Tasozota—The Charter of Christianity, by the Rev. Andrew Tait, D.D.

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(Hodder and Stoughton), is a full examination of the Sermon on the Mount, with a special view to the comparison of its ethical teaching with that of ancient moralists. It is...

The Picture of Paul. By the Rev. IL R. newels.

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(C. Burnet and Co.)—The two first volumes of the series to which this belongs were reviewed in the Spectator a few months ago, and it is needless to do more than to say that our...