4 MAY 1872

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The danger we have now to guard against, —and it

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seems serious,—is lest our Government, being relieved of most of their Sear of actual damages for the Indirect Claims, should accept the authority of the Tribunal without...

The Convention of Liberal Republicans met at Cincinnati on Thursday,

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but no report of its proceedings has been as yet re- ceived. It has to prepare its " platform," which is a work of time, and to elect a candidate for the Presidency, often a...

The papers were accordingly presented to Parliament on Wednesday, and

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afford a full history of the transaction, which may be briefly summarized thus. After a long correspondence on the annoyance felt in Canada at the terms of the Treaty, the sale...

The French Government has resolved to re-establish the Council of

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State, the body of experienced officials who control depart- mental work, decide all quarrels among functionaries, grant per- missions to prosecute them, revise the proceedings...


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T HE rumour of last week that the American Government were prepared to make some concession on the subject of the Indirect Claim has been confirmed by all the news, official and...

Vesuvius has been in eruption all the week, and for

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a few days, notably on the 26th April, it was feared that Torre del Greco and other towns round the bay would be destroyed. The roar of the mountain was frightful, " like...

The House of Commons had a surprise on Monday not

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alto- gether of a pleasaut kind. Sir G. Jenkinson asked whether it was true that the British Government had promised if Canada would accept the Washington Treaty to guarantee a...

11 ' * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in

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any case.

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Lord Clarence Paget and Mr. Goschen have had this week

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a- somewhat lively passage of arms, in which the victory remains, unmistakably with the latter. Lord Clarence wrote to Monday's Times a letter, written, he said, under a very...

Lord Clarence replied on Thursday, but to little effect. He

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questioned the fact as to the Agincourt's being at her full speed when the accident happened ; asserted that the cause of the Lord Clyde's misfortune was that her fires were...

It is believed in the City that M. Thiers has

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obtained assurances , that if the indemnity were paid France would be evacuated, and that a very heavy French loan is at hand. The time is unfavour- able for such an operation,...

Mr. Goschen, interrogated on the subject on Tuesday in the

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House of Commons, replied with a good deal of vigour and effect, pointing out that Lord Clarence had assumed a cause for disasters. of which the history was not yet known, and...

Two telegrams have been received this week from Zanzibar, one

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announcing that natives have arrived there with news that Mr. Stanley, the agent despatched by the New York Herald to find Dr. Livingstone, has succeeded in his quest. The great...

The Carlist insurrection in Spain seemed at the beginning of

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the week to be formidable, but all the reports of Friday indicate that it is dying away. Don Carlos's proclamation, promising to restore the fueros or provincial liberties,...

Of course the Bill was the subject of a good

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many jokes. Mr. Scourfield addressed the Speaker " with sentiments tinged with sadness and mournfulness, arising from the reflection that he was now probably addressing the last...

The Ballot Bill got out of committee on Thursday, after

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a great debate on a proposal by Mr. Synan that the presiding officer should mark the paper for a voter who could not read. Mr. Forster resisted this at first as dangerous to...

On Wednesday, Mr. Jacob Bright brought on his Bill for

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extending the suffrage to women-householders,—the thin edge of the wedge, as everybody seemed to see for the first time on Wed- nesday, towards giving the suffrage to all adult...

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According to a Time telegram of 3rd May, the new

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Viceroy, Lord Northbrook, has pronounced distinctly against Mr. Cowan, the officer who ordered the Kooka executions, especially as regards the blowing away of six men, who were...

The Licensing Bill passed its second reading in the House

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of Lords on Thursday, after a debate of very little importance, though one speech, the Bishop of Peterborough's (Dr. Magee's), was remarkable and courageous. He pleaded for the...

We ventured to say a word three weeks ago for

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the Camden Collegiate Schools for Girls, one of the very few charitable trust schemes for the education of girls in England, and the only one, we believe, of any account in...

Mr. Trevelyan on Friday week brought up the subject of

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County Franchise, in a long and striking speech on the condition of the agricultural labourers, which he maintained would be ame- liorated by a share of political power. He was...

Lord Hartington seems greatly afraid of an Irish spectre. It

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appears that an Act was passed by the Irish Parliament to pre- vent the Irish people from holding " Conventions "—illegal Par- liaments—and Mr. P. J. Smyth wants to repeal it....

Consols were on Friday 93 to 93k.

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Lord Hatherley has lost his Bill for the creation of

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a Supreme Court. Lord Cairns on Tuesday opposed the resolution which it was necessary to carry before the Bill could pass—the 13111 reducing the privileges of the Lords—in a...

The Lower House of Convocation has debated the Athanasian 'Creed

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all the week, with the deplorable results on which we have elsewhere commented. Here, however, we must do justice to the ,speech of the Dean of Westminster, which, though...

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T HE history of this Canadian transaction leaves a bad taste in the month. Mr. Gladstone will doubtless be able to say a great deal for the arrangement, and it is quits possible...


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THE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES. I T seems to be admitted on all hands that the Government of the United States has not as yet made any formal concession on the subject...

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T HE debate in Convocation, though full of learning and ability, is not cheerful reading. It indicates the exist- ence of a chasm between the Clergy and the Laity, and even...

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T HE worst feature about this Female Suffrage controversy in Parliament is its dilettante character. Mx. Jacob Bright is proposing a new Reform Bill of gigantic dimensions, a...

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I T the French statesmen are really desirous of creating a second Chamber, a point upon which we entertain a good deal of doubt, they have just now what would seem to be a...

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A SELECT Committee of the House of Commons has been employed for the last two Sessions in an inquiry into " The Constitution of the Diplomatic and Consular Services, and their...

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UT E presume we may ascribe to Mr. R. A. Proctor the very interesting paper in the new number of the Cortahili Illayazine, in which he pushes further the argument already...

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T HERE is, we fancy, but little reason, or rather there is but one reason, for the kind of consternation created in some quarters by the recent strikes among Servants. If there...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTAT010] SIR,—I do not know whether any words of St. Paul are likely to have weight with Mr. Moncure Conway. St. Paul is considered, I believe, by...


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MR. MAURICE'S DOCTRINE ON ETERNAL PUNISHMENTS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] SIR,—Your interesting article of April 13, which I believe gives the true explanation of the...

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PEASANT HOARD ? [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There are one or two points in the different conditions of the English and Irish peasant which are perhaps not without...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] 'SLR, —Will you permit me to address to you a few words con- cerning the opinion you have expressed on the Irish University question? After...


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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. IT is seldom possible to say in a word whether the Exhibition of the Royal Academy is good or bad. Of course the description must in either case be given by...

Sin,—While not anxious to add to what your courtesy has

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per- mitted me to say in your columns any discussion of the question whether I have ' given up the case' or not, I wish simply to add, in conclusion, that I still rest in the...

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FRENCH DIPLOMACY IN ITALY.-1859-62. 5 Tug reader who takes up this book will naturally expect an agreeable change from the French literature of the last six or eight- months, a...

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THE joys and sorrows, the loves and the lornnesses of young heiresses have furnished themes to novel-writers ever since heiresses or novelists have existed. The old romances of...

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of no small praise, and full of interesting matter, but we must begin our criticism with the most general objection which can be taken to any book. The subject itself is a...

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CHEAP SCHOOL BOOKS.* " MY dear Miss Pecksuiff," said Mrs.

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Todgers, " the gravy alone is enough to add twenty years to one's age, I do assure you." This always seemed to us one of the small touches that show true dramatic power, the...

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Tins novelette has a character of its own, and but for the rather conventional and forced intrusion into it of the comic element, would deserve to rank as a story of some power....

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THE PRINCES DE CONDE.* THE Due d'Aumale made a happy

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selection of a subject upon which to employ his enforced leisure in exile when he determined to give the world a history of the House of Conde. He was fitted for the task by his...

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Bishop of Natal in his introduction, " have elapsed since Part V. of this work was published," on the merits and defects of which we at that time expressed our judgment. The...