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After apologizing for his deficiencies as a local representative, Mr.

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Gladstone stated that he was not going to apologize for his G-overnment, as he did not think that the future of the Govern- ment policy would in its main features differ from...

Further, Mr. Gladstone pledged the Government to the intro- duction

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of the Ballot Bill. As to the House of Lords, he thought there were "various particulars in which the constitution of that House might, under favourable circumstances, be...

It is curious to note the kind of eagerness with

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which the new Government of Germany regards all questions of money. Prince Bismarck, in his speech to Parliament on 12th October, upon the new Convention with France, said he...


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m R. GLADSTONE, on Saturday, delivered at Greenwich, before a crowd of electors, workmen, and roughs, a Aspeech that has acted on opinion like a fresh breeze. Half the mists...

As to Education, Mr. Gladstone said, "Reason and common- sense

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required us to turn to account the vast machinery of edu- cation already existing in this country, and mainly provided by the Christian philanthropy and the voluntary action of...

Mr. Thiers addressed the Council-General of the Seine-et-Oise on the

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27th October in a speech on the necessity of order. He had not made the Republic, but had received it as a trust, and that trust should not perish in his hands. The Republic...

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Mr. Gladstone .has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellors. of

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Oxford and Cambridge, explaining that the Ministry think a complete inquiry should be made into the property and. revenues of Oxford and Cambridge,—not only the Universities,...

The intelligence which drops in from Persia from to -day

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fully confirms our view of the calamity. Colonel Pelly at Bushire telegraphs that he has 2,4500 starving wretches to feed daily, and that the very appearance of the children in...

The Emperor of Austria has for the moment terminated the

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constitutional crisis by accepting the resignation of the Hohenwart Ministry. Baron Adlerberg has been appointed Premier, with orders to find a compromise, but no Cabinet...

The grades of Cornet and Ensign are abolished, The proba-

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tioners, called Sub-Lieutenants, receive their first commission as Lieutenants, and rise by seniority to be Majors. A Majority, how- ever, can be held, and a...

The Railway system of the Continent has been thrown out

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of . gear by the war. Complaints of uupunctuality are incessant, and the Tines publishes daily accounts of robberies of luggage. To the English traveller, however, the most...

The various divisions showed a decided excess of voting strengtlk

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on the side of the fees to denominational schools, and, in spite of Professor Huxley's opposition, a great excess of able speaking on the same side. A remark of Mr. Few's on...

Purchase, which was killed last Session, was buried on Wednes-

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day, November I. From that date a new system of appointment and promotion comes into force. By a Royal Warrant, dated October 30, it is ordered that for the future Purchase...

The Bonapartist movement in Corsica seems to have broken down

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in this way. The Bonapartiets arranged a prontoicimniotto there, and arranged that Prince Napoleon, who is intriguing "pretty much on his own hook," as the Americans say, and...

The Metropolitan School Board, after a week's hard debating, —in

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the course of which Professor Huxley, apparently bout on undermining, even before he had read, our high opinion of his political abilities, indulged in a violent, unwise, and...

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Country folk believe Loudon to be a sink of malaria

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and iniquity. It is, in truth, one of the healthiest towns in the world, indeed, but for one or two districts, might be the healthiest, and one of the most innocent in England....

The Irish bishops have formulated their demands as regards education.

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With regard to primary education, they ask in effect that ia schools where there are no Protestant children, there should. he no restriction whatever on Roman Catholic...

The Catholic Bishops further demand a commission in which Catholics

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would have confidence, to rearrange the endowments of the middle-class schools ; aud as to the higher education, they demand either a Catholic University, or an endowed Cathlic...

There seems to have been a strangely dramatic element, a

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'specialty of horror, about the recent forest fires in Wisconsin and Michigan. The flame bad not time, as it were, to destroy the trunks of the pines, but leaped on the leaves...

The rumour which we discredited last week as too bad

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to believe turns out to be true. S. Angulo, the Spanish Minister of Finance, has really proposed to a sub-committee, and will propose to the Cortes, to steal 18 per cent. of the...

Consols were on Friday 93 to 93k.

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Lord F. Cavendish spoke at Hebden on Saturday, Sir T.

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Bazley at Manchester on Tuesday, and Mr. Birley at Newton- heath, Colonel Beresford at Rotherhithe, Mr. Wellesley Peel at 'Warwick, and others of less note elsewhere ; but none...

The Senate of the University of London, which had the

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right by the provisions of the Public Schools' Act to nominate a governor to Charterhouse and Rugby, has exercised its right by nominating Mr. Busk, F.R.S., to a governorship of...

Mr. Anthony Trollope, the novelist, has been entreating his fellow-subjects

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in Queensland to be content, or, at least, to grumble less. He heard, he said, that everything was going wrong, but he never met with anyone who had not three meals a day. He...

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MR. GLADSTONE AT GREENWICH. M ' R. GLADSTONE has reconquered Greenwich, and under I the circumstances that is a great deal to have accom- plished. The victory proves that the...

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WHY GREAT LIBERAL MAJORITIES DIE YOUNG. AiDn his Greenwichspeech oncaovnignig.atsuularyteivd

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survived or hi f m- G E w r e enaws eci n h three full years in spite of his great majority. Liberal Ministries with great majorities behind them, he remarked, so far from...

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W E have often expressed our own view that the abler men amongst the Peers would add far more to the strength of the Lower House if elected, as they would certainly be elected,...

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T HE general impression left by the new Orders as to the Appointments and Promotion of Officers in the Army, published to the world on Wednesday, will, we think, be this. The...

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S IR T. D. ACLA.ND, in his recent speech to the Farmers of Broadclyst, made a passing allusion to one of the most curious phenomena of English country life, one which from time...

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TR. MARTINEAU, who never touches any subject, we will not say, as we should say of his present antagonist, Mr. Matthew Arnold, without adorning it, though that is often enough ,...

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" B LACKWOOD " is not exactly the place where one would expect to find a very resolute article in favour of the principle of social equality, but there is such an article in...

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T IIE Parisian Commune rallied to itself, at least, one man of uncommon character, Captain RoseeI ; and perhaps the worst use to which the French Government could put him would...


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IN SEARC1I OF SCOTCH SERMONS. [Famt A CORRESPONDIM.] London, November 2. Ulm most other persons, I have often heard the praises of Scotch Sermons sung by Scotchmen. My Scotch...

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SIR THOMAS ACLAND AND THE RURAL LABOURER. [To Tali EDITOR Or TEM .. SPEOTATOR.1 SIR,—You have done me much honour by noticing a short speech of mine addressed to my...

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THE uSPEOTATORn &n, —There are some comments of yours on the suicide of Samuel Howard which I could venture to urge, with your permission, on the grave consideration, not...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—For some time I determined not to trouble my head with a controversy which is no immediate concern of mine. But our brains are far...

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[To TEIE EDITOR OF THE SPEC/TATOU:] SIR, —It is said that the great fire at Chicago originated in the. upsetting of a burning fluid-lamp. It may have been so, but I do not...


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[TO THE EDITOR Op THE SPEOTATOR,1 Sin, — You may be interested in learning that in a West-- Midland diocese an attempt has been made to revive the Sump- tuary laws and to set...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SpEariroa."3

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SIR,—Supposing the school fees paid for destitute children not to exceed what would have been paid at a Board school, and the equal efficiency of the secular instruction given...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR."] Stn,—Your indulgence emboldens me to ask leave to say yet a few words more. You insist with great force on the time which would be lost in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPROTATOR.1 Sin,—In your notice of the Report you ask who was the medium or Psychic in whose presence Dr. Edmunds' ponderous dining- table was swung...


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TAINE'S HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.* Mn. VAN LAUN has done a difficult task admirably by translating into the English of a scholar one of the most brilliant books that France...

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ANYONE who read the Episodes and has seen this continuation of them, must have greeted it, as we did, gratefully and with un- mixed pleasure. To return to these touching stories...

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Tins is an elder work of Dr. MeCoeh, whose Christianity and Positivism was lately reviewed in these columns. It belongs to that numerous family of writings which owes its...

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A Snap Gold Ring. By Frederick Wedmore. (Smith and Elder.,)-- This is a cleverly written without being a good novel. The hero, an artist and a man of culture, begins bie career...

THE INTE1NAT1ONA.L.* A Fuesal101ag, as a rule, and if lie

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can, begins at the beginning, and consequently, no one should ha surprised to find, on the threshold of a history of the International, the usual references to John of Leyden,...

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Love and Valour. By Torn Hood. 8 vols. (Hurst and

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Blaokett.)— Mr. Hood provides himself with throe heroes, one of whom ha o two love affaire, so that he has plenty of "love" to talk about ; two of them he takes to India and...

Christendom: Sketched front History in the Light of Holy Scripture.

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By Charles Girdlestono, M.A. (Sampson Low and Co.) —Mr. Girdlestono, wo should tell our readers at once, is not at all satisfied with the con- dition of Christendom as it has...