4 OCTOBER 1879

Page 1


The Spectator

T HE fog has lifted from Afghanistan, and the country sees clearly what has to be done. With the flight of the Ameer from his capital, general government ends in Afghanistan,...

The anti-rent agitation in Ireland is producing evil fruit. Lord

The Spectator

Normanton has, it is true, written to the Pall Mall Gazette to deny that his tenants at Emly have refused to pay rent; but the Marquis of Headfort and his agent, Mr. O'Connor,...

September 29th is the feast of St. Michael, and the

The Spectator

grand Legitimist day in France. The party accordingly held ban- quets in fourteen places in Paris, and a grand celebration at the Chttteau de Chambord, at which M. do Baragnon...

The Revenue Returns of the six months ending October 1st

The Spectator

are exceedingly bad. The Customs show a decline of £438,000, and the Excise Duties of 2593,000, both items testifying to the in- creasing poverty of the people. It used to be...

General Baker received, on September 27th, at Kushi, a message

The Spectator

from the Ameer,, asking for a refuge for himself, his child, the Commander-in-Chief Daoud Shah, and some other Afghan notables. In the evening the letter was followed by Yakoob...

The question of the probability of resistance at Cabul is

The Spectator

still anxiously discussed, the general view being that there will be none, as Afghans seldom resist when expected. That view is by far the more probable, but two off-chances...

** The Editors cannot undertake to ret urn Manuecript in

The Spectator

any case.

Page 2

The Fishmongers' Company entertained Sir Evelyn Wood at dinner on

The Spectator

Tuesday, and Sir Evelyn made a speech which must have a little shocked the modesty of one or two of the guests, whose feats were described as if they had just been gazetted to....

Sir Garnet Wolseley's instructions to the two Residents ap- pointed

The Spectator

to watch the new Chiefs in Zululand have been published, and show that the system adopted is not exactly annexation. The Residents are to give advice to the Chiefs, but are not...

Sir William Harcourt delivered a speech at Southport on Friday,

The Spectator

full, like Mr. Grant Duff's speech at Newtown, of scorn for the existing Government. We have given a description of it elsewhere, but must allude here to the noteworthy point...

The United States have had an Isandlaua of their own.

The Spectator

The Utes, a tribe of Red Indians dwelling on the border between Colorado and Utah, have inflicted a severe loss on the Regular troops. Major Thornburgh, with two hundred and...

The most original part of the good Bishop's speech was

The Spectator

on the Burial question. He rose altogether out of trivialities about rights of interment, and asked whether interment could go on at all :—" Cemeteries are becoming not only a...

Prince Bismarck is said, while at Vienna, to have expressed

The Spectator

to Edhem Pasha great friendliness for Turkey, and Baron Haymerle has sent messages to Constantinople which the Sultan highly ap- proves. The Austro-German friendship is,...

The Social Science Congress is this year held at Manchester,

The Spectator

and its President, the Bishop, made Manchester the subject of his address. The total effect of his description is a little depressing. Ho shows that good arrangements have been...

Page 3

The present mania for testing endurance in men and animals

The Spectator

should be carefully watched, for it tends to degenerate into a cruel curiosity. Many of the pedestrians who engage in the 4 ' long " matches at the Agricultural Hall injure...

An extraordinary case of baby-farming has been discovered at Liverpool.

The Spectator

A man named Barns, formerly a solicitor's clerk, and his wife, have been committed for trial on a charge of murder, and it is asserted that they have made a trade of murdering...

The Belgian Bishops appear to be pushing their conflict with

The Spectator

the State to very great lengths. They are irritated by the clauses in the new system, which provide that religious instruc- tion shall be given out of school-hours, though...

Colonel Redvers Buller has also made a speech at Exeter,

The Spectator

in which, after some just remarks upon the danger which exists in our day that the General will be forgotten in his instruments, special correspondents not being able to see the...

A local report of Lord Elcho's speech at Winchcombe has

The Spectator

been forwarded to us, from which it appears that his Lordship did not say that he expected an " amicable "'settlement with Afghanistan, but a satisfactory settlement ; and did...

The French Forestry Department, according to the Poly- Ublion, are

The Spectator

satisfying themselves that forests directly increase the supply of water in their neighbourhood. From careful ob- servations at Senlis and Nancy, they have decided that it rains...

The Times announces that Colonel Gordon, the Governor- General of

The Spectator

Soudan, is about to return home, and that the effort to suppress the Egyptian slave-trade and to keep order in that vast region will probably be abeaidoned. There is no money to...

Consols were on Friday 97 7 , to 98.

The Spectator

Page 4


The Spectator

THE CONTINUANCE OF DEPRESSION. W E cannot profess to be much interested in calculations as to the Budget of next April. Only one-half the financial year has passed, there is no...

Page 5


The Spectator

T HE flight of the Ameor of Cabul to the British camp is a most disastrous event. It ends all possibility of form- ing an alliance with " a strong, friendly, and independent...


The Spectator

T HE Government of India has picked out from among all its competent servants an Irish Surgeon to accompany General Roberts as Political Agent to Cabul, and will, in all...

Page 6


The Spectator

N O contemporary public man has improved so much as a speaker as Sir William Harcourt. Opposition has in this iespect done him a world of service. In good, damaging hits at an...

Page 7


The Spectator

S IR EVELYN WOOD is a soldier of whom the Fish- mongers' Company and his own county and the whole kingdom do well to be proud, and we only hope he may speedily have fuller scope...

Page 8


The Spectator

T HE Telegraph of Monday contained an interesting notice of the late Mr. Peter Vargas—he died on September 26th— a man unknown to the public, who filled for an unusual period an...

Page 9


The Spectator

O NE good thing has come to us through the pressure of " hard times." The Doctors, especially the fashionable doctors, are not only interesting themselves, but trying to...

Page 10


The Spectator

[To TUE EDITOR OF THE SPRCTATOR.1 Sin, —The policy of aggression can hardly be in favour just now. The prospect of what is before us in Afghanistan is con- fessedly &gloomy...


The Spectator

THE DUKE OF ARGYLL ON LEASES. [To THE EDITOR OF TRI9 " BPEOTATOR."] Sin,—The Duke of Argyll, in his letter in last week's Spectator, referring to a communication of mine in...

Page 11


The Spectator

me to say a word about a curiously puzzle-headed idea, now very popular with some of those who are incapable of exact thought, which I have last seen in Mr. Moggridge's letter...


The Spectator

(TO THE EDITOR Or TaB "SPECTATOIL . 1 Sra,—Mr , Foxton's case, described iu your number for September 20th, illustrates well the Irish land question, which so many Englishmen...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,--In your issue of the 27th ult., you quote a story told in some of the papers of hawks having been noticed, in parts of England and...

Page 12


The Spectator

IN A TIME OF TROUBLE, As an eagle, from the height, Looking down upon the lands, On forests black as night, Fair fields and desert sands, Sees the traveller below Losing heart,...


The Spectator

CATHARINE AND CRAUFURD T A.IT.* ME.. BENHAM'S brief preface explains the purpose of this volume,- and if apology be needed for publishing memories so sacred, it will belound in...

Page 14


The Spectator

Tin moods of this booli are strong and sustained, if not especi- ally varied. The prevailing tone is gloomy, rainy, and uncom- fortable : the wind moans in the reader's ears,...

Page 15


The Spectator

NEARLY "sixty years ago," when Italy was a loose geographical expression, and when the various States of the Italian peninsula were a prey to popes and priests, and patriots and...

Page 16


The Spectator

[FIRST NOTICE.] Tins is a formidable, but refreshing idea. There is a youthful literary ardour about it which flavours of America. It is some- what consoling, when criticism is...

Page 18


The Spectator

SOCIOLOGY, in its historical and arelneological aspect, has re- cently been undergoing changes analogous to those which, at .an earlier date, took place in the investigation of...

Page 19


The Spectator

The Ancient British Church : a Historical Essay. By John Price, M.A., Vicar of Bangor. (Longmans.)—This essay " was adjudged to be the best on The Ancient British Church,' of...

Page 20

A History of Altrinchant and Bowdon. By Alfred Ingham. (Mackie

The Spectator

and Browtnall, Altrincham.)—Mr. Ingham deserves many thanks for the labour and care with which he has put together this volume. Its chief interest is naturally local, but it...

Memoir of Henry Compton. Edited by Charles and Edward Comp-

The Spectator

ton. (Tinsley Brothers.)—The fame that is won upon the Stage passes away so quickly, that some of our readers may need to be reminded that Henry Compton (his real name was...

His Wife. By Mrs. C. J. Newby. 8 vols. (Samuel

The Spectator

Tinsley.)— This is as good a novel as any that we have seen before from Mrs. Newby's pen. The plot, if it contains nothing absolutely new, is constructed with considerable...

Philip Lyndon's Troubles. By Edith Owen Bourne. (S. Tinsley and

The Spectator

Co.)—We often hoar people say, " I hate a novel with a purpose," and yet a good many novels written with a purpose have won great popularity, and partly at least, fulfilled...

Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England

The Spectator

and the Borders. By William Henderson. (Satchel], Peyton, and Co.)— Thirteen years ago we reviewed at length the first edition of this curious and interesting book. We spoke...

Poems and Sonnets. By Harriett Steckel'. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—These

The Spectator

are the thoughts of a refined and cultivated woman,. expressed, for the most part, in pleasing verse. There is little originality and power, but there is often much tenderness...

Page 21

Comical French Grammar. By Edward James Drury. (George Rivers.)—" Tho

The Spectator

sign of corruption of manners in a country, it's the multiplicity of laws," wrote a learned Frenchman. We see a worse sign in the multiplicity of jokes. As, however, it will...

A Freak of Freedom ; or, the Republic of San

The Spectator

Marino. By J. Theodore Bent. (Longmans.)—Sun Marino is certainly one of the curiosities of the world ; a little Republic which has preserved its independence for fifteen...

Shadows of the Coming Truth t a Consideration of the

The Spectator

Broad Aspects of Religion, Visored in Connection with the Doctrines of Development. (Elliot Stock.)—The full descriptive title of this book is given, because it indicates...

an army (the Army of the West), marches 800 miles

The Spectator

beyond its base its communications liable to be cut off by the slightest effort of the enemy, mostly through a desalt, the whole distance almost totally destitute of resources,...

The Two Mothers. By J. M. Joy. (Bell and Sons.)—This

The Spectator

is a tale of the Frenoh Revolution. There is some merit in the plot. The way in which the sinister purposes of revenge cherished by "la belle Gabrielle" are defeated shows some...

Introduction to the Systematic Zoology and Morphology of Vertebrate Animals.

The Spectator

By A. Macalister, M.D. (Hodges, Dublin. 1878.)—This work forms part of the Dublin University Press Series. No brief :notice of it could adequately represent its mope and merit....

Page 22

NOVELS. — The Ambassador Extraordinary. 3 vole. (Bentley.)— The reader may get

The Spectator

no little enjoyment out of these three volumes, if he does not trouble himself to make out the plot, to identify the characters, or generally to understand what it is all...

Manchester Science Lectures. Ninth and tenth series. (Manchester, J. Heywood.)—Again

The Spectator

wo have to welcome the appearance in a cheap form of two fresh series of " Science Lectures for the People." Seventeen lectures, popular in the best sense of the word, having...

Northward Ito ! By Captain Albert H. Markham, R.N. (Mac-

The Spectator

millan.)—Captain Markham limits himself to describing the attempts which have been made to explore the region of the North Pole, as distinguished from the expeditions which have...