5 APRIL 1879

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought forward his Budget on

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Thursday night, in a speech received with a good deal of derision by the House. When some one from outside asked at its close whether the cat was out of the hag, the reply was,—...

This is the Estimate for the current year, 1879-1880 :—

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ESTIMATE OF REVENUE. ESTIMATE OF EXPENDITURE. Customs £20,000,000 Permanent Charge of Debt a:3,000,000 Excise 27,270,020 Interest on Local Loans 410,00) Stamps 10,780,000...

The Zulu debate in the Commons was continued on Fnday

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night last, and Monday, and ended, early on Tuesday morning, in a division, showing 306 for the Government, and 246 for the Oppo- sition, Government thus triumphing by a...


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I T appears to be understood on all hands that under cir- cumstances detailed elsewhere, " Europe " has decided on a mixed occupation of Eastern Ronmelia. The Rus- sians are to...

The Division was not a bumper, but it was a

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large one, only 63 Members being absent and unpaired. Thirty Members paired off, and 552 voted, besides the four tellers. The Govern- ment majority included no true Liberal,...

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A happy-go-luckier—or rather we should, perhaps, say, an un- happier-go-lucky—financial

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policy it is scarcely possible to con- ceive. If the Zulu War costs less than the Abyssinian, we shall be fortunate indeed. Yet Sir Stafford Northcote evidently hopes to bring...

On Monday night, Mr. Dillwyn asked the Chancellor of the

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Exchequer whether his attention had been called to a passage in Mr. Archibald Forbes's article in the new monthly periodical called Time, to the following effect, —that Lord...

Prince Bismarck is said to have proposed, at his Parlia

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mentary soirée last Saturday, that the German Reichstag should " imitate the English example," and fall to debating only after dinner. The forenoon, he said, should be given to...

The news from Burmah is not yet satisfactory. The Chief

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Commissioner, Mr. Aitchison, has ordered an official intimation to be put out by the Secretary, stating that to defend its sub- jects the Government has strengthened the...

The French Senate has decided, on the suggestion of the

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Govern- ment, by a vote of 157 against 126, to adjourn the discussion as to the return from Versailles to Paris, till after the Easter recess, M. Leon Say declaring the opinion...

As we have more than once intimated, we believe that

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the return to Paris is a mere question of time ; but the highly sentimental character of the arguments in favour of this return, is not in itself a consideration that would in-...

There can be little doubt that the Chancellor of the

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Ex- chequer, alarmed at the falling-off of the revenue, did quietly tell Income-tax collectors to put on the screw. We hear from all sides of surcharges, and so numerous were...

We have had a disaster and a success in Afghanistan.

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The tribes round Jellalabad have become so hostile, that on April 1st two strong expeditions were sent out, one to Futteha- bad, under General Gough, and one to Lughman, under...

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The new fact in relation to the supposed murder at

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Richmond, —commonly called, from the place where the box containing the remains was discovered, the Barnes murder,—is that Mrs. Thomas's servant, Katharine Webb, or Webster, as...

It will be quite May before we hear of serious

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operations in Zululand, unless indeed Colonel Pearson bursts out of Ekowe, or Lord Chelmsford endeavours to relieve him. Colonel Wood even waits for reinforcements, unable to...

At the annual dinner of the members of the Institution

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of Civil Engineers, on Wednesday, Mr. Roebuck, who was called upon to answer for the House of Commons, said that he could not answer for any particular House of Commons, but he...

The Government of Turkey, having repudiated its bonds, is now

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repudiating its paper-money. The Sultan, by an Imperial decree, of the 20th March, orders that calm& shall be received in payment of revenue only in the proportion of one-fifth,...

The Marquis of Huntly on Friday week called the attention

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of the Lords to the agricultural depression, and brought up Lord Peaconsfield, who stated that no readjustment of local taxa- tion would reanimate the agricultural interest. The...

The discussion in the Commons on Tuesday concern- ing the

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management of Wellington College, though it resulted, by a minute majority of 7 (67 against 60) in favour of the present management, and against the proposed Royal Commission of...

Consols were on Friday 971 to 97k-.

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THE BUDGET. seems the most conducive to party interests to take, that even with men of Sir Stafford Northcote's calibre, we cannot attach any real importance to the profession...

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T HE importance of the Zulu debate in the House of Com- mons consists mainly in this,—that it marks the turn of the tide, a change not only in the extent of the Tory majority,...

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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE was not able to deny on Monday night that the statement of Mr. Archibald Forbes, in the Times, as to the long and expensive telegram, worth something...

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THE "NIHILIST " COMMITTEE IN RUSSIA. classes of society, which

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feels itself at once crushed and humiliated by the leaden rule of the Court, and of its principal internal agency, the Secret Police. When there is no law. however harsh, which...

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TWO DOUBTFUL PROJECTS. A NY arrangement whatever is better than that

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Turkey should regain a province which she has lost, and a "mixed occupation" of Eastern Roumelia is consequently better than an occupation by Turkish troops. We frankly admit...

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MUNICIPAL QUALIFICATIONS. T HE fate of Mr. Mundella's Bill to abolish

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the property qualification for membership of municipal corporations, shows with remarkable clearness the paralysis which has overtaken the conduct of Government business in the...

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M R. W. POLE, a well-known authority on Whist, has fired rather a heavy shot through this month's Fortnightly into the English Whist Clubs. He ventures to deprecate the practice...

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College are, no doubt, making a wise and useful experiment on what may be called the extension of the elasticity of the Educational system of our Universities. Almost all the...

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shooting-stars must be one which will give an account of cometic phenomena also. And this, to some degree, limits us in our speculations respecting these bodies. But the case is...

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE FARMERS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your article in the Spectator of March 22nd on "The Government and the Farmers," you say," The...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE ISPECTATOR.1 Six,—Is the time unripe to discuss a possibility to which the suggestion of a " Central Party " directly points, though it does nothing at...

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SIR, — Immediately after reading your article on "The Ideal Public Worship Bill " to-day, I came across the following prac- tical commentary upon it. A Mr. Tugwell has been...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR, —Your admirable proposal for the restoration of peace to troubled parishes would doubtless be welcomed by the majority of the...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — I happened, from indisposition,

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not to have noticed as soon as I otherwise should have done, your reference to me in your recent article, "The Public Worship Bill." In general, I have no taste for...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR, — In Professor Huxley's recent work on Hume, there is this passage :—" One of the most curious peculiarities of the dog- mind is its...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 Sra,—From a short paragraph in the Spectator of Saturday last, there appears to be still some misconception as to the , details of the...

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MRS. BARRLNGTON ON ART AND CRITICISM.* WE could hardly have hoped for so exact a confirmation of a portion of our last week's article upon Art as is afforded us by Mrs....


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SPRING. WINTER has risen to bid his gruff good-bye. I feel the first warm touches of the Sun, As of a mother's hand when work is done. I hear the first lark's anthem in the...

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MR. MINTO'S DEFOE.* MR. MINT° has selected a subject which does not admit of brilliant treatment. Defoe has written what was once, and perhaps is still, the most popular of...

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QUARTER-SESSIONS, Mr. Hamilton tells us, were something very different in the times of Elizabeth and James I. from what they are under Victoria. Then, they were but little...

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'THE name of Ludwig Spach, the keeper of the archives in what was, up to 1871, the Department du Bas-Rhin, has been connected for many years with the historical and literary...

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MOSELEY'S VOYAGE OF THE CHALLENGER.'* WITHOUT verbal ornament, without grace

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of style, Mr. Moseley tells his story of the ' Challenger's ' voyage in a plain-spoken way that is creditable to him as a scientific man, and will be agreeable to the general...

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THE Laureate's song, on the " Defence of Lucknow," in the Nineteenth Century, will hardly add to his reputation, but we do not think that it will detract from it. The last...

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The Expositor. Edited by the Rev. Samuel Cox. Volume VIII. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The editor continues his excellent exposi- tion of the Book of Job, dealing with "The Second...

Works of Robert Burns. Vol. V. Prose. (William Patterson, Edinburgh.)—This

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volume contains Burns's correspondence during the years 1787-1791. Of this the most important part is what is called the "Clarinda Correspondence." " Clarinda " was a certain...