5 AUGUST 1871

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M. Jules Favre has resigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

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and has been succeeded by M. de Remusat, who will, it is believed, be a reflection of M. Thiers. M. Jules Favre goes back to the bar with the respect of all Europe, except the...

*,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Lord Granville, in reply, was of course conciliatory ; but

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he made one capital point, namely, that so far from an insult, it was a high compliment for the Crown to ask Parliament to embody an undoubted prerogative in a Bill ; and the...


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J T is quite evident that there must be an Autumn Session. The Government keeps the secret close, but we are wholly unable to believe that it is going to send the Ballot Bill,...

We print in another column an important communication. At the

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end of a chatty letter about the tone of Paris, "R. II. IL," who we need not say is no "interviewing reporter," gives us M. Gambetta's programme, hot from his own mouth, and...

The debating as a rhetorical exhibition was very flue. The

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Peers stuck to their text, the unwarrantable interference with the privileges of their House, and many of them made brilliant oratori- cal points. The Duke of Richmond, for...

The majority in the Lords wreaked its vengeance for the

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Warrant on Monday. Even the pleasure of punishing, or seem- ing to punish, Mr. Gladstone could not induce much more than half the Peers to attend ; but in a House of 244, the...

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The "inaugural address" of the British Association for the Advancement

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of Science was delivered at Edinburgh on Wednes- day by Sir W. Thomson. His address was mainly occupied with accounts of the great benefit derived by the world from purely...

The Ballot Bill has got through Committee, or nearly through,

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after a fashion. That is to say, the principle of secret voting has been sanctioned ; but the much more important prin- ciple that a man who has not 11,000 to throw away in...

Clause 26 in the Bill, which provides that all expenses

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at an election not included in the public return shall be deemed corrupt expenses, perhaps the malt effective proposal ever made to check bribery, was also lost by 181 to 81,...

There was a charming dog case heard on the Croydon

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Circuit on Tuesday. Lady Selwyn claimed a dog, a splendid specimen of the Labrador breed, all black but his chest and paws, and with a magnificent head. It was urged by...

The terribly difficult question, in a - party sense, of a

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Catholic College for Ireland came up on Wednesday. Mr. Fawcett moved the second reading of his Bill, nominally intended to throw open . Dublin University and Trinity College to...

We give elsewhere an account of the campaign opened by

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the German Government against the Papacy. In addition to the facts there given, it is stated that the Austrian Chancellor, Count Beust, is in hearty accord with Prince Bismarck...

Sir W. Thomson believes in evolution as a zoological truth,

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though not as a biological truth, and he startled Edinburgh by one of the wildest fancies we ever remember to have read. Life, he says, can only come from life—which is true,...

Mr. Walpole is avenged. On Sunday it was resolved at

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a public meeting in Hyde Park that a meeting should be held on Monday in Trafalgar Square to protest against the grant to Prince Arthur. As the proposal for that grant was to be...

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Chief Justice Smale, of Hong Kong, has probably done more

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to put down the coolie slave trade than Lord Grauville will be able to do. He decided on the 22nd of May, in the case of Kwok-a- sing, accused of piracy and murder, that a...

There are occasions every now and then on which Radicals

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think it a moral duty to talk solemn nonsense. The appointment of Military Attaché at St. Petersburg was vacant, and as the attache there to be of any use must be a good...

The run of ill-lack which sometimes sets in against private

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shipowners has evidently turned against Her Majesty's Fleet. First there was the loss of the Captain, then the grounding of the Agincourt, and now here is the wreck of the...

The majority in the French Assembly is getting very restive

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'with M. Thiers. It thinks him too liberal, and on Tuesday passed a vote right in his teeth by 430 to 212. The vote rejected M. Thiers' proposal to make the Prefects presidents...

Dr. H. L. Mansel, Dean of St. Paul's, died suddenly

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on Mon- day morning from the rupture of a blood-vessel in the brain. Re is a loss to the kingdom. The system of philosophy which made him famous, and which we describe in...

• The grant to Prince Arthur was introduced into the

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House of Commons on Monday, and was opposed by Mr. Taylor, who moved the rejection of the resolution, and by Mr. Dixon, who moved a reduction of the sum from £15,000 to £10,000...

Every threat of resignation increases the difficulty between M. Thiers

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and the Chamber, and it is proposed, therefore, to relieve the situation by declaring M. Thiers President for three years. He would be invested with all his present powers,...

The peace campaign in Berkshire has been abandoned, to the

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great irritation of the whole country. We have discussed the matter elsewhere, but may state here that Sir Henry Storks said on Monday the single difficulty was the lateness of...

Consols were on Friday 93i to 931.

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PRINCE BISMARCK'S NEW CAMPAIGN. p RINCE BISMARCK has declared war on the Papacy, and is carrying on the campaign with all his accustomed vigour, and even more than his...

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T HE debate in the Lords on Monday was an able one, as it always is when the Political Peers are excited by the accident of an audience ; but after all, only three arguments...

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T is a custom to abuse Mr. George Odger, the one working- man who, as far as we know, has fought through a contested election, and certainly this week it is a little difficult...

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Alit BRUCE and Mr. Cardwell will bring this Ministry down between them. We have honestly and sincerely tried to discover excuses for their conduct about the Trafalgar Square...

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A T the close of the war with Prussia, and at the end of the second siege of Paris, France had many curious legal problems to solve. The old formulm made for ordinary sea- sons...

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settlement of the questions of local government and taxation is accumulating. The committee of last session and Mr. Goschen's report and speeches this session throw an amount of...

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T HE loss of a clear, vigorous, and acutely logical thinker in the maturity of his intellectual powers, and with the apparent capacity of much good work still in him, is, in the...

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M R. GLADSTONE was evidently a little bothered to justify the amount of the annuity he proposed to grant to Prince Arthur. In defending the grant itself, he could appeal to...

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PARIS AND M. GAMBETTA. [TO TIM EDTTOlt OR TUB "SPECTATOR."] August 1, 1871. SIB t —Some weeks ago you had some striking verses in which Paris was delineated as a Bacchante...

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[TO WTI RIAT011 Oil' TOE .OPROTATOit."] Sie,—The fact that I am a Seotchinan will be amply apparent in what is to follow ; also the other fact that I am fresh from the far...

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P 0 E T it Y.

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FROM HEINE. ICH WEISS NICHT, WAS SOLL ES DRDEUTEN." A BODING sadness is o'er me, And I know not what this may imply, For still there keeps floating before me A legend of times...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,-1 cannot pass over a slip in your number Wilma to-day which gives the credit of the best of all classical puns to the Whig pedant Parr....


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TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") tint,-.-I observe in your last Saturday's number you indulge in a good deal of contemptuous comment on what you call "the puer- ilities of...

Where once the Templar bowed his head, Where nursemaids walk

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and children sport, Where Blackstone wrote and Murray read,— A lasting halo o'er them dwells, Though dingy look those little cells. The Queen's Bench and the Common Pleas, The...

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CHRISTIANITY AND POSITIVISM.* Tins is a series of discourses belonging to the same family as the Bampton and Hulsean lectures. Mr. Zebulon Ely, of New York, founded in 1865 a...

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Jr is amusing sometimes, and especially at this period of the year, when everybody is revolving the important question,—where to go, what to see, and how to see it? to contrast...


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Tine excessive minuteness of detail into which Mr. Banks enters, and his constant habit of allusion to facts which cannot be generally known, will tend to confine his book to a...

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FIGUIER'S REPTILES AND BIRDS.* WE are late in noticing this

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book ; but it can afford to wait. While the charm of the passing productions of the day must be caught as they pass, M. Figuier's volumes will be as attraotive ten years hence...

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Trtx, Magazines are not specially bright this month; they rarely are in August ; but each of those we have time to read contains at least one good paper ; and after all, as the...