5 JANUARY 1884

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On the following day, the first of the New Year,

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the Positivists celebrated, in the same place, the Festival of Humanity, Mr. Frederic Harrison delivering another address, in which he maintained that all other believers feed...


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HE French Premier made a sudden and unintelligible move on Saturday in the Chamber, which produced a great scene. He was speaking of the vote restoring the salary of the Arch-...

Some information derived from a black nun, who has been

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gaged in mission - work at El Obeid, has increased the im- pression at Khartoum that the Mabdi is approaching. She affirms that be has divided his force into two bodies, one of...

Admiral Courbet is either a very prudent man, too prudent

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or the kind of work he has to do, or the French difficulties in onquin are of the most serious kind. According to the latest ormation, the Admiral has decided to make no attack...

The Positivists appear to be taking a Ritualistic turn. Under

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the presidency of Mr. Frederic Harrison, they celebrated, in Newton Hall, Fetter Lane, on Monday evening,—the last evening of the Old Year,—the memory of the departed, and...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The Church Association have put forth a petition to the

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Crown against the Report of the Ecclesiastical Courts Com- mission, which appears to be as much distinguished by erroneous history as it is by sectarian bigotry. For example,...

Lord Coleridge has published a memorial on the subject of

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the tribunals to which ritual and doctrinal questions should be submitted, with the general drift of which we heartily agree, though we do not think that it touches either the...

Mr. Mackonochie has resigned his benefice of St. Peter's, London

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Docks, owing to the refusal of the Ecclesiastical Com- missioners to pay the £320 allotted to that parish, to a clergy- man deprived by Lord Penzance. The Bishop of London,—who-...

The reactionary parties in Germany complain bitterly that the Government

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of Alsace-Lorraine by Marshal Manteuffel is not a success. He is, it is said, too lenient. He has founded a University in Strasburg, and the young Alsatians living at home...

London has been startled by an unusual murder. A clerk,

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named J. B. Tower, well-dressed, weakly, and with £7 in his pocket, attended a Watch-night service on December 31st, and at 12.30 p.m. quitted a friend who had accompanied him,...

The Russian Nihilists have again become active. They have, it

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is said, recently deputed a lady, who is named, to assassinate the Emperor, but she was arrested at the railway-station. The secret is supposed to have been discovered by...

The rumours from Spain grow serious. The idea seems to

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be that the Herrera Government is unpopular, that the Liberals have grown much stronger, and that either a new Liberal Ministry will take power and try to impose impossible...

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A frightful account is published of a small district near

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St. George's Church, Southwark, inspected by Sir Charles Dilke. This district, of which the centre is called Vine Yard, has always' been squalid, but recently the clearances in...

At a series of meetings held last Session in the

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Conference- room of the House of Commons, it was decided to form a Com. mittee for keeping the English public well informed, by inde- pendent authorities, on Irish affairs, so...

On Tuesday, Dr. Barry was consecrated, at Westminster Abbey, Bishop

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of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia. Dr. - Barry is the second son of the architect of the Houses of Parlia- ment, was educated at King's College, London, and at Trinity...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1011 to 1011 x.d.

A return just issued to Parliament contains some statistics which

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will be most useful to those who are studying the ques- tion of Redistribution. In England and Wales, the population of the counties now exceeds that of the boroughs, though, of...

The railway shareholders, led by Lord Brabourne, whom Mr. 'Gladstone,

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in a moment of weakness, made a Peer, are puisuing a somewhat risky course. They are trying to combine all shareholders into a single powerful interest or association, in-...

Mr. Gladstone's birthday must be a day of tribulation. The

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• practice of pelting him with telegrams and letters of congratu- '' lation seems to us a very inhumane one, and not really expressive the hearty affection and reverence which...

In fixing the judicial rent of Lord Lansdowne's Queen's- County

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estates last week, the Sub-Commissioner, Mr. Kane, reduced every rent but one, one or two about 25 per cent, some 20 per cent., sonic of them 16 per cent., some as little as 8...

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THE CRISIS IN CAIRO. C ONSTITUTION-MAKING is pleasant work, or, at least, Sieyes and Bentham thought so ; but we do not envy the British Ministry their principal task of this...

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T HE dangers which I see, or think I see, in roughly ex- tending the Franchise to all Agricultural Labourers are, broadly speaking, three,—one of them somewhat abstract, the...


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M R. MACKONOCHIE has not only been driven from a parish in which, so far as we know, there was not a single worshipper who took obj,, 'ion to his ritual, and in which it is by...

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No. II. — FOR.

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I N the case of an English people, I do not much believe in the possibility of removing the drag-chain. We tried it in 1832, and for a time, no doubt, the Conservative party...

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M FERRY must know his own business best, for amidst s very difficult circumstances he succeeds in defeating his adversaries, and keeping his Ministry strong ; but to out-...

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A N article in the Fortnightly Review—the fifth in the series entitled The Radical Programme "—puts the case in favour of Free Schools almost as well as it is possible to put...

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N OTHING is more surprising than the extravagances of Agnostics. After taking all the pains in the world to destroy the idols, as they think them, of Christian wor- ship, after...

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R EADING the opening chapter of Mrs. Oliphant's remark- able story in Blackwood for this month, the sketch of " Old Lady Mary," a thought often entertained came once more very...

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A MONG the many make-believes of our civilised society, we know of none more hollow than the theory that every decent person speaks the truth. We are not obliged, in any other...

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THE APATHY CONCERNING MR. PLIMSOLL'S CLIENTS. [To THY Of 6rsornos."1 BDITOZ TEE Sta,—The youngest of your readers must recall the indignation stirred up by Mr. Plimsoll's...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TSR " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Your correspondent, " Oxoniensis," raises a larger ques- tion than he seems to know, and furnishes an answer which he seems not to...


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[To TRH EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR:1 Sut, — Among the suggestions with regard to the approaching Reform Bill thrown out by your various correspondents, there are one or two...

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ere TEE EDITOR OF THR " SPECTATOR.") Six,—I have only to-day found time to read tho Spectator of the 22nd inst., but I hope it is not too late to point out a very serious...


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(To THE EDITOR or THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sra,—It will materially assist in understanding Mr. Parnell's attitude towards the murders and other outrages perpetrated by the agents of...


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[To THE EDITOR or TER "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Will you permit me, without at all controverting your forcible arguments against Mr. Broadhurst's proposal, to call attention to...

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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Sir John Lubbock's letter, suggesting the possibility of inducing intelligent dogs to communicate their wishes to us, is very...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—I troubled you some little time back with a letter about Beards. Let me now trouble you with one about Tournaments.. In the article...


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THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—After Mr. Hamerton's letter in your impression of last week, further comment from me may seem superfluous ; but although so ably defended, I must ask...

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POETRY AND THE POOR. " THE world is very beautiful!" I said, As yesterday, beside the brimming stream, Glad and alone, I watched the tremulous gleam Slant thro' the wintry...


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SUGGESTED BY "WORDSWORTH'S RIVER DUDDON, WITH CHATTOOK'S ETCHINGS." UNTO one stream alone may Duddon yield, While, from her mountain sources to the sea, She speeds along,...


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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS AT THE GROSVENOR GALLERY. [FIRST NOTICE.] THE Grosvenor Gallery opened the doors of its Winter Exhibi- tion on Monday last with a large and representative...

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THE STORY OF CHINESE GORDON.* THIS is the third time the story of Chinese Gordon has been told, to all intents and purposes against his own wish; and yet he is only a little...

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THE HIGH ALPS IN WINTER.* The High Alps in Winter

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is written to prove two things,—that the air of the'mountains is a cure for consumption, and that mountaineering may be as easily and safely managed in the winter as in the...

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THE LAW OF SEX.* Tins is a very odd book.

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The author begins by telling us that no question of social science has hitherto been involved in such complete darkness as that of the law of sex,—or, in other words, what it is...

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THIS work is an exhaustive monograph on the subject of which it treats,—the early history of land-holding among the Germans. It might, indeed, well have proceeded from a German...

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NATURE NEAR LONDON.* THE ignorance of clever people who live

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in cities is inestimable. If Milton be right in saying that to know that which around us lies in daily life is the prime wisdom, then in that prime wisdom are they frequently...

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THE best contribution to the Magazines this month is Mrs. Oliphant's " Old Lady Mary, a Story of the Seen and Unseen," in Blackwood. No one but Mrs. Oliphant would have dared to...

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The first article in the new number of the Scottish Review treats of the relation of Scotch Universities to those of England and Germany. The author has evidently a wide...

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A Complete Latin Course.—The First Year. By Albert Harkness, Ph.D.

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(Bell and Sons.)—We have no fault to find with this manual, beyond expressing a conviction that it would be a very exceptional boy who, beginning Latin, say at nine years of...

Santo, Lucia, and Co., in Austria. By Ella Hunter. (Blackwood.)

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—This is an exhilarating and stimulating little book, and this is about all the criticism that it would be fair to offer of it. Miss Ella Hunter, being an invalid, is debarred...

Of NEW EDITIONS, we may mention Lectures on the History

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of the Eastern Church, by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, D.D. (Murray.)— Tables of European History, Literature, and Art, A.D. 200 to 1882. By John Nichol, M.A. (Maclehose and Sons,...

we should be inclined to rank high among the second-class

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fiction of the day ; not an extravagant compliment, it may be thought, but really meaning a good deal, when we consider how little there is that can be properly put in the first...

The Philosopher's Pendulum, and other Stories. By Rudolph Linden. (Blackwood

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.)—A volume of stories, very slight, very dreary, but marked by unusual power. "Rudolph Linden," who is, we believe, a German, though he writes such perfect English, possesses a...

Cassell's Concise Cyclopcedia. Edited by William Heaton. (Cassell and Co.)—A

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cyclopsedia in a single volume of not unmanage- able size is manifestly a most useful thing, if it makes a reasonable approximation to completeness. Such an approximation this...