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Mr. Goschen is said to have received a cheek. It

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is reported that the Sultan, being informed of his programme, was so offended that he delayed his public reception, demanding that the words to be addressed to him should be...

As we understand the telegrams, and particularly the detailed one

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in the Standard, the Burmese insurgents who recently crossed the frontier on their march to Mandalay have been defeated by King Theeban's troops, and have fled into British...


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T HE death of the Empress of Russia, which occurred suddenly on the 3rd inst., may prove an important event. Her Majesty, born a Princess of Hesse Darmstadt, had passed through...

Lord Selborne's Burials Bill has been printed, and in the

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printed form we do not see any power given to the friends of the deceased, except when they give notice that they wish to have some other form of service used than that of the...

The Bradlaugh Committee now consists of twenty-three Mem- bers, namely,

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Mr. Whitbread, Sir J. biker, Mr. Bright, Lord H. Lennox, Mr. Massey, Mr. Staveley Hill, Sir H. Jackson, the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General, Sir G. Goldney, Mr....

The debates of Friday week and Monday night on the

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Com- mittee to consider the oath of allegiance tendered by Mr. Bradlangh were singularly sharp, considering the nature of the question, which was only as to the constitution of...

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

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The despatches published bear out the worst accounts of the

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Indian muddle. It is useless to go into details until the Par- liamentary statement has been made, but Lord Cranbrook distinctly admits that the " error " in the estimates is at...

The Lord Chancellor's Burials Bill passed its second read- ing

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on Thursday by a majority of 25, 126 voting in favour of it, and 101 against it. The debate was in one sense a good one,—i.e., the two Archbishops and Lord Derby made admir-...

At the debate held in University College, London, on Wed-

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nesday, on the subject of capital punishments, Mr. Bright, who presided, delivered a speech which seems to us to point out the extreme hardship of all unjust convictions, but to...

There was an important discussion in the House of Com-

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mons . on Thursday night on the Government Employers' Liability Bill, introduced by Mr. Dodson. The question is one . of the very greatest importance,—as to the sustaining or...

Mr. Parnell and Mr. O'Connor Power opposed yesterdayweek the grant

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of 223,000 for Secret-Service money, and vehemently attacked some of the Radical Members who had voted against this grant last year under the Tory Government, and who voted in...

We have not thought it worth while to mix up

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the important question of the Indian deficit with the pettier question whether the late Government concealed that deficit during the elections. It is evident, however, from the...

Lord Norton, better known by his old name of Sir

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Charles Adderley, brought on in the House of Lords on Monday a motion for a Select Committee on the action of the Education Department, in encouraging higher studies in the...

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The great debate in the Prussian Parliament on the Falk

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Laws ended on Saturday in a reference of the Bill to a Select Commit- tee of twenty-one. This proposal was carried by a junction of the Right, the Centre, and the Poles, and...

The British Medical Journal calls attention to a very remark-

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able commercial " operation " said to be now going on. An Anglo-American Syndicate, controlling very large funds, is pur- chasing all the medicinal opium in the world.. About...

Sir John Lubbock was returned for the University of London,

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on Wednesday, without a contest, in place of Mr. Lowe, who has become Lord Sherbrooke ; and in returning thanks for his election, he made a wise and very thoughtful speech. He...

Colonel Gordon, Lord. Ripon's private secretary, has resigned. In a

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remarkable letter to the Bombay journals, telegraphed in .setenso to the Standard, Colonel Gordon declares that "God has blessed India and England in giving Lord Ripon the...

The Republican Convention for the nomination of a candi- date

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for the Presidency was opened at Chicago on Thursday, and it is understood that General Grant's prospects are not bright. His opponents have compelled his friends to give way as...

The Archbishop of Canterbury, in advocating the scheme for establishing

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Theological Halls in Oxford and Cambridge, for the education of "resident members of the University who are candidates for Holy Orders in the principles of the Reformed...

A very curious discussion arose in the COMMOIIII on Tuesday

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on the appointment of the Committee on Merchant Shipping. The Committee nominated contained 23 members, of whom 12 were Liberals, 9 Conservatives, and 2 Home-rulers. Mr. A....

Consols were on Friday 98 to 98 1 „ ex, div.

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MR. GOSCHEN'S MISSION. T HE first great test, not, indeed, of the character, but of the capacity, and especially of the force, of the present Ministry, will be their success at...

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B OTH the debate and the majority gained by the Govern- ment for Lord Selborne's Burials Bill in the Lords are satisfactory, and seem to promise that in spite of the opposi-...

THE IRISH FRANCHISE. venial suffrage ; that the suppression of

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petty boroughs, and not the reduction of the franchise, is the reform required ; with many other arguments adapted to debate, but the inner meaning of them all will be what we...

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T HE course of the new Government in respect to Cyprus, as described by Mr. Gladstone and Sir Charles Dilke in the debate of Tuesday, is thoroughly satisfactory. It is, briefly,...

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% J[ EDMOND SCHERER is always listened to by English .111 • critics with respect, but the paper in the Contemporary Review for June, in which he endeavours to justify the recent...

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T HIS celebrated case has now terminated, and the conclusion to which it has come is such as to deserve more than passing notice. The issues raised have been debated long and...


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I T is to be hoped that it will not become a practice to intro- duce some mention of Mr. Bradlaugh into every debate which touches upon Ecclesiastical questions. The comparison...

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INTELLECTUAL THIRST. L ORD SlIERBROOKE is a man of extremely acute

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mind, but while that which he sees he sees very clearly indeed, he is very apt to leave out of his field of view very much which is quite essential to the correct formation even...

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" T HE DANITES " is an entirely novel experience to London playgoers ; seeing it, one is reminded of one's first introduction to the writings of Mr. Bret Harte. The drama is,...

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AN ARAB WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. [TO THR EDITOR OF THR SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—The first shots seem to have been fired. in the war of Arabian independence, a war of which I gave notice a...

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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "Brscreaos."1 SIR,—No statement is too absurd to be believed by a large number of people, provided it be repeated often enough without serious...

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(TO THE EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR:) SIE,—Will you allow me to say that when speaking of the cumulative vote, I had not the slightest intention of alluding to Mr. Hare's proposed...


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THE SPECTATOR-) Sra,—I do not quite understand the Liberalism revealed in Mr. Carvell Williams's letter. Neither justice nor generosity should be grudgingly accorded to the...


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CLIFF ROSES. Pam little sister of rich red roses, Wild little sister of garden queens, Art thou content that thy flower uncloses Here where the land to the ocean leans P They,...


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[THIRD NOTICE.] CONTINNING our classification on the lines laid down in our last. week's article, we have to consider, next to the historical designs,. the Portraiture of this...

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THOMAS GRIFFITHS WALNEWRIGHT.* Tins volume is an addition to the curiosities rather than to the treasures of literature. Had Thomas Griffiths Wainewright not distinguished...

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THE perversities of literary destiny are certainly strange. Charles Lamb spent the better part of his life upon the sum- mit of a lofty stool in a London office, copying words...

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HELLENICA.* IT is difficult to read a collection of essays

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like these with eqnanimity, or to review it with equity. Some of the essays are -so good, and others are so much the reverse of good, that the Acritic ' s mind, to use an...

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Ws should regret more than we do that we have delayed so long to notice this novel,—which is much above par, and in one way unique,—if we did not feel that it was not meant to...

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Tics .ZsTineteenth Century is full of papers of various merit, none of them being of quite the first rank. The most valuable, perhaps, are the two on Indian finance,—one by Mr....

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Confucianism and Taouism. By Robert K. Douglas. (Society for Promoting

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Christian Knowledge.)—Professor Douglas modestly dis- claims having written an exhaustive work on the subjects included in his title. The study required for such a work would be...

The Cambridge Bible for Schools.—St. Luke. Edited by Canon Farrar,

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D.D. (Cambridge : the University Press.)—Canon Farrar has supplied students of the Gospel with an admirable manual in this volume. It has all that copious variety of...

The New Nation. By John Morris. 5 vols. (J. Morris.)—The

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author addresses to his readers, among whom critics may be included, an emphatic warning. "No part of this book should be read until all that precedes that part has been...

Tack's Education, or How He Learnt Farming. By H. Tanner.

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(Chapman and Hall.)—This interesting and useful little book has been prepared by Mr. Henry Tanner, for the purposes of illustrating, by a hypothetical example, the advantages of...


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Personal Recollections of British Burmah. By the Right Rev. J. W. Titcomb, First Bishop of Itangoon. (Wells, Gardner, and Co., for the S.P.G.)—Bishop Titcomb tells, in a simple,...

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The World of Prayer. By Dr. D. G. Mourad, Bishop

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of Lolland and releter, Denmark. Translated by Bev. J. S. Banks. (T. and T. Clarke, Edinburgh.)—This book, which is translated into good English, yet retains, after its double...

Harding, the Money - spinner. By Miles Gerald Keon. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—This

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novel was originally published some years ago in the London Telma/. Under ordinary circumstances, it would have been scarcely worth while to reprint it—though, indeed, many in-...

The Mistress of Coon Hall ; or, the Last of

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the Wybeers. By Margaret A. Cartmell (W. Smith.)—This is story of a family doom, such as that which we find in Greek tragedy, accommodated to the conditions of modern life. In...

Britannia: a Collection of the Principal Passages in. Latin Authors

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that Refer to this Island. With Vocabulary and Notes. By Thomas S. Geyser. (Griffith and Farran.)—There is a certain ingenuity in the idea of collecting the passages that, as...

Life in a German Village. By the Hon. Mrs. H.

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W. Chetwynd. (Blackwood and Sons.)—Mrs. Chetwynd does not keep herself very Life in a German Village. By the Hon. Mrs. H. W. Chetwynd. (Blackwood and Sons.)—Mrs. Chetwynd does...

Border Counties' Worthies. By E. G. Salisbury. First and Second

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Series. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—The "Border Counties" are those four which border on Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Monmouthshire. Mr. Salisbury thinks that...

How to Teach and Learn Modern Languages Successfully. ily Francis

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Lichtenberger. (Newman and Co.)—There is something to be learnt from this book, which contains the observations and ex- periences of a practised teacher, who has been...

Time's Whisperings : Sonnets and Songs. By George Barlow. (B.emingtori.)—We

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are glad to note ono great improvement in Mr. Time's Whisperings : Sonnets and Songs. By George Barlow. (B.emingtori.)—We are glad to note ono great improvement in Mr. Barlow's...

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POETRY. —Hine Moe, the Maori Maiden, by Joseph Earle 011ivant (A.

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R. Mowbray.)—Mr. 011ivant has adopted the metre of "Hiawatha," perhaps a more perilous adventure than even the octosyllabic verse of Scott. He is fairly successful. More we...

We welcome the appearance of the first number of The

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American Journal of Philology, edited by Basil L. Gildersleeve. (The Editor, Baltimore ; Macmillan, London.)—This journal, like the American Journal of Mathematics, appears...