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The interest of the Tunis campai g n has been transferred for

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the week to Paris. No news whatever has been received from the seat of war, and it is pretty evident that operations await the decision of the Chamber and of the Ministry...


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T HERE has been a small explosion this week of the subterra- nean fire always smoulderin g in E g ypt. The editor of a French j ournal there, L'Egypte, with that intolerance of...

Sir Hardin g e Giffard, the Tory ex-Solicitor-General, who addressed his constituents

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at Launceston on Saturday, appears to be prepared to j oin the Irish Irreconcilables in the House of Commons in a demand for the repeal of the Protection of Person and Property...

Lord Geor g e Hamilton made a speech at Shrewsbury last Saturday,

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in which he said that he could condense a g reat many Ministerial speeches into one proposition,—that whereas cant, humbu g , and false sentiment were admirably adapted for...

The attraction of the Irish Land Act is stron g er than

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the attraction of the Land Lea g ue. In two of the very earliest cases submitted to them, the Deputy Commissioners have decided that rent ou g ht to be reduced from 25 to 30 per...

** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Lord Granville is as much worried as his predecessors by

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the silly disinclination of the British people to accredit a Minister to the Vatican. The Pope, being a potentate with influence not only in the United Kingdom, but the...

Lord Randolph Churchill outdid himself at Hull on Monday night,

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in his vilification of the Government ; and it takes a good deal for Lord Randolph Churchill to outdo himself in that way, for he has not unfrequently reached a point beyond the...

The negotiation with France for a new Commercial Treaty has

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again been adjourned,—a fact of which the more hostile organs of the Tory Press take advantage, to try and persuade the country that what is called the "humble-pie policy"...

Unfortunately for Mr. Gieen,—fortunately, perhaps, for the prospects of our

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ecclesiastical law,—the hope of getting Mr.. Green out of prison seems to have vanished. The Bishop of Manchester states that Mr. Green is not willing to promise any such...

The result of the elections in Germany is even less

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favourable to Prince Bismarck than we anticipated. The Times - ' corre- spondent at Berlin states, on Wednesday, that the United Con- servatives claim 67 of the seats already...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson also made a speech on Mr. Percy

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Wynd- ham's retirement from the representation of West Cumberland, Sir Wilfrid being himself the Liberal candidate who is anxious to replace him, and having gallantly resigned...

On Monday, Sir William Harcourt made a speech at Work-

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ington, in West Cumberland, in which he referred to Sir Stafford Northcote's remark concerning " the madness of the people" at the last general election, and suggested that in...

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Consols were on Friday 99: to 99:.

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Rumours have arisen at Constantinople of a most serious re-

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volution having broken out in Mecca. The Grand Shereef, who, as head of the sacred branch of the clan Koreish, has undoubt- edly, by Mussulman tradition, the best right to the...

The Municipal Elections, held on November 1st, went heavily against

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the Liberals. They lost 90 wards throughout England, and gained only 4:3. In Liverpool, Oldham, Nor- wich, Nottingham, and Cardiff the Conservatives gain three seats in each ;...

The Society for the Protection of Animals from Vivisection applied

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to Sir James Ingham on Thursday for a summons against Professor Ferrier, of King's College, for a breach of the Vivisec- tion Act ; and the summons was granted, the allegation...

As an individual, Mr. Oscar Baldwin, cashier of the Mechanics'

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Bank, Newark, New Jersey, has, according to the American tele- grams, outstripped anything yet done in the way of direct fraud. Boards of Directors have beaten him, and an...

Mr. Fawcett on Wednesday made a speech to his constituents

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at Hackney, in which he recommended patience in Ireland, but stated distinctly that the Union must be maintained. As regarded English land, he was in favour of completely en-...

On Thursday, Sir W. R. Anson, D.C.L., was elected Warden

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of All Souls'. He is a learned lawyer, as well as a baronet, and the latter distinction is said to weigh with-the Fellows of All Souls' almost as much as the former. If the...

The visit of King Humbert to Vienna has ended well.

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Hosts and guests were mutually pleased, and the King received on his return, from all parts of Italy, hundreds of telegrams of -congratulation. Even in Venice, where...

These Austro-Italian arrangements deepen the interest in the condition of

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Macedonia, which is becoming ripe for an explo- sion. The Turkish Government cannot afford to pay a gen- darmerie and will not allow the people to carry rifles, and the...

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CROCODILE TEARS. W E have a great respect for the Standard, which we regard as understanding the opinion of the Electors of these Islands at least as well as any Liberal...


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A LTHOUGH Mr. Gladstone has no intention of resigning, it is qnite possible that there will be changes in the Cabinet before the Budget is produced; and if there are, we trust...

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T HE difficulty of perceiving clearly, or rather perhaps of demonstrating clearly, the current of opinion, which has been noticed ever since the great change of 1867, certainly...

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W E always study with some care the efforts made by those who are supposed to be rising statesmen of either party, and as Lord Randolph Churchill's indictment of the Government...

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I N its general outline, the new German Parliament, as we foretold last week, will bear a very close likeness to its predecessor. There will still be a Right devoted to Prince...

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T HE able critic of Tennyson's latest volume, in the Edin- burgh Review, has invented a very far-fetched theory of the comparative unproductiveness of Mr. Tennyson's later...

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" p ASSIVITY " is a cumbrous and slightly affected word, but we know of no other which expresses precisely the same idea ; and as it has made its way into metaphysics and...

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THE FARMERS' ALLIANCE LAND BILL. [To THE EDITOR. OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—I have sent away the copy of the S pectata; containing the article in which I commented in my letter...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sia,—I am obliged to you for describing the evidence which you regard as having been brought to light since the Ridsdale case was argued,...


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I TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIK,—Seeing in the Spectator, which I receive and read weekly, some short time since, an interesting article on the growth of tobacco in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr. Portal, complains of a phrase used by Mr. Gladstone at Leeds, when he spoke of the readjust- ment of local...


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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In ten years after an event, it is easy and excusable to forget details. I hope you will allow me to correct an important error into...

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UNITED ARTS GALLERY.*—W1NTER EXHIBITION. Tills Gallery is one which has been recently founded by the London International Exhibition Society, for various beneficent artistic...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:) Dr. Littledale quite certain (to take only one of the points his letter raises) that the stories he composed in his dreams were good, or, if...


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LAOCOON. • [VIRGIL, IENEID IL, 199.] HERE a new horror meets our hapless eyes, More huge, more horrible,—troubling sore our hearts, That looked not for it. Neptune's lot-drawn...

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THE LIFE OF COBDEN.* [SECOND NOTICE.' WE have said that Cobden is rather the great politician among economists,—the one economist in the history of the country who knew how to...

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A NEW YORK BELLE.* Is this story gives anything like

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a true picture of what goes on in fashionable circles in America, the mode of life must be, to say the least of it, peculiar. We were at first in doubt as to the sex of the...

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THE EMPLOYMENT OF GENTLEWOMEN.* ON the morning when the present

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reviewer was about to record his impressions of Mrs. Genna's book, the papers announced the formation of an association in Dublin "for the relief of ladies in distress through...

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pictures with which this pleasant little book is illustrated is very delicate and pleasing, though we are not so sure that the drawing is true. That, however, will not, perhaps,...

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THE Nineteenth Century is full of good papers, but, excepting always Mr. Tennyson's poem, there is nothing of first-class interest. Sir J. Pope Hennessy's account of Raleigh in...

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The Comeroniana. By James Grant. (Bentley and Sons.)—To those who

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like a rattling, romantic, military story, full of wild adven- ture and impassioned love-scenes, in which the extremes of improba- bility and of realism are strangely blended...


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The Atlas Geography. By A. H. Macdonell. (H. K. Lewis.) —This is a very useful little book, intended to supply English children with their first lessons in geography, without...

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A Visit to Abyssinia. By W. Winstanley, late 4th (Queen's

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Own) Hussars. Two vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)—It is Mr. Winstanley's misfortune, not his fault, that these two lively volumes have come somewhat late into the market. The work...

A variety of little books dealing with various subjects connected

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with popular medicine, sanitation, and the like, demand notice. In the "London Science Class-books Elementary Series," we have The Laws of Health, by W. H. Corfield, M.A., M.D....

A Will and a Way. By Lady Georgiana Fullerton. (R.

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Bentley and Son.)—The story that gives the title to these volumes was not quite long enough to fill the three, so it is eked out by two others, which occupy fully half of the...

Ward and Locke's Home Book : a Domestic Cyclopoqia. (Ward

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and Lock.)—This book is intended to teach us how we may build our 'house, may furnish it, may live in it, how we are to dress ourselves, manage our children, and behave to our...

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Haydn's Dictionary of Dates. Edited by B. Vincent. (Ward, Lock,

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and Co.)—This is the seventeenth edition of one of the most valuable and useful reference-books published, and it is corrected up to the autumn of the present year. As an...