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The " Conference " of Disestablishers held at Birmingham on

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Tuesday,—it is called a "conference," we suppose, because there is not even a semblance of " conferring " on the policy to be adopted, every resolution being cut and dried...

Mr. Miall, who was anxiously temperate, and evidently had vividly

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before his eyes the great danger of disgusting permanently the Liberal party by playing into the hands of the Tories, insisted that the cause they had at heart was in no respect...


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T HE suicide of Mr. Justice Willes, which took place at eight o'clock on Wednesday morning, at his residence, Otterspool, wear Watford, has thrown a gloom over the week. The act...

Lord Hatherley is to resign the Chancellorship in the middle

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-of the present month, and is to be succeeded, as all the world expected, by Sir Roundell Palmer. We have given our estimate of the new Lord Chancellor elsewhere. In Lord...

However, Mr. Miall's statesmanlike temperateness of tone was not followed

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up by his somewhat unruly followers. The Rev. H. W. Crosskey expressly urged on the Conference that they should vote only for candidates who were 'sound' on the subject of...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any case.

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Archbishop Tait has delivered a very vigorous address at hie

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primary visitation, with a view of showing that no Church can really - be independent of the State and of the State laws, and that it is- a mere question of degree how far the...

The most interesting fact of Mr. Butt's speech was his

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announce- ment of Lord Robert Montagu's conversion to Home Rule,—for the legislative sanction of which Mr. Butt says that Lord Robert sub- mitted a Bill to the last Tory...

We have given so careful a consideration elsewhere to the

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very striking and weighty speech of the Vice-President of the Council at Bradford yesterday week, that we need only add here that the meeting, which was a very large one, in...

Mr. Isaac Butt made a remarkable speech on Home Rule

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to his Limerick constituents on Thursday. He was naturally most bitter against Mr. Lowe, who does seem to make it his object to stick pins and needles into the most sore and...

One of Spain's greatest buildings, the Escurial, the great monastery

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built by Philip II., in the form of an up- turned gridiron, and dedicated to St. Lawrence, some thirty miles from Madrid, has had even a narrower escape from destruc- tion than...

Allowing for the exigencies of a Presidential campaign. there seems

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no reason at all to doubt that the award of the Geneva Tribunal has been received with great satisfaction in the United States, nor that it has really answered the purpose of...

Mr. Butt, of course, demanded the release of the remaining

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"political prisoners," making light of the plea that the soldier's mutiny in entering a disloyal association is a very different crime from a civil conspiracy, and asserting...

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The Convocation of the Queen's University of Ireland is announced

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to hold its annual meeting on Wednesday next, when we hope there will be a better disposition manifested to give a fair hearing to the Roman Catholic minority than there was...

A frightful accident occurred on Wednesday morning on the Caledonian

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Railway, in which eleven persons were killed and sixteen seriously injured. A passenger train had been detained two hours at Oxenholme junction, in consequence of an accident...

M. Gambetta's speech at Grenoble last week has been the

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subject of very vivid excitement in France during the present week, and has elicited comments at least as warlike and dangerous as anything of M. Gambetta's. But the speech was...

One of the most promising men in the House of

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Peers, the Earl of Rombery, speaking at Queensferry this day week, after treating with force and wit of the agricultural-labour question and the Bishop of Gloucester's...

The cruel " option " in Alsace-Lorraine is over, but

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we have as yet no authentic statistics as to the number of emigrants. It seems certain that on the last days of the option the roads and railways to France were crowded with...

The breach between the Prussian Government and the Roman Catholic

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Church in Ermeland seems to be complete. The Minister of Public Instruction, Dr. Falk, has intimated to the Bishop of Ermeland that the State cannot pay the salary of a Bishop...

Sir Charles Dilke delivered a lecture on Monday in the

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City Hall, Glasgow, to a very thin audience, on class government. He no- ticed the rejection of the Birmingham Sewage Bill last Session as an instance of class legislation, and...

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MR FORSTER. AIR. FORSTER'S speech at Bradford yesterday week is not .1.11 one that can lose significance by one week's or indeed by many weeks' interval. He had nothing very...

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proceeding. primogeniture, though there, we suppose, he may now be

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ex- Bat perhaps the most important passage in Mr. Forster's pected to give way. He gave the most serious trouble to the speech,—that which gives it its tone of singular weight...

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\A TE fear that Gambetta has not helped himself, we trust he has not hurt the Republic, by his splendid speech at Grenoble. He seems to have achieved one of his best efforts,...

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T HE Liberationists,' as they call themselves,—we wonder they don't shrink from a title which requires a small essay to explain it,—finding that secular education is not a very...

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T HE Agricultural Labourer has come forward with his claims at a very opportune moment ; he gives the news- papers something to write about and politicians something to talk...

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" ATIDDLEMARCEI" bids more than fair to be one of the great books of the world. There are, as we have often noted, tones and undertones in it that are not to our liking, and...

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T HERE are few subjects less satisfactorily treated in scientific treatises than that which Humboldt calls the Reaction of the Earth's Interior. We find, not merely in the...

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THE AGRICULTURAL LABOURER. [To ms EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") have read with deep interest the various letters on the Agricultural Labourers' movement which, with the...

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iTo ran EDITOR OF TES SPECTATOR:1 Sru,—Mr. Arnold's first five

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propositions are both desirable and , practicable, but is the sixth practicable, or altogether desirable ? Its object is good,—to make unlawful those perpetual re-settle- ments...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,.—Your correspondent Mr. Charles W. Stubbs has scarcely, I think, divined the real cause of the indifference which is exhi- bited by the...

[TO THE EDITOR. OF MI SPECTATOR:1 ST12,-1 perceive that one

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of your correspondents, "Another Radical Squire," invites discussion and correspondence upon the subject of labourers' cottages. As it is a topic upon which a good deal of...

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'CANTON.* IF anything can surprise the traveller who has seen Siam, it is the city of Canton. He has to see Hong Kong first, but Hong Kong is a common-place spectacle for those...

[TO TRH EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Silt,—In your notice of

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Dr. Maguire's letter to Mr. Fawcett you say that "the numbers of the Roman Catholic and Protestant middle-class in Ireland from whom the Universities ought to be recruited being...


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[To THR EDITOR OF THR 4 .• SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Allow me to make a few remarks on your notice of my letter to Professor Fawcett. You state that the statistics which I quoted, and...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the very able series of letters which Mr. Fry has addressed' to you under the above heading, he appears to me to present one point far...

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THOUGHTS FOR THE TIMES.* WE knew we should meet with

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so many good things in this volume, we confess our mental attitude towards it was rather that of -disciple than critic. Yet if enjoyment should be the highest form -of...

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LET no one suppose that Madame Von Oppen has written a touching story of a homeless outcast, or a dashing one of a citizen of the world. Her book is—or, at least, reads like—the...

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CAVALRY FIELD DUTY.* WHEN any army in Europe wine striking

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successes, there is always a certain risk of servile imitation on our part. The great principles of warfare hold good for all time, but the forms and • Cavalry Field Duty. By...

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GENERAL HAZEN found King William at Ferrieres, which ha- describes as a splendid domain—the country seat of the Paris. Rothschilds—with roads, drives, walks, deer-parks, lakes...

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Bence these Tears. 3 vols. (Bentley.)—Julia Bellamy prefers a handsome

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scoundrel of a cousin to the very respectable and wealthy suitor who presents himself, backed by parental authority, in the person of Squire Eadaile,—" hence these tears." The...


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Outlines of Textual Criticism Applied to the New Testament. By C. C. Hammond. (Clarendon Press.)—" The following pages," says Mr. Hammond of his little book, "have no claim to...

Under the Red Dragon. By James Grant. 3 vols. (Tinsley.)—We

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are inclined to think that there is very little good in criticising Mr. Grant. Moat novel-readers are acquainted with so veteran a writer, and, if they happen to like his...

The Fallacies of Teetotalism. By Robert Ward. (Simpkin and Marshall.)

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—We feel no call to defend the teetotallers, the doctrines of the United Kingdom Alliance, or the policy of the Maine Liquor Law. We have had occasion more than once to express...

Cloth of Frieze. By Lady Wood. 3 vols. (Chapman and

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Hall.)-. Lady Wood's novel is, at all events, harmless and unobjectionable. We may go further, and say that it is readable ; nay, more, that it contains one character which...

Essays on Cathedrals. By Various Writers. Edited by J. S.

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Howson, D.D., Dean of Cheater. (Murray.)—To review this book at length with the attention which the several essays deserve would be to discuss a very wide subject. We can do...

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Anglican Misrepresentations: a Reply to "Roman Misquotations." By W. E.

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Addis. (Barns and Oates.)—We have not had the advantage of seeing the pamphlet to which this is a reply, nor if we had seen it should we have cared to discuss the questions in...