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It is difficult to pity a Sultan, but torture should

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not be in flitted even on Abdul Hamid. That unfortunate Prince, who only wants to be let alone, and to scrape up what revenue he may, and to spend it happily on the Seraglio...

A very great failure has occurred. On Wednesday the City

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of Glas- gow Bank closed its doors, with liabilities variously estimated at from ten to fourteen millions sterling, and assets of, it is feared, four mil- lions less, much even...


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T HE latest telegrams from India are published in the Daily News and Standard, and are both of October 3rd. According to the former, which is dated Kussowlee, the nearest...

It is not absolutely certain that even this much will

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be attempted. The Premier, for some unexplained reason, possibly from fear of a division within the Government, has abstained hitherto from calling a Cabinet Council. One,...

Rumours have been afloat all the week, and have been

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openly mentioned in the Daily News, of farther dissensions in the Cabinet. It is probable that they have as yet little foundation, for no Cabinet Minister has as yet...

The principle of dualism in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy is being

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strained. The Austrians being victorious in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Convention having fallen through, the annexation of the two provinces in reality, if not in form, has...

„ 10 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The eighteenth Church Congress was opened at Sheffield on Tuesday,

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under the presidency of the Archbishop of York, who gave a moderate address, faintly tinged with Evangelicalism. The most original thought in his speech was one which he did not...

The Whitehall Review publishes a letter from the Ameer of

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Afghanistan to the Sultan, dated January 19th, 1878, which it declares to be authentic, and which certainly looks so. In it Shere Ali, after praying God to guard the residence...

When next we hear a little truth from Constantinople, it

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will be found, we suspect, that the Pashas have very nearly killed the goose with the golden eggs. Sir E. Hornby, in common with most Englishmen, believes that a large sum is...

The Albanian League has completely thrown off the authority of

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the Sultan. The leaders have organised a militia of 45,000 men, and demand that the three districts of Scutari, Kossovo, and Janina should be formed into one province, to be...

Lord Lawrence has published in the Times a letter distinctly

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denying that we ought to go to war with Afghanistan. He maintains that we have consistently allowed the Ameer to refuse to permit us to send a Mission to Cebu'. In 1857, Dost...

The German Government have accepted most of the modifica- tions

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introduced into the Anti-Socialist Bill, but will struggle hard to enlarge the limit of time fixed by the Committee. They would greatly prefer that no limit at all should be...

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The Gas Companies are beginning to recognise their new rival,

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the electric light. At the half-yearly meeting] of two of them, on Wednesday last, the possible effects of the introduction of the new light on their shares was discussed. Great...

The confusion in Cyprus has become so serious, that the

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Queen, by Order in Council, has appointed Sir Garnet Wolseley High Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief in the Island, and has constituted a Legislative Council, consisting of...

The Revenue Return of the United Kingdom for the quartet

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ending on the 30th ult. bears witness to a continued depression of prosperity under those heads which always are the most sensi- tive,—Customs and Excise. In both there has been...

Professor Garrod, in his introductory lecture at King's College Hospital,

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on the opening of the Medical Session, offered one singularly suggestive question to the Faculty. In almost every country there are complaints from which the natives do not...

There was only one discussion in the Congress tipon the

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amount of direct influence which should be allowed to laymen in the Church, but it was noteworthy. Mr. H. Stephenson, of Sheffield, read a paper strongly advocating the...

Sir Charles Reed's annual review of the operations of the

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London School Board, given on Wednesday, shows that the means of education has not yet overtaken the numbers of London children. There are 614,857 children who ought to be...

Consols were on Friday 94 to 941-.

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Lord Carnarvon gave a striking address at Saltaire on Tuesday

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to the Salt Schools, nominally on education • , really upon the qualifications which training imparts for the just understanding of politics. His leading point was that the...

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THE FIRST STEP IN THE AFGHAN WAR. L ORD LYTTON has neither repented nor stood firm ; but has adopted, we greatly fear, a compromise combining most of the evils of delay with all...

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T HE police of the proposal to exempt India from the expenses of the new Afghan War is only superficial. We heartily wish we could think otherwise, and agree with Mr. Fawcett,...

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A IR. LOWE appeals in the pages of the Fortnightly Review 1 from Lord Beaconsfield's Cabinet to the British nation, —from a docile majority in Parliament, to the constituencies...

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perhaps, at present, about which it is possible to feel very great curiosity. As regards almost every other, we are in one of two conditions. Either we know, or think we know,...

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large number of them really feel that to a King condemned TN spite of the price of corn—which was sold last week in by the Church at most only a bare submission could be owing ?...

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THE BONDAGE OF EGYPT. T HE Report of Mr. Rivers Wilson

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and his fellow-Commis- sioners ought to open the eyes of Englishmen as to the real character of the Government of Egypt. We do not send them to this Report in order that they...

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I T has been said that every people which adopts ' Christianity at its creed assimilates to itself out of that system the teaching which suits its nature,and rejects the...

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A MONG books which always remain with everybody, "The Last of the Mohicans " takes a foremost place. Who has forgotten Uncas, or Magna le subtil, or the stately and sententious...

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NOTES BY THE WAY ON BEATEN TRACKS.—V. [FROM A CORRESPOIMENT. Paris, September 21st, 1878. PARIS is a disturbed ant-bill, a swarming hive. Never have I known its streets so...

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MRS. HOGGAN AND THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. [TO THE. EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—In a letter published in your issue of the 7th ult., certain statements were made in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your issue of the 28th ult. you draw attention to the Act recently passed prohibiting any newspaper reports of weights and measures...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—" The Sorrows of the Slow" have their abundant compen- sations in this world of compromise, and this century of torment I trust you...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—In your review of the Rev. W. Stephens's " Memorials of the Cathedral of Chichester" (Spectator, January 6th, 1877), you call attention...

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Who made us sensitive our loss to know ; The

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hand that takes the cup filled to the brim May well with trembling make it overflow. Who sends us sorrow means it should be felt ; Who gave us tears would surely have them shed...


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SONG.—(Swninumn.) LOVE laid his sleepless head On a thorny rosy bed ; And his eyes with tears were red, And pale his lips as the dead. And fear and sorrow and scorn Kept watch...


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LESSING, WIELAND, HEINSE.* Dn. PRi5HLE is known in Germany for several excellent mono- graphs illustrative of German history in the last century, and particularly of the...

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THE amusing ignorance regarding Cyprus, which we have already in some degree endeavoured to dissipate, seems destined not to prevail much longer. Not only does one little volume...

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(FIRST NOTICE.] MOST of our readers are probably aware that Mr. Stanley, the discoverer of Livingstone, made a second, successful journey into • Through the Dark Continent. By...

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M. TROLLOPE has done so much good and healthy work in his time, that when he writes a tale which is poor as a work of art and to some extent unwholesome in tone, the reviewer's...

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"Boxy " is a moral novel, in the sense that it is full of morality taught by example. It is written in a provoking style, cranky sentences and common-places of sentiment...

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author of two interesting volumes on tent-work in that country

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; say so, since six thousand square miles, from Dan and he may well and the heavy,white head-veil,without face-covering, of Jerusalem, to Beersheba and from the Jordan to the...

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WE have elsewhere described the first article in the Fortnightly, the paper on "Imperialism," by Mr. Lowe, a thin though able statement of the two methods of regarding the...

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MAGAzixas. — Variety is the chief excellence of the University Magazine. Things

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and persons, grave and gay, from "Primitive Buddhism " to " The Visitors' Book at an Inn," and from Adam Smith to Charles Lamb, find their place here. The best paper is a sketch...


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We are requested to state that the article on " Peg Woffiugton," by Miss Fanny Power Cobbe, in the September number of the SR James's Magazine, is not the work of Mies Frances...

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kings ; and after an interval of 200 years had

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the exploits of the second, the famous Sesostris, inscribed on its central and side faces. They were two of the most powerful monarchs among the Pharaoh; and the date of the...

We have received Poetical Leaflets for the Sorrowing, by G.

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Washing. ton Moon (Hatchards), suitable for distribution by district visitors.— The Religions Tract Society send us a collection of pretty and tastefully illustrated and...

Brave Men in Action. By Stephen J. MacKenna. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—Mr. MacKenna has collected a number of "Stories of the British Flag," taking much pains to find such as were not hackneyed by constant repetition. These he has told in...

Of magazines and periodical literature we have received the following

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: — Men of Mark, with photographs, by Lock and Whitfield, of the Right Hon. Mr. Childers, M.P., Dr. Andrew Clarke, and Dr. John Stainer; and biographical notices by Thompson...