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Sir Edward Watkin a on Wednesday moved the second reading

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of his Channel Tunnel Bill, which provided only for the con- tinuation of the experimental works, the Company hoping that if they can go on far enough with their works, the...

The naval manosavres in which the Fleet has been engaged

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since the great Review, have been attracting considerable public interest. The attacking squadron under Admiral Fremantle at first carried off all the honours. On Tuesday...


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T HE Irish Land Bill passed through Committee on Wednes- day, after two or three days of additional discus. sion, in which no very momentous change was made. The most important...

Mr. Gladstone made a great speech this day week, at

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the Farringdon Street Memorial Hall, to the Council of the Liberal and Radical Union. He asked, first, who it was that was resisting the emancipation of the Metropolis by the...

Then Mr. Gladstone went on to calculate that the popular

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majority against Home-role was one of about 76,000 votes; that if 150,000 votes could be brought round to Home-rule, the Liberal Party would obtain a working majority ; that...

Sir Edward Hamley enlarges on this argument in an able

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letter to Thursday's Times, which he would have delivered as a speech but for the appeal of the Government to shorten debate. To make the tunnel would be, he says, to increase...

le The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, returned on Satur- day

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a Home-ruler, as in 1886. The Home-rule majority was slightly increased, but not increased in proportion to the total number of votes polled. Indeed, the Unionist vote had...

The challenge sent by General Boulanger to M. Ferry will

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probably not result in a duel, M. Ferry's seconds refusing to allow him to accept the proposed conditione,—pistols at twenty- five paces, with the right to take aim and to...

At Glasgow, Sir George Trevelyan's triumph has been com- plete.

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He came in on Tuesday by a majority of 1,401, or by a majority larger by 604 than Mr. E. R. Russell's majority in 1886. He polled 4,654 votes, against 3,253 given for Mr. Evelyn...

The Bulgarian Question seems as far off a settlement as

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even Prince Ferdinand, it is reported, is on his way to Sofia; but no definite information as to his intentions has been received. Meantime, the Russian Government, which allows...

As we assumed last week that Mr. Courtney, the Chairman

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of Committees, had good grounds for his severe language to Mr. De Lisle, M.P. for the Loughborough Division of Nottinghamshire, when he stated that Mr. De Lisle's conduct had...

The Italian Prime Minister, Agostino Depretis, expired in the evening

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of yesterday week, so that his Cabinet came to an end. He was a Piedmontese, born in 1811. He was a lawyer, and was early made Governor of Brescia, and in 1850 was elected to...

Mr. Dillon made a great scene in the House on

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Tuesday. The Trowbridge Chronicle had stated that when an attack made upon a party of Irish school-children and on a young lady who was with them, a daughter of an agent of Lord...

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On Thursday, Supply was taken in the Commons, and the

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debate turned chiefly on a proposal of Mr. Hanbury's to reduce the vote for retiring pay and allowances by the salary of,;Sir John Adye, as a punishment for the blundering which...

The Report of the Committee appointed last year to inquire

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into the organisation of the Manufacturing Departments of the Army has just been issued. The Report states that the Com- mittee consider the weak part of the present system to...

The Report of Mr. Burnett, the Labour Correspondent of the

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Board of Trade, just issued, contains some very curious facts in regard to the Trade-Unions. Mr. Barnett estimates the num- ber of men actually belonging to Trade Societies at...

The list of the Queen's Jubilee presents, given in the

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morning papers of last Monday, contains a good many presents of interest, though not a few of that elaborately ornamental character where the amount of ornament seems adapted to...

There is a very serious strike of firemen and drivers

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on the Midland Railway. The notices of the drivers and firemen expired at midnight on Thursday, and at that hour a good many drivers and firemen left their train and raked out...

Though the announcement that Mr. Jay Gould had obtained a

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concession at Pekin which would put the financial control of the Chinese Empire into his hands, has been contradicted, it appears to be an undoubted fact that a syndicate has...

On her journey across the Atlantic, the Canard steamship Umbria'

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encountered a wave of the most extraordinary dimen- sions. So high was the wave, that the officer on the bridge, forty feet above the sea-line, was unable to see over it ; and...

According to the Paris correspondent of Tuesday's Times, M. Flourens

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has put out a very softly worded circular, in which he impugns the authenticity of certain documents which have given to the French intervention in the matter of the...

Bank Bate, 3 per cent.

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Console were on Friday 104 to ioti.

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THE CRY FOR RECONSTRUCTION. THE cry for a reconstruction of the Cabinet, with Lord Hartington as either Prime Minister or Leader of the House of Commons, comes now...


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T HE speech which Mr. Gladstone delivered to the Council of the Liberal and Radical Union yesterday week was one to excite wonder in every form. It was a marvel of force and...

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W frankly admit that Sir George Trevelyan's success at V V Glasgow is complete and conspicuous. None the less we do not think that it ought to dishearten the Liberal Unionists...

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W E regret extremely that the Government have not more definitely announced their intention to regard the Tithe Rent-Charge Bill as one of the Bills which must, at any cost of...

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B Y the death of the late editor of the Moscow Gazette Russia has lost the most influential figure in her poli- tical history during the last quarter of a century, and Europe a...


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T HE real question raised afresh by Sir Henry Gordon's letter to the Times, is whether the hour has come, or is near at hand, when England would gain by abandoning her naval and...

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W HEN by the provisions of the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Act, 1881, Parliament solemnly enacted that a man might be his own agent, it was considered that the exhaustive and...

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rE RE is a very interesting paper in the new number of the National Eeview, by Mr. John Hogben, on "The Mystical Side of Wordsworth." We should like to show that where...

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A S neither of the Lives of Madame Mohl have, in our opinion, done adequate justice to the power of Julius Mehl as a raconteur, we have great pleasure in publishing a long...

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NOTES FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA. ETO THE EDITOR Or THE .. EPECTATOR."] Soa,—Some of your readers may feel interested in the following extracts from a letter just received from...

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PROFESSOR DICEY ON UNIONIST DELUSIONS.—I. LTO SHE EDITOR Or THE SPICIUTOS...1 Sra,—It is time we Liberal Unionists should clear our minds, and our language alike, from cant....

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[To THE EHLTOH OF THE "13PECTATOX”j Bra,—May I ask you to give your authority for " the frank, and even premature, avowal to the University of Oxford of Mr. Gladstone's change...


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[To THE EDITOR or TEL SPECTATOS." Sin,—The letter from Mr. Spicer in your issue of july. 30th encourages me to write a few lines of remonstrance to the editor of what may be...

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[To TIM EDITOR Or THE •• SPECTATOR. "] read with great interest your article on this subject on July 23rd, expecting to find a calm and courteous vindication of the Churchman's...


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(To 7118 Roma or THE "SPECTATOR."] Sne,—You are pleased to say in the Spectator of July 30th that Lord Salisbury made an " effective " reply to Mr. Gladstone'e claim of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—The first paragraph in your issue of July 30th, on the subject of the application of the various clauses of the Crimes Act in Ireland,...


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[To rum Eonos or nue n Srsorrroa."] Sts,—Referring to your review of my book, " A Tory Lordling," I must ask you to let me say a few words. Your reviewer chooses to assume,...


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[TO TEN EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR. " ] Sta,—We have read with much interest your critique upon Mrs. A.ehted - Troyte's " From the Pyrenees to the Channel in a Dog. Cart;" but...

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And if for care the wild birds cannot sing, Or, serious grown, the lambs cease gambolling, Needs must be life and laughter in the hills ; Fresh verdure now the new-mown valley...


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ROGERS'S TABLE-TALK.* This is a handsome reprint, apparently without revision, of the volume which called down the wrath of Mr. Hayward in the Edinburgh Review. His criticism...

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Ma. FREEMAN has so often aid that the history of Europe is an unbroken tale, that we know that we must not expect from him divisions into separate self-explanatory periods....

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Thelma derives its name from a girl whose character and cir- onmstances have enough points of resemblance to those of the • a.) Thelma. By Matte Coral. London Richard Bentley...

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THE Elizabethan playwright and satirist who not unreasonably, and apparently with less than his wonted insincerity, invoked "hungry oblivion" to devour his works and name, has...

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THE second volume of Mr. Fyffe's History, of which the first appeared in the year 1880, fully maintains the level of his work. It is a book that is much wanted, and one which...

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Tux magazines, serious and light, are this month more than usually full of interesting articles. In the Nineteenth Century, Prince Kropotkin discourses on "The Coming Anarchy."...


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Tess work appears opportunely, and affords a valuable contri- bution to the practical consideration of the question of Technical Education, which may be said to have at length...

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ERRATITIC—In our review of Mrs. Campbell.Praed's novel, in the article

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on "Recent Novels " in our last impression, for " the sunny aide of Colonial life," read " the seamy aide of Colonial life."

Burglars in Paradise. By Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. (Matto and Windas.)—Those

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of our readers who have made the aquaintance of Miss Phelps's " Corona," her maid " Puelvir," and her dog ' Matthew Launcelot: will be glad to hear something more about them;...

Warring Angelo. By T. H. Penguin. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—This, as

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its title indicates, is a story of conflict, the subject being that which presents such an attraction to writers of flotion,—the femme inaompriss. The intention is excellent,...


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Sultan Stork, and other Stories. By W. M. Thackeray. (G. Redway.) —Mr. Shepherd—(for though no name appears on the title-page, we gather that it is he who has collected the...

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We have received a second edition of A Popular History

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of Astronomy during the Nineteenth Century, by Agnes M. Clerks (Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh), and are glad to see that the success of what cannot be a low-priced volume...

Easy Legato Studies for the Violin. By S. M. Fleming.

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(L. Upoott Gill.)—We gladly recommend this legato tutor to the musical public ; but it mast be remembered that we only do so—of this or any other book of the kind—to those who...

The Vocation of the Preacher. By E. Paxton Hood. (Hodder

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and Stoughton.)—Mr. Hood was an easy writer, who, with many ex. cellences, was perhaps chargeable with the fault of superabundance and prolixity. This volume is an excellent...

Dens Forest Sketches. By S. M. Crawley Boevey. Illustrated by

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F. H. Crawley Boevey. (Sohn and Robert Maxwell.)—These are mix sufficiently interesting stories of early English history of the romantic. historical kind ; but whereas the...

Principles and Practice of School Hygiene. By Alfred Carpenter, M.D.

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(Joseph Hughes.)—The subject of this manual and the name of its author, deservedly known as a " sanitarian " of many years' standing, will combine to recommend it to a large...

A Set of Four Hunting and Racing Stories. By W.

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B. Gilpin. (Field and Taer.)—The first and longest of these stories is not attractive or pleasant. It shows the turf in its very worst aspect, and might well act as a warning,...

Much interest, which is not exclusively political, attaches to a

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View of the Political State of Scotland in the Last Century, by Sir Charles Elphinstoue Adam (David Douglas, Edinburgh). It is a confidential report on the "political opinions,...

A Winter's Cruise in the Mediterranean. By W. D. Gainsford.

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(Swan Sonnensthein and Co.)—There ie something of the " Smel- f catguts " tone in Mr. Gainsford's utterances. Things, for the moat part, disappoint him. His enthusiasm is but...

From the Forecastle to the Cabin. By Captain S. Samuels.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—Not one of the books of adventure with which our table is flooded at Christmas can surpass this true story of Captain Samuels. We speak of it as tree...

Vid Nicaragua. By Mrs. Alfred Hort. (Remington and Co.)- "

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In the year 18—," begins Mrs. Hort, " we sailed for New York, our destination being the far-famed city San Francisco," and she pro. ceeds to describe the discomforts of her...

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Life and Times of General Sir Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon,

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by Charles Dalton, F.R.G.S. (Sampson Low and Co.), is a monu- ment of industry, and of patient and careful historical research: Mr. Dalton has had access to the Cecil MSS. in...