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O N Tuesday, the Times published a letter by Mr. Forster to Mr. Adam, the Liberal "Whip," in which he withdrew his name from the place claimed for it by a very great number of...

The French Republic, which last week seemed impossible, has this

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week been proclaimed. The whole of the Orleanists, frightened by the progress of Imperialism, have moved into the Republican camp, and in a single week the new majority have...

Mr. Bright, however, as Chairman, in acknowledging the vote of

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thanks given to him, took occasion to express his "entire and hearty concurrence" in the judgment to which the meeting had just come. He made light of the family connection...

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

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The Session of Parliament was opened at two o'clock on

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Friday, the Queen's Speech being read by Commission. The document is decently grammatical, but that is all that can be said for it. It is very lengthy, very verbose, and...

Of course the result of Mr. Forster's letter was that

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the meeting on Wednesday at the Reform Club came off without discussion, and simply ratified the foregone conclusion to select the Marquis of Ilartington. It was not a very...

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Mr. Bright's attack at Birmingham on the principle of the

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Parliamentary representation of labour by working-men has called forth a letter of remonstrance to him from the Secretary of the Labour Representation League, Mr. Henry...

A private telegram has been received in London which seems

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to prove, what we suspected last week, that the object of the recent intrigues in Pekin was to confirm Prince Kung and his colleagues in power. The Emperor having died "of...

The clergymen of the Established Church will hardly be pleased

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if they succeed in making it a common practice for the people of England to bury their dead without any religious service, yet that is the tendency of the obstinacy with which a...

The St. Petersburg correspondent of the Times describes a serious

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secession to the Greek Church which has occurred at Sedletz, in Poland, a town of 300,000 inhabitants. Of these, 100,000 were "Catholics of the Oriental rite," a body acknow-...

The appointment of Mr. Field, Q.C., to the Bench,—he takes

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the place of Mr. Justice Keating, resigned,—was one which we had ventured to anticipate a year ago ; and it does credit to the Tory Government that they have selected so able a...

The latest telegram from Spain, dated Tafalla, February 4, announces

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that General Moriones has entered Pampeluna, and that the Royal Army is now within six miles of Estella, where the Carlist forces, much thinned apparently by desertions, have...

Hungary seems to have obtained a respite. So extravagant has

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been her recent expenditure, that the revenue this year will be short of the outlay by £2,500,000, and the Minister of Finance proposed an income-tax of 4 per cent., or 94d. in...

The dread of the Imperialists, which has caused this change,

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seems to have some foundation. It is stated that the official inquiry into the election for the Nievre has revealed the existence of a complete Bonapartist organisation, with...

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If Prince Bismarck were in full health, we should say

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he was wanting to do something very big indeed, for he is resigning again, but the evidence makes it probable that he is very ill. According to the Cologne Gazette, he is...

The Hon. and Rev. W. H. Fremantle, Rector of St.

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Mary's, Bryanston Square, had promised to preach in the Congregational Church on the Holborn Viaduct known as the "City Temple" on Thursday, but was prevented from doing so by...

A sharp discussion has been going on during the week

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in the columns of the Times, in which Mr. Ernest Ilart has been the chief combatant on the side of Vivisection. As he has quoted the authority of Sir Charles Bell in favour of...

The discussion upon Burials still continues, and is now assuming

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this form.- The wisest method of disposing of the dead is to bury The discussion upon Burials still continues, and is now assuming this form.- The wisest method of disposing of...

The iron and coal-masters of South Wales have fulfilled their

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threat, and on Monday, the 2nd inst., 120,000 workmen were locked out, because half of them would not accept a 10-per-cent. reduction. It is calculated that 500,000 men, women,...

Lord St. Leonardo died yesterday week, at the great age

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of ninety-four. Seventy years ago, i.e., quite at the beginning of the century, he was &heady a great power at the Bar, and this though he had been the exclusive architect of...

Prince Bismarck is determined to make the fortune of the

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New York Herald. The Berlin correspondent of that journal asked for an interview, and was told in writing by Under-Secretary Bucher that the Chancellor would see no one, and...

Consols were at the latest date 921-92f.

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THE RESULTS OF THE CAUCUS. T HOUGH we were certainly right last week in antici- pating that the preference of at least half,—appar- ently more than ha]f,—of the Liberal party...

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T HE violet spectre has frightened the Orleanists into common sense. M. Laboulaye's motion of Thursday week, which directly affirmed the Republic, was lost on Friday, as we...

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M R. FITZJAMES STEPHEN has written a paper of very curious interest in the new number of the Contem- porary Review on the persecuting laws which still remain valid in England,...

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T HERE must be more imagination in Lord Northbrook than people in England had given him credit for. His latest action in the Baroda affair, as . reported by a corre- spondent...

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W HETHER the ninety gentlemen who control the Iron and Coal industry of Glamorganshire and Monmouth are justified or not in their recent action—a point which we shall discuss...

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B EFORE the old Germanic Confederation was broken up by the cannon of Sadowa, each State forming the Confedera- tion possessed the right of granting to Banks the exclusive power...

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D R. LYON PLAYFAIR has given great offence to the Roman Catholics by saying at Edinburgh, evidently without his- torical inquiry, and probably because he had read the remark in...

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M R. JOHNSON, the President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, made on Monday an admirable speech on commercial morality, the effect of which was impaired only by the usual...

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MHE Civil Service Inquiry Commission, appointed to try and pro- duce order out of existing chaos in the duties, promotion, and pay of the various Departments of the Civil...


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VIVISECTION. [We republish with much reluctance the following painful letter to the Editor of Monday's Morning Post, as showing what the practice of Vivisection, when applied...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPBOTATOR."] have two dogs, two cats, and a kitten. Many years of experience have shown me, in the teeth of all proverbs, that cata and dogs, members of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") cannot quite gather from the letters of your correspond- ent, the Rev. G. D. Snow, wherein I have "made unfair attacks upon the ' masses,'...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR.") SIR,—You drew a dreary picture in your review of "Aunt Mary's Bran Pie" of the troubles of bachelor uncles who are so weary of selecting at...


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happen to have two of the "Annual Announcements" of the American Dental College on my table, and I find on p. 11 of the New York "Announcement" that "Physiology will be...

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IN THE DAYS WHEN EARTH WAS YOUNG. "In the days when Earth was young, Love and Laughter roamed together : Love took up his harp and sung, Round him all was golden weather. But...


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THE DUDLEY GALLERY. - THE General Water-colour Exhibition at the Egyptian Hall this year enters upon its second decade, and may be taken to have settled down into its normal...

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ARCHBISHOP MANNING'S REPLY TO MK GLADSTONE.* ARCHBISHOP MANNING has written a very straightforward, frank, and able reply to Mr. Gladstone, some parts of which, as was in-...

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THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK.* THERE are some writers who can scarcely

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die before a collected edition of their works is clamoured for, and of whom every scrap of anecdote, every apocryphal bon-mot, and every casual contri- bution to the newspapers...

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Tam book is like a pleasant schoolboy's progress to school. He goes lounging along with his hands in his pockets, staring apathe- tically about, and quite regardless of time,...

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L'ESPRIT NOUVEAU.* NOTWITHSTANDING those high qualities as an historian of

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which M. Quinet has given proof in several of his works, and especially in his noble history, La Revolution, reviewed some years ago in these pages, it is in the character of a...

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THE " Friends in Council" possess one decided merit, they are old friends to most of us. We know what to expect of them ; the angularities of speech which characterise most of...

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The Dublin Review for January is not so interesting as usuaL There is a very learned and solid article on "Gnosticism and the Rule of Faith in St. Irenasus," which for special...

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Old and New London. By Walter Thornbury. Vol. II. (Cassell

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and Co.)—This volume even exceeds its predecessor in interest. Mr. Thornbury takes us past London Bridge, itself a sufficient topic for a volume, Billingsgate, the Tower, the...

The Holy Bible, prepared for the Use of Theological Students

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(Fronde), is a convenient volume, giving a wide margin for notes and space for an alphabetical index, which the student is to construct for himself. The marginal references and...

An English Grammar. By Professor Maetzner. (Murray.)—This is a stupendously

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elaborate work, which only the patience of a German professor could have brought to completion. It is an exhaustive treatise, from every conceivable point of view, on the...

The Georgics of Virgil. By H. M. Wilkins. (Longmans.)—Mr. Wilkins'

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edition is for schoolboy use. The Georgics, he thinks, are more attractive to lads than the " Eclogues" or even the " /Eneid." This, per- haps, is because of their descriptions...

treatment. A stranger, Mr. Harold, comes to settle in the

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heroine's neighbourhood. At first he is reserved ; then he seems to yield to her attractions; finally he proposes marriage, and is accepted. He had held aloof because a...

Pharmacographia. By Friedrich A. Flfickiger and Daniel Hanbury. (Macmillan.)—This is

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an exhaustive book on its subject, the "History of the Principal Drugs of Vegetable Origin mot with in Great Britain and British India." The botanical description, the...

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Baiting the Trap : a Novel. By Jean Middlemas, author

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of "Lil " and "Wild Georgie." (Chapman and Ball.)—This novel is a falling- off from its predecessors. Both "Lil" and "Wild Georgie " had merit which, although it was of a rude...