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The new French Tariff came into force on Sunday evening,

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and already a great rise is noted in the price of the provisions sold in cities, especially meat and cheap wine. It is believed that the resulting discontent may produce...

Lord Salisbury was received on Tuesday in Exeter by an

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immense concourse, representing the whole West Country, and spoke in the evening in a hall erected for the occasion, which held 10,000 persons. His speech, which we have...

On Wednesday, Mr. Henry Fowler, in addressing a large Gladstonian

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gathering in the Guildhall, Plymouth, declared that during the past two months there had been " two well- known currents running through the Conservative Party." The " forward "...

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P ARLIAMENT meets on Tuesday, and before our next issue the debate on the Address ought to have concluded. it is believed that the Queen's Speech will contain few projects of...

Speaking in Bristol on Wednesday, at a working men's dinner,

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Sir Michael Hicks-Beach declared that it was the in- tention of the Government to make next Session " a working Session." " He altogether demurred to the assumption that their...

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We record with deep regret the death on Sunday of

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the great Baptist minister, Mr. C. H. Spurgeon, at the age of fifty-seven. He had been ill for many months, and though he rallied repeatedly, those who knew that he was...

The Washington Post, General Harrison's organ, printed on Tuesday a

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long article charging Mr. Blaine with having tricked the President with regard to the Chilian dispute. The Secretary of State, it alleges, has persistently represented himself...

The week has witnessed two very serious disasters at sea.

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On Monday, the morning papers reported that the Victoria,' one of the newest and finest ironclads in the Navy, and the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron, had gone ashore on...

Portugal has gone into liquidation. On Saturday, the Minister of

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Finance made his explanation to the Cortes, showing that the Floating Debt has reached the figure of £5,100,000, that the annual deficit is £2,220,000, and that some...

As we ventured to hope last week, the virulence of

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the influenza epidemic is abating. The report of the Registrar. General published on Wednesday, shows that in the week ending Saturday last, there were in London 436 deaths from...

Do our readers remember the account in Thackeray's "Barry Lyndon"

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of the cruelty of German military dis- cipline ? Wherever the satirist obtained his facts, he did not over-colour them, for Prince George of Saxony, Commander of the 12th Army...

Belgium is in the throes of a very interesting constitutional

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struggle. It is felt that the demand for a larger franchise cannot be resisted, and the Liberals, afraid of seeing the cities overborne, demand universal suffrage. The...

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On Wednesday, a trial was made at Portsmouth of the

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new Swan-Edison torpedo, an engine of war which, if it fulfils the expectations of its inventors, will prove of extreme valve in coast-defense. It is claimed for the Swan-Edison...

Mrs. Osborne, the lady who was the centre of the

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"Pearl Case," has returned to England, and surrendered to take her trial. She was brought before the Lord Mayor on Friday morning, charged with fraud in obtaining £550 from...

On Monday, Mr. Portal, the British Agent at Zanzibar, in

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the presence of " five thousand merchants of all nations," declared the island a, free port, every duty being removed, except those on spirits over fifty degrees, and on...

The Times of Tuesday gives the details of Dr. Nansen's

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projected Polar Expedition. He means to start next year, and to make direct for the mouth of the Lena, in Siberia, either by the Kara Sea route or by Behring Straits. He...

A new- star has suddenly appeared in the constellation Auriga,

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in the Milky Way. The star differs somewhat in aspect from the other stars in the field, " being slightly fuzzy, and its light not so piercing." Whether this new-comer of the...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2!) were on Friday 94-..

The Oxford City Council has proved more tolerant than many ,

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members of the University. On Wednesday, the Councillors decided, by a vote of 37 to 16, to accept the offer of the Memorial Committee to put up a statue to Cardinal Newman, and...

There is something strangely ironic in the following tele- gram

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from Rangoon, which appeared in the Times of Monday : —" A crowded and enthusiastic meeting of influential Mahom- medans has been held here to consider the adoption of...

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MR. SPITRGEON. T HE Nonconformist Churches, and indeed all Churches, have lost in Mr. Spurgeon a man of considerable powers and of immense influence, which was persistently and...

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W E rather wonder that Lord Salisbury agreed to speak in Devonshire so near the meeting of Parliament. It is wise, of course, to " rouse the West," and pleasant to be received,...

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AV E should very much • like to know - , as a matter of historical curiosity, why Portugal is considered to be managing her - liquidation so very creditably. Con- sidered as a...


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O N. Sunday night, at 6 . o'clock, France, by her own voluntary act, was to all intents and purposes put under a blockade. That is, following. the example set her by America,...

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" near Platea, Greece," there being at least three islets of this fact was so far allowed to weigh against the broader that name on the Greek coast. Subsequently, the place of...

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I F the beautiful experiments exhibited at the Royal Institution by Mr. Tesla, the able lieutenant of Mr. Edison, are of practical value, and not the mere play- things of the...


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Bill in the Lower House of the Prussian Parliament seem to have been curiously indifferent to the real blot in its provisions. That blot is not only real but serious. The Bill...

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W E have been greatly amused and interested by reading a letter, published in the Weekly Examiner of San Francisco on December 3rd, 1891. Its writer, Mr. Barnette G. Haskell, we...

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A T this moment England is full of men and women who would account themselves happy if they could imitate the Breslau miner, and take a couple of months' sleep. Johann Latus...

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W E shall not, we hope, be accused of knocking another nail into the coffin of Respectability, ii we venture to point to the decline of swagger as one of the signs of the -...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TER "SPECTATOR. "] Six, In your review of " Lord Canning" by Sir. H. Cunning- ham, you write as follows : "Out of 2,500 capital sentencee, which he [Lord...

[TO THE EDITOR OP ZEE • "SPECTATOR. " ] was profoundly interested

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in the account of your correspondent "A. D. C.," which appears in the Spectator of January 30th, of her barking travelling companion. Before reading it, I had presumed that ,...


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[To THE EDITOR or--THE •tiOotcramos."] Sin,—The interesting letter in the Spectator of January 80th, has called to my memory a- very curious passage from an anony- mous...


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BURNS IN LONDON. tro 'ME EDITOR -OT TEE "SPECTATOR.') Sra, — I am informed that Burns was offered £200 a year to write in a London newspaper. I have not MeScott Douglas's...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] SIR,—Having read Lord Forester's letter in the Times, in which he relates sundry conversations held between Cardinal Manning, when a very...


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[TO SHY EDITOR OF THY " SPYCSATOL"] SIR, —You state that the Queen has seventy-two living descendants. Do you not mean George III. ? Her Majesty's seven children,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SIWTATOR."] SIR,—You may possibly be interested in knowing that a tame hare is a constant drawing-room companion of certain friends of mine who are...


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[To TRH EDITOR OF THY " BPRCTA.TOR." SIR, —I have been trying in vain to identify the Churchmen -whose statues have been recently placed round about the north entrance of...


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go THY EDITOR OF THY " BPRCTATOR."1 Sin,In the Spectator of January 2nd, you say that " Mr. Gladstone bad just sprung the Home-rule policy on the nation." (p. 4.) On December...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THY "SPECTATOR."] Sza,—I have read with much pleasure in the "News of the Week," in your issue of January 30th, your remarks on Oxford's objection to a...

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I AN Helen ; and my name Is a glory and a shame ; For my beauty was Earth's crown, And my sin shook cities down. Oh, the days, and oh, the dances, When I was queen, By the...


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AT ills, OLD MASTERS.—III. A Symbolist. An Impressionist. .T.—I was so greedy last time that you ought to do all the talking to-day. S.—I know : it is your way to...

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TENNYSON'S WORKS.• THE dainty little volumes of Lord Tennyson's poems which lie before us contain the essential life-work of the poet, beginning with selections from his...

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Miss AMELIA EDWA.BDEI'S book deserves a better title than she has given it. It is, in fact, a very clear and readable account of many of the curious and interesting problems...

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THIS is a truly delightful book,—delightful in virtue of its frank revelations of harmless and unconscious egotism ; delightful in virtue of the anecdotes it gives of the...

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WHEN, in 1845, Mrs. Howitt published her translation of Andersen's Improvisatore, she gave a short account of his early struggles. The child of a poor washerwoman, he had...

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SIR PHILIP SIDNEY was but thirty-two when he died. His death did not take place in the moment of a great victory or in the leading of a forlorn-hope. He was wounded by a stray...

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THE most instructive article in the half-crown magazines of this month is'Mr. F. Scudamore's in Blackwood_OR the late Khedive. It is a_history , of Newfik's reign hy an...

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The best features of London Society at the present moment

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is " Rita's " serial story of " The Countess Pharamond." Her characters are not at all likeable, much less loveable ; but such as they are, they are carefully drawn. There is...

A handsome volume contains the Catalogue of the Printed Books

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in the Library of the Incorporated Law Society, by Frederic Boase, Librarian (Spottiswoode and Co.) The Library is a little more than sixty years old, having been commenced in...

The Brethren of Mount Alias. By Hugh E. M. Stutfield.

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(Long- mans.)—We do not quite understand Mr. Stutfield's standpoint. Perhaps, as he is dealing with some developments of esoteric Buddhism and the mysterious Mahatmas, this is...

Philip's Popular Terrestrial Globe (Philip and Son) is a valuable

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aid to the effective teaching of geography. It is clearly printed in colours, and furnished with proper mounting and stand. Globes are almost indispensable for an actual...

A good story by Mr. Brander Matthews, " Tom Paulding,"

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is at present running in St. Nicholas, and there are in the February number some really good poems—remarkably well illustrated, too—of which "Crooked Dick," by Anna Robeson...

The Argosy is still full of Mrs. Henry Wood and

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Mr. Charles W. Wood. Apart from both of these elements, the best thing in the February number—which is only a medium one—is a " superior " story of the " detective " sort,...

The Atlantic Monthly threatens to become painfully conventional, although it

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contains as large an amount of literary matter as ever. There are only two notably good things in the February number— Mr. Nathaniel Shaler's " The Border State Men of the...


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The Idler, which is published by Messrs. Chatto and Windus, and edited by Messrs. Jerome K. Jerome and Robert Barr, is a new sixpenny magazine of fiction and jocosity, which is...

The February number of Harper's Monthly Magasine, which, by- the-way,

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is now published by Messrs. Osgood, Mcllvaine, and Co., is a very good average one. Both the stories and the miscel- laneous articles are well worth reading. Among the former, a...

A Winter Cruise in Summer Seas. By Charles C. Atchison.

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(Sampson Low, Marston, and Co.)—Mr. Atchison was compelled by failing health to take a holiday, and spent it—exactly two months in duration, he tells us—by journeying to...

The February number of Atalanta is a fair but not

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a notable one ; it is, indeed, a trifle too academic. Still, it contains some very enjoyable papers. The illustrations of "Children of the Old Masters " would of themselves have...

Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage. By Sir Bernard Burke. Fifty-fourth

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edition. (Harrison and Sons.)—This " Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary" does not need any com- mendation. More than seventeen hundred pages of the largest octavo size are...

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The Rambles of a Dominic. By ,Franeis A. Knight. (Wells

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Gardner, Darton, and Co.)—Mr. _Knight. has collected here from the columns of the. Daily News,- twe,nty-odd.very pleasing papers. He takes ns to many places; nd_discourses of...

Leaves from the Log of a Gentleman - Gipsy. By Gordon Stables,

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M.D., C.M., R.N. (Jerrold and Sons.)—Mr. Stables, like 'Mr. Hissey, whose pleasant volume, " Across England in a Dog-Cart," we lately noticed, is a dear lover of home-travel,...

The New Calendar of Great Men. Editedby - Frederic: Harrison. (Macmillan.)—M. Auguste

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.Comte published in 1849 the "Posi- tivist Calendar." In this he commemorated 558 persons, beginning with Moses,And ending, we maysay, with Berzelius (who died in the year...

Love - Letters of a Worldly Woman. By - Mrs. W. K. Clifford.

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(Arnold.)—The title given by Mrs. Clifford to her new volume cannot be said to convey a very accurate idea of its contents. Of the three sketches which the book contains, each...

The Bookworm : an Illustrated Treasury of Old-Time Literature. (Elliot

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Stock.)—The Bookworm is a collection of "ana " that would have delighted Southey, who enjoyed literary gossip, and the scraps collected about books from out-of-the-way...

'Mr. Gosse's Gossip in a Library' (Heinemann) is about some

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old and little-read books that he possesses in his own. Light papers auch as, these, which are but bubbles on the •-wine of literature, depend almost wholly for their interest...

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General Craufurd and his Light Division. By the Rev. Alexander

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H. Craufurd. (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.)—Mr. Craufurd, grandson of the officer whose career he describes, has given us here an in- teresting memoir, not the less interesting...

Delagoa Bay : its Natives and Natural History. By Rose

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Montiero. (Philip and Son.)—Mrs. Montiero has much that is amusing to tell us about men and things at Lorenzo Marques, with which she has had an acquaintance of some years'...

ScnooL-Booas.—The Protagoras of Plato. Edited by B. D. Turner. (Percival

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and Co.)-1 new edition of what is perhaps the most charming of Plato's dialogues cannot but be welcome if it is well done, and we may safely say that Mr. Turner has done his...

The Ides of March. By G. M. Robins. 3 vols.

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(Hurst and Blackett.)—This is a curious, and, we must say, ingeniously con- structed story. A certain Mr. Westmorland, representative of an ancient family, is very much...