6 JANUARY 1872

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TOPICS OF THE DAY. A BERDEENSHIRE Farmers, and the Game Laws• ••• Reform of Admiralty, Mr. aoschen's of the... 864 — Reforms of 1870, the ... •.. 1035 African Discovery,...

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The Russian Government is evidently pressed by the so-called at

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Muscovite" party, which, with the Cesarewitch at its head, desires a French alliance, a war with Austria, and possibly a struggle with the German Empire. It has accordingly...


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' I T appears to be understood that though the United States have not as yet presented any but the direct damages resulting to their people from the escape of the Alabama and...

It has been formally announced that the Government will give

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its support to Mr. Brand as the successor of Mr. Evelyn Denison, and there is as yet no sign that there will be any offer of resist- ance on the part of the Conservatives to the...

The papers are discussing, a propos of the reward to

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be given to the doctors in attendance on the Prince of Wales, the whole question of honours for the Medical profession, A baronetcy, it is said, such as the public expects to...

Thyaity, as of late, is once more in front. The

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state of tiwd streets - ia footpaths in London is disgraceful, the former )ebig c^..red with a compost which makes them as slippery as jag, , md the latter ankle-deep in slush....

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

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Mr. Evelyn Denison is, says the Observ8r, to be made

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a Viscount, as was Mr. Shaw Lefevre, now Viscount Eversley, but by what title is not yet known.

The Members for Oxford City, Mr. Cardwell and Mr. Vernon

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Harcourt, attended the annual festival of the Oxford Druids on New Year's Day, and both made considerable speeches,—mani- festoes, as it were, to their constituents,—after...

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The French Commission appointed to inquire into the best means

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of improving the communication across the Channel has reported by eight to two in favour of steam ferries large enough to carry the whole train. The Times remonstrates, alleging...

Tweed, the leader of the New York Ring, has at

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last been arrested on a charge of felony, has been bailed by Judge Barnard, has broken bail, and has fled, some say to Cuba, Spain having no extradition treaty with the States....

The French Academy has elected the Due d'Aumale to a

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seat by 27 to 1. The majority was probably the result of political feel- ing, but the Duke's " History of the House of Conde " and his pam- phlets justify the selection. On the...

The French Chamber is determined to make the old blunder,

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and exclude officials. It has decreed by 472 to 92 that no salaried official except a Minister, an Ambassador, or the Prefect of the Seine can be a Deputy. Why not, if tie...

On Mr. Vernon Harcourt's speech we have commented else- where.

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He stood, he said, on an " isthmus of time separating the past from the future," and that was a position which he evidently felt to be one of some advantage for moral effusion....

A curious correspondence was pubhseed this nay ek between Abbe

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Gratry, one of the bitterest opponents ey Infallib y, who, after a severe illness, has made his submission to "42 decree cf the Council of the Vatican, and Father Hyacinthe,...

Lord Warwick's friends had much better have left that sub-

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scription for rebuilding the Castle alone. Great Peers cannot take presents of money without loss of dignity, and it is obvious from the correspondence published on Tuesday that...

M. Catacazy is evidently quite unaware that anybody except President

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Grant can condemn him, and is evidently, too, a very adroit person. At a dinner given to the Grand Duke Alexis at Boston on 9th December, he made a flowery speech in honour of...

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It is announced that Mr. Childers has succeeded Mr. Verdon

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as Agent-General for Victoria. He is, of course, thoroughly qualified both by ability and experience ; but there are fifty men in England competent to a Colonial agency, and we...

The Reds in Paris, like the Reds in Switzerland, are

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trying to turn their representatives into mere delegates, forcing on them a anandat impe'ratif of the most detailed kind. They define an enormous number of measures, contained...

An Irishman named M'Carthy, but who called himself Signor 3Iassarti,

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has been exhibiting as a lion-tamer for some years. He seems, however, to have broken some of the rules of his profes- sion, entering the cages when "in liquor, but not drunk,"...

Mr. George Cruikshank, the great caricaturist, claims to have originated

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the leading characters of Oliver Twist, and from what he says it seems not improbable that he did put Mr. Dickens on the track of the London life necessary for that great work,...

Lord Russell also manages to get a shy at the

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Denominational Schools, and through them at the Government which encou- rages Denominational Schools, with the Lord's Prayer,—his main point being that the Lord's Prayer as...

Lord Russell cannot be happy at Cannes without letting fly

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at the Government, and the last missiles with which he has chosen to shell their Education policy are the Conscience-clause and the Lord's Prayer. He brands the...

M. Thiers is doing his best to diminish the impression

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created in Germany by Tonnelet's murder. Ding the sitting of Friday se'nnight, the President, in a speech to the Assembly on the situa- tion, described the acts of Tonnelet and...

Consols were on Friday 92k to 921 ex. div.

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The " Schenck incident" seems to have terminated without pro-

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ducing an open quarrel between the American President and the Senate. Explanations have been, it is said, received in Washington from theMinister, showing how he became...

The National Zeitung of Berlin calls on Prince Bismarck to

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punish the French journalists who attack Germany, and "do not know what is due to the conquerors of the country." It reminds Frenchmen that after Jena, Schleiermacher was...

We regret deeply to notice the death of the Archdeacon

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of Calcutta, the Rev. J. H. Pratt, one of the few men who in India have honoured the English Church. A man of high mathematical attainments, a scholar, and a deeply-read divine,...

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• THE IMMEDIATE POLICY OF THE TORIES. Upon the whole, and with allowance for the unknown quantity which may be introduced into the problem by the adoption of secret voting, we...


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Ar t VERNON HARCOURT ought to get on. He is a good Radical, without any special sympathy with the people (which is always hampering), has a happy tendency to keep to the...

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T HAT particular Saturday Reviewer, who hates Mr. Glad- stone with an energy that is quite as amusing in itself as it is amusing in its literary results, produced a very enter-...

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O NE of the most direct, though the less noticed, conse- quences of Sedan has been to increase the importance of Russia in the European system. Her foreign policy, always a...

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or if the owners elect, why should the town consider they have done enough I These questions are avoided now by a system of compromise which is the despair of sanitarians, and...

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L ORD HOUGHTON, in a very good article in the Fortnightly, on the Upper House—good, not because it suggests any- thing, but because it reflects so perfectly the puzzle of the...

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MR. SPURGEON IN ROME. Way, which he described as "

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the British Museum along both sides of the road for eight miles." He was struck with the evidence of the existence of early Baptists in the Roman catacombs as well as at Pisa,...

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HONOLULU. [FROM A CORRISPONDENT.] Honolulu, September 27, 1871. I SUSPECT most of your readers have very vague impressions of the Sandwich Islands. Yet it is not impossible...

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A FOUR-FOOTED FRIEND. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " EPHOTAEOft."J basket large enough to hold him which came into the house, always gravely, and consulting the bystanders with his...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE .` EPECTATOR.1 SIE,—After reading your article on " The New Danger of Trustees," I fear your numerous trustee readers will enjoy any- thing but a happy...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THB "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Allow me, as a clergyman who has for the last eight years- accustomed himself to deal frankly with laymen rather than witls his...

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A LATE FREE-KIRK PROFESSOR.* 41 TEAT'S a born-natural, where did you pick him up ?" was the -characteristic exclamation of the late Mrs. Carlyle, the moment a certain...

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UNDER an attractive but simple title, Mr. Bowring has published a mildly interesting book. It contains no story of great achieve- ments, no narrative of a difficult...

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THAT may be a pardonable deception which is meant to betray people into reading an innocent tale for a child, instead of a startling story ; but it unquestionably is a...

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[FIRST NOTICE.] FEW who read these volumes will hesitate in coming to the con- clusion that Mr. Frere was intended by nature for a student or a writer, rather than a...

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[FIRST NOTICE.] PROFESSOR FRASER has extinguished one of our deepest regrets in the department of speculative philosophy, and has put in its place an abiding satisfaction. We...

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SHADE of Sebastian Joseph de Carvalho e Mello, Conde d'Oeyras and Marquis of Pombal ; great and wise statesman ; Richelieu of Portugal have you deserved this at the hands of the...

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The Contemporary Review. January, 1872. (Strahan.)—A good number. The special

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constituency of the Review will probably be best pleased with the Bishop of Tasmania's somewhat Utopian, but attrac- tive, dream of a future Church in which all Protestant sects...


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The Fortnightly Review. January, 1872. (Chapman and Hall.)— The Fortnightly is full of good papers this month. Lord Houghton contributes a gossippy article on the House of...

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The Cornhill Magazine. January, 1872. (Smith, Elder, and Co.) — The Corn/ill

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has no padding this month of much merit, the paper on Spain being the best, and that a little thin, as if it were written by a man who disliked and despised Spain too much to...

St. Pads. January, 1872. (Strahan.)—,R. Paull is relying apparently on

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two stories, one a posthumous romance called Septimius," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and another, " Off the Skelligs," by Miss Ingelow. It is not unwise. Hawthorne's story is...

value and encourage, and of which Members of Parliament must

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stand in wholesome dread. It is a plain, unvarnished record of what every re- presentative of the people has done, that is to say, it gives a list of the divisions which took...

"Street Ballads of Ireland," with a profusion of examples from

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the songs actually sung in the streets, songs as different from anything the Nation publishes as the songs of an English country beerhouse are from those of Dibdin. The...

Many Thoughts of Many Minds. By Henry Southgate. Second Series.

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(Griffin.)—Mr. Southgate finds in the success of his first series an ample justification for the publication of a second. There are numbers of readers whose time and means...

Fraser's Magazine. January, 1872. (Longulans.)—All who have read Homer will

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think pages 120-122 in this number worth the price of the magazine. They contain Von Moltke's opinion, formed in 1837, when he was still military adviser to the Sultan, on the...

Blackwood. January, 1872. (Blackwood and Son.)—The third

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article on "French Home Life," called "Furniture," is not equal to the other two, the writer passing away too often from description to disqui- sition, and believing a little...

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A British Republic. (Truelove.)—The author of this little treatise, which

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is written, we may say at once, in a very moderate and gentle- manly tone, expresses himself thus :—" There is a real interest in the Crown among people of a certain age, but in...

The Winborough Boys. By the Rev. H. C. Adams. (Routledge.)-

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This is a volume which would have been noticed among the "Christmas Books," but for a certain reason which will be presently seen. As it is, we do not intend to say a word about...