6 JULY 1878

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The Irish Intermediate Education Bill was read a second time

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in the House of Lords without a division yesterday week, nor does the Committee on the Bill appear to have been in any degree less prompt in its deliberations. But outside the...

The question of Greece is not yet settled. The Turks

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still say they will go if Greece gets anything, and the Greeks threaten disturb- ances if they get nothing. Lord Beaconsfield, however, does not care about the Greeks, who are...

A great deal has been said this week about the

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cession of Batoum. The Jingoes threaten to abandon Lord Beaconsfield if he abandons Batoum, but as Batoum is surrendered both by the Treaty of San Stefano and the Anglo-Russian...

in support of their claims. Letters were read from the

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Archbishop of Canterbury, the Duke of Westminster, and Mr. W. E. Forster strongly favouring their cause, which was defended also by Dean Stanley, Lord Shaftesbury, and Lord...


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T HE Congress advances fast. On Saturday, the Plenipoten- tiaries decided that Austria should occupy Bosnia and _Herzegovina for an indefinite period, the occupation is to...

Mr. Monk tried on Thursday in the House of Commons

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to obtain an expression of opinion in favour of Crete, but only elicited a most unsatisfactory and rather audacious speech from Mr. Bourke. The Under-Secretary for Foreign...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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case. •

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The second reading of the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Bill was

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carried on Monday night by a very great majority,-157 (319 against 162), in a House not very well attended, for so important an occasion. Moreover, only twenty-six Members...

The Times' correspondent at Berlin was on Wednesday admitted to

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an interview with Prince Bismarck, who told him that he himself had desired peace, and had, in the interest of peace, borne the fatigue of the deliberations of Congress. He...

Dr. Cameron's Habitual Drunkards Bill passed its second reading on

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Wednesday, subject to an understanding that the compulsory clauses are to be taken out. Under the Bill, as it will stand, any habitual drunkard may apply to the manager of a...

The Duke of Richmond and Gordon received last week a

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deputation from Manchester New College, the drift of which he did not seem very well able to catch. The prayer of the deputa- tion,—who represented a College in which...

On Saturday, Lord Granville cut the first sod of the

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Deal and Dover Railway, and made a very amusing speech, or rather series of speeches, in one of which he quoted some one who had said that to give a good reason for a measure in...

Archdeacon Denison is very much incensed against the Irish Intermediate

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Education Bill, for a double reason,—fi rat, because it proposes to make some use of the surplus obtained from the sacri- lege of Irish Disestablishment ; next, because it...

Lord Hammond made a curious speech on Monday about the

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alleged sale of the Anglo-Russian agreement to the Globe. He seemed to think the scandal was a final answer to the scheme of introducing competition into the Foreign Office. The...

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The Middlesborough election is a thorough Liberal triumph. Colonel Sadler,

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the Conservative candidate, is a very moderate Conservative, though he supports the Government on the Eastern Question. Mr. Isaac Wilson opposes the Government heart and soul on...

Consols were on Friday 95i to 95f.

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Mr. George Ransom sticks to his case about the uselessness

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and mischievouaness of horse-shoes, and says that he has ,tried the unshod feet in swamps as well as on dry ground, in thick damp clay, with stones mixed up in it, and in all...

The Pope has taken occasion of the Emperor of Germany's

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illness to write him a letter of condolence, which it became the duty of the Crown Prince to answer. In a previous letter, the Pope had intimated the impossibility of...

Sir John Lubbock moved on Thursday his usual resolution for

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including "Elementary Natural Science" amongst the extra or optional subjects for which children at the primary schools may gain credit under the present Education Code. As...

The New Yorkers have added a new misery to human

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life. Their high-level railway is said to be a success. This atrocious contrivance is a railway laid upon iron pillars twenty feet high, -cemented by girders, and driven in upon...

Dr. Burdon Sanderson delivered last week the Harveian -oration before

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the Royal College of Physicians, eulogising Harvey, of course, for cutting up animals alive to watch the action of the heart and study the circulation of the blood, and...

Sir S. Northcote cannot be very happy in his mind.

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He has to produce an additional Budget, and as he has been .spending in the Mediterranean with both hands, and has to provide for South-African expenses, and the revenue is...

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THE PROBABILITIES OF A DISSOLUTION. " HERE will be a dissolution this year yet," whispers a Whip to a most trustworthy adherent ; "see that your people are all ready." "There...

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F ATE is very hard upon the Fire-eaters. For months past they have been denouncing Mr. Gladstone and all Liberals as immoral persons, who desire to deprive the Ottomans of...

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TN the July number of the Fortnigkly Review, Mr. Matthew 1 Arnold reads to the narrower Liberals of the day a very striking lesson on their silly and prejudiced cry against...

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L ORD CRANBROOK has sanctioned the Gagging Act passed by the Indian Government against the Vernacular Press, and indeed lie could scarcely do otherwise. Lord Lytton and his...


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TN the old times, political secrecy was obtained by a free use 1 of the tongue, in preference to the pen. Those were the days of "understandings," and to this, perhaps, may be...

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T HE poet Campbell, in a piece which has not as much popularity as it deserves, has asserted that time grows shorter as life grows longer ; and Mr. G. J. Romance has made the...


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T HE Committee which has been considering the subject of the importance to be attached to athletic prowess in reference to the profession of arms has reported, we find, in...

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T HE stately and splendid saloon of the Drapers' Hall is a happily appropriate scene for the exhibition of articles of art and luxury. The hall is a beautiful sight in itself,...

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T HE chief reflection which these Essays* have suggested to as

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is that the changed attitude of general feeling on the ques- tion which they treat is manifested even less by energetic assertion than by diluted denial. On the whole, they...

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THE FUTURE OF CYPRUS. (TO THE EDITOR OF TEl `. SPECTATOR:1 Stn,—In your number of June 29th there is a clever and sugges- tive article upon the possible annexation of the...

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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPICOTATOR.1 SIR,—" R. C.'s" letter in your last number seems to call for a few words in reply. To say that my reference to the Thirlmere Bill passing...


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SIR,—Allow me to say a few words in reply to the courteous letter of "A Scottish Liberal." 1. I am quite aware that the word " residuary " was in the first instance applied to...


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Sm.,—In a long letter from Mr. Bosworth Smith, published in the Pall Mall Gazette of June 27th, occurs the following passage Give Turkey in Asia,' says one of the most...

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TWO SCHOOLBOYS. Two schoolboys on their way to school I day by day was meeting, Yet tho' I met them:dayiby day, We each and all pursued our way,— Nor changed a friendly...


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NOTES ON MR. RUSKIN'S DRAWINGS. [EXHIBITED AT 148 NEW BOND STREET.] [FIRST NOTICE.] IT is much to be regretted that Mr. Ruskin did not choose s more commodious place for this...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—In speaking about the injustice of levying a tax on a non- existent article like unproductive land in America, you "suppose," as a...

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MR. HOWELL ON CAPITAL AND LABOUR.* THE well-worn subject of the relations of Capital and Labour has been invested by the recent occurrences in Lancashire with a new interest...

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THIS unpretentious little volume is a bright and very clever record of a journey which the author made to Oregon. He writes with modesty—quite unnecessary modesty—of the faults...

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Jr would seem almost impossible that one should be reminded at the same time by any book of two writers so dissimilar from one another as Charles Dickens and George Eliot, yet a...

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WHY has not an interesting Church history been long ago written? Why is it necessary to consult a number of monographs, in order to get a knowledge of its mere elements? If the...

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"GIRL GRADUATES."* SOME thirty years have passed since England's Laureate

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surprised her with a vision of "fair girl graduates, with their golden hair." And the poet's dream has proved itself a prophecy, and the pro- phecy is likely to become a prosaic...

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TnE Contemporary is this month the most interesting magazine. The paper on "Contemporary Life and Thought in Germany," by Professor von Schulte, is a most exhaustive and...

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a pity , that Mrs. Roche's style renders it difficult to feel an interest in her book. Her late husband, Mr. Alfred Roche, was the first Honorary Secretary to the Royal Colonial...

Lift of John Eadie, D.D. By James Brown, D.D. (Macmillan.)—

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This is an admirable biography, of a man whose life and labours were indeed worthy of no common memorial. He was born in a humble station, nor did he attain to any position more...

The Bible Record of Creation True for Every Age. By

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P. W. Grant. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This is a really ingenious b:wk, though we can well imagine that there are those who will say that it is a specimen of wasted ingenuity. Its...

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The Tropic Seas : a Tale of the Spanish Main.

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By W. Westall. (S. Tinsley and Co.)—With tales of the Spanish main the reader gener- ally associates that attractive flavour of lawlessness and adventure which belonged to the...

We have to notice a Revised English Bible. (Printed for

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the Editor, by Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode.)--It is, of course, impossible to enter upon the almost numberless questions which are suggested by the word "revision," or to...

We may mention together two volumes, both compiled with elaborate

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care, which have each a special interest of their own. These are A Catalogue of Maps, Plans, and Views of London, Westminster, and Southwark. Collected and arranged by Frederick...

The Similes of Homer's Iliad. Translated, with Introduction and Notes,

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by W. C. Green. (Longmans.)—The idea of collecting together the similes of the Iliad was a happy one. If Mr. Green had contented himself with annotating them, and with giving us...

Frank Allerton : an Autobiography. By Augustus Mongredien. 3 vols.

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(Samuel Tinsley.)—This book has something of the character of an historical novel, though historical personages are but sparingly in- troduced, being alluded to rather than...