6 MARCH 1875

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Next in importance to Mr. Goschen's speech against the Bill

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was one by Sir Henry Havelock, who employed for his argument his intimate knowledge of Army detail. A rich young Major in India, he showed, would be able through a broker in...


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I MMEDIATELY on the passing of the Constitutional Laws, the President of the French Republic requested M. Buffet, Presi- dent of the Assembly, to form a Ministry. Some delay was...

Mr. Disraeli's majority still adheres to him on the Army

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Ex- changes Bill, and Mr. Goschen's resolution, which approves exchanges, but forbids money payments for them, was defeated on 'Thursday by 282 to 186, a majority only one less...

Mr. Fawcett's resolution on Rural Education, moved on Monday night,

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to the effect that "it is undesirable that a less amount of school attendance should be secured to children employed in agriculture than to children employed in other branches...

Mr. Disraeli's guess is to come true at last. "

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Cardinal Grandison " is to be a reality. Archbishop Manning left London yesterday to attend a consistory at Rome, at which both he and, it is said, the Archbishop of Malines...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Home Secretary on Tuesday gave a well-deserved rebuke

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to Mr. Hardwicke, the new Coroner for Middlesex, for his fussy arbitrariness in ordering an inquest on the late Sir Charles Lye11. The eminent geologist had for some time been...

The debate was languid. It was so obvious that the

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conclusion of the Tory Government was a foregone one, that the House hardly listened to the reasons of the various speakers. Of Mr. Pell's, Mr. Dixon's, Mr. Forster's, and Lord...

Mr. Russell Gurney has, as we anticipated, stated his intention

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not to introduce this year any measure for the extension of the Public Worship Regulation Act to questions of doctrine. He put his change of purpose, which he announced...

The American Congress has adjourned without passing the Force Bill,

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which is therefore lost. In the next Congress the House of Representatives will be democratic, and will not hear of such Bills. The measure was a bad compromise between a desire...

The " message of peace" to Ireland, which it was

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rumoured that Sir Michael Hicks-Beach was to deliver last Monday, was perhaps rather amiable than otherwise, but tame, decidedly tame, as an evangel. The Irish Secretary...

The Duke of Richmond has given notice that he will

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introduce a Bill on agricultural holdings,—the " Tenant-right" Bill,—on the 12th inst. The Premier assured a deputation of farmers on Tues- day, that this Bill would give...

It is stated that the Royalist Army in Spain will

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be unable to move for two months, that the King is disheartened by his ill- success in the field, and by the divisions between his Ultramontane and Liberal supporters, and that...

A correspondent points out that we were in error in

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supposing that a Select Committee of the House of Commons could not obtain evidence upon oath. This was the case till 1871, but in that year a law was passed (34 and 35 Vic., c....

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Consols were at the latest date 93i.

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A scene, though a tame one, occurred in the House

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of Commons on Thursday, Dr. Kenealy, in a verbose, but temperate speech, demanding to know whether Mr. E. Ashley, in accusing him at Ryde of putting a false witness, Jean Luie,...

On the same evening, Mr. John Martin drew the attention

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of the House of Commons to the original circumstances of Mr. Mitchell's trial for treason-felony, in a long and rambling speech, in which he dilated on the ' Home-rule' conceded...

Last Wednesday's debate on the Bill empowering the Scotch Universities

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to admit women to degrees had no spark of life in it. It was supported faintly, and it was opposed on side-issues. Dr. Playfair, who had to speak for the University of...

Yesterday week, Mr. John Mitchell was to deliver a lecture

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on Tipperary in the theatre at Cork. He was not well enough to read his own lecture, but he managed to show himself for ten minutes while a son of the late Mr. Dillon, M.P.,...

Mr. Bright has written a letter to the Rev. T.

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O'Malley, the author of a little work in favour of Home-rule, on the " Home- rule" plan, in which he declares that Mr. Mitchell's proposal for absolute Irish independence is...

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MR. DISRAELI ON ENGLISH TENANT-RIGHT. T HE meeting on Tuesday, between the " Farmers' Club " organ- ised as a deputation and Mr. Disraeli, may prove a most important event, and...

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and the broad question was therefore left unsettled. capable, evidently,

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of doing it. Dr. Kenealy, or somebody else, We agree with Mr. Lowe that such a state of matters is most in the Englishman, recently called it a " House of corruption,"...

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I T is difficult to read without a smile the solicitations which the Republicans, as well as the Royalists, have addressed to M. Buffet. He was re-elected to the chair of the...

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W E fear that the main impression which the country will gather from the debate of Tuesday night is that the Government are willing to make up for the smallness of their...

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T HE Bishop of Peterborough's Patronage Bill is divisible into two very distinct parts,—the part which tries to prevent the sale of " next presentations," and the part which...

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I T would be di ffi cult to exaggerate the dangers to the French Republic from the Bonapartist side, though those dangers may have been postponed by recent events, but it is...

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'VER. i LIONEL TOLLEMACHE gives an interesting sketch, JL in the new number of the Fortnightly Review, of the last of the great intellectual expositors of Bentham's...

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W E pointed out the other day that the system of Competitive Examination, whatever its merits or defects, was protected by the resolution of Paterfamilias, who governs this...

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T HE verdict of the Ofenheim case appears to have had the curious effect in Austria of exciting lively satisfaction not only among the friends of the accused, but among a very...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] Sur,—There has been a good deal of discussion here regarding - the substructures now being uncovered in the centre of the Colosseum, and as...


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THE CRIMEAN WAR. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIE,—The " Recollections " of Lord John Russell certainly do bring out proofs of vacillation of opinion on his part in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTAT011.1 Stn,—Surely Mr. W. F. Marriott cannot be serious when he asks us to believe (in his letter to the Spectator of the 27th ult.) that there is...

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ITO THE EDITOR 01' THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Reading your article on " Double-barrelled Brains," it occurs to me that my own experience may interest your readers. I have all my...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In my last letter, I advocated a countervailing Customs duty as the proper and most effectual method of neutralising the evil operation...


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SINGERS three Earth's echoes waken, Thrilling early, hymning late ; Hearts rejoicing, hearts forsaken, Hear those choristers of Fate. Plumed with orient light and glory,...


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SAMUELLOVER.* THE career of a man with the triple reputation of musician, painter, and poet, could not fail to be engaging, even had he not also happened to be a humourist and...


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ON HEARING THE INTRODUCTION TO LOHENGRUN. TWO SONNETS. I. THOSE fine-drawn cat-gut notes so wily smite ! It is as if the bows of sprites could strain The sensitive...

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THIS volume contains much very beautiful verse, and something more than beautiful verse, some very delicate rendering of the truest beauty and pathos of human life. The first of...

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SYLVIA'S CHOICE.* WE have been unjust both to this touching

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story and to the reading public, in that we have not long ago done what we could * Spices Choice. 2 vols. By Georgians M. Craik. London: Hurst and Blackett. I to introduce...

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the present day two distinctive manners of thought, —they may respectively be termed the " progressive " and the " retrospective ;" the one lives in the present and the future,...

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As a novel, For Sceptre and Crown is a work of little interest or importance. The story, which runs through it like a stream through a mountainous tract, very often invisible,...

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Katerfelto: a Story of Exmoor. By G. J. Whyte-Melville. (Chap-

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man and Hall.)—We always enjoy the reading of Mr. Whyte-Melville's books, but for the occasional intrusion of a certain tone of levity and worldliness. And in the work before us...

Lisette's Venture. By Mrs. Russell Grey. (Henry S. King and

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Co.)— We suppose there must exist a multitude of people without intellectual tastes or discernment, who nevertheless find in reading a way, not for employing, but for killing...


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The Scottish Philosophy. By James McCosh, LL.D. (Macmillan.)— Dr. McCosh describes his book as "biographical, expository, and critical," and its possession of the first-named of...

Memoir of Margaret, Countess of Richmond and Derby. By the

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late Charles Henry Cooper. (Deighton, Bell, and Co. ; Bell and Sons.)— This is an early work of Mr. Cooper, the learned author of the "Athena) Cantabrigienses," left by him in...

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&nom Booxs.—English class-books continue to form &large propor- tion of

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the works of this class which come under our notice. The field is still in a great degree unoccupied, while teachers are beginning to recognise the importance of the study, not...

Caleb Krinkle : a Story of American Lift Tediously told,

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but yet not without a trace of humour in at least in the earlier stages of the story. And here, perhaps, some one may suggest that probably that is the part of the book with...

A Cluster of Lives. By Alice King. (Henry S. King

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and Co.)— These papers should be called "Sketches" rather than "Lives"; they are in no case complete,—some of them almost entirely fail in giving the reader any idea of their...

Handbook of Painting. 4 vols. (Murray.)—Under this title are comprised

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new editions of two distinct works, the first of which deals with the Italian, the second with the German, Flemish, and Dutch Schools of Painting. The former first appeared in...