6 MAY 1865

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Mr. Baines moved the second reading of his "one-barrelled" Bill

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for reducing the franchise in English boroughs from 101. to 6/. on Wednesday morning. He stated that in England and Wales, with a population of twenty millions, less than...

The Emperor started on Saturday for Algiers, and arrived on

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the 3rd inst. at 1 p.m. He met with an" enthusiastic reception," which, considering there is nobody in Algiers but soldiers, officials, and shopkeepers who live by the custom of...

Of course speculation is active as to his possible successor.

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The- post would not,—with the dissolution so near,—be quite as tempt- ing as the Lord Chancellorship usually is, as it might not im- probably lead to a mere shelving in the...

In the Houses both of Lords and Commons, on Monday

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night, the Ministers moved an address to the Queen, requesting her to communicate to the United States the sorrow and indignation of the Houses of Parliament at the atrocious...


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The full report of the Indian budget has at last

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arrived, and is very much worse even than the telegram had led us to expect. The " surplus " calculated on for next year is simply an inven- tion, and the deficit of this is...

The publication of the Report of the Committee of the

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Lords on the Edmunds delinquencies bids fair to necessitate the Lord Chancellor's resignation. That report even as it stands condemns his conduct sharply. "The Committee," it...

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Wilkes Booth, the murderer of Mr. Lincoln, left behind him,

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in the care of his brother, amongst various bonds and samples, a very curious letter in vindication of the act he was meditating. It is a curiously fanatical...

The Emancipation Society held a meeting on the evening of

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this day week to express their abhorrence of the crime and their reverence for the murdered President, at which both Mr. W. E. Foster, MT. for Bradford, and Mr. Stansfeld, M.P....

In the House of Lords on Monday night Lord Houghton

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moved the second reading of "The Qualification for Offices Oaths Abolition Bill," a measure, carried every year in the House of Commons and rejected every year by the House of...

Constance Kent was committed for trial at Trowbridge on Thursday,

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the evidence, with two exceptions, being much the same as that given before the magistrates at the time. The- tWo exceptions were, however, remarkable. The night dress covered...

The first foreign speech made by President Johnson is decidedly

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favourable to this country. He received the Diplomatic Corps on the 20th April, and Sir F. Bruce expressed with undiplomatic cordiality the hearty good wishes of Her Majesty for...

Admiral Fitzroy, the well-known meteorologist, committed suicide on Sunday morning

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at his own house, Upper Nor'wood. He had overworked himself of late, found that he was losing his memory, became sleepless, and resorted to opium to obtain ease, which...

The murder of the head of the State, and of

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such a head of the State, has taken for the time almost all flavour out of the American news, almost as the death of a hero might out of a story. Neverthe- less the occupation...

The Government had a little-noticed defeat on Tuesday night. Captain

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Jervis, member for Harwich, brought up the grievances of Indian officers of the Line in the shape of a motion for an address to the Crown praying a remedy. The grievances are...

M. Sainte-Beuve, the greatest of French critics, probably the greatest

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of living critics, has been made a Senator of the French Empire, but his delicate criticism has not been extended to French politics.

We have reason to believe that the rumours of a

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political -arrangement between the Pope and the King of Italy are either unfounded or premature. They were very strenuously denied in the Italian Parliament on the last day of...

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Consols, which left off on Saturday last at soij for

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money, and 90i 91 for the present account, closed yesterday at 901 f for delivery, and 90/ for the June account. The Directors of the Bank of England have advanced their minimum...

Mr. W. Laing has effected an arrangement with the Govern-

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ment of Turkey which Turkish creditors are informed is greatly to their advantage. All the debts of the empire are consolidated into one big one, amounting to about sixty-six...

Mr. Cardwell on Thursday night produced his Bill for grant-

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ing pensions to retired Colonial Governors. The pensions com- mence at sixty, must have been earned by at least eighteen years' service, and are proportioned to salary. If the...

Mr. Darby Griffiths, member for Devizes, has a peculiar function

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in 'the House. He asks the questions nobody else will, getting snubbed very often, but sometimes eliciting useful in- formation. On Thursday he asked the Chancellor of the...

On Wednesday, 3rd inst., a meeting was held at the

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Social Science Association to consider the best mode of applying fonds to the education of girls, the Dean of Canterbury in the chair. Professor Plumtre, of King's College,...

Annexed are the closing prices of the leading Foreign Securi-

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ties yesterday and on Friday week :— Friday, April 2. Friday, May 5. Greek .. Do. Ooupons Mexican .. Spanish Passive .. Do. Certificates Turkish 0 per Cents., 1958.. "...

The reduction of the tea duty is to be postponed

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to the 1st of -June next, because the Chancellor of the Exchequer admits that in 1863 he gave the tea-dealers explicit reason to believe that the reduction he then proposed...

If the Lord Chancellor is obliged to resign, one among

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many unhappy legal results may be, we fear, the loss of the Record of Irish Titles Bill, which is an application to Ireland of the very useful principle for registering titles...

Mr. Lincoln's murder has thrown some of the English Con-

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federate writers into curious embarrassment. They try to express the national sentiment towards him without quite suffocating their real feeling towards the North, and the...

Mr. F. Gisborne, who has had a good deal of

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experience in the laying of electric telegraph cables, has published a clear little paper .of statistics bearing upon the subject. His conclusions seem to be that the heavier...

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• PRESIDENT JOHNSON. A VERY original, very determined, it may be very dan- gerous, but unquestionably very powerful man, has succeeded Abraham Lincoln. The public in this...

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T HE Committee of the House of Lords have issued their report on the Edmunds case, and it certainly presents a somewhat painful picture of the various moral embarrassments...

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T HERE are few, we fear, who have waded through the heavy - speeches of Tuesday night upon Indian Army grievances,. and the mass of petitions, "explanations," and " cases " with...

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MR. LOWE ON REFORM. T HE importance of Wednesday's debate rests

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in the speech uttered by Mr. Lowe. Mr. Baines only reproduced the dreary truisms and more dreary statistics by which he con- trives to make a project for altering the...

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N OTHING is more surprising than the power which resides in a phrase which is, in the language of that acute lawyer Mr. Bovill, " intelligible,"—that is, which lays down a rule...

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are an odd people. It is the custom of Englishmen, and has been from time immemorial, to commence and conclude every undertaking with a feast, to which the notabilities procur-...

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rillIERE is no more curious department of literature than what 1 we may call literary promissory notes, —those delineations, by - intending editors, of the ideal they hope to...

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CORRESPONDENT.] New York, April 15, 1865. IT is sometimes hard to believe that there is a God in heaven, if by a God we mean an omnipotent being who is responsible for every...


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Tun next of the Series, " THE Emaors," is unavoidably post- poned.

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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." Sin, —If any circumstance can console a public man who is con- stantly subjected to fierce attack from the press—let us say Mr. Disraeli, by...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY. [FIRST NOTICE.] BY general consent the Exhibition is allowed to be much above the usual standard. Nearly all the members of the Academy have contributed,...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." 2 Clarges Street, May 1, 1865. yourdast week's number, the writer of an article entitled Mr. Trevelyan's Cawnpore charges me with want of...

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THE NEW TRANSLATIONS OF DANTE.* Two new translations of Dante's Inferno; and lately we had a new translation of Tasso's Jerusalem. Not very long ago Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Ramsay...


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Rom. not a drum, sound not a clarion-note Of haughty triumph to the silent sky ; lIuah'd be the shout of joy in ev'ry throat, And veird the flash of pride in ev'ry eye. Not...

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THE author of Dr. Jacob could scarcely write any novel without touches of that shining grace and natural poetry which connect the novel with the idyl, and mingle a refreshing...

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Mn. GLADSTONE, in his eloquent speech on the occasion of the commencement of the Wedgwood Memorial Institute, remarked upon the strange fact that no life of Wedgwood had ever...

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THERE is real pleasure in reading one of Henry Kingsley's novels, but it is pleasure of a peculiar kind. It is not intellectual at all in seeming, but rather the pleasure one...

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Shakespeare : his Inner Life as Intimated in his Works. By John A. Heraud. (John Maxwell and Co.)—There is in this portly volume an amount of reflection and knowledge which...

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The Sacred Steps of Creation. By the Rev. T. Marsden,

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Barstow, Surrey. (Longman and Co.)—The author had a difficulty in reconcil- ing the early chapters of Genesis with science, so he studied Hebrew. The result is this volume. We...

Jacob ben Chafim's Introduction to the Rabbinic Bible. Hebrew and

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English. By C. D. Ginsburg, LL.D. (Longman and Co.)—A. valuable addition to the accessible Hebrew commentaries upon the Old Testament, translated and edited with notes by a most...

Mercedes. By Sir C. F. Lascelles Wraxall, Bart. Three vols.

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(John Maxwell and Co.)—This writer sends forth publication after publica- tion with such unexampled rapidity that any very high degree of excel- lence cannot be expected of him....

The Book of Common Prayer with Ritual Song. Accompanying Har-

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monies to the Book of Common Prayer with Ritual Song. Edited by Richard Redhead. (Metzler and Co.)—These two beautifully-printed volumes will be a boon to lovers of the service...