7 AUGUST 1875

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T HE French Assembly adjourned on Tuesday to the 4th Novem- ber, having in its last three days of work rattled through an astonishing number of Bills. None of them, however, are...

The debate on Monday on the Merchant Shipping Bill placed

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the weakness of Government in a strong light. Mr. Reed, who cannot be taunted with want of practical knowledge, moved a most moderate resolution declaring that ships were not...

The Lord Mayor's dinner to Her Majesty's Ministers came off

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as usual on Wednesday evening. None of the Ministers had anything particular to say, except the Premier. Mr. Hardy praised the Army for its high spirits and endurance of fatigue...

The reports from Herzegovina are still contradictory, but it is

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evident that the Porte is alarmed, either by the insurrection or the possibility of diplomatic complications. The Grand Vizier, whose tenure of office is reported to be...

The Committee appointed by the French Assembly to con- sider

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the Electoral Law has sent in a report deciding strongly in favour of the scrutin de lige—that is, the election of all members for each Department by a single vote—as necessary...

There was a serious financial debate in the Commons on

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Wed- nesday. Sir S. Northcote, said Mr. Dodson, has been quietly passing a good many supplementary estimates till he has added £417,000 to the proposed expenditure of the year,...

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The Dean of Arches gave judgment in the Owston case,

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which involves the right of a Wesleyan Minister to be styled " Reverend," on Saturday. The case was in the form of an appeal from the Consistory Court at Lincoln, where the...

The Artisans Dwellings Act has become law, but we have

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still to see how far the local authorities are disposed to make a per- missive law work. In London a beginning has been made on a small scale and with very bad cases. The...

The proportionate weight of Ireland in the United Kingdom continues

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to decline. It was in 1815 a third, but according to the Registrar-General's Return for the quarter ending the 30th of June, 1875, the resident population of the United Kingdom...

The Scotch Entails Amendment Bill, even as pruned down and

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tempered by the vigilance of the lawyers and landowners in the Upper House, is a remarkable measure, though Mr. Disraeli forgot to mention it at the Mansion House. It gives the...

The Paris Municipality is very angry because its President was

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not invited to the Lord Mayor's international municipal ban- quet. It appears that Alderman Stone was not to blame. He, poor man ! did not know whom to ask, so he inquired of...

Mr. Bates, the Member for Plymouth, on Friday week answered

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the assertions of Mr. Plimsoll as to his personal liability for sending unseaworthy ships to sea in a manner which seems to have completely satisfied the House of Commons. He...

The behaviour of the Government will be best understood by

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studying their action on the loading of grain. Grain shipped in bulk is a more dangerous cargo than gunpowder. Grain so loaded shifts like water, and if the ship gets a " list...

Colonel Baker, Deputy Adjutant-General, was on Monday tried at Croydon

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on the three charges of assaulting Miss Kate Dickenson in a railway carriage near Woking,—with intent to commit a rape, of indecent assault, and of assaulting simply. The Judge...

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The Telegraph published on Tuesday a telegram from its Berlin

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-correspondent intended apparently as a satire on the Duke of Edinburgh. It stated that the Prince had been consulted Ity the German Government as to the sale of his succession...

Paris has been amused and a little disgusted by an

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affair `between M. Paul de Cassagnac and Henri Rochefort. It appears that on the 17th of November, 1872, the former published in the Pays an article taunting Rochefort with...

of the peculiar colour that had been given to it

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by the high Catholic views of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the other leading members of the Centenary Committee. This diversion of what was meant to be a national act of...

Andrew Johnson, Senator from Tennessee, and ex-President of the United

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States, died on August 31. He was an uneducated man, of unusual abilities, and retained throughout his political life the affection of the people of his own State. He was, how-...

Mr. Wright, of Luton, describes in Tuesday's Times a case

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which, at first sight, seems to be one of extreme oppression. Samuel Dawson, of Nether Dean, Bedfordshire, is a labourer of fifty-seven, bent and decrepit, and afflicted with...

The cotton manufacturers of India, protected by an import .duty

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of 5 per cent., now employ 600,000 spindles, and expect to set double that number at work. Manchester, greatly irritated, bas therefore turned philanthropic on behalf of native...

There is one subject on which this Government has a

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conviction, and that is that competitive examinations ought to be abolished. It has not yet ventured to abolish them for the Army or the Civil Services, but it has swept them...

Caesar's Camp at Wimbledon—an earthwork of great antiquity, and charmingly

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situated on the crest of the hill south of Wim- bledon Common—is being destroyed by Mr. Drax, the Member for Wareham, and owner of the Camp. Labourers have been employed during...

COnsols were at the latest date 941-t.

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MR. DISRAELI AT THE MANSION HOUSE. " T HERE is not much left of Dizzy, except his cheek." That somewhat brutal sentence was the commentary of an old Conservative who had voted...

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S IR R. PHILLIMORE has demonstrated the necessity of a Burial Bill of somewhat more extensive scope than the one which has so often failed to pass the House of Commons. He has...

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UR. DISRAELI'S mismanagement of the Unseaworthy- In Ships Bill is more remarkable than his abandonment of the Merchant Shipping Bill. He is like a horse that stumbles. at the...

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S UPPOSING the British public able for half an hour to surrender their belief that the existence of Turkey is essential to their interests, and the Turkish Government, there-...


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W E lost about twopence a head last year on the Post-Office Telegraphs, and the Treasury is in despair, and through a Committee puts forward proposals for materially increasing...

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W E do not quite understand this outpouring of praise on the Report of the Select Committee on Loans to Foreign States. The members of that Committee have been very in-...

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E NGLAND will hardly be England without the Court of Chancery, which will be swallowed up, as far as its title and dignity are concerned, in the gulf of the Judicature Act next...

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S OME thousands of Londoners employed the Statute Holiday on Monday last in going down to Croydon to hear the trial of Colonel Baker, and the fact is quoted in some quarters as...

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T HE approaches to the brick phoenix on Muswell Hill (which has risen from its ashes much more ugly than it was in its previous state of existence) present the oddest mingling...

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THE "QUARTERLY REVIEW" AND MR. MACCOLL. (TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —In your impartial review of my book you expressed your opinion that I had made out "a...

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[TO TRIO EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Having seen in one of your late issues a long article in sup- port of the Indian Civilians' Memorial to Government, I am encouraged to...

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THE INNER LIFE IN SYRIA.* MRS. BURTON arrived in Syria in the beginning of 1870, and remained there till September of the following year. Her hus- band, the well-known...


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ET0 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR, —Mr. Davies has recorded his belief that the doctrine of the tract which he has assailed is dying out. I should like to call his...

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[FINAL NOTICE.] IN the spring of 1864 the fate of the Slave Confederacy depended entirely on the armies collected under the leadership of Lee in Virginia and Joseph Johnston in...

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MR. DALE ON THE ATONEMENT.* Tuts "Lecture "—in fact a

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series of ten lectures—is the third course of a Lecture " established with a view to the promotion of Biblical science and theological and ecclesiastical literature." Mr. Dale...

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DECIDEDLY the best paper in Fraser and one of the best in the Magazines of this month is Mr. W. Longman's on Madeira. The' habit of sending consumptive English patients to die...

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Water - Side Sketches. By W. Senior (" Red Spinner "). (Grant.)— " Practical Notes " are the words which form the heading of most of Mr. Senior's chapters, and his treatment of...

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Tile Story of Three Sisters. By Cecil Maxwell. 2 vols.

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(Smith, Elder, and Co.)—This is a novel of no common merit. Each of the three sisters is an excellent study of character ; Pamela, whom we may call the heroine par excellence,...

Therapeutic Means fur the Relief of Pain. By John Kent

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Spender, M.D. (Macmillan.)—This essay comes before us with the recom- mendation of having been honoured with the Fothergillian gold medal of 187-1 by the Medical Society of...

I Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory. (G. Street.)— This

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Directory has been immensely improved, and is now of great value to every one engaged in Asiatic or Colonial trade, and every one who has to correspond with a business man in...

Maude Whitefoord ; or, the Turn of the Tide. 3

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vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—It is well that it should be generally understood by novel writers—novel-readers know it only too well—that it is quite as easy to write a dull story...