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It was believed during the early part of the week

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that M. Thiers would, under all these provocations, have struck some kind of coup d'état,—that is, would have issued a decree dissolving the Assembly and summoning a new one,...

London has been worried all the week by a strike

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of the Stokers in mauy of the gas works. The matter has not been investi- gated in Court, and the accounts are to the last degree contradictory, but the following would appear...

Sir Thomas Acland has made a very important speech at

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Dunster. Sir Thomas generally knows which way things are going, and in this instance, though "he knew no secrets," he had "talked matters over with men in high position," and...


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T HE " crisis" is not yet over in France, or likely to be over. On Friday last M. Thiers made a great speech in defence .of his policy, the key-notes of which were that he was...

It was reported at once that M. Thiers was dissatisfied

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with his tnajority, and events soon showed that he was right. On the very next day, M. Raoul Duval proposed an order of the day affirming that the municipal addresses in support...

We have given elsewhere reasons for thinking the men in

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the wrong which we expect even the men to endorse, but the out- break of feeling against them has been of the most cruel and selfish character. We speak the literal truth when...

,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The Cork election has ended in the return of the

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Home Rule candidate, Mr. Ronayne, by a considerable majority ; but the Conservative, Mr. Pim, polled so large a vote, that had the seat been contested by a good Gladstonian...

On Tuesday night Mr. George Smith, of the British Museum,

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delivered a lecture of great interest before the Society of Biblical Archa3ology, on a cuneiform inscription recording the Chaldasan account of the Deluge,—a new version of the...

Mr. Horsman spoke at Liskeard on Thursday, and spoke, as

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he himself remarked, concerning the Government and the last session, in a very different sense from that which he had taken a year ago. Then he had nothing but blunders to...

Mr. Horace Greeley died on Saturday. Originally a com- positor,

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he started the Tribune in 1811, and in thirty years made it one of the most important papers, and himself possible candi- date for the Presidency. He was the antithesis of Mr....

The Times publishes a very important paper by M. Rayevski,

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a Russian who has lived two years at Tashkend. He main- tains that all the sovereigns, aristocracy, and people of the Khanates are heartily hostile to Russia, mainly on...

The Prussian crisis has taken an unexpected turn. me majority

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in the Herrenhaus have agreed not to resist the County Organisa- tion Bill, aud the Conservatives in the Ministry have advised the King that a creation of Peers would not be...

Mr. Lowe took the chair on St. Andrew's Day (this

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day week), at a dinner held at St. James's Hall, to celebrate the 208th anni- versary of the foundation of the Scottish Corporation Charity, and was very amusing, giving a...

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The Times prints a memorandum from Captain Tyler, inspect- ing

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officer to the Board of Trade, and recently employed to investigate the condition of Irish Railways. He is entirely in favour of tha State absorption of all Railways throughout...

• Mr. Bruce, last Friday, received a large deputation of

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work- men who came to protest against the high price of provisions. Their ideas were that the land was in too few hands, 150 persons owning half the country, and 30,000 the...

The Oxford University preachers lately have not un- naturally referred

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a good deal to the Athanasian Creed. Mr. Plumptre, on the 3rd November, insisted very justly that even the advocates of the Creed prove by their "explanations, formal or...

In 1869 we expressed our great fear that the choice

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of Dr. Hayman as Head master of Rugby School, by a Board of Trustees whose term of office was shortly to expire, was a mistake which would bear evil fruit. Even the old Board of...

A letter to the Times of Tuesday, from the successful

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Conservative candidate at Derry, Mr. Lewis, brings out one or two remarkable results of election by Ballot. First, while all four candidates were in the field, their actual...

This day week died at Naples, in the 92nd year

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of her age, Mary Somerville, the greatest mathematician among women. She had been working a problem in quaternions,—a branch of mathe- matics, both abstruse and new, of whioh...

Consols were on Friday 911 to 911.

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THE LIMITATIONS ON THE RIGHT OF STRIKING. A RE all Strikes to be treated alike? That is the point the public has now to decide, and upon which it appears for the moment unable...

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AT TRIERS believes that time is on his side, and intends .111 • to wait until the impracticable character of the Right is fully visible to France, or until that party, which is...

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D R. LYON PLAYFAIR is an authority on University questions to whom every educated man listens with the -expectation of instruction. He is not merely a man of grasp and culture,...

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rE BE Scottish elections open a prospect which invites serious regard. They betoken a coming change in the character of the county representatives to be sent up from the North....

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of appeals wants thorough revision,—that is, in fact, that Government

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ought to recast Appellate Jurisdiction,—that is, deprive the Lords of an authority of which they are most jealous, absorb the Judicial Committee of Privy Council but just...

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T HERE is something of more than personal interest about such avowals as Mr. Gladstone made on Tuesday night, after the reading of Mr. George Smith's paper on the Chaldsaan...

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DR. FRASER ON CLERICAL PATRONAGE. patrons could unite and agree

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to nominate to vacancies on the advice of some one experienced man, who made it the business of his life to understand ecclesiastical England, such a union might effect much,...

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T HE event, not to say the sensation of the week, has un- doubtedly been Mr. Smith's decypherment of certain Cunei- form fragments. In presenting our readers with a resume", as...

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THE NEW UNIVERSITY REFORMERS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTITOR.1 SIR,—In your article on "The New University Reformers," you infer from the speech of the Rector of Lincoln...


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SIR, —I must trouble you with a few more words, as you have mis- apprehended the meaning of my last letter in a fundamental point. In urging that the chief part of the college...


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SIR,—Without entirely concurring in the unqualified commenda- tion which your correspondent Mr. Roscoe bestows on the speech of Sir B. Brodie, and without admitting that the...

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(TO THE Ear= OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Towards the end of your article on Mr. Darwin's new work, you state that "all true expressions must proceed from a desire to communicate...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOL'l San, —I have been a reader of the Spectator for a good many years, and although 'you have not succeeded in converting me from the wicked...

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OLD AGE. A SONGLESS bird, a garden without flowers, A river-bed dried up in thirsty hours, A sterile field untutored by the plough, A withered blossom on a withering bough, A...


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[TO FITZ mane OF TOR "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—On the subject of labourers' cottages it seems commonly assumed that either the landlord or the tenant must have the entire control of...


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MIDDLEMARCH.* You hear people say, with a sort of virtuous assumption of artistic feeling, that they will not read novels published in parts ;—that they are content to wait...

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WELLINGTON PRIZE ESSAYS.* Six essays, written by officers who were

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the competitors of Lieutenant Maurice for the Wellington Prize, have been pub- * Essays Written /be' the Wellington Prise, and selected for Publication by his Grace Desire from...

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is none of Bret Harte's stories, whether in prose or verse, are the characteristics of his genius more striking than in these of the Sierras. Strange incidents of the wildest...

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REMEMBERING the high terms in which we spoke of this author's first work, we are almost afraid that we must have been too favour- ably impressed by the novelty and freshness of...


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his office by several con- tributions to the romance of history. His Extinct Peerages is an interesting and suggestive volume, out of whose contents scores of novels might be...

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The Church and the Age : Essays. Second Series. Edited by Archibald Weir, D.C.L., and W. D. Maclagan, M.A. (Murray.)—One's memory is taxed by having to bear in mind the precise...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS.—Murillo and the Spanish School of Art. By William

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B. Scott. (Routledge.) It will certainly be a great mistake if anyone whose attention is caught by the excellent illustrations of this volume neglects to notice the very...

Theology for Children. By Mark Evans. (Sotheran and Baer.)— The

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title of Mr. Evans' little book, sounding like something abstruse and difficult, contrasts, as it is meant to contrast, with the simplicity of its contents. "Do you wonder,"...

Town Geology. By the Rev. Charles Kingsley. (Strahan.)—Mr. Kingsley's lectures—the

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volume contains the substance of lectures delivered to the "Chester Natural History Society "—are as pleasant and instructive reading as any one could wish to meet with. He...