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Parliament met on Thursday, the Queen's Speech touching on the

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Afghan war as the cause of the Session, and hardly referring to any- thing else. In the House of Lords, Lord Ravensworth, who once sat, as Mr. Liddell, and then as Lord...

Lord Granville postponed to next Monday the discussion of the

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policy of the Afghan war, but asked for explanations on tho two points which have attracted so much attention lately,—the incorrect history of Lord Cranbrook's despatch ; and...

By Thursday, however, the clouds had cleared away. The Hillmen

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had been defeated in the Khyber by a force sent from Jumrood, General Maude had reached Peshawur, and communi- cation between that city and Dhakka was again safe. Lord Lytton,...


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• T HE week opened with bad news from Afghanistan. The corres- pondent of the Daily News reported the closing of the Khyber between Jumrood and Ali Musjid, by Hillmen, who beat...

All the telegrams speak of the personal bravery of the

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Afghans, and of their accurate though slow fire, while all indicate that they lose heart when they see their line of retreat cut off. This, their peculiarity also in the old...

The Marquis of Salisbury was even less happy in his

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ex- planations than Lord Cranbrook, and made a most jesuitical apology for a very successful jesuitical attempt to mislead the House of Lords as to the Afghan policy of the...

*,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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The principal speeches in the Commons were those of Lord

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Hartington and Sir Stafford Northcote. The Liberal leader was careful to state that he did not intend to oppose the grant of supplies, that he considered that the war having...

There is no end to the misfortunes caused by the

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failure of the City of Glasgow Bank. On Wednesday the Directors of the Caledonian Bank (Inverness) decided that as their Bank held four shares in the Glasgow concern, it must go...

The remainder of the debate was brief and of little

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importance, the chief speakers being Sir Charles Dilke, who wanted all manner of papers—most of them essential ; Mr. Bourke, who explained that the clerks had had to read the...

Sir Stafford Northcote, in reply, after admitting that up to

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a very late period the Government thought the Mission would have been received and war avoided, defended Lord Cranbrook's de- spatch, which had been considered by the whole...

The meeting of Parliament somewhat supersedes Mr. Glad- stone's speech

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of Saturday at Greenwich, which was, however, one of his greatest successes. He was extremely moderate, but re- peatedly roused his audience to enthusiasm ; and his peroration,...

We regret to see that Dr. Baring, the Bishop of

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Durham, has been compelled to resign his diocese through ill-health. Durham is one of the greatest of the English Sees, not only for its wealth and traditions,—Bishop Butler was...

In the late Mr. G. II. Lewes, who died last

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Saturday, the world has lost a very accomplished writer and very acute critic. His " Biographical History of Philosophy " is one of the most amusing, if not one of the...

Lord Grey's amendment to the Address, on the strictly Consti-

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tutional ground, that Parliament ought to have been earlier con- sulted as to this war,—was supported in an almost inaudible speech, and was not pressed to a division. Lord...

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Girton College, Cambridge, is in luck. It does not, indeed,

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get its new building fund as fast as it needs it, even for the pur- poses of the building immediately and urgently needed ; but Mrs. Russell Gurney—the widow of the late...

Sir Wilfrid Lawson,—one of the kindest of men,—bas wounded the

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susceptible heart of Major O'Gorman, by saying, at a meet- ing in the Irish Exhibition Palace, in connection with the Permissive Bill, that " he looked every morning with some...

The Sultan has once more brushed his Ministry away. Safvet

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Pasha has fallen, ostensibly because he was too submissive to foreign Powers, especially Austria, and Khyr-ed-in Pasha has be- come Grand Vizier. This man, a Circassian by...

In the Times' correspondence as to Mr. Orby Shipley's case,

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a very interesting argument has been raised as to the so-called rule of Vincentius, that Catholic truth is the truth held semper, ubique, ab omnibus. Literally speaking, there...

Consols were on Friday 94',1 to 941, ex div.

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On Monday evening Professor Huxley delivered a lecture, at the

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London Institution, on the " Elements of Psychology," in which he hazarded the suggestion that it was:a " fundamental and principal law of psychology that all beliefs as to the...

Vice-Chancellor MalMs' decision that a man may not take for

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the name of his house a name already used by his neighbour has been reversed, on appeal, by the Master of the Rolls and Lord Justices James and Thesiger. The Master of the Rolls...

An important step in favour of the higher education of

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women has recently been taken also at Sandwell, near Birmingham, —a country seat of the Earl and Countess of Dartmouth, which they have for many years past given up for philan-...

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THE PERSONALITIES IN THE LORDS. conflict,—the mistake was not particularly

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monstrous or to details, but as to policy. It was important, he had discreditable. We must judge a man not by an ideal standard, said, " that the noble Marquis should have an...


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THE ASPECT OF THE WAR. T HE shouting which was so loud last week died away early this week into an apprehensive silence. It was suddenly per- ceived that the work to be done in...

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THE TREATMENT OF AFGHANISTAN. T HE Afghan papers are very painful

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reading. They show the Government proposing from the first to subvert the independence of Afghanistan without the courage to acknow- ledge to the English nation,—we will not say...

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W E cannot fill our columns with digests of Blue-books, and must, for this week at least, state only the general impression which the papers on Central Asia ? after a careful...

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I T is high time that the friends of the Monarchy, among whom we reckon all reasonable Liberals, should ask the defenders of " personal government " if they know towards what...

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single point, the controversy between the Lord Chief Baron and the Lord Chancellor has only a personal interest. It is very natural that the Chief Baron should have been...

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W / E challenged the Pall Mall Gazette last week to prove its assertion that " Prince Gortschakaff suggested the enlargement of the [Rhodope] Commission's powers, so as to...

IT seems to me that one at least, perhaps the

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greatest, of the many drawbacks to our civilisation, to that gradual increase in our knowledge of Nature and our command over it which we call progress, is the decrease already...

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II. — THE NEGATIVE SIDE. T HE weak point in this argument seems

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to me to be the assumption that there is something in the necessary effect of what is known as " progress," to increase the drain on the inward elasticity and vitality of human...

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S OME nine months since, when the news of the labour riots in Pennsylvania and other American States reached this country, the sorely perplexed British iron-master, cotton lord,...

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THE LIBERAL CAUCUS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,-Mr. Gladstone, in one of his recent Greenwich speeches,. while recommending the adoption of Liberal Associations,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTITOR:1 SIR, —It may not be uninteresting to know what impression two points in your article on " The Times and Mr. Orby Shipley ' have made upon a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."( SIR,—By keeping steadily in view and pressing home three issues .during the short Session just beginning, Liberal Members might, I believe,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR: ] SIR, When one thinks of the multitude of hungry souls desiring to be fed with wholesome diet, one cannot but be rather pain- fully amused...

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[To TILE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The " Annual Register " devotes a chapter to the review of current literature. Happening to pause to-day at the chapter on that subject...


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THE PILGRIMAGE TO KEVLAAR. [F11031 HEINE.] I. THE mother stood at the window, IIer son lay in the bed ; " Look, Wilhelm, the procession Is passing by," she said. " So sick I...


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THE ART OF EUROPE.—II. CoxmitisG my review of the countries that I grouped together in the fourth division, I will next speak of the works of Germany The first impression which...

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FOR PERCIVAL.* MISS VELEY has given us here a book of great promise and of no slight performance, belonging to a school which, without implying that she has in any way...

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• Notes of a Tour in America. By H. Haney Vivian, M.P. London: Stanford. Ira: long and prosperous autumn excursion of last year which forms the subject of this book was made...

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DIE merits of these two stories are in inverse ratio to their length, but we will confess that we should have thought the first and longer story very good, had the second not...

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MANY have been the commentaries on the writings and philo- sophy of Bacon, and especially on the great unfinished Novum Organum, from the incidental remarks of authors almost...

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THE Contemporary Review devotes too much space to Alcohol. There are four papers on the subject this month, making, we believe, eight in all upon a topic upon which the classes...

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CHRISTMAS BOOKS, ETC. Picturesque Europe. With Illustrations on Steel and Wood. (Cassell and Co.)—This really great work continues, in its successive issues, to anaintain its...

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Sunlight through Shadows, By F. M. J. and L. E.

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O'R. (Seeley and Co.)—These tales are above the average of religious stories. They have about them marks of reality, and arc told in a style which indi- cates some literary...

Fulcher's Pocket - Book. (Sudbury.)—A good number of this pocket- book, one

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of the best of the very few now issued in the country districts. Its strength lies chiefly in rhymed charades and double acrostics.

Spanish Salt : a Collection of All the Proverbs which

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are to be Found in "Don Quixote." With a Literal English Translation, Notes, and Intro- duction, by Ulick Ralph Burke, M.A. (B. M. Pickering.)—This little book,—one of the most...