7 MAY 1887

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The Egyptian news of the week is of some importance.

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Sir Drummond Wolff seems to have offered to evacuate Egypt in five years, provided that, in the event of disturbances, England, and she only, were allowed to return. The Sultan...

Yesterday week, the House went into Committee on the Irish

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Crimes Bill, and a hot discussion ensued as to the use of the word " offence " as well as " crime " in relation to the pre- liminary investigations to be conducted upon oath...


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T HE Academy dinner of Saturday was marked, as usual, by many flowing speeches, containing, we think, a somewhat un- usual number of striking sentences. Lord Salisbury, for...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The rest of the week up to Thursday night (excepting

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a small portion of Tuesday night) was lost for the Crimes Bill by the political folly of Sir Charles Lewis (M.P. for North Antrim), who moved on Tuesday evening that a breach of...

Lord Hartington made a great speech to a Unionist meeting

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at Leeds on Wednesday. He answered Mr. Gladstone's speech at the Eighty Club by pointing out the gradual degradation towards which the Liberals are led by their alliance with...


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With the " SPECTATOR " of Saturday, May 21st, will be issued gratis a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. Advertisements...

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But though Mr. Dillon had up to this time expressed

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no sort of eagerness for the inquiry, his Irish colleagues thought they saw their opportunity in pressing on an investigation by the House of Commons, as compared with an...

Sir William Harcourt took the same line, though he was

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less violent. He thought a prosecution by the Attorney-General a farce, and said he wondered that the Government had not proposed to commit the case to the management of Sir...

On Wednesday, Mr. W. H. Smith stated that the Govern-

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ment, after very gravely considering the matter, did not consider it right to treat the Times' article as a breach of Privilege, which the House had in cases of this kind shown...

Hereupon arose Mr. T. P. O'Connor in wrath,—or, at all

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events, in high rhetorical fury,—to commiserate the Govern- ment on the degradation to which they had fallen. They actually offered the Irish Party the privilege of being...

On Thursday, the Government carried their amendment to Sir Charles

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Lewis's motion, refusing to treat the Times' article as a breach of Privilege, by 297 votes to 218 (majority, 79). Mr. Gladstone, therefore, rose to move his amendment on the...

Sir Charles Russell replied to the Solicitor-General in a speech,

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also of much ability, in which he declared that if the charge of uttering falsehoods in the House of Commons was not a matter of Privilege, he could hardly conceive what was....

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We have now got another clergyman in gaol for not

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conform- ing to the ritual which the Ecclesiastical Courts enforce. Mr. Bell Cox, vicar of St. Margaret's, Prince's Road, Liverpool, was on Thursday imprisoned in Walton Gaol...

The news from Afghanistan, such as there is, is still

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un- favourable. The India Office questions whether the Ameer is in any danger, and denies peremptorily that an intention exists of making any agreement with Russia ; but native...

Prince Bismarck is doing an odd thing. He is so

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anxious to prove to Russia that Germany is not hostile to her interests, that he is repeating the assertion that Alexander II. agreed, if Austria would remain neutral in the...

A great dinner was given to the :Colonial Delegates on

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Wed- nesday at the Mansion House, at which Sir Henry Holland announced that the Conference bad been most successful. Not only had the representatives of the Colonies ascertained...

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Some of the French are displaying a childish, but at

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the same time most irritating temper towards Germany. Because M. Schnaebele was unfairly arrested, and then released, a party of German students who had wandered over the...

The Attorney-General replied on all points but the last, which

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he left unnoticed; and, indeed, it seems to ne a very formal point, of no political or moral importance. There was not a case on record, he said, where the House had appointed a...

Russia has recently been quieter ; no attempt to assassinate

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any Bulgarian has been reported for nearly a month, and there has even been a slackening in the massing of horsemen in Poland ; bat this week the stories of war preparation',...

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THE BREACH OF PRIVILEGE DEBATE. T HROUGH the rapidly growing passion of party strife, there are, we think, two or three features of the case concerning the breach of Privilege...

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O UR readers are aware that we have never approved of Mr. Chamberlain's proposal to offer the Irish Party two Legislatures framed on the Canadian system, one for three. fourths,...

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T HERE is one error current in the political mind upon the subject of this Irish struggle which we are sorry to see. Speaker after speaker of the first rank suggests that it...

THE COLONIAL POLICY OF ITALY. Tripoli, but Morocco and the

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Greek islands, from French ambition. Italy, however, is assailable by land, and the King not only keeps up an Army which could, on the outbreak of war, be raised to 500,000...

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" W E have good reason to believe," said Mr. Sexton, in his speech on the question of Privilege on Tuesday night, " that there is no effectual justice to be obtained out- side...

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T HE conversation, for it was scarcely more, which Lord Harrowby started in the House of Lords on Monday, derives additional importance from its coinciding with the sittings of...

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S IR GEORGE TREVELYAN, in the graceful speech at the dinner of the Royal Academy in which he returned thanks for Literature, quoted, as the " saddest " thing he knew, the saying...

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M R. ROMANES publishes, in the May number of the Nineteenth Century, his interesting lecture on the mental differences between men and women. His general ver3ict is that while,...

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O UR recent paper on Jewish pauperism showed the existence of so enormous a disproportion of poverty in the Jewish community of the Metropolis, that it becomes interesting to...

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REDUCTION OF THE NATIONAL DEBT. [To ram Eorror or Tar SFACTATOR.") Bra,—Notwitlistanding the weight which every one must recog- nise in Mr. Goschen's arguments, it seems to me...


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[To THE EDITOE Or THE SPECSAEOL".1 SIR,—I am this week desiring my newsagent to cease sending me the Spectator, thus closing a continuous subscription of just a quarter of a...

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[To THE EDITOR OP TEM ..SrEerryos.".1 Six, — I am sorry to trouble you to correct a stupid error with reference to the consumption of tea in 1886, which occurred in my letter to...


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THE GROSVENOR GALLERY EXHIBITION. [FIRST NOTICE.] Sea COUTTS LINDSAY leaves the management of the Grosvenor Gallery—at all events, the hanging of the pictures — too much to...


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[To THE EDITOR Or TEE "1316CTATOR..1 Sca, Will you allow me to add a couple of examples to the Amusing specimens of lapsus ling= that have recently appeared in your pages P Many...


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SONG. Ie words were not so weak To tell our best thoughts, dear, Then I might speak, And you might hear. If Earth were not so bleak, Our roses might not die, — And I might...


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Sea, — The instances of word-twisting hazarded by your corre- spondent "J. K., " will scarcely, I think, bear examination. Passing over the fact that the transposition of...

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ANNE GILCHRIST" THIS is the story of a very amiable woman's life, but it with hardly convince those who do not already admire Mrs.. Gilchrist's heroes, that her hero-worship...

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AFTER twenty-five years of life in a city, passed chiefly, we believe, as head-master of a great echool, Dr. Augustus Jeesopp accepted the charge of a Norfolk parish, and betook...

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THIS very entertaining book ie a record of the life of a gentleman- in-waiting and his wife at the Court of George III. Mrs. Papen- diek was connected with Court throughout a...

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THE ORIGIN OF MOUNTAIN-RANGES.* IT is little mare than half-a-century

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since Elie de Beaumont announced his doctrine of the upheaval of mountain-chains. Influenced by the prevailing catastrophism of his day, this dis- tinguished geologist taught...

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Rex for one fatal objection (which shall be specified presently) we should not hesitate in thinking that the purpose of this book was to attack the French custom of parentally...

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Or Mr. Freeman it is truer than of most other writers to say, Nihil tetigit quo,. non (outwit, and it is not least tree of this latest work of his, the History of Exeter, which...


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THERE is no paper in the magazines this month of any sensa- tional interest. Perhaps the most valuable is the account in the Fortnightly .Review of the present position of...

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Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. By Joseph Henry Thayer,

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D.D. (T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh.)—In this volume, a double-columned quarto of more than seven hundred pages, Dr. Thayer, who is Professor of New Testament Criticism and Inter-...

The Flower and the Spirit. By Frederika Macdonald. 2 vole.

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(W. Blackwood and Son.)—Arthur Butherfnrd, author of " White Roses," reminds us somewhat of the poet in "Two Years Ago." We do not mean to suggest imitation in Miss Macdonald....


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My African Home. By Eliza Wingham Feilden. (Sampson Low and Co.)--Mrs. Feilden's experiences date bock thirty years and more (ranging from 1852-1857), and have therefore lost...

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Cruise of the Land - Yacht Wanderer.' By Gordon Stables. (Hodder and

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Stoughton.)—This is the account of a prolonged journey in England and Scotland in a glorified edition of a gipey caravan. A more expensive and uncomfortable way of spending a...

The Schoolmaster's Calendar. (Bell and Sons.)—The fall title of this

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volume will explain its object. It is a "calendar and handbook of examinations and open scholarships." The idea is a good one, and when it is folly worked out, the book, which...

School Hygiene. By Arthur Newsholme, M.D. (Swan Bannon- schein, Lowrey,

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and Co.)—This is an exceedingly useful little book, dealing with all the elements of school-life, from the form of deske and the number of cubic feet of air to be allowed in...

Liverpool Municipal Records, 1700-1835. By Sir James A. Picton. (G.

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Walmeley, Liverpool.)—Sir James Picton does not appear to have learnt the Greek adage that a big book is a big bore ; and the careful reader will have to turn over a great deal...

The First Lady of the Land. By E. A. Eatery.

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(Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.) —This is one of the little books of which we may expect this year a profuse supply. It contains a brief sketch of the Queen's life (the only...

The Young Marquise. By " Maths." (Swan Sonnensehein and Co.)—A

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somewhat powerful and very painful story of French life, in which the mariage de convenance has a prominent part. Such marriages are not unknown among us, but the conditions of...

Handbook of Jamaica, 1886 - 87. By A. C. Sinclair and Laurence

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R. Fyfe. (Edward Stanford.)—This handbook of the oldest of exist- ing English Colonies comes as a useful reminder when the Colonial Conference is sitting, that a large portion,...

Thoughts of a Life - Time. By F. A. White, B.A. (Swan

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Stamen- schein and Co.)—" At present, the annoyance undergone and time wasted by the poor hollow-oheeked, empty-bellied, footsore, heart- sick author in collecting the opinions...

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English Words Explained. By William L. Davidson, M.A. (Long- mans.)—A

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useful little book this, explaining, with illustrative quota- tions, a number of synonymous or quasi.synonymons terms. The author very truly remarks that young students are...