7 OCTOBER 1882

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The papers of. Friday are full of long telegrams from

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Cairo describing the procession of the Holy Carpet, which article of fur- niture is yearly presented by the Sultan to the Kaaba at Mecca, and blessed, admired, and almost...

The correspondent of the Telegraph at Cairo, in a letter

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in- tended to be most friendly to Arabi Pasha, who, he thinks, originally believed himself a divine instrument, and fell into evil hands—those, namely, of Toulba Pasha and M....


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T HE event of the week has been another serious dispute between Lord Du fferin and the Porte, owing to a spiteful insult levelled by the Sultan at the British Government. A...

Nothing whatever has been revealed of the Government plan for

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the settlement of Egypt, except that a British garrison of 10,000 men will remain there for six months, at least. It will then be replaced by a new Army, which Baker Pasha...

Two or three native accounts of the storm of Tel-el-Kebir

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have reached England. They all agree upon three points,—that the attack was a surprise, the Egyptian videttes having neglected their duty, owing, we imagine, to the extreme...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in anycase.

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To judge from the French papers, which are not, however,

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very safe guides, the exact difficulty just now in the way is the legal existence of the condomininnz, which cannot be abrogated without the consent of France. The British...

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Sir Stafford Northcote on Wednesday delivered two speeches at Glasgow.

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The first, to the Tory caucus there, called locally the "National Union of Conservative Associations," dwelt on the advantages of organisation; and the second dealt with general...

Mr. Justice Lawson has released Mr. Gray, who, while serving

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as High Sheriff, permitted himself to interrupt the course of justice by editorial comments on a murder trial calculated to destroy all confidence in the jury. He was sentenced...

A most important deputation of Ulster Liberals waited on Mr.

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Trevelyan at the Castle on Tuesday, to represent to him that the Land Act had been impaired by the appointment of Valuers to aid the Sub-Commissioners. Valuers lived by the...

Mr. Lowther will be much more acceptable to real Tories.

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He made a speech at Hull on the same day, and beginning by saying that no party ought to make capital out of a national success, he poured out his soul. Arabi had only learnt...

The extraordinary range of the demands raised by the Italian "

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Irredenta " party is best shown by the statements of the official " Elements of Geography," published in 1877, for the use of schools. In this publication, scholars are informed...

The Church Congress was opened at Derby on Tuesday, with

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a sermon from the Archbishop of York. The attendance has been largo, exceeding 2,000, and the proceedings of the most varied character, while the mark of the year has been a...

The next general election in Italy has been fixed for

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the end of the month, and will be one of singular interest. The num- ber of electors has been increased fourfold, and now includes every man who can read and write, while the...

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The Doctors are getting dreamy. Dr. Richardson' on Friday week

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delivered a lecture on cleanliness before the Sanitary Science Association, in which he laid down a most astounding proposition. After telling his audience that the proverb "...

We have stated elsewhere what seems to us the drift

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of the discussions on Church organisation. It is distinctly, to use short words, towards an anti-sacerdotal system, and representa- tive management in the Church. The discussion...

The anti- Semitic feeling has extended to Austro-Hungary, and on

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Thursday week and Friday riots broke out in Pressburg. The rioters do not appear to have attacked persons with any ferocity, though some Jews were slightly injured ; but they...

A writer in the Times gives some figures which, in

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his judg- ment, indicate the rapid decline of the Chinese Empire, often mentioned by travellers of late years. The Pekin Govern- ment took the census of the Empire in 1812, and...

The Salvation Army has met with the usual persecution in

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India, Four of its members, including Mr. Tucker, once, we believe, an Indian Civilian, lauded in Bombay in yellow dresses, and marched about with music, till the...

A correspondent of the Daily News states that the Legislature

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of New Zealand is about to try two experiments of very great 'moment. One is a Land Bill, supported by Sir George Grey, the principle of which is that the colony shall sell no...

Console were on Friday 100E to 1001.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY BAKER PASHA'S PROPOSALS. T HE Government is arranging for the immediate difficulties of Egypt with energy and skill. It has evidently de- cided to give the...

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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE has been this week on a political pilgrimage to Glasgow. The primary object of his visit was to attend the first annual meeting of the "National Union of...

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THE SECRET SOCIETIES OF IRELAND. T HE Government is constantly blamed

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for its failure to suppress assassination in Ireland. Nobody suggests what ought to be done, but every second man is ready to tell you that if the Government were more...

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T HE brief and business-like Report of the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis is presented to the public in such a form, that it is likely to receive less attention than...


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W E have been struck, while studying the proceedings of this Church Congress, with the steady drift of English Churchmen of all ranks towards what we can best define as...

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I T now appears to be certain that the late disturbances in the little-known country of Corea arose from an attempt made by the ex-Regent to oust the reigning King, and to place...

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E NGLISHMEN will not, we fear, be greatly impressed by Mr. Matthew Arnold's new definition of their greatest want. When he originally told a half-amused, half-awestruck...

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T HERE are in Shakespeare's Plays about ninety deaths, taking place either on the stage or immediately behind the scenes, so that the tidings are told or evidence is given...

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O NE of the reasons, and probably the chief one, for the delay in offering the advantages of the Parcels Post to the public, which Mr. Fawcett was compelled to announce the...

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TUNE'S HISTORY OP ROME.* WE wrote, some years ago, when reviewing the third volume of this history, that Dr. Ihne was attempting a task beyond his powers. In and by itself, his...


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MR. GODRIN ON IRELAND. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] 'Sin,--Mr. Godkin, in his letter to you of August 22nd, cites, as a proof of the national prejudice felt by...


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ADVERSE CRITICISM. WHAT flowers I had in one fair knot were bound, And so I laid them on a public stall, Wondering would any one take note at all, Or taking note, to praise...


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Sin,—Every one is agreed that assistance ought to be given to " necessitous and deserving poor." We should differ, perhaps, as to whether this help would not better be...


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[To THE EDITOR OW TEE SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your last issue, you say of accumulators of electric force, that "once small enough to be carried, they might drive a steamer across...

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Tiers little volume fitly concludes the long poetical career of its author. From the beginning to the end, his work has been singularly level in merit, nor does this portion of...


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As a general rule, the word " common-sense " upon the title- page of a book repels, rather than attracts, the thoughtful reader. The quality which takes that seemingly humble...

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JANET HAMILTON.* Or the many evidences of the absolute faith

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of the British public in Mr. Bright's sincerity, none is more decided or more curious than the esteem in which his literary judgments are held. A word of favourable or even of...

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Two or three important changes are announced in the Maga- zines. Fraser, for example, with this number ceases to exist. It had been outstripped in the race, and of late years...

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POET1Y.—A Birth-song, and Other Poems. By William Freeland. (Jam' a Maclohose and Sons, Glasgow.) —This is a volume of fairly nadable verse; while scarcely rising above the...

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Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth. By W. A. Wright, M.A., LL.D.

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(Clarendon Press.)—This edition is marked by the same care and scholarship which have given its predecessors their reputation. In the introduction is printed the narrative of...

Cobwe'R. 3 vols. By Mabel Collins, ' (Tinsley Brothers.)—Ac- cording

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to a prevalent and misleading practice, Mrs. Collins has col- lected several stories, long and short, into three volumes, and pub- lished them under a title which gives no sign...

Silken Meshes. 2 vole. By Temple Lawrence. (Remington and Co.)—If

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the Oriental sage so popular with eighteenth-century moralists could suffer a literary revival, and were given to reading fiction, one of his first sallies of wisdom would be in...

We Costellions. By J. Sale Lloyd. 3 vols. (Tinsley Brothers.)—

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There is, at least, no lack of incident in this novel. Marriages, for instance, are in plenty. The heroine's father is married three times, the heroine is married, and so is her...

Demosthenes' Oration on the Crown. By P. P. Simpson, B.A.

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(Thornton, Oxford.)—This is a handsome edition of the text, with translation opposite and notes at the foot of the page. Of the trans- lation, Mr. Simpson says that "it is...

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An Etymology of Latin and Greek. By C. S. Halsey,

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A.M. (Ginn and Heath, Boston, U.S.)—We can recommend this little book as a careful resuind of the best knowledge on the subject. In its general plan, Schleicher and Curtius are...