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There is little or no news from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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this week. Since the occupation of Serajevo, the insurrection has flagged, and its leader, Hadjee Lodja, is now reported to have lost a foot. The Austrians, however, appear to...

A calamity almost unequalled in the history of this country

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occurred on Tuesday evening in the Thames. The Princess Alice,' a large saloon steamer, built of wood, and very slight in construction, was returning from Gravesend at eight in...

V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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Rumours are current, and are partly authenticated by the Times,

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of the recall of Midhat Pasha to Turkey. It is stated that he is not to be employed at Constantinople, but to be sent to govern Asia Minor as Chief Commissioner. This is, of...

The Times' correspondent at Bucharest makes an important statement about

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the retrocession of Bessarabia. He believes that the Roumanian Cabinet had made "a distinct arrange- ment " for the cession of the district before the Russians had crossed the...

There is a little difficulty connected with the " reorganisation

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" of Egypt which has not yet been fairly faced. What does the Porte say to it all? The responsible Ministry, with Nubar Pasha at its head, must practically be independent of the...


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T HE most important news of the week comes from Calcutta. The Times' correspondent there, who is usually well informed as to official plans, states that the Government is...

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The Minister at War attended the Cutlers' Feast at Sheffield

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on Thursday, and made a long speech upon the Eastern Question. It was a most dreary affair, a common-place account of all that has happened in the past two years, without a...

Every Government, it is said, and we believe truly said,

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"obeys the law of its being,"—that is, rises and falls by the same means and in pursuance of the same idea. If this is true, this Government, which has regulated all its policy...

The last stage in the operations connected with the raising

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and removing of the Eurydice' has at length been reached, the pumps having beaten the inflow of water, and on Sunday morning last the ill-fated hull was towed into its last...

The Vines of Monday publishes an account of the forces

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main- tained by the Indian Princes, drhich is obviously intended to prepare the public mind for some forthcoming decree for their statement, the Marhatta Princes this We have...

catastrophe, the annihilation of entire families, instead of in- eighteen

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in number, of 70,000, the Maharaja of Cashmere of better deserving the energetic help of the whole community. 20,000, and the Nepanlese ruler of 100,000, while they possess in...

Sir Charles Dilke made a long and powerful speech to

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his constituents on Wednesday. Much of it, of course, was taken up with the Eastern Question, upon which Sir Charles, though a decided anti-Russian, holds that the Government...

Mr. Mundell& held a second meeting in Sheffield on Monday,

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which was attended by 3,000 persons, and was a great success, the rowdyism displayed at the previous meeting having disgusted the electors. The points of his speech were the...

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The mantle of Mr. Urquhart appears to have fallen on

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the shoulders of Sir Hardinge Giffard. He apparently believes not only that Russia intends to conquer the whole world, but that she can do it. At least he told his constituents...

There is one Tory journal at least in the world

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with the courage of its convictions. The Standard, commenting on the return of Lord Colin Campbell for Argyllshire, declares that on the whole it is not displeased. The victory...

Colonel Henderson's report to the Home Secretary on the Metropolitan

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Police for 1877 was issued on Monday last. It states that the total strength of the force at the end of the year was 10,446, being an increase of 178 over the preceding year,...

Batoum is to be surrendered to the Russians next week,

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and the Lazis are said to be emigrating in masses to the districts left in possession of the Sultan. This is interpreted as evidence that some tribes, at all events, prefer the...

The Government, though not, as it boasts, amenable to pressure,

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is certainly amenable to flattery. The American Government has twice asked for the release of Condon, an Irish-American, con- victed of murder in the Fenian attempt at rescue in...

It would seem that the White man is not really

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exterminating the Red man in North America, and that the long-standing idea of the disappearance of the Indian before the advance of the Anglo- Saxon is not based upon actual...

Greece has demanded that Turkey should reply at once to

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her demand for an increase of territory, or she will appeal to the Great Powers ; but Turkey retorts that she also has appealed to them, and has not received an answer. The...

Consols were on Friday 941- to sq.

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AUSTRO-HUNGARY IN BOSNIA. D UAL Government, the Irish Home-rulers' ideal, what- ever its other results in Austro-Hungary, has certainly not increased the power of the Monarchy...

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T HERE was nothing, or very little, of human perversity in the catastrophe which destroyed the Princess Alice,' a Thames pleasure-steamer, on Tuesday ; but with that exception,...

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T HE telegram from Calcutta published in the Times of Monday is a very ominous one. The Russian Govern- ment, it would appear from all the evidence, while ex- pecting a...

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P OLITICALLY, the British public may be divided at the present season into Candidates and Constituents. The universal belief is that the present Parliament will not survive...

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I F any evidence were wanting of the position which " Sport " has assumed in this country, it would be found in the place assigned in the metropolitan newspapers to the late Mr....

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T HE election of the Bishop of Ossory last week has some points of interest even for those who are neither Irish Episcopalians, nor even Irishmen. Episcopal elections so near...

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A MID all the varied general interest of the great cause celebre of our day—the Tiehborne Trial—perhaps the most dis- tinct and important was the light thrown by it on people's...

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q HE true point at issue in the present controversy between . the public and the Physicians seems to us to be missed by both sides. It is not a dispute as to the right to fix...

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C AN it be possible that all writers of poetry and fiction are leagued together to deceive mankind in the matter of Garden-Parties ? The idea of such a conspiracy must be a...

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NOTES BY THE WAY ON BEATEN TRACKS.-1II. (FROM A CORRESFONDENT.) Heiden, August 2811i-31st, 1878. I NEVER wish to live in a lovelier spot than this upland village or townlet of...

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UNDILUTED ULTRAMONTANISM. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE"SPECTATOR."] Sru,—You were kind enough, the week before last, to insert a complaint against the inquisitorial system in vogue...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—In the recently-issued number of the "Journal of the Royal United Service Institution," the very interesting paper read on February...

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THE "SPECTATOB..] SIR,—In your excellent article on the above subject, in your last issue, there are some little inaccuracies which it might be well to rectify. You there speak...


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THE PROGRESS OF GREECE.* THE publication of this elaborate and substantial work could not have been more opportune, for it has appeared at a time when the need for a full and...

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CANON DIXON evidently thinks that the post-Reformation Church has not in recent times found a faithful historian. According to him, justice has not been done to that important...

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LADY'S HOLM.* UNHEALTHY sensationalism, overstrained sentimentality, and pictures only too

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vivid of life as it exists under circumstances which form anything but pleasurable or profitable subjects of contemplation, being unfortunately the stock-in-trade of the greater...


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THE foreign policy of the Government is, as a subject, at once the strength and the weakness of this month's Nineteenth Century, —its strength, because of the number and ability...

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Among other periodicals of the month, we have received : — Part

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VL of Our Native Land, which is devoted to Ireland, and contains well-executed water-colour drawings, with appropriate descriptive letter-press, of Old Weir Bridge, and the...


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POETRY.—Poems and Transcripts. By Eugene Lee-Hamilton. (Blackwood and Sons.)—Mr. Lee-Hamilton divides his volume into four parts, which he severally entitles, "Poems in Blank...

Mr. Richard A. Proctor sends us a "second edition" of

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his work, The Moon : her Motions, Aspect, Sceneiy, and Physical Condition. (Longmans.)—The chief change has been to remove "such portions of the original work as were too...