8 APRIL 1871

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Yesterday week, speaking in reply to Mr. Baillie Cochrane, on

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the terms of peace, the Prime Minister made what the Pall Mall has rightly called attention to as a very remarkable and frank confes- sion by England of her isolation and...

The future is quite dim, but Garibaldi has written from

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Caprera advising the Commune to appoint a Dictator, and this advice will probably be accepted, after the great review in the Champ de Mars ordered for Sunday. It is not...

We have endeavoured elsewhere to account for the extreme

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weakness manifested by M. Thiers, but must here add that on Friday week he delivered a speech strongly protesting against proscriptions. " The territory of France is interdicted...


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A BLOODY but indecisive war has been raging round Paris all through this week. On Saturday it was reported that M. Thiers was about to offer Paris full municipal liberty and the...

For later in his speech Mr. Gladstone explained explicitly that

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England had known all through the war that if Austria helped France, Russia would at once unite with Germany,—in other words, had been aware of a virtual understanding, if not...

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat-race was rowed on Saturday, Cambridge

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winning. The crowd was not quite so large as last year, the wind being keen and the hour (10 a.m.) earlier than usual, and the day—to many the greatest in all the year—was...

The Census was taken on Monday throughout the kingdom, apparently

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with the greatest ease, and certainly without the smallest complaint. An old difficulty, the reluctance of the Irish emigrants to be counted, was this time completely overcome,...

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

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Up to Thursday night neither of these three corps had

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reached Versailles, but neither had been definitely beaten. Bergeret's corps, it is true, suffered severely from an unexpected fire opened by Mont Valerie; which caused half its...

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Prince Bismarck has marked the early days of the first

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session of the German Parliament by an emphatic repudiation of the claims of Poland. Turning to the twenty Polish representatives who were objecting to the inclusion of West...

A furious discussion is now raging in the United States

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as to the character, proceedings, and rights of the Ku-Klux Klan. It is alleged that a secret society under this barbarous name is ob- °Is tabling control of several of the...

Mr. Bruce on Monday brought in his long-promised Licensing Bill.

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Its principles apart from details appear to be five. 1. That the proper number of public-houses in the judgment of Parliament is one for every 1,000 souls. 2. That if new houses...

Mr. Goschen, who has laid on the table a most

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exhaustive re- port on local taxation, on Monday produced his measures for its reform. They cover an enormous mass of details ; but their first principles are, that each parish...

The Rev. Dr. Edmond, who moved the principal resolution, is

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reported as having reminded his hearers " of Saul when returning from smiting the Amalekites," and of his saying to Samuel, ' I have performed the commandment of the Lord.' The...

The Commune of Paris is strongly suspected of intending to

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establish a Reign of Terror. The evidence as yet adduced of this design is, however, insufficient, though the Com- mune has gone far beyond the limits usual in a state of siege....

The Echo of Thursday contains a special message from New

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York announcing that Mr. Sumner has " declared in favour of a protectorate of Ireland." No other journal confirms the intel- ligence, and we suppose it to mean only that Mr....

The Nonconformists have decided to begin at once their Par-

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liamentary attack on the Established Church, which Mr. Miall is to commence on Tuesday, 9th of May. The meeting in which this was decided on was held on Wednesday, at the City...

The finance of Paris is, as usual, a puzzle. The

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Commune has the control of the octroi and other taxes, which may reach with requisitions £10,000 a day ; but it spends that sum in mere pay to its troops outside, who must be...

Mr. Goschen has declined to alter the incidence of local

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taxa- tion as regards the kind of property to be taxed, believing the land to be not unfairly burdened. He, however, proposes that, subject always to existing leases, rates...

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It seems that as the London School Board will derive

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certain of its funds from other sources than the rates, it has power, if it chooses, to aid the denominational schools out of each funds, and on Wednesday a great discussion...

Mary Ann Folkard, wife of City Constable Folkard, seems to

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be the victim of very cruel circumstances. It is the rule of the City Police that constables must live in the City, but so many poor .dwellings have been pulled down that...

In Vienna they are talking of a schism, to be

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led by Dr. Dollinger, who sticks to his refusal to accept the new dogma of the Pope's infallibility when speaking ex cathedra, and has offered to prove before the German...

An " indignation " meeting summoned to protest against the

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conduct of the House of Lords in throwing out a bill which the House of Commons has so frequently passed as it has the Bill for legalizing marriage with a deceased wife's...

On Friday week the " presumption of law " by

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which a woman supposed to act under her husband's influence in committing a -crime wherein the husband takes part, was attacked by Mr. Osborne Morgan, and a somewhat rambling...

There was rather an angry little sputter of County Members

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on Monday night before the second reading of the Ballot Bill,—pro- perly called " The Elections' (Parliamentary and ,Municipal) Bill," as it deals with other parts of the...

Consols were on Thursday 92/ to 921.

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GOSCHEN grows. Since he first entered the Cabinet 1.1'.1 in 1866 he has been more or less of a latent political force till the present year, when he has effectually put himself...


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THE PRESENT STAGE OF THE REVOLT. T HE Revolt is still master in Paris, and has throughout the week been straying still further from the ideas both of Order and of Utopia. The...

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GOSOHEN'S proposal of Monday is a very great one,— nothing less than to revolutionize and reinvigorate the municipal life of Great Britain. In a speech of two hours and a half,...

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Tr ill Dissenters have taken their final resolve to raise at once the question of the Disestablishment,—we suppose,. but are not sure, that they mean to raise also the question...

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T HE single and sufficient reason for a new Licensing Bill is that there are too many drinking-houses in England for the good of the people. Nobody, we believe, makes any...

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IN the new (April) number of Macmillan's Magazine, Miss Cobbe has returned to the illustration of her views of latent thought,' or as she prefers to call it, following in Dr....

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T HE question which General Blumenthal addressed in the early days of the siege of Paris to an equally puzsled English refugee, " Why do the French run away ?" is now being...

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A BRIEF notice in the Court Circular of the presentation to the Queen of Higashi-Fushimi-no-Miya, a Japanese Prince, lately come to England for the prosecution of his...

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BRITISH POLICY IN CHINA. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—In your last week's number you have in a short paragraph summed up the debate in the House of Lords on Lord...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I should have requested you ere now to have allowed me to say a word on the subject of "Reconciliation" as affected by the Voysey...


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"SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Mr. Maurice says that I have accused him of certain things, and that I have put him prominently forward. As in my letter I did not mention Mr. Maurice...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] S111,-Will you permit a word or two from a Nonconformist upon the " Purehas" case and the duty of the Bishops, as put by Mr. Maurice ? We...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is probable that most of your readers have seen the paper by Miss Helen Taylor, entitled " Paris and France," in the current number...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SID, —Mr. Maurice, in his generous pleading for the liberty of men with whom he does not agree, seems to forget the rights of those who have...

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PROFESSOR JOWETT'S TRANSLATION OF PLATO.* [FIRST ARTICLE.] THE appearance of Professor Jo wett's long-expected translation of Plato is sure to give rise to a discussion of the...


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THE ASTRONOMER'S MOON.—A DEAD WORLD. OH, Moon! delight of lovers ! canst thou be The dreary desert science says of thee ?- A life of fire gone out, a world whose breath Hath...


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I. [SUGGESTED BY A COPY—GIVEN HE BY ALEXANDER SILITH—OF THE MASK TAKEN FROM THE DEAD FACE OF DANTE.] Rest! rest ! so long unhappy,—happy now ; I will have faith in Death, that...

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IT is impossible to feel quite alone in the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Four shadows evermore haunt you on sea and on shore, and intensify the " glamour" of dreamy...

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Ir is not very difficult to guess the sort of story we shall have when " Fair Passions " stares us in the face on the left-hand side of every page in the three volumes, and "The...

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THERE is a fascination about Roman History which is exerted by the annals of no other people, and which fully accounts for the number of students who devote their attention to...

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WHEN will a certain class of novelists learn that it is better to write one good novel than three bad ones ? We say a certain class, because the number of people who can write a...

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WE owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Rossetti for a series of sonnets which all bear the stamp of a true poetic power, and some of which will bear comparison with the acknowledged...


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The Discovery of Jerusalem. Edited by Walter Morrison, M.P. (Bentley.)—The editor ingeniously defends the title which he has chosen for his volume ; but it ma, nevertheless be...

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Journeys in North China. By the Rev. Alexander Williamson. 2

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vols. (Smith, Elder, and Co.)—Mr. Williamson describes himself as "agent of the National Bible Society of Scotland," and in these two volumes he describes journeys which he made...

The Monarch of Mincing Lane. By William Black. 3 vols.

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(Tinsley.) —Mr. Black shows an originality, we may even say an audacity, in the construction of his plot which deserves no little praise. The first volume of his novel does not...

Revenge. By Gertrude Fenton. (F. E. Arnold.)—This volume has a

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very aristocratic appearance. It displays on its cover the similitude of a crown, and it professes itself to belong to " The St. James's Series." But the fiction which it...

Ugone: a Tragedy. By George Francis Armstrong, B.A. (Moxon.) —When

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we have said that Ugone sometimes reminds us of "Firmilian," —do any of our readers need to be told that "Firmilian" was a drama in which the late Professor Aytoun satirized the...

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The Margravine : a Story of the Turf. By W.

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G. Craven. 2 vole. (Chapman and Hall.)—There is a strange mixture of elements in the Margravine; there is the sporting novel, which is the chief constituent ; there is the...

The Land of the Sun. By Lieutenant C. R. Low,

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(Hodder and Stoughton.)—Lioutenant Low, whose name is well known to all readers of the periodicals which delight our boys, gives us here some spirited narratives having...

not manage with much skill. This is no serious fault—few

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writers ever have managed it well—but it makes the book difficult to read. Mr. Flamank must remember that it is much easier to listen to dull, talk in the "comfortable library...