8 OCTOBER 1881

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The official programme in France is said to be arranged.

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If the Ministry does not resign before, the Chambers will meet on the 28th inst., and M. Ferry will demand a vote of con- fidence in the Ministry. If that is refused, as it is...

Some surprise is expressed at the disagreement between the Boers

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who fill the Volksraad and the leaders who signed the Convention, but we believe the explanation is this :—The leaders are experienced men, very patriotic, but aware of the...

The French military system is not in order yet, or

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there could not be all this delay in the march on Kairouan. The French Chambers meet on October 28th, and the expedition, be it as successful as it may, will take ten days. It...


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S IR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE is stumping the North. He delivered along speech at Hull on gonday, and another at Beverley on Tuesday, and will speak again in Newcastle next week,...

Storm signals are being hoisted in the City. Money is

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flowing away to America ; the New York exchange still makes remit- tance profitable; and the Bank of France, loaded with silver which it cannot sell, is unwilling to part with...

* The Editors eannotundertake to return Manuscript in any ease.

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The Volksraad of the Transvaal have not rejected the Con-

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vention, but they have decided to demand some modifications, of which two are of great importance. The first is that the Queen's Government shall not conduct, but only control,...

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The Ameer of Afghanistan has made his formal entry into

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Caudahar, without opposition. He had previously found it necessary, however, to impress on Candaharees that he was not a safe person to oppose. He had entered the great mosque,...

The Tunis correspondent of the Times, telegraphing rid Cagliari, in

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order to avoid M. Roustan's agents, declares, on October 6th, that secret negotiations are going on between France and the Bey. He has been offered the rescission of the Treaty...

Abdul Hamid mast be fey. Hitherto he has shown himself

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timidly cautious and rather adroit, but the Khalif ate is at stake, and he is pushing his claims with an energy which must end in serious conflicts. Not content with arousing...

While General Logerot halts, or is halted, the preparations for

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the defence of Kairouan continue. The expedition will be harassed all along its march of a hundred miles, and the Arabs say that 40,000 men will be killed in defence of the Holy...

The discussion on Ecclesiastical Courts in the Church Con- gress

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placed the present difference of opinion about them in the strongest light. The Hon. C. L. Wood, who maintained the Ritualist side of the controversy, argued not only that an...

A correspondent of the Times, evidently considered impor- tant by

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that journal, recently affirmed that Austria intended to go to Salonica and to make of Servia and an enlarged Greece vassal States. The Austrian papers were furious at the...

The Church Congress assembled on Tuesday at Newcastle- on-Tyne, the

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Bishop of Manchester opening the proceedings with a fine description of a Bishop's office. We have made some comments elsewhere on the speeches of the Archbishop of York and the...

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The following inscription has been placed on Professor Clifford's tomb

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in Highgate Cemetery :—" I was not, and was conceived ; I lived, and did a little work ; I am not, and grieve not." Many will think that epitaph fine, and we respect its courage...

Mr. Gladstone has made six new Peers. The Marquis of

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Tweeddale, Lord Howth, and Lord Reap—formerly Baron Mackaye, of Holland—have received British titles, with seats in the House of Lords ; while Sir Harcourt-Johnstone has been...

The Farmers' Alliance have published their draft Bill for securing

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tenants. Its main provision, as we mentioned last week, is that the tenant shall sell his improvements to a pur- chaser, whom the landlord must accept, or pay the same sum. The...

An idea of the present rage for speculation in Paris

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may be formed from an account of the Union Generale, a bank, or rather financing company, started in 1878 by some rich Catho- lics. The "Catholic interest" gathered round the...

The proceedings of the Republican Convention of New York State

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show that the immense majority of the party are in Savour of President Garfield's ideas. About five hundred dele- gates attended, and Mr. Conkling made desperate efforts to rule...

Sir John Karslake, one of the most accomplished advocates of

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his day, died on Tuesday evening. He was only in his sixtieth year, but for the last seven years he had been incapaci- tated from the pursuit of his profession by total...

Consols were on Friday 98} to 981.

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Reuter is not often ironical, but the following telegram, re-

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ceivedin London on Tuesday from Constantinople, is too delicious an illustration of Turkish ways to be missed ;—" Dervish Pasha, having lately reported to the Government his...

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SIR STAFFORD NORTHCOTE IN THE NORTH. I T is hardly fair to be very hard on Sir Stafford Northcote for his speeches in the North. Master Tommy is never at his strongest when he...

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T HE French Government has again issued, through "the Havas Agency," a most menacing reprimand to the Sultan. Under the thinnest veil of confidence in his inten- tions, the...

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T HE main charge brought by serious Tories against Mr. Gladstone's Government is that it lacks manliness. The St. James's Gazette may believe that Lord Granville is un-...

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ry10 an English reader, the facts and figures given in Lord O'Hagan's address to the Social Science Congress are of a very comforting kind. At a time when we are being told day...

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T HE Transvaal affair, as we have repeatedly said, must be left to the Executive Government. It is nearly im- possible for men outside the Cabinet to know what dangers may be in...

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT has recently addressed a Circular Letter to the Chairmen of Quarter-Sessions throughout the country, calling their attention to the revival of...

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1 1HE feature in the pre s ent Church Congress which im- presses us, more especially in the proceedings of the first day, is a certain change of tone, the development of a...

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W E will go back just fifty years. Mr. Rennie's new London Bridge is open, but the old structure is not yet - taken down. The London University—Theodore Hook's " Stinko- make...

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RITUALISM, OR PRINCIPLE P fTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—As one who has devoted the best years of his life and all the power he possessed to a system in which he once...

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COMPENSATION. IT was the time of Autumn, When leaves are turning brown,— Green to yellow and pied and black ; And some were tumbling down. It was the time of Autumn, When...


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PAPERS OF THE MANCHESTER LITERARY CLUB.* To not a few people of a literary turn of mind, both in Lancashire and here and there throughout England, the early autumn is...

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A SPORTING NOVEL.* CONSIDERING bow large a space sport occupies

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in the life of the average Englishman, it is rather singular that its accredited representatives in fictitious literature should be so few. Many novelists, indeed, introduce...

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THE Charity Organisation Society is yet in infancy. It has been in existence some twelve years, but in that short time it has grown amazingly. In spite of difficulties and...

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WAIFS.* LIR name of this small volume is deceptive. "

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Waif " means, properly speaking, unowned goods ; and as the word is also often associated with ideas of orphans, paupers, street-arabs, &c., it might be expected that a book...

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THE Contemporary for October is a very instructive number, .1eficient only in entertaining reading. It is a little too gritty with facts. We could not ourselves honestly class...

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TALES.—The Falls of the Loder. By Rosa Mackenzie Kettle. (James Weir.)—Mr. Athelstan and his eldest son are drowned in the Loder, the second son is with difficulty saved, and...

The Baseless Fabric of Scientific Scepticism. By George Sexton.

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(Smart and Allen.)—As might have been expected, we have here an attack on Professors Huxley and Tyndal, the arch apostles, as the author maintains, of atheism and materialism,...

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The Fifth Book of the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. By

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H. Jackson, M.A. (University Press, Cambridge.)—The perplexities of the Fifth Book of Aristotle's Ethics are well known to scholars. The text has somehow become dislocated, and...

Outline Lessons on Horeb:. By Gertrude Martineau. (C. Kegan Paul

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and Co.)—Miss Martineau has written what we hope and believe will be found a really useful book. She discusses what are called in the chapter-headings of the Book of Proverbs...

A French and English Dictionary. By E. Roubaud, B.A. (Cassell,

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Petter, Galpin, and Co.)—This new edition (the 116th thousand) of an already popular handbook has been corrected by the latest issue of the dictionary of the French Academy, and...