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To begin with-the editor gives us an able criticism on Lotus Napoleons writings , which have been much undervalued Tiien there Is an original Idyll , by Mr . Tennyson . It is entitled ' Sea ^ Dreams , and is 9 altoge ther worthy of his xnvse Twocapita 1 bapers < on « American Humorous Poetry , " and ^ On the Subject of Clothes by Mr . F . G . Stephens and Miss Muloch , are ^ only excelled by another , with the well-known signature "A , de M " « On Scientific Hoaxes " Each of these is a « dainty dish " to set before niore than kin ^ s or queens , those best eneouragers of literature—readers of refined tastes . —Spiritualism has this month started a periodical advocate , namely , The Spiritual Magazine , Among thfrcontributors are William Howitt , who condemns modern Sadducism . Fichte and Morell , also , come in for aensure . Future numbers willperhapscontain some factswhen investigation may be needr ¦
, , , » V 111 , IJ \** . 1 JUI / W ) v * V *« wm * » w-m-. — - w , ¦ f * m J _ I fid . —Dr . Bucknill ' s Journal of Mental Science contains , as usual , some useful papers ou psychology and mental disease . ^ The subject of the leading articles , by the Rev . W . G . Davies , " on Consciousness considered as a Truth-Organ / ' is elaborately investigated and formulated . The paper , however , does not exhaust the argument , a continuation of which is promised . —The Universal Bemety opens the year with a battery of eight articles ; the ^ first being on the Exchequer * including some remarks on Mr . Rose se tters , which , after a careful analysis , the critic declares to have few faults , save that of being very indiscreetly over-edited / ' A paper < t o Sheridan also . commands attention . The reviewer is hard on Moore , but utterly condemns the octogenarian , who has lately ^ perpetrated a heavy " book on the statesman ' s life and times Lord g ™ donaM *
biography is treated with proper respect . —The London _ Beview commences with a theological article on St . James the Just , his Epistle , and the traditions relative to him . The critic decides that the Virgin had no other children than the one . Three learned and scientific articles follow , on the Ethnology and Literature of Cornwall , Barth ' s African Researches , and the Geology of the Drift ; and then Dr . Cumming on the Great Tribulation provokes comment . The critic evidently likes his subject , and gravely debates whether or not the millennium will commence m 1867 , or whether that year will be the beginning of the end . The rest of the number is of average respectability . — The New Quarterly Bevie * contents itself with five articles , of which that on Meyerbeer and the Lyrical Drama is the best .--2 % e Eclectic still harps on preachwhich th is effort making
ing and preachers , a subject ere a general to lift into temporary importance , The Papal Government and the Leo-ations also form the subject of an article carefully written ; another is devoted tp the war between Spain and Morocco . Our current recognition of merit we may likewise award to -ihe Christmas number of Kingston ' s Magazine for Boys—Becreative Science-r—Le . Fo / fctf—Charles Lever ' s One of Them" The Faniily Economist , TJie Welcome Guest . — To the Art Journal something more distinctive is due . The illustrations this month are exquisite .: —1 , Una , from Frost ' s picture ; 2 . Winters halter ' s Lady Constance ; and 3 . Raffaelle ' s Bearing the Cross . " We find that this journal has now issued twenty-one volumes . The proprietors , therefore , justly claim that it is now of full age .
O UR chronicle of events opens hopefully in recording the first personage of the realm engaged in a work of benevolence and wisdom . -On Monday , th $ * 2 ndof January , Hek Majesty , accompanied by the Prince Consort , the Prince of Wales , and the younger members of her family , presided at the annual distribution of food nnd clothing to 660 poor persons of the parishes of Windsor and Clewer ; the plaice selected for the ceremony was the riding-house of Windsor Castle . A provident club has been fostered by the Queen , among her poor neighbours , having for its object the supply of . comforts and necessaries for the winter ; the members themselves contributed £ 350 , to which Her Majesty added the munificent sum of £ 250 ; the £ 600 being expended to the best advantage in coals , food , blankets , and warm clothing , —On Tuesday , the 3 rd , the Prince Consort presided at a meeting of the Council of the Royal Horticultural . Society , at South Kensington *— -On Wednesday , the 4 t h , Her Majesty , in vested with the Victoria Cross a number of gallant officers and soldiers in the quadrangle of the Castle , all the troops in Windsor attending as a guard of honour . With Her Majesty were the Prince of Wales , the Prince Consort , and the Duke of Cambridge , who remained on a visit to the Queen . The young princesses visited the ex-Queen of the French at Claremont . Ministers have been summoned from their country seats , to assist lit a Cabinet Council ,, on Tuesday , Jim . 3 , at the official residence of the Premier $ after which Mr , Glndstone went to Windsor , upon A visit to the Queen . In the Guvncn and the RHuaxous Wqbwp . there appears-to bo increased activity with the commencement of the new year . On Sunday , the 1 st of January , were recommenced the special Sunday evening 1 eervices which achieved so great a success during the last season . In St , Paul ' s Cathedral the diocesan himsqlf delivered the opening sermon , taking the opportunity to nlludo in eloquent language to the death of the great Mnenulay between' Christmas and Now Year ' s Day . At Westminster Abbey Dean Trench edified a crowded audience ; Exeter Hall had its clerical oratorj and at St . James ' s Hall two laymen divided the exhortations between them , A most flingular feature of this revival movement ( if the term bo applicable ) la the pressing of theatres into the forjnml service of religion . On Sunday night a clergyman of the Church , the Rev . J . 13 .
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Owen preached at Sadlers Wells . At the " Garrick , " in ^ Whitechapel , a minister of the Huritingdonian persuasion officiated , and a WeSeyan edified 3 , 500 hearers ^ t the Britannia , m Hoxton ^ On ^ a subject of vital importance , and consequent interest to the members of the Established Church ^ - the Revision of the Liturgy—we find the Rer John Ed . Cox , Viearof St . Helen , B . sbopsgate , writing on the 2 nd inst . to Lord Ebury , assuring him that many clergymen go with his lordship in his efforts at reforming the Book of Common . » ,. _ j _ •_!• ¦ . i !™ rir . ii . cn » oi ) n Ins work : the Dean ot ami Sing him God speed in Jiis work ; the Deaa of
P ^ erT . Westminster and his brother opponents to the revision will not , therefore , it appears , carry their point without a struggle . ^ JLhe journals of Monday also record the secession of two curate from the Church of England to that of Rome ; they ai-ethe ^ Rev . Messrs . Fothergill and Wormal , from the well-known S . Paul and b , Barnabas , Knightsbridge . The vacancy in the office of Chaplain to the Wandsworth House of Correction , occasioned by the resignation of the Rev Henry Hatch , convicted of an indecent assault , was filled , up on Tuesday , the 3 rd , by the Surrey magistrates , who chose the Rev . Mr . Hallward , of Shepherd ' s Bush , out of thirty-five candidates .
The Public Meetings of the week include a grand dinner of the Society of Druids at Oxford , on Monday , the 2 nd instant , at ^ which , in accordance with the usual custom , the members for the city addressed their constituents . Mr . Langston , M . P ., remarked that we had at length entered upon that 1860 in which the Chancellor of the Exchequer had promised us that a remission of four 'Bullions ot taxation would be granted . Of this boon he confessed himself incredulous , remembering the same minister ' s promise of a remission of the income tax . On . the national defence question he observed , that if two of our own regiments could quarrel . about their Christmas pudding , was there not a possibility that two rival nations might quarrel upon a trivial subject ? He knew that at the time of the Bernar daffair the French Emperor had much ado to keep his people from going to war . Mr . Cardwell , M . P ., eloquently expressed the athy for the Italian nation at the present crisis , which he believed
svmp he shared with the whole English people . Of the volunteer movement , he said , that , thpiigh he felt no fear of invasion , yet he considered insurance against attack from a foreign foe to be as wise and needful as insurance against fire , or any other well-known-risk . Referring to the present state of the sister kingdom , he spoke in Iiigh terms of the universal improvement in Ireland , of . the increase of prosperity , the diminution of crime , the falling of poor rates , and the universal thirst for education . Reform , he thought , could not be any longer deferred , si rice there was a sincere desire felt by all parties to settle the question : and all were agreed that there must be an extension of the franchise . He deplored the existence of bribery , proved to be so widespread a canker in the political system ; we must do our best to bring about a reform in human nature as well as in Parliament . —A Reform Meeting was announced to take
place at Birmingham , on Friday , Jatt . 6 , on whiph occasion harangues were expected from Mr . Bright , M . P ., and Mr . Scholefield , M . P . — A great meeting of Gas Consumers was held in Pimlico , on Monday the 2 nd instant , to take measures for an application to Parliament for protection against the combination and monopoly of the companies ; Sir John V . Shelley presided . It was stated that the objects of the consumers are to obtain improvements in the quality of the gas , and to protect . them from being compelled to pay for what they do not get . At present the Government have not sufficient- evidence to interfere ; the parishes must combine to get the bill passed of which notice was given in November last ; they must also find funds to fight the Gas Companies , who have subscribed £ 5000 to oppose the consumers , in Parliament . Further steps in regard to this , movement were taken on Wednesday , January 4 s , when a meeting of delegates from the metropolitan parishes was held at St . Martin ' s vestry-room . Mr . Beal , the honorary
secretary , urged that if the Home Secretary s mediation did not prove Buccesslul , no time should be lost , when Parliament met , in proceeding with the bill for the better supply of the metropolis with gasp - ^ An " indignation meeting , " for the purpose of expressing sympathy with the Pbpo , was holden on Tuesday the 3 rd , at the Hanover Square Rooms ; upwards of 2000 persons being present , among-whom were many priests ; these took no part in the proceedings , as a lay demonstration was what was intended ; Mr . Richard Keeley presided . Letters were read from divers Catholic bishops and vicars apostolic expressing fervent enthusiasm in the cause ; Lord Feilding also wrote to the effect that Lords John Russell and Palmerston alone of the present ministry were opposed to the temporalities of his Holiness . Resolutions were carried to the effect that the temporal power of the Pope had conferred many blessings on mankind * such as the extension of the Catholic faith .
diffusion of knowledge , and promotion of the arta and science . Mr . Prendergast , barrister , declared that the Papacy would endure till in the fulness of time the last pontiff should render int 6 the hands of Christ the commission granted to Saint Peter . Faith in the loyalty of Napoleon III ,, this speaker said , was now utterly destroyed ; but he warned that potentate to beware of the fate of the first of his dynasty , who , after oppressing the Popo of his day , had been driven to die in banishment upon a barren rook , while the Holy Father returned to flourish at Rome in greater security than before . Another orator declared that the sympathising movement had electrified the British isles . On © Giannini , n gentleman of Rome , drew a contrast between his native city and London to the disadvantage of the latter ; the English Government , he declared , did much Icbs for our great city than the Vicar of Chri » t did for Rome . Many other speakers kept the meeting in excite * ment till past twelve at night .--On Ttieaday , Jan . 3 , a conference of school masters was held at the rooms of the Society of Arts , in
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