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ROSES DURING JANUARY.

IN THE GREENHOUSE.

IN PIT AND FRAME.

WEEKLY NOTES.

BATTLE IN ECUADOR.

,THE CROWN AND THE CHARTERED…

MRS. GORDON-BAILLIE RELEASED…

ENTOMBED NAVVY'S PRAYER.

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THE MARRIAGE OF MADAME PATTI.

CHARITABLE BEQUESTS.

THE VENEZUELAN BOUNDARY ARBITRATION.

PUBLIC MEN ON PUBLIC MATTERS.

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PUBLIC MEN ON PUBLIC MATTERS. MR. BALFOUR ON RELIGIOUS DIFFICULTIES. Mr. A. J. Balfour, writing to a constituent in East Manchester on the subject of University educa- tion in Ireland, expresses the conviction that it is the religious difficulty alone which at present blocks the way. He believes the people of this country will not accept any plan which would have the effect of strengthening a form of religion to which they are, in the main, strongly opposed at the expense of one to which, in the main, they are no less strongly attached. Nor is it likely that any scheme, even though its adoption would leave the balance of religious parties unaffected, will be pala- table which confers on one particular de- nomination privileges refused to all others. But it seems quite possible to devise a plan which is not open to these objections. After setting forth the reasons why, in his judgment, the expe- dient of leaving the one existing teaching University in Ireland-Trinity College-to meet, by a natural process of expansion, the growing educational needs of the country would not be successful, Mr. Balfour proceeds to suggest that the plan which seems best to solve the University problem, both for the Presby- terians and other Protestants in the north and for Irish Roman Catholics generally, is to establish by a single Act two new teaching Universities-one in Dublin and one in Belfast—on precisely similar lines, and differing in no particular excepting the names of the gentlemen first appointed to serve on their respective governing bodies. As the University in Belfast would absorb the existing Queen's College, the governing body of the new in- stitution should be so constituted as to be a continua- tion of the old. As the Dublin University is designed to attract those Roman Catholics who now hold aloof from University life altogether, its governing body as first constituted should no doubt, in the main, be of their own way of thinking. But both Universities would be rigidly subject to the Test Acts; all scholarships and fellowships paid out of public funds would be open to competition irrespec- tive of creed no public endowment would be given to chairs in philosophy, theology, or modern history; professors would have the right of appeal against unjust dismissal; and the number of clergy on the governing body would be strictly limited. A university so constituted would, in Mr. Balfour's belief, meet the need of Roman Catholics, but it would not be a Roman Catholic University, except in the sense that Trinity College and the new university in Belfast would be Protestant, and in that case there would be in Ireland two Protestant Universities to one Roman Catholic. Mr. Balfour holds that this scheme would confer no exceptional privilege on any particular denomination, and that there is nothing in it which should give umbrage to Protes- tants. He admits that no satisfactory assurance may be forthcoming that it will satisfy the wishes of those for whose educational benefit it is specially designed. If so it seems useless to press it further. But as a Unionist, as a lover of education, and as a Protestant, he hopes that an adequate University system will be granted to Ireland, and granted soon, on the lines he indicates. Mr. Balfour closes with an intimation that in regard to this question he has no right to speak for any one but himself.

ILORD GEORGE HAMILTON ON INDIA.

LORD KIMBERLEY AT WYMONDIIAM.

FASHIONABLE WEDDING.

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THE VENEZUELAN FRONTIER.

PERJURY BY PRISONERS.

THE BARKING DISASTER.

CHARMED WITH THE QUEEN.