10 MARCH 1894

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The accession of the Rosebery Administration has been singularly easy

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and unembarrassed. Mr. Labouchere, who states in Truth that if he had had any notion of what was afoot, he could have got more than one hundred signatures to his pro- test...

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

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• m R. GLADSTONE formally resigned his offices of First Lord of the Treasury and Privy Seal on Saturday last, March 3rd, and his resignation was "graciously accepted" by her...

Lord Rosebery, nominated successor to Mr. Gladstone, like some Popes,

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"by acclamation," kissed hands on Mon- day as First Lord of the Treasury and President in Council, a sinecure which, when held by a Peer, confers precedence over almost...

Whether influenced by hatred of Italy or by a perception

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that they require the aid of the Church against revolutionary forces, the present Government of France has adopted a new attitude towards clericalism. The Mayor of St. Denis...

The Irish Members have not as yet pronounced themselves about

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the change, and are apparently waiting for the declara- tions of Monday. The Anti-Parnellites are practically silent, as if they had not the cue, and though the Parnellites have...

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Lord Dufferin is very much worried by the constant attacks

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on him in Paris, in which he is represented as a man who ia perpetually plotting underground against the Franco-Russian alliance. He took the occasion, therefore, of a dinner...

This change in the attitude of the French Government will

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probably extinguish the Monarchical party, which is dying away, and retains its lingering vitality only as the party which defends the Church. On the other hand it will make the...

The Anarchists have tried to strike a blow in Italy,

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but have partially failed. Some one of their number, unable to enter the Chamber, calculated that the Members would emerge on Thursday just before 8 p.m. He placed, therefore,...

The Duke of Devonshire, who spoke with even more than

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his usual force at Yeovil on Tuesday, remarked that the vigour of his present political opponents is so great that they seem disposed to ignore even the limitations of time an&...

We do not quite like the intelligence from the Gambia.

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Forces which should be sufficient have been rapidly gathered for the attack on Fodi Silah, and Gonjur, his strongest place, is being shelled, while the Marines, Bluejackets, and...

As to the Registration Bill, the Duke remarked that the

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Liberal Unionists as a party did not intend "to stand any nonsense." If the intention was to gerrymander British con- stituencies, "to introduce a sham, a partial, and an incom-...

Lord Kimberley will have no easy post from the first,

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for a disagreeable incident has occurred on the Zambesi. Under Article XI. of the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty, the British Government has the right of constructing a telegraph...

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On Tuesday, the London County Council,—the Prime Minister being present,—discussed

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the scheme for the unifica- tion of London, prepared for the Royal Commission. Mr. Harrison, the deputy chairman, expounded the scheme. There was, he said, only one alternative...

The English Geographical Society did well, at its special meeting

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on Monday, to honour the memory of Prince Henry the Navigator, for he was the son of an English Princess (Philippa, daughter of John of Gaunt), a Knight of the Garter, and the...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2) were on Friday 99",-.

On Saturday, Mr. Justice Pollock gave judgment on the points

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of law in the case of "Martin et ITxor v. the Trustees of the British Museum." Though the jury had found that the books complained of were libels on the plaintiffs, the Judge...

It is alleged that the problem of applying an electric

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motor to a wheeled vehicle has at last been solved, and that the electric parcels-van which has been driving about the streets of London for the past few days, is not a toy like...

All classes of Anglo-Indians, and most of the educated natives,

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are furious at the decision of the Secretary of State to exempt Lancashire cottons from the new 5 per cent. duty on all untaxed imports. They even call upon the Legislative...

Mr. Chamberlain spoke in the same spirit to the Birming-

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ham Liberal Unionist Club on Wednesday. He said that some people appeared to expect that Lord Rosebery would take the opportunity of Mr. Gladstone's resignation to get rid of...

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THE NEW PREMIER. T HE sudden and nearly unanimous acclaim with which the Premiership of Lord Rosebery, though com- paratively young, a Scotchman, and an aristocrat, has been...

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M R. GLADSTONE'S political enemies have united with his friends in extolling one great feature of that long and stately public life which is, we presume, now at an end. There...

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M ANY causes must have conspired to induce Lord Rosebery to make as few changes in the Cabinet as possible. It was expedient, to begin with, to break, as much as might be, the...

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THE NEW UNIONIST DANGER. T HE Duke of Devonshire's speech at

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Yeovil was most timely. There is no party which is in more need of a warning of the danger of being thrown off its guard by the sudden substitution of a Rosebery for a,...

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PEERS IN THE COMMONS. A CCORDING to a statement made in

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the Daily News of Tuesday, the Government contemplate the intro- duction of a Bill which will enable any Peer who so desires, and who can secure election, to sit in the House of...

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THE "NEW SPIRIT" IN FRANCE. T HE long-delayed change in the

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temper of the French Government seems to have come at last. It has been so often promised, and each promise, in its turn, has been so consistently broken, that it is hard to...

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W HY should the universal pain with which the world has heard of Mr. Gladstone's failing eyesight tend to diminish the pain with which he and his family have realised the...


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W E are not entirely contented with the budget which "a family man" has this week offered to the world in the columns of the National Review. The author, evidently a good fellow...

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"A Belt of straw and ivy buds With coral clasps and amber studs." T . know the beauty of trees, they should be watched from the first day of the New Year. To wait till the...

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[TO THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—As the question whether or not the right to contract- out of the Employers' Liability Bill should be taken away from free-born...


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THE CRISIS AND ITS DANGERS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The crisis is full of peril to Unionism. First,—Unionists are tempted to become remiss in the defence of...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sul,—Mr. Ludlow, whose letter

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on " contracting-out " you published in the Spectator of March 3rd, is undoubtedly as high an authority as any man in the Kingdom on all questions connected with Friendly...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR:1 zSra,—Teehnically speaking, the Constitution of this country only changes at long intervals, and after considerable die- -cussion and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:I Sfa,—In an article in the Spectator of February 17th, on "The Children of Agnostics," you use the words,—" A con- clusion which one rejects...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE 'SPECTATOR") SIR,—Is it so certain, as some suppose, that the retirement of Mr. Gladstone has seriously darkened the prospects of the Liberal Party at the...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—In gratitude for the " howlers " which you published in the Spectator of March 3rd, on the authority of your correspondent "W. M. T.,"...


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[To 11TE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Is not one secret of the charm of Scott's ballads their never-failing lilt? they are emphatically lyrics in the exact sense of that...


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A SEER OF 1830.* "IN the old days," writes Mr. Espinasse in his recently pub- lished Reminiscences, "the ladies and gentlemen who now occupy, most undeservedly, foremost places...


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rro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] your article in the Spectator of February 24th on "The Ethics of Flirtation," you lay it down that a woman may flirt with a dozen men if she...

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WOMEN OF LETTERS.* THESE are delightful volumes. The authoress, Mrs.

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Towns- head Mayer, has not only chosen good subjects, but she has the gift of piecing together her information skilfully, and of • Women of Letters. By Gertrude Tovrnahend...

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" A GLORIFIED form of picture-book for adult book-lovers" would perhaps be the best description of the quaint volume before us. It is a selection of carefully engraved...

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isolation of the Unitarians accustoms them to give more thought to their position, and to dis- criminate more carefully what they do sincerely believe from what they have...

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THE name, or pseudonym, of Maarten Maartens is becoming— indeed, it has already become—one of the most important and significant names in the literature of contemporary fiction....

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as the intellectual border- land of mythology, ethnology, legendary history, and the study of the manners and customs of races and nationalities. The ordinary historian will...

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So much has occurred, and in so short a space of time, that the political articles in the magazines of the month all seem a little belated. Mr. Goldwin Smith, on "The Impending...

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entitled "A Salvation Lass," in which is given the self-sacrifice

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of a simple, pious girl for the sake of a product of modern sceptical culture who loves her, and whom she wishes to "save." The author of "Some Passages in the Life of Heine"...

The new number of The Leisure Hour is remarkable for

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the variety and general excellence of its contents, but is nowise striking. The Rev. S. (4. Green contributes what is essentially a good paper on Dean Stanley, but it has a...

The new number of The Gentleman's Magazine is interesting rather

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than notable, and perhaps among the subjects treated there is just a superfluity of well-worn topics. Yet Mr. Ropes' book, "The Campaign of Waterloo," supplies an adequate...


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The magazine symposium, even upon a burning question, has latterly become a bit of a bore, and it may be doubted if the ever-energetic and up-to-date editor of the New Review...

The March number of The Sunday Magazine is an exceptionally

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strong one—strong, too, in virtue of what may be termed the secular articles. Thus, there is an excellent paper on" Calabria," by Mr. E. W. Wood ; and "In Search of a...

The March number of Temple Bar is a good average,

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rather than a specially notable, one, perhaps because the miscellaneous inform- ing papers, which have long been such a feature of this magazine, would appear to have been...

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Natural Science, as even a layman can see, has established

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its position as one of the first of the more popular scientific magazines. There is in the March number a charming paper of the kind—full of painstaking examination—with which...

The new number of the Quiver is below, rather than

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above, the average. It contains, however, an interesting account of the life and work of Miss Emily Faithfull, by that veteran interviewer, Mr. Raymond Blathwayt. But...

The Expositor sustains the very high position it has obtained

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among periodicals dealing with theological and exegetical sub- jects. The March number contains, among other notable articles, a very learned paper on " Traehonitis and the...

Abbotsford : the Personal Relics and Antiquarian Treasures of Sir

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Walter Scott. Described by the Hon. Mary Monica Maxwell Scott. Illustrated by William Gibb. (A. and C. Black.)—Mrs. Scott tells in her introduction the story of Abbotsford from...

Sons of the Vikings. By John Gunn. (Nelson and Sons.)—This

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is a somewhat complicated story of the French War. There is a villainous laird, who turns out to be a "claimant." Other characters, among whom the two friends, Eric and Willie,...

The New Academe. By Edward Hartington. (Chapman and Hall.)—This is

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a curious sketch of a novel sort of school. No one in this Elysian place is punished; no one is compelled to learn; every one does what is right in his eyes, only he is liable...

Wills, and How Net to Make Them. By B. D.

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West. (Longmans.) —" If the plain truth were told," writes Mr. West in his intro- duction, "it would be acknowledged that more misery and injustice have been worked by wills...

Forty - two Years among the Indians and Eskimo. By Beatrice Batty.

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(Religious Tract Society.)—Mrs. Batty tells in these pages the story of how the late Bishop Borden of Moosonee worked in his diocese, basing her narrative on letters written by...