10 NOVEMBER 1894

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All this, however, is not the worst. The panic has

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extended to the Palace itself, the idea of successful resistance has been given up, and Prince Kung, who has been intrusted with the conduct of the war, on Saturday summoned the...

Nothing has occurred during the week to reveal the policy

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or the ideas of the new Czar. He is occupied for the present with his father's funeral ceremonies, and with the transport of his body to St. Petersburg, which demands rather...

Japanese decision and arrogance are both illustrated this week by

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a singular story. Two Americans were at Kobe, on board a French steamer belonging to the Messageries, and the Japanese received information, true or false, that they were about...


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With the " SPTICTATOR" of Saturday, November 17th, will be issued, -gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To...

We record, with a regret which is not conventional, the

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death of Mr. John Walter, the principal proprietor and manager-in-chief of the Times. He was the third of a line which, for a hundred years, has possessed a certain initiative...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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T HE news of the week is terribly bad for China. To put the matter broadly, neither the Chinese soldiers nor the Chinese sailors will fight for their country. Marshal Yama- gata...

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Lord Salisbury has written a sensible letter to the Dean

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of St. Paul's (Dean Gregory), stating his indifference to the question of the discretion or indiscretion of those who issued the circular explaining what religious education...

For fifty-four seats on the London School Board, there are

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now ninety-six candidates, not so many as two for each seat. The polls will take place on Thursday, November 22nd. If we may judge by the recent Tottenham election, the interest...

On Wednesday Lord Salisbury made a speech—in appear- ance, at

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least—against the unification of London, though when the speech comes to be considered closely, it turns out to be far from unfavourable to the principles of the report which it...

A tidal wave of opinion, still unexplained and to us

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inex- plicable, is rushing over the United States. The people, who only two years ago elected a Democratic House of Repre- sentatives, pledged to reduce the Tariff, have now...

The Doily Chronicle and the Westminster Gazette are very severe

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on Mr. Gladstone for giving his opinion at all in thie. matter after he had retired from political life. But should retirement from political life disqualify any man from ex-...

Mr. Gladstone has written a letter to a correspondent on

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the London School Board controversy, which has thrown , some of his former supporters into what the Yankees call "sky-blue fits " of dismay. This letter, though it indicates it...

The Queen of Madagascar and her Ministry have finally determined

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to fight. M. Le Myre de 'Niers has accordingly quitted Antananarivo, and next week the French Chambers will be asked to vote the credits necessary for a conquering expedi- tion....

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Mr. Ilbert, formerly the Indian Legislative Member of Council, speaking

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on Thursday at the Imperial Institute, put forward an idea which is original, and may prove of service. He wants a record kept, a complete record, of the Acts passed by the...

The telegram which Renter has sent from Auckland con- cerning

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the evidence taken there as to the wreck of the 4 Wairarapa,' in which over a hundred lives were lost, in- cluding the captain's, is very melancholy, and even shocking....

Bishop Kennion, the new Bishop of Bath and Wells, who

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was translated from the See of Adelaide, Australia, paid his Ent official visit to Bath last Tuesday, and in answer to an address of welcome, said that he had heard a great deal...

The French Government and Chamber appear to be at variance

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on a curious point. French functionaries sometimes attack the Government of the day, and the question is whether this is allowable. The Radicals say "Yes," but the immense...

The appeal of the proprietors of the Empire Theatre against

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the decision of the County Council refusing to renew its license unless certain changes were made in the structure of the building, was on Thursday dismissed with costs by Mr....

Bank Rate, 2 per cont. New Console (2D were on

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Friday, 1021.

The somewhat belated address which the general body of the

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Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist Dissenting minis- ters living in the neighbourhood of London, has just pre- -sented to Mr. Gladstone on his retirement from office, is, we...

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C HINA has thrown up the sponge. According to a telegram from the well-informed Times' correspondent at Tientsin, confirmed from other sources, Prince Kung,, who has been...


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THE LONDON SCHOOL BOARD BATTLE. T ORD SALISBURY is quite right in saying, in his letter .4 to Dean Gregory, that it is now of no use to debate - whose fault it was that the...

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I T is sometimes nearly impossible for outsiders to follow the movements of American opinion. When that opinion is generated by a strong emotion, as in the case of the Civil...

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S O far as we have any means of judging, Lord Rosebery's appeal to the country to give a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether against the House of Lords, has fallen...

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T HERE is little to be said about the attempt to blow up Mr. R. Brett's house in Tilney Street beyond the sayings which every competent reader has thought of for himself. It...


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has been instructive from many points of view. Its more salient features are too well known to require recapitula- tion, and if it is really true that he is at last grasped in...

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THE WALTER DYNASTY. T HAT any man should possess through a

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long life a power of initiative over English opinion is a remarkable thing ; but that a dynasty pleading nothing but hereditary right should possess it, is a fact that, we...

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S IR EDWARD STRACHEY, in his interesting little introduction to the new edition of Lear's "Nonsense Songs and Stories,"* - says that "from the days when Aristotle investigated...

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ANIMALS IN PAGEANTS. T HE "Lord Mayor's Show" is so popular,

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that the wonder is that it falls short of the standard of the other entertainments of the City. Pageants, except Court pageants, which are arranged by carefully recorded...

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FRANCE IN TUNIS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." ] SIR,—It appears to the English traveller passing strange that the French occupation of Tunis still fails to attract much...

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THE STANDING OF SCHOOLMASTERS'. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " EPHOTAT01/.1 think your non-scholastic readers are likely to take. your correspondents more seriously than they probably...

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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] 'STR,—Schoolmasters are despised

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because they are not re- -cognised by law like solicitors, dentists, doctors, and even veterinary surgeons. Oblige every teacher to have a degree or certificate, and their...


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[TO TIIE EDITOR OF THE EPHOTATOR." . ] Sin,—Your writer in the Spectator of November 3rd, seems to have satisfied himself in looking at the better known names among the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SpxoTsmon."] SIR,—In the Spectator of October 13th, p.497, I read :—" The word parson has for nearly two hundred years been used only in a contemptuous...


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was much interested in reading the excellent article on the Agnostic Annual in the Spectator of November 3rd. The frank pessimism of Mr. Leslie Stephen contrasts very...


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rro THE EDITOR OF THE " EPECT&TOR:9 Srit,—If you can spare me the space, I should like to say in reference to your note on my letter on "The Wages of Ability," in the Spectator...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SITICTAT011:1 Sir.,—An author has certainly no right to complain if a reviewer is not of his opinion ; but he has a very good ground for complaint if...


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A RIDDLE OF THE THAMES. L T w:ndows that from Westminster L mk southward to the Lollard's Tower, She sat, my lovely friend. A blur 0? gilded mist,—('twas morn's first hour),—...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " $PECTLTOR."] SIE, — Perhaps scme of your scientific readers could explain the following fact. Two days ago, while sitting by the sea- shore, I noticed...


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AN ILLUSTRATED "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE."* Mn. Huurc THOMSON is not as successful with Miss Austen as we had ventured to hope. For one thing, he is not careful to impress the same...

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MISS COBBE'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. * AT a moment when the surface, if

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not more than the surface currents of society and literature are obstructed by the litter and refuse of decadent faiths and discarded traditions, a book like Miss Cobbs's...

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Wu wonder if Mr. Marks, upon whose book we were so recently commenting, was the unconscious inspirer of Madame de Gontaut's work. At least we could not help thinking of his...

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AN ANTARCTIC VOYAGE.* WHILE we hear so much of Arctic

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expeditions and daring attempts on "the great white gate that never was opened yet," it is not a little strange that so little interest is taken in the Southern Continent of...

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Mn, GALE is the Pinder of cricket, Pindar, however, with a difference. The Greek poet sang of everything, one may say, except the games in which his heroes had triumphed. After...

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IN his work on the British Fleet, Commander Robinson has dealt with a subject even wider than that covered by the title of his book. His purpose, which is to present a general...

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GIFT-BOOKS. Kensington Palace in the Days of Queen Mary II. By Emma Marshall. (Seeley and Co.) — Mrs. Marshall in this work, as in all its predecessors, is eminently...

The Last Abyss. By George Manville Fenn. (S.P.C.K.)—Mr. Manville Fenn

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has written very few disappointing books. This, however, is one of them. It is long, laboured, and tedious. Ms. Fenn's "purpose" in writing it is, indeed, painfully clear. He...

The Boy's Illustrated Annual. (Sampson Low and Co.)—We have in

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this year's Annual serial stories by Manville Fenn, J. A. Steuart, Eugene Mouton, of adventures in Africa, and travel and adventure in various parts of the globe, full of,...

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Beyond the Rockies. By Charles Augustus Stoddard. (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Mr. Stoddard is a practised traveller and a practised writer of books of travel, and his new volume bears many resemblances to his "Across Russia," and" Spanish Cities." It...

Across Two Seas. By H. A. Forde. (Wells Gardner and

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Co.) —The young Vaughans and their mother, deprived of the bread- winner, emigrate to New Zealand, where they live a fairly prosperous and altogether happy life, varied by a few...

St. Maur. By Adeline Sergeant. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackett.)

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—If Miss Adeline Sergeant pays us the compliment of reading our reviews of her novels, she has probably grown rather tired of our repeated expressions of disappointment ; but we...

Primroses. By Mary Bell. (S.P.C.K.)—Bridget and Primrose, daughters of the

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hardworking Mrs. Guerin, are not exactly the " industrious " and the "idle apprentice," for Bridget is a very good girl in her way ; but we see how the more timid, shy, and...

The Red Shirts. By Paul Golot. (Chatto and Windus.)—This is

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a tale of the French Terror, and we are assured by the English translator, Mr. T. A. J. de Villiers, that it "is no fiction, but an artistic rendering of a plot that actually...

Pomona's Travels. By Frank R. Stockton. (Cassell and Co.)— Every

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one who has read the inimitable "Rudder Grange "—a description whieh surely includes all the clientele of the Spectator —must be glad to renew his acquaintance with Pomona. This...

In Varying Moods. By Beatrice Harraden. (Blackwood and Sons.)—The title

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which Miss Harraden gives to one of her stories might be extended to others. They are "allegories." Hier- onymus Howard and the philosophic umbrella-mender are not creatures of...

My New Home. By Mrs. Molesworth. (Macmillan.)—This is just the

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kind of tale which suits Mrs. Molesworth's gift of telling stories for young people. There is not much of a plot in it; plots, we are inclined to think, are suited more to older...

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The Expositor. Edited by the Rev. W. Robertson Nicoll. Fourth

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Series. Vol. IX. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—We may point out to our readers as specially noticeable in this volume, Sir J. W. Dawson's five papers intended to prove the antiquity...

NEW EDITIONS. — An Introduction to the Study of the New Testament.

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By Samuel Davidson, D.D. Vol. II. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—The Pastoral Epistles are pronounced to be non-Pauline, Acts is assigned to "soon after 120 A.D." The Apocalypse...

Hand and Eye Training. By George Ricks, B.Sc., and Joseph

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Vaughan. (Cassell and Co.)—This is "a development of the Kindergarten Occupations for Junior and Senior Scholars." Originally published five years ago, it has been now rewritten...

The Republic of Plato. Translated by Thomas Taylor. Edited, with

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an Introduction, by Theodore Wratislaw. (W. Scott.)— Taylor's translation served its generation fairly well; but it is altogether superseded by versions that have been published...