15 DECEMBER 1894

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— 0 — T HE reports of negotiations between China and Japan have died away ; and all recent intelligence points to a determination on the part of the Japanese to continue the...

There is one feature in this war which it is

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most difficult to understand. We obtain through the Times and the News Agencies pretty accurate accounts of the progress of the cam- paign, which in the absence of railways and...

The dismay caused by the Brigg election, falling so close

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as it did on the heels of the Forfarshirc election, was ex- treme in the Gladetonian camp. All the Gladstonian papers encouraged each other to "cheer up," but none of them...

An extraordinary telegram, more than a column long, was published

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in the Times of Wednesday, from its correspondent in Paris. Its object is, first, to exalt the public estimation of the Prince of Wales as a diplomatist, he having excited the...

Last Saturday afternoon it was known that the Gladstonians bad

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lost the Brigg division of Lincolnshire by 77 votes. Mr. Richardson, the Conservative candidate, polled 4,377 votes, against 4,300 polled by Mr. Reck itt, the Gladstonian. But...

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

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Lord Rosebery showed, what we do not at all object

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to admitting, that, things remaining as they are, the Irish vote has no more illegitimate influence over the English, than the English or Welsh or Scotch has over that of the...

Lord Rosebery's ironic hyperbole as to there not being a

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single Liberal who could spell a word in two syllables has given rise to quite a correspondence. Mr. Chamberlain took it up as if it were a boast that the Gladstoniane really do...

Lord George Hamilton, who took the chair at the London

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School Board on Thursday, gave the utmost satisfaction by his terse and admirable inaugural speech, in which he of course announced that as the first chairman elected from...

Mr. Campbell. Bannerman, the Secretary for War, addressed some of

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his constituents at Inverkeithing yesterday week on the House of Lords question in a more moderate tone than the Members of the Cabinet have been accustomed lately to adopt. He...

Wednesday was marked by two sudden deaths among persons of

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some eminence, who were connected by the link that they had risen from nothing. Sir John Thompson, the Roman Catholic Premier of Canada, a man of forty-nine, on that day...

Lord Rosebery's speech to the great audience of eight thousand

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persons at Devonport on Tuesday, was not a very memorable effort. He showed that the failure of the present Government at the recent by-elections in Forfarshire and the Brigg...

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M. Ferdinand de Lesseps died on December 7th, at the

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age of eighty-nine. He was not a great engineer or a man of great insight, or even a great man of business, but he was the ideal promoter of our time,—a man of perfect personal...

The news of the week from Hungary is said to

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be im- portant, and perhaps it is. It is believed in Buda-Pesth that the dominant party in Austria, which is Clerical, had deter- mined not to sanction the Hungarian Premier's...

A writer in Tuesday's Times who signs himself "D. D.,"

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gives his word for it that he heard Mr. Bright,—himself, of course, strongly committed to the Disestablishment of the Church of England,—say, about seventeen years ago in a...

The Times reports a Japanese discovery which may prove of

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great commercial importance. Yokiehi Takamine, formerly a student in Glasgow, has succeeded in producing from the roots of the Eurotium Oryzie, crystals of diastase, the...

A curious story is reported in Wednesday's Daily Chronicle, 'which,

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if correctly reported, indicates singular nnwiadom in the conduct of a clergyman at a particular Parish Meeting. It is stated that at Welney, on the borders of Cambridgeshire...

Prince Holienlohe, the new Chancellor of the German Empire, has

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his work cut out for him. The Socialists are, of course, violently opposed to his repressive Bills, and so are the Liberals, and though the National Liberals support him and the...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday, 1031.

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REPRESSION IN GERMANY. about in society, must still consider some

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of the Emperor's recent action a little unwise. He probably did not order, but he could have stopped, the foolish attempt of the Public Prosecutor to punish the Socialist...


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THE BRIGG ELECTION. W E have never been great believers in the omens given by by-elections, and should not be now, in spite of the double omen of Forfarshire in Scotland and...

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T ORD ROSEBERY is a political Proteus. He takes , .4 so many forms that it is almost impossible to identify him with any one of them. At Devonport he professed himself so well...

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W E do not quite understand the sort of hesitation expressed by some of our contemporaries as to the right of the British Government, or any other Government in Europe, to...

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I F Leo XIII. were fifty instead of eight-four, he might hope to change the face of Christendom. His zeal, this faith, his persistent pursuit of unity could hardly fail - to...

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W E have not seen, and shall not see, John-a-Dreams, the play at the Haymarket Theatre, about which such controversy is raging, and have no right, therefore, to pass an opinion...

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W E do not pretend to have mastered, or anything like mastered, the very fascinating volume of "The Life and Letters of Dean Church," which has just been brought out by his...

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W HAT is the true romance of history P A writer whose book* is published this week, seems to think it consists • mainly in the lives of a few adventurous men, of whom only one...

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T HOUGH many animals look on sleep as a luxury, and make comfortable beds for its enjoyment, as was sown in the Spectator of December 1st, others sleep but little ; and their...

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"C YNICISM," like "religion," is a word with a history, perplexed in sense by a variety of inconsistent usages. But just as the original idea of " observance " persists in all...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE EPEOTATOR."] Sin,—Referring to the letter in the Spectator of November 24th on this subject, please allow me to draw your attention to the following...


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SIR,—So far, the "Rural Revolution" shows no signs of a "Terror." I have before me the returns collected by the: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. They concern the whole of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE BPEOTATOR."] Sin,— Permit me to point out what I think is an error in the article on" Parochial Elections" in the Spectator of December 8th, where it is...


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ON THE QUESTION OF A SECOND CHAMBER. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Whether there should be a Second Chamber is surely not a point worth arguing—for without a brake...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPEOTATOR."3 Sin,—Yonr article with this heading will, I fear, trouble many minds. Surely we have authority for regarding the situation of those who have...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIE, —. Some readers of Mr. William Watson's exquisite lines on the skylark may like to be reminded of others of Dante, of which Landor...


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Sru,—In your article, "The Parochial Elections," in the 'Spectator of December 8th, you say, "The principle which underlies the Local Government Act, is that the inhabitants of...

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[To TIVI EDITOR OF TK "SPECTATOR."] Sin,--Will you permit me, through your columns, to make some additional remarks on the late Mr. Froude's attitude towards Lord Beaconsfield...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE esexcearoa.1 should be curious to know if the purring of a cat has ever been more prettily or more quaintly described than by a little four-year old friend...


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THE LATE SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD.* WITH a strong feeling of admiration and with a full knowledge of his subject, Mr. Pope has endeavoured in these volumes to describe the career...


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TO WILLIAM WATSON. ["Mr. Watson has taken his place on a level with Matthew Arnold and Tenny. .on. 1f not with Wordsworth."—Extract from a review of Odes and ether Poems, 111...

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TENNIEL IN "PUNCH"* WHAT is the chief feature which has

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rendered Sir John Tenniel's genius so invaluable to Punch? It seems to us to be this,—that he has succeeded best when he has had a serious purpose in his cartoons, and that even...

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A QUINTETTE OF NOVELS.* ON being introduced to a young

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lady of fortune and position who realises the existence of "bettor things than things obtained by inheritance," and formulates the unspoken creed, "1 am—I; and some day I am...

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lifosT of the forty chapters of Life at the Zoo have already appeared in these columns, but they have been enlarged, and form, with the unpublished chapters, a comprehensive...

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CICERO.* To the careful student the great Roman orator presents

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himself in no less than five different points of view. He may be judged of as a statesman, a moralist, an orator, a letter- writer, and an instructor in the art of rhetoric ;...

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SCOTTISH HUMOUR.* Mn INGLIS has been credited, as the author

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of a Scotch book called Oor An Polk, with high qualifications both to amuse and interest. That he writes with vigour and freshness, has been a close student of Scotland and...

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The Snow-Queen, and oilier Tales from Hans Andersen. (Edward Arnold.)—The

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success which attended the publication last year of the first series of Hans Andersen's "Fairy-Tales," illustrated by Miss M. E. A Lemann, has led to an issue of a fresh series,...


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• GIFT-BOOKS. The Land of Pluck. By Mary Mapes Dodge. (T. Fisher Unwin.) —The author of this delightful, beautifully printed and admirably illustrated volume is one of the most...

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Messrs. E. W. Faulkner and Co. send us a number

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of capital calen- dars and cards. The designing and colouring of many of them are all that could be wished. Some hunting pictures, hounds in full chase, a delightful little boy...

We have received from Messrs. Cassell, who are publishers of

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the series, some specimens of Lettes Diaries. These vary in size and shape. The folio, quarto, octavo, both thick and thin, and duodecimo, are all represented. There are various...

Menzikoff. Translated from the German of Gustav Nieritz, by Mrs.

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Alexander Kerr. (Religious Tract Society.)—This "story founded on fact" narrates the rise of the Menzikoff family. Alexander Menzikoff was not by any means a blameless person,...

Finally, we have an assortment of the same kind from

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Messrs. Marcus Ward and Co. Among these, ornamental reward-cards for school children are a noticeable feature. Some of these are gracefully decorated with pictures of flowers,...

The British Almanac and Companion for 1895. (Stationers' Company.)—This yearly

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publication—it has now reached its sixty-eighth year of issue—comes with its accustomed supply of useful information, astronomical, civil, legal, commercial, political. The...


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We have received from Messrs. Raphael Tuck and Sons a large assortment of ornamental calendars, Christmas cards, and the like. These things are very difficult to describe or...