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The German Emperor delivered at Konigsberg on Friday week another

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of his outspoken speeches. He had been entertained at a State banquet in the old capital of East Prussia, and after a complimentary sentence about the peasantry of the province,...

Immense excitement has been caused in Egypt by the prosecution,

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before a Court-martial, of two distinguished Pashas, for buying slave-girls,—tbat is, technically, for being accomplices in a breach of the anti-slavery laws, A third defendant,...

The news from the Far East this week is a

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little more in- telligible, for a special correspondent of the Times has reached Wei-hai-wei, and has been allowed to telegraph. He says the Chinese fleet is at that port on the...


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T HE mortal illness of the Comte de Paris, which we recorded last week, ended in his death on Saturday, in the fifty- esventh year of his age. After the death of the Comte de...


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With the " SPECTATOR" of Saturday, October 13th, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.

There is, we think, something, though not very much, in

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the reports of a rapprochement between the Vatican and the Quirinal. The Papacy, of course, cannot give up its position, which is that sovereignty in Rome is essential to its...

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On Monday the Premier passed through the town of Dingwall

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on his way south from Dmarobin. He was received at the station by the Provost and townsfolk, and was presented with the freedom of the borough, " in recognition of his dis-...

The French are receding in civilisation. They had abolished) bull-fights,

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but the entertainment has re-established itself in the South, and now a young millionaire, M. Lebaudy, has given a performance near Paris. In the presence of a large body of his...

We regret to record the death of Professor Brugsch, at

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Berlin, on September 10th. He was one of the greatest of Egyptologists, and an Egyptologist is a great deal more than an antiquarian. He must also be an artist and an engineer,...

M. de Witte, the Finance Minister of Russia, sees, we

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suspect, in the near future a necessity for a loan. At least he has been repeating to many Austrian interviewers at Abbazia strong representations of his master's intention to...

The new French Colonial Minister appears disposed to- conquer Madagascar.

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He has a right to do it, as far as we are concerned, for we have formally acknowledged that France " protects " Madagascar, and by universal assent the pro- tectorate of a dark...

Professor von Helmholtz, the greatest of the German mem of

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science, died at Charlottenburg on Sunday, the immediate cause of death being an attack of apoplexy. The Professor was seventy-three years old, having been born at Potsdam. on...

The Trade-Union Congress rose on Saturday last. On the day

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before, it elected the Secretary to the Parliamentary Com- mittee. Three candidates stood, namely, Mr. Fenwick, M.P. (the holder of the office), Mr. Woods, M.P., and Mr. Tom...

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The half-yearly meeting of the proprietors of the Bank of

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England, held on Thursday, was of unusual interest. The Governor, Mr. Powell, stated that the Baring debt to the Bank had been reduced to £2,409,000, and that he had now no fear...

Those who know Cannes will hear with regret of the

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forest- fire which has swept bare the beautiful hill-side which rises above the Californie quarter. The whole of the ridge up to and beyond the canal stands bare and blackened,...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2!) were on Friday, 1021.

The Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, just issued,

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are of unusual interest. To begin with, the volume contains the full text of Mr. Balfour's address. It is very unsensational, but contains a great deal which is most suggestive....

The Westminster Gazette of Tuesday publishes a very interesting chat

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with an agricultural labourer, which goes far to confirm the official report that the material condition of the rural worker has everywhere improved. The old 'labourer, when...

The storm in the Irish teacup, raised by Mr. Gladstone's

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and Lord Tweedmouth's cheques, is increasing in violence. The originating canoe is, however, in danger of being forgotten in a fierce and bitter duel of recrimination between...

On Monday, Mr. Tom Mann addressed a meeting of the

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Paddington Liberal Club on the subject of the Independent Labour party, in which he endeavoured to prove and promote the solidarity of Socialism and Trade-Unionism with the...

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THE KAISER'S SPEECH AT KONIGSBERG. O NLY events, and great events, can reveal fully the character of the German Emperor, and settle once for all whether he is a vain young man...

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A RE not our contemporaries a little hasty in deciding, with such unusual unanimity, that the death of the Comte de Paris makes no difference to the internal politics of France...

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I T is difficult for those who have at heart the interests of the working class, and who want to see the Trade- Unions maintain themselves in strength and efficiency, not to be...


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I F war were declared to-morrow, we should be obliged to leave twenty or thirty ships in harbour because we had not got the men to man them,—and ships, remember, powerful,...

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I T is pleasant to read Sir A. Rollit's address of Tuesday to the Associated Chambers of Commerce, for "the depression" has lain heavily upon everybody, and he thinks the...

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MINISTERS IN BOTH HOUSES. D URING the past few months the

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House of Lords has been in all men's mouths. Hardly a day has passed without some attack upon it appearing in one or other of the Government journals. It has been con- demned in...

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CARDINAL VAUGHAN ON REUNION. T HERE is no question that Cardinal

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Vaughan is right when he spoke on Monday of the " growing desire for the reunion of Christendom" as something specially charac- teristic of England. It shows itself among us in...

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O NE wonders a little why the claimants of thrones—the word " Pretender " begs the question of moral right too completely—are so often persons of second-rate, or even...

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AN EXPERIMENT IN RECREATION. T HOSE who want to witness the

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working of the most successful experiment in providing out-of-door recrea- tion and amusement for the people ever made in England, must go where the boundaries of Dorsetshire...

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M R. A. STUART-WORTLEY, in what is probably the best-written as well as the most observant description of the home and habits of the red grouse, and of modern sport upon the...

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HAUNTS OF ANCIENT PEACE.—II. ONE cannot well drive about England with one's eyes open' without observing indication after indication of the strong,. independent individuality...

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[TO THE EDITOR o THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR,—As you sometimes admit

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anecdotes of animals into the Spectator, perhaps you may consider the following fact worthy of record. In a hotel where I am staying, being distressed by the cry of anguish of a...


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CHINESE DELICACIES. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " BFEETATOR."] have noted with some interest the criticisms passed on certain articles of Chinese food by Dr. Lansdell, whose work on...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " (3PECTATOR."1 SIR,—The "True Story of a Dog," in the Spectator of September 8th, may be matched, possibly explained, by a similar occurrence. I had...


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TO H. D. TRIILL. TRAILL, at whose board 'tis good to sit, And take no thought of hours that flit Fledged with the tongues of bard and wit— (Though none, or few, The latter...

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MR. BLACIVitfORE'S "PERLYCROSS."* SOME years ago, a young living writer, who has won fame as poet and essayist, made an elaborate attack, which would have been savage bad it not...

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OLD SAINT PAUL'S.* LET us not be accused of Utilitarianism

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or Philistinism when we anticipate that this book, though marked by much indus- trious research and so well got up as almost to deserve the • St Paul's Cathedral and Oki City...

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A HISTORY OF ANARCHISM.* THIS book is the first attempt

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at a detailed sketch of Anarchism—its rise, its methods, its personnel — and an attempt crowned with very striking success. Its pages, a • La 1 3 41ril Anarohigte. Par FOlix...

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THE NEW FOREST.* NOWHERE is the irony of fate more

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clearly shown than in the history of the New Forest. William the Conqueror sought to make the New Forest a kingly paradise,— a place sacred and apart for the King, and for those...

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THE BUCCANEERS OF AMERICA.* JOHN EsnumnuNG, the author of the

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first part of this book, was a Dutchman, who went to the Island of Tortuga in the West Indies, in the service of the West India Company of France, in the year 1666. He had not...

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MODERN STUDY.* ThESE Addresses, nine in number, date from 188G

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to the present year. They have been delivered annually, as most of our readers know, at the Mansion House, and have done much to stimulate the interest of London students in the...

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On Sunny Shores. By Clinton Scollard. (Gay and Bird.)- "

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We could not tarry long within doors, for the birds in the hedges called to us, the fair rays beckoned, the whole world invited." It is in the style and spirit of the foregoing...


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David's Loom. By John Trafford Clegg. (L on g mans. )—This is a very remarkable book in many ways. For one thing it is a triumph in vernacular; for another it is a very...

Her Fair Fame. By Edgar Fawcett. (Ward, Lock, and Bow-

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den.)—The two stories of which this volume is composed will not justify in this country the reputation their author has acquired on the other side of the Atlantic. The second...

Waddle's Sweetheart, by Theodora C. Elmslie (Ward and Downey), has

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the negative merit of being as simply constructed as it well can be. Gladdie, a sweet, young " seaside-girl," of the kind popularly designated " quite rippin'," and, indeed,...

The History of Shiplake. By Emily S. Climmenson. (Eyre and

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Spottiswoode.)—Writing the history of a parish is a meritorious act, on which we make a point of bestowing such commendation as it is within our power to give. But some limits...

Indian Memories. By W. S. Burrell and Edith E. Cuthell.

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(Bentley and Son.)—There are some very vivid sketches of Indian life in this volume. Both places and persons are vigorously described by those who know them well. " These," we...

From Manuscript to Bookstall. By A. D. Southam. (Southam and

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Co.)—Mr. Southam gives all necessary particulars about the cost and other matters that are connected with the production of books. His figures will be found, it is probable,...

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POETRY.--Songs and Verses. By H. C timberland Bentley. (Chapman and

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Hall.)—Most of Mr. Bentley's verse deals with sport, especially with hunting. It is but moderately success- ful, with a happy and sonorous line, or even stanza, here and there,...