17 MARCH 1894

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In the House of Commons on Monday the Address was

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moved by Mr. Courtney Warner and seconded by Mr. Fen- wick, one of the miner Members. The latter's speech was modest and manly, and, on the whole, very moderate ; but it...


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T HE week has been crowded with political pathos, melo- drama, and farce. The first event was the Liberal meet- ing at the Foreign Office at noon on Monday, when a little...

The Address in the Lords was moved by Lord Swansea

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(better remembered as Sir Hussey Vivian), who was pompous and elaborate about the Welsh Church and the number of Bibles sold in Wales, and seconded by Lord Hawkesbury, who made...

Sir William Harcourt declared that they had not dropped Tome-rule;

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that they had dropped nothing, and intended to drop nothing ; that they stood by the Newcastle programme ; but the question on which he enlarged as the very mainspring of the...

The new Session, the third of this Parliament, was opened

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on Monday with a speech which her Majesty commences with an apology to the Members for troubling them again so soon. The Houses are informed that negotiations with Russia about...

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

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The civil war in Brazil is at an end, at

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least as far as Rio is concerned. Admiral da Gama, aware that the fleet purchased by Marshal Peixoto was approaching, endeavoured last week to make terms, offering to surrender...

On Thursday, the House of Commons discussed both Uganda and

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Matabeleland on Supply. On the vote for Uganda, Sir Edward Grey declared that the final decision of the Government would be announced after Easter, and that facilities would...

The French Budget this year will be even more difficult

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than the English. The one thing the Ministry cannot do is to check the ever-increasing expenditure caused by the- pressure of local and departmental importunity, and this. year...

On Wednesday, the Government got out of the mess into

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which Mr. Labouchere had led them, by announcing that when the Address came to be moved they would vote against it, and then propose a new Address, merely thanking the Queen...

The affair on the Gambia has ended in a complete

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victory for the British. Fodi Silah's strong place, Gonjur, was shelled by the fleet on the 9th inst., and then entered by the Naval Brigade and a force of West Indian soldiers...

On Tuesday, the opportunity of Mr. Labouchere arrived. Lord Randolph

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Churchill had commented on Lord Rosebery's admission, and Mr. John Morley had tried to explain it away by saying that Lord Rosebery only meant that it was no use passing...

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The new Government is evidently determined to proceed with the

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increase of the Navy. The Estimates provide for the commencement of seven new battle-ships of the first class, six cruisers of the first class, and two sloops ; while the number...

Mr. Powell, the Governor of the Bank of England, at

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the General Court held on Thursday, made a very unsatisfactory statement. He admitted that the late cashier had "seriously exceeded his authority," and had committed grave...

Mr. Goschen made a telling speech on Wednesday to the

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East Islington Conservatives in the Highbury Athenaeum. He expressed the satisfaction he felt in having a Prime Minister with whom the honour and interests of the country are...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday 991.

The Anarchists have planned, but not carried out, another 'terrible

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explosion in Paris. On Thursday afternoon, a man, believed to be a Belgian Anarchist, named Pawel, ascended -the steps of the Madeleine, and tried to enter the great door....

It has long been known that, in spite of his

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extraor- dinary activity, many Germans feel apprehension as to their Emperor's health. He is said to be liable to attacks of ear- ache, which indicate deep-seated disease, and...

The German Reichstag has accepted the Commercial 'Treaty with Russia.

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The vote on the first Clause was accepted as crucial; and while all Agrarian Conservatives except four voted against the Government, two-thirds of the Centre supported the...

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THE FIRST DAYS OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT. T HESE are early days, but the Rosebery regime seems at least to have begun in disappointment and muddle. The country, perhaps...

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have done mush to enforce the warning which we pressed upon our readers last week against assuming that the danger of a dissolution or quasi-dissolution of the Union has been...

lathIRISH PARTY AND LORD ROSEBERY. T HE little farce of Tuesday

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is a good omen for the Unionists, not because it shows the miscalculation of the new Government, which was probably a mere mis- chance, but because it shows the heat and...

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a sentence to the discussion on the Lords which will, we fancy, by- and- by add considerably to his embarrassments. He told his applauding audience at the Foreign Office that...

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T HE Duke of Devonshire's declaration that the Unionists would stand no nonsense on the ques- tion of Parliamentary Reform was not needed to lead opinion, or to suggest a course...

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the soldiers and sailors of Brazil has ended at last, to the relief, we presume, of the Republic, and certainly to the relief of the remainder of mankind. So dull a. war, or one...

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A GOOD man struggling with adversity is but a feeble description of the character which Canon Scott Holland had to sustain in his sermon last Monday on " Socialism and...

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I T was not our good fortune often to agree with Sir James Stephen in philosophical discussion, nor could we ever concede that he understood rightly the basis upon which his own...

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A CCORDING to the Rev. John S. Vaughan, who, writing to the Westminster Gazette from the "Archbishop's House, Westminster," writes, we suppose, with much of the authority of the...

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T N the week of the University Boat-race much of what is best and most popular in first-class athletics reaches high-water mark. The University sports end on the same day as the...

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THE " ANTIGONE " AT TORONTO. FROM A CORRESPONDENT.] THE reproduction of a Greek play is happily no longer an event so entirely rare as to demand special comment for this...

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THE ATTACK ON THE LORDS. [To THR EDITOR OP TER " SPECTATOR:'] must be one of the very oldest of the readers of the- Spectator, and though I have somewhat parted company with...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Srn,—The interesting letters that have of late been appearing in your columns—letters in which various correspondents have given details of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,— Charles Lamb has a remark about sympathy which, after your interesting article in the Spectator of March 10th, it may be appropriate...


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[TO TER EDITOR OF THZ "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is the impossible that always happens, and so I suppose it is the case that no one pointed out to you the mistake into which you...


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" SPECTATOR."] A. V. Dicey's letter, and your leader on this subject in the Spectator of March 10th, give timely warning to Liberal :Unionists and to their opponents likewise,...


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[To TER EDITOR OF TIII "SPECTATOR. "] do not wish to enter into any public controversy with an old friend—an old fellow-worker and fellow-fighter like Judge Hughes—but when he...

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A PROTEST. BECAUSE you see me light and gay, Playing with that man and with this, You turn from me, and coldly say- " How frivolous she is I " Because you hear my laugh ring...


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MR. STEER'S EXHIBITION. READERS of these columns, sympathetic or otherwise, will remember that Mr. Steer has been singled out more than once in reviews of exhibitions, as one...

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THE MARQUIS D'ARGENSON.* IT is time that there should be a sincere effort to improve English criticism, and treat that branch of literature, which might be an important factor...

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THIS is a terribly disappointing book. Colonel Mande was not only engaged in some of the moat interesting and dra- matic incidents of the Indian Mutinies, he was notoriously one...

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MR. SOLLY'S REMINISCENCES.* IF Mr. Solly had borne in mind

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the saying of the Greek poet, about the half being more than the whole, he would have cut down his two volumes to one, and thereby doubled their value. Most of the first volume...

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HISTORICAL value, as well as the interest belonging to clever imaginative work, is attached to Bondslaves, which is a story of the beginning of this century depicting the bitter...

FANS OF JAPAN.* To be interested in fans it is

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perhaps hardly necessary to call oneself a " Japonophile," or to become a complete devotee of that sentimental and toylike nation. One may even confess that aftera time Japanese...

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DAPHNIS AND CHLOE.* THE famous old pastoral which goes under

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the name of a perhaps mythical Longus, is safe to have its day from time to time as literature returns upon itself ; and if it is not read for its own charms or its interest as...

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Medea's Island. By Esmb Stuart. (Sampson Low, Marston, and Co.)—This

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is a powerful and pathetic story. Claudea (the name " Claudia" pronounced, after local fashion, with an emphasis on the " e '') is a striking personality. She has a passionate...


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The Conversion of India. By George Smith, LL.D. (John Murray.)—Dr. Smith gives his readers a very able historical sur- vey of missionary work in India, and also furnishes them...

The Scottish Church and University Almanac, 1894. (Macniven and Wallace,

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Edinburgh.)—This volume contains a variety of information which it would not be easy to find elsewhere, and to which we have in England, as far as we know, no exact parallel. It...

Penshurst Castle. By Mrs. Marshall. (Seeley.)--The addition of " In

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the Days of Sir Philip Sidney " to the title, marks the character of Mrs. Marshall's volume. She has already, with con- siderable success, grouped various incidents and persons...

Miss Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market has been appropriately illustrated by

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Mr. Laurence Housman. (Macmillan.)—The goblin fruit merchants are weird and uncanny enough; but we are not satisfied with the presentment of the human element. Lizzie among the...

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Ruskin is the wide range of Mr. Wright's selections, and

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the number is between eighty and ninety. The choice is, on the whole, a reasonable one, though there are one or two names which we should not have chosen. Pollok, for instance,...

Dreams o' Hame, and other Scotch Poems. By James D.

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Law. (Alexander Gardner.)—The author of this volume, who, we gather, lives in America, is possessed of a lively as well as of a patriotic muse, as is indeed proved by his "...

Poems. By Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Illustrated. (Macmillan and Co.)—This is

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a reprint of the illustrated edition published in 1857, prefaced by the Dedication to the Queen (dated 1851), and ending with " The Poet's Song." Those who are familiar with...

Our Reptiles and Batrachians : a Plain and Easy Account

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of the Lizards, Snakes, Newts, Toads, Frogs, and Tortoises Indigenous to Great Britain. By M. C. Cooke, M.A., LL.D., A.L.S. With Original Figures of every Species, and numerous...

A Young Mutineer. By L. T. Meade. (Wells Gardner and

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Co.) —This is an excellent story of its kind. The plot is of the simplest, but, in this case, not the worse for that. Judy, " the young mutineer," is the darling of her sister...

Natural Value. By Friedrich von Wieser. Edited, with a Pre-

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face and Analysis, by William Smart, M.A., LL.D. (Macmillan.) —We welcome Mr. Malloch's translation of Professor Wieser's essay because, whether its conclusions be accepted or...

A Mere Cypher. By Mary Angela Dickens. (Macmillan and Co.)—This

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is a powerful tale of a kind which we cannot admire. And yet it might have been one which could have been praised without reserve. The despair of Norman Strange, when he finds...

"have been heard or overheard by the writer, as they

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were told in the Swatow vernacular by persons who could not read " Their curious connection with each other, for they form part of a romance entitled " The Strayed Arrow," and...

William Jay and the Constitutional Movement for the Abolition of

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Slavery. By Bayard Tuckerman. (J. R. Osgood, Mellvaine, and Co.)—Materials for a history of the Emancipation Movement in America are being furnished in abundance in the...

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Proverbs in Porcelain. By Austin Dobson. (Began Paul, Trench, and

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Co.)—This is a very cleverly illustrated edition of -seven sketches in verse (Mr. Dobson adds to his six " Proverbs," all of which have a dramatic form, what he calls a "...