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P ARLIAMENT was prorogued on Saturday. The Queen's Speech, which was longer and more emphatic than is usual for a prorogation speech, reads somewhat like an elaborate and...

Probably this news is greatly exaggerated, but there is nothing

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impossible per se in the account of the operations. The Japanese would naturally try to strike the Chinese in flank as they advanced, and not merely to await them at Seoul, and...

'The Times of Wednesday gives prominence to a communi- cation

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from a correspondent in reg ard to the military situation in Corea. Seoul, the capital of Corea, and the country round, is evidently going to be the theatre of the war, at any...

However, as it was, the election was fought on lines

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less favourable to the Leicester majority than the two single elections would have been fought. Indeed, Mr. Hazell, the less popular Radical, got in by a very narrow majority of...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The Chinese paper Hupao, which derives its information from more

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or less trustworthy native sources, published in its issue of August 29th a connected narrative of the operations which have taken place in Corea since August 13th. On the 13th,...

Sir Henry James threw the constituency of Leicester into a

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great state of embarrassment by writing a letter to the Times, published on Tuesday, August 28th (the day before the election), questioning the validity of the mode of election...

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The Dutch have Buffered a considerable reverse in the East

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Indies. An expedition under Colonel Vetter was lately despatched from Batavia to the island of Lombok in order to subdue the rebellious Raja. The island is a largo one, but at...

Nothing is more curious than the absence of any kind

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of consensus in the various journals as to the numbers of popular demonstrations. On Sunday the weather was perfect, yet the Daily Chronicle admits that the gathering in the...

The new American Tariff has come into operation. Presi- dent

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Cleveland on Monday addressed a letter to Mr. Catchings, one of the Democratic Representatives for Mississippi, giving- his reasons for not approving the Bill, but merely...

A Renter's telegram, printed in Saturday's Daily Chronicle; gives an

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interesting account of the mother of the Sultan of Morocco. She is said to be as able, tactful, and sagacious as she is beautiful, and to be determined to promote the interests...

Of the speeches, Mr. William O'Brien's was the only one-

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which attracted much notice, and that rather because it betrayed a feeling that he had put the Government in a difficulty by the tone which he had adopted in his speech on • the...

On Saturday last the Gohna lake reached the point of

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over- flow, and, carrying away the top of the dam, sent a flood-wave down the valley of the Upper Ganges, which in some places showed a wall of water 6 ft. high. Thanks,...

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A. rather superfluous controversy has gone on in the Times

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this week as to rhyme,—one writer treating rhyme as partly addressed to the eye as well as to the ear. He considers, for instance, that " Rome " and " home " yield a perfect...

M. Stambouloff is full of revelations concerning his Sovereign. He

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has informed a correspondent of the Frankfurter Zeitung that the present policy pursued by the Bulgarian Government is entirely that of the Prince. It is an exact reversal of M....

Cairo has been much excited during the week by the

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arrest of certain Pashas and others on the charge of slave- dealing. The charge, which is founded on the purchase of .certain Soudanese slave-girls, is preferred by the Slave...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2f) were on Friday, 102.1-1021.,

The Fortieth Annual Report of the Postmaster-General was issued on

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Tuesday week. The number of letters and postcards continue to increase. In 1893 there were nearly 1,812 million letters carried, nearly 249 million postcards, over 574 million...

The Institute of Journalists has been holding its anni- versary

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meeting this week at Norwich ; and on occasion of its visit to Cambridge University, Professor Jebb, the Member for the University, delivered a most interesting address on the...

The Council of the Colonial Institute have petitioned the 'Queen

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that " one day in the year shall be set apart for universal national celebration" throughout the Empire. Lord Rosebery has replied with a douche of cold water. We feel more...

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THE SITUATION IN IRELAND. I RELAND is nothing if not anomalous. Find out what would be likely to happen under normal cir- cumstances and to a normal people, and then predict...

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JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC OPINION. the House. of Lords to forbid

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" contracting-out " of the Employers' Liability Bill, the demonstration against 44 contracting-out " was not at all overwhelming or enthusiastic. But on Sunday last the...


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W E cannot conceive what satisfaction a true Unionist can derive from the Leicester election, except, indeed, the very slender satisfaction that the Conservative vote was a...

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W HAT was the real origin of the war in Corea ? Why did the Japanese send their troops there, and what are their intentions in regard to the future of the Peninsula ? Do they...

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THE NEW EDUCATION CIRCULAR. A " BIBLE Education Council" has issued

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an address to the School Board electors of London. It is remarkable, in the first place, for the dogmatic tone of its statements about Scripture. " All the doctrines of...

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day in which even Princesses may claim the THE RIGHTS OF MAN EVEN FOR PRINCESSES. T HIS is a day in which even Princesses may claim the ordinary rights of man, and Princesses of...

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A POINT OF HONOUR. T HOSE who draw their knowledge of

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India from the reports of the National Congress and the speeches and writings of people who hold that India is the victim of a cold-hearted conspiracy formed among the English...

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A LIVE squirrel in a revolving wire cage was once

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the necessary adjunct of a tinsmith's shop in London, Kussak, " you are safe. By God and his prophet, I swear it. just as a dummy Highlander, taking snuff from a horn, was You...

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"PAPAL IMPECCABILITY." T HERE are controversialists, and brilliant controversialists too, who

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never know when to stop. One of these, the author of the paper on " The Policy of the Pope," in the August number of the Contemporary Review, has been unwise enough to pursue...

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COBDENISM. [To THE EDITOR OP THE " EPECTATOR."] Sza,—I trust that, in fairness to myself, you will allow me to point out that the bimetallic " red-herring" which Mr. Hanbury...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTLTOR."] SIR,—The letter of Mr. W. McKay, which you published in the Spectator of July 28th, is probably only one of many criticisms which must have...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me, in your courtesy, and in the interests of historical truth, to remind your readers that your decision that "the Pope did...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—People in general have a vague idea that it is the land , (an unknown quantity to them) or the landlords that are being taxed at...


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give some reasons for disagreeing with the letter of my old friend, Mr. T. Hanbury, in the Spectator of August 25th. He refers to the advantage accruing to the Indian producer...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. "] Srn,—Kindly allow me to point out that the difficulty as to isolated Protestant children attending Catholic schools where religious emblems...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR,—Children often use long words without understanding their meaning, and sometimes coin words of their own. The small son of a friend of...


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"SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —I have just seen the Spectator of August 11th, containing a very kind and appreciative review of " Winchester College, 1393.1893. " You say, however, that...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In your article, "India and her Friends," in the *Spectator of August 25th, you have, I am sure unintentionally, done considerable...


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SPECTATOR. "] ` SIR, — Allow me to say that I have read your article on " Samuel Bamford" in the Spectator of August 18th, and that I am eighty-one years of age, and can...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR, "] Sin,—A Brazilian priest, Father Bartholomew Laurent, in- vented a flying ship in the year 1709. A very curious description and an engraving...

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MR. RUSKIN'S EARLY LETTERS.* THERE are sure to be people who will say that a somewhat disconnected series of letters written by one young man to another on no particular...


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TO LICINIUS. ODE3 OF HORACE, Book IL, Ode X. Limnos, wonld'st thou wisely steer The pinnace of thy soul, Not always trust her without fear Where deep-sea billows roll ; Nor,...

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Mr. George Sidney Walker brought out the Corpus Poetarum Latinorum. It was a creditable work, but has long been felt to be inadequate to the improved critical knowledge of the...

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WITH the hope of being able to shoot tigers and leopards, Captain Cavendish and Captain Goold-Adams determined to make a trip to Corea in 1891. The first of these gentlemen had...

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SOCIAL ENGLAND.* Tars aim of the authors of Social England,

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as the editor informs us, was to treat at length and in detail of the various= stages of our English civilisation. It was impossible entirely to detach the history of...

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SOME GREAT WORKMEN.* WE had occasion a few months ago

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to refer, in relation to another book,f to Mr. Barnett Smith's at times inconvenient method of using without adequate acknowledgment, the facts and thoughts of other writers. We...

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THE FUTURE OF ITALY.* THE great improvement in the condition

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of Italian affairs has, perhaps, rather made us forget how alarming it was but a short time ago. Matters are, however, still in a suf- ficiently critical state to make it worth...

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FIVE NOVELS OF MERIT.* LITERARY mosaic—on no account to be

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confounded with the less artistic article of the kind known as patchwork—is a simile peculiarly appropriate to Winifred Mount, inasmuch as the book consists of many different,...

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Literary Papers ; being Lectures and Addresses on Various Subjects.

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By John Lovell. Edited by his daughter, Kate N. Lovell. (Howell, Liverpool.)—Mr. Lovell was at one time editor of the Liverpool Mercury, and he is perhaps more widely known as...


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Madame Memoirs of the Princess Henrietta, Daughter of Charles I. and .Duchess of Orleans. By Julia Cartwright. (Seeley and Co.)— These Memoirs of the Princess Henrietta,...

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Select Specimens of the Great French Writers in the 17th,

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18th, and 19th Centuries. By G. Eugene Fasnaoht. (Macmillan.)— The plan followed by M. Fasnacht has been to give together specimens and criticisms on the writers, and to prefix,...

Christianity and Evolution. By James Iverach, D.D. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—This

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is a volume in the "Theological Educator Series,"—a thoughtful and powerfully reasoned book. To discuss it in detail would be impossible in these columns, but we may commend it...

• of books about the Shakespeare country,—books, too, both complete

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and portable. The Americana have furnished us with a good deal of literature on this subject. However, another volume will not be out of place, especially as it is pleasantly...

Organisation at Hazelwood School. (Biggs and Co.)—Hazelwood School was the

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place where the brothers Hill carried into practice their theories of education. They published an account of these theories and of the rules and methods by which they were...

Sir Joseph's Heir. By Claude Bray. (Warne and Co.)—The plot

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of the story is nothing less than bizarre. A young lady 'consents to marry a chance acquaintance, who represents that he will lose a fortune unless he can find a wife within...

A Water biography. By Robert C. Leslie. Illustrated by the

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author. (Chapman and Hall.)—In this brightly written volume Mr. Leslie, who is a boating man and artist, relates the experience of a long life in so far as that life has been...

We have received two volumes of a new series of

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educational books, " Seeley's First Lesson Books" (Seeley and Co.) These are The Starry Skies, by Agnes Giberne, and The Great Globe, by A. Seeley. Miss Giberne is an expert in...

Riders of Many Lands. By T. A. Dodge. (Osgood, MoIlvaine,

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and Co.)—No one who has the faintest admiration for a horse could take up Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Dodge's book without interest, for he is an enthusiast, an expert in seats,...

A Land of Mosques and Marabouts. By the Hon. Mrs.

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Gre- ville-Nugent. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mrs. Greville-Nugent has managed to convey to her readers, with great success, the charm and colour of the Barbary States. Few who go to...

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Misther O'Ryan. By Edward McNulty. (Edward Arnold.)— "There is no

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intention," we are told in an author's note, " to dis- cuss in this story the merits of any form' of political opinion!' That may well be so ; but it will be strange if any...