20 JANUARY 1894

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0 ,0 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The Indian Government, after an unexplained delay— probably due to

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the illness from which, we are glad to see, Lord Kimberley is recovering—has decided finally not to place an import duty upon silver. It is apparently afraid of interfering with...

The active movement in Sicily has been suppressed, the -country-people

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fearing to encounter the soldiers, but it has extended to the mainland, and even to North Italy. In the Province of Massa-Carrara, for instance, bands of -country-folk,...

NOTICE.—With this week's number of the " SPECT ATOR "

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is issued -gratis, an Eight-Page Supplement, containing the Half-Yearly Index .and Title-Page,—i.e., from. July 1st, to December 30th, 1893, inclusive.


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T HE rumour that France intends to send an expedition to Madagascar, which has been prevalent for some time, is gradually acquiring consistency. It is now affirmed that the...

One Western institution, at least, does not seem to suit

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Japan. The Government of the Mikado cannot get along with the Japanese representative body. They have disagreed from the first, and after one or two penal dissolutions, the...

There is no hope remaining of the safety of Captain

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Wilson and his thirty followers. They reached Lobengala's laager, found his force too strong, and retreated in safety; but three Matabele regiments sent to attack Major Forbes,...


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With the "SPECTATOR" of Saturday, January 27th, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages - of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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Sir George Chesney delivered, on Tuesday, before the Junior Constitutional

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Club, Piccadilly, an interesting address on "The Defence of the Empire." He maintained that Great Britain, which was exposed to attack over a long line of communications,...

On Wednesday, at Leicester, the annual address of the. President,

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Mr. Pickard, M.P., was read to the Conference of the- Miners' Federation of Great Britain by Mr. Woods, M.P. Mr.. Pickard congratulated the Federation upon having obtained a...

The Times of Wednesday contains a curious article on the

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Duke of Coburg's nationality. Has he become an alien in law by succeeding to a German throne ? Down to the Naturalisation Act of 1870, a double nationality was perfectly...

Upwards of ninety Radical Members have signed a memo- rial

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to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to prepare a Democratic Budget, and so "adjust the burden of taxation according to ability to bear it." They consider that duties...

A correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, in whom that journal

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places confidence, gives a somewhat novel account of the situation in Russia. The grand ceremonial, held on New Year's Day in St. Petersburg, has this year been suddenly...

One of the most interesting of the contributions to the

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dispute as to the recent colliery strike is Lord llefasham's reply to Mr. Byles (M.P. for the Shipley division of the North- West Riding) in Wednesday's Times. Lord Masham uses...

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Professor Jebb made an interesting speech on Tuesday at a

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"higher-grade school," which has been erected by the Wolver- hampton School Board, in which he explained that he regarded higher grade schools as a kind of cross between a...

Bank Bate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2) were on Friday 98k.

A blunder, for which we cannot account, slipped into our

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issue of last week. We spoke of M. Meline as if he had been President of the Chamber. The President is, of course, M. Dupuy, whose conduct after the bomb-throwing we so extolled.

Sir Henry James, addressing his constituents at Bury on Wednesday,

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pressed home two points with great force. The first was the degrading effect on the House of Commons pro- duced by the Irish Party of eighty, which, without taking any personal...

The absurd attempt to dispel the superstition as to the

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number " thirteen " by founding a club that challenges ill- luck to vindicate its special proprietary right in that number by way of revenge on this conspiracy to rehabilitate...

The Bishop of London delivered an interesting lecture in Sion

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College, on Tuesday evening, on "Faith." He com- menced it by saying that about fifty years ago he had a con- versation on the subject with William George Ward,—whose Life has...

On Monday, at the Imperial Institute, Lord Lorne delivered a

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lecture on "Imperial Federation." Though saying pleasant things of Imperial Federation, he was by no means for hurry- ling on any cut-and-dried scheme. He would, instead,...

At the annual New-Year's gathering of the Social Demo- cratic

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Federation, held in a hall in Clerkenwell on Monday, Mr. George Lansbury, who presided, denounced Mr. Barns and his friends. "It was hard to see the Burnses, the Bernard Shaws,...

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THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. W E see with satisfaction that a politician of Mr. Villiers's great shrewdness and long experience,— lie has been a Member of the House of Commons for...


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W E cannot see that Captain Wilson and his followers,. whose fate we are now all lamenting, committed any fault whatever in the expedition which ended so dis- astrously. They...

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T HE memorial addressed by the Radical Members to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, praying for a. democratic revolution in taxation, deserves more atten- tion than it has...

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114 N GOVERNMENT AND THE NAVY. T HOUGH various rumours have

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been circulated in regard to the proposals of the Government for strengthening the Navy, none of them have any claim to be considered authentic. The country will not know what...

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'TILE FRENCH DESIGN AGAINST MADAGASCAR. T HE British Government, we imagine,

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has no right to interfere with a French conquest of Madagascar. After a long struggle with the French diplomatists, which -extended, we have been told, to the interior of our...

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W E wonder whether, as the fear of poverty grows in Europe, the fear of death is lessening. The strange French suicide reported this week, where father, mother, and daughter...

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defects and the virtues of its youth. A plausible amendment to a Minis- terial proposal is submitted to it, and it at once accepts it as an improvement. M. Burdeau's Conversion...

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P ROFESSOR HENRY SIDGWICK'S lecture on "Luxury," at University Hall, yesterday week, put three questions, to which, however, if the Times' report of his address be at all...

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S OME very hard things have been said lately of the sacrifice of animal life, especially of birds, to meet the demand for ornament in costume. The protest came, in the first...

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T HE managers of the World's Fair at Chicago are entitled to claim a sort of success for their bizarre idea of a " Parlia- ment of religions." They certainly got together a...

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I T was not easy to fathom at first sight the real intentions of the thirteen-times-thirteen wiseacres who foregathered on the 13th ultimo under the title of the "Thirteen...

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MAJOR PERCY'S MISSION AFTER WATERLOO. r To THE EDITOR OF TEN "SPECTATOR."] think many persons in London must have known on Wednesday evening, June 21st, 1815, before Major...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—May it be permitted to an old Art lover, but unfor- tunately one of the uninitiated, according to the ideas of "D. S. M.," to ask your...


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LINES TO A WRITER OF FAIRY-TALES. OH, chronicler of Elves and Bees, Whose mutual old antipathies, Whose leagues, whose loves, whose strifes you jolt And battles in the foxglove...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR.,—May I reply to your query why more Southern Ger- mans do not emigrate to Southern Australia? The distance is decidedly a deterrent...


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MR. THOMPSON'S POEMS.* IN Mr. Thompson's poems there is a curious mixture of Rossetti's sensuous glowing language and rather overloaded. metaphors, and the " conceits " of what...

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LESS happily worded than the preface, in which the- eon.tents and object of the book are described in a few modest and sympathetic touches, is the title Mr. Hare has chosen for...

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IN SEARCH OF A CLIMATE.* WITH a kindly consideration for

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a hardly tried race of men, Mr. Nottage has done his best to save his future reviewers trouble by prefacing his book with several imaginary notices written by himself. His...

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ASA GRAY'S LETTERS.* To botanists everywhere, Dr. Asa Gray's name

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is familiar as that of the foremost student of their science whom America has produced, and as the man who, beyond all others, has brought into order the flora of that great...

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THE old English posts, which consisted merely of a few horses kept by certain townships along one or two of the highways, were originally the property of the Sovereign, and were...

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IT is matter for some little surprise that, in the renewed and intensified interest now prevailing in record publica- tions of every kind, parish registers should have received...

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The Portfolio, January. (Seeley.)—This magazine has taken with the present

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year a new departure that promises largely to increase its usefulness. It ceases, in fact, to be a magazine, becoming, instead, a monthly series of monographs on artistic...

The Catholic Directory, 1894. (Burns and Oates.) — This volume contains the

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usual information about the Roman Catholic Com- munity in Great Britain, the calendar, lists of Peers and Baronets, of clergy, schools, &c. The number of Catholics is estimated,...

generally used for purposes of quick reference, and it has

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also been employed at the Universities as a text-book. It is an admirable sketch ; but none the less it contains the result of a good deal of independent work. The edition in...

History of England and the British Empire. By Edgar Sanderson,

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M.A. (Frederick Warne and Co.)—We should say that this stout but not unwieldly volume of nearly eleven hundred pages, well supplied as it is with maps, genealogical tables, and...


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The Journal of Education, 1893. (W. Rice.)—We are glad again to commend to all readers interested in education the yearly volume of this excellent periodical, by far the best of...

George Routledge and Sons have just issued a singularly dainty

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little edition of The Essays of Elia and The Last Essays of Ella. The books are small, so small that they can be carried with ease in the inside pocket of an ordinary coat, and...

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Mary. By Mrs. Molesworth. (Macmillan).—Probably this new story will be

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pronounced by critical readers to be slighter in construction than some of its predecessors, which tempted Mr. Swinburne to declare that, among living female writers, Mrs....

Humorous Poems. By Thomas Hood. (Macmillan.)—In an intro- duction to

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this handsome volume, which is further exquisitely illustrated by Mr. Charles Brock, Canon Ainger does as much justice to Thomas Hood as he previously did to Charles Lamb, and...

Fairy-Tales of the Countess D'Aulnoy. Translated by J. R. Planch4.

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(Routledge.)—Doubtless many of the children of to- day—certainly many of the children of yesterday—are familiar with some of the masterpieces among the fairy-tales of the...

Up the Spider's Web. By Herbert E. Inman. (James Clarke

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and Co.)—This is a very amusing attempt to people Fairyland, into which the heroine of the story enters through the gate of dreams, with realities, chiefly in the shape of...

The King's Light-Bearer. By M. S. Comrie. (John F. Shaw

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and Co.)—It is surely a matter for regret that the author of this carefully written story should have laid the scene of it so far off. We have no doubt whatever that the...

Travels in India a Hundred Years Ago : being Notes

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and Re- miniscences of Thomas Twining. (Osgood, Mellvaine, and Co.)— Mr. Thomas Twining sailed for India in April, 1792, and reached Madras on the last day of July. He was then...

The Wooing of Master Pox, by Edward, Lord Lytton (Rout-

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ledge), is a delightful—and delightfully short--story of the rivalry of the fox and the dog, who are both wooers of the cat. How Reynard endeavours to outwit the dog, and how,...

Vetusta Monumenta : Tomb of Archbishop Hubert at Canterbury. By

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W. H. St. John Hope. (Nichols and Son.)—This latest issue of the Appendage to the " Archmologia„" the publication of the Society of Antiquaries, is probably the best thing of...