23 JUNE 1894

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The Leeds Conference on the House of Lords question came

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off on Wednesday, when Mr. Labonchere moved an amendment on Dr. Spence Watson's resolution for abolishing the veto of the House of Lords on House of Commons' Bills, intended to...

Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria has explained himself to Europe, through

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an interview with a correspondent of the Gaulois. He speaks very much en Prince ; but he is frank, and his policy is sufficiently intelligible. He thinks that M. Stambonloff had...


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MHE Emperor of Austria has once more displayed his re- markable capacity for internal diplomacy. It was evident after the defeat of the Civil Marriage Bill that the people of...


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With the " SPECTATOR " of Saturday, Tune 30th, 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 any case.

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In the House of Lords yesterday week, Lord D =raven

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moved the second reading of the Bill for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister, urging that it is a marriage which could be legally contracted in almost any country...

The statue of the Queen at Madras was on Tuesday

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found smeared with Hindoo religious marks on the forehead, neck, and breast. The police report their belief that the marks are the work of a Hindoo devotee who was worshipping...

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Mr. Cecil Rhodes takes himself very seriously indeed, and is

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quite hurt that he is: not allowed to settle the fiscal policy of the Empire. He recently offered, it appears, that all the South African States south of the Zambesi should...

Lord Kimberley has not made a success of his first

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efforts. Not only was France offended by the " Anglo-Congolese " arrangements, but Germany, which desired, for unknown reasons, to keep her frontier in Africa marching with that...

Sir William Harcourt is evidently very anxious that his Budget

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Bill should pass, for on Friday week he assented, in a most conciliatory way, to a very important amendment introduced by Mr. Balfour. The effect of this amendment is, first,...

Signor Crispi has resumed his place as Premier of Italy,

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and with his old Cabinet, but his Finance Minister, Signor Sonnino, now takes another portfolio. His method of choking the deficit was, in fact, too drastic for the Chamber,...

On Wednesday, Mr. Arnold-Forster and Mr. T. W. Russell. challenged

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the Irish administration of Mr. Morley. The Unionist contention is that Mr. Morley does not do enough to prevent the persecution of the so-called "land-grabbers," and allows...

At the fortnightly meeting of the Irish National League, held

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in Dublin on Tuesday, the chairman, Mr. William Redmond, denounced Mr. Morley for having interfered with the League's action in County Clare. He sent fifty policemen and...

Things, as yet, are going right in Morocco. Abdul Aziz

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haa been recognised as Sultan by all the Powers except Germany, has imprisoned his most formidable competitor, and has been proclaimed and, as it were, crowned at Fez. The...

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Mrs. Humphry Ward delivered a lecture at the Essex Hall,

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Strand, on Tuesday, on "Unitarianism and the Future," in which she found fault with the Unitarians on three grounds : (1), That they still give too much prominence to certain...

Mr. Jesse Collings, who signed the General Report of the

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Labour Commission, has added a series of observations on his own behalf, dealing with the condition of the English agri- cultural labourers. It has been shown, he says, that the...

The difficulty for foreigners of comprehending the present movement in

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Norway is to understand whether the Nor- wegians are prepared for an armed struggle with Sweden. If they are not, their action seems to be unreasonable ; and if -they are,...

It is evident that the Archbishop of Canterbury is rather

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unfortunate in the reports of his speeches at the National Society. On Tuesday, he declared that he never had said at that Society's meetings the things which had given pain to...

The Times of Saturday last calls attention to an interesting

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report lately made by the inspectors of Irish lunatic asylums. Between 1851 and 1891, the insane of all classes increased 200 per cent., and this in face of a decreasing...

Mr. Balfour made a speech on Thursday to the Noncon-

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formist Unionist Association in theMemorial Hall, Farringdon Street, which the Daily Chronicle of yesterday characterised as probably the most inept performance of any modern...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday, 101.1.

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THE LORDS AT LEEDS. T HE so-called Conference at Leeds on Wednesday was not a Conference at all. There was a great deal of lively abuse of the House of Lords, but the report...

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W E wonder how much truth there is in the rumour, now so persistently repeated, that when his Budget is once through and the Session closed, Sir William Har- court will retire...

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than that the whole discussion concerning the legal right to make marriages of affinity is a discussion that turns solely on expediency, though the opponents of the measure very...

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I T would be a strange instance of the irony of fate if the labour question became first of all acute in the United States, but that is by no means outside the possibilities....

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THE DISCOVERY OF ENGLAND. T HE French are discovering England. Till

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within quite recent times, the ordinary Frenchman still persisted in the notion that we were altogether a barbarous people. At last, however, Shakespeare, who had previously...

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House on Monday was of much greater importance than may at once appear. • Probably the first thought of some friends of the Church was that it was useless, and of others that...

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A NUMBER of Anglican clergymen, including Dr. Bright, the Regina Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Oxford, and several other well-known and respected scholars of our...

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T HE comments of the Press on the latest whim of the golden youth of Europe, are marked with the usual note of exaggeration. Those happy and tired persons, or those among them...

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T HE rustic fringe of great towns is always interesting, though unhappily the interest it creates is usually due in part to the rapidity with which its beauties are absorbed and...

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N OT from Africa nowadays, but from America, comes ever that aliguid nevi, which challenges the curiosity and the discussion of the older civilisations ; generally in the shape...

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[To THZ Esrros OP THE ° simerwroz.1 Sut,—In your article

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on the above subject, yOu refer to my speech in the House of Commons on June 11th, and say you , may " assume " me "by hereditary right to represent the- mortgagees of Essex,"...


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[To TH13 EDITOR OY THE "8PECTAT0R."1 SIR, — These duties will bear heavily on every one in the rural districts, from the Nonconformist clergymen (these will obviously be...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP, THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Your admirable suggestion in the Spectator of June- 16th, in regard to the possible future of Essex as a residential county for...


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PROFESSOR JOWETT ON HETERODOX CRITICISM. [To THE EDITOR OF Till " SPECTATOR."] Sza,—I venture to inclose a letter from the late Master of Balliol to myself, and I think it may...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECT/TOB.."1 SIR,—Is your correspondent, "Hand Juvenis," in the Spectator of June 16th, quite certain about the method of writing the name of Priam's...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE .` SPECTATOR." J SIB,—With reference to Professor Karl Pearson's calcula- tions on the mathematical possibilities of runs and deviations in games of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR...1 Sru,—You are fond of stories of odd actions of dogs, so perhaps the following may be acceptable. I have two fox- terriers—young dogs= Grip'...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—My young Wesleyan friend (Spectator, June 2nd) lives and was educated at Stoke-on-Trent, not Worcester. I con- tinue to think, in spite...


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[To urn EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?'] ZiR,—I hold with your remarks about the "Average Woman" in the Spectator of June 16th. Coming home in a steamer 'from Colon, a passenger...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR?'] Sza,—I have read with much interest the stories in the Spectator of the sagacity of animals. The following, I think, is worth recording :—The...


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[To TEN EDITOR or THE "SPECTATOR."] your article on the "Additional Tax on Liquor," in the Spectator of June 9th, you overlook the main argument against an increase of the duty...

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THE grey-green willow-trees toss and quiver Their dripping boughs in the moonlight pale, Lights dance and die on the shining river, And the shadows darken and shake and shiver,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Juatice to my beloved aunt's memory compels me to correct an apparent inaccuracy in "A. E. Mc0.'s " letter to you which was published...


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THE ART OF MUSIC.* IT is a remarkable and significant feature of the musical history of the nineteenth century, that so many of its fore- most composers should have combined...


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THE HAWARDEN HORACE. AD HIBERNIAN. Qum mats gracilis in puer in REDOLENT of "Jockey Club," TOSS Pliant as a lath, Perfusns liquidis urget odoribus Down the primrose path. Is...


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Szn,—The lines on Lord Palmerston's famous racehorse _Moue, alluded to by "Hand Juvenis " in the Spectator of June 16th, appeared in Blackwood of November, 1841, and were...

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THIS is the gem of Miss Wilkim3's many remarkable produc- tions. It has a less dreary theme than Jane Field, and has more body, more continuity, a broader canvas, and a larger...

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LOYALTY, in its strictly etymological sense, denotes the spirit of obedience to law, whether moral, civil, or social, and is therefore somewhat akin to what theologians have...

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Mn. LOFTIE'S book is at once polemical and historical. Considered either way, it is an excellent piece of work ; for, addressing himself as he does less to the professional...

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THE PROTECTED PRINCES OF INDIA.* WHEN, some fifty years ago,

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Macaulay wondered at the little interest excited, even among ourselves, by the great actions of our countrymen in the East, he had good cause for his wonder. The period of...

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THE author of Reality versus Romance in South Central Africa possesses at least one of the most necessary qualifications of an explorer,—a good conceit of himself. All the books...

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WE should not be surprised to hear that A Valiant ignorance is, in the opinion of some readers, Miss Dickens's ablest book. It is certainly her gloomiest book ; and in spite of...

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The British Dominion in India. By Sir A. Lyall. (Murray.)— This is a third edition, but it has been so revised and expanded as to be almost a new book. It is, we think, the best...

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There are too many belated notices of books, and too

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few mis- cellaneous articles of an informing character, in the new number of the Indian Magazine and Review; it is not therefore specially interesting. Due attention is,...

Decorative Work for House and Home. Edited by Francis Chilton-

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Young. (Ward, Lock, and Bowden.)—This useful little volume, written with a great deal of genuine enthusiasm, belongs to what is known as "The Amateurs' Practical Aid Series."...

Wreckers and Methodists. By H. D. Lowry. (Heinemann.)— This is

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emphatically a very "strong" book, though scarcely a pleasant one. Its character is very fairly indicated by its title. Its scene is laid in the region with which the author of...

Constable's Hand - Atlas of India. Under the direction of J'. G.

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Bartholomew, F.R.G.S. (Archibald Constable.)—This handsome volume—so different in shape and get-up from the clumsy atlases of a former period—ought to be found very useful by...

A very modest little quarterly is the Foreign Church Chronicle

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and Renew; but it occasionally contains some readable and informing papers, dealing mainly with Old Catholicism in its various Con- tinental forms. Among the contents of the...

Folk - lore of Scottish Lochs and Springs. By James M. Mackinlay.

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(W. Hodge and Co, Glasgow.)—This is an honest, interesting, and valuable book—all the more interesting and valuable that it is written in an eminently popular style. It seems to...

Barrier*. By Gabriel Setoun. (John Murray.) — Scottish village-life has

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been, perhaps, a little overdone in literature of late, the success of Mr. J. M. Barrie having tempted many writers to follow in his footsteps. At the same time, it is only fair...

Jedburgh Abbey and the Abbeys of Tettiotdale. By James Watson.

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(David Douglas.)—Here we have a handsome new edition of a work which has long been out of print, and which, dealing with one of the most interesting features of "the enchanted...

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Ivanda : a Tale of Thibet. By Captain Claude Bray.

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(Frederick Warne and Co.)—This is a very romantic story indeed. A young. Englishman becomes possessed by accident of a mystic "Loin (a miniature boat made of gold), which...

French Jansenists. By the Author of "Many Voices." (Kegan Paul,

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Trench, and Co.)—This painful but profoundly interesting story is well told in these pages. The singular wisdom, courage,. and long-suffering of Angelique Arnauld in her work at...

English Writers. By Henry Morley, LL.D. VoL X. (Cassell and

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Co.)—Professor Morley devotes this volume to the earlier portion of "Shakespeare's Life and Works," and to the writers contemporary with that period. The limit which he imposes...

Burns's " Chloris " : a Reminiscence. By James Adams,

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M.D. (Morison Brothers, Glasgow.)—" Chloris," also celebrated in Burns's poems as "the Lassie with the Lintwhite Locks," was a Mrs. Lorimer, who lived in Edinburgh some sixty...

Puzzles Old and New. By Professor Hoffmann. (Frederick Warne and

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Co.)—" The Natural History of the Puzzle," writes our author in his preface, "has yet to be written." He does not. himself attempt a task so arduous, but contents himself with...

Sweet Bells out of Tune. By Mrs. Burton Harrison. (T.

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Fisher Unwin.)—This is a story of fashionable life in America, and pictures it as even more frivolous and inane, more careless of alb that is pure and right, more base in its...

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Pity the Poor Birds. By Augustus Jessopp, D.D. (S.P.C.A.)— Dr.

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Jessopp showed his pity for the birds by planting a copse This work he describes, and it makes an interesting episode. Planting, so it be done judiciously, is not unprofitable....

Tales of the Yorkshire Trolds. By J. Keighley Snowden. (Sampson

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Low, Marston, and Co.)—There is a great deal of power, true power of character-drawing, in these thirteen sketches of life on the Wolds. We do not look for Arcadian or...

Help to the Study of the Book of Common Prayer.

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(Clarendon Press.)—A. very complete and useful "Companion to Church Worship." The first section deals with "the structure of a Church and the meaning of its several parts." Here...

New Light on the Bible and the Holy Land. By

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Basil T. Evetts. (Cassell and Co.)—Mr. Evetts has collected into this volume a considerable quantity of information scattered in various books and periodicals. He gives an...

Porlock Church. By the Rev. Walter Hook. (Parker and Sons.)

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—Porlock Church, dedicated to St. Dubricius, "the high saint Dubric " of the Idylls, is a church with some interesting associa- tions. Dubricius died early in the seventh...

Courtship and Marriage. By Annie S. Swan (Mrs. Burnett Smith).

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(Hutchinson and Co.)—There is plenty of good feeling and good sense in this volume. The author has good advice to give to per- sons "intending to marry," or already married, and...

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. With Introduction, Notes, and

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Maps, by Herbert Edward Kyle, D.D. (Cambridge University Press.)—This is a volume of the series entitled "The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges." Professor Kyle's...

The Sunny Days of Youth. By the Author of "How

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to be Happy though Married." (T. Fisher Unwin.)—The author of "How to be Happy though Married" is not likely to repeat the very exceptional success which followed his first book...

Raymond's Folly. By B. Paul Neumann. (T. Fisher Unwin.)— This

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"story of an experiment in Utopia" may be read with profit. It tells how a man, who had his way smoothed for him by the possession of means, founded clubs for young men and...

Mr. Bailey - Martin. By Percy White. (W. Heinemann.)—This is a very

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clever character-sketch indeed. Mr. Bailey-Martin tells us his story from childhood to mature age, and in telling it draws a curiously minute and lifelike picture of an...

The Fool of Fate. By Mary H. Tennyson. (Ward, Lock,

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and Bowden.)—The 'Fool of Fate" is a young gentleman who ruins his life and the life of a woman whom he sincerely loves by the habit of inveterate lying. He invents romantic...

A. Prison Princess. By Major Arthur Griffiths. (Cassell and Co.)—This

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"Romance of Millbank Penitentiary" is a romance indeed. It has a look of having some truth in it and a great deal more fiction ; but the mixture has been effected with no little...

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27w Story of sty Dictatorship. (Bliss, Sands, and Foster.)—This "

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story " is not a story at all. It is a tedious exposition of political principles, though "principle" is not exactly the word that one would choose to employ in the connection....