24 MARCH 1894

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T HE German Chancellor has been making speeches at Dantzic which have all the interest of acrostics or other intellectual puzzles. In one he stated that the Treaty with Russia,...

The French have set up a Colonial Ministry, and appointed

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M Boulanger Minister, with a seat in the Cabinet. The Premier rushed the Bill through the Chamber on Saturday without trouble, and expected to rush it through the Senate; but...

On Friday week, the House of Commons dealt with the

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question of National Defence, raised by Sir Charles Dilke on the motion to go into Committee of Supply. Sir Charles Dike, though he did not commit himself to any cut-and-dried...

We have yet to hear Lord Rosebery's speech at Wigan

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before we know whether he will " catch on " with the English people. That should give us his ideas of the future of Labour. He is still most popular in London, and on Wednesday...

Of the general characteristics of Lord Rosebery's speech last Saturday

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in Edinburgh, we have said enough in other columns of this journal. He began by complaining of the criticism which his speech in the House of Lords had pro- voked, which he...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The death of Louis Kossuth, which occurred at Turin on

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Tuesday night, at the age of ninety-one, removes a most strik- ing, rather than a great, figure from the stage. An insurgent to attain the supreme rank should succeed, and...

The Empire expands, as it seems to us, automatically Noliody

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wants Unyoro, at all events until Uganda has been brought into order, and means of free communication estab- lished between it and the coast. Nevertheless, we are going,. one...

The New Zealanders have tried their Local Option, each district

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voting on the question. As the women vote as well as the men, the numbers for total prohibition rose high, but as a three-fifths majority is required, it was only carried in two...

Mr. Fowler should look into the Indian Budget closely. The

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statement made by Mr. Westland on Wednesday looks more favourable than the previous account, because there is an improvement of a million in railway revenue, and of half-...

As is natural in an age like this, when fervid

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minds wil) believe anything except Christianity, plans for creating Utopias are pretty common. Some Austrians are founding a community on Kilimanjaro, which is, we believe, to...

Mr. Chamberlain's speech to the great Edinburgh meeting at the

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Corn Exchange on Thursday, was a clear and brilliant exposure of Lord Rosebery's political inconsistencies, followed, however, by an expression of cordial sympathy with his...

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On Monday, the House of Commons discussed the dockyard wages,

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on Mr. Kearley's motion in favour of paying " wages equivalent to the Trades-Union wages " of the district. The Government was the largest employer of labour in the land, and...

On Monday the Watch Committee of the Ulster Convention League

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dealt with Lord Rosebery's absurd statement, that Ulster's opposition to Home-rule is based on English opinion, and that, but for the backing of England, Ulster would submit to...

Tuesday's debate on naval construction, preliminary to Sir Ughtred Kay•Sbuttleworth's

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statement on the main vote for officers and men, was very interesting. Sir E. Harland was for much longer men-of-war, Sir E. Reed for much shorter. • The latter, indeed, thought...

The Irish National League of Great Britain seems as little

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inclined to acquiesce in the Irish policy of Lord Rosebery as the Parnellites in Ireland. Their chairman, Mr. M. Ryan, has put forth an address to the various Irish electors in...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (4) were on Thursday, 99i.

A meeting held at the house of Lord Egerton of

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Tatton (7 St. James's Square), on Monday week, determined on raising a fluid of £10,000, to extend by fresh buildings the accom- modation of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, for the...

Mr. Gladstone has published a very impressive letter to Sir

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John Cowan, the head of his Midlothian Committee, which is, we suppose, if not exactly a farewell, yet a preparation for fare- well, though it is evident that he does not as yet...

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LORD ROSEBERY'S EXPLANATION. I T is too soon to be passing any sort of definite political judgment on Lord Rosebery. He is, as he says himself, a Phaethon in a very difficult...

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M R. GLADSTONE'S letter of farewell to his long official life, is curiously characteristic of that life. Its earlier portions are fall of stately humility, not un- mixed with a...

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S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT will certainly have a grand opportunity on his Budget night. He believes himself a financier, and there is everywhere an uneasy or hopeful sense abroad...

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HE debate on t he interferenc of Peers el Pleit16,3§, T raised by Lord Randolph Churchill on Mon lay, will, we trust, put: an end to one of the most ridiculous-Ithd pedantic...

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W E suspect that M. Casimir-Perier, now head of the Government in France, knows his business quite as well as M. de Blowitz does, and that he had sufficient reason for his...

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T HE interval between Christmas and Easter has been employed by the London School Board in amending and adopting a circular to teachers upon the nature of - the religious...

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DEMONSTRATIONS. T HOSE who organise demonstrations seem to us to need

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some new way to make them more effective. The pre- sent way does not sufficiently impress opinion. The managers, if they are fairly able, and especially if they have, like the...

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M ARCH is well chosen to open the series of short notes on the " Country Month by Month," in course of pro- duction by the editor of the " Son of the Marshes." The " dead-point"...

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T HE letter which we print in another column on Somer- setshire superstitions seems to suggest that there are beliefs in this country which still separate one class from another...

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MORE WITCHCRAFT IN SOMERSET. [To TEE EDITOR OP THE "(SPECTATOR. "] Sin, —Perhaps the readers of the Spectator may like to hear more on the subject of witchcraft in Somerset....


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In describing the recent performance of the Antigone at Toronto—one which, as I rejoice to hear, has had a brilliant success—your...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] the Spectator for March 17th, p. 376, when reviewing Mr. Solly's Reminiscences, you remark :—" Mr. Solly's ex- periences as a lecturer or a...


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THE PAINTER-ETCHERS. THE present year ought to be remembered in the annals of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers as the year in which Professor Legros honoured them by...


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[To THZ EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —My father, John Churchill Langdon, of Pavrook's Lodge, Chard, died in 1883. His father, John Langdon, died in 1840, and as a young man...


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THE " SPECTATOR."] :"But,—Your correspondent, "J. D.," questions the accuracy of your statement, in the interesting article in the Spectator of March 10th, that a physician's...


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rn,—Is not your correspondent of Toronto, in the Spectator of March 17th, wrong in saying that Miss Helen Faucit acted the part of Antigone in the first reproduction of the...

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THE STORY OF OUR PLANET.* PROFESSOR BONNEY has long ago secured himself a position of authority among geologists, not only by continuous worit in the field and by his...

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A GREAT many readers of poetry will probably make acquaint- ance with Dr. Hake for the first time in this volume of Selections, and hear with surprise that their author is...

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IT is, we think, a good time since we have had in English fiction anything so strong and impressive as the latter half of A Yellow Aster. And we say the latter half, because the...

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WHAT a loss the world had when Lewis Carroll took to writing sense ! That is a reflection which must have been made a hundred times by all persons capable of forming an opinion...

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THE REVIVAL OF IRISH LITERATURE.* AN effort to restore Irish

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literature of the past, and to encourage that of the present and future, deserves warm sympathy from all wbo desire the "thread of poetry" to be woven into our workaday life....

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MR. Lucas, who is scrupulously careful to let it be known that his little volume is merely an expansion of Edward FitzGerald's memoir of the Quaker poet, may be freely absolved...

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In a Cornish Township with Old Vogue Polk. By Dolly

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Pentreath. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—Very striking and original persons are these "Old Vogue Folk," from Parson Tregonpol, as his clerk describes him, onward. The sketches make up a...

Selections from Early Christian Writings. By Henry Melvin Gwatkin. (Macmillan.)—"

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It is hoped," writes the editor in his preface, " that the present volume will be found within its limits a fairly representative selection of original documents for the use of...

The Last Earls of Barrymore. By John Robert Robinson. (Sampson

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Low, Marston, and Co.)—Mr. Robinson wrote a book which was, in its Fay, worth reading. " The Princely Chandos" was a personage of some interest ; he had, in any case, the merit...

Suicide and Insanity. By S. A. K. Straban, M.D. (Swan

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Son- nenschein and Co.)—Dr. Strahan unites the qualifications of law and medicine, and brings his knowledge, in addition to the results of considerable reading, to the...

The Way They Loved at Grimpat. By E. Rentoul Esler.

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(Sampson Low, Marston, and Co.)—We opened this volume of " Village Idylls " with misgivings. The pessimistic fashion which controls literature nowadays makes such things very...

Old Caleb's Will. By Frances Armstrong. (Jerrold and Co.)— This

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is a temperance story ; the subject is handled with taste and moderation, and the result is satisfactory. The incident of the prodigal's turning back, not, unhappily, in a...

In Jest and Earnest. By Joseph Hatton. (Leadenhall Press.) —Mr.

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Hatton's " book of gossip " is good reading. There are grave stories and gay. Whether they are always true it is need- less to ask ; for the most part, they ought to be. We...

Prince Ricardo. By Andrew Lang. (J. W. Arrowsmith, Bristol.) —

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This is a sequel to " Prince Prigio," and very judiciously has for its hero a different kind of personage. Prigio has by this time become king, and is much bothered by the back-...


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A Wastel Crime. By David Christie Murray. 2 vole. (Chatto and Winders.)—Some readers who remember "Aunt Rachel," to which we might perhaps add " Joseph's Coat," may doubt...

Pen Oliver's Problem. By Rate Douglas Wiggin. (Gay and Bird.)—This

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is an excellent "story for girls,"—really good sense combined with really good fun. "Pen's problem" is how to make a very narrow income serve for herself and her mother, and,...

Scotland Yesterday. By William Wallace. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—Mr. Wallace draws,

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it is clear, from life, or simulates life with uncommon skill. The people whom he pic- tures for our benefit are not exactly interesting in themselves, or are not invariably so...

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A Discourse of the Common Weal of this Realm of

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England. First printed in 1581, and commonly attributed to " W. S." Edited 'from the MSS. by the late Elizabeth Lamond. (Cambridge University Press.)—The untimely death of Miss...

The Chronology of Mediceval and Renaissance Architecture. By J. Tavenor

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Perry. (John Murray.)—This book is very beautifully printed, and is designed to serve a very useful purpose. If used with Ferguson at hand, it will be of great value to...

Three Empresses. By Caroline Gearey. (Dig' y, Long, and Co.)

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—The "three Empresses" are Josephine, Marie-Louise, and Eugenie. The life of the first is distinctly the most interesting of the three. Napoleon's love-letters, which, "...