25 OCTOBER 1902

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Many comments are already made upon Colonel Swayne's rashness in

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moving so far from his supports with so small a force; but it must be remembered that he could collect no more, that he had repeatedly defeated the Mullah, and that without...

The correspondent of the Times at Pekin sends some very

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interesting news in regard to the conditions which Germany and France have formulated with reference to the withdrawal of their troops from Shanghai, — conditions which the...


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T HIS country is in, we fear, for another little war. The Mullah, who for some years has been threatening our pos- session of British Somaliland, has, it appears, gathered a...

The Times of Wednesday publishes an enormous and most striking

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telegram from its own correspondent describing the Russian " evacuation " of Manchuria. The drift of it is that the Russians are not evacuating the vast province, but are con-...

The Danish Landsthing, or Upper House, has refused to sanction

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the sale of the three Danish West India Islands to the United States. The islands are financially burdensome, and the Folksthing had agreed to their sale ; but the Danish...

The Government has once more found it necessary to apply

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strong pressure to the Chinese Court. Two English mission- aries were recently murdered in Hunan, either with the con- nivance of the local Mandarins or through their neglect,...

i g e The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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A great deal too much is made of the Russian

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request to be allowed to discuss frontier matters with Afghanistan in a direct way, that is, by sending an Agent to Kabul. As they are forbidden by treaty to keep an Envoy...

Sir Mountstuart Grant Duff has, we see, published the address,

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"Europe and Asia," which he delivered at Birming- ham on the 15th inst. in the form of a pamphlet. It was well worth it. Sir Mountstuart has returned to his old manner, and his...

The French Chamber has been indulging in a very curious

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debate. On Monday M. E. Roche, the Socialist Deputy, formally proposed the separation of Church and State, and asked " urgency " for his Motion. M. Combes, though a little taken...

Mr. Balfour has been accused of great harshness, and even

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unfairness, in his decision ; but we think he was absolutely right in his refusal. Unless Parliament is to become a mere bear-garden, it must be managed through a responsible...

It is reported that King Oscar of Sweden, acting as

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arbitrator between Germany and the United States, has decided that the latter must pay damages for the injuries caused to German citizens when the Americans interfered in Samoa...

Parliament during the week has been busy with the details

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of the Education BilL We shall not attempt to summarise th e course of the debates, except to note that Mr. Balfour showed in the clearest possible way his willingness to make...

On Wednesday in the House of Commons Mr. Gibson Bowles

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asked the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs whether a secret treaty existed between Great Britain and Germany ; and if so, whether his Majesty's Government proposed at some,...

The application of the Closure to the clauses of the

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Educa- tion Bill, which was especially persistent on Thursday night, has given rise to a certain amount of comment and feeling in the House of Commons. If, however, the...

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The election to fill the vacancy at Devonport caused by

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the death of Mr. E. J. C. Morton, took place on Wednesday, and resulted in the return of Mr. Lockie, the Unionist candidate, by a majority of 28 (Lockie, 3,785; Brassey, 3,757)....

We should be sorry to say absolutely that Mr. Bowles's

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inference must be the right one ; but if it is not, and Lord Cranborne was merely refusing to be " drawn " on general principles, we cannot say that he showed any very great...

Lord Balfour of Burleigh delivered an interesting speech on denominational

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education at Alloa last Saturday. The Scottish educational settlement of 1872, he contended, was conceived on broader, bolder, and better lines than that arrived at in England...

The address which Mr. Carnegie delivered as Lord Rector, to

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the students of St. Andrews University on Wednesday (a reprint of which is published by Messrs. Constable) has several points of interest. Without being in any way pro- found,...

We are glad to note, however, that Mr. Carnegie at

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the end of his address gave proper recognition to the fact that what makes a nation great, and keeps it so, is, after all, not a Steel Trust or a Beef Trust, but the spirit of...

The scheme--discussed in last week's issue of the Spectator —for

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the purchase of a site for a new County Hall in the Adelphi was rejected by the London County Couneil on Wednesday by the casting vote of the Chairman. We have given our...

Mr. John Morley has done a most generous thing in

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a very gracious way. He has decided to present the library of the late Lord Acton, which was given him by Mr. Andrew C arnegie, to the University of Cambridge. In a most...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2i) were on Friday 93i.

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THE REVERSE IN SOMALILAND. I T is not of much use discussing just now why we are fighting a Mussulman zealot for the possession of Somaliland, a large African province of great...


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T O watch the weary working of Parliamentary obstruc- tion as applied to the Education Bill produces a sense of exasperation in the mind of the orchnaryman. He may realise that...

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A GOOD many of our countrymen appear to believe that France is on the point of abolishing the Con- cordat, and some of them are exulting because they think that that abolition...

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T HE selection of the six battalions of the Foot Guards for review by his Majesty the King out of all the corps which are returning like homing pigeons from the storm and stress...

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T4 ORD KITCHENER'S words spoken in Rome on Wednesday—" Every Englishman has two countries, old England and young Italy "—are not a mere piece of complimentary padding. They...

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wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews is one which still remains unanswered. Endless sugges- tions have been made by Biblical scholars. The book has been ascribed in turn to Apollos,...

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I T is usual to-day, when a fresh addition is about to be made to the already enormous mass of political, literary, or illus- trated journals, to find the birth of the new paper...

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A MONG the interesting suggestions for thought recently made in the Natural History Museum at South Ken- sington is a kind of side-note on the relative size of brain of extinct...

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[TO THE Moms 07 THH " SpicrATos."1 Srn,—In common, no

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doubt., with many others of your readers, I read with intense interest and approval your able and forcible article in the Spectator of October 18th on the lack of sternness at...


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THE NEED OF STERNNESS IN PUBLIC LIFE. pro THE EDITOII OF THE " SPEOTkT01.1 SIR, — It is refreshing to read a newspaper which, as in the Spectator of October 18th, advocates that...

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Sis,—Every one who cares for this country ought to thank you for your leading article in the Spectator of October 18th on the above. It must have been hard to write, harder to...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."' SIR, — In your paragraph in the Spectator of October 18th on the position in which the Education Bill places women you argue that because...

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note with satisfaction that in the Spectator of October 18th you express sympathy with the view that women should be given an important voice in educational matters. You go on...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR1 SIR, —I join with your correspondent "Qui Vive ? " in the Spectator of October 18th in wishing that you would publish separately your article...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR"] Sin,—May I point out

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the unfairness of such a letter as that of " A Nonconformist " in the Spectator of October 18th ? It contains a series of alleged instances of clerical tyranny, and actions...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR"] SIR, —The point you make in your note to the letter of " A Nonconformist" in the Spectator of October 18th is of the highest importance....

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"SPECTATOR. ") S11,-1 should like to endorse every word your correspondent, Mr. H. J. Rose, wrote last week respecting the way in which short, stirring verses such as Mr....


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Silk—The writer of the article on " National Relics, True anil False," in the Spectator of October 18th, speaks of the gates of Somnath as...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE *SPECTATOR...1 Sin,—I have just returned from the opening of Bra.ndelhow, and feel it only due to the many readers of your pages who contributed to its...


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THE "SPECTATOR."] Sza,—Mr. Brodrick may have been ill-advised in accepting a decoration from the Kaiser, but he would do well to ponder his recent utterance about a...

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AT morn I saw the level plain

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So rich and small beneath my feet, A sapphire sea, without a stain, And fields of golden-waving wheat ; Lingering, I said, "At noon I'll be At peace by that sweet-scented tide....


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THE NEGLECT OF NATIVE COMPOSERS. THE programmes of the new series of Symphony Concerts at the Queen's Hall, which open this afternoon, contain many works of great intrinsic...


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[TO TITS EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Do I trespass too far on your kindness if I explain that some ancient Latin inscriptions transcribed by Ferdinand Gregorovius in his "...

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JOHN RUSKIN.* Ws cannot but believe that the genius of whom Mr. Frederic Harrison writes in this entirely interesting, though some- what hurriedly prepared, volume of the "...

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BEFtwak ,:ne can say whether this book is a brilliant sue.:,,s or a brilliant failure (but certainly brilliant), it must decided what a parodist should set out to accomplish. If...

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°N September 4th, 1761, Count Frederick Kielmansegge and his brother left Hanover for London, that they might attend the Coronation of George M. and his Queen. In those days the...

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OLD-WORLD STORIES RETOLD.* OF the many books in many kinds

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that come out every autumn as gift-books, none are more useful than those that tell over again the old classical romances of chivalry or fables of antiquity. Among the...

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THE INTRUSIONS OF PEGGY.* Triounn Mr. Anthony Hope has perhaps achieved his most resounding successes in the domain of mock-Royal romance, he has shown on half-a-dozen...

Drewites Dream. By W .L. Alden. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.)

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—The story of Mr. Alden's work is not only wildly improbable, but badly constructed, and most of the characters are mere lay figures. But as long as Mr. Alden will entertain us...

Donna Diana. By Richard Bagot. (E. Arnold. Os.)—Mr. Bagot has

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not resisted the temptation, which appears to assail every writer of modern fiction, to give a disagreeable tinge to his story. On the disagreeable qualities with which morbid...

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[Under this heading Ice notice such Boats of the seek se bus net bees reserved for renew in other forms.] Journey to Lhasa and Central Tibet. By Sarat Chandra Das, C.I.E....

No Other Way. By Walter Besant. (Chatto and Windus. Os.)

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—It is pleasant to find ourselves again admiring Sir Walter Besant's firm and easy touch, the ready skill with which he was wont to make his characters live, the precision with...

Donovan Pasha and Some People of Egypt. By Gilbert Parker.

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The Lightning Conductor. By C: N. and A. M. Williamson.

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(Methuen and Co. 6s.)—This book is More to be commended as a guide to an automobile tour in France and Italy than as a novel. To tell the truth, the story is very'poor indeed,...


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THE QUARTERLY BEVIEW. . Perhaps the most interesting article in a very good number of the Quarterly Review is the one on. "The Marquis of Salisbury." It is not easy, as the...

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The Little Green God. By Caroline Atwater Mason. (Fleming H.

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Revell. 2s. 6d. net.) — The Rev. Titus Fletcher comes back to the United States after labouring for many years in India as a missionary, and finds himself confronted by a...

The Views ' of an Angry Man. Faithfully Reported by G.

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S. Street. (A. H. BUllen. ls.)—The "Angry Man," who, we are told by his proph,etes, is serving a term of imprisonment for an assault upon an optimist—this is the most humorous...

The' Story of a Living Temple. By Frederick M. Rossiter,

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M.D., and Mary Henry Rossiter, A.M. (Fleming H. Revell. 3s. 6d. net.)—This is a description in popular and picturesque lin- guage of the human body. If it could be so edited as...

Res Relictae. Edited by Shaw Maclaren. (G. Allen. 3s. 6d.

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net.) —We wonder whether "the lad Cunningham," victim of a chill caught in fishing a Highland, loch, is a creature of Mr. Ifaclaren's imagination. Editor and edited have a...

The Cathedrals of Great Britain. By P. H. Ditchfield, M.A.

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(J. M. ; Dent and Co. 75. 6d. net.)—The title of' book suffi- ciently incficates its 'subject. It may be mentioned, hOwever, that the word " Cathedral" is not used in its strict...

NEW EurrioNs.In the "Scott Library" (Walter Scott Pub- lishing Company,

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la. 6d.) we have University Sketches, by John Blenry Cardinal Newman, with Introduction by George Sampson. The "Advertisement," dated almost exactly forty-six years ago, tells...

Plain Facts as to the Trusts and the Tariff. By

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George L. Pollen. (Macmillan and Co. 6s. 6d. net.)—This book deals with American affairs, but it is not difficult to make an application to questions which we are discussing...