26 APRIL 1890

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Mr. Goschen replied to Mr. Gladstone in a speech re-

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markable among his speeches for the extraordinary quickness and force of its repartees; but we must confine ourselves to- day to the answers directly offered to his opponent. He...

Great preparations are being made all over the Continent against

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the coming First of May. The intention of the work- men everywhere is to take holiday and make a demonetra. tion in favour of a legal eight-hours' day. It is feared that, with...

Mr. Morley made a speech at Rochdale on Wednesday, a

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good deal of which was occupied with eloquent and just praise of Mr. Cobden, Mr. Bright, and Mr. Sharman Crawford, the latter one of the earliest advocates of agrarian reform in...

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

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Mr. Gladstone, who took up the debate on Thursday, did

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not endorse Mr. Parnell's alternative proposal, saying he did not quite understand it, though he thought his conduct " chivalrous " in offering any proposal at all. His own...

The division on the second reading of the Bill is

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fixed for Thursday night, and it is stated that Mr. Parnell will not move his alternative plan in Committee.


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T HE debate on the Land-Purchase Bill on Monday began with a great surprise. Mr. Parnell opposed the second reading, as he had promised, but on unexpected grounds. He thought...

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Berlin is full of reports—which are, however, denied— that Prince

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Bismarck is in a fighting mood, and intends to avenge himself for his "dismissal." According to one story, he intends to publish a pamphlet stating the true causes of recent...

Mr. Goschen has created great irritation in some quarters by

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using his surplus for the reduction of indirect taxation, instead of the Income-tax, the well-to-do apparently feeling like an anonymous correspondent who wrote to the...

The two Houses of Congress have not quite agreed upon

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the details of the new Silver Bill. All parties would accept a Bill ordering a minimum coinage of £900,000 worth of silver a month, to be held by the Treasury against an...

On Tuesday, Mr. Bartley moved a resolution for a Com-

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mittee to inquire into profit-sharing, and drew a striking speech from Mr. Bradlaugh, who denied that the relations of labour and capital had become more strained. "The position...

On Saturday last, the ninth anniversary of Lord Beacons- field's

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death—by-the-way, April 19th, owing to the utter want of taste in ordinary Englishmen, or rather, of any instinctive appreciation of what is fitting, has really begun to be...

It is stated that the Servian Premier on Monday addressed

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the Skuptschina with closed doors. He demanded the equip- ment of the whole of the Militia, 130,000 men, stating that the position of foreign affairs was most ominous, and that...

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The Daily Telegraph of Tuesday published a singular piece of

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information. Its Paris correspondent states that M. Leon de Rosny, a Professor of the Sorbonne, has recently announced his conversion to Buddhism, not " esoteric " Buddhism, but...

The Standard of Tuesday publishes a curious account of the

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experiments which are being made in the French Army for training dogs to act as scouts, messengers, and sentinels. When a dog is on messenger duty, two men are detached from an...

On Wednesday, in the course of a trial before the

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Judge of the Westminster County-Court, some curious revelations were made in regard to the number of proofs of popular engravings occasionally issued. A Mr. Muir subscribed for...

Mr. S. Smith on Friday week moved his threatened resolu-

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tion in favour of Bimetallism, in a speech which was instruc- tive, but much too gritty with facts. He wanted a Conference of the chief nations of the world, and raised a...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2k) were on Friday 97+ to 98.

When on Tuesday the London County Council resumed its sittings

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after the Easter recess, the Chairman took the oppor- tunity to review the work of the past year. Dealing with the doings of the Committees, he remarked incidentally that the...

If the French Government is not careful, it will suffer

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a serious reverse in Dahomey. In its fear of the electors, it is trying to do its work there with inadequate force. The King having beheaded five French captives, a French...

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T is easy to exaggerate the importance of the European demonstration to come off on May 1st., and probably the foreign correspondents do exaggerate it; but the fact that such a...

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MR. PARNELL'S " ALTERNAILV PLAN." T HE amazement produced by Mr.

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Parnell's speech against the Land-Purchase Bill has blinded most men to the meaning of the plan with which it ended. Nothing so ingenious as that plan has ever been proposed,...

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M R. BLAINE'S dream of bestowing upon the United States a political and commercial hegemony over the whole of the American Continent has melted into air, and nothing remains to...

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I F the bimetallists really intend to appeal to the electors, as we understand Mr. S. Smith to threaten in his speech of Friday week, they must alter their tactics, and...

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T 4 OEDHERSCHELL hardly showed all his usual sweet reasonableness and common-sense in his speech on the inequality of criminal sentences. He spoke, indeed, as if he thought it...

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CRIME AND SUICIDE IN ENGLAND. T HE very interesting paper read

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by Mr. George Grosvenor at the meeting of the Statistical Society on Tuesday, gives on the whole an encouraging picture of the abatement of crime in England during the last...

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T F the telegram from Bombay, published in the Times of Monday, is true, which we do not doubt, and means what it appears to mean, of which we are nearly as certain, it records...

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T O see that Shakespeare still holds the stage as firmly as ever, we have only to look at the playbills. It is a proper tribute to the great fascinator of all time, that well-...

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THE NEW CAUSE OF QUARREL IN EUROPE. (To THE EDITOR OF THY " SPECTATOR:1 SIB,—Your interesting article on "The New Cause of Quarrel in Europe" seems to fall short of a practical...


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A MONG the ancient races of the American Continent, there are perhaps none whose remains have excited greater interest than those of the strange people who at some remote period...

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[TO TER EDITOR OF THE " SPROTATOR."] SIR,—May I point out a. trifling slip made by your reviewer in his very interesting article on "Rupert of the Rhine "? He writes of the...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—I should like to say, in answer to the letter of the Chair- man of the Bradfield Union which appeared in your issue of April 19th,...


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THE OLD WATER-COLOUR SOCIETY, AND ANTON MAUVE. THE exhibitions of the Old Water-Colour Society have always at least a negative merit,—they are small. The size of the gallery...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE " srgc-rAros."1 Cia,—In the letter on the above subject in the Spectator of April 12th, the Rev. W. H. E. McKnight, describing the results .of the...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THY "SPRCTATOR."] SIR,—You have done a real political service in giving a short and yet complete definition of the verb "to boycott,"—viz., " to -excommunicate...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPROTATOR."] Sin,—In the Spectator of April 19th, a correspondent, noticing your allusion to a French nobleman's observation upon the above subject,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your interesting article on the coinage of new words, you give one or two examples of incorrect grammatical ex- pressions which are...

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verses in the language, could not have a more appreciative editor than Mr. Dobson, who has himself achieved a large success in this department of poetry. Although Dr. Johnson,...

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THERE is a dramatic completeness in the career of Captain Cook which Mr. Walter Besant has done his best to describe within narrow limits. It is a romance of naval life, the...

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RECENT NOVELS.* A Heavy Beckoning is an exceptionally strong and

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interesting novel, in which the author has succeeded in the very difficult task of carrying out an intellectual purpose without impairing the vitality and attractiveness of her...

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JEAN BAPTISTE TAVERNIER, the celebrated traveller, is one of the most interesting figures among the many men of striking originality which the grand siecle has produced. His...


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HAVE historical theory-makers come to an understanding to compensate the Scandinavian race for its present insignificance, by discovering, or failing that, inventing for it a...

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Mn. CLOUSTOWS collection, though put forth under a title which forms a clue to only a portion of its contents, is a good piece of work of its kind. There is much in it...


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The place of honour in the Universal Review for this month is given to a vivid and painful account of the sufferings of Russian exiles doomed to slow torture or to death by...

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Obeah : Witchcraft in the West Indies. By Hesketh J.

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Bell. (Sampson Low and Co.)—Mr. Bell has some strange stories to tell us : marvels of Nature, and marvels that seem to be beside or below Nature. What are we to make, for...

The Star of Gezer, the King's Daughter. (Griffith, Farran, and

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Co.)—" It is easier to criticise than to imitate," is the author's motto, taken from an authority whose name is scarcely familiar under its form " Zeuxis." We shall do neither,...

The Sling and the Stone, IX. By the Rev. Charles

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Voysey. (Williams and Norgate.)—It is years since we last noticed a volume of The Sling and the Stone. We cannot compliment the author on any improvement in the capacity of...

"Why We Suffer," and other Essays. By Henry Hayman, D.D.

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(W. H. Allen and Co.)—Dr. Hayman has collected here twelve essays published in various periodicals, the names of which are not always given. The first is the most ambitious, for...

Cardinal Lavigerie. Edited by Richard F. Clarke, S.J. (Longmans.)—Charles-Martial Allemand-Lavigerie,

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born in 1825, became Domestic Prelate to the Pope in 1861, was appointed to the See of Nancy two years later, and became Archbishop of Algiers in 1867. This African See has been...

Ad Orientem. By A. D. Frederickson. (W. H. Allen and

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Co.) —After seeing Europe, not in its happiest aspect, during the Franco-German War, Mr. Frederickson thought that he should like to refresh himself with a year or so of Cathay....

Devia Oypria. By D. G. Hogarth, M.A. (H. Frowde.)—Mr. Hogarth

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gives us here the results of a tour in Cyprus, undertaken in the interests of classical archteology. These results, it must be allowed, are somewhat meagre. Mr. Hogarth found...

A Southern Planter. By Susan Dabney Smedes. (John Murray.) —Thomas

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Smith Dabney was born in Virginia in 1798. He migrated to the State of Mississippi in 1837, finding that he could not make his Virginian plantation pay. There he lived till the...

The Life of General Boulanger. By F. Turner. (Swan Sonnen-

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schein and Co.)—We learn that Georges Ernest Jean Marie Boulanger, son of Mons. C. J. R. Boulanger and Marie Anne Webb Griffith, his wife, was born at Rennes on April 29th,...

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The Life of Laurence, Bishop of Haar in Iceland. Translated

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from the Icelandic of Einar Haffidason. (Rivingtons.)—Laurence, son of Kalf and Thorgrima, was born in 1267; born, if the author of his saga is to be believed, not without signs...

Duncan Morn, Partner. By Sophie F. F. Veitch. 2 vols.

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(Alex. Gardner, Paisley.)—The writer has shown much skill and know- ledge of Lowland Scotch in her portraits of the two Morays. We should call them fine characters, peculiarly...

Shakespeare's Sonnets. Edited, with Notes and Introduction, by Thomas Tyler,

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M.A. (Nutt.)—The obscure and intricate question as to the interpretation of Shakespeare's Sonnets is treated with much minuteness by Mr. Tyler. His arguments, however, are far...