27 NOVEMBER 1886

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Lord Spencer's speech on Thursday at the Liberal Conference at

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Leicester was, like all the speeches on this subject sleliverel recently, an uninteresting one. He dilated for some time on other questions on which all Liberals are agreed,...

Both sections of the Liberals at Brighton resolved to ask

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Sir George Trevelyan (who is in Rome) to contest the seat for them ; but he has very wisely replied in the negative. The truth is, that whilst the great issue between the...

General Kaulbars, in quitting Sofia, either did or did not

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request the French Consul-General to take charge of Russian interests. All the correspondents on the spot say he did, and the French and German journals confirm them ; but the...

The German Reichstag was opened on Thursday ; but the

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speech from the Throne revealed nothing, the Emperor only saying that the relations of Germany to all other States are "friendly and satisfactory," and that he sought to obtain...


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A CASE which greatly interested London, and was really of some importance, ended on Thursday. Mr. Adams, who married a daughter of Lord Coleridge, it will be remembered, won a...

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

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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the " SPECTATOR " SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENTS, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Twentieth...

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Mr. Raikes, as was to be expected, has been the

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first Minister to get the Government into hot water. He has given part of the contract for carrying the American mails to the German Lloyd's,. and, it is reported, has let the...

The news of the week from Burmah is indecisive, and

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will for some time remain so. General Roberts has to occupy a great number of points—perhaps two hundred in all—disarm the people, and place military police in charge. The...

Mr. Labouchere made a speech at Manchester on Wednesday, which

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appears to represent the newest type of Radicalism. He said that Manchester has exported goods to all the world, and political principles to all parts of the Kingdom. The "Man-...

Sir Charles Russell was the guest of the Eighty Club

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on Tuesday, and delivered a speech on the Irish Question, which had no new or strcng point in it, unless it were his rather frank remarks about the Irish Nationalist Members....

Mr. Henry Fowler, who followed Lord Spencer at Leicester, was

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not hopeful. He said, justly enough, that the Liberals are in a fog ; but his fog-signals did not disperse the fog which they announced. Mr. Fowler declared that Separation...

Sir Robert Hamilton has been offered, and has accepted, the

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Governorship of Tasmania, with a salary of 25,000 a year. It is one of the best appointments in the gift of the Crown, and the offer of it to Sir Robert Hamilton shows how...

In a letter to Tuesday's Times, Lord Monck has brought

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forward his scheme for such a measure of Home-rule as he would give to Ireland. It is to empower Irish Members of the Imperial Parliament to meet in Dublin for the transaction...

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The accounts of the rising in Afghanistan are, we suspect,

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-exaggerated, as the Government of India has full means of knowing what passes there. That the Ghilzais have risen against the Ameer is likely enough, as also that they charge...

The passion for inoculation as a safeguard against all sorts

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of diseases is certainly on the increase, but we doubt whether the evidence be, on the whole, favourable to that kind of safeguard. In a recent case in Cumberland, forty-nine...

Rumours are circulating in London of an intention on the

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part of Government to "put down" the new anti-rent agitation in Ireland, to use military force in support of evictions, and to arrest the ringleaders. It is possible that the...

The fifteen New York Aldermen accused of taking bribes for

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-granting concessions of city railways seem likely to escape penal servitude. Two of them are under trial, and two of their 'confederates have testified that they received...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. Consols were on Friday 102

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to 102k.

The Americans are building a new ship, which will, its

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designers fancy, make a revolution in the art of naval warfare. It is in itself only a steel cruiser, of 3,200 horse-power, and a speed of twenty knots an hour ; but it is to...

On Friday week, a meeting was held at the rooms

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of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to reconsider and decide on the scheme presented by Miss Linde to a meeting at the same place held on May 10th, for...

The correspondent of the Times at Rome urges that the

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idea of opening diplomatic relations between England and the Vatican mast be given up, because it would displease the Government of Italy. That Government follows public...

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THE FAILURE OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN IRELAND. S IR CHARLES RUSSELL, in his singularly feeble address to the Eighty Club on Tuesday,—singularly feeble, we mean, as coming...

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T HE older Tories must learn to be a little more logicaL There is very little justice and a great deal of indiscretion in the cry which they are just now raising against Lord...

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W suppose the journalists and financiers of Europe must be right, and while the former are singing prose paeans to peace, the latter are keeping all Stocks at unprecedented...

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W E hear, on the whole with satisfaction, that Sir George Trevelyan has not accepted the invitation of both sections of the Liberal Party at Brighton to stand as the Liberal...

• THE COLERIDGE CASE., r E ease of 44 Adams v.

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Coleridge" is, to lay readers ; a. puzzle for which there is no solution. Thep can under- , stand easily -enough why the-action was brought. They can understand the grounds on...

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T HE London School Board has before it a proposal which requires the fullest discussion, and something more even than the care with which the Board revises any of its funda-...

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T HE horrible details of the trial for matricide just ended at Blois, where a woman and her husband have been con- demned to death, and two brothers of the woman to penal...

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T HE Rev. George S. Reaney, whose letter we publish else- where, is a little too sensitive. We had no more intention in our paragraph of November 20th of personally attacking...

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INCE my last instalment was written, several anecdotes L. illustrative of traits of Kerry character have recurred to my memory, or come to my knowledge, which I am minded to set...

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THE CHURCH IN WALES. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOE."1 your article on " Disestablishment in Wales," in the Spectator of November 6th, you attribute" the popular dislike" of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As a resident in Syria for some years, allow me to add a line to your very interesting article on the material progress of that...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE •. EHICTATOR."] am too poor to be able to buy your admirable paper, and hence the delay in this letter. You say that I wish the price of all luxuries to...


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[To Tim EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—If a needless commotion has been excited in certain .quarters by the dealings of the Government with Sir R. Hamilton, it is certain that...

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(TO TER EDITOR Or TEl " SPECTATOR.") SIit,—My attention has been drawn to the note in your issue of November 20th, referring to the workshop which has been attached to the...


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rro rim EDITOR ON TEM " Beaurrava."] SIR,—Yon are doubtless aware of the details of the scheme which has been submitted to the University of Cambridge by the present...

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LORD SHAFTESBURY.* 'THE way in which this biography has been written by Mr. Hodder deserves very high praise. On the one hand, he has not written or revealed anything to...


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OUR STREAM. OUR Stream," my children call it—ours, although One emerald mead is all of our domain That drinks through every joyful, grassy vein 'The fruitful virtue of its...

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A STORY OF VENGEANCE.* THE passion of revenge is not

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new in romance, and is common in actual life. Ordinarily, it is a selfish and vulgar passion, operating by paltry means, and to ends that are not worthy. But there are...

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Ma. QUILTEIt'S judgments on Art have appeared for so long a time in this journal, that a good deal of this volume will be in substance familiar to our readers, and not a little...

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WE return to Mr. Dicey's masterly book, to show how

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he deals with the proposal to allow Ireland a Colonial Constitution like the Constitution of Victoria, and finally with the partly Colonial and partly Federal plan proposed...

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A CLASSICAL STORY.* THE title which Mr. Graham gives to

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his "tale of ancient :Rome" is possibly meant to discourage the anticipations which might be formed of its contents. We are not to look for an account of the doings of rulers...

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THE first of these works is very elaborately got up, each of the fifteen numbers in which it is issued being contained in a pale-pink portfolio designed with great daintiness...

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Days with Sir Roger de Corerley, illustrated by Hugh Thomson

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(Macmillan), is a reprint of the famous papers, the spirit of which the artist has caught with success, though his pictures sometimes look too much like caricatures. "Sir...

Amateur Work. Edited by the Author of "Every Man His

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Own Mechanic." Vol. V. (Ward and Lock.)—This new volume of Amateur Work is likely to be as useful as its predecessors. Not Quid- quid agunt, but Quidquid faciunt homines, is its...


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CHRISTMAS BOOKS. The Art Journal, 1886. (J. S. 'Virtue and Co.)—The Art journal is, we believe, the oldest of its class of periodicals, and still holds its own against younger...

We have received, and gladly commend to the attention of

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our readers, a new edition of Rome : its Churches, Monuments, Art, and Antiquities. (Virtue and Co.)—Mr. Way's book was noticed on its appearance some time ago in this journal....

Well - Worn Roads in Spain, Holland, and Italy. By F. Hopkinson

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Smith. (J. C. Nimmo.)—Mr. F. H. Smith is an American artist (if he did not tell us his nationality, it would be revealed by the curious phrase, "the voice of an angel, and an...

Reminiscences of the Indian. and Colonial Exhibition. Edited by Frank

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Cundall. (Clowes and Sons.)—This handsome volume, brought out with the sanction of the Royal Commission, will doubtless meet with a welcome. It seems a pity that so curious a...

More "Graphic" Pictures. By Randolph Caldecott. (Rontledge and Sons.)—Here are

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some seventy pages of sketches in colours,— " How Tankerville Smith took a Country House with a Fixture,'" "How Mr. Oakhall found Consolatiorr at-Florence," and others which...

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We Wires. By L. G. Cooper. (J. F. Shaw.)—This is

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a well written story of domestic life, especially showing the deterioration of character which the indulgence of selfishness can bring about.

A, Apple Pie, by Kate Greenaway (Routledge and Sons), is

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an alphabetical story, so to speak, told in twenty illustrations, daintily drawn and coloured, after Miss Kate Greenaway's manner, of the fortunes of an apple pie.—From the same...

His Guardian Angel. By Emily Brodie. (J. F. Shaw.)—The "guardian

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angel" is a sister, who watches over the career of a some- what ill-conditioned brother. A very good angel she is, after the initial mistake of sitting up to let him in unknown...

Charlie Lockett at School and College. (Hodder and Stonghton.)— There

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is plenty of stir and rough-and-tumble adventure in this story, and Mr. Adams is evidently well acquainted with English schools and schoolmasters. Some of Lacken's scrapes, such...

Footprints in the Forest. By Edward S. Ellis. (Cassell and

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Co.)— Mr. Ellis emulates Fenimore Cooper, with a difference. " Deerfoot" is another I7ncas, as swift of foot, as brave and as skilful in expe- dients ; but besides this he is a...

On the Banks of the Dee. A Legend of Cheater

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concerning the Fate of Harold. Preserved in the Harleian MS., British Museum. By Parnell Greene. (F. V. White and (lo.)—This story is based on the legend (which would appear not...

Linford Green. By C. Selby Lowndes. (Warne and Co.)— This

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is a story of two brothers, their mutual affection, the sacrifices which it constrains them to make for each other, and the reward which it brings them at the last. Everybody is...

The Diverting History of Three Blind Mice, illustrated by C.

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Card- well (Marcus Ward and Co.), is a delicate little volume with humorous pictures and music for the words.

Maggie's Roundabout Tales. (Routledge and Sons.)—The two hundred illustrations which

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this volume contains are chiefly of natural history. The letterpress is appropriate. Both will amuse and some- times instruct young readers.

Ronald Hallifax. By Arthur Lee Knight. (F. Warne and Co.)—

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The story begins with an adventure of drifting out to sea, being picked up by, and very soon wrecked in, a coasting vessel. After those experiences, of course, "he would be a...

Perseverance Island ; or, the Robinson Crusoe of the Nineteenth

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Century. By Douglas Frazar. (Blackie and Son.)—There is ingenuity in the central idea of this story. A man is washed ashore on an uninhabited island, with nothing but a few...

Among authors who utilise this season by inculcating religious truth,

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or by picturing the life of piety as that in which alone true and abiding happiness can be found, Miss Agnes Giberne holds a deservedly high place. She is this year represented...

One Thousand Quaint Cuts from Books of Other Days (Field

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and Taer), is a collection of illustrations from the children's books which amused former generations less prodigally supplied than the present. It will be interesting to tarn...

Views of English.Bocietei. By a Little Girl of Eleven. (Field

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and Tuer.)—One would like to know the truth about the authorship. Is the "little girl" a literary fiction ? Did she write, for instanee, about the "Sunflower League," with...

Through Trial to Triumph ; or, the Royal Way. By

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Madeline Bonavia Hunt. (Cassell and Co.)—The subject of this tale is not a happy one, being the misunderstanding, from the commencement of marriage, between a husband and wife,...

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A Short History of Parliament. By B. C. Skottowe, M.A.

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(Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Mr. Skottowe's book may be recommended as dealing very carefully and completely with one important side of Constitutional history. We are inclined to...

Mr. Ackermann (Regent Street) sends us a packet of the

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Christmas Cards of Messrs. Prang, of Boston, Massachusetts, which contain very carefully executed figures or groups of figures, birds or groups of birds, landscapes, Scc., in...

NEW EDITIONS. —Messrs. Cassell and Co. have republished, at, we believe,

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a lower price, the five volumes of Professor Henry Morley's "Library of English Literature." We have had occasion to notice these as they appeared, and we need now only recall...

We have received another volume (Vol. V., Part II.) of

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an under- taking to which we have repeatedly given a few words of well- deserved praise, The Encyclopcedic Dictionary. (Cassell and Co.) The spirit of this work, we may take the...

Joel Barlow. By Charles Burr Todd. (G. P. Patnam's Sons.)—

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Mr. Barlow was a poet of what may be called the pre-Cowper style, his principal production, "The Columbiad," being an epic which it would not be unfair to rank with the...