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Another singular report comes from Vienna, where mer- chants profess

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to have received telegrams declaring that if Pekin is threatened, the Court will move to Nankin, the ancient Chinese capital. They have even ordered the palaces there to be got...

The nobles in Galicia as well as Posen are evidently

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alarmed by the German Emperor's attitude towards them, and have put forward through the Gaceta Narodowa a rather striking argument to prove the loyalty both of Austrian and...

The reports from Japan still speak of Moukden as the

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first 'objective of the Japanese Commander-in-Chief. They may be publishing this merely as a blind, though Colonel Maurice agrees that this would be their best course, but the...

The German Emperor appears to be dissatisfied with his Polish

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subjects, or possibly with the aristocratic section of them. Speaking at Thorn on Saturday, his Majesty compli- mented the city on remaining thoroughly German, and warned the...

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T HERE is not much news this week from the Far East, but what there is, is favourable to the Japanese. The best accounts of the battle off the Yaloo seem to show that the...


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With the "SPECTATOR" of Saturday, October 13th, will be issued, Iratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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On Monday afternoon, at Glasgow, Mr. Courtney, address. ing a

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meeting of Liberal Unionists, dwelt upon the im- portance of not allowing Home-rule to be overlaid with other issues. They must resist the temptation to fall' into a state of...

The Portuguese are in great and reasonable alarm for the

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fate of Lorenzo Marquez, the port at the head of Delagoa Bay, and geographically one of the most important points in South Africa. It is being threatened by some seven thousand...

The slave-dealing case at Cairo has ended in an odd

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way. The two Pashas accused were, it will be remembered, acquitted, but the third and greater Pasha, Ali Pasha Shereef, lately President of the Legislative Council, has...

The Times' correspondent in Paris, a very shrewd observer for

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all hie conceit, seems to be thunderstruck with the result of the election at Nogent-sur-Seine. This district has been represented by M. Casimir - Perier, that is, by a...

On the same evening, Mr. Chamberlain addressed a great gathering

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in the Coliseum, and was received with an enthusiasm which seems to have been unusual even for him, —no doubt the result of the reaction which has followed "the whirlwinds of...

Mr. Courtney, in the evening, spoke at a public meeting

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in the City Hall. He dealt ably and at length with the question of Private Bill Legislation. Why should not the principle of circuit be applied ? "Might not the tribunal be sent...

The Mikis, in an article on Mr. Chamberlain's recent speech,

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gives a reason for maintaining two Chambers which is well worth consideration. It points out that the tendency towards the multiplication of groups and parties makes a Second...

Mr. Chamberlain spoke on Tuesday at a Liberal-Unionist Federation Conference

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held at Leeds. Like Mr. Courtney, he insisted on the danger of letting Home-rule fall into the background. The shortness of English political memory, and our habit of being...

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Surely the price of wheat has touched bottom. On Monday

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last "a good sample of Fen wheat" was sold at Sleaford market for 16s, 6d. per quarter, and many excellent lots, such as last year would have fetched 25s. per quarter, sold at...

M. Dnpuy has ordered all Prefects throughout France to prohibit

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and prevent bull-fights. That is a rapid as well as a. complete triumph for the opponents of cruelty to animals.

Lady Burdett-Coutts had allowed some of her stablemen to paint

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their stables, paying them, of course, an extra fee. The North-West London Operative House-Painters' and Decorators' Trade Society therefore sent her ladyship a letter...

Whenever Lord Rosebery passes by a Scotch burgh, they rush

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out and make him a burgess. This week the people of Dornoch and of Tain caught him in company with the Duke of Sutherland, and gave them both the freedom of their towns. In his...

On Thursday, the Central News published a very interesting piece

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of news in regard to the manning of the mercantile cruisers, in respect of which an annual subsidy is paid by the Treasury. The Admiralty propose that these cruisers shall in...

We sincerely regret to hear of the death, at Eastbourne,

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of the second Principal of Owens College, Manchester, who was also the first Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria University, Dr. Greenwood, to whose scholarship, energy, tact, and...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Consols (4) were on

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Friday, 1011-.

Poor Mr. Morley ! He would govern India or the

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Colonies fairly well ; but fate, in setting him to rule Ireland, has given him a bard row to hoe. He wants to administer law and justice, but he also wants the votes of the...

Mr. W. L. Wilson, chairman of the Ways and Means

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Committee in the American House of Representatives, made a rather remarkable speech on Thursday to the London Chamber of Commerce. He is much more confident than Englishmen are...

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THE WAR IN THE EAST. W E must recur to the Corean War, though there is no exciting fresh news. The British public does not yet realise how complete an overturn of all ideas...

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T HERE is a certain cold -bloodedness about Mr. Courtney's Unionism which makes it very un- attractive, not to say irritating, to many members of his party. He has none of those...

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III. of Russia is ill is probably founded upon serious facts. The state- ment comes in from all sides, and is not discredited by the circumstance that every correspondent has...

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W E trust the public has read the extraordinary letter which the Chief Secretary for Ireland addressed on the 21st inst. to Mr. W. O'Brien, M.P., and which was published...

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M R. CHAMBERLAIN did good service at Leeds in pointing out a very real danger which confronts the • country,—the danger of the establishment of a sovereign, unchecked, and...

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THE RADICALS OF TOULOUSE. T HE French Government have struck the

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first blow in what may prove to be a conflict of great im- portance. They have dissolved the Municipal Council of Toulouse, and removed the Prefect of the department. This is a...

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"STRUWWELPETER." L AST week the children of Europe and America lost

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their poet-laureate, Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann, the im- mortal author of the songs that tell of Shockheaded Peter, Harriet and the Matches, and the Blackamoor. If the babies could...

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T HE ordinary Englishman finds it a little difficult to understand the contest which has been raging in Italy over Signor Crispi's faith. The aged Minister, though by no means...

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" I T is impossible to foretell," says R6aumur, "what obstacles may arise to hinder truth." Reaumur was speaking rather of the dangers which may arise from accepted fictions...

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T HE discussion that has now for some time been carried on in the columns of the Daily News as to the best method of saving upon a modest income, is not altogether an...

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I N the current number of the English Historical Review a controversy which has been carried on in that periodical as well as in the Quarterly and the Contemporary with no...

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HAUNTS OF ANCIENT PEACE.—IV. "And one, an English home. Gray twilight poured On dewy pastures, dewy trees, Softer than sleep; all things in order stored, A haunt of ancient...

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"THE SUNNY DAYS OF YOUTH." [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " evecTAToR.•] SIR,—In the Spectator of September 22nd, in the very in- teresting review of "The Sunny Days of Youth," the...


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[To THE EIMTOR OF THE 4. STEOTATOIL,"] Srit„—Do you not concede too much to the latest exponent of the fallacy that this is a specially mercenary age ? You say "money can give...

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[To THE EDITOR or THE " EIPEOTLTOR."1 Sin,—How common vine-growing once was in England, may be seen from the following lines in the media3val romance, " Alexander " (Weber, i.,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOR.1 In,—Writing of Mr. Delves's address to the Trade-Union Congress at Norwich, in the Spectator of September 8th, you say :—"Still more...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR,—One might have expected a paper like the Spectator* to to give us something a little more profound or original than the regulation list...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Permit me to remark that you are mistaken in identi- fying General Tao, the present opponent of Field-Marshal Count Yamagebta, with the...

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DR. HEINRICH HOFFMANN, AUTHOR OF " STRUWWELPETER. " B. 1809; d. 1894. So quietly he walked the earth Made brighter by his kindling mirth, So gently, that in England few Knew...

ge THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sra,—The author of

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the interesting article on "English Vineyards," in the Spectator of September 22nd, is mistaken in supposing that "the practice of wine-making has ceased in this country for...


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AD AMIOIIM. DEAR Acton, next Wednesday, at dinner, I cannot but honestly think You ' ll find that my claret is thinner Than that you ' re accustomed to drink. Twelve shillings...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin, — It seems to me that your correspondent, Mr. Herbert, puts effect before cause, since it is pretty certain that roads came into...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Why not honour the memory of Captain Cook by endowing a, cadet ship, such as described in the Spectator of September 15th? Call it the...

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ON o'er the pastures, where the mountain flowers Starring the sward trim garden beds outshew ! On through sweet pine-woods, cross the torrents' flow; On o'er vast boulder...


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LABOUR AND THE POPULAR WELFARE,* Mn. NAMLOCK is a many-sided writer. His lucidity of style and thought and his keen and rather malicious humour have long ago made his name...

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OLiremearr is for once in the van of fashion. It is, we suppose, the recently quickened interest in all questions relating to the nature and claims of women, which accounts for...

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PRIMITIVE MAN.* THE public mind is apt to be a

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little confused on the subject of primitive man. People sometimes talk as if "the ancient Britons," or the builders of Stonehenge and Avebury, and the men who used the flint...

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A TRANSLATOR'S work is like engraving from a picture ; devoid alike of the pain and of the exultation which attend creative effort, and condemned to an inherent imperfection by...

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THE wives of some explorers have shared their labours, if not their fame, Lady Baker to wit, and several ladies have pene- trated Central Africa, but hitherto the Arctic...

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THIS is a book of travel of real novelty as well as of genuine attraction. Mrs. Miln, the authoress, is a travelling actress, as her title purports, and visited Japan and China,...

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Richard Dare, By Mrs. Alfred Baldwin. 2 vols. (Smith and

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Elder.)—This is a remarkably powerful story, one of the very best which we have seen for some time. Richard Dare, son of a drunken blacksmith, runs away from his home, and,...


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For Love and Liberty. By Alfred Harcourt. 2 vols. (Chapman and Ha,11.)—Some years ego the historical novel or romance seemed to have fallen somewhat out of public favour ; but...

The Letters of Thomas Lovell Beeloloes. Edited, with Notes, by

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Edmund Gosse. (Mathews and Lane.)—Thomas Lovell Beddoes was a fine critic, as is abundantly shown in these letters, and a poet of moderate power. His letters make mention of...

A Bankrupt Heart. By Florence Marryat. 3 vols. (F. 'V.

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White and Co.)—Miss Florence Marryat has on several occasions seemed to go out of her way in search of unpleasant and unsavoury themes, and her treatment of them has not tended...

round the questions which he discusses is doubtful. He occupies,

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we see, the post of vantage which a head-master's chair affords,— an admirable opportunity for enunciating principles, not so favour- able for application to practice. Dr. Fry...

Conciliation and Arbitration in Labour Disputes. By J. Stephen Jeans.

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(Crosby Lockwood and Son.)—Mr. jeans has added one more to the multitude of books on the vexed questions of capital and labour, and has given some fair illustrations of the...

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What One Woman Thinks. Essays by Haryot Holt Cahoon. Edited

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by Cynthia W. Westover. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—We have no particular fault to find with the essays. We do not find in them the result which might have been expected from the united...

Phil Hathaway's Failures. By George Heise. 3 vols. (Henry.) —This

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is a story which would have been all the better if the ukase lately issued by the circulating libraries about three-volume novels had been published before it was put into...

Joanna Trail, Spinster. (W. Heinemann.)—Joanna Trail, who has been dependent

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for thirty years and more of her life, suddenly finds herself the possessor of a fair inheritance and her own mistress. The life which she at last feels really to belong to...

Dick Wylder. By Richard Pendorel. 2 vols. (Remington and Co.)—There

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is much tedious reading in Dick Wylder and too many characters, some of them being almost impossible. It requires a more skilled pen than Richard Penderel's to keep so many...

The White 'Virgin. By G. Manville Fenn. 2 vols. (Chatto

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and Windus.)—This is a striking story, with all the characteristics which we are accustomed to see in Mr. Penn's fiction. The "white virgin 'S is a mine with which the fortunes...

An Interloper. By F. M. Peard. 2 vols. (Bentley and

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Son.) —The " interloper " is a girl, the daughter of a wealthy bourgeois, who marries into the family of the Beaudrillarts. She is well-educated, she is beautiful, and her money...

Early Church History. By J. Vernon Bartlett, M.A. (Religious Tract

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Society.)—This "Sketch of the First Four Centuries" is a fair and thoughtful review of the subject, taken from the Congre- gational standpoint, it is true, but not the less...

Oliver Wendell Holmes. By Walter Jerrold. (Swan Sonnen- schein and

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Co.)—Mr. Jerrold discusses successively the various subdivisions of his subject. "The Man," "The Poet," "The Novelist," "The Autocrat and Teacher," and "The Doctor" are treated...

Studies in Forestry. By John Nisbet. (Clarendon Press.)— We really

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know very little about economic forestry in this country, even those of us who are sensible of our deficiencies. Sir H. Maxwell, who drew attention to the national ignorance in...

English Orders : Whence Obtained. By the Rev. John Bambridge

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Smith, M.A. (Skeffington and Son.)—Mr. J. B. Smith sets himself to prove that "the present Archbishops and Bishops of the English Church undoubtedly, and all but exclusively,...

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Little Folks Magazine. (Cassell and Co.)—Of this favourite magazine we

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have the first half-yearly volume. It is of the usual good quality, and, besides its other attractions, contains a fine story from the pen of Mrs. Molesworth, second to none...