5 MAY 1894

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T HE First of May has been a failure this year as a Labour festival. In the different capitals the crowds gathered have been unusually small, and in none of them have the...

The most important part of his speech,—barring, perhaps, that on

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the impracticability of the Labour party, which he scolded with a somewhat dangerous frankness,—was his sugges- tion that it was desirable to include the constituent portions of...

The Calcutta correspondent of the Times, who is by no

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means a " viewy " man, repeats his telegram of April 16th, in which he reported a strange marking of the mango-trees in Behar with a plaster of mud and hair. The marking is now...

Lord Rosebery spoke at Manchester on Wednesday, and the tone

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of his speech is, to our ears, one of discouragement, not to say almost despondency. He was discouraged by the difficulty of getting any measure passed by the House of Commons;...

Lord Rosebery also made a short speech in the Manchester

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Reform Club, on Thursday, in answer to a complimentary address from the members of that club, in which, alluding to a remark made in the address that Mr. Gladstone had in...

The Chinese Government is playing the part we have always

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expected of it in Asia,—that of a Power compelled by its interests to be friendly to Great Britain. It likes bits of territory, and can get none without our consent. It has...

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

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Lord Salisbury also made some very effective remarks upon the

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Home-rule question, and the certainty that Ireland would be guided not by its citizens, but by the Irish-Americans, who do not conceal their hatred of Great Britain ; but we...

On Friday, the Government succeeded in carrying their- Scotch Grand

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Committee scheme. Sir George Trevelyan, however, gave in on Mr. Renshaw's amendment, and agreed , that the Committee of Selection in nominating the fifteen English or Irish...

Lord Salisbury delivered a most powerful speech on Thurs- day

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at Trowbridge, in which he maintained, first of all, that the dominant party was neglecting its duty in not attending to the ruin of agriculture,—a ruin which would become more...

One good result of the split in the Irish party

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is that it. encourages plain speaking. In the Irish Independent of April 24th, the Parliamentary correspondent, said to be a Nationalist M.P., writes thus of the Evicted Tenants...

An agreement has been arrived at between the Panama liquidators,

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the heirs of Baron Reinach, and IL Cornelius Herz, by which, in consideration of £60,000 to be paid by each of the two latter, all proceedings are to be stopped. M. Herz may...

On Tuesday, on the order for the second reading' of

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the Registration Bill, Sir Edward Clarke moved a resolution de- clining to proceed with the Bill " in the absence of proposals for the redress of the large inequalities existing...

On the debate of Monday night, which closed with the

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first reading of the Welsh Church Disestablishment Bill,—no- division being challenged,—we have commented at some length elsewhere. Mr. Lloyd George's vehement speech did his...

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Mr. Gladstone made a very interesting speech on Thursday in

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proposing a resolution to erect a fitting memorial to Sir Andrew Clark. He accepted the Duke of Cambridge's in- vitation not to rise from his seat, as he has been for some weeks...

The arrangements for the march of the miserable on Washington

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have for the present broken down. The decision -of the national Government has prevented any further seizure of trains ; and though many " regiments " are still in motion, they...

In the House of Commons, on Thursday, Sir Henry James

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made the most telling speech on the Registration Bill yet -delivered from the Unionist aide. The Bill, he declared, was an election agents' Bill, and would throw an enormous...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Console (2i) were on

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Friday, 100-A.

Mr. E. Spencer's Bill for creating a'Labour Ministry was -on

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Wednesday defeated on its second reading without a -division. It was opposed by both parties, Lord R. Churchill pointing out that it increased the number of Ministers, already...

At the evening meeting, the chief feature was the speech

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of Mr. George Russell (the Under-Secretary for the Home Department), who, as a most devoted Churchman, made a very earnest, not to say very passionate, speech in favour of the...

The jubilee of the Liberation Society was celebrated on Tuesday

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by a breakfast and a public meeting. At the break- fast Mr. Illingworth, M.P., who presided, declared that the Society's career had been a series of unbroken triumphs. We wish...

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NEXT WEEK IN INDIA. O UR readers will, we think, acquit the Spectator of publishing sensational articles, but we have some- thing to say this week which must be said, and which...

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LORD ROSEBERY ON GROUPS. " are constantly taunted," said Lord

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Rosebery at Manchester, on Wednesday, " with our groups in the Liberal party. They say, You are a party of irre- concilable groups ; you are not homogeneous ; you have a Welsh...

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M ONDAY'S debate on Welsh Disestablishment was singularly interesting and instructive. It taught us how blindly spasmodic,—and therefore, we hope, how temporary,—is the wrath of...

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the Labour Commission centres in the Report of the minority published on Monday by the Pall Mall Gazette. Everybody knows what the sensible majority on any Labour Commission...

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S IR EDWARD CLARKE'S speech on the second reading of the Registration Bill was in many respects a very able one. It failed, however, to keep the nose of the Government down on...

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SIR W. W. WYNN. T HE case of Sir William Watkins

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Wynn, which was mentioned in the House of Commons on Tuesday, involves some exceedingly serious questions as to the relation of the Executive Government to the county...

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M HENRY, the French Anarchist, repudiated scornfully • this day week the attempt of his advocate, Dr. G-oupil, to prove him insane, and then proceeded to give the public a...

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T HE Lord Mayor is right enough in opening a subscrip- tion for the sufferers by the earthquakes in Greece. He is the usual intermediary between foreigners who require help and...

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T HE wonderful compound eyes of insects recently formed the subject of a paper read by Lord Rayleigh before the Royal Society, recording observations of minute accuracy and...

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MR. GORE AND THE PAPAL ENCYCLICAL. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Your article on the above subject, in the Spectator of April 28th, raises a consideration which is...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TER " SPECTATOR."] was much surprised to find myself in print. I had' not the remotest idea that you would publish my letter (Spec- tator, April 21st), which...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THY " SPECTATOR."] SIE,—In your interesting article " In Praise of Pine-woods in the Spectator of April 28th, you have unduly curtailed their- extent in...


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THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Permit me, a s another " Old Invalid," to add my word to what is being said in your columns as to the evil of making books so heavy and the way the...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] have read Mr. Trevor's letter in the Spectator of April 28th with much interest, but fail to discover anything but the vaguest generalities...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SiE, — In the Spectator of April 21st there is an article on Apes, in which the following occurs :—" Monkeys, we believe alone among...

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[To THE EDITOR OP TRY "SPECTATOR. "] .8m,—Your reviewer, in his notice of my novel," She Shall be Mine," asserts that one of the incidents in it is borrowed, with- out...


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" DOMINE, QUO VADIS ? "* A. LEGEND OF THE EARLY CHURCH. [DARKENING the azure roof of Nero's world, From smouldering Rome the smoke of ruin curled; And the fierce populace went...


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THE NEW GALLERY. IF there is one act more than another which ought to be a duty, and is certainly a pleasure, to the critic of exhibitions, it is to single out and insist upon...

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PAUL BOURGET'S "UN SAINT."* IN February of last year we had occasion to review a trans- lation of some of Bourget's shorter stories, among which was- included the study...

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MANY of the civilised, and even some of the imperfectly civilised, nations of the world have been the scenes of fierce, protracted, and too often disastrous contests between the...

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SOME perverse goblin seems to haunt those who assail the House of Lords with schemes of reform. They do the destruc- tive part of the business with great dignity and...

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THE INVISIBLE PLAYMATE.* Tun mite of a book certainly has

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in it a vein of true genius for the delineation of children and the delight in children, which is considerable enough to give it true distinction. We rather wish that, tiny as...

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OWING to an accident which caused the destruction of a, large portion of his manuscripts and materials, Mr. Theal was forced to abandon his original scheme of dealing with the...

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THE Contemporary Review gives M. Jules Simon the place of honour with his plan for disarmament. The aged statesman draws an even exaggerated picture of the present situation,...

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The Mummy. By E. A. Wallis Budge, Litt.D. (Cambridge University Press.)—This volume contains a well-considered and carefully arranged manual of Egyptology. First, we have a...

Labour - Saving Machinery. By James Samuelson. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—Mr.

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Samuelson has brought together in this little volume a number of significant facts. His purpose is to produce harmonious relations between employers and employed ; the means he...

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History of the English Landed Interest. By Russell M. Gamier,

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B.A. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—In this volume, Mr. Gamier treats of the "Modern Period." He has collected, as he did in his earlier volume, a vast amount of information. This...

Church Folk - lore. By the Rev. J. Edward Vaux. (Griffith, Ferran,

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and Co.)—There is much that is curious, entertaining, and even instructive in this volume, which has for its sub-title "A Record of Some Post-Reformation Usages in the English...

The Monastery of the Grande Chartreuse. By " A Carthusian

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Monk." (Bums and Oates.)—Even the immutable Carthusian move. Can we imagine St. Bruno contemplating the publica- tion of a volume, written in France by a monk of his order,...

The Story of Egil Skallagrimsson. Translated from the Ice- landic

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by the Rev. W. C. Green. (Elliot Stock.)—This is "An Icelandic Family History of the Ninth and Twelfth Centuries," probably written in the twelfth. The Saga has two heroes, the...

The Skeptics of the French Eenaissance. By John Owen. (Swan

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Sonnenschein and Co.)—Mr. Owen follows up his work entitled "Evenings with the Skeptics," with this volume dealing fully with a special part of the subject. The plan that he...

Stories from Garshin. Translated by C. L. Voynich. (T. Fisher

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Unwin.)—The reader probably knows what to expect from a Russian teller of tales, a realism which does not shrink from the most painful effects. If the condition of the country...

The Prince of India. By Lew. Wallace. 2 vols. (Osgood,

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Mcllvaine, and Co.)—" Why Constantinople Fell" is the sub- title of General Wallace's new story. This will indicate the scene and the time. The " Prince" is no less a personage...

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Centenary History of the South Place Society. By Moncure D.

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Conway, M.A. (Williams and Norgate.)—This is an interesting record of a place with many associations, not the less interesting because it tells us how very far it has moved away...

Studies in Character. By Sophie Bryant, D.Sc. (Swan Sonnen- schein

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and Co.)—We cannot discuss the topics of which Mrs. Bryant treats. To do so, would take us over a very large por- tion of the realm of morals and life. But we may commend the...

The Rights of Women. By H. Ostrogorski. (Swan Sonnenschein and

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Co.)—This is a very complete résumé of the whole case. The right of succession to the Throne, the possession of the suffrage, " collective sovereignty," as it is styled, local...

In an Alpine Valley, By G. Manville Fenn. 3 vols.

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(Hurst and Blackett.)—We hope that Mr. Manville Fenn has not drawn his Bedford Row solicitor from the life. As it is, his story will sensibly diminish the confidence with which...

The Hebrew Twins. By the late Samuel Cox, D.D. (T.

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Fisher Unwin.)—Dr. Cox left this volume, consisting of sermons which he had preached to his congregation at Nottingham, prepared for the Press. It represents, therefore, his...

The Quatrains of Omar Khayyam. Translated by E. H. Whin-

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field. (Kagan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—This is a new edition of a volume in " Triibner's Oriental Series." Mr. Whinfield has selected two hundred and fifty of the Quatrains as the...

Six Common Things. By E. F. Benson. (Osgood, Mclivaine, and

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Co.)—These sixteen sketches and essays have no little attrac- tion about them. The first, with its unpretending account of an early experience of the writer—the change from...

The Pilgrim in Old England. By Amory H. Bradford. (J.

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Clarke and Co.)—Mr. Bradford came over from the States to take stock of the condition of English Congregationalism, and, as a necessary part of the subject, of what he calls the...

A Naughty Girl. By J. Ashby Sterry. (Bliss, Sands, and

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Foster.)—This is a well-told and readable story. The writer lays his scene, for a part of his story, in Great Ormond Street, a locality which he describes with evident...

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Two small books which merely call for passing notice are

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Biz Generations of Friends in Ireland and the second series of Quaker Pictures, by J. M. R. Whitten. Both books are published by Mr. E. Hicks. In Six Generations of Friends in...

Some Memories of Books, Authors, and Events. By James Bertram.

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(Constable and Co.)—This is a volume of artless gossip on the trade aspects of literature and journalism in Edinburgh when the century was young, and one which incidentally...