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'1 21, 1894, INDEX. FROM JANUARY 6th TO JUNE 30th, 1894, INCLUSIVE, TOPICS OF THE DAY. A CHILL, the Isle of ... 896 yr African Scandal, the ............777 After Me—What...

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The Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise for Decem- ber

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25th, 1893, contains a financial report addressed to the Senate, which gives a complete list of all vessels now under construction for the French Navy, or contemplated in the...


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T HE French Government signalised the first day of the year by a blow at the Anarchists, struck with its usual energy when resolved, and its usual desire for histrionic effect....

On Monday it became known that a compromise had been

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agreed to between the Government and the heads of the Opposition, which would carry the Local Government Bill through the House of Commons by January 19th. In consider- ation of...

There mustle a deep-rooted fear of coming social change Austria,

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or the Pesther-Lloyd, perhaps the ablest news- paper in the Empire, would not use the strange arguments with which it defends the present enormous armaments. They are, it says,...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.


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With the " SPECTATOR" of Saturday, January 27th, will be issued, -gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

Sicily appears to be on the edge of a social

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convulsion. The closely packed population of that island-3,250,000 on 10,000 square miles, or say, a third of Scotland—has been discon- tented for years past, and an innovation...

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The acceptance of this compromise has immensely ac- celerated the

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passing of the Bill through Committee. Indeed, by Thursday night, the seventy-first or last clause had been added to the Bill, though many new and postponed clauses, of course,...

On Thursday still further progress was made with the Parish

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Councils Bill, and by the end of the sitting the last of the old clauses was reached, and only the new and postponed clauses now remain to be dealt with. The most interesting-...

On Tuesday, the House of Commons, after passing the clause

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transferring certain licensing duties from the Justices to the District Councils, took up the question of applying the Poor-law portion of the Bill to London and the...

The unbroken success of the Chartered Company in Mata- beleland

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has been chequered by a painful disaster. There is. little room to doubt that Major Wilson and his forty troopers have been defeated by the Matabele, and most of them slain. Mr....

The first signs of the coming compromise became visible yesterday

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week, when Mr. Fowler proposed a new subsection to Clause 19 of the Local Government Bill, allowing the Boards of Guardians to elect a chairman and vice-chairman by co-option...

Mr. Cecil Rhodes arrived at Cape Town on Wednesday from

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Matabeleland, and was presented with an address of welcome, signed by the Mayor and other eminent citizens, in eluding Mr. Hofmeyer. In his reply, the Premier of the Colony,...

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The Gazette of January 3rd announces that the Queen has

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conferred the Victoria Cross upon Surgeon-Major Lloyd, of the Army Medical Staff, for his gallantry during the opera- tions against the Kachins last year. Daring the attack on...

The position of the United States Treasury begins to excite

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serious alarm among Americans. Only three years ago the Washington Government was regarded as financially the strongest in the world, but the mad extravagance through which...

The Archbishop of Canterbury has published, in the Canterbury Diocesan

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Gazette, a message to his diocese, "Excita to ipsum, admone to ipsum, quidquid de aliis sit, non negligas to ipsum," to which he adds : " Unwatchful- mess over Self, is the...

On December 23th, Mr. Dillon addressed a Nationalist meeting at

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Lurgan in words which even he will find it diffi- cult to explain away. He told his audience that he would explain to them why "we are not encouraging any [land] agitation in...

On Monday, the Manchester Ship-Canal was unofficially opened for traffic—the

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formal and ceremonial opening is to take place later—and Manchester became a sea-port, with a harbour-master, a Custom-house, and every other attribute of ocean traffic. By 3...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (24) were on

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Friday 981-988.

Mr. Labouchere, speaking at Northampton on Wednesday, indugged in a

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grand tirade against the Matabele War, and attacked the English settlers there for treating the Africans as if they were not human beings, on the strength of asser- tions which...

The Viennese correspondent of the Times, who is well informed,

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though probably by Austrians, draws a gloomy picture of affairs in Servia. The Radicals have completely destroyed the finances, chiefly by corrupt lenity in levying the taxes,...

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THE COMPROMISE WITH THE OPPOSITION. A CHANGE has come over the policy of the Govern- ment since last week, and there is now evidence that instead of desiring to multiply the...

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I T is a pity that it would not pay the journals of Europe to launch their special correspondents into Sicily. They would behold a most interesting scene, which, if well...

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I F Mr. Cecil Rhodes is wise, he will refrain from threatening the people of this country as he did at the Cape last Wednesday. They have stood a good deal from him, but he will...

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O F course there ought to be no kind of doubt as to the result of the Horncastle election. Mr. Stanhope was carried by a good substantial majority in 1892 of over seven hundred...

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THE DECAY OF JURIES. T HE verdict in the Aiguer-Mortes affair

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is a very bad business from whatever point of view it may be re- garded. That affair was really a massacre of Italian workmen by French workmen, because the former were Italians...

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M ANCHESTER is a port. That is for England one of the most important changes of the new year. It means that for commercial purposes the sea has been brought into the heart of...

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I N the last two numbers of the Jewish Quarterly Review there have been two interesting articles by Mr. Oswald John Simon, on Missionary and Reformed Judaism, in which the...

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T HE change that has taken place in the current meaning attached to the words " nerves " and "nervous," is evi- dently significant of a deeper and more important change within...

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T N the winter storms like that which raged on the London Thames on Wednesday last, the seafowl ascend the rivers inland, and the land-birds seek the coast. In this, each kind...

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MAJOR PERCY ' S MISSION AFTER WATERLOO. [To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — Unfortunately I missed my Spectator of December 23rd, but to-day my attention was called...


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A STUDY IN CONTRASTS. * I. BY cliff and chine, and hollow-nestling wood Thrilled with the poignant savour of the era, All in the crisp light of a wintry morn, • We are...


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SIR, — An interesting memorial of Major Percy ' s Mission is preserved at Alnwick Castle. A lady at the Brussels ball gave to Major Percy an embroidered velvet pocket-handker-...


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[To THE EDITOR OP TEE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — Your interesting article on Dean Stanley ' s historical imagination, in the Spectator of December 23rd, 1893, is, in many respects,...

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MR. DE VERB'S " MEDI2EVAL RECORDS."* Mn. DE MERE has probably more true sympathy with the" Middle Ages, though he can see where they fall short of the ideal, both as regards...

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Mn. VIZETELLY'S backward glances are often turned to the " seamy side " of things, especially of things literary and artistic, with which he has had a good deal, in one way or...

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THE principal and most interesting portion of A Witch's Legacy describes the extraordinary adventures of valuable jewels that are found and loot, whirled from the West Indies to...

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WE are aware of the axiom that poets are " born " and not " made," and in our ignorance we should have applied the saying to novelists also, until we read this fragmentary auto-...

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THREE things of paramount interest emerge from Captain Lugard's fascinating and closely packed volumes. First, Captain Lugard himself ; next, the merits of his much- debated...

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IN the Nineteenth Century the most readable paper in not a very strong number is Professor Huxley's obituary notice of Pro- fessor Tyndall. It shows the literary faults of its...

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Some Minor Arts as Practised in. England. With many illus- trations. (Seeley and• Co.)—Five authors contribute to this singularly attractive volume. Mr. C. H. Read writes on...

The Post - Office London Directory, 1894. (Kelly and Co.) — This huge volume,

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big enough to contain, say, all the literature of Greece that has come down to us, continues to grow still more huge year by year. (A convenient arrangement gives, we see, to a...

Scottish Fairy and Polk - Tales. Selected and edited by Sir George

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Douglas, Bart. (Walter Scott.)—It is a pity that Sir George Douglas should have prefixed to his excellent and extremely in- teresting collection a portentously long...

To Gipsyland. By Joseph and Elizabeth Pennell. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—One

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could be sure that two such artists as Mr. and Mrs. Pennell would be in their element in recording with combined pen and pencil the Romany. Mrs. Pennell describes with...

The Riviera: Etchings and Vignettes. By A. Amsted. With Notes

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by the Artist. (Seeley and Co.)—Round About Snowdon. Thirty Plates. By T. Huson, R.I., R.P.E. With Notes by J. J. Hissey. (Seeley and Co.)—If Christmas has its draw- backs, we...

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In the series of the " Cambridge Bible for Schools

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and Colleges," we have The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon. By H. C. G. Moule, M.A. (Cambridge University Press.)—Mr. Moule acknow- ledges in liberal terms his...

British Forest Trees. By John Nisbet, D.CEc. (Macmillan.)— We do

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not know whether the via prima salutes for British agri- culture, in its present imperilled condition, is to be found in " silviculture," but there is at least a chance of help...

The Old Manorial Halls of Westmorland and Cumberland. By Michael

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Waistell Taylor, M.D. (T. Wilson, Kendal.)—Dr. Taylor died while this work was passing through the press ; in its com- plete form it owes something to the care of a friend, who...

Princeton Sketches. By George R. Wallace. (G. P. Patnam's Sons.)—Mr.

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West, who is a young graduate of the New Jersey University (" Class of '91 " is his description of himself), tells the "Story of Nassau Hall" from the beginning. The foundation...

The Iron Pirate. By Max Pemberton. (Cassell and Co.)—This is

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an animated and exciting romance of the sea. Its theme is the possibilities of naval enterprise in the future. The " Iron Pirate" is an adventurer who, availing himself of all...

Mothers in Council. Edited by Charlotte M. Yonge. (Wells Gardner,

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Darton, and Co.)—This is the third annual volume of an excellent magazine, full of sound, practical wisdom, often ex- pressed with admirable terseness and force. Some little...

The Expository Times, edited by the Rev. James Hastings (T.

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and T. Clark, Edinburgh), is another annual volume which we may highly commend, as, indeed, we may do anything, periodical or other, that comes out from the publishing house...