7 MARCH 1896

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The Italians, of coarse, explain their defeat by the presence

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of French and Russian officers with Menelek, but it may be ques. tioned if any Anglo-Indian General accustomed to mountain warfare would agree with them. Drill does not improve...

The Italians are not taking their misfortune quite well. Defeat

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makes Southern multitudes hot instead of cold, and the populace, instead of discussing calmly the beat way to repair disaster, as the Americans did after Bull Run and we dtd...

The American people—not the American Executive—are more than half-inclined for

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a war with Spain. They dislike Spain, they would like to see Cuba a Republic, and they think the long duration of the insurrection gives them a fair chance of intervening. The...

Mr. Goschen made the statement of his programme for the

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administration of the Navy on Monday, and a profoundly interesting statement it was, though it contained no com- parison between our naval strength and that of the other naval...

NEWTS OF THE - mum T HE Italians have suffered a great

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disaster in Abyssinia, one, indeed, greater than has ever occurred in modern times to white men in Africa. General Basatieri, the officer in supreme civil and military command...

* 4 , 4 ' The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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After giving an estimate of the naval force that has

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re3ulted and is resulting from the work of the last seven years (of which we have said something in another column), Mr. Gosehen stated what he proposed to add to the ships...

The discussion, on going into Supply, on the Navy Estimates,

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was concluded on Thursday evening, when Sir Charles Dilke made a very pessimistic speech, declaring that the Government scheme was quite inadequate to the emergency; that the...

Mr. Hofmeyr, leader of the Dutch Afrikander party at the

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Cape, has addressed a remarkable letter to Mr. De Villiers, a friend in the Transvaal. He states that he has broken with Mr. Rhodes because that gentleman "must have known, nay...

The foreign part of Lord Rosebery's speech, after a gibe

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about the policy of the Government in Siam being a repudia- tion of all they had said in Opposition, was chiefly taken up with the Armenian problem. After asking whether our...

The Times of Tuesday published, on the authority of the

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North China Daily News, the details of a Treaty between China and Russia, which Li Hung Chang is to sign on his approaching visit to St. Petersburg. The Treaty includes an...

On Tuesday night Lord Rosebery was the guest of the

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Eighty Club. After pleasantly reminding the chairman, Sir Edward Grey, that "anybody who has lived with an Under- Secretary like Sir Edward Grey must feel that, even as...

Mr. Chamberlain, questioned on Thursday about the con- ditions on

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which Dr. Jameson and his force surrendered to the Boers, gave an admirably clear and impartial reply :— (1) That the commandant of the Boer forces had distinct orders to insist...

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The report presented at the annual meeting of the Charity

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Organisation Society, held at the Royal United Service Insti- tution on Tuesday last, showed that this much misunderstood and much abused body is doing its good, work—and there...

The debate of Tuesday on Armenia, in the HOLM of

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Commons, was a very feeble affair. Mr. S. Smith moved a resolution that the House regarded the sufferings of the Armenians with deep sympathy, and " trusted that further efforts...

The French papers record a remarkable betrothal, "Philippe VII." and

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the whole House of Orleans having agreed to the marriage of a Princess, the daughter of the Due de Chartres, with the son of Marshal Macmahon, Due de Magenta. If this is a...

A remarkable debate took place yesterday week on Mr. Labonchere's

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proposal to reduce the supplementary vote of 217,000 for sundry colonial services by £15,000 wanted for the West India island of Dominica, which Mr. Labouchere supposed to be a...

An interesting experiment on the licensing system, in - the Bishop

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of Cheater's sense, has been made within the Corporation of Birmingham. The Corporation opened, in September, 1894, a public-house in Elan village for the purpose of trying how...

An interesting discussion took place in the House of Corn.

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mons on Wednesday in regard to Sir A. Hickman's Bill allowing local authorities, if they were satisfied as to the security, to advance not more than 2150 to working men earn-...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2!) were on Friday, 109i.

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THE ITALIAN DISASTER IN ABYSSINIA. T HE disaster which the Italians have suffered in Abyssinia is a terrible one ; they are bound by all the feelings which make nations to...

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M R. GOSCHEN'S statement on Monday was of a kind to show how very elaborate an instrument a large Navy is, and how many preparations we must make in a considerable number of...

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W E are not quite so anxious as some of our con- temporaries that Mr. Kruger should come here. He will no doubt revive some of his early impressions as to the irresistible...

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W E have heard a great deal this week of the fierce and vindictive loathing with which two or three of the old Conservatives of Birmingham,—if there be, indeed, more than one of...

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-O NE cannot conceive a more pathetic situation than that of sincere and earnest Gladstonians engaged in listen- rig to or reading Lord Rosebery's speech at the Eighty Club. It...

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W E wonder if sensible Americans, who, we suppose, in, the last resort rule the United States, as sensible Englishmen rule Great Britain, have any idea of the pace at which...

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F OR some days or weeks past Oxford, if we may trust the tales that reach us, has lost its characteristic charm. Repose has become a thing unknown. Life has been made burdensome...

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R EUTER'S agent, telegraphing to the Press from Rome on Monday, declares that the Pope, addressing the Cardinals on that day, had stated that he '• had been pained by a...

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T HERE is a danger in attempting to define Qnixotry; moreover, we generally define a thing to save ourselves the trouble of understanding it. But a definition is some- times a...

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March contains a history of the rise and progress of the "irrigation farms " of the arid belt of North America. The writer, Mr. William Smythe, describes nothing less than a...

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CROMWELL AND THE PSALTER. [To TIM EDITOR or TIM " SraorAlon."] SIR,—Do you care to record a speculation, not a likely one I admit, about Cromwell's use of the Psalter P...

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[TO TUN EDITOR or TER "EPTICTATOR."1 SIR,—Perhaps you may think the following " bulls " worth recording. In the Irish House of Commons of 1795, during a debate on the...


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THE OUTDOOR CHURCH. THE carven pillars of the trees, The flowered mosaic of the grass, The green transparent traceries Of leaf on leaf that lightly lies And lightly move when...


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SLATIN PASHA IN THE S017DAN.• IT would seem jejune and conventional to call this a remark- able book. In its own field it is absolutely unique. Nowhere else in the world of...

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ANN MORGAN'S LOVE.* Mn. Minser, who is, if we mistake

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not, the author of "Dorothy," a poem which was received with great appre- ciation by its readers a good many years ago, calls his new poem a "pedestrian poem," by which we...

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lessons taught by some books to their readers take a long time to spread. In introducing his amusing remi- niscences to the world, Mr. Stacy Marks once informed us that they...

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is sure to be read with interest just now, and it is at such a time of stir and ferment, when a distant part of the world has come suddenly into the strong glare of public...


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"THE Revolution, by the aide of youthful figures of giants, such as Denton, Saint-Just, and Robespierre, has young ideal figures, like Roche and Marceau ; "with these words from...

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THE magazines for March are full, like the papers, of Mr. Rhodes and Smith Africa; but we do not know that any of the essays add much to current wisdom. The Marquis of Lorne, in...

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One of the leading foreign crises of the time is reflected in the excellent March number of the Sunday at Home — the seventeenth of what promises to be a very interesting and...

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Melody : the Story of a Child. By Laura E.

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Richards. (Gay and Bird.)—The child is blind and has a lovely voice, a gift with which she is content to bless those about her, not caring to purchase the applause and favour of...

A Gentleman Adventurer. By John Bloundell-Burton. (Andrew Melrose.)—This "Story of

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Panama" is a very spirited narrative of adventure. It tells how a certain Hugh Bellenden journeyed to the Isthmus to take part in the colonisation scheme which William Fergusson...

The Paintings of Venice. By Karl Karoly. (Boll and Sons.)—

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This "Historical and Critical Account of All the Pictures in Venice" is a very bandy and portable volume. Mr. Karoly gives us, by way of introduction, a chart of the Venetian...

The Great Secret. By Hume Nisbet. (F. V. White and

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Co.)— There is a falling-away in Hume Nisbet's latest romance ; it is very unequal, almost slipshod in the beginning, and occasionally very crude. What is the secret? If it be...

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The Ancient Egyptian Doctrine of the Immortality. By Alfred Wiedemann.

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(Grevel and Co.)—Dr. Wiedemann unravels with much skill this perplexing subject, and explains by these means ithe elaborate ceremonial which attended the preservation and...

We have received the sixth volume of the History of

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Canada, by William Kingsford (Rowsell and Hutchison, Toronto ; Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.) The period covered is 1808-1815, including the war of 1812, down to the Treaty of...

The Demagogue and Lady Phayre. By William J. Locke. (W.

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Heinemann.)—This is a powerful story in which the characters and circumstances of a not uncommon tragedy are skilfully com- bined. Daniel Goddard is a champion of the working...

The Natural History of Plants. From the German of Anton

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Kerner von Marilaun. Translated and edited by F. W. Oliver, M.A., with the assistance of Marian Busk, B.Sc., and Mary Ewart, B.Sc. Vol. IV. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—The...

A Deadly Foe. By Adeline Sergeant. (Hutchinson and Co.)— This

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"Romance of the Northern Seas" has a touch of Jules Verne in it, or perhaps we should go a little further back and say, of Herodotus and his Hyperboreans, the people who lived...

Falconer Madan, whose experience at the Bodleian makes him an

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authority of the first order, describes the work of the Biblio- graphical Society. Mr. Austin Dobson discourses pleasantly on " Puckle's 'Club," an obscure but by no means...

Cock Robin, and other Stories. By F. Carruthers Gould. (West-

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minster Gazette Office.) —Mr. Gould writes his fanciful stories about birds and beasts confabulating very well. And if his text is good, his illustrations, as might be supposed,...

The Expositor. Edited by W. Robertson Nicoll, M.A. Fifth Series.

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Vol. II. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—There is nothing more generally interesting in this volume than Professor R anisay's contributions. These relate to the Acts, and will be found...