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The Lord Chancellor took the opportunity of the meeting of

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Parliament to make a personal statement in regard to "the imputations of misconduct made against him." "There is just this grain of truth, and this alone, in all the state-...

Lord Rosebery had very little to say in reply. He

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regretted keenly the death of Lord Swansea, who had been so fall of enthusiasm for the Disestabliahment of the Welsh Church, and hoped Lord Battersea would take up the role of...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The debate in the Lords which followed Lord FIerschell's explanation,

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was chiefly remarkable for Lord Salisbury's brilliant speech, and the Duke of Devonshire's promise to consider with care and candour the proposals of the Govern- ment in...

In the Howe of Commons on Tuesday, after the Address

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had been moved by Mr. Hobhottse and seconded by Mr. Holland, Mr. Balfour declared that be did not intend to criticise the Foreign policy of the Government, not because he had...


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T HE fourth Session of the present Parliament was opened on Tuesday with a Royal Message which is unusually grammatical and unusually dull. The Queen regrets that the war...

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On Thursday the Government agreed to appoint a Select Committee

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to inquire into the distress of the unemployed, and the power possessed by local authorities to relieve it, and thereby have satisfied Mr. Keir Hardie, and for the time secured...

There has been another scene in the French Chamber, not

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without its importance. The French troops, when landed in Madagascar, are to be transported through the malarious belt in river-gunboats, to avoid the terrible havoc caused by...

The special correspondent employed by Renter's Agency to inquire into

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the Armenian atrocities, reports from Tiflis that they actually occurred. Some Armenian peasants in Sassoon, he says, were fighting Kurds in self-defence, when orders arrived...

Sir William Harcourt had little to say in reply, only

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in- sisting that but for the obstruction of the Opposition in the Commons, and the hostility of the Lords, many of these Bills would pass, and would prove very beneficial. To a...

The effect of the Amnesty decreed in France has been

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to let loose every kind of enemy, not only of the Government, but of society. M. Breton, for example, who, just before the murder of M. Carnot, wrote: "Not a Frenchman would...

The Queen, it will be noticed, mentions that the Powers

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interested—that is, in fact, Russia, France, and Germany— are "cordially" agreed with her in their policy as to the war in the Far East. That is a noteworthy remark, the more so...

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On Wednesday, Mr. Chamberlain addressed a mass- meeting in Stepney

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on London municipal questions. We have p3inted out elsewhere how deeply we regret the fact that Mr. Chamberlain failed to accept the very reasonable pro- posals of the Royal...

Policy may have rendered it unadvisable to sing Mr. T.

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D. Sullivan's "Dirty Little England" at public meetings in Ireland, but every now and then the Irish Press gives us some delightful example of the "Union of Hearts." Here is an...

In the Times of Thursday, Mr. Brunner records the most

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valuable piece of evidence yet obtained in regard to the eight- hours day. He shows that the experiment has been tried during a period of five years in the works of Messrs....

The week has been a terrible one in point of

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weather, the thermometer recording at Greenwich 22° of frost, and in Loughborough, Lincolnshire, 30°. This does not surpass any record, for so late as 1890, 22' of frost was...

The cautious tone of our note of last week on

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the ' capture " of Wei-hai-wei, has been amply justified. The external forts which protect the Arsenal were carried on January 31st; and on February 2nd the town of Wei-hai- wei...

Mr. Rathbone has declared his intention not to stand again

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for the Carnarvon boroughs, in a letter in which he adheres to his view that the Church in Wales ought to be disestablished, and congratulates himself on having helped to...

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

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THE CHANCES OF A DISSOLUTION. W ILL the Dissolution arrive early or late in the Session? That is the question which all politicians not directly engaged in urging forward some...

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THE THREE LEADERS IN THE LORDS. T HE contrast afforded by

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the speeches of the three leaders in the Lords on Tuesday was a very remark- able one. Lord Salisbury was, as a matter of course, much the most brilliant. His speech sparkled...

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W E hardly expected so immediate an illustration of our argument of last week as to the folly of reckoning all who work with their hands among the Gladstonian host. In...

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I T is difficult for observers to justify or even to explain the uneasiness which for the moment has seized on France, but of its existence there can be little doubt. Every...

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THE SPLIT WITHIN THE SPLIT. T HE Gladstonian Press has hitherto

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kept up its spirits in regard to the split within the Anti-Parnellite party by declaring that the Irish Members are quarrelsome but unanimous, that the fierce hatreds that have...

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W E have never felt any sympathy with the Society which calls itself the 'Liberation Society,"—or, more fully, the "Society for the Liberation of Religion from.State Patronage...

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I T is with deep regret that we note the position taken up by Mr. Chamberlain in regard to London government. At a meeting held in Stepney last Wednesday, he made a speech in...

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j OINT-STOCK Companies and their management are a good deal before the public just at present, and there is a general feeling of disquietude and uneasiness con- cerning the...

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I T is curious to find in a great politician at the very summit of political life, one of the greatest of the thinkers who is moulding our intellectual habits of thought and...

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T HE dissatisfaction expressed in this country with the trial of Madame Joniaux, at Antwerp, is not, we think, quite reasonable, being based on two entirely erroneous ideas. One...

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A N evening contemporary recently raised the question whether the menagerie in Regent's Park did not con- tribute as much to the unhappiness of its animal captives as to the...

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SUMMER IN WINTER. NOTHING in the way of weather could well be pleasanter than tbat with which St. Moritz was blessed in the last quarter of 1894. Since the first week of...


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BIMETALLISM. [To THE EDITOR OF TEl " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—As you say with great truth in your article in the Spectator of January 26th, "for a nation of shopkeepers we are...

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Spectator of February 2nd, your comments on the 'Elbe' disaster conclude as follows :—" When will some- one invent a method of lowering boats which will really act ? At present,...


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Sin, — It is vain to beat our wings against the bars of mystery, yet I agree with you that faith does not demand our acceptance of a resurrection of relics, against which reason...


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THE "SPECTATOR."] Srit,—It may interest some of your readers to know that the remarkable essay by M. Branetiere, called "Apres une Visite an Vatican," of which a summary...


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[To ram EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—While at Champ4ry, in Switzerland, this last summer I saw a curious incident. A shepherd was with his flock of sheep some way up the...

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[To TEE EDITOR 01 7'81 "SPISCIATOR."] SIR,—I think I can explain the puzzle of the Scotch terrier and his interment of the frogs, for the satisfaction of your correspondent. A...

[To TX1 EDITOR 01 2711 "SPICTATOR."]

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Sta,—Your fondness for dogs induces me to send you the following anecdote, which shows their power of acting a part for purposes of their own. Some years ago a fox-terrier of...

[To TES EDITOR OF 181 . SPZCTATOR.'l SIR,—In illustration of the anecdotal

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letters about dogs and their habits, in the Spectator of February 2nd, and Mr. Lang's paper in this month's Nineteenth Century, I send you the following story of a dog which I...


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TO HUMPHREY. (AN INFANT OF QUALITY.) I TraN from m the Queen of the Epic Plunging her fiery car Through the crash of Homeric battle Where the toil-stained warriors are : And...

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A NEW LIFE OF CROIEWELL.# Trris is not by any means the final Life of Cromwell, but for all that it is a sound and well-written piece of historical work, sympathetic without...

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THE volume before us is a curious illustration of the con- fusion of mind in the reading public upon which the success of Ibsen largely depends. The object of the book,...

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BARON DE MALORTIE'S RECOLLECTIONS.* THE publication of a medley of

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recollections and sketches. some new and some previously published in magazines and newspapers, is like treason,—an act only justified by success. When it fails, it is a dire...

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NOLLEKENS AND HIS TIMES.* Ma. GOSSE, in his brief account

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of John Thomas Smith, Keeper of the Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in the early part of this century, says that he wrote the most • (1.) Noltskeas and hi, Times. By...

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Baines's own preface the name he has chosen for the purpose of his book,—the "inner life" of the Post-Office, of which he was for many years a faithful and an active servant, in...

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FIFTEEN or twenty years ago, there was a vacant place in English fiction, waiting for a competent writer to fill it. We had novels of high society, written sometimes with know-...

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The February number of the Quiver is, truth to tell,

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a poor and limp one ; indeed, the general character of this magazine at the present time suggests the necessity for such a transformation as has recently been made in its...

By far the most notable thing in a good number

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of the Bookman is another interesting little chapter of autobiography from the pen of Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson. It is in the form of a letter to an American friend. It states,...

The Boy's Own Paper indicates no falling off. There is

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no magazine in existence which keeps up so steadily to the standard of excellence and variety its conductors have placed before them. The most notable features of the February...


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Harper's Magazine has made a most promising start this year. Mr. Hardy's new story is evidently to be very interesting, and at least one of the characters in it, Jude Fawley,...

However much one may disapprove the principles of the editor

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of the Humanitarian, Mrs. Victoria Woodhull Martin, there is no. denying the enthusiasm and vigour with which it is conducted or the excellence of many of the papers which...

The new number—a very excellent number it is—of the United

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Service Magazine, contains quite a number of seasonable papers, such as Captain Pasfield Oliver's "The Expedition to Mada- gascar," Colonel Maurice's "The War between China and...

The February number of the Gentleman's Magazine is one of

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average interest only. The most interesting of the contents is Mr. John Kent's russet-coloured idyll—rather too full of dialect perhaps—which bears the title, "The Genesis of a...

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The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection. By Dr. A.

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Schliffie. —No writer of the day seems to have a stronger grasp of the principles of Socialism, or to be more able to give a lucid sum- mary of them, than Dr. Schaffie. His...

Among the contributors to the February number of the Expositor

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are Canon Diggle, Principal Fairbairn, and Professors Cheyne, Dods, and Ramsay. Dr. Fairbairn, who writes on "The Person of Christ," is exceedingly happy in some of his phrases;...

Letters of Edward Fitzgerald. 2 vols. Edited, with a Preface

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and Introduction, by W. Aldis Wright. (Macmillan.)—It will be remembered that a number of Edward Fitzgerald's Letters were included with his "Literary Remains." These have been...

A. Strange Christmas Angel. By the Rev. Walter Senior. (Religious

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Tract Society.)—This is a well-told little story of how a certain "Uncle Bob," who has learnt to love and serve his fellow-creatures, in spite of not a few adverse influences,...

The Ex - Ltbris journal would seem to prove that the society

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for which it is published by Messrs. A. and C. Black, continues to flourish. It is beautifully printed, and contains much informa- tion which appeals to others than mere...

Some Aspects of Disestablishment. Edited by H. C. Shuttle- worth,

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MA. (A. D. Innes.) —The first of the five essays by "Clergymen of the Church of England," which Mr. Shuttleworth has here collected, adding one from his own pen, is written by...

We have received a very pretty edition of Gulliver's Travels,

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with Preface by Henry Craik, Illustrated by C. E. Brock (Macmillan).—The illustrations, which number one hundred, are quite admirable. There are obvious difficulties which an...