10 DECEMBER 1892

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In his defence of the Evicted Tenants' Commission, Mr. Morley

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was not at all fortunate. He denied that the Com- mission was "packed," but he did not and could not deny that the President of the Commission gave on the very first day au...

Mr. John Morley made a speech at Newcastle on Thursday,

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which seems to us to derive more importance from the fact that it gives some colour of truth to the Standard's telegram from the United States concerning Mr. Gladstone's...

VP The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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• M BRISSON has failed to make a Cabinet, partly, i t is said, • through the reluctance of men who regard him as the only formidable rival to M. Carnot. M. Carnot himself was...

The Conservative Ministry of Spain has fallen for taking the

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course as regarded a scandal, which M. Loubet tried to take in the Panama affair. The municipal accounts of Madrid are all wrong ; and heavy peculations are suspected. The...

M. Ribot met the Chamber on Thursday with an address,

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which was supplemented by a speech from M. Bourgeois, the new Minister of Justice. The Times' corre- spondent in Paris describes the former as if it promised resistance to the...

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The long-threatened Conference on the Depression of British Agriculture met

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on Wednesday in St. James's Hall. The attendance is said to have included two thousand Peers, landholders, and delegates from two hundred and forty organised bodies ; and the...

M. Stambouloff proposes to make some considerable changes in the

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Bulgarian Constitution, of which the most important is the halving of the number of Deputies, so that there shalt be one Deputy for every twenty thousand inhabitants, instead of...

There is, we believe, grave probability that the United States

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will prohibit or restrict immigration. The idea suggested by the Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Foster, inhis annual Report, is to tax every immigrant in a sum equal to the...

The attendance on the second day of the Conference was

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less than on the first, and the proceedings less interesting. The majority were very clear that the special charges upon land should be reduced, especially by the repeal of the...

It seems to be understood on all hands that the

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Monetary Conference at Brussels has failed. It has studied many plans for appreciating silver, but is agreed upon none of them. The nearest approach to unanimity is on a...

A deputation which waited on Mr. Acland, the vice-president of

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the Council of Education, this day week, to press upon him the provision of adequate pensions for school-teachers who had spent the best part of their lives in the service of...

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Miss Elizabeth L. Banks, who writes an amusing letter to

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Tuesday's Times, in answer to Mr. Rudyard Kipling's descrip- tion of the American " down East summer-time," seems very proud of the general speed and hurry of Western...

In the latter part of his speech, Mr. Gladstone undertook

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to reassure the capitalists of Liverpool against the prospect of any general loss from the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal. He thought it possible that if the Canal proved...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (219 were on

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Friday 974.

The Irish Evicted Tenants' Commission has suspended its sittings, and

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it is far from certain that it will ever resume them with any seriousness or hope of practical result. Sir James Mathew will be welcomed back to England, where his help is...

Mr. Gladstone was presented last Saturday with the free- dom

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of the City of Liverpool in St. George's Hall, and made one of his most lively and popular speeches in acknowledging the honour, which he did with all the force and charm which...

Mr. H. M. Stanley, in an address delivered in Northumber-

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land Street on Wednesday, gave a grave warning to the British people. He is entirely in favour of the retention of Uganda; but he is convinced that it must be accompanied at...

Mr. Beerbohm Tree, in addressing the newly established Society of

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British Dramatic Art, on Monday, argued for some- thing in England like the Theatre-Francais in France, and held that English acting, even without the drilling of a central...

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THE GREAT AGRICULTURAL CONFERENCE. T HE organisers of the Agricultural Conference, held in London on Wednesday and Thursday, achieved in one way an undoubted success. They...

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W E see, with some anxiety, the tendency of the Unionist press to ally itself with the Parnellites in their view of the disclosures of the South Meath election. Now, heartily as...

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W E wonder if there is any truth in the idea so often alluded to in French correspondence, that the manufacture of Cabinets is hampered by a secret determi- nation on the part...

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MR. GLADSTONE AT LIVERPOOL. T HOUGH Mr. Gladstone said nothing at

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Liverpool which might not have been said by any one capable of making a speech, the newspapers were perfectly right in giving his address the importance they did give it, and in...

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in the provinces. To have heard Mr. Gladstone on this

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fact Russianise Bulgaria ? So far as we see, what the Daily News and on the development of platform-speaking would have refers to in its vehement invective has no sort of...

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Charles Wordsworth is a heavy loss to the Episcopal Church of Scotland. It deprives the little hierarchy of a very eminent name. The son of a Master of Trinity, the nephew of a...

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Macmillan's Magazine contains an interesting apology addressed by Age to Youth for the appearance of coldness and want of sympathy between them, for which Age takes a certain...

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A CONTRIBUTOR to the St. James's Gazette reported on Monday the essence of some conversations which he held with the late Mr. Jay Gould on the deck of an Atlantic liner....

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A VISIT to the Cattle Show at the Agricultural Hall should reconcile the English mind to the Indian worship of the cow. Considered as a gathering of the most beautiful animals...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE g. SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—There appear to me to be one or two serious miscon- ceptions as to Catholic doctrine underlying your criticism of Mr. Mivart's paper...


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A NEW ARISTOCRACY. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] Sia,—In your admirable article on " The Radicals and the Government," you describe the democracy to which Mr....

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MR. BRABAZON'S WATER-COLOURS. IT is a common complaint that the English water-colour art is neglected. It is; it is sadly neglected by Nature, who sup- plies few artists in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR, —In your review of Mr. Dixon's " Migration of Birds," in the Spectator of October 15th, it is stated, on the authority . of that work,...

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MR. QUILTER'S "PREFERENCES."* A VIRTUE of Mr. Quilter's that his worst enemy would allow him is outspokenness ; it is a quality of his own writing to which he accustomed the...

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"SACHARISSA," according to Dr. Johnson, is a name "derived from sugar, and implies a spiritless mildness and dull good- nature." A new indignity has been added by the modern use...

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Tins is a dashing essay by a disciple of Emerson who has caught a good deal of the sanguine and lofty idealism of his - master. He calls his little essay, indeed, "An Essay in...

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WE must confess to being something wearied of the floods of so-called books of travel with which the comparatively inno- cent public is constantly inundated by every previously...

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THE collection of applausive extracts from various news- papers, London and provincial, appended to the volume before us, is perhaps a little characteristic of the age. The...

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Miss RHODA BROUGHTON'S recent experiment in collabora- tion was so excessively dreary and dolorous, that we are glad to welcome her return to single harness in Mrs. Bligh,...

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The Forlorn Hope. By " A. L. 0. E." (T. Nelson

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and Sons.)— This is an interesting story of the United States in the time of Lloyd Garrison. Indeed, Garrison, in his character of journalist and politician, is in a sense its...

Stories of the Wild West. By Ascott Hope. (Nimmo, Hay,

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and Mitchell.)—We do not know whether these stories have appeared before ; they are certainly well told and of a highly interesting kind. "A Captive of the Commanches " is,...

Those Midsummer Fairies. By Theodora C. Elmslie. (Ward and Downey.)—A

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certain spoilt boy, Sir Bernard Bentinck, drags his half-reluctant mother—a lady of fashion, but full of affection for her child—into the country. What he hopes to see there is...

The Clock on the Stairs. By Alice Weber. (Griffith, Farran,

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and Co.)—This is a thoroughly ingenious and enjoyable bit of farce. The nurse at No. 14 Windermere Gardens, South Ken- sington, unnecessarily warns the group of interesting but...

Science Stories. By Andrew Wilson. (Osgood, Mcllvaine, and Co.)—These stories

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are another instalment of the essays on science by which Dr. Andrew Wilson has gained so high a repu- tation. He disposes incidentally of not a few popular delusions, as, for...

Godiva Durleigh. By Sarah Doudney. (Hutchinson and Co.) —It is

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rather singular that so experienced a writer as the author of "A Woman's Glory," should have fallen into the mistake of making her new story—which, moreover, is expressly...


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GIFT-BOOKS. The Clever Miss Jancy. By Margaret Haycraft. (Hutchinson and Co.)—This is a clever story, dealing with an important pro- blem of the time in a light and airy style,...

The Sound of the Streets. By Mrs. O'Reilly. (Wells Gardner,

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Darton, and Co.)—This is a curiously minute picture of the ways of Landon young women who work for their living. Janet, who is the aristocrat, Lil, Jess, and Fan, are drawn with...

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Two old favourites, though differing not a little from each

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other, may be mentioned together,—Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Osgood, McIlvaine, and Co.), a book otherwise known as " Tanglewood Tales," and...

The Biblical Illustrator. By the Rev. Joseph Exell. (Nisbet.)— The

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present volume contains "Anecdotes, Similes, Sc.," illus- trative of the books II. Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.—With this may be mentioned Book by Book (Isbister and Co.), a...

The Story of Africa and its Explorers. By Robert Brown,

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M.A. (Cassell and Co.)—Mr. Brown, whose power of giving a literary form to historical geography has been shown by not a little good work, takes up in this volume (the first of a...

Dante's Inferno. Translated by the Rev. W. Cary. Illustrated by

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Gustave Dore. (Cassell and Co.)—This is a reproduction on a small scale (a good-sized octavo) of the folio published some years ago by Messrs. Cassell. The Life, Translation,...

How the British Won India. By W. Pimblett. (J. S.

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Virtue and Co.)—After a preliminary chapter on "India of Old" (not free from blemishes, as, e.g., "Seleuchus"), Mr. Pimblett proceeds to "The Coming of the English," and the...

Iltid's Friend. By Constance Canning. (Religious Tract Society.)—Iltid is one

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of the spoiled darlings who are better to read about than to know. The tale of his friendship with the unhappy 'Nezer, who, by the way, certainly looks twice his proper age as...

No Humdrum Life for Me. By Mrs. S. Kent Spender.

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(Hutchin- son.)—This is the story of an ambitious young woman who starts in life with the purpose announced in the words which give a title to the volume. It is told in...

Messrs. Marcus Ward and Co. send us copies of their

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pretty Pocket - books, and Diaries for the mantelpiece or the table. They also send very pretty Illustrated Calendars, with quotations from either the Bible or Shakespeare, or a...

Cassell's Saturday Journal, October, 1891—September, 1892.

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(Cassell and Co.)—Twelve hundred and forty-six closely-printed. and three columned pages make up this volume, which certainly gives a quite surprising equivalent for its...

specimens of the modern fairy-tale. Perhaps we might say that

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they are more didactic than the genuine article. But the fancy is graceful, there is just a touch of humour in them, and alto- gether the effect is satisfactory. No little help...

Old Mother Hubbard's Fairy - Tale Book. (David Bryce and Son, Glasgow.)—This

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miniature volume, so small that it will go, one might say, anywhere, contains eight stories, old friends such as " Jack and the Beanstalk," " Cinderella," and " Little...

The Hill of Angels. By Lily Watson. (Religious Tract Society.)

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—Miss Evelyn Hope publishes a volume of poems which finds seven purchasers and one critic, and this volume records her experiences. She hears words of wisdom from an authoress...

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We have received from Messrs. Dean a variety of illustrated

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publications. The "Christmas Part" of the Little One's Own is 'accompanied by a packet of fifty Christmas cards, which we have noticed elsewhere; The Animal and Landscape...