10 JANUARY 1903

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A Reuter's telegram from St. Petersburg dated January 4th gives

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some significant comments made by the Novoe Vremya in regard to the Alliance with Germany and its bearing on the situation in the Persian Gulf. The Novoe Vremya says that there...

The Berlin correspondent of the Daily Chronicle sends to Monday's

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paper some very significant extracts from an article in the Vossische Zeitung dealing with the Monroe doctrine,— an article which he says expresses the general feeling of anti-...

The Senatorial elections held in France last week have resulted

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in a net gain of thirteen seats for the Government. This is good news for France, and it is still better to read that the Nationalists have been worsted in almost all the...

Considering how greatly German newspapers are influenced in their comments

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on foreign affairs by the information and the hints given them from official quarters, this outburst of annoyance with the Monroe doctrine is not a little surprising. One would...


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DRESIDENT CASTRO has signified his readiness to sub- 'mit the dispute between Venezuela and the Powers to the decision of the Hague Tribunal. This marks a real step in advance,...

The conclusion of the Ausgleich, or Austro-Hungarian com- promise, was

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announced by M. Szell, the Hungarian Premier, at Buda Pest on New Year's Day. "I come," he said, "fresh from the fray with the dust of battle still clinging to me. The great...

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

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At a banquet held at Ladysmith on the night of

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Friday week important speeches were made by Sir H. McCallum and Mr. Chamberlain. The former, who dealt with the railway question, announced that the Transvaal had decided to...

One of the last of the Delhi ceremonials was perhaps

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the most striking of all, as it was certainly that of best omen. It consisted in an act of worship performed by the representa- tives of the Sikh religion which brings them into...

There is to modern Englishmen something of the ridiculous in

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such a scene, and one of the makers of bulletins declares that Barnum is outdone ; but bulletin-makers rarely know history. We English also once loved the brilliantly grotesque....

Among the other functions which succeeded the Durbar at Delhi

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was one of almost startling originality. Major Dunlop Smith, an officer in the Political Department with a gift for the management of native Princes, induced thirty-six of them...

President Roosevelt has caused a great deal of ill-feeling in

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the Southern States first by appointing a negro postmistress, and then by naming an educated negro, Dr. Crum, as Collector of Customs at Charlestown. The Senate will have, of...

At Pretoria on Tuesday Mr. Chamberlain was entertained at a

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banquet attended by Lord Milner, Sir Arthur Lawley, Sir Neville Lyttelton, and Generals Botha and Delarey. A controversial tone was introduced into the speeches by Mr....

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The Bishop of Winchester, Dr. Randall Davidson, who was generally

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believed to have declined the appointment in 1896 owing to ill-health, has been raised to the vacant See of Canterbury. The appointment, which, if not a foregone con- clusion,...

The Times correspondent at Berlin sends to Thursday's paper the

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chief figures connected with German finance. They may well cause anxiety. It appears that the sum to be handed back from the Customs and Excise to the separate States is nearly...

The Newmarket by-election has resulted in the defeat of the

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Government candidate by a majority of 507, the figures being: Mr. C. D. Rose (L.), 4,414; Mr. L. Brassey (U.), 3,907; Liberal majority, 507. At the election of 1900 the Unionist...

The excellent impression made by Mr. Chamberlain's frank and courageous

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speech was maintained by his plain-spoken answer to the Boer address presented to him on Thursday. Dealing first with the amnesty question, Mr. Chamberlain observed that while...

In strong contrast to the figures of Protectionist Germany are

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those of Free-trade Britain. The recent revenue figures were most satisfactory, and now the Board of Trade returns are seen to be equally pleasant reading. Last February the...

In Thursday's Times Lord Brassey writes a very interesting and

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sensible letter on the subject of the new Admiralty scheme. His view is unreservedly favourable. He holds that it will get rid of the absurd class distinctions which existed, or...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Console (2f) were on Friday 93i.

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THE NEWMARKET ELECTION. W E have always deprecated the notion of attaching too great political importance to by-elections. As a rule, it is true that men tend at by-elections...

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W E shall never have a satisfactory military system in this country till the nation as a whole, and not merely its expert advisers, occupies itself with the discussion of an...

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Land Conference is a very remarkable document. This is true quite apart from the recommendations it contains. There are features of unusual interest in these, but the really...

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M R. KIDD'S series of articles in the Times, of which the conclusion appeared on Tuesday, deserve to be widely . read by those who wish to understand the fundamental . problems...

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NEW ROADS. T HERE is hardly any social problem more urgent

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than that of the roads, which has again been presented to public• notice by the correspondence following on the suggestive letter which Mr. Rees Jeffreys, as secretary of the...

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W HAT is personal magnetism ? We all use the phrase in all sorts of different connections, but we none of us know precisely what we mean by it. It has, no doubt, some- thing to...

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I N the current number of the Windsor Magazine Mr. Andrew Lang, in a spirit of good-humoured acerbity, deals with the often-beard plea, "I have no time for reading." It is a...

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T HE oyster-growers of England are not less deserving persons than the British farmer. They have con- verted what were once useless tracts of "no-man's-land,' half sea, half...

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SOME ASPECTS OF MAHOMMEDANISM. ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR."] SIR,—The turn which events have taken in Morocco—the appearance of the Pretender, Bu Hamara, the ill-success...

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VENEZUELA. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,— You have published several letters implying that the German Emperor's visit to Sandringham resulted in the joint action of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sri,—In the Spectator of January 3rd Mr. White takes exception to my former letter to you. In that letter I expressed my opinion that the...


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have read Mr. Maurice A. Gerothwohl's letter on the above subject in the Spectator of January 3rd with profound interest, and I give him full credit for sincere sympathy with a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") thank you for your review in the Spectator of January 3rd of my inquiry into the early history of the Eucharist; but your reviewer does my...

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"SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—A few years ago I visited Futtehpur Sikri, North- West Provinces, India, when I copied some interesting inscriptions. Among them is the following, of which...


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Delhi's wall rode forth to-day The Chiefs of England and of Ind, Proud homage to their Lord to pay Enthroned beyond the Western wind. Long time the wondering East shall tell How...


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was much interested in your correspondence article on our soldiers' barracks in the Spectator of December 27th, and quite agree that the life of the private soldier ought to be,...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —The thanks of private soldiers are due to " Ubique " for his sympathetic letter on their wants in the Spectator of December 27th....

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THE BURLINGTON HOUSE EXHIBITION. THE visitor to the present Exhibition at the Academy who craves the stimulus of variety will certainly not be dis- appointed. If he wishes to...

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LIFE AND LETTERS OF DR. MARTINEAU.* AMONG the many noble and eminent thinkers and teachers of the Victorian era, James Martineau must undoubtedly be reckoned. He was not...

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Mite. WOODS has more than once proved her talent for the free handling of history in prose fiction. In The Princess of Hanover she has employed the medium of verse, and cast in...

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THESE studies on literature and life will interest readers who wish to know what a veteran novelist and editor has to tell us of literary life in America. While Americans " have...

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JESUS COLLEGE. CAMBRIDGE.* Jesus College, Cambridge, yields in the interest

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of its history to no College of either University. As is pointed out by Mr. Arthur Gray, whose book is a model of research and exposi- tion, it may boast an unbroken tradition...

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A Lady's Honour. By Bass Blake. (T. Fisher Unwin. 8s.)—

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This is another volume of the " First Novel Library." Where place will be found for all these recruits of the army of novelists, already, one might think, over-large, is not...

The Belforts of Culben. By Edmund Mitchell. (Chatto and Windus.

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6s.)—This story is of a kind that was more often seen five-and-twenty years ago than now. It gives us surprises, un- expected reappearances after shipwreck and battle,...


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BAYARD'S COURIER.* SPEAKING for ourselves, we are always prejudiced in favour of novels on the War of North and South, the interest in which has been renewed and enhanced by...

The Relations : What they Related. By Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

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(G. M. Robins). (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.)—Stainley Rivers— he changes his name, we see, to " Stanley " on the last page—and Agatha Mayne meet on their way to Titherleigh Manor. "...

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The Mystery of the Royal Mail. By B. L. Farjeon.

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(Hutchin- son and Co. 6s.)—It takes the author three whole "books" to get to the Royal Mail at all, and the reader who goes to Mr. Farjeon's volume for the sake of being...

Dulcinea. By Eyre Hussey. (Edward Arnold. 6s.)—' Dulcinea' is not

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the heroine of this novel, but a wonderful mare, the property of the hero, which the heroine rides to victory in a steeplechase, and which afterwards breaks her back in the...

progress which these supplementary volumes supply, not the least interesting

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is the record given in the article on "Prison Discipline." Serious offences, such as are punished by terms of imprisonment at Portland, &c., were 2,589 in 1859 and 728 in 1900,...


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A VOLUME OF VERSE. Myrtle and Oak. By Rennell Rodd. (Forbes and Co., Boston, U.S.A. $1 net.)—Sir Rennell Rodd has put together a selection 1..oin his volumes of verse with a...

Belshazzar. By William Stearns Davis. (Grant Richards. Os ) —Daniel,

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the Isaiah of the latter half of the book of Isaiah, Darius Hystaspes, and Cyrus all figure in this novel of ancient Babylon, besides the Monarch who fills what theatrical...

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The Prise Essay on the Erection cf the King Edward

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VII.'s Sana- torium for Consumption. By Arthur. Latham, M.D., and A. W. West. (Baillibre, Tindal, and Cox. 5s. net.)—This essay obtained the first of three prizes awarded in a...

The Household of Faith: Portraits and Essays. By George W.

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E. Russell. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d.)—Mr. Russell appears in this volume, we are glad to say, to advantage. We do not expect to find him sympathetic when he paints the...

Picturesque Old Houses. By Allan Pea. (S. H. Bonfield and

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Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—It gives one a good idea of the great wealth which England possesses in the way of "picturesque old houses" to see how many Mr. Fea has mentioned and...

The Unconquerable Colony. By James Henry Cochrane. (John Long. 3s.

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6d. net.)—Mr. Cochrane tells, under this title, the story of the Ulster Plantation and of some of its most distinguished citizens. He gives the facts of the settlement in prose,...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] The usual quarterly instalment of The Oxford English Dictionary...

The Journal of Education. (William Rice. 7s. 6d.)—This volume keeps

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up the excellent tradition of its predecessors. Among the many good things which it contains there is nothing better than the " Notes on Education in 1901," by" An Old Fogey."...

Ancient Coffers and Cupboards. By Frederick Roe. (Methuen and Co.

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43 3s. net.)—This is a handsome volume, the nature and contents of which we can but very briefly indicate to persons interested in the subject. It deals with these relics "from...

Famous Hymns and their Authors. By Francis Arthur Jones. (Hodder

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and Stoughton. 6s.)—Mr. Jones has manifestly taken much pains with this book. Perhaps we might say that the most novel feature in it is to be found in the grouped illustra-...

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Of Directories we have to acknowledge The Royal Blue Book

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(Kelly's Directories, Ss. net). This is the January, or first, issue for the current year.—The Church Directory and Almanac. (J. Nisbet and Co. 2s. net.)-1 volume which has the...