11 FEBRUARY 1899

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A VOTE in the French Chamber which our readers will see in the daily papers of this morning (Saturday) will greatly affect the future of France. The Committee to which the Bill...

The Americana believe, probably on good evidence, though the Filipino

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agents deny, that the time of the attack was fixed by a telegram from Agoncillo, Aguinaldo's agent in Washington, with the view of influencing the Senate's votes. If so, he is a...

The insurgent Filipinos have struck their stroke, and have, as

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an army, been smashed. The leaders had gathered some thirty thousand men of sorts, including some Spanish artillerists, and a great many Ygorotes, savages armed with bows and...

The Royal Family has sustained a blow this week in

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the death from brain disease of Prince Alfred, the only sou of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and heir-apparent of the Prin- cipality. He was twenty-four years old. He has always...

The Report of the Committee presented to the Chamber on

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Thursday is a scathing rebuke in perfect literary form of the malignant accusations directed against the Criminal Division of the Court of Caseation. They are proved to be based...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's speech in reply, while both dignified and

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astute, was marked by a certain "clumsy grace" such as often distinguishes the successful House of Commons speaker. There was a ring, too, of something higher, something which...

The German Emperor made a striking speech on Friday week

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at the annual dinner of the Brandenburg Diet. We have quoted the principal passages of the speech elsewhere, but we may mention here its general drift. The Emperor declared, in...

The Vienna correspondent of the Times continues to regard the

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possibility of a large German secession from the Roman Church as perfectly serious. Six persons, he says, at Linz, in Upper Austria, publicly quitted Catholicism on Thursday,...

The Queen's Speech is never a very exciting document, but

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this year it is duller than usual. After a not very coherent series of comments on the events of the last six months, and appropriate references to Khartoum, Prince George, the...

Lord Salisbury's reply was easy and good-tempered, as it well

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might be, for he had no awkward things to defend, and if he had been a man of a different temper of mind he might have indulged in a paean of triumph over the successes of the...

On Monday the meeting of Liberal Members of the House

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of Commons to elect a successor to Sir William Harcourt ended, as had been expected, or rather arranged, in the unanimous choice of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman as leader in the...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday the Address was

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moved by the Duke of Bedford in a speech not only marked, as Lord Salisbury noted, by " the singular literary merit of its structure," but by a sense of real statesmanship....

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The debate (begun on Wednesday and continued on Thursday) on

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Mr. Samuel Smith's amendment to the Address praying that, in view of the lawlessness in the Church, .6 some legislative steps should be taken to secure obedience to the law,"...

Sir E. Ashmead-Bartlett moved an amendment to the Address on

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Wednesday afternoon committing the Govern. ment to "early and effective measures" for the mainte- nance of the territorial independence of the Chinese Empire, and especially of...

On Thursday, in the House of Lords, the Bishop of

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Winchester opened a debate on the Church by a very striking speech, in which he showed how unfair and untrue was the accusation that the Bishops had deliberately used their veto...

In the Commons the debate on the Address gave Sir

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Henry Campbell-Bannerman his first opportunity of speaking as leader of the Opposition. In many ways his speech was a success, for it showed vigour and humour, both excellent...

At the joint meeting of both Houses of Convocation and

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the House of Laymen at Westminster on Thursday, the Archbishop of Canterbury made an important statement in regard to the working of the proposed Court of Archbishops for...

Mr. Balfour's reply was an extremely skilful piece of debating,

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but contained no special announcement of policy, except the definite declaration that the Government intend to deal with old-age pensions before they go to the country. There...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2i) were on Friday, 111i.

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THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY AND THE CHURCH. I N the present state of public opinion it is held to be the sign of a weak and vacillating spirit, and of a mind debilitated and...

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T ORD SALISBURY is the last man in the world J either to blow his own trumpet or to encourage other people to blow it for him. It thus happens that the country has as yet failed...

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I T is useless, as we have always maintained, to prophesy about France—for who can tell what a capricious woman drunk with intellectual absinthe may at any moment resolve to...

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W E have never doubted that the Treaty between the United States and Spain would be ratified, though we confess we did not expect the precise piece of idiotcy on the part of the...

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I T is more necessary than ever for Englishmen to study the German Emperor. The drift of events, which is only marked, not created, by the secret agreement as to South Africa...

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I T is the prerogative of Mr. Rudyard Kipling to embody in ringing verse the latent thought of the English- speaking peoples. All England leaped at the " Recessional,' , for he...


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W E do not wonder that when the Chief Commissioner of Police contemplated the London streets he was tempted to use his authority sharply. The confused aggregate of vehicles of...

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W E always like to hear prominent men on subjects that are not specially their own. It was always interest- ing to hear Huxley turn aside from biology to politics and...

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W HEN cat-breeding was first taken up in earnest, and the "fancy," led by Mr. Harrison Weir, began to distinguish classes and develop distinct and beautiful varieties, the...

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THE CRISIS IN THE CHURCH. [To THE EDITOR Or THZ " SPECTATOR:9 Sift,-It is curious to observe bow menaces of Disestablish- ment are hurtling in the air. Sir Henry Fowler,...

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Bra,-1 venture to protest most energetically against your treatment of the crisis in the Church. The best way to save the comprehensiveness of the Church is to say very little...

[To THE Eprros or THR " Brsouroz."] SIE,—I should be

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very grateful if you would allow me space for a few remarks by way of supplement to your most able and judicious article in the Spectator of February 4th on "Mr. Balfour- and...

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[To TEE EDITOR OF TRY "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—The student of contemporary American politics in the midst of the scene of strife at Washington where the ratifica- tion of the Peace...


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[To TIIC EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I have this morning received a communication from Mr. Samuel Phillips Verner, who has just returned from three years' residence in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRY "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—In your interesting article in the Spectator of Novem- ber 19th you point out that there are no Indian wild dogs in the Zoo. The animal...


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[To THE EDITOP. OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As the jerboa is rarely known as a domestic pet, some account of my experience of this charming little animal may be perhaps...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPCCTATOR."] SIR, — I pointed out last October that the transinsular rail- way across Newfoundland, recently completed, makes it possible to cut in two...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTILTOR."1 SIR, — Here is an addition to your interesting list of "links with the past." A relative of mine was talking the other week to an old man...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE SrECTATOR."] thanking you for your very kind review of Mr. Kidd's " Later Medieval Doctrine of the Eucharistic Sacri- ice,' will you allow me to say...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—You make an apt remark in your article in the issue of the Spectator of January 2Sth when you say that " experience shows that the...


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THE COUNTRY LIFE. MINS be the country life, content With the mild ways that shepherds went, Who, by a stream, cut reeds and blew The country's praises in the dew. To drive my...


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FEN. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.1 SIR.—With the exception of scattered portions of marsh and swamp in the Norfolk Broads district, and a few narrow strips by the side...

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SIR ROBERT PEEL.* [FIRST NOTICE.] AFTER many chances and changes the gigantic mass of the Peel Papers, over a hundred thousand in number, came under the control of Mr. Charles...

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THE RECOVERY OF ANCIENT JERUSALEM.* IT is now nearly two-and-thirty

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years since Sir Charles (then Lieutenant) Warren began those excavations in Jerusalem which have for ever associated his name with the recovery of the dimensions of the city...

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THE final Life of Clive still remains to be written,—the Life which once and for all shall show what manner of man was he who threw wide the door that led us to the possession...

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Mu. A. WOOD RENTON and his numerous colleagues may be congratulated alike on the successful and on the speedy com- pletion, of a work of really serious magnitude. The first of...

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To find the sovereign phrase for Miss Sergeant's work, The Love Story of Margaret Wynne, the indolent reviewer, abashed by her indefatigable industry, is driven to fall back on...

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With Nansen in the North, by Hjalmar Johanneen (Ward, Lock,

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and Co., 6s.), gives the story of the Fram' expedition from the point of view of one of those who were led. This does not always coincide with that of the leader ; seldom,...


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MINOR BOOKS OF THE WEEK. (Under this Heading we intend to notice such Books of the week as hays not been reserved for review in other forms.] Our Prayer - book: Conformity and...

The Magistrates' Annual Practice, by Charles Milner Atkinson (Stevens and

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Sons, 215.), is the fourth annual issue of a book which is intended to fulfil two functions,—first and chiefly, to inform a Magistrate of his general powers and duties, and...

The War in Cuba. By John Black Atkins. (Smith, Elder

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and Co. 6s.)—The ratification of the treaty of peace between the United States and Spain makes the appearance of this book peculiarly appropriate. Mr. Atkins left England on...

Virgil, £neid XI. By T. E. Page, M.A. (Macmillan and

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Co. ls. 6d.)—In school-books we have another instalment of Mr. 1 - 'age's excellent work in fitting Virgil for the study of young scholars,— a volume of the " Elementary...

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title explains its purpose, and we cannot add anything to

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it, "A Guide to Training for the Profession of a Nurse, with Parti- culars of Nurse Training Schools in the United Kingdom and Abroad and an Outline of the Principal Laws...

(Mulloch and Son.) — The Scottish Church and University Almanac, 1899. (Macniven

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and Wallace, Edinburgh.)—The Kalendar of the English Church. (Church Printing Company.)—The editor acknowledges in his preface that "some of the High Church clergy have...


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The Law Magazine and Review (5s.) for February contains some articles more or less interesting to the non-professional reader. Mr. Alfred Hopkinson, Q.C., writes with experience...

Book Auctions in England. By John Lawler. (Elliot Stock. 4s.

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6d.) a—Here we have, as far as circumstances permit a " Book Prices Current" of the last five-and-twenty years of the seventeenth century. Evidently there was less money in...

Histor ical Introduction to the Private Law of Rome. By the

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late James Muirhead, LL.D. Revised and edited by Henry Gouldy, LL.D. (A. and C. Black.)—Professor Muirhead wrote this treatise for The Encyclopmdia Britannica," and after...

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Martha and I: being Scenes from Subwban Life. By R.

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Andom. Illustrated by Alec C. Gould. (Jerrold and Sons. 3s. 6d.)—Martha and I deals, in a vein of innocent but not very subtle humour, with the vicissitudes of bourgeois life...


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- Though the series which bears the title of " The Temple Classics" (Dent and Co., ls. 6d. net) has not yet been completed --we hope, indeed, that the date is far...

Memoirs of the Verney Family. By Margaret M. Verney. Vol.

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IV. (Longmans and Co. 21a.)—The concluding volume of these delightful memoirs is as good as those that preceded it, and the four volumes now constitute one of the most...

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MAGAZINES AND SERIAL PuriticaTroxs.—We have received the following for February

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:—The Century, the Pall Mall Magazine, St. Nicholas, Macmillan's Magazine, the Review of Reviews, Scribner's Magazine, the Ludgate, the Erpositor, Chambers's Journal, Know-...

The Portfolio Foreign Armour in England. By F. Starkie Gardner.

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(Seeley and Co. 3s. 6c1.)—In this monograph Mr. Gardner tells us that chain-mail is the earliest known form of armour, and that the knowledge of it was brought from the East...

Boors RacErvan.—Religions of Babylonia and Assyria. By Morris Jastrew. (Gina

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and Co., Boston, U.S.)—Sonnets, and a Dream. By William R Huntingdon. (Marion Press, New York.)—White Hyacinth, and other Poems. By Lucy W. Bunnett. (Marshall...