11 FEBRUARY 1911

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P ARLIAMENT was openedin State by the King on Monday afternoon. Accompanied by the Q ueen, the King, who now made his first appearance at a public function since the funeral of...

In the House of Lords the Address was moved by

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Lord Ilkeston, who quoted Mr. Bright's declaration in 1884 as foreshadowing the Government proposals, and seconded by Lord Hillingdon. Lord Lansdowne, after a felicitous refer-...

Lord Crewe, replying for the Government, dwelt on the good

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results of the Duke of Connaught's mission to South Africa, and maintained there was some improvement in Persia. As for the payment of members, he stated that it was undoubtedly...

In the House of Commons the Address was moved by

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Mr. Harold Baker, in a speech of marked ability and modera- tion, and seconded by Mr. Wiles. Mr. Balfour in dealing with the Constitutional issue, pointed out that there was an...

The debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday was

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devoted chiefly to the now notorious case of a mixed marriage in Ireland. Mr. Campbell, who brought forward the case, described how Mrs. McCann, a Presbyterian married to a...

The amendment to the Address censuring the Government's fiscal policy

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was moved in the House of Commons on Wednes- day by Mr. Austen Chamberlain. He declared that the policy of negation was imperilling the advantages derived from the preferences...

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

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The estimates for Austio-Hungarian armaments were ma before the Austrian

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delegations last Saturday. In 1916, according to the Vienna correspondent of the Times, the personnel of the Austro-Hungarian Navy will number 17,000. men. In the subsequent...

Mr. Buxton answered for the Government They still be- lieved

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that the policy of the Opposition would be injurious to this country and the whole Empire. Only a very small pro- portion of oar trade with Canada could possibly be affected. As...

The 'Reciprocity Agreement and the arguments by which it has

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been assailed in this country all confirm the Spectator in its view of the very great Imperial dangers involved in attempting to interfere with the complete freedom of the...

The Daily Mail of Thursday published a very interesting message

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from its special correspondent at Constantinople,' who had had an interview with Rifaat Pasha, the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Rifest Pasha said The people of Turkey have a...

On Thursday Mr. Asquith wound up the debate for the

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Government in a speech of great vigour. It was, he declared, impossible to establish a system of Preference between the various 'parts of the Empire without inequality and...

The outbreak of plague in Manchuria has been spreading with

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alarming rapidity. It seems to have originated at Slarbin, but it has already extended far southwards into China and westwards into Siberia. Cases have occurred in Tientsin and...

We greatly regret to have to record the death of

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Lord Cawdor on Wednesday, after a long illness. Lord Cawdor, who Mt for ten years in the House of Commons as Viscount Emlyn, showed remarkable ability as Chairman of the Great...

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On Thursday Mr. Asquith received a deputation from the Parliamentary

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Committee of the Trade Union Congress, which brought him a resolution pressing for Payment of Members and of election expenses ; Universal Suffrage ; the Abolition of Plural...

At the opening of the Cities and Town Planning Exhibition

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at Crosby Hall, Chelsea, on Monday night, Mr. John Burns gave an interesting account of the working of the new Housing and Town Planning Act. He was then holding enquiries into...

It is with deep regret that we record the death,

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owing to an encounter with a lion in British East Africa, of Mr. George Grey, Sir Edward Grey's brother. Mr. Grey spent twenty years of his life in South Africa, and was...

We much regret that the health of the Chancellor of

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the Exchequer has prevented him from being present during the debate on the Address. He has been suffering since the General Election from an affection of the throat, and about...

In the remaining part of his speech Mr. Asquith declared

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that what was wanted was some system of movable or transferable registration in order to prevent men losing their votes when they moved from place to place. He was strongly in...

The January trade returns show that the value of imports

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and exports is still rising steadily. The total figure for im- ports is £62,694,771; for exports £37,730,831; and for re- exports 28,641,472. Compared with last January this...

The North Louth election petition came on for hearing at

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Dundalk on Monday. Counsel for the petitioners, in his opening statement, alleged that from the time Mr. Healy first set foot in the Oounty of Louth, on September 8th, till the...

The death is announced of General Piet Cronje, the Boer

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leader who surrendered to Lord Roberts at Paardeberg. He was a grim and energetic officer in whom his followers had deep confidence, but mere stubbornness was not enough to...

The Political Notes in Friday's Times state that the Unionist

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leaders in the House of Lords do not now consider it a desirable course to introduce a Bill in that Chamber embodying their proposals for reform, and opinion among the rank and...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 41 per cent.

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San. 26th Consols (2i) were on Friday 80I—Thursday week 791.

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THE POLL OF THE PEOPLE. I T is with the greatest satisfaction that we record Mr. Balfour's memorable statement (made in his speech at the Constitutional Club on Monday) in...

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P ERSIA and Turkey were the countries almost exclu- sively discussed in that part of the debate on the Address which treated of foreign affairs. Neither the Persian nor the...

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A T a time when the Unionist Party is embarrassed with a good many difficulties we are very reluctant to indulge in any unnecessary criticism of the party or of its leaders....

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PAYMENT OF MEMBERS. T HOUGH payment of Members, and also payment

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of the Returning Officer's expenses, by the State is part of the programme which the Government are pledged to carry out this Session, if possible, nothing definite has yet been...

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T HE Home Office appears to be thrashing out the problem of crime for itself by a process of presenting rival opinions on the subject, and trusting that eventually light will...

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D WELLERS at the English Lakes and those who by fre- quent visits know the valley of Thirlmere will have had rude disappointment during the past few weeks to their ex-...

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T HE widespread interest in the question of the connec- tion of rats and plague which has been taken by the newspapers and their readers during the past two or three months has...

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THE BISHOP OF DURHAM ON HOME RULE. [To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPEOTATOEC."] Sin,—The Bishop of Durham renews in your columns of last week his appeal (first made in the columns...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") Sra., — It is to be hoped that the revelations of "Harriet" will induce people in society to be rather more careful than is sometimes the...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR, — The editorial upon arbitration with the - United States in your issue of January 14th expresses clouts of treaties being honorably...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—A correspondent who wrote to contradict me as to the prevalence of Unionism in Ulster stated that more votes were given for the Home...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Your issue of December 3180910, contained an article on "Rats and the Plague," which must have left on many minds, as on my own, an...


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THE PIONEER GEORGIC GREY, FEBRUARY 3, 1911. HE heard the call of the wider spaces, The voice of the lonely land, And his work was done in untrodden places, Where he held his...

ECTICE.—When Articles or "Correspondence" Cr, signed with The writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked "Communicated," the Editor must riot necessarily be held to be is agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN.* WHEN an American Ambassador wishes to make a sure appeal to English hearts and minds he cannot do better than speak of Abraham Lincoln, because in Lincoln...

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THE subject with which this volume deals is one of great and permanent interest, for noble tragedy appeals almost irre- sistibly to every mind. And the force of that appeal does...

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TRADE, they say, follows the flag; but disease goes with the flag, and comes back with the flag. Take, for example, the Crusades, or the discovery of the New World, or the...


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THE clever writer who contributes to the Paris Figaro under the name of " Famine," and who is also known as "Jacque Vontade," gives in this agreeable and readable book her...

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FEW figures among the successors of St. Peter are more familiar to the imagination than that of the Fifth Sextus. The cardinals—so the legend runs—were in doubt whom they...


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LORD MORLEY OF BLACKBURN takes occasion of the publica- tion of Mr. Valentine Chirors letters on Indian Unrest to contribute a long and interesting paper on British Democracy...

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WILSON'S.*: MR. DESMOND COKE has set himself so high a standard as a writer of school stories in his early works that it iE pleasant for a conscientious reviewer to be unable...

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READABLZ NOVELS.—The Horseman of the Plains. By Joseph A. Altsheler.

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(Macmillan and Co. 6s.)—A very spirited "story of the great Cheyenne War," with not a woman in it from beginning to end.—An Admiral's Yarns. By Vice-Admiral H. L. Fleet....

To the many gardening books which of late years have

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been produced for the benefit of flower-layers must be added The Modern Culture of Sweet Peas, by Thomas Stevenson. (The Cable Printing & Publishing Co., Ltd. 3a. net.) The...

Pages from a Life of Strife. By T. Palmer Newbould.

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(Frank Palmer. is. net.) The hero of this story was a Chartist lecturer, one W. H. Chadwick, who died at an advanced age in 1908. He was imprisoned with other Chartists in...

This year is the tercentenary of Robert Leighton (or may

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be accepted as such on the strength of probable evidence). It is appropriately commemorated by the publication of his devotional treatises, Practice of the Presence of God, with...


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[Under this heading notice such Books of the week as have net teen rsserved for resins in other forme.] The Autobiography of Alexander Carly/e. (T. N. Poulis lis. net.)—We are...

The Mediterranean Cruise. Compiled by Bruce Millard. (G. P Putnam ' s

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Sons. 9s. net.) This volume gives "information regarding all the places—European, Asiatic and African—usually visited in a winter's cruise on the Mediterranean." It supplies...