12 JANUARY 1901

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The China news is meagre. The American Government, exasperated by

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the slow progress of the steam-roller at Pekin, proposed that its operations should be removed to Washington, or some other capital, where a Conference should discuss and decide...


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T HE latest news from South Africa shows that though the Boer raiders into the Colony have not yet been captured, they have not been able to produce anything approaching a...

'Both Houses of the French Parliament met on Tuesday, and

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M. Deschanel was re-elected President of the Chamber of Deputies by 296 votes as against 220 cast for M. Brisson. Competent observers, including M. de Blowitz, attach no special...

News has this week been received of a very spirited

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action performed by the Imperial Light Horse at Zandfontein. They were advancing up a hill which had previously been scouted by Hussars, without any trace of the enemy being...

The acquisition of Manchuria by Russia appears, according to the

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Times correspondent in New York, to have caused a good deal of surprise and annoyance in America. At any rate, a good many of the newspapers express indignation at Russia's...

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

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any case.

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Those who, like ourselves, admire the civic virtues of the

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Duke of Norfolk, and whose hearts were deeply touched by the way in which he threw up an office in which he had done excellent work, and volunteered for the front, cannot but...

The recent trials of the new French submarine boat `Morse'

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at Cherbourg are described in Wednesday's Figaro. The 'Morse' is a cigar-shaped screw-driven vessel, into which en- trance is effected through a narrow hatchway, the only free...

Count von Billow made an important speech in the Prussian

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Diet on Wednesday. The tone of his address, which was chiefly addressed to the Agrarians, was most con- ciliatory. It was, he said, the duty of the Government to protect with...

Mr. E. T. Cook, who has been editing the Daily

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News during the last four years, has resigned the post of editor, and London daily journalism thus loses, though only for a time we hope, one of its keenest minds. Mr. Cook,...

A curious personal sketch of M. Deschanel, contributed by the

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Paris correspondent of the Daily News, will be found in Thursday's issue of that journal. M. Deschand, Recording to the writer, won his election not by his politics so much as...

The Pope in his reply to the address showed pretty

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clearly for what purposes the temporal authority would be used were it ever restored. "Under our eyes," he told the pilgrims, "in this holy city, which should be the inviolate...

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The District Railway has decided to adopt electric traction. At

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an extraordinary general meeting held on Monday Mr. J. S. Forbes, the chairman, informed the shareholders that the position of the Company had become desperate—the Metropolitan...

A deputation representing a hundred thousand coloured people of the

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Western Province waited upon Sir Alfred Milner this week, and offered to help in every way possible her Majesty's forces in the field. Sir Alfred Milner in reply, says the Times...

Stonehenge has, we regret to learn, suffered severely in the

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great gale of a fortnight back, one of the uprights having been blown down and its lintel broken across. In view of the opening at. no distant date of two railway stations at...

An ominous incident is reported by Renter's Agency from Beira.

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A batch of one hundred and thirty-six Abyssinians and Somalis, imported on board the German liner ' Herzog' for labour in the Rhodesian mines, refused to land, having been told...

The Emperor of Germany has not been slow in marking

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his recognition of the achievements of Count von Zeppelin, the air-ship inventor. Before delivering a lecture at the Colonial Society in Berlin on Monday, Count Zeppelin was...

Reuter's agent, telegraphing to Wednesday's papers, states that the Central

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Peace Committee at Kroonstad has addressed an open letter to the inhabitants of the Cape Colony stating that the time has come for the inhabitants of the Orange River Colony to...

We agree that if the owner will be content with

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a reas version by purchase of the Daily .Netcs from Anti-Boer to sonable _price, the State should purchase. The atones are quite close to the Salisbury Plain military area, and...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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New Consols (2k) were on Friday 97k.

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THE SITUATION IN SOUTH AFRICA. I N spite of the alarmist telegrams from South Africa as to the so-called invasion of the Colony—it is absurd to dignify a raid with that...

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I N continuation of our suggestions in regard to the military problems with which the nation is con- fronted, we desire to deal this week with the formation of a general reserve...

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and in the long run this would do more harm to governments than the attacks of which they are now the object. Nor, though it may seem a rash thing to say, do we think that the...

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M R. WILLIAM O'BRIEN, having unfortunately been ordered abroad for his health, addressed last Saturday week a letter of advice and consolation to his people. Being nothing if...

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TRADE VICISSITUDES IN 1900. T HE Times trade reports for 1900

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exhibit a story of exceptionally severe vicissitudes in several of the most important industries of the country which is fully borne out by information from other sources. In...

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T HE death of the *Duke of Saxe-Weimar suggests the probable ending of the era of the great literary patron. The little Principality or Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar cannot be...

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R EADERS of the " Wills and Bequests" given in Wednesday's papers will have noticed the striking passage quoted from the conclusion of the late Sir Henry Acland's will. The last...

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W HAT the grouse is to Scotland that the partridge is to Norfolk. The county is so full of excellent differ- ences, presenting such an attractive " inlay " of all kinds of...

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A GOLDEN BRIDGE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—May I be allowed to point out a few matters which may mean much to those who are trying to find a basis for an...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] have always admired your earnest endeavours to be fair and to look at both sides of every question, but your article in the Spectator of...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, — As I am one of those who prefer an old century, like an old friend or an old bottle of wine, to a new one, I am anxious to add a short...

(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Srn,—I have read with

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much pleasure your article under the above heading in the Spectator of December 29th, and think that the oftener the subject is brought before the notice of all working men, and...

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(To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIB, — The following links

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to the reign of Henry VIII. in a family somewhat remarkable for the steady longevity of its seven generations back may interest your readers, (.1 propos of the article thus...

[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin, — To the number of

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" links with the past " mentioned in the interesting article in the Spectator of January 5th I am in a position to add two. My aunt, the late Lady Mary Saurin, daughter of Lord...


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SIB,--The following link with the past" is, I think, very re- markable. In 1853 a French officer of my acquaintance, Count Charles de Sommerard, was dining at a table where he...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. • ] Sin,—The late vicar of

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this parish, the Rev. W. H. Turner, who died in June 1896, aged ninety-three, connected the present with a remote past in a way historically quite as interesting as any of the...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —In your interesting article,

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Link with the Past," you speak of the late Mr. Spencer Walpole as the great-grand- son of Sir Robert Walpole. May I be allowed to point out that Sir Robert Walpole had no...

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Sin,—In your interesting article on " Links of the Past " you have not mentioned Maria Helena, Dowager Lady Clanmorris, who died in 1899 at the advanced age of ninety-six. She...


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[To THE EDITOR OF VIE "SPECTATOR. "] Srn,—Your interesting article on " The Progress of Pauperism in the Spectator of December 29th touches on many problems which worry the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Nine months ago—without sympathising with my views—you allowed me to protest in your columns against the treating of the war in South...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—What have we to do with China? I have just returned from the Pacific Coast of America. There, within a few days' sail of the Chinese...


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Sin,—In your interesting article in the Spectator of January 5th thus headed, the writer says of Vice-Chancellor Bacon that "them must be many who have even seen him upon the...

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PARENTHOOD. THESE are the years our God Laps down, and nothing loth, His sceptre and His rod As He were tired of both. Bids men and women take His empire for a while, To ban,...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."1 Six,—A fish of curious habits exists in New Zealand, and' as it has apparently hitherto escaped the notice of naturalists, you will, perhaps,...


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!TO THE Eurron OF THE "SPECTATOEn Ste,—The following impromptu lines, written by the late Lionel Lewin—a great friend of Sullivan's and a most versatile and amusing fellow—on...

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1.11/, GHOST.

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LIKE to the ghost now do you come Of one who came of yore, And yet no spectre pale and dumb But fashioned as before. Not but in semblance and in name— In gesture, bearing, tone...


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THE WINTER EXHIBITION AT THE ACADEMY. THE exhibition now open at the Academy consists of works by English painters who have died since the year 1850. It may be said at once that...

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PAUL JONES.* THE reputation which Paul Jones won in his own time, and keeps unto this day, is proof enough that skilful manage- ment may delude even the discriminating eye of...

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IN a large and general sense the author of this work may be said to be, as in a sense all students of political science are, a follower of Aristotle. The reader will recollect...


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WE regret that we omitted to notice these volumes earlier, for it is not every day that we have a statesman writing essays on the art of life and at the same time illustrating...

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WE congratulate Sir Theodore Martin on having built up in this biography a permanent monument to Helen Faucit's charm. No one will read through the book without falling under...

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" The Goblin" is one of the most aggravatingly unequal books imaginable. It deals with the fortunes from childhood to early manhood of the three brothers Luttrell—the...

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The Far East : its History and its Question. By Alexis Krauaae. (Grant Richards. 18s.)—In his latest work Mr. Krausse has g iven us a valuable epitome of the political history...


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PERSONALITY AS A PHILOSOPHICAL PRINCIPLE. An Essay on Personality as a Philosophical Principle. By the Rev. Wilfrid Richmond, M.A. (Edward Arnold. 108. Cd.)— This is a...


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Eant's Cosmogony as shown in his Essay on the Retardation of the Rotation of the Earth. and his Natural History and Theory of the Heavens. Edited and Translated by W. Hastie,...


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A Woman Tenderfoot. By Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson. (D. Nutt. 6s.)—Mrs. Seton-Thompson is of the opinion that, like the Quaker wife, her place should be with her husband; so...

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The Fight with France for North America. By A. G. Bradley. (A. Constable and Co. 10s. 6d.)—Mr. Bradley apologises almost superfluously for recalling to us at the present moment—...

The Reliquary and Illustrated Archwologist for 1900. Edited by J.

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Romilly Allen, F.S.A. (Bemrose and Sons. 12s.)—There are a number of interesting and well-illustrated articles in this volume That on old bed and hand warmers particularly...

Altdorfer. By T. Sturge Moore. (At the Sign of the

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Unicorn. 2s. Gd.)—This is the third volume of the "Artist's Library," edited by Mr. Laurence Binyon. There is little known about Altdorfer's life, but "in 1505 he was registered...


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International Law. By F. E. Smith, MA., B.C.L. "The Temple Primers." (J. M. Dont and Co. 1s.)—It is harder to write a primer than a compendium, and in the case of law books,...


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The Little Red Book of Bristol. Edited by Francis B. Biekley. 2 vols. (W. Crofton Hemmons, Bristol, and Sotheran and Co. 30s. net )—These volumes, which are published under the...

The Earl of Roubery, K.G. By Jane T. Stoddart (Hodder

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and Stoughton. Os. net.) -It is useless to protest against the practice of writing biographies of the living. "The people love to have it so," and there is an end of it. We must...

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The Miracles of Unbelief. By Frank Ballard, M.A. (T. and

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T. Clark. Gs.)—This is a book of Christian apologetics, which follows in the main, with the differences due to modern methods and ways of thought, the line of Paley's great...

Eugime Bersier's Pulpit. By J. F. B. Tinling, B.A. (Hodder

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and Stoughton. Is. Gcl.)—There can be no doubt about the utility of this book, in which Mr. Tinling has analysed all the published sermons of M. Bersier. A reader who knows the...

The Psalms of David and the Higher Criticism. By the

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Rev. Alexander Wright. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier.)— Mr. Wright seeks to make a via media in the matter of the criticism of the Psalms. One extreme is represented by the...

Old and New Certainty of the Gospel. By Alexander Robinson,

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B.D. (Williams and Norgate. 2s. Gd.)—This book is the outcome of an effort to "restate" Christian truth. We cannot accept it en bloc, but we have been much impressed with the...


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[ruder this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Book of Scottish Verse. Edited by T. F. Henderson. (Methuen and Co....

Bible Characters. By Alexander Whyte, D.D. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier.

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3s. 6d.)—This is the fourth volume of Dr. Whyte's Bible Characters. We have already expressed more than once our opinion about Dr- Whyte's work, and it is needless to repeat it....

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The Visits of Elizabeth. By Elinor Glyn. (Duckworth and Co.

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Cs )—Miss Elizabeth is a young lady of good family who pays visits to various country houses in English and to a French chateau, and describes the society that she meets in some...

The Boys' Club. By Paul Neuman. (D. Nutt. 2s. 6d.)—This

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is not a book for us to criticise, as far as the giving of any opinion as to the views and suggestions made by the writer and by the gentle- men who have co-operated with him,...

We have received The Clergy Directory (J. S. Phillips, 4s.

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64.) This publication has now reached its thirty-first year, and appeals at a conveniently early date. As far as we have been able to check the information supplied by personal...

A Book about Longfellow. By J. N. Mcllwraith. (T. Nelson

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and Sons.)—This is a very pleasing account of one of the most attractive personalities in tho history of literature. Cer- tainly the American poets, regarded as men, present a...

Bridge seems to retain, possibly to increase, its popularity. Here

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we have another manual of the game, Bridge Whist : its Whys and Wherefores, by C. J. Melrose (L. Upcott Gill, 3s. 6d.) —With this we may mention Chess Lessons for Beginners, by...

We are glad to receive the first two volumes of

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yet another edition of the " Waverley Novels " (A. and C. Black, 2s. net per vol.) The two are Waver/ey and Guy Manitering. The issue is known as the " Now Pocket Edition " (it...

The Wrongs of Indian Womanhood. By Mrs. Marcus B. Fuller.

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(Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier. 5s.)—There is, we take it, no doubt about the facts in this matter. Child marriage and compulsory widowhood are the main evils of which Mrs....

CLASS AND SCHOOL Booxs.—In the series of "Temple Primers" (J.

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M. Dent and Co.) we have two volumes to acknowledge. Modern Chemistry : Theoretical, and Modern Chemistry : Syste- niati4, by William Ramsay, D.Sc. (Is. net per vol.) Professor...

Bun yea's Country. By Albert J. Foster. (Virtue and Co.

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6s.)—There is something in the idea that John Bunyan's memory was impressed by the scenery and associations of his native country, and that he drew, it may well be almost...

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The Twentieth Century (Francis Griffith, 2s. 6d.), if not exactly

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a " book of the week," may be mentioned in those columns as an event. It makes no profession of faith, but the writer of an article on "Church Reform "—his nostrum is popular...