12 MARCH 1892

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A CCORDING to the latest accounts, the great coal-mining strike will commence to-day, the Durham miners having resolved to support their comrades. Coals, therefore, will sell at...

Two other trials which have excited much public attention began

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and ended on Friday. Mr. G. W. Hastings, M.P. for East Worcestershire, and a man of the highest repute for philanthropy, pleaded " Guilty " to misappropriating 221,000 of...

The London County Council elections came off on Saturday, and

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on Monday it was found that the Progressives had almost swept London. They had returned eighty-three candidates, while the Moderates could seat only thirty-five. As the Pro-...

The trial of Mrs. Osborne for the theft of Mrs.

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Hargreave's pearls, and for committing perjury in the subsequent pro- ceedings against Major and Mrs. Hargreave for slander, began and ended on Wednesday. The accused pleaded "...

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

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The House of Commons on Thursday gave a triumph to

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the Salvation Army. Mr. H. Fowler moved the second reading of a Bill to repeal the tenth clause of the local Act which forbids. processions on Sunday, and carried it by a...

Mr. Shaw-Lefevre writes to Thursday's Times to maintain that there

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is nothing surprising at all in the vote of the leaders of Opposition for Mr. O'Kelly's Evicted Tenants Bill. He says he proposed last year "compulsory arbitration" on the...

The French Canadians have redeemed their character. Their late Premier,

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M. Mercier, had many claims on them as an Ultramontane Catholic, a devotee of French nationality, and a strong advocate of State rights ; but the electors be- lieved him to be...

Mr. Henry Tate has withdrawn his generous offer to give

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his collection of pictures to the public, in consequence of the failure of the Treasury to fulfil his conditions as to the building in which it should be lodged. We are in-...

Mr. Chamberlain made a brilliant speech at the Liberal Union

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Club on Tuesday. He first referred to the impatience of some Conservatives for the policy of what is called " fusion " between Liberal Unionists and Conservatives, and...

Mr. Chamberlain also criticised the Mombasa Railway debate, remarking on

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the peculiarity that now the Gladstonian leaders who speak on one side do not vote on that side, but walk out of the House, while those who vote do not speak, but vote silently....

Mr. Balfour explained on Thursday night that the Gresham University

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Charter is to be referred back to the Privy Council, and that the Privy Council would refer it to a new and stronger Commission. That is well, and we do not doubt that it may be...

The South Derbyshire election resulted in the return of the

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Gladstonian (Mr. Broad) by a majority of 1,250, Mr. Broad receiving 5,803 votes, against 4,553 given to the Conservative, Mr. Melville. In 1885, the then united Liberal Party...

The German Emperor seems disposed to remedy at least one

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of the injustices committed by his grandfather. The- Guelph Fund, a sum of about £630,000, belonging to the Duke of Cumberland, son of the last King of Hanover, is to be...

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The proposed arbitration as to American and English rights in

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Behring Sea, already accepted by President Harrison and Lord Salisbury, will, it is stated, be also accepted by the Senate. The American Government is, however, very bitter...

We observe with great satisfaction that a very able man

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has been chosen to contest in the Unionist interest Sir T. Esmonde's seat for South Dublin (County) at the General Election. Mr. Horace Plunkett, who has spent nine years in...

The debate on the Birmingham Corporation Water Bill,— a private

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Bill,—on Tuesday night was significant of the great competition which there will certainly be, as England fills up, for a supply of fresh water to the great towns. Mr. Chamber-...

Dr. Pollach, the Austrian Bishop who is Deputy-Vicar- Apostolic for

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China, has been giving his opinion as to the origin of the present movement against foreigners in China. It is, he believes, entirely Nationalist. The pride of the Chinese as...

Yesterday week, Mr. Bryce made an excellent speech in favour

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of his resolution for legislative interference to secure freer "access to mountains and moorlands, especially in Scot- land," which was in the end carried without a division. He...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (4) were on

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Friday 94

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THE LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. T HE result of the County Council election in London is for us something of a disappointment. It proves that we had underestimated the...

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very happy quotation of Mr. Chamberlain's from Dean Swift, that you cannot reason a man out of an opinion that he had never been reasoned into. And it certainly was most...

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"ALDERMAN" BEN TILLETT. T HE London County Council will, we conceive,

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do well to ratify the nomination of "Ben Tillett," the dockers' leader, as an Alderman. Such a selection will at first sight seem to many politicians of the older school, and to...

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W E are not going to discuss the Army Estimates. If there is one expenditure of time more wasteful than another, it is the discussion by men who are not ex- perts, of a mass of...

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chaplains, prison staff, schools, and libraries. Thus we democracies are

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always willing to tolerate and condone arrive at a total sum which, divided by the number of political corruption should take into account. The with- Government—i.e., the...

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W E are greatly indebted to Mr. Westlake for the extremely clear statement of the Italian view of the Pope's position which will be found in another column. Undoubtedly it...

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it RECENT endeavour to extend the area of Govern- ment restriction on female labour must have brought home to the minds of some among our readers the ques- tion: "On what...

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T HE conscious automaton who, writing in the Fortnightly Review for March, signs himself "Henry Blanchamp," has evidently not reached the point at which his whole nature, or,...

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W E publish this week a letter on American wealth which has greatly interested us fromthe peculiarity of its point of view. The writer, an American who has returned to his...

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A WRITER in the Daily News of this week, with reference to Mr. Trail's recent researches among the poets of to-day—researches which have resulted in the discovery of 0 Ter sixty...

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AMERICAN WEALTH. I HAVE come to realise that the vast aggregations of wealth have come to stay. We had anticipated that the millions made by individuals would be dissipated in...


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THE POPE AND ITALY. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR." ) do not propose to discuss in this letter the merits of the suggestion that the Italian Law of Guarantees should itself...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your last week's review of the Magazines for the month, you quote from Sir R. Temple's essay on the popula- tion of India, in the...


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[To THE EDITOR 01 THE "SPECTATOR."] Sts,—In your short notice of Mr. Archibald Forbes's article in the Nineteenth Century on Napoleon III. at Sedan, you write —" We wish Mr....

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THE WORKS OF POPE.* EVERY one with a particle of literary enthusiasm will thank Messrs. Bell for the edition of Pope which forms part of their reissue of "The Aldine Poets." It...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "Sricraros."] SIR, — In the leading article in the Spectator of March 5th, you state that the collier's wages are about 25s. a week. This is considerably...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." j SIR,—Referring to your remarks, in your issue of March 5th,. on Sir William Harcourt's speech at Greenwich, may I point out that it is not...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Kindly allow me to remove what appears to be a very general misapprehension of the nature of the above Bill. It is represented as an...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I SIR,—In the Spectator of March 5th, you give reason to your readers to hope that you will notice at some length the strange thoughts of an...

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VOLTAIRE was perhaps the first to observe a characteristic of Englishmen. remarkable in a people so full of 'political interest, their indifference to or ignorance of foreign...

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THEBE are the perfection of village sermons. They are not discussions; they are not apologies; they are not even medi- tations. But they are brief, simple, earnest expositions...

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'THOSE to whom the death of Henry Bates suggests a re- perusal of his great work, will probably be slow to disagree with the judgment passed by the late Charles Darwin, who de-...

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CHINESE CHARACTERISTIC S.* WHO Mr. Arthur H. Smith may be,

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or how he gained his experience of things Chinese, we have no means of discovering. We only know from the introduction that he lived for eighteen years in China, and that his...

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THERE seems to be a wish on the part of certain English ladies to revive an old English word which has fallen almost entirely into disuse, a "gentlewoman." In that portion of...

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An interesting volume has been added to Messrs. Gale and

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Polden's "Military Series," The Battle of ?bickerer', by Brevet-Major G. F. R. Henderson (Gale and Polden, Chat- ham). Major Henderson traces the errors of the French from the...

There are some really excellent papers in the March number

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of the Gentleman's Magazine. Perhaps the first place among these should be given to Mr. Foster Watson's "Sir Henry Wotton, Gentleman and Schoolmaster." It is one of the best...

The Boy's Own Paper for 1892 seems to contain no

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new feature. All the old elements are retained, however, and in every respect are as good as ever they were. "The Orchid-Seekers," which is the leading continued story, and the...


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Natural Science, published by Messrs. Macmillan and Co., is the latest addition to the positively appalling list of new monthly magazines. The object of its promoters, as we...

The most interesting paper in the March number of the

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Expositor is the second of a series, by the Rev. George Adam Smith, on "The Geography of the Holy Land," dealing with the Low Hills, or Shephelah, from which it appears that in...

It must be allowed that the new number of the

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New Review is rather a dull one. Carlyle's dreary novel of " Wotton Rein- fred " is brought to a dreary "conclusion,"—if the abrupt termination of the autobiography of what...

The improvement in the illustrations of the Quiver, which we

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have already had occasion to note, is continued in 1892. The short stories and sermonettes are maintained at their standard of considerable rather than high excellence, and"...

Mr. Besant's new novel of "The Ivory Gate," which is

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now running in Chambers's Journal, promises to be one of his best. There is a picture in the March number of a corner of literary- legal Bohemia, which reminds one somehow of...

"The Wrecker" continues the leading feature of Scribner's Magazine. After

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reading the March instalment, one wonders how- much—or, rather, how little—there is in it of Mr. Lloyd Osbourn& as compared with Mr. R. L Stevenson. The mad outbreak of Mr....

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The Optics of Photography and Photographic Lenses. By T. Trail

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Taylor. (Whittaker.)—After some preliminary chapters, in which the subjects of light, photographic definition, refraction, spheri- cal aberration, &c., are briefly treated, Mr....

Ambulance Hand - Book. By George Thomas Beatson, M.D. (St. Andrew's Ambulance

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Association, Glasgow.)—This manual of instruction on the "principles of first-aid to the injured," con- sists largely of the substance of lectures delivered by its author to...

A Month in a Dandi. By Christina S. Bremner. (Simpkin

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and Marshall.)—Miss Bremner is a little sensitive, it is clear, on the subject of her book, and makes something like an apology for it. " In spite of the slender thread of...

About Ceylon and Borneo. By Walker J. Clutterbuck. (Long- mans.)—Mr.

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Clutterbuck has seen some interesting countries, and is not without some gift of description. If he would only not try to be humorous ! Imagine a man writing, seeing in type,...

The Little Manz Nation. By Hall Caine. (W. Heinemann.)— Mr.

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Hall Caine gave some lectures on the Isle of Man and the - Manx people at the Royal Institution, and he has reprinted them in this volume, reprinted them as they were delivered....

lifessrs. Chambers publish a set of New Historical Readers in

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seven volumes, adapted in style to the requirements of the seven standards in primary schools. All of them range over the course of the history of this island, from the Roman...