13 AUGUST 1892

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The fighting round Tangier goes on without any very marked

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result, except that the Sultan's troops make no progress towards the subjugation of Hammam and his tribesmen. On Wednesday, the Sultan's soldiers made an attempt to dislodge the...

Parliament met on Monday to hear the Queen's Speech, which

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merely said that it had been summoned in obedience to the terms of the proclamation of June 28th, and that as all the necessary business had been transacted before the Dissolu-...

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

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In the House of Commons there commenced a remarkable debate

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lasting three nights, in which Mr. Gladstone was the only spokesman of the incoming Government. Not one of his colleagues spoke,—neither Sir W. Harcourt, nor Mr. John Morley,...


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T HE news from Afghanistan, though the details are few and vague, is of a disquieting kind. The latest piece of precise information is a telegram from Simla in Friday's Times,...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered a short and very

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effective reply. He quoted Mr. Asquith's Leeds speech in January, 1890, to show that, on Mr. Asquith's own showing, the country, kept in complete ignorance of the kind of Home-...

The official correspondence in regard to Sir Charles Euan- Smith's

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mission was issued on Monday evening. As might be expected, the correspondent of the Central News "wrote up" the incidents he had to chronicle, to some extent. For example, the...

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Mr. Balfour at once seized upon this assertion, and remarked

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on the very peculiar sort of " moral " force which had been at the bottom of the Land League, the National League, the boycotting, and the "Plan of Cam- paign." He insisted that...

During Mr. John Redmond's speech, Mr. Gladstone was not present,

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and on resuming the debate on Tuesday, he virtually ignored it, while he replied with some elaboration, reading from written memoranda, to Mr. Justin McCarthy's. Of course he...

After the Chancellor of the Exchequer sat down, there were

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only two speeches of any importance on Monday, Mr. Justin McCarthy's and Mr. John Redmond's. Mr. Justin McCarthy delivered himself of a deferential invitation to Mr. Gladstone...

Mr. Keir Hardie is in a great hurry to denounce

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the House of Commons. It had not been a week in existence when he told the Democratic Club in Essex Street on Wednesday that "no more dangerous menace to the well-being of the...

The division showed that only three Members of the House

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were absent, one, an Anti-Parnellite, in Australia, while two. invalids, Mr. Winterbotham and Mr. Wharton, paired. For the Government, 310 Members voted, and against it, 350....

The debate was resumed on Thursday by Mr. Chamberlain in

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a very powerful speech, which there was more than one discreditable attempt to suppress altogether. He showed/ how singular was the situation in which the country was about to...

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It has become known that the purchaser of the Althorp

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Library is Mrs. Rylands, the widow of the millionaire of that name who died in 1889, and that she intends to present it to Manchester. During the last two years Mrs. Rylands has...

A curious constitutional squabble is going on in New Zea-

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land. Lord Glasgow, the Governor, has been asked by his Ministers to appoint twelve additional Members to the Legis- lative Council, which is a body whose Members are nominated...

The full reports of the French Departmental Elections show a

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net gain of 181 seats for the Republicans, of whom 26, however, are Constitutionalists, or Catholic Republicans. Out of 1,436 seats, the Reactionaries only carried 224. It is...

We trust that, now that the General Election is over,

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the public will spare a little attention to the Lowell Memorial. It is proposed to fill the two windows in the Westminster Chapter House, which have not as yet been completed,...

On Sunday, the people of Lucerne celebrated the hundredth anniversary

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of the massacre of the Swiss Guard at the Tuileries. The ceremony included a procession through the town, the delivery of speeches, and a gathering at the celebrated monument....

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Crichton-Browne gave to the Geographical Section of

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the British Association a spirited account of his journey across the veldt in Matabeleland. His description of an encounter with a party of Matabele warriors might have been...

Prince Ferdinand returned to Sofia on Tuesday, after an absence

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of three months. That he should have been able to take so long a holiday without endangering his hold on the throne is a remarkable fact, and affords a strong contrast to the...

On Tuesday, the House of Lords dismissed the appeal of

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"Lord Henry Brace and others," who desired to prevent the sale of the mansion house of Lord Ailesbury and the pleasure- grounds—including Savernake Forest—" usually occupied in...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Consols (n) were on

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Friday 9641-97h.

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to say that it has been the best Conservative Govern- - 1 - ment of which the country has bad any experience since that in which Sir Robert Peel set our financial system to...

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debate, which yielded the Opposi- tion on Thursday the majority of 40,—being only one less (with a Liberal Unionist in the Chair) than its maximum strength, has certainly not...

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T HE official correspondence between Lord Salisbury and Sir Charles Euan-Smith in regard to the mission to Fez, which was published last Monday evening, affords yet further...

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T HEjudgment in the Bishop of Lincoln's case, on which we commented last week, has been received with general approbation. Alike in journals secular and ecclesiastical, daily...

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T HE recommendations for legal reform made by the Council of Judges, after four months' close investi- gation of the subject, constitute one of the most important schemes for...

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THE OLD RADICALISM AND THE NEW. T HE old order changeth,

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and giveth place to the new. There has been a revolution in the public mind as to the true view of the functions of the State, and the limits of State activity ; and the full...

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M R. FRANCIS GALTON, in the Times of this day week, proposes seriously that our astronomers should agree an an attempt to flash sun-signals to Mars for several con- secutive...

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friHE danger to which we would call attention is not that of Disestablishment or of Disendowment. The Church which we would rouse to its peril, while it includes that which It...

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W HERE shall we go ? That is the question that is dinning itself into the ears of a hundred busy men to whom the holidays have suddenly become actual. There are some methodical...

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T HE revolution or evolution of human ideas could not have been doubted by any one attending the celebration of the Shelley Centenary in the old and picturesque town of Horsham...


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LIFE ON A DAHABEAH. GIVEN a good boat and crew and pleasant companions, I know nothing more enjoyable in the way of travel than life for some months on board a dahabeah on the...

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SPECTILTOPL.1 Sin,—I hope we have not all forgotten, in this matter, the example of "Joseph Pelee, of Bread Street Hill, merchant, and one of the directors of the South Sea...


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MR. WHITMORE'S MOTHER GOOSE." [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR...1 ST, — In the number of the Spectator for July 23rd, I find a. notice of Mr. Whitmore's "Mother Goose's...

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AN HONEST CUCKOO. [To ram EDrros. or THE "Srsor.irroLl Sra,—The

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following instance of unusual conduct on the part of this bird may, I think, interest your readers. I copy it from the Bristol Times and Mirror of yesterday :— " Westerman's...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " 8PECTATOR:1 SIR,—Apropos of your article on dreams, may I remind you of a dream which I sent you many years ago, and which is very similar to the one of...


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THE "SPHGVATOP-1 Sin,—In an article published in the Spectator of August 6th, dealing with "The Eight Apologists for Mr. Gladstone," you say that Home-rule in Ireland "must...


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" SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The correspondence in the newspapers concerning the bi-lingual epitaph on the late Lord Sherbrooke may have unearthed the real author of the English lines ;...

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PROFESSOR NICHOL'S LIFE OF CARLYLE.* PROFESSOR NicHoL has done his work admirably, and with much of the fidelity which Carlyle himself displayed in compres- sing a vast deal of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The saying respecting the different European languages, attributed to the Emperor Charles V., has quite a new render- ing in your...


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THE ELECTORAL PURIST A LA MODE. I DETEST with the whole of my patriot soul The man who would purchase a voter with gold ; For of all wicked things, so to poison the springs Of...


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TULLY, of all Rome's progeny Most eloquent that e'er can be Or is or was in history, Fall thanks to you Catullus pays, Worst bard of all that wear her bays, Of all her bards as...

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IN his book on The Speech of Monkeys, Professor Garner gives in a complete form the result up to the present time of the ingenious inquiries into the language of apes, the first...

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IT would probably be no exaggeration to say that, taken as a whole, La Debacle is the most wonderfully faithful reproduc- tion of an historical drama ever committed to writing....

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MB. HosKEN's two dramas show just enough of real ability to command our respect, but rarely enough to compel admira- tion or arouse emotion. We shall not pay him the poor...

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REMINISCENCES OF A GENTLEWOMAN.* THE most trivial events borrow charm

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when seen through the mist of bygone days. Our grandparents ate, drank, and died, wore clothes, travelled in post-chaises or on pillion,—in fact, did much as we do, post-chaises...

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few weeks of an autumn vacation in Russia and Siberia, has produced a • Saeria as It Is. By Harry de Windt. London : Chapman and Hall. volume of five hundred pages, with an...

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CHINESE POETRY.* THE preface to this ponderous collection of tediously

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para- phrased versions, in which whatever charm the original may possess almost entirely disappears, furnishes another instance of the contempt with which sinologues treat the...

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The Evolution of Christianity. By Lyman Abbott. (James Clarke.)—This very

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thoughtful book will well repay a careful perusal. Mr. Abbott holds firmly to the essential truths of the divinity of Christ and of the Resurrection. To him, Christ is not the...

The Canadian Guide-Book. By Charles G. D. Roberts. (W. Heinemann.)—Many

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readers will probably find this a season- able volume. Mr. Roberts, limiting himself to Eastern Canada and Newfoundland, supplies the tourist and sportsman with abundance of...

To the various " Readers " which compete for a

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place in ele- mentary education, must be added Chambers's Expressive Readers (W. and R. Chambers). These are six books suited to the six standards. The readings are, when...


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Green as Grass. By F. M. Allen. (Chatto and Windus.)—This book is of a type which was more liked thirty years ago than it is now. Comic Histories of England, Comic Grammars, and...

The Races of the Old Testament. By A. H. Sayce,

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LL.D. (Religious Tract Society.)—This volume is one of the series en- titled "By-Paths of Bible Knowledge." Dr. Sayce thinks that the Mongolian type does not occur in the Old...

Confirmation to Baptism, by Arthur James Mason, D.D. (Long- mans),

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is a work of great learning and research. The division of practice in this matter between the Eastern and Western Churches has always presented a great difficulty, and Dr....

The Church and her Doctrine. By the Bishop of Sydney,

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and others. (Nisbet and Co.)—This is a collection of essays on various points of doctrine by eight writers, among whom, besides the name already given, may be mentioned Canon E....

Eagle Joe. By Henry Herman. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)— This

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"Wild-West Romance" is of the type with which various writers have made us familiar. It is a mixture of adventure and love, and the hero is a stalwart person, whose lawlessness...

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A new volume (the sixteenth) of The People's Bible, by

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Joseph Parker, D.D. (Hazell and Co.), contains the latter portion of Jeremiah (xx.-end), Exekiel, and Daniel. It is the historical part only, however, of Daniel that is dealt...

The Destitute Alien in Great Britain. Arranged and edited by

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Arnold White. (Swan Sonnenschein.)—This is one of the volumes in" The Social Science Series," and deals with a subject on which Mr. Arnold White is an acknowledged authority....

Cressy to Tel-el-Kebir. By Charles Rathbone Low. (W. Mitchell and

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Co.)—We have received so much pleasure from the spirited stories, real and fictitious, that have come from Mr. C. R. Low's pen, that we regret not being able to praise the...