13 FEBRUARY 1892

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The Opposition criticisms on the Address on Tuesday night were

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unexpectedly moderate. In the Lords, after a speech by the new Lord D udley of it power and range quite unexpected from so young a man, and affording hope that a fresh and...

The debate of Thursday was livelier, the great gods getting

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excited in the fight. Mr. Chamberlain, speaking for the first time as leader of the Liberal Unionists in the Commons, delivered a speech of admirable oratorical force, and...

In the House of Commons, Sir William Harcourt, in the

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absence of Mr. Gladstone, led the attack, but seemed to suffer from an absence of material. He also spoke heartily_ of the Duke of Clarence, and uttered a few cordial words in...

The answer was left to Mr. Balfour, who, speaking as

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Leader for the first time, displayed his usual easy and slightly haughty force. After an eloquent expression of the national regret at the death of the Duke of Clarence, he...


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T HE Session was opened on Tuesday by Commission, and the Queen's Message was unusually short. Her Majesty alludes in pathetic terms to "the terrible sorrow which has afflicted"...

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

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Mr. Morley refused the information desired, upon a ground worthy

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only of the rankest demagogue. Rossendale, he said openly, had not desired it; it knew enough. In other words, as the constituencies were willing to " go it blind," the...

The influenza has nearly gone. In the week ending Satur-

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day last, the deaths in London from that cause were only 314, as against 436 and 506 in the two previous weeks ; and a still greater falling-off was apparent in the deaths from...

Wednesday's Times gives prominence to the communication of a correspondent

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in which it is stated that " Mr. Schnad- horst has lately informed the Liberal leaders that, after reckoning all contingencies, he can only promise that the next General...

The Spanish Government has adhered to its resolution to make

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anarchy in action a capital offence. Four of the men belonging to an Anarchist Society, who shared in the attempt to capture and plunder Xeres, have been sentenced to death, and...

The Belgians will, it is believed, try the experiment of

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the Royal Referendum. The opposition to the proposal has been fierce, not only from the Liberals, headed by M. Frere-Orban, a statesman of acknowledged moderation, but from some...

Mr. Morley, speaking at Newcastle on Saturday to a meeting

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of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds, made a very effective criticism of Mr. Chamberlain's scheme for old- age pensions. We have dwelt elsewhere on the main portion of his...

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The funeral services over Mr. Spurgeon were practically as elaborate

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as those over Cardinal Manning. The body lay in state in the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was visited by sixty thousand persons, many of whom on...

There seems grave reason to fear that Mr. Tate's splendidly

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generous offer of his collection of modern pictures, to form the nucleus of an. English Luxembourg, and.of £80,000 to build a gallery to house them, over which the Treasury has...

Lord Derby, in a letter addressed to Mr. Joseph Ellaby,

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and published on Thursday, applied to the Small Holdings question one of his characteristic douches of cold reason. He thinks that the experiment of creating small holdings...

The cabmen who waited upon the Home Secretary on Monday

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to protest against the proposed extension of the four-miles radius, ventilated their grievances with great energy and picturesqueness of language. Mr. Gordon, a cab- driver of...

On Tuesday, some six thousand London coal-porters went out on

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strike, and the whole retail coal-trade of the Metropolis was struck with paralysis. The immediate cause of quarrel was a squabble over the employment of a particular foreman in...

Bank Bate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 95i.

It is statedin Vienna that a great Socialist experiment is

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to be tried in Africa, a body of adventurers, guided by Dr. Hertzka, having obtained a tract of land on the slopes of Mount Xenia, which is English, where they propose to...

Monday last being the anniversary of the death of Mary

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Queen of Scots, a number of neo-Jacobites arranged to visit her tomb in the Abbey, and lay upon it wreaths of flowers. About '250 Loyalists. assembled at Westminster for this...

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and historic party, to which they belong by most of

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their That bearing, after so long a contest, will not, we all were men disposed to stand on their own feet, and not Liberal Unionist Members will disappear from public to lean...

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THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE SESSION. T HE opening of Parliament

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has, as usual, disappointed a general expectation. The longing for dramatic scenes is incurable, and with a large number of English- men the anticipation created by a new...

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MHE announcement that Mr. Blaine does not intend to 1 allow himself to be nominated for the Presidency, has brought the subject of the election for the Chief Magistracy into...

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i T is with great pleasure that we find ourselves once again in complete sympathy with Mr. Morley on a political question. His speech on Saturday last to the members of the...

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CARDINAL MANNING'S SUCCESSOR. T HE announcement that the Roman Catholic Chapter

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of Westminster have sent to Rome the three names from which—if the Pope follows their lead—the new Archbishop is to be chosen, and that Monsignor Stonor has come over to England...

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T HERE is at least one point upon which Tories are quite as bad as Liberals ; neither of them can bear that clergymen should speak freely. If beneficed clergy- men of the...

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W E sincerely hope that the French men of science, who are fond, as a rule, of metaphysical inquiry, hoping always to deduce from it positive proof that mind is a phenomenon of...

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M R. SAINTSBURY'S volume of "Political Verse," just published by Percival and Co., raises a very curious question in the history of literature. How comes it that the present age...

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T HE critics who keep such sleepless watch on the attitude of the Universities towards the ladies whom they teach or examine, will no doubt feel a certain satisfaction in the...

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THE GROWTH OF A BOOMING MINING CAMP. [The following interesting letter has been sent us for publics. tion.—ED. Spectator.] Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A., January 24th. MY...

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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTATOR." ] SIECOMEnenting on a recent Rangoon telegram published in the.columns of the Times, you remark, in the Spectator of February 6th, that " all...


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THE DUKE OF ARGYLL ON HOME-RULE. pro THE IDITOR OF THZ "13711CTATOR."] SIR,—A letter in the Spectator of February 6th, signed " Observer," comments upon a statement made by me...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR, - With regard to your impression that Lord Canning revised sentences passed in the North-West Provinces of India, under the special Acts...


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[TO THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Six.,—As one who well knows Achmed Arabi the Egyptian, will you allow me to say, with reference to your last week's quotation from...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTATOE."1 SIR,—The record of the "ghastly failure" of a socialistic experiment is good "copy." But to one who for a long time has followed with...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] thought that the legend

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of the torture of the Cir- cassians, with the other accusations of malversation of public funds and suchlike, made against Arabi Pasha when an English expedition was being...

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[TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—If Mr. Andrew Lang can give any authority for the story, which he gives and believes, to the effect that " Burns was offered £200 a...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—You often receive letters illustrating the faith and sagacity of animals • so I venture to send you a true anecdote of our own species....


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[re THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR "] Sin,—In the review on Dr. Brewer's "Historic Note-Book," you say that you know of no other book but " Whitaker's Almanac" which gives...


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I To THE EDITOR Or THE SPECTATOR...1 SIR,—If your correspondent, "E.," will refer to Bishop Ashton Oxenden's recently published autobiography, he will find Cardinal Manning's...


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THE MIRABEAU FAMILY.* [FIRST NOTICE.] No one could be better equipped than M. Mezieres to write of Mirabeau. From M. Lucas de Montigny, the adopted son. of the orator, M. de...


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fro THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In the Spectator of February 6th, a correspondent mentions a barking epidemic at Leicester in the Middle Ages. May I call attention...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." 1 SIR,—.A propos of the letter of " T. A. A.," which appeared in the Spectator of February 6th, I may be exceedingly stupid; but at the...

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MESSRS. LAWRENCE AND BIILLEN have begun their " Muses' Library" with an exquisite edition of Herrick, a writer un- surpassed as a singer by any poet of the seventeenth century....

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IT must not be supposed that Mr. Kebbel's volume is an expanded political pamphlet on the condition, the prospects, and the feelings of the agricultural labourer. It is much...

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DR. HILL'S LECTURES ON LITERATURE.* THIS little volume consists of

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six lectures read in the Hall of New College " before the members of the Teachers' University Association, who were in residence in Oxford daring part of the Long Vacation of...

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WINDSOR FOREST.• To the residents of Berkshire, or at least

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to those who live in and about Sunninghill, this work will no doubt prove an acceptable acquisition ; but it is not one in which the general public will take much interest. It...

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THE HISTORY OF HUMAN MARRIAGE.* "MARRIAGE," writes the learned author

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of this interesting book, "is rooted in family rather than family in marriage." It would perhaps have been more accurate to say that— marriage being regarded from the point of...

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Across Russia. By Charles Augustus Stoddard. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. Stoddard

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is an American traveller, and looks upon Russian things from the American standpoint, one which, for some reason not easy to explain, means a certain sympathy. Across Russia...


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Geodesy. By J. Howard Gore. (W. Heinemann.)—This is one of " Heinemann's Scientific Handbooks," and the most interesting of the series. Geodesy must be added to the long list of...

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Forty - five Years of Sport. By J. H. Corballis. Edited by

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Arthur T. Fisher. (Bentley and Son.)—The six parts of Mr. Corballis's work are respectively devoted to " Hunting," " Shooting," " Deer- Stalking," " Salmon and Trout Fishing,"...

Vain Fortune. By George Moore. (Henry and Co.)—This is a

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readable tale, cleverly written and excellently illustrated (by Mr, Maurice Greiffenhagen). Nor can any one take exception to its tone,—Mr. Moore has possibly given readers some...

Handbook of Athletic Sports. Vols. IV. and V. Edited by

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Ernest Bell, M.A. (Bell and Sons.)—We have here two volumes of a series which, for magnitude and, it should in fairness be added, general excellence, is not disproportionate to...