13 MAY 1899

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A Times telegram from Cairo published on Wednesday states that

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the Sirdar, as Governor-General of the Soudan; has decided that his province will be thrown open to traders and " others "—we presume, tourists and sportsmen—without re-...

The better understanding between Russia and England, of which proof

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is given by the recent agreement as to China, is causing a good deal of irritation and annoyance on the Continent. The French newspapers, indeed, have published a semi-official...

The Figaro,' which has' now begun its general report or

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summing-up on the Dreyfus case, has published no very striking revelations during the past week. Colonel Picquart's letter to President Mazeau, replying to the depositions of...


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YE DE FREYCINET, the French War Minister, has • decided not to face the military music. An awkward question had been asked in the Chamber yesterday week about the suspension of...

On Tuesday the newspapers published a communication from the Foreign

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Office stating that news had just been received from Unyoro that Colonel Evatt had attacked Kabarega on the east bank of the Nile on April 9th, and had completely defeated him....

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

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There is still nothing definite to report as to the

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course of events in the Transvaal. That is, President Kruger has as yet shown no signs of listening to reason on the franchise question. It is rumoured, however, that Sir Alfred...

As if he had not introduced enough explosive elements into

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his speech, Lord Rosebery went on to speak of Imperialism,— always a dangerous subject at a Liberal gathering. Not con- tent with generalities, he touched on Mr. Morley's...

On Wednesday Mr. McArthur moved the second reading of the

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Church Discipline Bill, a measure which sought to create new offences, a new Tribunal, and new punishments. The Attorney-General met the Bill by an amendment declaring that...

The Court of the Archbishops began on Monday to hear

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cases of disputed Ritual, in accordance with the directions contained in the preface to the Prayer-book, v,lich declares that when the clergyman and the Bishop cannot arrive at...

As was only natural, Sir William Harcourt felt impelled to

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"give it back" to Lord Rosebery, and chose the very next night,—the opportunity being the annual dinner of the Welsh Parliamentary party held last Saturday. Though no reporters...

Lord Rosebery's speech at the City Liberal Club on Friday,

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May 5th, was an oratorical apple of discord if ever there was one,—not by any means, however, a specimen of "that crude apple which diverted Eve," but a far more subtle and dan-...

The sequel to Mr. Chamberlain's answer to Sir Robert Reid's

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very proper question about "Savage South Africa" is far from satisfactory. Mr. Chamberlain confirmed the statement that the fifty-two Zulus exported from Natal in express viola-...

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Mr. Gerald Balfour introduced on Monday a Bill estab- lishing

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a Department of Agriculture and other Industries and Technical Instruction in Ireland, based on the measure brought in two years ago. The new Bill, he explained, concentrates in...

Discussion of the Finance Bill was resumed in Committee on

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Thursday, when Sir Michael Hicks-Beach refused to accept Mr. Broadhurst's amendment reducing the duty on tea from 4d. to 2d. per pound. Sir Howard Vincent's amendment proposing...

The Home Arts and Industries Association has been holding its

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yearly exhibition this week at the Albert Hall The object of the Association, it should be noted, is not only to teach artistic handicrafts to working men, but to inoculate them...

Mr. Balfour's speech winding up the debate was as sound

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in matter and as lofty in tone as the rest of his contributions to the present controversy. As to the effects of the Tribunal at which Sir William Harcourt sneered, he declared...

Steady progress has been made in Committee during the week

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with the London Government Bill. On Monday a, settlement was come to with regard to the question of triennial v. annual elections, Captain Jessel's amendment, as further amended...

On Tuesday the most important points that came up for

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discussion were the transfer of powers from the County Council to, and the power of promoting Bills conferred on, the Borough Councils. In regard to the former Mr. Balfour, in...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (2k) were on

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Friday 1101.

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THE COURT OF. THE ARCHBISHOPS. T WO events of great importance to the Church of England have occurred during the week. The House of Commons has rejected the unwise and...

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I T is difficult to find any motive for Lord Rosebery's amazing speech at the City Liberal Club, unless it was the desire to create the maximum of distraction in - the Liberal...

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DE FREYCINET'S resignation is not an event of _in... capital importance. During the last eighteen months France has suffered from five War Ministers, and it matters not if a...

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TE E WOMEN'S LIBERAL FEDERATION. T El speeches at the meeting of

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the Women's Liberal Federation on Tuesday show a curious inability to realise the power which, according to their own showing, women already possess. The speakers were in no way...

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I T will, we think, be generally regarded as matter for regret if the latest Committee on the old - age rgret pensions question should exclude from their consideration a very...

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T HE Bishop of London possesses a mind of unusual interest, and everything that he says is worth paying attention to, whether we agree with it or not. In addressing the pupils...

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I N the mass of modern and popular studies the real purpose of our Universities is being fast forgotten. They were not established as nurseries of science, nor as preparatory...

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WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN ? T RIALS of criminal animals, with

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counsel and witnesses, have been duly reported by mediaeval scribes and handed down for our edification. There is also the leading case of the jackdaw of Rheims. But we doubt...

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ECUADOR AS A HEALTH RESORT.- . [To TRH EDITOR OP TELE " SpacTaTon . .") Sir.,—Reuter's announcement a few months back of a revolu- tion in this Mestizo-Spanish Republic, and the...

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THE JURISDICTION OF THE ARCHBISHOPS. . [To TIM EDITOR OP TUB "SPECTATOR."] you permit me to touch on two points only of " W. N. L.'s " reply to my letter (1) I am astonished to...

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Sut,—The subjoined extract from a letter from Ireland may interest your readers :— " There is nothing talked of now but hunting and racehorses ; that is since the elections are...


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[To TnE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] SIR, —In the Spectator of May 6th you say: "If it be true, as is reported, that Bismarck described him (Lord Salisbury) as a lath of wood...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In a short paragraph on the Transvaal crisis in the Spectator of May 6th you ask international lawyers what is the effect of a subject...

(TO THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — The Irish county elections

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have gone as any one who knows the country would expect. As Mr. Devitt puts it, "He has wiped the floor with his political opponents," and for once "has nothing to complain of."...


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THE " SPEcTATOR.") Sfa,—Your correspondent Mr. A. J. Bailey, in the Speckttor of May 6th, is hardly correct in saying that some five years ago the farmers of the Cape Colony...

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MO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SrR,—In the Spectator of

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April 1st you discussed the best methods of inducing sleep, and recalled some of the old- fashioned prescriptions. Personally, I find a good plan is to have some hobby or...


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[To THE EDITOR OP IRE "SPECTATOR."] StnAn your article in the Spectator of April 29th on Cromwell, I think it is somewhat cavalierly to speak of those as fanatics who do not...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR"] Sin,—I have been interested

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in the letters of your corre- spondents on the subject of sleep, though, living out of the world and apart from many of the fashions of the time, that of sleeplessness (or...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Is it not the case that sleeplessness is caused more often by indigestion than " over-activity of the brain" ? I know one who is...


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addition to the excellent suggestion of your correspondent, "X. X. X.," that the cause of sleepless- ness is the effort to obtain sleep, and that, therefore, we should cease to...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—When I was curate of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, in the "fifties," the parish church contained (and . no doubt still contains) a marble...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sut,—Would you be so kind as to allow me to draw attention to the Scholarship Examination at St. Augustine's College ? These scholarships are...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIB, –As an old subscriber

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I venture to submit the following experience. On April 27th last I was one of the very few London visitors to Huntingdon on the occasion of the great Protector's tercentenary...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR "] SIR,—Many stories are told of the affection which exists between animals, and that this affection does exist was fully proved to us the other...


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[To THE EDrtoft OP THE "SPECTATOR"] you allow me to express in a few words the deep regret which is very widely felt among Churchmen at the early death—announced last week—of...

[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR"] • Stu,—The inscription referred

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to by Canon Teignmouth. Shore in the Spectator of May 6th was written by Izaak Walton of his second wife. His first wife was Rachel Floud, who died July 10th, 1640, by whom he...

[To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR:'] SIE, — I note a lady

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calls attention in the. Spectator of April 29th to the opinions held of the great Protector by con- temporary members of the Society of Friends. Any one with a knowledge of the...

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'ME DECORATION OF ST. PAUL'S. THE consideration of the pictures at the Academy must be put aside, the question of the decoration of St. Paul's being of far greater importance....


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AFRICA AND ENGLAND-1872-1897. I.—ENGLISH THOUGHTS IN I I I. —SOME AFRICAN SOUTH AFRICA, 1872. THEY told me, when I left my home, That clearer skies and purer air Would make...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR:] Sra,—I shall be much obliged if you will kindly allow me to make known to many whom I cannot otherwise reach— through the columns of the...

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B 0 0 K S;

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MRS. OLIPHANT'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY.* Tars as a sad book,—the history of a sacrifice, and of a sacrifice which did not succeed. From her early youth Mrs. Oliphant was obliged to work,...

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FLY-FISHING.* GOD ALMIGHTY first planted a garden, says Bacon, but

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a very different person was probably the first fisher. However, that was a long time ago; and next to gardening, fishing is perhaps the most innocent, gentle, and elevating...

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DR. FAIRBAIRN UPON ANGLICANISM:* THE wish that rises to our

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lips as we put down Dr. Fairbairn's new book is that his lot had been cast within the English Church ; not because we grudge to Nonconformity the honour and advantage of his...

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THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY.* EVERYBODY has heard of the Bayeux Tapestry.

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Everybody knows that the story of Edward, Harold, and William, and of the conquest of England, is told in its series of pictures. Most people have an idea that it was worked by...

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NOVELS OF THE WEEK.* Titottoll Mr. Qraat Allen has descended

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from his " hill-top " in 4(iss caylo's Adventures, we are unregenerate enough to hold that no exercise of the art of sinking is involved in this loss of altitude. As a serious...

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Hitre You a Strong Will? By C. G. Leland. (G.

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Redway. 3s. 6d.)—Mr. Leland devotes this volume to a subject which can be best defined by his own sub-title, " How to Develop Will-power or any other Faculty or Attribute of the...

Temperance Reforms. By F. W. Farrar, D.D. (James Nisbet and

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Co. 1s. 6d.)—Dean Farrar delivered the inaugural lecture of a course which is to be given in continuation of the work of two eminent advocates of temperance, F. R. Lees and J....


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SOME BOOBS OF THE WEEK. (Under this heading we notice such Ruda of the week as hare not been reserved for review in other forms.] . . George. Miller (of Bristol). By Ai ur T....

The Bath Road. By Charles G. Harper. (Chapman and Hall.

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168.) —Mr. Harper has published three books about the great coaching roads (Brighton, Portsmouth, and Dover), and he is to follow up this with a fifth on the Exeter Road. The...

Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church Hymnary. By the

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Rev. John Brownlie. (H.liowile 3s. 6a.)—The " Church Hymnary" is the book of hymns drawn up by the Church of Scotland, the Free and United Presbyterian ' Churches, and theft...

The Queen's Empire: a Pictorial and Descriptire Record.

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Cassell and Co. 9s.)—This second volume completes the work. To those who are familiar with its predecessor it needs no commenda- tion. The photographs, which number about seven...

Toledo. By Hannah' Lynch. Illustrated by Helen M. James. (J.

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M. Dent and Co. 3s. 6d.)—This story of " An. Old Spanish Capital" has been put into competent hands, and keeps up, both by text and illustration, the character of the series to...

THEOLOGY.—The Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by James Hastings, D.D.,

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and Others. VoL II., " Feign—Kinsman." ('I'. and 'T. Clark. 28s.)—The first volume of this work was reviewed at length in the Spectator of April 30th last year, and we hope to...

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MISCELLANEOUS. —Books Worth . Reading. By Frank W. Raffety: (Sampson Low,

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Marston, and Co. 3s. 6d.)—This is a useful selection, not always agreeing with what has been laid down by previous authorities, but always giving good reasons for the choice,...