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The King of Greece, who has been attending the German

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manceuvres as the official guest of the German Emperor, has caused a considerable flutter in France and Greece by some remarks he offered about the great debt of the Greeks in...


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• A CHANGE has come over the whole Irish question since our last issue. The change began with Mr. Balfour's speech last Saturday at Haddington, and the situation was radically,...

On Thursday the Japanese demands for amends to be made

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by China for the murder and ill-treatment of Japanese sub- jects at Hankow, Shantung, and Nanking, and for insults to the Japanese flag, were conveyed to the Chinese Government....

A further instalment of the late Count Hayashi's reminis- cences,

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published in the Iiji Shimpo, a Japanese paper owned by his son-in-law, is summarized by Reuter in Thursday's papers. The previous instalment dealt with the German suggestion of...

Mr. Balfour's weighty and earnest speech has also done an

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invaluable service, as it has shown that the intense serious- ness of the situation in Ulster, so far from being reduced, is aggravated by ignoring it in the happy-go-lucky...

. Mr. Balfour then used the following words about the

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Cabinet :- - "After all, they are men brought lig in the traditions of British liberty. They have had the training of British statesmen, and I will never believe they are...

%* The Editors cannot undeHake to rehirn Manuscript in any

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A conference between representatives of the Dublin em- ployers and

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men and the deputation of six from the Trade Union Congress met on Saturday at the Shelburne Hotel and continued on Monday, hut broke up that evening after an all-day sitting...

The Board of Trade returns for August show a decline

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of some three and a half millions in imports and an increase of 12332,000 in exports, the improvement being here due entirely to the advance under one head—that of new shipping...

Several letters have appeared in the Times during the week

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on the King and the Constitution. As we have already published a considerable correspondence on this subject, we do not wish to dwell unnecessarily on a controversy which,...

The deadlock between masters and men in Dublin remains practically

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unaltered. On Sunday a great Free Speech demonstration was held in Sackville Street, at which Mr. Barnes, M.P., without committing himself to the sup- port of " Larkinism,"...

We regret to have to record the loss of the

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German naval air- ship Ll. The vessel, a Zeppelin dirigible built in 1912, was caught in a sudden storm about eighteen miles north of Heligoland at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and...

On Wednesday letters on the same subject appeared in the

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Times from Sir William Anson and Lord Hugh Cecil. Sir William Anson said that since the Government have deprived the Lords of their constitutional right to bring about an appeal...

The American Currency Bill has been favourably reported to the

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House of Representatives by the Banking Committee. This measure, in which President Wilson has made a serious attempt to remedy the incoherence of the American system, discards...

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As a protest against scientific intolerance no less than as

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a profession of faith Sir Oliver Lodge's address is a memorable utterance. It is a remarkable sign of the comprehensiveness of science that in two successive years two such...

Lord Salisbury wrote to the Times of Wednesday to ask

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Mr. Lloyd George exactly what he had meant when be said in his correspondence with Lord Wolmer that if Lord Wolmer wanted "to take a high line as to Ministerial investments, let...

Coming to the question of personal continuity, Sir Oliver Lodge

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observed that either we were immortal beings or we were not. Those who made denials were just as likely to be wrong as those who made assertions. Personally, he believed that...

A vigorous attack on our educational system was made by

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Principal Griffiths on Thursday. The burden of his complaint was that we proceeded on the false assumption—combated many years ago by Mr. Gladstone—that all children were fitted...

Sir Oliver Lodge delivered the Presidential Address at the British

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Association at Birmingham on Wednesday. Taking " Continuity " for his theme, he delivered an eloquent protest against that new form of scientific scepticism which animated...

At the Aisgill inquiry on Saturday the driver of the

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second express and his fireman gave their evidence with a candour and straightforwardness which the Inspector cordially acknow- ledged. The driver frankly acknowledged his...

Neither Mr. Lloyd George nor the Unionists implicated in these

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undefined charges ought to leave the matter where it stands. We do not suppose the Unionist leaders have any- thing whatever to fear from Mr. Lloyd George's threatened...

On Monday the Times published a leading article, chiefly on

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Mr. Cave's letter, which was full of good sense. We offer our congratulations to the Titnes on the way in which it is performing the highest service which a paper bolding its...

Bank Rate,41 per cent., changed from 5 per cent. April

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17th. Consols (21) were on Friday 731—Friday week 73i.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE IRISH QUESTION. T HE attempts of Liberal newspapers to show why the Government cannot act on Mr. Balfour's advice and dissolve before the Home Rule Bill...

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I N the preceding article we have dealt with Mr. Balfour's speech quite apart from the proposal contained in the remarkable letter which the Times published from Lord Loreburn...

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T N spite of the official denial, which is in such cases generally forthcoming, one may safely assume that the account of the report of Mr. Lloyd George's Com- mittee issued by...

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POLITICS AND FINANCE IN CHINA. r E Chinese Government have for

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some time past been trying to ride three horses at once. Its objects have been to suppress a revolution, to frame a Constitution, and to get some substantial value out of a...

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D O heartless people ever regret their deficiency ? We think they must sometimes, since they have their wits. Keenness of feeling causes certainly as much suffering as...

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A SONGS, PATRIOTIC AND NATIONAL. LL historians are agreed that contemporary

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ballads and broadsheets constitute a priceless storehouse from which to draw a picture of the society existing at the period whose history they seek to relate. Some of those...

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S EPTEMBER and March, the two months of the equinox, belong in other ways to the same setting. They have the same amount of daylight and dark; they stand on the threshold of a...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."J SIR, —In your article on Professor Smart's admirable letter you assert the impracticability of adopting co-operation in many fields of...


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THE KING AND THE CONSTITUTION. [To THB Eorron OF THE " SPECTJITOR."] SIR, — My attention has been called to a letter by Sir Graham Bower in the Spectator of August 30th. He...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " 1 SIR, —The Irish Nationalists are never weary of declaring that public opinion in the self-governing Dominions is solidly in favour of an...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—I have read with

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great interest Professor Smart's letter and your comments thereon in your issue of September 6th, but I do not think that you have entirely grasped all the factors of the...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—As a student of

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social reform, may I be allowed to express my delight at the conclusion arrived at by Professor Smart in his important letter ? Surely, Sir, as a nation we stand, as did...

[To THE EDITOS OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Professor Smart draws attention

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in your last issue to the unsatisfactory results of a policy 9f strikes. Who are the real victims in the majority of cases ? Everyone knows the brunt of the loss falls upon the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] have read with interest your remarks on the recent Return in regard to Old-Age Pensions and Pauperism, but suggest that before you found...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TIM "SPECTATOR."] Sta,—In your issue of August 30th you call attention to the circulation of Cobden's speeches on the "Land Tax" of 1692 by the United...


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SIR, — Your reference to the controversy between Lord Wolmer and Mr. Lloyd George is interesting. You dismiss Lord Wolmer by stating that the evidence is against him. What would...

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[To TER EDITOR OF TRI " SPRCTLTOR."] your issue of March 1st last there appeared an article under the title "The Devil's Country." It was a severe arraignment of this nation...


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OF THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—May I draw attention to the following remarks in Mr. Bryce's recently published volume of "American Addresses" (page 394), upon a subject which the...

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[To THS EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] BIR,—A lot of undesirable and other letters are passing through the newspapers hereon. As an ex-railway official, with fifty-four years'...


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tTo THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] STR,—I read recently in the Educational Supplement of the Times an account of "Domestic Economy Schools," and I should like to call attention...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPRCTATOR."] Sut,—If you will allow me a few lines, I promise to drop the subject, though Mr. Dixon's change of front is provocative of further...

[To TEN EDITOR OF TER "Bricrkrozt."] SIR,—May I support Colonel

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Keene's letter with reference to the age of Territorials? During the past four years I have personally sworn in over one hundred recruits, but in no case has there been any...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The growth of the residential quarter in Quebec will necessitate, not many years hence, the erection of a church on the limits of St....


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TO HIS LOST BELOVED, OH, little thing, oh, wondrous thing, Why did you slip so soft away ? Love touched us with his angel wing Once upon a day. Love touched us and we were...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." J Si,—The mistake in the Quarterly Review article is the , printing of "morale" in italics, and thus making apparently a blunder in the French...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "Sezr-raroa."] SIR,—The Spectator has so consistently fought for the pre- servation of buildings of historic interest that I hope you will allow rue space...


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[To vas EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your article in issue of July 26th (pp. 129 and 130) on this subject gives in concise form a very clear idea as to the general purport...

NOTICE. — When "Correspondence" or Articles are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked' "Communicated," The Editor must vot necessarily le held to le 'Tit agreement with the vietcs therein capressed cr with the mcde...

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THE NAPOLEON OF TAINE.* IT has happened to most of the great actors on the world's stage that their posthumous fame has undergone many vicissi- tudes. Laudatur ab his, culpatur...

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LATIN AMERICA.* THIS historical survey of the rise and prospects

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of the republics of South America is valuable because the author is a Peruvian who writes with the sympathy of personal knowledge—a sympathy that would not be possible in the...

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No one who takes even an amateur's interest in Indian art can fail to know that Mr. Hal-ell is a disinterested, an enthusiastic advocate of indigenous methods, a firm believer...

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THE English ambassador to the United States, like the United States ambassador to England, fulfils certain func- tions beyond his official duties. He is a kind of Public Orator...

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BOOKS describing the hunting of big game divide themselves, Mr. Stewart White has found, into two classes : those which describe adventure with overmuch word-painting, and those...

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MB. Sates command of vernacular English has hidden from him the extraordinary difficulty of finding an equivalent in our language for Mr. Tagore's artlessly artful style. In his...


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Ma. BURT, who is a Canadian Rhodes scholar, has produced an interesting survey-of the various proposals in the direction of a closer union of the Empire made before the First...

THE MYSTIC WAY.* WE doubt if many ordinary readers could

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go steadily through a long book about mysticism unless such a book were given to them in the guise of a history. All the same, we believe that a great number of people not...

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THE REGENT.t Ma. BENNETT'S literary baggage is growing at a great rate. The page which faces the title contains a list of thirteen novels, seven fantasias—novels most of them...

The Repentance of Destiny. By Shway Dinga. (Duckworth and Co.

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6s.) — There is much that is remarkable in this book. The story is of Englishmen in Burma soon after its annexa- tion. One in particular, the son of a Walworth grocer, has...

REMINISCENCES OF DIPLOMATIC LIFE.* These "stray memories," as their writer

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calls them, are written in a genial, readable style, and give us many amusing and interesting glimpses of men and manners in South America and in several European countries....

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Waterloo, and Oudenarde, to Lille, with a diversion over the

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border through Sedan and Revin. From Lille the journey continues by way of Amiens and Rheims to Freiburg, the Black Forest, and the Lake of Constance, Oberammergau, and Munich,...

MgADABLE NOVELS.—The Judgment House. By Gilbert Parker. (Methuen and Co.

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6s.)—Sir Gilbert can give us a more solid and better-informed story of the Boer War than many that have appeared. He has also drawn some characters keenly ; but he treats a...

coloured !) and contributions by some fifty famous athletes, should

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at the remarkable price of 4s. 6d. have a wide circu- lation. So carefully have the contributors been chosen that we have a chapter by Mr. W. T. Travis (taken from an inter-...

The Early Churchwardens' Accounts of Hampshire. Edited by the Rev.

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John Foster Williams. With preface by the Archdeacon of Winchester. (Simpkin, Marshall and Co. 5s. net.)—Thie volume contains a collection of practically all the Churchwardens'...


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this heading tr. %aft. such Books of ti's week as hays not hes seserrect for 'mew in other forms.] A Soldier's Diary. South Africa, 1899-1901. By Murray Casby Jackson. (Max...

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Proportional Representation. By J. C. Meredith. (Simpkin, Marshall and Co.

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2s. 6d. net.)—Dr. Meredith discusses with reference to the "proportional representation" clauses in the Home Rule Bill the various electoral systems which have been devised to...

Rural Regeneration, in England. By William Sutherland. (Methuen and Co.

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2s. net.)—Mr. Sutherland, though he does not claim to have discovered any panacea for our agricultural depression, lays great stress on the promotion of small holdings and...

Lord's Men of Littlebourne. By James Chapman Andrews. (G. G.

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Harrap and Co. Is. 3d. net.)—An interesting and unpretentious story, designed to illustrate English country life in the fourteenth century, for educational use.

Garden Craft in Europe. By H. Inigo Triggs. (B. T.

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Batsford. 35s. net.)—Mr. Triggs, whose fine folio on "Formal Gardens in England and Scotland" is well known to garden lovers, has put together an equally attractive volume on...