14 APRIL 1900

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On Thursday Sir Alfred Milner made a speech of real

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wisdom and statesmanship to a deputation of Nonconformist ministers who had presented him with an address approving of his policy. "Never again" must, he declared, be the motto...


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T HE military situation cannot be better summed up than in the words of Mr. Spenser Wilkinson in Friday's Horning Post. The latest details of news, he points out, "give the...

The investigation into the attempt on the Prince of Wales

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shows that it was in one way less, and in another more, important than was supposed. Sipido seems to have been one of a group of neurotic lads who attended an Anarchist club,...

It is stated that the Boers have sent a note

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to Portugal declaring that they consider the use of the Beira Railway by our troops a hostile act on the part of Portugal. The Por- tuguese can, of course, if they like, treat...

In the Natal section of the theatre of war there

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has been a certain amount of activity during the week, but it has been neither decisive nor the cause of important losses to either side. Sir Redvers Buller is observing the...

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

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any ewe.


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With the "SPECT ATOR" of Saturday, April 2Sth, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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The Opposition in France is still making desperate attempts to

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overturn the Ministry, and obtain credit for its management of the Exhibition. It is probable that M. Marcel Sombat, the Socialist who forced General de Galliffet into the...

The Report of the Royal Commission appointed five years ago

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to inquire into the financial relations of the British and Indian Governments has at length appeared. It is only a majority Report drafted by the chairman, Lord Welby, but the...

The experiment of stationing black troops in the Mauritius has

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not succeeded, they " getting out of hand," and Lord Curzon now proposes to raise two more Punjabi regiments, who may be employed to garrison the island. They make splendid...

The French are undoubtedly " creeping into " the country

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at the back of Morocco, as is so often reported, for on Tuesday they occupied Igli, the most important oasis in the extreme South. We question, however, if the movement is of...

One of those bizarre incidents which sometimes make history interesting

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has just occurred in Ashanti. The Kings of Coomassie, who were overlords of the whole country, acquired in the beginning of the century a huge gold nugget, which they promptly...

The important' speech delivered on Friday week in the French

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Chamber by General de Galliffet, upon which we have commented at length elsewhere, contained two interest. ing personal references. While asserting with arguments which may...

The German Crown Prince comes of age on May 6th,

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and the Emperor of Austria has announced his intention of being present at the grand Court ceremonials with which the event will be celebrated in Berlin. The visit is regarded...

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Interesting and pleasant as is the record of Egypt's pros-

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perity, the most important portion of the Report is that which deals with the attempt which Lord Cromer has made to cope with the indebtedness of the fellaheen. In every...

Lord Cromer's annual Report on the state of Egypt is

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this year of very special interest. In the first place, it shows that the past year in Egypt has been one of unusual prosperity, the revenue reaching the highest figure yet...

An " unfortunate occurrence " was reported by Lord Roberts

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in a despatch dated Bloemfontein, April 5th, 9 p.m. A. small British force, consisting of three companies of the Royal Irish Rifles and two of the 9th Regiment Mounted Infantry,...

The Rev. C. Phillips, formerly of Johannesburg, replies with great

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force in Tuesday's Daily News to Mr. Cronwright- Schreiner's invidious comparisons of the treatment of natives in Cape Colony and the Transvaal. As for the Manifesto of the...

The Montreal Daily Star publishes in a recent issue a

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most interesting batch of letters from the Canadian soldiers at the front. They are animated by a most cordial spirit of good- fellowship towards their brothers-in-arms, and...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2t) were on Thursday 101.

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REBELS. T HE problem of how to treat the South African rebels has been attracting a great deal of attention during the past week, and no wonder, for there is no question more...

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FRENCH FEELING TOWARDS ENGLAND. T HE French Exhibition opens to-day, and

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fortunately, as far as France and England are concerned, under favourable omens. There are signs that the ill-feeling which has lately been shown on both sides of the Channel is...

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A VERY curious and significant proposal made on Friday week in the French Chamber elicited from the Minister of War a speech which has attracted no attention here, but which was...

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E VERY one must wish success to Lord Russell of Sillowen's Bill for the suppression of secret com- missions, unless it be those fortunate people who are always receiving tips...

AMERICA AND ENGLAND. T HE British people will have to keep

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their tempers for the next few months when they consider American affairs. By a rather odd series of circumstances it happens that the pivot of the next election will be the...

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I T is a little difficult to state a perfectly satisfactory reason for punishing fortune-tellers like Madame Zuleika, who on. Friday week was fined £25 at the Marlborough Street...


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T HEgrand manner has gone from the world, and, the world seems little put out at its departure. Time was when it was the token at once of breeding and education. Scholarship...

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14 ATE in March a white stork was seen in Romney Marsh, probably one that had missed its way on its return to Holland. Storks, the most regular in their habits of all...

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THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin, — Over this question the Americans in their good- natured, why - should we. care-when - we - are m...

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THE QUEEN IN DUBLIN. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SrEcrAron..1 SIR,—Would you kindly permit me as a constant reader of your most admirable journal to offer a few remarks upon the...

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SFECTATOR.") SIR,--4 think it may help to remove some misconceptions as to the temper of French people with regard to their English visitors, and the general temper of Paris at...


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much is said of the rudeness of the French to English travellers, that I feel bound to bear witness that, after spending more than twenty successive winters at Biarritz, I have...

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SIR,—Will you permit me to reply to the inquiry of your correspondent, E. D. Stone, " Was there ever an Englishman who named his son ' George ' before the Hanoverian succes-...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—You will probably be inundated with letters on the subject, but if every one were deterred from addressing you on that ground, Mr. E. D....


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WAR P [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sia, — Mr. Schreiner has been trying to make out that the South African native is as well treated by the Boer as by the Englishman, if...

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[To TILE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Siu,—As you truly remark in the Spectator of April 7th, any attempt to raise the wages of women by law would only result in the dismissal of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " gPECTATOR."] SIR, —Yon may, perhaps, consider the enclosed letter worthy of publication as an instance of quiet and sustained courage on the part of a...


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SIP.,—Mr. Stone surely goes too far in asking whether there was ever an Englishman who named his son George before the Hanoverian Sovereigns brought the name into fashion, for...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —Some weeks ago an admirable article appeared in your paper headed "A Reservist Colony," suggesting that after the war for supremacy in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Your remarks on the annoyances and difficulties which beset public giving on the part of the rich may be illustrated by what I believe...


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HUDSON'S BAY.* THE history of the Hudson's Bay Company is the familiar history of enterprise growing into dominion. First the traders explored the unknown land, and, with a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTATOR."] SIR, —It is interesting, and even amusing, to notice the difference of the tone of the German Press at the time of the Crimean War from that...


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MAKING HASTE. "SOON!" says the Snowdrop, and smiles at the motherly earth, "Soon!—for the Spring with her langnors comes stealthily OD. Snow was my cradle, and chilly winds...

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MR. BRODRICK'S first chapter, describing his early home life (at Castle Rising and Bath) and his not very happy experi- ences of various private tutors, are sufficiently...

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THE STONES OF PARIS.• THIS is a charming book. The

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expression is strong and seldom exact ; but we use it deliberately and after reflection. The charm of these wanderings in old Paris is real, owing to their variety, their...

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A CRIMINAL BIRD.* Faom the point of view of character,

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bird life and habits stand very high. As a community, and a very large one, their morale is almost irreproachable. With a very striking intellectual development they show almost...

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MR. WEYA1A.N'S new novel—dedicated with laconic eloquence "to the gracious memory of James Payn "—proves that a sound instinct has led him to the England of the eighteenth...

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Frances Mary Buss Schools Jubilee Magazine is a publication commemorative

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of the fiftieth anniversary of the North London Collegiate School for Girls. The occasion commemorated, and this very interesting record, both of the cause and of the person....

Inorganic Evolution as Studied by Spectrum Analysis. By Sir Norman

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Lockyer. (Macmillan and Co. 4e. net.)—This volume gives an account of Sir N. Lockyer's recent inquiries into the " chemistry of the stare." It begins with directions for making...

Catalogue of the Johis Bylancls Library, Mosolsootor. 4 vole. (J.

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E. Cornish, Manchester.)—This very handsome book is worthy of its subject, watch, indeed, has pre-eminently the "note" of magnifi- cence. Never was money more magnificently...


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[Under this heading lee notice such Books of the week as hare not been reserved for review in other forms.] Andromache : a Play in Three Acts. By Gilbert Murray. (W. Heinemann....

In Time of War : Poems by the late Archbishop

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Treacle. (Kagan Paul, Trench, and Co. fid.)—Archbishop Trench wrote these poems between the years 1854 - 1860; and they are now most seasonably republished. Every mood that we...

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The Passion Play at Ober - Ammergau, translated into English by Maria

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Trench (Regan Paul, Trench, and Co., 1s. 6d. net), is a seasonable production which will be found useful by many visitors. The introduction gives some interesting details. Two...

The Boroughs of the Metropolis, by Albert Bassett Hopkins, M.A.

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(Bemrose and Sons, 7s. Gd. net), is a " Handbook to Local Administration in London under the London Government Act, 1899." The Act, drafted and passed as it was under the appre-...

Three Thousand Eight Hundred Miles Across Canada. By J. W.

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C. Haldane. Illustrated. (Simpkin and Co.)—Mr. Haldane describes a trip through Canada with considerable detail, and much enthusiasm. It is chiefly centred on the great...

GARDENING BOOKS.—The Century Book of Gardening. Edited by E. T.

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Cook. (George Newnes. 18s. net.)—We cannot say more than that this volume, in appearance and quality, is worthy of its object. It combines beauty and utility. The illustrations...

SOUTH AFRICAN BOOKS.—That very striking brochure, The Birth of the

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Bond (J. Slater, Urahamstown, ls.), noticed in these columns a fortnight ago, has reached a third edition. —South Africa, 1899 - 1900. By F. Carruthers Gould. (Westminster...

Oxford Rowing. By the Rev. W. E. Sherwood. (H. Frowde.

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10s. 6c1.)—This is a complete account of all the rowing that has been done at Oxford or by Oxford men elsewhere, though some of the minor regattas have not been noticed. Mr....

The Hunan Encyclopedia. Edited by the Rev. James Wood. (Frederick

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Warne and Co. 3s. 6d.)—It is not a light thing to review an encyclopedia even when—perhaps we ought rather to say especially when—it is in a single volume. How can one complain,...

The Sport of Kings. By William Scarth Dixon. (Grant Richards.

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Cs.)—A great deal of this book is outside the region of our criticism. Mr. Dixon is an acknowledged authority on his subject, and we are content to accept what he says....

The Annual of the British School at Athens (Macmillan and

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Co., 7s. Gd.) carries on the story of the excavations at Phylakopi (the prehistoric site in Melos), which have been intermitted for a time, and also of those at Naucratis. Mr....

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MIscxwasxons.—The Handbook of Jamaica, 1900. Compiled by T.L. Roxburgh and

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Jos. C. Ford. (E. Stanford. 6s.)—We note that both exports and imports show an increase for 1898-99 over 1897-98 ; the first showing £1,662,542 against £1,431,368, the second...

NEW EDITIONS. —In the "Chiswick Shakespeare" (G. Bell and Sons),• ring

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Lear, with Introduction by John Dennis and Illustrations by Byam Shaw. A sentence or so might have been given in the introduction to the moral, which is more pointedly given...