14 MARCH 1903

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M. Delcasse made a speech in the French Chamber on

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Wednesday, one part of which at least is of interest to Englishmen. He laid down with unusual definiteness the policy of France in Morocco. He regarded the independence of that...

The Government and people of Denmark are apparently weary of

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their struggle with Germany, and the Emperor is shortly to pay a visit to Copenhagen, where he will be received with all honour as a friend. The quarter of a million of people...

The Vatican has disapproved the conduct of the Bishop of

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Treves. He has, therefore, ordered all priests in the city to read from their pulpits a declaration that his recent manifesto refusing absolution to the parents of girls sent to...

During the past ten days the advance of the Somali-

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land Expedition has begun, the troops leaving Bohotle on the 3rd of March. The strategy is very difficult to set forth without a map, but the British and the Abyssinians are...

In a word, the Emperor pledges himself to tolerance, and

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to an improvement of the condition of the peasantry, both social and economic, and also to give help to the rural clergy and the rural nobility. It is impossible not to admire...


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BY far the most interesting event of the week is the • publication of a Manifesto by the Czar, the full text of which is given in Friday's papers. The Manifesto is in the form...

The strike agitation in Holland hangs fire a little. The

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Bill for the repression of strikes is exceedingly drastic, com- binations . to force employers to raise wages or to shorten hours being made punishable by imprisonment or heavy...

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

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In the House of Commons on Monday the question of

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the education of military officers was raised by Colonel Long and Mr. Lee. Mr. Brodrick in reply sketched the new system under which officers are to enter and be trained for the...

On Tuesday Mr. Brodrick made his statement on intro- ducing

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the Army Estimates. Though not convinced by it, we gladly admit that his speech was a spirited and able defence of the existing system, which, according to Mr. Brodrick, cannot...

Later in the evening Colonel Lambton and Sir Gilbert Parker

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raised the question of the Volunteer Forces and the serious reduction in their number which has taken place. Sir Gilbert Parker advbcated a change which has often been advocated...

Mr. Brodrick, who wound up the debate, stated very strongly

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his approval of the demand that the whole question of the Volunteers should be inquired into by a Royal Commission. Mr. Brodrick went on to insist that camps were an absolute...

In the resumed debate on Wednesday Mr. Arthur Lee made,

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some very effective criticisms of the existing system, and advocated great district depots instead of the linked battalions. Mr. Brodrick intervened early, but he did not add to...

Later in the evening the case of Colonel Kinloch came

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under discussion on a Resolution proposed by Mr. Pixie in favour of allowing officers placed on half-pay to demand a Court - Martial. We have not space to enter into the details...

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We deeply regret to announce the death of Dean Bradley,

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which took place in the early hours of Friday morning. We must perforce withhold comment till next week, contenting ourselves for the moment with recording the loss suffered by...

The statement of the First Lord of the Admiralty ex-

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planatory of the Navy Estimates was issued on Tuesday. The Estimates for 1903-4 amount to 234,457,000, as opposed to £31,255,000 for the current year. The increase is duo to the...

The death of Mr. Shorthouse, which occurred last week, removes

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a remarkable figure from the world of letters. His environment and occupation were apparently most adverse to literary labours. He was born and bred in Birmingham, educated at a...

In the House of Commons on Tuesday Mr. Austen Cham-

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berlain, in answer to a question from Mr. Lee, made a statement which, we trust, points to the early introduction of a penny post- age between this country and the United...

On Thursday, March 7th, the British Army and the British

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nation suffered a grievous loss through the death of Colonel G. F. R. Henderson, C.B., who died at Assouan in his forty-ninth year. We will say no more ; for what Colonel...

A great deputation of Members of Parliament waited on the

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Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday to urge the expediency of enforcing stricter discipline upon the clergy The Members were all of them moderates and opposed to...

On Wednesday Mr. Justice Buckley decided the application to prosecute

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Mr. Whitaker Wright in connection with the London and Globe Company. He directed the Official Receiver "to institute and conduct against Whitaker Wright a criminal prosecution"...

The Government has sustained a severe defeat in Wool- wich,

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hitherto supposed to be a safe Unionist seat. The borough has not, however, fallen to the Liberals. The Labour party has seated its candidate, Mr. W. Crooks, by the sur- prising...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday the Lord Chancellor

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introduced his Bill against the taking or giving of corrupt and secret commissions. The Lord Chief Justice heartily concurred in the wisdom of passing the measure, and we sin-...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. New Consols (2i) were on

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Friday 91.

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FRANCE AND BRITAIN. N OT th t e he B l ri eas tis t hss significa nt re n s s u t lt o of th te e m protes r t y ra ., : l s i e in d n in with Germany in regard to Venezuela...

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THE ARMY THAT WE NEED. T HE debate on the Army

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Estimates may have been satisfactory to those who wished "to take it out of" Mr. Brodrick, or to reduce the Government majority. We cannot say that it was very satisfactory from...

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'T 'HERE is at least one reason for the increase of the Fleet, and the establishment of a new naval base in the North Sea, which must strongly influence the Govern- ment,...

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O NE of the many objections to that reliance upon the European Concert which Mr. Balfour so strongly advocates is that it rather stifles the effective expression of European...

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W E are so accustomed to bewail our national short- comings on every platform and at every street corner that Colonel Yorke's Report on American Railways will come as a surprise...

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L AST Saturday the British and Foreign Bible Society entered upon the hundredth year of its existence, and at the meeting which was held at the Mansion House in con- nection...

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O NE of the chief functions of learning and experience seems to be the ratification of the intuitions of genius. Perhaps the best illustration we know of this theory is Shake-...

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T HE editors of the new "Victoria County Histories" will probably find themselves confronted by a difficulty in a future part of the series. This will deal with the history of...

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GERMANY AND HOLLAND. (To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There is one State which Germany dreads,—Russia; two which she would like to see at odds,—England and the United...

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THE LATE COLONEL G. F. R. HENDERSON, C.B. [To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR...] SIE,—It will take more time for the Army than it will for the public to learn fully its loss in...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." Sra,—In the Spectator of March 7th you suggest that "the Government on the declaration of war" shall "gratuitously insure all vessels and...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Although I fear that it is now almost too late to call the attention of your readers to the Cretan Exhibition which has been on view at...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP TUE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—You have suggested in the Spectator of March 7th Mr. Asquith as the best Premier in case of a change; may I offer Lord Spencer ? Being...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THZ "SPEOTATOR."J SIR,—A recent visit to the Regent Street Polytechnic with a *number of working lads showed . me the great value which such an, exhibition...


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. [To TEE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—Volunteers have often had cause to be grateful for your powerful advocacy of their cause, and never more so than recently. Will you...


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"51MT:120E1.1 Sig,—Will you allow me to direct the attention of. your readers to a passage in tie" Ode on the Death of the Duke of Wellington" in which Tennyson make a...

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THE DESIRE. GIVE me no mansions ivory white, Nor palaces of pearl and gold ; Give me a child for all delight Just four years old. Give me no wings of rosy shine, Nor snowy...


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SIR DONALD STEWART.* SIR DONALD STEWART'S Life is the Life of a soldier. In the excellent book which Mr. Elsmie has compiled from the Field- Marshal's letters and note-books...


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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow an Englishman who has lived for several years on the- Continent to refer to one view—which has probably received scant attention...


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Wallace's argument against the infinity of the universe may be met by reminding hint that not all celestial bodies are luminous. We know this in the case of the dark companions...


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[To THE ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Will you allow me, as you have done on several previous occasions, to plead the cause of the Women's Help Society in a very few words...

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Mn. CHURTON Collaws laments the difficulties which en- counter the "pioneer of a critical edition of Tennyaon's poems." There are many editions, and in all of them variants...

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CAPTAIN MAHAN'S latest volume contains some of the most lucid and valuable contributions that even he has made to our knowledge of the broad problems afforded by the relation...

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Tins is a book on which its author has bestowed much industry. It does not aim at giving garden instruction, but it is full of interesting information, and it is very readable....

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THE GREY WIG.* Mn. Zanawila. has adopted a curious and not altogether defen- sible method of selection in his new book. "This volume," he observes in a laconic prefatory note,...

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'Bert Edward, the Golf Caddie. By Hbrek.A3 Hutchinson. (John Murray.

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)—This is a really charming story, a change, how delight- ful it would not be easy to say, from the bitter fare on which we are too often dieted. 'Bert Edward is a Highland lad,...

Plain and Veldt. By J. H. Abbott._ (Methuen and Co.

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6s.)— The passion for the lugubrious has mastered our relatives at the Antipodes. Take the first of Mr. Abbott's "stories ahd sketches" tan-ezanrple. Tomnly Carmiehael. is -ea...

Pearl - Maiden. By H. Rider Haggard. (Longmans and Co, 6s.)—Many are

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the adventures of the unhappy maiden Miriam, and some of them, to make a "bull," take place before her birth. The story is concerned with the fall of Jerusalem, but opens at the...

The Hill of Trouble, and other Stories. By A. C.

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Benson. (Isbister and Co. 6s.)—Mr. Benson has tuned his lyre to the romantic key of the Middle Ages. That is, not of the bustling, historical, mediaeval romance, but the Middle...

Bed - Headed Gill. By Rye Owen. (J. W. Arrowsmith, Bristol. 6s.)

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—There is a good deal of promise in this book, though the author has not quite made up his (or perhaps her) mind as to the exact effect which he wishes to produce. On to a...

The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft. By George Gissing. (A.

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Constable and Co. 68.)—This cannot be called a novel, but as "Henry Ryecroft" is doubtless imaginary, we may say that it is fiction. A man of letters who has worked hard for a...

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A Book of Birds and Beasts.. By Gambier Bolton, F.Z.S. (George Newnes: 5s. net.)—Perhaps the most interesting chapter in this entertaining book is that relating to the late...

Sing a Song of Sixpence. By the Author of "The

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Lost Legends of the Nursery Songs." (Ellis and Co., Boston.)—This is a charming variation upon the team of the 'nursery rhyme. The maid was really a daughter of the wicked...

Voyages and Travels, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century. By C. R.

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Beazley. (Constable and Co. 9s.)—Mr. Beazley has collected into two volumes the wonderful Elizabethan sea pamphlets originally published in Mr. Arber's "English Garner." The...


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THE SHROUD OF CHRIST. The Shroud of Christ. By Paul Vignon. Translated from the French. (Constable and Co. 125. 6d.)—In 1898 the Sacred Shroud at Turin was exposed to view and...


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[Under this heading we nave such Books of the week as have not hem reierved for review in other forms.] ayteentnestra : a Tragedy. By Arnold F. Graves. With a Preface by Robert...

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Days and Deeds. Selected and arranged by E. W. Howson,

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M.A. (Rivingtons. 3s. 6d.)—T11i8 is a "Calendar of Anniversaries." Perhaps the best way of giving an idea of it is to quote the anniversaries recorded on January 1st. "New...

Five of the Latest Utterances of Frederick Temple, Archbishop of

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Canterbury. (Macmillan and Co. is. net.)—The speeches and charges in this little volume all belong to the last seven months of Archbishop Temple's life. The first is a brief but...

This is a new edition, revised and brought up to

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date, of a wen. known book of reference. It has, in accordance with a demand now coMmonly made upon dictionaries, something of an encyclo- paedic character, and it is furnished...

The Irish Mythological Circle and Irish Mythology. By H. D'Arboride

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Jubainville. Translated by Richard Irvine Best. (O'Donoughue and Co., Dublin. 68. net.)—Mr. Best feels a legiti- mate pride in the tenacity with which the Irish Celts have re-...

Cape Colony for the Elettler. By A. R. E. Burton.

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(P. S. King and Son. 2s. 6d. net.)—This volume is "issued by order of the Government of the Cape Colony." The reader, there- fore, will know what he has. He may rely on the...

Journal of a Tour in the Highlands and Western Islands

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of Scot- land in 1800. By John Leyden. Edited, with a Bibliography, by James Surton. (Blackwood and Sons. 6s. net.)—There is nothing of special interest in this Journal, now...