14 MAY 1892

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Italy has at last a new Ministry, in which Signor

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Giolitti is Premier, and all the Ministers except two may be said to be men of the Under-Secretary kind. They are, however, sup- posed to be capable men, especially the Foreign...

Lord Salisbury addressed what is called the Grand Habita- tion

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of the Primrose League on Saturday, in the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and dwelt on the complete justification of the Irish forecast which the Unionist Party put forth in...


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T HE election for North Hackney on Wednesday resulted in a great Unionist victory. The total poll of 1885 was ,238; of 1886, 5,199; and of 1892, 7,951, or close upon 8,000. Yet...

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

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Then Lord Salisbury dwelt on the very natural reluctance of

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Ulster to be put under the heel of the Irish Party, which had planned and executed the whole conspiracy against the peace and prosperity of Irish life. For this part of his...

The German Emperor has again seriously offended all Liberals in

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his dominions. A sentry recently in Berlin ordered a passer-by who had broken some rule to halt, and on his escaping, fired at him. He was killed, and the bullet passing through...

The interest of the Belgian Constitutional Revision consists for Englishmen

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almost wholly in the adoption or rejection of the Referendum. The proposal is, as we have before noted, that the King, who possesses a veto which he cannot use, shall in...

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Sir William Harcourt spoke at the Colston Hall, Bristol, on

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Tuesday, and made his chief theme Lord Salisbury's Ulster speech of yesterday week to the Primrose League. Lord Salisbury had asked, said Sir William Harcourt: "How would you...

In another speech, at a banquet given to him at

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the Con. servative Club, Mr. Balfour pointed out that the Gladstonians were preparing to get in on an English programme, in order to carry out an Irish programme. Whether that...

Mr. Balfour supposed that "the sullen furnace of her old

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afflictions" was an elaborately rhetorical though obscure reference to the power to suspend trial by jury which the Crimes Act gave. Now, Mr. Gladstone himself, in introducing...

Does Lord Rosebery perhaps disbelieve in the coming victory of

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his party ? We ask the question because most politicians of Cabinet rank grow moderate when they expect power, and Lord Rosebery grows ferocious. He received an address in...

The Duke of Devonshire delivered a vigorous address to the

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Women's Liberal Unionist Federation on Wednesday, in the Prince's Hall, Piccadilly, artfully conciliating the ladies who desire the franchise, by explaining to them that he as a...

Mr. Balfour made a striking speech to his constituents in

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East Manchester last Saturday, in defence of the Irish policy of the Government. It was no longer necessary for him, he said, to occupy the greater part of his time in dissi-...

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Mr. Balfour's answer to the delegates was at once sympathetic

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and firm. He agreed that English work- men could do in eight hours what Continental workmen did in twelve, and that in many cases shorter hours did not involve diminished output...

Lord Salisbury and Mr. Balfour on Wednesday received a deputation

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from the workmen's associations of London, asking them to support legislation enforcing an Eight-Hours Day. The delegates' main arguments were that eight hours was long enough,...

The Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society for May, contain

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a charming paper on the late Lord Arthur Russell, contributed, we believe, by Sir M. E. Grant-Duff, the President of the Society. It represents Lord Arthur as the studious,...

The delegates for the Conventions which select candidates for the

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American Presidency are still being elected, but there is no indication as yet on whom the choice will fall. Mr. Harrison's friends claim a majority, but it is clear that local...

At the conferring of degrees last Wednesday by Lord Derby,

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the new Chancellor of the University of London, Sir John Lubbock, the representative of the University, told a rather good story of the interpretation put on "free educa- tion"...

Lord Salisbury, Mr. Balfour, and Mr. Goschen also received on

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the same day a powerful deputation of bimetalliats repre- senting, besides the usual professors of that creed, the most im- portant industries of India and Lancashire. Their...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2k) were on Friday 97k.

It appears from a telegram from Melbourne, that the .Government

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of Victoria has excised from the school-books all references to Christ and his teachings, as contrary to the principle of religious equality. Sir Bryan O'Loghlen has promised to...

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THE UNIONIST " INCITEMENTS " TO ULSTER. T HE Gladstonians are not fair to the Unionists upon the Ulster question. They accuse them, Lord Salisbury more especially, of " inciting...

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THE NORTH HACKNEY ELECTION. T HE political prospect is materially brighter.

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The North Hackney election could hardly have turned out better. On the highest poll which that division of London has ever had, the Unionists have won by 969 votes, not, indeed,...

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THE RUSSIAN STEAM-ROLLER. T HE Romans, who understood ruling, held that

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the first motto of statecraft was to keep their subjects divided ; and the Anglo-Indians, who also understand ruling, though they do not formulate the maxim, act on it with...

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T ORD SALISBURY, in his remarkable speech at the Covent Garden Opera House yesterday week, told his audience that the General Election would take place on several issues mixed...

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were in the possession of men who sincerely believed that

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scheme which had nothing to recommend it but a vague the English law as it then stood was the perfection of belief that the tendencies of human nature had hitherto human reason....

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HILDEBRAND IN 1892. T HE Pope's Brief to the French Cardinals

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is a singu- larly ingenious document. The Cardinals stand committed to a Declaration which, though it undoubtedly implied a recognition of the Republic, was careful to make that...

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p EOPLE on all sides are beginning to talk,—they are not very likely to begin to act, — as if it were a positive sin to think of self at all, as if life ought to be lived...

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T HE writer chanced a day or two ago, being both lazy and hard-up for a book which would require no reading, to take up "Salathiel," a novel published by Dr. Croly, once a...

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P ARLIAMENTARY Committees seem to be generally formed for the accumulation of useless and irrelevant evidence, and the further confusion of the issues that they are supposed to...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TER "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Are you not mistaken in thinking that Mr. Mill "never went fully into the logic of his principle, never considered how essential it...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You were good enough to permit me, in your issue of May 7th, to call the attention of your readers to the labour struggle in the cotton...


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ULSTER AND HOME-RULE. [To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin.,—The question asked by "T. M. W." regarding the side British troops are to take in the event of civil war in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPICTATOE."] those of our medical authorities who dwell so strongly on the inferiority of women's brains to men's, tell us from what class of women they...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You were kind enough two years ago to take an interest in my little tame kestrel, and I venture to hope you may now like to hear more...


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[To TRH EDITOR OF THE SPROTATOR.1 Sin,—Notwithstanding your intimation that the discussion must not be prolonged, I hope you will allow me to make the reply which seems...


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THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Can you or any of your readers throw any light on the curious difference that exists between the young of the various species of birds ? While some...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I was present at the University of London on Wednes- day last, and was, as usual, delighted to see so many young men and women receive...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.] SIR,—The authorities of a small place in the Pfalz, recently decided in solemn council to remove a stork's nest from the top of a very high...

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THE ROYAL ACADEMY.—IL IF I wish to express in words the fact that a man passed rapidly through a room, I shall commit an elementary error in description if I linger to make a...

LITTLE HE AND SHE. BIG is Phalle, four years old,

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Slender she and tall, Lightly cast in fairy mould ; Paul is fat and small, Yet tho' such a tiny one, Counting years but three, All by Phillis said or done Say or do will he....


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The sunshine from my heart: 'tis quite de trop ; But it won't vanish! "Court pessimism," urge my cultured friends : "Think how brute-force the world sets spinning blindly; How...

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PICKWICK REVISITED.* WE are among those who must entirely decline to question whether or no Charles Dickens's works will live. Whether in the future of the years they will be...

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IT is difficult to conceive a more hideous record than that set forth by Mr. Fitzpatrick. The sickening odour of warm blood clings to the pages, and from first to last there is...

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Mn. ROBBER, who is a Professor in Washington University, tells us in his preface that in the book which he calls Anglo- Saxon Freedom, he has made an effort to compress a sketch...

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a valuable comparison between the past and present commonly have something else to speak about, and, on the face of it, there is little credit to be given to the popular remark...

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MRS. SALA AND HER CORRESPONDENTS.* THE world seems almost divided

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nowadays—at least, as one of its many divisions—between people who are met and people who meet them. Interviewed or corresponded with, "at- homed," or " abroaded," they keep up...

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THE purpose of the large and careful work on Animal Life and Intelligence by Professor Lloyd Morgan, which forms one of the most recent contributions to the discussion of the...

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[EREATIMI.—In the notice of Palms and Pearls, in the "Current

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Literature" of April 23rd, the author's name should have been given as "Alan Walters," not "Alan Waters."]

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Something about Guns and Shooting. By "Purple Heather." (Alexander and

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Shepheard.)—In this little brochure, the author has compared the comparative merits of the bores 12, 16, 20, and 28, and analysed the various experiments he and others have made...

Saints and Sinners. By Henry Arthur Jones. (Macmillan.)— Mr. Jones

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is a writer of successful comedies, and it is interesting to see, apart from the glamour of the stage, the kind of thing that attracts the playgoer. Saints and Sinners did not...

Illegitimacy. By Albert Leffingwell, M.D. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—Dr. Leffingwell

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has brought together a number of remarkable facts, not unknown before, but put together in a novel and interesting collocation. It is not easy to form any conclusions. Religion,...


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Colonial Office List for 1892. By John Anderson, of the Colonial Office. (Harrison and Sons.)—The new edition of this compre- hensive publication contains, among other recent...

Experiences in Equatorial Africa. By T. H. Parke. Illustrated. (Sampson

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Low and Co.)—So much has been said and written about the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, that it is surely some praise to say of this, the last of the publications relating to it,...

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard, Member of the Institute. From

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the French of Anatole France by Lafcadio Hearn. (Osgood, McIlvaine, and Co.)—We hasten to assure our readers that there is nothing tragic about the crime of M. Sylvestre...

English Social Movements. By R. A. Woods. (Swan Sonnen- schein

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and Co.)—This is a very readable record, written by an American primarily for Americans, of certain prominent move- ments in the social life of the English people, as they...

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Saturn's Kingdom ; or, Fable and Fact. By C. Moore

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Jessop. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.) – The title of Mr. Jessop's book sounds aggressive, but he writes very moderately in tone, confines himself to facts and arguments about...

In the Midst of Life. By Ambrose Bierce. (Chatto and

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Windus.) —All these "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" but the last, are studies in psychology, and of a somewhat ghastly nature. Many of them relate to the War of Secession, and...

Raffans Folk. By Mary E. Genie. (A. D. Innes.)—This is

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described on the title-page as a "story of a Highland Parish." The dialect which the people talk does not seem to ns like High- land English. "She maun ken what a gran' thing it...

hears her aunt proposing to take her away out of

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reach of the fascinations of a certain Denzil Seymour, who is about to return to his patrimonial home in her father's parish. Of course this interests her immensely, and when...