14 MAY 1910

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The feeling of the last sentence will commend itself to

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the King's subjects. Standing alone, as he must, in the isolation of kingship, he knows that the only person who can share his anxieties in any intimate sense is the Queen.—We...

It is most interesting to notice in this traditional form

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the existence together of the theory of the automatic devolution of the Crown and of the far earlier theory of popular election. The assembly of wise and notable men which...

A message to the nation from Queen Alexandra was issued

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on Tuesday night. "From the depth of my poor broken heart," the Queen writes, "I wish to express to the whole Nation and our kind People we lore so well my deep-felt thanks for...

On Saturday last King George - V. met the Privy Council

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and announced King Edward's death in words of marked emotion. King George then. said:— " Standing here a little more than nine years ago, Our beloved King declared that as long...

The bronchial troubles from which King Edward suffered would no

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doubt have been overcome by his remarkable consti- tution if he had been a younger man. The inflammation of the air-tubes, which extended to the smaller as well as to the larger...


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K ING EDWARD VII. died a little before midnight on Friday week at Buckingham Palace in the presence of Queen Alexandra, the members of the Royal family, and the Archbishop of...

On Saturday last the announcement of King Edward's death and

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the declaration of the demise of the Crown to King George V. were published in a London Gazette Extra- ordinary. These were of course made in the usual form of words Whereas it...

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

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On Wednesday both Houses of Parliament met to receive a

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message from the King, and to vote addresses of sympathy to him and. to the Queen-Mother. Mr. Asquith, speaking with very great feeling, paid an impressive tribute to King...

Mr. Balfour's tribute was no less eloquent. He remarked upon

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the difficulty which a King has in communicating with his subjects. "In these democratic days we all spend our lives in explaining. The King cannot explain." But King Edward...

Those who argue thus forget that the moment the Veto

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policy was proceeded with in the spring, the Irish Members would be bound to support the Government. They might be angry, and would no doubt use very strong language in the...

We have alluded in one of our leading articles to

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the question of the Declaration, and we may note here that the Liberal Press seems to give a somewhat confused and un- certain sound upon the subject. Here again the Government...

The answer to such special pleading is of course that

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the Liberals would have the full support of the Unionist Party in a truce, and that the Unionists would not dream of attempting to make any bargain for that support. They would...

Liberal politicians put the matter in private, though of course

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not in public, as follows : "We cannot carry on the Government if we make enemies of the Irish. They believe that unless the powers of the Lords are abolished at once, they will...

We have dealt with the political situation in detail else-

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where. Here we may note that the Parliamentary corre- spondent of the Daily News, writing in Friday's issue, informs us that the attitude of the Government towards the future is...

The news from Albania is for the time being favourable

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to the Turkish Government. Sheflret Torgut Pasha, after clearing the Katchanik Pass, has broken Ilia force into mobile columns, and forced the Tchernakiva Pass after twe days'...

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The hearing of the East Dorset election petition has been

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continued during the week. Evidence was given on behalf of the petitioners to show that the allotment-holders on the Canford estate, after being given notice to quit in...

The inaugural meeting of the Land Union—" an association of

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representatives of all classes interested in maintaining the security of private property in land, which is the very basis and foundation of all business security "—was held on...

Lord Cromer, at a meeting of the Oxford branch of

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the Classical Association yesterday week, contrasted the moral ideas of the British Empire with those involved in the motto of Imperial Rome,—nbi castra ibi .R,espublica....

In the House of Lords Lord Crewe remarked upon the

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difficulties which had met King Edward in succeeding, "at a comparatively advanced age, to the great Queen who had become in her lifetime almost a legendary figure." King Edward...

We note with no small interest and satisfaction that the

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following notice of Motion has been given by Lord Balfour of Burleigh :—" That in the opinion of this House it is expedient that statutory provision should be made whereby, in...

On Tuesday, after further evidence had been given as to

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Captain Guest's election printing expenses and his cheques drawn at Coutts's Bank in connexion with East Dorset, Mr. Foote opened the case for the defendants. The corruption...

We notice that no day is named by Lord Balfour,

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but we sincerely trust that arrangements may be made for the dis- cussion of his Motion in the House of Lords. As our readers know, we hold that probably the easiest way of...

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KING EDWARD vil. T HE nine years of the late King's reign realised the most daring hopes which had. been founded on his career as Prince of Wales. He was known, when he came to...

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KING GEORGE V. T HE new King succeeds to a position

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full of difficulties Not only must he sooner or later find himself con- fronted by political perplexities greater than any which a British Sovereign has been called upon to face...

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E Government have apparently not yet come to a final determination in regard to the course of public business. All that is definitely announced is that, after the late King's...

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T N last week's L'Opinion (the most varied and interest- ing of recently founded French journals) there is an article by M. Georges Gaulis giving an account of the growing...

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THE ALTERNATIVE VOTE. T HE advocates of proportional representation have no

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reason to be unduly depressed by the Report of the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform. It was generally foreseen that the Commission, composed as it was, would report against...

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T HE qualities which make a ruler appear in the eyes of his people "every inch a King" may be partly, if not chiefly, superficial. They may be found in a fine presence, handsome...

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T HE strengthening effect of the teaching of Christianity upon the mind, as distinguished from the soul and the moral nature, is often overlooked. A generation brought up in...


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T HE' distinguishing feature of Mr. Edwin Pratt's littk volume, "Canals and Traders," just published by Messrs. P. S. King and Son (le. net), is an extremely cogent series of...

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THE 2150 COTTAGE. (WITH PLANS.) go TIM EDITOR 01 THE "Bezverros. - ] Sfg,—The question of the cheaper housing of the people in rural districts—the problem of the cheap...

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THE TRAINING OF BRITISH OFFICIALS FOR INDIA. [To THZ EDITOR OF THZ "SrmorAmos."1 SIR,—I most earnestly trust that Sir Bampfylde Fuller's suggestion that young _men appointed to...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THZ SFICTAT011.1 S111,—I am entirely at one with you in your advocacy of the Referendum as a means of settling the differences between the two Houses, and of...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Six,—In your issue of April 30th Mr. Burgess gives an interesting precis of his Committee's circular to Head- Masters of preparatory...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR:1 Six,—I read with interest your article in the last issue on "The Star's Tips" and their relation to the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust,...


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Erma or THE " Sr scrAnat.1 SIR,—Changes in the Constitutions of the States of the American Union are always made by means of the "Refer- endum," although that word is not in...

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[To TIM EDITOR OF THE "SrscrsTos."] SIR,—Amongst your readers must be many who are called upon by some small child to tell it a story, and, like myself, find that what the child...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR:] Sra,—The Women's Congress at the Japan-British Exhibition dealing with "Some Aspects of Woman's Work" will be opened on Monday, June 6th, by...


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[To THE EDITOZ OF THE " SPECTATOR:] have only just seen the Spectator of April 30th and read your remarks about the Surrey Veterans. While entirely agreeing with what you say as...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TUB 'SPECTATOR.."] Sin,—in your issue of May 7th, and under the above heading, there appeared an article from the pen of Mr. F. T. Bullen. To me, who have...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—Naturalists in many parts of the world are interested in efforts made by Mr. A. Hamilton, Director of the Dominion Museum, in...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPICCTAT011.1 SIE, — In the Spectator of April 30th you refer in the article Newcomers at the Zoo ' " to the exceptionally amusing and interesting birds...

Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be

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in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the 'node of expression. In such instances, as in the case of "Letters to the Editor," insertion only means that the matter...

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PASCAL.* THE wise youth Hadrian in _Richard Fevers/ speaks with felicity of Horace and Gibbon, defining them as "the aristo- crats of literature." No one probably will dispute...

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REGULAR readers of Mr. George Russell, among whom we gratefully count ourselves, will recognise familiar things in this his latest book. We imagine that he cannot be unaware...

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A NINETEENTH-CENTURY CLASSIC.* MILL's Principles of Political Economy was published

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more than half-a-century ago, and it would be strange if the issues of controversy had remained just as he saw them in the year 1848. Mr. Ashley, as editor of an acknowledged...

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Mn. HITLTON has given us an interesting and amusing book, though the title but ill describes it. The University, it may be said, includes its members; consequently any book that...

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THE DAUPHINES OF FRANCE.* Tag biographies of these fifteen more

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or less unlucky Princesses cover a period of almost exactly five hundred years, from the birth of Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V., in 1338, to the death of Marie-Therese,...


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the art of Egypt and are bewildered by the archaeology, with its many dynasties and its extreme antiquity, will welcome this book. The author takes each department of his...


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THE first idea that the name of Sierra Leone suggests is that it is a land of death. No white man's life, we are accustomed • Arts and Crafts of Ancisnt Blot. By W. IL Flinders...

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A MARRIAGE UNDER THE TERROR.* "PATRICIA. WENTWORTH'S novel sees the light in circum- stances which must fill most literary aspirants with envy. For not only has it won a prize...


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MADAME VABSA.L has given 11113 here a really delightful book. She is an English lady married to a French Army doctor who, a few weeks after the wedding, went to occupy a post in...

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Sermons for Empire Day. By Canon Ivens and others. (Skeffington

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and Son. 2s. net.)—This volume should be useful. Preachers may at least base their discourse on one or other of the seven sermons to be found in it; or it may supply a need if...

Edward Bulwer, First Baron Lytton of Knebworth. By T. H.

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S. Escott. (G. Routledg,e and Sons. 7s. ad. net.)—We do not know that another Life of Bulwer Lytton was wanted. Still, he is a conspicuous figure in the history of...

The Education of Jacqueline. By Claire de Pratz. (Mills and

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Boon. 6s.)—Although some English characters appear in this book and it is written in English, most of the principal personages are French, and the situations of the story are...


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[Under this heading we notice snots Books of the week as has. not Leen reserved for review in other forms.] The King's Visit to Canada, 1860. By Lieutenant Thomas Bunbury Gough,...

Outsid.3rs — and In. By John Ayscough. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.)—Although these

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sketches are quite pleasant reading, Mr. Ayscough's talent does not do itself justice within the limits of the short story. His art lies more in giving long and detailed...

READABLE NOVELS.—The Wife of Nicholas Fleming. By Paul liVaineman. (Methuen

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and Co. 6s.)—An interesting story of life in Finland.—Now ! By Charles Marriott. (Hurst and Blackett. 6s.)—This is vivaciously written, but what does it all mean? Some kind of...

The Life and Times of John Wilkins. By R. A.

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Wright Henderson. (W. Blackwood and Sons. 5s. net.)—The Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, pays a just tribute to a far-away predecessor in office. John Wilkins was something of...

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Germany of the Germans. By Robert M. Berry. (Sir Isaac

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Pitman and Sons. 6s.)—We need hardly say that this book is interesting throughout. We may take as a specimen the chapter on the Army, as dealing with a subject which is outside...

The Maoris of New Zealand. By James Cowan. (Whitcomb° and

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Tombs. 15s. net.)—This volume is one of "The Makers of Australasia" Series, appearing under the editorship of Dr. J Hight, of Canterbury College. This gentleman explains its...

Crockford's Clerical Directory. (Horace Cox. 20s.)—Sundry additions have been made

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to this excellent guide, the most important, perhaps, being the correction of the population returns according to the most recent estimates. Various sug- gestions are made in...

The History and Antiquity of Southampton. By John Speed, M.D.

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Edited by Elinor R. Aubrey. (Cox and Sharland, Southampton.)—This volume is published by the Southampton Record Society. Dr. Speed, who was born in 1703, was educated at...

A new volume of Dr. Alexander Maclaren's "Expositions of Holy

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Scripture" (Hodder and Stoughton, 75. 6d.) contains 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews. It is always a pleasure and gain to get away from troubled regions of controversy to...

The Dawn of British History. By Alice Corkran. (George G.

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Harrap and Co. 1s. 6d.)—The time which Miss Corkran deals with begins with the third century B.C., if that is the date of the voyage of Pytheas. (Stemehenge and Avebury are, of...