15 JULY 1899

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The views that we expressed last Saturday as to the

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feeling of the Empire in regard to the Transvaal crisis have been confirmed during the week. In the first place we may note the offer made by the Queensland Government to send a...

We do not pretend to be able to say whether

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these pro- visions comply with the requirements of , the Imperial Government,—namely, that any franchise scheme must at once enfranchise a substantial number of Outlanders, and...

The Cape Parliament met on Friday, but no account of

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its proceedings will be received here in time for our comments. No doubt there will be a great deal of heated talk, and accusations of tyranny on the one side, and of treason on...


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T HE efforts on the part of the Imperial Government to obtain the franchise for the Outlanders continue, but it is as yet impossible to be sure that they will be successful,...

Under the law decreed by the Emperor Paul, and aeted

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on ever since, females cannot succeed to the Russian Throne until the line of his male descendants is exhausted. The three daughters of the Czar are therefore, for the present,...

V The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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NOTICE.— With this week's number of the " SPECTATOR" is issued,

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gratis, an Eight-Page Supplement, containing the Half-Yearly Index and Title-Page,—i.e., from January 7th to June 24th, 1899, inclusive.

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The German Emperor is in front this week as usual.

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He has recently set all Europe talking by visiting the French cruiser ' Iphigenie ' at Bergen, and telegraphing to President Lonbet his pleasure at his reception,—incidents...

Politicians in the Balkans are certainly not amiable. A Bosnian

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named Knesevitch on Friday week fired four shots from a revolver at the ex-King Milan, but missed him, and was arrested. He made, it is believed, certain admissions, but at all...

It seems to be fated that the Dreyfus case should,

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as each new incident of it is revealed, lower the general estimate of French character. Since the return of Captain Dreyfus he has made statements to his counsel which show that...

It has long been suspected that there was some under-

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ground connection between French Royalists, most of whom are Clerical, and the Anti-Semites, and it would now appear to be almost proved. The Gazette de France publishes a...

But perhaps the story may not be time P There

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was always that possibility until on Wednesday M. Lebon admitted its truth. He published a defence of himself, in which he denies nothing except that he was actuated by any...

The detailed plan for arbitration adopted by the Peace delegates

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at the Hague has been published, and seems sensible enough. Each of the signatory Powers is to nominate not more than four persons "of recognised com- petence" who are willing...

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The result of the St. Pancras election was declared on

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Wednesday evening. The figures were : Mr. Thomas Wrightson (C.), 2,610; Mr. B. F. C. Costelloe (L.), 2,423, —that is, a Conservative majority of 187. At the last two elections...

Lord Curzon clearly does not believe the elective principle to

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be applicable to India. A reform was proposed in the muni- cipal government of Calcutta which the progressive party re- sisted, as not being liberal enough, but the Viceroy has...

On Friday week Mr. Asquith, in the course of a

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speech at the reopening of Wesley's Chapel in the City Road, praised Wesley specially for his "instinct of government" and for his "concentration." "He had, in a degree which so...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday the Duke of

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Westminster moved the second reading of the Seats for Shop Assistants Bill, which had passed through the House of Commons with- out opposition. Lord Shand, who moved the...

In the House of Lords on Friday, July 7th, Lord

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Lansdowne introduced his scheme for furbishing up the Militia ballot and getting it ready for use in case of necessity, though he by no means pledged himself to legis- lation...

The Pones of Commons has been chiefly occupied during the

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week with the discussion, or perhaps we should more truly say the obstruction, of the Tithes Rating Bill by the Opposition. On Thursday there was an all-night sitting, with...

On Friday, July 7th, Mr. Balfour and Lord Cadogan received

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a very weighty and important deputation of pei sons interested in the proposed Irish tunnel. Mr. Barton, one of the civil engineers interested in the scheme, declared that the...

Bank Rate, 31- per cent.

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New Consols (2) were on Friday 1064.

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BRITISH INTERESTS AND THE TRANSVAAL CRISIS. W HILE we as a nation are considering the situation in South Africa, and doing our best to find a solution of the problem, nothing...

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THE GERMAN EMPEROR AND FRANCE. T HE attention paid throughout Europe

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to the German Emperor's visit to the French warship Iphiginie,' and to the courteous telegram in which his Majesty gave thanks to M. Loubet for his kindly reception, is not a...

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GOLD FOR INDIA. T HE Report of the Committee on Indian

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Currency will, it is evident, be followed by almost immediate action. That Report, though temperate in language, and written by men who are clearly aware that they are not...

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M. MELINE. T HE Dreyfus case has been the touchstone of

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French parties no less than of French institutions. There was a time, not so long ago, when the best chance for the country seemed to lie in the growth of that section of Repub-...

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closely we watch the action of the Arch- bishop of Canterbury in regard to the affairs of the Church, the more clear does it become that he has grasped the essentials of the...

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T HE interesting ceremonies connected with the Wesley Commemoration appeal to a far wider audience than that embraced within the limits of the denomination which calls itself by...

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A TELEGRAM from India, published on Monday, records a most characteristic and suggestive piece of news. The religious riots which have recently distracted Tinnevelly —the...

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I S it true that our fountains and springs of sweet water are about to perish ? A writer in Country Life says " Yes," that in parts of the Southern counties the hidden cisterns...

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THROUGH AUSTRALIAN SPECTACLES.—IL [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Sin,—An Australian visitor to England, mixing freely with men of all shades of opinion, soon finds that...

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ENGLAND AND KRUGER. [TO TEl EDITOR OF TfIR "SPECTAT0R:] Bin,—Perhaps you will kindly give me space to comment upon Mr. Fox's strictures on my arguments. It seems to me that he...

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"SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In reading your interesting article on" A _Lingua Franca for Mankind" in the Spectator of July 8th, it occurs to me that the following may interest you, as it...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] sometimes think an unreal standard of morals is a greater foe to conduct than even a low standard, not that it influences many people, but...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 SITt,—I happened to be at Port Elizabeth at the time of Dr. Jameson's "ride," and had some opportunities of observing Johannesburg matters...

[TO TIM EDirott OF THE "S1'ECTATOR.1 SIR,—An incident which befell

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me some few years ago in Stockholm bears BO aptly on your idea of English becoming the lingua franca of the future, as possibly to merit publication. Stepping on board one of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I have been favoured with a report of a meeting under the leadership of the Bishop of Hereford which has been described as "a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin—In connection with this

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discussion, it may interest your readers to see this note of Sir Richard Barton ' s on the sup- posed effects of the moon ' s rays :—" The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TFIE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I send you a translation I have made of an Italian legend of how the cat was created, written by Antonio De Nino. Many are the proverbs...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—As you observe in

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the Spectator of July 8th, English is spoken in every port of the world. It is also used as a medium of communication between people whose mother- speech is other than English....


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — From the Danish chaplain in London, whom I have the pleasure of knowing, I have received the prospectus of an Anglo-Danish Club (Bet...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Evidence has been collected to show that in the West Highlands of Scotland big storms are constantly coincident with certain lunar...

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f To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I am glad to see that Mr. Austin Dobson abandons "Le style c'est l'homme " as being "popular, uncanonical, and out of court," to show...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.] Sra,—Mr. Edmund Gosse, writing of Dr. South in his "Modern English Literature," says : "It was an appreciator of the wicked wit of South who...

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ON THE RIVER. WHY have you brought me here, you eager, adventurous darling ? Why did you lure me away out of the garden at home ? Was it to show me your skiff, that lies in...


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LOWELL.* MR. HALE has put together a number of agreeable papers concerning a very agreeable man. They can hardly interest so much on our aide of the water as on hie, for he has...

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THE personality of Signor Crispi has certainly proved interesting to Europe beyond that of any statesman of our time save Bismarck and Gladstone. We may disagree with the policy...

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Tars is an interesting and very readable book, which would have been even better reading if the author could have laid aside her polemical tone. Mrs. Richardson has made studies...

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MR. NORRIS in his new novel, Giles Ingilby, introduces his readers to the usual polished circle in which his characters live and move. This time, it is true, his hero is for' a...


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LOliD ROSEBERY'S addresses are very amiable specimens of the oratorical art. They realise as little as they pretend. The opinions which they express, whether of politics or of...

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Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. LIX. Edited by Sidney Lee. (Smith, Elder, and Co. 15s. net.)—Perhaps the most im- portant article in the new volume of the Dictionary of...

Dinners and Diners. 13y Lieutenant-Colonel Newnham-Davis. (Grant Richards. 35. 6d.)

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—Colonel Newnham.Davia has performed the difficult task of making amusing a book which is all about one subject,—eating. True, it is a subject which interests every one of us...

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A Bunch of Cherries. By L. T. Meade. (E. Nister.)—This

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story of school life suggests the guess that Mrs. Meade has found a juvenile production stowed away in a drawer, and has given it to the world. It certainly is not up to the...

Company Frauds Abolition. By Richard Russell. (Effingham Wilson.)—We wish Mr.

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Russell success, but we doubt whether he has taken the best means to attain it. His book is scarcely businesslike. He gives the scheme of a law which he would have enacted. But...

We have received the first number of a reissue of

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The New English Dictionary (The Oxford University Press, 3s. 6c1.) These numbers are to be issued monthly. It is calculated that half of the whole work will be completed by the...

Local Government and State Aid. By Sidney J. Chapman. (Swan

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Sonnenschein and Co. 2s. 6d.) —Mr. Chapman examines with much care the various subventions which have been made out of Imperial Revenue to local finanee. He sees differences of...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reilerved for recitio in other forms.] Social Phases of Education in the School and the Home. By Samuel T....

Cricket Records : with a Commentary. By A. C. Coxhead.

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(Lawrence and Bullen.)—" Records," it must be understood, is used in the technical sense of the best, or, it may be, the worst, example of its kind. It would be a "record" for...

Physics, Experimental and Theoretical. By R. H. Jude, D.Sc., and

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partly from the French of H. Gossin. (Chapman and Hall. 12s. 6d. net.)—This first volume treats of mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, heat, and acoustics. Dr. Jude explains...

The American - Spanish War : a History by the War - Leaders. (Gay

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and Bird. 10s. 6d. net.)—General Woodford, who was Spanish Minister to the States, writes the inttoduction. The quarrel of Cuba against Spain is related by General Garcia, the...

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Drviurrv. — The Message and Position of the Church of England. By

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Arthur Galton, BA. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. 35. 6d.) —Mr. Ghlton argues the case of the Anglican Church against ROme and Puritanism with considerable force. In doing so he...

Two Commissions : a Brief Memorial of Digby Henry Dent.

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By his Sister-in-Law. (Marshall Brothers.)—D. H. Dent was an officer of Marines, who was appointed to a post in the Straits Settlement Prison. There he met With his death, being...

MISCELL ANEOIIS. —La Guerra de Sept Av g. Par Richard Waddington.

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(Firmin Didot.) —M. Waddington follow's up his work on the foreign policy of Louis XV. with an acconnt of the Seven Years' War. He begins with a careful review .of th€ forces of...

Magian Vass.—In Black and Red. By E. Sharwood Smith. (W.

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Andrews and Co. is. net.)—These are distinctly clever verses, though the Cambridge allusions will not be intelligible to all readers. "To Chailticlere," " Ebeu Fugaces !" where...

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Scl1001.-BooKs.—Thucydides VII.: Selections. By E. C. Mer- chant, MA. (Macmillan

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and Co. is. 6d.)—If Thucydides can be made available for the reading of junior forms, Mr. Merchant does it. His book may very well be made useful ; the questions are a valuable...