15 OCTOBER 1892

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Colonel Saunderson, M.P., sends to the Times the following letter,

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which, he says, has been addressed by a county inspector in the West of Ireland to a sub-sheriff r- " 29-9-92. " Sta,—In all cases where you require police protection in...

The effect of the burial service read in such a

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place and on such an occasion can be understood without comment or de- scription. The musical feature of the ceremony was the singing of Tennyson's verses, called, though not by...


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T HE burial of Tennyson in Westminster Abbey on Wednes- day was the occasion for an unexampled exhibition of public regard,—the feeling shown being like that usually re- served...

The Italian Parliament was dissolved on the 10th inst. by

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decree, and the Ministry have published, in the shape of a " Report " to the King, a long explanation of their policy. They declare that Italy has need of peace, and has assured...

The German Emperor has been visiting his brother-Kaiser in Vienna.

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It is carefully explained that the invitation was to a shooting-party, and that the two Sovereigns devoted themselves only to shooting stags ; but the incident is, never-...

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

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The French Republic has received another important ad- hesion. Baron

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Mackau, who from 1885 to 1889 was President of the United Royalist and Bonapartist organisation, on the 9th inst. made a speech at Carrouges, in which he declared that the...

A rather indiscreet friend of Sir Gerald Portal, our repre-

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sentative in Zanzibar, has published in the Times part of a private letter from him on the evacuation of Uganda. In it Sir Gerald says :—" Lngard, Martin, missionaries,...

We accidentally omitted last week to mention the speech before

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the Church Congress, in which Mr. Victor Horsley defended the practice of vivisection against Bishop Barry and the Bishop of Manchester, who had attacked it on moral grounds,...

The great festivals in honour of Columbus and the fourth

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centenary of the discovery of America,. have been going on in - Huelva (Spain) and New York all the week. The functions in Huelva have been solemnly ceremonious, and, it is...

The appointment of Mr. Justice Mathew to preside over the

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Evicted Tenants' Commission was announced on Thursday. All reasonable men will agree that the learned Judge could be trusted to try any issue with entire and absolute...

The Blue-Book on Irish Criminal Statistics for 1891, just published,

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shows that there has been a slight decrease in the number of criminal offences as compared with 1890. The serious offences are, both absolutely and relatively in regard to...

An important event has occurred in South Africa. The President

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of the Transvaal Republic has declared in favour of admitting foreigners to citizenship, and intends to promote a Bill reducing the residence necessary as a qualification for...

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The Unionists have carried the Cirencester Division of Gloucestershire by

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a majority of three, an important sign that the tide is not flowing in the wrong direction. The former majority which had to be cut down was 150.

Irishmen apparently can do nothing without State aid. The grazing

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interest there is now suffering, as the corn-growing interest in England has long been doing, from low prices and foreign competition. The stock-breeders are, therefore,...

On Wednesday, the Times announced that the committee established to

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buy back the ' Foudroyant '—Nelson's flag-ship and the scene of Sir Ralph Abercrombie's death—had suc- ceeded in its object. The German purchasers had removed the upper deck,...

M. Zola, in the Figaro of Monday, in replying to

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some of the critics of La Debacle, insists that the Emperor rouged his cheeks at Sedan. The Emperor's friends, he says, have talked as if to have done so would have been...

Dr. Saenz Pena, the new President of the Argentine Republic,

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assumed power, on October 12th, without opposition of any kind. The event is of some importance to this country, as the informal bankruptcy of the Republic was undoubtedly a...

Bank Bate, 2 per cent.

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

Mr. Woolner, the well-known sculptor, died on October 7th at

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his own house. Had his death not happened to take place in the same week as those of Tennyson and Renan, public atten- tion would have been drawn to the event far more strongly...

On Tuesday, Sir Theodore Martin delivered a very able address

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on national sentiment at the Royal Institution, Liver- pool, in which he pointed out what a misfortune it had been that the Irish took to brooding over their national wrong,...

Mr. Lecky on Monday delivered a valuable lecture on his-

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tory in the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. He main- tained that while history, properly studied, greatly enlarged the mind, and trained men to decide wisely on the problems...

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THE FUNERAL. E VERY great assembly of men gathered for a common object, and inspired by a common purpose, originates and developes a power, an influence, an impulse, distinctive...

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THE LAUREATESHIP. Nk TE do not believe that the " current

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of opinion " now said to be running against the continuance of the Laureateship has any depth, and feel certain that, even if it had, the abolition of the office would be a...

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THE " ELEMENT OF HATE." T HE Times of Monday, in

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an article on the anniversary of Mr. Parnell's death, unintentionally gave away part of the Unionist case. It attributed the great demon- stration made by the lower population...

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MR. GLADSTONE AND THE WELSH LANDLORDS. T HE correspondence between Mr.

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Gladstone and the Secretary of the Welsh Landlords' Association, pub- lished in Wednesday's papers, is anything but pleasant reading. The Prime Minister is doubtless too busy to...

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C OUNT KALNOKY, in his speech of last week to the Austro-Hungarian Delegations, was, perhaps, a little too optimistic. He evidently imagined that the pressure of military...

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M. RENAN ON REVOLUTIONS. T HE Paris correspondent of the Times

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has done a welcome thing in " hunting up " Renan's address as a candidate for the Corps Legislatif in May, 1869. It is interesting to be thus taken back to what in France is...

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THE GENIUS OF TENNYSON. T HOSE who, in 1842, when Tennyson's

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first important poems were published, were just old enough to love poetry, and yet young enough to have no prepossessions or prejudices against poetry of a new type, probably...

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T HE criticism we feel disposed to pass on Mr. Lecky's ex- cellent lecture on " History," delivered on Wednesday before the Birmingham and Midland Institute, is that he expects...

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I T would puzzle most of us, we fancy, to give an accurate account of the sources whence we have derived our knowledge ; to say, with any degree of certainty : " This we have...

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AN OPIUM EXPERIENCE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—When working for my graduate's degree in medicine, at Aberdeen, in 1868, I contracted the habit of taking opium. I...

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[To mg EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR, —There is one point in the character of the late great poet to which I do not observe that any obituary notice has referred, but which...


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[TO THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, — The late Congress marked a memorable epoch in the history of this controversy. It was recognised on every hand that a complete turn...


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[To rim EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Just now, when we naturally are thinking much of the names and characters which Tennyson has brought near to us, it may be...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE ospicrArort."] SIR, — When I left the service, I did my best to throw off the "captain." We all have our little vanities, and it seemed to me that, as a...

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Go forth, oh noble soul and great, The sea is

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still, the sky is low, As if 'twere but a step to go Where all good angels wait. The moon has risen more light than day, The wind is hushed and storms are far, There is no...


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THE MIGRATION OF BIRDS.* WE have seldom laid down a book with feelings of greater disappointment than when closing the work under review. A more fascinating subject it would be...


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IN MEMORIAM: ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON. [OCTOBER 12Ta, 189?.] Matra icatve2w g g vccv Gicrov Y SturpzioLs 0813tv iTLICIISELOY. LAST left of the great Immortals, art thou too...

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what has obviously been a genuine labour of love, with not a little sentimental effusiveness—that, indeed, was to be expected—but also cleverly, laboriously, and generously....

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EVERYBODY has been reading the gossip of the Englishman who had so far made himself a Frenchman that he was free to enjoy all the amusements and benefits Paris can confer on its...

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A MODERN dictionary, whether of the encyclopaedic or the- philological kind, is a very interesting book. The volume now before us partakes of both characters, though neither of...

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of "English poets," it is generally understood that the title includes the poets of the sister- countries. There is no such term as " Home-rule " in poetry, and Burns, Scott,...

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"PATRIOT "13 a term which has been applied to many men, to some who have placed the glory of their country before their own, and to others who have done the reverse ; but...

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tyrannies of the dominant party are described by Mr. Ballantyne

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in vigorous and uncompromising language. If there was another side to the question—and most questions have two sides—he certainly does not take it into account. Single combats,...

A Little Norsk. By Hamlin Garland. (T. Fisher Unwin.)— The

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" Little Norsk," Elga by name, otherwise called " Flaxen," is a child whom two bachelor settlers on the Dakota plateau bring up. She is found in a neighbour's hut, her mother...

Dear. By the Author of " Tip-Cat." (A. D. Lanes

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and Co.)—. The first half of this book is delightful. "Dear," who arrives at years of discretion when she is eight, and takes upon herself, with distinguished success, the...


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GIFT-BOOKS. Royal Children. By Julia Luard. Revised edition. (John Hogg.)—We are pleased to see a revised edition of Royal Children. If there is one thing young people like, it...

Charity. By Lady Dunboyne. (Nisbet and Co.)—Charity is a young

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lady who goes through a little fire of misunderstanding and misrepresentation, out of which she emerges satisfactorily, as we all knew she would, for she is a fine character,...

Cousin Isabel. By Marion Andrews. (Gardner and Co.) —This is

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an interesting little love-story, the scene being laid in the siege of Londonderry. It is short and well done, and a very decided im- provement on "The Quest of Jack Hazlewood."...

A Candle in the Sea. By the Rev. Edward A.

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Rand. (Nisbet and Co.)—This volume is intended to interest its readers— American readers in the first place—in "lighthouse life." With this life Mr. Rand contrives to mix up...

away to sea. It is, however, obviously impossible for the

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writers of story-books to accept this statement. To have so important a part of their stock-in-trade removed would be quite ruinous. Too much of "Steady Your Helm ! " is...

Master Bartlensy. By Frances E. Crompton. (A. D. limes and

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Co.)—We are glad to speak of this little book with quite un- mixed praise. Miss Arminel Ann Throginorton—called, for short, " Nancy "—is a quite delightful young child, and, we...

Captain Geoff. By Ismay Thorn. (Gardner and Co.)—This tale of

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school-life is almost dramatic in places, and the characters always interesting and full of vitality. M. PAbeille, and the contrast between his ideas of discipline and school...

Lilly Thorn's Voyage. By Grace Stebbing. (Nisbet and Co.)— Miss

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Stabbing must excuse us for saying that her little heroine becomes a trifle tiresome. Her sayings and doings on board the ship are related in about the same amount of space as...

We have received a fine Portrait of Walt Whitman, etched

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by Leon Richeton (Gay and Bird). It scarcely gives the impression of being the head of a poet, and there are many who question Walt Whitman's title to that name ; but there is...

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The Geographical Distribution of Disease in Great Britain. By Alfred

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Haviland. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—This is the second edition of a work first published in 1875. It deals only with the counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland, and such...