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The position of affairs in China is a little clearer,

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but not mach. According to the best accounts, which, however, are not official, Great Britain and Germany having rejected the Russian advice to leave Pekin, the Powers have...

The South African war news of t he week has

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not been important. General Buller has been pushing on steadily, as has also General French, and both have made considerable captures of stores, prisoners, and ammunition, but,...

On Wednesday a Blue-book was published containing the Report as

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to the treatment of the British prisoners of war at Pretoria by the Boers. Lord Roberts in a covering despatch severely criticises the treatment of the non-commissioned officers...

No hint, however remote, has yet been given of the

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terms the Powers will ask or the Chinese concede. It is assumed that an immense indemnity will be promised as compensation for the insult to the Legations, for the slaughter of...


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T HE most important event of the week has been the flight of Mr. Kruger from the Transvaal into Portuguese territory. Mr. Kruger and his suite arrived at Lourenco Marques on...

It is said that Mr. Kruger will go first to

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Amsterdam, and will then make a tour of the European Courts trying to induce them to intervene in his favour. Needless to say, his mission will be as great a failure as that of...

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

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any case.

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The Times on Wednesday published a long telegram from its

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correspondent in Pekin intended to give a bird's-eye view of the situation. Dr. Morrison, who has often shown himself specially well informed, and who shared in the hardships...

The quarrel between Roumania and Bulgaria becomes more and more

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envenomed. Two of the Bulgarians under trial for murdering a Professor in Bucharest now confess that the President of the Macedonian Committee in Sofia gave them distinct orders...

During the past week the belief has been rapidly gaining

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ground that the Dissolution will take place within a very short time. It is even said that the necessary formalities will be carried out at the Council which is to be held at...

Texas has suffered from a great calamity. A cyclone travelling

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at eighty-four miles an hour burst upon Galveston, its principal port, last Saturday, and drove a vast wave of water upon the town, which, as has often been pointed out, lies...

As usual in such sudden catastrophes, society seemed wrecked as

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well as the place. Friends fought each other for a drink of water. The lowest class, and especially the negro labourers, betook themselves to whisky, and soon, maddened with the...

The Government of Austria has at last been wearied out

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by the conflict between the German and Slav elements in Parliament. Obstruction has gone so far that nothing is ever done, and that the Deputies can hardly be restrained from...

A movement of some importance is going on among the

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French clergy. The younger men, it is said, are anxious to support the present Government and the Republic, and as two, at least, of the prelates, the Archbishops of Bourges and...

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On Monday Mr. Horace Plunkett addressed a meeting of his

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South Dublin constituents in the Town Hall, Kingstown, in which he denounced the attempt that was being made to drive him out of public life. We cannot go into the details of...

At Monday's meeting of the British Association Sir William Preece

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read a paper before the Mechanical Science Section on the projected electric " monorail" passenger express line between Manchester and Liverpool. The trains, consisting each of...

The most striking paper read before the Geographical Section on

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Tuesday was that of Mr. G. G. Chisholm on the consequences to be anticipated from the development of China by modern methods. After instancing several eases of the adoption by...

Wednesday's papers contain a letter addressed by Mr. Chamberlain to

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Mr. Back house in regard to the candidature of Mr. F. Lambton, who is standing in South-East Durham. Mr. Chamberlain says very truly that a party which counts Sir Henry Campbell...

An important letter from Dr. Leigh Canney appeared in the

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Standard of Monday on the subject of the prevention of epidemics in the field. Dr. Canney points out that hitherto attention has been solely fixed on the question of...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2i) were on Friday 98i.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DISSOLUTION. I T is, of course, quite possible that after all there may be no Dissolution, but all the signs point in the opposite direction, and as we...

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M R. KRUGER has abandoned the Transvaal—or, as he quaintly puts it, he has taken six months' leave—and is now on the coast at Lourenco Marques wait- ing to take ship for Europe....

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I N this burdensome China business we must all be con- tent to wait a little. It is supposed on fair evidence that the Allies are disposed to negotiate, and that the Chinese...

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THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE IN AUSTRIA. G OVERNMENT by public discussion—the principle

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which underlies our own Constitution—is certainly the hope of the world, and probably the method which, when the world is a little more civilised, will be generally adopted, but...

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W E spoke, two or three weeks back, of the immense relief to the warmth famine with which we are threatened that electricity promises one day to bring us. With house coal rising...

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W E wonder sometimes a little what the ultimate result of the shrinkage of the world will be. It is going on very fast. Size is measurable by distance, and distance by the speed...

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A BOOK has just been published called "The Things Beyond the Tomb," by the Rev. T. H. Passmore (London : Longman and Co., 2s. 6d. net). The author, by diligent searching of the...

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T HE honorary secretary of the National Mouse Club was recently presented with £8 in subscriptions as a mark of appreciation of his work for this Club. The Ladies' Kennel...

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THE HUMBLE ROACH. [TO Tile EDITOR OF TUE "SPECTATOR. " ] Sin,—The roach is a common sort of fish, neither much sought after by- rich anglers for sport, nor esteemed by epicures...

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THE LATE MISS MARY KINGSLEY ON THE BOERS. [TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] • think the following extract from a letter written . by may interest late Miss Mary Kingsley...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your article on the above in the Spectator of the 8th inst. opens the way to considerable difference of opinion. I doubt, however, if...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR."] Six,—The letter of "Naval Officer" under the above heading in the Spectator of September 1st, when taken in conjunction with the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—When I read the delightful " Travels," I try some- times to find a key or meaning to their riddles. I have often wondered whether, in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—Your article in the Spectator of June 9th and the reply thereto from my friend, John William Graham, came to me several weeks later ;...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—In your article in the Spectator of September 8th on "The Plague in Great Britain " you say : " Whether intense fear of a disease...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—These lines on a gravestone in a village on the Mendips are new to me :- " One less at home : The charmed circle broken, a dear face...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Snt,—There is one sentence in your admirable article in the Spectator of September 8th on Henry Sidgwick to which, so I think, exception...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"] STR,—In corroboration of " Vicarius Vigorniensis" (Spectator, September 8th), may I recall to your memory Wordsworth's second poem, " On...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sm,—In a letter signed "F. H." which appeared in the Spectator of September 8th the writer states that " the elegy commonly known as The...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] have read with amazement the letter of your corre- spondent, " L. C. J.," in the Spectator of September 8th. His advice appears to be that we...


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[To TILE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Srst,—Mr. Bradley's interesting letter in the Spectator of September 8th seems to me to justify a continuation of this correspondence. He...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —You say in noticing my article in the Fortnightly (Spectator, September 8th) that while 'it is true that London crowds in 1858 did...

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I KNOW not yet, admits the wise ; I know, the braggart fool replies. Midway the modern highway lies,— I do not know, but criticise. L. E. G. B.


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THE ROAD TO LADYSMITH. GENTLE herdsman, tell me, pray, Unto the town of Ladysmith Which is the right and ready way ? The way is easy to be gone, Although to use but lately won...


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NIETZSCHE AND WAGNER. THE attitude which an intelligent and enthusiastic Wagnerian is (or at any rate was) capable of assuming in regard to hostile criticism of his hero is...

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FORT ST. GEORGE.* FORT St. George well deserves the tribute of a history. Not only has its career been striking and adventurous, but it was Great Britain's first possession in...

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MR. ROBERTSON'S book need not detain us long. We find that on this subject of religion we have nothing in common with him. He has " rejected Theism as an explanation of the...

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WITH the exception of one, all these essays have appeared in other forms, and they bear the mark of not having been overlooked and revised with sufficient care before they were...

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THERE is a quantity of excellent mixed reading in Mark Twain's latest collection of stories and sketches, The Man that Corrupted Heidleyburg. Of the twenty pieces which make up...

BRITISH FORESTRY.* This is an interesting, and not too technical,

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book on a sub- ject which, at present receives far too little attention in this country. We have not yet realised that the annual returns from land which is devoted to growing...

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Art in Needlework. By Lewis F. Day and Mary Buckle.

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(B. T. Batsford. 5s. net.)—An interesting as well as useful book. Mr Day, in his happy combination of the artistic with the technical, has well illustrated a point to which he...


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British and American Diplomacy A f fecting Canada, 1782-1S99 : a Chapter of Canadian History. By Thomas Hodgins, Q.C. (Publishers' Syndicate, Toronto.)—Mr. Hodgins has written a...


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Some of the American magazines, like certain of our own, indicate too marked a favour for articles somewhat of the "symposium type," with the result in many cases of the...


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THE MINOR MAGAZINES. There are one or two good papers of the " miscellaneous " charac- ter in the new number of the Lady's Realm, such as "The Cult of the Cat" (which is...

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The Reformation in Great Britain. By H. 0. Wakeman, M.A.,

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and the Rev. Leighton Pullen. (Rivingtons. ' ls.)—This is one of the " Oxford Church Text-Books." It is needless, there- fore, to specify the school of thought to which it...

The Life and Work of Dwight Lyman Moody. By the

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Rev. Wilbur Chapman, D.D. (Nisbet and Co. 6s.)—This volume begins with what used to be called "Testimonia," appreciations of Mr. Moody by Henry Drummond, N. D. Hellis (who ranks...

History of the Prudential Insurance Company of America. By Frederick

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L. Hoffman. (Prudential Press.)—We do not wish to express any opinion on the merits of the Society whose history is here given. But we may safely say that this volume contains...

Row to Write for the Magazines. By " £600 a Year

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from IL' , (Grant Richards. 2s. 6d.)—The author of this little book gives us plenty of good advice. Perhaps one of his most significant maxims is, "Produce what is wanted rather...

The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia. Edited by John P. Foley. (Funk and

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Wagnalls.)—This massive volume contains more than nine thousand extracts from the writings, correspondence, &c., of Thomas Jefferson. The name is probably not familiar to every...

The Leaguer of Ladysmith, November 2nd, 1899—February 28th, 1900. By

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Captain Clive Dixon. (Eyre and Spottiswoode. 3s. 6d.) —This i3 a book of quite admirable sketches of men and things in the siege of Ladysmith. Captain Dixon takes, of course,...


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[Under this heading ice notice such Books of the each as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Voices of the Post. By Henry S. Roberton. (G. Bell and Sons. 43....

The British and Foreign Bible Society: Ninety.sixth Report. (146 Queen

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Victoria Street. 1s.)—The Bible Society continues to record an increase of work, and, we are sorry to see, an in- adequacy of income to meet expenditure. The Society hardly...

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NEW EDITIONS.—A Short History of China. By Demetrius Charles Boulger.

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(Gibbings and Co.)—This is a new edition of a book published for the first time seven years ago. A supplementary chapter has been added (not by Mr. Boulger, we are told, but by...

Tarowerr.—The Biblical Theology of the New Testament. By Ezra P.

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Gould, D.D. (Macmillan and Co. 3s. 6d.)—This is one of the series of " New Testament Handbooks " appearing under the general editorship of Professor Sheller Mathews. The...