16 APRIL 1910

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The course of events would now seem to be reasonably

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clear. The Budget of 1909-10 will go through the House, and the taxes which have not yet been collected under it will be collected as arrears. The next step will be the...

Mr. Asquith began his statement by reiterating the Albert Hall

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pledge. 'Unless the Resolutions were carried into legisla- tive enactment, the Government would be impotent. "If the Lords fail to accept our policy or decline to consider it...

Mr. Balfour, who followed Mr. Asquith, pointed out that the

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Budget was the price of the agreement, an agreement which left both parties poorer than they were :— " The Irish Party are going to accept a Budget they dislike, and are going...

Mr. Balfour went on to point out the great danger

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which arose from a Prime Minister anticipating advice to the Crown by months, and announcing to the House of Commons and the country that in certain unknown and undetermined...

Unless, then, there is another alteration of plans, which Mr.

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Redmond can, we think, be depended- upon not to allow, Mr. Asquith, as soon as the Lords have dealt with the Resolutions, will go to the King with the advice he has indicated in...

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

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T HE chief event of the week was the Prime Minister's statement on Thursday night, in which he announced his complete surrender to Mr. Redmond. In his Albert Hall speech just...

From the point of view of Parliamentary and political tactics,

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we feel compelled to take off our hat to Mr. Redmond. He, at any rate, has shown firmness and determination, and has compelled obedience to his will. For a leader who can...

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The General Election in Australia has resulted in a majority

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for the Labour Party both in the Lower House and in the Senate. The Labour majority in the House of Representatives will probably be 11. The Referendum returns, we are told,...

The proper proportions between Lord Rosebery's three categories is a

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subject of very great interest. As at present advised, we should like to see in a House of, say, four hundred, two hundred chosen by external election, one hundred by the whole...

It is understood that the Resolutions have already received the

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consent of the leading Opposition Peers. Though their terms are very general, as they ought to be at this stage, they show how very far the Lords are willing to go in the matter...

Mr. O'Brien in the course of a speech at Cork

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last Saturday read out a letter which be declared had been addressed by him to Mr. Lloyd George, and which purported to summarise the results of some interviews between them....

On Monday night Mr. Asquith introduced the second of his

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Veto Resolutions in the House of Commons. The object of the Resolution was to provide that the opinion of the people for the time being should prevail. Mr. Asquith ended his...

Mr. Healy defended Mr. O'Brien from the charge of breach

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of confidence in a very moderately worded letter in Thursday's papers. He gave quotations to show that if confidences had been divulged by any one, Mr. Redmond, Mr. O'Connor,...

Lord Selborne at a farewell dinner given in his honour

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by the Chamber of Mines at Johannesburg on Sunday last made a courageous and striking speech on the colour question. Taking as his theme the status of the coloured people—i.e.,...

Speaking on Tuesday night, Mr. Balfour declared that the second

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Resolution, whether or not it was followed by a reform of the Upper House, would lead to an increase in the proba- bilities of disagreement between the two Chambers. "You will...

On Wednesday Lord Rosebery gave notice of the following Resolutions

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:- " (1) That in future the House of Lords shall consist of Lords of Parliament— (a) Chosen by the whole body of hereditary Peers from among themselves, and by nomination by...

On Wednesday the House of Commons continued the dis- cussion

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of amendments to the second Veto Resolution. The first amendment, moved by Lord Winterton, proposed that Bills dealing with the duration of Parliament should be excepted from...

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A remarkable Socialist demonstration against the Prussian Franchise Bill took

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place in Berlin last Sunday with the permission of the police. Three great meetings were held, two of which were purely Socialist, and the dis- cipline and quiet maintained...

Sir Robert Giffen, who died suddenly in Scotland on Tuesday

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at the age of seventy-three, was not only a great statistician, but an honest man of strong common-sense and great natural kindliness. Beginning life as a journalist, he was...

Sir Edward Grey goes on to state that if the

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Association again choose him as their candidate, it is to the constitution of a proper Second Chamber and a definition of its powers that he will ask the electors of the...

The annual Report of the Colonisation Commission on the German

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settlements in the provinces of West Prussia and Posen is summarised by the Berlin correspondent of the Times in Tuesday's issue. Between 1886, when Bismarck's law was passed,...

On Tuesday the Archbishop of Canterbury gave a luncheon to

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Dr. Spiecker, the President of the Committee of the German Churches which has been formed for improving the relations between the British and German nations. Among the guests...

The evacuation of Somaliland, announced on March 24th, is discussed

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and condemned in a vigorous letter from Lord Curzon in Monday's Times. He contends, first, that the withdrawal involves the break-up of settlements and the dislocation of trade...

Thursday's papers contain a letter by Sir Edward Grey which

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was read at the meeting of the Berwick Liberal Association. After calling attention to the first four para- graphs of his election address, Sir Edward Grey declares that the...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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March 17th. Consols (21) were on Friday 814—Friday week 814.

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THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT OF VETO. ik GREAT many clever speeches were made during the debate on the second Resolution—which the liberals describe as abolishing the veto of the Lords—...

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W E have been very hard at work manufacturing paupers for the last ten years, but apparently the chief directors of this flourishing industry are not content. It is now proposed...

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MHE subject of Poor Law reform is too vast to be treated in detail in a Spectator article. If, however, we were asked to indicate our alternative to the proposals embodied in...

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M BRIAND is the most interesting Prime Minister that France has had in recent years. His pre- decessors have had their policy made for them. The Radical portion of the...

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W E deal elsewhere with the negotiations between the Nationalist Party and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Whatever the truth may be with regard to these negotiations, it is...


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I T would have been good for posterity had there been a few Boswells among the early Fathers. No one wrote down Tertullian's table-talk, yet how interesting it must have been....

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'E VERY one is familiar with the efforts that have been made during the last few years by the Society for Psychical Research to establish by scientific investigation the...

THE HEDGE. T HE primary intention of the hedge no doubt

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was to serve as a landmark. It denoted division, enclosure, fencing off, or fencing in. Men beheld in it a tangible expression of the rights of property, the symbol which...

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MR. BALFOUR AND THE MINORITY REPORT. ITO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR...1 Srn,—Mr. Balfour, speaking on the Poor Law Bill promoted by the signatories of the Minority Report,...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—The editorial note appearing immediately beneath Lord Cromer's letter in last week's Spectator cannot, having regard to the part you...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Surprise has been expressed in various quarters, including, if I am not mistaken, your own columns, that at the recent Election...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Let it be noted that what is called, and is in form, democratic government is apt to be in fact a government of the leaders of two...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRY " SPECIATOR."] Sin,—Now that the London County Council is complete in all its parts, and the feeling associated with the election of Councillors and of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—In the Spectator of March 12th a "Unionist Free- Trader" sneers at one of the Liberal Members in the last Parliament as a successful...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE .SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Will you permit one of your American readers to offer a few suggestions in reply to the letter of "R. H." in your issue of March 19th...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "Sracrwros."] Sru,—I read the Spectator forty years ago, and read it now. I have been trying to follow your argument in the article, " The Power of the...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I wish that I could endorse " Herefordshire's" account of the moral condition of Herefordshire. I hope that in some towns and villages...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR, — The question of the employment of women of the educated classes who are obliged to earn their livelihood is becoming year by year a...


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have been reading the article on Lady McLaren's "The Women's Charter" in the Spectator of March 26th Never in a fairly long life have I read any article written in a more bitter...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your courteous correspondent

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" Herefordshire " (Spectator, April 9th) is perfectly right in thinking my observation of the sin of unchastity is limited to the Midlands ; but it is not confined to the...

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"SPECTATOR. "' SIR,—It was from the letter in your issue of March 19th that I first heard that my kind friend, Mrs. Ford of Pencarrow, had died at the venerable age of...

[To THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Lady McLaren in your

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last issue terms the capital sentence passed upon young women who have murdered their illegitimate infants an "offensive farce" because the sentence is seldom, if ever, carried...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sfs,—There are lesser prizes for men who dance to the Radical tune in Wales than those which you specify in the Spectator of April 2nd....

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. "] Six,-With reference to your remarks in the review in last week's Spectator of Professor Firth's " The Last Years of the Pro- tectorate" as...


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THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY. MANY of the members of the International Society seem to hope that, whatever else happens, their pictures will be con- sidered by their friends to be...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—A letter received by me this morning conveys, I think, an instructive lesson. One of our lads recently enlisted in the ("Permanent ")...


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THE SONG OF THE TINKER. I AM the man of pot and pan, I am a lad of mettle ; My tent I pitch by the wayside ditch To mend your can and kettle ; While town-bred folk bear a...

NOTICE.—When Articles or "Correspondence" are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked "Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...

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MILTON.* MILTON'S place is for ever " amongst the enthron'd Gods on sainted seats," but he sits a little apart from them, a Prometheus among the immortals. The gods in whose...

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MR. MARRIOTT'S book appears at a most opportune moment; in fact, at so opportune a moment that he feels obliged in his preface to protest against its being regarded merely as a...

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Every statement in it will probably be challenged, but the

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impression it leaves on the reader is that it is the work of a perfectly honest man. "I write," he tells us, " as a Nationalist who maintains the whole of the rights of my...

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Ma. BINT0N possesses one shining merit which is rare in a poet of his imaginative equipment. He condescends to lucidity. He refines and clarifies his fancy till there emerges...

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MR. MAURICE BARING has achieved that rare combination, a book which is at once brilliant and judicious. He takes the reader into a domain which is strange to most Englishmen,...

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AUSTRALIA has given us some notable works in physical science, anthropology, and especially in the study of politics, but we believe we are right in saying that Professor Mac-...

A CENT Ur:a OF EMPIRE. j- This volume is in

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part very good; a better summary of domestic affairs we could not wish for. But as to "Empire" we cannot profess to be so well satisfied. We hear something about Canada, and we...


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WHO are the " Hickses "? Our author is inclined to connect the word with the tribal name Hwiccas. The etymology may be correct, though we must own that it does not satisfy us....

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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as hove not hems reserved for review in other forms.] The London Quarterly Review.—We much regret that for reasons of space...

READABLE NOVELS.—Why Did He Do It ? By Bernard Capes.

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(Methuen and Co. 6s.)—We do not feel quite certain about the answer when we reach the end. But the search for it is interest- ing. Mr. Capes provides for that.—By Force of...

An Interrupted Friendship. By E. L. Voynich. (Hutchinson and Co.

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6s.)—Although this book will prove somewhat mysterious reading to people who do not remember Mrs. Voynich's earlier novel, "The Gadfly," they will really get more satisfaction...


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A STEPSON OF - THE SOIL.* MRS. SKEINE'S admirable novel is one of those unfortunately rare books which, without extenuating the hard facts of life, maintain and raise one's...

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The Schoolmasters' Year - Book and Directory. (Swan Sonnen- schein and Co.

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'7s. 6d. net.)—We cordially commend to the favour of all interested in the subject this "Reference Book of lecondary Education in England and Wales." It now appears for the...

Letters and Journals of Samuel Gridley Howe. Edited by his

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Daughter, Laura E. Richards. Vol. II. (John Lane. 16s. net.) —In 1832 S. G. Howe, after certain adventures in Europe, returned to America and set about working for the blind. He...

Proportional Reptesentation. By L. Gordon Baynes. (Sherratt and Hughes. 6d.

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net.)—Mr. Baynes explains and recommends in a very reasonable and temperate way the electoral system which is to give, he hopes, every set of political believers the representa-...

The Church and Life of To - day. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)

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—This is a collection of papers by dignitaries of the Anglican Communion on various social subjects in relation to Church teaching and discipline. It is a book which it is quite...

Philips' Model of Halley's Comet, Earth and Sun. Designed by

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E. Rupert Hicks, F.R.A.S. (G. Philip and Son. ls. net.)—Here we have a chart in which the sun and the paths of the comet and earth are given on a scale of about twenty million...

Theophrastus, Herodas, Kebes. Translated by R. Thomson Clark. (G. Routledge

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and Sons. ls. net.)—This is a volume in the publishers' " New Universal Library." The special novelty about it is the inclusion of the " Mimes " of Herodas. Before 1891 only a...