16 DECEMBER 1899

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The bad news from the Modder River has very properly

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been followed by an official announcement that "a Sixth Division has been mobilised, and that four battalions of it will have embarked by Sunday next." A Seventh and an Eighth...

As the daylight grew ouir artillery got into position, and

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the naval guns opened fire with Lyddite shells and searched the trenches and kopjes in every direction. At the same time the Gordons and the survivors of the Highland Brigade...


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T HE news from the front during the past week has been for the most part bad. We have dealt below with General Gatacre's unfortunate failure in his night attack at Stormberg, in...

On Sunday the British forces under General Gatacre met with

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a severe reverse owing to an unsuccessful attempt to storm a position held by the Boers at Stormberg. General Gatacre moved a force of all arms about two thousand strong to...

There is little news from General Buller, but it is

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evident that he has completed his preparations for an advance, and it seems almost certain that before these pages are in our readers' hands, or very soon after, we shall at...

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

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The Germans are greatly delighted at the concession of the

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railway from Smyrna to Bagdad to their syndicate, and congratulate both their own Emperor and the Sultan upon their acumen. The concessionaires have already obtained large...

The late Minister of Marine in France, M. Lockroy, con.

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tinues his efforts to induce his countrymen to create a great fleet. He recently told an interviewer from the Figaro that the English were twice as strong as the French, and...

This demand, Count von Billow continued, is not excep- tional.

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The French Government cannot do enough to gratify the popular demand for a Navy ; "Russia has doubled the estimates for her fleets ; " " America and Japan are making enormous...

useful in accumulating reservoirs of capital, should be perse- cuted

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because they are exclusive, intellectually arrogant, and as a rule Theists. If any Sovereign might be expected to dislike them it is the Emperor of Austria, who is ultramon-...

On Friday night, December 8th, Sir Archibald Hunter took out

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from Ladysmith a force composed of a hundred Imperial Light Horse, a hundred Carabineers, and about four hundred Border Mounted and Natal Rifles, and a field battery—which,...

Count von Billow, Foreign Secretary of Germany, and the only

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Minister there who is becoming really great, made a most impressive speech in the Reichstag on Monday in defence of the new proposal to raise £40,000,000 by successive loans,...

The Continental newspapers are, of course, delighted with the Boer

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successes. The French shriek with exultation, and seem really to believe that the hour of downfall for their " hereditary enemy" has at last arrived. The Russians are equally...

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Lord Rosebery, who presided at a lecture on " The

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Parlia- ments of the Queen" at Epsom on Wednesday night, made a pleasant speech on the House of Commons. Endorsing the lecturer's view as to the decorousness of the present...

It is difficult to imagine a. better speech under existing

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cir- cumstances than that delivered by the Duke of Devonshire on Thursday at York. It was firm and spirited without a touch of braggadocio, or even irritation. After dwelling on...

On Friday week (December 3rd) Mr. Chamberlain delivered an excellent

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address to the Birmingham art students. Art schools could not hope to manufacture geniuses, but they could help the workers in the appropriate trades and crafts to do their...

English journalism has suffered, though we most sincerely hope and

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believe only for a time, a very severe loss in the resignation by Mr. Lathbury of the post of editor of the Guardian. Mr. Lathbury's coolness, good-sense, and inde- pendence of...

The annual meeting of the General Committee of the National

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Liberal Federation was held on Wednesday in the Memorial Hall, Manchester, with Dr. Spence Watson in the chair. Two resolutions on the war were submitted by the Executive...

The Socialists of France have come to an important resolu-

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tion. They are divided into no less than five sections, but they have all agreed to appoint a regulating Committee, which for one year shall dictate the polioy of the party in...

Bank Rate, 6 per cent.

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New Consols (2) were on Friday 1011.

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THE MILITARY SITUATION. \ATE are not among those who find a source of relief and satisfaction in abusing our War Office and our generals whenever a British force suffers a...

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COUNT VON BULOW'S SPEECH. T HE German Emperor has evidently found

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in Count von Billow the kind of Bismarck he wanted,—an energetic Foreign Minister with wide views who yet is willing to take from his master the broad outlines of his policy....

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T N an article published some weeks ago we pointed out what a large reservoir of fighting strength existed in the nation,—a reservoir which, though at present unused and...

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T HE death of Sir Henry Jenkyns, and the appoint- ment of Mr. Olivier as Chancellor of the Exchequer iu Jamaica—we use that designation because our readers will understand...

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I T is almost an educational commonplace that the best way of teaching geography is to begin by teaching topography. Children who live in the English Mid- lands have no more...

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(IN the whole, we think we agree with the general drift of V Mr. Asquith's speech of Saturday last on some kinds of farming as a promising employment for women. His only mistake...

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O N December 14th, 1799. George Washington died at Mount Vernon, that pleasant old Virginian estate by the banks of the Potomac, and his remains were enclosed in the tomb which...

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A T Valkensvaard Heath during the autumn migration of this year, the Dutch hawk catchers were unable to take enough falcons on passage to meet the orders of their English and...

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SIR,—I keenly appreciate your just and generous tribute to the loyalty of natives during this fierce crisis of English rule in South Africa. It is the first real test of the...


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SIR ' —I gladly acknowledge the debt I owe to the two editors of the Spectator, who week after week nearly forty years ago enforced the two conclusions you recall, which were...


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NATIVE OPINION IN SOUTH AFRICA. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I am venturing to send you the copy of a letter, which was published a few days ago in the Natal...

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THE GREY MOTHER. (TO AN OLD GAELIC AIR.) [The Colonial Volunteers proceeded to the front—Public Prem.] Lo, how they come to me, Far from South seas swiftly Long through the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTATOR1 9111, - i am glad to answer your correspondent " P. H. B.'s " questions in the Spectator of December 2nd :—(1) A certain part of an old wall...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I have had some experience of controversy, and I find that, in nine cases out of ten, the method pursued by the initiator, if not...

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THE VOICES OF THE ORCHESTRA. MANY of our readers are probably familiar with the historic passage in Schumann's letters in which, writing on Decem- ber 11th, 1839, he describes...

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THE CHRISTOLOGY OF JESUS.* IT is perhaps worthy of remark that the books which are at present doing most to popularise the results of modern Biblical scholarship came to us...

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IN the book before us Mr. Fitchett, the well-known author of Deeds that it the Empire and Fights for the Flag, under- Role Englund Saved Europe: the Story of the Great War...

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THE Memoir of the Prince de Ligne editedbyMies Wormeley is nothing else than an ingenious mosaic, and we like the book none the less because we cannot approve the principle of...

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A COLOSSAL ANTHOLOGY.* DR. GARNETT has undertaken a very great

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task indeed,—to represent to the ordinary reader the literature of the world. He was for many years familiar with the embodiment of this literature in books where its gigantic...

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NTH are very glad to find that in her new novel Mrs. Hodgson Burnett has abandoned her rapturous eulogies of delectable -early eighteenth-century Dukes and homicidal hoydens for...

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A Manual of Historic Ornament. By B. Glazier. (B. M

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Batsford. 5s.)—Within a small space we are given characteristic specimens of ways in which different peoples have striven to orna- ment the works of their hands. The range is...

Josephine, Empress and Queen. By F. Masson. Translated by- Mrs.

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Cashel Hoey. (Goupil and Co., Paris. 63s. net.)—Josephine. is appropriately commemorated in a volume which is chiefly notable for the beauty of its illustrations,—for her...


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The Education of Mr. Pipp. By Charles Dana Gibson. (John Lane. 20s.)—Mr. Gibson has created a real personage in his delightful character, Mr. Pipp. We see him before us in his...

Dutch Painters of the Nineteenth. Century. Edited by Max Rooses.

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(Sampson Low, Marston, and Co. 42s. net.)—Former- volumes of this work have already been noticed in these columns ; here we will only call attention to the beautiful landscape...

The Other Side of the Sun. By Evelyn Sharp. Illustrated

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by- Nellie Syrett. (John Lane. Gs.)—This is a charming Christ- mas gift-book. One soon feels at home in the particular part of Fairyland that Miss Sharp writes about. There...

The .Ruba'yat of Omar Khayam. Translated by Mrs. H. M.

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Cadell. With an Introduction by Richard Garnett, C.B., LL.D. (John Lane. 6s.)—Mr. Garnett in his interesting introduction gives a short account of the late Mrs. Cadell's life,...

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The Real Malay. By Sir Frank Athelstane Swettenham, K.C.M.G. (J.

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Lane. 6s.)—Some little time ago we noticed an earlier work of Sir F. Swettenham's about Malaya and the Malays. The volume with which he now follows it up is not less...

GIFT-BOCIES.—The Crock of Gold. By S. Baring-Gould. (Methuen and Co.

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6s.)—Mr. Baring.f.Gould tells here in his own attractive- way twelve "fairy-tales, old and new." He puts them in a quaint setting. They are supposed to have been told by one...

Mr. E. V. Lucas, who as the editor of the

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delightful " Dumpy Books" and of an admirable collection of poetry for children has, already established his claim to be considered a nursery bene- factor, has now collaborated...

The Process Year - Book for 1899. Edited by W. Gamble. (Pen-

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rose.)—This is a technical work dealing with the various ways in which illustrations are now produced. The curious thing is to note the difference between the beauty of the...

A History of England. By Katharine Coman, Ph B., and

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Elizabeth K. Kendall, M.A. (Macmillan and Co. 7s. 6d. net.) —Much has to be crowded into a small space, a difficult task, which the writers, two ladies who profess history at...

Jane Austen and her Contemporaries. By Walter Herries Pol- lock.

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(Longmans and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—The Austenites ought to be greatly pleased by Mr. Pollock's careful criticism. He knows not only Miss Austen's books well, but also the books...

Picturesque Kashmir. By Arthur Neve, F.R.0 S. (Sands and Co.

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12s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Neve has been in charge of the Mission Hospital since 1881. He knows the country, therefore, and the people well. Of the people he does not give a...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] The Cynthia of Propertius, Book I. Done into English Verse by Seymour...

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Messrs. Raphael Tuck and Sons send us among other works

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in their "Father Tuck's Golden Gift' Series" Golden Stories and There was Once (both edited by Edric Vredenburg), by various -well-known writers—Helen Burnside, Norah Hopper,...

Haw Mormons. Impressions of South Africa. By James Bryce. (Macmillan and

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Co. 6s.)—This the third edition of Mr. Bryce's book has been revised throughout, a new prefatory chapter has been added, and the two Transvaal Conventions are given as...