16 JUNE 1906

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On Tuesday the French Ministerial programme was read at the

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sittings of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The statement began by urging that the Republican Party should show its magnanimity by supporting the proposal of a general...


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T HE relations between the Goremykin Ministry and the Durna are still at a deadlock. Disturbances have broken out in many parts of the provinces, and the authorities are setting...

The most interesting item in the programme is the sketch

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of next year's Budget, which contains the promise of an Income-tax. The scheme, which many Finance Ministers, including M. Rouvier and M. Doumer, have advocated, seems at last...

The event of the week in Natal has been the

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battle fought last Sunday morning, in which Colonel Mackenzie defeated a large force of Sigananda's men, killing over three hundred rebels and his chief induna, Meblokazulu....

. 0 4 * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case,

On Monday Count Goluchowski, the Austro-Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs,

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made his annual statement on foreign policy, addressed this year to the Hungarian Delegates, since the Delegations are sitting at Vienna. The speech was full of confidence and...

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On Tuesday took place t he ceremony of dedicating the

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new chapel of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in St. Paul's Cathedral, in presence of the King as the Sovereign of the Order, the Prince of Wales as Grand Master, and...

In the House of Commons on Thursday evening the Government

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tabled their Resolutions for closuring the Educa- tion Bill by compartments. Part IL of the Bill will be dropped altogether. Seventeen days are to be allotted to the remainder,...

Mr. Churchill in his reply demurred to the view that

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the Government had receded from the policy announced at the beginning of the Session. The fact that only twelve coolies had applied to be repatriated did not prove that policy...

The discussion on the Education Bill in Committee on Tuesday

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was marked by an important announcement from Mr. Birrell. Major Seely having moved an amendment to give owners or trustees of Voluntary schools a right of appeal to the Board of...

On Wednesday the King opened the Sanatorium at Midhurst. It

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was the King's wish that there should be a special institu- tion for the study and treatment of consumption, and the munificence of Sir Ernest Cassel enabled his Majesty to...

The second annual meeting of the Unionist Free-Trade Club was

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held on Tuesday afternoon at the Westminster Palace Hotel. The Duke of Devonshire declared that though "Free-trade was for the present safe, the Unionist Party was not by any...

On Friday week the question of land settlement in the

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Transvaal and Orange River Colony was brought up in the Commons by Sir J. Dickson-Poynder, who urged the Govern- ment to adopt a more vigorous policy, a view which was shared by...

We regret to record an attack on British officers in

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Egypt which occurred on Wednesday at a village near Tanta, in the Delta, and resulted in the death of one of them, Captain Bun, and the infliction of severe injuries on two...

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In the second of a most important and instructive series

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of articles appearing in the Times on the Cardwell system, written by its Military Correspondent, attention is drawn to the Spectator Experimental Company. Dealing with the...

At a meeting of the City of London Conservative Associa-

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tion on Monday Sir Frederick Banbury, Bart., was formally selected as the Unionist candidate for the seat vacated by Sir Edward Clarke. Lord Curzon's name had been put forward,...

The French Academic visit was fittingly concluded last Saturday by

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excursions to Oxford and Cambridge. At Oxford the visitors were entertained at a luncheon at Magdalen College, where the toast of " Our French Guests " was proposed by the...

In the evening the Unionist Free-Trade Club held a dinner.

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The chairman, Lord Balfour of Burleigh, after dealing with the question of the duty of the House of Lords to the Education Bill in the same spirit as the Duke of Devonshire,...

Mr. John Burns delivered the presidential address at the National

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Conference on Infant Mortality held at Caxton Hall, Westminster, on Wednesday. While admitting the serious- ness of the evil, Mr. Burns refused to take a despondent view of the...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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Consols (21- per cent.) were on Friday 88i.

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THE POSITION OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS. A T the annual meeting and at the dinner of the Unionist Free-Trade Club on Tuesday three prominent mem- bers of the House of Lords dealt,...

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W E note with annoyance tempered with amusement that certain not very wise people have been declaring that the indignation expressed in England over the tinned meat scandals is...

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M OST British politicians understand that " Austria " is valuable to Europe, but the majority of our 3ountrymen are not sufficiently interested in the unity and prosperity of...

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M R. BURNS has undertaken a difficult, and for him especially a delicate, task. He is attacking, not pauperism, but pauperisation. The difficulty of the task hes in the fact...

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S IR EDWIN CHADWICK is said to have prophesied, as did also Nassau Senior, not long after the passing of the new Poor Law, that within a given number of [• The articles in this...


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W ITH the death of Mr. Seddon a great figure goes out of the public life of the Empire. For, how- ever men might differ about his policy, and like or dislike particular...

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I N the days when it was satisfactory to receive as a birth- day present the latest work by Kingston or R. M. Ballan- tyne, most schoolboys were familiar with the proper method...

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T HIS year, as in too many years of our deceitful climate, the long waiting for the spring which came so tardily seemed like that hope deferred which maketh the heart sick. It...


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S PRING in upland places is a late corner, even when the uplands lie in warmer latitudes than England. The mass of winter snow is slow to melt, and, though the hardier mountain...

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THE EDUCATION CONTROVERSY AND THE CHRISTIAN SPIRIT. [TO TUB EDIrOR Or TUB " SPBOTATOR." SIE,-If there were many of our Anglican clergy of the same spirit as your correspondent...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." . 1 enclose a supplementary list of signatures in con- nection with the above.—I am, Sir, &c., GEORGE MACMILLAN. 27 Queen's Gate Gardens,...

[To THR EDITOR OF THE "srscrAron.i SIR,—I notice that my

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name appears attached to the important memorial of laymen to the Archbishops, but without the reservation which 1 felt compelled to make, that I could not agree with Clause...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Will you indulge one who has been a convinced advocate of old-age pensions for upwards of fifteen years by according space for a few...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOR.1 SIR, — Your challenge (p. 657) and my letter of May 19th have reference to the county education authorities called into existence by the Act...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—I heartily agree with your article on this subject (Spectator, May 26th), and perhaps I may be allowed to make a suggestion. That child...


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[To THE EDITOR OF T E “Sruore.rou.1 SIR,—Your readers may be interested to hear that I have received letters approving of the idea of a manifesto upon the lines I ventured to...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTAT010] Srn,—In the last four years there have been several Missions between the Court of Abyssinia and Constantinople. The Ottoman interests in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] venture to think that it is absolutely fatuous to believe that the Germans are anxious to promote the Baghdad Railway solely for trade...

exposed through faulty inspection of meat in America, your writer,

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together with practically the whole Press, misses the great lesson these exposures should teach to put our own house in order. Speaking as one whose whole life has been...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE SPECTATOR."] Sin.,—May I ask you to make room for the announcement that my firm will publish almost immediately a selected edition of the poems of the...


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or TUB "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I trust that you will permit me to state for the informa- tion of your readers that the Company commenced its course of musketry at Runnymede Range...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] STR,—I have not any wish to argue with the reviewer of "Some Literary Eccentrics " in your last week's issue whether that book be a good or...


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ITO .THE EDITOR OP THE "SrurrATou."] SIR,—The description of jewel-case making in your article on the Sweated Industries Exhibition in last week's issue, which points out that...

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EPHEMERIS. (THE MAT-FLT.) You fluttered forth above the sedge, Fulfilled with joy of living, You danced along the water's edge Without the least misgiving : Yet, fluttering,...


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THE DUKE OF ARGYLL.* THE Duke of Argyll occupied an exceptional position among the public men of the latter half of the nineteenth century. His birth and rank introduced him to...

tTo vas EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.") SIlitj - 4 have only

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lately seen the Spectator of April 28th. You there say, in the "News of the Week," that the main idea of the Experiment is that "it may afford a means of giving us a Militia...

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THE MAKING OF MODERN EGYPT.* MODERN Egypt has been fortunate

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in her historians. Instead of falling a prey to the wandering journalist or the armchair critic at home, she has had her history told by the men who helped to make it,—Lord...

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TIME has not dealt kindly with John Whishaw. As Mr. W. P. Courtney points out, the National Dictionary of Biography ignores him. When Carlyle asked the elder Sterling who he...

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Italian adage traduttori traditori is never more applicable than when the book victimised is French, and English is the language into which it is turned. French with its shallow...

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THE TRAVELLER'S JOY.* Ma. PIERCE is an incorrigible optimist, a devout lover of Nature, and he has, moreover, a very sincere reverence for womanhood, three qualities so...

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THE NAVAL ANNUAL. The Naval Annual, 1906. Edited by J. Leyland and T. A. Brassey. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. 15s. net.)—There have been many important developments relating to...

story, "Concerning Isabel Carnaby," will be glad to meet the

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same character in the present novel. In this book Miss Fowler has returned, as far as epigrams are concerned, to what may be called her old form, and every page bristles with...

An Elderly Person. By Ella MacMahon. (Chapman and Hall. 6s.)—Miss

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MacMahon is better at a long story than at a collection of short sketches. Her forte is not in striking situations, but in the development of character arising out of the...

A Supreme Moment. By Mrs. Hamilton Synge. (T. Fisher Unwin.

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6s.)—Mrs. Synge has succeeded in making a very interesting story out of extremely simple, and even unpromising, materials. A man of independent means—a valetudinarian of settled...

The Woman in the Alcove. By Anna Katharine Green. (Chatto

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and Windus. 6s.)—Miss Anna Katharine Green is not invariably up to her own standard of sensational mystery, but in The Woman. in the Alcove she contrives to keep the reader's...

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The Balfourian Parliament. By Henry W. Lucy. (Hodder and Stoughton. 10s. 6d.)—The gaiety of nations will certainly be diminished if Mr. Lucy adheres to the letter of the threat...

The Royal Society. By Sir William Huggins. (Methuen and Co.

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4s. 6d. net.)—Sir William Huggins gives us here four of the Presidential addresses which he delivered during his quinquennium of office. By way of introduction he sketches the...

British Canals. By Edwin A. Pratt. (John Murray. 2s. 6d,

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net.)—The case for the canals has of late been stated with much energy ; Mr. Pratt states the case against them. This is, of course, to put the matter somewhat crudely. What we...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review its other fermi.] Infant Mortality. By George Newman. (Methuen and Co. 7s. 6d....


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The Naval Pocket-Book. Edited by Geoffrey S. Laird Clowes, (Thacker and Co. 7s. 6d.) —Owing to the death of its former editor, Sir William Laird Clowes, The Naval Pocket-Book...

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The Assistant Commissioner's Note - Book. By Captain C. H. Buck. (Edward

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Stanford. 6s. net.)—Captain Buck writes to supply a need which he himself experienced, he tells us, in early days. He wanted information on many points, and had difficulty in...

Editorial Wild Oats. By" Mark Twain." (Harper and Brothers. 2s.

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net.)—This is a reprint of some amusing papers of the farcical kind which have appeared from time to time during the last thirty years. Here are the instructions with which he...

Boy and Girl : Should They be Baueated Together? By

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" Vivian Grey" and Edward S. Tylee. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. ls. net.)—The authors of this pamphlet state the case for coeduca... tion, and we are inclined to be content with...

The editors of Cap and Gown (The Holywell Press, Oxford,

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ls. net) are to be congratulated on having secured the co-opera- tion of so clever and entertaining a draughtsman as Mr. Graham Hoggarth. His technique is at present somewhat...

Ancient Records of Egypt. Historical Documents Edited and Translated by

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James Henry Breasted, Ph.D. Vols. I. and II. (University of Chicago Press. 13s. 6d. per vol.)—These two volumes include the records from the earliest time down to the end of the...

We have received from Messrs. J. B. Lippincott a copy

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of the " Montezuma Edition" of " The Works of W. H. Prescott," supplemented by his Life, written by George Ticknor. The works occupy twenty - one volumes. These are the Conquest...

The Knights of England. By W. A. Shaw, Litt.D. 2

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vols. (Sherratt and Hughes. £2 2s. net.)—Dr. Shaw gives complete lists of the special Orders of Knighthood,—the Garter, the Thistle, and St. Patrick ; of what may be called the...

In the " York Library " (G. Bell and Sons)

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we have a republica- tion of Plutarch's Lives, Translated by George Long and Aubrey Stewart, 4 vols. (2s. net per vol.) Mr. Long translated thirteen of the fifty Lives, all his...

Mr. Banister F. Fletcher, publishes Class Illustra- tions for the

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Study of Architectural History (B. T. Batsford). These consist of four sections :—Classic (90 plates) (4e. net); Mediaeval (100) (4a. net) ; Renaissance and Modern (75) (4s....