17 AUGUST 1907

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That the reception the Emperor and Empress will meet with

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here will be in the highest degree friendly cannot be doubted. We may have our faults as a nation, but want of hospitality is certainly not one of them. We are glad to note that...

The Paris correspondent of the Times in Wednesday'S issue states

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that M. Pichon has made a statement of the Govern- ment's policy in Morocco to the Petit Parisien. "The Government," said M. Pichon, " has no intention of sending fresh troops...

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NEWS OF THE WEEK T HE King's visit to the German Emperor has been marked by the greatest cordiality. At the banquet held in honour of the King at Wilhehnshohe Castle on...

There is little real change in-the situation in Morocco since

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we wrote last, but there has been an exodus of panic-stricken Jews and others from Tangier and most of the coast towns. All the Europeans at Marrakesh (Morocco City) are also...

The Times of Monday publishes from its Berlin corre- spondent

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an interesting summary of German feeling as to the retention of Kiao-Chau. It appears that the Reichstag in Committee have seriously considered the advisability of abandoning...

11 %,* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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In the House of Lords on Tuesday the second-reading debate

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on the Small Landholders (Scotland) Bill began. The Bill was in charge of the Lord Chancellor, who made a most skilful exposition of it to a large audience. The opposition to...

In the House of Commons on Wednesday Mr. Lambert, the

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Civil Lord of the Admiralty , announced that the Channel Fleet is to be strengthened. The armoured cruisers ' Black Prince' and the • Duke of Edinburgh' will be added to the...

The chief event of the week in the House of

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Commons has been the all-night sitting which began on Wednesday in order to secure the passage of the Deceased Wife's Sister Bill. The opponents of the Bill, led by Lord Robert...

Lord Rosebery, in a speech of very remarkable force and

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eloquence, said that he could not vote for the Bill for the very good reason that he was supporting the English Small Holdings Bill. The principles of the two Bills were...

The debate was continued on Wednesday, when the chief event

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was the speech of Lord Lansdowne. He doubted. whether any Bill had ever been subjected to such destructive criticism as this had received from Lord Balfour and Lord . Rosebery....

It was announced on Friday that the Belfast strike bad

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been settled. The men are to return to work at a considerable all-round increase of wages, varying from 2s. to 5s. The masters, on the other hand, are to have complete liberty...

The House of Lords was occupied with the Evicted Tenants

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Bill on Monday, and it then seemed as if no compromising with the Commons would be possible. When, however, the Report stage was reached on Thursday night, it was evident that...

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The week on the Stock Exchange has been one of

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great agitation, for there has been a serious drop in the value of most stocks. The primal cause of the " slump " was the fall in American securities, produced by the fine of...

The Australian Tariff proposals, which were introduced on Thursday week

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by Sir William Lyne, reveal, in the words of the Times correspondent at Sydney, the determination strongly to support the development of local manufactures, and especially of...

The efforts to save Crosby Hall will be made enormously

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more effectual by the welcome letter which the King has caused Lord Knollys to write to Mr. Gomme. " The King," says the letter, "has been informed that there appears to be some...

Lord.Curzon, in publishing the third list of contributions to the

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Clive Memorial Fund, which has now reached the total of 23,270, calls attention to the fact that the King "has greatly honoured us by sending a donation of a hundred guineas."...

A peculiarly abominable attempt to wreck Glenahiry Lodge (co. Waterford),

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and to murder its owner, Lord Ashtown, took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. About 2 o'clock Lord Ashtown was awakened by a loud explosion and the noise of falling...

The new Army appointments were formally announced on Tuesday last.

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Sir John French succeeds the Duke of Connaught as Inspector-General of the Forces, while Lieut.-General Smith-Dorrien, now Commander of the Fourth Quetta Division of the army...

The Labour Party have, it is stated, decided to carry

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on a campaign in the country during the Recess in favour of old- age pensions of five shillings a week at sixty-five, which shall be non-discriminatory and non-contributory....

Bank Rate, 41 per cent., changed from 4 per cent.

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Aug. 15th. Consols (24) were on Friday 811—on Friday week 81k.

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THE HOUSE OF LORDS AND THE LAND BILLS. T HIS, brute is most ill-tempered. When attacked it defends itself." The naturalist's famous descrip- tion of the badger is recalled by...

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watch the receet action .of the Ron - Ian Curia or to read letters like those , Vt. Paul Sabatier - hasi contributed to the Times without perceiving that thoSe who guide the...


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T HE statesman of fifty years ago who declared that the Funds were the greatest fools he knew, might have added that more folly is talked about Consols than about anything else...

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T HEORETICALLY Portugal has a Liberal, even an extremely Liberal, Constitution, with all the blessings of free education, freedom of speech,.and the other signs and tokens of...

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T HE Conference which met at Oxford on Saturday last differed, and differed advantageously, from most similar gatherings. If it did not greatly advance the question it...

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M SABATIER, writing of Pius X. in last Saturday's • Times, praises the Pontiff's humility, and declares it to be "a virtue rare in our days, even amongst the best of us." A...

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A T a country-liouse at which the writer was staying theme occurred a few days ago a curious episode to whitAt he can recall no parallel. Our host had been breaking in a poling...

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S OME five or six years ago the London County Council tried, or decided to try, a very pretty experiment of which very little was heard afterwards, and which presumably ended in...

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A NIGHT ATTACK. [TO TIM EntTOIL Or TOR "SPECTATOR."] Siu,—There is no subject upon which soldiers are in more complete agreement than that a night attack is the most difficult...

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HUNGARY AND REACTION. re.° THII EDITOR or T1111 "Srservroa."1 SIR,—May I point to the numerous errors and contradictions your correspondent's letter contains P In his letter of...

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"SPECTATOE.1 SIR,—In last week's Spectator Sir Charles T. Dyke Acland desires—and his wish is re-echoed by all who care for true religion—that the Bible should be taught in...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—No one who observes the political situation from day to day can demur to the somewhat sombre conclusions of your article on " The...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—As having been long a resident in New Zealand, and for many years a reader of the Spectator (now on a visit to the land of my birth), I...

UP THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTI.TOR.1 SI11,—I have read your

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article on " Mr. Grayson" in last week's Spectator, and his speeches. You will remember William Cobbett's saying in his later time; "Had I read more when young, I should never...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SescrsTon."J Sin,—In your article on " Mr. Grayson " (Spectator, August 10th) you have applied the whip of sarcasm to his very crude omniscience and...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIB,—Some little time ago you announced your intention of opening your columns to all sides in the discussion of naval matters. Though much...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I fully agree with your correspondents as to the superiority of oral over written examinations, according to the ideal conception of...


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[TO TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —Diez on the " Romance Languages," checked and supplemented by my late friend M. Gaston Paris, had long been familiar to me, when,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —At the Colonial Conference Dr. Smartt brought forward an argument worthy of more attention than it received, V., p. 349, of Blue-book...


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SIR,—The method of examining for scholarships set out by Mr. Brigg in his letter to you last week has been used by the Northamptonshire Education Committee for the last three...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP TIM Seacrerod:'] SIR, —You may like to hear of goat-keeping which was, and is, successfully carried on in a district which I know. My father, who, like...


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among those who understood your corre- spondent (Spectator, July 27th) to say that Parnassia palustris was extinct in England. I can add Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland...


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LTO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR.".1 SIR, — As to the question relating to the " Grass of Parnassus " raised by some of your correspondents, may I point out that it was only...


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VERGILII MUSA CONSOLATRIX.* AMONG the great writers of epic poetry Virgil holds a place which is in one respect entirely his own. Homer, Dante, and Milton present us with clear...


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A SUMMER NIGHT. Blindly the ghost-moths Back to that other Brush by our faces, Where fond pieties Pass in the gloom. Sheltered my youth IN the dusk garden Hushed are all...

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AN INDUSTRIAL REPUBLIC—OF ANGELS.* To take this book seriously is

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to betray the same lack of all sense of humour which characterises its pages. Yet it is the sort of book that many persons read and are impressed by. Its fluent and turgid...

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THE MYSTERY OF NEWMAN.* IN his introduction to this •

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English translation of M. Bremond's work Mr. Tyrrell expresses the opinion that the time has come for attempting an estimate of Newman from the detached point of view of the...

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A TRUE lover of Dante and of Italy could set himself no more delightful task than this : to realise the one in the other. To . such an end Mr. Ragg's interesting book will be...

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READABLE NOVELS.—The Pirouette. By Helen Mathers. (Digby, Long, and Co.

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6s.)—A collection of short stories, some of which are decidedly original and worth reading.—Barbara goes to Oxford. By Barbara Burko. (Methuen and Co. 6s.)—A description of how...

His Lady's Pleasure. By Harold Bindloas. (F. V. White and

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Co. 6s.)—Wo can easily imagine that this novel is not for every one. There is not even the hint of a "problem" about it. It is a straightforward, absolutely wholesome story of...


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BY VELDT AND KOPJE.• IF the stories in this collection are written with less art than we should have expected after reading the distinguished verses, " Voices of Africa," which...

A Victor of Salamis. By William Stearns Davis. (Macmillan and

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Co. 6s.)—Mr. Davis tells again n, story which the world is never weary of hearing,—Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea. He has considerable success in making his readers realise the...

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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 Garland of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr. Edited, with a Preface,...

Solomon's Temple. By the Rev. W. Shaw Caldecott. (R.T.S. 6s.)—Mr.

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Caldecott in his introduction discusses, among other matters, the historical value of the books of Chronicles. It is not easy to see what he means when he says that the doubts...

Historical Character Studies. Vol. I. Translated from the Dutch of

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Dr. Jorissen by the Rev. B. S. Berrington. (R. Sutton. 7s. 6d. net.)—Dr. Jorissen deals in this volume with Marie Antoinette and Mirabeau. Both portraits are drawn with much...


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QUEEN AND CARDINAL. Queen and Cardinal : a Memoir of Anne of Austria and of her Relations with Cardinal Mazarin. By Mrs. Colquhoun Grant. With Portraits. (John Murray. 12s....


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Hermann von Helmholtz. By Leo Konigsberger. Translated by Frances A. Welby. (Clarendon Press, Oxford. 165. net.)— The admirable work of Helmholtz counts for much in the history...

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The Story of Bacon's Rebellion. By Mary Newton Stannard. (Neale

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Publishing Company, Now York. 4s.)—Mrs. Stannard tells us that she has "earnestly endeavoured to give an exact and unbiassed account" of the incidents which she relates ; and we...

Official Documents Concerning Macedonia. (Printing Press 'of the Patriarchate, Constantinople.)—This

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is a pamphlet which states the Greek side of the case. Where the greater 'share of blame should rest is not a matter to be discussed. We cannot do more than record the...

My Devonshire Book. By J. Henry Harris. (The Western Morning

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Newi. 3s: 6d. net.)—These sketches of Devonshire life and manners are very slight and in no sense connected by any common thread of travel' or purpose,' being merely detached...

Canada's Century. By R. J. Barrett. (The Financier and Bullionist.

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6s. net.)—There are many interesting facts and figures in Mr. Barrett's enthusiastic account of Canadian resources, potentialities, and enterprise. He is fluent,, and handles...

NEW EDITIONS.—The fourths edition of The Rise and Expansion of

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the British Dominion in India, by Sir Alfred Lyall (John Murray, 5s. net), contains a new chapter in which the author, carries on the story down to the present time under the...

The Essence of Buddhism. By P. Lakshmi Narasu. (Srinavan I

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Varadachari and Co., Madras.)—This is' a defence of "If I have succeeded," writes the author in his preface; "in giving Buddhism the aspect of modernity, I have done so, not -by...

The Great Preference Debate. (The Planet Office. 6d.)—It was a

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very good idea to extract from the Blue-book of the Proceedings of the Colonial Conference the debate and to publish it at this popular price. _ We are convinced that the more...