17 DECEMBER 1892

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p A_RIS has had another great excitement this week from the Panama Scandal. On Monday, the Figaro, which is acting as informal Public Prosecutor in the affair, published an...

The French Ministry thus reconstructed decided that it would assist

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the Panama Committee to the utmost of its power—and a French Government is armoured in statutes— and would even, if necessary, bring in a Bill of its own ; but would reject...

Mr. Balfour attended the National Union of Conservative Associations at

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Sheffield on Tuesday, and made two remark- able speeches. of which the former, and, at all events, the fresher, though not, perhaps, the more important, was directed to the...

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

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In the great evening meeting in the Drill Hall, in

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which ten thousand people were assembled, Mr. Balfour took up the subject of Mr. Morley's recent speech at Newcastle, and de- scribed it as embodying on the Irish Question a...

Sir E. J. Reed's letter to the chairman of the

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Liberal Association at Cardiff on the nature of the Home-rule which Ireland ought not to have, is sufficiently dwelt upon in another column. Here we will only say that not only...

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We still feel confident that the German Military Bill will

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pass; but it cannot be denied that its prospects at present are far from bright. The National Liberal Party have deelared in the Reichstag that they cannot accept the Bill...

What stamped the character of the Commission indelibly was that

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the first witness, Mr. Roche,—an Irish agitator, who had been examined and cross-examined before the Parnell Commission, and had admitted on cross-examination that at the time...

Lord Rosebery, in his speech, chose for special eulogy Mr.

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Gladstone's courage and sympathy. As to his courage,— which sometimes amounts to rashness,—there can be no two opinions ; but one may certainly say with truth that Mr....

A portrait of Mr. Gladstone, sent by the Canadian Liberals

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through Mr. E. Blake, M.P., to the National Liberal Club was unveiled under Lord Rosebery's auspices, on Monday evening at that club, at a particular point in Mr. Blake's...

The Jews in Germany would seem to be in serious

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danger. As we mentioned last week, Ahlwardt, their great opponent, has been elected by a majority of three to one, and the Conservative party, as a whole, have ratified the act...

In yesterday's Times Mr. Shaw-Lefevre repudiates the charge brought against

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him by Mr. Balfour that be went about in Ireland making promises to the Irish tenants on behalf of the Gladstonians, whenever they should come into power. Doubtless he made no...

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The Falls of Niagara are to be " utilised "

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in earnest. Pro- fessor G. Forbes on Wednesday informed the Society of Arts that the Niagara Construction Company had already put up works on the American side, and were...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (2k) were on

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Friday 97t.

We deeply regret to record that Mr. William Watson, whose

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verse has the stamp of a very original genius, is suffering from -a second attack on the brain. From the first attack, which occurred about twelve years ago, he so completely...

The leaders of both parties in America appear to be

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most unwilling to act decisively on the recent popular verdict. The Republicans are professing readiness to yield as regards the duties on tin-plates and wool, but will resist...

Lord Battersea (Mr. Cyril Flower) is a little hurt at

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the. sarcasms which have been lavished upon him because he, a Radical of Radicals, accepted, and, it is presumed, sought, a peerage. He took the opportunity, therefore, of a...

Two Cabinet Ministers, Lord Rosebery and Mr. Asquith, addressed the

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first meeting of the London Reform Union on Thursday night. Both made effective speeches, Lord Rose- bevy dwelling most on the necessity of including the City, and making the...

In the East Aberdeenshire election, caused by Mr. Essle- Imont's

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acceptance of office under the present Government, the majority was reduced from 1,624 at the General Election, to 1,326 on Saturday last. This is not, however, at all a greater...

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thing we expected was that the rift in the Gladstonian Party should have begun amongst the Welsh Members. Lord Rosebery justly described them the other day as a picked body of...

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W E shall make no apology to our readers for recurring to the subject of the Panama Scandals. They grow worse from day to day, and may with unexpected rapidity produce grave...

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M R. BALFOUR told a story in his first speech at Sheffield on Tuesday which seems to us singularly ominous of the future of democratic legislation, not only in England, but in...

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" THAT is the amount and quality of intellect which is requisite to constitute testamentary capacity ? " That is a legal conundrum which Sir James Hannen once propounded to a...

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Caesar one day, and Pompey the next, and explains the

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forces employed, even when there was no work urgently discrepancy by saying that it is " by a different mother," requiring to be done. The Council, however, finally it is clear...

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A FRUITFUL source of excitement is for the present closed. We say for the present, because the "Missing-Word Competition " case is in itself a proof of the perpetual vitality...

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A REMARKABLE letter from "A Sexagenarian," which we print in another column, contains a view of the reason why the old and the young so often misunderstand each other, which,...

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M OST householders in London will have followed with a lively, even with a painful, interest the case of " Christie v. Davey," which was concluded at the end of last week by a...

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W E have lately had an opportunity of examining some extracts from episcopal registers, copied for publica- tion by the Early English Text Society. They contain a series of...

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TILE APOLOGY OF AGE TO YOUTH. THE extract you have given under this heading from the work of an anonymous writer recalls those light, incisive sketches which have made your...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your reviewer of " Preferences," who appears to have Impressionism and Mr. James McNeil Whistler somewhat on the brain, has entirely...


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MR. T. W. RUSSELL AND THE RENT QUESTION IN ULSTER. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR." ] SIR,—Mr. Russell, in his letter to the Times, states that the -flax-crop here is a...


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[TO THE EDITOR 01 THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your able article on the late Bishop of St. Andrews, there is an expression used which lends itself to misinter- pretation among...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—In your interesting article on Lord Norton's pamphlet, you say that the Church of England " threw off all ecclesias- tical...

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[To nue EDITOR 01 THE " SPUTATOR."] SIR, —Your reviewer finds in my little book " a tendency to measure the moral character of an act by its results." Will you allow me to...


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FIRST ESSAYS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES.* THERE can be no doubt as to the mood in which the essays by the late Richard Jefferies, now first collected in book-form, under the title of...


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A MODERN MALADY. To be without an impulse or desire, A heap of fuel with no spark of fire ; To be a prey to modish melancholy, Without the force for any other folly ; To watch...

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THE two scholarly and interesting volumes which Mr. Stop- ford Brooke has devoted to the history of Early English Poetry before the time of King Alfred, represent a task of...

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MR. WRIGHT'S "LIFE OF COWPER."* THIS new and copious biography

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of Cowper has been ushered into the world with considerable pretensions. Mr. Wright has, we believe, been engaged on the work for a long time, he appears to be familiar with the...

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UPTON COURT.* THIS carefully compiled and admirably illustrated volume, the

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fruit of considerable research, may prove of great service as a local history. The student who knows how to use a book of this kind will profit by Miss Sharp's labours, though...

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new English version of any great poem in another language used invariably to give occasion for end- less discussions on the ethics of translation—on questions such as whether...

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MR. HENRY JAMES, in the biographical sketch which is appended to these stories of the late Wolcott Balestier, frankly owns that the claim of their author to remembrance is more...

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Maud Melville's Marriage. By E. Everett-Green. (Nelson.), This is a

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story of the latter part of the seventeenth century. Maud Melville is married, while yet a child, to her cousin Rupert, and Rupert becomes mixed up with the plots contrived for...


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GIFT-BOOKS. Fair Women and Brave Men. By Barbara Hutton. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)—This series of " Stories of Heroic Historical Characters" begins with a chapter entitled...

Axel Ebersen. By Andre Laurie. (Sampson Low, Marston, and Co.)—This

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tale is told in the first person by Esaias Bistrom, a native of South Sweden, who comes to be master of a school in Dalecarlia. Esaias may be described as a teacher of " Slojd,"...

Children I Have Known. By Frances Hodgson Burnett. (Osgood, AlcIlvaine,

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and Co.)—These are delightful little sketches, triumphs in the art of spinning delicate and graceful textures out of the slenderest materials. Mrs. Burnett takes, for...

Avice : a Story of Imperial Rome. By Eliza F.

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Pollard. (S. W. Partridge.)—This is a story of Christianity under the early Emperors. One cannot but think, indeed, that it is somewhat antedated when it is put back as far as...

Friendly Work. Edited by M. E. Townsend. (Wells Gardner, Darton,

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and Co.) — Friendly Leaves. Edited by Henley L. Arden. (Same publishers.)—These periodicals are published in the interest of the " Girls' Friendly Society," and contain much...

The Guinea Stamp. By Annie S. Swan. (Oliphant, Anderson, and

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Ferrier, Glasgow.)—This is a well-written and well-con- structed story, and has an excellent purpose. We question,however, whether it is quite suitable to the class of...

The Coming of Father Christmas. By C. F. Manning. (F.

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Warne and Co.)—Here we have a series of graceful pictures, some n black-and-white, and some in colours, accompanied by verses which have considerable merit. Father Christmas...

Asceline's Ladder. By Ellen Louisa Davis. (Religious Tract Society.)—This story

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is written with ability and with moderation. Still, we are inclined to think that Miss Davis's views of life are not broad enough. Her hero is a clever man who gives society...

Farthings. By Mrs. Molesworth. (Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.)—This story

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is written in the interest of the " Church of England Society for Providing Homes for Waifs and Strays." Mrs. Molesworth knows how to write a story with a purpose, and yet to...

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Indian Field Sports. (A. Constable and Co.)—Here we have reproduced

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on a smaller scale ten of the illustrations originally published in Captain Williamson's " Oriental Field Sports," a work which first appeared in 1807. The ten represent pig-...

almost too familiar,—dynamite, regicide, and Siberia. Yet, thanks chiefly to

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a strong and well-constructed plot, it cannot be said to be commonplace. A son discovers that his father has, for some mysterious reason or other, been exiled to Siberia, and,...

A Life's Labour. By Emily Margaret Mason. (S. P. C.

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K.)— This story is out of the beaten track of gift-books, there being a good deal more of pain and self-sacrifice than of pleasure in it. The author has a distinctly moral and...

The Cambridge Homer. Edited by Arthur Platt, M.A. (Cam- bridge

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University Press.)—This is a text, constructed on the principle of going back, as far as is reasonably possible, to the original language of Homer (not, however, it must be...

In the Queen's Navee. By Commander C. N. Robinson, R.N.,

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and John Leyland. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)-1 story of adventure for boys, this book is notable for containing not too little but too much in the way of such adventure. The...

Her Saddest Blessing. By Jennie Chappell. (Partridge.)—This is, on the

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whole, a rather commonplace, though well-told and effective, story. At all events, we think we have heard before of some such blessing in disguise as that which befalls Olive...

Bread and Butter Stories. By Edith Carrington. (Griffith, Farran, and

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Co.)—The only fault to be found with these stories, which belong to the " fairy " order, is that they are too clever and too suggestive to be enjoyed by children,—the last...

In and about Bohemia. By C. J. Wills. (Griffith, Ferran,

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and Co.)—These "forty-one short stories " have appeared, we are told, for the most part, in various newspapers. Mr. Wills has an object—apart from amusing his readers—that...

The Naturalist on the Amazons. A Record of Adventures, Habits

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of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equator during Eleven Years of Travel. By Henry Walter Bates, F.R.S., late Assistant-Secretary...

With the Admiral of the Open Sea. By Charles Paul

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Mackie. (Nelson.)—This is a new life of Columbus, and differs from the majority of the biographies that recent events have caused such a flood of, mainly in this, that it is...