17 OCTOBER 1885

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Mr. Gladstone has finally disposed of the story that the

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late Cabinet intended to dispense entirely with exceptional legisla- tion against crime in Ireland, and especially against boycotting. He writes on October 2nd to Sir M....

The utter powerlessness of the united Ambassadors at Con- stantinople

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is well displayed in the "Collective Note " which, on October 13th, they forwarded to the Porte :—" Pending the adoption of a decision with a view to the maintenance of peace,...

Sir Charles Dilke on Tuesday expounded at Halifax the Liberal

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plan for governing rural districts, in an exhaustive and,, we are bound to add, a cruelly wearisome speech. He packed too much into it, till it was difficult to follow, and is...

The latest rumour in town is that the Servians are

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in move- ment; but it is not yet confirmed. It is certain, however, that the Ambassadors in Constantinople do not agree, and are, in fact, useless, the Governments negotiating...

Lord Salisbury has publicly announced that the Elections will be

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held about November 17th. The date is none too soon, for men are almost dying of the deluge of speeches. Could not the candidates proclaim, say, for the first fortnight of...


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A S we imagined would be the case, the news from Burmah has grown serious. King Theebau has got it into his head that France will support him, and has returned an insolent...


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The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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Lord Salisbury is getting more Conservative and less Tory as

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he goes on,—wisely, as we think, for Conservatism is in English- men's blood and Toryism is not. At Brighton on Thursday, after a clever reply to Mr. Chamberlain on foreign...

Mr. Chamberlain—who has, as he said, just been staying a

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few hours with Mr. Gladstone—made a bright, and even bril- liant, speech at Trowbridge on Wednesday, in which, however, he brought forward his special programme more strongly...

Mr. Chamberlain has repeated his very curious offer of a

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compromise in the matter of Free Education. In a letter of October 9th, replying to the Dean of Wells—who declares, in a letter to him, that he (Dr. Plumptre) is a convert to...

Lord Randolph Churchill issued his address to the - electors of Birmingham

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on Saturday. It is marked throughout by a curious sense of being at the top and speaking from above, of which no extract would give sufficient illustration. He calls on the...

Is not Sir Charles Dilke a little premature in all

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this? The new Liberal Cabinet is not yet formed, and every detail may be modified except the elective principle. We doubt if moderate Liberals will decentralise to such an...

Mr. Chamberlain repeated his views as to free education, but

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he formally and definitely announced that he saw no pro- spect of dealing with the question of Establishment in the coming Parliament. He is always clear, to do him justice, but...

Lord Hartington's speech at Rawtenstall on Saturday; apart from its

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controversial side—and we may say at once that we have no space for the rejoinders of the statesmen to each other —shed much light on his personal attitude. He is not going, he...

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The second elections in France come off to-morrow, and M.

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Brisson, the French Premier, has issued an address to his electors in Paris which is a Manifesto. He says the result of the second ballotages is certain, if only the Republican...

It should be mentioned, in justice to the present Government

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of Ireland, that n determined attempt is being made to check boycotting through the ordinary law. Long lists of prosecn- tions are published, showing, the- activity- of the...

Mr. Goschetes view of the Land Question ; as expressed at

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Edinburgh, on- Saturday, is practically that transfer, should be - made easy; that the abolition of entail and settlement- will -diffuse land, and that distribution through...

An electoral "Convention-" wan held at Cork on Monday- to

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nominate six candidates for Cork, at-which Mr. Parnell gave a singular proof of his ascendancy in- South-Ireland., It is perfect, and suggests that Celts love a master if only...

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Mr ChiMers on Monday made a bold and manly speech-

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at Pontefract; We cannot agree with all he says ; but all he said was clear. He.would resist the " endingr . of the House of Lords, and insist on " mending " it or leaving it....

It is of the higbest importance both to Ireland and

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Great Britain that at this election the popularity of Mr. Parnell and his ideas should be fully.tested . at the ballot,—that we should know-, in fact, what the exact numbers of...

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THE ANNEXATION OF BITRMAH. I T is time to warn Englishmen that there is positive danger of the annexation of Burmah, and to ask them whether that project has or has not their...

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W E cannot like it. We recognise most fully and painfully the necessity of union in this Election, when a new constituency is requiring instruction and discipline, when the...

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frHERE is one point in this new Irish uprising to which J. Englishmen should pay more attention than they do. It is not essentially, or even. mainly, a Heine-rule movement. It...

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N EXT to the defeat of Opportunism, the most momentous result of the French Elections is undoubtedly the collapse of Communism. That the Socialists should be at a disadvantage...

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A GENERATION ago the Conservatism of lawyers was proverbial. The attorney, or solicitor, or proctor of the pre-Reform period was the most hide-bound, narrow- minded, dry-as-dust...

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T HE success of Mr. Haggard's wonderful story, "King Solomon's Mines," is not due exclusively to its merits, though these are great, the romance being one of the most exciting...

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W E are seldom more deceived than when we try to compare our own generation either for good or for evil with one of those that have gone before it. The necessary conditions of a...

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ERE never can have been a time when it was more neces- sary than in our own to give a ;past and candid apprecia- tion - to all that we sum up under the name of a party. It is...

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S 011E three or four years since, the Paris police des 117.03Ur made a grand raid among the wine-dealers of the capital, arid carried off samples of their wares, many of which,...

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SMALL HOLDINGS. [To THZ EDITOR OF THY " EPECTLTOR."1 SIR,—I am indebted to Mr. Newborn, whose local knowledge is unquestionably superior to mine, for pointing out an error in...

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SPECTATOR." _1 Sra,—Liberal Churchmen, and indeed Liberals who are not Churchmen, owe the Spectator a large debt of gratitude for its opposition to Disestablishment and other...


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pro nue iDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The letters of Mr. Lee Warner and Mr. Llewelyn Davies,. like the speech orMr. Albert Grey lately quoted in the Spectator, suggest a new...

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CALVERLEY.* Ii' the death of Calverley did not eclipse the gaiety of nations," it has at least "diminished the stock of harmless pleasures" for the English-speaking race. The...


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&a,—Your columns are always open for the advocacy of any measure that is likely to promote the welfare of the Church of Rngland: I venture, therefore, to crave space, , even at...


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rTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SER,—In your review of "An Irish Novel" on October 3rd, you quote "By curing the black cow that died" as a blunder. It is not an error at...

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APART from the intrinsic merits of this poem, a special interest attaches to it as a favourable specimen of the literary capacity of a successful writer for the contemporary...

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WE do not expect from the author of Mirage a realistic novel. She is a writer of romance, and the source of her imaginings is not the work-a-day world. Therefore, it is not...

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A PRODIGY ere he attained his majority, Victor lingo was still under thirty when he was acknowledged as the leader of the greatest literary movement of the age. During the-next...

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HISTORICAL BRIC-A-BRAC.* WE are not of those who cavil at

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the goods provided for us by industrious labourers in the literary field ; nor do we too curiously weigh the crops they harvest, or question the fact that the wholesomest bread...

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England on the Sea. By W. H. Davenport Adams. 2

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vols. (F. V. White and Co.)—Mr. Adams has put together here a useful and readable account of the doings of the British Navy from early times (the first battle described was...

The Works of Thomas Middleton,. Edited by A. H. Bullen,

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B.A. Vols. I. to IV. (Nimmo.)—Probably one of the boldest literary under- takings of our time on the part of publisher, as well as editor, is the fine edition of the dramatists...

In a Grass Country. By Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron. 3

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vols. (F. V. White and Co.)—The offence of this book is aggravated by the frivolity of its title, and even of its appearance. If Mrs. Cameron must tell a tale of what she is...

The Boy in, the Bush. By the late Richard Rowe.

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(Hodder and Stoughton.) —This book is rather a series of sketches than "a tale of Australian life," though it has a connecting thread of personal interest. However this may be,...


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The Life and Times of Colonel Fred Burnaby. By J. Redding Ware and R. K. Mann. (Field and Tear.) —Messrs. Ware and Mann do not tell their story, we are inclined to think, with...

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The Voter's Guide and Canvasser's Manual. By J. Trevor Davies,

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Solicitor. (George Routledge and Sons.)—The greater part of this little handbook is happily less dependent upon original research and an ordinary acquaintance with history than...

La Jeune Siberienne et is Lepreux de in Cite d'Aoete,

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by Xavier de Maistre, edited by Stephane Barlet, B.So. (Macmillan), is one of the "Primary Series of French and German Readings," and is fur- nished with notes and...

Spanish Legendary' Tales. By Mrs. S. G. C. Iliddlemore. (Chatto

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and Windus.)—The popular Spanish legend will hardly compare favourably with that of our own country, when we judge it from our own standpoint. There is withal an air of gloom...

My Man and I; or, the Modern Nehemiah. By F.

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A. Adams. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—This is a book of the "Church Defence" kind ; various discourses, speeches of enemies and friends, and a variety of other matters bearing...

Voters and their Registration. By John James Heath Saint, Barrister-at-Law.

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(Butterworths.)—This book is-mainly a reprint of the Reform Act of 1884, and the Registration, Redistribution, and Medical Relief Disqualification Renewal Acts of this year. Its...