18 APRIL 1903

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We have dealt with the Baghdad Railway elsewhere, but must

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note here the opinion of German action contained in the Novoe .Vremya, telegraphed to Friday's Daily Mail by its correspondent at St. Petersburg. The Novae Vremya states that...

It is evident that the insurrection in Morocco, which was

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supposed to be subdued, is as dangerous as ever. The Pre- tender has not been caught, his agents are threatening the ports, and he has captured one or two places of importance....

It is with feelings of the greatest pleasure and satisfaction

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that the British nation are looking forward to the King's State visit to the head of the French Republic. They know the King's sympathy for France, and they fully endorse it....

The Anti-Strike Bills in Holland became laws on Saturday last,

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having been passed by the Chamber by a heavy majority, and by the Upper House without a division, and signed by the Queen without a day's delay. The Defence Committee of the...

It is simply impossible to obtain a clear narrative from

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the Balkan Peninsula. According to one account, a general in- surrection is to break out in Macedonia next week, and accord- ing to another, the insurgent committees have...


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T HE King's visit to the Mediterranean has been proving a complete success. He reached Malta on Thursday, and was received with the greatest cordiality by the whole popu-...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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We trust that those who occupy themselves with the problem

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of the relations between Russia and Britain will study the very interesting article in the Times of Wednesday headed "Russia and England in the Near East— from a Correspondent,"...

Yung-Lu is dead. He was the Tartar Mandarin who had

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most influence with the Empress, and who approached nearest to the European conception of a Prime Minister. He was bitterly anti-foreign, but had some qualms as to the wisdom of...

Germany is greatly excited over an instance of gross

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military oppression. A soldier named Hartmann, stationed at Essen, failed to salute a naval cadet named Hiisner, where. upon the latter, though he knew Hartmann, either arrested...

M. Loubet's journey in state to Algiers promises to be

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a most successful one. It was imagined that the dependency, annoyed by the resignation of the popular Governor-General, M. Revoil, who has been censured by the Ministry for...

• A good many Americans expect a severe financial crash

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in New York. It is true the profits of the last two years have been very great, and the wheat crop of this year is expected to be enormous ; but there is a deficiency of...

The remarks of the distinguished Russian chronicled in the Times

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end with a curious suggestion that when Russia takes Constantinople Britain should take Gallipoli. Russia, he says, only wants the Bosphorus, and so complete command of the...

A writer in Wednesday's Times makes a very urgent plea

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that the British Government and British people should do their best to make the British exhibits at the coming St. Louis Exhibition as impressive and as attractive as possible....

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Mr. Morley's main topic, however, was the increase of taxa-

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tion, which, he says, amounts to 232,000,000 a year within the last four years, after deducting the 28,000,000 which Mr. Ritchie is expected to remit. The National Debt has in...

We congratulate Mr. Brodrick and Lord Roberts most heartily on

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their determination to reduce expenditure in the Army, and to make soldierly qualities and intelligence, and not a long purse, the essential requirements for the most difficult...

The appointment of Mr. Arthur Elliot (Membea- for Durham City)

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to the office of Secretary to the Treasury, rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr. Hayes Fisher, is one upon which the Government can be most heartily congratulated,— a...

Mr. Morley on Monday delivered a speech to his constituents

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at Montrose of great length and some force. He summed up his opinion of the Government by admitting that it displayed energy, but it was the energy of a blind horse, which was...

On Wednesday a Conference to consider the revival of Irish

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industries was held in Dublin, at which Mr. Pirrie dealt with the plan for providing transport facilities in rural Ireland which he and Lord Iveagh are going to carry out. He...

We realise as fully as any one can the need

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for public economy, but in spite of that we think it would be a very great mistake to starve the British Commission, and though we know that our leading manufacturers do not...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2f) were on Friday 91i.

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.117 . E are still not definitely committed to a German V V entanglement in regard to the Baghdad Railway. At least, that is the general impression among well- informed people...

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I T seems an odd thing to believe amidst the hubbub of the moment, with everybody apparently athirst for excitement, but we believe it is true that the civilised world would...

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-IF ORD CROMER'S Report for 1902 is of more than J usual interest. It opens with a retrospect of the financial policy which has been pursued in Egypt for the last twenty years....

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M. LOITBET. T HE history of the French Republic yields no

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testi- mony to the foresight of European politicians. They did not expect it to last as a quiet and successful form of government. They foresaw, and sometimes foretold, periods...

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H OW are we to get a larger and. better supply of officers for the Auxiliary Forces ? That is un- doubtedly the most pressing problem with which the Royal Commission on the...

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In "Across the Plains" Stevenson describes the character- istics of the emigrants who accompanied him to the West. "There were," he writes, "no emigrants direct from...

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I F with the progress of education, and the consequent general development of the intellect of the individual, the frequency of what our grandparents would have called youthful...

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T HE rabbit-catcher is of middle height and firmly knit, his fine head being set upon square shoulders. Gleams - of gold still remain to show what his beard must have been...

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THE EXAGGERATION OF THE MACEDONIAN OUTRAGES. [TO TER EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, —Owing to illness, I have not until now seen Mr. liaskell's letter in the Spectator of...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your editorial note in the Spectator of April 11th urging that the tenure of directorships by Ministers is a matter for regulation...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you allow me to say that you cannot credit the Government with Sir F. Lugard's achievements (Spectator, April 11th)? They are all his own,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In seeking to prove me a "bad political casuist" your correspondent "T. W. W." in the Spectator of April 11th assumes as a fact what is...


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SIR,—May I make one or two trifling additions to your correspondent's letter on this subject in the Spectator of April 11th? He seems to me to lay too little stress on the...

"To the English manufacturer the idea is still strange that

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be should take for his work a youth trained in the conceptions and principles which are materialised in the output of the trade The manufacturer can appreciate the old...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your article on this subject in the Spectator of March 28th expresses views which have been frequently discussed by my friends and...

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[To THE EDITOR OT THE "SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—In your interesting article in the Spectator of April 4th under the above heading, and commencing, "Another kingdom acquired this week!"...


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[To THR Enrroa op THE " arsornos."] Sta,—As the late F. W. H. Myers left his work on "Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death" in my charge, I beg that you will allow...

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[To THZ EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR...9 Sia,—Whatever opinion Dr. Clifford and other Noncon- formist Education-rate resisters may have of the theo- logical views of Percy Bysshe...


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rTO Tfili EDITOR OF TIM "SPECTATOR'] BIR,—R would be interesting to know the authority for any of the variations of Canning's oft-quoted rhyming despatch to Sir Charles Begot,...


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TO THE COMING IRISH POET. Out of the shadows, out of the long past, Lifting that past up on thy haughty rhyme, Wakening those silenced voices, heard at last ; . Fierce with...

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(EASTER REFLECTIONS.) 'Neath a sky no longer grey ; boots. And the G.E.R. is running Six excursion trains per day. Down the lanes where tasselled catkins Drop their...


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SOPHOCLES.* IT is a commonplace of criticism that the works of Sophocles are the perfection of dramatic art. They are supreme in the same sense that the Parthenon and its...

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Ma. LECICY'S praiseworthy carefulness for his long-established reputation as an historian has compelled him to republish this extremely interesting, accurate, and most...

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FROM Robert Stuart (more properly, perhaps, Stewart), who mounted the Scottish throne in 1371 as Robert II., to James VII. and IL, whose tenure of the English throne ended in...

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TB E conquest of Egypt by the Arabs was no isolated event. It was part of a great movement, though it was entered upon with more distrust than any other of the early campaigns...

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ALL ON THE IRISH SHORE.* THE paramount duty of a reviewer in dealing with this happily named volume is one of extreme simplicity,—namely, to advise any one who loves wit,...

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The Bonnet Conspirators. By Violet A. Simpson. (Smith, Elder, and

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Co. 6s.)—This is a very amusing little drama of the days immediately after Waterloo, when Napoleon was still at large. The scene is laid in a village on the South Coast, where...

The Book of Ballynoggin. By L. C. Alexander. (Grant Richards.

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6s.)—" Ballynoggin" is situated in what we may call "Ould Ireland," a little altered, it is true, from the country of Harry Lorrequer and Charles O'Malley, but yet not difficult...

The Eternal Woman. By Dorothea Gerard. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.)—This

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is the story of a young woman entirely destitute of means, who on first going out as a governess determines to model her conduct on that of Miss Rebecca Sharp, and prove the...

The Knight Punctilious. By Arthur Moore. (Methuen and Co, 6s.)—It

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is a terrible trial for two unhappy young men to be exposed to a fire of contradictory but authentic wills which leave a particular estate alternately to each of them, and which...

Lovey - lifory. By Alice Hegan Rice. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—We hope

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that our readers have not forgotten "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch." Here she is again, as broad-minded and large - hearted as ever, with the happy faculty of making...

Six Trees. By Mary Wilkins Freeman. (Harper and Brothers. 3s.

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6d.)—We cannot help thinking that these six "short stories" would be better, or at least as good, without the six trees. More than once the sentiment which joins the two things...


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ART BOOKS. Scottish Portraits. Edited by J. L. Caw. (T. C. and E. C. Jack. 21s.)—This portfolio of twenty-four photogravure reproductions of historical portraits has an...

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Mr. E. Arnold has published a Portfolio of the National

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Gallery of Scotland (.e10 10s. net). The work is of large size, with well- executed photograv - ures, and has a preface by the Duke of Argyll. To make a selection of...

The peculiarities of style have a tendency to harden into

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mannerisms, and the strange masses of black which used to seem inevitable in the portraying of the face and body now seem some- times as if they were put there for some...

The Age of Shakespeare. By Thomas Seccombe and J. W.

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Allen. 2 vols. (G. Bell and Sons. 7s.)—These two volumes belong to the series of "Handbooks of English Literature" appearing under the general editorship of Professor Hales....

Sidelights on Charles Lamb. By Bertram Dobell. (Published by the

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Author. 5s. net.)—Mr. Dobell's careful book is another proof of the curiously affectionate regard in which the memory of Charles Lamb (above that of any English author) is held...


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[Under this heading we =tics such Books of the week as have sot ban reserved for review in other forms.] Explorations in Bible Lands during the Nineteenth Century. By H. V....

the variety of effect he gets out of wood engraving

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is large. When at his best these reproductions of famous portraits are very fine, and more like the originals than the now fashionable mezzo- tints. The tendency to use lines...

mezzotints will be interested by this book, which is principally

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a catalogue of Green's works. As p:eces of texture and surface, mezzotints of the first rank are undoubtedly beautiful. But as a rule they are only reproductions of paintings,...

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has issued

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an admirable little book called Notes on the Repair of Ancient Buildings (B. T. Batsford). The Easter vestry meetings are just over, and Church Restoration Committees are...

"The Connoisseur" Portfolio (2s. 6d.) gives a selection of the

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works of Velasquez. There is also a well-written preface. We cannot, however, agree that the colour-process prints here given are successful as representing the colouring of...

• Catalogue of the Pictures in the Fitzwilliam Museum. By

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F. R. Earp. (Cambridge University Press. 15s.)—This gallery contains many good pictures, notably several by Venetians of the second rank. The descriptions and histories of the...

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The Gourmet's Guide to Europe, By Lieutenant - Colonel Newn- ham Davis

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(editor) and Algernon Bastard. (Grant Richards. 3s. 6d.)—These two gentlemen, modern successors of Ulysses, have seen the cities of many men—and learnt their cookery. And they...

Poets and Dreamers : Studies and Translations from the Irish.

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By Lady Gregory. (John Murray. 6s.)—It need hardly be said that there is much that is curious and interesting in this volume. Perhaps the most characteristically Irish, or we...

Dictioaary of National Biography Index and Epitome. Edited by Sidney

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Lee. (Smith, Elder, and Co. 255. net.)—The publishers of this invaluable work have done well to supplement it with this epitome. It will supply, and more than supply, the place...

Newspaper Press Directory. (J. M. Mitchell and Co. 2e.)— This

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is, as far as we can judge, a complete guide to its subject, and should be found useful. The facts and statistics which it supplies have an interest which could not easily be...

New EDITIONS.—Lectures on Preaching, by the Right Rev. Phillips Brooks,

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D.D., the "Sage Lectures" delivered at Yale College in 1871 (Macmillan and Co., 6s.) ; and The Influence of Jesus (same author and publishers, 6s.), the "Bohlen Lectures" for...