18 AUGUST 1906

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It was announced last Saturday that M. Stolypin had formed

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his Cabinet, and the result is a uniform Ministry of reactionaries. The scheme for the inclusion of Octobrist Ministers having failed, the Court party have asserted their...


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K ING EDWARD, who left England for Marienbad on Tuesday, was met by the German Emperor at Cronberg, and spent a day with his nephew at Friedrichshof as the guest of Prince...

It is impossible to be certain about rumours as to

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the health of the Sultan, but everything seems to point to a serious illness. The Selamlik was not held owing to his indis- position, a celebrated German surgeon was summoned by...

The long-promised Encyclical letter from the Pope to the French

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Episcopate was published on Wednesday. He announces that he has inquired whether the Separation Law leaves any means of organising the religious life of France so as to protect...

e s The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The conflict between the Greeks and Bulgarians in the Balkans

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has of late assumed an acute stage, but the centre of disturbance is no longer in Macedonia. Official accounts received at Sofia confirm the statement that on Sunday last a...

The Times of Tuesday contained some interesting comments from its

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Berlin correspondent on the attitude of Germany towards British rule in Egypt. The German Press has recently been adopting very much the sumo attitude towards Egypt as it...

It must be remembered, however, that Lord Fitzmaurice recently stated

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that the activity of the Greek bands was largely responsible for the unrest in Macedonia, and the correspondent of the Times in Paris, where the disturbances are causing con-...

There are signs that the British party in the Transvaal

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will follow the path of wisdom, and, loyally accepting the new Constitution, make every effort to win at the coming elections, A speech delivered at Pretoria last week by Sir...

The resignation of Sir J. B. Fuller, the Lieutenant-Governor of

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the new province of Eastern Bengal, which was announced early last week, has created much feeling in India. It is difficult to get at the truth of the matter, for Sir J. B....

We deal in another column with Mohammedan unrest, but may

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note that further confirmation of our view of the Pan- Islamic movement is furnished byan interesting communication in Thursday's Times. The Nawab Moohsun-ul-Mulk, the honorary...

The Cape House of Assembly have passed a Motion which

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raises an important question of Imperial policy. The De Beers Company are liable to Income - tax at the Cape as a company resident there, and the House of Lords has recently...

Acting in conformity with his recent statement in the House

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of Commons, Sir Edward Grey has informed the Porte that the British Government is unable to accept the proposed three per cent. increase in the Custom-duties, on the ground of...

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We note with concern a Reuter telegram from Durban which

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appeared in the Times and Daily Telegraph of Saturday last. It is to the effect that an Ethiopian preacher has been sentenced to six months' imprisonment and twenty-five lashes...

The vacancy in East Denbigh was filled on Wednesday by

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the return of the Liberal candidate, the figures being :—Mr. E. G. Hemmerde (L.), 5,917 ; Mr. A. G. Bosoawen (U.), 3,126 ; Liberal majority, 2,791. In 1900 and at the last...

A correspondence in the Times, started by Mr. Lionel Oust,

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emphasises the inadequacy of the accommodation available for housing the art treasures of the nation. It appears that the Government intend to utilise the vacant space at the...

In Thursday's Times was published a summary of the Report

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of the Committee of Imperial Defence which has been laid on the table of the Australian House of Represen- tatives. The scheme which the Committee have prepared recommends the...

The correspondence evoked by the Education judgment indicates a remarkable

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divergence of opinion as to its significance, not merely between Churchmen and Noncon- formists, but also in the ranks of Churchmen themselves. While some regard the judgment as...

After a ten days' hearing, the inquiry direoted to be

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held into the state of mind of the Marquis Townahend was con- cluded last Saturday afternoon. The jury found that the Marquis was a person of unsound mind so as to be incapable...

We regret to note the death on Monday, from sudden

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heart failure, of Mrs. Craigie, better known under her pseudonym of "John Oliver Hobbes." Mrs. Craigie, an American by birth and parentage, though educated chiefly in Europe,...

Bank Rate, 31 per cent., changed from 4 per cent.

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June 21st. Consols (24) were on Friday 88—on Friday week 88f.

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THE EDUCATION JUDGMENT. W E refrained last week from commenting at length on the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the West Riding case, because it takes time before the...

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W E cannot believe much in what is called " Pan- Islamism," at least not if that barbarous combina- tion of Greek and Arabic means that a union is probable of all Mohammedans to...

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CHINESE NATIONALISM. T HERE can be no doubt about the reality

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of the new spirit which is at work in China, but it is hard to know what its exact character is. It is a movement towards nationalism, and, having said that, we find it...

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GOVERNMENT BY PUPPETS. T HE Russian Revolution has from the first

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been marked by an exceptional absence of organisation. Each of its incidents has originated, seemingly, in some unplanned outburst of popular feeling, which has led those...

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T "public has hitherto been given only one side of the story of the dismissal of Professor Ray Lankester from the post of Director of the Natural History Museum. That is the...

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The thread on which the stories hang is the visit of two little girls, Mary and Caroline, to an aunt, a Mrs. Mason, who evidently personifies the author's notion of perfection....

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T "plains of Mid-Somerset have in the past furnished a most thrilling battlefield for contending hosts. From the heights of leafy Selwood, the outlines of this amphi- theatre of...

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I T is on record that when Mr. Chadband launched hie tremendous query, " Why do we not fly P" Mr. Snagsby, failing entirely to perceive the profound significance of the...

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WHAT IS THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND P [To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—When you tell me that I am a member of the Episcopal Church whether I will or no, whether I do or do...

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[To ME EDITOR OP THE " SPEOTATOR.1 Sin,—For many years

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I have been an interested reader of the Spectator, and have long regarded it as one of the best edited journals in the Empire. But, in common with a growing number of Britons...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEl "SPECTATOR1 Sia, — May I call the attention of your readers to one aspect of the West Riding judgment which has been overlooked in all the comments that...

[To ma EDITOR OW THE " SPEOTATOR1 SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr.

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W. A. Clarke, quotes from Webster a definition of "sect" as " a part , cut of " (Spectator, August 11th, p. 198). The word has, as Pro- fessor Skeat observes, nothing to do with...

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[To TER EDITOR Or TRa "SPECTATOR:"] SIR,—I r ou endorse Lord Goschen's "admirable speech," which you say "has put very clearly the true position with regard to Germany an...


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[TO Till EDITOR OP TUN "SPRCTATOR.1 " I praise her in a borrowed name, But Chloe is my real flame." Mr. Corbett, who claims that he " follows the path marked out by practical...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—It is not safe to argue from sati that the Western mind can never comprehend the Eastern (see Spectator of August 11th, p. 197). "...


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[To TRH EDITOR Or THIS "ancorkroa.1 SIR,—In your article under the above heading in the Spectator of August 11th, the remark occurs : " Our commercial educa- tion is neither...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP Tin "SPRCTA.TOR.") SIR,—May I be permitted to point out an error into which several journalists have fallen in writing obituary notices of the late Duke of...


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"Sexcreree.1 Sia,—By kindly publishing a letter of appeal for this object in your issue of April 21st you gave the scheme its first real start, for, besides making the...

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[TO TDB EDITOR. OF THE "SPECTATOR.` ) SIR,—I had not intended to write any letter this week, but a telegram which has just reached me contains information that it seems...


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THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—May I say how much I think the Spectator's gallant attempt to prove the efficiency of short-service training by actual experiment ought to command...


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AFGHANISTAN.* MR. ANGUS HAMILTON, who is well known as a special corre- spondent, has in this work left the ordinary devices of his profession severely alone. His aim is not a...


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TO THOMAS TRAHERNE. DEAR singer of a joy to us denied, Who in the midst of plenty still are poor, Gladly we put our grayer thoughts aside To drink God's wine with you, God's...

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Tam book has a special interest as " the first attempt in the English language to elaborate what may be called a Roman Catholic system of political economy." That is the...

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Tnis book deals with one of those mysterious, romantic stories of plot and intrigue which are to be found by dozens in the background of any historical catastrophe. In many of...


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LORD REDEsDALE'S account of the Garter Mission to Japan is interesting for more reasons than one. In the first place, it describes a ceremony unique in history. Never before has...

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AMELIA AND THE DOCTOR.* MR. HORACE MITCHINSON is so well known to a wide circle • of readers as a writer on pastimes, sport, and natural history that his accomplishments in...

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REPORT OF THE HOUSING COMMITTEE OF THE CITY OF BIRMINGHAM. Report of the Housing Committee of the City of Birmingham. (Percival Jones. 2s. 6d.)—In July last the Birmingham...

Men at Arms. By Major W. P. Drury. (Chapman and

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Hall. 3s. 6d.)—The latest work by the author of "The Peradventures of Private Pagett," like most of its predecessors, consists of short stories and sketches. As is usual with...


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A Book of Cottages and Little Houses. By C. R. Ashbee, M.A. (B. T. Batsford. 12s. 6d. net.)—This well-produced book does not appear to be designed so much for the man who is...

Man and Maid. By E. Nesbit. (T. Fisher Unwin. 6s.)—Miss

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Nesbit always writes with a facile and graceful pen, but her real forte is not iu short stories for grown-up people, but in stories for children. These tales, however, are all...

The Cattle Baron's Daughter. By Harold Bindloss. (John Long. 6s.)—In

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The Cattle Baron's Daughter Mr. Bindloss gives a most interesting account of the struggle in the Far West of America between the homesteaders and the ranchers. The homesteaders...

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Under the English Crown. Ily Firmin Roz. (Hodder and Stoughton.

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6s.)—This volume is described as "A Frenchman's Impressions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales." These impressions are well worth studying. M. Roz came to his task of...


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[Under Me hemline we notice sash Books of the week as have not bees reserved for review in other forms.] Expositions of Holy Scripture. By Alexander Maclaren, D.D. (Hodder and...

Essays upon the History of Meaux Abbey. By the Rev.

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A. Earle. (A. Brown and Sons. 3s. 6d. net.)—Meaux Abbey, founded in 1150 by William le Gros, Earl of Albemarle, was situated in the Holder- ness region, about seven miles from...

A Manual of Bible History : I. The Old Testament.

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B Charles Hart, B.A. (H. and T. Washboerne. 3s. M. net.)—As this volume bears the ufhil obstat and imprimatur of the official censorship, it has a special interest, for it...

The Lives of the Popes during the Early Middle Ages.

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By the Rev. Horace K. Mann. Vol. III. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. 12s. net.)--Mr. Mann brings his work to a conclusion with this volume. It includes a period of thirty-three...


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The Opal Sea. By John C. Van Dyke. ('r. Werner Laurie. 6s. net.)—In the main this book will be read for the pleasure which the work of a skilful observer wielding a practised...

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Proceedings of the Classical Association, 1906. (John Murray. 2s. 6d.

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net.)—This is, as usual, an interesting volume. Perhaps the most important paper is the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the teaching of Greek. The substance of...

Memorials of a 'Warwickshire Family. By the Rev. Bridgemaa G.

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F. C. W. Boughton-Leigh. (H. Frowde. 10s. net.)—Mr. Boughton-Leigh gives many interesting particulars about ancestors, direct and collateral, and about the localities with...

Messrs. Blackie and Son publish a "Series of Supplementary Readers

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" which is intended to give English boys and girls some idea of their native country, its antiquities, industries, and so forth. The volume now before us is Kent (8d.) It is...

Eleusis. Translated from the French of Demetrios Philios by Hamilton

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Gatliff. (Sidney Appleton. 5s. net.)—It is a little odd that Mr. Gatliff disclaims responsibility for the " historical and archaeological opinions expressed" by Dr. Philios,...

Cromwell : the Campaigns of Edge Hill, Marston Moor, Naseby

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etc. By Captain P. A. Charrier. (Rolfe Brothers. 6s.)—Captain Charrier knows much about the fighting at Edge Hill and other battlefields of the Civil War, and illustrates them...