18 FEBRUARY 1911

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The new Persian Regent, who has at last arrived at

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Teheran, delivered an address to the Mejliss last Sunday which pro- duced, the Times correspondent telegraphs, a profound im- pression. He is reported to have said that...

A meeting of the Committee Parliamentary Party was held at

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Constantinople on Tuesday, with the ostensible purpose of discussing the appointment of a successor to Talaat Bey, the Turkish Minister of the Interior, who has resigned. But...

On Tuesday the Canadian Reciprocity Bill was passed in the

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American House of Representatives by 200 votes to 92. The debate was remarkable for a carious speech by Mr, Champ Clark, prospective Speaker of the next House, who declared that...


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_ • T HE debate on the second reading of the German Naval Esti- mates began in the -Reichstag on Monday, when Admiral von Tirpitz praised the Navy Law, saying that without it...

4 '. * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Mr. Asquith's speech was adroitly reticent. It gave really no

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information whatever as to the nature of the Government proposals. When asked what was meant by "the supremacy of Parliament," his answer was solvitur ainbulando. His definition...

On Wednesday Lord Helmsley moved an amendment ex - pressing regret

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that the Government had not shown any readiness to amend the law governing land and house valuation and assessment, on the ground that the new taxes caused loss and hardship...

On Wednesday the most important of the:amendments to the Address,

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that condemning Home Rule, was moved by Mr. Malcolm, in a speech which amply proved his fitness for the task. He pointed out that if the Parliament Bill becomes law this...

We have dealt with the general question elsewhere, and can

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now only refer very shortly to Mr. Redmond's speech, which, like that of the leader who follows him, was a speech of fine sentiment and fine promises, and threw no light on the...

Mr. Burns then turned to the Government's alternative reme- dies,

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and pointed to the good results achieved by the Labour Exchanges, to the stiffening of the Railways Hours Act and the efforts of the Local Government Board to reduce infant...

On Friday week the debate on the Address was resumed

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by Mr. O'Grady, the Labour Member for East Leeds, who moved an amendment expressing regret " that no promise had been made of a Bill establishing the right to work, by placing...

Mr. J. M. Henderson, the Liberal Member for West Aberdeen,

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while supporting the new land taxes, warned his party that the adoption of the single-tax doctrine of Henry George would split the Liberal Party asunder. Mr. Austen Chamberlain...

Insurance, continued Mr. Burns, was the only method by which

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unemployment could be met in certain fluctuating trades, and all right-to-work schemes were a premium against un- employment insurance, against the organisation of workmen in...

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On Thursday Mr. Asquith's motion taking over the whole time

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of the House until April 13th was carried by a majority of 78. He announced that only one day would be given to the first reading of the Parliament Bill, which is to be taken on...

The election of a Professor of Poetry at Oxford in

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succession to Mr. blacken took place on Thursday. The President of Magdalen, Mr. Warren, was chosen. He received 174 votes, and Canon Beeching 147. The electors had a very...

Mr. Mackinnon Wood, the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, delivered

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an interesting address on the Declaration of London at the City Liberal Club on Friday week. If Great Britain, he argued, declined to ratify the instruments creating the...

On Sunday Mr. Philip Snowden gave an address at Nelson

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upon the House of Commons, which he described as "an institution fearfully and wonderfully made." The time given to the discussion of Estimates was altogether inadequate. There...

The poll of Cambridge University, concluded on Thursday, resulted in

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the return of Sir Joseph Larmor, the official Unionist candidate. The figures were Larmor 2,308, Cox 1,954, Page 332. Though we do not doubt that Sir Joseph Larmor will worthily...

We regret to record the death of Colonel Eustace Balfour,

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Mr. A. J. Balfour's youngest brother. Colonel Balfour was best known, perhaps, as an indefatigable Volunteer. He com- manded the London Scottish for about seven years, and in...

Lord Curzon spoke at the annual dinner of the United

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Club on Friday week on the Parliament Bill and the Unionist Scheme for the Reform of the House of Lords. Throughout the struggle-that was in prospect he hoped the Unionist Party...

On Tuesday Lord Lansdowne unveiled the statue to the late

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Duke of Devonshire in Whitehall, and in a speech after- wards paid an eloquent tribute to his memory. Three characteristics, Lord Lansdowne said, were conspicuous in him :— "In...

Rank Rate, 34 per cent., changed from4 per cent. Feb.

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16th Consols (21) were on Friday 801—Friday week 801.

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THE ACT OF 1:1N - ION. fINE might imagine from the majority of Liberal V.7 speeches and newspaper articles that the legislative union between Great Britain and Ireland was a...

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THE RIGHT TO WORK BILL. T HERE are many astonishing things - about

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the Parlia- mentary Socialists, but perhaps the most astonishing thing of all is the manner in which—whether through ignorance or deliberately we will not now enquire— they...

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T "supporters of Woman Suffrage are counting the number of votes likely to be cast for their cause in the House of Commons, and so exhilarating do they find the occupation that...

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localexpenditure followed upon lines with which the House of Commons is by this time fairly familiar. From both sides of the House Members rose to complain of the constantly...


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W E never really know anyone till we know him at home, and this is still more true about her. There is something in the atmosphere of home which brings out the points of the...

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A N article by Mr. G. S. Street on public schools,vublisheel lately in the Daily Mail, has led to a considerable discussion of a matter which Mr. Street, we gather, never...

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44 TH E sea-gulls of London " make an appeal this week in our correspondence columns. They represent themselves as "half-starved "; they urge that their thick plumage covers...

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CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES—THE REAL DANGER. [To THE EDTTOE OF TUE spEcriros."] Sra, — At the moment there are certain proposals before the Canadian House of Commons for a...

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[To ran EDrr012 OP THE "SPROTATOR."1 Srn,—Mr. Stephen Gwynn's statement

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in your last issue that a Nationalist board has elected a Protestant as medical superintendent to the Monaghan County Asylum is highly misleading. He made a. similar blunder in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SrxgrAToR21 Sns,—I have read Mr. Stephen Gwynn's letter in last week's Spectator with the respect due to his ability and sincerity, and I take careful...

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[To THE Eamon OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—An ounce of fact

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is worth a pound of Mr. Stephen Gwynn's promises. When the Local Government Bill was passing through Parliament in 1898 the Nationalists stated that the minority would be fairly...


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"8rsornos.'1 SIR,—I have just read " Y's " "Flushing and the Scheldt " in the February Fortnightly, and wonder what object he has in view. As is evident - to - anY Dutchman. his...


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SIR,—Mr. Gwynn would increase our debt by a list of the offices to which he refers (Spectator, February 11th). Are these appointments open only to the inhabitants of the county...


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[To Tam Emma or THE " SPRarrros."] Sin,—My attention has been called to the fact that a gentle man whose name I do not know has corrected an'error in a recent issue of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the probable event of an immediate deadlock between the two Houses of Parliament, would it not be possible to obtain from some...

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[To TER EDITOR OF TRE "SPECTATOR.") na,—All lovers of the English lakes will be g rateful to you for your article on Thirlmere in the Spectator of February 11th. But those of us...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—There is a point connected with this question that should not be lost si g ht of. If a man takes a salaried job, he should do the work...


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[TO ERB EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTAT0101 Snt,—We, the feathered performers in the pageant of your river, are half-starved. Plumage may conceal our emaciation, but many of us are...

... EDITOR or TEE " SPECTATOR.") Sre,—I have read with

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g reat satisfaction the article on this subject in your issue of February 11th. In order to explain this serious matter more thorou g hly to the people of the South, it will, I...


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"SPECTATOR. ") Slit,—On readin g your review of " L'Ame des Anglais " in kst week's issue, I wish to endorse in the most emphatic manner your protest a g ainst the impression...


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[To THE EDITOE OP TSB "SPECTATOR.") Snie,—May I make a point in reference to the Declaration of London which does not appear as yet to have met with the attention which its...

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Tais "SrscrAros.."] §LR,—In your issue of September 24th last " Rustic Moralist" complains with good reason of the spread of "the Cockney accent," first to the Home Counties,...

("Remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things

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sad likewise Lazarus evil things."3 STILL he lingers, where wealth and fashion Meet together to dine or play, Lingers, a matter of vague compassion, Out in the darkness across...


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" STJMURt N " AT THE COLISEUM. THE name of Herr Max Reinhardt is not as well known ill England as it should be. He was the first man to unite into a single Art of the Theatre...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTLTOR."1 Sin,—In your review of " Vanishing England " by P. H. Ditchfield, on January 28th, I notice a quotation to the effect that a valley near...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—The Spectator of February 11th says that the Address in the House of Lords was seconded by Lord Hillingdon. Why spread confusion in our...

NOTICE—When "Correspondence" or Articles are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked "Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...

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THE PARTY SYSTEM.* ACCORDING to Messrs. Belloc and Cecil Chesterton, Great Britain is ruled under a system which requires a sham fight to be kept up between the two Front...


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Sin WOODBINE PARISH deserved a biography, for though his official career was over before middle life, and as a diplomatist he has no very varied record of service, he was • Sir...

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WILLIAM HOWARD RUSSELL* MR. Anrrircs has had an excellent subject

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and has made out of it one of the best of biographies. In these pages the "First of the Special Correspondents " lives before us, a large-hearted Irishman, with something of a...

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"I CANNOT even now," says Sir Robert Anderson at the opening of The Lighter Side of My Official Life, " write about the Secret Service, or police work in London, save with much...

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IT is more than twenty years since Miss Betham-Edwards brought out her book, The Roof of France, which introduced almost all English and very many French readers to the beauties...

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DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.* IN spite of—or, as some might cynically say, with the excep- tion of—Macaulay's great Whig epic, "Dutch William" has never been a really popular figure...

MR. WHIBLEY'S ESSAYS.* THE republication by a different publisher of

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Mr. Whibley's three chief volumes of essays enables us to call attention to the work of one of the most delightful essayists and acutest critics of our day. There is nothing dim...


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AFTER Mr. Trollope, Charles Dickens; after Charles Dickens, " Rita " ; and the last of the three critics is the most severe. Possibly she had the greatest provocation. Did she...

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A Treasury of Elizabethan Lyrics. Selected and edited ba Miss

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Amy Barter. (George G. Harrap land Co. ls.)—This little book is a pleasant and scholarly selection from the Elizabethan miscellanies, of which there were a good many, from the...


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[Under this heading we notice mall Boat of the nook ms hay. net less, reserved for revise in other terms.] Essays on Duty and Discipline. (Cassell and Co. 2s. 6d. net.)—Wo ought...

READABLZ Noviiia.—Madam Mystery : a Romance of Touraine By May

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Crommelin. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.)—This is an account of how a party of young people pursue their love affairs through a journey among the castles of Touraine. A full historic...

Les Francais d'Aujourd'hui (Edward Arnold, ls. 611, net) is another

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of Miss Jetta S. Wolff's charming books of French dialogue. We are given the narrative of a visit of French children to Paris. There they see the sights, and the essential...

The Story of Napoleon. By Harold F. N. Wheeler. (George

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G. Harrap and Co. 3a. 6d. not.)—Mr. Wheeler's " Foreword " leads us to expect a reasonable treatment of his subject, and we are not disappointed. " Guided by no standard code of...

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Crrsar's Gallic War. Translated by the Rev. F. P. Long.

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(The Clarendon Press. 3s. net.)—Mr. Long has followed up his trans- lation of the De Bello Civili with an equally excellent rendering of the De Bello Gal/ico. As this is far...