18 JUNE 1892

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p ARLIAMENT is hurrying through business at racing- speed. All the Estimates have been passed practically un- challenged, even thehish Estimates being voted in a singlenigb t....

There was a delightful interview on Thursday between Mr. Gladstone

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and a deputation of the London Trades Council, on the subject of the Eight-Hours Bill. The deputation entered the room quite sure that, as one of them frankly avowed, they could...

The unexpected happened at Minneapolis on Friday week. The deep

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distrust always felt towards Mr. Blaine suddenly mani- fested itself, hundreds of the delegates upon whom he had relied bolted, and President Harrison was nominated at the first...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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It is interesting to note how large the influence is

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whigh still remains to Kings. We all perceive the authority of the Emperor of Germany, far in excess of his constitutional power; and the Emperor of Austria is not only the...

This was the pith of the interview, but it included

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a frank Socratic discussion of the Eight-Hours Bill, in which the deputation suffered terribly. The representa- tive workmen were children, babies, in Mr. Gladstone's hands....

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Mr. Balfour was the chief guest on Wednesday at a

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com- plimentary banquet at St. James's Hall, given by the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations. Mr. Stuart-Wortley, the Chairman of the National Union,...

The great Ulst,..r Convention met for the first time in

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Bel- fast yesterday, too late for comment by us. It has been evident, however, all through the week that the meeting would be a great event. The very soul of North Ireland is...

On the other hand, the Unionists, said Mr. Balfour, rely -

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almost too much perhaps, on what they have actually achieved. If, however, social reform be the great subject of the present time, the Conservatives have a right to claim that....

- Mr. Morley, too, has been speaking in Devonshire. On Tuesday

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he delivered an address at Plymouth. He insisted on it that the battle was not exclusively about Home-rule, but was "all along the line." It was a battle for religious equality,...

Yesterday week, Mr. Gosehen made an impressive speech at Newton

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Abbot, in Devonshire. He reminded the people of Mr. Parnell's cynical advice to the Opposition to give the Government sufficient rope for domestic legislation, pre- dicting that...

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Professor Dewar gave a very interesting lecture at the Royal

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Institution a few days ago on liquefied oxygen and liquefied air, of which yesterday's Times contained a good re- port. He produced both liquefied oxygen and liquefied air, the...

We regret exceedingly to observe an official notification that Lord

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Spencer, pressed by the fall in agricultural rents or other causes, has decided to sell the Althorp Library, said to be the finest private library in the world, if possible by...

We greatly regret to observe the resignation of Lord Justice

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Fry, one of the ablest and subtlest of our Judges of Appeal, who is still in full possession of his remarkable powers. The Lord Justice was made a Judge in 1877, and Lord...

A little news, but not much, has come in from

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Uganda. On Monday night, in reply to a rather sharp speech from Lord }ferries, who wished to know whether the Government would send out a special commissioner charged to inquire...

Last Sunday was the jubilee of Dr. Arnold's death, which

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-took place on June 12th, 1842. On Monday a meeting was held in the school dining-hall, adjoining the cloisters of West- minster Abbey, to make arrangements for the erection of...

The London Nonconformist Council determined on Monday, with five dissentients

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(three of whom were Mr. Bompas, Q.C., the Rev. Hinehdiffe Higgina, and Dr. Clifford), to adopt "the extension of Local Self-government, municipal and national as the best means...

Sir W. Hart-Dyke gave an interesting account on Thursday of

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the effects of Free Education on the elementary schools. Out of 19,000 schools in England and Wales, only 165 had declined to accept the Act. Of the remainder, 14,000 or 15,000...

- Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (it) were on Friday 96.

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LORD SALISBURY'S CLAIM TO CONFIDENCE. T HE tranquil pride of the British people, which has its roots deep in history, and which so offends men of other communities, has one bad...

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I T is a good sign for the temper of the democracy that the favourite speaker among the Gladstonians, after Mr. Gladstone, should be Mr. John Morley. We call it a good sign not...

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M R. BALFOUR'S speech on Wednesday to the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations at St. James's Hall, was the speech of a great and yet a modest leader....

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THE ULSTER CONVENTION. T HE Ulster Convention held its preliminary meeting

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last night, too late for us to comment on its pro- ceedings; but, in truth, its proceedings are not the most important elements in the demonstration. What is im- portant is the...

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T O our mind, the appeal issued by the London Noncon- formist Council is a very pathetic document. It starts with the highest ideals and aspirations—ideals and aspirations which...

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THE BELGIAN ELECTIONS. F OR some years past the course of

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Belgian politics has undergone a conspicuous change. There was a time when parties were very equally balanced, and when the change of a few votes was enough to turn one Ministry...

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UGANDA. T HE British East Africa Company have resolved, Lord Salisbury

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says, to retire from 'Uganda, and have despatched orders to Captain Lugard to quit the country and retreat to some point just between the coast and Lake Victoria. That is a most...

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Navy was last week passed almost without discussion, and without any effort on the part of the Government to take credit for a naval policy which has brought the maritime...

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T HE meeting last Monday in the school dining-hall adjoining the cloisters of Westminster Abbey to raise a monument in the Abbey to Dr. Arnold, fifty years after Lis death, was,...

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T HE decree of the Emperor of Austria raising Buda Pesth to the rank of a capital, has created in this country some surprise, not unmixed with ridicule ; but the laughter is a...

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O UR London police are not infallible, though it may be said to their credit that their mistakes are even less. frequent than the character of their manifold duties would...

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When the ice begins to break on the water, winter is con- sidered over in Russia ; and the breaking of the ice is due — . the Russian peasants hold—to the " Vodyanoi," or...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " $PECTATOR. " 1 Si,—May I again plead the needs of this institution ? This is now its seventh year of continued existence. It consists principally, as...


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BENGALEES. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." ] SIR, — In commenting on June 4th upon an article of mine in the Fortnightly Review for June, on The Bengalee in Indian...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—If you think this little anecdote of canine friendliness worthy of the Spectator, will you insert it for me ? Last week a sick dog took...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR, — In Knight's "English Encyclopedia" (art. " Murida3") reference is made to an invasion of the Forest of Dean in 1814 by field-voles,...

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FROM HEINE. Thou art a flower's image, So fair, and

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pure, and whole; Thy tenderness beholding, Love hallows all my soul. It seems as though a blessing Arose and filled my heart, A prayer that God, possessing, May keep thee as...


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"IF I WERE FAIR." !" Then she looked into her mirror."] IF I were fair! If I had little hands, and slender feet; If to my cheeks the colour rich and sweet Came at a word, and...


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PAINTING AND IMITATION. THERE is a phrase familiar in the language of plumbers' and builders' bills that occurs to one's mind when reviewing any large collection of modern...

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• A COUNTRY MUSE.* MERE is another minor poet whose music is as true and -delicate as the sound which proceeds from the convolutions of the shell when pressed against the ear,...

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REPORT ON COLOUR-VISION.* THE Committee on Colour-Vision appointed by the

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Royal Society has, after two years' work, produced an interesting- and instructive Report. This Report has been presented to- the Board of Trade, and laid upon the table in both...

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of The Dictionary of National Biography is largely occupied with unimportant Johnsons, Johnstons, Joneses, and Kennedy's, it yet contains an unusual number of interesting names,...

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RIME OXONIENSES.* MB. HUTTON might have made more of his

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subject, which is, indeed, one of great and varied interest, trivial, perhaps, in itself, but connected with great issues of history. And there are signs that his knowledge is...

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LADY DIIFFERIN, encouraged by the reception of Our Vice- regal Life in India, has published her Canadian journal, written in the form of letters home, by far the most pleasant...

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"ACROSS THIBET," AND "EQUATORIAL FORESTS."* Ix is a singular thing

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that in these two books of travel, one by an Englishman, the other by a Frenchman, all the liveliness and gaiety which is supposed to be the distinguishing characteristic of the...

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Methods of Industrial Remuneration. By David F. Schloss. (Williams and

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Norgate.)—Mr. Schloss examines with scientific accuracy and freedom from prejudice, the phenomena of paid labour. Time-work, piece-work, and the payment of wages accordingly,...


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St. Mark's; or, the Mayor's Chapel, Bristol. By W. R. Barker. (W. C. Hemman, Bristol.)—In 1220, Maurice de Gaunt, one of the Berkeley family, founded the Hospital of St. Mark....

The Convict King : being the Life and Adventures of

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.Torgen Jorgen- son. Retold by James Francis Hogan. (Ward and Downey.)— Jorgen Jorgenson was born in Copenhagen in 1780. He went to sea, and had various adventures in...

Love in the Tropics. By Caroline Earle White. (J. B.

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Lippincott, Philadelphia.)—This is a "romance" of the ordinary kind. A sailor is shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific, is hospitably treated, and loves and marries the...

What Was It? By Greta Armear. (D. Bryce and Son,

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Glasgow.) —This, we are told, is a true tale. The "it" turns out to have been the spirit of a much-injured lady, who, thanks to the very great courage of a young woman who...

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Lays and Legends. Second Series. By E. Nesbit (Mrs. Hu-

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bert Bland). (Longmans.) —Mrs. Bland, who writes, we believe, generally under her maiden name, has a note of song that is always pleasing, and sometimes highly suggestive. Her...

Guide - Souvenir de Florence et Pays Environnants. Par le Dr. J.

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Marcotti. (G. Barbera, Florence.)—In publishing Dr. lletarcotti's Guide - Souvenir, the Florentine editor, Signor G. Barbera, has laid travellers under a great obligation, for...

The Remains of Ancient Rome. By J. Henry Middleton. 2

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vols. (Adam and Charles Black.)—In 1883, and again in 1888, Professor Middleton published bcoks on the remains of Ancient Rome. He has put these together, adding other matter,...

Memoirs of the Prince de Talleyrand. With a Preface by

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the Duc de Broglie. Translated by Mrs. Angus Hall. Vol. V. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)—This volume concludes, not much, we fancy, to the regret of the public, the Talleyrand...

Good English for Beginners. By Thomas J. Haslam. (Simpkin, Marshall,

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and Co.)—Mr. Haslam counsels students to gain a good English style by the old-fashioned and familiar methods of "Verbal Blank-filling," "Easy Variations," "Paraphrase,"...

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The Campaign Guide. (D. Douglas, Edinburgh.)—This volume is described as

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an "Election Handbook for Unionist Speakers." It has been prepared by a committee appointed by the United Conservative Associations of Scotland, in default, it would appear, of...