18 JUNE 1904

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While things have been going so badly with the Russians

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on land, they have had a considerable success at sea. Early in the week three powerful Russian cruisers under Admiral Shydloff burst out of Vladivostok and pro- ceeded to the...

The reinforcements have not yet reached Gyangtse, and Colonel Younghusband

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obviously awaits their arrival with some anxiety.. It is impossible for him to move upon Lhasa until he has taken the great fort, which grows stronger every day, the Tibetans...

It was announced in Friday's papers that General Bobiikoff, the

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Russian Governor-General of Finland, was shot at Helsingfors on Thursday, and mortally wounded, by Eugene Schaumann, son of a Finnish Senator, and himself an official of the...


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I N the theatre of war that which was inevitable, short of a miracle, has happened. The force despatched south by General Kuropatkin, owing to panic orders from St. Peters-...

A new attack has been made by the Opposition in

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the French Chamber upon M. Combos. During a debate on Friday, June 10th, a Deputy shouted out some- thing implying that the Premier bad been bribed, or, rather, had wished to be...

* * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case

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The Inter-Colonial Council which has been sitting this week in

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Pretoria has devoted most of its time to a discussion of the changes in railway administration which recent events have shown to be imperative. Neither the official or majority...

Relieved by the Japanese War of his fear of Russia,

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the Sultan is earnestly endeavouring to baffle the very weak efforts of the remaining Powers to protect his Christian subjects. In Macedonia Hilmi Pasha has informed the foreign...

The tendency to anarchy in Morocco is said to be

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on the increase, and stories are telegraphed of a plot among the higher-class Moors to get rid of the Sultan, and elect a ruler who will be less inclined to imitate the ways of...

Telegrams have been arriving through the week which point to

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a certain uneasiness in South Africa. The idea appears to be that the Zulus in Zululand, who still obey Cetewayo's son Dinizulu, and the Ba,sutos, and the Kaffir miners, and,...

" Europe " as a collective force does not seem

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very powerful for good just now. It is defied with success by a contemptible little brigand in Morocco, who is said—we think, falsely—to be demanding four provinces as ransom...

A most unfortunate rupture has taken place between Lord Dundonald

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and the Canadian Government, which'has resulted in his being relieved of his command. So far as the facts are public, it appears that the Minister of Militia countermanded the...

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The awkward controversy growing out of the last rifle match

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for the Palma Trophy has, we hope, been satisfactorily terminated. The conditions of the competition for the trophy provided that the weapon used should be of the national army...

It is with great satisfaction that we record the appointment

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of Mr. Firth to fill the place of Mr. York Powell as Regius Professor of History at Oxford. Of Mr. Firth's capacity to fill a post held in turn by Stubbs, Freeman, and Fronde...

To the Morning Post during the week Mr. Kipling has

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beeti contributing a very fascinating, and also very instructive, fantasy in regard to Army reform. He projects himself into a time when many of the reforms which have been...

Parliament during the week has not done anything of im.

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portance, Mr. Balfour having arranged that during Ascot week nothing of a contentious character should come before the House, except the unfolding of Mr. Arnold-Forster's Army...

But in : spite of -this, wears bound to admit that he

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has put himself in the wrong, holding, as he does;the post of a servant of the Dominion Government. Its duty was to make a written protest to the Canadian Government, and if...

On Friday week, in the Queen's Hall, Lord Rosebery addressed

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a large meeting convened by the Liberal League. Lord Rosebery vindicated at length the necessity for the separate and continued existence of that body. It combined independence...

Accounts were received on Thursday of an accident or calamity

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in New York on the colossal scale usual with such occurrences in the United States. The large excursion steamer, the General Slocum,' had been chartered for a picnic party of...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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Consols (21 per cent.) were on Friday 914.

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T ORD ROSEBERY'S reference to the agreement with France in his speech of the 10th inst. at Queen's Hall was not a wise one. He should have remembered that he is considered on...


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MR. CHAMBERLAIN AND THE GOVERNMENT. F the ultimate effect on the Unionist party were not , likely to prove so disastrous, there would be some- thing distinctly amusing in the...

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T HAT is a curious story just reported from America about

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a Russian attempt to prevent the Govern- ment of Washington exacting damages from Turkey for certain outrages upon American mission property. It looks true as related, yet it is...

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T HE believers in Mr. Balfour's special policy had a great

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opportunity on Monday. They have always had one very serious difficulty to contend with. The Prime Minister has preached Retaliation, but he has shown no disposition to practise...

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I F we are to accept the statement of the Osservatore

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Romano—the official organ of the Vatican—there is to be a change in the policy of the Vatican as regards its relations with the Kingdom of Italy. This change is apparently to be...

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O N May 15th a message came from Japan, sent by Mr. Bennet Burleigh to the Daily Telegraph, which ran thus :—" A great religions meeting, called by influential men, was held in...

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W HENEVER any really great discovery is made, or any wonderful invention brought before the public, it is usual for hundreds of persons, many of them well educated and...

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I T takes a long time for a conservative people such

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as ours to create a new style of architecture in any form, though it is beyond a doubt that we can be credited with the cotton mill. So, considering the very short period, a...

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THE COBDEN CENTENARY. LTo VIE EDITOR OP TUE 'SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your article in the Spectator of June 11th on "The Cobden Centenary," when considering his clamant "Little...

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SPECT■TOR."1 SIR, — In your article of June 11th on the above you say you can understand Mr. Balfour and his colleagues being un- willing to reduce the number of Irish...


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[To THE EDEFOR OF TIIE sescrAroa.1 Sut,—When Mr. Delbriick, in speaking in the Spectator of June 4th of the Army as Germany's pride, says that it "will be a popular institution...


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Sin,—In the Spectator of June 4th it was suggested, appar- ently on the strength of the pamphlets of Messrs. Rowntree and Sherwell, gentlemen who are, I believe, interested in a...

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pro VTR EDITOR OF THE "SPECTA.TOIL"3 SIR,--The German writers appear

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to be somewhat surprised that the English public has preferred to adopt precisely the same scepticism with regard to the Kiel programme which has found favour with themselves....

rTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—To Mr. Bagot's protest

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"against these perpetual mis- representations by English Roman Catholics" (Spectator, June 11th) I am much inclined to retort with a tu quoque. For since he went over to the...


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Emperor Nicholas I perceived that the fall of Sebas- topol, after the desperate effort made to prevent it, had seriously shaken the prestige of the autocracy." Is not the...

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I know perfectly well how futile it is to try to convince an editor that anything which has appeared in his paper is untrue, incorrect, or indiscreet, I feel I cannot pass over...


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giE,•-4 think your correspondent Mr. Oakley (Spectator, June 11th) is a little 'hard upon Disraeli as to what he calls his "conveyance (coupled with animus furancli)" in respect...

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JUNE IN RHODESIA. WINTER! And the torn banana branches Rustle, rustle, in the dusty wind, While the veld-fire ever upward launches Tongues of flame that leave a blackened...


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(TO THE EDITOIt OP TSB "SPECTATOR.") $iu,—Lord Kitchener's recent Army Order placing the services of the regimental schoolmaster at the disposal of officers in order that they...


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AMERICAN MUSICAL CRITICISM. THE debt of modern music to America, though it may be hard to set down in terms of solid achievement, is none the less worthy of recognition. She...


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rro THE EDITOE Or THE " SPECTINTOR.1 Sire,—In the communication from myself which you printed on May 21st, the quotation from Dr. William Everett is misstated. His dictum is...

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THE SURRENDER OF NAPOLEON.* "You are publishing a great and interesting national docu- ment," wrote Sir Walter Scott when Maitland's Surrender of Napoleon first saw the light,...

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a very exact and profound scholar to prepare a handbook.

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Mr. Bradley has used his great stores of philological learning to enable the lay reader to understand the hidden constructive processes of language, and more especially the...

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THE distinguished naturalist who was the late Director of the

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Natural History Museum and President of the Zoological Society was born in 1831 and died in 1899. In early years he showed a marked fondness for the studies to which his life...

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PRANCE is fortunate in being the adopted country of Madame

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Mary Duclaux. To the study of French life and scenery she brings the eye and touch of an artist, the mind of a poet and philosopher. About two-thirds of this charming little...

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Olive Latham. By E. L. Voynich. (W. Heinemann. Cs.)— The

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reader has no business to complain that this novel is excessively dreary when he considers that the heroine is engaged to a consumptive Nihilist, whom she nurses through...

The Letters which Never Reached Him. (Eveleigh Nash. 6e.)— The

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anonymity of this novel is carried to such a point that the reader lays it down without the slightest idea of the names of either of the two characters about whom he has been...


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THE arrangement of the contents of a volume of short stories seldom satisfies everybody. Certainly, if the best should come first, the claim to precedence of the story after...

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The Letters of John Hits. With Introductions and Explanatory Notes

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by Herbert B. Workman, M.A., and R. Martin Pope, M.A. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—The earliest of these letters bears date June 30th, 1408. It is addressed to Archbishop Zbinek...

The New Testament in Greek. (British and Foreign Bible Society.

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2s. and 3s. 6d.)—This edition is the result of a collation of three tests,—Tischendorff (1869-72), Westcott and Hort (1881), and D. Bernhard Weiss (1894-1900). It appears in two...

Napoleon : a Short Biography. By R. M. Johnston. (Macmillan

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and Co. 6s.)—This is a quite admirable book. In its twe hundred and thirty-eight moderate-sized pages it gives a clear and comprehensive review of Napoleon's career, of his...

Modern Spiritism. By J. Godfrey Raupert. (Sands and Co. 5s.)—The

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author of this very earnest and interesting book, who claims to have carried on a systematic study of the modern spiritistic movement for a number of years, has been prompted to...


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The Literature of the Highlands. By Magnus Maclean. (Blackie and Son. 7s. 6d.)—This book, which is a sequel to the author's "Literature of the Celts," and is based on a series...

The. Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah).

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By the Rev. R. F. Horton. "The Century Bible." (T. C. and E. C. Jack. 2s. 6d. net.)—Dr. Horton has put together a notable amount of learning and sound sense in this little...

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The Life of Lope de Vega. By Hugo Albert Rennert.

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(R. Brimley Johnson. 12s. 64. net.)—We cannot praise too highly the industry with which Professor Rennert has collected and arranged all that could be discovered about the life...

Fifty Years of an Actor's Life. By John Coleman. 2

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vols. (Hutchinson and Co. 24s. net.)—These two volumes would have been the better for a severe editing. Compression was greatly . needed; everything in any way worth recording...

.make of it. If . we were to keep it

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at hand for, say,. flue years, dipping into it from time to time, it might be possible to give a fair opinion. We certainly found the first part more amusing than the last. Was...

The Cult of the Chafing Dish. By Frank Schloesser. (Gay

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and Bird. 5s.)—The present 'writer cannot pretend to pronounce an authoritative opinion on this book. That he could do only after long experiment, which he might not survive....

Naw Enrrnms.—Immortality: Thirty - five Chapters. By A. W. Momerie, LL.D. (H.

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R. Allenson. 6d.)—The Rise of the Dutch Republic, by John Lothrop Motley, 3 vols. (G. Bell and Sons, 6s. net), issued in the "York Library," with Mr. Moncure Conway's...

A Sporting Paradise. By P. St. Michael-Podmore, M.A. (Hutchinson and

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Co. 7s. 6d. net.)—It is very good of those who know of "paradises," sporting or other, to share their knowledge with others. Selfish people would keep it to themselves. But here...

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