18 MAY 1901

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The Times of Tuesday publishes a telegram from Tientsin nearly

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a column long intended to rake up the question of the land belonging to the railway which the Russians are alleged to have taken. It is affirmed that the Russian "concession" is...

The reception of the Duke of Cornwall in Australia con-

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tinues to be enthusiastic, and is specially marked by efforts to emphasise, as it. .were, the new unity of the island-continent. These extend even to details, the hoisting of a...

M. Delcasse on Tuesday reaffirmed with great emphasis the completeness

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and solidity of the French alliance with Russia. N. Castelin had asked him to explain the odd disappearance and reappearance of the Russian Fleet during the Franco- Italian...


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T HE pith of the news from South Africa is, as usual, con- tained in Lord Kitchener's laconic summaries of captures and surrenders. Since our last issue the reports from the...

The statesmen cannot get their ship out of the indemnity

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fog. The Chinese Court accepts the demand "in principle," but proposes to pay the amount, not by raising a loan, but by honouring drafts for £2,000,000 a year for the next...

The Times of Thursday publishes a remarkable telegram

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from Brussels, which we quote textually Replying to M. Woeste, who asked whether the Government received a warn- ing in 1895 that war was imminent between France and Germany, IL...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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In the Commons on Friday, May 10th, Mr. Dillon moved

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the adjournment of the House to call attention to the seizure of the issue of the Irish People, — that paper having been seized by persons acting under the orders of the Chief...

Lord Beaconsfield, if we remember rightly, says in one of

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his novels that as the House of Lords will not tolerate wit, it has to put up with pertness. That is not quite true of the present House of Lords, for both Lord Salisbury and...

On Tuesday, when the Army debate was resumed, Captain Lee

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insisted upon the need of higher pay. He put his points very well, but in our opinion Lord Stanley's answer was perfectly sound, and no mere official convention, as has been...

With the underlying principles of Mr. Winston Churchill's plea we

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are in entire agreement. We do not want bloated military armaments and a vast military expenditure, and we believe that we could get quite as great military efficiency as we do...

On Thursday the debate on the Army scheme was concluded,

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and Mr. Brodrick's Resolution was passed by a majority of 142(305 to 163),—a result on which the Government, the House of Commons, and the nation are to be most heartily con....

The debate on Mr. Brodrick's Army proposals was opened on

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Monday by Sir Henry Campbell - Bannerman, who condemned them as increasing the burden on the nation without adding substantially to its military strength. Mr. George Wyndham,...

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We cannot deal fully with the rest of Thursday's debate,

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but we must notice that portion of Mr. Balfour's speech which dealt with the shortage of ammunition at the end of 1899 and the beginning of 1900. The statement is so grave and...

It may interest those of our correspondents and readers who

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are supporters of rifle clubs, and who realise the importance of making the general population of this country acquainted with the use of the rifle, to know that the Spectator...

Mr. Brodrick's main line of argument was that we had

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got a great number of available forces, but that they wanted organisation, and that this necessary organisation they would receive under his scheme. It is for this reason that...

Mr. Asquith, who presided over the annual dinner of the

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Cambridge University Eighty Club last Saturday evening, after paying graceful and well-deserved compliments to the guest of the evening, Mr. W. S. Robson, K.C., M.P., devoted...

Mr. Chamberlain made a long and vigorous fighting speech yesterday

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week at the meeting of the Liberal Unionist Asso- ciation held in the Birmingham Town Hall. Dealing with the attitude of the Opposition to the war, Mr. Chamberlain charged the...

We do not want to say anything to palliate the

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conduct of the Opposition in regard to letting down the supply of ammunition, and we think Mr. Balfour played the part of an honourable and upright statesman in making a...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday 941.

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THE SEIZURE OF THE "IRISH PEOPLE." W E cannot feel satisfied as to the wisdom of the seizure and suppression of the issue of the Irish newspaper which contamed a libel on the...

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W E are very glad to see that Lord Salisbury has returned with health so re-established that he is able to make speeches. There have been much too few of them. His colleagues in...

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WHAT IS A SOLDIER? D URING the past week some thirty

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or forty speeches have been made about the Army, and many mil- lions of feet of paper have been covered with print recording, criticising, and explaining those speeches. How...

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I T must be very horrid, from one point of view, to be a German. We English constantly forget it, because we at once admire and slightly dread the action of the German Emperor,...

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M OST of the proposals made for economising Parlia- mentary time make shipwreck on the fact that tierabers do not greatly mind its being wasted. Indeed, it is not very easy to...

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T O many men of the present day faith appears, as it did to the man in the parable, as a hidden treasure,—to obtain it they would sacrifice all thst they have. Like the Jews and...

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MHE report of the Census shows that the masses of London workers are not so entirely passive under the discom- forts of life as was supposed. They have found existence...


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I T is quite possible that American millionaires may become, without exactly intending it, gl eat nuisances in the world. Their rivals in Europe usual:y seek either luxury or...

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CO-OPERATION FOR THE ARMY. (To TEE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Since the question of increasing the pay of the British soldier seems likely to be prominent in the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] have read with much interest the article on the above in the Spectator of May 11th, but while I cannot help feeling that your way of looking...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The letter and article in the Spectator of May 11th which have so ably discussed the rights of fatherhood seem to me to have...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") well remember when living in that old-world part of England—the middle of Essex—in the year 1850, the excite- ment caused by the advent of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Mr. Ormond, the American philosopher whom you praise so highly in the Spectator of May 11th, seems to agree with Mr. Gladstone that...

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[TO TUE EDITOR OF THE Sim,—The article in the Spectator

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of April 20th on "Vastness and Isolation" has touched upon a subject of wide interest, as the correspondence in the issue of May 4th shows. As a mere amateur in psychology, may...

[TO THE EDITOR OF TUE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The surprise which many

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of your correspondents express in recording their occasional consciousness of vastness and isolation is a curious evidence of the merciful care which has limited our ordinary...


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[TO TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sru,—In the article entitled "Vastness and Isolation," in the Spectator of April 20th there is something that calls for careful...


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Sin,—Must not Henry Vaughan the Silurist have experienced some of the sensations lately referred to by some of your correspondents on this subject when he wrote his well-known...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sne,—Your article upon "The Chinese Indemnity" in the Spectator of May 11th confirms a conviction, deep already in many minds, that...

(To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sts,—Reading in the Spectator

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of April 20th an article on the meaning of Wordsworth's famous lines— "Failings from us, vanishing,s, Blank misgivings e of a creature Moving about in worlds not realised"— we...


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"THE STARS OF MIDNIGHT." WITH jewelled spur and dazzling crest, The belted warrior guards the West, And waves his mighty sword to span From Sirius to Aldebaran. With him I...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—As the owner of the cockatoo seen by your corre- spondent in Chelsea Hospital Gardens has not written to set that gentleman's mind at...

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THE ORCHESTRAL PLAYERS. IT is strange that when so much attention is concentrated on orchestral music, so little should be known outside professional circles of the men who...

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D RE YF1JS.* IT may be said at once that Captain Dreyfus has the gift neither of romance nor of observation. His book upon the Devil's Isle is an argument rather than an...

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EARLY GREEK THOUGHT.* WE are glad to welcome the first

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instalment of the authorised translation of Professor Gomperz's great history of ancient philosophy. Long known as a classic in its kind, it was time that we had this work in...

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Tax first wave of Chinese books has passed, the stay-at-home publicist has ceased to speculate, and we are beginning to Sir Ift , t Hart, Bert., G.C.DI.G. London : Chapman and...

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THE day of the memoir has revived, and we welcome it, for we like the fashion ; but we are bound to confess that of all the memoir-writers we have read Sir Edward Malet has...

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No pleasanter task falls to the lot of the reviewer than that of welcoming a work of conspicuous promise by a new writer. Unhappily, in the present case this agreeable duty is...

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Readers of the Spectator need not to be reminded that Mr. Stephen Gwynn is a writer who can give articulate and graceful expression in verse to a variety of moods, impassioned,...


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AN INTERNATIONAL LAWYER ON THE WAR. L'Angleterre at lea Republiques Boers. Par M. John Westlake, Professeur 1 1'Universit6 de Cambridge. Reprinted from the Revue de Droit...

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The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain. By J. A. Cramb, M.A. (Macmillan and Co. 7s. 6d.)—The author of this work is a fervent, not to say chauvinistic, Imperialist, whose...


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A Sack of Shakings. By Frank T. Bullen. (C. A. Pearson. 6s.)—There is no need for us to express appreciation of these wonderful pictures of sea life, for we have done so already...


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The Life of a Regiment. By Lieutenant-Colonel C. Greenhill Gardyne. (David Douglas, Edinburgh. 28s. net.)—This book is of sustained interest throughout, giving as it does a...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] The May - Book. Compiled by Mrs. Aria. (Macmillan and Co 10s....

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Francis and Dominic, and the Mendicant Orders. By John Herkless,

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D.D. (T. and T. Clark. 3s.)—In this book (a volume of "The World's Epoch-Makers" series) Professor Herk less bolds an even balance with commendable success. He appreciates the...

The Plea of Pan. By Henry Nevinson. (John Murray. 68.

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net.)—Here we have an introduction (which, as far as we can seo, introduces us to nothing) and four allegorical pieces,—the vaguest word available seems to suit them best. There...

The Human Nature Club. By Edward Thorndike, Ph.D. (Longmans and

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Co. 6s.)—Dr. Thorndike, who is a lecturer on "Genetic Philosophy" in an American University, has put this "Introduction to the Study of Mental Life" into dialogue form, and has...

A Defence of the King's Protestant Declaration. By Walter Walsh.

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(Swan Sonnenschein and Co. ls.)—From one point of view Mr. Waleh's argument is a strong one. He shows that the Romanists have no idea of reciprocity when they make their...

Shakespeare not Bacon. By Francis P. Gervais. (Unicorn Press.) —

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Mr. Gervais builds his argument on certain phenomena of handwriting, annotation, &c., to be seen in the copy of Florio's translation of Montaigne's essays. Of course the...

The Parish and its Bounds. (Berney and Son, Croydon.)— Our

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notice of this little pamphlet comes too late, we fear, to serve its purpose this year. Ascensiontide, the right season for the perambulation of parish bounds, is close upon us...

Laity in Counct By Lay Members of the Anglican Com-

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munion. (Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.)—These fourteen "Essays on Ecclesiastical and Social Problems" indicate, as might be expected, considerable divergencies of opinion. Mr....

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_ Those who are interested in the byways of military

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history will find much to interest them in Regimental Badges Worn in the British Army a Hundred Years Ago, by Edward Altnack (Blades, East, and Blades, 7s 6d. net). Alr.Almack...