18 MAY 1912

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On Tuesday the second reading of the German Navy Law

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Amendment Bill and the Supplementary Estimates was carried in the Reichstag. The extra amount to be spent on new construction during the year is £342,466, of which £97,847 is...

The Daily Mail of Monday published a telegram from Mr.

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Roosevelt in which was explained his attitude towards Mr. Tuft's belief that Reciprocity would have made Canada "an adjunct of the United States." Mr. Roosevelt, it will be...

The German Emperor at an official luncheon given on Monday

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at Strassburg was reported to have expressed his dissatisfaction with affairs in Alsace in language of remark- able freedom. If matters went on as they had been going on...

The remaining two leaders of the French motor-car bandits were

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besieged and killed in a house at Nogent-sur-Marne on Tuesday night. The siege was more difficult than that of Bonnet's house at Choisy-le-Roi owing to the darkness. The police...


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T HE news from the Balkans is very meagre this week, but there seems no doubt that the Albanian insurrection is spreading, and that the Turkish Government are con- fronted with...

The debate on the second reading of the Welsh Disesta.

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blishment Bill was opened in the Commons by Mr. F. E. Smith. He met the argument of the practical unanimity of the Welsh Parliamentary demand by pointing out that on the basis...

It is with great regret that we record the death

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of the King of Denmark, which took place on Tuesday last at Hamburg. The Danish Royal Family, who were returning from the South of France, broke their journey at Hamburg, and...

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

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Before we leave the subject we must say one word

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more on the controversy over the Church lands question. On this matter more bad argument, bad history, and general folly have been disseminated than on any other question within...

That is a delightful example of Mr. Lloyd George's logic.

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It might do well enough if the Government were now engaged in plundering the grantees of the Church lands. Unfortunately for Mr. Lloyd George, they are not at the moment doing...

On Thursday Lord Hugh Cecil opened the debate in a

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speech of great eloquence. He declared that they ought not 1,ghtly to part with the principle of the adherence of the Stale to religion, and therefore the Government ought to...

The debate was continued on Wednesday by Mr. Asquith in

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a conciliatory speech. He freely admitted the comprehensive attitude of the Church of England since the Reformation, but demurred to the relevance of this argument. He based his...

The King took the lands for himself and sold them

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at the best possible price he could get to the capitalists of his day, who happened to be our moderately old nobility in the making. The Dukes of Devonshire and of Bedford no...

Mr. Ellie Griffith, replying for the Government, said that the

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complaint in Wales was that the Church had legal, political, and social privileges ; the Welsh Liberals demanded that the Church should have the same rights and liberties as...

Mr. Harwood, one of the Liberal dissentients, opened the debate

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on Tuesday with a courageous and interesting speech. He characterized Mr. Lloyd George's description of the Church in Wales as a " foreign" Church as just the reverse of the...

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Mr. Balfour was one of the speakers at the Royal

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Literary Fund dinner on Thursday, which was presided over by Mr. Owen Seaman, the editor of Punch. Mr. Balfour's plea for a cheerful note in literature is one with which we feel...

In an " interview " published in the Daily News

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and Leader on Monday Mr. Lloyd George stated his views on the labour unrest. " The right to strike," he said, " is fundamental, but strikes are no final remedy. No ; whenever...

On Thursday Mr. Asquith announced that it was the inten-

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tion of the Government that the Session should run on for a few days into August and that then the House should adjourn till October. We cannot doubt that this decision is a...

Th e Times of Tuesday published a long letter from Sir

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William White in which ho gave a careful analysis of the facts ascertained by the American inquiry into the loss of the ' Titanic. We may select a few interesting points. Sir...

Extraordinary evidence was given before the 'Titanic ' Court of

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Inquiry on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was shown, as had been shown already in America in less detail, that the officers of the Leyland liner ' Californian' saw signals of...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent., changed from per cent. May

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9th. Consols (2D were on Friday 78—Friday week 78g. Bank Rate, 3 per cent., changed from per cent. May 9th. Consols (2D were on Friday 78—Friday week 78g.

At the annual meeting of the Primrose League in the

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Albert Hall on Friday week Lord Curzon, after a felicitous eulogy of Mr. Balfour, welcomed the new leader of the Opposition and strongly defended his uncompromising directness...

The interviewer very naturally asked next what steps the Government

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proposed to take in order to raise agricultural wages. "Will you give us a Minimum Wage Bill for agri- cultural labourers?" Mr. Lloyd George refused a direct answer, but turned...

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TURKEY AND ITALY—STALEMATE. W E are fast approaching a condition of stalemate in the Turco-Italian War. Italy, adopting the prin- ciple of the eighteenth-century Duke of Savoy,...

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for the present labour unrest we are all agreed. Elementary education has enabled large masses of the population to got a glimpse of a wider world than that in which they are...

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MISS MALECKA. T HE sentence on Miss Malcolm, a British subject,

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who was tried at Warsaw on a charge of conspiring against the Russian Government, has created very deep sympathy and some indignant surprise in Great Britain. In those feelings...

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M R. GEORGE CADBURY, the great Birmingham millionaire and philanthropist, unless we are mistaken, exercises, directly or indirectly, a potent in- fluence on the now amalgamated...

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S IX little books have lately been published by Messrs. C. W. Daniel called " Stories and Sayings from Many Lands." The series forms an anthology of folk-lore stories and...

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THE BEGINNING AND END OF LOVE. most moving, because the

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simplest and least self- conscious, narrative we have read of the actual founder- ing of the ' Titanic' was told by a man named Dillon and was published in the Daily Mail on...

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REMARK made by Mr. John Burns in the House of Commons on Monday has not been reported in some of the newspapers, and deserves more attention than it has received. In discussion...

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PATENT AND PROPRIETARY MEDICINES. [To TRIM EDITOR, 01 T1111 "SPECTATOR:') Sra,—The Select Committee appointed by Parliament to inquire into "patent and proprietary medicines and...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The Prime Minister, in introducing the Home Rule Bill, and later on when winding up the debate on the Second Reading, referred to the...


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[To mom EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —Your condemnation of the Home Rule policy of the Government is endorsed by no one more heartily than by myself. But, however strongly...


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THE POST OFFICE AND HOME RULE. [To MI EDITOR 01 ma "3pserrres."3 Sta,—You were good enough to insert a letter from me on this subject in the Spectator of April 27th, and I...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP VTR "SPECTATOR " ] have pleasure in answering the questions of your correspondent "J. W. B." to the best of my ability. Sec- tion 1 of the National Insurance...


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[To TUN EDITOR OP THIN "SPECTATOR. "] Slit,—A short time ago there was a discussion in your columns as to what part or portions of our Empire, and even what part or portions of...


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[To TRH EDITOR Or THE "SrEorwron."] Sin,—In August 1910 you were good enough to publish a letter from Mr. Basil Williams respecting the visit of German students to England. May...


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[TO TEE EDITOR OP TRY "SPECTATOR. "] Stn,—As Labour questions are exciting great interest in England at present, the developments in Australia may be worthy of the attention of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THR osricenion."1

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SIR, In your article last week "The Prevailing Pessimism" there is a passage referring to Miss Austen as follows:- " She depicts a society steeped in selfish luxury—luxury...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Will you allow me a word of comment on a sentence in your current " Notes of the Week" P The writer is dealing with Browning, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIE, — May I suggest that in your article of last week yen do a little less than justice to the author of "Emma "P You say that " even in...

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[To THE EDITOR OW THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, —The letter of your correspondent, Mr. Marston Niles, is the soundest and most illuminating treatise that I have yet seen on the...


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TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR." J SIR, --My attention has been drawn to your issue of April 27th. In the third paragraph of "News of the Week" you state that "evidence was...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—To your previous notes on this subject may be added a record that at least one English lady repudiates the pre- cedence conceded to her...

[To THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—As long as our

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great ocean liners are dependent upon a system of bulkheads, reaching even the high degree of elabora- tion as embodied in the ` Titanic,' so long will there be the liability...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—When a railway accident happens and lives are lost an inquest is held and somebody stands a chance of being tried for manslaughter,...

[To THE EDITOR 07 THE "1371CTATOR."1 SIR,—Professor Kenny's second letter

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shows that a shipload of Chinese—as the line which you last week allowed me to quote from Euripides seems to show that one of Greeks— would not have put the women and children...

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[To THU ED/TOR OP THE " EFECTATOR.''.1 SIR, — Thank you very much indeed for your very kind review of my book "Alone in West Africa" in your issue of May 4th. Will you let me...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPEOTLTOR."] Sin, — Having come to Athens for the Orientalist Congress after an absence of several years, I am struck, as I think all old visitors must...

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S1E,—It may be remembered that in the summer of 1910 pigeon fanciers experienced heavy losses by the failure of their birds to " home," and it was seriously suggested that this...


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[To THE EDITOR or TIIE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —Among those who will have read with pleasure the interesting article in your issue of May 4th on the late Professor A. J. Church...


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THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—My house is on a high bill near Godalming, and as I sat reading the other afternoon I heard, or rather felt, a long vibrating boom several times...


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rro Ills EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, I should be greatly obliged if you would insert the follow- ing notice in your paper:—The Naples Society for the Protection of Animals...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR, —With regard to the objection of liability to fire of wooden houses referred to by one of your correspondents (vide Spectator, April...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TUB “SPECTATOR, u 3 Stu,—I have been reading, with some amusement, the dis- cussion in your paper about the pronunciation of words like idea, which some say...

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

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'name or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked "Communicated," the Editor enlist not necessarily Lc held to be in agreement with the views therein eirpressed or with the...

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VIVISECTION: A PLAIN ISSUE.* ie good for every man that he should face the question of what is rather prejudicially called vivisection and make up his mind one way or the other....

- BRa.seems a Psyche, darkly wed To some immortal Spouse,

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• But none hath surely seen or said To whom she pays her vows. 'In vain for her the saints rehearse Their benedicite, She Will not bless, she will not curse, She chants no...

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IN an. age of high metrical accomplishment,.. but no very strong poetic talent, Mr. Charles Doughty occupies a position by himself. The vigorous impulse and the imaginative...

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SOME NATURAL HISTORY BOOKS.* OUR first natural history book is

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a good instance of the. abundant fare that is now provided for the general reader • (1) The Romance of the Seasons. By F. Martin. Duncan, F'.R.M.S., JP:B.F.& With Si...

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THERE can be no task more delightful than that of wel- coming a remarkable book and calling others to share our enjoyment of its quality. As Hazlitt says, we become, " by...

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JOHN C. BICKERSTETH MAYOR.* J. B. Maxon was in Orders

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for between fifty and sixty years,- and ho preached, so far as can he discovered, thirty-six sermons. He was a man of the very widest learning; he took a keen interest in...

PHILOSOPHY NEW AND OLD.* WE have grouped these two.books together,

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for they have one Point in common—they. bring philosophy into touch with letters. Professor Seth's :work appears in a series called . "Channels of Feiglish . Literature," and,...

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EDWARD ICING, InglIOP OP LINCOLN.* Wit cannot congratulate Mr. Anse:ell

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on his new book, which is disfigured by serious faults in taste. To begin with, many of the letters it contains, hastily written messages of con- dolence or eongratulations...


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GEORGE WENDERN GAVE A PARTY.* TEE name of Mr. John Inglis, the author Of George..Wender'? Gave a Party, is unfamiliar to the novel-reading public, brit he maintains, loyally the...

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[Under This heading ee notice such Books of tht iscsk as hays not boot) reserved for review in other forma.1 Tess of the d'Urberviiles and Far from the Madding Crowd. By Thomas...

The Robert Browning Centenary Celebration at Westminster Abbey,, May 7th,

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1912. Edited by Professor Knight. (Smith, Elder and Co. 2s. net.)—This is a collection of the addresses recently delivered in connexion with the Browning Centenary in West-...

Sharrow. By Baroness von Hutton. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.) —The

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central feature of this novel is undoubtedly " Sharrow," the ancient seat of the family of that name. Most of the action passes in the house, and it has its effect on all the...

The Care Committee, the Child, and the Parent. By Douglas.

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Pepler. (Constable and Co. 2s. 0(1. net.)—It is scarcely five. years since the London County Council inaugurated its plan of attaching a "Care Committee" to every elementary...

READABLE NOVELS.—The Temple of Dreams. By Paul B'old. (W. J.

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Ham Smith. Os.)—A story dealing with ancient Peru. it is frankly incredible but not unromantic.

In Accordance with the Evidence. By Oliver Onions. (Martin Seeker.

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68.)—The reader when he lays down this book will shudder- ingly hope that Mr. Oliver Onions has not the guilt of murder upon his soul. It must be confessed, however, that...

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A Book of Old - World Gardens, selected by A. H. Wyatt

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(T. N. Penile, 2s. 8d. net), contains eight famous descriptions or essays. These are " An Essex Garden," by Southey ; " The Pleasure of a Garden," by Addison—it contains a...

The Statesman's Year - Book for 1912. Edited by J. Scott Keltie,

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LL.D. (Macmillan and Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—This annual publication continues to provide immense quantities of important statistics in an extremely convenient form. The results of...

Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1912. (Horace Cox. 20s.)— This is

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the forty-fourth issue of the well-known directory. It contains this year, as a now feature, a list of the members of the House of Laymen, with their addresses.

A Dictionary of Dates, Vol. I., and English Idioms. (Nelson's

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Encyclopaedic Library. ls. net each.)—The first two of a useful series of little books uniform with Nelson's Encyclopedia have "cached us. Tho Dictionary of Dates is to be...