18 OCTOBER 1884

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T ORD SALISBURY'S speech at Kelso on Saturday was noteworthy even in a week of thrice-reduplicated Parlia- mentary reiterations, because it shows that, with Lord Salisbury's...

Sir S. Northcote has spoken several times this week, but

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he repeats himself—we say it without reproach—and all he has to say will be found in his speech of Thursday at Liverpool. It is, briefly, that Reform is like a house, which...

Nor is even this all. Not only would Lord Salisbury

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refuse to make the least concession if the most equitable Redistribution Bill in the world were introduced; he tells us plainly that he thinks the scheme which is known to be...

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

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The Franchise agitation was discredited on Monday by a senseless

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outbreak of violence at Birmingham. The Con- servatives had called a meeting in the Aston Grounds to hear Sir Stafford Northcote and Lord R. Churchill ; but the rougher...

Some of the Tory leaders, in their despair, are inclined

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to see if they cannot resuscitate Protection. Sir Stafford Northcote "will not commit himself" so far as to promise a Commission of Inquiry, but thinks the subject ought to be...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages ef which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Eighth of...

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The reception of Mr. Gladstone at Birkenhead on Thursday, when

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he had to cut the first sod of a new railway joining Birkenhead with Wales,—the Wirral Rail- way,—was a significant sign of the times. Birkenhead is a strongly Conservative...

The members of the Prime Meridian Conference sitting at Washington

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have decided to adopt Greenwich and to measure 180 degrees of longitude each way, marking West by minus and East by plus. A motion to count the degrees continu- ously was...

In the same speech, Lord Randolph made a furious attack

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on the Bill which the Standard had revealed, lamenting at the same time that the Standard had, shown a disposition to join "the party of snivel and drivel." The attack was...

Prince Bismarck has summoned a Conference to meet in Berlin,

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and settle once for all the position of Europe on the Niger and the Congo, and the formalities through which each nation will take possession of any riverine territory it...

The French have suffered a repulse in Formosa, and have

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achieved a success in Tonquin. Admiral Lespes, on the 8th inst., landed 600 men to attack Tamsui; but the Chinese troops, who had been carefully concealed, attacked them...

The Times' correspondent in Paris says M. Ferry will not

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be beaten. He is protected by the near approach of the elections, the Deputies being afraid that, if he is overthrown, the next Ministry may leave their names out of the...

Lord Randolph Churchill at Birmingham on Wednesday pro- nounced his

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blessing on the Standard for exposing the Minis- terial proposals, whatever means the managers of the paper may have taken for that end, on the principle that as espion- age...

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Lord Dufferin made a very eloquent and most graceful speech

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in Belfast on Wednesday, in answer to the congratulations which Ulster offered him on his new dignity of Viceroy of India. Nothing could be better than his description of the...

Sir Charles Dilke made a speech at Manchester on Wednes-

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day, in which, among other subjects, he described the obstruc- tion caused by the existence of the Upper House. In almost every year of his Parliamentary life they have thrown...

We regret to see Sir Theodore Martin, with his close

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relation to the Queen, taking part in a political demon- stration. His office ought to impose the silence which is so scrupulously observed by the permanent chiefs of Depart-...

Mr. R. Giffeu has drawn up a most able paper

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on the condition of the sugar trade, which shows that prices are not affected in any great measure by the giving of bounties in some countries, but by the enormous expansion of...

No absolute confirmation of the murder of Colonel Stewart has

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been received this week ; but the rumour that his steamer did not strike on the rocks, and that only an Egyptian boat struck, has been denied by Major Kitchener. Moreover, the...

Mr. Fawcett made a strong speech at Hackney on Monday

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in favour of proportional representation and women's franchise, while deprecating any attempt at present to alter the Con- stitutional position of the House of Lords. What he...

The demonstration at Chatsworth last week was a striking one.

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Fifteen thousand persons, at least, who had not been tempted by any special announcements or promises of a treat, assembled to hear Lord Hartington, Sir William Harcourt, and...

The State of Ohio has elected Republican Members to Con-

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gress; but it is stated that the majority has declined. It is now only 10,000, and accusations of bribery on a great scale are repeated freely. It is more important to note that...

On the subject of women's franchise,Mr.Fawcett seems to us to

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have argued in the air. No one denies any of his positions. Of course, women who pay rates are as much interested in legisla- tion as men who pay rates. Of course, too, a vast...

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LORD PENZANCE ON THE UPPER HOUSE. I T is not difficult to understand the partisans on either side of the present question, but we find it difficult to understand the position...


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A S Lord Salisbury in his speech at Kelso is candid enough to remind us, he has not, and cannot expect to have, the kind of power over his followers which the Prime Minister...

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W E do not suppose that any leaders of the Liberal Party in Birmingham sanctioned in any way the riotous demonstration of Monday ; but we wish they had condemned it more...

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THE PRESENT LOSSES IN TRADE. T HE Economists are not treating

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the public well. Why do they not explain or else deny the extraordinary position in which, according to statements made from most varied sources, the trade of the country just...

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CARLYLE ON THE POLITICIANS. T E , Carlyle had ever proposed to

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himself to be coherent at all, nothing would be harder to understand than his apparent conviction that the universe is both divine and hope- lessly chaotic. He was always ready...

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will plunge the workman into litigation, so that the only persons who, in the long-run, will benefit by it will be the lawyers." Such was the prophecy of Lord Brabourne, who, in...

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S OME of the Northern papers mention a report—which, how- ever, they disbelieve—that Sir William Harcourt is so irritated by the betrayal of the scheme of Redistribution that he...

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I F we are to trust Mr. Traill,—whose little book on Coleridge we have reviewed in another column,—Coleridge left us only the delight of his few great poems and of his fine...

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S OME competent person—and to be competent he must possess in some directions an encyclopaedic knowledge— should write a monograph on this subject. An example of the curious...

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LORD SALISBURY AND THE HOUSE OF LORDS. ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR"' SIR,—Lord Salisbury has had more than one quotation from Shakespeare levelled at him, but not the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] . SIR, — The Committee of the Cabinet charged with the framing of the Redistribution Bill clearly propose the abolition of all three-cornered...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The point presented in your article of September 27th, on "Silent Revolution," is of very great interest; nor is the force with which...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "1 SIR, —In common, I suppose, with most Liberals, I greatly regret the excesses at Aston Park. But the Tories need not be so much scandalised...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sia,—In a work published last century I have come across the following quotation from Neville's "Plato Redivirus." The political work...

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rTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.' SIR,—Can you spare a few lines to put right Mr. Greville's anecdote of Charles Lamb saying to Mr. Basil Montagu, "Basil, if dirt were trumps,...


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A HOLIDAY INVITATION. COME, friend, with me, if simple thoughts console ; To our glad session bring no wiser brain— Come where betwixt the mountain and the plain The billowy...


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MR. TRAILL'S COLERIDGE.* Mr. TRAILL had in Sterne a subject better suited to his style- and habits of thought than he has got in Coleridge. This little book on the great...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sfit,—I noticed in your issue of October 4th the extraordinary mistake about the five preachers who came first in the poll, but at the time...

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THIS is a strange, yet singularly interesting book,—a book not, perhaps, the less interesting that it is impossible to feel implicit confidence in all its statements,—written by...

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"THE land be werry honest," as an old labourer said to us one day ; "whatever you do put into it, you shall have back again." It was just then coming forcibly home to the poor...

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A Country Doctor is not an ordinary novel, but a very original story of an uncommon type. It treats of a subject of growing importance, the interest of which none will...

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WE seldom read anything published on the subject of baptism by an Anglican clergyman without being led anew to regret that the Thirty-nine Articles continue to disfigure the...

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Sunny Switzerland. By Rowland Grey. (Began Paul, Trench, and Co.)—One would think it a piece of good-luck to have a draft for 2200 given one for a tour in Switzerland; but Mr....

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Shadows : Scenes and Incidents in the Life of an

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Old Arm-chair. By Mrs. G. F. Walter. (Religious Tract Society.)—This is the adaptation of an idea which has been not nnfrequently used before. The disadvantage is that the...

Biblical Study. By Charles Augustus Briggs, D.D. (T. and T.

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Clark.)—This book comes recommended by Professor A. B. Bruce's Introduction. The author's position may be defined as that of a iiberal orthodoxy. He holds the doctrine of...

PORTRY.—Poems. By Charles B arpur. (G. Robertson, Melbourne, Sydney, and

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Adelaide.)—Mr. Harpur was a native of New South Wales, and spent all his life in the Australian Colonies, chiefly engaged in farming, an occupation which he seems to have...