19 AUGUST 1905

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The most bewildering point in the perplexing history of the

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negotiations is the object with which the Russians are protracting them. If, that is, they have resolved not to accept what the Japanese say they must accept, why do they not...

he German Government denies that it has influenced the bankers,

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but as they are the firms which it usually employs, the denial is disbelieved, and the French are exceedingly angry. They say they had a promise that no concession would be...


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257 258 259 260 261 262 The Standard of Wednesday published a most interesting account of a secret meeting held in Moscow and a neighbour- ing village by two hundred peasant...

T HE negotiations at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, cannot be said to

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drag, because during the week three points of importance have been settled. The Russians have conceded to Japan a protectorate over Korea, veiling it, however, in an...

The Referendum which the Swedes demanded that the Norwegians should

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authorise before separating themselves from Sweden was taken on Sunday, and the result revealed unexpected unanimity. Although 84-87 per cent. of the electors voted, there were...

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Our French guests departed on Monday delighted with their reception,

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which, in fact, was exceedingly well organised. Every usual honour was paid to the visitors, and one which, we believe, is without a precedent. The officers of the French Fleet...

In reply to a request from the editor of Die

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Nation, a leading weekly periodical published in Berlin, Mr. Bryce has contributed a statement of his views with regard to public opinion in England about Germany. Mr. Bryce...

The Channel Fleet started for its cruise in the Baltic

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on Tuesday, and anchored off Ymuiden on Wednesday morning, the usual ceremonious interchange of visits between the British and Dutch Admirals taking place during the day. On...

The speeches after the banquet were all, of course, in

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one tone, the appreciation of France being the more marked from the total absence of provocation to any other Power. Mr. Balfour's was the most important and the best. His...

The suffering in parts of Spain must be very great.

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Anda- lusia has been visited with a protracted drought, and it is officially reported that two hundred thousand persons are without means of subsistence. There is no Poor-law,...

The war in German South-West Africa is evidently a source

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of serious perplexity to the statesmen in Berlin. Much is due to the conduct of General von Troths, the Commander-in-Chief, whose methods of blood and iron scarcely commend...

On Tuesday two hundred members of the British Associa- tion

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landed at Cape Town, and the South African meeting was inaugurated the same evening by the delivery in the City Hall by the President, Professor G. H. Darwin, of the first half...

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A correspondent in Tuesday's Times gives an interesting account of

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the steps already taken in the Transvaal to encourage rifle-shooting as a national pursuit. Under the Volunteer Corps Ordinance of 1902 provision is made for the voluntary...

Amongst other papers the eloquent address of Sir Richard Jebb

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on "University Education and National Life" deserves special notice. Sir Richard Jebb, who described himself as being, thanks to the opportunities offered by the visit of the...

The Army Council has issued a number of new rules

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dealing with the sale of Army stores. It is now expressly laid down that whenever, on the conclusion of a campaign or the reduction or removal of a garrison, a General finds...

The dispute in the Lancashire cotton-spinning industry was discussed this

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week at a Conference at Manchester between the employers and representatives of the operatives. The difficulty arose over a demand by the card-room hands at Oldham for a rise of...

The Royal Academy have at last officially broken silence on

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the question of the Chantrey Trust in a Memorandum on the Report of the House of Lords' Committee published as a Par- liamentary paper on Monday. While unable to accept all the...

The British Ministers and Consuls abroad, in reply to a

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series of questions sent out by the Scottish Anti-Tobacco Society, have furnished full and interesting information as to the extent to which the use of tobacco by the young is...

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E NGLISHMEN habitually make one mistake in their judgment on foreign politics, and especially on the politics of Russia. They do not allow sufficiently for the possible...

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I T is a fashion with some of our contemporaries and. a few Members of extreme views to accuse the Prime Minister of despising the House of Commons. We have never endorsed that...

THE NORWEGIAN REFERENDUM. T HE ease with which the Union between

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Norway and Sweden has been dissolved is explained by the figures of the recent plebiscitum. Whatever else those figures may show, they indicate a wonderful unanimity in the...

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A GRADUATED INCOME-TAX. T HE papers issued last week on the

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subject of graduated Income-taxes in force in foreign countries are remark- able not only for the valuable information they contain, but as marking a new departure in the...

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-U NIVERSAL relief will be felt at the news that the

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danger of a conflict in the Lancashire cotton industry has been averted. Late on Thursday evening, after two days of arduous and anxious discussion within closed doors, the...

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M R. INAZO NITOBE has published a new and enlarged edition

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of " Bushido " (London : G. P. Putnam's . Sons. Ss. net), his book about the "Precepts of Knight- hood," the 'noblesse oblige, that is, of "the warrior class" in Japan. The idea...

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S IR MARTIN CONWAY'S letter in last Saturday's Times calls attention

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to a matter which every lover of wild Nature should have at heart. Sir Martin Conway is one of the "old guard" of mountaineers, and his knowledge of the Alps from end to end is...

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A LITTLE girl, aged eleven, the daughter of a Sussex farmer,

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sometimes sends letters to the present writer describing her country home and amusements. She is, perhaps, an almost ideally balanced child ; sane (for she recognises the...

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Perhaps it may seem, as was said in the preceding paper, a little invidious to insist upon the distinction between an Australian and an Englishman. It is the fine ideal of many...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The country owes a great debt of gratitude to Sir Howard Vincent for his strong and determined championship of the Volunteers, which...

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Srit,—I venture to draw your attention to the tendency of the present authorities at the War Office and Treasury to reduce the status and strength of the Corps of Royal...

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SIR,—Are you not too severe on Mr. Chesterton (Spectator, August

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12th) — presumably a layman—when he stigmatises St. Peter as "a snob " ? The late Bishop Walsham How, who edited an otherwise attractive "Commentary of the Four Gospels,"...


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Sin,—The admirable article on the Report of the Royal Commission on the Supply of Food and Raw Material in Time of War, in the Spectator of August 12th, induces me to say a...


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SIR,—You have always shown yourself so sympathetic in the matter of schoolboy rifle-shooting that I venture to make a suggestion which I believe may be of value even as things...

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POETRY. WHEN first we wandered, you and I, Oh! you and I, o'er fell and field, There seemed a contest—Earth and sky, Which should the greater glory yield? Earth showed so...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Reviewing a new edition of Carlyle's "Cromwell," the Spectator (July 22nd) says of the Squire Papers: "The whole thing was a monstrous...

REALLY good poetry is not unlike really fine port, for

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while it at once invigorates and delights, it also renders criticism superfluous by its instant appeal to every healthy palate. There is, however, another kind of poetry which,...


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(To TES EDITOR OF THS SPECTATOR:1 Sra,—Some of your correspondents, who have recently been writing about the wrong use of words, may possibly find cause to rejoice with me...


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SIR,—The prevailing entente cordiale recalls many sentiments expressed in past days by our neighbours towards ourselves. May I bring to recollection a remark of Mlle. Julie de...


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Sin,—I call your attention to the mistake in the name of the Secretary of the Navy in your note to Mr. H. Warren Smith's letter under the above heading in the Spectator of...

THE total amount of subscriptions received up to August 17th

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for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition is ..£1,731 13s. The Cheap Cottages Exhibition can be reached from London, via King's- Cross, in about an hour. The station is Letchworth,...

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from the mass of war correspondence as the work of a soldier, who for his years has seen much service, and who looks at the war not from the aesthetic or political standpoint,...

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THE first William Rathbone of Liverpool came there from a

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Cheshire village about the beginning of the reign of George II. His first venture was a sawmill ; he ended by being "a shipowner and perhaps a shipbuilder." Liverpool was then a...

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EVEN if one does not always agree with her, Miss

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Betham- Edwards's books on France are invariably interesting and full of information. It is not unnatural that a writer whose sympathies are all with the Republican majority in...

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ALL books of school-life must be largely based on the

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actual experiences of the writer, but, granting this premiss, there is scope for great diversity of treatment, according as the writer inclines to the realistic or the romantic...

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Messrs. A. and C. Black continue publishing books describing famous

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cities illustrated profusely with coloured reproductions of sketches. The best of these is Colonel Goff's Florence (20s.), in which are a number of brilliant impressions of the...

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Sir Henry Bessemer : an Autobiography. (Office of Engineering. 16s.

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net.)—Sir Henry Bessemer died seven years ago, leaving this autobiography incomplete,—it ends, curiously enough, with an account of what we may call his "anti-sea-sickness...

Prince Bulbul in Search of a Religion. (C. W. Daniel.

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3s. 6d. net.) —The Persian Prince who comes over to test the value and consistency of Christianity is a latter-day "Citizen of the World." It is easy to point out the defects...

The Life of John Ancrum Winslow. By John M. Ellicott.

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(G. P. Putnam's Sons. 10s. 6d. net.)—This is the second edition of a book first published in 1901. Captain Winslow commanded the Kearsarge ' in the duel with the Alabama,' the...

In the series of "Westminster Lectures," edited by the Rev.

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Francis Aveling, D.D. (Sands and Co., 6d. net), we have two tractates which will be found useful by those who have to deal with the questions discussed in them. These are The...

Modern Masters of Pulpit Discourse. By William Cleaver Wilkinson. (Funk

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and Wagnalls Company. 6s.)—Mr. Wilkin- son gives sketches of eighteen well-known preachers. Five of these are English, Dr. M`Laren, happily still with us, and J. H. Newman,...

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In the "Temple Series of English Texts" (J. M. Dent

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and Co.) we have The Talisman, by Sir Walter Scott (1s. 6d.) Mr. G. L. Turnbull, M.A., furnishes a Biographical Introduction, Notes, and Glossary. Considering that "no one reads...

Parisians Out of Doors. By F. Berkeley Smith. (Funk and

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Wagnalls Company. 6s.)—Mr. Berkeley Smith has written about Paris before, and written in a very picturesque fashion. (" How Paris Amuses Itself" will probably occur to many of...

We have received the second volume of Auction Prices of

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Books, Edited by Luther S. Livingston (Elliot Stock. In 4 vols., £8 8s. the set.)—The first was noticed in the Spectator of June 24th. We may remind our readers that this is...

Small Culture. Edited by W. J. Malden. (E. Marlborough and

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Co.)—This is the title given to two series of articles, pub- lished in separate volumes (Is. each), in which such subjects as "simple cow-keeping," pigs, poultry, gardens, and...

Letter-Book G., Temp. Edward HI. Edited by Reginald R. Sharpe,

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D.C.L. (J. E. Francis.)—This is one of the series of "Letter-Books" preserved in the archives of the City of London. It covers the period A.D. 1352-1374. It is scarcely...

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[*** ERRATIIM.—A correspondent reminds us that the first Classical Tripes

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List at Cambridge came out in 1824 (not 1823, as given in last week's Spectator). The Chancellor's medals were given in Macaulay's time, but candidates had to qualify by being...

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Page £12 12 0 NarrowColtimn(Thirdof Page) 21 4 0

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Half-Page (Column) 6 6 0 Half Narrow Column 2 2 0 Quarter-Page (Half-Column) 3 8 0 Quarter Narrow Column 1 1 0 Column, two-thirds width of page, LS 13.1. COMPANIES. Outside...

C.B. (Bell) net 10/0 Beebe (S. P.) and Buxton (R.

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H.), Outlines of Physiological Chemistry, C? 8v0 (Macmillan) net 8/6 Beldam (G. W.) and Fry (C. B.),- Great Batsmen: their Methods at • Glance. 8.0 (Macmillan) net 21/0 Book...