19 FEBRUARY 1898

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A RUMOUR is current that the Chinese Government, after a vain attempt to induce the Japanese to grant delay in the payment of the indemnity, has renewed its application to Great...

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THE FIRST FULL-DRESS DEBATE. T HE great debate on the Indian Frontier was, to us at least, a most disappointing one. There were some striking speeches, Mr. Curzon's, for...

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I F proof is needed that Home-rule has ceased to be anything but a mere counsel of perfection to the mass of the Liberal party, it is to be found in the debate of Friday...

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THE LATEST INCIDENT IN PARIS. T ""Pellieux incident" in the Zola

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trial, which has passed almost unmarked in this country, may turn out to be one of considerable importance. Through- out the proceedings, which even for France have been of an...

SPAIN AND FRANCE. T HERE are unrecognised facts in politics as

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well as in science. In the region of international affairs no fact is more often ignored than the special relation which exists between France and Spain. People are too apt to...

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I T is stated in the American newspapers that, for the first time in his long term of office, President Diaz of Mexico is about to make a prolonged tour through the United...

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I N the bright speech which Mr. John Morley delivered on Saturday at the Passmore Edwards Settlement, and on which we comment elsewhere, he let fall an °biter dictum which...

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ecclesiastical statistics which annually appear in the "Official Year-Book of the Church of England" were printed, by a customary anticipation, in the Guardian of Wednesday...

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T HE opening of the Passmore Edwards Settlement in Bloomsbury last Saturday, and the speeches of Lord Peel and Mr. Morley, have set the world asking, What is the good of these...

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G LANCING the other day over a little book which had just appeared on wines, we observed without surprise that its author had avoided any discussion on the effect of different...

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M R. F. G. AFLA.LO, in the St. James's Gazette, suggests that if death by accident is comparatively rare among animals, those which die a "natural death" meet it in the form of...

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AMERICA AND ENGLAND. [To THZ EDITOR Or THZ "SPECTATOR."} SIR,—Last summer the Anglican Bishop of Marquette,. Mich., paid me a short visit, and on the last night of his stay...

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NAPOLEON III.* Ma. ARCHIBALD FORBES'S _We of Napoleon M. is not a work of original research or profound judgment. It does but recapitulate the familiar episodes of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sflt,—A few weeks before her death the late Countess Russell sent me a very interesting account of a squirrel whose morning visits to her...


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FIDELE'S ' GRASSY TOMB.* THE Squire sat propped in a pillowed chair, His eyes were alive and clear of care, But well he knew that the hour was come "To bid good-bye to his...

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FEW harder tasks were ever attempted than to organise Episcopacy in Massachusetts, and yet fewer tasks have been more successful. In the finest square of the Boston of the...

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JOSEPH ARCH.* ONE cannot help wishing that this book were

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more of an auto- biography, and less of a polemic against Mr. Arch's adver- saries, political and social. Angry invective against land- owners, farmers, and parsons—a parson is...

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WE have no great liking for the class of literature to which this book belongs. The author, a Franciscan friar, abandoned his Order after twelve years of monastic life because...

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THE title of this book raises hopes that are dashed im- mediately its perusal is begun. For many years past there has been abundant need for an authoritative work dealing in...

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THUCYDIDES, describing the political evolution of his country under the Tyrants, observes that every State which acquired dominion in Greece was indebted for it to the...

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By Severn Sea, and other Poems. By T. Herbert Warren. (.T. Murray. Is. ad.)—Some six months ago we noticed at length the privately printed volume which contained Mr. Warren's...

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Robert Fergusson. By A. B. Grosart. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier,

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L'dinnurgh.)—Dr. Grosart means well by his hero in the monograph which he has added to the popular and inter- esting "Famous Scots" series, and, as a previous work from his pen...

The Story of Australia. By Flora L. Shaw. (Horace Marshall

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and Son.)—This is a welcome addition to the volumes of the "Story of the Empire Series." It reads, especially in the earlier parts, like a delightful romance. Like most other...

Men who Have Made the Empire. By George Griffith. (C.

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Arthur Pearson. 7s. 6d.)—There is in this series of bio- graphies too much of Jubilee fervour and grandiloquence half a year old, too much of "the battle-cries of the old...

The Rubdiyat of Omar Khayyam. (H. S. Nichols. 108. 6d.

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net.)— This scholarly and elaborate work consists of a facsimile of the manuscript in the Bodleian, a transcript into modern Persian characters, a translation into English...

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Glimpses of Our American Kith and Kin. By Hare Booth.

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(C. Kelly.)—Mr. Booth spent some weeks in the United States (the Northern and Eastern portions, it must be understood) ; he went into Canada ; he traversed the Continent and...

The Domesday of Inclosures, 1517 - 1518. Edited by I. S. Leadam.

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2 vols. (Longman and Co. 36s.)—In 1517 Wolsey, urged by financial reasons, determined to put a check on the growing fre- quency of inclosnres. He appointed a numerous Commission...

Captain Shannon. By Coulson Kernahan. (Ward, Lock, and Co.)—Captain Shannon

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bears a strong resemblance to No. 1, of Invincible fame. The story begins in a striking fashion. An infernal machine is exploded on the Underground Railway and kills hundreds of...

The Expositor. Edited by the Rev. W. Robertson Nicoll, MA.

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Fifth series, Vol. VI. (Hodder and Stoughton. 75. 6d.)--We may mention as specially worthy of notice among the papers con- tained in this number Mr. Mayor's continuation of his...

Scottish Alliterative Poems. Edited by F. J. Amours. (Printed for

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the Scottish Text Society by William Blackwood and Sons.) —This book, which is perhaps the most important contribu- tion that has been made during the last quarter of a century...

A Rogue's Conscience. By David Christie Murray. (Downey and Co.)—There

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are some clever things in this story, as there are sure to be when Mr. Murray takes up the pen. The description of the processes of disguising (almost too good to be consistent...

Outlines of Military Law. By Lieut.-Colonel E. Gunter. (Clowes and

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Sons. 7s. 6d.)—This is too technical a subject for us to treat in detail. Colonel Gunter's book is, of course, founded on the official "Manual of Military Law." But the Manual...

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Handbook to Christian and Ecclesiastical Rome. By H. M. and

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M. A. B. T. Part II. (A. and C. Black.)—This second volume treats of the Liturgy in Rome. The ceremonial, discipline, &c., of the Roman Church is given, and there is a special...

Four Hundred Animal Stories. Selected and edited by Robert Cochrane.

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(W. and R. Chambers.)—Readers of the Spectator will be grateful to Mr. Cochrane for the care and industry which he has used in collecting these stories. All kinds of animals...

Carmen Deo Nostro. Sacred Poems by Richard Crashaw. Edited by

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J. Tutin. (W. Andrews and Co.)—Crashaw was metrically one of the most accomplished of English poets, but curiously enough his religious verse does not show him at his best as a...

Selections from the British Satirists. With an Introductory Essay by

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Cecil Headlam. (F. E. Robinson.)—The British satirists cover so large a field that they cannot be adequately represented in a volume of this size, especially as prose as well as...

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Bailey (L. H.), Lessons with Plants, er 8vo (Macmillan) 7/3 Ballad of Reading Gaol (The), by C. 33, 8vo (Smithera) 2/6 Bates (K. L.), American Literature, Cr 8vo (Macmillan) 6/9...

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far as can be ascertained by us. This applies only to books issued' above 6s. in price.]

Booxs RacxtvEn.—Eleetrical Traction, by Ernest Wilson (E. Arnold), in the

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series of "Arnold's Practical Science Manuals," edited by Professor R. Meldola, F.R.S.—Popular Photographic Printing Procesus. By Hector Maclean. (L. Upcott Treatise on the Law...

BOOKS OF REntainics. — Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench, 1898

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(Dean and Co., 7s. 6d.), appears in its usual form, and is as accurate as ever.—The same may be said of The Constitu- tional Year Book, 1898 (Conservative Central Offices),...

ReisarsTs.—To the "Temple" edition of the " Waverley Novels" (Dent

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and Co.) we note the addition of The Antiquary and Guy Mannering and Rob Roy. A more delightful little edition of Scott for the railway and the steamship it would be impossible...

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