19 JANUARY 1901

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The debate on the Associations Bill opened formally in the

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French Chamber on Tuesday. But a preliminary discuasion, raised by a Socialist Deputy on the previous day, who demanded that the Archbishop of Paris should be prosecuted for...

The Daily Mail of Wednesday publishes a telegram from its

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Berlin correspondent giving some very curious facts as to the serious nature of the depression of trade that is sweeping over Germany. According to the correspondent, the mort-...

The question of duelling in the German Army led to

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a significant debate in the Reichstag on Tuesday. It appears that at Cologne this month candidates for the post of officers in the Reserve were subjected to an inquisition as to...

The only other incident to be recorded is the action

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of De Wet in regard to three agents of the Peace Committee who were seized by his men and taken prisoners to his laager at Lindley. By De Wet's orders one, a British subject,...

The news from China is not important. The Chinese Envoys

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signed the Joint Note on Monday, but we fear that this, though it may be said to have relaxed the strain of the crisis, by no means settles the Chinese question. At the best,...


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T HE war news during the week has been very meagre. Generally it may be said that no progress has been Made by the raiders in the Colony, who still maintain their policy of...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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Norrez. - 1Vith this week's number of the " SPECTATOR" is issued, gratis,

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an Eight-Page Supplement, containing the Half-Yearly Index and Title-Page,—i.e., from July 7th to December 29th,1900, inclusive,

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A deputation headed by Sir Algernon West waited on the

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Home Secretary on Wednesday to urge the need of a reform in the licensing laws in the direction especially (1) of a reduction of licenses according to the needs of districts, on...

We welcome Mr. Balfour's admirable speech with the greatest possible

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satisfaction, for it carries with it what we believe will prove to be the great spiritual and religions message of the coming century,—agree to differ on points of religious...

On Wednesday Mr. Balfour made a most suggestive and thoughtful

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speech at a meeting held in Paddington to celebrate the union of the Free and the United Presbyterian Churches. After expressing his pleasure at being able to assist at the...

Sir Henry Fowler, M.P., was the principal speaker at the

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Willenhall District Council dinner on Monday night. On the question of the war, his views as to its inevitableness and justice were unchanged, only the evidence on which they...

Sir Alfred Milner has defined his attitude towards his critics

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in a very sensible letter addressed to a Huddersfield Magistrate. He points out that if he were to attempt to deny all the lies or to correct all the misrepresentations of which...

An interesting account of the methods of the corps of

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military cyclists now at work in Cape Colony is given in Monday's Daily Mail. The corps is split up into sections of twenty-five or fifty, guided by members thoroughly conver-...

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On Wednesday Lord Rosebery made a speech to the Wolverhampton

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Chamber of Commerce which, though sensible enough, contained nothing very striking or original, and was almost without those touches of humour which generally delight his...

A great find of petroleum is reported from Beaumont in

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Texas. Little more than a week ago a petroleum spring was accidentally tapped, and has been spouting out ever since in a steady stream two hundred feet high and six inches in...

A hundred years ago it was the commonest thing in

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the world for excellent men in this country, and men who thought themselves thoroughly liberal and tolerant, to say that Roman Catholics ought, of course, to be allowed full...

A correspondent in a letter which we publish this week

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complains of our remarks in regard to the Duke of Norfolk's address, and of our criticism of the Pope's protest against Protestant teaching being permitted "in the inviolate...

The Bishop of London, who died on Monday after a

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long and painful illness, might fairly be called a man of great promise as well as achievement, for he was only fifty-seven. Though he spent ten years on leaving Oxford as...

Mr. H. W. Wilson in Thursday's Daily Mail gives a

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most interesting summary of the rigorous methods adopted by Generals Sheridan and Sherman in the last years of the Civil War. The avowed object of the Northern Generals was to...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 97.

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THE NICARAGUA CANAL. T HE Government have as yet given no sign in regard to the action which they mean to take in view of the Senate's amendments to the Hay-Pa.uncefote Treaty....

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DRILL AND DISCIPLINE. "T HE exact squareness of the shoulders and

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body to the front is the first principle of the position of a soldier. The heels must be in line and closed ; the knees straight ; the toes turned out, so that the feet may form...

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M. DE WITTE'S BUDGET. T HE Mani= Finance Minister has been

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in the habit for some time of making the publication of his yearly Budget the occasion for a general political mani- festo, in which he not infrequently strays into the domains...

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BISHOP CREIGHTON. T HE death of the Bishop of London removes

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from the English Episcopate the one figure which had the faculty of exciting public interest. Ordinarily speaking, Bishops are rather wanting in this characteristic. The best...

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I T is with much regret that we see the attempts being made to impart to the approaching elections for the London County Council, even more definitely than on former occasions,...

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W E hold that there is no better practice for mind and heart than to read annually some great author or authors. We have known men of great ability who made a point of reading...

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T HE protest offered by Sir James Fergusson in our correspondence columns against a practice adopted by certain writers of historical romance at the present day will appeal to...

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As CCORDING to the Daily Mail's Berlin correspondent, the English red grouse has been acclimatised in Silesia, where there is plenty of heather and enough water for its wants....

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THE VITALITY OF AUSTRIA-HUNGARY. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPE0TAT0R.1 Snt,—For many reasons, most of them, I think, altogether too hasty, Europe watches the Dual Monarchy and...

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THE ITNPRODUCTIVENESS OF BRITISH LABOUR. THZ EDITOR, OF THE "SPECTATOP.."] read the article in the Spectator of December 29th on the above subject, and have since read the...

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[To TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Srg,—Your article under the

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above heading is very suggestive of the moral that considerable weight is to be attached to most traditions which are of wide diffusion and long establish- ment. For example, in...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.") am the grandson of the witty and the warm-hearted Lady Aldborough of whom mention is made in your last number. She was original as well as...


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STE,—May I ask your correspondent, Mr. W. 0. Peacock (Spectator, January 12th),whether he has never heard of members of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, with the approval...

[TO VIZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Snt,—If you are not

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already overdone with "links," I should like to contribute mine. Shortly after my marriage in 18,56 I went to France, and lived for some time with my husband's relations, his...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sm—An interesting example of

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a long period of time bridged over by only two lives is to be found in a well-known Anglo- Indian family, that of the Macnaghtens of Be,ardiville, Co. Antrim. Sir Francis...


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(TO TEE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SI:R;It is somewhat disconcerting to find the Spectator joining in the hue-and-cry against the Duke of Norfolk on the ground that his...

(TO THE EDITOR OP TILE “SPactcr0s..1 Szn,—In your interesting article

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in the Spectator of January 5th, you speak of Helen Faucit having trod the boards with Edmund Kean. Kean died May 15th, 1833, and Helen Faucit made her first appearance at...


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[TO VIZ EDITOR OP THE "spscrresna."] should like to write a few lines about an old friend, who was for many years a contributor to the Spectator, Richard Copley Christie. I knew...

(To THE EDITOR PP THE "SPECTATOR.") SEE,112 correcting one mistake

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Mr. Walpole bas fallen into another. He truly says that Mr. Spencer Walpole was great- grandnephew of Sir Robert Walpole. But he makes a mis- take when he says that Sir Robert...

ao THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Snz,—All that Mr. Lionel

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Tollemache writes in your columns and elsewhere is invariably interesting and attractive. I too knew the old Lord Combermere, and dined with him on his ninetieth birthday. Fresh...

(To TEE EDITOR OF TEE "SPEateroa.") SIR,—Your article has produced

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a crop of letters; but none, so far, from anybody who has seen Napoleon the Great. If there is any one alive in this country who has, will he kindly tell us how General...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the Spectator of December 22nd I noticed you referred to the opinion held by some people that her Majesty's Government ought not...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I ask your permission to offer a protest through your columns against an expedient lately adopted by certain authors to spice their...

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CONFERENCES ON BOOKS AND MEN.* This book opens with a discussion upon that word of many meanings, "gentleman." The author is set upon his train of thought by a stray remark,...


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SIR WILLIAM RICHMOND AT THE NEW GALLERY. THE ordeal endured by an artist who has his works collected together into one exhibition is a severe one. In the present instance the...


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SEAFARERS. THE traders that hail from the Clyde, And the whalers that sail from Dundee, Put forth in their season on top of the tide To gather the grist of the sea, To ply in...

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poem of "The Professor" has used the form of "Maud," one eminently convenient for a mono- logue with many changes of mood. The " Professor " is, we suppose, a physiologist. (He...

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DR. BIB,KBECK HILL's method of judging Edward Gibbon will hardly approve itself to critics. He approaches his victim as a schoolmaster might approach an unruly boy, marking his...

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TURKEY IN EUROPE.* THERE is always an attractive mystery about

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an anonymous book, wide possibilities of authorship, and a lively stimulus to the idle imagination. But, in truth, " Odysseus's " book is far ton brilliant to need the peculiar...

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IT is pleasant to find that advancing years are powerless to impair the geniality of Mrs. Alexander's industrious pen. A Missing Hero is a very agreeable specimen of a...

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rum., this heading we notice such Books of the wok as hove not been reserved for review in other firm.] The Reformation Settlement. By the Rev. Malcolm MacColl. (Longmans and...

The Bio graph in Battle. By W. R. L. Dickson.

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(T. Fisher ljnwin. 6s.)—" We are all familiar with the biograph," says the writer of the prefatory note to this volume, and we have all of us read much about the war, " but...

This month brings two "double sections" of the Oxford English

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Dictionary (Clarendon Press, 6s. each). Vol. IV. is concluded by " Green—Gyzzarn," appearing under the editorial care of Mr. Henry Bradley, while Dr. Murray himself finishes...

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Lancashire Humour. By Thomas Newbigging. (J. M. Dent and Co.

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2s. 6d.)—Of course many of these stories are old— indeed, Mr. Newbigging has himself told some of them elsewhere, as he lets us know in his preface—but the absolutely new...

An Egyptian Calendar. By Roland L. N. Michell, B.A. (Luzac

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and Co. 3s. 6d.)—This is a combination of the Coptic and Mahommedan almanacs. According to Coptic reckoning, 1900-1901 (September 10th, 1900—September 5th, 1901, when the...

Joshua Harrison : a Memoir. (Hodder and Stoughton. 2s. 6d.)

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—The author of this memoir speaks of himself as "one who knew him." Probably there are many who may be so described, and who will be glad to read this account of a teacher and...

Dictionary of Quotations, French and Italian. By Thomas Ben- field

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Harbottle and Colonel Philip Hugh Dalbiac. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co. 7s. 6d.)—This is a sequel to the volumes containing respectively " English " and "Classical Quotations"...

"The cry is still they come." Here is the first

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volume of yet another edition of "The Waverley Novels," which is to appear in the " New Century Library" (T. Nelson and Sons, 2a. net per vol.) We may compliment the publishers...

The Tactics of To - Day. By Major E. Callwell, RA. (W.

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Blackwood and Sons. 2s. 6d )---•‘ Written while advancing with the Natal Field Force from Laing's Nek to the Lydenburg district," is Major Callwell's account of the genesis...

In the series of the "Bibelots," edited by J. Potter

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Briscoe (Gay and Bird, 2s. 6d net), we have Shakespeare's Sonnets, with an introduction, we suppose by the general editor. We venture to doubt his personal identifications....

Winchester. By R. Townsend Warner. (G. Bell and Sons. 2s.

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61)—This is one of the series of "Handbooks to the Great Public Schools," and quite worthy of its place. We do not look for anything like criticism in books of this kind. They...