19 MARCH 1887

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Mr. Chamberlain spoke at Birmingham last Saturday to a Committee

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of the National Radical Union, on the position of the Radical Unionists and their relation to the Home-rule Party. The general drift of his remarks was that the Radical...


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(11HE Standard published on Monday a telegram, without date or signature, announcing that an attempt had been made on Sunday to assassinate the Czar. Our contemporary vouched...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Sir George Trevelyan spoke several times in the course of

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the Liakeard meetings, once in favour of submitting the financial estimates of the Government to the revision of Select Com- mittees—a plan in support of which he had much to...


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It is stir intention occasionally to issue gratis with the " SpEcramos" SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENTS, the outside pages of which will be devoted to -Advertisements. The...

This seems to be the true story ; but the

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Russian Government, or police, are anxious to have it believed that the students were arrested before any attempt was made, that the Czar was warned in church, and that, in...

Mr. Courtney on Wednesday made two fine speeches in Liskeard.

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We have said enough elsewhere of their general object, which was to insist on Unionists doing their duty un- dismayed; but we may add here that Mr. Courtney was espe- cially...

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On Thursday, Mr. Gladstone made a great speech to the

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Yorkshire Home rulers, at a dinner given to him and them by Mr. Barran, M.P. for the Otley Division of Yorkshire. The chief note of the speech was a serene, almost majestic con-...

The appointment of Mr. Wrench on the Irish Land Com-

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mission, in the place of Mr. Vernon, deceased, may be a very good one, but certainly will not gratify national feeling in Ireland. Mr. Wrench is, we believe, an Englishman who,...

M. de Lesseps, for years the most popular man in

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France, he having accomplished a great work which also brought in great dividends, is a little out of favour just now. He has recently visited Berlin, nominally to invest M....

Late on Tuesday week, a riot occurred at Youghal, in

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which the police were severely handled, and in the consequent fight they bayonetted a fisherman named O'Hanlon. It was expected that another riot would occur, and Captain...

General Boulanger is playing to the gallery again. He had

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addressed a letter to the Commission on Army Reorganisation, urging that the system of allowing men who intend to be officers to serve a year as cadets was opposed to...

A murder of a peculiarly dangerous character has this week

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shocked London. Mr. David Samuel, a dairyman; has a small shop in Kentish Town, and on Friday week, at 3 o'clock, he left it to go his rounds. Shortly after, three men drove up...

It is understood that the Bulgarian Regents will summon the

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Great Sobranje, in order to renew their powers ; and it is rumoured that they may make much larger proposals. They are tired, it is said, of Russian intrigues, which cannot be...

The French agriculturists are forcing the Government rapidly on the

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road of Protection. They have already an import duty of 3 fr. per quintal on wheat, equal to 5s. 61. a quarter; but they declare it is not sufficient. The Government resisted...

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The Committee on the charges of corruption brought against the

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Corporation of London is to consist of five voting members, —namely, Lord Hartington, Sir Joseph Bailey (M.P. for City of Hereford), Mr. Dillwyu (Swansea), Mr. Houldsworth (Man-...

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The Bishop of Achonry (Dr. MacCormack), in sending a sub-

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scription of 25 for the fund for the defence of Mr. Dillon and the other authors of the "Plan of Campaign," asks if they are not "noble knights in the true sense of the word,...

Lord Harlington made a remarkable speech on Wednesday in distributing

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the prizes to the Polytechnic Young Men's Christian Institute, Regent Street. He founded his speech on an analogy drawn by Professor Huxley between the scientific competition in...

Considerable discussion has been caused by an exceedingly " hard"

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case arising under the Hindoo marriage law. A Hindoo girl in Bombay was married by her family as a child to a village lad of her own caste. The lad grew up a peasant, but the...

Yesterday week, Lord Harlington's amendment enabling the House to dispose

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finally of part of a clause without foreclosing substantial amendments on the remainder, was carried by 278 votes to 100, after a long discussion, and after the rejection of an...

Yesterday week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer received a very

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influential deputation from the Victoria University (headed by Lord Harlington, who spoke for the Duke of Devonshire, who is the Chancellor of that University) to press upon the...

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THE ATTEMPT TO KIM THE CZAR. T HE Russian Government, after a moment's hesitation, admits that a desperate attempt was made on Sunday last to assassinate the Czar, and there is...


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W E have no more reason to object to the distinction on which the Radical Unionists insist so earnestly between their opinion and that of their less Radical or more Conservative...

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M R. GLADSTONE'S speech to the Yorkshire Home-rulers at Mr. Barran's, is remarkable for its calm and lofty confidence in his own vision of the future, for its frank and cordial...

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T "great merit of the two striking speeches delivered by Mr. Courtney on Wednesday at Liskeard was their tone. The arguments he pressed were, with one exception to be here-...

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A VERY useful Church Patronage Bill came out of Com- mittee in the Lords about dinner-time on Monday. It provides for the limitation of the sale of advowsons, and for the...


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T EE long step taken by the French Chamber on Tuesday in a retrogade path has attracted less attention than it deserves. Everybody in this country is thinking of Russia and...

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THE TAKING OF "COMMISSIONS," fr HE case of "The Queen

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v. Barber, Marsden, and Brown," decided in the Queen's Bench Division some three weeks or a month ago, and in which Baron Pollock pronounced sen- tence on Monday last, is one...

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S IR JOHN LUBBOCK, in his panegyric on the pleasures of reading to the Wimbledonians the other day, guarded himself against its being supposed that he wished the English people...

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T Oany one who knows the history of violent crime, or has lived outside the marvellous security of Western Europe, the strangest thing about the Kentish Town murder which is...

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THE WOMEN'S JUBILEE GIFT. [To TIM EDITOR OF SPROTATOR.") Sia,—I think that "A Woman" scarcely knows the circum- stances connected with the first idea of the women's Jubilee...


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[To rag Horror or ram “IiPECTAT011..] did not think it necessary to prolong the discussion of my friend Mr. Frederic Harrison's Irish policy, as you had been good enough so ably...


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[To TR. EDITOR OF TIM “131.8CTATOR..] Sia,—The Irish problem seems to have its difficulties magnified in most people's minds by exaggerated ideas of the numbers of the Irish...

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[TO TIM EDITOR or THE SPECTATO.."] BM — Having just returned from a visit to that section of the Western Riviera which has suffered most from the recent earth- quake shocks, I...


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[To TIM EDITOR OP TIM . 8171071T011..] Suit—Having been, I believe, the first to bring to the notice of an English audience the curious fact that the art of trephining, or...

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[To THE EinTOR Or TEE SPECTATOR-1 Sta,—Will you allow me to offer one common.sense suggestion bearing on the discussion to which the recent conferences of the Inoorporated...


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FROM THE PERSIAN OF SA'DI. [I have here given a translation of the opening lines of the Intro- duction to Sa'dfs great ethical poem, the " Bilstiln," or "Garden." Sa'di lived...


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THESE ten autogravures which the Autotype Company have jug published in fac-simile of some of Charles M6ryon's celebrated etchings, accompanied as they are with descriptive...


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LTO TRH Emma Or THE “HrsOTATOR.”3 Sia,—My attention has been called to a misleading passage in the Spectator's notice (March 5th) of a paper of mine in the March Contemporary,...

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THE DUKE OF ARGYLL ON SCOTLAND.* Tins work is not without faults of style and of thought. Occa- sionally we seem to catch "that blessed word 'Mesopotamia in the pulpitrush of...

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BALZ AC, in one of his novels, makes a journalist remark that he can write with equal facility for or against any book that he may have to criticise. This does not argue a want...

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not because we happen to agree with Mr. Crozier in his estimate of Lord Randolph Churchill, and to think with him that the dangers of English democracy were never better illus-...

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A PREFACE is not indispensable to a novelist; but had Mr. Blackraore been obliged to write one, perhaps he might have told the public why he thought it proper to describe...

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SINICO-JAPANESE ART.* IN our review (March 27th, 1886) of the

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first instalment of the exhaustive account of Sinico-Japanese art which Mr. Anderson has now brought to completion, we sufficiently described its scope and object, and the...

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OXFORD UNIVERSITY.* IT is strange that, after a long cessation

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of English historians of Oxford University, the two volumes before us should have made their appearance almost at the same moment. Between the two books themselves there is...

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THE NEW CLASSICAL REVIEW.* THE list of contributors to this

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new and much-wanted Review is warranty sufficient that it will succeed. And if the united efforts of one hundred and forty of England's best scholars prove unsuccessful, their...

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Castles. Translated from the Spanish of Fernan Caballero, by Mrs.

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Paull. (London Literary Society.) —These are some short sketches, mostly tinged with melancholy, but not without humour. They have a certain interest, but they scarcely come up...


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On comparing the issue of the Statesman's Year-Book for 1887 with its immediate predecessor, we find that its new editor, Mr. Scott Keltie, still continues in his career of...

Kiniaff Place : a Tale of Resolo■ion. By the Author

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of "Dorothy." (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—This is the story of the war in La Vend5e. It is supposed to be told by the wife of one who took an active part in it, and it has a...

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Cicero de Senectute. Vol. I., Introduction and Text; Vol. II.,

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Notes. Edited by Leonard Huxley, B.A. (Clarendon Press.)—That pampered person, the English schoolboy, is having his work made easier for him every day. It is troublesome to have...

Daidine ; and other Tales. By Karl Erdmann Edler. Translated

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from the German by the Earl of Lytton. 2 vols. (Bentley.)—There can be no doubt an to the intrinsic beauty of these tales—or, at least, of two of them—and we are grateful to...

"Duke Domurn." (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—If the author of

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this book is not a country squire, it must be allowed that he assumes the manner with much skill. His grievances are exactly each as our experience, and where experience does...

.tiasteli's Remains. By Barrett Wendell. (Ticknor, Boston, ; Trfilmer, London.)—Mr.

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Wendell seeks to emulate Nathaniel Haw- thorne, or, we might say, Poe. The last scans, where the dead millionaire's corpse is stolen from the tomb in the splendid church built...

Pompeii : Descriptive and Picturesque. By W. B atter. (W.

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Blackwood and Sons.)—Mr. Butler, who finds a text in his subject now and then on which to preach a little social or political sermon, describes in an interesting, lucid way what...

Edwin Paxton Hood. By George H. Giddies. (J. Clarke and

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Co.) —It is to be regretted that Mr. Giddies could not have contrived to make the biographer leas prominent than he is in this biography. We do not want, for instance, to know...

Asserted, but not Proved. By A. Bower. (T. Maher Unwin.)

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— Olive Beauchamp, the heroine of this simple story, 78 a governess, and a very good specimen of a woman who is independent and courageous, without ceasing to be womanly. Her...

An Excellent Mastery. By F. Davenport 381188. (Swan Sonnen- sehein

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and Co.)—The "excellent mystery" is , as may be supposed, marriage ; and a very pretty story of marriage the author Mlle us. He, or she, has laid to heart the maxim that the...

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The Newspaper Press Directory for 1887. The forty-second annual issue.

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(C. Mitchell and Co.)—The present edition has been enlarged, and the special articles on India and the Colonies have been re- written and revised up to date. It appears that...

Hall-Way. By Miss Betham-Edwards. 2 vole. (Sampson Low tuul Co.)—Miss

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Betham-Edwards's novel has for its central figures a young man who resolves to be a priest, and a young lady who is equally determined to be a deaconess. An ordinary constructor...

Benedictus. By the Author of "Estelle." 2 vols. (Bell and

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Sons.)—Benedietus will be especially enjoyed by those who have pre- viously read "Estelle." Still, it is easy to imagine or take for granted sufficient to make the new story not...