19 MARCH 1892

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T HE German Government do not succeed in either sup- pressing or conciliating Socialism. On Thursday, a Socialist candidate, Hof man, was elected for the district of Auer-...

Mr. Goschen made an admirable speech on Tuesday at the

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Holloway Hall, Holloway Road, on behalf of Mr. Richard Chamberlain's candidature for West Islington. In speaking of the issues on which the Government would appeal to the...

The general Coal Strike is to end to-day, having, so

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far as we can see, benefited nobody but the great coal-distributors, who got their fuel at contract rates, and cleared their sheds at an average advance of 10s. a ton. The...

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

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It is noted as a sign of the change which

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is coming over Conservatives in France, that Deputies belonging to that party begin to attend the Republican social gatherings. At a large soiree given on Wednesday by M....

The Parisians are greatly excited by these crimes, which interrupt

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their pleasant lives, and reveal the fires over which they are at present living. It is thought that the dy - namitarde may have scores of bombs, and threaten houses chosen by...

Paris has been the scene of two more dynamite outrages.

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The first took place on Friday week at 135 Boulevard St. Ger- main, in a large house occupied by many respectable families, one of which is that of M. Benoit, a Judge who has...

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A series of very cold-blooded and remarkable murders has been

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discovered, which are at present connected with the name of a man called Deeming, who had also gone by the names of Williams, Swanson, and Lawson, and who has been apprehended...

The failure of the Admiralty to obtain a boiler suited

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to the needs of war-ships has been generally recognised both in the Report on the Naval Estimates, and in the debate in the House of Commons, though Mr. Forwood, while admitting...

The Duke of Argyll made a humorous and singularly- eloquent

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little speech to a Women's Unionist Association in the Edinburgh Music Hall yesterday week. He proposed a resolution the last clause of which he admitted to be rather cumbrous,...

Canon Scott-Holland has followed up the letter in which he

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gave his blessing to the Progressive policy in the London County Council, by a very severe rebuke to the Guardian for what he calls its " hard, cynical, suspicious, and...

We regret to record the death of Viscount Hampden, better

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known to the world as the Hon. H. W. B. Brand. He was- Speaker of the House of Commons from 1872 to 1884, and was universally regarded as one of the most impartial and courteous...

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The English Royal family has had a windfall. The late

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King of Hanover left in his will £150,000 to Queen Victoria, and a similar sum to each of her daughters, making £900,000 in all. The private property in Hanover, £2,400,000,...

A Negro lion-tamer came by his death in one of

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Womb- well's shows,—the show at Hednesford, near Cannock Chase,— on Monday, in consequence of his foot slipping as he entered the cage of a hyena and three bears, which he was...

The Bill, of which Mr. Thomas Ellis moved the second

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reading on Wednesday, for extending the principle of the Irish Land Act to Wales, was not supported by Mr. Glad- stone, who declared the Bill premature and the case for it not...

Bank Rate, 8 per cent. New Consols (2f) were on

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Friday 95f.

Some one recently murdered Dr. Vulkovich, the able repre- sentative

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of Bulgaria in Constantinople. Suspicion fell on a Russian, who was arrested; but the Russian Embgasy compelled the Porte to let him go, and he was sent to Odessa to reside. The...

Two men at Tying, armed with guns, recently attacked two

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gamekeepers, and beat them to death with blows so savage that death was obviously intended. They were tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be hanged. As usual, several of the...

We greatly regret to record the death at Alicante, in

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Spain, of Professor E. A. Freeman, the historian. He died there on Wednesday morning of small-pox, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. He was no doubt quite the first of English...

Mr. Lidderdale, who retires this week from the Governorship of

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the Bank of England, gave on Thursday a summary of the relation between the Bank and the Baring estate. All the liabilities of that great firm have now been paid off, except...

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THE TIMES' ELECTORAL FORECAST. T HE special correspondent of the Times gives an esti- mate of the prospects of the General Election which, we believe, agrees substantially with...

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A SPEAKER ceases to be a personage the day after his resignation, and the lengthy encomiums passed upon Lord Hampden after his decease must have created in a part of the public...

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it/FR. GOSCHEN delivered a really brilliant defence of the Government in his Islington speech on Tuesday night. He did not in any way confine himself to finance. But his finance...

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very great merit, of bearing prosperity well. A better speech could not have been made under the circumstances than that which he made in East Finsbury on Monday. Any- body can...

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T "great coal strike, which has been one of the worst organised movements of our day, and will, we believe, entirely fail, has brought into prominence one of the most...

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A POLITICAL BALANCE. T HE excellent "Handbook to the Political Questions

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of the Day," prepared by Mr. Sydney Buxton, has just been reissued by Mr. John Murray in a revised form, doubtless with the intention of meeting the demand for political...

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THE LIMITS OF FREE-WILL. T HE case of the "Conscious Automaton,"

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if he can be said to have a case, does not certainly consist in the con- spicuously false analysis which he makes of the phenomena of volition, but in the tendency of the...

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T HE Parisians are quite right in their instinctive inquiry as to the motive of the recent dynamite outrages. The motive is not only the intellectually interesting point,, but...

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TUST before the opening of spring, when the biting winds drive the shepherds down from the hill, and send even the gypsies to the shelter of the towns, wild birds and beasts...

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M R. MOWBRAY MORRIS, in an interesting article on "Hamlet and the Modern Stage," which appears in the March number of Macmillan's Magazine, devotes a couple of pages to Mr....


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MR. WESTLAKE ON TICE POPE'S POSITION. [To THE Eurros or THE "srEcriroB."1 SiB,—There are, I venture to submit, two or three propositions laid down by Mr. Westlake in his...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THU "SPECTATOR?'1 Sin,—The Spectator has always shown itself interested in the welfare and influence of the Church of England, and I venture to ask for its...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' Sfn,—A correspondent of yours objects to my reckoning (in an article in the Fortnightly) that the average density of population in the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—In your article on " Alderman ' Ben Tillett," you say that "the destiny of the mass of labour is always to be poor." That is a sad...

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SIR,—I should, with you, think the County Councillors right if they welcomed Mr. B. Tillett, Labour agitator of extreme views, within their respectable ranks, always supposing...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The triumph of the "Progressives" will cause many to pause and think. How is it that the majority of Londoners permitted, by voting or...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The reviewer of " Ochil Idylls," in the Spectator or March 5th, speaks of wondering what the etymology of " devall " may chance to be....


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—That "A Human Automaton," in casting scorn and. blame upon brother-automatons, stands stultified in temper and logic, will, I think,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—I read with much regret your article on the London County Council. It seems to me that you desire to strengthen the one evil (from my...

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[TO THR EDITOR OF THZ •srserAzoa.1 Sis,—In the Arctic weather we are now experiencing, it strikes me that it would be but kind to impart to your readers a remedy, prescribed to...


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AN AUTOMATIC LAY. BY A MUSICAL BOX. Mew is a mere automaton—free-will a fable vain : This dogma in the Magazines I lay down plump and plain— The Editor, poor man, may sigh,...


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THE VALUE OF HUMAN TESTIMONY.* Tam is a very shrewd and useful little book, which says all it does say exceedingly well. It insists that the value of testimony depends, in the...

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MR. ANSTEY'S LAST TATM.S.* MB. ANSTEY'S humours are of an

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uneven nature. There is a little too much mixture of the real and the unreal to give the impression of completeness which we like to look for in stories of a fanciful kind, and...

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Kn-To is careful to avoid raising any unnecessary expectations, by distinctly stating that this volume con- sists of simple family correspondence never intended for publication....

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MB. Moa LET ROBERTS has certainly had some very uncom- mon experiences of life, or rather, we should say, experiences which do not commonly fall to the lot of persons capable...

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MISS MOZLEY'S ESSAYS.* Miss MOBLEY'S literary work in connection with

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the publica- tion of her brother's letters and the correspondence of Cardinal Newman, was marked by an excellence and a character of its own which ought to ensure a welcome for...

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Iv must be confessed that Mr. Frith's Life of John Leech is very far from being a model biography. It is readable, but to Leech's innumerable admirers it will be also a source...

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Letters of James Smethans. Edited by Sarah Smetham and William

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Davies. (Macmillan.)—It is impossible to read this book without being struck by it, and yet it is difficult to justify the praise which one would like to give it. It consists of...

A Reverend Gentleman. By J. Maclaren Cobban. (Methuen and Co.)—One

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villain is enough for one novel; Mr. Cobban gives us two, and both of a hue so portentously black that they could not be easily matched in real life. Between the "Reverend...


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The Oxford Shakespeare. 6 vols. (Clarendon Press.)—This is the miniature Oxford edition of the plays and poems, printed in ex- quisitely clear type on India paper. Nothing more...

The Faith - Doctor. By Edward Eggleston. (Cassell and Co.)— This is

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a really admirable novel, all the more admirable in our eyes because it is a relief from the everlasting "sexual problem" with which writers of fiction now torment and disgust...

The Perplexed Farmer. By Georges Ville. Translated by William Crookes,

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F.R.S. (Longmans.)—Mr. Crookes has here translated three lectures given by M. Ville to French agri- culturists, together with the appendices, in which he summarises their...

A House of Pomegranates. By Oscar Wilde. (J. R. Osgood

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and licIlvaine.)—The first of Mr. Oscar Wilde's allegories or parables, or whatever he may call them, is admirable. A young King, who is a passionate lover of the beautiful,...

Economic and Industrial Fallacies. By Arthur B. and Henry Farquhar.

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(G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—The Messrs. Farquhar dis- cuss exhaustively the subject of Protection, for this is the real object of their attack; all the fallacies centre in this....

A Pair of Originals. By E. Way'. (Seeley and Co.)—Readers

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who read Miss Ward's last book, "Fresh from the Fens "—those who have not, will do well to repair the omission—will remember that one of the best things is the adventure of...

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The Real Japan. By Henry Norman. (T. Fisher trnwin.)— This

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is a remarkable book, which appears not inopportunely in the wake of Sir Edwin Arnold's "Lands and Seas." This it supplements, and, it would not be too much to say, corrects....

Bobby : a Christmas - Eve Story. By " Vesper." (Sampson Low and

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Co.)—Bobby is the pathetic story of a great-grandmother's twin-sister's romance, told to a great-granddaughter. It is prettily told, and the scene is cast in the days of the...

Anecdotes of the Habits and Instincts of Birds, Reptiles, and

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7ieh4. By Mrs. R Lee. (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.)—There is a very miscellaneous collection of anecdotes of all sorts, and from all sources, in this volume by Mrs. Lee. We have...

The Official Year - Book of the Church of England, 1892. (S.P.C.K.)

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—There can be no doubt that this is a striking record of work. Could we compare it with a corresponding set of figures and facts for the year 1792, we should doubtless find an...

The Jolly Roger. By Hume Nisbet. (Digby, Long, and Co.)—

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Mr. Nisbet has not been altogether successful in his attempt to impart a sense of reality to his story of "sea heroes and pirates" in the reign of James I. There is plenty of...

Otto the Knight, and other Trans - Mississippi Stories. By Octave Thanet.

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(Cassell and Co.)—The art of writing short stories is carried to great perfection by our American cousins, and the volume of ten stories now before us is a ease in point. There...

Cy Ross. By " Mellen Cole." (Gay and Bird.)—" Cy" Ross

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is a really admirable portrait of what are a fast-vanishing class, the "old-timers" of the Far West. The marvellous instinct of the old miner—almost Indian in its...

The Fatal Request. By A. L. Harris. (F. Warne and

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Co.)—The plot of the story is a well-conceived one, and begins well, and the subsequent mystery and horror that envelop it are well kept up, nor does the interest flag till the...