1 JULY 1899

Page 3


The Spectator

cA , INDEX. "e6 FROM JULY 1st TO DECEMBER 30th, 1899, INCLUSIVE TOPICS OF THE DAY. A FRICA., South, the Troubles in (see pp. 4-40-76-...

Page 9

London: Printed by Laws & WYMAN (Limited) at Nos. 74-76

The Spectator

Great Queen Street, W.C. ; and Published by JOHN BAKER for the "Spgar.sToit " (Limited), at their Office, No. 1 Wellington Strait, In the Precinct Of the 3aToy, Strand, In the...

Page 10

There was a second scene on Tuesday, raised by M.

The Spectator

Deroulede, who proposed a revision of the Constitution and the election of the President by a direct mass vote. It was, however, of little importance, and public attention is...

The French Chamber has accepted the new Ministry, though by

The Spectator

a majority of only twenty-six. On Monday M. Waldeck-Rousseau read a short programme declaring that the object of the combination was to " defend Republican institutions with...

Belgium seems to Englishmen a quiet place, but there is

The Spectator

probably no country in Europe in which the cleavage between political parties is so deep and wide, or in which there is more possibility of a social upheaval. As regards...

The Peace Congress at the Hague enjoyed a sensation on

The Spectator

Monday. The Russian proposal that armaments must be reduced was under discussion when Colonel von Gross von Schwartzholl, the German military delegate, assailed it on the ground...


The Spectator

T HERE is no fresh news from the Transvaal which can be described as both authentic and important, though there are rumours that Mr. Fischer, the representative of the...

The Editors cannot undertake to return _Manuscript, cn any ease.

The Spectator

Page 11

On Monday the House of Lords discussed the question whether

The Spectator

women should, or should not, be allowed to sit on the newly constituted London municipalities. The Govern- ment left the matter open, and the House witnessed the curious...

An International Congress has been sitting in London this week

The Spectator

which claims to represent more than a million women all over the world. The range of subjects has been very great, extending from the right of women to havo the vote, to the...

On Tuesday Mr. Asquith moved the rejection of the Clerical

The Spectator

Tithe Bill in a closely reasoned speech. The tithe, he argued, had always been subject to local rates ; in 1836, when tithe was commuted, its liability to rates was taken into...

On Thursday the debate on the Clerical Tithe Bill was

The Spectator

resumed by Mr. Courtney, who laboured to show, in our opinion most sophistically, that the rates paid on tithe were not the contributions of an individual, but a sum reserved...

Later in the debate a Unionist Member, Mr. Whiteley, created

The Spectator

a mild sensation by declaring that he could no longer support the present Government. The chief wickedness of the Government was their dealings with the rating question. It was...

During the debate on the Irish Estimates in the House

The Spectator

of Commons on Friday. June 23rd, Mr. Balfour dealt with the question of Irish University education, and with what he regarded as the three causes that made the settlement of the...

Sir William Harcourt's attack on the Bill was partly legal

The Spectator

and historical, and partly financial. The Government were trying to rob the ratepayers of £87,000 a year. Sir Henry Fowler was more moderate in language, but quite as hostile in...

Page 12

The Chancellor of the Exchequer made a thoughtful speech on

The Spectator

Wednesday, at a Lord Mayor's dinner, upon finance. After defending his recent policy in reducing the Sinking Fund rather than increase taxation, Sir M. Hicks-Beach diverged to...

Mr. Chamberlain ended his speech by asking how the race

The Spectator

animosities which unfortunately existed could be allayed. It could only be by going to the root of the mischief. "The misgovernment of the Transvaal is a festering sore which...

The Lord Chancellor replied with the thin-end-of-the- wedge argument. "The

The Spectator

question at issue was not less momentous than this,—whether or not, for all purposes and in respect of all political power, distinction of sex or disqualification of sex should...

A statue to Tom Hughes was unveiled at Rugby on

The Spectator

Satur- day last by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who commenced his speech by denying him any commanding intellect, and continued it by a eulogy on Dr. Arnold, of whom be...

Practically, we suppose, the danger is slight, because if a

The Spectator

great panic set in the Bank would be allowed to issue incon- vertible paper, that is, bank-notes guaranteed by the whole credit of the State. Theoretically, however, we can...

On Monday Mr. Chamberlain, addressing the Liberal Unionist Association at

The Spectator

the Town Hall, Birmingham, dealt at length with South African affairs. The controversy with the Transvaal was not a mere squabble over the suzerainty, over the pecuniary...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

The Spectator

New Consols (21) were on Friday 1071.

Page 13


The Spectator

TINGLISHMEN ought, we think, to approve the vote 1 1 A of the French Chamber on Monday. The new Ministry which that vote left in power is composed, at all events, of sincere...


The Spectator

MORAL PRESSURE. T HE real question that divides England just now is not the question whether the Boers or the Out- landers are in the right, but the question what is meant by...

Page 14

TITHES AND RATES. T HE Government are finding, as we felt

The Spectator

sure they would find, the extreme inconvenience caused by their decision to deal with the rating question, not as a whole, but piecemeal. The Clerical Tithe Bill has already met...

Page 16


The Spectator

A VERY remarkable change has passed, and is pass- ing, over political opinion throughout Europe. All through the "forties," "fifties," and " sixties " the ideal of genuine...


The Spectator

N OTHING, perhaps, in the Dreyfus case has so startled and shocked the English public as the treatment of Colonel Picquart. The wrong done to Captain Dreyfus was in the first...

Page 17


The Spectator

Hughes who were present at Rugby last Saturday when his statue was unveiled by the Archbishop of Canterbury must have been well con- tented with the proceedings; but to us, who...

Page 18


The Spectator

W E have read with much interest a work entitled "Essays in Psychical Research,"* by "Miss X," a member of the Psychical Research Society, and evidently a. very keen...

Page 19


The Spectator

N EWS of the death of Mr. John Whitehead, the eminent field-naturalist and collector, comes from the island of Hainan, off the Southern Coast of China. He had gone to the Far...

Page 20


The Spectator

WHAT AN AUSTRALIAN SEES IN LONDON.—I, (To THE EDITOR OF' THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—It seems, no doubt, an impertinence for a visitor to say that Londoners do not understand London...

Page 22


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The letter on the above subject published in the Spectator of June 24th, and signed oddly enough "Vincet- Veritas," has certainly...


The Spectator

THE CONVENTION OF LONDON. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:'] STR, — I think you will agree that the question, what rights England has in or against the South African...

Page 23


The Spectator

SIR,—The letter that you publish from " Vincet-Veritas" in the Spectator of June 24th is evidently written with the inten- tion of conveying to your readers the idea that the...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—If the most "questionable" of Gordon's acts are so little open to question as those cited, his admirers can sleep in peace. Owing to...

Page 24


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."; St,—The injustice of our present rating system does not press only, or chiefly, upon the occupier of land. A forcible example is given in...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Perhaps another attempt may

The Spectator

be made to translate what has been justly called .` untranslatable." The belief that a cliff is inaccessible does not always prevent a rash climber from risking the ascent : —...


The Spectator

go THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, —As many of your readers seem to take kindly interest in our Stella' Stewardess Memorial Fund, I hope you will allow me to tell you what...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTeTOF.."] SIR,—In your sympathetic notice of my "Charles XII. of Sweden" in the Spectator of Jane 24th, for which you deserve my best thanks, you...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPF.CTATOR.1 SIR,—The accomplished scholar named by "E. G" may well have found the Bishop's exquisite lines untranslatable if he got them from a...

Page 25


The Spectator

"SPECTATOR."] Spit,—A pair of marmosets which for the two past winters have had a free run of our greenhouse and garden (in Bucking- hamshire), produced two young ones on May...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—A recent experience of mine is so absolutely foreign to peace—or,even a Peace Conference—that I venture to put it before you. I lately...


The Spectator

[TO TILE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As I know from correspondence that there are many people in England who sympathise with the squirrel in its hard struggle for life,...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Will you allow me to inform those of your readers who are interested in the " Charlotte Yonge " Scholarship that on July 19th, at the...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In the letter on this subject from Mr. W. A. Fox in he Spectator of June 24th, he states "that malingering is no light evil, but a...


The Spectator

[To 1IIE ED1101t 01 TELL 'SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Will you allow me as an American, and especially as the opinion of the Spectator is highly valued in the United States, to question...

Page 26


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sut,—May I, in behalf of the little jerboa, and those of your readers who may possess a specimen, once more hope for a short space in your...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The authorities on the above quotation referred to by Mr. Austin Dobson in the Spectator of June 24th can hardly be regarded with...


The Spectator

A DEATHBED: JULY lsr, 18—. THIS is the very room in which she died : I know it well; and when the moonlight falls, As now it falls, upon her little bed, How white the bed...

Page 27


The Spectator

s well," thou Bay'st," to spurn A world will else spurn thee ; Draw in the empty hand, Shut eyes that longing tire ; Since vain it is to yearn, When most is show we see,— Air...


The Spectator

THE RISE OF PORTUGUESE POWER IN INDIA.* THE exploration of the ocean routes between Western Europe and the East Indies marks an important epoch in the world's history, for when...

Page 28

A CHINESE NOTEBOOK.* IN Intimate China Mrs. Little has made

The Spectator

no attempt to deal with her vast and intricate subject scientifically or exhaustively. She has contented herself with a series of discursive notes on all she has seen and...

Page 29


The Spectator

IN Mr. Henley's admirable introduction to the present volume the following sentence occurs :—" But then, I also am a lover of life, and I also look on verse as the rarest and...

Page 30


The Spectator

WHEN Finn, the father of Usheen (Ossian), had tasted of one of those salmon of knowledge, so called because it had pre- viously assimilated the nuts of knowledge dropped into...

Page 31


The Spectator

IN the opinion of his biographers, and of the world also, Sir Harry Lumsden received but a very inadequate recognition of the services which he rendered to his country. But...

Page 32

NOVELS OF THE WEEK.* THU "short line war" is a

The Spectator

war of directors on rival American railway companies to obtain possession of a short line which "feeds" two trunk lines in which they are respectively in- terested. But the ways...

Page 33

The Earth Life. By E. Longworth Dames. (George Redway. 5s.)—This

The Spectator

is one of the books about Nature that really give one a feeling of the country. The author has seen the seasons pass him as a pageant. He has described the awakening life of...

Records of the Borough of Leicester, 1103-1327. Edited by Mary

The Spectator

Bateson. (C. J. Clay and Sons. 25s. net.)—Leicester was one of the five Danish burghs (" burhs " seems to be the orthodox spelling), and had in later days some peculiarities of...


The Spectator

An Idler in Old France. By Tighe Hopkins. (Hurst and Blackett. Cs )—It is not altogether a pleasant experience to idle in old France. Whether we attempt to walk through the...


The Spectator

[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for renew in other forms.] Christian Missions and Social Progress. By Rev. James Dennis, D.D. Vol....

Page 34

Henrik Ibsen and Bjgrnstjerne Bji;rnson. By George Brandes. (W. Heinemann.)—Professor

The Spectator

Brandes has studied Ibsen for thirty years, his "First Impression" being dated in 1867, and his" Third Impression" in 1893. Of Bjornson he writes once only, but then the latter...

Our Lady of August and the Palio of Siena. By

The Spectator

William Heywood, B.A. (Enrico Torrini, Siena. 4 liras.)—Mr. Heywood gives a brilliant account of the town of Siena, a turbulent place once.on terms of fierce hostility to...

A Greek Anthology. By E. C. Merchant. (Methuen and Co.)

The Spectator

—We have very little to criticise in Mr. Marchant's choice of his garland. Possibly the iambic extracts might have been omitted, not because they are inferior, but because the...

Studies in Religion fri.m 2!..akespeare. By Ambrose Blotch- ford, B.A.

The Spectator

(Elliot Stock.)—These six essays treat of the religious attitude taken up by Shakespeare. On the great ques- tion, "Catholic or Protestant'" Mr. Blatchford is disposed to think...

21/bunt Geographique. Par Marcel Dubois et Camille Guy. Tome Troisieme.

The Spectator

(Colin et Cie., Paris. 15 francs.)—This third volume contains an account of the temperate regions of the world in con- tinuation of previous issues, which give—(1) a general...

inclustria/ Cuba. By Robert P. Porter. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.

The Spectator

15s.)—Mr. Porter was sent by the United States Govern- ment in the latter part of 1893 to report on its industrial, com- mercial, and financial situation. He devoted seven...

Bye - Ways of Crime. By R. J. Power-I3errey. (Greening and Co.

The Spectator

2s.)—The "Black Museum" is a department of Scotland Yard, and may be compared to the "Chamber of Horrors" in Madame Tussaud. Only there is more of the real about it. Here are...

Autobiography and Diary of the Rev. James Clegg. Edited by

The Spectator

Henry Kirke, M.A. (Wardley, Buxton).—Mr. Clegg was the minister of a Nonconformist congregation near Chapel-le-Frith, and kept a diary which he entered up so diligently that it...

Page 35

Tnsomor.—The Supper of the Lord. By H. C. G. Moule,

The Spectator

D.D. (R.T.S. 8d. net.)—Professor Monle gives a very able summary of Roman and Lutheran doctrine on the Eucharist, and of the Anglican in its various phases. (He vindicates Z...

Ithscamamtous.—Fur and Feather Tales. By Hamblin Sears. (Harper and Brothers.

The Spectator

7s. GcL)—Mr. Sears takes us to New England, to a French forest, and to Norway. His tales are evidently the outcome of experience, for they have the touch of reality about them....