1 OCTOBER 1892

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

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Mr. Cleveland's letter accepting the Democratic nomination, published in America

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on Monday, is a somewhat disappointing document. Mr. Cleveland does not venture to fight the election on a pure Free-trade issue, but talks guardedly about tariff reform. "...

The Indian Government has two or three little wars on

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its hands, one of which began on September 25th or 26th, and is of some moment. The tribes of the Black Mountain, a great hill district beyond the Indus, have been giving...


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T HE rumours as to the intention of the German Government to propose a large increase of the Array are confirmed by the Berlin correspondent of the Times, who has, apparently,...

The Socialists seem to have two minds upon the subject

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of war,—one for it, and one against. An International Socialist Congress has been held this week at Marseilles ; and a German Socialist, Herr Liebknecht, made a speech, which...

Count d'Haussonville, who is now considered the mouth- piece of

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the French Legitimists, delivered a speech on Sep- tember 24th, at Montauban, which has attracted and deserved much comment in France. He maintained that the Monarchy had still...


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With the " SPECTATOR" of Saturday, October 8th, will be issued gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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It is believed that the Cabinet Councils held on Thursday

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and Friday had under their consideration the question whether we should or should not withdraw from Uganda. The British East Africa Company has given notice to the Government...

Mr. Morley has yielded to the pressure of the Irish

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Home- rulers so far as to reawaken the Rent question. In a letter of September 26th, addressed to Mr. Justin McCarthy, he informs him that Mr. Balfour had admitted that the...

The Dake of Argyll, in a letter to Tuesday's Times,

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takes Mr. Gladstone heavily to task for his rash statement in regard to Welsh rents. After criticising the speech made from "a huge boulder," the Duke points out that " the...

Mr. J. E. Redmond, leader of the Parnellites, publishes an

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article in the Nineteenth Century for October, in which he states the irreducible minimum of Parnellite demands. His style is quite moderate, but he wants full control of the...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, speaking at Tetbury on Tuesday, in favour

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of the candidature of Colonel Chester Masters, in the Cirencester division of Gloucestershire, declared, as regards agriculture, first, that the whole burden of local taxation...

Guildhall has been the scene this year of a rather

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discredit- able controversy. Alderman Knill, a wharfinger, but a man of culture formerly unusual in the City, stood next for the Lord Mayor's chair. He is, however, not only a...

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The latest reports on the cholera epidemic show that it

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is abating everywhere, the new cases in Hamburg having been only seventy on Wednesday, in St. Petersburg only thirty- five, and in Paris only twenty-six. In the latter city,...

The Calcutta correspondent of the Times reports a splendid feat

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of climbing in the Hindoo Koosh. Mr. Conway, an ex- plorer who has been studying the Himalayas above Cashmere for months, early in August, with a small party, ascended a peak...

A case of suicide has excited great public interest. A

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young woman, whose real name was Marion Sharpe, but who had been known on the stage as " Ruby Russell," died last week in West Brompton, under circumstances which suggested...

Sir George Bowen, who writes a letter on Hannibal's passage

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of the Alps to the Times of Tuesday, seems really to have solved the much-debated point,—What is meant by the statement that the great Carthaginian forced his way across the...

The Gladstonians keep the seat for South Bedfordshire, but their

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majority has been reduced by more than three-fifths. At the last election, Mr. Flower beat Colonel Duke, the Unionist candidate, by a majority of 1,019 ; the votes being, 4,277...

At the Poor-Law Conference for Lancashire and Cheshire, held at

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Chester on Saturday, the problem of vagrancy was dealt with. The general result of the discussion was in favour of sifting the professional vagrant from the honest tramp, of...

The dispute in New Zealand, as to whether the Governor

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had a right to refuse to make the full number of Members of the Upper and nominated House which he was " advised " to make by his Ministers, has been settled in favour of the...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols - (2I) were on Friday 978.

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MR. MORLEY'S NEW MANIFESTO. M R. MORLEY certainly does not possess the " firm- ness in office " of which we recently spoke. His letter of September 26th to Mr. Justin McCarthy,...

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I T would be difficult to exaggerate the importance of the military Bills which, according to the well-informed Berlin correspondent of the Times, the German Govern- ment has...

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THE LITERARY FRAUDS. T HE men who make a profession of

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taking-in the public, and extracting large sums of money from them by bogus and fraudulent schemes, may not really be very clever men, but they seem to possess, in an...

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T HE " Labour Vote," as it begins to be called, may, and probably will, produce great results, both for good and evil, in English politics, but we do not see much ground for the...

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Hammam who, unless some sudden and unexpected turn in the negotiations takes place, has just made his peace with the Sultan of Morocco, is a very picturesque figure in this...

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THE CHURCH CONGRESS. T HERE was some talk last year as

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to the wisdom of keeping the meetings of the Church Congress annual. The arguments for making them triennial had considerable force, but they were altogether outweighed by the...

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" A ND, friend, when dost thee think P " was the reply made by the Quaker lady to whom Southey had explained, with no little satisfaction, how he spent his day. He told her how...

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W E wonder whether the thought is that of an individual, and generated by a particular course of reading, or whether the majority of those who study geography share the feeling...

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S O many of the higher powers of human pleasure may be traced in their first form among the other vertebrates, that it seems difficult to deny positively the faculty for any of...

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W ANTED, a style. But to what extent is it wanted? Is it the one thing needful for a writer; and if so, how is he to acquire it ? Mr. W. E. Norris, writing in this month's...

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THE LIBERAL UNIONIST POSITION. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.'] SIR,-If you will allow this subject to be reverted to, I would say that Sir Thomas Bazley should bear in...


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"SPECTATOR. "] SIE, - I hope that you will permit me to say a few words about the late Professor Croom Robertson. I had the great happi- ness of an intimate acquaintance with...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."' SIR,—It is not quite clear what it is that Archdeacon Cheetham seeks to prove. He asserts (1), that the Court of the Gentiles was the proper...

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[To THE EDITOR OE THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I lately met some friends who had with them a little dog, called Vic,' who had adopted the family of a cat in the house, and, while in...


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SWIFT'S POLITE CONVERSATION.* THE two long notes which we append to the heading of this article speak for themselves. Another of the reissues of old classics, so dear to modern...

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THE " Grasshopper " denoted, and, it may be said, still denotes, the south-eastern corner of a block of buildings bounded on the south by Lombard Street, and on all other sides...

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This is a clever book, of a kind which it is difficult to write with good taste, and which, on the whole, perhaps ought not to be written at all. In these latter days, it seems,...

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GENERAL HERVEY'S book is, as the title-page shows, his diary for the year 1867. His reason for publishing it is the fact that during that period he was engaged in the work of...

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No one, we suppose, would be surprised at hearing that the familiar but artful game of draughts is the oldest game in the world ; nor would they be astonished at that dignified...

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THE publication of Mr. Hore's narrative of his work in Central Africa between the years 1877 and 1888, has been delayed by his lengthened visit to Australia ; but the account...

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MAURICE MaRrEalaNcK, the young author whom a too enthusiastic admirer somewhat unkindly designated the " Belgian Shakespeare," and one of whose plays, L'Intruse, was acted in...

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The Ainu of Japan. By the Rev. John Batchelor. (Religious

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Tract Society.)—The Ainu—not Aino, it should be observed—are the aborigines of Japan (ainu means " man; " wino, " mongrel," the dominant race scoffing at their subjects as of...


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Mcidhava ltdo Sindhia. By H. G. Keene. (Clarendon Press.)— This is one of the " Rulers of India " series,—scarcely among the first in interest, but certainly worth study, the...

The Doings of Raffles Haw. By A. Conan Doyle. (Cassell

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and Co.)—Raffies Haw is a millionaire, or billionaire, thanks to his possession of a secret which furnishes him with an inexhaustible supply of money. He is anxious to make a...

A Winter in North China. By the Rev. T. M.

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Morris. (Religions Tract Society.)—Mr. Morris and Dr. Fuller (who writes a brief introduction to the book) were commissioned by the Baptist Mis- sionary Society to inspect the...

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Camping Sketches. By George R. Lowndes. (Bentley and Son.) —Mr.

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Lowndes describes with much graphic effect, and without the incessant effort to be funny which often makes such books almost unbearable, various " open-air " experiences. How...

Elements of Agriculture. By W. Frean, LL.D. (John Murray). —We

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have here a text-book "prepared under the authority of the Royal Agricultural Society of England," and published at a. price so moderate as ought to ensure the very widest...

Water-Colour Painting in England. By Gilbert R. Redgrave. (Sampson Low,

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Marston, and Co.)—This is a volume in the series of "Illustrated Handbooks of Art," and, taking up the history of water-colour painting at the earliest times, which, however,...

Suffering London. By b . Egmont Hake. (Scientific Press.)— This is

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an able plea—commended and seconded by Mr. Walter Besant, who writes an artroduction—for the London hospitals. Mr. Egmont Hake briefly sketch - s the history of these great in-...

Diaries of Sir Daniel Gooch. With Introductory Notice by Sir

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Theodore Martin. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—At twenty- one, Daniel Gooch was appointed Superintendent of the Locomo- tive Department of the Great Western Railway. It was at...

Selections from Plato. Edited by T. W. Rolleston. (W. Scott.)

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—Mr. Rolleston includes portions of the "Phaedrus," the " Re- public," the " Hippias Major," and the " Symposium," together with the whole of the "Apology," "Crito," and "...

The Cause of an Ice-Age. By Sir Robert Ball, LL.

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D. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.)—The " cause " Sir Robert Ball finds in astronomical facts. The attraction of the planets deflects the earth from its normal orbit. The most...

Insurance and Saving. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—This is a report

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made by a Committee of the Charity Organisation Society on "The Existing Opportunities for Working-Class Thrift," while an introduction discusses the " Poor-Law as an Obstacle...

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Coal, and what We get front It. By Raphael Mendola.

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(S.P.C.K.) —This is a volume in the "Romance of Science" series. The first ch ipter is mainly historical, and, we may add, prophetic. If we put out of consideration the possible...

. Makers of Modern Thought. By David Nasmyth, Q.C. Vol.

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II. (G. Philip and Son.)—The six thinkers whom Mr. Nasmyth describes in this volume are Hobbes, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Locke, and Newton.