20 AUGUST 1892

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As regards the subordinate offices, we may mention that Sir

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Edward Grey is to be Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and he will represent the department in the Lower House. He is an able young man, who is supposed to be very " moderate...

It seems more than doubtful if Mr. John Morley will

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secure his re-election for Newcastle. Mr. Hamond, M.P., is said to have given it as his opinion that Mr. Ralli, the Liberal Unionist, will beat him by a majority of from 500 to...


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O N Thursday the Unionist Government rendered up the Seals of Office, and Mr. Gladstone's Government received them. The situation was rather neatly represented yesterday week by...

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

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Of the other appointments, the most remarkable is the pro-

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motion of Mr. Asquith to the important office of Home Secretary, and the raising of Mr. Arthur Acland to the Vice- Presidency of the Council of Education, with a seat in the...

A fresh list of honours for members of the defeated

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party appeared yesterday. The Earl of Zetland, the retiring Lord- Lieutenant of Ireland, is to become a Marquis ; Viscount Cranbrook, the retiring Lord President of the Council,...

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The Labour troubles in America grow worse instead of better.

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During the past week there have been outbreaks both among the miners of the Southern, and the railway poiutsmen of the Eastern States. The State of Tennessee, which is poor,...

Antwerp has this week been the scene of one of

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those gorgeous anniversary commemorations in which the cities of the Continent take such delight. In order to celebrate its jubilee, the Antwerp Archwological Society has...

The news from Tangier is still inconclusive, though it seems

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probable that the Angera revolt will be brought to an end without farther fighting. An odd incident has been the interven9m of the Shereef of Wazan,—a Moorish dignitary now...

We have dealt elsewhere with the situation in Bulgaria, but

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may note here that a Renter's telegram of Wednesday, sent from Sofia., announces that M. Jacobsohn, the ex- Dragoman of the Bucharest Legation, who sold the Secret Documents to...

The unrest in the Balkans has spread to Servia, and

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a Ministerial crisis of a serious character is taking place at Belgrade. The immediate cause of the trouble is the appointment of a third Regent to fill the vacancy caused by...

The Daily Telegraph of Wednesday gives a map of the

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Pamirs, which shows the present position of the Russians, and adds a very alarmist article by way of explanation. According to the writer, while we have been thinking only of...

According to the Neue Freie Presse, of Vienna, five kilo-

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grammes of dynamite have been discovered in the Custom House at Salonica, in a double-bottomed chest. This chest a Russian, travelling with a French passport, was anxious to...

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The Report of the Commissioners of Customs shows that the

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revenue from this source is now 220,092,787, an increase of £343,257 since last year. The most noticeable feature is the fact that, "for the first time in the history of our...

Bank Rate, 2 per sent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday 97k-97t.

Mr. Henry Matthews, the ex-Home Secretary, and Mr. Chamberlain were

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present on Wednesday at a banquet given by the Midland Conservative Club to celebrate the Unionist victories in the Midlands. Mr. Matthews, in proposing the health of the Queen,...

Sir Charles Russell, speaking at Swindon, on Wednesday, at a

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banquet held to celebrate the Gladstonian victories in Wiltshire, did his best, of course, to minimise the meaning of Irish Home-rule ; but we should be much surprised to find...

It is understood that Lord Wolmer is to give up

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his office of Whip to the Liberal Unionist Party in the Commons, and that Mr. Powell Williams (M.P. for South Birmingham), who, under Mr. Chamberlain, has managed so...

In a subsequent speech, Mr. Matthews expressed his own very

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strong conviction that the reservation of the supremacy of the Imperial Parliament over the Irish Parliament would necessarily be a solemn farce, not only because the supreme...

Mr. Chamberlain also spoke, and dwelt powerfully on the humiliating

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position of Mr. Gladstone's Administration in being compelled to recognise politicians whom they had formerly condemned as enemies of the country and of all good Government, as...

It was announced on Thursday that the Social 'Democratic Federation

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has resolved, "That this meeting of the Executive Council of the Social Democratic Federation calls upon all Social Democrats, Radicals, and working-class -organisations to...

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THE NEW GOVERNMENT. W E do not regard the prospects of the is Govern- ment as at all promising, for it s formed to achieve an almost impossible enterprise out of very hetero-...

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S IR CHARLES RUSSELL, speaking at the Swindon banquet held on Wednesday to celebrate the successes of the Gladstonians in Wiltshire, took occasion to reiterate Mr. Gladstone's...

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M STAILBULOFF has the art of winning. That • is a truth which those who occupy themselves with the affairs of South-Eastern Europe must never forget. However badly things may...

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T HE slow but steady advance of the French Conserva- tives towards the Republic has lately been marked by two incidents of some moment. The first is the defeat of the Royalists...


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T HOUGH the exact arrangements made with the new law-officers in regard to private practice have not yet been published, it is evident that changes are to be made, and that the...

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MHE appointment of Mr. Arthur Acland as Vice- _1- President of the Council, with a seat in the Cabinet, together with Mr. Asquith's elevation to the important post of Home...

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THE NAVAL MANCEUVRES. T HE Naval War-Game for 1892 closes on

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Monday, when the vessels transferred from the Reserve to the Active Fleet for the annual sea-training are to be handed back to the "care and maintenance" crews in the dock-...

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v HEN a trade is prosperous, everybody is hopeful and economic seers prophesy smooth things. But so soon as the inevitable reaction sets in, pessimism pre- vails, and the...

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A N ingenious writer in the Daily News has been discoursing on bores and their ways. The article, however, though in the main sound and undoubtedly amusing, hardly goes deep...

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H OWEVER cordially one may approve of the general aim of the coming Exhibition at Chicago, and may wish for its complete success, it is difficult to feel an entire sympathy...

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A VERY able thinker, commenting on what we wrote last week concerning the somewhat minute chance of holding any communication with Mars, writes to us as follows :—" I cannot but...

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I T seems as if an obligation were laid upon some people to utter a quotation, however trite, however really inappro- priate, if some triffing incident or expression suggests it...

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NOTES FROM A DIARY IN EGYPT AND PALESTINE. THE transition from the civilisation of Egypt to that of Palestine presents no violent contrasts, such as one meets with in passing...

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. [To THE EDITOR OF rag " ErICTATOL1 SIR,—The Arab rising in Nyangwe is reported to be against the Belgian Anti-Slavery Expedition, and, whether tame or not, the credit of the...


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[To THB EDITOR Or TIM " BPS4TAT011:] Sitt,—The subject of "Dreams," to which you have recently given admission into your columns, is one in which I take so much interest, and...


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THE APOLOGY FOR BOYCOTTING. [To TER Enrros or rag "SrEcrArorg.1 Stn,—Mr. A. H. Cruickshank's defence of " Boycotting " is lame and misleading. He has shown a very pretty wit in...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THZ "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There was a General Election in the year 1841, and the County of Salop returned twelve Conservative Members, who were locally called the...

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THE POETESSES OF THE CENTURY.* WITH every wish to be polite, not to say gallant, to the poetesses in general (Mr. Miles discards the word poetess, and it is not an ideally...


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THE WINDS' STORY. THE North Wind blew at night off the sea, Saying, "Sorrowful, sorrowful, all of me ! I sing of the numbing winter's breath, I sing of snow, and death. I...

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OLD TOITRAINE.* TH18 useful and interesting book will be welcome

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to all who care for France and French history, and especially to those who know and love the old provinces on the Loire. No other part of France, perhaps, has so much varied...

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MR. MAURICE'S LINCOLN'S INN SERMONS.* MosT of Mr. Maurice's theological

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books consisted of "Lin- coln's Inn Sermons." Those by which he is best known, and which made most impression in his time, as "Theological Essays," and "The Prophets and Kings...

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THE SWISS CONFEDERATION.* THI8 is one of a series of

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"Studies in Historical and Political Science," intended for the edification of that singularly named institution, the Johns Hopkins University. It is introduced by a preface, in...

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Ma. WILKINS might have been more fortunate in his editors. The efforts of the two gentlemen who act as his supporters on his entry into the novel field of literature have...

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MONSIEUR FERDINAND BUISSON, who holds an important position in the French Ministry of Public Instruction as Directeur de l'enseignement Primaire, and who is well known as one of...

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The Life and Teachings of Mohammed; or, the Spirit of

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Islam By Syed Ameer All (W. H. Allen and Co.)—This volume is a sign of the times. It represents that curious growth of Islam in the midst of Christian countries. I more able,...


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The County Council Year Book, 1899. By T. B. Browne. (163 Queen Victoria Street.)—Some special articles precede the usual official information. We have a retrospect of "Three...

The Government of Victoria (Australia). By Edward Jenks, M.A. (Macmillan.)—Professor

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Jenks explains in a very modest preface the origin of his book. On his appointment, three years ago, to the Chair of Law in the University of Melbourne, he found himself bound...

The Odes and Epodes of Horace. Translated by John B.

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Hague. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—Mr. Hague prefixes an introduction, which may be read with interest, to the whole of the Odes ; and he supplies a special preface to each Ode, in...

The History of Civilisation in Scotland. By John Mackintosh, LL.D.

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Vol I. (A. Gardner.)—This is a new edition which is almost equivalent to a new book. It is fifteen years since Dr. Mackintosh issued the first volume of his work, which at once...

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A Short Commentary on the Book of Daniel. By A.

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A. Bevan, M.A. (Cambridge University Press.)—Mr. Bevan takes a very decided line against the orthodox commentators on Daniel, such as Hengstenberg and Pusey. He is not content...

Cousin Cinderella. By Mrs. Paul King. 2 vols. (Bentley.)— We

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might apply to this novel the line, " Desinit in piscem mulier formosa superne." The quotation would be the more apposite because its first heroine is a girl of enchanting...

The History of Canada. By William Kingsford, LL.D. Vol. V.

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(Kogan Paul, Trench, and Co., London ; Rowsell and Hutchison, Toronto.)—Mr. Kingsford has added a period of twelve years, 1763-75, in this volume, and intends to complete his...

The Fellows of the Collegiate Church of Manchester. By the

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late F. R. Raines ; edited by Frank Renaud, M.D. Vol. II. (Printed for the Chetham Society.)—This volume carries on the record from 1728 to 1843. The frontispiece is a portrait...

Two learned books on St. Patrick may be mentioned together,

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— Succat, the Story of Sixty Years of the Life of St. Patrick, by Monsignor Gradwell (Burns and Oates), and Ireland and St. Patrick, by William Millen Morris (same publishers)....

. The Holy Communion. By John Wordsworth, Bishop of Salle-

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bury. (Parker and Co.)—The Bishop republishes in this volume four visitation addresses delivered last year. He deals with the Gospel Narrative, the Eucharist in the Primitive...

The Rural Exodus. By P. Anderson Graham. (Methuen.)— This volume,

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one of the series, "Social Questions of To-Day," deals with a subject which has been more than once discussed in this journal. It may certainly be studied with much advantage....

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Verses to Order. By " A. G." (Methuen and Co.)—"A. G."

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are initials which represent a well-known writer of humorous verse. The pieces in this volume are, of course, academical, and topically academical. To some readers, they will...

Ciceronis de Gratore Libri Tres. Edited by A. S. Wilkins,

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Litt.D. (The Clarendon Press.)—To the first and second books of the De Orators, published respectively in 1879 and 1881, Professor Wilkins now adds the third. This is, in some...

The number and importance of the apologetic works which appear

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at the present time, is such as to render all but the very briefest mention of them impossible. The Witness of the Epistles, by the Rev. R. J. Knowling, M.A. (Longmans), is a...

Our Life in the Swiss Highlands. By John Addington Symonds

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and his Daughter Margaret. (A. and C. Black.)—It is impossible to give any adequate idea of the varied charm of this book. This can be obtained only from reading it. Mr. Symonds...

Sonnets, Songs, Laments. By Cara G. Whiton-Stone. (Cupples, Boston.)—The writer

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of this volume of fluent and gaudily-coloured verse has yet to learn that moderation is a virtue, and that the poet's art is dependent on the conditions imposed by language and...