21 MAY 1892

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A further split in the ranks of the Anti-Parnellite faction

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has revealed itself this week. A special general meeting of the shareholders of the Freeman was called on Monday to elect directors and ratify the amalgamation of the Freeman....

Lord Salisbury delivered a brilliant speech at Hastings on Wednesday,

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one portion of which was not less imprudent than brilliant,—we mean the portion in which he advised the country to devise retaliatory tariffs on the less important of our...

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

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The new Italian Ministry, under the presidency of Signor Giolitti,

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will, it is stated, adhere strongly to the Triple Alliance; but it will make it its first business to restore the finances, and if possible, enrich Italy by removing obstacles...

Mr. Balfour stated on Tuesday, in reply to a question

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from Mr. Labouchere, that he should take a vote on account before the House separated for the Whitsuntide holidays, and that it would be taken probably for a month or six weeks....


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T HE elections in Greece on Sunday resulted in the total defeat of M. Delyannis, the voters returning 170 Members, out of 207, pledged to approve his dismissal by the King, and...

The semi-official German papers are greatly pleased with the Italian

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resolve to adh&e to the Triple Alliance, and keep the Army prepared for all eventualities; and one of them, the Post, ventilates a singular idea. It says that the power of...

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer opposed the Bill on behalf

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of the Government, on the ground that it proposed to ex- tinguish the fair representation of communities as distinguished from the representation of individuals; whereas it was...

On Wednesday, Mr. Shaw-Lefevre brought on his motion for prohibiting

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any elector with a plurality of votes, from giving more than one of his votes in any General Election. He told the House of adergyman who had accumulated fifty separatevoting...

The Irish Local Government Bill came up on Thursday for

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its second reading, and Mr. Sexton moved its rejection. He had exceedingly little to say, except that the provisions of the Bill were not identical with those of the Bills for...

The most interesting electoral news of the week would have

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been that Mr. Conybeare was about to retire from Parliament; but this has now been denied by Mr. Conybeare. A candidate has been found to contest Mr. Chamberlain's seat for West...

The other parts of Lord Salisbury's speech were admirable. He

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deprecated class legislation on behalf of Labour, reminding his audience how pernicious, and even fatal, had been the former class legislation of the capitalists, now swept...

The Small Holdings Bill passed on Monday through Com- mittee,

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much discussed, but substantially not resisted. The only important change proposed was by Mr. Haldane, who moved that in the event of intestacy, a small holding should be...

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The Belgian Senate on Thursday voted in favour of sub-

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mitting the Referendum to the Convention which is to be imme- diately called for the revision of the Constitution, by 46 to 12. As the Chamber has already accepted the proposal,...

Mr. Balfour has this week won a match at tennis

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against Mr. Morton, which is described in highly technical, and to outsiders very obscure language, by the reporters. It is a new thing for the First Lord of the Treasury and...

Tt li trussian Parliament has been dealing this week with a curious

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historical survival. Prussia as a Kingdom is an aggregate of small sovereignties absorbed from time to time. It was the custom, whenever new territories were annexed, to grant...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Consols (2f) were on Friday 94.

If the statements received from Russia are correct, Baron Hirsch's

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scheme for removing Russian Jews to America, North and South, will not come to much. The Government of St. Petersburg promises to help him ; but the emigrants are to be picked,...

Yesterday week, the Bishop of Rochester (Dr. Randall Davidson) made

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a most striking speech in Convocation in favour of the opening of the British Museum, the National Gallery, Free Libraries, and places of that description, on Sunday. He...

The Democrats of the United States are almost as much

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perplexed about the Presidency as the Republicans. The South, which usually votes for that party as a solid block, is divided in opinion, and its delegates will enter the...

The Bishop of London (Dr. Temple), in addressing the Church

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Defence Association on Tuesday, went rather too far, we think, in representing the alliance between Church and State as wholly beneficial to both. We believe that the total...

The Dervishes of the Soudan are recovering from their torpor,

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and recently effected a daring raid on Serra, a village fifty miles within the Egyptian frontier. More than a hun- dred of them, well mounted on camels, entered the place on...

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riutERE was little heart in that part of Wednesday's _L debate which had to do with plural voting. The Gladstonian Party had intended to have a grand field-day on the subjeet of...


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THE DISSOLUTION CONJECTURES. M R. BALFOUR'S answer on Tuesday as to the vote to be taken on account before Whitsuntide, is supposed to indicate a great deal more than it does...

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Unionist support for his advice that England should take to the policy of imposing duties on the unimportant exports of those countries which exclude British manu- factures from...

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W E have not the smallest delight in the incessant quarrels of the Irish Revolutionaries. As Unionists, we wish to see Ireland take a dignified and useful place in the counsels...

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I T is quite possible that the Greek elections, which ended on Sunday in a crushing victory for M. Tricoupi, have saved Europe from a serious danger. His opponent, M. Delyannis,...

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which separates ethics from political economy, there is no more difficult question than the limits of the obligation of paying a fair wage. The recognition that there is such an...

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M RS. HUMPHRY WARD, in the preface to her popular edition of "David Grieve," maintains very rightly and reasonably that novelists may use any kind of interest,— be it...

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T HE murder of General Greaser, Governor of St. Peters- burg, if it was a murder, is a most important event ; but poisoning is not yet proved, and so far, the interest of the...

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T HE idea of settling our quarrels by the duel has so com- pletely passed out of English life during the last forty years or so, that it is almost with surprise that we hear of...

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f " There the winds sweep and the plovers cry."] T HE return of the plovers to their nesting-grounds in the South is always watched with interest by those who are able to...

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THE STRENGTH OF THE UNIONIST POSITION. [To THE Bonos OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—The Unionist position is unassailable. The danger of the day is that Unionists should not...

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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTATOR:9 Sfu,—In the Spectator of May 7th, you have a note on aged Bishops, with special reference to Bishops of Chichester, Norwich, and Bath and...


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ON COLERIDGE'S " CHRIST.A.BEL." INHOSPITABLY hast thou entertained, 0 Poet, us the bidden to thy board, Whom in mid-feast, and while our thousand mouths Are one laudation of...


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VARIOUS EXHIBITIONS. IF an example were to be sought in the Academy of a painter who does not understand by painting the prosaic copying and polishing to an indifferent...

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THE ANGLICAN CAREER OF CARDINAL NE WKA.N.* THis must have been a painful book to write, and it is- certainly a very painful book to read. It is not so violent as Philomythua,...

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Tins is a picture-book, and a remarkably good one, done with pen as well as pencil, superficial as a picture-book must be, but still full of instruction and amusement. Mr. Price...

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"THERE is a flapping of wings, but it is not of an ordinary bird : it is a colossal nightingale, a skylark of the grandeur of an eagle, as it existed, it is said, in the...

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CHRISTIAN MONASTICISM.* Tam book, though not large, represents a very

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great amount of patient labour. Indeed, in many parts it may be said to consist entirely of extracts, or rather, of paraphrases of extracts, so carefully is each statement...

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dedicated to the Duke whose loss all England, and not England alone, has been so recently deploring. Three years ago, as our readers will remember, the youthful Prince made a...

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MR. MAARTENS' "QUESTION OF TASTE."* THERE is something eminently Dutch

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in Mr. Martens' treatment of contemporary life in his novels. Like the painters of his own country, he is more remarkable for the fidelity and finish of his pictures, than for...

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The Gentlewoman's Book of Sports. Edited by Lady C1 reville.

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(Henry and Co.)—Some measure of practical advice, and not a. little entertainment, are to be gained from this volume. The thirteen ladies who contribute to its pages write with...


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The Violet Crown, and Songs of England. By Rennell Road. (Stott.)—Mr. Redd has already gained a name, although not as yet a distinguished name, among living versemen. He has the...

Our English Homes ; or, Shakespeare Historically Considered. By Thomas

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W. White, MA. (Sampson Low.)—Mr. White has scored a great success. For critical incapacity and for illimitable assurance, no English writer upon Shakespeare has attained his...

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Idonea. By Thalia Marsden. (Eden, Remington, and Co.)— This is

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an extremely unpleasant and even unwholesome story. Doubtless its author is actuated by good intentions, and means to show the irreparable mischief that may be done to an...

Being and Doing. (Edward Howell, Liverpool.)—It may be as well

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to say at once that this is a selection of the "birthday-book" type. When further it is stated that the selection is described by its maker as one of "helpful thoughts," and...

The Romance of History. By Herbert Greenhough Smith. (Bentley and

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Son.)—Mr. Smith tells again some more or less familiar stories. We have Masaniello, Prince Rupert, Tamerlane, Marino Faliero, Bayard, Vidocq, and Lochiel, as the best known....

Rosenthal. By Peter Burn. (Bemrose and Son.)—This is a well-intentioned

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but—truth to tell—rather tedious "North- Country story." Its author, who has already attained some reputation as a Cumberland poet, is evidently thoroughly familiar with the...

A Little Tour in Ireland. By " An Oxonian" (S. Reynolds

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Hole). Illustrated by John Leech. (E. Arnold.)—When Dean Hole was an undergraduate—we suppose, about fifty years ago—he made a tour in Ireland, and John Leech, who was an...

Vampires, and Mademoiselle Reseda. By Julien Gordon. (Ward, Lock, Bowden,

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and Co.)—This little volume contains two slight but characteristic stories by the author of "A Successful Man," who has now secured for herself a position in American litera-...