22 APRIL 1905

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The careful account given on Friday week by the Italian

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Minister for Foreign Affairs of the final arrangement with the Mullah is in one way most satisfactory, but in another suggests some melancholy thoughts. The Mullah has clearly...

The French Chamber having accepted the general principle of separation

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between Church and State, is now discussing the clauses of the Bill, of which the most important is the second, in which it is declared that "the Republic neither recognises,...

W ARLIKE operations in the Far East, whether by land or

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sea, have been throughout the week effectively with- drawn from the ken of the Western world. In Manchuria the situation apparently remains unchanged, and there is no news of...

The only tidings from Russia are that the assassin of

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the Grand Duke Sergius has been tried in secret, and sentenced to death; that M. Witte has again offered his resignation ; and that elaborate preparations are being made in St....

The question of Morocco and the relations of France and

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Germany in regard to it still remains a matter of considerable public concern. It was hoped that the fact of M. Delcasse dining with the German Ambassador indicated that a...

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A situation "of extreme gravity "—to quote Sir William Anson's

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words—has arisen in East Ham owing to the unanimous decision of the Borough Council to refuse to administer the Education Act. East Ham, which is one of the poorest districts in...

Mr. Gerald Balfour introduced on Tuesday the Govern- ment measure

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dealing with the unemployed. The new Bill proposes to establish local bodies in each of the Metro- politan boroughs, and a central body for the whole area ; but instead of their...

The Express of Thursday states that, in consequence of friction

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with his Indian superiors, Lord Kitchener has offered to resign. This statement is, we believe, substantially correct. Lord Kitchener, who is not as popular in India as at home,...

Parliament adjourned on Wednesday for the Easter Recess, and will

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not meet again till May 2nd. In the final debate Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman showed once again that he possesses a real fund of dry humour. He desired more information in...

Mr. Lloyd-George intervened in the combat of wit with yet

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another humorous speech, and one by no means un- worthy of its predecessors. He missed, however, an opportunity for a very telling quotation in the amusing passage in which he...

The only person, to judge from the reports, who attempted

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to bring out the true facts of the case during the debate was Mr. Loyd, who gave the history of the unfair exemption of personalty from rates much as we have given it. We note,...

In the House or Commons on Monday Mr. Gerald Balfour

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moved the second reading of the Bill continuing the Agricultural Rates and the Tithe Rent-Charge Acts for another four years. In his speech, and in the debate that followed, the...

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By a vote of 86 to 21, the London County

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Council decided on Tuesday to expend £600,000 on acquiring a site for a new County Hall on the south side of the Thames, and to seek Parliamentary powers for compulsory purchase...

Mr. Choate, the outgoing United States Ambassador, from whom the

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British nation parts with genuine regret, was entertained at a farewell banquet by the Bench and Bar in the ball of Lincoln's Inn yesterday week, the Lord Chancellor presiding....

During the week there have been several motor-car acci- dents.

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In one case—that of a Mr. J. Lisle at Wolver. hampton—the Magistrates inflicted a sentence which has given satisfaction to all users of motor-cars who desire that the roads...

The Report of the Royal Commission on Churches (Scot- land)

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was issued on Wednesday. As we hope to deal with the matter in detail next week, we will only give to-day a bare outline of the conclusions arrived at by the Commission. After...

Unquestionably the House of Lords" denuded" the present "General Trustees"

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of the property possessed by the Free Church on October 30th, 1900. As unquestionably, however, it insisted that the property must be held and administered "subject always to...

Such is the general effect of the recommendations. The Free

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Church is to be given the possession of all the property which, under a liberal interpretation of its ability, it can properly administer. When, however, a failure of execution...

Bank Rate, 2i per cent.

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Consols (21 per cent.) were on Thursday 901.

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N O one whose business it is to study the varying phases of public opinion can have failed to notice that at the present moment a certain pessimism prevails among thoughtful men...

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THE VOTE FOR DISESTABLISHMENT IN FRANCE. T HE heavy majority—one hundred—by

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which the French Chamber on Saturday last practically abolished the Concordat, and dissolved the connection between Church and State, has to us been no surprise. For years past...

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THE NEW ALIENS BILL. T HOUGH it is impossible to speak

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absolutely before we have studied the text of the measure and heard it fully discussed in Parliament, there seems reason to believe that the new Aliens Bill is an improvement on...

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T HOSE who know the facts at first hand are inclined

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to believe that the dispute between Sweden and Norway is underrated by most observers in this country. The contest rages round the control of the Foreign Office and the Consular...

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I N dealing with the Report of the Education Committee of

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the London County Council on Voluntary Schools it is very important not to confuse the question, What is a proper educational standard ? with the question, How far ought this...

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I T has been said that there are three stages in the growth of belief in a future life; instinctive hope and con- fidence; reaction into uncertainty, doubt, denial ; hope and...

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T HERE is an amusing sketch in one of Sir A. Conan Doyle's stories of the state of nervousness which is induced, in the case of the ordinary individual, by reading or listening...

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T HE engineers in charge of a telegraph-line at Hong- kong were surprised recently by the discovery that about seven miles of their cable, though it was well protected and laid...

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MR. ARNOLD-FORSTER AND THE VOLUNTEERS. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE • SPECTATOR.'9 SID,—Not only every Volunteer, but every lover of fair play, should welcome the convincing array...


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[TO TRIG EDITOR OP TUE 'EPRCTATOR."3 Sin, —In your "News of the Week" in the Spectator of April 8th, you say in reference to Mr. Arnold-Forster's con- tentions: "There is...

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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—" Apollo shrouds The God-like Trojan in a veil of clouds." The Homeric hero, when he was getting the worst of it in a fight, was...


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Sin,—By the Indian mail arriving on the 15th inst. we have a verbatim report of the words of Lord Curzon on the attitude of our dependency towards the Fiscal question. His...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin, —In your notice of my study of Richard Jefferies (Spec- tator, April 1st) you say that "it is an axiom in the art of biography that the...


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[TO THE EDITOTt OF 11111 " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—I am one of those Liberals who most strongly support the views of Mr. Methuen (Spectator, April 8th) as to the duty of Liberals...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In the Spectator of April 8th the following passages occur in an article on "Canon Lyttelton's Opportunity" "He [Dr. Warre at Eton]...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Si, — In the month of December, 1904, a notice was placed on the church-door of a Staffordshire parish to say that, as the Staffordshire...


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(To THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In view of your sympathetic article in the Spectator of April 15th, you will perhaps allow me to state that the second reading of my...


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r To TIM EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sza,—As a constant subscriber, I have been reading in the Spectator of April 8th your review of this book, and I much hope you may find the...


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(TO THZ EDITOR OF THEO SPEOPATOR."] SIR,—May I presume to criticise one statement made by your reviewer in the Spectator of April 15th in his reference to my book, "Church and...

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PASSION-TIDE WEATHER. UPONNE a harshe and leaflesse Tree The flowrie woods amonge I saw a Kinge y-crowned with thorne That there in sorrowe honge. I felte a sharpe and biters...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—May I trespass on your space very shortly P I have but just received a copy of your issue of December 10th, 1904, sent by a friend, and...


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RICHARD STRAUSS has come and gone. He has con. ducted the second performance of his Symphonia Domestica in such a way as to throw a certain amount of new light on his intentions...


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Tax amount of subscriptions and fees received up to April 20th for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition is 41,122, besides 4420 promised to the Prizes Fund, making a total of 41,542....

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A FRENCH FRIEND OF THE EMPIRE.* A FRENCH FRIEND OF THE EMPIRE.* ONE of the many advantages to England, and by no means the least, of that entente cordiale with France of which...

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Tux modern method of historical research will repatch many a broken reputation. History and fiction alike have been built up rather upon superstitions than upon facts. Most...

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THE doctrine of natural selection is not, we may well believe, restricted to the transformation of species. An evolution theory practically indistinguishable from the evolution...

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autumn of 1879 Mr. Downey acted as manager—if we rightly describe his work—to Mr. William Tinsley, publisher, of Catherine Street, who had been left, by the sudden death of his...

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The Rose Brocade. By Mrs. Philip Champion de Crespigny. (Eveleigh

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Nash. 6s.)—The reader of this little romance will have a rather uncomfortable feeling that the author worked the story backwards from the dramatic moment in which the heroine...

Queer Lady Judas. By Rita. (Hutchinson and Co. 6s.)—The present

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mission of the lady who writes wader the name of "Rita" seems to be the lashing of the vices of the aristocracy, and in this book she attacks the women of London with immense...


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THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES.* Mn. CHESTERTON is to be congratulated on having found such an excellent springboard, so to speak, as a " take-off " for his new exhibition of literary...

Crittenden. By John Fox. (A. Constable and Co. 6s.) — Readers of

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"The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come" will be in some respects disappointed with Mr. Fox's new book, for the touches of poetry which distinguished his former novel are not...

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[Under this heading we notice such Rooks of the weele as ham net bees reserved for review in other forms.] Homes of the First Franciscans. By Beryl D. de Selincourt, (J. M. Dent...


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THE APRIL QUARTERLIES. The new number of the Edinburgh Review is particularly good, containing something of interest for almost every class of reader. To the student of our...

Dr. Grenfell's Parish. By Norman Duncan. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—Some

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of our readers may remember Mr. Duncan's "Dr. Luke of the Labrador." In the preface to this book he protests that "Dr. Luke" was not meant for Dr. Grenfell. We give such...

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A Hundred Years Ago : Ultn, Trafalgar, Austerlitz. By Colonel

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G. A. Fame, C.B. (W. Clowes and Sons. 10s.)—Only an expert could adequately appreciate this book ; a reader, however, does not need special knowledge to understand it up to a...

The Camera in the Fields. By F. C. Snell. (T.

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Fisher 17nwin. 58.)—The first part of Mr. Snell's manual is entitled "The Camera and the Dark Room";. in this the processes aro explained. The beginner, and possibly the...

Nsw EDITIONS.—Mr. Meredith Townsend has published a third edition of

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his Asia and Europe (A. Constable and Co., 5s. net), with a preface in which he discusses the bearing of recent events in the Far East on his thesis. In these he finds a...

A Register of National Bibliography. By W. P. Courtney. 2

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vols. (A. Constable and Co. 315. 6d. net.)—We may describe Mr. Courtney's work as a descriptive catalogue of books about books, or of books which furnish lists of works treating...