22 JULY 1911

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We feel confident that the British Government can and will

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show no weakness. As we have said elsewhere, Britain can have no objection if the French Government like to save the face of Germany by making some minor rectification of...

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

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Germany is foolish enough to imagine, as we have explained

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elsewhere, that because the Liberal Government and the Liberal Party are pacific in intention and would like to be on better terms with her, as of course would the Unionist...


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T HE domestic crisis must this week give precedence to that in foreign affairs, for the latter has become infinitely the more anxious and dangerous. We have pointed out...

Friday's news confirms the rumours, prevalent earlier in the week,

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that during the diplomatic conversations between Germany and France the Germans have asked for " compen- sation " as the price of their leaving Agadir. Their demand is that...

Supporters of a timid, and consequently a dangerous, course may

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ask us whether we mean to suggest that France is to be supported whatever she does, and whether our motto is "France, right or wrong." Of course we mean nothing of the kind. Our...

In regard to the home crisis, we can only continue

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to assert our confident belief that the Parliament Bill will now pass with- out a creation of peers. Possibly a sample batch may be produced on Tuesday, but we do not think that...

According to a statement in the Daily Mail of Friday,

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which we have no reason to regard as otherwise than correct, the German demands are specifically given as :— (1) Two hundred miles of coast and the hinterland of the French...

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The news from Albania, though vague, suggests that affairs have

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taken a turn less favourable to the Turks. The Vienna correspondent of the Times quotes statements to the effect that the recent reverse to the Turks when Edhem Pasha was...

What meaning are we to attach to the words "

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free agents " ? We believe that by this expression Lord Lansdowne means that be will advise the Peers to yield rather than force a creation. When it has been made quite clear,...

We may note that on Thursday evening the Press Associa-

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tion issued a, statement to the effect that the Government had already obtained the King's consent to the creation of peers if they should deem this course to be necessary. The...

We cannot find space to analyse Thursday's debate in the

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Lords, nor do we think it would serve any useful purpose to do so, for the debate was in truth but a sham fight. The real fight, if there is to be one, will come next week. We...

We esamot resist quoting a passage from the admirable speech

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delivered by Mr. Chaplin at Mitcham on Saturday, in which he declared that "the Unionist Party would have to consider whether the best interests of the nation would be better or...

Before we leave the subject let us say once more

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that in urging so strongly as we have done that the forcing of a creation of peers would be a suicidal act, we have never for one instant failed to appreciate the badness, nay,...

Another speech which must be mentioned was that of the

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Archbishop of Canterbury. It was in form and substance worthy of the occasion and of the speaker. In effect it was an appeal to the Government not to insist on their pound of...

We are still of opinion that by adopting this course

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the Unionist leaders have not shown themselves very wise political strategists, and that they are running grave risks. Since, however, it is now clear what their decision is, we...

As to what Lord Lansdowne's advice will be this may

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be gathered from certain expressions contained in his speech of Thursday night:— Surely, whatever opportunities there may be afterwards—and the noble viscount [Lord Morley]...

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The ill-feeling between the Spaniards and the French in Morocco

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reached a very disagreeable stage last Saturday, when some Spanish soldiers insulted and disarmed M. Boisset, the French Consular Agent at .Alcazar. He was taken before a...

On Friday week the King and Queen, accompanied by the

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Prince of Wales and Princess Mary, visited Bangor, where the King opened the new buildings of the University College of North Wales. His Majesty spoke with evident feeling of...

The ex-Shah of Persia has landed at Gumesh Tepe with

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a small following, which includes his brother Shua-es-Sultaneh. This evidently means a definite attempt to regain the throne. The Teheran correspondent of the Times says that...

The campaign in Yemen, like that in Albania, has not

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been going well lately for the Turks. A Reuter telegram published on Monday says that the Arabs had appeared in great force at Loheia, had seized the water supply, and were...

The Times correspondent, telegraphing from Cettinje on Thursday, tells us

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that King Nicholas of Montenegro that day summoned the representatives of England, France, Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Italy—the German Minister is absent— to the Palace and...

On Wednesday the King and Queen were present at the

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dedication of the new chapel of the Order of the Thistle at St. Giles's Cathedral, when Lord Mar and Kellie and Lord Reay were installed. Afterwards Their Majesties laid stones...

On Tuesday the first event of the day was the

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King's inspec- tion of the Royal Company of Archers, the King's bodyguard in Scotland. It may not be true that the Company has an unbroken history since Flodden, when, according...

On Tuesday the amendments to clauses eight and nine were

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all dealt with, no considerable concessions being made ,by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. On Wednesday the tenth and eleventh clarses were disposed of after a prolonged...

The consideration of the Insurance Bill in Committee was resumed

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by the House of Commons on Monday, when further amendments to the eighth clause, which lays down the nature of the benefits, were considered. An important concession was made...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent., changed from 31 per cent.

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Mar. 9th. Consols (2) were on Friday 781=Ftiday week 79.

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GERMANY AND MOROCCO. W E should not be doing our duty to our readers if we were to underestimate the apprehension created by Germany's action at Agadir. It is causing the very...

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T HE Third Reading of the amended Parliament Bill in the Lords on Thursday marks another stage in the Constitutional crisis, and we venture to think makes it more improbable...

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O N Thursday week the representatives of Great Britain and Japan signed a revised form of the Anglo- Japanese Treaty which is to hold good for ten years. A revision of the...

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T HE Government supporters of the Insurance Bill—the thick-and-thin supporters, that is to say, the " whole- hoggers " of the Radical Caucus—seem to be drifting into a curious...

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P OOR people seldom speak of anyone above them in rank as "an old maid "—unless, indeed, with apology and in excuse for extreme eccentricity. More often they Itnup un- married...

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T O judge from letters recently published in the Times London might be the noisiest city in the world. The outcry against the noises of the night has been taken up by angry...

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I T would be difficult to imagine a document of its kind more stimulating than the report just issued of the proceedings of the Commons and Footpaths' Preservation Society...

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THE PRINCE AND HIS PRINCIPALITY. [TO THE EDITOR Or TIM "Srscraioic."] Sia,—The beautiful and solemnizing Coronation service and the imperial splendour of the Coronation...

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THE TURKS IN ALBANIA AND YEMEN. [To THE EDIT011 OP THE "SPECTATOR.") have just received the article on "The Turks in Albania and Yemen" in your issue of July 1st. Things look...

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[To THY EDITOR Or THR SPECILTOR."] Srs,—There is a correspondence proceeding at the present time in the columns of the Lancashire Daily Post (Preston) as to the political...


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Sia,—Mr. Evelyn Ansell (Spectator, July 15th) believes that it would be advantageous for other Powers to consent to gratify Germany's "desire for expansion," which he calls...


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[To THR EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."1 Sin,—My home for over thirty years has been in Germany. I lead what may be called a German life, and see none but German newspapers, but a...

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[TO THE BDTTOR OF THE " SFECTATOH."1 Sra,—As a Wesleyan Methodist who has the cause of Chris. tian unity very much at heart, I was delighted to find in last week's Spectator a...


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[To TII2 Erma or TuB ersesArea.1 STR,—In your issue of July 15th you express a hope that people will "recognize how monstrous is the determination of the Liberals to abolish the...

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(To Tim Eorros or TEN "Srzowroo."] Sin,—Many doubtless of your readers were present at the delightful entertainment with which Lady Ritchie and the Editor of the Cornhill...


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Sis,—Mr. Sutton Nelthorpe need not have gone back seventy years for examples of fraternity between Church people and Nonconformists. Within my own recollection there was in my...


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[To THE EDITOR Or TRX "SPECTATOR."' SIR, — So long a time had elapsed since the late Mr. H. E. Dakyns retired into private life that many may have forgotten how great a man he...

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[To FHB EDITOR OF THB "SPECTATOR:1 Stn,—Your correspondent Mr. D. H. Low (Spectator, July 15th) asks a very interesting question about the conventional use of " twenty-two " by...


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[To THE ElliTOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—It has been recently suggested in letters which have appeared in the Educational Supplement of the Times and elsewhere that the...


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[To THE EDITOR. Or THE "SFECTI,TOE."3 SID,—Yourcorrespondent" 0.11. S." starts the question whether the Test has deteriorated as a trout stream. I have known the Test from...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sts,—Now that the Boys' Brigade is arranging for its Summer Camps we venture to ask that you should permit us to remind the public of the...


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THE TOYS. "I WENT far away, Lord, hearing the drums, I passed through the forest with stories wild and strange, Stepping on the violet, and the grass as green as can be. The...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Snt,—We use the word " snob " in Bristol without any sinister meaning. It is the old-fashioned name for a cobbler— one who botches old...

NO "Correspondence" or Articles are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked " Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with The views therein expressed or with the mode of...

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THE FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS.* EvRN the most technical treatise may be of interest to the layman provided that it scope is of sufficient width and its conclusions of...

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books had attained its majority before finding a translator. It was published in 1890, and it only now appears in an English dress. It is quite worth translat- ing, though; were...

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WHERE shall wisdom be found? it is asked in Job, and this problem, like all the others in the book, is left unsolved. But if it be asked, "Where is romance to be found ? " we...

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LAND PROBLEMS AND NATIONAL WELFARE.* THE principal interest of this

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volume, we venture to say, is the personality of the author, and it is a pity that he has not- given us a consecutive and more detailed narrative of his own dealings with land....

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CHALKS TRE AM AND MOORLAND.* THIS is a delightful book

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of essays on trout-fishing. Mr. Russell is able to approach his subject from many sides. He has a mastery of the scientific detail of natural history, so that lie is able to...


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THIS book contains some interesting pages. It consists of essays, some of which have been published separately, and it altogether lacks coherence ; its scope is enormous, its...

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WE have known something about rubber for a long time, ever since the Haitians of the day of Columbus were found to possess "bouncing balls." But the real development of the...


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THE GIRONDIN.t IT is characteristic of Mr. Belloe's method that he should make the scenes of this novel a mere footnote to the vital period of French history which is suggested...


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HALL began his medical career a few days after the battle of Waterloo when he went out to Brussels to act as hospital assistant. Some eight months later he was put on half-pay,...

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THE " allocation," so to speak, with which the Quarterly concludes has in it much with which we agree. We see the same cause of the catastrophe which has prostrated the Unionist...

The Queen's Hand. By Mrs. Baillie Reynolds. (Mills and Boon.

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684—This is a collection of short stories, of which much the best is the first, which gives its name to the volume. The little story deals with the convenient and attractive...

The School of Love. By Priscilla Craven. (T. Werner Laurie.

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6s.)—The situation round which the latter part of this novel is built is thoroughly conventional, not to say melodramatic. We have read thousands of times of brides who receive...

READABLE Nover.s.—Ths Muscled Ox. By Coralie Stanton and Heath Hosken.

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(Stanley Paul and Co. 68.) — A novel of high politics, telling how Queen Carlotta recovered the throne of Moravia, and how her financier profited by it.—Iustin Wise. By Alfred...

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Personal Economy and Social Reform. By H. G. Wood, M.A.

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(93-4 Chancery Lane, W.C.)—Mr. Wood has a very difficult subject in his "inquiry into the spending and earning of money." Up to a certain point it is easy enough. The woman who...

The Storied Past (Edward Arnold. is. 6d.) belongs to the

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series of "Arnold's Literary Reading-Books." It contains passages—some sixty in number—from English literature in the illustration of English history. The selections begin with...


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[Under this Rending or notice such Books of ths week as haws wet bun reserved, ,for review in other felons.] The Commentaries of Isho Dad of Merv. Edited and translated by...

The Seasons, lasts, and Festivals of the Christian Year. By

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Vernon Staley. (A. R. Mowbray and Co. is. net.)—Mr. Staley b well known as an expert in matters of ritual, and a handbook on this subject has a very general welcome. He is not',...

Hygiene for Nurses : Theoretical and Practical. By Herbert W.

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G. Macleod. (Smith, Elder and Co. 3s. 6d. net)—Ventilation, heating, drainage, and disinfection are among the many subjects treated of in the volume before us. The ground...

Public Health and National Insurance. By H. Meredith Richards, M.D.

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(P. S. King and Son. 6d. net)—Dr. Richards has had a large experience of medical work for public bodies. Ile is the Officer of Health and Sehool Medical Officer at Croydon, and...