23 DECEMBER 1905

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Last Saturday in the French Chamber of Deputies the Premier

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made his promised statement on the Moroccan question. We have dealt elsewhere at length with his defence of French policy, and also with the disclosures made in the Yellow-book...

It will be our duty to do what we can

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to make the burden imposed by Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Balfour as light as possible ; but we do not pretend that there will be no burden. Let us, however, put the blame where it...

We have described elsewhere the thoroughly sound decision which the

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Government have come to in regard to Chinese labour, and the firm and loyal attitude they have adopted towards France, and will not dwell upon those points again. As to Ireland,...

O N Thursday night, at the Albert Hall, the Prime Minister

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addressed an.immense meeting of Free-traders gathered from all parts of London. After the usual platform generalities, which were not unduly prolonged nor unduly platitudinous,...

though we agree with portions of his programme—notably the declaration

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in regard to the alteration of our licensing system in order to increase the revenue—there are certain things in it which we as Unionist Free-traders dislike and shall oppose,...

The news from Russia is the worst that has yet

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been recorded. A general strike begins to-day throughout the Empire, which, it is believed, will be maintained with the utmost strictness. It will affect not merely the great...

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Mr. Balfour addressed a mass meeting of Unionists at the

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Leeds Coliseum on Monday night, and expounded his scheme of ",constructive Fiscal Reform" at great length. That scheme, he declared, did not prejudge the question oi Pro-...

The Prince and Princess of Wales, starting from Agra, paid

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a visit on Tuesday to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city which for a few years was the centre and capital of the dominions of the great Akbar. What lends peculiar interest to...

nations. But there was no general tariff, and if it

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were to be constructed upon Protective lines, that seemed to him to go outside the scope of his scheme. Mr. Balfour concluded his Defence of Economic Doubt with some general...

The unrest in China to which we referred last week

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has taken the form of serious anti-foreigner riots at Shanghai. Last Sunday a general strike was organised, and the mob invaded the municipal prisons and released several...

A further list of Ministerial appointments was announoed'on Monday. Lord

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Edmond Fitzmaurice goes to the Lords as Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a post which he held from 1882-85 ; Mr. T. R. Buchanan becomes Financial Secretary to the War...

On Wednesday Baron Fejervary, the Hungarian Premier, resigned office. It

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is not certain yet whether his resignation is a mere formality, to be withdrawn in a few days at the request of the King, or whether it indicates the beginning of a new attempt...

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We have already insisted on the dangers of regarding the

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victory for Free-trade as won before the battle is joined. To this we may be allowed to add a further caution, prompted by a speech of Sir Wilfrid Lawson's reported in Monday's...

A meeting convened by the Unionist Free-Trade Club was held

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at Clifton on Monday, at which Lord Hugh Cecil delivered an extremely able and witty speech. Starting with the admission that he heartily regretted the Fiscal question had ever...

One of the most extraordinary cases of modern times was

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brought to a conclusion on Thursday afternoon, when Mr. Hugh Watt, formerly M.P. for the Camlachie Division of Glasgow, was convicted of inciting to murder his wife on three...

Mr. Asquith was the principal speaker at a Liberal demon-

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stration held at the Queen's Hall on Tuesday night, and dealt vigorously with the hollowness and insincerity of the Home-rule scare. The latest phase of this protracted game of...

One point in Mr. Balfour's speech calls for further and

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special treatment. Speaking of the Corn-duty imposed in 1902, Mr. Balfour took credit to himself on Monday for baying defended it as a " tax well calculated in itself, and apart...

Wednesday's papers announced a generous gift by Mr. George Herring

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to the Salvation Army of £100,000 for the purpose of carrying out an experiment in home colonisation. To be accurate, the use of the money is given to General Booth, for the sum...

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W E must begin the remarks which we have to make

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on the Prime Minister's speech at the Albert Hall by expressing our warmest gratitude as Imperialists to Mr. Morley, the Prime Minister, and the Cabinet for the decision which...

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T HE French . Yellow-book published on Thursday week is the

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most frank and convincing of State papers. It gives us the inner history of the whole of France's dealings with the Shereefian Empire since in March, 1901, M. Delcasse formally...

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Perhaps the best way of testing the speech, and realising

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whether it can be called satisfactory by those Unionist Free-traders who do not reject the idea of compromise, will be to set forth in clear terms a statement of what would...

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peasantry. And there is the Nationalist revolution, which has become

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so serious in the Baltic provinces. This last, indeed, has much in common with the agrarian disturb- ances in Russia proper ; but in so far as it is successful it is likely to...

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less business than staying on in London on the chance

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that there will be more jobs to go round, as there doubtless will, when times improve. But the case might be totally altered with many of them if they were helped to become...

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writing lie has created a living picture. " If it

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was not always the historical Jesus as Saviour, it was the Saviour in whom men believed become historical, since he affected the world's history through the hearts of men." The...

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" Ono boy goes galloping over the moorland, Wild with

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delight of the sunshine and speed, Blithe as a bird on his bleak bright foreland, Glad as the wind or his own glad steed." The contrast, of course, is the poor boy, who " sees...

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W HEN the leaf has fallen, about the time that game-

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pie and boar's-head first begin to loom upon a still distant Christmas horizon, the English truffle-hunter takes to the field. The locality in which the truffle may be found in...

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SIR, — The concentration of public interest on foreign affairs, that most striking feature of our political psychology in recent years, has no doubt been mainly responsible-for...

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wrote to you on this subject the week before last

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because I thought Mr. Parker Smith had not stated Adam Smith's views quite fully enough. Adam Smith's doctrine, as I understand it, is that the employment of capital in the home...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] have read your able

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article under this heading in the Spectator of December 16th. I hope that you are right in stating that the British public has grasped the essential matter at issue,—namely, the...


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SIR,—The Lancashire cotton trade that was " going " has made in profit this year £680,000. This sum is the net gain of eighty-eight mills, representing 7,300,000 spindles with a...


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year ago you were kind enough to print some lettere of mine on this subject. Will you allow me to express shortly my views on the difficulty in the present crisis ? As a...


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SIR,—It is impossible for me to share the complacent optimism with which the Spectator regards the present posture of affairs. Though a Free-trader, I am still, above all...

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shall be grateful if you will allow me to correct

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a correction wherein the last error is worse than the first. In my last week's letter, hurriedly written at a time of great stress and manifold business anxieties consequent on...

SIR, —The superiority of Latin as an existing and universal language

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over an invented one, even for purely utilitarian purposes, is surely obvious, if once it is recognised that up to the Reformation it was to a large extent the universal and...


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SIR, Would you allow me to point out that there are disadvantages connected with the preservation of large game in tropical Africa (see Spectator of December 16th) ? Un-...

Sin,—You are not often caught napping, but when you speak

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of Mr. Chamberlain's "Cassandra-like warnings" (Spectator, December 16th, p. 1022) you surely forget that Cassandra was always right. It was the foolish Trojans who would not...

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INNOCENTS' DAY. " 0, the evening skies were riven, And we tumbled out of heaven, And we run the winter meadows till the coming of tho light." " What names are ye called by,...

WITH this study of the unfortunate war between Britain and

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the United States of 1812.15 Captain Mahan concludes his remarkable series on the influence of sea power upon history. Properly speaking, however, his present work is a...

[THE experiment proposed by Colonel Pollock for which we are

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askin g subscriptions may be briefly described as follows. Colonel Pollock declares that if funds sufficient to meet the cost are raised, be will undertake in six months to g...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — I have been reading

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the article in the Spectator for November 25th headed " Lord Roberts's Opportunity," and if one hundred of your readers will send you £3 each for your experiment in Militia...


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(TO THE EDITOR. OP THE * SPECTATOR.") am glad to be able to report that, including sums received and promised, the entire £12,000 required for the purchase of Gowbarrow Fell and...

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EVERY winter the publishers send forth a fresh stream of

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Cbristological literature. The first sensation of the man whose duty leads him to read any considerable portion of this year's production must inevitably be one of confusion....

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THIS volume forms an extremely valuable contribution to our knowledge

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of Imperial problems, for where the writers do not solve them they raise those pertinent questions which, according to Bacon's saw, are half-way to knowledge. The editor has...

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" THE intention of the book," says the author, "

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is to provide what might be learned from the conversation of an intelligent native by one making a leisurely progress through the scenes described." Certainly we could not wish...

MR. FORSTER, who is, to the best of our belief,

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a newcomer in the field of fiction, has at once revealed himself as a writer to be reckoned with in his exceedingly clever but decidedly painful story. When, however, we say "...

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The Ways of Our Railways. By Charles H. Grinling. (Ward,

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Lock, and Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—This book is full from cover to cover of quite surprising facts and figures. To begin with : How many railways are there in England ? A person with...

The History of Theatrical Art in Ancient and Modern Times,

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By Karl Mantzius. Authorised Translation by Louise Von Cossel. Vol. IV. (Duckworth and Co. 10s. Gd. net.)—This fourth volume (out of a contemplated total of six) is given to...

Ionica. By William Cory. With Biographical Introduction and Notes by

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Arthur C. Benson. (George Allen. 4s. net.)— Not quite fifty years ago William Johnson published a volume with the title of Ionic; containing forty-eight poems. In 1877 he...

The True Story of George Eliot. By William Mottram. (T.

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Fisher Unwin. 7s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Mottram, who describes him- self as "grandnephew of Adam and Seth Bede and cousin to the author," adds a sub-title which explains the purpose of...

Messrs. G. Routledge and Sons send us some specimens of

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a very pleasing series entitled "The Broadway Booklets." They can be obtained separately for Gd. or Is. Gd. in lambskin, &c., or in sets of three in boxes at 1s. 6d. These sets...

Child Characters from Dickens. Retold by L. L. Weedon. (E.

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Nister. 7s. Gd.)—This is a charming book. The tales are skilfully managed, and the illustrations, six in colour and seventy in half - tone, by Mr. A. A. Dixon, are quite...

Dr. Joseph Wright, editor of the "English Dialect Dictionary,' , has

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added to the services which he has rendered to the historical and philological study of our language by publishing The English Dialect Grammar (Henry Frowde, 16s. net), which...

We must be content with mentioning the publication of a

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handsome volume which many doubtless will be glad to possess, — Of God and His Creatures, an Annotated Translation (with some Abridgment) of the "Summa Contra Gentiles" of St....

end of the shelf, but with- " Robinson Crnsoe "-and

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the like. So the preface suggests, and rightly. It is eminently readable, a success, we should say, in what looks much easier than it is, telling a story in simple words. Mr. A....

In the Sixties and Seventies. By Laura Hain Friswell. (Hutchinson

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and Co. 16s. net.)—Miss Friswell, daughter of a writer who is, perhaps, not as well known to the present genera- tion as he deserves to be, records here something of what she...

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Beton von CHILDREN. - We must begin by welcoming again some old

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friends which return year after year to entertain the young folk. Generally, we may say that these maintain a remarkably high level of merit as regards both literary matter and...

Dictionary of Indian Biography. By C. E. Buckland. (Swan Sonnenschein

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and Co. '7s. 61)-This is a carefully compiled summary of • facts and dates relating to British administrators and soldiers who have served in India, statesmen who have had to do...

We have received a new edition, "abridged," of Life and

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Letters of Brooke Foss IVestcott, Sometime Bishop of Durham, by his Son, Arthur Westcott (Macmillan and Co., Ss. 6d. net). We feel for Mr. Westcott's difficulty in omitting...

Who's Who, 1906 (A. and C. Black, 7s. 6d. net)

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introduces some novelties which we will give in its own words :-" New and interesting additions are made this year to many of the biographies by a record of the number of a...

The Post Office London Directory. (Kelly's Directories. 32s. with the

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Suburbs, 405.; or in 2 vols., 43s. 6d.)-The Directory continues to grow, the London proper portion now reaching a total of 3,469 pages, and the whole, taking in the suburbs,...

Bodkin (ff. N.), A Madcap Marriage, cr 8vo (Long) 610

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Bumpus (T. F.), Cathedrals of England and Wales. Second Series, cr 8vo (T. W. Laurie) net 6/0 Burrill (K.), The Amateur Cook, cr 8vo (Chambers) net 3/6 De Gnerville (A. B.), New...