23 JANUARY 1897

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A STATEMENT was published on Monday on Renter's authority about the health of the Czar. According to the telegram Dr. Bergmann, of Berlin, a great operator, had been summoned to...


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With the " SPacTATort " of Saturday, January 30th, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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THE PROSPECTS OF THE SESSION. I T is never worth while to predict the progress of a Session. Political prophecy is usually waste of thought, and when the prophet has to...

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W E think Mr. Balfour mistaken in finding a new cause for delaying the battle over the Irish financial dispute. Perhaps Lord Salisbury is anxious to find some means of breaking...

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W E do not believe the statements recently published as to the health of the Czar, and we disbelieve the denials. The statements are vitiated by their imaginary date, as no such...

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LORD KIMBERLEY. T HE Home-rule Peers have chosen Lord Kimberley to

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lead the party in the House of Lords. 'That the choice is a wise one we do not doubt. Lord Kimberley is personally popular with both sides ; he has great experi- ence, and if...

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MR. MORLEY is improving greatly as a partisan, and declining as a statesman. His speech yesterday week at Broughty Ferry was a masterly plat- form speech, but in our opinion it...

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T HEpopular notion in this country that the British Government is an ill-informed one is, we are con- vinced by long experience, unfounded. Its agents have a, certain disdain...

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I N his reply to the farewell addresses presented to him last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke with dignified confidence of his own efforts to do justice in the...

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I T is a curious sign of the times that all sorts of faiths, even those which have always seemed indisposed to propagandism, are establishing, even in the regions that seem...

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WOMEN AS THIEVES. partly, we imagine, because men are so

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accustomed to trust in the honesty of women, that this particular aberration from their usual habits excites a sense of surprise. Women have much less opportunity of stealing...

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"E VIDENCE of the intensity and virulence of the Plague in Bombay is given by the curious accounts telegraphed to this country of the deaths of animals from the pestilence. Some...

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THE INDIAN FAMINE. pro THZ EDITOR OF THE m SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Your readers may like to hear something from an eye- witness of the present condition of the people in one of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEl " Spzer.roB.1 SIR,—May I make a few remarks on Mr. Jevons's theory of taboo discussed in the Spectator of January 9th P Mr. Jevons observes (p. 85) that...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR:9 Si,—Most of your readers, I doubt not, are in favour of Church reform ; but not all of them would be able to join the Church Reform League....

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'THE air, a limpid crystal, flowed O'er sea and land till pure from staia And jewel-clear their colours glowed As in a glass of Claude Lorraine. The water like a sheet of steel...


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[To THE EDITOR 01 THE * 131 . 11CTATOR."] SIE, — I think the letter in the Spectator of January 9th signed " M.A. Camb." should not go without answer. The writer asserts that...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TIM " SPECTATOR.") am much interested in your article in the Spectator of January 9th, entitled "An Insoluble Problem," since it is fully in accord with views...

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THREE VOLUMES OF POETRY.* THE Poet-Laureate has written" The Conversion of Winckel- mann " as a study in the school of Browning. In style it is something between "Bishop...


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TWO LANDSCAPE EXHIBITIONS. THE Burlington Fine Arts Club has done good service in bringing together a number of masterpieces in water-colour by the late Mr. Alfred William...

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THAT some of Ibsen's plays are in a high degree interesting and exciting it is impossible to doubt. We may hate their morbid frenzy, we may despise their absence of all heroic...

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Mn. ABEAM A.MS has found it impossible in his study of Jewish life to restrict himself to the Middle Ages proper, for the very good reason that the Jewish community is only now...

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Da. SMART has put together some interesting papers in the book which he styles Studies in Economics. Apart from the light that they throw on the various recondite problems which...

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MR. RIDLEY'S TRANSLATION OF LUCAN.* WE have no hesitation in

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saying that Mr. Ridley's translation is worthy to be classed with Mr. King's Metamorphoses,— not the equal, indeed, of that masterly piece of work in sustained force or in...

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OVER THE ANDES.* IN one department of letters, at least,

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women display a marked superiority, and that is in books of descriptive travel. Whether it be that they are more observant, or that they have an eye more quick to detect a...

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The Romance of Industry and Invention. Selected by Robert Cochrane.

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(W. and R. Chambers.)—The nature of 'this volume is best described by an enumeration of the subjects which are dealt with in it. They are "Iron and Steel," "Pottery and...


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Memoir of John Veitch, LL.D., Professor of Logic and Rhetoric, University of Glasgow. By Mary R. L. Bryce. (W. Blackwood and Sons.)—Few lives have been so smooth and uneventful...

My Son's Wife. By Rose Porter. (Nisbet and Co.)—This is

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a study of character rather than a tale. Bona is finely drawn, and an example of what a naturally fine temper may be made by genuine piety ; one " cui meliore luto finxit...

The Story of Our Railways. By W. J. Gordon. (R.T

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S.). — The figures given here are peculiarly interesting. Here are some of them :— Engines. Vehicles. Miles of Railway. Paesengers. North-Western 2,753 ... 71,192 ... 1,892...

The Cathedrals of 'England and Wales through a Cahiera. (J.

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L. Allday, Birmingham.)—It is hardly necessary to say that these photographs make a highly interesting volume. A view is given of the exterior of the building, and in many...

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The Life of Angelina M. Hoare. By her Sisters and

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Mrs. Walter M. Hoare. (Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.)—Angelina Hoare was possessed with the zeal of a missionary in no common degree. Always eager to do Christian work, she...

Studies in Black and Red. By Joseph Forster. (Ward and -

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Downey )—If any one wishes to refresh his memory—" refresh" is, perhaps, scarcely the right word—about a number of atrocious crimes and criminals, here is the opportunity The...

Aylmer Court. By Henley I. Arden. (Wells Gardner, Darton, and

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Co.)—This is a story of the time of King v. Commonwealth, in which politics and love are duly compounded together. It is fairly readable. The author should learn to efface...

The Non - Christian Cross. By John Denham Parsons. (Simpkin, Marshall, and

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Co.)—Mr. Parsons seeks to prove, in the first place, that the instrument of execution on which our Lord was crucified was not a post with a cross-bar, and, in consequence, that...

Future Trade in the Far East. By C. C. Wakefield.

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(Whittaker.) —Japan is the important element in this question. There is nothing that the Japanese cannot do, and the pressing necessity for English trade, so far as it is...

Mercantile Manchester. (Bannermann and Son.)—In 1366 tho Sheriff of Lancashire

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reported that the cities and boroughs of his county could not undertake the charge of sending Members to Parliament "by reason of their inability, low condition, or poverty." In...

The Afrilcander. By E. Clairmonte. (T. Fisher 17nwin.)—Mr. Clairmonte found

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that doing the chief work on a farm without pay was not interesting, and started to look out for something more remunerative. He fell in with an officer who was buying horses...

The Hindu at Home. By the Rev. J. E. Padfield,

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B.D. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)—Mr. Padfield writes out of a large experience, for he has been a missionary in the Godavery and Kistna districts of Madras for twenty-seven...

The Divine Right of Kings. By J. Neville Figgis, M.A.

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(University Press, Cambridge.)—This volume contains the dim- sertation that obtained the Prince Consort Prize in 1892, rewritten and expanded. We have not space to draw out its...

NEW EDITIONS AND REPRINTS.—Life of Her Majesty Queen , Victoria. By

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G. Barnett Smith. (G. Routledge and Sons.)—This new edition of a book originally published on the occasion of the Queen's Jubilee, has now been supplemented by a narrative of...

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Adams (G. B.), The Growth of the French Nation, cr 8ro (Macmillan) 8/0 Andrews (E. B.), History of Last Quarter-Century in United States, 1870. vole. 1895, 2 rov Svo (K. Paul)...