23 JULY 1892

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The return of Sir Charles Dilke for the Forest of

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Dean Division of Gloucestershire by a very large majority (5,360 against 2,942 for the Conservative, Mr. Colchester-Wemyss), gives the Labour Party a very competent head, who...

Not one man of the first rank, except Mr. Ritchie,

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the head of the Local Government Board, has lost his seat in the House of Commons. Mr. Courtney, whose seat was much threatened, came in for the Bodmin Division of Cornwall by a...

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A SSUMING that Greenock is a gain for the Gladstonians, and that the election in the Orkneys goes for Mr. Gladstone, the following is the result of the General Election of 1892...

The rumours circulated as to the character of the ap-

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proaching Government are not worth much. Till Mr. Gladstone has received the Queen's commission to form one, which he will not do till he has carried a vote against the present...

It is, of course, quite misleading to count the Labour

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votes as only four. It is true that Mr. Burt, Mr. Fenwick, and other Labour candidates regard themselves as good Gladstonians, who may be relied on to give a hearty support to...

England taken alone gives a majority of 71 against Mr.

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Gladstone's policy,-268 Unionists to 197 of the Home-rulers, counting the 4 Labourers' representatives and the 1 English (Liverpool) Anti-Parnellite for Mr. Gladstone. Great...

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The calculations as to what is called the popular majority

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at the General Election are almost all vitiated by leaving the uncontested seats out of the account. The Times of yester- day, however, gave us a calculation which seems to us...

On Monday night, the Cape House of Assembly passed the

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second reading of the new Franchise Bill by a majority of 45 to 20. Mr. Hofineyr, the head of the Africander Bund, supported the Bill, and declared that his party had nothing to...

The news reported from Afghanistan this week may turn out

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important. It is evident that the insurrection among the Hazaras, which has been going on for the past three or four months, is assuming formidable proportions, and may give the...

It is possible that the next Presidential election may exhibit

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the working of a rarely used provision of the American Con- stitution. If none of the candidates for the Presidency receive a majority of the whole number of the Electoral...

On Tuesday, news was received that Sir Charles Euan- Smith

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had withdrawn his Mission from Fez on July 12th, further negotiations having become impossible. On July 5th, the Sultan finally agreed that the treaty concluded between him and...

The State trial at Sofia, which has lasted for many

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days, ended on Tuesday in the following sentences being found by the Court :—Swetoslaw Milaroff, Constantin Popoff, Toma. Gheorghieff, and Alexander Karaguloff, were...

The cholera is undoubtedly prevalent in the suburbs of Paris,

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though in the early days of this week the rain and cold naturally checked its advance, and very few fatal cases were reported. In the suburb of Aubervilliers alone, there were...

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On Tuesday, Thomas Neill, the man already accused of sending

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threatening letters, was brought up before Sir John Bridge at Bow Street, and charged with the murder of Matilda Clover. The case, which has come to be known as " The South...

Sir E. Watkin did not limit himself to suggestions to

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which his professional experience gives a certain amount of weight. He began his letter by suggesting that there should be another Round-Table (a very small one apparently), at...

We are assured, on an authority which we can implicitly

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trust, that the book called "An Englishman in Paris," reviewed in these columns on July 9th, is not to be ascribed to the late Sir Richard Wallace. As we mentioned that rumour,...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Consols (2k) were on

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Friday 9E; — 97.

The latest news seems to show that both at the

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Carnegie Company's works and in Idaho, the labour troubles are passing away. In both cases, a very large number of the leaders, and even of the rank and file, of the strikers...

It is stated in Thursday's Times that " the recognised

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organ of the Irish Clericals,"—we suppose, the Freeman's Journal,— states that Mr. Davitt, M.P., has been congratulated on his -election for North Meath by Father Dorney,...

On Monday, the burglar who broke into Colonel Arthur Paget's

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house in Belgra,ve Square a few nights ago, was charged at the Westminster Police-Court, and committed for trial at the Old Bailey. It appeared in evidence that this prisoner,...

Sir Edward Watkin makes in Monday's Times a suggestion that

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we have urged on several occasions in these columns,— that is, that a serious attempt should be made to create a physical union with Ireland by means of a submarine tunnel....

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T THE PROBLEM BEFORE MR. GLADSTONE. HE difficulty of the problem which is now presented to Mr. Gladstone can hardly be exaggerated. He has an anything but solid majority of...

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P ERHAPS the most important question now remaining for Unionists, is that of the best mode of behaving under defeat. We are beaten at the polls, but we are not yet beaten in the...

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I T cannot be said that the course of events during the past week has improved the outlook in the region of Foreign affairs. Though we are far from saying that there is any...

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PARTY GOVERNMENT IN FRANCE. T HE customary lull that comes over

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French politics when politicians go off to a bath, and the Chamber ceases from troubling, is this year more marked than usual. It synchronises with the completion of the first...

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NEWSPAPERS AND THE CHURCH. T HE ordinary proceedings of a Diocesan

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Conference were varied in the case of Canterbury, which met at Lambeth last week, by a discussion on " The Church and the Newspaper Press." The paper which started it was read...

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" I F any person is apprehended in the act of blowing up railroad bridges or other property by means of dynamite, or of placing an explosive in such a position as to produce...

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T HE rumour, very possibly more or less exaggerated, of the total disappearance of an island said to be twenty-five miles by fifteen in area,—more than half as large again as...

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" Why, let the stricken deer go weep, The hart nogalled T HE circumstances that attend the illness and death of wild animals are perhaps less well known than any other part of...

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I N discussing last week the distinct character of religious capacity, we assumed that there is a close analogy between the effect of human sympathy in quickening the insight of...

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W E commented last week upon the singular misuse of the word " smart," of which Mr. Mallock was guilty in his article in the North American Review. It may not be amiss to make a...

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I N Thomas Cooper, who died yesterday week, passed away, if not the last of the Chartists, at any rate the last of -the men of note who were tried and imprisoned for their...

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EGYPT UNDER BRITISH OCCUPATION. SIR,—Having lately spent three months in Egypt, I should like to be allowed to describe in your columns some of the impressions which I have...

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SORTES LECK YAN.ZE. ITo TER EDITOR OF TER " Bricveroa:1 SIR,—On July 15th, I received from my bookseller the seventh volume of the new edition of Mr. Lecky's " History of...

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THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your correspondent's quotation last week about the Irish Question, from " The Table-Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge," is curious. May I supplement it...


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Sin, It is unlucky that in my letter which you kindly inserted under the above heading, the name of the principal artist mentioned happens to have been misprinted. It is not "...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, —I have been waiting in the hope that some more able pen than mine would call attention in your columns to the interesting movement...


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[TO TER EDITOR OF THE " srzczAzoa."1 SIE,—In the notice of my little book, " Poets the Interpreters of their Age," which appeared in the last number of the Spectator, the...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I have read with interest your article on " Ladies in Service," in the Spectator of July 16th. May I be allowed to make a few remarks...


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LORD DERBY.* You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, or a hero out of the late Lord Derby. In truth, the man was, as Stockmar noted, hopelessly vulgar. A deep vein of...

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MR. STEVENSON'S admirers may be divided into two classes, —those who like and those who do not like " The Wrong Box." The former class will declare The Wrecker one of the...

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THIS is a very long title-page for a not very commendable book. According to the preface, to which in these cases one turns as much as to the matter, the first collection of...

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF NAVIES.* Tills is not nearly so ambitious

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a work as that by Captain Mahan, of the United States Navy, on The Influence of Sea- Power upon History, which made so great an impression on that section of the reading public...


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THE period of the Civil War is specially rich in memoirs and collections of family papers ; but in spite of this, it is safe to say that nothing more elucidates the epoch of the...

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PROFESSOR BUTCHER modestly expresses his fear that there is little in his book " which can be of value to the professed scholar in any given department of Greek learning."...

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The Naval Annual, 1892. Edited by T. A. Brassey. (Griffin

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and Co., Portsmouth.)—The Naval Annual continues to main- tain its character as a quite indispensable record of our naval activities, together with a comparison with the...

A Strange Elopement. By W. Clark Russell. (Macmillan.)— Mr. Clark

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Russell, as usual, makes an effective little picture out of very simple and familiar materials. Two lovers are separated by an ill•conditioned father, who carries the lady off...

The Barren Ground of Northern Canada. By Warburton Pike. (Macmillan.)—Mr.

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Pike underwent great hardships, and ran no small danger of death, coming as near to absolute starvation as a man well could, and had for his reward the consciousness of having...


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The ninth volume of the new edition of Chambers's Eneyclo- po3dia, extending from " Round " to " Swansea," is notable chiefly for the extraordinary number of important...

The Tell - El - Arnarna Tablets in the British Museum. Edited by Dr.

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C. Bezold. (Longmans, Quaritch, and others.)—This is one of the volumes of fac-similes by the publication of which the Trustees of the Museum are doing such excellent service...

Good Fare for Little Money. By Mrs. E. H. Pitcairn.

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(Griffith, Farran, and Co.)—Mrs. Pitcairn gives estimates for parochial entertainments of various kinds, and also for domestic manage- ment. Her book, she explains, is "not a...

What We are Coming To. By Miles L'Estrange. (D. Douglas.)

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—The writer supposes himself to have had a dream of what England will be some few years hence, and makes this an oppor- tuni- y of commending or satirising various proposed...

The Web of the Spider. By H. B. Marriott Watson.

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(Hutchin- son and Co.)—The Web of the Spider is a New Zealand tale of adventure, and the main motive of the plot is the search of one Palliser for his friend Caryl, and the...

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The Problem of Immortality. By C. Petavel, D.D. Translated by

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Frederick Ash Freer. (Elliot Stock.)—Dr. Petavel dedicates his book to the Rev. Edward White, the argument of whose work, "Life in Christ," it is intended to support. Briefly...