23 JULY 1910

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T HERE is little of importance to record this week in regard to foreign affairs. The Times of Monday publishes, however, an extract from the leading article of the semi-official...

We know of no such " but" ourselves. We have

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always admitted the obvious fact that Germany has a perfect right to build as many ships as she pleases. What we can never admit is the possibility of allowing our naval...

On Friday week in the House of Commons some indignant

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criticisms were made on the management of the late King's funeral from the point of view of Members of Parliament. Mr. Lees Smith said that they had not been treated with...

In the House of Commons on Thursday, the subject before

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the House being the second reading of the Appro- priation Bill, Mr. Balfour urged the policy of Colonial Preference. As long ago as 1843 an appeal came from Canada for some...

In the House of Commons on Wednesday Mr. Churchill announced

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some very important reforms in prison adminis- tration. A Bill is to be introduced in the autumn for securing to persons condemned to a fine a short interval for raising the...

The King and Queen returned to London last Saturday after

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having spent a week at Aldershot living in the "Royal pavilion." At the end-of his stay the King said that it had been one of the most pleasant times he' had ever spent in his...

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

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On Wednesday was announced the formation, on the model of

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the French Academy, of an Academic Committee of the Royal Society of Literature. The objects of this body are to include the maintenance of the purity of the English language,...

The names of those signing the letter are remarkable ;

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for example, the Duke of Argyll, Lord Balfour of Burleigh, Mr. Moberly Bell, Sir James Crichton-Browne, Mr. S. H. Butcher, Sir Edward Clarke, the Duke of Devonshire, Professor...

We cannot deal with the debate that followed, but must

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find space to point out that, quite apart from the economic answer, which we hold to be conclusive, the political answer to Mr. Balfom's gloomy forebodings is that between the...

The result of the by-election in the Kirkdale Division of

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Liverpool was announced on Wednesday night. Colonel Kyffin-Taylor, the Unionist candidate, was returned by a majority of 841 over his Labour opponent, Mr. A. G. Cameron. In 1910...

We are delighted to see that those able and efficient

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organisers, Lord Cromer and Lord Curzon of Kedleston, have not let the grass grow under their feet, but have issued, in conjunction with a large number of other prominent men,...

On Friday week the very satisfactory announcement was made that

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at a meeting of the masters and operatives of the cotton trade at Manchester the wages dispute was settled. It will be remembered that a revised conciliation scheme for the...

The officials of the men's Unions, including Mr. Hudson, M.P.,

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and Mr. Williams, the secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, behaved with great good sense and courage, and told the men plainly that their action was...

During the week what threatened to be a very formidable

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strike took place on the system of the.North-Eastern Railway. Happily, however, it was announced on Friday morning that the strike had collapsed, that the Company's terms had...

The signatories of the letter go on to say that

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they desire to make it known that a movement is being set on foot to give organised expression to the anti-suffrage case. Already a sum of over £13,000 has been promised. It is...

The question of finance is of prime importance, and we

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sincerely trust that those who feel strongly on this matter will not allow the fund to be merely the outcome of large subscriptions by rich men. No work really flourishes which...

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On Friday week an important deputation from the National Association

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for Promoting the Welfare of the Feeble-Minded was received by Mr. Asquith, the Lord Chancellor, Mr. Churchill, Mr. Burns, and other Ministers. Mr. Dickinson urged that the...

Our own opinion is distinctly in favour of voluntary rather

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than of State action. No doubt the aid of the law is required in extreme cases, but for dealing with the most difficult problem of checking poisonous literature, where the...

The National Social Purity Crusade, a body whose object is

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the promotion of public morals, held a very interesting and useful Conference in London last week. Unfortunately we cannot find space to discuss the many interesting points...

At the annual meeting of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund

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on Wednesday Mr. Balfour pointed out that two important pieces of knowledge had been arrived at in the course of the investigation. The first of these was that the question of...

A reward of £250 has been offered by the Government

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for information "leading to the arrest" of the man known as Dr. Orippen, who is suspected of having murdered his wife. This offer is a distinct break with a deliberate policy,...

We are glad to draw the attention of our readers

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to the proposal for forming a company to lay out a new garden city at Northwood and Ruislip, within fifteen miles of the centre of London. The estate of thirteen hundred acres...

On Wednesday Mr. Asquith received a deputation from both Houses

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of Convocation of Canterbury on the subject of Poor Law reform. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who headed the deputation, pointed out that eighteen months had elapsed since the...

An interesting experiment in despatch-running was carried out by Boy

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Scouts last Saturday. At 9.10 in the morning the Lord Mayor of London handed a letter to a Boy Scout addressed to the Mayor of Brighton. The boy ran to another boy who was...

Bank Rate, 3

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r cent., changed from 3% per cent. June 9th. Consols (2k) were on Friday 81;—Friday week 821.

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BRITISH RULE IN INDIA. W E have noticed elsewhere Sir Bampfylde Fuller's able book on " Indian Life and Sentiment." Here we desire to set forth what in our opinion should be...

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THE ART OF BEING A KING. A MONG the innumerable respects

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in which English- men are happy in their relations with the Royal Family, we would attach much importance to the wise habit which the late King had, and which the present King...

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LORD KITCHENER. Nv E have a great respect for Lord Kitchener's

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energy and administrative ability, and fully recognise that his capacity for a particular type of military work may prove of great advantage to the nation. We must, however,...

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THE VALUE OF BRAINS. T HE Report of the Commission sent

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to Germany by the Parliamentary Labour Party to obtain informa- tion as to the condition of the working classes leaves the relative advantages of Free-trade and Tariff Reform...

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[COMMUNICATED.] T HE Imperial Copyright Bill which is, we understand, to be introduced under the Ten Minutes Rule before Parliament rises will be one of the most important...

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NURSES. H AVE the harsh critics whose letters ani articles about

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professional nurses have lately appeared in various papers and periodicals ever been ill or had much experience of illness P Have they ever been worn out with work and anxiety,...

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T HE discovery of the remains of a body, supposed to be that of Mrs. Crippen, in the cellar of a house in North London, and the sudden disappearance of her husband, who lived in...

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O PPOSITE the rains of the old castle at Tenby, and separated by a belt of sand which is covered twice a day by a racing tide, stands St. Catherine's Rock. Until some forty...

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[TO THY EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] the Times of June 30th there appeared a letter in which Dr. Clifford, referring to Lord Hugh Cecil's appeal that parents should be allowed...


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THE PRESS AND SPORTING TIPSTERS. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sra,—A few weeks ago I posted a cheque of £150 to my bankers. The cheque was stolen by a postman, who was...

• " TnE B11288 AND BETTING 'Tips!

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Joseph Henry Burford, 31, postman, on bail, pleaded 'Guilty' to stealing a postal packet containing a cheque for £150. Mr. Curtis Bennett said he had been instructed by Mr....

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[To Ma EDITOR OP Tsa " SPICTATOR.1 SIR,—There is surely a lesson to be derived by the Labour leaders from the unequivocal manner in which Trade- Unionists in all parts of the...


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[To TER EDITOR OP THE "Spun...mu:1 SIR, —I was much struck to see by an article in the Spectator of July 9th that there is at all events here and there an Englishman capable of...

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LTO TRY EDITOR OF VIC " SPECTATOR...1 Srn,—I think the enclosed cutting from an Irish newspaper would interest your readers.—I am, Sir, &c., Nuao. "Galway, Friday. At the...


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[To TRY EDITOR or TEM "SPECTATOR.") Stn,—It has been brought to my notice that in your number of June 11th, 1910, on p. 981, you stated that the Polish children in America are...


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[To THE EDITOR OP Tag " SPRCTATOR..1 SIR,—I think " Common-Sense " in his letter to the Spectator of July 16th displays a little too much of that side of "the cavalry spirit"...

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THE NEW TURNER GALLERY. SrNeE Pennethorne's well-meant but inadequate Turner Gallery in Trafalgar Square was sacrificed for a public stair- case, the master's oil-paintings...


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" THE POLISH RIDER." (By REM:BRANDT.) Dom he ride to a bridal, a triumph, a dance, or a fray, That he goes so alert yet so careless, so stern and so gay ? Loose seat in the...


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[To ma EDITOR OP T1111 "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—The enclosed extract from a Journal kept in Barotse- land, Upper Zambezia, Central Africa, shows how one judicious Sovereign solved...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TEE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—For three successive years we have had a " Spectator Tent" at our annual summer training camp at Bisley owing to the generosity of...


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[To ma EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I venture to make a personal appeal to you to give as much publicity as you can in your paper to the appeal that I and others are making...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "Smcmma."] SIR,—May I be permitted a few words as to a sentence of your reviewer of " The Charm of Switzerland" in July 2nd issue of the Spectator where he...

NOTICE.—When Articles or "Correspondence" 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 CAMPAIGN OF TRAFALGAR.* THE struggle in the years 1804-5 between Napoleon and the European coalition headed by the younger Pitt must ever interest mankind. The forces...

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THE GENIUS OF SWIFT.* SWIFT is perhaps the most tragic

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figure in the history of English literature. His tragedy is not merely that of external circumstances, but of some fatality of the mind, which worked itself remorselessly...

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Fuller on having written not only a very useful but a very readable book. It will be specially useful because it is a " cool" book. By this we mean that he does not adopt the...

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A NEW essayist would be an agreeable addition to our modern men of letters. We have plenty of people who write good essays now and then, but we have nobody with the essayist's...

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the details of our political life to the London streets, which, with their twists and turns and intricacies, seem designed expressly to baffle the bold foreigner who ventures...

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THE idea of the authors of this attractive volume is to illustrate the " lands " from the "letters," and a very good idea it is. The practical drawback in realising it is the...


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MARTIN EDEN.t Ma. JACK Lownox deals with a ferocious zest in the clashes and shocks' of the primary forces of life. Every issue is • Greek Lands and Letters. By Francis...

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[Under this heading vs notice such It.oks of ths week as have not ilia mortal for review in other Anat..] The Rifleman. — We welcome the new series of the Rifleman, a penny...

The Cradle of a Poet. By Elizabeth Godfrey. (John Lane.

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6s.) —Miss Godfrey as usual shows her best inspiration in descriptions of the scenery in the West of England. The scene of the greater part of her new novel is laid at a little...

1 .1 . 11/1 QUARTERLIES.

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A Tarerrrn to King Edward, of which it is sufficient to say that it is worthy of the place which it occupies, prepares us for the truce in domestic politics which we find in...

Perfidious Lydia. By Frank Barrett. (Chatto and Winans. 6s.)—This is

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a very delightful and cheerful story of an elopement to Gretna Green in the early part of the nineteenth century. Owing to the precautions taken by her very sensible guardian,...

READABLB Novxts.—In a White Palace. By Louise Mack. (Alston Rivers.

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6s.)—The story of a young lady who im- personates her friend and appropriates her testimonials in order to obtain a place as companion. After many vicissitudes all ends...

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Back to the Land. By "C'." (Longman and Co. 4e.

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6d. net.) -The author describes the book as a " Medley "; perhaps this should have roused our suspicions. It did not do so, however, and we took it up and read a considerable...

Munich. By Henry Ramie Wadleigh. (T. Fisher Unwin. 6s. net.)—The

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three divisions of his subject which Mr. Wadleigh successively treats are history, monuments, and art. Munich does not stand high among German cities for the historic interest...

In the series of "Little Guides" (Methuen and Co., 2s.

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6d. net) we have The Channel Islands, by E. E. Bicknell. The traveller will find in it, we think, all that he can desire.—We may mention at the same time, for the benefit of...

Nelson's French Series.—We have received four volumes of the "Collection

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Nelson," Pabliee sons la Direction de Charles Sarolea (T. Nelson et Fils, Paris, London, &c., 1 fr. 25 c. per vol.). The four are Introduction Is la Vie Devote, par St. Francois...

Sport. By One who Looked on (Annie Warmington). (Simpkins, Marshall,

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and Co. 2s. 6d. net.)—Lovers of the High Alps in winter will find amusement in this pleasant and good-tempered book. Lady Warmington has that excellent qualification for...

The Borough Polytechnic Institute. By Edna Bailey. (Elliot Stock. 6s.

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net.)—Mr. Edric Bailey relates things quorum pars miens feel. The object of the Institute is "to provide technical and other instruction for young men and women by Evening...