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To follow up this blow Great Britain, Russia, Germany, France,

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America, and Japan are collecting an army at Taku. Each of the white Powers sends four thousand men,—Great Britain from Calcutta, Russia from Port Arthur, France from Saigon,...


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T HE general result of the week's news from the front is highly satisfactory. Lord Roberts telegraphed on Friday morning that General Ian Hamilton's column had reached...

This view, it is clear, is accepted by all the

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Courts. They all, to begin with, sanctioned a march by a composite force of two thousand marines under Admiral Sir Edward Seymour, from Tientsin to Pekin, the object being not...

The fog is lifting in China, though not in Pekin.

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There is no longer any doubt that the Empress-Regent has informally declared war on Europe, that she has ordered the Viceroys not to protect Europeans—an order textually read...

We have no " information " to give our readers

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on the subject, but there is every reason to believe that the Czar is in hearty accord with the Queen's Government as to the policy to be pursued. His Majesty holds, it is...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Ilfanuscript, in any

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The sudden death of Count Mouravieff, while still only fifty-

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five, which occurred at St. Petersburg on the morning of the 21st inst., removes a great obstacle to cordiality between Great Britain and Russia. A patriot in his own way, the...

The Republican Convention met at Philadelphia on Tuesday to nominate

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a candidate for the Presidency, and, as was fully expected, decided finally upon Mr. McKinley, who, whether the best candidate or not, divides the party least. The...

At the meeting of the Women's Liberal Unionist Associa- tion

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held in St. George's Hall, Langham Place, on Tuesday, the Duke of Devonshire very properly reminded hie audience that "so long as the demand for Home-rule is still put for- ward...

Three months ago a schoolboy named Winter was murdered at

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Konitz in West Prussia. The Anti-Semitic Press at once &dared that it was a Jewish ritual murder, and as a result of their efforts riots have taken place, and the Jewish...

Mr. Chamberlain, who followed the Duke of Devonshire, did not

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speak more severely than is required when he con- demned " the efforts of a small knot of self-righteous persons in this country who have done their best to calumniate their...

There is nothing pleasant as yet to report from Ashanti.

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Governor Hodgson with a large party of official Europeans and six missionaries remain shut up in Coomassie, and the relieving forces as yet get no nearer. A small detachment...

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In the House of Commons on Monday, Mr. Chamberlain explained

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the new compromise that has been arrived at in regard to the question of Australian appeals. Under the new plan, the right of appeal is only to be restricted in a single case...

Men doubt sometimes the genius of M. Thiers for foreign

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affairs, but he certainly had a rare insight into the position of foreign States. In January, 1871, he told his friends that they were all at sea as to the resources of Great...

The Prince de Joinville, thin?, and last surviving son of

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Louis Philippe, died at Paris on Saturday last in his eighty- second year. As a young man he served with distinction in the naval expedition against Mexico in 1838, being...

Sir Gordon Sprigg has formed a new Cabinet. The Ministers

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are :—Premier and Treasurer, Sir Gordon Sprigg ; Attorney-General, James Rose-Inner ; Commissioner of Public) Works, Dr. Smartt; Secretary for Agriculture, Sir Pieter Faure ;...

It is with great regret that we record the death

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of Lord Loch on Wednesday. His career would have been a very remarkable one even without his Chinese captivity (when he endured torture, and only managed to evade by fifteen...

We trust that the "Stories of the War " by

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Mr. RI:0yard Kipling which are appearing in the Daily Express will be very widely read. We are anxious that they should be read because they contain lessons of the war, moral...

On Tuesday Lord Salisbury addressed a speech to the Society

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for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts marked by a great deal of feeling. The subject of his address was, in effect, the need for discretion among missionaries. He...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 100i.

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THE IMMEDIATE SITUATION IN CHINA. I T is better just now not to discuss the future of. China, which is shrouded in a deepening mist, and to con- centrate attention on the...

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one aspect of the settlement in South Africa which we trust will not be left out of sight. That is the need for publicity as to the past. We want to bear the real truth told...


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S O much depends upon the harmony of the Powers in dealing with the present explosion in China that it is well to record and remember the special interests and objects which...

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A SPANISH-AMERICAN UNION. T HE Globe of Wednesday gives an account

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of a movement among the Spanish and Portuguese speaking peoples of the Old and New Worlds which, if it were to take a real and practical shape, might have the most momentous...


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W E criticised some weeks ago the action of the Trustees of the British Museum in fathering a measure which seemed to ignore one of the principal objects for which the Museum...

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THE DISLIKE OF ASIA FOR EUROPE. N O one now questions,

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we fancy, the truth of the dislike of Asia for Europe. The facts of history have been too uniform and too unmistakable. The Asiatic, however much benefited by contact with the...

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I F Hera"- VII.'s palace at Richmond still stood by the riverside, we should have a second Hampton Court at half the distance from London. It was almost the first of the fine...


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A N American writer in the columns of the Chicago Dial has lately put in a plea for the revival of the good old slashing literary criticism, for the use of the cudgel and the...

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THE GREEK PLAY AT BRADFIELD. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—Art, they say, has no country; yet every one knows the vision that Greek dramas call up : a land of...

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NAVAL ENGINEERS IN FOREIGN NAVIES: A COMPARISON. [To THE EDITOR OP TILE "SPECTATOR.") Six,—As an aid to the discussion of the subject that is now being justly pressed forward,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Stu,—In the article, " The Cost of a Private Orchestra," in your issue of May 19th, it is said : " It is a curious fact that no English or...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—The universal preliminary education which Mr. Gains- ford recommends in the Spectator of May 26th is a feature of the American Navy,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Six,—One who disapproves the policy of his own country, contesting the views of a foreign journal which approves it, is an unusual spectacle...


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OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sia,—Your readers may like to know of a peculiar persona! trait of this great Englishwoman, who chose the sea as her grave. She was quite ignorant of...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sia,—Your suggestion in the Spectator of June 16th that drunkards should be punished, when it is possible, reminds me that I have always...


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SIR,—You cannot believe, you say, in the teeth of Christ's order for the rite which was to keep his memory eternally alive, that alcohol is in itself evil." I doubt whether even...

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CATHARINE GL A.DSTONE, JUNE 14TH, 1900. Go, faithful heart I

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be his again once more ! How brief the space of parting ! Oh, be free, Be glad again, where on the further shore . He waits to welcome thee. Mind conquers mind, and wit, a...


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CHARLEMAGNE.* • THE dark ages are seldom studied, and even when we do re- member the work they accomplished in preparing the modern world it is too often with a tepid...

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QUITE apart from the tragic circumstances of Mr. Steevens's death, the energy and versatility displayed in the aureum guinquennium which succeeded an exceptionally brilliant...

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THE AIM OF CHRISTIANITY.* AMONG important contemporary works on Christian

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ideals this must take a high place. It is true that its fundamental concept is not so original as at times its author appears to suggest. In that most interesting and noble...

MR. SPEAKER DENISON'S DIARY.* THIE4 book is a serious contribution

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to the "art of being a Speaker." As the public likely to take an interest in this subject is necessarily limited, we may further say that it pos- sesses considerable historical...

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NOVELS OF THE WEEK.• THOTYOR no indication is given as

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to where Debts of Honour stands chronologically in the hundred or more novels written by Jokai, we seem to have seen it stated somewhere that it is a comparatively recent...

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THE BRITISH PEOPLE. Origin and Character of the British People. By Nottidge Charles Macnamara. (Smith, Elder, and Co. 6a.)—This book does not justify its ambitious title. It is...


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[Under thts heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] The Annals of Sandhurst. By Major A. F. Mockler-Ferryman. (W....


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Erskine of Linlathen: Selections and a Biogravhy. By Henry F. Andersen.. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier. 6s.)—Thomas Erskine came of an "Evangelical" race, the word being...

History of Epic Poetry. By John Clark, U.A. (Oliver and

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Boyd, Edinburgh. 5s.)—This is a very instructive volume, especially in respect of various poems which are often spoken of, but very seldom read. Mr. Clark has had the patience...

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In the " New Series of the Oriental Translation "

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(Royal Asiatic Society) we have A Buddhist Manual of Psychological Ethics, with Introductory Essay and Notes by Caroline A. F. Rhys Davids, M.A. This manual, dating, curiously...

NEW EDITIONS.—In Messrs. Macmillan's "Library of English Classics," The History

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of Tom Jones, a Foundling, by Henry Fielding, 2 vols. (7s. net).--The Temperance Problem and Social Reform. By Joseph Rowntree and Arthur Sherwell. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—...

Wax-Boons.—Of books more or less connected with the war we

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have this week a supply not under the average. With Methuen's Column on an Ambulance Train, by Ernest N. Bennett (Swan Sonnenschein and Co., 2s. 6d.), is even more than usually...

Rifle - Shooting for Tyros. By Sergeant A. G. Sutton. (Stoddart, Long

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Eaton. 6d.)—Mr. Sutton gives some "practical hints" for beginners. The beginner must, of course, learn by experiment, but it would be a mistake to suppose that he cannot be...

Anglo - Saxons and Others. By Aline Gorren. (D. Nutt. 5s.)— There

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is no little subtlety and insight in this book. Sometimes we feel constrained to differ from the opinions which it advances. Sometimes we doubt. But we always feel that the...

A Peep into "Punch." By J. Holt Schooling. (G. Newnes.

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6s.) —This is the " Story of Punch, with Illustrations by Himself." It is scarcely necessary to say more. These specimens of treasure are well selected, at least so suggests the...

MiscELLaNnous.—Pleasant Odes. By T. W. H. Crosland. (J. W. Arrowsmith,

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Bristol. ls.)—Mr. Crosland is clever and amusing, though we do not see hOw we are to make this known to our readers except by asking them to take our word for it.— The Story of...

THEOLOGY.—Our Record of the Nativity. By James Thomas. (Swan Sonnenschein

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and Co. 6s.)—Mr. Thomas describes hie book as an answer to Professor Ramsay's " Was Christ Born at Bethlehem?" He gives a preliminary account of Jewish history up to the death...

GIIIDE-BOOKS.—Murray's Handbook to Greece (J. Murray, 20a), corrected by Rev.

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C. Evans and Mr. G. E. Marindin, and generally revised by Mr. C. G. Edgar who has brought the practical section, of hotels, travelling, &c., up to date.—Hand- book for...