23 MARCH 1901

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There is a serious dispute over tlie Chinese indemnities. One

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at least of the Powers has suggested that each Power should press ith own claims, and that then if the total is too large each claim should be reduced by a fixed percentage. The...


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I T was announced in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday that the peace negotiations which have been proceeding for the last three weeks had fallen through, General Botha...

What were the terms which the Boers declared them. selves

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willing to accept does not appear in the papers laid before Parliament. Meantime a curious account of them is contained in a telegram from the special correspondent of the Times...

We are glad to record the termination of the acute

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friction caused by the dispute between the Russians and British over the railway siding at Tientsin. The incident caused a great deal of newspaper excitement during the past...

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall left Portsmouth last Saturday

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at 11 o'clock in the Ophir.' The King and Queen accompanied their son to the vessel, and their parting is described as most affecting. The great overplus of writing about it,...

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

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The most serious news from the Far East is that

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both Russia and Japan are sending squadrons to the coast of Korea. The intention of the Japanese is to enforce certain demands on the Korean Government, and of the Russians to...

The dreary and painful squabble between Lord Wolseley and Lord

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Lansdowne was continued in the House of Lords on Friday week (March 15th) by Lord Wolseley moving that various minutes written by him during his five years' tenure of office...

Prince Bismarck (better known here as Count Herbert von Bismarck)

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is evidently not devoted to Count von Billow, who now sits in his father's seat. He rose in the Reichstag on Monday to suggest as a candid friend that perhaps the Chan- cellor...

India has prospered financially during the past year in spite

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of plague and famine, which have cost in direct expen- diture some five millions sterling, and nearly two millions of extra expenditure on military defences. The Land Revenue...

The Russian Government is worried just now by a series

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of student riots. The assassination of the Minister of Education which we recorded last week has been followed by demonstra- tions in Moscow, Kieff, Odessa, and other cities at...

The dockers of Marseilles have been for some weeks on

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strike, and the injury to trade is most perceptible, vessels laden with imports passing out of the harbour to unload at Genoa and other places. The strife is still most bitter...

After Lord Rosebery had intervened with the rather unpractical suggestion

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that a representative of each com- batant might go through the papers (like two solicitors in a family quarrel) and select those which were relevant, and the Duke of Devonshire...

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In the Commons on Tuesday, on the vote for the

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Transvaal Concessions Committee, Mr. Markham made an attack of extraordinary violence on Messrs. Eckstein, Wernher, Beit, and Co., and again and again described them as "a gang...

The question of the War Inquiry was raised in the

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House of Lords on Monday by Lord Sandhurst, who deprecated the appointment of a roving Commission of unlimited scope and indefinite duration. The Duke of Devonshire, replying...

In the House of Commons on Monday Mr. Arnold-Forster introduced

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and explained the Navy Estimates. We gave last week an outline of the chief proposals, but may note here that the Royal Fleet Reserve is to be an important feature of the new...

The obituary of Monday's Times notices the death of one

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of the earliest and wealthiest settlers in Victoria, the Hon. W. H. S. Osmand. Mr. Osmand, a Devonshire man, barn in the early "twenties," entered the Royal Navy—his father had...

Lord Rosebery, who is doing excellent work in insisting, in

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season and out of season, on the necessity for better com- mercial education and better and sounder administrative principles in the public and private business of the nation,...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday Lord Herries moved

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for a Joint Committee on the King's declaration, which was accepted by Lord Salisbury, with the understanding that words were to be added which would safeguard the Protestant...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 98.

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THE POSITION OF THE GOVERNMENT. O N Tuesday the Daily Nail startled its readers by publishing an article asking whether the Govern- ment was not "crumbling," and pretty plainly...

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T HE English man in the street is always expecting a revolution in Russia. The autocracy of the Czars is so opposed to all his habits of mind, and is in his belief—a belief...

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T HE peace negotiations entered into between Lord Kitchener and the Boers have been broken off by the latter. The partial armistice is therefore at an end, and we may soon...

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W E cannot altogether agree with that splendid soldier, Sir James Willcocks, in the central thought of his speech of Friday week. He congratulated the country, in striking...


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W E have often argued that the housing of the poor, using the term in its largest sense, is a problem that ought to be approached by many roads. It is not merely that there is...

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is little given.to advertising, its central faith being that the Kingdom of God cometh not by observation. It is not, therefore, from any advertising motive that the little book...

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AN TE rarely read police reports, and never "enjoy murders," as the benevolent old lady in Miss Eden's bright story, "The Semi-detached House," admitted that she did ; but...

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T HE Russians, besides spring, summer, autumn, and winter, name a fifth season between the autumn rains and the winter frost. It is called " Rasputnya," and its practical...

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THE DEAD-SET AGAINST SIR ALFRED MILNER. [To THE EDITH OP TUE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—In common with many another friend and admirer of Sir A. Milner, I have read with real regret the...

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- - (TO THE EDITOR OP TEL "SPEHrdTOR.1 8113,--I have read with the greatest interest Mr. Stephen Gwynn's letter on "The Celtic Inspiration" in the Spectator Of March 2nd. The...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE 'SrEcrATOR."] S1R,—The crowded meeting at the Imperial Institute' addressed by Mr. Chamberlain upon the encouragement of women's emigration to South...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Srn,—The idea of stocking the London parks with butterflies, which forms the subject of an extremely interesting article in the Spectator of...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR-1 SD2,—While thanking you for your admirable article on George Macdonald—" A Great Scottish Teacher "—in refer- ence to the proposed memorial...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE SPEOTATOR."] do not know if you wish to continue a controversy of partisans. Halll Had overstates his case, but he is more right in his facts than Canon...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,-I venture with all deference to make, with your permis- sion, one or two remarks upon the article in the Spectator of March 16th under...

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(To THY EDITOR OF TH8 "swam:m.1 Sra,—Lord Salisbury is reported as having said that " in punitive legislation against the intemperate he is inclined to go even a step further"...


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pro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR-1 you allow me to correct an error in your interest- ing article under the above beading in the Spectator of March 16th? Thomas Erskine was not...


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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Srn,—On reading your interesting article on" The New Army Scheme" in the Spectator of March 16th, I was very much struck by your admirable...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEGTATORM Sin,—its a means of increasing the Revenue you advocate an increase in the licenses to sell intoxicants. Does this mean that the State should...

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THE PROSPECTS OF OPERA. THE question of the opera of the future, which formed the cockpit of musical. controversy forty years ago, has now become the question of the future of...


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TO GLADYS, A CHILD. Flashed the bright sign, strove Sweetest, when first you laid Large issue found ; Your band in mine. Clouds of my effluent love Self-centred, lonely,...


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[TO TIM EDITOR OP THE " spacreion.") SIB, —Reading the article on "Rifle Clubs and Volunteers" in the Spectator of January 5th, the one sensation " here at this unquiet limit of...

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A NEW ANTHOLOGY.* Quuzza-Concs's name is a sufficient certificate that the anthology which he has edited for the Clarendon Press is a competent piece of work. And a cursory...

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THIS work, written by a negro, is the most severe verdict ever passed on the negro race. Nothing that any of the old Southern planters or their official apologists ever said...

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THE Greeks, who did all things supremely well, were doubt- less the best of literary critics, and it is a sad mischance that so few specimens of their reasoned judgment have...


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IT is remarkable how often and continuously science has to corroborate the ordinary common-sense of the household in • rood and the Principles of Dietetics. By Robert'...

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NOVELS OF THE WEEK.* THOUGH the scene of Dr. Barry's

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new novel is laid in Ireland on the eve of the Famine, there is little or nothing to daunt or repel the Sassenach reader in tue way of dialect or local colour, politics or...

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THE RIFLE BRIGADE. The Rifle Brigade. By Walter Wood. (Grant Richards. 3s. 6d.) — This is the first of a series of regimental histories, an idea much to be commended from the...

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Pretoria from Within During the War. By H. J. Batts.

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(J. F. Shaw and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Batts, a Baptist Minister, who had been settled for some years in Pretoria, elected to stay in that place after the breaking out of the...

How to Write a Novel. (Grant Richards. Be. 6d.)—Possibly one

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ought to wait till one haa written a novel after the directives here given before criticising them. That, if it could be done at all, would clearly delay a notice inconveniently...

Country Life. Vols. VII. and VIII. (Iludson and Kearns, and

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George Newnes. 21s. each.)—In these two volumes for 1990 Country Life keeps up its character for pleasant, readable articles and excellent illustrations. The series of papers on...

Trarezz Pantras.—Three of the series of "Temple Primers" (J. M.

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Dent and Co., Is. net per vol.) are before us Greek and Roman Mythology and Dreamland. By Professor H. Stending. Translated from the German by Lionel D. Barnett, D.Litt.—We are...


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Itindrr this hauling we notice such nooks of the sea as have not basil reamed for rrviino in otlutr forms.] Victoria the Queen. (Chicago, U.S.A..)—This pamphlet gives us an...

The Official Year-book of the Church of England. Hon. Editor,

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Rev. F. Burnside. (8.P.C.K. 3s) -This volume continues to render the inestimable service of full and authentic information as to the work of the Church, so far as it can be...

How to Read the Money Article. By Charles Duguid. (Effingham

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Wilson. 2s. 6d. net.)—Here the curious may find out what is meant by various expressions that they may see time after time in the newspapers and pass by without comprehension....

Old Cottages and Farmhouses in Kent and Surrey. Photographs by

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W. Gabsworthy Davie. Notes by E. Guy Dawber. (Batsford. 21s.) —This collection of plates, printed in collotype, is an interesting record of a style of architecture which Mr....

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Naw EDITIONS.—The Life of Queen Victoria. By G. Barnett Smith.

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(G. Routledge and Sons. Ss. 6d.)—Mr. Barn ett Smith has carried on the narrative (it was first published in 1897) as far as the Queen's death. This continuation is included in...