23 MAY 1903

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Mr. Chamberlain, as Mr. Leonard Courtney has pointed out, was,

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of course, betrayed into a very serious slip in regard to Cobden's French Treaty. No preference was given to French goods as such, and no certificates of French origin were...


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• W ITHOUT question the event of the week has been the final, and, we believe, except in time of war, irrevocable relief of the bread of the people from taxation ; and the...

Mr. Chamberlain went on to declare that there were two

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alternatives before the people of the Empire. "They may maintain if they like in all its severity the interpretation—in my mind an entirely artificial and wrong...

• We congratulate Mr. Balfour and Mr. Ritchie most heartily

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on the wisdom and good-sense of their attitude, and on the courage with which they have stuck to their guns, and have refused to yield to the angry clamour of a reactionary...

On Friday, May 15th, Mr. Chamberlain addressed his con- stituents

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in a memorable speech. In the form of suggesting the matter for discussion, he urged, with all the resources of his matchless political eloquence, that we should unite the...

On Friday, May 156, Mr. Balfour told the deputation of

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Members of Parliament and representatives of various agri- cultural and other associations that the Government intended to stand firm in the matter of the relief of the people's...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Indeed, it seems probable that powerful members of the Government

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sympathise with the mob. M. de Plehve, Minister of the Interior, had been warned that risings were expected, and secretly forwarded orders to the officials to ex- postulate but...

It can hardly be wondered that, considering these enigmatic sayings

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and the significant absence of any denunciation of the scheme, the supporters of Mr. Chamberlain's proposals, and notably the Times and the Daily Mail, hailed Lord Rosebery as a...

Lord Rosebery on Tuesday inaugurated the new Chamber of Commerce

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at Burnley and delivered a speech mainly concerned with Mr. Chamberlain's Imperial trade proposals. Lord Rose- bery began by disclaiming any intention to treat Mr. Chamber-...

We are delighted to find that Mr. Asquith, at any

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rate, gives no uncertain sound in regard to Mr. Chamberlain's pro- posal. Speaking of it at Doncaster on Thursday, he declared that "its benefits to the Colonies were in the...

But seriously, if Lord Rosebery has been misinterpreted by his

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admirers, he has no one to blame for the fact but himself. He was not obliged to touch on the matter at a non-political gathering, but if he did touch on it at all, those who,...

The story of the outrages upon the Jews of Kisheneff,

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which seemed too ghastly to be true, has been fully confirmed. Mr. D. L. Alexander and Mr. Claude G. Montefiore have sent to the Times a narrative based upon Christian evidence...

There has been a momentary change in the situation in

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the Balkans. War between Turkey and Bulgaria had become so probable that Prince Ferdinand quitted Paris for Sofia, and on his arrival compelled the Daneff Ministry to resign....

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All accounts from France indicate that the relations between the

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State and the Church are strained to breaking- point. All over the country the Clericals and Anti-Clericals are fighting, usually within the churches themselves, and in the...

Nothing is settled in Somaliland, General Manning, who is concentrating

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supplies and transport at Bohotle, apparently waiting for final orders. Negotiations, however, are going on with Italy, and Menelek, though harassed by deficient supplies, has...

A debate on the Congo Free State occupied much time

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in the Commons on Wednesday, and did not produce a very satisfactory result. Mr. Herbert Samuel and Sir Charles Dilke described, and in the general opinion of the House proved,...

Spain is probably on the eve of troubled days. The

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loss of the colonies, the death of Senor Sagasta, and the rise of a fiercely Anti-Clerical spirit are changing the old Liberal party into a Republican one, which, it must not be...

The Colonial party in France have published their pro- gramme,

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which includes a definite basis of agreement between France and Great Britain as regards their relative position in North Africa. Substantially the agreement amounts to this:...

The House of Commons during the week has been chiefly

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occupied with the Education Bill. On Tuesday Sir William Anson explained the changes in the representation of the Borough Councils on the Education Committee which the...

Lord Cranborne's reply was very weak ; but he did

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not deny the allegations, though he asserted that many of the delin- quents had been punished by the Government of the Congo. He admitted, therefore, that a primit-facie case...

Bank Rate, 31 per cent.

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Consols (2i per cent.) were on Friday 92.

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W E are Imperialists first and. Free-traders afterwards, for Free-trade is but a counsel of economic perfection, While the Imperial Union is, in our view, vital to the race. If,...

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M B. CHAMBERLAIN is a great statesman and a great patriot, and the Empire owes him a debt of gratitude that must never be forgotten, but he has one memorable defect. He does not...

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THE NEWS FROM SOFIA- T HE recent changes in the Cabinet

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of Sofia do some- thing to clear up the confused situation in the Balkan Peninsula. Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria is a man in whom most remarkable intellectual powers coincide...

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LORD MILNER ON LliE BLACK QUESTION. T HE black question—that is,

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the question of the relative positions of blacks and whites—was bound to come up in South Africa, and it may come up very soon in most harassing and perplexing ways. The...

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A SELECT Committee of the House of Commons has determined that the Thames is to remain closed to passenger traffic. It had before it two Bills, one pro- meted by the London...

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W E think that all who read the Rev. Charles E. Osborne's delightful biography of Father Dolling (London : E. Arnold ; 12s. 6d. net) will admit that he was a saint—an...

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I T is not exactly true to say that it is astonishing that com- munities should allow themselves to be tyrannised by fashion; to find themselves, that is, being led further...

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A VERY representative group of English sportsmen, naturalists, administrators, and explorers met last week at the Society of Arts to hear a paper read by Mr. E. N. Buxton on the...

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NATIVE LABOUR AND POLYGAMY IN SOUTH AFRICA. [TO THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—There has been a good deal written of late on this subject.' It may interest your readers...

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[TO TUE EDITOP. OP THE " SPECTATOR." 1 SIR,—Your most interesting article in the Spectator of May 16th on "The Literary Aspects of the Prayer-Book" suggests to one's mind the...


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pro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.".1 SIR,—May I ask your correspondents Mr. Slingsby and "Middle East" (Spectator, May 16th) what remedy they propose, assuming thdt their...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—All lovers of our national games must agree with every word of the admirable article in the Spectator of May 16th anent their decay, and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—I generally agree with the editor of the Spectator. About the shilling a quarter on corn I do not. Mr. Gladstone left a shilling a...

[To THE EDITOR Of THE "SPROTATOR."1 SIR,—In your singularly beautiful

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article on the Prayer- book in the Spectator of May 16th the writer says :—" The arguments against a liturgy seem, we are prepared to admit, from certain points of view, many...


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Sia,—Your interesting article in the Spectator of May 16th on "The Literary Aspects of the Prayer-Book" leads me to send you the enclosed appreciation of it from the same stand-...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In your very interesting article on "The Literary Aspects of the Prayer-Book," p. 773, there is the following sentence :—" Afterwards,...

(To THZ EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."1 Sul, — You have done a

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great service in the cause of genuine sport by calling attention in the Spectator of May 16th to the decay which has set in of recent years in our two leading national games....

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THE PATH OF POWER. Sour, and body, follow me, Cold and free the mountains gleam, Leave the vale of laughing ease Where the trees o'erhang the stream. Come, my body, joy of...


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MARENGO AND HOHENLINDEN.* _Marengo and Hohenlinclen is the book of a soldier. It is written without the smallest literary art. Colonel Furse is clearly not a practised writer,...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—I observe in an article in the Spectator of May 9th you state that Richard, Earl of Cornwall, "King of the Romans," is buried at this...

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THIS is an interesting, and in some parts a very amusing, book. The author frankly confesses that his survey of American religions life was superficial. He travelled through the...

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IT was only the other day that Mrs. Hugh Bell challenged • attention by a volume of essays. Another phase of her versatile talent is revealed to us in the volume before us, in...

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Wis expect nothing but pleasure and dignified entertainment in a new book from the distinguished pen of Mr. Bryce, and in his latest work there is no disappointment. He has set...

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TYPHOON.* JUST as Browning is said to have composed "How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix" in the one place where it was impossible to have a ride, so we can...

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Crotcborough Beacon. By Horace G. Hutchinson. (Smith, Elder, and Co.

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6s.) — It seems to be a difficult matter for a novelist who lays the scene of his story in the county of Sussex to keep out of it the smugglers who once exercised something like...


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LIBERAL JUDAISM. Liberal Judaism. By Claude G. Montefiore. (Macmillan and Co. 3s. net.)—" We have to remember," writes Mr. Claude- Montefiore, "that Judaism as a living...

The Gold Wolf. By Max Pemberton. (Ward, Lock, and Co.

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6s.)—The novel of excitement—the novel, that is, which, without troubling about subtle definitions of character, claims the attention of its readers merely by a series of...

Catherine Sterling. By Norma Lorimer. (W. Heinemann. (Is.)— The author

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seems inclined to change her mind in the middle of the book about the characters of the three principal personages of this story. Catherine Sterling, the heroine, contracts an...

Stay-at-Homes. By L. B. Watford. (Longmans and Co. (Is.) —Stay-at-Homes

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is not a very remarkable work. The story is not as convincing, and the characters are not as interesting. as we have a right to expect from its author. Mrs. Walford's pen is too...

George Goring's Daughters. By M. E. Carr. (Smith, Elder, and

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Co. 6s.) — Lucy and Ann Goring must have been akin to Jane Eyre, though the relationship is not stated; and Mr. Fabian must have been a reincarnation of Mr. Rochester. He comes...

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Verses Occasionally Humorous. By E. H. Lacon Watson. (Elkin Mathews.

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Is. net.)—This is a collection of easy, pleasant verse. It runs off smoothly and without a trace of effort, and is always kindly and wholesome. Here is a specimen of the...

The History of Hr. John De Castro. 2 vols. (Bernard

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Quariteh. 21s. net.)—This novel was published in 1815, and received but scanty notice. In 1857 it was made the subject of an article in Blaekwood's Magazine (attributed by the...


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The Pauline Epistles. By Rev. R. D. Shaw, M.A., B.D. (T. and T. Clark. 8s. net.)—Mr. Shaw's book is full of interest, not only f rom the point of view of Scriptural exegesis—the...

Staple Inn and its Story. By T. Cato Worsfold. (Henry

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Bumpuu3.)—Staple Inn belonged, in the first instance, to men of trade, as its name indicates ; it passed into the possession of men of law ; it has now gone the way of Doctors'...

Paris in '48. Letters by Baroness Bonde (nee Robinson). Edited

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by C. E. Warr. (John Murray. 88. 6d. net.)—The Baroness Bonde had a considerable experience of fair weather and stormy in Paris. Born in 1817, she saw the Three Days of July,...

Traditional Aspects of Hell. By James Mew. (Swan Semen- schein

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and Co. 6s.)—We cannot say that we think that this book ought not to have been written; nor do we profess to dis- agree with its main conclusions, so far as they concern...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been resorted for TeDi41.0 in other forms.] The fourth and concluding volume of the Encyclopaedia Biblica,...

A New English Dictionary. Edited by Dr. James A. H.

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Murray. Vol. VII., " Onomastical-Outing." (The Clarendon Press. 5s.) —Dr. Murray intervenes, with no little cogency of argument, in the Shakespeare-Bacon controversy....

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NEW EDITI0N8. — The Complete Poetical Works of Alexander Pope. (Houghton, Mifflin,

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and Co.)—This "Cambridge Edition" contains all the verse, whether original or translated, that Pope wrote, arranged, as far as could be done, in chrono- logical order. The...

The Century. (Macmillan and Co. 10s. 6d.)4—The half-yearly volume of

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the Century has Mrs. Regan. 'Rice's 'story of "Levey Mary," wherein we again shake hands with Mrs. Wiggs. The short stories by M. C. Graham, AL D. Sedgwiek, D. Gray, J. L. Long,...