23 OCTOBER 1897

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T HIS Frontier War will involve hard fighting and great loss of valuable lives. Sir William Lockhart, who, in a territory without food or sufficient water, has had terrible...


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With the " SPECTATOR" of Saturday, November 6th, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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THE TRUE CAUSE OF UNREST IN GERMANY. I N the current Edinburgh Review there is a paper on "The Internal Crisis in Germany," which is the most careful and luminous study of...

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ORD LONDONDERRY was not well advised when he wrote his letter to the Northern Union of Conservative Associations declaring that the Government in passing the Compensation for...

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THE CABINET ON SILVER. T HE decision of the Cabinet upon

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the Silver question —which is, in brief, to do nothing, but to be polite to the bimetallists—was an inevitable one. They had not the power to come to any other resolve. There is...

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T N the October Review of Reviews the chief feature is a so-called "Character Sketch" of Mr. Richard Croker, the chief Tammany "boss," founded on a series of con- versations...

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T BE Economist's Banking Supplement, published last week, is interesting, as usual, in showing the steady increase of banking capital in Great Britain and Ireland. We find that...

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S PECIAL interest has been lent to the autumnal meetings of the Liberation Society this week by the celebration of the jubilee of Mr. Carvell Williams's appointment as Secretary...

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SCIENTIFIC OPTIMISM. T HERE is a very fine poem of Matthew

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Arnold's entitled "The Future," familiar, doubtless, to most of our readers, in which the poet depicts the voyage of man on the river of time. Arnold had a strong distaste for...

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T HE German Emperor is constantly censured here for authorising so many punishments for the offence of lese-majeste, and no doubt those prosecutions are politically most unwise....

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O N Tuesday last a thick fog descended on London, but stopped like a blanket just above the summit of the ordinary buildings, though the tops of the towers and great hotels were...

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THE CONTEST IN THE ENGINEERING TRADE, 1897. [To THZ EDITOR Or THZ " BIRCTATOZ:1 SIE,—The most painful thing about the present conflict is that it is one engaged with a body...

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THE KINDNESS OF "THE SILENCE OF GOD." [To THI EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In a far distant land I have been reading with interest some of your recent articles. On one of...

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[TO TILL EDITOR OF TH2 " SPLCTATOR."] Sin,—May I be allowed to express a regret at the one-sided bitterness of the letter contributed by Mr. Ludlow to your -columns P Because...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — Hares have often been known to swim across a stream, but I was much struck last August by the pluck and strength of a bare not fully...


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[TO THE EDITOR or THE " SPFCTATOR.1 Sto,—In the Spectator of October 9th you Bay : "The one thing it is useless, if possible, to do is to tax the sugar we eat at home for...


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"CHARGE, GHOORKAS !" WE come from the land of sun and hill, We, Ghoorkasi stout and brave, To die for the flag of the Ocean Queen With the Children of the Wave. Then forward...


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TENNYSON.* [CONCLUDING NOTICE.] THE appearance of " Maud " in 1855 caused a temporary check in the growing reputation of Tennyson, partly, no. doubt, because it was the first...


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ITO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Canon Hammond's researches in the above subject (see Spectator of October 2nd) are confirmed by a volume issued a few years since by...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—Lord Tennyson is in his Life (Vol. II., p. 14) reported to have said : "I never put two s's together in any verse of mine. My line is...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SpEcrerou."] SIR,—May I disclaim the distinction assigned me by your reviewer of being an Irishman ? I am proud of my Alma Mater, the "Silent Sister" of...

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a disadvantage in the publication of this volume. Already in his essays, in Sara Coleridge's Memoir, and in the biographies of Lord Houghton and Lord Tennyson, the author has...

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WE have read this volume with great pleasure. Though the author has nothing absolutely new to say about the work and character of Thomas Arnold, he gives an excellent summary of...

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Mn. FREWEN LORD has hit upon a very happy idea for the purpose and construction of his book, and that is sweet and commendable in a writer at the present over-written day....

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T.A.INE'S JOURNEYS THROUGH FRANCE.* Tins very pleasant volume is the

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outcome of notes taken by the late Monsieur Taine in the course of journeys through France made in three successive years when the writer was acting as examiner of candidates...

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if, since the death of Marianne North, any traveller has felt the ecstasy of travel so keenly, or • Journal of a Tour in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. By Winefred,...

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GIFT-BOOKS. The Boy's Own Annual. (56 Paternoster Row.)—The long serial stories of this volume, contributed as they are by such well-known writers as Mr. Hent,y, Dr. Gordon...

The Rosebud Annual, 1898. (James Clarke and Co.)—The pictures are,

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as usual, very good. The verse might be better. Even the quite young children for whom the Annual is intended know the difference between good and bad. We have received from...

Sixty Years a Queen: the Story of Victoria's Reign. Told

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by Sir Herbert Maxwell, Bart., M.P. (Harmsworth Brothers.)—Sir Herbert Maxwell has done his work very well. It was a thing easy to do in a way, so abundant is the material and...

The Bear's Kingdom : a Fairy Tale. By Eva C.

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Rogers. (S.S.U.) —Doris is one of the numerous "Alice in Wonderland" family. We are not sure that we do not like her better when she is re- deeming captive bats and nestling...

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Lady Rosalind. By Emma Marshall. (James Nisbet and Co.) —We

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have here one of those stories which Mrs. Marshall delights- to tell, of a proud young Englishwoman, whose nature is - disciplined by misfortune—for which, however, she is not...

A Polar Eden. By Charles R. Kenyon. (S. W. Partridge

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and Co )—Erik Stephenson and Dick Grahame, with the assistance of an old savant, Mr. Sylvester, fit up a ship which is to reach the North Pole. Everything that can possibly be...

In Lincoln Green. By the Rev. E. Gilliat. (Seeley and

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Co.)— This story, with its quarter-staff fights, its Robin Hood, and its Cceur-de-Lion, inevitably recalls "Ivanhoe." But Mr. Gilliat is no imitator of Scott. His conception of...

Ninety-Eight. Edited by Patrick C. Faly. (Downey and Co.) —To

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such Irishmen as contemplate the celebration of the cen- tenary of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 this story ought to be welcome. It purports to be "the recollections of Cormac...

The Carrier's Cart. By Catherine E. Mallendaine. (S.P.C.K.) —A pretty

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story this of patience and faithfulness rewarded. George Jolliffe makes room in the "carrier's cart" for a young woman and her five-year-old girl. Out of this grows the tale...

Seaton Court. By Maude Carew. (S.P.C.K.)—The overworked and admirable parish

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clergyman with a very numerous family is a property that should belong to Miss Yonge. Miss Carew, how- ever, makes good use of it, proprie communia dicit. Little "Grizzly"...

Skeleton Reef. By Hugh St. Leger. (S. W. Partridge and

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Co.) —The brave boy who fights the bully of the school on behalf of a victim, thrashes him, and is unjustly punished for his chivalry has hard lines ; but when, having gone to...

The Rover's Quest. By Hugh St. Leger. (W. and R.

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Chambers.). —This is a pleasant story of salt-water adventures, treasure- finding, and, as a consequence, happy marriages ; nor is it any the less pleasant that it runs on...

Gerald and Dolly. By D'Esterre. (Nisbet and Co.)—These "two small

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people" are sufficiently amusing on paper. In real life they must have been distracting. The humours of children make excellent fun when they are used as interludes, as Henry...

Afloat with Nelson. By Charles II. Eden. (John Macqueen.)— We

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learn from the preface to this volume that it is the first of a series in which it is proposed to commemorate the patriotic services of the great British Admirals. The idea is...

Mona St. Claire. By Annie E. Armstrong. (Frederick Warne and

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Co.)—This is a bustling and readable story, first of the troubles—chiefly about dresses and small expenses—and then of the social triumphs, of a family of girls whose father,...

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In a North Country Village. By M. E. Francis. (Osgood,

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McIlvaine, and Co.) —" Within eight miles of one of our largest Northern manufacturing towns on the main road, between it and a fashionable watering-place, there is a certain...

Just Forty Winks. By Hamish Hendry. (Blackie and Son.)— This

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is a delightful and genuinely—if here and there too ambitiously—comic book. Davie Trot, confined to the (home) school-room because be has tickled Elsie during the Bible lesson,...

Heroines of the Cross. By Frank Mundell. (S. S. U.)—

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Mr. Mundell tells the story of some twelve devoted women who have laboured in the mission-field. The first chapter is given to Mrs. Judson, who worked with her husband in...

The Story of the Extinct Civilisations of the East. By

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Robert E. Anderson. (George Newnes.)—Mr. Anderson puts together in a convenient shape much knowledge. We may doubt some of his statements, that the belief of early Aryan, for...

Mrs. Keith Hamilton, M.B. By Annie S. Swan. (Hutchinson and

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Co.)—" Keith Hamilton" is the married name of "Eliza- beth Glen," and the "Experiences of a Lady Doctor" are continued in the series of stories now before us. Mrs. Hamilton,...

The Thirteenth Brydain. By Margaret Moule. (Jerrold and Son.) —

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Of course one knows what is coining in a tale with such a title. Some disaster is to happen to the unlucky representa- tive of the thirteenth generation. Now some of the finest...

Icelandic Fairy Tales. Translated and edited by Mrs. A. W.

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Hall. (Frederick Warne and Co.)—In her preface to this interesting and handsome addition to the now large literature of Norse legends Mrs Hall admits that she has had a good...

Angus Murray. By Helen Davis. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.)—The life

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to which Miss Davis holds up the mirror is life in Australia. The reflection is not attractive, and we can only hope that the mirror distorts. Surely the scene in which Lynne...

England in the Days of Old. By William Andrews. (Andrews

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and Co.)—Mr. Andrews has made a readable book, but he might haps made a better. We take it that his reading is not quite so wide as it should be in one who undertakes a really...

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In Praise of Music. An Anthology prepared by Charles Sayle.

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(Elliot Stock.)—Mr. Sayle begins with various passages from the Bible, on the episode of Saul and David, passes to Confucius, and thence to Plato (Rep. 111. 399-407), a passage...

The Somerset Roll. Compiled by Arthur L. Humphreys. (Strangeways, at

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Hatchard's.)—This is "an experimental list of worthies, unworthies, and villains born in the county." Mr. Humphreys contents himself, for the present at least, with the bare...

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