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The French Government must be conscious that its power is

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at a very low ebb. President Loubet, with a humanity for which we give him every credit, has pardoned Alfred Dreyfus for being _innocent, but the Government, in fear of the...

The great State trial of twenty-two persons charged with attempting

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to overthrow the Republic in order to seat the Duke of Orleans on the throne of France began on Monday before the Senate with a speech from the Public Prosecutor. He alleged...

All the signs point to the fact that the Orange

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Free State means to join the Boers. Such action is foreshadowed in the correspondence between the High Commissioner and President Steyn in regard to the massing of British...

M. Gui5rin surrendered on Wednesday. After thirty-seven days of an

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inexplicable immunity, the Government decided that weakness had reached its limit, and ordered the " rebels " of the Rue de Chabrol to be arrested by force. A considerable body...


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A GAIN we can only say that suspense is the dominant factor of the South African situation. The Cabinet met on Friday, and presumably its decision will be known on Satur- day,...

On Friday was published a very touching and dignified message

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addressed to France by Captain Dreyfus, who is now living at the residence of bis brother-in law at Carpentras, Val:tell:Ise. He declares that liberty is nothing to him without...

* The Editors cannot undertake to return _Manuscript, in any

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At a meeting held in Manchester on Friday, Septem- ber

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15th, for the purpose of protesting against a war with the Boers, Mr. Morley and Mr. Courtney were the chief ipeakers. The essence of Mr. Morley's speech, which was moderate in...

The extraordinary belief among the ignorant all over Europe that

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the Jews occasionally murder a Christian child and drain the body of blood to use for ritual purposes has this week produced disastrous results in Austria- Anna Hrnza, a...

The Spanish Bishops have apparently reached the precise mental point

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attained by the English Bishops during the Reformation when they suggested that if the laws of the Church conflicted with the laws of the State, the laws of the State could be...

On Wednesday at Tredegar Sir William Harcourt ad- dressed his

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constituents on the Transvaal crisis. Though we cannot agree with the conclusions of his speech, and though we differ from the standpoint adopted, we must congratulate Sir...

Perhaps the most interesting passage in Sir William Har- court's

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speech was his specific suggestion for a way out of the present difficulties. "In my opinion," said he, "what ought to be done is to accept the franchise as offered for...

It was reported and believed that the Pope intended to

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issue an Encyclical, provoked by recent events in France, and recalling French priests and the editors of Catholic papers to moderation and Christian charity. It was even hoped...

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An attractive solution of the purpose of Stonehenge was put

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forward at the British Association on Saturday last. Dr. Alfred Eddowes, addressing the anthropological section, advanced the theory thatithe building was a gigantic sun- dial....

This, however, is not the worst part of the case.

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Not only was Nicholls arrested in company with sham conspirators, but for some time he was refused access to a legal adviser, and even his letters to our Agent and to the...

Mr. Leonard Courtney followed Mr. Morley. He insisted that gold

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was at the bottom of the present troubles. Mr. Chamberlain's last despatch was, he declared, "a rebuke to the fire-eaters, and a rebuke most of all to one whom he must designate...

The latest South African Blue-book, besides Mr. Chamber. lain's final

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despatch, contains some very striking papers in regard to the Nicholls case, which should be read carefully by those who think that the Boer Government is one of the bulwarks of...

Mr. John J. Thornycroft, a great authority on steam engines,

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maintained on Tuesday before the British Associa- tion that road steam engines might be constructed of the highest value to trade if only the laws were altered. They could be...

Though the essence of Mr. Morley's speech was that the

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Transvaal ought to grant a reform of the franchise, but must not be made to do so, he spoke,with considerable emphasis in favour of the five-years period. He entirely agreed...

Bank Rate, 31t per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday 104.

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WHAT ARE WE GOING TO FIGHT ABOUT ? I F we fight, what are we going to fight about ? That is the question which is raised by Sir William Harcourt in his Tredegar speech, and...

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S INCE it unfortunately seems certain that we shall actually be at war with the Transvaal before many days are past, it is worth while to say something as to the condition of...

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I T is not at all probable that the Royalist plot disclosed on Monday in the speech of the Procureur-General before the Senate is either got up or exaggerated by the Government....

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C ARDINAL VAUGHAN misses the point in his letter in the Times of Monday on the attacks made upon the Roman Catholic Church for its action, or rather inaction, in the Dreyfus...

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M R. HIGGS'S address on "The Condition of the People " delivered at the British Association, as President of the section of Economic Science and Statistics, is expressed in far...

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W E wonder if the Congress or Parliament of picked men of science which it is proposed to assemble every year will be able to do much to advance human knowledge. It should. It...

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T HE holiday season is over. There are still some people travelling—fortunate people who can linger in old Italian and Spanish towns, or who are on their way to the spell-bound...

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N OT the least evidence of the taste of the people of Japan is the opinion which they have of the minor pools of water, natural or artificial, which we class rather con-...

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THE SITUATION IN THE TRANSVAAL. [To TUE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—Would you kindly allow me space in your paper for a few lines on the above subject, as so many seem...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I have read Sir William Harcourt's speech with a sense of wonder that it was not spoken before, but now that it is spoken I trust it...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] $IR,—" As patriots we rejoice ; as Catholics we give thanks to God." These are the words in which La Croix, one of the leading organs of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] Srn,—With reference to the notice in the Spectator of Sep- tember 16th concerning a book called "Through a Keyhole," by Cosmo Monkhonse, and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sir.,—Reading Mr. Stephen Phillips's fine lines in the Spectator of September 16th I am tempted to wonder if we have truly improved upon Old...


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[Ti . THE EDITOP. Or THE "c:PECTkTOR have been reading your interesting article on the poisoning of Public Opinion in France. May I be permitted —as briefly as possible—to...


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[TO TUE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Six,—The following extracts from Voltaire letters on the affaire Colas may interest your readers. Substitute Dreyfus for Calas, and they...


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To THE EDITOP. Or THE " iPECTATOR."] SIR,—M. Zola is but repeating in the nineteenth century the part played by Voltaire in the eighteenth. Then, as now, the Roman Church aided...

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SIR THOMAS ROE'S JOURNAL AND CORRESPONDENCE.* THE Journal and Correspondence of Sir Thomas Roe are among the most important documents in the history of 9 The Emt,ciesg of Sir...


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THY HEROES, FRANCE—. THY heroes, France, forsake thee not ; they stand, Few braving many, in a hostile land— Thy soldier—who, commanded to be still, To acquiesce in the...

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A LIFE OF CHRIST.* PROFESSOR GILBERT has attacked with considerable

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success a problem which has occupied the attention of students of the Bible from the earliest times,—the construction of a harmony of the Gospel narratives. He does not attempt...

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THE BELVOIR HUNT.* Tun literature of sport has long been

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declining, and to-day it seems well-nigh dead. Those that have knowledge and experience have seldom the skill to write; and they who are tinctured with letters lack the practice...

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Miss GERARD does well to call her book The Romance of Ludwig II., for it makes no pretence to being a serious or thoroughgoing investigation of the tragedy of the Royal house of...

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THE interesting task which Mr. Anthony Hope has set him- self in The King's Mirror, and has executed with a full measure of his address and insight, removes his new work to a...

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The Empire and its Heroes. By C. H. Simpkinson, M.A.,

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Balliol College, Oxford. (Wake and Dean. 2s. 6d.)—This is one of those delightful little books which, being written for children, are full of invaluable light and reminder for...


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A History of Oxfordshire. By J. Meade Falkner. (Elliot Stock. 7s. 6d.)—Mr. Falkner has found it unavoidable to give much of his space to University history. The only alternative...

Impressions of America. By T. C. Porter. (C. A. Pearson.

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10s. 6d.)—The peculiarity, one might almost say the raison d'être, of this volume is to be found in the stereoscopic views. These have, it must be allowed, a considerable...

Mexico and the United States. By Matins Romero. Vol. I.

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(G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—We cannot pretend to do more than describe the contents of this volume, which, though containing more than seven hundred large and closely printed pages,...

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Bulawayo Up-to-Date. Edited and enlarged by Walter H. Wills and

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J. Hall, jun. (Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. 2s. net.)—" A General Sketch of Rhodesia" is the sub-title of this volume. It will easily be seen, therefore, that it includes many...

The Armies of the World. By Charles S. Jerram. (Lawrence

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and Bu]len. 3s. 6d.)—Mr. Jerram can hardly be serious when he suggests that the £15,000,000 annually spent in education might be devoted to a national army, "training the body...

MISCELLANZOIM—Sweet-Briar Sprays. By Harry Lowerison. (F. R. Henderson. ls. 6d.)—This

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is a book of pleasant essays as sundry rural subjects, from churches onwards. The writer makes a pilgrimage to Carlyle's home at Ecelefechan, wanders about Epping Forest, about...

Alaska and the Klondike. By Angelo Heilprin. (C. A. Pearson.

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7s. 6d.)—Mr. Heilprin journeyed to' Dawson City and back from Skagway, a place which will not be found even in recent maps, but which may be described as being in the narrow...


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[Under this heading ice notice tuck Boots of the leech as have not been swerved for review in other forms.] Letters of Henry Hughes Dobinson. (Seeley and Co. 33. ad.)— Early in...

The Story of the Religious Tract Society. By Samuel G.

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Green, D.D. (R.T.S. ls. 6d.)—This volume commemorates yet another centenary. The Religious Tract Society was founded by the Rev. G. Burder of Coventry in 1799. Among his early...

Burdett's Hospitals and Charities. By Sir Henry Burdett. (The Scientific

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Press. 5s.)—The author, who promises that future editions shall appear early in the year, has something interesting to tell us about hospital finance, as affected by the special...