24 JANUARY 1903

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W E regret to be unable to chronicle any real improvement in the Venezuelan imbroglio. It had been hoped that Germany would allow the blockade to be discontinued during the...

The interest of the debate was fully maintained on Tuesday.

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It opened with a scene when the Bavarian Socialist leader, Herr Vollmar, endeavoured to criticise the intervention of the Kaiser in the Krupp affair, but was peremptorily ruled...

The past week in Germany has been remarkable for a

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series of very striking debates in the Reichstag. The Constitutional questions underlying the telegraphic correspondence between the Kaiser and the Regent of Bavaria last August...

Count von Billow's reply took the form of an elaborate

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dis- quisition on Ministerial responsibility. The Imperial Chancellor, he explained, was directly responsible for those orders and directions issued by the Kaiser in the...

Count von Billow made a third speech on Wednesday in

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reply to Herr Richter, the Radical leader, who, after a detailed criticism of Imperial expenditure, reverted to the decision of Count Ballestrem and the Chancellor's...

As regards their co-operation with Britain, Count von Billow contrasted

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the continuously amicable relations between the Cabinets of Berlin and London with the hostility of English Press and public opinion. This hostility he traced to the violent...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Except that we do not like this talk of the

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mine-owners settling their own taxation, and being dealt with by Mr. Cham- berlain as if they were a State and not merely a collection of individuals, the settlement seems to us...

Mr. Chamberlain's great speech delivered at Joh annesburg a week

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ago differed little from the proposals for the settle- ment of the Transvaal problems with which we dealt last Saturday. The only difference of importance is that the loan for...

The leading French Roman Catholic missionaries in Sze- chuan, writing

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in October last to the Comte de Mun, who has just published their letters in the Croix, confidently predict the outbreak of serious troubles in that province in the spring. They...

ciple that apart from all other considerations it was unwise,

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in a process of debt-collecting from a South American Republic, to engage ourselves with any other Power. Enlarging on the Education Act, Lord Rosebery descanted on the...

We note with sincere regret the death, after a short

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illness, of M. de Blowitz, the Paris correspondent of the Times, who had only retired from that post at the New Year. The long obituary notice in Monday's Times gives a truly...

Lord Rosebery addressed a large meeting in the Guild- hall

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at Plymouth on Friday week. The various questions before the country at the present moment, he observed, resolved themselves mainly into this : " Can you have confi- dence in...

The sitting of the French Chamber on Monday was en-

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livened by a somewhat remarkable speech on foreign affairs from its former President, M. Paul Deschanel. While inclined to admit that concentration rather than expansion would...

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The trial of Arthur Alfred Lynch, M.P.-elect for Galway, on

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the charge of high treason, began on Wednesday before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Wills, and Mr. Justice Channell, and ended just as we go to press in the prisoner being...

On Tuesday messages of congratulation passed between the President of

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the United States and the King. The Presi- dent's " Marconigram " contained a noteworthy sign of the growth of the recognition of the Imperial idea in the fact that he...

The result of the poll at West Derby was announced

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on Tuesday. Mr. Rutherford, the Unionist candidate, carried the seat by a majority of 2,204. In 1895 the Unionist majority was 2,936, and on a much smaller vote. Mr. Ruther-...

We wish the daily papers had found space to report

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at greater length the excellent speech made by Mr. Haldane at Leatherhead on Wednesday. We do not agree with Mr. Haldane on the main political issue which divides parties—i.e.,...

We record with great regret the death of Ex-Mayor Hewitt,

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one of New York's leading citizens. In spite of Mr. Hewitt's great age, he retained his vigour, both of mind and body, almost to the end, and his memory, stored with remi-...

The Times of Tuesday publishes an article on the progress

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so far made in " Rowtonising " our barracks. Though as yet the cubicles have only been used at Woking and Dublin Barracks, which were not built with a view to cubicles, and the...

We note with no little satisfaction that Lord Grenfell, now

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Governor of Malta, has been appointed to the command of the Fourth Army Corps, the headquarters of which are in London. The appointment is an excellent one, for Lord Grenfell is...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (2f) were on Friday 93i.

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THE INDIVIDUALITY OF THE GERMAN EMPEROR. ru r[ HE individuality of the German Emperor was the I. subject of a very interesting passage in the speech made by Count von Billow to...

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I T is hardly necessary to say that with the main conten- tion of Mr. Winston Churchill's speech on the Army made at Oldham last Saturday we are in hearty agreement, for it is...

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I T is one of the plainest, as on occasion it may be one of the most agitating and subversive, characteristics of Englishmen that they have an intense desire to know the truth....

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TRADE-UNION LAW. this is the description given of it,—a law

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which "has got into such a condition that no man can tell what it is." Nor is this the judgment of some one smarting under recent failure to get a Judge to take the same view of...

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MHE trial for high treason which is taking place as 11, we write is one of those happily rare occurrences that throw into vivid relief the even tenor of our political way, and...

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O NLY perhaps in the unpretending building in Regent Street where last Saturday he died have flags been flying this week at half-mast ; but there is hardly any part of the...

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J3 RITONS have long boasted that their sports are popular in proportion to their danger, that a spice of danger is a necessary ingredient of a sport. But if the boast is...

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O N the slope of the Beaulieu Estate, facing the Solent and looking over to the Isle of Wight, lie the fields of Bargery Farm ; and if any one cares to inquire concerning the...

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THE MILITARY NEEDS OF GREAT BRITAIN. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR.1 Srn,—In your admirable article in the Spectator of Jan- uary 10th you very truly say : " We shall...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPIOTAT03.1 SIR,—In dealing with the South African labour question it is surprising to note the persistency with which the statement is repeated that...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE °SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Seeing in the Spectator of January 17th a short letter on conscription for the Army, I venture to offer the following as worthy of...

pro THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "' SIR, —May I point out

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that the vital suggestions in your thoughtful article in the Spectator of January 10th on Major Seely's essay in the National Review have been anticipated by the National...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—All who know Lord Lansdowne well cannot but feel deeply the disparaging remarks regarding him which have appeared of late in the...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your penultimate note in the "News of the Week" in the Spectator of January 17th you express your delight at "a very striking example...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra,—May I suggest that you are altogether on the wrong tack in the matter of the Agreement, or Alliance, or what you will, with Germany ?...

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ram THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."' SrR,—As you have so

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kindly noticed in the Spectator of January 17th the success of one of our Grecians, J. D. Beazley (not Beezley), in climbing the ladder of learning, may I be allowed to add some...


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rTo THE EDITOR OP TEl "SPECTATOR."' SIR,—The article on " New Forest Life in Winter " in your issue of January 3rd contained so many surprising statements regarding the life in...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] am obliged to your correspondent, Mr. E. J. Sewell, for his letter in the Spectator of January 17th under the above heading, in which he...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—You have rightly drawn attention in the Spectator of January 17th to the spirit of toleration contained in Jeremy Taylor's discourse...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR "] SIR,—In the article in the Spectator of January 10th reference is made to my estimate of the expenditure which might be profitably made on...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—Cannot the idea of

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toleration be traced back rather farther than Jeremy Taylor amongst the modern thinkers on religious subjects (Spectator, January 17th) ? Nonconformists, mindful of their...

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[To THZ EDITOZ OP TEE " SPECTATOP.1 Snt,--My attention has been called to an article in the Spectator of January 17th which contains (p. 93) the following offensive personal...


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THE OLD SCEPTIC. Xiyel. arm? b llesharot AMY la.iesui; am weary of disbelieving: why should I wound my love To pleasure a sophist's pride in a graven image of truth ? will go...


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RICHARD STRAUSS. " BEWARE," wrote a French essayist, "of irrevocably con- demning what our grandchildren are very likely to applaud." It really looks as if some of our...

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RELIGION AS A CREDIBLE DOCTRINE.* This is an exceedingly clever and very fresh book on a subject of transcendent interest. We cannot help wondering how it will be received. The...

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THE SCHOOL OF NELSON, Drrazwo the last few weeks we

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have heard a great deal about the best methods of naval education. Lord Selborne's Memo- • Nelson and his Captains. By W. H. Fitchett. London ; Smith, Elder, and Co. [6e.j...

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Mn. MURRAY'S translation of two plays by Euripides is as sound in execution as it is original in design. He has substi- tuted for the conventional blank verse a rhymed couplet,...

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illustration have revolutionised the catalogues of picture galleries. Instead of the cut-and- dried verbal descriptions of the old catalogues, we now have a reproduction, based...

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Tha Story of Leah. By Harry Lindsay. (Chatto and Windns.

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6s.) — It is a I extremely dangerous thing for an aunt and niece who are mu h of an age to possess the same Christian name as well as the same surname. In this unfortunate...


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LORD LEONARD THE LUCKLESS.* MR. NORRIS acts as a chronic incentive to the reviewer to use that expressive solecism " dependable." One looks to him for the faithful chronicling,...

The Rustler. By Frances McElrath. (Funk and Wagnalls 6s.) — This is

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rather a disappointing book. After a most promising opening, the story suddenly takes a turn for the bad. Hazel Clifford, the heroine, conducts herself with a deliberate and...

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The Motor Maniac. By Mrs. Edward Kennard. (Hutchinson and Co.

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6s.)—Like some other motor-car novels, Mrs. Kennard's book is fairly good, though with a tendency to a caricature, even when it deals exclusively with cars. When, however, it...

The Fate of Valsec. By J. Bloundelle-Burton. (Methuen and Co.

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6s.)—There is something dramatic in the way in which the old regime in Naples and the new regime in France are contrasted. Berthe de Croissant flies from the vengeance of...

Under the Iron Flail, by John Oxenham (Cassell Co.,

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6s.), takes us to a later period in French history, a period abounding in incident and contrast. Charles Glyn, who has come to spend his holiday with his mother in Brittany—he...


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The World's Work for February (W. Heinemann, ls. net) is an excellent number, and we congratulate all concerned in its pro- duction, not only for the reading matter, which is...

We are glad to note the reissue in book form

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of the remarkable series of articles on the war in South Africa contributed by M. Tallichet and M. Villarais to the Bibliothique Universelle of Lausanne. We have commented from...

The Adventures of a Microman. By Edwin Pallander. (Digby, Long,

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and Co. 6s.)—Professor Hassler, of Richmond, discovers a certain gas which he calls " microgen." It has the power of diminishing to the very minutest proportions any living...

The Ancestor. (A. Constable and Co. 6s. net.)—We have received

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the fourth volume of this "Quarterly Review of County and Family History." Every article is written by one who can claim the qualification of an export. It will suffice,...

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Quarterly Statement 'of the Palestine Exploration Fund. (38 Con- duit

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Street, W. 2s. 6d.)—A little more than half of this number is occupied with Mr. R. A. Stewart Macalister's Report (Part H.) of the "Excavation of Gezer," carrying on the...

The Ancient Cubit and Our Weights and Measures. By Lieutenant-

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General Sir Charles Warren. (Palestine Exploration Fund. 3s. 6d. ; 5s. 6d. to non-subscribers.)—The contents of this volume are too technical for us to deal with in these...

Pastoral Visitation. By H. E. Savage, M.A. (Longmans and Co.

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2s. 6d. net.)—This is a volume of the "Oxford Library, of Practical Theology." It seems, as far as we have ..heen able to examine it, to deal with its subject in a most sensible...

Thom's Official Director.). (Alex. Thom and Co., Dublin. 21s.) —This

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is the sixtieth issue of this excellent Directory. It is especially interesting because it gives the results of the Census of 1901. Two counties only show an increase between...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as Mu not bun reserved for reins in ether forms.] We give a hearty welcome to the first number of The East and the West...