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Anxiety is for the moment confined to the fate of

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Mafe. king. Colonel Plumer, who is advancing from the North to relieve the town, seems to have been stopped about fifty miles off, probably by some difficulty as to supplies....

The informal appeal of the Queen to her people to

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recog. nise the heroism of her Irish soldiers has met with an eager response. In all parts of Great Britain, especially the Metropolis, St. Patrick's Day was treated not as an...


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T HERE is a lull in the greater operations in South Africa. Lord Roberts at Bloemfontein is delaying his invasion of the Transvaal in order to clear the country between him and...

Nowhere has the rumour of intervention been more indig. nantly

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resented than in the most radical and democratic of our Colonies. Lord Ranfurly, the Governor of New Zealand, has cabled an important message on this subject to Mr. Chamberlain....

The Pretorians have practically confessed an understanding with the disloyalists

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in Cape Colony. One or two of the latter are being tried for treason, and so concerned is President Kruger about their fate that on February 10th he intimated to Lord Salisbury...

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

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Sir Edward Grey on Tuesday made an excellent speech to

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the City Liberal Club. He described the Liberal party, of which he is so distinguished a member, as in a bad way, and doubted if it would be better until it widened its basis by...

Lord Lansdowne made a statement in the House of Lords

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on Tuesday with regard to the training of the Yeomanry this year. The main feature of the projected arrangement, which the Secretary of War was careful to describe as of an...

The rumours of an early Dissolution are reviving fast. This

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Parliament met for the first time on August 12th, 1895, and might therefore sit until July, 1902, but it is an un- written Constitutional rule that no Parliament shall expire by...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer made an interesting statement in

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the House on Monday with regard to the War Loan. The number of applications was about 39,800, and the total amount applied for was £335,500,000, so that, roughly speaking, the...

The debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday on

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fraudulent Army contractors was not altogether satisfactory. It was quite evident from the facts adduced during the dis- cussion that although, as Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman...

An interview with Mr. Rhodes appeared in the Daily Mai?

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of Saturday last in which grave charges are levelled against General Buller and Colonel Kekewich. The delay in relieving Kimberley was, in Mr. Rhodes's opinion, inexcusable....

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The strange hallucination of the French that we desire war

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with them has induced the Gaulois to "circularise" a number of English notabilities, and Tuesday's issue contains answers, amongst others, from Cardinal Vaughan, the Bishop of...

The Mafeking correspondent of the Times, in a long despatch

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dated January 3rd and published on Tuesday, gives a curiously interesting study of Colonel Baden-Powell. So far from being the joyous farceur as described in so many accounts,...

The death of General Sir William Lockhart, Commander- in-Chief in

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India, is a great disappointment to all Anglo- Indians. They believed him to be not only an excellent general and a good organiser, but a soldier-statesman who could be trusted...

The Messrs. Rowntree, the well-known Quaker merchants whose premises were

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recently wrecked on the occasion of Mr. Cronwright-Schreiner's visit to Scarborough, have issued a most dignified and magnanimous address to their fellow- citizens. In evidence...

The Melbourne correspondent of the Times cabled an important and

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welcome piece of news on Wednesday. Lord Tennyson, Governor of South Australia, has received a tele- gram from Mr: Chamberlain stating that the War Office offers one hundred and...

The National or St. Patrick's Day Banquet held by the

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Irish Nationalists at the Hotel Cecil on Tuesday proved a somewhat stormy affair. Mr. John Redmond, who presided, described the war as "brutal and cruel," and said that they...

The Indian Budget, presented on March 21st, is un- expectedly

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reassuring. The heavy charges for the famine in the past year have been discharged out of revenue, there would but for the famine have been a large surplus, and a probable...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 102.

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OUR PROSPECTS. T HE first act of the South African drama dragged, and seemed to the over-impatient audience tediously long, but the second has gone through with a rapidity of...

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SHAMROCK DAY. E NOUGH has not been said of the demonstration

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of Saturday last, and especially of one side of it, the genuine friendliness which the English displayed towards everything Irish. This friendliness is constantly denied,...


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A T the moment when a War Budget and a War Loan are before the public, and when the total South African casualties, in killed, wounded, missing, and prisoners (up to March...

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counsel of his love of peace and of his desire to advance the cause of religion, nothing seems to him better than silence. It is this preference, doubt- less, that is the cause...

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STRIKES AND THE POOR-LAW. T HE last month has brought us

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a large number of judicial decisions on questions concerned with the employment of labour. It has been held that workmen engaged by the day are excluded from benefit under the...

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T HE Christianity of few Englishmen contents their religious instructors; but, nevertheless, Englishmen as a body have advanced so far on the Christian path that they hardly...

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T HERE have been few recent celebrations more interesting than that of the Bicentenary of the Academy of Sciences at Berlin. This great institution was founded mainly through...

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R EADY cash is as necessary to an army in the field as to any private traveller, and often as difficult to obtain. Almost the first step taken by Lord Roberts on the occupation...

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Sts, — In fairness to the Swiss, will you publish the altogether contrary experiences of another Englishman, by way of counterblast to your correspondent from Lausanne, in the...


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AN IMPERIAL PARALLEL. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIB, —Yon may think it worth while to print the following verses written early in the fifth century concerning Rome,...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—At pro-slavery, otherwise called pro-Boer, meetings, the principles of Bright, Gladstone, Cobden, &c., are con- stantly referred to,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—This is a matter of vital importance not only as con- cerns the inhabitants of the two Republics, but also with regard to the Dutch...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:'] SIR, —In your review in the Spectator of March 3rd of Father Barnes's book, " St. Peter in Rome," you say that the Babylon mentioned in the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP ME "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I venture to send you two little stories about the shamrock which may interest your readers. Several invalid soldiers from South Africa...


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[To THZ EDITOR OF TIM "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The Boer terms of peace have reminded me of a passage in the second chapter of " Pickwick." Speaking of the " mili- tary" in Rochester,...


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[To THE EDITOR OH THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—In your article on " The Naturalist on the Battlefield " in the Spectator of January 13th, you mention the case of the intelligent...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In reference to the above subject, in the " Maga zine " article in the Spectator of March 10th you quote some figures which are...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sin,—Your correspondent, "A. A.," under the above title quotes the passage, " Careat successibus," as from Ovid's " Tristia" (Spectator, March...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—In your review of Dr. Wilson's " Theology of Modern Literature" you say:—"Dr. Wilson boldly asserts that the best scholarship of...


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FREEDOM'S SLAVE. SHAKE the poisoned dust of cities from your feet, Shun the vice, the masquerade, and the veneer, Where all-devouring envy sits at meat, And the wealthy greets...


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(TO TILE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") seldom write to the papers to correct the multitudi- nous lies with which a certain section of the Press is filled whenever it touches on...

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IN the two volumes before us Mr. Kipling has collected the bulk of the special correspondence and occasional articles written by him for the Civil and Military Gazette and the...


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THE WARDEN OF THE KHYBER.* SIR RORERT WA.RBURTON, with a unique opportunity, enjoyed a unique career. The son of a British officer and an Afghan lady, he was born (so to say)...

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TnIS beautiful book is a rare treat in many ways. It is printed admirably on very good paper ; it is full of excellent illustrations of all kinds, done by the best and most...

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MR. Tnomes ARNOLD'S account of his mental and spiritual wanderings is much more interesting than that of his corporeal ones. When he goes back to a generation of great men now...

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Ex Africa semper is becoming the motto of the literary as well as the political world. Only the other day we noticed in A Daughter of the Transvaal a clever though rather...

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An Account of Some of the Families Bearing the Name

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of Heath- cote, which have Descended out of the County of Darby. By Evelyn D. Heathcote, M.A. (Warren and Sons, Winchester.)— This very handsome volume does great credit to its...


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IRELAND AND THE EMPIRE. Mr. T. W. Rolleston, an Irishman and a Nationalist, who distinguished himself during the acute period of the Home-rule agitation by his courageous...


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The Scientific Basis of Morality. By G. Gore, LL.D., F.R.S. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co. 10s. 6d.)— Tuba portentous work of nearly six hundred closely-printed pages is written,...

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A Journey Round My Room. By Xavier de Maistre. Lane-

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lated by John Andrews, M.A. (Blackwell, Oxford. Ss. Gd.)—De Maistre's book was published in 1794, a second part, entitled "A Night Journey Round My Boom," appearing some thirty...

Old Colonial Houses of the Cape of Good Hope. By

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Alys Fane Trotter. (B. T. Bataford. 10s. 8d.)—Mr. Herbert Baker prefixes a chapter in which he describes the growth of the Colonial Dutch architecture out of the Dutch style of...

Queen or President f By S. M. Gluckstein. (Grant Richards.)

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—This " indictment of Paul Kruger " leaves us in no doubt of the writer's sentiments and opinions. It does not exactly appear on what authority he speaks, but he seems to be...


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(Under this heading we no:ice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Evolution. By Frank B. Jevons. (Methuen and Co. 8s. Gd.)— This...

Impressions of Spain. By James Russell Lowell. Compiled by Joseph

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B. Gilder. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.)—Mr. Lowell went to Madrid as American Minister in 1877, and remained there till he was transferred to the Court of St. James in 1880. Whether...

A History of Russian Literature. By K. Waliszewski. . (W. ieinemattn.

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6s.1—This volume will introduce the reader to a world which, unless he is quite exceptionally well informed, will be mostly new to him. How many could write down the names of...

The Expansion of the British Empire. By W. H. Woodward.

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(Cambridge University Press. 4s.)—Regarded as a text- book Mr. Woodward's little book is just what is wanted,— a clear narrative of the origin of each Colony, the personnel of...

Medicine and the Mind. Translated from the French of Dr.

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Maurice de Fleury by Stacy B. Collins, M.D. (Downey and Co. 12s. net.)—This treatise, to which a prize has been awarded by the Academie Francaise, cannot, from its nature, be...

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Irrigation and Drainage. By Professor A. H. King, Wisconsin University.

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(Macmillan and Co. 6s.)—Irrigation is of far more importance to our good cousins across the Atlantic than it is to us, yet the most striking example of irrigation known is,...

The Square of Sevens. With a Preface by E. Irenaeus

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Steven- son. (George Redway. 2s. 6d.)—It is perhaps necessary to add that The Square of Sevens is a reprint of " The Square of Sevens and the Parallelogram " of Robert Antrobus....

MISCELLANE01113.—The Nervous System of the Child. By P. Warner, M.D.

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(Macmillan and Co. 4s. 6d.)—Dr. Warner addresses himself rather to the teacher than to the family, so that fathers and mothers will find his tone somewhat scientific and...

Pink and Scarlet. By Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Alderson. (W. Heinemann.)—Pink and

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Scarlet is most distinctly a word in season. Colonel Alderson's theme is the adaptation of the knowledge acquired in the hunting field to the practice of war. No one doubts be...

TincoLoorr. — Key to the Apocalypse. By H. Grattan Guineas, D.D. (Hodder

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and Stoughton.)—We do not wish to make fun out of what are, without doubt, serious convictions in the mind of Dr. Grattan Guiness, though it would be only too easy to do so. He...

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NEW EDITIONS.—A new issue of Mr. H. Lincoln Tangye's In

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New South Africa (Simpkin and Co., es.), though it appears in the original form of the first edition in 18f..43, is interesting from a comparative point of view.—We have...