24 NOVEMBER 1894

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

The result of the Forfarshire election was not known till

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Monday, when it turned out that Mr. Ramsay, the Unionist, was returned by a majority of 288. The poll was a very heavy one, and there voted for Mr. Ramsay 5,145 electors, while...

The respect paid in St. Peterslourg to the Prince of

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Wales bas been most marked, the Czar keeping him perpetually by his side, and a rumour has arisen that Russia and Great Britain are to enter upon a period of amity. Indeed, it...

Tuesday was marked by a passionate debate in the French

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Chamber, during which, for the first time, the Collectivists defined their position. The question before the Deputies was the right of the Municipality at Roubaix to open a...


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T HE magnificent and tedious funeral obsequies of Alexander III., which began. at Odessa a fortnight ago, ended in St. Petersburg on the 19th inst., when, after a final service...

We cannot say that we find any satisfaction in looking

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back on the controversy concerning the religious education given in London Board-schools. The combatants on both sides have been violent and unfair, though the Progressives seem...

• * The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any case.

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Yesterday week Mr. Labouchere addressed a great meeting at Swansea

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in favour of the abolition of the House of Lords, declaring that if Radicals were to be satisfied, there must be no trifling or compromising with the friends of the Lords, and...

It is stated on the evidence of the missionaries who

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have quitted Moukden, that the city has been abandoned by its inhabitants, only the soldiers remaining, and that "the treasure" has been removed. That treasure then existed, as...

The Japanese are hammering away at Port Arthur, but they

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have not carried the place yet. According to the latest accounts, they are on the Kinchou side within two miles of the arsenal, and their fleet has been pounding away at the...

The Times' correspondent at Vienna sends very careful accounts of

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all Parliamentary struggles, but for some reason which we do not perceive, he habitually exaggerates their meaning. There is a struggle going on in Hungary, and another in...

Mr. Asquith delivered an able speech at Birmingham on Wednesday,

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of which it was the intention to show that the Liberal party has not been guilty of any great apostasy, that its present programme is in perfect keeping with all its old...

Europe is full of rumours about outrages recently com- mitted

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by Turks and Kurds on Armenians in the vilayet of Billie. Apparently some disturbance was excited there by over-taxation, the Governor let loose the soldiers and Kurds, and...

The floods in the Thames valley have been beyond all

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experience this week, especially in the neighbourhood of Windsor, where the water rendered many of the houses of the poor quite uninhabitable on Sunday night. Ladies and...

On the House of Lords, Mr. Asquith, spoke at considerable

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length, and to the following effect,--that as the House of Lords either rejects or mutilates the measures of a Liberal Government, and passes without a scruple the measures of a...

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'Are are pleased to notice that the broad gold medal

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of the Statistical Society has been presented to Mr. Robert Giffen, now the head of the Statistical Department of the Board of Trade. Mr. Giffen has not been badly treated as...

We are compelled to go to press without learning the

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result of the London School Board election, except in two of the school districts. In Southwark, which was, we believe, expected to show the deepest secularist bias, the School...

Mr. Timothy Healy, addressing a large meeting at Longford last

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Sunday, professed an opinion which may be taken as some gauge of his political knowledge of this country. "As to the House of Lords," he said, " in his judgment, their...

Mr. Chamberlain on Thursday made an important and resolute speech

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at Heywood, the pith of which may be con- densed into two or three sentences. He maintained that Lord Rosebery was " making game" of the people by pro. raising what he himself...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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New Console (4) were on Friday, 104

. A deputation of Members anxious that Members should be

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paid, including Mr. John Burns, Mr. Broadhurst, and Mr. Havelock Wilson, waited on Tuesday on Lord Rosebery, and expounded their ideas. Their desire was that every Member of the...

The Solicitor-General (Mr. Lockwood, for he has not yet been

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knighted) addressed the Eighty Club on Monday on the subject of the House of Lords, and assured his Radical colleagues that there was a passionate feeling amongst the people for...

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THE FORFARSHIRE ELECTION. N OTHING would be more fatal to the Unionists than to count too much on the great success in Forfar- shire. It ought to show them how a great victory...

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GREAT BRITAIN AND RUSSIA. T HE latest story of a rapprochement

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between Russia and Great Britain, which is disturbing the diplomatists of the Continent, driving the French wild with jealousy, and moving even the Germans to unwonted...

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LORD ROSEBERY'S INSIGHT. ,L ORD ROSEBERY'S character is in some respects

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a very puzzling one, mainly because he constantly shows himself so unlike his own reputation. He was believed, before he became Premier, to be an astute man as well as an able...

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M R. ASQUITH is at least somewhat better than Lord Rosebery when he deals with a constitutional ques- tion like that of the House of Lords. He has a preference, and he lets us...

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N OTHING is so clear to the minds of Englishmen IA and Americans as that a censorship of the Press must be the very worst method in which the Press can be controlled. It kills...

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T WO interesting minor luminaries have recently thrown rays of light on the obscure question of the in- tentions of the Government and the cliques which are called its...

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M RS. RICHARD STRACHEY, in her interesting little selection* of the poetical judgments passed by our English poets on each other, has quoted, and indeed founded her conception...

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11 T is not difficult to perceive why the burial of the Czar with its ceremonial protracted from Odessa to St. Petersburg has been so magnificent a pageant — one, indeed, that...

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T.A VERY year the Moloch of vehicular tra ffi c claims its tribute of victims in our London streets, and almost every year one may listen to some feeble protest on the part of...

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Except the Arctic foxes (three of which have this year already assumed the pure white colour of wint • er), the two polar-bears are the only purely Arctic animals in the...

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THE LORDS AND THEIR SO-CALLED VETO. [TO THE EDITOR OE THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The writer of the article, " The Lords and their so- called Veto," in the Spectator of October...

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THE "SPECTATOR:] SIE,—The old doctrine must, of course, give way to the new. But when Mrs. Green speaks (as quoted by you in the .Spectator of November 17th) of "a free...


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very kind and appreciative article on the above 'subject, in the Spectator of November 17th, you give me , credit in my "Hawarden Horace" for a more extensive solar system than...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR.""] 'SIR,— Commenting on a letter of mine in the Times of November 14th, you make me say (Spectator, November 17th, p. 685) that " Christ's own...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR " ] San,—Indeed, you are only too correct in detecting the influence of Tennyson in Mr. Davidson's "Ballad of a Nun." You quote the words :—...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPEOTATOII."] Sut, —It is often assumed, and it has recently been assumed in the pages of the Spectator, that laymen are very severely handicapped in the...

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[TO Ts EDITOR OP THZ SPECTATOR."] SIRj " A good man was ther of religioun, And was a pore Persoun of a toun." Chaucer applied the word with all respect to one of the secular...


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Srn,—On the subject of the word "parson," you may think the following extract from "The Table-Talk of John Welden" interesting :—" Though we write 'parsoa' differently, yet it...


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letter I sent you last week on " The Word 'Parson," I should be rather grateful if you would correct a misprint, caused, I fear, by my bad writing. "Mark " should be " mask "...


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SHAKESPEARE'S HEROINES.* THIS is a subject of which the world will never tire. Other fashions pass and die, however fascinating ; all other galleries of portrait beauties fade...


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TO ARTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON. IN that grave shade august That round your Eton clings, To you the centuries must Be visible corporate things, And the high Past appear Affably...

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THE Peninsular War is one of those events in which the gaps left by the Muse of History require to be filled in with a certain amount of plain, human detail, We get in Napier's...

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WE should like to know whether the young or the old read Mr•. Church's various skilful and interesting classical stories with the greater avidity. They are stories in a very...

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Mn,. HoLar, though evidently a follower of the late Mr. Grote, has but rarely imitated that eminent scholar in his adoption of the true classical orthography of proper names,...

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THOSE who remember Orthodox, that remarkable story of Jewish life in Transylvania (and it was a book difficult to forget), will not regard Lot 13 as an example of Miss Gerard's...

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The Adventures of Leonard Vane, By E. J. Bowen. (Hutchinson.)

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—This is rather longer than most books intended 'for boys who have a natural turn for adventure ; but, although long, it does not contain a single dry or even uneventful page....


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indicates, will interest students of Nature as well as students of Art, for the wild-flowers in its pages are treated botanically as well as artistically, with some amount of...


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GIFT-BOOKS. Six Thousand Tons of Gold. (A. D. Innes and Co.)—In virtue of the scenes of adventure which constitute the leading feature of this book and its general tone of wild...

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The Curse of Clement Waynjtele. By Bertram Mitford. (Ward, Lock,

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and Bowden.)—In spite of "the whirlwind shriek as of a fiend voice, May they die in blood, as I have died " which is to be heard ever and anon over the three hundred odd pages...

' Spot ': an Autobiography. (Houlston and Sons.)—There is a

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certain humour in the description of the way in which Spot' is induced to relate his experiences. The experiences themselves are moderately good, though the writer, or we should...

My Strange Rescue, and other Stories of Sport and Adventure

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in Canada. By J. M. Oxley. (Nelson and Sons.)—These thirty-five stories of life and adventure in various parts of Canada are brisk and entertaining. Boys will find them...

On the Old Frontier. By William 0. Stoddard. (Hodder and

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Stoughton.)—The second title of this story, "The Last Raid of the Iroquois," very fairly explains its character. The author speaks with far more authority than do most writers...

The Reef of Gold. By Maurice H. Hervey. (Arnold.)—This is

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just the tale to fascinate a boy, with its fabulous gold reef, its chart and cipher, and the fitting out of a special expedition to explore the reef in the Southern Archipelago....

The Great Cattle Trait. By Edward S. Ellis. (Cassell and

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Co.) —In this spirited story, Mr. Ellis introduces us into a world which reminds us forcibly of Fenimore Cooper's. Yet it is quite modern. The majority of the scenes are laid on...

Uncle Tom's Cabin Abridged for Young Readers. (John Hogg.)— We

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must candidly own that we have not felt disposed to spend two or three hours on examining the original story along with this abridgment. Our impression is that any one fit to...

Their Father's Wrong. By M. Bramston. (National Society.) —Miss Bramston

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is evidently determined to make her stories " up-to-date." Dermot and Eileen Connor are the children of an Irish patriot, who becomes entangled in machinations of which he does...

The Rosebud Annual, 1895. (Clarke and Co.)—The "two hundred and

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fifty illustrations " with which this volume is adorned, and the letterpress, both prose and verse, are chiefly of the humorous kind. As is not uncommonly the case, the pictures...

The Little Bag of Gold. By F. Bayford Harrison. (Sunday

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School Union.)—There is plenty of moral, if but little incident, in this story of a somewhat dull and slow boy's career. The bag of gold is found by the hero, and we trace its...

Miss Coventry's Maid. By M. and C. Lee. (National Society.)

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—The Misses Lee have hit upon an idea for their story which, as far as we know, is now,—at least new in this application. Miss Alicia Coventry goes on a visit to a...

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The School's Honour. By H. Avery. (Sunday School Union.)— In

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a series of more than a dozen short stories, each with a moral, we have most of the difficulties and temptations of school life dealt with, and the way to overcome them. They...

My Cousin from Australia. By E. E. Green. (Hutchinson and

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Co.)—This is more of a novel than a tale for boys and girls ; and to be quite frank, our authoress is not so happy in these romantic stories as in the others. My Cousin from...

The Makers of British India. By W. H. Davenport Adams.

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(J. Hogg.)—This is a " new edition, revised, and brought down to date," of a useful book. We see that a brief sketch of recent vice royalties has been added ; there is even a...

A Book of Absurdities, By " An Old Volunteer." (Cassell

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and Co.)—A march-song of the Artists' Corps about Noah and the animals going into the Ark, has here been illustrated with a number of humorous engravings. Humorous they...

Story of. a Melanesian Deacon : Clement Merest, Written by

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Himself. Translated by R. H. Codrington, D.D. (S.P.C.K.)— This is a curiously interesting narrative, first of the young islander's education—he was brought by Bishop Patteson...

With Wellington in the Battle Smoke. By W. Pimblett. (J.

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S. Virtue and Co.)—Here we have the story of the Duke told in a way that will make his achievements comprehensible to young readers. This, at least, is the writer's aim, and we...