25 JUNE 1898

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SERGEANT BURGOGNE.* SERGEANT BURGOGNE, a veteran of the Old Guard, who served in nine campaigns and was thrice wounded, being taken prisoner towards the close of 1813, beguiled...

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NAVAL LITERATURE.* THE Navy has figured largely of late in

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the literature of the day, but there have been few recent contributions to its history more important than this volume from Mr. David Hannay. The author's intention is to give a...

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THE book before us is to be recommended very highly as a set of excellent introductory studies : on the lines of popular Exten- sion lectures, about Homer, Virgil, Dante,...

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WILD TRAITS IN TAME ANIMALS.* IN the introduction to this

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entertaining and suggestive book Dr. Robinson traces back our innate liking and aptitude for naturalising in the open air to habits developed by the necessi- ties of our...

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The Salmon. By the Hon. A. E. Gathorne Hardy. (Longmans

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and Co.)—This is the latest addition to the " Fur, Feather, and Fin " series, but is scarcely equal to its predecessors. The author is a noted salmon-fisherman, and describes...


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The Spanish War of 1585-1587. Vol. XL of the Naval Records Society. Edited by Julian S. Corbet, L.L.M. (Published by the "Navy Records Society.") — Speaking generally, the...

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TALES.—Jan : an Afrikander. By Anna. Howarth. (Smith and Elder.)—This

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is a tragical story, written with considerable power. Jan is the son of an English gentleman by a Kafir mother. This is the fons et origo ma/orum, for the mixture of blood may...

The Angora Goat ; with a Paper on the Ostrich.

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By S. C. Cron- wright Schreiner. Illustrated. (Longmans and Co. 10s. 6d.)— The Angora goat is the creature whose fleece produces " mohair." It is a pure breed anciently...

The Cid Ballads, and other Poems and Translations from Spanish

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and German. By the late James Young Gibson. With Memoir. Second edition. (Kegan Paul and Co. 12a.)—This second edition of Mr. Gibson's excellent translations differs little from...

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Old Harrow Days. By J. G. Cotton Minchin. (Methuen and

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Co.)—Mr. Cotton Minchin tells his story with a quite unusual frankness. We are quite sure that he sets down naught in malice ; at the same time, he extenuates nothing. His...

Man's Place in the Cosmos, and other Essays. By Andrew

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Seth, M.A. (W. Blackwood and Sons. 7s. 6d. net.)—We can give but a brief notice to the essays included in this volume ; the importance and magnitude of the subjects with which...

THEOLOGY.—The Bible and its Inspiration. By George S. Barrett, D.D.

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(Jarrold and Sons.)—Dr. Barrett, who holds a high place in the Congregational body (he is a Past-President of the Union), gave an address to the Norwich Sunday School Union on...

The Rise of the British Naval Power. By Fleetwood H.

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Pellew. (Mardon, Son, and Hall, Bristol.)—The author of this book, or rather brochure, who is the honorary secretary of the Bristol branch of the Navy League, is very much in...

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Varia. By Agnes Repplier. (Gay and Bird.)—A new volume of

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essays by Miss Agnes Repplier is a pleasure which more than compensates for much that is not altogether agreeable in a reviewer's work. It is not easy to say which is the most...

The History of the Hebrew People. By Charles Foster Kent,

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Ph.D. (Smith and Elder.)—In this book Professor Kent takes up an earlier work, in which he had told the story of the United Kingdom. It will be found by the student prepared to...

Professions for Bays. By M. L. Pechell. (Beaton and Co.)—

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In a cautious preface to this book, the Rev. Mr. Welldon, Head- Master of Harrow, points out very sensibly that "no existing book has afforded what may perhaps be called a...

Leaders in Literature. By P. Wilson, M.A. (Oliphant, Anderson, and

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Ferrier, Edinburgh.)—There is a great deal of literary amateurishness in this book. The author speaks too often also as if he were on a higher platform than the eminent writers...

The Children's Study : Rome. By Mary Ford. (T. Fisher

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Unwin.) —Miss Ford has done her task well. It was to compress the narrative of more than a thousand years into about a quarter as many small pages. To retain some freshness in...

David Hume. By Henry Calderwood. (Oliphant, Anderson, and Ferrier, Edinburgh.)—It

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is to be regretted that the author of this latest addition to the " Famous Scots " series—the late Professor Calderwood—did not live to revise the proof-sheets of his monograph...

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The Story of Ab. By Stanley Waterloo. (A. and C.

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Black.)— This is not the first attempt to write the story of prehistoric man. Sir Arthur Helps laid the scene of his " Realtnah" in a lake- village ; but the lake-village...

Boston Neighbours in Town and Out. By Agnes Blake Poor.

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(G. P. Putnam's Sons. 9s.)—Here we have a collection of stories dealing with American well-to-do middle-class life in a sub- cynical, mildly realistic style, which does not in...

The Romance of the Post Office. By Archibald Granger Bowie.

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(S. W. Partridge and Co.)—The beginning of the Post Office may be assigned to the eighteenth century, though there was something like a public conveyance of letters long before....

On the Indian Trail. By R. Egerton Young. (R.T.S.)— These

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"short and simple annals" of a missionary's work among the Cree and Salteaux Indians are remarkably interesting. They contain both the grave and the gay. Mr. Young never forgets...

Natalia. By J. Forsyth Ingram. (Horace Marshall and Son. 10s.

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6d.)—On July 8th, 1497, Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon to complete and verify discoveries made some years before by Bartholomew Dias. On Christmas Day in the same year he...

Essai d'une Bibliographic de 12 Langue Basque. Par Julien Vinson.

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Additions et corrections, citations et references, journaux et revues. (Maisonneuve, Paris. 25 francs. Ouvrage couronne par l'Institut.)—This volume is a continuation and...

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A Type - writing Girl. By Olive Rayner. (C. Arthur Pearson.) This

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is a clever, it is not too much to say a brilliant, story. The heroine finds herself compelled to earn her own living and sees no way so ready as type-writing. Her first...

The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Edited by Richard Garnett,

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LL.D. (Lawrence and Bullen.)—Dr. Garnett writes a helpful and appreciative preface. He sees that Coleridge, as a poet, was curiously unequal, that he had a brief, very brief,...

Roughing it in Siberia. By Robert L. Jefferson. (Sampson Low,

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Marston, and Co.) — The writer relates how three travellers, one of them an American, the other two Englishmen, took a journey from Moscow across Siberia as far as the Chinese...

Soldiering and Surveying in British East Africa. By Major J.

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E. Macdonald. (E. Arnold.)—Major Macdonald gives us an interesting description of his expedition to survey a practicable railway route to Uganda from the coast. The greater...

A Student of Nature. By R. Menzies Fergusson. (Alexander Gardner.)—We

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have here the memorials of a very promising young clergyman of the Church of Scotland, the Rev. Donald Fergusson, who died, apparently of overwork, at the age of twenty-seven,...

The Chase, the Road, and the Turf. By " Nimrod." Edited

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by the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell, M.P. (E. Arnold. 15s.)— The latest addition to the reprints forming the "Sportsman's Library." It is beautifully bound, printed, and...

Within Sound of Great Tom. (Blackwell, Oxford.)—These are simple stories,

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with some good in them, and certainly no harm. Professor Dorchester, who was a success in Oxford, but not a success in the House of Commons, suggests its original too readily,...

The Companions of Jesus. (S.S.U.)—This is a book intended " for

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the older children," and, on the whole, well adapted for its readers. We should be inclined to omit the chapter "In the Father's Heavenly Home." There is something of intruding...

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The Dagger and the Cross. By Joseph Hatton. (Hutchinson and

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Co.)—Mr. Joseph Hatton takes for the scene of his story the Derbyshire village of Eyam, memorable for the terrible outbreak of plague which devastated it. This outbreak was...

His Fault or Hers? By the Author of "A High

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Little World." (R. Bentley and Son.)—If only the writer could have persuaded herself to go on as she began ! The opening chapters are admirable. The father who does not find any...

An Old-Field School-Girl. By Marion Harland. (Sampson Low, Marston, and

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Co.)—We must explain that an " old-field " is a piece of ground exhausted by growing tobacco or some other crop and left to recruit. Such fields were naturally utilised, when...

A Flame of Fire. By Mrs. Haweis. (Hurst and Blackett.)

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— If we ever reproached the novelist with making the end of his life - story with what really begins it, marriage, we heartily repent. The modern tale mostly begins in this way,...

An Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament. By

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S. R. Driver, D.D. (T. and T. Clark. 12s.)—Canon Driver writes a brief preface to this " revised and enlarged sixth edition " of his work. He claims, with perfect truth, that...

Poems by Robert Browning. With Introduction by Richard Gar- nett,

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LL.D. (Bell and Sons. 7s. 6d.)—Dr. Garnett explains how it is that Browning is a poet who can be represented by examples, and also the principles on which the examples of this...

History of the Horn-Book. By Andrew W. Tuer. (The Leaden-

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hall Press.)—The first edition of the History of the Horn-Book, in two volumes, is now, we are told, out of print. Mr. A. Tuer, in consequence, publishes a one-volumed edition,...

The Two Captains. By W. Clark Russell. (Sampson Low, Marston,

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and Co.)—This is as spirited a story as Mr. Clark Russell has given to the world for some time. The two captains being in low water, partly because trade is dull, partly because...

A Man of Plain Speech. By "M. E." (Headley Brothers.)—

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This is an " Account of the Youth and Adventures of Alexander Jaffray, Member of the Society of Friends." The hero, if a Friend can be called a " hero " without offence, was a...

Lady Jean's Son. By " Sarah Tytler." (Jarrold and Sons.)—

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The tale turns on the famous Douglas case, in which the genuineness of the twin sons of Lady Jean Drummond was in question, a case which divided all Scotland into two parties....

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Baboo Jaberjee, B.A. By F. Anstey. (J. M. Dent and

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Co.)—In this volume is republished a series of papers which every one will remember to have read and laughed over in Punch. We must own that they are less amusing when they are...

Up-to-Date and Economical Cookery. By Dora Groome. (Jerrold and Sons.)—It

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would be impossible, without a series of experi- ments that would seriously delay this notice, to pass an opinion as to whether the epithets " up-to-date " and " economical "...

Poppy. By Mrs. Isla Sitwell. (T. Nelson and Sons.)— Everything,

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doubtless, was for the best in the little life-drama which Mrs. Sitwell causes to be enacted before us in this volume. Still, we cannot help wishing that Poppy had had a happier...

The Fertility of the Land. By Isaac Phillips Roberts. (Mac-

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millan and Co.)—This book is written by Mr. Roberts, who is Professor of Agriculture in Cornell University, and edited by Mr. L. H. Bailey, who professes General and...

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71 1HE American corps d'armee of fifteen thousand men destined for Santiago embarked at Tampa on June 7th amidst a scene of confusion, which the Chronicle's corre- spondent...

Norics. — With this week's " SPECTATOR " is issued, gra iis,

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CHINESE SEPOYS. T O the clamour for maintaining the integrity and independence of the Chinese Empire at all costs has succeeded a demand that we shall stiffen the back of China...

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W E have been asked by excited correspondents what we mean to say and do about the present grave situation in the Church of England. Our answer is a short one. We mean to keep...

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THE LAUNCH OF THE ALBION.' E NGLISHMEN, fortunately, do not believe

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in omens, or they would say that the accident which followed the launch of the Albion' presaged disaster to the reign of the future King, to be named, as we hope, Edward VIII....

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W E do not give stones to the people nowadays when they ask for bread ; we give them highly spiced. cake, and tell them to eat that and think themselves at once civilised and...

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I T is well for Englishmen in this momentary pause both in politics and the War to notice carefully how much better their own constitutional system works than either the French...

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THE ALIENS BILL. T HAT nothing will come of it is

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a very common, and happily in many cases a very well founded, excuse for foolish legislation. But for this convenient loophole it is bard to see how Ministers could possibly...

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Q UESTIONS of administration do not often involve questions of morality, but a very large question of a kind in which both are mixed up must shortly be decided by the British...

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I N the midst of his multifarious occupations the German Emperor has found time to address the artists of the Berlin Opera House and the Berlin Royal Theatre on the importance...

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T HE rush to the sea in August will always form the main "migration route" of English holiday-seekers. A side stream, and one which tends to grow, moves in the opposite...

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"BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER." (To TR! EDITOR or MR "SPICIATOR...] SIE,••• - • " Blood is thicker than water" is a saying that is on every one's lips at the present time. One...

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[TO THE EDITOR or TEE " Sl'ECTATOL1 your correspondent, " An Old Catholic," will look back at Husenbeth's " Life of Bishop Milner," he will see that precisely what is attributed...


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Srn,—I submit that what is required at the present time is a . declaration from the High Church clergy (1) That they will interpret the Ornaments Rubric to refer to Edward's...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] :SIB, —I send an extract from an American paper received 'this morning from a nephew who has worked for many years in Florida. "The bean,"...


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SERINGAPATAM.•' [In 1780, whlie attempting to relieve Arcot, a British force of 3,000 man was cut to pieces at Perambaukum. Baird, then a young Captain in the 73rd, was left...


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SIR, It is with no other purpose than to give an idea of the closeness of relationship of England and the United States that I venture to furnish you with the following...

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THE LATE SIR EDWARD BURNE-JONES. DEATH has taken away from among our artists one who was not only important for his own work, but for his influence on other men. The art of the...

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THE LETTERS OF MARY SIBYLLA HOLLAND.. THERE seems something positively ungenerous in coldly discussing the merits or demerits of letters that were not written with the intention...

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WE are glad to welcome this interesting American work, a product of the scholarship of Yale University, which will be a useful guide to all students of the beginnings of Greek...

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THIS comprehensive work on Siam is by an expert in many branches of knowledge and practice, whose high employment under the native Government gave him opportunities of obser-...

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Mn. RICHARD HARDING DAVIS, whose short stories have found admirers in England as well as in the United States, figures here as a special correspondent, and offers for our...

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IN view of the momentous exploits of George Egerton within the compass of the short story, we confess to having embarked on the perusal of her first full-length novel with a...

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Baskett (J. N.)," At Yon-all's House." or 8vo (Macmillan) 6/0 Bradshaw (Mrs. A. S.), The Gates of Temptation, cr 8vo (Greening) 2/6 Drunker (H. M. E.), Notes on Organisation and...

The public is naturally demanding and being supplied with a

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number of books about Mr. Gladstone at this time. The Right Honourable W. E. Gladstone, by Henry W. Lucy (W. H. Allen and Co.), is a reprint of a volume dating, in the main,...

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