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N R. LLOYD GEORGE'S speech at Swindon will, we expect, prove a great disappointment to many of the hotheads as soon as they have thought it over, for it all comes down to...

Among the new duties which are to be undertaken by

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the Ministry of Lands are : (1) The registration of title and land transfer under some simplified system. (2) The administration of the law affecting settled estates, which is...

In regard to housing, the cheerful announcement is made that

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the provision of cottages is to be undertaken by the Central Government, that an economic rent for cottages will be charged, and that the Insurance Reserve Fund will be used to...

Next we are told that the powers of the Ministry

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are to be operated through Commissions of a judicial character. This, of course, is the old plan of taking matters of keen economic controversy out of the purview of the courts...

Last comes the great money-spending scheme. The Com- missioners are

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to be able to acquire derelict and uncultivated land, and to afforest, reclaim, or equip it with a view to cultiva- tion. That way millions go. Finally the Commissioners, who...

Among the powers of the Commissioners are to be the

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revision of eviction notices, with power to award full com- pensation and " exemplary damages " in cases of "capricious " eviction. The text of Mr. Lloyd George's speech informs...

What, we wonder, is meant by the tantalizingly vague sugges-

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tion that " 'wanton " notices to quit are to be treated as null and of no effect ? Can it be that the Land Reformers think that the droit de seigneur is practised in Wiltshire...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript in any

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We cannot part from Mr. Lloyd George without noticing the

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speech at the evening meeting, which he devoted to defending golf courses and to showing what a thoroughly legitimate use is made of the land upon which they are laid out. With...

Many reports have been published during the week of friction

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between London and Washington owing to the divergence of British and American policy in Mexico. In a despatch published on Friday morning the Washington correspondent of the...

In his speech in the Free Trade Hall at Manchester

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last Saturday Mr. Churchill repeated his proposal to Germany of a naval " holiday." Since Mr. Churchill made his last offer on the introduction of the Estimates this year, the...

We regret to have to record another terrible airship disaster

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in Germany. The new German navy dirigible, 'Zeppelin L IL' was making one of her final trials at Johannisthal, near Berlin, with an exceptionally numerous crew, and was at a...

The Brunswick controversy became temporarily acute again earlier in the

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week owing to the publication of a letter from the German Crown Prince to the Imperial Chancellor, in which he declared that Prince Ernest Augustus ought to have been required...

At the end of last week the Austro-Hungarian Government sent

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an ultimatum to Servia requiring her to withdraw all Servian troops from Albanian territory within eight days. The action of Austria-Hungary was unexpected, as the other members...

It cannot be said that the reception of the speech

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in Germany has been such as to encourage Mr. Churchill ever to repeat his offer. So far as we can gather, only one paper regards the proposal as both honest and practical. Count...

On Tuesday another monarchist rising took place in Portugal, and

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was as easily suppressed as all the previous ones. The plan was to cause riots in Lisbon and several large towns in order to engage the attention of the Government while...

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Mr. Birrell has promised a Departmental Inquiry into the character

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and extent of the slum problem in Dublin. The value of the inquiry has, however, been seriously compromised by the statement that the proceedings of the Committee will be...

While admitting the primary duty of self-governing portions of the

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Empire to be that of defending themselves against invasion, he lays stress on the need of co-operation in Imperial defence, and urges the Canadians to assimilate this small...

The inevitable conflict between the Roman Catholic clergy and the

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Labour leaders in Dublin has been precipitated by the continuance of the strike. A number of English ladies, headed by Mrs. Montefiore, had arranged, with Mr. Larkin's approval,...

Speaking at the annual Trafalgar Banquet of the Navy League

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on Tuesday, the American Ambassador announced that the British Government had accepted the invitation of the American Government to be represented at the international naval...

Mr. Lloyd George's Bedford speech has evoked many letters of

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protest and criticism. We may note two which appear in Monday's Times. Mr. W. Robinson, the well-known horticul- turist, vigorously upholds the English cottage against Mr. Lloyd...

The Report of General Sir Ian Hamilton on his inspection

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of the military institutions of Canada seta down the require- ments of the war organization of the Canadian army at 5,900 officers and 153,000 other ranks. To meet these...

As we anticipated last week, it was announced on Monday

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that Sir Rufus Isaacs had been appointed to succeed Lord Alverstone as Lord Chief Justice of England. Sir John Simon takes his place as Attorney-General, with a seat in the...

The papers of Friday announced the appointment of a Royal

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Commission to inquire into the relation between the railway companies and the State in respect of matters other than safety of working and conditions of employment, and to...

An appeal, signed on behalf of sixty-two thousand Irish Methodists

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to their co-religionists in Great Britain, has been issued by the Continuation Committee of the Irish Methodist Demonstration against Home Rule. The signatories express their...

Bank Rate,5 per cent., changed from 41 per cent. Oct.

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2nd. Consols (2i) were on Friday 728—Friday week 72g.

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THE HOME RULE CRISIS. AI R. CHURCHILL'S speech in Manchester last Saturday seemed to indicate that the Government are not now willing to do the only thing which can save them...

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OF EXCLUSION. B EFORE we leave the subject we desire to say a word upon an aspect of the problem which must fill with grave anxiety all Unionists, and, indeed, all men who are...


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S O the secret is out. Mr. Lloyd George's get-well-quick remedy for the land problem is after all only—More Officials: More Commissioners (at £1,500 or ..t2,000 a year each),...

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T HERE is plenty of excuse for the adoption of a loose and purely conventional theory as to how a battle was fought, when the battle took place long ago and was a confused...

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T HE Russian Supplement to the Times of Monday is one of a series which has done good service in creating interest in a Power which has of late years become one of the main...

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T AKEN as a class, "saints" are very unattractive. A robust group of historical figures, apostles, statesmen, philosophers, and men of magnetic genius stand out from among the...


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T HE letter which was recently printed in the news- papers from the Duke of Devonshire, Lord Loreburn, Lord Selborne, and others, on the aims of the Cavendish Association, has...

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X iONG the many plans and projects which occupy the attention of Road Boards and County Councils there is one which takes different forms in different places, and which,...

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HOW TO RITIN AGRICULTURE. [To THE EDITOR Cr TH11 ''SPECTATOB,."1 SIB,—If the whole of the first of the paragraphs in "News of the Week " (Spectator, October 18th) in which you...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Srn,—I see in your

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article entitled " How to Ruin Agri. culture," which appears in your issue of October 18th, relating to Mr. Lloyd George's land campaign, that you take exception to his...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "Spactrror.. - ] Sin,—In your damaging criticism

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in last week's Spectator of the impossible proposals of Mr. Lloyd George and his Secret Inquiry Committee, you do not mention one point which, I venture to think, is equally...

[To THE EDITOR Or TIER "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In your article headed

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" How to Ruin Agriculture," in your issue of October 18th, you quote Swit t's fine saying," The benefactor of mankind is he who makes two blades of grass grow where one grew...


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ITO TEE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—Lovers of common sense will welcome your article on "How to Ruin Agriculture," and the eloquent appeal of the Land Union for a policy...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTAT011."] SIR,—The land system of England is now much discussed, but I suggest that very few people realize how that system has worked on its...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, --- YOU recommend the exclusion of Ulster from the Home Rule Bill as the only way out of civil war. There appears to me to be an...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—May I first thank you for publishing Mr. Aubrey Herbert's long letter on Albania in your issue of October 4th, and then beg of you a...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Mr. Lloyd George's speech at Bedford reminds one of the following passages from Mark Twain's story of " How I Edited an Agricultural...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In his excellent review of the volumes on Lord Lyons, Lord Cromer has, quite naturally, confused the sequence of two leading events in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — A letter in the Spectator of September 27th from the vicar of Plumstead revived my contention of July 26th in your columns that to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SrscrAroli.."] SIR,—In May and June 1911 I had a series of transactions with land and houses, and it was thought possible that both increment and...

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THE WATCHERS. PATIENT, with weary faces, Behind the dimity shade, Making delicate laces They sit, no longer afraid. They are so tired of waiting Behind the window-glass;...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—May I ask the use of your columns to thank Old Sedberghians and other friends of Sedbergh for the generous response they have, made to...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE "SPECTATOR " ] Srit,—We hope that you will allow us to call the attention of readers of the Spectator to the appeal which is now being made for...


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THE LATE MR. PELISSIER. Ma. PELIssIEs, whose untimely end all lovers of mirth deplore, was, like Mr. Albert Chevalier, a striking example of the advantages of a mixed strain in...


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[To ma EDITOR ox THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Re Mr. Fortune's letter in your last week's issue, surely it is well known that the apparent increase in the size of both the sun and...

"Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be

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in agreement with the views therein esepreseed or with the mode of expression. In such instances, or in the case of "Letters to the Editor," insertion only means that the matter...

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ARTHUR WOOLLGAR TERRALL.• CLASSICAL scholars are for the most part held of little account nowadays. They no longer enjoy the patronage of princes, statesmen do not need them as...

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GREEK IMPERIALISM.* UNLESS Macedonia be included within the limits of

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ancient Greece, it may appear, at first sight, a contradiction in terms to speak of Greek Imperialism. Etymologically speaking, the word "Imperialism" connotes, or should...

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Ma. STANLEY SHAW has the amiable intention of /raking us better acquainted with the German Emperor's character, apparently in the conviction that to understand it is to...

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IN reviewing the volume of Mr. Kipling's collected poems last year we expressed the wish, which has been felt by thousands of his admirers all over the world, that be should...

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Ma. STRAHAN'S introduction to his commentary upon the Book of Job is a very striking piece of work. Its appeal is not to scholars, but to the world at large. He begins by...

THE TRAGEDY OF MARY STUART.t THE immortal fascination of Mr.

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Shelley's subject wouM ensure him readers even if his book, well planned and well • The Book of Job. By James Strains. Edinburgh: T, and T. Clara.. 6€1. net.] t The Tragedy of...

THE RUSSIAN . PILGRIMS.* WITH his usual love of the adventurous

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and the unconven- tional, Mr. Stephen Graham has now written an interesting and important book ; he has made clear a whole new side of religion and economics and history, for "...

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" PHs Home Rule Issue " is the subject of a closely reasoned editorial article in the Edinburgh. Its first part consists in a careful analysis of the Bill, and a comparison of...

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Diana and Two Symphonies. By Francis Toye. (William. Heinemann. 6s.)—The

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atmosphere, of music hung heavy about Diana, so heavy that her reaction of spirit was not, as is usual, in favour of a more Bohemian way of life, but in favour of that...


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THE WAY OF AMBITION.* IN one of the scenes of his new and brilliant novel Mr. Robert Hichens gives us a genial glimpse of a. famous English com- poser, a handsome man, with...

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Old Chinatown : a Book of Pictures. By Arnold Genthe.

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With Text by Will Irwin. (Sidgwick and Jackson. 7s. 6d. net.)—The Old Chinatown of San Francisco was completely destroyed by the earthquake and fire of 1906; but we can imagine...

The Sea-Power of England : a Play for a Village

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Audience. By Amabel Strachey. With a Chorus by Mrs. St. Loe Strachey. (Humphrey Milford. 2s. 6d. net.)—For obvious reasons we cannot comment upon this book, but can only draw...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not Leen reserved for review in other forms.] Memoirs of the Viceroy, Li Hung Chang. With an Intro- duction by Hon....

concerned with a young lady who, without knowing it, is

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partly of Italian descent. As a result of this descent, when she is in Rome she sees visions of the many tragedies sn which her family have taken part for generations. The...

READABLE NOVELS.—Shallows. By Frederick Watson. (Methuen and Co. 6s.)—A historical

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novel, dealing with the €or•tunes of the Young Pretender in France and in England. A love-story is interwoven with the history, and might be dramatized with considerable...

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NEW EDITIONS.—The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley. By Thomas Medwin.

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With an Introduction and Commentary by H. Buxton Forman, C.B. (Humphrey Milford. 12s. 6d. net.) —Medwin's Life of Shelley has been described by a recent writer as "a bad book,...