26 MARCH 1898

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A TELEGRAM from St. Petersburg of the 18th inst. has attracted less attention than it deserved. It contains an extract from the Official Messenger announcing that on the request...

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THE LITTLE CLOUD. TT is useless to deny that the outlook of affairs, as between Great Britain and France, begins rapidly to darken. To most of our countrymen, it is true, a war...


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T HE battle on the Atbara is slow in getting itself fought out. While we are awaiting the result, it may be worth while to consider the position of the country about which we...

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THE DECAY OF RADICALISM P ERHAPS the strangest of the many

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strange facts connected with the present condition of the Liberal party is the decay of Radicalism. The name, of course, remains, and is more widely adopted than ever, but the...


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week the world will know more than it does now as to the probabilities of a war between the United States and Spain. 'The Report on the destruction of the Maine' and the...

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N OTHING threatens the peace of the world so directly as the difficulty which statesmen in the different countries feel in trusting one another. They are pro- foundly sceptical...

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ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH EDUCATION. T HE debate initiated by Sir John

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Lubbock in the House of Commons on Tuesday presented many points of interest, and the speaking was really good because every speaker had thought seriously on the subject, and...

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O UR ingenious contemporary, the Daily Mail, has been rendering a real service by the publication of a correspondence under the heading of "Reforming the Bishops." When we call...

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T "prefatory note which Mr. Kegan Paul contributes to the translation of M. Huysmans's "Cathedral," just published by Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co., is noticeable for two things....

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M R. ZINGWILL aspires, we imagine, to be something more than the ordinary novelist, to be an interpreter and medium between his people and the unsympathetic out- side world. He...

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T HE Life of Audubon, partly told by himself, and the two volumes of his Journals, published by his grand- daughter,* present the life of the great French-American naturalist in...

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DO ANIMALS TALK? go THE EDITOR OF THE " SPRCTATOR.") Sis,—Having read with much interest your article, "Do Animals Talk ?" in the Spectator of March 5th, I venture to propound...


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NETTING STAGS IN RICHMOND PARS. [To TER EDITOR OF Tax "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Perhaps the nearest approach to the ideal of "hunting without hurting" is the annual deer-hunt at the...

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[To THE EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—The following may interest your readers. When farming in Manitoba, my claim was situated some sixteen miles from the nearest town....


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—With reference to your article on " Home-Rule All Round " in the Spectator of March 19th, may I be allowed to call attention to a page...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR "1 SIR,—There are few persons in this country who take an intelligent interest in the West African natives, fewer still who have an intimate...

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[To THZ EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In consequence of the failing health of my owner, who is giving up housekeeping on account of impending blindness, I venture to ask you...


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MAX MULLER'S RECOLLECTIONS.* THIS book, the fruit of enforced leisure, as its author tells us,. is a charming mass of gossip about people whom Professor Max Muller has known...


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THE GRAVE OF MIRY O'CONOR. [LAST HIGH-KING OF IRELAND, BURIED 1198 AT BT. FSCHIN'S MONASTERY, CORO, CO. MAY0.] CLEAR as air, the floods of Corrib Evermore their old,...

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India, at the Pondicherry Mission, a young French priest of the name of Dubois. He had volun- teered for the foreign service of his Church "in order to escape," as he tells us,...

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AQUITAINE.* THIS is a disjointed and rather tantalising, but very

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pleasant book. Mr. Flower makes no pretension to literary art ; and indeed he may have thought any special care for style or arrangement unnecessary with regard to a collection...

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IN considering a new translation of the work of a famous Persian poet, one question inevitably arises. What is the peculiar quality possessed by this kind of literature which...


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THE priority which we have given below to the remarkable autobiography now given in part to the public by Lady Strachey, over the very human document dealing with the Jacobite...

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WHEN Mr. Howells writes as he does in An Open-Eyed Con- spiracy, one must forgive him even his essays in literary criticism,—can a British reviewer say more than that ? As a...

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The Women of Homer. By Walter Copland Perry. (W. Heine-

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mann.)—The lovers of poetic beauty may well be grateful to Mr. Perry for carrying them in his pleasant pages into the country of Homer with all its magic charm. He has not only...


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Home Defence. By Captain G. F. Ellison, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. (Stanford.)—Captain Ellison is the winner of last year's gold medal at the Royal United Service...

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Richard Wagner. By Houston Stewart Chamberlain. Trans- lated from the

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German by G. A. Hight, and revised by the Author. (J. M. Dent and Co. 25s. net.)—So much that is irrelevant has been written as to Wagner that a new work about the master...

A Critical Examination of the Athanasian Creed. By G. D.

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W. Ommaney,M.A. (The Clarendon Press. 16s.)—This is a very careful and complete examination of all the available evidence that bears on the date and authorship of the Athanasian...

Crown Jewels. (Elliot Stock.) — The title of this book

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is rather misleading. It has really no connection with crown jewels in the literal sense of the words, consisting of brief biographies of the female Sovereigns and wives of...

ignorance : a Study of the Causes and Effects of

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Popular Th.:nest. By Marcus R P. Dorman, M.A., M.B. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. as.)—The object of this work, as described by its author, "is to state, as briefly as possible,...

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The People of Clopton. By George Bertram. (T. Fisher 17nwin.)

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—This is a story, told in a series of sketches, of country life, viewed, of course, on its seamy side, and constitutes a peculiarly disagreeable book. It has an autobiographical...

Captain Kid's Millions. By Alan Oscar. (Chapman and Hall.)—The first

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part of the story is told by a descendant of the great pirate, who, holding King William III.'s commission for a private man-of-war, becomes involved in various scrapes and...

The Captive of Pekin. By Charles Hannan. (Jerrold and Sons.)

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—Herbert Vanscombe, sitting in the balcony of a house at Brussels, picks up a swallow that has fluttered to his feet, and finds on it a written paper which he makes out to be a...

Secrets of the Courts of Europe. By Allen Upward. (J.

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W. Arrowsmith, Bristol.) — These "Confidences of an Ambas- sador" are distinctly amusing. He lets us into a number of political secrets which the most diligent listeners to town...

The Eye of later. By William Le Queux. (F. V.

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White and Co.)—Our readers should find The Eye of (star interesting material now that we are compaigning in the Soudan. Zafar- Ben-A'ziz, the hero, is a Bedouin in the bodyguard...

Two Sinners. By Lily Thicknesse. (Downey and Co.)—Dr. Jadworth and

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Mary Power are the two sinners, we suppose, and very fine characters they are too. They are well drawn, and Roger Jadworth's affection for the poor girl who preserves her pride...

Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Women. (G. P.

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Putnam's Sons.) — This is a very handsome and very readable book, although it is rather too full of that not specially lofty American humour which obtains vent in such...

The Lyrical Poems of Beaumont and Pletcher. Edited by Ernest

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Rhys. (J. M. Dent and Co.)—This is a pretty little volume, one of the series of "The Lyric Poets." The true lyrics of the twin dramatists do not furnish a sufficient amount even...

Perfection City. By Mrs. Orpen. (Hutchinson and Co.)— Perfection City

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is the story of a small co-operative community in Kansas. We are introduced to the settlement in the spring of its existence. The story is mainly concerned with the coining of a...

.4 Russian Wild Flower. By E. A. Brayley Hodgetts. (Mae-

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queen.)—Olga Obolenski, the heroine of this Russian tale, is a beautiful and natural character,—such a girl as one might well imagine growing up in one of those dreary-looking...

Glamour. By Meta Orred. (John Lane.)—Our authoress is a little

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too mysterious and incoherent, but it must be admitted that she handles the family ghost with considerable effect. The Italian scenes, where a bygone and almost forgotten...

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The Antiquary, Vol. XXXII'. (Elliot Stock, 7s. 6d.), is not

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less interesting than usual. We may mention among its contents, "The Ramblings of an Antiquary," with notes on Hardwick Hall, Mr. F. Haverfield's "Quarterly Notes on Roman...

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens : Facsimile of the

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Original Manuscript. (Cassell and Co.)—This is not the first reproduction of the Christmas Carol manuscript. The novelty is in the price, which is now Is. It contains sixty-five...

His Double Self. By E. Curtis. (Jarrold and Sons.)—It is

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an extraordinary idea that Mr. Curtis would have us follow. A man is rescued from drowning by a stranger and finds himself growing into the personality of his rescuer, who is...

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The King's Last Vigil. By Lady Lindsay. "The Masterpiece Library. "

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(Review of Reviews Office.)—The latest number of Mr. Stead ' s "Masterpiece Library " is a selection from Lady Lindsay's poems. Though we cannot entirely agree with Mr. Stead '...

NOTICE.—The INDEX to the SPECTATOR is published half. yearly, from

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January to June, and from July to December, on the third Saturday in January and July. Cloth Cases for the Half- yearly Volumes may be obtained through any Bookseller or...

The Year-Book of Treatment for 1398 (Cassell and Co., Is.

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6d.) contains contributions from between twenty and thirty physicians and surgeons, dealing with discoveries, changes or modifications of practice, &c., which have been made in...

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Humours of History : Eighteen Centuries of Laughter. By Arthur

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Morland. (Roxburghe Press.)—Some of the drawings in this little picture.book are distinctly clever and amusing, notably No. 60, the "Dismissal of the Foreign Barons" by Stephen...

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Allenhormigh (P.O.) ("Ohrystalbel "), Cameos, and other Poems (W. Reeves) 3/6 Blackwell (G.), The Law of Meetings, or Elm (Butterworth) 2/6 Bond (R. W.), Another Sheaf, or Svo...