26 NOVEMBER 1887

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As the election approaches, the chances of the candidates become

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more obscure. The Republicans have, however, it ie said, agreed not to elect " a sabre "—a polite way of shunting General Boulanger—and M. Le Royer, M. Leon Say, and M....

For the present, the Protectionism of the Conservatives cannot take

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any practical effect. As Lord Salisbury reminded them in his speech of Wednesday, the alliance with the Liberal Unionists is the key to the whole situation, and any change of...

The Conservative Conference at Oxford, which met on Mon- day,

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and sat for three days, prodnced rather an ominous sign of the times. It included nearly a thousand delegates from Con- servative clubs in the United Kingdom, and on Tuesday it...

In his evening speech. Lord Salisbury, while arguing strongly for

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a further reform of Procedure in the House of Commons, in a fashion enabling the House to put down obstruction with- out so much exhausting pain and labour as were needful for...


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Air GRDVY, after a bitter struggle, has resigned the 111 e Presidency of the French Republic, to which he has been twice elected. M. Clemenceau on Saturday demanded an immediate...

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

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Sir George Trevelyan's speech at Paisley on Thursday was not

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remarkable, though it was somewhat bitter. He maintained that, a year and a half ago, all the Liberal Unionists were in favour of some kind of separate Legislature for...

Mr. Gladstone has sent Colonel Dopping, through his solicitors, a

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full withdrawal of the only charge which his speech at Nottingham was understood to have made against him,— namely, that he had pointed a loaded rifle at a stone-throwing boy,...

It is also reported that Prince Bismarck has discovered that

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a highly placed clique in Berlin have been assuring the Czar that upon certain questions the Emperor of Germany and his Minister were not in acqord. The Chancellor mentioned...

The German Reichstag was opened on Thursday with a message

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from the Throne of some importance. After a feeling reference to the condition of the Crown Prince, in which there is no mention of any lingering hope, and a notice of some...

In spite of the Czar's placable manner in Berlin, his

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leading officers seem to believe that war is not far distant. It is stated that General Gourko, Governor-General of Poland, who is to be the next Commander-in-Chief, and is...

Sir George Trevelyan spoke at Glasgow on Tuesday without once

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referring to Mr. Gladstone's great concessions to the Liberal Unionists,—perhaps because Mr. Brodrick's witty speech at Bath a week or two ago had made him rather ashamed of...

A remarkable story is in circulation in Germany and Austria.

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It is stated that during the interview on the 18th inst. between the Czar and Prince Bismarck, the Czar referred to the Prince's underhand intrigues in Bulgaria. The German...

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Social disorder spreads fast. There is a deer " forest

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" in the Island of Lewis, with eight hundred deer in it, which pays more rent than when let as poor grass-land. The crofters of the island, however, say that, wanting the land,...

All Parnellite Ireland is rejoicing, for Mr. O'Brien is dressed

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again. That gentleman refuses to wear prison clothes, and as he is in the infirmary, the Governor was unwilling to use force. His clothes were therefore taken away, and he was...

As for Canon MacColl's letter, published in Wednesday's Times, it

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leaves the beanstalk theory not a leg to stand upon. In the first place, no one who saw what Canon Liddon and Canon MacColl saw, ever suggested that it was beanstalks or a...

Canon Taylor was very unwise in trying to diminish the

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weight of Canon MacColl's argnment against him on the question of Islam v. Christianity, by taunting him with " being able to discern impaled Christians where his...

Sir John Lubbock gave one of his very amusing lectures,

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on " Savages, and their Manners,"—or Want of Manners, at the Royal Victoria Hall, Waterloo Bridge Road, on Tuesday ; and his stories brought out vividly what we are very apt to...

An appeal in the case of the Rev. J. Bell

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Cox, imprisoned for ignoring Lord Penzance's sentence of six months' suspension from his cure, but afterwards released by the Court of Queen's Bench on the ground that when the...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 1031 to 103i.

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L ORD SALISBURY'S speech at Oxford ought to remove decisively the impression which the Gladstonian speakers are trying to produce, that the Government is disposed to revert to a...


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THE EXPLOSION IN FRANCE. WRENCH Presidents are not intended to resign, but they have all resigned. M. Thiers resigned in a fit of pique, Marshal MacMahon resigned rather than...

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S IR GEORGE TREVELYAN'S speech at Glasgow on Tuesday was an able bit of mere polemic, by which. we mean argument of the kind which is calculated to make those to whom it is...

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freeholder might propose—and if he found a great Minister to

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support him, might carry—a demand for relief on the ground that he gave for the property more than it was worth. Why not ? Why is an agreement to pay down a sixpence at once...


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T HERE was a remarkable meeting at Drapers' Hall on Friday week, at which the claims of a new Training College for teachers in higher schools were brought forward, in the...

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N OTHING impresses us so strongly in the French crisis as the isolation of M. Gravy. The President of the French Republic appears to have no friends. He was elected in January,...

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T 4 ORD SALISBURY made a second speech at Oxford on I Thursday, apparently on the spur of the moment, and therefore the more noteworthy. So large was the crowd attending the...

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I T was a very old question, "Which came first, the egg or the hen P" and not a question which has as yet been answered. And, whatever astronomers and masters of spectre-...


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T HE exhortations to be instant in legislation which have of late been so common in Conservative speeches, bore their natural fruit at Oxford on Tuesday and Wednesday. The...

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" W E shall win," said a clever Parnellite, " for the English have gone soft;" and though he may prove mis- taken, he had hit, with the Irish instinct for a weakness, upon a...

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W HATEVER changes may take place in Morocco in the course of the next few years, it is pretty certain that the Jews there will play an important part in shaping the future of...

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EXPROPRIATION AND IRISH LANDLORDS. rro Or TIM assor cos."I Sin, —It is perfectly true, as you point out in the Spectator of November 19th, that, as a matter of fact, there is...

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[To in Burros, or rex ••SPECTATOR.'•] Sm,—You remark, in the course of the review of Mr. Clifford's "History of Private-Bill Legislation," that the delegation of Private-Bill...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE •• SPECTATOR."] SIE, — A few weeks ago, some attention was aroused by the action of the Keswick Footpaths Association with reference to an alleged stoppage...


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[To THE EDITOR or TEX "BeRcrxros."J do not think that the argument for using a liturgy can be applied (as in the article in your issue of November 19th) to the praotice of...


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[To THE EDITOR OW THE SPECTATOR:1 Bea,—I see (Times, November 21st) that forty Nonconformist ministers and two Church of England clergymen of Bristol, "one of the English cities...

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pro Tax Items or vas narsonsos..1 fka,—Will you allow me to say a few words about the very striking article in your issue of November 19th on " The Christ of the Democracy "? I...

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CHARLES DARWIN.* [FIRST NOTICE.] IT is to Englishmen of pure blood that the great divisions of modern science owe their fundamental theories. To. Harvey, Newton, William Smith,...


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[To in Banos OP THE “SPPOPAT082] Sta,—Being an old subscriber to your admirable paper, I venture to enclose this quotation from Mr. Lowell'e book," Democracy," &c. The thoughts...


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THE MIRAGE. THEY tell us that when weary travellers deem They view through quivering heat across the sand Great rocks for shadow in a weary land, And clustering palms, and,...

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the help of them to fashion systems and methods far

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wiser than any which have yet been formulated. If education be, as they tell us it is, a science as well as an art, it is at least a progressive science. There is no finality in...


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M ISS ALLCA.RD has lost her appeal to have the money she had presented to the Anglican Sisterhood to which she formerly belonged, given back to her on the ground that she was...

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THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA.* WE have still to await a

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popular History of Russia. This of M. Ramband, learned and intelligent as it is, is greatly lacking in the picturesqueness which one would think it would be so easy to impart....

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a little heavy for the hand, is well got up and elaborately illustrated, both with coloured illustrations and with woodcuts. Moreover, Mrs. Paull's English is free and good,...

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RECENT NOVELS.* IN any survey of the novels of the

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month, it is fitting that the place of honour should be given to the latest story by Mrs. Henry Wood. Mrs. Wood was in no sense of the word a great novelist ; but her work was...

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AN OLD FRENCH LOVE-STORY.• IT is a welcome thing to

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encounter a writer with so considerable a gift for original verse condescending to exercise his talent in a field generally worked by literary hacks or authors whose entire lack...

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Hagar. By Mary Linskill. (James Clarke and Co.)—Amongst the pile

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of new books that flood our tables at this time of year, it is very pleasant to come, sometimes, upon an old friend in a new form, such as Miss Linskill's Hagar. It appeared as...

Madame's Grand-daughter. By F. IL Peard. (Hatobanis.)—Every one acquainted with

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Miss Peard's charming novels will welcome this last addition to the number, and not be disappointed with it. She takes her readers again to the sonny South, where she herself,...


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GIFT-BOOKS. Margery Merton's Girlhood. By Alice Corkran. (Blackie and Son.)—The high reputation that the author of "Adventures of Mrs Wishing-To-Be" has acquired as a judicious...

Sybil's Dutch Dolls. By F. S. Janet Berne. (Field and

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Tuer.).— The first chapter of this little story promises well, butin the second we are woefully disappointed. Sybil, the only child of rich parents, spends, in the first...

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Mesas. Eyre and Spottiswoode send us specimens of their very

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beautiful Christmas and New Tear's Cards. Not only are their landscapes—printed in oolours—very taking and delicately rendered, but their figures are better than those of the...

The Realistic Teaching of Geography. By William Jolly. (Blackie and

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Son.)—This little book is the expansion of a lecture delivered under the auspices of the Scottish Geographical Society. It gives some valuable instructions to teachers, and...

Messrs. L. Prang and Co. (Boston, Massachusetts, whose London agent

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is Arthur Ackerman, 191 Regent Street) have sent us a packet of Christmas Cards, printed in colours, of all sizes, from a very large one (folio size), to the ordinary small...


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Schools, School - Books, and Schoolmasters. By W. Carew Hazlitt. (J. W.

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Tarvia.)—Mr. Hazlitt has evidently a favourite speciality in school-books. He has collected them, we should judge, with a good deal of zeal, and has acquired a really...

Sketch of Geological History. By E. Hull. (C. W. Deacon

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and Co.)—There can be no question, indeed, as to the important plane which geology as a science has gained in education. In the volume before ns, the writer has aimed at the...

The (Edipus Tyrannus of Sophocles. Rendered into English Verse by

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Sir George Young. (Deighton and Bell.)—This translation has anyhow the merit of being thoroughly readable ; and that this is a great merit in any play, mach.more in one that is...

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Albert. the Prince Consort, by G. H. Pike, or taro (Hodder & Stoughton) 26 Ames (F. S. D.), Wishes on Wings, or See (Burns & Oates) 3/6 Armstrong (G.), Names and Places in the...


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force to the case of the enthusiast P How is

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he to be trained in the exercise of his own responsibilities except by being allowed to suffer for his deliberate mistakes when he makes mistakes P Lord Justice Lindley does not...


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T HE ridiculous outcry lately raised against the employment of foreigners in England, and especially of foreign clerks, will do some good if it enables Englishmen to understand...

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I T is said that a taste for theatrical performances after the European fashion is gradually manifesting itself in Persia, and that the native drama is looking up in...

A general dislike to learn anything avoidable is not an

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in- capacity to learn living languages, more especially when they always are learned by the same boys under pressure of necessity. Missionaries are quite average persona in...