26 OCTOBER 1901

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We are delighted to think that the Times has not

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only ceased to oppose the only rational solution of the canal problem, but is evidently going to throw its great inftu• ence on the side' of a sensible solution. When once the...

The approval of the step taken by Lord Roberts and

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Mr. Brodtick expressed in the Press has been most remarkable, and the few protests have been weak or hysterical. But though there has been a consensus of approval, there has...

Russia is apparently pursuing in China the precise course which

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we predicted last week. According to the Shanghai correspondent of. the Standard, a new Convention has been arranged under Which theC hinese regain the whole of Manchuria, and...

A curtain of darkness is still drawn between us and

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the theatre of war. All we have learnt during the past week is that Botha and his force have not been captined, though it is not absolutely certain that - they have finally...

We have read with no less surprise than pleasure the

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leading' ai-ticle in the Times of Friday on the Nicaragua Canal question, based on a letter from their Washington correspondent published in the same issue. -The article, prac-...


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O N Wednesday it was announced that in consequence of the speech delivered by General Buller on October 10t1 the Commander-in-Chief, after hill consideration of all the cir-...

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

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It is reported that the Empress-Regent of China, is anxious

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to supersede the heir to the throne, whom she selected a year ago. He will, she thinks, be too completely dominated by his father, Prince Tuan, whose attitude in Mongolia is...

M. Santos-Dumont on Saturday last fulfilled his promise of circling

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the Eiffel Tower in his navigable balloon. He accomplished his task with ease, though for a few minutes he had to contend with a head wind, and on hi a descent he claimed the...

We have given elsewhere the history of the quarrel between

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the coal-miners of the district around Montceau-les-Mines and the French Government, but must mention here that alarm is not yet completely over. The great strike has been...

Much, perhaps most, of all this is true, though but

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for "the golden mouth and smiting eyes "it might have remained unperceived ; but we hope that Mr. Morley in his biograpbY will remember what in his speech he.forgets, that Mr....

Mr. Morley on Wednesday unveiled a statue of Mr. Glad-

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stone at Manchester, and pronounced a magnificent eulogy on its original. Indeed, it was a little too magnificent. Opinion about Mr. Gladstone has, even with his admirers,...

The accounts from Germany of commercial depression and its results

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increase in seriousness. Whenever a, commercial or manufacturing company there fails the rigid official inquiry reveals a worse state of things than even creditors suspected,...

• The Austrian and Hungarian Liberals are greatly disturbed by

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apprehension of an avalanche of monks and nuns, expelled from France by the Associations Act, settling down among them. They are especially annoyed at the arrival of Jesuits,...

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We note with satisfaction that a resolution urging the necessity

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Of introducing in an early Session of Parliament a scheme for redistribution of seats on the basis of the present population was recently passed by the Grand Council of the...

Lord. Edmund ritzraartrite, M.P., unveiled a statue to Cromwell at

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St. Ives on Wednesday, and delivered an inter- esting address on the character, achievements, and aims of the Protector. CioniWell, he observed,. Was perhaps the only historical...

Mr. Winston Churchill's specific criticism of the present state of

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things in the field is almost exactly that which we gave a fortnight ago. "Sixty-nine mobile columns are in tho field. On what plan are they working ? Does any one know? What...

We hope that not only the Secretary of State for

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War but every Cabinet Minister will read Mr. Winston Churchill's admirable speech at Leicester on Wednesday. We do not agree with all the details of what he says, but with the...

The Daily Express of Wednesday is responsible for the statement

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that the military authorities are preparing a scheme • for a reserve of Army pensioners, who are to be available for service up to fifty-five (why not sixty?) for home defence....

Lord Rosebery evidently agrees with the old lady—one of the

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vieille roche — who complained that "we pampered our germs" far too much. In the highly entertaining speech which he delivered on Tuesday at Glasgow at a sale of work in con-...

We have always felt indignant that the Government speakers have

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not been more eager to defend the new Yeomanry from the attacks made upon them. Lord Stanley, however, speaki g on Thursday at Liverpool, did, we axe glad to note, defend this...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. - - New Consols (21)

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were on Friday 92j.

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GENERAL BULLER AND HIS SUCCESSOR. G ENERAL BULLER has been relieved of the com- mand of the First Army Corps, and all who care for the efficiency of the Army will feel deeply...

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"A N Old Subscriber," whose letter we publish in another column, goes back to the origin of the war, and asks us certain questions in regard to its justice and inevitability. We...

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MONTCEA17-LES-MINES. T HE victory won by M. Waldeck-Rousseau in the Chamber

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on Tuesday on the question of the coal- miners' strike was one of grave importance. It is the social question which, first of all, interests politicians in France, and every...

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THE NEGRO PROBLEM IN AMERICA. vi rE greatly honour President Roosevelt

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for asking Mr. Booker Washington, the negro philanthropist, to dinner, and yet we wish it had not occurred to him to do it. He vas, of course, entirely within his right both as...

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W E said last week that, in our opinion, Mr. Asquith and those of his colleagues on the Liberal Front Bench who are specially associate& with him would do well to organise an...

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A VERY sensible and admirable little book has just been published called "The Practice of Charity." Its author is the secretary of the Charity Organisation Society of New York,...

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T HE veil which has so long shrouded India, or rather its people, from their conquerors is getting torn at last. It is one of the many peculiarities of the British Empire in...

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• THAMES BANKS IN AUTUMN. IN the still gossamer weather

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of late October, when the the lie sheeted on the flat green meadows and spools of the air-spiders' silk float over the waters, the birds and fah and insects and flowers of the...

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THE WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY. (TO THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR.") Sra,—Having been present at the experiments conducted by Messrs. Armstrong and Orling in...

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[TO TIIE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Once more you assure us that the war was unavoidable and is just: May one who owes the Spectator much ask whether the acceptance of...


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MR. HAWKSLE Y AND MR. CHAMBERLAIN. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE ." SPEOTATOIL'l Sin,—I shall be .glad to know when and where I made the allegation mentioned by you in the Spectator...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin, — A mouse was seen in our bedroom one evening. The most mobile and courageous inmates of the house were hastily summoned, armed with...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TUB "SPECTATOR.") Sin, — May I crave the courtesy of the Spectator in order to call attention to the work of the London Prison Visitors Association, which was...


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[To TILE EDITOlt OP THE "SPECTATOR."] e very 11 SIR, — Y0 say in the Spectator of October 19th, 'P "the frequent fears as to invasion seem 547, that strange," Sze. One of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I notice in your paper appeals for gifts for Christmas for our soldiers in South Africa. I am hoping to send out a box with a gift for...


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[To PHE EDITOR 0/1 THE "SPECTATOR.") SD1,—Let me thank you sincerely for your kind notice in the Spectator of October 5th of my St. Paul's sermons of 1899. It will not take much...


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[To THE ED/TOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—You are, I believe, genuinely interested in temperance reform. Is it wise, therefore, to estrange your most probable allies by saying,...

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A VOICE FROM THE EAST. ENGLISHMEN, Englishmen, ye who are learning the tongues of my fathers, Dreaming that before long ye will learn their heart-secrets also, That with the...


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OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—The latest statistics concerning the concentration camps in South Africa call for urgent heart-searching and inquiry. Baring September 2,411 persons,...


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QUEEN VICTORIA IN "THE DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY."* To one who has watched the home and foreign politics of the country for more than fifty years, and has had some...


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pro Tirs EDITOR OP TM2 " $PECTATO11."1 Fx,—We have been hearing much a late—and no wonder— about the pianos and kitchen ranges which it appears have been allowed to form part of...

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THE birth of Owen Glyndwr, if we may believe Shakespeare, was heralded by strange portents. At his coming- • Urea Glyncitor, and the Last Struggle for Welsh Independence. By A....

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A NEW book of sea-stories from Mr. Bullen is an event which all who enjoy an exciting narrative set forth in a picturesque and animated manner have good reason to be thankful...

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Wouic of the best kind, clear and conscientious, is the mark of the first volume of the Norfolk series, which will be com- plete in five volumes, of the Victoria County History....

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THE NOVEL OF THE WEEK.* WE cannot pronounce Mr. Gilbert

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Parker's new novel to be by any means the best, though it is perhaps the most highly coloured, of the many picturesque romances that have come from his pen. But it stands out...

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Barbara West. By Keighley Snowden. (John Long. Ga.)- We recognise

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that Barbara West is written with the intention of doing good. But we doubt very much whether any good is really done by novels that show up the cowardly vice of vulgar men and...

The Youngest Girl of the School. By Evelyn Sharp. (Macmillan

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and Co. 6s.)—In The Youngest Girl of the School Miss Sharp shows something of that understanding of the ways of large families that was the supreme gift of Miss Yonge. The...

The Laird's Luck, and other Fireside Tales. By A. T.

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Cartiller. Couch. (Cassell and Co. 6s.) — We always thought a "brownie' was a spirit entirely given up to kind and innocent labours in the service of specially favoured...


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Stephen Calinari. By Julian Sturgis. (A. Constable and Co. 60—The quality which will first strike the hardened novel- reader in Mr. Julian Sturgis's new story is the unusual...

The Embarrassing Orphan. By W. E. Norris. (Methuen a . na Co.

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6s.)—Mr. Norris, on whom we may always rely for something pleasant, gives us what is not common in the fiction of to-day, ,, a suspense. For a time we really do not know whom...

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THE QUARTERLIES. Taz QUARTERLY REvtaw.—The first article . in the October Quarterly is entitled 'The Empress Frederick." It is written, we should imagine, by some one who has...

Essays of an Er Librarian. By Richard Garnett. (W. Heine-

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mann. 7s. 6d.)—All these essays have already appeared in print, and some, having served as introductions to popular editions of English classics, must have been widely read. Of...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been rsserred for review in other forms.] from the English Church as it ultimately emerged from the Reformation...

THE Ent - memos Ravraw.—We noticed the principal article in the Edinburgh

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last week, and will only say' here that the number is a good one and contains a very striking article on the French Expedition to Egypt in 1798, based on fresh material lately...

American History Tad by Contemporaries. Vol. IV., "Welding of the

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Nation, 1845-1900." By Albert Bushnell Hart. (Mac- millan and Co. 8s. 6d.)—Mr. Hart describes in his preface the. difficulties of choice which have beset him ; there was so much...

We must be content with a very brief notice of

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Mr. R. M. Benson's very elaborate work, The War Songs of the Prince of Peace, 2 vols. (John Murray, 10s. net). It is "a devotional com- mentary on the Psalms," and books of...

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We have received a new edition of the "Novels of

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Samuel Richardson," with an Introduction by Ethel M. M. McKenna, 20 vols. (Chapman and Hall, 2s. 6d. net per vol.) The whole is made up by Pamela, 4 vols. ; Clarissa Marlowe, 9...

• The Military Forces of the Crown. By Colonel W.

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H. Daniel. Edited by T. Miller Maguire. (Cassell and Co. 5s.)—This is a valuable summary of the military forces of the Empire, giving satisfactory results, at least on paper,...