27 AUGUST 1898

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Mr. Holden, the Chairman of the Liberal Unionist Asso- ciation

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at Southport, has done a really notable thing. His letter to Sir George Pilkington explaining his reasons for supporting the Radical candidate has introduced a real touch of...


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B Y the end of the coming week the fate of the Kbalifa will probably have been decided. Our troops have already left their first place of concentration, Wad-Hamed, and by Sunday...

Mr. Chamberlain during the contest has addressed a letter to

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a Southport elector in which he very truly says that the danger of Home-rule still remains, and will remain until the Liberal leaders formally repudiate the doctrine of...

There is no news of importance either from Spain or

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America. In the United States the nation is learning with indignation the details of what its troops had to endure before Santiago, and is inclined to make a scapegoat of Mr....

The polling at Southport took place on Wednesday, and resulted

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in the return of the Home-rule candidate by a majority of 272, the fall figures being : Sir H. S. Naylor- Leyland (L.), 5,100; Lord Skelmersdale (C.), 4.828. Mr. Curzon's...

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

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The long speech delivered by Mr. Rhodes at Klipdam at

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the outset of his candidature in Barkly West, and reported at length in the Cape papers received last Tuesday, was certainly more cautions, if not more coherent, than most of...

The Daily Mail of Wednesday quotes from Le Rappel a

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curiously frank statement as to why France dreads war, and the need for promoting friendly feelings with England in spite of the Russian Alliance. "What could our Fleet do if...

A mountaineering accident which took place on one of the

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mountains of the Ortler Range on Friday, August 19th, has raised the ethical problem of "cutting the rope," and whether such an act can ever be justified. Two brothers, one with...

The war correspondent of the Daily Chronicle gives some interesting

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notes of a conversation between the Emir Mahmoud, captured at Atbara, and an English officer. Mahmoud, who is evidently an excellent " subject " for the interviewer, declared...

The correspondents at the front all give interesting accounts of

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the great review held at Wad-Hamed last Tuesday by the Sirdar. In a stretch of desert by the Nile was drawn up the force of twenty thousand men of all arms which is to attack...

At the opening of the "Co-operators' Flower Show" at the

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Crystal Palace on August 19th, Lord Grey gave a striking address on the ideal side of co-operation, and urged the old objection against modern co-operation,—namely, that it has...

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The development of tourist traffic in Ireland is one of

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the happiest outcomes of the subsidence of political agitation. Within the last few years, as a correspondent in Tuesday's Times points out, the difficulties of the situation...

Dr. Schweninger's reminiscences of Prince Bismarck, con- tributed to the

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Tagliche .Rundschau and summarised in Thursday's Times, are chiefly valuable on their non-medical aide. It does not add much to our knowledge of the ex-Chancellor to learn that...

At Gibraltar on Wednesday last Owen William Mac- donne' Callan,

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charged with the attempted murder of Mr. Hubert Birkin at Tangier on May 19th, was found guilty and sentenced to ten years' penal servitude. Callan, the son of a well-known...

We have heard from what we believe to be a

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well-informed source an account of the Continental attempts at interven- tion in the Spanish-American War, which makes the action undoubtedly taken by our Government assume a...

The Memorandum on temperance and morality in the Army drawn

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up by the Commander-in-Chief, and issued to the troops, is a sensible and straightforward document. Its isste in no sense means that soldiers are more drunken or vicious than...

Sir John Lubbock's presidential address at the International Congress of

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Zoologists opened on Tuesday at Cambridge, though brief, was both illuminating and suggestive. The keynote of the address was struck in the remark that we were still only on the...

We deal elsewhere with the latest development of the Irish

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political movement based on the notion that Ireland is un- fairly treated by the United Kingdom in the matter of taxa- tion. This movement, which has produced a new National...

Bank Rate, 21 per cent.

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New Consols (4) were on Friday, 11014.

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ENGLAND AND THE CLAYTON-BITLWER TREATY. A S we write a Joint Commission is sitting in Canada, and is endeavouring, under favourable auspices, to arrive at a thorough and...

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, t, and that instead it has been organised with the utmost e conomy, but this is not against, but in its favour as a fi ghting force. It is an immense mistake to suppose that ■...

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M R. HOLDEN has given the contest at Southport a kind of interest which is independent alike of the merits of the candidates and the result of the voting. It is a very great...

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HERE appear to be signs of a new movement in Ireland. Wearied of the perpetual wrangles of yites, Dillonites, and Parnellites, a large number of ions who are not definitely...

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I T appears, from a correspondence in the Daily News, that a certain number of Nonconformists are sorrow- fully conscious of a substantial falling off in the collective...

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I N the Daily Mail of Thursday a writer gives a very interesting account of the remarkable increase of German industry. Since the foundation of the Empire Germany has undergone...

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CONFESSION. T HAT confession often seems good for the soul we

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do not doubt for a moment. That it is a comfort to the per- plexed, and an immediate relief to those who are heavily bur- dened in spirit, is indeed the experience of all...

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P ITBLIC attention in London is being now called, none . too soon, to the growth of street ruffianism, which has visibly increased during the last few years. We mean, of course,...

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W ILD Birds' Protection Acts, unlike "muzzling orders," are rather popular than otherwise. But their successful working, like that of the "muzzling orders," is sadly hampered by...

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IDYLLS OF THE SEA.—II. THE SLAVER. [TO THE BOUGIE OF THE "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—Ras Nungwe stood out boldly against the deep azure of the midnight sky, its rugged outlines softened...

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SACERDOTALISM. fT0 THE EDITOR OF THE " BPECTATOR."1 SIR,—The Spectator reached me too late to reply to my critics in your issue of August 20th. Mr. Ludlow thinks my letter...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TITE "SPECTATOR."' &R,—In the midst of the exasperated criticisms levelled against the Government by friend and foe alike in the present juncture of affairs in...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The essayist who handles this theme in the Spectator of August 20 remarks : "Very possibly the Celtic strain in their blood was not so...


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(To THE EDITOR OF THE 'SPECTATOR."] SIB, —" Diplomatic failure" is a phrase which, according to some of the patriotic critics of the Government, is exclusively English, and...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " $FECTATOR.1 Sra,—The story of the ring in the Spectator of August 13th, which I have just read, induces me to send you two little ring reminiscences of...


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SIR, — In your interesting article on the Stewarts in the Spectator of August 20th—I prefer to spell their name in the earlier Scotch way before French influence altered it—you...


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r To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Some time ago you admitted, I think, the subject of " Coincidences " to your correspondence columns, and, if you care to reopen the...

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IN A.RCADY. Nor a movement, not a murmur in the wind ; Not a bird-note, not a whisper in the air ; Not a fancy, not a feeling in the mind, But the one thought, "It is very,...


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[TO IRS EDITOR OD THZ " SPTCTATOR."1 Stn,—Now that Mr. Gladstone's name is so much before the world it may be timely to make some remarks arising from what has been recently...

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THE BOOB OF THE TWELVE PROPHETS.* IN his work on the minor Prophets, Professor Smith has attempted one of the most difficult feats in authorship. He writes in the same volume...

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JUST as there are different schools of painting, so there are different schools of descriptive writing. There are exceptional writers who, like Drummond in his Tropical Africa,...

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iT is rather a pity that Lady Newdigate-Newdegate should base set herself a special literary purpose in publishing this volume of delightful letters, and should never for a...

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MR. HIGGINSON'S "CHEERFUL YESTERDAYS." THE "yesterdays" of which Mr. Higginson

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writes may be "cheerful" in the memory, but some of them must have been far from cheerful when they were passing. They cover the stormful period prior to the American Civil War,...

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TEE cordial welcome which Mr. Gallon's novels have encountered cannot altogether be explained by their intrinsic merit. It probably indicates the reaction that is already afoot...

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The Bible of St. Mark. By Alexander Robertson, D.D. (George Allen. 10s. 6d.)—This is the name by which Dr. Robertson all through his book speaks of St. Mark's Church at Venice,...

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Rowing. By R. C. Lehmann, Guy Nickalls, C. M. Pitman,

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and others. (A. D. Innes and Co.)—This volume, the fourth of the "Isthmian Library," deals thoroughly with that branch of sport the "Blue" for which is the most highly prized...

The Light Side of Cricket : Stories, Sketches, and Verses.

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By Norman Gale, W. Pett-Ridge, Eden Phillpotts, Mrs. Murray Hickson, Shan F. Bullock, Alfred Cochrane, Coulson Kernahan, and others. Edited by E. B. V. Christian. (James...

The Romance of Colonisation. Vol. II. By G. Barnett Smith.

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(S. W. Partridge and Co.)—In this volume Mr. Barnett Smith, having told that part of the story which concerns the voyage of the Mayflower,' the planting of Virginia and the...

Sir Thomas Maitland. By W. Frewen Lord. (T. Fisher Unwin.)

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—This volume is one of the series of " Builders of Greater Britain" appearing under the general editorship of H. F. Wilson, M.A. Mr. Lord is not tender of established...

Exploration and Hunting in Central Africa,1895 - 96. By A. St. H.

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Gibbons, F.R.G.S. (Methuen and Co. 15s.)—The author of this volume has succeeded in making an interesting narrative of his travels in this part of Africa. His chief object, the...

Life and Letters of the Rev. John Bacchus Dykes. Edited

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by Rev. J. T. Fowler. (John Murray. 75. 6d.)—Dr. Dykes's name will be known to many of our readers as that of the composer of some of the most favourite hymn tunes of the day....

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The Anglican Reformation. By William Clark, M.A. (T. and T.

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Clark.)—This volume is one of the series of "Eras of the Christian Church." Dealing with a subject bristling with difficulties and differences, it is conspicuously fair. Mr....

A Owl in the Spring - time. By Mrs. Henry Ma.nsergh. (Blackie

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and Son.)—Here we have an example of a cloud with a silver, not to say a golden, lining. If Mildred Moore had, not been prevented from going home for the holidays, she would not...

The Bible Story Retold for Young People. By W. H.

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Bennett, M.A., and W. F. Adeney, M.A. (J. Clarke and Co.)—Professor Bennett tells the story of the Old Testament, Professor Adeney that of the New. The book may be safely...

The Student's Holley. Condensed, with Introduction and Notes, by William

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Elliott Griffis. (Harper and Brothers. 7s. 6d.)—About three-fourths of the nine hundred and twenty-eight pages of this volume are occupied with Mr. Griffis's abridgment of...

How to Publish a Book or Article, and How to

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Produce a Play. By Leopold Wagner. (George Redway.)—There is a large amount of useful information in this book, and plenty of good advice. The statements are not always...

Cassock and Comedy. By Athol Forbes. (Skeffington and Son.)—" There

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is one weakness in this book,—the sketches are true and the characters are real." So the author. We do not doubt that he is substantially accurate in saying so. But he has...

Over the Alps on a Bicycle. By Mrs. Pennell. (T.

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Fisher Unwin.)—We have already had a good many accounts of tours made on wheels, but Mrs. Pennell, as she tells us herself, is the first woman to ride over nine Swiss passes in...

Studies of Plants. By L. H Bailey. (Macmillan and Co.

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7s. 6d.)—" It is a common method," writes the author, who dates from Cornell University, "to begin the study of plants by means of formal ideals—or definitions—but the author...