27 FEBRUARY 1892

Page 1

The speech, as might have been expected, has created great

The Spectator

excitement in Germany. The Prussians contend that there is a specific clause in the Constitution authorising them to grumble—which is true, free speech being guaranteed—and ask...

The Pope on February 16th issued an Encyclical to the

The Spectator

French Bishops which, though it contains nothing new, will have a material influence on them as politicians. In it he defends with great force the old doctrine of his Church,...

Mr. Jackson's Irish Education Bill was introduced on Monday, and

The Spectator

was very well received in the House. It will apply compulsion for the first time to Irish children in the towns and the urban districts, but will leave the application of...

'VP The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

The Spectator



The Spectator

T HE German Emperor on Wednesday attended the annual banquet of the Diet of Brandenburg, and made a most extraordinary speech, a mixture of religion and autocratic pride, upon...

Mr. Chaplin, as Minister of Agriculture, on Monday intro- duced

The Spectator

the long-expected Small Holdings Bill. His speech was remarkably lucid, and his plan has diffused a kind of universal satisfaction, which will affect the elections. The...

Page 2

The Solicitor-General, who made great fun of the amateur statistics

The Spectator

of the Welsh Nonconformists, pointed out that a . great many of the Nonconformist ministers have too urgent duties in their secular callings to devote themselves adequately to...

The annual debate on Disestablishment in Wales came on on

The Spectator

Tuesday night, when Mr. S. Smith, who had been ill, rose from his sick-bed to state the case to the House. As he was aware how very shaky are the amateur statistics which exist...

British management, the secrets of which are honesty, exactness, and

The Spectator

light but universal taxation, has completely restored Egyptian finance, destroyed by the wild extrava- gance of Ismail Pasha. Mr. Edwin Palmer reports that the revenue of Egypt...

Mr. Provand's Bill strengthening and continuing Sir John Lubbock's Shop-Hours

The Spectator

Bill, passed its second read- ing on Wednesday by a vote of 175 to 152. The new Bill is decidedly objectionable in principle, as it regulates the hours during which adult women...

A romantic story has been got up by the evening

The Spectator

papers about a Mr. Lidderdale, manager of Stuckey's branch bank at Ilminster. It is asserted that a lady of large means, who. was in love with him, has decoyed him on board her...

Mr. Byron Reed devoted a speech which would have been

The Spectator

still more effective if he had not depended on others for his Welsh translations, to exposing the extraordinary violence,. falsehood, and scurrility of the Welsh vernacular...

This Encyclical has probably increased M. Carnot's diffi- culties in

The Spectator

forming an Administration. The Opportunists are unwilling to rely on the Right, because they must then admit the Right to a share of power, and they dread the rivalry of the...

A rather curious professional case was decided this week in

The Spectator

the Queen's Bench Division. The proprietors of the Times were dissatisfied with Mr. Lowe, lately their correspondent at Berlin, substantially for "taking too much upon himself,"...

Page 3

A great disaster is said to be hanging over the

The Spectator

coal trade. The coalowners have lately made such low profits, that they ask the men to submit to a reduction of wages. The men will not, and say that the price must be raised on...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaking at Epsom on Wednesday,

The Spectator

referred to the " safeguards " in the Irish Local Government Bill as precautions which it had become their absolute duty to adopt in consequence of the warnings they had...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

The Spectator

New Consols (21) were on Friday 9q.

Collegiate Oxford, on the whole, objects to display any deep

The Spectator

personal interest in a man who became a Roman Catholic and persuaded others to become Roman Catholics ; so the committee formed to perpetuate the memory of Cardinal Newman has,...

Mr. Morley made a great effort at Reading on Wednesday

The Spectator

to sustain his very rash and violent judgment on the Irish Local Government Bill. We have always thought such a Bill inopportune, and should not at all regret its postpone- ment...

Canon Scott-Holland's " open letter" on the subject of the

The Spectator

elections for the London County Council, commences ad- mirably with insisting that to require high personal character in the representatives is the most important of all the...

Sir Henry James made a very able speech at St.

The Spectator

James's Hall on Wednesday, against the programme of the "Pro- gressive " candidates for the London County Council. He was not, he said, opposed to all their proposals, for he...

Page 4


The Spectator

LORD HARTINGTON AND MR. GLADSTONE. I T is the common error of modern politicians to make a great deal too much of the smaller personalities of politics. We do not wonder that...


The Spectator

least in which the German Emperor has thoroughly succeeded. He has fixed the regards of the world upon himself. No person so separate, so picturesque, so intensely visible, has...

Page 5


The Spectator

TOTE did not think it was in Mr. Chaplin, and hereby apologise to him for an injustice done him in thought. The Bill on Small Holdings which he introduced on Monday, and which,...

Page 7


The Spectator

W E recommend to Sir William Harcourt's and Mr. Bryce's consideration, the old legend that Lord Melbourne on one occasion, after the decision of the Cabinet to reduce the duty...

Page 8

THE MUDDLE IN FRANCE. T HE deaths of French Ministries are

The Spectator

uniformly followed by at least a partial resurrection. A Cabinet never disappears altogether. It is shaken up and redistributed ; two or three of the least important members are...

Page 9

SIR GEORGE CAMPBELL. T HE death of Sir George Campbell has

The Spectator

caused much repetition of the remark that Anglo-Indians and Colonial magnates never succeed in Parliament, and most of those who make it add that a training to govern in the...

Page 10

THE NEW FLEET AT CHATHAM. A MONG the latest improvements in

The Spectator

the form in which the Naval Estimates are now annually presented to the House of Commons and the public, we must reckon that which gives the capitalised value of our Fleet, and...

Page 11

MR. BRIGHT AND HOME-RULE. T HE Unionist Party owes an incalculable

The Spectator

debt of gratitude to Mr. Bright. It was he who made the country realise that the question of Home-rule was above party, and that no man could fairly be accused of being a...

Page 12

ISAAC WILLIAMS ON CARDINAL NEWMAN. T HE autobiography of Isaac Williams,—one

The Spectator

of the true Puseyites who was never, properly speaking, a New- manite, though he was for many years Newman's curate, and to the last a warmly attached friend,—bas just been...

Page 13


The Spectator

"A 'said a lady a short time since, in gentle depre- ciation of a friend ; "he is an intelligent creature, dnit he has a cork soul." The sentence, which was not uttered of M....

Page 14


The Spectator

O NE of the most curious and unconsciously paradoxical claims ever advanced for man in his relation to animals, is that by which M. Georges Leroy, philosopher, encyclopedist,...

Page 15


The Spectator

A CHATEAU IN TOURAINE. On a July day, the road from the station at Azay-le-Ridean is long, hot, dusty, and uninteresting. Two kilometres, in fact, more than a mile, and...

Page 16


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOE."1 Sut,—Your correspondents who have lately been writing on the subject of "Islam in China" do not seem to have read the great authority on the...


The Spectator

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS. [To ma EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—There is one point in the Walter affair, just terminated at law, which is of considerable public interest....


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SrEcraTov..-] SIE,—The problem of old-age pensions is a very difficult one,. as every one must know who has ever seriously thought about it. It is one of...

Page 17


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."1 Sit,—The Spectator of December 26th, 1891, liar only just reached me out here. Commenting on the late "Pearl Case," you suggest the passing...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In your able article on the Gresham Charter, in the Spectator of February 20th, you point out some of the objec- tions to the...

[TO THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You have published

The Spectator

your view of the "Albert or Gresham University :" may we therefore request that you will extend a like favour to us, and insert a brief statement from one of the Colleges for...

Page 18


The Spectator

MR. HERKOMER ON HIS ETCHINGS. To be so versatile an artist as Mr. Herkomer, is no doubt to find it difficult to address one audience at a time ; and in his Etching and...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—In your review of Mr. Kebbel's " The Old and New Country Life," you express your surprise " at Mr. Kebbel's recollections of labourers...


The Spectator

A GOLDEN HOUR. A BECKONING spirit of gladness seemed afloat, That lightly danced in laughing air before us : The earth was all in tune, and you a note Of Nature's happy...


The Spectator

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In your article on Mr. Balfour's Local Government Bill, it is stated :—" If the new Purchase Act had been accepted more readily by the...


The Spectator

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—I have to thank you for a very kind notice of my book, " A Sweet Girl-Graduate." I should like, however, to make a remark with regard...

Page 19


The Spectator

MR. BUTLER'S "HAROLD, AND OTHER POEMS."* As a very considerable number of Mr. Butler's minor poems have appeared in these columns, our readers must be aware that our verdict...

Page 21

A NINETEENTH CENTURY ULYSSES.* THE author of this interesting volume

The Spectator

started on his year's zigzag journey round the world from Liverpool, made his way across America by Chicago to San Francisco—taking a trip over the Canadian Pacific as an...

Page 22


The Spectator

" THE recollections of a happy life," which Miss North gathered together not long before that life came to an end, are also the recollections of a very busy and a very useful...

Page 23


The Spectator

IT is clear that by the death of Mrs. Beckett—for Carinthia Marazion has the melancholy interest attaching to a posthu- mous work—we have lost avery strong, capable, and...

Page 24


The Spectator

rendering of the interesting book (to a portion of which we called attention on June 27th last) in which M. Maspero strives with considerable success to make us familiar with...

Page 25

H1JRSTWOOD.* THOUGH Lancashire is the most thickly populated of English

The Spectator

counties, and factories and print-works, industrial villages and devouring towns, have wrought changes so dire in its physical aspect, that were an ancient inhabitant t) revisit...

Page 26

With the " Green Jackets." By J. Percy Groves. (Griffith,

The Spectator

Farran, and Co.)—This story of the adventures of an officer in the "Rifles" is better written, we think, than Mr. Groves's former stories, and is readable from the first page to...

Gods and Heroes; or, the Kingdom of Jupiter. By R.

The Spectator

E. Francillon. (W. Blackwood and Sons.)—Mr. Francillon tells the old stories of gods and demigods, the dwellers on Olympus (whom he calls, we see, by their Latin names), and the...


The Spectator

A Fatal Silence. By Florence Marryat. 3 vols. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)—There is in A Fatal Silence some of the best work Florence Marryat has done. The description of the...

Page 27

A Mad Tour. By Charlotte Elizabeth L. Riddell. (Bentley and

The Spectator

Son.)—Mrs. Riddell tells us that she was persuaded to undertake a pedestrian tour, and that she found herself unequal to the labour which it entailed upon her. This is the...

History of the First London County Council. By William Saunders.

The Spectator

(National Press Agency.)—It was a reasonable thing, in view of the approaching renewal of the Council, that one of its most active member/ (Mr. Saunders numbered 228 out of 267...

A Handbook for Travellers in India and Ceylon (John Murray)

The Spectator

is a new edition, of necessity much altered from the original issue. India is becoming a hunting-ground for the curious, and their needs are well catered for in this book, a...

A Yorkshireman's Trip to the United States and Canada. By

The Spectator

William Smith. (Longmans.)—Mr. Smith has nothing par- ticularly new to say about the States and Canada. That he was somewhat fortunate in his experiences; may be concluded from...

The Secret of Madame de Hendee. By the Author of

The Spectator

" Mademoi- selle Mori" (Methuen and Co.)—This is a very pretty love-story, with the thread of something darker running through the plot. Soulange, granddaughter of Madame de...

Glimpses and Gleanings of Church Lore. By T. E. Thiselton

The Spectator

Dyer. (A. D. limes and Co.)—Mr. Dyer has put together a number of interesting facts and fancies, and made a very readable book out of them. " Church-Building Legends," in which,...

Kelly's Handbook of the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes, 1892

The Spectator

(Kelly and Co.), appears in its "eighteenth annual edition." Besides the usual information, Parliamentary, &c., it contains an alphabetical list of all persons possessing...

We have received Vols. %XXIX. and XL. of Sacred Books

The Spectator

of the East, edited by F. Max Muller (Clarendon Press). They contain, in two parts, under the subdivision of " Sacred Books of China," The Tarts of Titoism, translated by James...

Behranvji Malabari. By Dayaram Gidumal. With an Introduction by Florence

The Spectator

Nightingale. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—Mr. Malabari's life-work has been to bring about a reform in the marriage customs of his countrymen,—to abolish, to put the matter briefly,...

Races and Peoples. By D. G. Brinton, A.M., M.D. (N.

The Spectator

Hodges New York ; Began Paul, Trubner, and Co., London.)—This little volume is a reprint of lectures delivered at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, in 1890, with...

From Harvest to Haytime. By Mabel Hart. 2 vols. (Hurst

The Spectator

and Blackett.)—The motive of this story is a curious psychological experience, a loss of memory arising from some physical injury. If Christian could have been forgotten by his...

Essays and Tales. By Frances Parthenope, Lady Verney. (Simpkin and

The Spectator

Marshall.)—Lady Verney (1819-1890) was the sister of Florence Nightingale. In the midst of her many social duties, she continued to publish from time to time, chiefly in the...

Page 28

We have to notice a peculiarly convenient edition of the

The Spectator

Revised Bible (H. Frowde and C. J. Clay and Sons). By the use of ex- cellent paper, thin without being transparent, we have here more than a thousand pages in a volume that,...

We have pleasure in specially recording the appearance in a

The Spectator

cheaper edition in two volumes of that excellent book, The Life of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, by R. T. David- son, D.D., and W. Benham, B.D. (Macmillan).