27 JULY 1901

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The Pall Mall Gazette of July 19th published a letter

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from a Paris correspondent who professes to give details of a fresh plot to upset the Republic. The three parties who wish for a Caesar—that is, the Monarchists, the...


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T HE war news during the week cannot be said to have been very satisfactory, for the telegrams indicate that the Boers are showing renewed activity in the Colony. A train has...

The elections for the French Councils-General, which play towards the

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Prefects of Departments the part which the Chambers play towards the general Executive, have gone en- tirely in favour of the Republicans, who have gained 80 seats and lost 33....

It is not necessary for us to summarise the speeches

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made at the Asquith dinner on Friday week, for the function became something very like a fiasco owing to the fact that in the afternoon, and only some three or four hours before...

According to the Times correspondent in Paris, the French religious

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Orders, which at first intended to submit to the new law on Associations, have now resolved to resist. They have been convinced that submission would injure their prestige; they...

We congratulate Lord Cromer most heartily on his eleva- tion

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to the rank of Earl,—the most ancient, the most picturesque, and the most thoroughly English of all our titles. No man ever deserved the honour better. Not only has he done a...

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

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It seems to be understood in Germany that the Agrarians

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have triumphed over the Emperor, and that the new tariff will, as regards articles of food, be based on Protectionist ideas. According to the Beobachter of Stuttgart, which is...

All correspondents report continued uneasiness in the Balkans, arising apparently

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from the strong Russian protec. tion now given to Bulgaria, Servia, and Montenegro. The Prince of the latter district in particular is greatly elated by his daughter's new...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday the Royal Declaration

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Bill was read a second time by a majority of 90 votes (96 to 6). Lord Salisbury made a very powerful speech in which he dwelt on the necessity, on the one hand, for cutting awry...

In the House of Commons on Monday Mr. Balfour made

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the usual statement as to public business. After claiming the whole of the time of the House till the end of the Session, he announced that the Loan Bill, the Education Bill,...

Though the subject of debate was so dull, Monday evening

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was marked by a very disagreeable incident. Mr. Gibson Bowles thought fit to pay off old scores by making a personal attack on the Ministry of great violence. He spoke...

The House of Lords is not a literary body, but

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on Monday the Peers showed a very wise appreciation of the spirit, if not of the letter, of Milton's Immortal apophthegm, " The State shall be my governors, but not my critics,"...

Our own opinion is decidedly against a Department of Art

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in any shape or form. When a great public building is being erected, by all means let an ad hoe Committee be appointed to arrange for its decoration, as the Prince Consort's...

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On Tuesday Lord Milner received the high honour of the

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freedom of the City of London. His speech in reply was both dignified and able, and we note with special pleasure that he dwelt upon the fact that the Boers would not exchange...

The " heat-wave," as it is called, which has struck

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America has produced serious consequences. It has had many of the effects of continued drought, especially in the South-West, where the springs have failed, the grass is burnt...

On Wednesday Education Bill No. 2 was got through Com-

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mittee, and may therefore be said to be out of danger. On Thursday the House debated the Army Estimates, and Mr. Brodrick made the very satisfactory announcement that he intends...

The Congress on Tuberculosis met on Monday in St. James's

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Hall, London, and some of the speeches have been of singular interest. For instance, Lord Lister, Dr. Koch, the great master in bacteriology, and Professor Brouardel, Dean of...

As regards the possibilities of cure the Congress is appa-

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rently most sanguine, Lord Lister, for example, having seen decided cases of consumption completely cured. He even ventured to hope, if the public will assist the profession,...

It is said that the Government will meet with very ,

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serious opposition when they introduce their Agricultural Land and Tithe Rating Bills. If that proves to be the case, they have an easy course, and we hope they will take it....

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2i) were on Friday 93.

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THE success of the Republican party in France in the 1 elections held last Sunday for the Councils-General is remarkable, more especially if we remember that the Bill for...


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LORD ROSEBERY'S POSITION. L ORD ROSEBERY'S sudden speech at the City Liberal Club on Friday week confirms us in the belief that we expressed last Saturday,—that there is no...

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M ANY able and illuminating things have been said and written during the last year and a half as to the future of the Army and the military ideals that should iiispire those...

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rrirE courage and originality of Lord Curzon's latest idea are manifest, and we think we can show that there is policy in it too. He has been struck by the false position...

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T4 ORD HALSBURY put the common-sense of the matter very pithily when he said of the case of the Taff Vale Railway v. the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants that " if the...

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STRIKING article appears in the new number of the Edinburgh Review, called " The Time Spirit of the Nine- teenth Century." The paper is suggested by Mr. Balfour's Cam- bridge...

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" THE very rich find troubles as great as their advantages in their sons." That was the well-weighed remark of a great ecclesiastic now deceased, who, as he was also a great...


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C RAYFISH catching, once one of the minor 'fisheries Of the Thames, is now a vanished industry. Ten years ago the banks of the river from Staines to the upper waters at...

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THE LESSONS OF THE WAR. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, — I think your readers may be interested to read the following notes in regard to the lessons of the war made...

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• [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sut,—Seeing that Sir Charles Elliott's criticism of your article on the Cockerton judgment (Spectator, July 13th) appears to be based on...


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DERWENTWATER PRESERVATION. THE SCHEME OF THE NATIONAL TRUST. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—You announced some weeks ago that an opportunity had occurred for...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, —In the Spectator of July 13th you show in the above- cited article how much Birmingham especially, and English provincial life...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—I can give you an illustration of the mischievous capabilities of the kinkajou, and also of its very amusing antics and demeanour as a...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, - I see in the Spectator of July 20th the following letter with reference to the famous incident between the English and French...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,--Permit me to pursue the rowing metaphor, elaborated in your article on Lord Rosebery in the Spectator of July 20th, one step further,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sra,—I am sorry to see that the tone of your paper, which is usually so sound in its patriotism, is hostile to Mr. Rhodes. In your note to a...


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[To TUB EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sxn,—In making this appeal the Committee of the Women's Holiday Fund, of which her Majesty Queen Alexandra has recently become patroness,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—There is a practical side to this question which I should like to lay before your readers. School treats cost about 2s. 6d. per child...

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WAR IMPRESSIONS.* Tim record of the early stages of the war both in colour and words is of more than ordinary interest. The observer, to • War Impressions: being a Record in...

"Dean SIR,—I have received a manifesto prcceeding from the Society

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of Friends, to which I am invited to accommodate my pulpit teaching. I am not absolutely certain as to the meaning of this document, obscured as it is by rhetoric and metaphor....


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A KERRY STAG. HE bounded from the ferny bed Where all the scented night be lay, And on the track of sunrise sped In haste to greet the coming day. The branching heather hardly...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] you kindly give the publicity of your columns to the enclosed ? It is my reply to a document, entitled " A Plea for a Peaceable Spirit" which...

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M. MAETERLINCK'S Life of the Bee, of which Mr. George Allen publishes a beautiful English translation, is a very remarkable book. It would be invaluable if we accepted it only...

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THE Life of Sir Gerald Graham was well worth writing, and his biographer has adopted a very sound method of composi- tion. He has allowed Sir Gerald to tell his own story, as...

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HULDREICH ZWINGLI.* No biographer could be more entirely free than

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is Professor Jackson from the besetting sins of his class. He frankly owns that his study of Zwingli records has " greatly increased his respect for the man." That is well; a...

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NOVELS OF THE WEEK.* Mn. Percy White's Muse is a

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young lady who may be best described as "of the town, towny." She is at her best when inspiring her author with lively scenes about social London, and providing him with scalpel...

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THE QUARTERLY REVIEW. The new number of the Quarterly Review is full of interest. The first paper, "Negro Nileland and Uganda," is delightful reading. Especially entertaining...

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A History of English Literature. By A. Hamilton Thompson, B.A.

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(John Murray. 7s. 6d.)—This work, a solid volume of more than eight hundred closely-printed pages, is based on a manual written by Mr. Thomas B. Shaw. It has been more or less...

The Edwards in Scotland. By Joseph Bain. (D. Douglas, Edinburgh.

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58. net.) — This volume contains six lectures delivered on the Rhind Foundation. The first is introductorY , and gives, among other things, an interesting account of the...

The Thirteen Colonies. By Helen Ainslie Smith. 2 vole. (G.

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P. Putnam's Sons. 12s.)—Miss H. A. Smith, after giving a chapter to the "Forerunners," from John Cabot onwards, takes the thirteen Colonies that joined in the Declaration of...


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Perhaps the best article in the new number of the Edinburgh Review is called" National Personality." What, the author asks, is the spirit of national personality ? Has it...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of Cu. week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Reminiscences by Captain W. Hay, C.R. Edited by Mrs. C. J Wool....

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Well-advised people who mean to take their holiday at home

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may find The Road to the North, by Frank J. Nash (51 Vincent Square, 2s. 6d. net), useful. The traveller is supposed to make his first "halt by the wayside" at York, and to...

We have received Lean's Royal Navy List (Witherby and Co,

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7a. 6d.), with its usual quota of information about the personnel of the Navy, and a stock, which we see the editor does his best to increase, of facts about the services of...

The traveller and the student are greatly indebted to Messrs.

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T. and T. Clark, of Edinburgh, for the publication of a quite admirable Topographical and Physical Map of Palestine, compiled under the direction of J. G. Bartholomew, and...

A History of Part of West Somerset. By Charles E.

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H. Chadwick Healey, K.C. (H. Sotberan and Co. £2 2s. net.)—Mr. Healey devotes this volume, containing between five and six hundred octavo pages of the largest size, to a small...

The Living Races of Mankind. By H. N. Hutchinson, J.

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W. Gregory, and R. Lydekker. Vol. II. (Hutchinson and Co. 7a. 6d. net.)—Chaps. 13.17 (numbered successively from Vol. I.) describe the negro races of Southern, Western, and...

The Royal Tombs of the First Dynasty. By W. M.

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Flinders Petrie. (Egypt Exploration Fund. 25'.)—Professor Flinders Petrie continues and completes in this Memoir (XXI.) his account of the work on the Royal Tombs of Abydos. A...

The French Stonehenge. By T. Cato Worsfold. (Bemrose and Sons,

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5s.)-1 r. Worsfold finds what he describes by the title of his book in the great stone circles and avenues that are to be found in the region of Cameo and Locmariaquer is...

King Alfred's Jewel. — Mr. Elliot Stock has sent us a re-

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production of the well-known Alfred Jewel. We need not apologise for mentioning it in these columns. The jewel was found, in 1693, not far from Athelney. That it is genuine, no...