28 AUGUST 1897

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O N Tuesday news was received in London that the Afridis had at last obeyed the promptings of the Akah-khel Moollah and risen. The clan gathered last Saturday, marched upon the...

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1.11E CRISIS ON THE INDIAN FRONTIER. I T is idle to pretend that the crisis on the Indian frontier is anything but most grave. When the valleys that run north, south, and west...

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.m FAITRE'S visit has at least done one thing. • It has made it clear that what we may now call an alliance, and not merely a political and diplo- matic understanding, is...

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THE SITUATION IN ITALY, , I T is reported that at

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length arrangements have been come to between Italy and the Emperor Menelek as to the demarcation of frontier as proposed by the latter. italy has had no choice but to accept in...

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S IR ROBERT GIFFEN has recently expressed the very interesting opinion that the demand for wheat has not kept pace with the increase of the world's popula- tion, and that this...

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I F Rousseau is correctly credited with the origination of the idea of the ‘ 1 school journey," he possesses therein a much stronger claim on the gratitude of succeed- ing...

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T "grievances of the curates have again made their appearance in the newspapers, and this time in a very concrete form. "The Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed the Rev. John...

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O NE of the chief features of the British Association meeting at Toronto was the paper of Sir William Turner on the relative capacity of the brain of man and woman. Since Sir...

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MHE Westminster Gazette, always apt to chronicle things strange and interesting, tells us that a great French lady has invented a new form of social entertainment. In order to...

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T HE present season in the Isle of Wight has witnessed the complete triumph of a new and popular form of yachting, - which will add an immense number of recruits to the ranks of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Mr. H. F. Mallet seems to supply in his letter in the Spectator of August 21st a striking example of our confused thought as we try to...


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IRISH VISIONS. [To 755 EDITOR OF THE " SPEETATOR."] SIR,—Your correspondent, "Rory Dhu," in the Spectator of July 31st, asks what is the theology of the fairy. An old Donegal...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] 81R, —With your permission I propose to relate a dream I had in the house in which I now write, which involved a singular coincidence. I...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I have read with interest the article in the Spectator of August 21st entitled "The Indian Frontier War ; " but will you allow me to...

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SIK,—The Irish descent of our Royal Family is, I think,

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well shown by the accompanying pedigree, taken from an article in the current number of the Genealogical Magazine, being traced back to Tarlough O'Conor, King of Ireland, A.D....


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[To THZ Burros OF Tax "SrecriToa."] SIR,-2. propos of your admirable article and " News " note on the Tennyson Memorial Beacon, in the Spectator of August 14th, permit me to...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TIM " SPZCTLTOR.1 SIE,..4 was much interested to see "Ca Co'a " letter in the Spectator of August 14th, as I had once seen a very similar scene. Our cat, a...

SI11,—Can any of your readers, lovers of wild Nature, tell

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us if in other parts of England there has been anything like the almost complete extermination of squirrels which. I find to have taken place in this district since last summer?...


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[TO TER EDITOR OP THZ " spacrAvoa."] Sin,—In the Spectator of August 14th there appeared an interesting article on "The Tidiness of Rural England." No Englishman can take...

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FROM THE SONG-BOOK OF BETHIA HARDACRE. You see the glorious hills around, The heather lies beneath your feet; The city walls my vision bound, My pathway is the street. In the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TER "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—Yours in re above, in the Spectator of August 21st, is slightly inaccurate as far as clams being unknown in the British Isles. I have...


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L—ON THE PORTRAIT OF A CERTAIN PROFESSOR. 0 FAITHFUL picture, true beyond compare ! Speechless on canvas, speechless in his chair. 11.—ON A CERTAIN PHYSICIAN. Wise Arruns,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPFCTATOR.' • ] Sin,—Kindly let me correct a misprint in one of the quota- tions in your indulgent review of my book. It was the "hinds," not the...


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COLONEL JOHN HAY'S POEMS AND ESSAYS.* THE world knows Colonel John Hay beet by his "Pike County Ballads." Few things, indeed, are more remarkable in the history of our modern...

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THERE are few chapters in the history of our Indian Empire that can rival in interest the one which deals with the conquest and annexation of the Punjab, and the tale there...

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BYWAYS OF SCOTTISH HISTORY" THE author of this work—in some

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respects more interesting, if not positively more valuable, than any book dealing with Scottish history that has appeared for at least a decade—has adopted and applied the...

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IT is, and always has been, the custom of each generation of housekeepers to lament the decadence of household domestics, and to sigh for the days of "the good old-fashioned...

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THE French peasant has changed a great deal in a hundred years, more so perhaps than his English contemporary, who is still the hired labourer, and whom we must make some...

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RECENT NOVELS.* IT would be difficult to find a grosser

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libel on the name " Christian " than that involved in its use on the title-page of Mr. Hall Caine's new novel. For the Reverend John Storm is not only the Christian of the...

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A Minion of the Moon. By T. W. Speight. (Chatto

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and Windus.)—The reader will probably be dismayed at the first sentence that he encounters. "When the nineteenth century was still a puling infant scarcely able to stand alone,...

Dante, Petrarch, and Camoens : One Hundred and Twenty-Four Sonnets.

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Translated by Richard Garnett, LL.D. (J. Lane.)—Dr. Garnett has manifestly spent much labour on this volume, and has achieved a success which, if not complete—and what is harder...

The Soudan, '96. By H. C. Seppings Wright. (Horace Cox.)—

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Mr. Wright, having been in Ashantee on behalf of the Illustrated London News, was sent out, three weeks afterwards, to represent that paper in the advance against the Dervishes....


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The Annual Register for the Year 1896. (Longmans and Co.) —The chief contents of the volume are to be found, as usual, in the chapters headed "English History" and "Foreign...

The Education of Children at Rome. By George Clarke, Ph.D.

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(Macmillan and Co.)—This volume contains a dissertation. written for the degree of Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. The literature of the subject is not large, and the...

Relics of Primeval Life. By Sir J. William Dawson. (Hodder

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and Stoughton.)—This volume contains a series of lectures- delivered by the author at Boston, U.S. The thesis which they maintain and illustrate in detail, is given on pp....

Anglican Pulpit Library. Vols. V.-VI. (Hodder and Stoughton.), —The fifth

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volume of the Anglican Pulpit Library contains "sermons, outlines, and illustrations" for eleven Sundays, beginning with Whitsunday and ending with the Ninth Sunday - after...

Xschylus : Septem Contra Thebes. Edited by F. G. Plaistowe,

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ILA. (W. B. Clive.)—This is a volume of the "University Tutorial Series," and one that well keeps up to its high standard of practical excellence. Possibly Mr. Plaistowe is too...

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Coloured Figures of the Eggs of British Birds. By Henry

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Seebohm. Edited by R. Bowdler-Sharpe, LL.D. (Pawson and Brailsford, Sheffield.)—This book appears substantially as it was Left by the author, who died, one of the many victims...

The Acts of the Apostles in. Greek and English. By

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the Rev. Frederic Rendall. (Macmillan and Co.)—Mr. Randall prints the Greek text, chiefly after Westcott and Hort's revision, and follows it with a literal translation. Both are...

The Lambs. By William Carew Hazlitt. (E. Mathews.)—Mr. Hazlitt has

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taken a world of pains in hunting out the "new particulars and new material" which have been collected in this volume. We can easily imagine that the search has been a great...

The Land of the Monuments. By Joseph Pollard. (Hodder and

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Stoughton.)—Mr. Pollard went up the Nile as far as Wady Haifa, and after crossing the desert to the Second Cataract, made his way back. He describes what he saw—this includes...

Blind Bats. By Margaret B. Cross. (Hurst and Blackett.)— This

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is a love-story of the not unfamiliar kind in which "a little aversion" has its well-known effect. Robert Ward leaves the guardianship of his young daughter to a friend,...

Selections from the Works of Sir Lewis Morris. (Kegan Paul

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'Trench, and Co.)—Sir Lewis Morris will not he affronted, we trust, when we say that he is not read to disadvantage in a volume of selections. The same can certainly be said of...

Theological Literature in the Church of England. By John Dowden,

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D.D., Bishop of Edinburgh. (S.P.C.K.) — Bishop Dowden reviews and summarises the chief contributions made by Anglican divines to theology during the two centuries and a half...

St. Mark's IndebtednPss to St. Matthew. By F. S. Badham,

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MA. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—Mr. Badham holds that St. Mark's Gospel is posterior in date to St. Matthew's, and constructs an elaborate argument to prove it. What he describes as the...

Studies in Classical Philology. Vol. I. (University of Chicago Press.)—We

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welcome the first volume of what will, we trust, be a prolonged and successful series. The first paper is a very laborious study, by W. Gardner Hall, on verb-moods, with the...

English Sonnets. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by A. T.

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Quiller-Couch. (Chapman and Hall.)—Mr. Quiller-Couch gives us in this very neat little volume some two hundred sonnets, from Sir Thomas Wyatt to Mrs. Barrett Browning. The old...

My Life in. Christ. From the Diary of the Most

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Reverend John Illytch Sergreff (" Father John "). Translated from the Russian by E. E. Goulaeff. (Cassell and Co.)—This is not a book to criticise. It contains the thoughts, the...

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The Stv.dy of the Sky. By Herbert A. Howe. (Macmillan

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and Co.)—This volume, dedicated to "hundreds of pupils," contains, we suppose, some of Professor Howe's lectures. The style is sometimes, as, for instance, in the descrip- tion...

Francesca Ho2steacl. By Reginald St. Barbe. (Digby and Long.) —This

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"Tale of San Remo" gives the familiar properties of melodrama rearranged and amidst surroundings that have a certain novelty. Mr. St. Barba takes a long time to tell his story,...

Dinah Fleet. By John Hill and G. F. Bacon. (Downey

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and Co.)—Dick Rippon, who does not care to follow the paternal occu- pation of corn-dealing, goes up to London to take a place in a pepper and tea business. Pepper and tea do...

Richard Cobden and the Jubilee of Free - trade. With Introduc- tion

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by Richard Gowing. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—This volume contains four papers and the highly interesting reply of Mr. C. P. 'Villiers, the survivor of the Free-trade leaders of 1846,...

A Corner of Old Cornwall. By Mrs. John Bonham. (The

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Unicorn Press.)—The picturesque effects of this book—and they are many and varied—axe brought about, it seems, without any effort. There is no striving for effect, there is no...

Cousin Jem. By Is. Higgin. (Hurst and Blackett.)—If there were

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nothing else of merit in this story, it would be entitled to rank well among its contemporaries on account of the admirable study of Beryl, one of the Becky Sharp genus, and its...

His Cousin's Wife. By "Alva." (Ward and Downey.)—It seems probable

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that this story would never have been written but for "The Giant's Robe" and "The Silence of Dean Maitland." Theodore Mainwaring, suddenly confronted by the necessity of having...


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Anderson (Mary), Tales of the Rock, cr Svo (Downey) 3/0 Aubrey (F.), A Studio Mystery (Daffodil Library), 12mo (Jerrold) 1/6 Barker (H. J.), Scarlet Feather, or 8vo (Griffith &...

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