28 FEBRUARY 1903

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Mr. Chamberlain in his reply cordially recognised the admirable and

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conciliatory tone of Mr. Hofmeyr's speech. At the same time, he frankly declared that the practice of the Bond leaders was not entirely in accordance with their principles. As...

Mr. Kipling's noble poem, " The Settler," telegraphed from Cape

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Town, and published in the Times of Friday, marks a fitting epilogue to Mr. Chamberlain's memorable visit of en- couragement and conciliation. We can only find space ,to quote...

Mr. Chamberlain made his farewell speech at a banquet on

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Tuesday night attended by four hundred guests, including Mr. Hofmeyr. After alluding to the labours and experiences of his tour, he said he had come to Africa as an optimist,...


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M R. CHAMBERLAIN left Cape Town on Wednesday on his return journey. Nothing has been more successful in the whole of his most successful visit to South Africa than its close. On...

On Monday Mr. Chamberlain received a deputation of the loyal

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Dutch, and proved not less judicious or less firm in dealing with their grievances and claims. He pointed out how the Government had in certain respects already discriminated in...

* * *Vie Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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The Emperor's letter is vigorous, and in certain aspects valuable

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; but we most sincerely hope that it will not he used for the purpose of dismissing Professor Delitzsch from his Chair, and therefore welcome Professor Harnack's assurance on...

The Austro-Russian scheme for reforms in Macedonia was communicated to

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the Porte on Saturday last, and accepted by the Sultan on Monday. The text of the pro- posals may be summarised as follows. Article I. recom- mends that the Inspector-General,...

The Paris correspondent of the Times, writing in Thursday's issue,

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furnishes an interesting commentary on the popular mis- trust of Germany in the United States. He traces it mainly to the Germanisation of a portion of Brazil, and dwells on the...

The best guarantee of the sincerity of the Powers is

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to be found in the vigorous communique published by the Official Messenger in St. Petersburg on Wednes- day, and in Vienna on the same day. After recounting the course of...

The German Emperor's Rescript of February 15th, addressed to Admiral

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Hohmann, criticising the position of Professor Delitzsch as a " higher critic," is an interesting document couched in the interpretative and somewhat irre- sponsible form used...

In the Commons on Monday Mr. Beckett moved an amend-

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ment to the Address regretting that our present military system was unsuited to the needs of the Empire, and that no propor- tionate gain had resulted from the recent increase...

President Roosevelt, who laid the corner-stone of the New Army

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War College at Washington last Saturday, delivered a short but significant address on Army efficiency. The trend of events, he said, had forced the nation into the position of a...

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On Tuesday Mr. Winston Churchill reopened the discussion in a

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speech of no little debating ability; but, in our opinion, he dwelt too much on the army corps and their organisation, which is, after all, not an essential point. Far more...

Mr. Brodrick ended his speech by pointing out how every

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Army reformer was necessarily unpopular, and how in par- ticular any .attempt towards decentralisation was sure to lead to bitter feeling. "I earnestly believe," said Mr....

. Since our last issue Mr. Leoky has formally vacated

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his seat for Dublin University. The entrance of men of letters into the political arena is notalways justified by results, but Mr. Lecky's reputation has not suffered, nay, has...

In the House of Commons on Wednesday Mr. Redmond moved

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an amendment to the Address expressing the hope that in the land-purchase proposals announced in the Speech from the Throne advantage would be taken of the "un- exampled...

Mr. Brodrick's defence of his scheme, though in our op i n ion

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unsound, as not distinguishing between the true functions of our professional and non-professional soldiers, was an able Parliamentary performance, and—unlike a great may...

The following appointments to the Bench of Bishops have been

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made by Mr. Balfour. Dr. Ryle, Bishop of Exeter, is to be Bishop of Winchester; Dr. Jacob, Bishop of Newcastle, is to be Bishop of St. Albans ; Dr. Lloyd, Bishop Suffragan of...

The real difference, then, between us and Mr. Balfour is

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that he seems to think that the only way in which to find the men for this work is to keep three army corps of professional soldiers always ready in these islands, while we hold...

Mr. Balfour closed the debate in a masterly speech, in

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which he made no attempt to evade the points under discussion, but met them fairly and openly. As we have pointed' out else- where, he virtually admitted the soundness of the...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. New Consols. (2i) were on

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Friday 921.

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THE ORGANISATION OF OUR MILITARY FORCES. M R. BALFOUR'S speech closing the debate on Mr. Beckett's amendment to the Address is one which all who desire a thorough and...

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I S light really dawning on the Irish land question ? We sincerely trust it may be, but the tone of the debate on Mr. Redmond's amendment to the Address was so optimistic as to...

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A S an essay dealing with the marches of ethics, eco- nomics, and political science, Mr. Balfour's speech in the House of Commons yesterday week on Ministers and directorships...

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E shall probably be thought hard to please when we YV say that the prompt acceptance by the Sultan of the Austro-Russian scheme of reform is the least hopeful incident in the...

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T HE officers of the French Navy during the past week have been brought face to face with a question which, if it has not come into prominence before in con- nection with French...

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A HEBREW " JOURNAL INTIME." T HE world has almost always

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acknowledged the fascination of any writer who could take it completely into his confidence. For the sake of candour men will forgive almost anything, so intense is the natural...

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T HERE are many little superstitions that we still harbour and indulge, like our childish fancies, because they seem to have survived from the childhood of the human race. We...

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S 0 much regret has been expressed by country school managers that the teaching omits to instruct and interest the children in what should be the everyday knowledge of the facts...

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BARRACK RESTAURANTS. [TO THB EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—The improvement of the soldier's surroundings without interfering with the requirements of discipline or unduly...


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THE LABOUR DIFFICULTY IN SOUTH AFRICA. [To TRY EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR. ") SIR, —The opinions I formed in South Africa, from which I have recently returned, as to the labour...

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[To :HS EDITOR OP TEE "SPEcUrToi. ° ] Slit,•—.1 have just read in the latest issue of your paper to reach this country, that of January 31st, an .exceedingly interesting article...

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[To THE EDTTOE OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sra, — The German Navy League's travelling cinematograph entertainment, to which all classes and ages flocked last autumn, consisted of,—(1)...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR:1 am delighted to remark that the writer of a letter so lucid and impartial as that of " R. N." (Spectator, Febru. ary 21st) finds himself in...


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Sig,—Your appeal to German-American writers (Spectator, January 31st) to impart their views relating to living ques- tions of policy concerning Germany and the United States is...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR.") Srn,—A propos of "A

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Briton's" remarks (Spectator, Febru- ary 21st), has it occurred to you that the confusion between " lie" and " lay "—a confusion more general, and shared by better writers, than...

pro TEE EDITOR OP THE " SPFCTATOR*"1 SIR, —It is pretty

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generally assumed—as by the well-known "Standard Dictionary "—that what used to be denounced as " the odious vulgarism," " Britisher," became current in America during the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] is rank blasphemy to differ from the editor; still, let me say that your comment on "A Briton's" letter in the Spectator of February 21st...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —In the Spectator of December 6th I notice a commentary on Christian De Wet's Three Years' War." May I be allowed to give you the true...


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{TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sur,—The fact that the price of wheat rose in the Crimean War is quite worthless as an argument unless it can be shown that distress...


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SIR,—In illustration of your remark in the Spectator of February 21st that the coinage of words like " Britisher" is due to "some natural tendency of the language," you will...

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by a very positive gentleman who writes in the Spectator of February 21st that it is not good English to use " acquaint " in the sense of to inform a person of a thing. It is...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."' SIR,—In addition to the

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instances of new verbs formed from nouns given by your correspondents in the Spectator of Feb- ruary 14th and 21st, may I quote the following pleasant passage from "Great...


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To THE EDITOR OF THE "SFXCTAT011.1 SIR,—In the article on the above subject in the Spectator of February 21st the writer describes the word " generally " as a " vague word."...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPF.CTATOR." J SIR,—The letter from your correspondent under the above heading in the Spectator of February 14th contains such very dogmatic statements...


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"SPECTATOR...1 Sur,—There are many examples in Tennyson of the manu- facture of verbs out of nouns similar to those quoted by Mr. Murray in the Spectator of February 14th; may...


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"Britisher" intended to include all members of the Empire who are connected, either by birth or descent, with the United Kingdom ? I do not think it is merely the "ugly intended...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "[ Sia,—In a letter in the Spectator of February 7th Mr. Awdry, writing about the parochial experiences of the late Warden of New College, said...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." j Sia,—Your correspondent, Mr.

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J. N. Joyce, in the Spectator of February 21st is only partly correct in his explanation of " the prevalence of ague in the East of England some eighty or more years ago, its...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sza,—In the article on " The Trade in Birds' Skins " in the Spectator. of February 21st we note with satisfaction the remark that "the egret...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—It is Saturday night in the late winter, and even in the Old Kent Road the soft, moisture-laden West wind brings with it memories of...

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MARCH WINDS. THZ winds of June are clowns in the clover Riding the tops of the early rye, . Turning the spur-winged plovers over,-,-- Silvery gleams on a purple sky. Winds of...


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AN AMERICAN POINT OF VIEW.* AMERICAN musical criticism, like everything else American, is full of contrasts and surprises, and occasionally reproduces in an accentuated form...

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MAX MULLER.* FRIEDRICH MAX MCLLER, son of a poet who, but for his early death, might have reached some eminence, was born in Dessau, a petty State of the most conservative...

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Mn; SHIICKBIIEGH'S Life of Augustus is a temperate and judicious work. Though he writes in full admiration of his subject, he does violence to no facts, he indulges in no vain...

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POINTERS: THEIR HISTORY AND PRAISES.• Tau publication of Mr. William

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Arkwright's fine book upon the pointer itself explains in some degree how it is that the highly bred and trained gun-dog of the past still survives when he is very little used...

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IT was quite time that sonae writer took up Mary Kingsley's work on behalf of the bra,ck races, and we welcome this book. Mr. Morel is known to all students of West African...

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A FREE LANCE OP TO-DAY.* AT a time when local colour in fiction is to often the result of an ad hoc study deliberately undertaken for purposes of literary manufacture,, it is...

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The Promotion of the Admiral. By Morley Roberts. (J. Eveleigh

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Nash. 3s. 6d.)—It is difficult to say which is the most amusing of Mr. Morley Roberts's collection of sea-stories ; perhaps, however, the story from which the book takes its...

The Squireen. By Shan F. Bullock. (Methuen and Co. 6s.)

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—This is a genuine Irish story ; but it is the seamy side of Irish life that it portrays for us. There is a custom in Ireland, which is often depicted in native fiction, for...

The Glittering Road. By W. A. Mackenzie. (Ward, Lock, and

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Co. 6s.)—Somewhere in a Beaconsfield or pseudo-Beaconsfield novel the hero, entering by a dingy door in Holywell Street, is ushered into the gorgeous palace of a Hebrew...

In the Springtime of Love. By Iza Duffus Hardy. (C.

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Arthur Pearson. 6s.)—This might well have been one of the novels which Mrs. Wititterly loved, and which Kate Nickleby had the pleasure of reading to her. Everything is very nice...


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PATAGONIAN TRAVELS. Through the Heart of Patagonia. By Hesketh Prichard. (W. Heinemann. 21s. net.)—This handsome volume contains the narrative of a journey which Mr. Prichard...

Crimson Lilies. By May Crommelin. (John Long. 6s.)— Crimson Lilies

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is a pleasant novel of modern days, with a taste of romance given it by the parentage of the heroine. There is something perennially attractive in the distinguished Jews of...

The Circle. By Katherine Cecil Thurston. (W. Blackwood and Sons.

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6s.)—This is an able bit of work, a first effort, we under- stand, and as such certainly full of promise. Probably when Mrs. Thurston tries her hand again she will avoid...

Karl of Erbach. By H. C. Bailey. (Longmans and Co.

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6a.)— There is a great deal of fighting in Karl of Erbach, and there is also a great deal of love-making of the school which, with apologies to Mr. Bailey, it is only fair to...

"The Light Behind. By Mrs. Wilfrid Ward. (John Lane. 6s.)—

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This novel is saturated with Roman Catholic feeling,—but it is not a novel with a purpose, neither is it polemical. Most of the characters were born in the Roman Church, and the...

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With Macdonald in Uganda. By Major Herbert H. Austin. (Edward

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Arnold. 15s. net.)—Major Austin's book has a somewhat disappointing effect on the reader. The most important subject is, of course, the mutiny of the Soudanese troops and its...

The Cheltonian Army List. (J. Dartes, Cheltenham.)—It is a good

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idea for a school to put together the names of the alumni who are now serving, or have served, in the Army, especially when it can show so imposing a list as Chelten- ham now...

Letters from an //Wander. (John Murray. 5s. net.)—Sir Bartle Frere

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writes an introduction to this volume, from which we shall quote two passages, because one refers to a subject on which it is of the highest importance to accumulate evidence,...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books qf the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] At Delhi. By Lovat Fraser. (W. Thacker and Co. 6s.)—Mr. Fraser...

Medicine for the Mind from the Storehouse of the World's

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Greatest Thinkers. (St. Martin's Press. 2s. net.)—We shall do our best for this praiseworthy little book if we furnish a brief table of contents. Part I., then, gives " Some...


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The Catalogue of the London Library. By C. T. Hagberg Wright, LL.D. (Williams and Norgate. 35s. net.)—This volume, the outcome of careful planning, much knowledge, both literary...

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Wakeman's Handbook of Irish Antiquities. Edited by John Cooke, M.A.

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(John Murray. 10s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Cooke has accomplished his task successfully, so far as we have been able to test his work, bringing up to the present state of knowledge a book...

The Making of Our Middle Schools. By Elmer Ellworth Brown,

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Ph.D. (Longman and Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—It is impossible to notice this volume at the length which the pains spent upon it and the value of the material collected and arranged in...

Wisdom While You Waif. (Isbister and Co. .1a.)—If our readers

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want a good laugh, and one which has its inspiration in nothing that is either unhealthy, malicious, or cruel, they cannot do better than buy and read this delightful little...

Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and O f ficial Classes, 1903.

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(Kelly's Directories. 16s.)—A rough calculation brings out the number of names included in this " Handbook " at between twenty-five and thirty thousand. Nothing could give a...