28 JULY 1906

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St. Petersburg being practically under martial law, a large number

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of the Members of the Duma withdrew at once to Viborg, in Finland, to consider their position. On Monday they issued a Manifesto, which was signed by every Deputy present except...

The cruel disappointment which has befallen the Queen of Holland

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and the Dutch people owing to the failure of her Majesty's hopes of giving an heir to the house of Orange has a significance more than national. It is still quite possible, no...


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F OR the moment the fog of uncertainty has lifted in Russia. The autocracy has exercised its power, and chosen the path of forcible repression. Last Sunday a Ukase by the...

The latest news shows that for the moment the country,

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even in the storm-centres of Moscow and St. Petersburg, is outwardly calm. The Manifesto of the Dutna has apparently met with no response in the country, and the autocracy,...

e s The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The debate in the House of Lords on Tuesday on

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Mr. Haldane's Army projects was chiefly remarkable for an excellent speech by the Duke of Bedford on the problem of the Militia. Mr. Haldane's scheme pointed to a revolution in...

In the House of Lords on Thursday the Archbishop of

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Canterbury dealt with the Returns as to religious instruc- tion in Provided schools and the syllabuses for such instruction, He was thankful that in the great majority of the...

On Friday week in the House of Commons the Secretary

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of State for India introduced the Indian Budget in a speech which for its moderation, insight, and candour has won the approbation of men of every party. It is surely to be...

It is far from clear whether the trouble is really

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at an end in Natal, for there is rumour of unrest among the Pondos and the tribes of the South ; but at any rate the organised rebellion in Zululand seems to have 'been...

On Tuesday in the course of the debate on the

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Report stage of the Education Bill an amendment was moved by Mr. Harold Cox to the effect that when the local authorities and the owners of a schoolhouse failed to arrange for...

On Wednesday the consideration of the Report stage was completed.

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Sir William Anson moved an amendment to the fourth clause, and appealed to the government at the eleventh hour to make it obligatopr on thelocal education authority to grant the...

Turning to more general questions, Mr. Morley said that India

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was commonly called an "insoluble problem" ; but insoluble or not, it was one which had to be faced. He had done his best to get at the truth, but he did not dare to dogmatise....

We entirely agree with the Duke of Bedford's criticisms. As

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our readers know, we attach immense importance to the creation of a sound Militia, but no true reform of the Militia can possibly be attained if the War Office are to regard the...

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On Tuesday the Conference discussed the subject of arbitration. The

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debate was chiefly remarkable for the speech delivered by Mr. W. J. Bryan, who moved a resolution based upon the abortive Anglo-American Treaty of 1897. The resolution requires...

On Monday the Inter-Parliamentary Conference was opened under the presidency

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of Lord Weardale in the Royal Gallery q Westminster Palace. Representatives were present from almost all European and from many American Parliaments. The dissolution of the Duma...

The polling for the Bodmin division on Tuesday resulted in

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the victory of Mr. Freeman-Thomas, the Liberal candidate, by a majority of 1,093. Last January Mr. Agar-Robartee, who was unseated on petition. polled a majority of 1,172 votes....

The will of the late Mr. Alfred Belt was published

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on Friday week, and proved to be in every way a testament worthy of a far-sighted and public-spirited man. Among the more important bequests, we may note that the famous...

We cannot disguise from ourselves, however, how much more difficult

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this task has become owing to the mischievous and unfair attacks that have been made on Cowper-Temple teaching during the present controversy. How can Church- men be expected to...

The Report of the Royal Commission on Motor-cars was issued

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on Thursday. The principal recommendaticns are as follows. The present general speed-limit of twenty miles an hour is to be abolished. There is to be a special speed-limit of...

Sir E. R. Henry, Chief Commissioner of Police, and Mr.

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H. C. Monro, of the Local Government Board, did not agree to the proposal for the abolition of the speed-limit. On the whole, we regard the Report as reasonable and...

Last Saturday the Secretary of State for War was present

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at Newlands Corner, near Guildford, at some field opera- tions, described by a correspondent in another portion of our issue, in which Volunteers and local riflemen took part....

Bank Rate, 3 per cent., changed from 4 per cent.

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June 21st. Consols (24-) were on Friday 87i—on Friday week 874.

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DISARMAMENT. W ITH the cause of international arbitration, so long as it is kept within reasonable limits and advocated on practical lines, we have the greatest possible...

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THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PUMA. T HE Russian Girondins have fallen.

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The moderate majority in the Duma, who have hitherto displayed great self-control, and who, it is well understood, would have furnished a competent Ministry if the Court would...

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A S our readers blow, we feel very strongly that the greatest care must be taken in framing the Trans- vaal Constitution, so as to preserve to the inhabitants of British origin...

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M R. MORLEY has three qualities which are essential to the man who would rule India well and wisely. He is impressed with the importance of his task ; he has imagination to...

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W E are accustomed by this time to displays of intemperate temperance. Each of the great organisations labours periodically to injure an excellent cause by injudicious advocacy,...

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Father Bernard Vaughan has been edifying large congregations with his denunciations of fashionable sins. We do not question the integrity of his purpose, but we are far from...

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MHERE are certain moral and mental defects of which few men ever genuinely accuse themselves. Many a man knows himself to be hot-tempered, and most men complain of a bad memory,...

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T "day of the true sea-fisherman is not yet. The sport in which he takes pleasure is understood only by sea- fishermen. The salmon-fisher, working hie shining fly in the...

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MR. HALDANE'S INSPECTION OF THE NORTH DOWNS RIFLE CLUBS. LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Sin, -- Readers of the Spectator may be glad to have some account of the...

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ON THE WRONG TRACK. [To TEIE EDITOR. OF Tile "SP genTOR.1 SIR,—By a gradual process of exclusion, Mr. Chamberlain in his second Birmingham speech has arrived at certain...

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" SPECTATOR...I Sin,—Mr. Burns has before him a great opportunity. There is always a difficulty in reconciling the less instructed portion of the democracy to the lessons of...

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TO TDB EDITOR OP THIS "SPECTATOR:] SIR, — In the "News of the Week" in your issue of July 21st I see that you note with approval the Bishop of Ripon's assertion that the Church...


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[To TIIII EDITOR OF Tag "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—When the Archbishops of the Mother-Church in England joined with the heads of the daughter-Churches in appealing to the Christian...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF TUB "SPECTATOlt..1 SIR, — Seeing that you have been good enough to grant Mr. Creswell some of your valuable space to express his particular views and...


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LTO TUE EDITOR Or THE " SYRCTATOR."] SIR, — In your interesting article of last Saturday on the Divine Personality the writer seems a little puzzled as to the right...

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[To TRH EDITOR. OR THE " sr carATon."1 SIR, — You may remember that I called attention in your columns a year or two ago to the needs of the Home for the Pensioners of the...


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THE TALBOT COMETIL ["This man was to the French people, a very scouts and a daily terror, in so much that as his person was fearf a, and terrible to his adversaries present so...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR." j Sin,—Since my last letter, published a fortnight ago, the chief event here has been the inspection of the Company by Lord Methnen which took...

THE "SPECTATOR" EXPERIMENTAL COMPANY. WE have received the following further

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subscription towards meeting additional and unforeseen expenses connected with the Spectator Experimental Company :— H. S. Cronin ... £1 1 0


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Notwithstanding M. Clemenceau's efforts to put an end to bull-fights in France, the following appeared in all the French papers on...

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN.* Tag reeram of Abraham Lincoln is the, common heritage of both branches of the Anglo-Saxon race. The rugged figure, "gentle, plain, just, and resolute," with...

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A VISION OF INDIA. * THE student of contemporary letters, if

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be were asked what literary form had most progressed during the last twenty years, might reasonably answer the literature of travel. The old days when a record of travel was a...

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THE PASTORAL.* Irr the guide-book of the Muses very little

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mention is now made of Arcadia. It is briefly referred to as one of those places which only deserve a visit on account of the celebrity which they once enjoyed. The tide of...

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a year ago we were indebted to the pen of Mr. Amery, in his third volume of this history, for what was undoubtedly one of the most thoughtful as well as one of the most...

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The Ha'penny Millionaire. By George Sunbury. (Methuen and Co. 3s.

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6d.)—The "ha'penny millionaire" is not an impostor, but a very worthy man who is "passing rich" on a pension of ..t3 a week and £50 in the bank. Having spent the whole of his...

.1 Girl of Resource. By Eyre Hussey. (Longmans and Co.

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6s.1 —Mr. Eyre Hussey's title most accurately describes his heroine if it is to be taken in the sense that she is always ready with an appropriate quotation. She also has a...


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THE SIN OF GEORGE WARRENER.* THERE are signs of a new school of fiction arising in America. Hitherto the novelists who have dealt realistically with American life have confined...


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PALESTINE EXPLORATION FUND QUARTERLY STATEMENT. Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement: July. (38 Con- duit Street, W. 2s. 6d.)—The Fund makes an appeal for help. It...

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[Undo this heading v notios such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review is other Jonas.] ' Palestine Notes, and other Papers. By J. Wilhelm Rowntree. Edited by...

The Bedfordshire Militia : an Illustrated Description of Life and

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Work in Camp. (The Bedfordshire Times Publishing Company, Mill Street, Bedford.)—This little pamphlet will, we trust, serve as an example to the Colonels of other Militia...

Records of the City of Norwich. Vol. I., "Municipal." Edited

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by the Rev. W. Hudson. (Jarrold and Sons. 25s. net.)—This volume will, with that which is to follow it, give an account of all the docu- ments which the Corporation of Norwich...

The Brighton Road. By Charles G. Harper. (A. Treherne and

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Co. is. 6d. not.)—This is one of a series of Miniature Road Books." Those are of a size which makes them eminently "pocket books." And as they are very convenient, so are they...

More Famous Houses of Bath and District. By J. F.

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Meehan. (Meehan and Co. 12s. 6d. net.)—Some five years ago "The Famous Houses of Bath and District" appeared. It by no means exhausted the subject, and now we have a...

Old Maids' Children. By Edith Escombe. (Swan Sonnenschein and Co.

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3s. 6d.)—There is, as one might expect, much good sense and right feeling in this volume ; but the critic feels bound to suggest that there is another side to that which the...


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My Life and Sacred Songs. By Ira D. Sankey. (Hodder and Stoughton. 5s.)—Mr. Sankey's first meeting with the great partner in his labours, Mr. Dwight L. Moody, took place in...

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The Small House: its Architecture and Surroundings. By Arthur Martin.

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(Alston Rivers. 2s. net.)—Here is another con- tribution to the art of building cheap and serviceable houses. It is not the cottage, this time, which is in view, but the...

The Talbot J. Taylor Collection. (G. P. Putnam's Sons. 25s.

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net.)—Mr. Talbot J. Taylor's house, situated at Cedar Hurst, in Long Island, shows a fascinating exterior as it is pictured for us in this volume, and the catalogue of its...

In the series of "Homeland Handbooks" (Homeland Associa- tion, is.

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6d.), we have received Harold's Town and its Vicinity : Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, and High Beech, by Freeman Bunting, with Photographic Illustrations by J. A. C....

Connemara. By J. Harris Stone, M.A. (Health Resort Pub- lishing

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Company. 15s. net.)—" In these pages," says Mr. Stone, "I have simply endeavoured to describe, by means of pen and lens, the West of Ireland, as I myself see it." He has much to...