28 OCTOBER 1899

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As soon as there was sufficient light our artillery, which

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has been handled magnificently throughout, opened fire and soon silenced the Boer batteries. The Dublin Fusiliers and the 60th Rifles were then ordered to assault the bill, and...


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T HE war has begun in earnest, and we have to chronicle three distinct actions which future military historians will probably call mountain engagements, but which, in the ex-...

The second action of the war occurred at Elandslaagte on

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Saturday. General White discovered that a force of Boers had broken the railway communication between Ladysmith and Glencoe, had seized the station at Elandslaagte, and had...

The third action was at kietfontein on Tuesday. General White

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had ordered General Yule, in command at Glencoe after General Symons was wounded, to join forces with him at Ladysmith, as Glencoe was not tenable by so small a body of men in...

The Continental Press is still hostile to Great Britain, but

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its comments on the war in South Africa differ greatly in tone. The French papers, as a rule, affect still to see in the news evidence that the British will be beaten, which...

As we write, the military situation may be summed up

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as follows. General White, with a force of about twelve thousand men of all arms, is holding a strong camp at Ladysmith. He is confronted by a large force of Boers, who may...

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

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any ease.

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The Government of Russia has not yet succeeded in extir-

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pating the pecuniary corruption which is the dry-rot of its Services. Admiral Tyrtoff, commanding the Fleet in the Black Sea, has found it necessary to arrest and bring to trial...

We regret to record the death of Mr. Grant Allen,

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the well- known novelist, which occurred at his residence on Hind- head on Wednesday. He was a man about whom there will be many opinions. In our judgment, he wished through...

General de Galliffet advances rapidly to his end, the restoration

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of discipline in the French Army. The recent decree by which he resumes control of promotion to all higher appointments, a prerogative surrendered by M. de Freycinet, restores...

The Times correspondent at Tokio endeavours to state in outline

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the policy of Japan towards China. She will not enter into alliance with the great but decaying Empire, but as China is her great market, and she fears States with a...

Three things strike us in this war as hopeful for

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the future, One is the readiness of the Reservists to respond to the call on them, a fact which will by and by enable us to keep a really considerable home army without...

Lord Curzon has issued an admirable General Order. A native

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woman was recently outraged by some European soldiers in Rangoon, and all efforts to obtain justice were frustrated. The officers, ashamed that such a stigma should be cast upon...

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The Mansion House Transvaal Refugees Fund had reached the sum

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of 2145,000 on Thursday evening, while the Fund opened by the Lord Mayor for the benefit of the widows and orphans of officers and men killed or disabled in the war already...

Sir Edward Grey, in the course of a speech delivered

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on Wednesday in support of Lord Rosebery's candidature for the Rectorship of Glasgow University, declared that as the result of careful study and earnest thought, his fixed...

Mr. Courtney, who followed Mr. Chamberlain, strongly denounced hini for

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speaking of President Kruger's crooked diplomacy. He declared that it was not a question of the ulti- matum, nor of the first shot, but as to whether our demands were of such a...

On Wednesday Mr. Chamberlain ended a very powerful speech with

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an excellent criticism of Mr. Selma's letter to the Times, in which he (Mr. Mons) suggested that if we try to crush a Teutonic people we shall meet with the fate we met in...

We agree with what Sir Michael Hicks-Beach has actually done,

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and we agree also that for a war like the present there must be no permanent increase of the Debt. If, however, this view is pressed so as to mean that we must while we are...

The Court which tried the officers in Berlin for professional

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gambling has acquitted them, much against its will. It was proved that two hundred officers were attracted to the baccarat clnb, that 215,000 was won from them, and that a...

In the House of Commons on Monday Sir Michael Hicks-

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Beach made his financial proposals in regard to meet- ing the 210,000,000 voted for war purposes. He calcu- lates that in the current year he will have an excess of 23,000,000...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 104.

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THE COURSE OF THE WAR. T HE most striking thing about the course of the war hitherto has not been so much the splendid bravery shown by our men, though that has been beyond all...

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WU the Powers attempt to intervene in our quarrel - with the Boers ? That is a question which is being very widely asked just now. If we are to answer it shortly, our answer...

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THE NEXT CONCLAVE. T HE greatest actuaries say, we believe, that

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the ex- pectation of life at ninety is practically nil, or rather is an incalculable quantity. The candle so often goes out in men of that age, even when there is no breeze...

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N O one who has given serious thought to the problems of elementary education in England can doubt that an immense amount of mischief results from the fact that the friends of...

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W E have no manner of sympathy with those who desire to take action against Irish Members and Irish Municipal Councillors on account of what they con- sider treasonable...

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I N the collection of essays which Mr. Lecky has just given to the world under the title of "The Map of Life," essays which, if somewhat devoid of originality, are most...

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31 R. WILBUR CROSS, in his interesting volume on the evolution of English fiction (" The Development of the English Novel," Macmillan and Co., 6s.), devotes his concluding...

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W HEN the choice cattle of England are gathered at the Agricultural Hall, as they were last week, the.y enter for a beauty show as well as a competitive examination. There are...

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THE LATE THEODORE BECK. [TO TIIE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—In these days when the expansion of the Empire is the theme of so much indiscriminate glorification, will you...


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THE PERIL OF THE ROMAN CHURCH. [TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR, — May I comment briefly on your leading article, entitled "The Peril of the Roman Church"? The whole...

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Sin,—You published an article in the Spectator of October 14th headed "Unlucky Men," in which the writer entirely mis- represented my meaning, and then proceeded to combat a...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF TILE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I see that Dr. Alexander, the eloquent Irish Primate, said at his Diocesan Synod tbat the Boer cause was "as bad a cause as ever men...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:] Ste,—It all depends upon

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bow one regards things ; luck, good or ill, is comparative. For instance, quite recently, after a few days' run of three hundred and odd miles on all manner of roads, riding up...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I can vouch for

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the truth of the following. Two gentlemen—cousins—became members of the Art Union on the same day, and, like other members, participated in the yearly drawing, or lottery, for...

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SIR,—On Wednesday, October 11th, the rainbow which Mr. B C. Durrant saw at Bushey was very well seen here by myself and many others at exactly three o'clock. The colours were...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."], Sin,—It may interest some of your readers to know that th( rainbow seen by your correspondent (Spectator, October Kett on Wednesday...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—I hope you may find space in your columns for a few remarks upon your review of "Stalky and Co." in the Spectator of Ostober 21st. There...


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[TO..THE EDITOR 01' THE "SEECtATOR:] SIR, — In the Spectator of October 21st, p. 577, the following occurs :—" Has Miss \revers any authority for saying that Jeffreys watched...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—Your correspondent, "Pazienza," in the Spectator of October 21st is, I think, very much "off the rails" when he concludes that the...


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SIR,—In the Spectator of October 21st is a letter signed B. C. Durrant, from Beshey, Herts, about the appear- ance of a rainbow on the 11th. On the 11th, about four o'clock, at...

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JOHN HOOKHAM FREREA FOR Mrs. Festing's admirably edited book we have but one word of reproach; it gives us a better vision of Frere's friends than of himself. Canning and Lady...


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TRUMPET AND FLAG. THE last bugle's dying echoes falter down the narrow valley The doubtful battle tarried in so long : As turning from their headlong charge the scattered...

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• The Log of a Sea-Waif: being Recollections of the First Four Years of My Sea Life. By Frank T. Hallett, F.R.G.S. London : Smith, Elder, dc Co. [Se. ed.] WHAT would Mr. Bullen...

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WHEN Mr. Graham Wallas's Life of Francis Place appeared, most readers must have been astonished to find how important a part had been played by a Strand tailor, who never sat in...

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A HANDBOOK TO LIFE.* ONCE more—but, as she warns us,

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for the last time—Mrs. Earle takes her readers by the hand and leads them through her Surrey garden, talking to them the while of almost every- thing under the sun. It would,...

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THE plot of Red Pottage, ingenious, original, and abounding in strong dramatic situations, would alone have secured for it the eager attention of critics and public alike. Hugh...

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The Apostle of the North. By Egerton R. Young. (Marshall

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Brothers. 2s. 6d.)—This title (long ago given to other workers in the field of Christian labour) is applied to the Rev. James Evans, who laboured among the Indians in the...

The Life and Works of Charlotte Brontë and her Sisters.

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Vol. L. "Jane Eyre." (Smith, Elder, and Co. 6s.)—This is the first volume of an edition which is to be called the "Haworth Edition." With the Life, it is to consist of seven...


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[Under this heading we notice rush Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] How Count Tolstoi Lives. By F. A. Sergyneeko. Translated from the...


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THE VARTERLIES. The Edinburgh Review for the quarter is a decidedly good one, though we cannot think "Great Britain and South Africa" entirely fair. The writer underrates the...

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&Boor, AND Crass Boons.-In "Arnold's Science Series" (E. Arnold) we

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have Magnetism and Electricity, by J. Paley Yorke, "an Elementary Treatise for Junior Students" (3s. 6d.) - Newton's Laws of Motion, by P. G. Tait, MA. (A. and C. Black, is. 6d....

Book Prices Current, Vol. XIII. (Elliot Stock. 27s. 6d. net.)-This

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volume contains the sales for the season 1898.99, a season which may be described as distinctly successful from the commercial point of view. The number of lots was not so great...

▪ Tnaorkev. - The First Epistle to the Thessalonians. By the Rev.

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w G. W. Garrod. (Macmillan and Co. 2s. 6d. net.)-Mr. Garrod begins with an account of St. Paul's proceedings at Thessalonica, his stay in the city, the success of his preaching,...

Autobiography of Dean Merivale. Edited by his Daughter, Judith Anne

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Merivale. (E. Arnold. 16s.)-This book was printed for private circulation some eighteen months ago, and was then reviewed in the Spectator. It is needless to say more, now that...

Puerto Rico. By William Dinwiddie. (Harper and Brothers. 10s. 6d.)

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-Mr. Dinwiddie explains that he spent two months in the island after the Spanish evacuation, for the express purpose of taking stock of "our new possession." In this volume he...

A Sketch of John Winthrop the Younger, 1606 - 1676. By Thomas

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Franklin Waters. (Historical Society, Ipswich, Mass.)-John Winthrop the Younger, eldest son of a more famous father, came out to New England in 1631. Somewhat more than a year...