28 OCTOBER 1905

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President Loubet arrived on Monday in Madrid on his return

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visit to the King of Spain, and his reception is described as "triumphal." The Court paid him the honours usually reserved for first-class Monarchs ; the people dressed their...

The diplomatic confusion in Constantinople is very great. The Sultan

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is said to be determined not to recognise the Agents of the Powers who at Uskub claim the right of financial control in Macedonia ; whereupon the Powers are believed to threaten...

The Russian Government is obviously in great per- plexity. Prince

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Khilkoff argues with the strikers against any reduction of hours, saying that he himself worked in America sixteen hours a day, and that Russian work- men are not equal to...


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T HE sporadic disorders in Russia are taking a form which mayprove exceedinglyserious. The Reforming Committees have obviously gained the support of the railway employes, and on...

There has evidently been some hitch as to the election

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of Prince Charles of Denmark to the throne of Norway. Powerful influences in Sweden and elsewhere have opposed the selection of this Prince, and even in Denmark itself the Court...

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Sir Edward Grey addressed a meeting convened by the City

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of London United Liberal Association at Cannon Street Hotel yesterday week, and dealt at length with the attitude of the Liberal party towards foreign policy. Rumours of change...

Lord Rosebery—whose reference to Sir Henry Campbell- Bannerman has been

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much commented on—further challenged the accuracy of Mr. Wise's statement that the sympathies of all the Colonies were with the Tory party, and invited him to carry out a...

On Tuesday Mr. Arthur Elliot made an excellent speech 'at

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Gateshead at a meeting held under the auspi ce s of 'the North of England Free-Trade Association. If Mr. Chamberlain had faith in his owi proposals, why should he be afraid of...

Mr. Asquith addressed a large meeting of Liberals, presided over

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by Lord Rosebery, at Edinburgh last Saturday. Address- ing himself to the Fiscal question, as the predominant issue in British politics, Mr. Asquith dealt with the assumptions...

Mr. Morley could not . believe that efficiency ,would bring

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the millennium. Efficiency was not a principle; it was a catch-word. Napoleon was the most efficient mortal who ever bestrode this planet, but he brought blessings neither to...

Lord Rosebery, who followed with an address of remark- able

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brilliancy, commented severely on a. passage in a speech recently made in Edinburgh by Mr. B. R. Wise, late Attorney-General for New South Wales. Mr. Wise had not only...

Sir Edward Grey drew hopeful auguries from the tone of

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the Czar's latest Rescript of the possibility of a better understanding with Russia, while he defined our attitude towards Germany in words on which it would be difficult to...

Mr. John Morley has addressed his constituents twice during the

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last ten days. At Forfar on Friday week he defined his attitude towards Home-rule. Mr. Morley's belief in the need of a separate Legislature remains unshaken, but he asked his...

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We note with entire approval a sensible letter from Sir

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C. T. Dyke Acland in Friday's papers calling attention to the wasteful method of prize-giving adopted by the larger agri- cultural societies. The object of prize competitions,...

. For the Tariff Reform League's political views we have

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nothing but the strongest condemnation ; but it is a great pleasure to us to note the manly and straightforward action which they have taken in regard to Mr. Marks's candidature...

The Conservatives have succeeded in holding Hampstead, but with an

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immensely reduced majority, the figures being— Mr. J. S. Fletcher (C.), 4,225; Mr. G. F. Rowe (L.), 3,803. The meaning of this result is best illustrated by the following table...

To 'this letter the Committee of patriotic and high- minded

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men, headed by Mr: Herbert Bull, the well-known clergyman and schoolmaster, to whose action in • the Isle of Thanet we have so often referred with satisfaction, replied in...

Lord Rosebery, speaking at Stourbridge on Wednesday night, made a

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most amusing as well as most eloquent speech. We cannot, owing to the immense flow of oratory this week, deal with the subject at length, but for the following delightful...

In regard to Mr. Arthur Elliot's references to the fact

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that Mr. Balfour and Mr. Chamberlain are working together, it is worth while to note that Mr. Stewart Bowles, the Balfourite candidate with Free-trade leanings at Norwood, has...

At a special meeting of the Court of Common Council

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on Thursday, General Booth was presented with the freedom of the City of London. A large contingent of the Salvation Army escorted their leader from the office in Queen Victoria...

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TOPICS OF THE DAY. I F it were ever safe to prophesy in regard to Russia, which assuredly it is not, one would be tempted to say that the revolution had begun. Never have...

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W E cannot approve the proposal, but we quite appreciate the feeling, the just and creditable feeling, which induces Conservatives to propose a party banquet to Lord Lansdowne....

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what might have been a fairly good case: They dislike

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the partition of their great province; but instead of pleading that they are a very separate people, with many special claims upon the consideration of their rulers, even when...


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1VI R. MORLEY ran no small risk of being mis- understood in regard to what he said at Arbroath on Monday on the subject of efficiency, and to risk mis- understanding is never...

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T ARIFF Reformers seem not a little exercised at what they

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term the inconsistency of Free-traders in declaring in one breath that Mr. Chamberlain's policy is played out, and in the next that the one object of the coming Election should...

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do not know how he passed his schooldays at Winchester,

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nor much about his sojourn in France and Italy, his residence at Montpellier and Padua, his University course at Leyden, but we know the effect of all these experiences upon his...

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I T is not often that the doings of a football

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fifteen attract much notice, except among those who are young enough to play the game themselves. But the continued merest; of the New Zealand Rugby football fifteen which is...

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T1VERY leaf is an elaborate machine, using the air as

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material to work upon. From its first emergence from the bud it is a partner with the sun, living its life in the closest relations with the two greatest forces in the universe,...

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Snt—One very essential point has not been made quite clear

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in the statement of conditions of this experiment—viz., are the hundred recruits to be picked men, or are they to be absolutely haphazard recruits of the usual Militia class P...

important point. Though I am no admirer of the present

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Government, I think it only fair to admit that the Treaty is framed in accordance with the very best traditions of our foreign policy. So far as I understand the policy of...


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Sra,—In your last number Sir John Hopkins states that he is fully convinced of the advantages of superior speed in our battleships and cruisers. He bases his opinion on the...


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of the experiment which it is proposed to carry out, and also to state the principal objects in view. It is intended, if the necessary funds are subscribed (about 23,500), to...

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Sin,—Mr. Rider Haggard in his interesting letter under the above

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heading (Spectator, October 7th) says: " To allow a vast number of men in the prime of life to spend months and years bereft of the society of their womenkind and families is to...

SIR,— Admitting the usefulness of the Cheap Cottages Exhibition, we have

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still to consider the larger question of which the cheap cottage is only a part. Rural difficulties may be intensified by a lack of cottages, but they can hardly be held to...

SIR,—The Pekin correspondent of the North China Herald, writing on

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September 4th, says of some of the returned coolies from the Rand "They are beginning to return. Some are unable to endure the hard work of the mines, and some are homesick and...

SIR,—I admire the courage of your observations (Spectator, October 21st)

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as to the " burial " of the lamented Sir Hemy Irving in Westminster Abbey. They reflect the opinions of many not daring to express them. But for the sudden and tragic end of the...

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should be grateful if you would kindly make it known

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through the columns of your paper that the material for the official and authorised " Life of Lord Leighton" is now being prepared for publication by Mrs. Russell Barrington....

[TO THE EDITOR 01 THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sr4,—I think most of

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your readers will be in agreement with the main portion of " Ex-Lancer's " excellent letter in your last issue, but may I be permitted to take exception to the portion which...

[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR "' must confess that I

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had underestimated the magna• nimity of the Spectator, for I had little expectation that you would publish my letter of last week on the above subject. • For your courtesy in...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sra,—London is too great

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a city that one should rob a smaller one of a term to describe it as Mr. J. H. M. Abbott does in the fourth of his interesting articles, "How it Strikes an Australian"...


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Sin,—I do not know if at this epoch a faint echo from the fame of our great hero is worth your commemoration, Lady Nelson told my aunt, Madame de Sismondi, wife of the...

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pro THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,---This autumn I have

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noticed for the first time what appears to me to be an interesting development in the habits of the wild birds, that visit London. Some twelve or fourteen years ago, during a...


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see that in your review of Lord Edmond Fitzmanrice's book in last week's issue you speak of the influence which Lord Granville had acquired over the House of Lords, by which he...


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Sin,—The date given by me in my letter on the above subject in the Spectator of the 14th inst. as that of your article in favour of universal military training should have been...

[To THE ED/TOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,--R has, been thought

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that a short account of a village club started on somewhat unusual lines might be of interest to your readers. With a population of no more than five hundred, we have built and...

[Tux experiment proposed by Colonel Pollock for which we are

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asking subscriptions may be briefly described as follows. Colonel Pollock declares that if funds sufficient to meet the cost are raised, he will undertake in six months to give...

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W1tATEVER may be said of the claim of the English

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to be considered a musical people, the record of their relations with the great German masters, from Handel onwards, may be contemplated with satisfaction, if not with...

[Last Saturday (Nelson's Day) was also the anniversary of Elandslaagte

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(October 21st, 1899). The part taken in that action by the Imperial Light Horse first proved to the world the mettle of the Johannesburg " Outlanders." It was from them that the...

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Ma•. E. V. LUCAS, whose patient and affectionate labour has done so much to elucidate the charming pages of Charles Lamb, has now put the crown on his work by giving us the...

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Ma. BERNARD 11/.7T PT tells us in his modest preface

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to this excellent little memoir that, for obvious reasons, the career of a Civil servant does not lend itself to biography. And it is quite true that the somewhat monotonous...

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THE two books before us, dissimilar in all else, are alike in their view of the Arab as the main and most valuable ingredient in modern thoroughbred stock. Sir James Boucaut's...

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* The Expansion of Christianity in the First Three Centuries.

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By Adolf Barntialt. Translated and Edited by James Moffatt, D.D. S vols. London : Williams and Norgate. till the second half of the second volume is nearly reached• But...

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comparison with the ablest of living American novelists, her volume

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of short stories, The Descent of Man, in particular revealing quite exceptional powers of insight and expression. Her reputation will certainly not suffer any decline by the...

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The Law Relating to the Taxation of Foreign Income. By John Buchan. With Preface by the Right Hon. R. B. Haldane, K.C., M.P. (Stevens and Sons. 10s. 6d.)—This book is primarily...

The new number of the Edinburgh Review opens with an

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elaborate paper on Lord Edmond Fitzmaurice's new Life of Lord Granville. While doing full justice to the wisdom of many of Lord Granville's acts when in office, such as the...

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The Pen of Brahma. By Beatrice M. Harland. (Oliphant, Anderson,

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and Ferrier. 3s. 6d. net.)—These " Peeps into Hindu Hearts and Homes" do not make cheerful reading. That is not Miss Harland's fault, though she might, possibly, have arranged...

The Gentleman's Magazine Library : English Topography, XVI.- XVII. Edited

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by George Laurence Gomme. (Elliot Stook. 7s. 61 each.)—These volumes complete the topography of the county of London, XVI. being occupied with what remained over from XV. of...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have net been reserved for review in other forms.] "The Expositor's Bible" (Hodder and Stoughton) being now finished in...

Our Empire : Great Britain in Asia. By the Earl

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of Meath, M. H. Cornwall Legh, and Edith Jackson. (Harrison and Sons. 7s. 6d.)—Abeut eight-ninths of this very sub- stantial volume—it numbers seven hundred and sixty pages —are...

The Harmony of the Proper Psalms for Fasts and Festivals.

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By the Rev. Melville Scott. (Bemrose and Sons. 2s. 6d.)—This is an excellent little book, full of instruction for the reader, and with much valuable suggestion for the preacher....

Reflections of a Householder. By E. H. Lacon Watson. (S.

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C. Brown, Langham, and Co. 3s. 6d.)—Mr. Lacon Watson has unquestionably acquired the art of the essayist, and there is scarcely anything in literature so hard to come by. It is...

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Military Hygiene. By Robert Caldwell, F.R.C.S. (Balinese, Tindall, and Cox.

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10s. 6d. net.)—We cannot undertake to review this book. Much of it is, of course, comprehensible to the lay mind ; but, as- a whole, it cannot be adequately estimated save by an...

A Day-book of Montaigne. Compiled by C. F. Pond. (Methuen

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and Co. 2e. 6d.) —That we have wit and wisdom when we have Montaigne no one can doubt; yet he is hardly an author out of whom we should compile a "Day-book." For this purpose he...

New Enrrions.—Sir Roger de Coverley, and other Essays from the

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" Spectator." (J. M. Dent and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Arthur Symons supplies a preface in which he justifies his selection, which contains sixty-six essays. We have no criticism...


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— 4 ,--. Adams ( G. B. ) , History of England from Norman Conquest to Death of John, 8vo (Loagmans ) net 7/8 Aldin ( C. ) , A Gay Dog, 4to (Heinemann) 510 Allin g ham ( H. ) and...