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T HE Anglo-Russian Convention was ratified on Monday, and was published in the papers . of Wednesday. It begins by expressing the sincere desire of King Edward and the Emperor...

The Parliamentary paper in which the text of the Anglo-

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Russian Convention is published also contains an important, despatch from Sit- Edward Grey to Sir A. Nicolson, in which it is explained that no mention of the Persian Gulf is...

With regard to Afghanistan, Britain will not change the political

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position of that country, nor encourage it in designs against Russia. Russia in return recognises that Afghanistan is, outside her sphere of influence, agrees not to maintain...

Events proved that the French formed exaggerated hopes in the

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first instance of the negotiations which were opened with the tribes near Casa Blanca. On Saturday last General Drude considered it necessary to make another attack on the Arab...

The preliminary stage of the elections to the new Russian

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Duma has been reached. On Sunday last the small land- owners in the province of St. Petersburg had to choose their delegates to the provincial Electoral College. They were...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The vu which we hare mentioned indicates clearly the recognition

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by the Cpnference of some of the serious draw- backg by which its deliberations have been hampered. It fails, however, to grapple with the radical defect of its con-...

Lard Rosebery, replying to the toast of the Houses of

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Parliament at the annual banquet of the lionnetmakera i Licorperation of Glasgow yesterday week, spoke at length and with a happy mixture ef wit and sagacity on the positiOn and...

On Monday in a plenary sitting the Peace Conference adopted

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the proposed Convention for the institution of an International Prize Court by thirty,seren votes to one (Brazil), with six abstentiona (Japan, Russia, Turkey, Siam, Venezuela,...

The final distribution of war honours among the Japanese Generals,

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Admirals, and high officials of State took place, Reuter tells us, on Saturday last at Tokio. The Emperor personally bestowed the new titles. The Marquises Ito, Tan - iagata,...

No new developments of the railway dispute have taken place

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during the week. Mr. Bell's letter to the Railway Companies' Association has not yet been answered, and the preparations for taking the ballot are being rapidly pushed on. But...

Mr. Borden, the Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian

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House of Commove, delivered an important speech at Vancouver on Tuesday - night. The recent violence against peaceful subjects . qf Japan, he declared, was a matter regretted by...

The news from Newfoundland seems to indicate that the Premier,

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Sir Robert Bond, so far from disowning his violent criticism of the snodup viveadi, is potnally prepared to encourage the Colony to defy the British Government. Op the...

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On Thursday the Australasian Section of the London Chamber of

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Commerce held a meeting to discuss the new Australian tariff. Mr. Faithfull-Begg, who presided, said that if he might judge from the letters received by the Chamber and by the...

The House of Lords was not a strong barrier ;

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but he would rather have a weak barrier . than none at all against the dangerous and detestable tyranny of a single Chamber. In conclusion, he stated his firm belief that the...

Judge Fitzgerald found that the explosion was a malicious outrage

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committed by some person or persons unknown, and that there was no foundation whatever for the imputa- tions, charges, insinuations, and suggestions which from first to last had...

Judge Fitzgerald gave judgment in the Glenahiry outrage case at

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Waterford on Monday. Lord Ashtown claimed e200 compensation for the damage done by the explosion of a bomb at Glenahiry Lodge on August 14th last, and the claim was resisted by...

In Tuesday's Times Mr. J. A. R. Marriott does good

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service by analysing the election address of the Labour candidate in the Kirkdale Division of Liverpool. Mr. Hill, the candidate in question, though avoiding the use of the term...

Mr. Whitelaw Reid, the United States Mtheasador, delivered an excellent

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address at the opening of the John Bright Secondary School at Llandudno on WedueliciaY- After dwelling on the inspiration to be found in Mr. Bright's character and the stimulus...

Bank Rate, 41 per cent., changed from 4 per cent.

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Aug. 15th. Consols (2-1) were on Friday 821—on Friday week 82i.

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THE ANGLO-RITSSIAN CONVENTION. T HE Anglo-Russian Convention, on the conclusion of which we tender our hearty congratulations to Sir Edward Grey, might be described in the...

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"ANTI-MILITARISM" IN FRANCE. T HE French military authorities are certainly justified

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in punishing severely those who preach anti- militarism, especially in the form approved by MM. Jaures and nerve and their followers. They practically advise the recruits on the...

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I T is impossible not to admire the devotion of Mr. Jesse Collings to his chief. The doubtful waters of modern political seas carry no stauncher sailor. The ship on which Mr....

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THE CAPE DISSOLUTION. D R. JAMESON since he took office in

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1904 has had, as they say in America, a" difficult patch to hoe." He has had to contend against those two greatest of obstacles to successful leadership,—an empty Exchequer, and...

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T HIS week a new scheme of historical teaching was introduced in London with the sanction of the London County Council. In the days of the old School Board, lectures on the...

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9'HE slow development of that ordered knowledge which we call science affords one of the most interesting chapters in the history of human evolution. One section of this...


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T HE sense of beauty is far more widely spread than esoteric worshippers of the beautiful would have us believe, but it takes varied forms and is not always easily recognised....

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C OMPARED with Surrey and Kent, Essex is for well-. to-do Londoners an undiscovered county. For ten persons who regularly go south of London—bicyclists, walkers, motorists, or...

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L xrrE RS TO TII i i DITO R.

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THE SITUATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. [TO TIIB EDITOR OP TUB . SPECTATOR.'] SIR,-Mr. William Templeman, recently returned from Ottawa, where he holds the official position of the...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] Sru,--You may be interested

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in the subjoined extract from a letter lately received from Eastern Bengal, the original seat, as you know, of the present trouble in India, where feeling still runs strong :—...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The village people make up ninety per cent. of India's population; but Dr. Macphail is seriously in error in thinking that the village...


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To THE EDITOR OF Tine "Scxcr.vrotc.") SIR,—I trust to your usual fairness to allow me to say that in stating the case in your last issue between the railwaymen and the...


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[TO TER EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—A few months ago you were good enough to publish a letter in which I showed that Mr. Marks was enabled to re-enter public life owing to...

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[To TUN EDITOR OP TDB "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The entertaining letter quoted

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by Sir Godfrey Lagden in your issue of September 21st as an example of "Cape Boy" English is an old friend in a new guise. The last time I saw it it purported to have been...

rite tag Estwol bp tag ii §ptetAwift...j Sin,—As an Anglo-Indian

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On leave, I take leave to warn you that many of the so-called specimens of ,"Baboo English" one comes across are "faked " ; are, in fact, imitations of tlit natural product by...


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rro TO* Eonetz 07 THE " SPECTATOR."] Si,—What Sir William Markby says in your last issue of the Etiglish attainments of the young Indians who passed nto the Indian Civil Service...


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LTO TIM EDITOR OF TIM "SPROTATOR.1 think too much may be made of the difficulty of adjusting railway time-tables to the alterations of the clock proposed in Mr. Willett's...

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SIR,—The courtesy and humour of Mr. Willett's letter in last week's Spectator are more evident than its logic. The financial considerations attending the engagement of a butler...


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Sin,—The correspondence in this and other journals has given Mr. Willett's scheme Wide publicity, yet it is remarkable that no serious objection to it has been found....


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repeat the question of one of your correspondents in your larvae of September 14th, "Would it not be easier to do as all other nations do ? " but I would add, "and as our own...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:] SIR,—A very beautiful and characteristic bit of the Thames is threatened with destruction,—to wit, the small park at Orleans House,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TOE "SPECTATOR."] Srn,—I notice your "deep regret that Dr. Jameson should have proposed to relax the laws restricting the sale of liquor to the natives"...


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[To TEE EDITOR OE THE " SPECTATOR:1 Sia,—Some months ago a letter of mine appeared in the Spectator describing ao aerolite which had fallen while I was in Kaiama, in 'the Borgu...

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rro TRH EDITOR OF TEE EPECTATOR..1 SIR,- - A propos of the article on salmon-fishing in your issue of September 21st is the following. A man fishing on Tweed bad landed three...


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THE KNIGHT ERRANT. LA.DY, I know your gaze is bent Across a listening continent To where your sky-line far and pale Expects the lifting of my sail Out of the world it shuts from...


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THE NETHERWORLD OF MENDIP.* THE Mendips have one advantage over other and, more imposing ranges of hills. Not only are their slopes and summits of beauty and interest, but...

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IN this volume Professor Villari has collected seven essays, of which much the longest is that on the old question whether history is a science or an art. The others are all on...

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HORTENSE DE BEALTHARNAIS, stepdaughter and sister-in-law of the great Napoleon, was probably the most attractive among the mock Royalties with whom it pleased him to surround...

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COMMANDER PEARY started on his latest expedition to the North Pole on July 26th, 1905. One might suppose that this was somewhat late in the year for a beginning, as the summer...

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THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS.* Mag. MANN'S literary baggage is already of considerable dimensions, but happily there is no sign of any deterioration in its quality. Indeed, we doubt...

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Amongst recent reprints, a special welcome is due to Pope's Odyssey of Homer (Cassell and Co., 2s. net), Edited, with an Introduction, by Professor A. J. Church, who has already...

READABLE NOVELS.—Marcus Hay. By Stanley Portal Hyatt. (A. Constable and

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Co. 6s.)—A story of adventure in East Africa, in which native prisoners and City promoters figure. Father Roche and Marcus Hay's Basuto follower are both excellent studies.—The...

The Narrow Margin. By Annie Thompson. (Sisley's. 6s.)— This is

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a story of which the greater part takes place in Sydney. The interest of the book is mostly in the pictures of three women, —first, the heroine, Elinor Fairfax ; secondly, an...


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FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Frederick Douglass. By Booker T. Washington. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d.)—Frederick Bailey—the name of Douglass was assumed after his escape from...

Tales of Two People. By Anthony Hope. (Methuen and Co.

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6s.)—We are inclined to prefer "Anthony Hope's" short stories to his long, not so much on the score of literary merit as on that of power of entertainment. And among these short...

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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have Not been reserved for review in other forms.] The Expository Times. Edited by James Hastings, D.D. Vol. XVIII.,...

The Cathedrals and Churches of Northern Italy. By T. Francis

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Bumpus. (T. Werner Laurie. 16s. net.)—The range of Mr. Bumpus's journeyings may be gathered from the mention of the furthest points which he reached. To the north, then, we have...

The Long Labrador Trail. By Dillon Wallace. (Hodder and Stoughton.

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75. 6d.)—Mr. Wallace started on the trail on June 26th, when his canoe voyaged up the North-West River, and he got back to Eskimo Point on April 20th, haVing traversed in the...

The Government's Record, 1906-7. (Metchim end Son.)— There can be

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no doubt in any mind not obscured by patty prejudice that these "Two Years of Liberal Administration and Legislation "show a very creditable result. We think, and have not...

The Life of Antonio Rosmini-Serbati. Translated from the Italian of

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the Rev. G. B. Pag,ani. (George Rontledge and Sons. 7s. Od. net.)—There is too much of the panegyrist about the writer of this biography. We are scarcely able to recognise the...

Queer Things about Persia. By Eustache de Lorey and Douglas

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Sladen. (Eveleigh Nash. 21s. net.)—Truly Persia is the most Oriental of Asiatic countries, and the Persian has altered little, as Mr. Sladen says in his preface, since the...

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The True Storv of My Life. By Alice M. Diehl.

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(John Lane. 109. ed. Oct.)." Don't bo too reticent" is the advice sometimes given to the man who proposes to give his recollections to the world. It is certainly the principle...

he drowth of English. By Henry Cecil Wyld. (John Murray.

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3s. 6d.)—" This book," writes Professor Wyld in his preface, "is obviously a book for beginners." It is orderly in its arrangement, and develops the subject in an instructive...

NE . * Entrte4g. , -4ii e Z Nelson's New Century Library" (T. t Joon

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and Song, 2s. net each) Palgrdroe's Golden Treasury and he Poetical *orbs of He/try Wadsworth Longfellow. The fitogrepliy iS excellent ; but We Cannot say that the India paper...

The Court Theatre, 1904-1907. By Desmond MacCarthy. (A. H. Titilleti.

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29. 43d. net.)—Mr. MacCarthy reprints in this volume the diitibisms made on the plays produced at the CoUrt Theatre during three years. Ho has added, we presunie, some general...

The Lover of Queen Elizabeth. By Mrs. Aubrey Richardson. (T.

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Werner Lattrie. 12s. ad. het.)--We cannot say that there is no "scandal about Queen Elizabeth " in this volume ; but the subject is handled with adeqtiato gravity and...