29 JANUARY 1887

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Mr. W. H. Smith's reply was very cordial to Lord

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Randolph, and also very firm and businesslike. There was the greatest danger of war in Europe, and with a great war it was of the first importance that we should be ready to...

VP The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the " SPECTATOR " SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENTS, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Twenty...

In the Commons, Lord Randolph Churchill's explanation, which was delivered

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before the debate on the Address began, and was, of course, very eagerly listened to, was a skilful exposition of a very mistaken course. Lord Randolph showed that he had early...


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P ARLIAMENT was opened on Thursday with a Royal Message, of which the important sentences are confined to foreign affairs, Ireland, and the government of counties. The Queen, in...

Lord Salisbury replied to Lord Granville in a lengthy speech,

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of which the first part was devoted to an account of the recent reconstruction of the Ministry, which he had endeavoured to carry through upon the principle that the only true...

In the Lords, Lord Granville's criticism on the Address was

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in his usual vein of banter, but he seriously condemned Lord Salis- bury for accepting the Foreign Office, declaring that the work of that Department and of the Treasury could...

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The week has been marked by a small war-panic. The

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Daily News of Monday affirmed that intelligence bad been received in London indicating immediate war between France and Germany, Prince Bismarck having decided to ask the French...

After a warm tribute to Lord Iddesleigh from both the

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Leader of the House and Mr. Gladstone, the mover and seconder of the Address (Viscount Weymouth and Mr. G. W. Balfour) dis- charged their duties with more than average ability ;...

According to the latest telegrams from Constantinople, the- Porte has

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announced officially that Russia will consent to the election of Duke George of Lenchtenberg as Prince of Bulgaria. It is hoped, therefore, that the Powers will propose him, and...

A fine portrait of Sir George Trevelyan, by Mr. Frank

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Roll,. was presented to him by his friends and supporters at Hawick this day week,—a portrait so fine that Sir George, in his speech of acknowledgment, modestly spoke of it as...

As regards other matters, Mr. Gladstone objected to the separation

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of the office of Prime Minister from that of First Lord of the Treasury, as fatal to the Prime Minister's control of finance ; objected to the union of the Prime Minister's...

The new Rules of Procedure to be presented to Parliament

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are simpler than was expected. The first, and much the most important, provides for a nearly perfect Closure. "At any time after a question has been proposed, a motion may be...

interviewers that all his preparations are directed towards defence, and

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then denies that he ever saw an interviewer; and the inspired journals. of Berlin saw that no request for disarmament will be addressed. to France, though there must. be...

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The Unionists suffered a keen disappointment on Wednes- day in

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the election of Mr. Neville for the Exchange Division of Liverpool by the narrow majority of seven votes. Mr. Neville polled 3,217 votes, Mr. Goschen 3,210. Mr. Goschen, there-...

We understand that it is alleged on behalf of the

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proposal made to the College of Surgeons for founding a labora- tory for physiological and pathological research out of the bequest of the late Sir Erasmus Wilson, that such a...

For the rest, Sir George Trevelyan's speech was distinguished by

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what Mr. Matthew Arnold has called his tendency to make " a religion of the Liberal Party,"—a religion which he frankly avowed and defended. He made a religion of it, he said,...

A very lengthy correspondence was published in Thursday's Times between

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the Bishop of Winchester and Canon Basil Wilberforce, on the action taken by the latter in preaching to an audience assembled in a Congregational chapel at South- ampton. With...

The American Senate has passed a retaliatory Bill against Canada,

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the President being empowered to forbid all Canadian vessels to enter ports in the United States. The Bill was passed by 46 to 1, and was accompanied by furious speeches against...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent.

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Consols were on Friday 100k to 1001.

Mr. Chamberlain on the same day delivered a long and

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able speech at Hawick, expounding his ideas on Home-rule and agrarian reform in Ireland. We have criticised the speech sufficiently elsewhere, but may mention here that the...

We should like to call the attention of those of

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our readers who have interested themselves in the project for reforming the University of London, and for associating it in some way with that " Teaching University " in London...

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WAR, OR PEACE ? T T is the duty of every journalist, no doubt, to avoid writing so as to stimulate warlike passion, and even, so long as there is hope of peace, to be reserved...

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M R. GOSCHEN'S failure to win the Exchange Division of Liverpool from the Tories is not a disaster. But it is undoubtedly a great discouragement to all true Unionists. He has...


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T ORD RANDOLPH CHURCHILL'S explanation of his J resignation was made in a tone of businesslike modera- tion that did credit to his tact. But it was in itself totally...

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S IR GEORGE TREVELYAN, no less than Mr. Chamber- lain, evidently feels himself a fish out of water while acting in conjunction with the Conservatives even on a single question....

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W E must say plainly that we regret Mr. Chamberlain's recent speeches and letters. It is not that we suspect• him of deserting the Unionist cause, or of giving any reason for...

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T HE new Rules of Procedure proposed by the Government appear at once moderate and sensible, and with the exception of the first, which no doubt involves a great change, they...

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T HOSE politicians who desire to show that in supporting the present Government, Liberal Unionists are assisting the Irish landlords in the most harsh and cruel action against...

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TT is human, we suppose, to think others happier than our- selves ; and for that reason we must not be too hard on the Curators of the Bodleian Library. But it is hardly...

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I N Good Words for February, there is published a lecture delivered by the late Canon Kingsley to the men of the railway works at Crewe, on July 11th, 1871, on the study of...

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T WO incidents of very different importance recorded this week once more suggest the question whether a man who applies his genius to the improvement of weapons of destruc- tion...

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HOME-RULE AND SEPARATION. [To Tea EDITOR Or Tea Brsukrw."] attach no importance to Mr. Dickinson's reference to any extreme language used by Irish Nationalist leaders, for the...

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[To THE ZOTTOR OF THE "SPECTATOR") SIR, —Will you allow me to suggest a way of effectually dis- couraging Irish evictions ? A very large proportion of the tenants evicted are of...


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[To ras EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—In reply to your editorial note appended to my letter of January 22nd, on "A Close Time for Evictions " (which I am glad to see you...

THE LANDLORD vereue THE TRADESMAN. Ito vu moms or vs.

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"13PICTAT013."1 SIR,—In your article on "Sentiment and Law" (January 22nd, p. 104), you. say,-.." A landlord's claim is as good as that of a butcher, or baker, or any other...


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have no desire whatever to enter into a controversy with Lord Monkswell in the columns of the Spectator. On one point, however, I will ask your leave to set him right. My...


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more word, if you will give me space for it, to show the streogthof the position of the Unionist Home-rulers, which ought to go a long way to show that the Irish Party do not...

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[See article in Spectator of January Mod, " Mr. Ilaweles Christ and Christianity.."] Is this so hard to thee who oft East seen His great sea, sunbeam-kise'd, Yield royal dole...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF Tim “ErscTATOM"] SM, — A correspondent in your last number, Mr. Percival -Jackson, takes exception to your statement that "all the Christianity St. Augustine...

[To TEE EDITOR OF TEE EFECTATOLI seems, from your note

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to my letter which you kindly printed on January 22nd, that you regard the British Church as Galilean, and the Gallic= Church as "essentially Latin, though with some mixture of...

" A SON OF HAGAR." I To Tan Barron or

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Tire "SrearsTon. - 1 'SIR,—I shall be glad if you will permit me to say thus early that I am revising for a second edition my novel which was published last week, and that by...


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FROM THE PERSIAN OF HAFIZ. [Whether Halle sang of earthly, or of spiritual wine and lore, was doubtful, even to his contemporaries ; and they only gave him the barial of a tree...

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THE SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS IN SUFFOLK STREET. THE Society of British Artists has undergone considerable alterations of late, one of which is so vital as to affect the whole...

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AN APOLOGY FOR SECESSION AND SLAVERY.* UNDER the title of a "History," and in the full-dress style 'which it is supposed the exacting Muse demands, Mr. Percy Greg has composed a...

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PHANTASMS OF THE LIVING.* THESE two weighty volumes would be

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of very much greater use for the purpose for which they were compiled, if they were pro- vided with a much fuller index than we have here presented to us. What we should wish to...

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THERE are some novelists who never disappoint us, for the simple reason that we expect nothing from them, or, at any rate, so little, that their performance can hardly fall...

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017a101IS as is the subject of which Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey treats, and treats extremely well, the curiosity of it can hardly be said to be exhausted in his book, though he has...

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Wa fear that many people who might otherwise learn a good deal from Mr. Arnold White's book will be deterred from reading it by the windy talk of the first chapter. The...

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A Wilful Young "Woman. By A. Price. 3 vole. (Horst

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and Blackett.)—This is an excellent tale, and shows by a conspicuous example, which some of our lady-noveliste might profitably note, that it is quite possible to rouse a strong...


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William Tyndale : a Biography. By the Rev. B. Demos, M.A. New Edition, revised by Richard Lovett, M.A. (Religions Tract Society.)—Mr. Demme's work on Tyndale quite deserved the...

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In these days, when a good deal of nonsense, and,

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it must be said, also parochial nonsense, is talked and written about Home-rule for Scotland, attention may be directed to an article on "Jurisdiction of the English Courts over...

Aim at a Sure End. By Emily Searebfield. (Cassell and

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Co.)—This is one of the best of the " Golden Mottoes" Series. Little Esther Moore, eldest daughter in a family of orphaned children living with their grandfather, is very...

We have the pleasure of commending to the favourable notice

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of our readers the third volume of an excellent series, Short Biographies for the People. By Various Writers. (Religious Tract Society.)— The twelve subjects chosen for this are...

Songs of the Woods. With One Hundred Illustrations. (Nelson and

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Sons.)—This is a volume of extracts from the poets, touching more or less directly on woodland scenery. One might object that some of the pieces are scarcely appropriate. The...

The Follies and Fashions of our Grandfathers (1807). By Andrew

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W. Taer. (Field and Tuer.)—This rather costly volume, with its curious brown-paper cover, is " embellished with thirty-seven whole- page plates, hand-coloured," including the...

- Tom Tiddier's Ground. By Florence Marryat. (Swan Sonnenschein and

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Co )—The "Tom 'Fiddler's Ground" on which the writer "picked up gold and silver" was America, and in this volume she records her impressions of the country. The book is amusing...

We have not for long read a novel so thoroughly

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disagreeable—at all events one written by a man who is evidently not devoid of ability—as The Syren, by Cecil Medlicott (Griffith, Ferran, Okeden, and Welsh). It would be...

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situated at Worcester, and commend it to the favourable attention

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of our readers. It is an interesting record of successful progress in the secondary education of the blind.

We have to acknowledge two very pretty reprints of Mr.

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Henry James's shorter stories, by Messrs. Macmillan and Co., the one con- taining Daisy Miller, and other Stories; . the other, The Madonna of the Future, and other Stories.

the issue of the first. Don John and Sarah de

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Boron ger, the com- panion volumes, are certainly republications. But the publishers place no intimation of the fact on the title-pages, an omission which we consider to be...

be considered, here is a candidate which ought not to

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be neglected. We do not mean that it should be adopted en bloc, bat that it affords a very substantial foundation for a future work, containing as it does some very decided...

Street's Indian and Colonial Mercantile Directory for 1886-87.— This is

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the eleventh annual issue of a useful directory for merchants, traders, and shippers, its title suggesting the subjects fall details and partionlare of which are given in its...

It should be enough to say of Mary's Meadow, by

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Juliana Horatia Ewing (S.P.C.K.), that it was the last serial story which Mrs. Ewing wrote. This fact gives a new, though a melancholy interest to the sprightly, kindly humour,...