29 JULY 1905

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weekly custom, had gone to the Mosque near Yikliz Kiosk,

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and was about to return, when an iron box full of dynamite was dropped from a carriage about a hundred yards off, and exploded, killing seventeen persons and injuring a hundred...

The Report of the Special Committee appointed by the Swedish

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Parliament to consider relations with Norway has been presented, and seems to be a moderate and reasonable document. The Committee start from the assertion that the Union has...

We never remember an incident, obviously important, the true meaning

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of which has been so obscure. The meeting was either resolved upon at a moment ' s notice, or it was designedly prepared in profound secrecy. The Czar evidently kept the project...

T HE diplomatic world has this week been surprised and a

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little startled by a meeting between the German Emperor and the Czar in the Finnish harbour of Bjoerkoe, in the Baltic, which took place at midnight on Sunday, the 23rd inst.,...

The Congress of delegates from the Zemstvos held at Moscow

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has dispersed after a speech from Prince Peter Dolgoroukoff in which that leader recommended that as it was hopeless to expect a satisfactory Constitution from above, the...

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Sir A. Acland-Hood then formally moved the adjournment of the

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House in order that there might be a general debate. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who spoke first, traversed Mr. Balfour's statement of Mr. Gladstone's views, and declared that...

The Free-trade speeches in the course of the debate that

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followed were remarkable alike for their cogency in argument and for the earnestness of the speakers. Lord Robertson, as a Tory Free-trader, pointed out the ruin that was being...

In the House of Lords on Thursday the Duke of

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Devonshire made one of his most memorable contribu- tions to what we may call the internal and party aspect of the Fiscal controversy. His Motion was a declaration against (1)...

On Tuesday in the House of Lords, Lord Tweedmouth

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called attention to the very serious deficiency in the number of officers in the British Army, and moved that the matter required the instant attention of the Government. Lord...

-In the Commons on the same day Mr. Balfour made

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his promised statement of the way in which the Government proposed to treat their defeat in Committee of Supply on the previous Thursday. He began by announcing that there was...

(7)11 Monday in the House Of Lords, Lord Lansdowne, on

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the invitation of Lord Spencer, gave a synopsis of the state- ment which Mr. Balfour was then making in the Commons. Thursday week's vote could not be taken as "a deliberate...

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The general effect of the debate is to confirm strongly

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the view that Mr. Balfour and Mr. Chamberlain are acting together, though Mr. Balfour does not consider that the time has yet come to let the fact be known without any doubt....

Mr. Felix Schuster, one of our ablest authorities on the

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theory of finance, made some interesting remarks on Wednesday in his speech at the half-yearly meeting of the Union of London and Smiths Bank, Limited. He pointed out that there...

The King visited Bisley last Saturday, and distributed the prizes

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to the winners. In the exceedingly happy speech which he addressed to the prize-winners his Majesty used the follow- ing memorable words, which we hope will give an impetus to...

The Commission sat again on Wednesday, and received the evidence

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of Colonel Dunne, the Assistant-Quartermaster- General at the War Office during the period under review. As against Lord Stanley, he maintained that the Returns which it was the...

We deeply regret to record that the disturbance caused in

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the Volunteer Force by the Government's injudicious policy does not tend to diminish., Apparently a feeling is growing up that the examination ordered by the Secretary, of State...

The Cheap Cottages Exhibition on the Garden City estate at

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Letchworth was opened by the Duke of Devon- shire on Tuesday. In his speech the Duke dwelt upon the great advantages offered by the permanent character of the Exhibition. The...

On Friday week Lord Stanley, who was Financial Secretary at

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the War Office up till October, 1903, gave his evidence before the War Stores Commission. He admitted that the Bergl Cold Storage contract was financed by a syndicate, and that...

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speak, strangled the crisis at its birth. This could easily

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The Westminster Gazette, always happy in quotation, have been done by announcing immediately after the pointed out on Wednesday how exactly Mr. Balfour's hostile vote that he...

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T T was inevitable that the meeting of the two Emperors in the Baltic should set all diplomatists, politicians, and journalists guessing at the object with which the meeting was...

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" W E pity the plumage, and forget the dying bird."

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These words were originally applied to those who at the time of the French Revolution thought more of the sufferings of the Court and of the nobles than of France as a whole....

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members for five hundred years have prevented the civilisation of

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Eastern Europe, his brain is probably superior to that of any of his predecessors. Inheriting the throne at a moment when its power seemed on. the eve of extinction, he gathered...

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Monday, "that our resignation or the Dissolution of Parliament at

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the present moment would be attended by grave public inconvenience." Did the Foreign Secretary's words refer only to a Dissolution, no exception need be taken to them. August is...

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" QHOULD Clergymen Criticise the Bible ?" The Daily Mail has opened its columns to a discussion under this heading. The word " criticise " is of somewhat uncertain significance,...

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T HE man was plainly something of a physician besides an economist who, according to the legend, dieted his horse systematically until he got it to subsist on one straw per day....

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I N this country sandhills are only found by the sea, except in that strange district at the back of Brandon, in Norfolk, where the blowing sands of what was once an arm of a...

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Sru,—When it was announced that the Ottoman Government had decided to construct a railway from Damascus to the Holy Cities of Islam, British journals, influenced no doubt by...

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L'ro THR EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR:I SIn,—The account given

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by your correspondent Mr. C. , T. Knaus in the Spectator of July 22nd regarding Russian policy in the Far East in general, and the occupation of Saghalien in particular, is, I...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—All students of the

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Apocrypha will be grateful for the excellent paper on this subject which appeared in your issue of July 15th; but surely the writer is too enthusiastic when he says that "the...

SIR,—Touching the part of your interesting article, "Dainty Animals," in

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the Spectator of July 15th, referring to the rein- deer and the lemming, it is curious that sheep in South Africa feed greedily on the locust; possibly for the cause suggested...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — It appears to me

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that two of the most pressing questions of the day—viz., the relief of the able-bodied unemployed, and the recruiting for the Regular Army— might be to a great extent solved by...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The writer of the

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letter in the Spectator of July 15th may be interested to know that another survivor of Wellington's army of occupation, 1815-18, is the eldest daughter of Lord FitzRoy Somerset...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—The writer of the

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interesting article on the above subject in the Spectator of July 15th is mistaken in thinking that the "salt cat" of ancient pigeon-books was only a catch- title or a...

SIR,—In the interesting article on the above subject which appeared

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in the Spectator of July 15th you draw attention to the splendid Elizabethan rhythm of the Apocrypha. I looked up the Revised Version, and noticed bow the rhythm is spoiled by...

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SiR, — In an article in the National Review some months ago (January, 1905), Sir Godfrey Lushington, while endeavouring to defend the conduct of the Home Office in the Beck...


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Sin,—After your hint in last week's issue I shall not say another word as to the use of the verb "to lay," but I believe it is not the only transitive verb which is confused...

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STUDIES of the inner history of the Russian domestic crisis

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are at the present moment scarcely more enlightening than correspondence from the seat of war. There are so many conflicting points of view to be realised, and, as in all...

THE amount of subscriptions and fees received up to July

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27th for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition is £1,700 18s. One hundred cottages are now built or nearing completion. Though the result achieved up till now is encouraging, those...


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I. NORTH and South and home again Round the world and all, From Barry Dock to Callao, From Limehouse to Bengal, Where'er the old "Red Duster" flies, Where'er a ship can swing,...

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SHAKESPEARE, revisiting the glimpses of the moon, would probably receive something of a shock at the sight of Mr. Gray's volume. It would be hard to convince him of the interest...

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DtareArr has written a most lucid and interesting book for

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those who "wish to know something of the birth of matter, the decay of matter, the nature of matter, of the nature of electricity and the relation of electricity to matter, of...

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KENNETH SOMEILLED MACDONALD was a fighter, and came of a

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fighting race. A far-away ancestor was Somerled, Lord of the Isles, who "more than once waged war on Malcolm IV., King of Scotland." His great-grandfather fought for Prince...

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NOVELS. WHEN a master of one form of literary art tries his hand at another the chief feeling with which we approach his experi- ment is curiosity. It is assumed to be in the...

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the narratives are somewhat bald, and that the author has

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neglected many excellent opportunities, Mr. Wilkins's records are interesting. They could scarcely fail to be so, such is the fascination of bravery, and he has collected three...

Joseph Joachim. By J. A. Fuller Maitland. (John Lane. 2s.

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6d.)—The difficult task of writing a biography of a living man, even though it be a short one, has been accomplished by Mr. Fuller Maitland with perfect tact and taste. The most...

G. P. Watts. By Mrs. Russell Barrington. (G. Allen. 2is.

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not.) —These reminiscences in no way incline us to alter our opinion that a satisfactory account of a great man can only be written some time after his death. Early biographies...


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C URRENT LITERAT U RE . The new Edinburgh Review is conspicuous for its freedom from controversial politics, only the last article dealing with current topics. That article,...

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The Vegetable Garden. By MM. Vilmorin-Andrieux. English Edition. Published under

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the Direction of W. Robinson. (John Murray. 15s. net.)—This is a volume of ample dimensions, reaching to nearly eight hundred pages, and furnished with illustrations which must...

Shrewsburii. By Thomas Auden. (Methuen and Co. 4s. 6d. net.)

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—This is one of the "Ancient Cities" Series. Shrewsbury is well entitled to be ranked in the class, as far as any cities in the British Isles may be so. There was no Roman...

The Rows and Iceland. By Nelson Annandale. (The Clarendon Press:

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4s. 6d. net.)—These " Studies in Island Life" are the result of much observation carried on during summer and autumn visits to the countries described. The writer thinks that...

Reminiscences of Manchester. By Louis M. Hayes. (Sherratt and Hughes.

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Os. net.)—Any one who can recollect Manchester as it was sixty-odd years ago has much to tell us. Most of the per- sonages who are mentioned in Mr. Hayes's pages have or had a...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] London to the Nore. Painted and Described by W. L. and M. A. Wyllie....

3firabeau and Gambetta. By Saxo-Norman (Arthur Pavitt and the Baron

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de Wyllie). (Effingham Wilson. 2s. 6d.)—The sub-heading of the title is "Two Friends of Old England," and it is published in the interests of the entente cordiale. We must...

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We have received No. 111 (July, 1905) of The Royal

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Navy List and Naval Recorder (Witherby and Co., 10s.) There are four Admirals of the Fleet (the youngest of whom has nine . years to serve), eleven Admirals (five years),...

The Estate Nursery. By John Simpson. (Country Gentlemen's Association. 5s.)—This

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"Handy Book for Owners, Agents, and Woodmen on the Propagation and Rearing of Forest Trees" contains a number of useful facts and figures. The question of price is, in one...

Prince and Tom. By Geo. G. Brentforde. (John Long. 3s.

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6d.) —These "incidents in the life of a dog and a cat," told by the Clog, it may be mentioned, are sufficiently amusing. It is true that the cat and the dog make friends in an...

Carriage by Railway. By Henry W. Disney, B.A. (Stevens and

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Sons. 7s. 6d.)—This book contains an exposition of the common law as regards the carriage of goods and passengers' . luggage in the first place, and of passengers in the second....

New Emnotre. — The Earthly Paradise. By William Morris. 4 vols. (Longmans

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and Co. 3s. 6d. per vol.)—Mr. T. W. Mackail has prefixed a short introduction, biographical and critical. The book belongs to the "Silver Library," and is very well printed. If...


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Atkinson (F. W.), Law and Practice relating to Solicitors' Liens and Charging Orders, or 8vo (Sweet 3: Maxwell) net 7/8 Illustrated Catalogue of a Loan Collection of Portraits...