29 OCTOBER 1892

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T HE Carmaux affair has advanced many steps this week. M. Loubet on Tuesday signed the award, described else- where, reinstating Calvignac, but refusing to reinstate rioters ;...

Thomas Neill, a murderer of unusual depravity, who had poisoned

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at least four girls in London with the object of making their deaths bases for blackmailing, was on Friday week found guilty of murdering one of them, and condemned to death. He...

Mr. George H. M. Owen, Secretary of the North Welsh

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Property Defence Association, sends to Wednesday's Times a most important correspondence between himself and Mr. Gladstone's private secretary on the question whether Mr....

Ruraoura have been flying about all the week of dissensions

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in the Cabinet, and have attracted so ranch attention that a semi-official denial has been put forward. It is also denied that Mr. Gladstone intends to avoid the House, "except...


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With the " SPECTATOR" of Saturday, Novenzber 5th, will be issued gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outride pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

Mr. Courtney delivered an interesting address to his Cornish constituents

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at Menheniot on Monday. The Gladstonians, he said, were pledged to do strong things with a very weak majority. The country had spoken, but in a very hesitating way. Moreover,...

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

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The Prime Minister never displayed his astonishing intel- lectual and

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physical vigour more remarkably than in the delivery of the first Romanes lecture last Monday at Oxford on the history of Universities, and especially of the two great English...

The Cologne Gazette has obtained a copy, officially admitted to

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be accurate, of the paper of " Reasons " for the new mili- tary law before the Federal Council. These reasons are briefly that conscription has been much extended in...

Mr. Gladstone remarked on the great advantage which Cambridge had

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over Oxford in the greatness of her poets until, at least, a comparatively late period. And certainly not only was Milton, as Mr. Gladstone observed, a Cambridge man, but...

Lord Roscbery will have dyspepsia if he does not mind.

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He is the only charming after-dinner speaker left, and, if he does not defend himself even to rudeness, will be surfeited with banquets. At the dinner given by the Lord Mayor on...

Lord Rosebery was more serious on Tuesday, when " in.

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augurating "—why will not "opening" do, as of old ?—the free library, generously given by Mr. Pa.e.e.more Edwards to Whitechapel ; but he was amusing, too, uttering gravely the...

Amongst members of a different class Mr. Gladstone paid a

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most eloquent tribute to Bishop Butler, whom he described, in Shelley's words, as one of "the inheritors of unfulfilled renown," and he also gave great credit to Archbishop...

Mr. J. A. Fronde, the Professor of Modern History, de-

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livered his inaugural lecture at Oxford on Wednesday. He had come back, he said, to Oxford, but no more to the Oxford which he knew. Keble and Newman were gone, and the system...

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We need hardly say that the violent Vivisection controversy, which

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has been going on during the last three weeks, has been to us a very painful one, because it is impossible to deny that those with whom our own sympathy is the deepest, have...

At the meeting at St. James's Hall on Thursday, Bishop

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Barry made a very good speech, frankly regretting the grave errors into whieh he had been led. The Anti-Vivisectionists, amongst whom we are proud to reckon ourselves, are...

Sir John Lubbock made on Wednesday an able speech to

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the London Chamber of Commerce, in which he propounded a scheme, not for curing the Indian Silver difficulty, but for alleviating it. He did not believe, he said, in...

Mr. Balfour, on Thursday, made a long and bold speech

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at Manchester. in favour of bimetallism—premising, however, that he spoke neither for his party nor his colleagues, but only for himself. His idea is that the appreciation of...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (2!) were on Friday 96t.

There has been this week an odd incident at Birmingham.

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A clinvention, to consider the proper steps for the emancipa- tion of women, was sitting there,—apparently, very thinly attended, most of the Birmingham women being much better...

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the November number of the National Review to Mr. Gladstone's threat that if the House of Lords throws out the next Home-rule Bill, he shall have to "deal with" the House of...


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MR. COURTNEY'S ADVICE TO THE LIBERAL UNIONISTS. M R. COURTNEY in his speech on Monday in Corn- wall, gave, on the whole, admirable advice to the Liberal Unionists, though we...

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I T was thought that the Great War had cured Americans of their love of " high-falutin'." That war, and its result in the emancipation of the slaves, supplied them with a...

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T HERE is, we repeat, but a remote chance that the new German Military Bill will be rejected by Parliament. There will be serious conflicts as to the best means of meeting the...

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W E left the French Premier last week almost trium- phant in the Chamber, though we should fancy not a little perturbed. He had saved his Government, in the debate on the strike...

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THE POLITICAL FATALISM OF TO-DAY. when they seemed most actuated

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by capricious motives they were often blindly and instinctively furthering ends which they but dimly understood. To attribute, for instance, the English Reformation to the...

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A GREAT many statements have been made about Thomas Neill Cream, known here as Thomas Neil, the murderer sentenced to death on Friday week, but none of them throw any light upon...

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T N speak ing last week of the best mode of putting our- selves in the proper attitude towards those with whom we converse, we ventured to say that, at all events when con-...

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T HE conclusions of naturalists as to the laws which govern the colouring of animals must, it seems, be modified. There is no reason, however, to fear any loss of interest in...

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T HERE are few people more universally attacked than ordinary trippers and excursionists. They are con- sidered fair game for everybody. Their dress and appearance, their...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " BEEOTATOE. " ] SIR, — The letter from " M.D.," which you published on October 15th, reminds me of a friend of my childhood, and the ingenious way in...


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THE GOLD PRODUCTION OF THE WORLD. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The Times, which is usually quite reliable, issued a statement with reference to the present yield...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THZ "amccrwroR."] SIR,—You have finally disposed of the attempt of some of the Agnostic school, expressed in more than one journal, to diminish the force of...

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TE NNYS ON. [What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind ?] ART for Art's sake ! This our motto ! Vex us not with moral song ! Let us rest beside...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTITOR."] SIR,—On reading your editorial note to my letter on the survival of Queen Guinevere's name, I at once thought of "Isabel" as compared with "...


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THE SLADE SCHOOL. PROFESSOR LEGROS is resigning his charge of the Slade School. The Slade School is, outside of the Academy and Kensington schools, the best known and best...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOD."] SIR,—In the Spectator of August 13th, a correspondent drew your attention to an account, given in Westerman's Monats Hefte by Professor...


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[To TER EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—A somewhat remarkable illustration of the ancient and deeply rooted origin of our Western superstition of bowing, turning money,...

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HO GARTH.* THE eighteenth century is undoubtedly much better under- stood and more justly appraised at this moment than was possible fifty years ago. In their different ways,...

ELISABETH FARNESE. * ELISABETH FARNESE took her place on the throne

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of Spain at the end of the year 1714, after a scene which astonished all Europe, which was only the prelude to a career that always in- terested diplomatists and exercised the...

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WE are always pleased to open a new novel from the pen of Mr. Christie Murray because we know that we shall have an interesting story told with carefully conscientious literary...

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A FRENCH VIEW OF AMERICA.* ' This is a spirited

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translation of an interesting book. A few oddities of expression and spelling—always, for instance, " discrete " for "discreet "—seem to suggest that the English version may...

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IT has frequently been said since his death that the late librarian of Cambridge might have done much more than he did. He was fond of lamenting his own idleness, and thus,...

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MAHDIISM AND THE EGYPTIAN SOITDAN.* To do this fascinating work

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fall justice, we should need to devote a separate review to each of its twelve" books,"—which being impossible, we must content ourselves with giving a general idea of its...

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GIFT-BOOKS. Maggie Steele's Diary. By E. A. Dillwyn. (Cassell and Co.)— The outside of Maggie Steele's Diary suggests that Cassell and Co. regard this short and lively story as...

The Queen of the Goblins. By W. Pickering. (Gardner and

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Cu) —The description of Goblindom is quaint and striking, and so, too, is the account of the flight of the Queen to the Fairy Court; but towards the end the tale seems to get...

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Through Storm and Stress. By J. S. Fletcher. (W. and

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R. Chambers.)—In this tale is embodied the story of John Fox, who made such a remarkable prison delivery, in the year 1577, from the then pirate city of Alexandria. The story is...

Uncle Towser. By the Rev. A. N. Malan. (Religious Tract

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Society.)—There is some very good fun in Uncle Towser, and Mr. Malan knows schoolboy life too well not to make some capital hits. Jemmy Browser and Lurcher, the overgrown...

Max, Fritz, and Hob. By C. R. Coleridge. (National Society.)—

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We can hardly imagine a story that will give children greater pleasure than this, dated as it is from the Tudor period, though the scene is laid in the Bavarian Highlands...

Boxley Parish. By J. Cave-Browne, M.A. (Dickinson, Maid- stone.)—Boxley is

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a parish of nearly six thousand acres, near Maidstone, and Mr. Cave-Browne finds plenty of material in its history. It contains the famous Penenden Heath. Here Arch- bishop...

Not One of Us. By the Author of the "Atelier

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du Lys." (National Society.)—The scene of this charming picture of Alpine life is laid in Northern Italy, a gentler background with a warmer colouring than one could have...

A Nest of Royalists. By Esme Stuart. (National Society.)— The

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scene is laid in France, and the Duchesse de Berry appears in it. How some English children going abroad for economy's sake to Blois, find themselves in A Nest of Royalists, is...

Bush Luck. By W. H. Timperley. (Religious Tract Society.) —Readers

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of Bush Luck will get a fair notion of what the life of a squatter means, at least the best sides of a squatter's life. Things go fairly easily with the hero, but, on the whole,...

The Paradise of the North. By D. Lawson Johnstone. (W.

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and R. Chambers.)—In this tale the Pole is actually discovered in the middle of a fertile country, and the air of probability for this startling finale is ingeniously preserved...

Seven Times in the Fire. By C. Maud Battersby. (Religious

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Tract Society.)—A somewhat gloomy "story of France in Revolu- tion Times." There is a quite sufficient store of horrors collected here for the reader, and, though the darkness...

Sunshine. By Amy Johnson. (Macmillan and Co.)—A great deal of

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rudimentary science and philosophy is made easy for children in Sunshine. We have the innumerable experiments and commonplace tricks that everybody knows reacted, amplified,...

The Earth - Fiend : a Ballad. Made and Etched by William

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Strong. (Elkin Matthews.)—A Scottish peasant cultivates a piece of land, but finds that nothing prospers on it. By the advice of a wise woman, he watches for and captures the...

A Small Legacy. By Esme Stuart. (National Society.)—The " legacy

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" is a little orphan boy, born in America, who is sent to his surviving relative in England, where he becomes a general favourite and a source of amusement with his...

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A Woman of Shawmut. By Edmund James Carpenter. (Osgood, McIlvaine,

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and Co.)—Tbis is a carefully written and very neatly illustrated romance of Colonial times in America, based on historical facts. Ezekiel Bolt and Penelope Pelham, both brought...

Ye Amateur Photographer's Annual, 1892. (Hazen and Co.)—This volume contains

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a variety of information which the amateur— and, indeed, the professional—photographer will find useful. Details, scientific and technical, concerning the processes, de-...

The Story of Clifton Camrille. (Seeley and Co.)—This is the

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narrative, regarded from the point of view of the national history, of a certain manor. The first lord after the Conquest was a certain De Meschenes, who had married a sister of...

Shadows of the Stage. By William Winter. (David Douglas, Edinburgh.)—Mr.

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Winter has put together in this little volume twenty-eight essays on the stage and those who have trodden it. He first discusses the question that never can be answered :—" Was...

Lake-Country Romances. By Herbert V. Mills. (Elliot Stock.) —The stories,

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based at least on fact, which form this volume, have already appeared, it would seem, in a Westmoreland news- paper. This accounts, to some extent, for the one leading fault...