2 APRIL 1898

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NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE latest news from Spain

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all points in the direction of war. As we write the Spanish Government is considering some form of ultimate proposals, if not an ultimatum, sent them from Washington. What these...

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RUSSIAN PROGRESS IN ASIA. T HE English dread of Russia which

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so materially affects their external policy, and is at this moment involving them in all kinds of difficulties, is natural enough. Our countrymen do not acknowledge it, but...


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THE UNITED STATES AND SPAIN. I N spite of the optimistic telegrams that have been so freely sent from America as to the result of the Report on the loss of the Maine,' we...

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THEFRENCH CASE IN WEST AFRICA. T HERE is nothing more important

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in a controversy than to find out what are the real contentions of the other side,—to understand their case. What is the French case in West Africa ?—that is a question of...

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M R. ALFRED HOPKINSON, Q.C., the lawyer who has just been placed at the head of the Owen's College, Manchester, and who is a man of thought as well as experience, has described...

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I F India cannot pay her way, Great Britain must pay it for her ; that is, must put on an extra Income-tax, which if she once opens her Treasury to Indian demands, may easily...

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SECRET COMMISSIONS. T HE letter from Sir Edward Fry which we

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print to-day raises in an unexpected form a question of constant recurrence and perennial interest. The nine- teenth century might not unfairly be described as the century of...

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M R. JAMES PAYN was not a man of genius, not a great novelist, not even a considerable litteratenr, but he interested and amused an entire generation in a way which that...

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A N American author is, it is stated, about to publish a sort of "golden book" of the aristocracy of wealth. At the price of 2250, or some such figure, a work is to be issued—by...


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M R. E. STEWART, in a paper on crocodile-shooting in India, contributes much interesting information as to the numbers and habits of these creatures to the Contemporary Review...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR21 SIR,—Five years ago, through your kindness and the liberality of your readers, the empty conservatory at Friedenheim, the Home of Peace for...


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SECRET COMMISSIONS. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SFECTATOR."] Sin,—Your advertisement pages of last Saturday bear evidence of how widespread is the habit of paying commis- sions...


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[TO 7'HE EDITOR OE THE "SPECI'ATOIC.'] SIR,—A few years ago, when I was staying in Sussex, I hap- pened to hear Mrs. Smith, who was at once the village postmistress and the...

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[To THE EDITOR OP TEE SPEOTATOIL."] SIR,—I venture to call your attention to a misquotation and a mistranslation from Goethe in your interesting review of Professor Max...


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[To TEE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:9 SIR,—In an article on Mr. Zangwill's "Dreamers of the Ghetto" in the Spectator of March 26th, you say that he does not give "any thread of...


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[To TRX EDITOX OF TIM " EIPXOTATOX.") SIR,—For love of Mr. H. 0. Coxe I should like to be allowed to correct the inadequate version given in the Spectator of March 26th of the...

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MOONLIGHT IN LONDON. Lo a monster moon on the borders of the city, Suddenly cast up through the mist of evening, looms, 'Golden, leaning low on the ridge of distant housetops,...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOH."] 'Sia,—May I point out to you that the translation of Odysseus's address to Nausicaa, quoted by your reviewer in your notice of Mr. W. C....


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EGYPT AND SEA-POWER.* a. CAMERON knows, and knows thoroughly, not only Egypt itself, but the literature dealing with modern Egypt —i.e., Egypt since 1800—and therefore we can...

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Ma. GRAHAM WALLAS is to be congratulated on baying produced not only a clear and well-proportioned record of a singularly full and many-sided life, but a vivid portrait-study of...

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M. HOURST is no friend to England, and has not been choice in the expression of his unfriendliness. But he has written a valuable book of travels, telling the story of his...

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JOHN NICHOLSON.* SOME years ago an official of the India

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Office, who bad every opportunity of knowing, gave it as his opinion of the mtich-vexed question of competitive examination in the Civil Service that it made no difference...

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pleasant little volume of miscellaneous stories, poems, articles, and sketches, many of which are reprinted from magazines and newspapers, while others are now first given to...

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FOUR VOLUMES OF VERSE.* Ma. DOBSON supplies in the "

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Notes " to this volume a brief bibliography of his verse publications. His first ventures were made in the "Poets' Corner" of various magazines. The first collection appeared...

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Letters on Strategy. By Prince Kraft zu Hohenlohe Ingelfingen. "The Wolseley Series." 2 vols. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. 30s.)—If, as we gather from Lord Wolseley's...

Bijou. By Gyp. Translated by A. Hallard. (Hutchinson: and Co.)—This

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is of the type of story which a French novelist writes when she wishes to accommodate herself to the tastes of lea jeunes fills,. Bijou is a beauty of the first order ; every...

The State and Charity. By Thomas Mackay. (Macmillan and Co.)—There

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is no country in the world which makes so large and generous a provision for its poor, whether by legal or voluntary agencies for relief, as our own, and none in which that...

The Bargain Theory of Wages. By John Davidson, M.A.,. D.Phil.

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(Edin.), Professor of Political Economy in the University of New Brunswick. (G. P. Putnam's Sons.) — Professor Davidson has given us a valuable critical discussion of the theory...

Historical Memorials of .Ely Cathedral. By Charles William Stubbs, D.D.

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(J. M. Dent and Co.)—Dean Stubbs gives us two lectures delivered by him at Cambridge last year. The sub- ject of the first is "The Shrine of St. Awdrey " ("Awdrey" is the...

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Glimpses into Plant Life. By Mrs. Brightwen. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—Though

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many of these chapters have already ap- peared in serial form, we cannot withhold a few words as to the excellent treatment of her subject which at once places Mrs. Brightwen...

The Two Duchesses. Edited by Vere Foster. (Blackie and Son.

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16s.)—" The world is divided into Herveys and other people." A belief in this well-known saying will not be shaken by a study of the present book, which deals, among other...

Thoughts and Words. By Stephen DovrelL (Longmans and Co. 31s.

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6d.)—This is Mr. Dowell's commonplace book, printed in three volumes, with readable type and good paper. Some people will sneer at him for having given a mere heap of scraps to...


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From the Bavarian Highlands. By Edward Elgar. - (Joseph Williams.)—The first of this series of six choral songs is called "The Dance ; " it is a part-song of real interest and...

The Niger Sources and the Borders of the New Sierra

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Leone Protectorate. By Lieutenant-Colonel J. K. Trotter, B.A. (Methuen and Co.)—This is a most interesting as well as lucidly and modestly written book . , and is none the less...

On Veldt and Farm. By Frances Macnab. (Edward Arnold.) —Interesting

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as this lady's striking experiences are, the economi- cal and political chapters in the book are the most valuable. Our author has collected the opinions of a great many...

The Girls at the Grange. By Florence Warden. (F. V.

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White and Co.)—It is a long time since we have met with such an ex- cellent plot as that of The Girls at the Grange. Not only is it well- conceived and led up to, but the...

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Eat Anglia and the Great Civil War. By Alfred Kingston.

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(E. S ock. 10s. Cd.)—We can only put up a sign-post to this most interesting and able book. Those who are fond of the Common- wealth period will find in it plenty of most...

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NEW EDITIONS.—Leaves of Grass. By Walt Whitman. (G. P. Pntnam's

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Sons.)—The poems in this reprint are well and clearly printed, and compressed into a single manageable volume.— Selected Poems. By George Meredith. (A. Constable and Co.)—All...

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