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Constitution. The quarrel had produced a complete deadlock, so that

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money could not be voted and the exchequer was empty. In place of the Provincial Council which normally manages the affairs of the country a Commission of Administration has...


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T HE wheel of events in the Balkans during the week has taken a slow turn towards peace. King Charles of Roumania has gathered the Premiers of Bulgaria, Greece, Servia, and...

At the end of the speech Mr. Lloyd George returned

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once more to the " personal note." We must quote his most flowery simile in full :- " Do you know what I feel here to-day ? I feel like a petrel who has been breasting an angry...

It is clear from the statements made by Sir Edward

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Grey in the House of Commons on Thursday that the Powers are no nearer to arriving at a common plan for imposing a settle- ment upon the Balkans or bringing pressure to bear on...

Mr. Lloyd George resumed his most audacious manner in a

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speech on Thursday at Carnarvon. He began with a reference to the fact that the Tory Party were under the correct impression that he was preparing a great attack upon their...

Mr. Lloyd George dishes up all the familiar stuff about

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rich landowners battening on the poor, while saying nothing about taxing the unearned increment of such Stock Exchange ventures as he indulges in himself. As for the nonsensical...

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

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In spite of the confident assertion in regard to Sir

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Rufus Isaacs's becoming Lord Chief Justice, we cannot believe that Mr. Asquith will really make the appointment. For such a post the Prime Minister must choose a lawyer who has...

The Westminster Gazette has a fairly strong stomach as a

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rule, and will swallow almost anything done by its party without protest, but Mr. Lloyd George's speech was a little too much for it. Even its favourite statesman could not...

Under the heading of "Cabinet Changes" the Daily Tele- graph

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of Monday gave prominence to a statement as to the reconstruction of the Ministry which it is alleged is to take place in the autumn. Sir Rufus Isaacs is to become Lord Chief...

This is the same characteristic plea which is used by

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advocates of protection all the world over in regard to infant industries. It was used again and again during the height of the fiscal controversy in respect of motor cars. We...

We have pointed out from time to time the various

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reasons which make the present Government thoroughly deserve the name of "an organized hypocrisy." They deserve it abundantly on the question of Free Trade. They tell us...

In the House of Commons on Wednesday the question of

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aerial defence was raised by the Opposition. We cannot in the space at our disposal to-day go into the merits of the question in detail; but though we are prepared to admit that...

The Naval manoeuvres have continued during the week. We shall

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not be so rash as to say to which side the battle has inclined, for what appear to be successes might in real war have been defeats. Enough to repeat a few of the facts recorded...

The politician's objection to bounties is the practical one When

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people actually see money being put into the pockets of private individuals they begin to ask whether the system is good enough. For fear of misunderstanding, let us say that we...

We have no means of testing these rumours, but the

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Daily Telegraph has often proved to have access to special sources of political information. If the inner Cabinet have privately determined to dissolve before the third time of...

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In the Political Notes in Thursday's Times it is stated

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that Lord Mayo, who, it will be remembered, recently raised a debate on Portuguese slavery in the House of Lords, has received a threatening letter from " Portuguese...

Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. Austen Chamberlain received presents in

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honour of Mr. Austen Chamberlain's having repre- sented East Worcestershire in the House of Commons for twenty-one continuous years. Mr. Chamberlain spoke of the numerous and...

It has been decided that the memorial to the late

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Major M. F. M. Meiklejohn, V.C., shall be a simple stone in Hyde Park bearing an inscription, and that the balance of the fund shall endow a memorial bed in the Hospital for...

The Times published on Tuesday four letters, which were believed

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to have been destroyed, from Charlotte Brontë to Professor Constantin Heger, of Brussels. We are glad to say that the original letters have been generously presented to the...

Lord Rosebery on Monday made a capital speech on the

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value of manners to the boys of the Royal Grammar School at Guildford. He pointed out how much the men of the seventeenth century insisted on good manners. In his opinion the...

The Oxford " Greats " list, which was published on

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Wed nesday, showed that the Prime Minister's second son, Mr. Cyril Asquith, had taken a first-class. The academic dis- tinctions won by Mr. Asquith and two of his sons are a...

At the inauguration of the model wooden cottage on the

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edge of Merrow Common, near Guildford, on Saturday last, Lord Midleton was the chief speaker. He dwelt upon the need for supplying the demand for cottages in rural districts...

Bank Rate, 41 per cent., changed from 5 per cent.

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April 17th. Consols (24) were on Friday 731—Friday week 73.

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ULSTER AND THE LIBERALS' DELUSION. T HE ordinary Liberal is suffering under a complete delusion about Ulster. If you tell him that he is burying his head in the sand and...

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THE PERSIAN PROBLEM. T HE debate raised by Lord Curzon on

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Persian affairs in the House of Lords on Monday afforded a capital example of the invincible belief entertained by politicians of all shades of opinion that things can be and...

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I N almost whatever direction one looks there is unrest, or forces making for unrest, and no man can foresee the end of these things. The rapidity of communications, so far from...

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T HE report of the Registrar-General for Ireland for the year 1912, which has just been issued, con- tains a record of progress which will surprise most Englishmen. On this side...

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not generally enough accepted at the time to be included as common form in the second volume of Sir James Murray's "New English Dictionary." It is given there only with a...

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T HOSE who are familiar with the writings of that greatly g ifted writer, the late G. W. Steevens, will remember that, as a war correspondent in the Soudan campaign which ended...

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T HE following statement was made by Mr. St. Loa Strachey at the inauguration of his model £150 weather- board cottage near Merrow Common on Saturday, July 26th. It sets forth...

A S most householders, consciously or unconsciously. harbour a domestic cat

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or cats, even scrappy deduc- tions as to these animals seem excusable. It would be bumptious, since their essence is an enigma and we often barely realize their external shape,...

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"SPECTATOR."] Srn,—The weighty and sincere criticism of the arguments and conclusions of my recently published book on the Indian aspect of Imperial Preference that is offered...


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COMMONS PRESERVATION SOCIETY. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SrR,—On behalf of the Society for the Preservation of Commons and Footpaths I desire to tender their best...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." . 1 Sin,—I have, quite accidentally, had the good luck to come across the Daily News and Leader of July 4th, in which an article of...


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(To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR,—Your correspondent who signs himself "A Roving Englishman " relies on four propositions which scarcely seem to be tenable; as, however,...

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[To THE EDITOR 01 THE " SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—It seems to me there are three obvious reasons against an appeal to the country on the Home Rule Bill. (1) It would not be keeping the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE SPECTATOR."] SIR, — In any game of skill it is inevitable that the winner counts his BUCCeSII in some mathematical manner. When communication was less easy...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " EPECTATOR.1 do not remember to have read in any of the accounts of the drowning of Shelley anything about the subsequent history of the 'Don Juan...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "Spzeriros.") Sin, —The article in

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the Spectator on "Games as Mathematical Problems," with its quotations from Mr. Schmidt's explana- tion how to win golf matches, or rather how to cause opponents to lose them,...


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[To THE EDITOR or THE "Bram:on:1 SIR,--Surely your critic, in your issue of July 26th, is most unfair to Dr. Gray and his book. He begins by quoting (and, indeed, without...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE " SFECTITOR.1 Smn, —I have been approached, as the officer in command of the Scottish Company in the Westminster Division of the National Reserve, by one...

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[To THE EDITOR Ol TEE " SPICT.LTOR."1 SIR,—Under this beading

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some of your correspondents have recently given examples of terse description. But I know of none (except, perhaps, "Veni, vidi, vici ") which equals the one line into which...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR. " Srn,—It would be difficult to find a better model of brevity than a letter addressed by Jeremy Bentham, whose writings were not always...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Filled with the daily tale of horrors and carnage the press has let go, unobserved, an event which may bring some drops of consolation...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " SIR,—Your plans and specification have interested me very much. What height are the rooms ? What elevation ? Water, drains, dumbwell, &c.?...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR1 SIR,—I can hardly think your correspondent, Mr. Price Collier, is correct in his statement as to the reason why horses are used in Spanish...

THE COMMONS PRESERVATION SOCIETY FUNIY, We have received the following

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donation for the Society : Donation. s. d. F. Coston Taylor ". •.• ... 1 1 0

NOTICE.—When "Correspondence" or Articles are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marked "Communicated," the Editor must sot necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...

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A ROYAL PHILOSOPHER.f THOSE who are inclined to take a gloomy view of the future on the subject of the survival of the humanities in this country may derive some consolation...


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ON the cloudy peak of Tabor, Where the earth is lost from sight, Domine iliuminabor In the Unereated Light* ; In the All-pervading Essence We shall find our spirits rest, In the...

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MRS. WATTS has told the story of her husband's life and work, and she has done it in a manner that is adequate, simple, and dignified. Three things strike us in the life of this...

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THE NEW FRANCE.* Ma. LILLY'S judgments and opinions are always

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interesting, for they at any rate do not suffer from indeterminateness. He knows what he likes and—most clearly—what he dislikes. His views on philosophy, religion, and ethics...

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A GOOD, popular, and readable account of the early days of Australia—its discovery and first settlement—was much needed, and it is hardly necessary to say that Dr. Fitchett is...

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"THE Caravan Club has usually some fifty vans on its list, for hire at all prices, from twenty shillings a week up to eight or nine pounds." That is the answer, or at all events...


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MR. GOLDEING'S agreeable book will open the eyes of many who flatter themselves on knowing the Loire because they have visited Tours, Blois, and the neighbouring chliteaux of...

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IN the Nineteenth, Century Sir William Lee-Warner makes " The Civil Service of India " the subject of an article, in the course of which he traces the history of the means by...

EPISCOPACY AND UNITY.* Tins little book in the course of

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two hundred and fifty pages gives a clear view of the relations of the Church of England to non-episcopalian bodies, here and on the Continent, from the Reformation to our own...

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WOMEN OF THE COUNTRY.* THE few character-studies of hard-working and poor English- women which make up this short book are of such remarkable quality that we find ourselves...

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[Under This heading its nctice such Books of the week as hare not been reserved for rainy in other fcrins.] Phonetic Spelling : a Proposed Universal Alphabet for the Rendering...

The Swashbuckler. By Mrs. Bailie Reynolds. (Mills and Boon. 6s.)—These

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stories are mostly of a kind which it is impossible to describe by anything but the word which Stevenson annexed from Scott—" tushery." But Mrs. Bailie Reynolds's tushery...

READABLE NOVELS.—The Transformation of Timothy. By Thomas Cobb. (Mills and

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Boon. 6s.)—An amusing story of the struggles of a mother and daughter who are compelled by loss of money to keep a lodging-house in London. The situation is much complicated by...

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Les Victoires Serbes. By Henry Barby. (Bernard Grasset, Paris. 3f.

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50c.)—M. Barby was special correspondent of the Journal during the first of the Balkan Wars. He followed the Servian troops, and was present at the battles of Ktmanovo, Prilep,...

NEW EDITION.—The Citizen and the State: Industrial and Social Life

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and the Empire. By J. St. Loe Strachey. (Macmillan and Co. ls. 6d.)—For obvious reasons we cannot make any comment upon this book, and merely chronicle the appearance of a...

Roman Farm. Management : the Treatises of Cato and Varro.

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Done into English, with notes of modern instances, by A Virginia Farmer. (Macmillan and Co. 8s. 6d. net.)—The anonymous translator has produced a version of these famous...