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he Government are, of course, delighted, and Prince Billow claims

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the result as a popular ratification of Imperialism, and Herr Dernburg as a vindication of his colonial policy. The truth seems to be that the great personal popularity of the...


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MHE German elections, in defiance of the predictions of all observers in Germany and elsewhere, have resulted in a severe check to the Social Democrats. The Clericals have...

The returns of the primary elections for the Russian Durna,

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being still not properly classified, do not shed much light upon the situation. The St. Petersburg results, which we noticed last week, and which showed an overwhelming majority...

The Times of Wednesday published a striking appeal to England

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from M. Nicola Shishkoff, a distinguished and highly respected member of the Zemstvo Relief Assmslation and ex-member of the Council of Empire, for funds to relieve the famine...

• .* The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in

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any ease.

Friday's Times contained a circular by H. Stolypin in which

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he expounds to the provincial authorities his views on the conduct of the elections. There is to be no interference in party strife or pressure put upon voters. He deities the...

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On Friday week Mr. Bryce, replying to a deputation of

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the Irish Presbyterian Church, made known the decision of the Government in regard to the University question. Personally, he would have preferred an enlarged Trinity College,...

In an excellent speech delivered to the Walsall Chamber of

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Commerce on Monday Mr. Lloyd-George announced that he intended to introduce a Bill compelling foreigners to work their patents on British soil and for the benefit of British...

The Senate of the enlarged University would be partly nominated

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by the Crown, and partly elected by University teachers and by the whole body of graduates, and there would be no tests for Governors, Fellows, teachers, students, or examiners....

A telegram from Washington dated January 29th announced that Sir

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A. Swettenbam had withdrawn the letter addressed to Rear-Admiral Davis on the 18th ult., which induced the latter to leave Kingston with his squadron, and had expressed his...

The Times correspondent at Constantinople sends to the Wednesday issue

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of his paper an extraordinary story of a conflict which has arisen between the German Embassy and Fehim Pasha, the chief of the secret police. The latter is an aide-de-camp of...

We have no desire to minimise the difficulties of the

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Government, but we cannot resist the conclusion that, in their desire at once to reassure their Nonconformist supporters and to conciliate the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, they...

The French Bishops, as the result of their Conference, have

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made a proposal of the greatest importance, which may be the foundation of a settlement of the whole difficulty. Beginning by asserting their complete agreement with and loyalty...

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Lord Tennyson presided on Monday night at a banquet held

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to commemorate the first settlement in Australia on January 26th, 1788,—the first banquet, it may be added, which the united representatives of Commonwealth and States had...

The Archbishop of Canterbury made an interesting speech on the

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education question at the annual meeting of the Canterbury Diocesan Education Society on Monday. He repudiated the charge that the Church claimed one-sided treatment. They only...

Bank Rate, 5 per cent., changed from 6 per cent.

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Jan. 17th. Console (21) were on Friday 87—on p er week 87.

The vacancies created by the promotion of Mr. McKenna and

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the retirement of Mr. Ellis have now been filled up by the appointment of Mr. Walter Runciman to be Financial Secretary to the Treasury and of Mr. Charles Hobhouse to be Under-...

The week has been memorable for two applications to attach

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eminent politicians. Last Saturday Sir Edward Carson, on behalf of the Standard, applied for an order nisi calling upon Mr. John Burns to show cause why he should not be...

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THE ELECTIONS IN GERMANY. T HE result of the first ballot in the German elections is a partial triumph for the Emperor. The impassioned appeals of Prince Billow and Herr...


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T Il disclosure of the Government plan for satisfying the demands of the Roman Catholics of Ireland in the matter of University education has followed close upon the publication...

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91WO articles by Mr. Wilfrid Ward in the Times last 1_ week, and many contributions by others to the Press, have attempted to emphasise for En g lish readers what the writers...

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91HE intelligent stranger—from New Zealand or else- 1 where—who visits these shores in the hope of ,mastering the intricacies of our political life would find some...

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A DEFINITE step forward in the regulation of the cab induslry and cabdriving in London has been taken by the Home Office. The London Gazette of January 22nd contains the draft...

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W E hear a great deal nowadays about "modern educationists." We think of them as a new species, of whom Arnold and Thring were the earliest progenitors. It is quite startling to...

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"H ISTORY," said Lord Acton in his weighty epigram- matic way, "is the conscience of mankind"; and again, "Ethics are the marrow of history." The words may be taken as the...

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S IIRELY it is rather a sad affair when a man going forth for a country ramble says, complainingly, that he wants "an object for his walk." Such a complaint seems to argue a...

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GREAT BRITAIN AND MACEDONIA. [To ens EDITOR 07 MB SP7C7•70/3.1 Sru,—I am glad you agree with Dr. Evans (Spectator, Janu- ary 12th) that if our Government will not intervene...

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pro TEE EDITOR. OF THE .. SPEOTATOIC1 Sra, - If you are legislating about pensions, I will venture to suggest that you should look at the history of the American Pension List....


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[To TEE EDITOlt OE TUE Sracriaon. - .1 Sra,-When the Times describes the Indian Mussulmans as a homogeneous race with a common language, one need not be . surprised if people...


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Pension payments, the cost of the pension establishment, and the number of pensioners carried on the roll from 1865-66 to 1904-05 are shown in the following table,- Cost, main....

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170 TUE EDITOR OF TRH .SPEOTATOR-1 SIE,—A few days ago I received a letter from a young relative who is in the service of the Egyptian Government. He writes from some place...

should like to echo the sentiments expressed in your issue

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of January 12th by Mr. J. L. Roberts that it will be a scandal to Wales if Owen Glyndwr's prison-bones at Carrogis destroyed. The prospect of this has been imminent for months,...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE ..SPECTAT011.1 Suk—May I reply briefly P I quite agree with your plea that the ministry of the Church of England should be open to men of the views of...

ITO Tint EDITOR OF SPECTATOR:9 SIR,—I have observed a letter

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in the Spectator of January 12th referring to the proposed destruction of Owain Glyndwr's prison.house, commonly known as " Carchardy Owain." I should be willing to subscribe...

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[To rue Sono. or in "Ersoriros.1 SIB,—There is a sentence in your eminently fair and sym- pathetic review of my book on Newman, Pascal, and Loisy (Spectator, January 26th) on...


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[To TIM EDITOII 07 TIM . SPECT•TOR.1 Szn,—Oral tradition is notoriously untrammelled by the "unities," and the various editions of Ainsworth or Liddell- and-Scott may...


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pro Tex EDITOR 07 TIM "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The remarks on "the retrocession of accent" in your entertaining article, "About Dictionaries," in last week's issue remind me of a...


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[TO TIM EDITOR OF TIM . 871CCIIT012.1 SI11,—Az you often give your readers the opportunity of entering into the real thoughts and feelings of unlearned and poor people, you...

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[To Tan EDITOR OF TIM SPECTAT03..] STR, — I observe in the Spectator of January 12th, in a notice of "The Catholic Directory," the statement, rather startling to a Scotsman,...


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RICHARD OF GLOUCESTER.* No period in our history since the Norman Conquest has been so inadequately explored as the latter half of the fifteenth century. Not only are the...


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(TO ins ED7C011 07 TII7 “97.707•101t.") SrE,—Your readers are sometimes interested in examples of longevity. Here is one. I have in my house a portrait of an ancestor, a...


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And faithless sunk to sloth and shame, Jehovah woke, Jehovah wroth, And like a flood in vengeance came. Then one arose in anger strong, Her only trust Jehovah's name ; She...


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(TO THE EDITOR Or 7117 •• SPICCS■207...1 SIE,—Now that the Experimental Company suggested and advocated by the Spectator has finished its work and wound up its accounts,...

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THE present position of political economy is remarkable. The practical man complaius that he gets little assistance from the professors of the science, yet he still looks to...

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READERS of French memoirs may probably remember Madame de Motteville's pathetic account of the last illness of Anne of Austria, and how the dying Queen was soothed and consoled,...

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n) On the Death of Madonna Laura. By Francesco Tetrarchs. Rendered into English by Agues Tobin. London W. Heinemann. [78. 6d. set.]— (2) Ecclesiaetes in the Metre of Omar. By...

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A BLIND BIRD'S NEST.* Tag name of Miss Mary Findlater is associated with such excellent work, whether as an independent writer or in collabora. tion with her sister, that the...

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Ian of the °modes. By Wilfred Campbell. (Oliphant, Ander- son,

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and Ferrier. 65.)—Mr. Campbell is a poet. Had we not other good reasons for knowing it, we might guess as much from this book. It is written in poetical prose, and does not...

The Young Days of Admiral Quit/ism. By F. Norreys Connell.

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(W. Blackwood and Sons. 6s.)—Mr. Connell is extremely ingenious in the manner in which he contrives that his hero, like Dog- berry, shall "write himself down an ass." It is...

Sir Robert Peel. By Justin McCarthy. (J. M. Dent and

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Co. 2s. 6d. net.)—It is needless to say much of a book which has reached a fourth edition, but we may call our readers' attention to the appearance of this volume, not only...


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[Under this heading us notice such Books of the teak as ham net been reserved for moles in other forma The Manufacture of Paupers. (John Murray. 2s. 6d. net.)— Most of the...

Popular Ballads of the Olden Time. By Frank Sidgwick. (A.

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II. Bullen. Is. 6d. net.)—This volume, the third of the series which is appearing under Mr. Sidgwick's care, contains "Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance." It begins...


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Many-Coloured Essays. By Charles I. Dunphie. (Elliot Stock. 5s. net.)—Mr. Dunphie is always readable. He pleases us least when he is in his paradoxical vein, as in the...

The Amulet. By Charles Egbert Craddock. (Macmillan and Co. 6s.)—This

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is an interesting little novel dealing with the British frontier in America in the year 1763. Although earnest students of Fenimore Cooper will be disappointed that "Charles...


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THE HISTORIC CHURCH. The Historic Church. By J. C. V. Duren, MD. (Cambridge University Press. 5s. net.)—Mr. Durell treats of the "Sub- apostolic Age," by which he means,...

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The Japan Year Book, 1907. (Japan Press,'? Byward Street. Is.

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net.)—The compilers of this volume explain that its appear- ance has been delayed by the process of expansion. They further disarm possible criticism of style by stating that...

The Ancient Bards of Britain. By D. Delta Evans. (Educational

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Publishing Company, Merthyr Tydvil. 5s. net.)—Mr. Evans describes himself as seeking a middle term between Keltomaniacs andlleltophobiste, between "the malicious...

In the Hymnal Appendix (Skeffington and Son, ad. and 7d.)

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the Rev. A. Leigh Barker has included a hundred and nineteen hymns which are not to be found in the hymnals commonly used, not absent from all (though this is the ease in a...

How to Avoid Payment of Debt. By a Solicitor. (Simpkin,

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Marshall, and Co. is. net.)—This is a cheap edition of a book which was published some time ago, and which, as the "Solicitor" puts it, "created more excitement and less...

• In the series of "Golden Anthologies" (G. Routledgennd Sons,

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Is. net) we have Poems of Life and Death, Edited by 0.11. A. Bell. The volume contains about a hundred and seventy poems, and the selection covers a wide field of authorship....