2 JANUARY 1897

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T HE list of New Year honours presents only one feature of interest, the peerage conferred upon Sir Joseph Lister, the founder of antiseptic surgery. That is an honour which...

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THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM. I T is very natural that the Liberals should be very anxious about the future of Liberalism ; for they feel, without clearly perceiving, that in...

THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE. T HE Governments of Washington and

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Madrid are quite right in negotiating in strict secrecy about Cuba. Americans are so emotional and Spaniards so devoted to the "point of honour," as they call it, that if they...

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W E wonder if Mr. Balfour is right in predicting that Scotland, now the chosen home of " stalwart " Radicalism, will one day become reasonably Conservative. We do not feel quite...

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I N the O'Conor Don's able and temperate speech on Monday in the Dublin Mansion House on the question of the right of Ireland to be taxed with relation to the "taxable capacity"...

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B Y far the fullest story of the Raid and the events that led up to and followed it, is to be found in the Christmas number of the Cape Times. This pamphlet, written by Mr....

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W E should like to know what the ultimate cause is of the modern connection between Radicalism and a Form of compassion which can only be fittingly described as unreasoning....

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BISHOP-MAKING. T HERE is a marked and instructive difference between the

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public estimate of Mr. Brownjohn's opposition to the confirmation of the Archbishop of Canterbury last week and the public estimate of the very much more serious opposition to...

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I N the remarkable and most pathetic story which the brilliant author of the series on "The Seen and the Unseen" contributes to the New Year's number of Black. wood's Magazine,...

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W E hardly understand Mr. Gladstone's eulogy upon book-collecting as a pursuit, and besides quarrelling with him for his sin in lending his authority to the use of a barbaric...

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H OW many bankruptcies does it take to establish a new industry ? British manufacturers are by all accounts among the most conservative of mankind, and if the name " ramie "...

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TAXATION AND TAXA.BLE CAPACITY. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " &MCP/TOR:1 hope you may again say something to enlighten your- readers upon this subject. I, as one of them, find it...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOH."] SIE, — In the Spectator of December 26th you devoted a brief criticism to this remarkable but painful book, and you end with a glowing...

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pro THE EDITOR OP THE * SPICTAT03:1 send you an account of an incident that occurred yesterday evening. I had gone over to Fareham to spend Christmas with ray sister and...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I8 it worth while to tell your readers that their great- grandfathers had their "Bad Child's Books of Instruction" too ? I remember...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'I SIR,—As any uncommon fact regarding animals seems to find a ready place in your columns, I have thought it worth while to send you an account...

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JANUA ANNI. WHAT lies behind thee, portal of the year ? Wan Famine, or the Earth with glad increase Yielding her fruits ? the nations vexed with fear Of iron War, or lapped in...


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MR. WATTS'S PICTURES AT THE NEW GALLERY. Fon the second time the pictures of Mr. Watts have been collected together. They were seen fifteen years ago at the Grosvenor Gallery,...


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0 CHILDREN, dwelling far away From this dell land of everyday In worlds invented by yourselves, From which you peer, like curious elves, At ours and us, that seem to you So...


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[TO VII EDITOR OF THI " BFICTATOR."] SIR,—My old friend Mr. Stillman's captivating account of his experiences with squirrels published in the Spectator of December 19th,...

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GOD AND THE SOUL.* THE first half of this little book is a perfect model of subtle thought, apt illustration, lucid reasoning, and terse exposition. If we are less attracted by...

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MRS. RUNDLE CHARLES'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY.* THIS little volume has the rare

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fault of being too brief. It is a beautiful story, but there are gaps in it which the reader would have been glad to see filled up. A woman of Mrs. Charles's receptive and...

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Mx. ZANGWILL is one of the foremost among the band of modern writers, whose especial mission it is to instruct and to reprove an older generation. He is a very clever author in...

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IT would be hardly possible, one would think, to write a really -dull book about the French Revolution ; nevertheless, M. Edmond Bird has very nearly accomplished the feat. As...

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Mn. DE B. GIBBINS, as the title-page to his present work indi- cates, has extended his studies very far beyond the "problem of the unemployed," and has given us a book of very...

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Tarr magazines for the first month of the New Year do not increase our hopes for the future of magazines. There are plenty of good average papers, but there is nothing of the...

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In the Garden of Peace. By Helen Willman (Mrs. Caldwell Crofton). Illustrated by Edmund H. New. (John Lane.)—We are glad to discover in Mrs. Caldwell Crofton's pretty little...

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A Book of Sauces. By Mrs. Beaty-Pownall. (Chapman and Hall.)—The

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author of this little book might fitly paraphrase a famous saying of Dryden, and exclaim, "I trade both with the Ohs World and the New for the enrichment of my sauces ! " for...

The Royal Christopher. By Justin Huntly McCarthy. (Chatto and Windus.)—This

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is a story of adventure on the sea, of mutiny, fierce fighting, and ultimate triumph of the right. It is a good story, with a well-conceived and well-developed plot, but so far...

The Saga of the Sea Swallow. Told by Maidie Dickson.

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(A. D. Tunes and Co.)—Seven Vikings, of whom IN'nlfric the Bold was the leader, come to an enchanted isle on the west coast of Britain, where they find the White Witch and the...

The Zankiwank and the Bletherwitch. By S. J. Adair - Fitzgerald. With

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Pictures by Arthur Rackham. (J. M. Dent and Co.)—We think that the pictures are good in this book ; we think also, but with the hesitation which a difficult matter demands, that...

Half - Holidays at the Zoo. By Charles Morley and Hulda Friederichs.

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(G. Routledge and Sons.)—These sketches of the various inmates of, the Zoo, from the "king of beasts," if we may still give this title to the lion, down to the lizards and eels,...

Squib and his Friends. By E. Everett-Green. (Nelson and Sons.)—"

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Squib" is a little boy who has earned this nickname by a way he has of exploding, so to speak, in a rapid gush of impul- sive talk after long periods of silence and inaction....

The Piebald Horse, and other Stories. By Arthur Burrell. (T.

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Fisher 17nwin.)—There are ten stories in this volume. We like best of all "My Grandmother's Holiday." The humour of this is very skilfully managed indeed. There is just a...

Violet Vereker's Vanity. By A. E. Armstrong. (Blackie and Son.)—The

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form of snobbishness which forbids social inter- course with people in trade furnishes material for the history of Violet Vereker's vanity. It is Violet and her girl-friend who...

The Riders. By A. Russ= and Frederick Boyle. (Frederick Warne

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and Co.)—This is, in a way, a continuation of "The Orchid-Seekers in Borneo." Ludwig Hertz is one of the prin- cipal characters, and he goes to look for the Cattleya, a...

The Great White Queen. By Victor Le Queux. (F. V.

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White . and Co.)—Who would have thought, as he strolled through the streets of Eastbourne some ten years or so ago, that that town contained so very strange and romantic a...

Black Gull Rock. By Morice Gerard. (Nelson and Sons.)—This is

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a story of the evil days when some of the dwellers on the Cornish coast were wreckers. Annie Tresidder is taken, sorely against her will, to the house of her uncle Trehane, and...

Those Children. By Curtis Yorke. (F. V. White and Co.)—We

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must own that we soon weary of the doings of the preternaturally troublesome children who supply some writers with a subject which they can develop into all kinds of...

Every Girls' Book of sport, Occupation, and Pastime. Edited by

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Mrs. Mary Whitley. (G. Routledge and Sons.)—The contents of this book are (1) essays on various subjects in which all girls may be supposed to be more or less interested ; (2)...

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The Child, the Wise Man, and the Devil. By Coulson

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Kernahan. (James Bowden.)—The success of "God and the Ant" has, rather unfortunately, tempted Mr. Kernahan to write a sequel—or, as he prefers to say, a "companion "—to it,...

The Book of the Dairy. Translated from the German of

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W. Fleischmann, Ph.D. (Blackie and Son.)—The translators of this work, Mr C. M. Aikman and Professor Patrick Wright, have performed a great service to British dairy-farmers and...

Philip, Duke of Wharton. By John Robert Robinson. (Sampson Low,

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Marston, and Co.)—Mr. Robinson means well, but he cannot be complimented on this too large and rambling volume on one of the most eccentric and unscrupulous of English Peers....

How to Visit the Mediterranean. By Henry S. Lunn. (Horace

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Marshall and Son.)—This little guide-book seems primarily in- tended for the use of passengers in Dr. Lunn's short Mediterranean cruises, who, with only two or three days to...

Messrs. Frederick Wayne and Co. have published the sixth volume

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of their large, handsome, and profusely illustrated Royal Natural History, edited by Mr. Richard Lydekker. This volume treats of invertebrate animals, including jointed animals...

Man. By Lilian Quiller Couch. "Odd Volumes," No. 5. (J.

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M. Dent and Co.)—The above comprehensive title does not prelude an essay on " Man : his Origin and Development," but merely a volume of clever short stories by a young lady whom...


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Ante-Nicene Christian Library Additional Volume, imp 8vo (T. & T. Clark) 12/6 Clarke (8. (1.), Festival, and other Hymns, Cr 8vo (Skellington) 6/0 Duggan (3.), The Life of...