2 JULY 1898

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NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE Spanish-American War, as we

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have pointed out else- where, is rapidly widening in scope, but its incidents happen slowly. The danger of a collision between the United States and Germany increases, owing to...

We do not know if our readers will notice that

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the three Latin countries have accepted Liberal Ministries. Senor Sagasta, Premier and quasi-Dictator of Spain, is the long- established representative of that party, and has an...

Our readers should note with extreme attention all news from

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the Philippines. The German Government professes a friendly neutrality in the war, but the Emperor is gradually accumulating force in the harbour of Manilla, which he would not...

The feeling in commercial Spain in favour of "peace" obviously

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increases, and is supported to a great extent by the Church, which is greatly concerned at the ruin of the colonies, first on Catholic grounds, and secondly because clerical...

M. Brisson has commenced his career with a sort of

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success. He read a long speech in the Chamber on Thursday, in which he said that his two great measures would be the substitution of an Income-tax on the rich only for the...

All correspondents expect a sanguinary struggle for Santiago, and much

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evidence points that way. There is other evidence, however, which suggests that General Linares does not intend to fight, but will blow up the squadron, and with his soldiers...

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

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The Bishop of London has forwarded a letter to all

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incum- bents under his jurisdiction, warning them that there must be limitations to the "tendency to make new experiments," which in a diocese like London must always be...

A grave debate was raised on Friday week in the

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House of Commons about the coal strike in South Wales. The speakers on behalf of the miners showed that ninety thousand men had struck for an advance of 10 per cent. in wages...

Lord Salisbury made a speech at the United Club on

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Wednesday on foreign affdirs. It ought, therefore, to have been interesting, but it was not. Indeed, the Premier himself intimated that he did not intend to be interesting, the...

Sir Michael Hicks-Beach proposed on Monday a vote whicI, led

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to a most interesting debate. It appears that already the reconquest of the Soudan has cost £1,805,000, and will cost before Khartoum has fallen about 2750,000 more. The past...

In the Times of Saturday last is published a letter

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from Canon Gore on "Lawlessness in the Church" which, in our opinion, should go far to settle the present difficulties. Not only is its whole tenour wise and restrained, but it...

The Times of Monday publishes a letter from Canon Knox

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Little, which may serve as a useftil warning to Sir William Harcourt against trying to make political capital out of ecclesiastical disputes. The Canon threatens the Liberal...

Sir John Gorst on the same evening endeavoured tc , explain

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away part of his recent speech on education. He had not condemned voluntary schools generally, but only voluntary schools in the great towns. In the country districts they were,...

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The election for Durham City ended in the return of

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the Hon. Arthur Elliot by a majority of 65. This is a seat gained by the Unionists, but the gain is probably due to Mr. Elliot's personal qualities, rather than any...

Birmingham is going to have a University of its own,

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the idea being that there is a class of able young men in the town who would profit by University education if they could obtain it, while still residing in their homes. They...

Sir William Harcourt protested against this vote as .44 unsound

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finance" in form—which we rather think it is, sound finance requiring you to get in your debt, and then, if -expedient, lend the money again—and as involving indefinite expense...

Professor Elisee Reclus, greatest of geographers, gave a lecture at

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the Royal Geographical Society on Monday, in which he pleaded for the construction of a giant globe with its markings outside, and all distances and altitudes in their proper...

Tuesday evening in the Commons was mainly occupied with the

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Benefices Bill, Sir William Harcourt making a long speech, in which he is supposed by some people to have withdrawn his 4 ‘ No Popery" cry of alarm. As we have carefully...

The Moneylending Committee of the House of Commons has, it

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is said, resolved to recommend a most trenchant reform. It is nothing less than a proposal that whenever a moneylending transaction comes before a Court, the Judge shall have...

Bank Rate, 2-1- per cent.

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New Console (2i) were on _Friday, 112. a

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THE ELECTORS AND THE GOVERNMENT. T HE electors are a little, or more than a little, unfair to this Government. They indulge at the by- elections their local fancies or their...

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W E do not understand the impression, though it is obviously current, that Sir William Harcourt has receded from his attitude towards the Established Church. He has on...

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T HE Spanish-American War, which was expected at first to be quite a small affair—" a mere Indian business," as one able American described it to us—is widening in every...

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THE GERMAN ELECTIONS. T HERE appears to have been comparatively little

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excitement displayed in Germany over the elections to the Reichstag. This is not to be wondered at, because, in the first place, the Reichstag is an assembly with little real...

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FRENCH RADICALISM. T HE advent to office of a new French

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Radical Ministry, composed, for the most part, of very able men under a chief of remarkable integrity and strength of character, suggests an inquiry into what French Radicalism...

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COPYRIGHT IN NEWS. T HE evidence which Mr. Moberly Bell gave

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last week before the Lords' Committee on Copyright Bills raises a very interesting question. Nothing can be plainer than the justice of Mr. Moberly Bell's contention. As the law...

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WHAT IS A BISHOP P T HE instinct of the average

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English Churchman when annoyed by his rector is to write to the Bishop and complain, and in an extraordinary number of cases his instinct leads him right. Either the Bishop...

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W HILE a certain number of pastimes remain fairly constant in the hold which they exert over the affections of the British public, others are subject to consider- able, or even...

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A COLONY of gardening ants has now been established for more than a year in the insect house at the Zoo. They came from Trinidad, originally in two colonies, bat the queen of...

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THE PASSING OF PETER. [To THE EDITOF. OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—For six weeks we had simmered in unwinking snnblaze, by day and by night had stared with ever-fresh wonder at...

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LANDSCAPE AND LITERATURE. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATOH."a Sin,—Your article on "Landscape and Literature" in the apecttitor of June 18th has the following, among other...

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SPECTATOR:1 SIE,-It seems strange to me, knowing the condition of Italy fairly well, that Englishmen who are interested in the country and in the antagonism of Church and State,...

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COMPENSATION. BETWEEN New Cross and London Bridge I peered from a third-class "smoker," Over the grimy waste of roofs Into the yellow ochre. (We were all of us bound on the...


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(TO TEE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—Years ago, when I was a curate of Kensington, and enjoyed the advantage of frequent intercourse with its vicar, the late Archdeacon...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—May an unscientific reader be permitted to ask whether the stripes or mottlings on the coats of a large number of animals may not be due...


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THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORALITY.* IT is likely that at a future period, possibly not very remote, the current studies in various departments of social science will be regarded with...


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[To TRZ EDITOR 07 TR' "SPECTATOK."] Sin,—Mrs. Ward in her letter says, "The altar at Benedic- tion in Lent would be bare,'—that is, without flowers." I can assure her that such...


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srscriTos."1 Sin,—In connection with Mr. George Allen's letter and your footnote in the Spectator of June 25th, I should like to call attention to one of our London churches....

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THE Dining Associations of London are not the least remarkable feature in its highly complex society. Their name is Legion, but four are more peculiarly interesting, from their...

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THIS useful and timely work should be of interest to all who care to know about what is unquestionably America's most noble and successful institution—the College or University—...

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Alfred Pease's book which reminds sts of Mr. Tom Smith's work known as the Life of a Fox, from the title of one of its chapters. The writer has much of the same keen and genial...

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THERE was a time when Mr. Howells showed a tendency to dissipate his talent in minute analysis and unimportant detail. In his recent books, however, he has emerged from this "...

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Sense and Sensibility. Vols. I. and II. of "The Win- chester Edition of Miss Austen." (Grant Richards. 5s. net each vol.)—The present charming edition of Miss Austen Is called...

The Gladstone Colony. By J. F. Hogan, M.P. (T. Fishes

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Unwin. 7s. 6d.)—Under this somewhat ambiguous title Mr. Hogan publishes an account of the abortive penal settlement which Mr. Gladstone, as Colonial Secretary, attempted to...

A Concise Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities. Edited by

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F. Warre Cornish, M.A. (John Murray.)—The third edition of the Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities appeared eight years ago. Eight years is a considerable period in those...

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Joana. By Margaret Surrey. (Marshall Brothers.)—This story has a very

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strongly marked religious element in it. We see, however, nothing that should reasonably give offence. The interest of the tale is adequate ; it is well written, and in some...