30 MARCH 1901

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It is right that China should pay the actual expenses

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brought on Europe by her mad folly, but we cannot help fancying that some of the Powers are actuated by a desire to make money out of the transaction. Fifty millions sterling,...

• The intelligence from China is still obscured by a

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multiplicity of conflicting statements, but the balance of evidence still is that China has either refused to sign the agreement about Manchuria, or has insisted on changes to...

The French Government seems to be winning all along the

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line. The strikers are yielding at Marseilles under the pressure of positive want, and the Unions which promised aid to the dockers have gone back to work. The great Bill on...


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T HE peremptory breaking off by General Botha of the peace negotiations wac soon followed by a very brilliant little victory for the British arms. On Monday Lord Kitchener was...

It is strongly stated, and as strongly denied, that the

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American, German, and British Governments have privately remonstrated with the Russian Government on the Manchuriam • agreement, and that this being known to the Chinese Court,...

The struggle between the Government of Russia and the students

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still continues. On March 23rd a statist, named Lagovsky fired three bullets through a window behind which . M. Pobiedonostzeff, Procurator of the Holy Synod, was working, '...

*.* The Editors =met undertake to return Iltanv,script, in any

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In the House of Commons on Monday Mr. Ellis, in

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discussing the question of soldier-settlers in South Africa, used language about the newly enlisted Imperial Yeomen which we can only describe as deplorable, and which it is...

In the House of Commons on Tuesday Mr. John Burns

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moved the second reading of the London Water (Purchase) Bill in an able speech contrasting favourably with his recent excursions into Imperial politics Sir F. Dixon-Hartland and...

The Times published on Monday a very curious account, based

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on documentary evidence, of the organisation through which the Macedonian Revolutionary Committee works. The central body divides the province into districts, in each of which a...

The question of rifle ranges , occupied almost the whole of

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Tuesday's sitting in the House of Lords. Lord Raglan set forth the difficulties encountered in procuring suitable ranges, owing to the increasing range of the rifle and the...

In the House of Lords on Thursday Lord Lansdowne made

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a most important statement in regard to China. After deal- ing with the diplomatic situation as between China and the Allies, and mentioning that it was not the desire of the...

Lord Curzon on March 27th summed up the Indian Budget

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debate in a long and, on the whole, optimistic speech. He took credit for great military reforms and improvements in frontier policy, and for pestricting the incessant changes...

What right, we must ask, has Mr. Ellis thus to

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pour ridicule and contempt upon the men who have enlisted under the British flag ? Mr. Ellis once asked for "a stream of facts" in order to present the Boer case to his...

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We cannot say that we find in Lord Lansdowne's speech

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any proof that the Government have adopted a clear or satisfactory policy, either as regards the whole Chinese ques- tion or as regards the special Russian problem. It appears...

As to the specific agreement about Manchuria which Russia was

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now said to be negotiating with China he could give no definite information. But he would like to say that we are very far from taking an exaggerated view of our interests in...

On Tuesday was published Lord Lansdovrne's despatch refus- ing to

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accept the amendments which the Senate made to the Hay- Pauncefote Convention. That Lord Lansdowne gets an easy logical and diplomatic victory over the Senate and the State...

A public meeting, convened by the Lord Mayor, was held

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on Tuesday at the Mansion House in furtherance of the National Memorial to Queen Victoria. In the absence through illness of Lord Salisbury, Mr. Balfour, who moved the first...

In the House of Commons on Thursday the peace negotia-

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tions formed the subject of debate. The only point of real importance raised was the question of how far after the war was over the Boer farmers should be given pecuniary help...

The libel action 'brought by Mr. Arthur Chamberlain against the

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Morning Leader and the Star ended on Tuesday in a verdict of £200 damages for the plaintiff, the trial having lasted four days. We have dealt with the whole subject elsewhere,...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday Mit

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THE MUDDLE IN CHINA. W E ought, we fear, to apologise to our readers for returning to the subject of China; but our situa- tion there is far more dangerous as well as...


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W E were unable last week to deal with the peace negotiatitms in detail. Perhaps it may turn out that the cause of permanent peace in South Africa was furthered by the rejection...

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H AVE the Nihilists decided on a new policy, that of attacking Ministers instead of the Sovereign ? The assassination of the Russian Minister of Education, followed, as it has...

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of £200 damages in the libel action brought against the Morning Leader and Star news- papers by Mr. Arthur Chamberlain strikes us as eminently satisfactory. The articles...

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"E FUR si inuove." There is such a thing as progress after all. This is the thought suggested to us by certain "official memoranda" relating to conciliation in the...

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rilHAT was an interesting story told the other day by Mr. Choate about James Russell Lowell. When Lowell was lying on his couch waiting for death, he was visited by Olives...


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M ISS YONGE, the novelist, whose death on Sunday last we regret to record, was able with the profits which she obtained from "The Heir of Redclyffe ” to purchase a schooner,...

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MAURICE, command- ing at Woolwich, has issued a General Order to the officers of his district urging them to teach their men to use their eyes. Though not too long for the...

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OUR " ADMIRABLE " SERVICE RIFLE. [TO TIIE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] STR, — It is rather surprising that nobody has so far pointed out the inconsistencies in Mr. Brothick's...

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[TO TEM EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—In the Spectator of the 16th inst. I notice an article in connection with the forthcoming Budget uniler the heading of "Finance and the...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—The letter of your correspondent "W. W." is full of interest, but misses a point, I think. "The gods of Scandi- navian mythology," he...


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"SPECTATOR:] gather from various sources that the above subject is likely to become an interesting one to many women both in this eountry and in South Africa. I, an exile from...


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Ile TR& EDITOR OP TEL u sracrAroa.1 Sra,—In a letter by Mr. W. D. Scull on" Clericalism.and Anti- Clericalism in European Politics" which appeared in the Spectator of March 2nd,...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I read the article re the above in the Spectator of March 16th, and consider the scheme therein propounded a near approach to the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF' THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—In the Spectator of March 23rd you ask :—" What would now be the condition of the United States if the North had patched up a peace...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] was somewhat surprised that a paper of the standing of the Spectator (March 24th) should publish a criticism of the above case based, on the...

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LITTLE MEMOIRS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.* THE little company of seven with whom the reader of these memoirs will make acquaintance consists of "two grand,es dames of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THZ "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In Sir W. Harcourt's speech at the Mansion House he said: "He hardly knew one [monument] in the great Metro- polis which was deserving...


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THE SEA OTTER. CURSED with a skin that charms the eye— All shot with satin sheen, More worth than pearl or lazuli, The pride of King and Queen, A coat that not the equal heft...


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[TO TIM EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE,—We shall probably never know for certain why the Boer leaders refused our peace proposals ; probably each of them had different...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The giving of the License-duty to relieve local taxation was a great error. The giving of licenses by mere patronage is tending...

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THE ASHANTI CAMPAIGN.* IT must be trying in the extreme

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to be shot at by an invisible enemy, whether he fire with smokeless powder and a Hauser rifle from behind a- boulder half-a-mile off, or with a "long ' • (1.) The Siege of...


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Ma. ROUND is nothing if not a fighter. He descends into the lists to do battle with all and sundry, from the College of Arms and its defenders to the humbler pretender to famous...

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ENGLISH opinion inclines to believe that the life of the' busy States of the Union is one of unremitting toil. It is almost matter of faith that nearly every one in the Eastern...

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By far the most striking and brilliant novel on our list this week is that entitled The Heritage of Unrest, by an American lady named Gwendolen Overton. The theme she has chosen...

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ESSAYS ON CONSUMPTION; Essays on Consumption. By J. E. Squire,

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M.D. (The Sanitary Publishing Company. 10s. 6d.)—Sir W. Broadbent assures us in the introduction that Dr. Squire has a right to be heard, as from his position as physician to a...

pressed a great deal of scholarly and illuminative criticism within

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the compass of less than sixty pages. In the first lecture on " Passion and Imagination in Poetry," taking Milton's "inspired parenthesis" as his aooeieh, Mr. Beeching gives a...


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THE ANGLO-SAXON REVIEW. The new number of the Angto-Sazon is quite up to the high level of its predecessors. Its editor (Mrs. Cornwallis-West) con- trives to give the stamp of...


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In Songs and Song-Writers (John Murray, 59. net) Mr. Henry T. Finck, the able musical critic of the New York Evening Post, has given us a readable and suggestive volume, -...

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The Story of the Inter - University Boat - race. By Wadham Pea. cock.

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(Grant Richards. 2s.)—We had thought that this subject had been disposed of in previous books. This, however, has the merit of being cheap and giving all the facts in a handy...


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Rumania in 1900. By G. Benger. (Asher and Co. 10s. net.) —Mr. A. H. Keane has translated this most useful description of the Danubian State and its trade resources. Indeed, the...

The Complete Works of John Keats. Edited by H. Buxton

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Forman. Vol. IV., Letters, 1814-1819. (Gowan and Gray, Glasgow. 1s. net.)—These letters, it will be understood, do not include those to Fanny Brawne. These are to follow in a...

General Booth. By Jesse Page. (S. W. Partridge. Is. 65.

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net.)—This book, one of the "New Century Leaders Series," is, obviously, not one for review. It would lead us i,,to the discussion of many subjects, religious and social, which...

A Guide to the Churches of Chislehurirt. By E. I.

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Webb. (G. Allen.)— About eight-ninths of this volume are devoted to the parish church (St. Nicholas). This is as it should be. The ecclesiastical history of the parish centres...


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[Under this heading We notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Jonathan Edwards : a Retrospect. Edited by H. Norman Gar- diner. (Gay...

Catholic Usages, So - called. By " John Myrc." (Skeffington and Son. 2g.

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6d.)—This is a seasonable book, written with con- siderable force, humour, and knowledge of the subject. The author's purpose is to expose the folly —we might say worse than...

Is Vhrist Infallible and the Bible True? By the Rev.

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Hugh McIntosh, M.A. (T. and P. Clark. 9s.)—It is not easy to define the author's position. He expresses, more than once, admiration for Dr. Robertson Smith (who, it seems, was...

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Pictorial Postcards. — We have received from Messrs. Raphael Tuck a set

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of picture postcards. They include coloured por- traits of the King and Queen, souvenir postcards of the Duke of York's visit to Greater Britain, "rough-sea views"—why nocalm...

Scriptural and Catholic Truth and Worsh+p. By the Rev. F.

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Meyrick. (Skeffington and Son. 5s.)—Canon Meyrick gives a clear history of Christian doctrine and practice as they existed in the Primitive Church (we should hesitate about...

Notes on Speech Making. By Brander Matthews. (Longmans and Co.

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Is. 611 )—The first of these two papers refers to lectures, addresses, and speeches in general; the second to the after-dinner variety. Instruction in either kind of exercise is...

The Stock - Exchange Ogicial Intelligencer. Edited by the Secretary of the

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Share and Loan Department. (Spottiswoode and Co. 50s.) —The editor is careful to explain that though this volume is diminished in size as compared with the issues of previous...

New EDITIONS. — Leaves from the Diary of Samuel Pep ye. (Gay

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and Bird. 2s. 6d. net.)—This is one of the "Bibelot Series." As it stands it is a new book rather than a new edition. A number of interesting passages have been collected from...