31 OCTOBER 1885

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The news from Burmah is not much, but it indicates

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to Anglo- Indians a good deal. In the first place, Theeban means fighting. Even if his gunners have not fired upon the steamer which carries the Ultimatum, as was reported on...


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T HE state of affairs in the Balkans has become a little clearer during the week, but only a very little. Servia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Montenegro have evidently agreed to await...

The London School Board Elections, which come off next Monday,

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will be of very great importance. Undoubtedly, the true course is to vote for candidates who, on the whole, support the traditional policy of the Board,—while preferring those...

Lord Hartington's address to the electors of the Rosendale division

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of Lancashire, and Mr. Chamberlain's to the electors of the western division of Birmingham, have both appeared this week. Lord Hartington's is rather long and very clear, Mr....

Sir Charles Nike, in a speech delivered on Wednesday night

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at Kensington, replied to our remarks on the attempt to boycott Mr. Goschen. However, while he partly denied, he partly justified the attempt. A great part of the speech was...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the SPECTATOR Special Literary Supplements, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The Thirteenth of...

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

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Mr. Milner White, writing to Thursday's Times, bitterly

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complains of the clergy of Southampton for turning their pulpits-into electioneering platforms ifor 'the denunciation of Liberal candidates, and the same charge is brought, we...

Lord Rosebery's speech at Wrexham on Monday was in the-

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main an argument against abolishing the House of Lords,-and in favour of reforming it, and we have dealt with it below; but he said. some other notable things, too. He is...

The Archbishop of Canterbury has maintained in his Visita- tion

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addresses the same tone of perfect dignity and perfect serenity in relation to the question of Disestablishment which - he assumed from the first. He is the only prelate in...

Lord Hartington made much the best speech which he has

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as yet delivered in this election campaign at Darwen last Satur- day. He declared that all Liberals ought to be bound by Mr. Gladstone's programme, and ought not to be compelled...

Again, the Vicar of Hallowell, in Northamptonshire, Mr. Burgess, has

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written an address to his parishioners on the subject of the Elections which seems to us a perfect model. of earnest and temperate counsel, though we do not say that the Clergy...

We are happy to perceive that the misunderstanding between. Mr.

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Forster and the Liberal Two Hundred of Bradford has. been finally removed. Mr. Forster is still too weak from his recent illness to gait London; but in a letter to the...

Mr. Childers, in a speech delivered at Wisbeach, on Wednes-

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day, replied with great courtesy, and apparently with some hesi- tation, to our criticism on his proposals for conciliating Ireland. He said that a Militia, even if hostile,...

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Lord Rosebery's selected subject was, however, the House of Lords.

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He maintains that it cannot be abolished. without revolution—which is only true if the Peers could not he induced to vote their .own extinction, and there are alternatives they...

-Mr. 'Morley made a bright little speech at Newcastle on

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Wednesday, in which, after dissecting Lord Rosehery's pro- posals for the reform of the Lords, and hinting that he, like:Sir L. Playfair, should prefer a Second Chamber, if...

'M. Pasteur is said to have discovered a cure for

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hydrophobia in the shape of an inoculation with the marrow of rabbits which have died of the disease. Looking to the report of Professor Koch on the result of inoculating for...

Sir Frederick Roberts, who is going to India as Commander-

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in-Chief, was entertained at the Mansion House on Saturday, and made a remarkably good speech, entirely free from that party character some soldiers contrive to give even to...

Bank Bate, 2 per cent. Consols were on Friday 100i

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to 1004,.

M. Jules Simon, strictly a Moderate,. and a man of-

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great .capacity, publishes his view of, the French Elections in this month's am,temporarg. He strongly confirms the views we have -expressed. The Reaction is not directed...

The Elections are drawing near, and some of the Tory

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leaders are still wasting strength. Sir M. Hicks-Beach, for example, spoke a long speech at Cheltenham on Monday. Half of the speech was, from his point of view, very good...

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THE LIBERALS AND DISESTABLISHMENT. T HE Liberals both of the North and of the South are a little forgetting, in their discussions concerning Dis- establishment, the objects...

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S IR CHARLES DILBE, in his speech last Wednesday at Kensington, while disavowing entirely any intention of boycotting Mr. Goschen, put forth pretensions for the Radicals, in...


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A LL through Popular Government," the remarkable book in which Sir Henry Maine has just expressed his dislike and distrust of Democracy, there runs an idea that the rule of the...

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TT is very-curious, and not a little disheartening, to see how two mutually destructive theories of land-tenure are struggling together in the British mind, or rather, are not...

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'SHOCKING example' of the evil effects of irresponsible LL local government in London has been afforded by the controversy which has been raging during the last fortnight over...


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T HE grand difficulty of reforming Procedure in the House of Commons is this. The work cannot be done, or at all events done thoroughly, unless the constituencies will take an...

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O UR readers will find in another column a circular addressed by one of the most distinguished teachers among the Graduates of the University of London to the members of Con-...

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_ ti_ the many ambiguities of English speech, _ probably there is none of a more perplexing kind than that which allows us but one word to expresss gracefulness, and the grace...

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M ANY of our readers may have been a little surprised to notice that we consider it jnst, "on sanitary grounds," to compel the addition of an allotment to a rural cottage. We...

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W E have been accustomed to hear, for some years past, that Scott is no longer read, that the present genera- tion does not care for the manly men and the womanly women who are...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTA.TOR.".1 STE,—May I, following the example of some others of your correspondents, venture to offer to the public, through , the columns of the...


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THE LATE BISHOP OF MANCHESTER. pro THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." I Ste.,—ln the otherwise heartily appreciative paragraph with which you recorded the death-and.services of...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR." SIR,—IS not your comparison of the action of King Ahab with the compulsory power of the representatives of the community to acquire land,...


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I To THE EDITOR , OF THE " SPECTATOR." J [E,—May I suggest that the conduct of this controversy would seem to belong rather to the laity than to os of the Clergy ? The rush of...


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SPECTATOR." J - SIR, — As a sound Liberal, brought up in the school of Cobden and Bright, and taught to expect great things from the long- delayed measure of freeing the land, I...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Owing to the absence of bloodshed from the operations of the expedition to Bechuanaland, public attention has been but languidly...


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[The following communication has been addressed to Members of Convocation of the University of London. It will, we believe, interest a great number of our readers.—En....


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IN MEMORIAM—BISHOP FRASER. INTO that great, strong city of strong men, Whose pavements ring with ever-passing feet, One of the strongest will not come again, Where all those...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SFECTATOR."1 SIRA.E an Irishman, I wish to thank you for your article of October 24th on Mr. Childers's speech. Control of the magis- tracy and police...

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SIR H. MAINE'S NEW BOOK.* ALL the speeches which have been made during this struggle, and all the articles which have been written, and all the argu- ments which have been...


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HEAVEN'S pure-souled painter, Fra Angelico,— His calm brush, angel-guided, noon and night Startling the cloister silence with fresh light From some Saint's face,—unconscious...

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THE Puritans seem destined to get very scant justice from history. Of old, the high-Tory and "jure - divino Royalists" created a scarecrow of schismatic and anarchical shreds...

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published an edition of the Tyrannus. It was, as he himself now says, an edition of slight texture, its chief purpose being to place before the eyes of Greek scholars certain...

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NOTWITHSTANDING the light thrown on the subject by the researches of Dieckhof and Herzog, it is more than probable that some uncritical writers, and not a few careless readers,...

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unfair now-a-days—though the sentiment, of course, will not bear examination—that Mr. Ruskin should write a preface to any work upon Art which is not by his own hand. Yes,' one...

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HEARTS OR DIAMONDS ?* THIS is a love-story of- the

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romantic sort, and our authoress has wisely located her hero in the Far West of America. He-may be a natural-character enough, considered as a man of- fine in- stincts,...

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A CR1TICISM-ON 'PROFESSOR DRIMMOND.s' FEW religions books of our time

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have excited so much interest and discussion as Professor Drummond's remarkable attempt to identify spiritual with natural laws. This is due, we believe, not so-mush to the...

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The Boys' Own Annual (Boys' Own raper Office), with more

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than eight hundred closely-printed triple-columned pages, carries out very thoroughly in its contents the motto of the paper (of which it is the yearly issne)—quidquid agunt...

The Dawn of Day, a monthly publication of the S.P.0

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K. The Cottager and Artisan, and Child's Companion and Jurenile Instructor, both published by the Religious Tract Society, are to be praised for doing what they profess.

The Rover of the Andes. By R. M. Ballantyne. (J.

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Nisbet and Co.) —This "tale of adventure in South America" gives the variety of incident to which we are accustomed from Mr. Ballantyne. There is a sturdy young Englishman, a...


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GIFT BOOKS. The English Illustrated Magazine. (Maotnillan.)—The literary contents of this annual volume are at least as noticeable as the illustrations. Among them we have Hugh...

We have received the tenth volume of Cassell's Illustrated History

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of England, "New and Revised Edition" (Cassell and Co.).—This carries down the story to the passing of the Franchise Bill (1884), beginning with the death of Lord Mayo, and so...

The Girls' Own Annual. (Leisure Hour Office.) —This is the

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corre- sponding volume to the one just mentioned, with just the difference qualem decet ease sororum. This, too, boasts a large list of contri- butors; larger, perhaps, even...

The Magazine of Art. (Cassell and Co.)—We gladly welcome another

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volume of this excellent publication, which maintains its high character, while sold at a price that is almost incomprehensibly low. The personal and biographical element is...

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Sunday Reading for the Young (Wells Gardner, Darton, and Co.),

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is a volume to be praised. The illustrations are sometimes particularly good, witness "A Soudanese Woman" and " Luigi " (on p. 56), and the reading is both varied and...

The importance of the Disestablishment question in the North at

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the present moment is evidenced by the fact that in the new number of the Scottish Review there appear two articles on the subject, the one from the pen of Principal Talloch, of...

Cairnforth and Sons. By Helen Slaipton. (S.P.C.K.)—The hero of this

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story is a young man who has newly come into the position of chief shareholder in the manufacturing company of " Cairnforth and Sons," and feels that he owes something to the...

The Epistles of Horace. Edited, with Notes, by Augustus S.

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Wilkins. (Macmillan and Co.)—What with Mr. Page's edition of the "Odes," Professor Palmer's "Satires," and now this excellent little volume from the hand of Professor Wilkins,...

The King of the Tigers. By Louis Rousselet. (Sampson Low

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and Co.)—M. Rousselet's hero is a certain Lord Everest, an English noble- man, the victim of that mysterious disease of which our French neighbours seem to know so much more...

Master of his Fate. By A. Blanche. Translated by the

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Rev. M. R. Barnard. (Griffith, Ferran, and Co.)--The scene of the story is laid in Stockholm, and its opening chapters describe the goings on of school- boys in that city,...

The Cruise of the 'Theseus.' By Arthur Knight. (Griffith, Ferran,

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and Co.)—This "yam for boys" ought to please the readers for whom it is, in the first instance, intended. The Theseus' is com- missioned for the service of cruising for slaves...

We have received the first volume of the Industrial Constructor.

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(Ward and Lock.)—This is the yearly issue of the "Technical Journal," containing information, brought up level with the most recent advances of learning, about " the leading...

The Imitation of Christ, fiom the Autograph Manuscript of Thomas

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ii Kempis. With Introduction by Charles Rueleus. (Elliot Stock.) —This little volume is' faasimile- of the manuscript of the " De Imitatione," written in the autograph of...

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Shropshire Folk-Lore. Edited by Charlotte Sophia Berne, from the Collections

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of Georgina F. Jackson. Part II.—Miss Berne con- tinues this curious collection of the oddities of human thought with what would seem an unfailing supply of materials. These,...

Jan Vedder's Wife. By Amelia E. Barr. (James-Clarke and Co.)—

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This is a story of very great merit, with its.vivid pictures-of scenery and life,.and- ittepowerf al drawing. of charaeter. The scene is laidin - theShetiand Isles ; the time is...

Pastoral Comforts, by the Rev. J. D. Knowles (Skengton), is

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a book designed to help the parish priest in ministering to the sick, not pretending, as the, author is careful to inform UP, to be a complete manual for pastoral visitation,...

A Strange Marriage. By Helen Falconer. 2 vols. , (Remington' and

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Co.)—It is not easy-to say anything-more about this novel than that the title is well deserved by the contents. To speculate whether the strangeness passes the bounds of...

Lecture on Ireland. By an English Lady. (W. 31: Moorish,

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Bristol.)—The "English Lady" tells. the story of the "woes and. difficulties" of Ireland in a spirit which reminds one of the descrip- tion of the English in old time. She is...