3 APRIL 1909

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The chief of the more remote consequences of Germany's action

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is the altered relations between Germany and Russia. Though the German official Press may argue that nothing has been changed, and that the stories about the pressure exercised...

In the Reichstag on Monday Prince Billow made a state-

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ment on foreign affairs. King Edward's visit to Berlin had been a happy event. The network—we quote from the Times—of Anglo-German relations could, not easily be rent asunder....

The Peking correspondent of the Times announces in Tuesday's paper

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that Japan has refused to accept the Chinese proposal that the outstanding questions between the two countries in Manchuria should be submitted to the Hague Tribunal. He says...

* es The Editor' cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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T . danger of war between Servia and Austria-Hungary has passed away, but not without one of the most astonishing incidents in the region of foreign affairs which has taken...

Certain results, some immediate and some more remote follow on

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Russia's surrender to Germany's ultimatum. In the, first place, it at once became evident to Servia that it was useless for her to oppose any longer the wishes of Austria-...

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An interesting debate on Retaliation was opened on Tuesday by

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Captain Craig, who moved a Resolution committing the House to approval of the view that fiscal retaliation can only be effectively applied upon the basis of a general tariff....

During the past week the newspapers have published many telegrams

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in regard to the possibility of New South Wales and Victoria in conjunction offering a 'Dreadnought' to the Empire. It would seem, however, that such reports are at any rate...

In the Commons on Friday week Mr. Hills, the Tariff

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Reform Member for Durham City, moved the second reading of his unofficial Sweated Industries Bill. The Bill varies the provisions of the Government Bill by rendering the Wages...

There is one point in regard to New Zealand's offer

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as to which it is well there should be no misunderstanding. The British people are clearly determined that New Zealand's gift shall be treated purely as a gift of a battleship...

A lecture on "The Minimum Wage and Sweating" wa delivered

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by Mr. T. Mackay at a meeting of the British Constitution Associatidh on Monday. Dealing with Mr. Churchill's Bill, Mr. Mackay maintained that the minimum wage would tend to...

On Friday week in the French Chamber a Committee of

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thirty-three members was elected to act as a Parliamentary Commission Of Inquiry into the state of the Navy. M. De10,11486 was chosen as President and Admiral Bienaime as one of...

It was evident from Sir Edward Grey's speech that it

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is the firm intention of the Government to build the four extra Dreadnoughts.' The hypothetical condition is merely a matter of form. Of the Government's wisdom in adopting this...

In the House of Commons on Monday Mr. Arthur Lee

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moved the vote of censure on the Government which had originally stood in the name of Mr. Balfour. The Resolution declared that the shipbuilding programme of the Government did...

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We note that Lord Minto declared that this new arrange-

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ment, while giving the Commander-in-Chief "wider adminis- trative authority," actually decreases his independence. The Military Finance Department, he pointed out, informs the...

Mr. Balfour severely criticised the " contingent " programme as

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a strange, unprecedented, and unjustified expedient, and asked whether the April 1st ships belonged to next year's or this year's programme. If next year's programme proper...

A great meeting summoned by the Lord Mayor to consider

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the state of the Navy was held at the Guildhall on Wednesday. Lord Brassey, in a moderate speech, said that we could not rest content with our present superiority, but must look...

The Indian Budget was debated on Monday in the Viceroy's

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Council, when Lord Kitchener explained the Military Budget. After studying the Indian Army, he had concluded that although it contained splendid material, the best possible...

On Tuesday evening Mr. Balfour addressed at the Agri- cultural

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Hall a crowded meeting summoned by the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations. He Much preferred settling great national questions by agreement, but in...

Polling took place in the Croydon division on Monday to

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fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr. Arnold-Forster. The result was declared on the same night as follows :—Sir R. Hermon-Hodge (Conservative), 11,980; Mr. J. E. Raphael...

A. largely attended non-party meeting, convened by the Women's National

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Anti-Suffrage League, was held at Queen's Hall yesterday week, Mrs, Hamphry Ward pre- siding. Lord Cromer, in proposing a resolution deprecating the attempt to thrust upon women...

Bank Rate, 21;- per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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April lit. Coursule (21) were on Friday 85—Friday week 84.

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THE NEW FACT IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. W HEN the first German Emperor lay dying be sent for his grandson, the present Emperor William, in order that he might talk to him on...

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W E expressed last week our hope that the Leader of the Opposition would not insist upon going to a division when the Motion censuring the Government's naval policy was...

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T HE most significant fact in the Croydon election is the complete rout of the Labour Party. At the General Election the Labour candidate polled over four thousand votes. At the...

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A CHANGE FOR THE WORSE. T HERE is a grave disadvantage

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in the method of introducing a Bill which Mr. Birrell adopted on Tuesday. As a rule the Minister in charge of a measure, if he has not explained and justified its provisions on...

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W E wonder how many persons feel doubtful, as we do, whether they have yet beard the truth about the ex-Crown Prince of Servia. The official version that he was so headstrong...

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O N Friday week the Dean of Westminster, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury, presided over a meeting in the Jerusalem Chamber for the purpose of furthering the movement...

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T HE death last week of William Roupell, formerly Member of Parliament for Lambeth, has taken memories back to one of the most famous trials for forgery in the history of...

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T HE birth of the nursery animal is a sound. Its actual beginning, its evolution out of meaninglessness into a recognisable shape, is something vaguer; a clutching at softness,...

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MORE BATTLESHIPS.—AN ANALOGY FROM HISTORY. rro TES EDITOR OR TIM "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—Historical analogies are, perhaps, somewhat out of fashion, but none the less they will...

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[To THE EDITOR or .rns "SPECTATOR."] Sm, — I had the good fortune to make Dr. Cheethem's acquaintance in the " seventies " when he was chaplain of Dulwich College, and from that...


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THE STATE AND THE FAMILY. (To Tux EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR.1 SIR,—In your note to the letter of "Social Reform" in the Spectator of March 20th you say : "If we kill the family...

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[To Tim EDITOR OF TRIO “HPROPATOit."] thank you for letting the secret out. You have proved conelusively that England intends to . invade Gerintiay. 'Dreadnoughts,' you say,...


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“SrEOTATOlt."] think you incur a grave responsibility in the attitude you assume on the present naval scare,—for scare it is. I observe you state in your last issue that...


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[To TIEN EDITOR OF TIM "SPEOCATOR.1 Sr,—Suffer one who considers amalgamation of poor livings (in certain circumstances) a mistake to have his say. In the majority of cases...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "STEDTATOR.1 SIR, — Fathered on Frederick Temple

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is the following chestnut. A parson made request to ride ()aside of his parish. " How far from your church is the house situate you propose to take!' " "Well, Bishop, as the...

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J SIR,—Will you allow me to bring to the notice of your readers an institution which has for many years been doing a very useful, •although little-known, work for the Empire?...


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SIR,—If patrons of "small, ill-paid livings" would, when they become vacant, invite applications for them, the difficulty of filling them up would easily be got over. Two such...


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uro Tile EDITOR. ON Till "SrnoTATort."] Sin,—The following quotation from Enook's " Peru " (p. 82) may be of interest to your readers:— " Thus was this sea - fight terminated,...


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[TO TEE EDITOR or TRU "SPEOTATOR.1 Stn,—A fortnight ago you published an article entitled" Why Not a Vote of Credit ? " Many people are asking, Why not a loan ?' The next and...


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[To TRH EDITOR Or nil "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—A welcome sign in the right direction is evident from the latest communications from Benguella, to the effect that the chief emigration...


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[To TRIO EDITOR Or Tug "SPINUTATOR.1 SIR,—A certain letter in your last number reminds me of an incident in LinColnshire. Bishop Jackson was confirming some village boys. There...

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TRU "SPECTATOR"] Stn,—May I beg space in your correspondence columns to thank most heartily one of your readers who for sonic time past has done me the much appreciated...


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[To TIIII EDITOR Or TUR "Sricuron."1 Eint,—Can the Times be right in calling the new member of the Viceroy's Council a Hindu P In its leading article of Wednesday, March 24th,...


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(To TIM EDITOR OT TUN " SPXCTATOR."1 Sin,—It may interest some of your readers who were friends or are admirers of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to know that a suit- able...


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(To TOR ILDITOR Or ruus " MP ROTATOR," ] Henry Wood of Grahamstown, Cape Colony, has m his possession an ostrich egg which has the letters " W 0 0 D" distinctly marked on it....


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EDITOR Or Tilt "SPECTATOR...1 SIR, -_A propos of the present sex controversy which is carried on daily in the Press, may I be allowed to quote Lady Mary Wortley Montagu on the...


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[TO TIM EDITOR Or Till " SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—In your issue of March 20th you mention our name as one of the firms who have decided to boycott slave-grown cocoa. May. we point out...

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THE BRITISH TAR IN FACT AND FICTION.* WE suppose that there is no one in the world more learned in sea literature than Commander C. N. Robinson. He quotes from a bewilderingly...


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RENEWAL. SPRING'S ardour spurs the torpid wit : The frugal cotter plies his hoe ; And, bridal bards, the robins sit Above the blackthorn's sprinkled snow. The ivy takes new...

NOTIORe — When Articles or "Correspondence" are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym, or are marleed "Communicated," the Editor, must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...


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Tau following firms do not use slave-grown cocoa :— Army and Navy Stores. Cadbury Brothers. Carr and Co. Chocolat-Menier. Co-operative Wholesale Society. Epps and Co. Fry...

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..%Gentlem en Errant : being the Journeys and Adventures of Four

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Noblemen in worn of special dogmas, not of that sum of thoughts and emotions " Marryat as a man must not be judged by Marryat as an consciously in the minds of very few...

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THE "SILVAE " OF STATMS.* IN an artificial, luxurious, and

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decadent age the literary judgment of what is called " society " becomes, as a rule, perverted. The taste for sound and healthy fare gives way to a craving for whatever is...

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ART IN THE FAR EAST.* BINYON, in writing of the

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painting of China and Japan, is able to interest and instruct us not only because of his expert knowledge. He is able, again, to bring to bear on his subject a wide and...

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MosT of the papers included in this volume have been published before, some of them, treating of art, which is, indeed, the most frequent subject throughout, in the Spectator....

MR. WILFRID WARD'S PERSONAL STUDIES:* STUDIES in contemporary biography are

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always good reading, and since Mr. Bryce's book we have not had as many as we could wish. They demand in the writer intellectual good breeding, for the criticism must be sincere...

CHÂTEAU AND COUNTRY LIFE IN FRANCE:* AN absolutely true impression

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of the life of another country is one of the most difficult things in the world to receive or to impart. Madame Waddington's success in both these ways makes her new book...


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"SUNSET Playgrounds" should be about equivalent to "Wild Sports of the West." Sport, however, occupies less space than might be expected. Mr. Aflalo hopes that it will not tell...

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A Castle of Dreams. By Netts. Syrett. (Chatto and Windus.

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Gs.)—This is a story of a girl, the daughter of an impecunious and irresponsible Irish Peer, who lives almost abandoned in an old Irish castle. By the usual fortunate accident,...


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SARAH TULDON'S LOVERS.* IT was not in human nature for a reader of Sarah Tuldon to refrain from hoping that " Orme Agnus " would tell us more of that Dorsetshire peasant's...

READABLE Novnts.—Pomp and Circumstance. By Dorothea, Gerard. (John Long. Os.)—A

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story of a girl who has some claim to be called a modern Antigone, and of how she saved her father from a despairing snicide.—Mrs. Whiston's House Party. By Thomas Cobb....

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In the series of "Handbooks of Practical Gardening" (John Lane,

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2s. 6d. net) we have The Book of the Cottage Garden, by Charles Thonger. Mr. Monger hastens to explain that the "cottage" is not the dwelling of the "cottager" proper, but the...

The Manufacture of Paper. By R. W. Sindall. (A. Constable

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and Co. 6s, net.)—Mr. Sindall tolls us what paper is made of—a subject much larger now than it was fifty years ago, and still increasing—and bow it is made. What the skill of...

The Possibilities of Modern Poultry Farming. By J. Stephen Hicks

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and Wilfred H. G. Ewart. (Cable Publishing Company. Is. not.)---The authors mauifostly understand their subject. This subject may be thus divided: (1) providing for the...

How to Get Married. By the Author of "How to

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be Happy though Married." (T. Fisher Unwin. is. not.)—Here we are told all about banns, licenses, weddings in church, in the registrar's office, and so forth. Also we read about...

Songs of England Awaking. By George Barlow. (Henry j. Glaisher.

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Cd. net.)—These "songs" are eight in number, and contain in all some six hundred lines, very vigorous linos many of them, and of such plain speech that we must leave our...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of The week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Petticoat Pilgrims on Trek. By Mrs, Fred, Maturin. (Eveleigh Nash....

Letters from a Working Man. By an American Mechanic. (Fleming

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II. Revell Company. 3s. Od.)—The "American Mechanic" has much to say that is instructive, and not a little that will be unfamiliar to English readers, Here is one fact. There...

In the "British Museum Handbooks" we have A Guide to

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the Egyptian Galleries (Sculpture) (1s. 6d.) The statues, &a., are chronologically arranged, the earliest belonging to the Third Dynasty (with a probable date of 3,800 B.C.),...