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We have dealt elsewhere at length with this pathetic pro-

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posal,—one which does the greatest possible honour to the youthful and generous Sovereign from whom it comes. Like his father, the Emperor shrinks with horror from the...


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O N Monday the Emperor of Russia astonished the civilised world by making public a proposal for an international 'Conference for the preservation of peace and the reduction of...

The way in which the news has been received abroad

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is very significant. The French, with their swift insight into political facts, have at once realised that France has received a great blow, and that the Emperor's Rescript...

A new, and we hope the last, chapter of the

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Dreyfus agony was opened on Wednesday, when it was announced in Paris that Colonel Henry, the officer who gave the lie to Colonel Picquart at the Zola trial, and who supported...

The accounts of the way in which M. Cavaignac discovered

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the forgery are most dramatic. The War Minister ordered a minute examination of all the papers which were alleged to prove the guilt of Dreyfus. They were placed in front of a...

'IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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There has virtually been no news from the Nile during

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the past week, owing partly to the fact that the Sirdar out- marches the field telegraph, and partly to a storm, which prevented the wires already in operation from acting...

The news from Spain is meagre, the only item of

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moment relates to the arrival at Corunna on Wednesday of the first batch of troops from Cuba. Some of these reached Madrid on Thursday, and their condition is described as...

On Wednesday last—her eighteenth birthday—the minority of the young Queen

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of Holland was ended, and in a simply worded Proclamation she announced her accession to the throne. After a warm acknowledgment of the affection with which she has been...

The Cape elections have resulted in the defeat of the

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Pro- gressives and a victory for the Bond party, which will pro- bably give them a majority of four or five votes. We have dealt with the subject at length elsewhere, and will...

A most distressing accident occurred this day week in the

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Val d'Herens, by which Dr. John Hopkinson, the dis- tinguished electrician, one of his sons, and two daughters all lost their lives while making the ascent of the Dent de...

The first political result of the Henry suicide is the

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concentra- tion of public opinion in France on the condition of the Head- quarters Staff and the Department of National Defence. This the world of Paris is beginning to regard,...

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The unveiling of the national monument to the Czar

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Alexander II.—the " Czar Liberator "—in the Kremlin at Moscow, where he was born, took place on Sunday last with the barbaric pageantry which makes all Russian state ceremonials...

A. facsimile of the recently discovered poem by Sappho, unearthed

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by Messrs. Grenfell and Hunt in a mass of papyri found near Alexandria, was published in last Saturday's Daily Mail. The fragment, which is in the Sapphic metre and in the...

The opening sitting of the Zionist Congress, which has been

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held at Basle and was attended by some three hundred and fifty delegates, male and female, was enlivened by a trenchant speech from Dr. Max Nordau on "The General Situation of...

Reports from Berlin show how serious are the Germa Emperor's

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preparations for his tour in Palestine. He has, it. is said, permitted not less than two hundred pastors of the Lutheran Church to join him in his pilgrimage, and we shall...

We record with great satisfaction that the strike of Welsh

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,-,olliers has come to an end, after lasting some six months and costing, it is said, some six millions. The masters' terms have been in effect accepted, and these include an...

The Bishop of Winchester, writing in Monday's Times, makes a

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very important contribution to another side of the problem. He points out that even if the Act is strictly interpreted, it only applies to alterations in the regular services,...

The very interesting and fall correspondence in the Times on

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the subject of the Acts of Uniformity is making it abundantly clear that the Archbishop of Canterbury was perfectly right when he declared that extra and new services are not...

Bank Rate, 21 per cent.

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New Consols (24) were on Friday, 110.

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THE CZAR'S ENCYCLICAL. Nv 'HEN Louis XVIII. was discussing with Talleyrand the constitution of the French Upper House, tbe King proposed that the Members should give their...

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TS the long agony of Dreyfus about to come to an end 1 It certainly looks as if this must be the case. How A it possible for the Government to refuse a revision of the case...

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THE CAPE ELECTIONS. T HE keen interest that has been aroused

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in this country by the elections for the Cape Legislative Assembly will undoubtedly seem to many observers a healthy sign of the times. A few years ago, Colonial elections were...

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"M AY the country," exclaims the Queen-Regent of` the Netherlands in her interesting Proclamation, "become great in everything in which a small nation can be great !" No person...

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THE TRADE-UNION CONGRESS. T HE Trade-Union Congress at Bristol is noted

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f■ certain important features. In the first place, tl number of workmen represented is said to have bee unusually large ; next, an international character wi given to the...

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WHAT IS A CHURCH ? T HIS is the question which

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emerges from the newspaper discussion in which Sir William Harcourt has sought to continue—or to cover—his Parliamentary performances in the role of Defender of the (Protestant)...

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A WARLESS WORLD. T HE Emperor of Russia's pathetic plea for

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peace has set all men wondering whether or not a warless world would in reality be a better world. At first sight one is in- clined to say that the question is one that is not...

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T HE singular case of Mrs. Druce and her fixed belief that Mr. T. C. Druce and the late Duke of Portland were one and the same is perhaps the most romantic and most popular...

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O N Tuesday the foreign and English members of the Zoological Congress were able to form some idea of the magnitude of the experiments in animal acclimatisation which the Duke...

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A VISIT TO LOURDES. [To VIZ ED/TOR Or THE " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,-It is a very beautiful and a very gracious place. I have no cause to plead, either of creed or of medicine. Only to...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—The letters which

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have appeared lately in the Spectator on this subject from the pen of Canon MacColl are ingenious and clever. He speaks of sacerdotalism, and rightly, as having "its root idea...


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SACERDOTALTSM. [To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] Stu,—One word more to Canon MacColl. He refers me to St. Paul's saying, " Now we see through a glass darkly," apparently as...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " Brscr■Tos."] SIR,—I may be permitted to return to this question because our modern historical and literary ideas are so much affected by theories of race...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I should wish to

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apologise to Canon MacColl if I mis- • anderstood his first letter. I took him to be defending sacerdotalism " on the ground of its being simply a form of spiritual influence...

[To THE EDITOR OE THE " SrscrAToLl SIR,—In the Spectator

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of August 27th your correspondent Mr. A. Lang says that Oliver Cromwell "was a Stuart in the female line." If he will refer to Mr. Frederic Harrison's book on the Protector he...

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SIRDAR AND KHALIFA.* This volume, from the pen of one of the most experienced, audacious, and " graphic " of war-correspondents, appears most appropriately as a literary...


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"SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—The enclosed lines, forming a portion of a poem, may interest those among your readers who observe with curiosity the periodic recurrence of a belief in the...

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THE CABOTS. , THE literature associated with the names of the

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Cabots is far from inconsiderable, and of late years the claims of the father and son have been examined with exhaustive minuteness by M. Harrisse, the author of a ponderous...

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back, it will be seen, more than fifty years. But the title of "Great Northern Railway" is at least ten years older, for in 1835 an engineer, Joseph Gibbs by name, projected a...

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EMERSON, AND OTHER ESSAYS.* EMERSON'S is a very great name

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in what we may perhaps call the obscure school of letters. It would be quite as idle • Emorson, and other Essays. By John Jay Chapman. London: David Nutt. to ignore the...

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WE had long ago given up Mr. George Gissing as an in- corrigible pessimist, but the unexpected has happened, and in The Town Traveller he has not only given us a story with a...

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MB Nineteenth Century has no very striking article, but "Endymion," the poem by Mr. Phillips with which the number opens, is one of which, in its sad melodiousness, Keats would...

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Later Reliques of Old London. Lithographed by T. R. Way.

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Described by H. B. Wheatley. (G. Bell and Sons. 21s. net.)— This is a continuation of a good piece of work, Reliques of Old+ London, which appeared in 1896. Mr. Way has...


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Ballads and Poems. By the Members of the Glasgow Ballad Club- (William Blackwood and Sons. 7s. 6d.)—In 1876 a number of men in Glasgow, united by sympathy for poetry, and...

Gloria Victis. By J. A. Mitchell. (D. Nutt.)—What is likely,

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1 there be any truth in heredity, to happen to a child if both father and mother are absolutely destitute of all sense of morals ? Curiously enough, Stephen Wordsworth is better...

Forbidden by Law. By Major Arthur Griffiths. (Jerrold and Sons.)—This

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is a story, told by a competent narrator, of what we may call the "new smuggling." It differs from what we have been accustomed to in the pages of Mr. G. P. R. James and...

The Story of Hawaii. By Jean A. Owen (Mrs. Visger).

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(Harper and Brothers.)—Mrs. Visger, who deserves well of the reading public for having introduced to it the writings of " A. Son of the Marshes," gives a summary of the history...

A Flower - hunter in Queensland and New Zealand. By Mrs. Rowan.

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(John Murray. 14s.)—This volume consists of letters written from North Queensland during a winter spent in that splendid climate, and from New Zealand. The title is rather...

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An Attie in Bohemia. By E. H. Lacon Watson. (Elkin

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Mathews.)—There are some clever and entertaining essays in this volume. Mr. Lacon Watson satirises in a good-humoured way various classes of more or less ridiculous people,...