4 JUNE 1892

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Mr. Gladstone on Tuesday attended a meeting of the London

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Liberal and Radical Union Club, in the Memorial Hall, Farringdon Street, and made a great electioneering speech. His idea evidently was, that as the Progressives had carried the...

The Duke of Devonshire made a very remarkable speech at

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Glasgow yesterday week, to the freshest and most weighty part of which, on the disastrous weakness which must be introduced into the government of Ireland by the separation of...

The French have a new grievance against us. It appears

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that civil war has broken out in Uganda, the State on Lake Victoria, between the Catholic Negroes, assisted by the King li'wanga, and the Protestant Negroes who support Captain...

The intervention of the Bishop of Durham (Dr. Westcott) in

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the Durham miners' strike has proved successful. He pre- sided over a conference between the Miners' Federation Board and the Coalowners' Wages Committee at Bishop Auckland on...


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IT is officially announced that the Princess Marie, eldest is of the Duke of Edinburgh, is betrothed to Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen, statutory heir to the...

de The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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It has taken trouble and thought, but the United States

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Government has almost succeeded in its grand object of creating a deficit. The total receipts for eleven months of the fiscal year were, according to the Philadelphia corre-...

The Island of Mauritius was stricken by a terrible calamity

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on April 29th. About 9 a.m. on that day, the wind began to rise to a hurricane, and about 3 p.m. became a tornado such as even in the tropics is witnessed only once in a...

The Duke also pointed out that Lord Chatham had been

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pronounced by the King "a trumpet of sedition," for pre- dicting and justifying an American revolt against the Crown, as the consequence of measures which many would have...

Sir William Harcourt made a speech at Braintree on Saturday,

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at the end of a regular Gladstonian invasion of Essex, in which he laid about him with much energy, and rained blows on Lord Salisbury, Mr. Goschen, and the Duke of Devonshire....

A vague idea is current everywhere that the proportion of

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foreigners in the United States is very large, but few people are aware of the precise figures. The Census Bureau has now reported that in the great block of populous territory...

It is once more announced, apparently on authority, that the

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Emperors of Russia and Germany are to meet for a few hours at Kiel, probably on the 7th inst. The Czar owes hia cousin a visit, but he hates the idea of a reception in Berlin ;...

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The public, no less than the Anti-Vivisection Society, will deeply

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regret that they were prevented by a professional call involving a question of life and death, from hearing Professor Lawson Tait's promised address on Thursday on the mis-...

On Tuesday the House of Commons made a great resolve

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to prefer duty to pleasure, and on Wednesday it broke its resolution. On the former day, Major Rasch moved the .adjournment over the Derby, reminding the House that there was no...

We suppose there is some importance in the decision given

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on Thursday in "Walter v. Steinkopf," but we hardly see where it is. The proprietor of the Times claimed damages from the proprietor of the St. James's Gazette for republishing...

The European Powers, Russia as yet excepted, have all accepted

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the American invitation to discuss the Silver Ques- tion, with the view of re-establishing a fixed ratio between the values of the precious metals. None, however, commit them-...

On Wednesday, however, the Speaker found it impossible to make

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a House, though several attempts were made ; and at one time, at least eighty Members were in the precincts of the House, who kept away instead of helping to form it. The truth...

The Welsh Members who so wantonly wasted the time of

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the House on Thursday, in their attempt to render the Clergy Discipline Bill as ineffective, and as unwelcome to the Church for whose benefit it had been introduced, as it was...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent. New Consols (2f) were on

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Friday 96f

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THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE ON HOME-RULE AND REBELLION. S IR WILLIAM HARCOURT, at Braintree on Satur- day, was so determined to make up for the dreari- ness of his recent speeches,...

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T HEprecise political position of the Gladstonians could hardly be better described than it was by Mr. Glad- stone in Farringdon Street on Tuesday. They are making promises of...

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T HE immense commotion caused by a Dissolution is not entirely due to the possible changes it may pro- duce in the general policy of the State. It is not true that the country...

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w E congratulate the Bishop of Durham on the result of his mediation between the coalowners and the colliers of his diocese. It is the simple duty of the great officers of every...

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POLITICAL FATALISM. N OT the least striking characteristic of our public

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life is the extraordinary indifference we display at times when some really great issue is at stake. In the eyes of foreign nations, we are above everything else a political...

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THE COMMONS AND THE DERBY DAY. T HE contrast between the

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exalted virtue of the House of Commons on Tuesday, and its full participation in the frailty of our common humanity on Wednesday, is a common one. Most of us can be heroes for a...

UGANDA. F RENCHMEN are just now too bitter in their com-

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ments, because they are sore under defeat ; but on the first point of the Uganda question they are clearly in the right. They have a locus standi in complaining to the British...

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A PLEA FOR MONOTONY. -w E all talk and write of

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the monotony of village life, and its effect in driving the population into the towns, and all describe the impulse of restlessness as one confined to the country-side. We are...

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I T seems certain that the younger Mr. Astor will sooner or later be in possession of about fifteen millions sterling of his own, yielding something like an average of 8 per...

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T HE inquiries of the Committee appointed by the Chamber of Agriculture to report on the plague of field-mice which has for the past two years been devastating the hill- farms...

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MADAGASCAR. [To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—The Government of this country refuse to recognise the Anglo-French Convention, whereby France and England exchanged...

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SCULPTURE. THE English sculptor pursues a mournful and harassing trade, and must be endowed with a rare stoutness or levity of heart. It is his, at the bidding of private or...


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THE AGNOSTIC'S QUESTION: "IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?" LIFE is a thing worth living to the brave Who fear not Fortune's spite; in Truth who trust, Whose spirit, not thralled by pride...


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LTO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR,—I have read with interest a portion of your article on " Disestablishment " (quoted in a Glasgow newspaper), in which it is proposed to...

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KEATS.* IF not the greatest among English poets, nor in the first rank of those of all times and nations. Keats nevertheless possesses as large a share of true poetical...

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Born these little books are lively, imaginative, and, let us add, perhaps a shade too edifying; for children are very apt to turn the cold-shoulder to books which are intended...

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OLD SCOTTISH COMMUNION PLATE.* IT is rightly claimed for this

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superb book that it is without a rival in Scottish, and almost without a rival in English, litera- ture. In several dioceses on this side of the Tweed, steps have, indeed, been...

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Mn. TOOLE has now for so many years been the accepted head of the comedians of London, that it would be idle to discuss his merits at this time of day. It is to the class with...

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NOT only every Wykehamist, but every Public School man has incurred a debt of gratitude to Mr. Kirby, the Bursar of Win- chester College, for having brought back to knowledge...

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THE Contemporary Review almost eschews politics this month, for the discussion of "The Women's Suffrage Question," which is continued by Mr. Courtney, among others, can hardly...

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Grisons Incidents in Olden Times. By Beatrix L. Tollemache. (Percival.)—The "Olden Times" do not go very far back. The " incident " that occupies the greater part of the book is...

Factory Act Legislation. By Victorine Jeans. (T. Fisher Unwin.) —This

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essay obtained the Cobden Club Prize for 1891, and is a careful, well-reasoned piece of work. Miss Jeans remarks that the Act of 1850 practically fixed the working-day of adult...

A Lexical Concordance to the Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe

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Shelley. Compiled and arranged by F. S. Ellis. (B. Quaritch.)—We hope, for the sake of the author, that the admirers of Shelley's poetry are more numerous than he thinks....

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Railways and Railway Men. (W. and R. Chambers.) — Here we have

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some twenty papers giving information about the men who work the administration, permanent-way, traffic (passenger and goods), of a railway. There are few readers who will not...

Vernon Heath's Recollections. (Cassell and Co.)—Mr. Heath's great success as

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a photographer, his friendly reception in the homes of the nobility, and his personal adventures in travelling through the country, are pleasantly described in these pages....

The Westlake,s. By Thomas Cobb. (Griffith, Farran, and Co.)— In

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most of his novels, Mr. Thomas Cobb has aimed at the kind of interest inspired by curiosity concerning the evolution of a some- what elaborate plot. In his new one-volume tale...

Heroes of Modern Days. by Mrs. Herbert Percival (Wells Gardner,

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Darton, and Co.), gives the lives of the Emperor Frederick III., Daniel Macmillan, Bishop Hannington, Sir Herbert Edwardes, Edward Denison, Rev. E. Thring, and Lord Shaftes-...

Examples of Cottages. By John Birch. (Blackwood and Sons.) —This

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is a new and enlarged edition of a work originally pub- lished in 1871. The designs for cottages are twenty in number, all representing buildings which have been actually...

Camping - Oaf. By A. A. Macdonnell. (Bell and Sons.)—This is a

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useful manual, telling the traveller who is willing and able to rough it, "where to go" (the information takes in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, with some neighbouring...

I Will Repay. By Frederick W. Rose. (Eden, Remington, and

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Co.)—The author of I Will Repay dedicates his book to the author of "The Kreutzer Sonata," and in the ability to conceive and tell a thoroughly unpleasant story, the disciple...

The Athenian Oracle. A Selection, edited by John Underhill. (W.

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Scott.)—A bookseller, named John Dunton, early in the year 1691 published a paper which should give answers to all questions that correspondents might choose to put to it. It...

Fourteen Years in Basutoland. By John Widdicombe. (Church Printing Company.)—Mr.

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Widdicombe, who has a parish in Basutoland, gives us here the result of a long experience. He has much that is interesting to say about the country, about the people, and about...

Black's Handy Atlas of England and Wales, edited by John

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Bartholomew (A. and C. Black), is a work carefully brought up to date. The plates are sixty-four in number, giving the counties and plans of some of the largest cities and...

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His Great Self. By Marion Harland. (Frederick Warne and Co.)—This

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is a very remarkable American story,—a story of the Union when it was very much younger than it is at the present time. The America which figures here is the America in which...

We have received The Manchester Quarterly, Volume X. (John Heywood).

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This contains various essays and papers by the members of the Manchester Literary Club. We may mention the brief memoir of the Rev. W. A. O'Conor, by Mr. Peter Okell ; "The...

is a triumph—of illustration and typography, quite as much as

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of literature. And yet the author is enthusiastic and reverent enough, and has an eye to the genuine glories of Florence. She is, however, a little too effusively feminine,...