4 MARCH 1899

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The death of M. Faure and the election of M.

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Loubet have revived the energy of the civil power in France. M. Dupny has ordered domiciliary visits to the houses of the principal supporters of the Pretenders. He has...

Rumours have been afloat all the week that the Czar

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is very ill,—sinleing, in fact, into such a condition of melan- choly that he can do no work, and allows the Grand Duke Michael, his uncle, to sign " supreme " orders for him....

The American Senate has refused to pass the Bill raising

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the regular Army to one hundred thousand men. The refusal is dictated, it is believed, by annoyance with the President, whose resolute support of Mr. Alger induces poli- ticians...

The Pope has been very ill, and is not out

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of danger. He was eighty-nine on Friday, and on Wednesday he seemed to collapse, one fainting fit following another. He was believed to be chilled, but skilful surgeons...


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M DIMITY has, as we expected, carried his Anti-Dreyfus • Bill through the Senate by 158 votes to 131, a majority of 27. As only eleven Senators were absent, this is a majority...

More news from China has been received this week, of

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course of the usual kind. The Germans are asking, and, of course, will obtain, new railway privileges in Shantung, which, as the railways must be protected, will involve a...

IV The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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On the division only 58 Members were found willing to

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vote for Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman's Motion, while 167 voted against it,—a majority of 109. Sir Henry Campbell- Bannerman's extraordinary speech, and still more extra-...

Mr. Courtney supported Mr. Morley's Motion. His record in regard

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to the Soudan is absolutely clear, and therefore, though we may disagree with his conclusions, no one can deny his right to protest against and denounce the ad- vance....

On Friday week Mr. Morley, in an elaborately impassioned speech,

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arraigned the Sondanese policy of the Government, and drew a gloomy picture of the results of depending upon mercenary troops and of extending the area of the Empire that could...

A long and most interesting telegram in Friday's Daily Telegraph

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sets forth the real situation in the Soudan, and explains much that was before unintelligible. Colonel Kitchener's able reconnaissance to Lake Sherkeleh—a place one hundred and...

How fast the great Liberals of our time are disappearing

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either from life or from the scene of action! Mr. Gladstone is dead, Lord Rosebery has retired to his tent, Sir William Harcourt has resigned his leadership, Mr. Morley has dis-...

It is with intense pleasure that we are able to

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record, if not the recovery of Mr. Kipling, at any rate his passage from extreme danger to comparative security. During the greater part of the past week he has literally been...

Was there ever such a spectacle seen before as China

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now presents ? The rulers of the vast Empire are parting bit by bit with all sovereign rights over their own coast, and obtaining nothing for them,—not even exemption from...

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Signor Marconi succeeds gradually in his wireless telegraphy. He told

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the Institute of Electric Engineers on Thursday that he sent one thousand words a day from Alum Bay to Bourne. mouth without wires. The speed is fifteen words a minute, and the...

Mr. Wyndham, who introduced the Army Estimates on Thursday night,

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made a very good impression on the House, and showed that he was in touch with the better military opinion on many points of detail. We learn with great pleasure that the War...

The second reading of the Education of Children Bill, which

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advances the age of exemption from school from 11 to 12, was carried in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon by the enor- mous majority of 317 to n. Mr. W. S. Robson, who...

The members of the English Church Union held their annual

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meeting on Monday, and were in the evening received by the President (Lord Halifax) at the Grafton Gallery. Six hundred delegates, clerical and lay, were present from all parts...

Sir Edward Grey was the guest of the " Eighty

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" and "Russell" Clubs at Oxford last Saturday, and in replying to the toast of the "Liberal party" devoted himself mainly to an analysis of the party differences over the...

On Monday the question of Uganda was raised on the

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Estimates by Sir Charles Dille, who attacked the administra- tion of the Foreign Office, and declared that they had "con- ducted affsirs through odds and ends of administrators...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (2f) were on

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Friday, 110j.

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THE ENGLISH CHURCH UNION AND ITS PROTEST. I T may be that we are altogether too optimistic as to the so-called crisis in the English Church and as to the outcome of the present...

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I T is obvious not only that there will be a deficit for the year ending March 25th, but that to avoid a deficit in the ensuing financial year increased taxation will be...

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THE FRENCH PRETENDERS. T HE truth about the "plots" which have

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or have not been discovered in France is, we take it, very much in this wise. Both the Pretenders—the Due d'Orleans, who is now head of the House of France, and Prince Victor...

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not tell the world much in his long speech of Tuesday, though his admis- sion of the existence of a definite secret Treaty between Great Britain and Germany "intended to provide...

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T HERE is a new and very grave fact in modern politics to which we are convinced that English politicians, and especially English journalists, do not attach sufficient...

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I N the current number of the Contemporary Review Mr. H. W. Macrosty describes the growth of monopolies in British industry. The facts stated by him will prob- ably come as a...

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W HILE Mr. Kipling has been lying, as he has been all the week, between life and death, the solicitude and anxiety of the nation have literally known no bounds. This intense...

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W E have read with much interest and agreement the suggestive little book entitled " Surma' Corda " (Mac- millan and Co.), the object of which is to combat philosophic unbelief...

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T HE Paris correspondent of the Daily News, who has watched Frenchmen for many years with the keen observation of an able woman, remarked this week that it was really...

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T HE figures as to the destruction of birds of rare plumage given by Mr. Alfred Newton in a letter to the Times on the plume trade are unpleasant reading. He shows that in a...

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PERICLES AND MR. GLADSTONE. [TO TILE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTAT08.1 SIR,—Your correspondent, Mr. Tollemache, says in the Spectator of February 25th, "Mirabeau, when likening...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE, — The author of your interesting article on "The Fascination of Animals," in the Spectator of February 25th. attributes the capture of a...


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suppose I must reply to the suggestion of" Seneschal" (Spectator, February 25th). He is "ancient," as his name implies, and not "up to date." Expression of assent from the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TEl " SPECTATOR."1 SIR,—Your correspondent, "A Non-Resident," in the Spectator of February 25th, exactly gives the views of a great many of those who are...


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[To THE Eopros op TES "SPECTATOR."1 Sip_ — Nothing is more interesting for a Frenchman than the attention you pay in your articles on France to the somewhat shabby and...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR, — While thanking you for your notice of my "Story of the Oxford Movement" allow me to say in connection with your remarks, which appear...


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[To THF EDITOR OF THE "SPCCTATOR."1 SIR, — When the Spectator styles Mr. Dodgson's "Euclid and his Modern Rivals" "the most humorous book ever written on any subject within the...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIE, - 1.11 your article of February 25th on "Railways and Competition" you say : "Competition is in the last resort valuable, because it is...


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"SPECTATOR."] Stu,—Your correspondent Mr. Reginald Lucas, in his in- teresting letter in the Spectator of February 25th, demon- strates clearly that the "hardy annual" with...

Fro TER EDITOR Or THZ "SPECTATOR."] Sift,—In the Spectator of

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February 25th, the writer of an article on "The Fascination of Animals" gives an instance of a hare which was so engrossed in watching an eagle that it allowed itself to be...

ON A SOUTH AFRICAN FARM. On, the veldt-land, and the

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farm-land ! And the country, wild and free— Where the air blows straight from heaven, Oh, 'tis there that I would be. In the far blue distance, The blue hills of 'Nhlozane. An...


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THE LETTERS OF ROBERT BROWNING AND ELIZABETH BARRETT.* "POMEGRANATES you may cut deep down the middle and ace into, but not hearts." So wrote Robert Browning to Elizabeth...


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THE " SPROTATOR.' Sta,—Will you kindly state in your columns that the Rev. Charles Striimbom desires to thank some unknown friend in the Isle of Wight for the Spectator ? My...


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OLD FRIENDS. Au yes, our hands met here and there, Our wandering eyes met now and then, About Life's crowded thoroughfare,— Bat coldly seeing we were men. And looks are...

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CONFORMITY AND CONSCIENCE.* Tnis volume was briefly noticed in our

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columns a few weeks ago. We need not apologise for returning to it in view of the intense interest with which its subject is regarded at the present time. This subject, briefly...


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THERE is probably no society so disappointing as that of notorious criminals,—such is the conclusion to which we are forced after reading Major Griffiths. Nearly all the acts...

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PLEASANT memories of Miss Findlater's earlier novel, Over the Hills, kindled expectations which her new work has more than fulfilled. In Betty Musgrave she has chosen a...

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THERE are three or four highly instructive articles in the March number of the Contemporary Review. We wish we could class among them Mr. Lawson Walton's defence of Imperialism,...

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Early Chapters in Science. By Mrs. Awdry. (John Murray. Gs.)

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—Mrs. Awdry's "Table of Contents" reminds us of the variety of subjects on which the Professors of Natural Philosophy in a past age were expected to lecture. "The World of...


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SOME BOOKS OF THE WEEK. [Under this Heading we intend to notice such Books of the week as have not been resured for renew in other forms.] The Gaspe/ of the Atonement. By the...

Memories of Oxford. By Jacques Bardoux. (F. E. Robinson. 2s.

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Gd. net.) —We are not sure how long M. Bardoux's acquaintance with Oxford lasted. He writes under date April 30th, 1895: "I paid my first visit and attended my first lecture at...

[*„.* ERIUTUM.—We regret to have spoken of Mr. Stillman's volume

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on " The Union of Italy" as if it were the first of a series, whereas several volumes of the series in question have already appeared.]

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MisceLwaseous.—Li Livres du Gouvernentent des Ras, edited, with Notes, by

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Samuel Paul Molenaer, A.M. (Macmillan and Co., 12s. 6d.), is a French translation of the "De Regimine Principum," by Egidio Colonna (1247-1316), now published for the first...

THEOLOGY. — In the "Oxford Commentaries," edited by Walter Lock,

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D.D. (Methuen and Co., 6s.), we have The Book of Job, with Introduction and Notes by Edgar C. S. Gibson, D.D. Dr. Gibson thinks that a late date—the end of the Kingdom, or even...

The History of Corsica. By L. H. Caird. (T. Fisher

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Unwin. &s.)—Corsica makes rare and not very important appearances in the history of the world, till, indeed, it produced Napoleon, and redressed the balance, we may say, for all...

New Enrricers.—We welcome the appearance in anew edition of a

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standard work which has been for some time out of the reach of readers. This is The History of the Alphabet, by Isaac Taylor, Litt.D. (E. Arnold, 218.) Dr. Taylor published this...

SCHOOL Boors.—Another of the useful text-books included in "The University

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Tutorial Series" (W. B. Clive, 3s. 6d. each) is Part II. of the Intermediate Text - book of English Literature, 1660- 1832, by W. 1 4 ... Low, 31.A., and A. J. Wyatt, M.A. To...

REFERENCIO Booxs.—Another of the useful directories published by Kelly's Directories

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is Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes (16s.), now in its twenty-fifth year of issue. The London Diocese Book (Rivingtons, le. 6d.) appears under...

Primitive Constellations, by Robert Brown, jun. (Williams and Norgate, 10s.

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6d.), is an inquiry into the origin and development of the curious figures which fill the surface of the celestial globe. If any one were set nowadays to map out the skies into...