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FROM JANUARY 5th TO JUNE 29th, 1907, INCLUSIVE, TOPICS OF THE DAY. • A CCOUNTS and Audits, Municipal ... ... 448 Advertising, Modern 527 Afforestation. Some Possibilities of...

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The Times correspondent, writing in Tuesday's issue, takes, on the

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whole, a reassuring view of the economic condition of 'France. He admits that there has been during the last year a great deal of speculation in mining and metallurgical shares,...


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P RINCE B U LOW has published his electoral manifesto, and has taken the somewhat unusual step of addressing it to Lieutenant-General von Liebert, the president of the...

It is a little difficult to be clear as to

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what is happening in Morocco. The local tribes in the neighbourhood of Tangier have all submitted to the Shereefian troops, and have announced their willingness to co-operate...

The Times of Wednesday contained an article from its Special

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correspondent in San Francisco which places the Japanese question there in a very serious light. The average Californian, it appears, believes that war will break out between...

The manifesto goes on to speak some very plain words

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about the Social. Democrats, in whom, Prince Billow thinks, lies the true danger of reaction. Their dreams of the future are inimical to progress, and " brutal compulsion" is...

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

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The speech of Mr. Naoroji at the Indian National Congress

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has been met by a counter-demonstration from the Moham- medans, which shows how idle is the pretence of the Congress to speak for the races of India. At the Mohammedan Educa-...

For some time past sensational reports have been current in

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the Press as to the situation in Servia. A telegram from the Times correspondent in Vienna in Friday's issue is of assist- ance in enabling us to view these rumours in their...

The Military Correspondent of the Times published in Wednesday's and

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Thursday's issues a most interesting survey of the history of the Channel Tunnel scheme. He summarises some of the chief naval and military objec- tions urged against the scheme...

Mr. Sheehan, M.P., who recently resigned his seat for Mid.

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Cork as a protest against Mr. Redmond's management of the Irish Parliamentary Party, was re-elected unopposed on Monday. In seconding the vote of thanks to the High Sheriff, Mr....

The recent alteration of the attitude of Het Volk in

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regard to the repatriation of the Chinese coolies on the Rand having excited a good deal of comment, it is as well to note the reasons given by two members of that party,...

The Amir of Afghanistan arrived in Indian territory on Wednesday,

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and was met at Landi Mena by the British escort, Sir Henry McMahon and Major Roos-Keppel. He it accompanied by a bodyguard of seventy.five officers and one thousand and...

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As to the, controversy being mischievous, Lord Hugh asserts that

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instead it has done good in making men understand the real facts of the case,—viz., that Churchmen regard " Cowper- Templeism " with an ever-increasing hostility. "And wisely...

A disastrous railway accident occurred at Elliot Junction, near Arbroath,

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in Forfarshire, on the afternoon of Friday week. Owing to the heavy snowfall, the trains proceeding northward had been blocked for twenty-four, hours, but at three o'clock a...

We note with much regret the death at Calcutta, where

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he had gone to attend the Indian National Congress, of Mr. Samuel Smith, who sat for Flintshire in the Liberal interest from 1886.1906. Mr. Smith, who was born in Kirkcudbright...

Happily there are plenty of Churchmen, including the Archbishop of

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Canterbury, who have quite as good a right to speak for the Church as Lord Hugh Cecil, who have never admitted that there is any essential opposition between " Cowper-Templeism...

We publish in another column the balance-sheet of the Spectator

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Experimental Company. In doing so we must offer our apologies to the subscribers for the delay. That delay, however, was not due to any procrastination on our part, but to the...

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The Times of Thursday printed extracts from an estimate of

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the work of Sir Frederick Lugard from the Bulletin of the Committee of French Africa, the most militant organ of French colonial expansion. The Bulletin praises unreservedly Sir...

The Baroness Burdett.Coutts, who died last Sunday at the age

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of ninety-two, was born more than a year before the battle of Waterloo. Inheriting a great fortune from her maternal grandfather, Thomas Coutts, the founder of the famous bank,...

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THE STATE OF THE NAVY. W E publish in our issue of to-day the last of the series of letters on " The State of the Navy " con- tributed to our columns by "Civis." It is not...

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W E wonder if Mr. Balfour is at all aware of the profound discouragement which his leadership and management of the affairs of the Unionist Party during the past year have...

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fillHE present seems a fitting time to call attention to 1 a work which we have frequently commented on in the past, and to emphasise an Imperial duty which is apt to be...

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T HE conception of the local Magistracy—the unpaid Judges of England—has a good deal changed of recent years. Until the creation of County Councils the Justices in Quarter...

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11111E condition of Persia has perhaps lost recently some of its immediate interest for the West. Russia and Great Britain are very unlikely to fight just now either for its...

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" W OMEN in their nature are much more gay and joyous than men," said Addison. "Their' spirits are more light," he goes on ; " vivacity is the gift of women, gravity that of...

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I T is one of the tritest of commonplaces that during the last century or two we have rediscovered fm• ourselves the beauties of wild Nature. A London citizen in Queen Anne's...

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T HE French have a good word for the tusks of an animal, as of an elephant or boar : defenses. It is almost certainly in the original, not the derivative, sense that the term...

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THE STATE OF THE NAVY. PLEA FOR INQUIRY. [To las EDITOR or TER ••SrecivTolt.") SIR, — In the first letter of this series the need for inquiry into recent naval administration...

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THE STATE OF THE NAVY. [To THE EDITOR or Tex “Srrmror.") SIB, — The fact that over two hundred M.P.'s have signed a memorial to the Prime Minister in favour of an inquiry into...

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ITO Tog teTTOR Or SPBCTAT08.1 Sin,—Your article on "Self-Government for

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India" in the Spectator of December 29th, 1909, will be welcomed by all who desire the welfare and progress of the country on its natural and historical lines. That...


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To um Dorms or rat .srscrrvoa."] Sia,—Whatever the. Spectator says on Indian subjects must always command the greatest respect, yet I cannot refrain from expressing a doubt...

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[TO TOR EDITOR Or TUB "SPECTATOR."] Sis, — I am glad that you pursue the Trade Disputes Act—or. - at any rate, the total immunity of funds clause—even to its • fastness in the...


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[To FRE EDITOR OF DRS SPECTATOR1 Sea,—Although I fear I cannot expect you to sympathise with my views on the education question, I ask the favour of a small space in your...


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[To tax EDITOR Or Tax ''Ssarrima."] SIR, I have read with interest the letters of Mr. Cremer and Mr. Hutton on Prayer-book revision in the Spectator of December 22nd and 29th,...


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[To THE EDITOR 07 TIM .'SsecrAinal SIR,—Unless you have finally closed your columns to corre- spondence bearing on the education question, may I (as a Churchman but no...

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ITO THE EOM). Or THE "SPECTATOR " ] Sra,—On the strength of having been for forty years a regular reader of the Spectator, I take the liberty to ask you what is the correct...

[To THE EDITOR. Or TU..'SPECTAT08-1 Sia,—In the interesting article in

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your last issue entitled "The First True Gentleman" the writer has omitted, 'no doubt through lack of space, one note of Christ's character' which, in all reverence, may be...


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Sxa,—I have only just read the article on our Lore as the first true gentleman in your last issue, which has beep delayed in delivery. I wish it were possible to have it in the...

rro TITII EDITOR Or Till " Srac'roTos..l Sns,—The Vicar of Bow

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Church—a theological Ulysses, if he will excuse the sobriquet (we were scholars together in the " sixties ")—has recently attempted to patent an abridged edition of the...


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SIR,—There seems no doubt that Dekker• in describing Christ as the first true gentleman meant the first man who was truly "gentle" in the sense in which the word is used, for...

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[*,,,* In the issue of the Spectator for December 29th,

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1906, on p. 1063 the name of the lady conducting the scheme of emigrating children to Canada was incorrectly given as Mrs. Clare. It should have been Mrs. Close.]


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170 Tar BDITOR OP TEM ..SVICCTAT011.1 SIR,—As a faithful reader of the Spectator for a quarter of a century, and for many years a would-be follower of that genial pedagogue,...


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COVENTRY PATMORE'S POEMS.* Ma. BASIL CHAMPNEYS has followed up his biography of Coventry Patmore by a complete edition of the poems in a single handy volume; and the question...


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LONDON IN SNOW. WHITE, white they lie, smoke-smitten roofs and streets, — Their yeas-long black distemper blanched away ; Their faces and their spaces gray in sheets Of...

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EXCEPT that Mrs. Earle uses the form of letters in her new hook, it is not, either in writing or in meaning, very different from the volumes of Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden...

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who would write a history of Persian literature which shall be comprehensible to the ordinary European reader must incidentally undertake to outline the political history of the...

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Tax discovery of the property of matter known as radio- activity is probably the most important achievement of physical science since Newton taught us to understand gravi-...

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THE editor of the Nineteenth Century has secured an admirably written and closely argued paper entitled " Entente—English or German ? " from the pen of M. Naquet, a French...

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THE PILLAR OF FIRE.* NOVELS which deal with the quest of fortune in London are gradually changing their tone in accordance with the trend of our age. For a long time they were...

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Love in London. By A. St. John Adcock. (Francis Griffiths.

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6s.)—This is a series of short stories, all of which have their origin in different phases of life in the Metropolis, most of them being concerned with the lower middle class....

Modern Pilgrim's Progress (Burns and Oates) describes the phases of

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thought through which an educated and thoughtful woman passed on her spiritual journey from the Anglican to the Roman faith. The arguments in favour of the Roman Church are as...


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STURLA THE HISTORIAN. which Professor Ker was called upon to give in the absence Of Lord Curzon. That absence, brought about as it was by so deplor- able a cause, every one must...

The Strayings of Sandy. By D. Conyers. (Hutchinson and Co.

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6s.)—Mr. Alexander Acland, the hero of Miss Conyers's story, being in bad health and low spirits, went to Ireland, hunted; and was cured. We recommend any one in a similar state...


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[Under this heading us notice such Books of nu wags as have not bens ramose' for /11P1410 in aim. form.] Personal Adventures and Anecdotes. By Colonel James P. Robertson. (E....

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Herbert Fry's Royal Guide to London Charities. Edited by John

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Lane. (Chatto and Windus. Is. 6d.)—This volume is one which, over and above the general utility of the information given, is full of significance. If one regards, for instance,...

The Hospital of St. Thomas of Assn. By Sir John

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Watney. (Blades, East, and Blades.) — This second edition contains some additional items of historical information relating to the hospital. This was founded on the site of the...

"Records of Romsey Abbey. By Henry G. D. Liveing, M.A.

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(Warren and Son, Winchester. 10s. 6d. net.)—The Abbey of Romsey was a Benedictine foundation dating from the early part of the tenth century. It never became a place of great...

Letters of Literary Men in the Nineteenth Century. Arranged and

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Edited by Frank Arthur Mumby. (G. Routledge and Sons. 23: 6d. net.)—These letters begin with Frances Burney and end with Robert Buchanan. Mr. Mumby divides his collection into...

We have received VoL II. of The Dickensian, "a magazine

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for Dickens lovers and monthly record of the Dickens Fellowship," Edited by B. W. Matz (Chapman and Hall, 4e. net). We have noticed from time to time monthly parts of this...

. Contemporary Portraits of the Reformers of Religion and Letters.

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With Introduction and Biographies by C. G. McCrie, D.D. (R.T.S. 10s. 6d.)—In 1580 Beza published at Geneva, where he had been for sixteen years "Moderator of the Venerable...

Sismondi'. History of the Italian Republics. Edited by William Boulting,

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(G. Routledge and Sons. 55. net.)—We have used the term "edited," but we see from the title-page that Mr. Boniting's work on his original has been more than editing. The...

Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage. By Sir Bernard Burke and

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Ashworth P. Burke. (Harrison and Sons. 42s. net)— " Burke," in common with the conductors of other "Peerages," comments on the extraordinarily large addition made during the...