5 MARCH 1887

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On Tuesday, when the debate should have been resumed, Mr.

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Howell interrupted it by a motion for adjournment to call atten- tion to a definite matter of urgent public importance,—namely, alleged acts of corruption by the Corporation of...

The situation has become more serious this week. It has

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always been feared that whenever Russia was ready to give the signal, military disturbances would break out in Bulgaria ; and accordingly this week they have broken out in the...


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T HE German second elections are not yet completed ; but it is known that the Government have secured 212 seats, giving them a majority, without the help of the Centre, of 13....

Yesterday week, Mr. W. H. Smith, who has been the

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very incarnation of reasonableness in relation to the Procedure reso- lutions, promised to consider how to word the Closure so as to prevent its being used in Supply to exclude...

41 . 1 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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We fear that Sir George Trevelyan can no longer be

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counted on as a Unionist in any effective sense. In Tuesday's papers, a letter was published from him to the Aberdeen Unionist Liberal Committee, in which he is said to have...


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It is our intention occasionally to issue gratis with the " SPECTATOR" SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENTS, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. The...

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Mr. Sexton first wanted to confine the Closure to questions

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arising out of the first or second Order of the Day,—a proposal negatived by 209 votes to 83. Mr. Parnell's amendment,— moved in his absence by Mr. Molloy,—asking for an...

Monday night was expended by the House of Commons on

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the Supplementary Estimates. They needed discussion, and one or two items may have needed excision, though Mr. Labou- chere's selection, a vote of 227,000 for a Consulate house...

We are a mean people sometimes. It appears that the

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Queen intends to expend a part of the Jubilee money to be presented to her by the ladies of England, on an equestrian statue of the Prince Consort, to be placed in Windsor Park....

Sir William Harcourt publishes in the Times of Thursday a

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long-winded but most artful letter, intended to trip up the Government when it proposes to strengthen the law in Ireland. He tells the public that Lord Salisbury assented to the...

The Irish obstruction to Supply on Thursday night was carried

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on in a very fierce, not to say furious fashion, and had not the Government, with praiseworthy firmness, organised the House for a night sitting, the vote for the Irish...

The telegram from Bombay of March 3rd about Afghan affairs,

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which has even affected the Stock Exchange, strikes us as nonsensical. It states that the Ameer is raising a new army, that he is drilling boys of ten and impressing boys of...

The charge made by Mr. Howell against the Corpora- tion

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of London is a serious one. As yet it rests upon little but assertion; but he affirms that the Corporation spent a large sum of money-220,000—in manufacturing expressions of...

Mr. Gladstone has written a characteristic letter to the editor

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of the Baptist on the subject of Disestablishment in Wales. The Baptist had, we should infer, declared that Wales was ripe for Disestablishment, and that it is very wrong in Mr....

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The fishery difficulty in Newfoundland appears to be a serious

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one. The French, under old treaties, have a right to fish on the Newfoundland banks, and do so. That is fair competition ; but the French Government, in order to foster their...

The French are busily discussing a plan for making Alsace-

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Lorraine a separate Principality. They say they would be con- tent with that, as there would then be a complete barrier of neutral States between them and Germany. The scheme...

Mr. Morley remarked on the comparative indifference be- trayed towards

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literature, as compared with science and the more or less technical instruction which helps men in practical life, and he does not wonder at this. Men will more or less prefer...

Bank Hate, 4 per dent.

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Consols were on Friday 1001 to 100/.

The Master of Balliol sent an interesting letter to Thursday's

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Times on the claims of the great town Colleges to share in the Education Grant. His argument is that these Colleges,—like the Liverpool, Bristol, and Nottingham University...

Mr. John Morley delivered an address on the study of

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litera- ture to the students of the London Society for the Extension of University Teaching, last Saturday, in the Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor being in...

Mr. Frederic Harrison took the chair at the annual meeting

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of the Social and Political Education League, in the Holborn Town Hall on Wednesday, and delivered a warm enlogium on the principle that all the lectures of the League should be...

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THE APPROACH OF WAR. W E cannot but believe that war is rapidly approaching. The German Parliament assembled on Thursday, and the speech from the Throne not only contains no...


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T HAT mighty instrument of good, the Liberal Party in this country, was never, in the remembrance of the present writer, in anything like the same danger of losing the honour in...

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T HE last of the three striking papers published in the Fortnightly Review on the present situation of Europe is, as we confidently believe, not only too pessimist, but...


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L ORD LYMINGTON is a young man, and apparently an impatient man, or he would have known that the letter which he wrote to Wednesday's Times is far better calculated to "take all...

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W print in another column a letter from Mr. Haldane, V V M.P., criticising our article on "The Canadian Constitu- tion," in the Spectator of February 19th. Mr. Haldane, as he...

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T HE Church Patronage Bill bears traces of a process which is very commonly seen when legislation is long deferred. In the first instance, the remedy provided goes direct to the...

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T HE reply given by Mr. Gamlen on Tuesday to the deputa- tion of carriage-builders and others interested in the Carriage-tax, is a mach more important matter than it looks. It...


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14 R. JOHN MORLEY, in his very interesting discourse on ../XL Literature at the Egyptian Hall last Saturday, made some concessions to the Philistines. It was, we take it, a con-...

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M R. BESANTS paper on the relations between authors and publishers, read on Wednesday before the Incor- porated Society of Authors, is a very pleasant essay, especially pleasant...

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[To Tau EDITOR or THE " SPECTATOR.") SIR, — The words of mine which you append to my letter of February 26th have no such meaning as "An ex-M.P." suggested. They mean just the...


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THI CANADIAN CONSTITUTION. 170 THE EDITOR OY THE "SPECTATOR. ") Sin,—In your article of February 19th, you controvert Mr. Morley's statement that the so-called Canadian...

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MR. COLLIER'S MANUAL. [TO THE Itorros or can "BriorAros."]

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Sra,—My description of Mr. Collier's method was taken from his own words, and is, I believe, the only one which those words,. in their ordinary signification, could be taken to...


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[1 . 0 THE EDITOR or THE " SPSCTLTOX."] d esire to make the following reply to the question you put to me,—namely, " If drinking in moderation is lawful, what right have you to...


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..FIrsorArox."] SIR, —Allow me to say that the chief place of honour in con- nection with the Bill for the relief of the families of deceased incumbents, called the Glebe Lands...


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[To TIM It MOE OP THE SPXCTATOR."] Sia,—If Dr. Croke's recent letter had for its object the closing of the doors of the British Treasury to all Irish needs, it was exceedingly...


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[To TES EDITOR 01 THR SPBCTAT01."J Sia,—In your article of February 26th on " Gambling," you- say that there is no moral reason, and cannot be one, for pro- hibiting gambling,...

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TALES OFLA GRUYERE.* TEE translator of these tales, following a hint given in a review -of Scioberet contained in these columns on April 12th, 1884, has selected three of his...


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Wnzn students of human society first began to examine the phenomena of primitive existence, and to collect and compare • Sandie. in Ancient Hidory. comprisieg. Reprint of...

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Ws have on a former occasion drawn attention to some of the salient features of Mr. Cotter Morison's book. The ground which it covers is, however, so extensive that we could not...

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Ix has often been said that any one's experiences of life, if truth- fully and simply set forth, would be interesting, perhaps useful, to his fellows; but the assertion is too...

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IN setting to work to analyse the sentiments with which this book has inspired ns, the first that present themselves are of a negative kind. It has not thrilled ns with...

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Tax Nineteenth Century is, on the whole, this month in advance- of its fellows,—that is, it contains more papers which men seeking other food for their minds than fiction care...

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Sketches of some Distinguished Anglo-Indians ; with an Account of

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Anglo-Indian Periodical Literature. By Colonel W. F. B. Laurie, Retired, Royal (Madras) Artillery. A new edition, revised and enlarged. (W. H. Allen and Co.)—With the very best...

Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This volume is printed with

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the approval of Mr. Robert Browning. (Smith, Elder, and Co.) —The advertisement tells us that "this volume is printed from the edition of Mrs. Browning's works published in...

Uncle Sam's Medal of Honour, 1861-66. Collected and edited by

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Bev. F. Bodenbough, Brevet Brigadier-General, U.S.A. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, London and New York.)—A plentifully illustrated volume, with many portraits of the eoldiers decorated...


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The Journal of Education, 1886. (W. Rice.)—The annual volume of the Journal is as interesting as usual. A solid, well-conaidered opinion on all educational subjects that have...

Old Cookery-Books and Ancient Cuisine. By W. Carew Hazlitt. (Elliot

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Stock.)—This is a book of pleasant gossip on a subject which is not easily exhausted, and which can hardly fail to be interesting. Mr. Hazlitt, indeed, digresses considerably,...

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Madame Bovary : Provincial Manners. By Gustave Flaubert. Translated by

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Eleanor Marx•Aveling. (Vizetelly and Co.)—It is late in the day to criticise Madame Bovary, a book about which decent people are pretty well agreed. But Mrs. Aveling introduces...

Civilisation of the Eastern Iranians in Ancient Times. By Dr.

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Wilhelm Geiger. Vol. I. Translated by Dirab Dilator Peahoton . San** B.A. (H. Frowde.)—This is a learned research into a very remote period of human life, to one of the...

Japanese Life, Love, and Legend. From "Le Japon Pittoresque" of

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Maurice Dabard, by William Cony. (Ward and Downey.)— This volume contains reminiscences of travel in Japan, set in. a framework of romance. The author, with a friend and...

Mary Stuart. By the Rev. Joseph Stephenson, S.J. (W. Paterson,

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Edinburgh.)—Mr. Stephenson's subject is one that is comparatively fresh,—the early life of Mary Stuart. It has the advantage, also, of being less involved and difficult, and can...

Margaret Jermine. By Fayr Mader,. 3 vole. (Macmillan and Co.)—The

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story opens with just such another unnatural episode as repelled us at the outset of "Thereby." There it was a duel in cold blood between two friends who had grown weary of life...

The Life of Words as the Symbols of Ideas. Translated

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from the French of Arserie Darmatetter. (Began Paul, Trench, and Co.)— We can heartily recommend this little book, containing lectures privately delivered last year in London,...

Marcella Grace. By Hose Mulholland. (Began Paul, Trench, and Co.)—This

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is a finely tragical story, the passion of the drama being wrought to a high point when the heroine states that which is false to save the man whom she loves, and is compelled...

To Lake Tanganyika - in a Bath - Chair. By Annie B. More.

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(Sampson Low and Co.)—The reader must not suppose that the " bath-chair " was actually drawn on wheels to Lake Tanganyika, a distance of something like a thousand miles from the...

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Garibaldi : Recollections of his Public and Private Life. By

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Elpis Helena. English Version by Charles Edwards. (Tritimer.)—The last sentence in "Elpis Melon's" book ie,—" In history, Garibaldi will always shine resplendent as the sun; but...