5 MARCH 1892

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The week has been marked by a panic in the

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coal trade. The masters have not withdrawn from their attitude, nor have the men, and as yet the decision of the latter stands to suspend work on the 12th inst. The Durham...

The King of the Hellenes has struck a small coup

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d' kat. The financial position of the Kingdom has been bad for some time, the Greeks insisting on preparations for the great war which does not come ; and M. Delyannis, the...


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A F TER no less than thirteen days of vacillation on his own part, and intrigue among leading Opportunists, M. Carnot has succeeded in forming a Ministry. It is the old one with...

The reading of the programme was followed by a sharp

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debate upon the ecclesiastical policy, and it was at first imagined that the new Government was in danger of imme- diate overturn. M. Ribot, however, rescued it. In answer to an...

The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any case.

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Sir William Harcourt was in high feather at the Greenwich

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Skating-Rink on Monday night. Though, he said, he was becoming almost an old Parliamentary band, his Parlia- mentary speeches will not compare for a moment with his platform...

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The Secretary for Ireland, Mr. Jackson, made a speech at

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Leeds on Saturday which did not look as if he thought the Government was, in Sir W. Harcourt's phrase, dissolving itself as pleasantly as a lump of sugar in a cup of tea. He...

As for the substance of his speech, there cannot be

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said to have been any. He scoffed at Mr. Chamberlain for his silence on Welsh Disestablishment. He sneered at Mr. Goschen's one-pound notes. He once more inveighed against Lord...

Mr. Jephson, the African explorer, delivered a lecture in Birmingham

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on Wednesday, pleading for the proposal which was made on Thursday in Parliament to grant £20,000 for the survey of a railway from Mombassa to the north-west, shore of the...

The Prussian Government is engaged in a sort of crusade •

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against the Press for disrespectful remarks upon the recent. speech of the Emperor-King, the Public Prosecutor demanding penal sentences upon the editors. Even the Cologne...

The correspondent of the Times who is investigating the- Russian

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famine, declares that the only way to save the three hundred thousand German colonists settled on the Volga, is to assist them to emigrate. The villagers have lost heart - as...

Englishmen do not often take much interest in Irish trials,

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unless they are agrarian ; but a recent charge of cruelty to children has produced unusual excitement in society. Mrs. Montagu, wife of Mr. R. A. C. Montagu, of Coleraine—a son...

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Lord Salisbury received an influential deputation on Thurs- day from

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the Victoria University, Owens College, the York- shire College, the Mason College at Birmingham, the Ladies' Bedford College, and various other institutions, with whom Lord...

Mr. O'Kelly moved on Wednesday the second reading of the

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Evicted Tenants (Ireland) Bill, which was seconded by Mr. Clancy. The first provision of the Bill was to extend by six months the time within which evicted tenants might avail...

The Lord Chancellor presided on Wednesday over a numerous meeting

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in the Vestry Hall, St. Clement Danes, Strand, to erect a memorial to the late First Lord of the Treasury, Mr. W. H. Smith, which should be, as was pro- posed, a mission-room...

Mr. T. W. Russell moved the rejection of the Bill,

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and ex- pounded very powerfully its monstrous character, calling it the most audacious measure ever presented to Parliament. Mr. Shaw-Lefevre, however, spoke in favour of the...

The elections for the County Council come off to-day, and

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it is almost useless to say a word about them, more especially as they are to be fought out on strict party lines. We may as well state, however, our own belief that the return...

The election for the Chertsey Division of West Surrey has

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turned out much as those who know the division expected. The Conservative majority, which was 1,980 in 1885 (there was no contest in 1886), has been slightly diminished, and is...

A deputation last Monday to Mr. Ritchie, the President of

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the Local Government Board, pressed upon him the duty of extending the separate provisions already made for the special education of blind and deaf and dumb children, to the...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent.

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New Consols (21) were on Friday 951.

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION. P ROFESSOR DICEY, in his admirable paper in the Contemporary Review for March, on " The Defence of the Union," very justly insists that the Unionist...

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rr HERE is something to us profoundly melancholy in _L the attitude taken by the so-called Liberal Party on Mr. O'Kelly's Evicted Tenants Bill of Wednesday. The only two...


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I F the object of M. Carnot and his advisers during the crisis which ended on Tuesday was to get rid of M. Constans, they have succeeded ; but if it was not, it is difficult to...

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THE IMPENDING GREAT STRIKE. T HE interest of the community in

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the gigantic strike in the coal-mines, which will, it is asserted, com- mence on the 12th inst., does not arise altogether from the dread of its immediate consequences, though...

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M R. LILLY is remarkably happy in his Protestant friends. When he spoke at Birmingham on Tuesday, be found one obliging enough to furnish him with exactly the questions he...

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THE " WEN." T HESE pages will not come into our

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readers' hands till most of those who are on the Register have finally decided which way to vote on the County Council election. No one is likely to wait till Satur- day morning...

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I N Mr. Myers's elaborate essay on what he calls (rather grandiosely, we think) "Subliminal Consciousness," which opens the February number of the Proceedings Of the Society for...

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W E cannot, of course, comment upon the charges brought against Mrs. Montagu, of Coleraine, a condensed out- line of which will be found upon our second page. They may, of...

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THE QUEEN AND LORD HARTINGTON IN 1880. . [To THE ROME OF THE " SPACTATOH."] SIR,—Your account of what took place on the change of Government in 1880 is, I believe, essentially...


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[To Tax aurros ow THA "SPECTATOR. "] SIR, With reference to the suggestion of your correspondent from Jamaica, that the principle of the Gold Coast ordinance should be adopted...


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[TO THY EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR,—My attention has just been drawn to the article on " The Gresham University," in the Spectator of February 20th, in which reference is...

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[CO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In the village where I live, I was in the habit of visiting two poor, infirm old women, one inhabiting the single down- stairs room,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:9 SIR,—In the interesting review, in the Spectator of February `27th, of " A Nineteenth Century Ulysses," you state that the two objects which...


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EVENSONG. In the heart of a Saxon forest I followed the winding ways, Deep-cushioned in moss and barred with the sunset's slanting rays, When out of the distance dim, where no...


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ENGLISH ARTISTS IN PEN-AND-INK. MESSRS. PERCIVAL AND CO. have put forth a handsome volume entitled "English Pen-Artists of To-Day," consisting of excellently reproduced...

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THE STUDY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.* THERE is so ranch that is not only just and sound, but prac- tical and salutary, in Mr. Churton Collins's plea on behalf of the systematic...

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Ma. LILLY'S new book is excellently conceived. It is a reasoned protest against the tyranny of the Zeitgeist in certain matters of supreme importance. Mr. Huxley has somewhere...

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IF this striking little book were more distinctly divided into parts, and furnished with a less clumsy title, and if the author, instead of talking about " historicity" and "...

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MR. HALIBURTON'S NEW POEMS.* THE poets of Scotland have an

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immense advantage in the facility of rhyme offered by the open vowel, which they share with foreign countries. Lord Mayor Evans has recently declared the French and the Welsh to...

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HERE are two novels—The Railway Man and his Children, by Mrs. Oliphant, and Matthew Tindale, by Miss Varty-Smith- which may be conveniently reviewed together, not because they...

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THE Nineteenth Century contains this month no less than sixteen papers, most of them readable, but no one of them of any particular importance. Perhaps the best is Mr. Archi-...

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History of South Africa (1795 - 1834). By G. McCall Theal. (Swan

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Sonnenschein.)—This volume of Mr. Theal's useful History of South Africa, which he has been bringing out for some years past in instalments, not published in chronological...

Richard Wiseman, Surgeon and Serjeant - Surgeon to Charles II.: a Biographical

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Study. By Surgeon-General Sir T. Longmore (retired). (Longmans.)—This is a curious volume, and one worthy, perhaps, of the great labour that Sir T. Longmore must have bestowed...


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Monograph of the British Cicada or Tettigidx. By George Dowdier Buckton. 2 vols. (Macmillan and Co )—Many books have been written on British entomology, but the subject is so...

Dod's Parliamentary Companion for 1892. — This will be an im- portant

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Dod, for it will give us the means of comparing the last session of the present Parliament with the one which succeeds it. A very convenient summary of the General Election of...

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was not likely to fail him in making a selection

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from Tennyson for the young, and this little volume, filled with things of beauty, will prove a delightful gift-book. There is not a page here which has not its charm for...

Mariam. By Horace Victor. (Macmillan.)—Mr. Horace Victor

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tells in a somewhat cumbrous style (as in the sentences on pp. 22-23, beginning with: " It is the impression ") an interesting story. Christopher Lanxon, a young doctor of a...

Stories after Nature. By Charles Wells. With a Preface by

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W. J. Linton. (Lawrence and Bullen.)—Charles Wells, who died in 1879, was a friend of Kead, and his name lives in one of that poet's sonnets. At the age of twenty-four, he wrote...