6 AUGUST 1904

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It is understood that the governing party in Russia have

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resolved to make no changes in consequence of the murder of M. de Plehve. Count Mouravieff, who holds M. de Plehve's opinions, will, it is reported, be his successor ; the Czar...

The friends of the Vatican in France rely greatly upon

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the Pope's power to deprive the Government of its position as protector of all Roman Catholics in Asia, a position which gives it a special foothold in Syria, and some other...

There are all manner of rumours about the fighting at

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Port Arthur. What appears to be true is that the Japanese commenced a great assault upon the fortress on July 26th, and that after three days' fighting, during which the...

The French Government and the Papacy have come to a

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rupture. The Mission has been ordered to leave Rome, and has, of course, obeyed; and the Nuncio, having been officially informed that his residence in Paris was "of no further...

T HE Japanese Government believes in secrecy, and the Russian Government

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is afraid of publicity, and between them both all war news from the Far East is hidden in a mist of vagueness. It appears to be certain, however, that in three days of desperate...

The British expedition is now almost at the gates of

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Lhasa. They began crossing the Brahmaputra at a point where it is a hundred and fifty yards broad on July 25th. They might have been destroyed by a resolute enemy, for the...

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Mr. Balfour's speech was extremely witty and adroit, but, as

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Mr. Asquith—whose very able and straightforward speech may best be described as the quintessence of what clear- minded and straight-seeing men are thinking throughout the...

Lord Curzon on Monday in a speech at the Constitutional

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Club made a remark which will be received in India with a certain disgust. He gave as a message from India to British politicians : " In the first place, come and see us." That...

On Monday in the House of Commons Sir Henry Camp-

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bell-Bannerman moved as a vote of censure a Resolution regretting the action of those Ministers who had accepted office in the Liberal Unionist organisation, that body having...

In the Commons on Tuesday, when the vote for the

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Im- perial Defence Committee came under discussion, Mr. Balfour pointed out that the Committee was still in an embryonic condition. The Committee would not trench upon the...

Of the speeches in reply, two alone call for remark,

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those of Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Balfour. Mr. Chamberlain denied that the Tariff Reform organisation had ever been directed against Unionist Members, unless their constituencies...

The Sultan of Morocco appears determined to lose his throne,

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or, as an alternative, to force France to protect him by active intervention. His people already suspect and hate him as a man who prefers the ideas of the West—in truth, he...

On Wednesday, on the vote in Supply for the salary

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of the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Colonel Sauuderson called atten- tion to the case of Constable Anderson, and his persecution at the instigation of a village priest, with, as...

On Tuesday Mr. Balfour announced the titles of the Bills

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which he has decided cannot be passed this Session. They are sixteen in number, and include the Port of London Bill, the Aliens Bill, the Valuation Bill, and the Scotch...

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Having stated his proposals, Mr. Chamberlain went on to deal

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with the objections. His new taxes might slightly raise the prices of the articles affected, but it did not follow that because the price of the raw material was raised the...

Mr. Chamberlain, who addressed a vast agriculturist meeting at Welbeck

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on Thursday afternoon, was in truly magnificent form. He taxed the foreigner ; he kept out in- truding corn, and cheese, and meat, and milk, and while he did not increase the...

We should have greatly liked to follow Mr. Chamberlain a

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little further in his progress through the morass of fiscal nonsense in which he waded up to the neck at Welbeck, but, unfortunately, we cannot find time or space to do • so on...

The House of Lords has been occupied throughout the week

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with the consideration of the Licensing Bill, and, as usual in that House, the debating has been on a high level. But though the need for discretion and moderation in treating...

The Lords on Monday gave their decision in the great

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case of the United Free Church of Scotland against the twenty-four ministers who object to the fusion of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians, which was voted in 1900...

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THE VOTE OF CENSURE. T HE debate on the vote of censure ended, as it was certain to end, in a majority for the Government. It must not be thought, however, that therefore there...

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91HE mist that has for the last three weeks obscured

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1_ the theatre of war is lifting, and before very long we may expect to hear definite news of the great enveloping movement in which the Japanese have been so sedulously and so...

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decision of the House of Lords in the great case of the Free Church of Scotland v. Lord Overtoun and others will be received by all the Nonconformist Churches of the United...

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A FORTNIGHT ago we expected a compromise between the French Government

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and the Papacy, but we made one reserve,—a possible willingness at the Vatican to see the Concordat " denounced." There is reason to-day to believe that this reserve was only...

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AI R. BALFOUR'S opponents have great reason to be thankful for

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one of his intellectual characteristics. He is seldom deceived by his own reasoning, and from time to time he lets it be seen that he is not. He has this week " addressed to a...

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We think there can be no question that the Old

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Testament contains more suggestions of Christianity than any other sacred literature the world produced before the Christian era. Isaiah and Job taught definitely that God was...

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" Who first invented work, and bound the free And

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holiday-rejoicing spirit down ? " Long before Elia's gentle spirit fretted away " the golden years amid the irksome confinement of an office" in Mincing Lane, the answer to his...

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A NEW lobster, or an animal almost worthy of the name

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from the culinary point of view, has made a shy appear- ance from time to time during recent years in London. Like many other debutante, it has come before the public under a...

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[To THII EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Six,—The year before last several of the Surrey rifle clubs, as a token of recognising the stern circumstances in which their sport would...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIE,—The two paragraphs which you devoted to this matter It would be useless to deny that the document is drawn with great dialectical...

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[TO THE EDITOR OP TIER " SPRCTLTOR21 SIR, - Your correspondent " H." in the Spectator of July 30th makes use of the familiar plea of our Tariff Reformers to explain away the...

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" write, in the country," and I enclose my card

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with my London address, and ask you for space to state that I am not the writer, and have not the pleasure of his acquaintance. I suc- ceeded the late Mr. Maule, Q.C. (the first...

Sin,—As confirmatory of the communication of "I. M. P." in

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the Spectator of July 30th as to the bad manners of some English travellers, I give the story related to me by a Parisian lady whose friend, an educated gentleman, kept a shop...

Sin,—I have pleasure in answering the criticisms of " A

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Public Prosecutor" in the Spectator of July 30th. The railway bridge is about a mile and a quarter from this house ; there. fore I could not have heard any "dying yell." There...

It appears to be tolerably certain that the attempt to

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introduce Protection into the United Kingdom under the shield of Colonial Preference will not be successful at the next General Election. To that extent the Free-traders will...

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[TO TEM EDITOR Or TRH "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In answer to "A.

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D. B.'s " inquiry in last week's Spectator, I venture to submit the following interpretation of the passage quoted by him from the Pope's speech. The Church can claim no credit...

THE first three volumes have already fully established Cho reputation

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of the new edition of the Corpus Poetaruna Latinorum, and in accuracy and scholarship the present volume is on a level with them. Its contents, however, are immeasurably...


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[With Apologies to Mr. Rudgard Kipling : see the "Times," August 1st.] ["And Joseph said unto them . . . Wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine P "—Genesis xliv....

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THE world of critics seems to find it increasingly difficult

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to acquiesce in the notion that while other great poets " abide our question," and reveal to the patient student of their works something of their inner history, Shakespeare...

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THIS finely printed and illustrated book is a companion volume

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to the same writer's Life of Madame de Pompadour, but a good deal better worth reading. The subject is decidedly more curious and more interesting. Apart from Madame de...

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of the reign of Mary L In the present volume

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she has essayed a more ambitious task. Her object, as she says in the preface, is to give some account of the two great revolutionary move- ments of the fifteenth and sixteenth...

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Baron Suyematsu to Sir John Macdonell's gentle hint that in

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the preliminaries of war the offences against international etiquette may not have been wholly on the side of Russia. He maintains that Japan, so far from attacking Russia with-...

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THE anonymous author of this novel has set himself a

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difficult task, and faithfully laboured at it. His aim is to draw a full- length portrait of the hard man of the world : the man without ideals, without imagination, living in a...

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A Bachelor in Arcady. By Halliwell Sutcliffe. (T. Fisher Unwin.

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6s.)—The" Bachelor in Arcady" is of the school of " Eliza- beth and her German Garden," and this school is by no means so appropriate to the male point of view as to the female....

The Expositor. Edited by the Rev. W. Robertson Nicoll. Sixth

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Series. Vol. IX. (Hodder and Stoughton. 7s. 6d.)—This is a peculiarly interesting volume. The largest portion is con- tributed by Professor W. M. Ramsay, and the value of the...

as the author thinks this incompatible with commonplace earthly happiness,

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it is not a very cheerful point for a novel to aim at. There is one excellent piece of character-drawing in the story, that of the heroine's mother. This lady is quite helpless...

Dunstable : its History and Surroundings. By Worthington G. Smith.

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(Elliot Stock, and others. 6s. net.)—This volume belongs to the praiseworthy series of the "Homeland Library," and is published by the joint enterprise of the Homeland...

much about the geography of the country as any man.

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He traces the story of Tibetan exploration. It is interesting throughout, though of Lhasa there is little' to be said. No European has seen the place since 1846, when the French...

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Pages from the Life of John Sparling. Edited by his

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Daughter, E. F. Cunliffe. (Riverside Press, Edinburgh.)—All autobio- graphies have an interest, if they are honestly written, and the honesty of this is manifest. Most readers...

The Story of My Conversion. By the late Abbe Corneloup.

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Translated from the French by H. E. W. and M. M. (R.T.S. ls. 6d.)—"I am not entering into polemics, but simply telling how I was led to leave Rome and embrace Protestantism." So...

Belgian Life in Town and Country. By Demetrius C. Boulger.

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(G. Newnes. 3s. 6d. net.)—Mr. Boulger has, of course, many interesting things to tell us about Belgium and its people. It is a country in which the language difficulty is acute....


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] The Credentials of the Pentateuch. By the late John Sealy Townsend....

We have received three monthly numbers of the Japan - Russia War

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(Tanuma Publishing Company, Yokohama and Tokio). The text of the declaration of war, the story of the previous negotia- tions, the despatches from the seat of war, narratives of...

The Customer's Guide to Banking. By Henry Warren. (Grant Richards.

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6s.)—Mr. Warren, who wrote "How to Deal with Your Banker," now follows up the attack—what he says practically amounts to an attack—with the volume before us. It is a " guide to...

The Use of Words. By Georgina Kinnear. (John Murray, ls.)—This

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is a praiseworthy effort to give an appreciable meaning to the " parts of speech," the technical terms of the early part of grammar, words to which the learner has much...

Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus, Count de Benyowsky. Edited

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by Captain S. Pasfield Oliver. (Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—This is the fourth volume in the series of " Dryden House Memoirs." The Count Benyowsky crowded into...