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On Thursday the Newfoundland Government informed the United States Government

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that they assented to the provisional Agreement drawn up last week for submitting the Newfound- land fishery disputes to the Hague. The Agreement will have to go before the...

On Tuesday Baron Komura made an important statement in the

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Japanese Diet on foreign policy. The .Anglo-Japanese Alliance "has steadily gained in strength and solidity, and to-day it stands upon a perfectly firm and enduring founda-...

NEWS OF THE WEEK • T HE statesmanlike offer of Russia

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to settle the dispute between Turkey and Bulgaria by finding the money to the amount of the difference between what Turkey demands as compensation and Bulgaria is willing to pay...

Turning to the United States, Baron Komura explained that it

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was particularly easy for Japan to assent to the objections of America to Japanese immigration, because the Government was actually anxious that the Japanese people should not...

We have received a copy of a Memorial on the

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rights of the Belgian Congo natives to own land which Mr. E. D. Morel has presented to Sir Edward Grey. Under the old administration in the Congo Free State the beneficiaries...

The papers of Wednesday announced that a compromise on the

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difficult question of the capital had been come to by the South African Convention. Pretoria is to be the adminis- trative capital of the Union of South Africa, and Cape Town...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return afeauscriet, in any

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Lord Dalreeny, Lord Rosebery's eldest son, M.P. for Midlothian, has

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determined not to seek re-election, owing to the feet that he feels out of sympathy with the general policy of the Government and the Liberal Party. We do not wonder at Lord...

We publish in another column a very important letter addressed

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to us by Sir Edwin Collen, the well-known Indian General. Sir Edwin expresses very grave fears as to the effect of the abolition of the Military Supply Department, since that...

M. Yves Guyot, one of the truest Free-traders in exist-

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ence, has been expressing his views as to the character of the present British Government in Le Courrier Europgen. "They have not only dug the grave of Free-trade, but they have...

The Belgian Government, in fact, as the new owner of

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the Crown Domain and the National Domain, acts on the principle that the natives never owned land in any definite sense, and that therefore they have not been pillaged. Mr....

The Daily Chronicle of Thursday states that the inner political

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world was on Wednesday agitated by rumours of a grave Cabinet crisis over the Navy Estimates, which might culminate at any moment in the resignation of three Cabinet members....

The Daily Chronicle ends its article by declaring that no

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decision was reached by the Cabinet, but that the rumours of impending resignations may be dismissed, "The Cabinet will not fall to pieces on a question of this kind." That the...

It would clearly be a great mistake to limit the

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Govern- ment in their choice of a. Commander-in-Chief. No doubt the most symmetrical plan would be to make the Military Member of the Council a War Minister, and to leave the...

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Mr. Binns, the wireless operator on board the 'Republic ' whose

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skill, presence of mind, and endurance wore the means of saving many lives, has, so it is . stated, refused an offer of 2250 a week to appear in a New York music-hall. Mr. Blume...

We have dealt elsewhere with the wave of feeling that

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has Swept over the country owing to the production of An English- man's Home at Wyndham's Theatre. Here we should like to give a quotation from Captain St. Loe's pamphlet, "A....

The efforts of the Confederates to break up the Unionist

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Party are bearing fruit. On Tuesday at a meeting of the executive of the Hertfordshire Conservative Association a resolution was passed by nineteen vetes to sixteen regretting...

The National Rifle Association states that the number of members

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belonging to the civilian rifle clubs affiliated to the Association now amounts to over a hundred thousand, or to be exact, a hundred and two thousand seven hundred and...

Bank Rate, 8 per cont., changed from 2.1 per cent.

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Jan. 14th. Console (2i) were on Friday 831—Friday week 83f.

Professor Gilbert Murray delivered his inaugural lecture at Oxford on

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January 27th, taking for his subject "The Interpretation of Ancient Greek Literature." The enormous widening of the borders of Greek study had altered the position and dutiee of...

A meeting held by the West Surrey Branch of the

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British Constitution Association at Guildford on Friday, January 29th, was addressed by Lord Balfour of Burleigh, the president of the Association, and by Mr. Harold Cox. Lord...

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"THE LIBERTY NOT TO FIGHT FOR ONE'S COUNTRY." 'U NQUESTIONABLY we are a strange people. At the present moment the country, or at any rate a large part of it, is in a state of...

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W E have many grounds of quarrel with the present Government. They have plunged the finances of the country into a disorder without parallel in the past twenty years, instead of...

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I T is seldom that a Great Power has the means and the opportunity of averting a European disaster in which she is only indirectly concerned. No doubt the interest of Russia in...

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THE FRENCH TARIFF AND RETALIATION. T HE very important letter which

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Mr. Bodington, the secretary of the British Chamber of Commerce in Paris, has addressed to the Times furnishes a test ease for those Tariff Reformers who lay stress upon the...

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THE RUSSIAN POLICE MYSTERY. T WO weeks ago we tried to

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get at the meaning of the astonishing news that Azeff, who for eight years has been the head of the Russian Terrorists, had been denounced by his fellow-Anarchists in Paris as a...

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I T is an odd thing that a derogatory meaning has clung so long to the word " homely." There is often a suggestion of cynicism about its old-fashioned use in English,—a...

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"A l S sure as London is built of bricks" was once a sayin g i.. which was used as thou g h one should say, "As sure as the sun will rise to-morrow." But even brick was not the...

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id M ATCH-RIFLE conditions and bull's-eye shooting are directly opposed to service-rifle shooting and train- ing for war." The sentence is quoted from a lecture lately...

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ARMY ADMINISTRATION IN INDIA. [To Ins EMTOR OF T II II "SrmaPAToie."] SIE,—The announcement that the "Military Supply Depart- ment " in India is to be abolished from April...

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A CANKER IN IMPERIAL ADMINISTRATION. [To ME Emma OF THU "SPECTATOR:1 Sift,—May I be allowed to draw attention to the letter of Sir Clement Hill, published by you on January 2nd,...

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[To TUN EDITOR Or TRIO " SPROTATOR." Sin,—In your issue of January 30th, in an article beaded "Time Indian Mohammedans and Lord Morley's Reforms," Commenting upon my letter on...

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SIR,—As your readers' comments on your treatment of this topic appear to have run their course, it may be well that one who has taken an active part in in.troducing a movement...


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[To T IL EDITOR Or TRIII "5rMOTATOIL" . 1 do not know what constitutes membership of the Confederacy, but you will remember that Mr. Harry Marks was one of the gentlemen who...


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[To T H IC EDITOR OF PHI " SPROTATOR.1 Sia,7-In your very instructive article in last week's Spectator on agricultural bacteriology you remind farmers that Professor...


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OF THE " SPROTATOR."1 Sru,—Free-trade Unionists, according to your advice, were settling into readiness to vote for the Unionist candidate whatever his Fiscal colour. But a rude...

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[To TON EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I do not attempt to prolong the controversy concerning Irish land which has (I understand by an oversight) been continued into your...


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SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In an article in the Daily Chronicle on January 22nd the writer triumphantly asserts that no paper other than your own has ventured to contest the justice of...


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rro ram rtorroa or THE "SP ICOTATOR."1 SIR,—Some twenty-four years ago the clever French journalist M. Felicien Chartipsaur included a panegyric on M. Coquelin aine in his...

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1 To THE EDITOR Or THE "SreoTaTon.1 SIR,—With regard to your interesting article on " Secret Service" in the Spectator of January 9th, I beg to draw your attention to the speech...


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[To THE Eutron Or THE "SPECTATOR." Sin,—In your brief review of my book, "The Bible or the Church P" in last week's Spectator you honour me by noticing my crusade against the...

[TO THE EDITOR. Or THE " Elmer/am-]

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Sift,—We in Bristol are naturally elated by the knowledge that the Leigh Woods, with Nightingale Valley and the ancient camp, have been saved from the hand of the builder, or...


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[TO THE EDITOR Or THE "BrEOTATOR..1 SIR, — It is somewhat difficult for a Scottish reader to under- stand the comments of your reviewer in his notice of "Stewart of Lovedale "...


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[TO THE 'coma Or TUB "SPECTATOR:1 SIR,—Two policemen lost their lives lately almost simul- taneously, in the execution of their duty, one in England, the other in Ireland. In...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,— " There is one thing greater," said Lacordaire to the men of his day intoxicated with the triumph of revolutionary principles—" there...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR,—Thore is one point in your "note of satisfaction" (Spectator, January 30th) that the Leigh Woods, with the remarkable prehistoric...

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TO MY VIOLIN. [" In silvis viva shut; canora jam mortua eauo."] SYCAMORE that spread a shade, Where the blackbird, unafraid, Singing in you, music made. Pine that murmured of...


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(TO Tint EDITOR Or Ting "SPEOTATOE.fti Sia, — My attention has been called to a printer's error in a letter on "The Irish Land Question" in your issue of January 30th. Whore I...

NOTICE.—When Articles or "Correspondence" are signed with the writer's name

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or initials, or with a pseudonym., or are marked "Communicated," the Editor must not necessarily be held to be in agreement with the views therein expressed or with the mode of...


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Ire TIIR EDITOR Or TIM "SPECTATOR:I Sia,—The great Constitutional changes that have taken place in Turkey, and the establishment of the Turkish Parliament, having aroused...

4" for "s," the amount of money spent in the

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United States en artificial fertilisers was erroneously given as 4250,000,000,000 instead of 250,000,000,000 dollars.]


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A PRIZE OPERA. Ix the world of opera the laws of logic are suspended and the unexpected is the rule. This remark does not merely apply to what takes place on the stage, but to...

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FRANCE AND THE ALLIANCES.* EVERY student of French politics must have noticed that in the last year or two—we might say since the Algeciras Conference, to give an exact date—the...

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SAMUEL BUTLER—" a man," as Dr. Johnson says, "whose name can only perish with his language "—is one of the obscurest figures in English literature. Not only are the...

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FOLK-MEMORY.* Tins author of this fascinating volume need not have

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expressed a doubt whether there is room for his work on the archaeologist's bookshelf. He has succeeded in setting in array such a mass of evidence, and has examined such a...

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- KEW GARDENS are visited by some three million people every year ; but few of those who admire the daffodils in spring and enjoy the shady trees in summer give a thought to the...


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THE story of an estate is often as interesting as the history of a family. Land remains while owners pass, and a certain personality inheres in acres which have long formed one...


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Jr is impossible to put down these pleasant volumes with any doubt in one's mind as to the original of D'Artagnan. "The little Gascon, with his courage and glitter, his power of...

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Tule "handbook for collectors" is a valuable addition to our knowledge of this somewhat intricate subject. The author says with truth " that the historical aspect of lace has...


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IN the Nineteenth Century Sir Charles Elliott discusses Lord Morley's Indian reforms in a spirit of general sympathy tempered with criticism, which is all the more effective for...

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ONE IMMORTALITY.* As an interpreter of the East in general, and Burma in particular, Mr. Fielding Hall has already achieved distinction by virtue of a sympathy so acute as to...

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The Children of the Gutter. By Arthur Applin. (Grant Richards.

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6s.)—This is a rather sordidly realistic novel of the career of a flower-girl and her relations. Like many students of the social evils of the present day, the author suggests...


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[Under this heading ,ms notice sack Book* of the tesek as hoes not bun reserved for 1111400 in ether firms.] The Right Honourable Spencer Perceval. By Philip Treherne. (T....

Constance Beth-at-Once. By Alan McDougall. (Sherratt and Hughes. 6s.)—" Both-at-Once

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" means the same thing as is poetically expressed by "Standing with reluctant feet Where the brook and river moot." She is both a child and a woman. Now this is a difficult...

The Life of Boyer Langdon. Told by Himself, with Additions

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by his Daughter Ellen. (Elliot . Stock. 2s. 6d. not.)-11ogOr Langdon spent the greater part of his life in the service Of the Great Western Railway . . From 1874 down to his...

READABLE NOVELS.— The Plower of the Heart. By H. B.

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Marriott Watson. (Methuen and Co. Os.)—A. novel of the world, the world of finance and of society. It is dedicated to Mr. H. G. Wells, possibly to show him what it is that he...

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Notuicie Criticae. By Alfred Edward Thiselton. (Stanley Press. ls. net.)—The

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first of these notes (72) refers to the Agamemnon of Aeschylus; 73-83 to passages of Virgil ; 84-88 to passages in Shakespeare. In the Virgilian criticisms, to which we shall...

Tales front Exeter Cathedral. Told to the Children by Mrs.

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Frewen Lord. (Sampson Low, Marston, and Co. ls.)—Mrs. Frewen Lord gives her first chapter to the state visit of William of Orange to Exeter Cathedral on November 9th, 1688....

Ants of the Privy Council : Colonial Series, 1618-1680. Edited

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by W. L. Grant, M.A., and James Munro, M.A. (H.M. Stationery Office. 10s.)—The West Indies, Virginia, Newfoundland, are prominent among the Colonies referred to in these...

The Old Royal Plate in the Tower of London. By

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E. Alfred Jones. (Fox, Jones, and Co., Oxford. 31e. 6d.)—The pieces number in all, including sets (maces, State trumpets, and spoons), between fifty and sixty. The curiosity...

Five Mansions of the House of Othman. By Mark Sykes.

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(N. G. Morison, Leeds. ls.)—These papers, originally published In the Yorkshire Post, are written with uncommon force and spirit. Mr. Sykes is not hopeful about the Young Turks....

Catu/li Carmina. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Charles Stuttaford,

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(G. Bell and Sons. 6s. net.)—This is a service- able edition, and good to look at. The little that there is to say about the MSS. is said clearly. There is a good sketch of...