6 MAY 1905

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An Imperial decree appeared on April 30th in St. Petersburg which, though it does not concede religious equality to all Christians, does liberate the Christian sects outside the...

The Pekin correspondent of the Times, who has been travelling

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in Korea, publishes in the issue of Saturday last a remarkable account of the way in which the Japanese are managing their Protectorate. They have built a railway from Fusan to...

May Day, which was so dreaded that thousands left the

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city, passed off quietly in St. Petersburg ; but in Warsaw orders had evidently been received to suppress any popular movement by an appeal to naked military force. A pro-...

T HE most apparent fact in regard to modern war is

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that things move much more slowly than the public, or even the experts, expect. A month ago we were told that the time had come when the fate of Asia was to be decided in the...

Thursday, has obviously been a success. The French are delighted

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with his geniality and kindliness, and politicians find it easy to understand and appreciate remarks which appear spontaneous, and are probably as well weighed as those of any...


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The second reading of the Aliens Bill was formally moved

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in the. Commons by the Home Secretary on Tuesday, when Sir Charles Dilke brought forward an amendment to the effect that legislation against sweating was the real remedy, and...

Mr. McCormick, the new American Ambassador in Paris— who has

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already served his country with distinction in similar posts at Vienna and St. Petersburg—was formally received at the Elysee on Tuesday, and addressed President Loubet in what...

During the course of a recent debate on underfed children

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in elementary schools in the House of Commons Sir William Anson promised to give careful attention to the suggestion that Poor Law Guardians should be enabled to give relief to...

The Gil Blas of April 28th publishes an article from

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a correspondent containing the substance of a conversation with Lord Cromer on the subject of Morocco. According to the report, Lord Cromer observed that he was not called upon...

The Turks are believed to be seriously disturbed about their

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position in Yemen. Sana has fallen, and the leaders of insurrection speak of claiming autonomy for Yemen, subject to the payment of that portion of its revenue which reaches...

We are glad to see that Lord Kitchener is appealing

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for funds to help the families of the two hundred and twenty-one men of the Ghoorka battalions who perished in the recent Indian earthquake. In consequence of the early...

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We have dealt with the whole subject elsewhere, and will

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only say here that the increase of local burdens caused by the new Education Act is a most serious matter—it is practically universal, and in many cases most onerous—and cannot...

The question of the Transvaal contribution was raised in Committee

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of Ways and Means on Wednesday, Sir Robert Reid contending that it would be more straightforward to admit at once that there was no hope of realising the expecta- tion of...

We desire to draw attention to the admirable impersona- tion

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of Hamlet by Mr. H. B. Irving which is now taking place at the Adelphi Theatre. We have no hesitation in saying that Mr. Irving's rendering of the part is one of the best, if...

In the House of Commons on Thursday Mr. Gray moved

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the adjournment in order to call attention to the action of the East Ham Borough Council in regard to the Education Act. Mr. Gray argued in favour of making education a national...

Friday's papers contain accounts of a bellicose article con- tributed

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to a German magazine, the Deutsche Revue, by Admiral Penrose-Fitzgerald. We have not seen the paper in question, and therefore cannot speak definitely in regard to it ; but if...

The Germans have, of course, a perfect right to enlarge

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their Fleet, and we have none to prevent them doing so. What we have a right to do, and what we shall do unless we are "drowned in security," is to watch the naval developments...

Bank Rate, 21 per cent.

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Consols (2i per cent.) were on Friday 90.

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W E confess to feeling not a little- anxiety at the tone and temper of the debate in regard to the loan of thirty millions which the Government insist that we shall some day...

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T HE political event of the week is Mr. Chamberlain's speech

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on the second reading of the Aliens Bill. After that speech, how will it be possible for politicians like Mr. Brodrick to pretend that Mr. Chamberlain is not a Protectionist,...

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91HE march of the Russian Revolution, slow and erratic as it is, has already diminished the sum of human misery. By a decree bearing date April 30th, according to our calendar,...

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T HAT there is, among other European questions, a " question of Holland " may be taken to be a certainty, though it only comes intermittently to the front. The German statesmen...

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T HE Government, and for that matter the nation also, have

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unexpectedly been brought face to face with a very troublesome question. What is to be done when whole communities refuse to carry out the law ? Englishmen have been met before...

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T the finest embodiment of the monastic ideal. That ideal has, we should say, no hold upon the minds of modern Englishmen, yet no book of devotion, setting aside the Bible and...

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T T is fairly clear that an important operation is being carried out in the world of fashion. The censorship in Paris is extremely strict, and it is impossible to predict with...

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IN a well - known edition of Shakespeare's plays, familiar to 1 most of ns in our youth, the words " Two Foolish Officers" stand opposite the names of Dogberry and Verges among...

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RUSSIA TO-DAY. , [TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Szn,—You ask for my impressions of Russia to-day. It is well that you emphasise the last word. The situation may change at...

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[To TEN EDITOR OP THX "SPXOTATOR:] Sut,—Unlike many newspapers, the

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Spectator admits replies to its articles. I therefore offer some criticism of that in your issue of April 29th on " The Position of the Government," which seems to me singularly...

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the Spectator of April 22nd reasserts his conviction that Richard Jefferies did not return to the faith of a Christian. As Mr. Salt further asserts that it is incredible he...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,—The other day Mr.

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Bonar Law made a comparison of the number of the unemployed in Germany and the United Kingdom, very much to the advantage of Protectionist Germany. He did not refer to the case...

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ITo THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Will you kindly

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extend your hospitality to some brief observations regarding the article, " Sweden and Norway," in your issue of April 22nd ? What strikes me is that you state as a fact what is...


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SIR,—In connection with your quotation in your issue of April 29th of the story of the last words of 011endorff, the grammarian, given in Sir Mountstuart Grant Duff's most...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR. "] Sin,—Your correspondent, Mr.

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J. Quail, in last week's Spectator, is in error in ascribing the authorship of this poem to Professor Porson. It was undoubtedly the joint pro- duction of Coleridge and Southey....

[To THE EDITOR OY THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Living in the West

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Riding of Yorkshire, I cannot help observing that the maintenance of a religious test for teachers arouses the indignation of a certain portion of the public, and a portion...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—You and your readers have taken so kindly an interest in the scheme for the purchase of Gowbarrow Fell that I venture to ask you to...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—With reference to the very interesting stories of bird- kindness which have been appearing in your paper, I am tempted to send you the...


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[To THE Eorros OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — The postscript which Mr. Macdonald (following Mr. Fitzgerald) adds to Lamb's letter to Wordsworth of March 20th, 1822 (see Spectator,...


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"SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—In your issue of April 29th you print a letter from Mr. Thomas Hardy in which he contradicts "a statement in a recent book by Mr. E. Downey, called Twenty...

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I am, Sir, &c., H. J. C.

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A PARROT DETECTIVE. [To TRY EDITOR Or THE " Srzenaos."] SiR,—One night last week Bailiff Maclean got home about ten o'clock, and looking round his room, missed his parrot....


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THE SEA-CAPTAIN. I AN in love with the sea, but I do not trust her yet; The tall ships she has slain are ill to forget : Their sails were white in the morning, their masts were...


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THE ACADEMY.—I. WHEN Uncle Joseph in Stevenson's " Wrong Box" describes the American Sunday newspaper, he declares with enthu- siasm that it supersedes all other publications,...


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Tax amount of subscriptions and fees received up to May 4th for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition is £1,138, in addition to £420 promised to the Prizes Fund, making a total of...

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A HISTORY OF MODERN ENGLAND.* WE congratulate Mr. Herbert Paul on the completion of his third volume. This fresh instalment of his History of Modern England has been eagerly...

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sublimity as well as of pathos when a great student of Nature comes to gather up the fragments that remain after a long life's fearless work. No one will to-day deny that Dr....

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IT is a matter of some difficulty to interest the

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majority of English readers in the criticism of foreign books. We are speaking of that great class of intelligent people for whom libraries are made, who are fond of books, and...

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FEW studies are more interesting than that of the way

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in which the land has been moulded by natural influences, and in which its configuration has affected human history. We are accustomed to talk glibly of the solid earth, and to...

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'rnE special feature in the new Nineteenth Century is a

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group of articles on "The Defence of the Empire." Sir William White criticises the recent policy of the Admiralty in regard to the revision of the list of effective warships...

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THE first two tales in the present collection are good examples of Mr. Hewlett's mastery of the bravura style, " The Heart's Key " being a fantasy of troubadour-land, and "...

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Men of the Old Testament : Cain to David. Men of the Old Testament : Solomon to Jonah. Men of the Bible : Some Lesser- Known Characters. Women of the Bible: Rebekah to...

Heirs of Reuben. By Chris Healy. (Chatto and Windus. 6s.)—

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When the reader discovers that the adventures told by the " heirs of Reuben" are all those of persons who are hopeless failures in life, he will not be surprised at being...

The Dryad. By Justin McCarthy. (Methuen and Co. 6s.)— Mr.

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McCarthy has gone boldly back to mediaeval Greece for the date and setting of his new story, and has also given us a really new type of heroine, in the person of the daughter of...


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Change for a Halfpenny. By the Authors of " Wisdom While You Wait." (Alston Rivers. Is. net.)—The witty writers of " Wisdom While You Wait" have never done anything more...


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Protection and Employment. By Harold Cox. (T. Fisher Unwin.)—In this pamphlet Mr. Harold Cox deals with the question of employment, and meets most convincingly the argument...

Miss Badsworth, M.P.H. By Eyre Hussey. (Longman and Co. 6s.)—In

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spite of the admirable pluck and determination of the heroine of this novel, the reader will feel inclined to paraphrase Touchstone and cry : " It is the first time that ever I...

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The Statesman's Year - Book, 1905. Edited by J. Scott Keltie, LL.D.,

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with the Assistance of J. P. A. Renwick, M.A. (Macmillan and Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—The Statesman's Year - Book continues to grow in size, while its arrangement is developed in the...

Historic Dress in America, 1607 - 1800. By Elisabeth McClellan. Illustrations by

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Sophie B. Steil. (a W. Jacobs, Philadelphia. 42s. net.)—A brief introductory chapter gives an account, with illustrations, of Spanish, Dutch, French, and English dress during...

Thucydides VI. Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by A. W.

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Spratt, M.A. (Cambridge University Press. 6s.)—We are glad to have another book of Thucydides from Mr. Spratt, already so favourably known by his work on this classic. The...

The Corrected English. New Testament. Prepared with the Assistance of

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Eminent Scholars and Issued by Samuel Lloyd. (Bagster and Sons. 6s. net.)—Mr. Samuel Lloyd has brought about the publication of this volume in commemoration of the Centenary of...

The Victoria History of the County of Surrey, Vol. II.,

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Edited by H. E. Malden, M.A. (A. Constable and Co., sold in sets, 318..6d. per vol. net), belongs to the series which is intended to include all the English counties. There is...

Two Argonauts in Spain. By Jerome Hart. (Longmans and Co.

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5s. net.)—The Iolcos from which our Argonauts set sail was some port unnamed in the United States. It may be easily imagined, therefore, that they found a contrast between the...

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We have received a fifth. edition—the first appeared in 1897—

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of A Life of William Shakespeare, by Sidney Lee (Smith, Elder, and Co., 7s. 6d.)—With this may be mentioned William Shakespeare: his Life, his Works, and his Teaching, by G. W....

Monarch the Big Bear. By Ernest Thompson Seton. (A. Con-

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stable and Co. 5s. net.)—Mr. Seton's object, he tells us, is " to picture the life of a Grizzly with the added glamour of a remark- able Bear personality." Mr. Seton's...