7 APRIL 1906

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In a debate on foreign affairs in the Reichstag on

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Thursday Prince Billow declared that Germany had no political interests or aspirations in Morocco, did not desire to interfere with the historic claims of France or Spain, and...


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T4 AST Saturday the Conference at Algeciras reached the end of its task. An agreement was arrived at on all the main points, including the bank and the police, and the text...

The terrible mining disaster at Lens on March 10th has

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had' a most astonishing sequel. Last Friday morning an exploring party discovered and rescued thirteen miners who had been entombed for three weeks. These men, who are described...

The Russian Ambassador at Washington, Baron Rosen, has informed the

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United States Government that Russia, in agreement with the Netherlands, proposes to call the Second Peace Conference to assemble at the Hague on July 1st. The resume of the...

In spite of all the efforts of the Russian Government

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to .• prevent it, the Constituticinal Democrats seem to be winning everywhere at the elections. The present elections are not of Members of the Duma, but of the Electoral...

* 4 , 11 The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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In the House of Commons on Monday the Prime Minister

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submitted various Proposals for the altiratidn of the Rules of Procedure. In moving an amendment changing the morning sitting from Friday to Wednesday, he made it clear that,...

We regret to report further native trouble in Natal. Barubaata,

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a chief in the Greytown district, who had been deposedsby the Natal Government and had fled with part of his tribe to the mountains, returned to his kraal, burned the huts, and...

On Friday week Lord Elgin announced in the House of

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Lords that, full informatiqn as to the details of the recent Court-Martial having been received from the Governor of Natal, the Government recognised that the matter was one...

On Thursday the House was occupied with a discursive debate

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on the Colonial Estimates, poorly conducted by the Opposition, who seem at present to have as little grasp of Imperial as of domestic policy. An excellent maiden speech was...

On Friday week in the House of Commons Mr. Hudson

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moved the second reading of a Trade Disputes Bill, which differed from the Government Bill introduced on the previous Wednesday in that it granted absolute immunity to a Trade-...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday, in reply to

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a question from Lord Shuttleworth as to the age-limits for entry of Naval Cadets, Lord Tweedmouth made an interesting state- ment as to the system of selection at Osborne. In...

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It is difficult, after reading the evidence, to doubt that

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it was desirable that the officer concerned should find some sphere for his activities other than that of his Majesty's Army. What are we to say, however, of the worldly wisdom...

The April• number of the Hibbert Journal (Williams and Norgate)

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contains an article by the Bishop of Carlisle, entitled "Mr. Birrell's Choice," to which we desire to draw the special attention of our readers. It is in effect an appeal to...

"I will not sacrifice," says the Bishop, "on the altar

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of my denominational doctrine, however sacred and sub- lime to me, the spiritual hope of the nation and the religious training of hosts of children, whose only oppor- tunity of...

These words clearly mean that the Government do not intend

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to depart from the true democratic principle. They will also, no doubt, make the franchise include all adult white males. We are, moreover, extremely glad to note that the...

The financial year ended last Saturday, and the Revenue Returns

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show a gratifying increase. With the exception of Estate-duty, all the major branches of revenue have exceeded the Estimates. In Customs the late Chancellor of the Ex- chequer...

It is with great regret that we are obliged to

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chronicle another Guards " ragging " case, made public by the inquiry which has been held during the week into the conduct of several subalterns of the 1st Baealion of the Scots...

Bank Rate, 31 per cent.

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Consols (21 per cent.) were on Friday 901.

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WHERE ARE THE CONSERVATIVES? W HERE are the conservatives ? Are they all asleep, all drugged into unconsciousness by the sophistries of the Tariff Reform League ? To judge by...

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T HE American correspondent of the Times sends to Monday's papa a telegram describing the dinner given in New York last Saturday to the Governor-General of Canada which is...

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W E should say, on the whole, that the result of the Algeciras Conference tends towards peace in Europe for the next few years. It will be, no doubt, an. uncertain peace, for it...

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• WRONGHEADED IMPERIALISM. • THE politics of the average British

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elector might be described as a confused Imperialism. He accepts the Empire as a fact, he is proud of its past, he desires its continuance, and he 1/3 sincerely anxious to...

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T HE disposition to resort to piecemeal legislation which is so marked in the new House of Commons is an unavoidable result of the conditions under which it has been elected....

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.T AM sure I wonder that the poor are not more envious I than they are !;' This is a sentence we often hear upon the lips of well-to-do people. The speaker means that the poor...

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TI ALF in jest, and half, perhaps, in remembrance of the late Lord Salisbury's " circus in every village," Mr. Rider Haggard has proposed a new remedy for rural depopu- lation....

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T HERE is no doubt that the world has become a great deal more industrious since the days of Solomon. For one thing, it has moved Westward with the best of its intelligence and...

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FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIANITY AND THE • EDUCATION QUESTION. [To TER EDITOR or TR. "8racreroa.1 have just read with the deepest interest the article on " Fundamental Christianity...

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[To TEE EDITOR OP THE "SfECTATOR: . 1 SIR, —Your correspondent who signs himself descriptively " Foozler " in last week's Spectator seems a little to foozle his argument in...

[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR " ] SIR, — The letter of "

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Foozler " in last week's Spectator, with its suggestion, interests another foozler who has often been accompanied on the links by an uneasy conscience respecting the caddies...


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"SPECTATOR. " ] SIR, — Perhaps you will allow me space for a few words with reference to the article in your last issue on " The Bible and the Church." I hope I shall not be...

[To vita Enrros or THE "SPECTATOR. " ] am sure that the

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great majority of the clergy of the Church of England are in full sympathy with the tenor of your article on the Bible and the Church in last week's Spectator. May I point out...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Under the heading of " Mr. Chamberlain and Chinese Labour " Mr. Walker attacked our late Colonial Secretary in your last issue, and...

[TO THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTA.TOR:'1 SIR, —Re employment of disabled

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men, I may report that the Buxton and High Peak Golf Club have already anticipated your excellent suggestion (Spectator, March 31st) as to disabled men by appointing William...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — As a regular reader of your valuable paper, I forward you this letter explaining to some extent the reason why a certain class of...


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[TO THE EDITOR or THE " SPIECTATOE."i Sin, —I am indeed assured that the social ideals of my friend Mr. Hookham and myself are closely allied, and therefore; "differing in...

[TO THE EDITOR OF TIIR 'SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Your correspondent " Foozler

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" has raised a question which is sure to interest many golfers. However desirable it may be from the players' point of view to employ boys as caddies, few can doubt that from...


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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your admirable article in last week's issue on the Taxation of Land Values (Scotland) Bill, there is one error which I think...

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re THE EDITOR Or THE " HOTA.TOR.1 SIR, Will you allow me to draw your readers' attention to the important fact that her Majesty Queen Alexandra has shown in a practical manner...


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AN ANTICIPATION OF PROTECTION. [TO THE EDI 701t Or THE "SPECTATOR:I SIR,—It will perhaps interest some of your readers to hear that in buying dye-wares from some of the...


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WAR. [To THE EDITOR 07 THE " SPECTATOR." J SIR, --In the review of the " German Official Account of the War in South Africa" which appeared in your issue of the 24th ult. you...


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[To THE EDITOR Or THE "SPECTATOR.'] SIR, — In his letter to you last week under the above heading Mr. Edward Robinson is neither correct as to his facts nor as to his law. He...


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SIR, — Bearing in mind the Spectator Experiment in Militia Training, will you allow me to send you the enclosed booklet, which gives some details of this Association ? I feel...

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[TO TIM EDITOR OP TIID " SPRCTATOR."3 Sia,—Our progress since my last letter was written has con- tinued to be highly satisfactory ; the drill improves apace, extended order...


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VESPERS. THE day long have I toiled at oars, The river broadened as I went, And now each herb of evening pours Upon the air its inmost scent. Fast gathered to their mother...

THE "SPECTATOR" EXPERIMENTAL COMPANY. WE have received from Lord Cromer

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a subscriptibn of £2 for our Militia Experiment.' The fact that one whom we may describe without the least fear of being accused of exaggera- tion as among the greatest of...


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BRITISH IMPERIALISM THROUGH FRENCH SPECTACLES.* FRENCH publicists have been much concerned during the past few years with the developments of Imperialism in Britain, and the...

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THE POETRY OF ROBERT GREENE.* THE Oxford University Press deserves

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the hearty congratu- lation of all students of English literature for this handsome edition of the poetical works of Robert Greene, the first— The Plays and Poems of Robert...

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THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR.—PORT ARTHUR.* THE tale of books, good, bad,

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and indifferent, on the recent war in the Far East is still mounting up, and tends utterly to overwhelm us. Foiled in a large measure by the Japanese Press Censor in his...

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BOOKS ON INDIA.* IN Warren Hastings's letters to his wife

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the great statesman is represented as the perfect lover, whose ardour neither time nor distance can quench. They contain, of course, many references to the politics of India....

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THE new Nineteenth Century is a decidedly stimulating, not to say controversial, number. Thus we have an impeachment of English insularity by Mr. Arthur H. Adams, a New...

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BLANCHE ESMEA D.* To the strident voices commonly heard in the field of modern fiction the delicate and gently persuasive tones of Mrs. Fuller Maitland afford a welcome...

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Different Drummers. By Evelyne E. Rynd. (Country Life Library. 3s.

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6d.)—Mrs. Rynd gives the above name to a very remarkable little collection of sketches or stories on many different subjects. There is enough literary talent in this small...

Brownjohn's. By Mabel Dearmer. (Smith, Elder, and Co. 6s.) —It

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is very seldom that the reviewer is fortunate enough to be obliged, as a duty, to read so admirable a little comedy as the novel to which Mrs. Dearmer gives the not too...


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INTERNATIONAL LAW. International Law : a Treatise. By L. Oppenheim, LL.D. Vol. I., " Peace." Vol. II., "War." (Longmans and Co. 18s. net per vol.)—Mr. Oppenheim defines the...

Giant Circumstance. By John Oxenham. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—Beginning in

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the Egyptian desert with the accidental killing of the last scion of a princely house who has volunteered for a British Nile expedition, this book concerns itself entirely with...

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Historic Dress, 1607-1800. By Elisabeth McClellan. (John Lane. 42s. net.)—It

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is unfortunately impossible with the limited means at our disposal to do justice to this very handsome and interesting volume. It is of dress in America that Miss McClellan...


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The Dynasts : a Drama of the Napoleonic Wars. By Thomas Hardy. In Three Parts. Part the Second. (Macmillan and Co. 4s. 6d. net.)—The second part of Mr. Hardy 'a drama shows...

The Journal of John Jourdain, 1608-1617. Edited by William Foster,

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B.A. (For the Hakluyt Society, Cambridge.)—John Jourdain, a native of Lyme Regis, after trading for some time on his own account, took service in 1607 with the East India...

Rambles in Brittany. By Francis Miltoun. (Duckworth and Co. 68.

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net.)—We have lately said what we had to say about another book of Mr. Miltoun's travels, and about the work of his illustrator, Miss Blanche MacManus. Briefly, our estimate...


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[Under this heading tee notice such Books of the week as have not bee s reserved for review in other forms.] The Life Superlative. By Stopford A. Brooke. (Sir Isaac Pitman and...

Moorish Remains in Spain. By Albert F. Calvert. (John Lane.

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42s. net.)—This is one of the books to which a simply literary review cannot pretend to do justice. Mr. Calvert gives a brief record of the Moorish Conquest of Spain, but the...

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The Gambia Colony and Protectorate. By F. B. Archer. (St.

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Bride's Press. 10s. net.)—This volume is the " Official Handbook " of the Gambia Colony and Protectorate. The region thus described measures, to give round figures, a hundred...

Bygone Eton, 1622 - 1905. By R. A. Austen Leigh. (Spottiswoode and

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Co. 21s.)—Here we have between forty and fifty picturings of Eton buildings and Eton surroundings. Some of them repre- sent houses, bridges, &c., which have entirely...

Fishing for Pleasure and Catching It. By E. Marston. (T.

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Werner Laurie. 3s. 6d. net.)—" Catching pleasure "----and very little else I The comment is so obvious that so old an hand, both at angling and at writing, must have intended...

The City of London Directory. (W. H. and L. Collingridge.

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12s. 6d.)—This Directory, besides the utilities common to its class, has special merits. The information which it gives about the Livery Companies, for instance, is such as...

Catalogue of Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies, and Seals in the

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Museum of the Royal Mint. By William John Hocking. Vol. I., "Coins and Tokens." (Darling and Son, for H.M.'s Stationery Office. 10s.)— The catalogue begins with British coins,...

In " Methuen's Standard Library" (Methuen and Co., 6d. net

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each ; cloth, ls. net each) we have A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, by William Law, with an excellent preface by Canon Bigg ; The Life of Nelson, by Robert Southey...