7 JANUARY 1899

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FROM JANUARY 7th TO JUNE 24th, 1899, INCLUSIVE. A DULATION and Detraction .. Advance, Australia! Africa, South, the Fruit of .. — — the Crisis in — — Treason and Loyalty in .....

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A remarkable conversation between Prince Bismarck and Herr Lothar Bucher

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on the future of Austria has been published this week. The Prince evidently thought that the rise of the Slav population, whom be despised and disliked, would be fatal to...

Many Eoglishmen believe us to be too pessimist in antici-

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pating a revo'ution in France. We would ask them if they ever knew even Frenchmen indulge in their present violence of language unless a revolution was at hand. It is useless...

Lord Cromer reached Omdarman during the week, and on Thursday

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held a reception of a large number of Soudanese Sheiks and notables. He told them that in the future they would be governed by the Queen of England and the Khedive of Egypt. The...

The Dreyfus affair has this week produced a new League

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called the League of the French Fatherland. It appears that some chiefs among the Anti-Dreyfueards, with M. Brnnetiere, of the Revue des Deux Mendes, as their adviser, are...

The Vienna correspondent of the Standard, who is well informed,

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declares positively that the Hungarian crisis is over. The Opposition, alarmed, as we believe, by a passionate movement among the electors, who are paying their taxes in advance...


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O N Thursday the War Office received information that the last remnant of the Dervish force, under Ahmed Fedil, had, while crossing the Nile at the cataracts north of Rosaires,...

% I I The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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The Ti»tes of Monday publishes a letter from "a well-

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informed correspondent" in Mauritius which states that we have by no means heard the last of Madagascar. The French, he says, have sent out so great an army of officials that...

The death of the Duke of Northumberland on Monday at

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the age of eighty-eight is noteworthy because he stood in a way at the very head of the aristocracy. He was head of a house which has been great ever since the Conluest; he had...

The list of New Year Honours is not remarkable. Lord

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Cromer is made a Viscount, but should more appropriately have been made an Earl, and Sir Philip Carrie, Sir Joseph Russell Bailey, Sir Henry Hawkins, and Mr. Garden are made...

The Malin of Monday publishes a letter from Rear- Admiral

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Reveillere which is of no small interest for the French sailor. He declares that the possession of the "French shore" on the coast of Newfoundland is "of no kind of value for...

Lord Elgin, the retiring Viceroy of India, delivered his farewell

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speech on Monday, January 2nd, to the Bengal Chamber of Commerce. It was, of course, a review of his administration, and though deprived of some of its interest by excessive...

Lord Elgin had little to say upon external relations, indeed

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he declined to discuss them for fear of embarrassing his suc- cessor, but he admitted that the tribes on the North-West border were a source of constant anxiety. We are "hyper-...

The Americans are sure to subdue the Philippines, for the

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Spaniards did, and they are far stronger than the Spaniards. Moreover, the Tugela, who alone signify, are just civilised enough to understand the good treatment and gradual...

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The very difficult question of the rating of tithe-rent charge

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was raised by a deputation of clergymen who waited upon the Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday last. They drew his attention to the extreme distress often caused by the pressure...

The Revenue returns for the third quarter of the year

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are ex- tremely satisfactory. They show that the total receipts into the Treasury in the three months just ended have been 228.632,334, which is an increase of 2864,000 over the...

Considerable excitement has been caused by an article in the

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Contemporary Review, in which Mr. E. N. Bennett accuses Lord Kitchener's army of gross cruelty after Omdurman. Substantially the charge amounts to this, that the Soudanese and...

The Cobden Club has taken a new, but what we

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cannot regard as a wise, departure. It has issued a manifesto in favour of the open door." The manifesto urges that though we should recognise the right of foreign Powera to...

If Sir William Harcourt bad only couched his letter on

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the confessional, published in Thursday's Times, in lean violent language, it might have done far more good than we fear it now will. We feel quite as strongly as he can against...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday, not.

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TOPICS OF THE DAY LORD CHARLES BERESFORD AND OUR CHINESE POLICY. T ORD CHARLES BERESFORD has, we believe, done a good service to his country by his speech at Hong-kong. He has...

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A N enemy to the French Republic hitherto disregarded has appeared this week in a new and formidable light. It has been the custom to assert that Prince Victor Bonaparte, though...

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from Sir William Harcourt's last letter on the leadership question. He is not going to come back as leader, he is not going to retire from politics, and he is going to sit at...


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I T is very hard to get a hearing for a reform which would, we believe, be of great advantage to India,— viz., an extension of the term for which the Viceroyalty is held. The...

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A USTRIA is not exactly "a milk-white hind," but certainly she seems " fated not to die." The Standard of Thursday contained a statement which to those who think, as we do, that...

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"p EACE, Retrenchment, and Reform." The old Liberal cry has fallen upon evil days. Reform, in the political sense of the word, is won. No armed bands from Birmingham are ever...

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THE LATE DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND. T HE late Duke of Northumberland

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was one of those men, of whom there are now not so very many, whose career enables one to decide whether or no the aristocratic idea is still powerful in England. He was not a...

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T HE present writer, when praising the charms of the country and the superiority of a green field to Fleet Street, is sometimes told by his friends that such talk is well enough...

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T HE House of Representatives of the United States have passed a Bill for granting powers to the Commission of Fish and Fisheries to stock the woods and forests with game and...

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CATCHING COLD. [To ram EDITOR OD TER " SPECTITOR.1 SD:a—Many people may be surprised to hear that even in this world there are places where it is impossible to catch a cold,...

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[TO THE EDITOR 07 THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—At the risk of "saying ditto to Mr. Burke," I should be glad to have space in the columns of the Spectator to con- firm the views...


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THE "BLACK" POPE AND THE " WHITE " POPE. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—May I point out that in your interesting article on "The ' Black' Pope and the ` White' Pope,"...

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LTO THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR."' have read your article under this heading in the Spectator of December 31st with interest, and believe that your solution of this...

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[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIR,—I would venture to

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suggest what strikes me as being an improvement on your very attractive suggestion of last week, as regards a scheme of old-age pensions, which is, that the Government should...


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OF THE " SPECTATOR."] SIR, —If Mr. Tollemache has no better evidence to give con- cerning the alleged "inconsiderate pitilessness of children" than that contained in his letter...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE " SPECTATOR.,"] SIR,—At a meeting of the General Assembly's Committee on the Higher Education held on December 27th, 1898, in the Assembly's Offices, May...


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[To THE EDITOR OE THE "Spzerwros."] SIR,—My attention has just been caught by what seems to me to be a curious mistake in your otherwise strikingly truthful article in the...

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[To THE EDITOR Or THE " SPEOTATOR."] SIR, I was surprised to see that the writer of the very interesting article in the Spectator of December 31st made no allusion to the paths...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] Sin.,—Before accepting as an argument for compulsory arbitration the assumption that it works well in New Zealand (Spectator, December...

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BURNE-JONES AT THE NEW GALLERY. "IF, as I hold, the noblest picture is a painted poem, then I say that in the whole history of art there has never been a painter more greatly...


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ONLY A SONG. LOVE says not much, but says it, oh ! so well, We cannot tell What is the meaning of its secret spell. Its charm divine Is like the murmur of a sounding shell,...


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(To THI Roma or Tar "Eirscrixos.."] SIB,—Will you allow me to supplement Mr. Hussey-Walsh's very clear statement of the working of the Raffeissen banks in Ireland P The...

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NEW CHAPTERS IN THE LIFE OF PITT.* GIBBONIAN circles were lately fluttered by the appearance, in a list of new publications, of the following entry : "Gibbon (E.), Pitt's Life...

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THIS age may claim to have added nonsense to the accepted forms of literature. Nonsense has, of course, been talked and written from the beginning of talking and writing, but...

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Fights for the Flag is as good as Deeds that Won the Empire. To say more than this in praise of the book before us is un- necessary, for Deeds that Won the Empire was one of the...

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WE congratulate Mr. Waters on this interesting and careful biography of a strange figure,—one of the strangest in the history of European culture and science. The work is most...

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A WRITER in one of the January magazines contends that we must, in our books, have an escape from the actual. We can see the outside of things for ourselves ; " what we require...

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TEE three papers on "The Liberal Collapse" which occupy the front pages of the Nineteenth Century do not strike us as very nutritive. Dr. J. Guinness Rogers says nothing rather...

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THE laNOIL MAGAZINES. Besides a fresh instalment of the delightful " Etchingbam Letters," and the first chapters of a new story by Mr. S. R. Crockett, "Little Anna Mark,"...

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The Queen's Hounds. By Lord Ribblesdale. (Longmans and Co. 25s.)—No

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one has a better right to be the historian of the-Queen's Hounds than Lord Ribblesdale. • He held office as Master of the Buckhounds from 1892 to 1895 under somewhat peculiar...

With Bat and Ball. By George Giffen. (Ward, Lock, and

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Co.) —" Five and Twenty Years' Reminiscences of Australian and Anglo-Australian Cricket" is the sub-title of this volume. Mr. Giffen is still under forty, so that his quarter of...

Dolly the Romp. By Florence Warden. (F. V. White and

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Co., —Children who are always in mischief or making mistakes art more apt to be tiresome in fiction than in real life. In life there are intervals of sobriety and sanity; in...