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SUPPLEMEXT TO TE0 - 3 SPEOPATOR] Jonuass, 19, 1901.

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INDEX. FROM JULY 7th TO DECEMBER 29th, 1900, INCLUSIVE. TOPICS OF THE DAY. A BDURRAHMAN KHAN on Himself ... 401 .ti. Absentee Indian Princes ... ffiffi Absorption, the...

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T HE news of the week from China has been horrible. Reports from native sources received at Shanghai, and believed to be trustworthy, declare that all the Europeans in Pekin to...

The news from South Africa this week is very meagre,

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as it always is when Lord Roberts has a large scheme on foot. What appears to be happening is a combined move- ment of several columns to surround De Wet's commandos in the...

Next in importance to the destruction of the Legations, .and,

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as rumoured, of all Europeans in Pekin, is the evidence in._Admiral .Seymour's report of his march that the new 'Chinese soldiery will fight. He, or a correspondent with him,...

In view of all these facts, the assembled Admirals at

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Taira have decided that it would be foolish to march on Pekin without much larger forces than are at their disposal. They have thirteen thousand men, counting four thousand...

The position of affairs North of Pretoria is somewhat obscure,

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but apparently Botha and the Boer forces are not able to take the initiative, and Lord Roberts is not anxious to deal with them till the Orange Colony Boers have been reduced to...

Of course those risks ought to have been run, and

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run with- out hesitation, if there was any chance of saving the Legations, and we do not believe that Russia or any other Power would have placed a prohibition on such action....

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In the House of Commons on Friday week Mr. Wyndham

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made a long statement in reply to Mr. Burdett-Coutts's charges of hospital mismanagement in South Africa. He freely admitted that our sick and wounded had under- gone terrible...

The latest news from Ashanti is a little better. On

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Friday a Colonial Office telegram was published in which Colonel Willcocks stated that he had received a letter sent by Governor Hodgson announcing that he, with six hundred...

General Jamont, the head of the French Army, has resigned

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owing to friction between the General Staff and t he War Office. In the Chamber the action of the Govern- ment was approved on a direct vote of confidence by 307 to 258 votes,...

The German Emperor is, as might have been expected, greatly

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excited by the murder of his Ambassador in Pekin, which he is probably aware was either ordered or sanctioned by the men at the bead of the Chinese Government. He has ordered...

On Thursday Mr. Balfour announced the intentions of the Government

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in regard to the proposed Hospital Commission. It was proposed to appoint a Committee of three persons— Dr. Church, President of the Royal College of Physicians ; Professor...

On Monday Lord Wemyss tried to induce the House of

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Lords to agree to a Bill enforcing the Militia Ballot. The proposal was, however, and as we think, rightly, opposed by the Government, though in fact Lord Wemyss was only...

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A terrible fire broke out in the afternoon of Saturday,

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June 30th, in the dock of the North German Lloyd at Hoboken, opposite New York. It began in some cotton bales, and everything being dry with the excessive heat, speedily...

Mr. Chamberlain, addressing the National Union of Con- servative Associations

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at the fourteenth annual banquet held in London on Friday, June 29th, made a stirring Unionist speech, and incidentally introduced a strong and generous defence of Lord...

On Wednesday in the Upper House of Convocation the Bishops

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discussed the diminution of the candidates for Holy Orders. The Bishop of Winchester believed that the main cause was the financial one. Parents and relations would not...

A fresh and promising experiment has been made in aerial

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travelling. Count Zeppelin, a Bavarian, with the assistance, it is believed, of his own Government and the German Emperor, has built, at an expense of more than £50,000, an...

It was announced on Thursday that Lord Wemyss and Colonel

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Eustace Balfour, brother of Mr. Arthur Balfour, had resigned their positions of Honorary Colonel and Colonel in the London Scottish—one of the finest Volunteer regiments in the...

Speaking at the distribution of prizes at King's College on

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Tuesday evening, Professor Dicey offered the students some advice as to the formation of style. He did not profess to instruct them how to be eloquent or witty, but rather how...

Bank Rate, 3 per cent. New Consols (21) were on

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Friday 99i.

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T N an article on the South African problem in the Fortnightly for July Mr. Edward Dicey tells us that " the time has come to put aside the prejudices caused by the Raid, and to...


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THE UPHEAVAL OF CHINA. T HE upheaval of China—for it is an upheaval, and not a mere riot against the foreigner—is becoming week by week a more formidable event. The cowardly...

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T N the current number of the Nineteenth Century an appeal is made for the formation of a National Vigilance Committee " for considering and promoting administrative reform."...

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ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S HOSPITAL. T HE Treasurer of St. Bartholomew's Hospital had

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a story to tell on Monday very different from that we have of late been accustomed to hear from the finance ministers of great charities. Permanent as land is from the physical...

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" LEST WE FORGET." R ATTIER to our surprise, Mr. Morley

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in his speech of Friday week on the completion of the " Dictionary of National Biography" missed the point which, more than any other, makes of that great undertaking a work of...

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PRE interest taken by human beings in their own efforts to fly, or rather to travel through the air, is untiring and incurable by' experience. Ever since the first kite was...

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M R. FREDERIC HARRISON'S very interesting Rede Lecture on " Byzantine History in the Early Middle Ages " affords another instance of the reaction against Gibbon's view of the...

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T HERE is a general impression about Chinese animals, as . about the Chinese people, that they are quaint, in- effectual, and of no particular use except to Chinamen. Whether...

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DIFFICULTIES OF THE FARMER RESERVIST IN SOUTH AFRICA. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.1 Sin,—Being a constant reader of your most interesting paper here in my distant home,...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] had the inestimable privilege of becoming an acquaint- ance—and friend—of Miss Kingsley shortly before she sailed for the Cape. Some time hi...

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• • " 01:INGA DIN."

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(To TEE EDITOR OF TEE "Seaman:] SIR, — The writer of the article on " Asiatic •Couraie " in the Spectator of June 30th spealcs of the " Gunge Din " of Mr. Kipling as " a nearly...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—Would you allow me to assure your reviewer (Spectator, June 30th) that I am perfectly well acquainted " with the story of the Crimea,"...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") SIB, —May we be allowed to draw attention in the columns of the Spectator to the Memorial to the late 0.. W. Steevens which it is proposed to...


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(To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR.") Sin,—The story of Count Mouravieff's overtures to the Powers in regard to the South African War was, I believe, first narrated by me in the...


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. [TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Stn,—I have .read very carefully the evidence given at the Slough inquest, and I have noted your remarks thereupon (Spectator, June 30th),...

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THE DREAMER. An ! let me leave the dust and glare Of urban streets for hidden rills ; Let me catch summer's robe, and share The lonely comfort of the hills. Or in some dim and...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE 1' SPECTATOR.") Siu,—You will have seen from the reports in the daily papers that the Army League, in which you have taken such a kindly interest, was...


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THE GALLIC WAR.* IT may be said at once that Mr. Holmes's Conquest of Gaul is a' masterpiece of sound scholarship and historical apprecia- tion. No man ought to write Cmsar's...

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THE LIFE OF SEWARD.* THERE is but one adverse criticism

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we have to make on these volumes, and that is a criticism one is apt to make on American political biographies,—Mr. Bancroft has given us too much. Here are over eleven hundred...

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" SINCE the reign .of Charles I., Englishmen have made them.. selves responsible for the maintenance of those who are destitute. All who cannot obtain food or shelter for them-...

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ALIKE by his choice of theme, by the postponement of the entry of his heroine till, so to speak, the third act, and by his unsparing use of the narrative form—there are not more...


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• The Life of Lives. By F. w. Farrar. London : Cassell and Co. ills.] THE book before us, while it has the familiar qualities which distinguish all the writings of Dr. Farrar,...

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THERE is plenty of instruction in the Contemporary Review this month, if there is little entertainment. Mr. Demetrius Boulger on " The Scramble for China " is worth reading. We...

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Mader this heading me notice such Books of the week as have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Conversations with Prince Bismarck. Edited by Sidney Whitman. (Harper...

The History of the Baronetage. By Francis W. Pixley. (Duck-

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worth and Co. 10s. ad. net.)—Mr. Pixley has, we suppose, found a new subject, and has various things to tell his readers which will probably be new to most of them. How many,...

Recollections of a Lifetime. By General R. Brinkerhoff. (Robert Clarke

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and Co., Cincinnati.)—General Brinkerhoff's narrative illustrates in a very interesting way the versatility of the American citizen. He began life as a schoolmaster, taking...

Paul of Tarsus. By Thomas Bird. (Nelson and Sons. 4s.

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6d.) —Mr. Bird has filled in the outlines which we have of the life and work of St Paul, with details gathered from various sources, literary, archological, &c. And he has done...

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WAR Boons.—There is nothing absolutely new in Mafeking : a

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Diary of the Siege, by Major F. D. Bailie (A. Constable and Co., Gs.), but it emphasises various matters of importance. There is the difficulty of the defence, a large perimeter...

Cricket, by T. C. Collings (T. Fisher Unwin, 2s. 6d.),

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is a volume in the " Sports Library," and seems of a useful character. One contributor (T. Hearne) tells us how to prepare a wicket and look after a ground, and another (Mr. C....

• Gd.)—The story of the ' Bounty' is familiar enough,

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but it is interesting to read it in Bligh's own words. He is not apparently conscious of any shortcomings in himself. His subsequent career, however, showed an element of the...