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FROM JULY 7th TO DECEMBER 29th, 1906, INCLUSIVE, TOPICS OF THE DAY, A CCESSIBILITY, the Charm of Admiralty Statement, the ... Adonis, Attie, Osiris-. African Sibyl, an ... Mr,...

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On Monday in the House of Lords Lord Newton did

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valuable service in calling attention to the proposed increase in the Turkish Custom-duties, which • would involve a burden upon British trade of several hundreds of thousands...

In the House of Lords on Tuesday Lord Reay called

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atten- tion to the recent decrees issued by the Congo Free State Government, and insisted that Britain had a right to supervise the reforms promised. Lord Fitzmaurice replied...

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T HERE is, unhappily, reason to fear further trouble in Natal. The death of Bambaata, so far from putting an end to the disturbances, seems to have increased them. It is esti-...

The conflict between the Duma and the bureaucracy still continues.

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Agrarian riots are reported from almost every province, and the disaffection which appeared in the Guards seems to have spread into other regiments. Meanwhile the main question...

An extraordinary scene was witnessed at the sitting of the

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Dump. on Monday, when the abolition of capital punishment was discussed. The statutory month of reference having expired, the Bill came back from the Ministry to the House, and...

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As always happens when a Minister has the courage and

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good sense to speak the absolute truth to them, the House of Commons were perfectly content with Sir Edward Grey's assurances, and Mr. Dillon's attempt to make mischief out of...

The Blue-book containing the Report of the Commission appointed to

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inquire into the alleged prevalence of breaches or neglect of the law relating to the conduct of Divine Service and to ornaments and fittings of churches, and to recommend...

In the miscellaneous and discursive debate on the Foreign Office

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Vote on Thursday, Sir Edward Grey made a memorable statement in regard to the condition of Egypt. In the first place, he showed that the newspaper reports of the executions had...

While in the debate one Irish Member attempted to make

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the British power in Egypt appear odious and tyrannical, another Irishman, Mr. McKean, spoke in support of King Leopold's rule in the Congo, and endeavoured to show that we had...

On Monday the House of Commons discussed Clause VI. of

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the Education Bill, the clause which applies compulsory attendance at school to secular instruction only. The main battle took place on an amendment moved by Mr. Walters, the...

On Tuesday the debate took place .on Clause VII., which

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places a statutory disability on teachers in the State schools to give religious education under Clause III., even though they are anxious to do so, and the giving of such...

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The Daily Mail of Monday contains an interesting and significant

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article on the depression in Johannesburg from its special correspondent on the Rand. The article begins by pointing out that the output of gold has been advancing at a rapid...

On Saturday last Mr. Chamberlain made a speech at Sandon

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Heath in which he explained his two policies with remarkable frankness. One is to unite the Empire by a preferential system. The other is the purest and most absolute...

The Report recommends that letters of business should be issued

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to the Convocations with instructions to prepare a new rubric regulating the vestments of ministers, and to frame such modifications in tiss law relating to Divine Service and...

We have dealt with the whole question at length elsewhere,

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and will only say here that we doubt very much whether it will be possible to get the assent of the present Parliament to the legislation involved in the recommendations. Our...

Last Sunday the Dominion of Canada celebrated the fortieth year

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of her existence as a Federation. Seldom has the progress of a country justified in shorter space the hopes of its founders. The returns for the past year show an increase in...

At 2 o'clock on Sunday morning last Salisbury Station was

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the scene of one of the most terrible accidents of modern times. The boat train from Plymouth to London, which was carrying the passengers from the American Line steamship New...

Bank Rate, 8 per cent.

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Consols (21 per cent.) were on Friday 87i.

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W E note that in certain quarters men of extreme High Church views are threatening us with Dis- establishment as the result of the Report of the Commis- sion. We entertain no...


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THE REPORT OF THE CHURCH COMMISSION. W ITH the tone and temper of the Report of the Royal Commission on Ecclesiastical Discipline, and with the greater number of its specific...

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W E sincerely trust that the rumours which have been prevalent in the Press during the week that Mr. Haldane' has decided to reduce the Guards by two battalions are untrue. We...

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T HERE is something ominous, to our mind, in the course which the Duma followed on Monday when it passed a law abolishing capital punishment. It seems to intensify the...

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in the birthday list of honours the name of Porfirio Diaz, President of the Mexican Republic, was found as Grand Cross of the Bath. Spanish America is not often so honorifically...

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I T would be a pleasure to dwell with emphasis upon all the undoubtedly good and valuable work which is done by our hospitals,—how they have not only relieved the sick, but have...

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I N his speech at Bradfield College on Friday week Lord Roberts dealt with the objection so often urged against military training in schools,—that it will create a taste for war...

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HE Prose Translations of the works in use for the Half have been withdrawn from circulation in the School Library, by the Head Master's orders." The severe simplicity, not to...

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N O - doubt it would be quite impossible to form even the vaguest estimate of the numbers of insect life which are destroyed just at this season of the year by birds seeking the...

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HIDDEN FORCES IN AUSTRIAN POLITICS. [To THE EDITOR Or THE '‘ SPECTATOR.'] Sza,—The " latest incident in Vienna," which you discussed in a recent article, has brought once more...

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[To THE EDITOR OF TEE "SPECTATOR,"] SIR,—The death of Manuel Garcia on Sunday last removes from our midst the most interesting centenarian of our day. Born in 1805, Seiler...


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[TO THU EDITOR OF Tam "SpBorkron.1 Snt,—The Whitsuntide Manifesto signed by representative and influential Anglicans and Nonconformists demonstrated a desire for unity on the...


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LTo THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.".1 Si, — Some three years ago a group of British and American literary men in Rome, at the initiative, to their honour be it said, of the...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THY "SPECTATOR."] SIR, — Will you allow me to appeal for the interest of your readers in a work which, though immediately local in character, has yet a...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin,—The National Service League has from the first watched with keen interest the Experiment which Colonel Pollock is carrying out with the...


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[To THY EDITOR OF THE "SPEOTATORP] SIR, — In your issue of June 23rd appears a review of the very picturesque " Wedding Number " of the Throne, in which Spanish bull-fights are...


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I TO THE EDITOR OP THE - srsargrop.."J Sin,-1n your interesting article on " Animal ' Sunday " in the Spectator of June 30th you credit Dr. Watts with the lines :— " Evil is...


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EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Sin, — Even in the midst of the education controversy some of your readers may be interested to hear of a minor controversy which has been taking...

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DR. BEM REICH AND PLATO.* THE knight of chivalry, Gibbon wrote, "as the champion of God and the ladies (I blush to units such discordant names), devoted himself to speak the...


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[Thu incident commemorated in the following ballad occurred in the first year of the Civil War. The prompt action of the ladies decided the fate of the town.] KING CHARLES'...

THE "SPECTATOR" EXPERIMENTAL COMPANY. WE have received the following subscriptions

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towards meeting additional and unforeseen expenses connected with the Spectator Experimental Company :— Col. Richard Pilkington £10 0 0 William W. Lupton ... £5 0 0 James ......

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"Nsvant speaketsman in his own presence," said Johnson once to Boswell, who was much in need of the advice; "it is always indelicate and may be offensive." As a general rule,...

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FUR, FEATHER, AND FIN.* WE have chosen this title because

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each of the nine volumes we propose to notice deals with beasts, birds, or fishes from the point of view of the naturalist or the sportsman. Messrs. Longmans must forgive us for...

PRINCIPIA THERAPEUTICA.* SOME five-and-twenty years ago it was said, probably

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with truth, that a skilled pathologist made a poor physician. Frequent study of the ravages of chronic disease in vital tissues seemed to breed a sense of helplessness and...

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THE Nineteenth Century opens with a long and careful study by Sir Herbert Maxwell of the Constitutional position and political value of the House of Lords. He points out that if...

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Richard Baldock : an Account of Some Episodes in his

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Childhood, Youth, and Early Manhood, and of the Advice that was Freely Offered him. By Archibald Marshall. (Alston Rivers. 6s.) — While Richard Baldock is certainly an...


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THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR'S.* THE obvious thing to say about Mr. Dickinson's book is that he has been unable to reach that detachment of view which the novelist should aim at. He...

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SCIENCE IN NUBIBITS. Cloud Studies. By Arthur W. Clayden. (J. Murray. 12s. net.) —Coleridge in a famous sonnet remarks on the pleasures of the amateur meteorologist, who can...


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Astronomy in the Old Testament. By G. Schiaparelli. (Clarendon Press. 3s. 6d. net.)—Students of the Bible as well as astronomers will alike be grateful to the famous Director of...

The Platonic Conception of Immortality. By R. K. Gaye, M.A.

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(Cambridge University Press. 5s. net.)—After a brief statement of the pre-Platonic ideas of life after death (reaching their highest level in Pinder, not to speak of the...

The Compromise. By Dorothea Gerard (Madame Longard de Longgarde). (Hutchinson

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and Co. 6s.)—This book contains an initial fault of construction. John Macdonald, the youth who is the central figure of the first five chapters, turns out not to be the hero of...

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont. By Robert Barr. (Hurst and

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Blackett. 6s.)—Mr. Robert Barr is extremely fond of the detective story, and contrives to impart a slight element of novelty to the present series of adventures by making his...

Lady Betty Across the Water. By C. N. and A.

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M. Williamson. (Methuen and Co. as.)- . –These authors always take Baedeker as a model when they are writing fiction. That is to say, their only idea of a story is to rush their...

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Old Soho Days, and other Memories. By the Mother Kate.

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(A. It. Mowbray and Co. 2s. 6d. net.)—Some of our readers will doubtless remember "Memories of a Sister." This is another work from the same pen and is written on the same...


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[Under this heading we Haile@ such Books of the touts as haw not been reserved for review in °Our 'ones.] James Martineau. By Alfred Hall, M.A. (Sunday School Association. Is....

St. Bernardine of Siena. By Paul Thureau-Dangin. (J. M. Dent

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and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—Siena seems to have been rich in saints. St. Catherine and St. Bernardino—the latter was born in the year of the former's death—make a double star such as...

The Reades of Blackwood Hill, Staffs., and Dr. Johnson's Ancestry,

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By Aleyn Lyell Reade. With 29 Tabular Pedigrees. (Privately printed.)—Much labour and much original research have been given to the making of this important volume. The author...

The Consumptive Working Man. By Noel Dean Bardswell, M.D. (Scientific

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Press. 10s. 6d. net.)—Dr. Bardswell condescends, and does well to condescend, to particulars. He gives the details of a number of cases, and shows what has been effected in...

Sweet Arden. By George Morley. (T. N. Foulis. 2s. 6d.

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net.) —This "book of the Shakespeare Country" will be found interesting. Warwick, as, in a way, the capital of the country; the Forest of Arden, with the dialect proper to it,...

The Apostolic Age in the Light of Modern Criticism. By

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James Hardy Ropes. (Hodder and Stoughton. 6s.)—This volume may be commended to students of the New Testament as a sober and temperate statement of critical views. Professor...

Freedom of the Press in Massachusetts. By Clyde Augustus:- Duniway.

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(Longmans and Co. 7s. 6d.)—There is a lingering notion in many minds that New England was a land of liberty where men and women who had been oppressed in Old England- found the...

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The Hampstead Garner. Compiled by A. M. C. (Elliot Stock.

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3s. 6d. net.)—Here we have a selection of passages in verse, one for every day in the year, taken from poets who were born in Hampstead, or wrote while they lived there, or have...

London Topographical Society. Vol. III. (For the Society, at the

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Chiswick Press.)—This volume includes the pro- ceedings of two Annual Meetings of the Society, addresses by Vice-Presidents (Messrs. Laurence Gomme and F. G. Hilton Price), and...

Matthew Arnold's Merope and the Electra of Sophorles Trans- lated

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by R. Whitelaw. Edited by J. Churton Collins. (The Clarendon Press. 38. 6d.)—Professor Churton Collins is to be congratulated on the happy thought which finds an expression in...

The Victoria History of Berkshire. Edited by P. H. Ditchfield

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M.A., and William Page. Vol. L (A. Constable and Co. 4 vols. £6 Os. net.)—The scheme of the "Victoria County Histories," and, we may add, the character of its execution, are by...

English Costume. Painted and Described by Dion Clayton Calthrop. (A.

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and C. Black. 7s. 6d. net.)—This is the second of the four volumes which Mr. Calthrop proposes to give to this subject. It takes in the "Middle Ages," a term used in this...