7 MAY 1904

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Since the battle of the Yalu the news from the

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front has been meagre, but Friday's telegrams indicate that the Japanese are going to follow up their victory and strike another blow on the retreating Russians. A Berlin...

The German Emperor signalised his return to Germany by delivering

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a speech at Karlsruhe on Thursday week. Reply- ing to an address of welcome at the Town Hall, the Kaiser said he held it to be his duty on his return to call on his dear...

T HE Japanese have proved themselves as formidable a Power on

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land as on sea. The first great battle of the war took place on Sunday last, when the operations on the Yalu culminated after several days' fighting in a severe engagement, in...

telegrams bring the news that Japanese transports have arrived off

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Pitsevo, near Port Arthur, and are effecting a landing. Pitsevo is a harbour and town on the east side of the Liaotung Peninsula, just opposite Port Adams, the fiord which on...

The Times of Saturday last reproduces the substance of an

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interesting statement made by the Chinese Minister in Paris to a representative of the Ryan) on the subject of Chinese neutrality. While admitting that the Government at Pekin...


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Mr. Lyttelton presided at the annual dinner of the Royal

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Colonial Institute on Friday week, and made an interesting speech. Alluding to the situation in South Africa, he happily observed that we might let hope stimulate patience when...

The great " World's Fair " at St. Louis, held

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to com- memorate the centenary of the purchase of Louisiana, was formally opened last Saturday afternoon. That it would eclipse the Chicago Exhibition in mammoth dimensions was,...

In the House of Commons on Tuesday Mr. Robson attacked

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the changes'in the Tobacco-duties as unmistakably and almost avowedly Protectionist,—a pronouncement with which we entirely disagree. There may be a slightly Protectionist...

The King and Queen left Dublin last Saturday, and paid

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visits to Kilkenny and Waterford—where the King opened an agricultural show and bestowed a knighthood on the Mayor —spending the last couple of days of their sojourn in Ireland...

A summary of the Papal protest against M. Loubet's visit

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is given by the Paris correspondent of the Times in Thursday's issue. The Pope, in recording his disapproval of the action of the head of a Roman Catholic State in recognising...

The Times of Saturday last contains the figures of the

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United States expenditure for the past year. In round numbers it reached a total of £160,000,000, out of which appropriations amounted to 2140,000,000, and the balance was...

But though we think the censures poured on Mr. McKenna

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for his speech have been very greatly exaggerated, we are inclined on the whole to agree with Lord Hugh Cecil in thinking that it would have been better if Mr. McKenna had, in...

to say that no effect whatever will be produced on

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political action. When the Southwark and Birmingham Bishoprics Bill was before the House—a Bill which, we regret to say, was opposed on the very wrong-headed, and even absurd,...

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On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Central Public-House

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Trust Association, Lord Grey has addressed a circular to the Press on the Licensing Bill, with which we heartily concur. He justifies a strenuous opposition to the adoption of...

Lecturing at the Royal Institution on Friday week on "

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Westminster Abbey in the Early Part of the Seventeenth Century," the Dean of Westminster dealt at length with the history of the Chapel of the Pyx. Though certain Royal...

Neither the policy advocated by Mr. Chamberlain nor that by

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Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman will come to fruition, and therefore neither declaration is of any importance except as indicating that neither right honourable gentleman knows...

Lord Selborne's speech at the Royal Academy banquet on Saturday

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consisted chiefly of a story which is so admirable that we must repeat it. Somewhere in the Pacific, at Haiti possibly, two small cruisers, British and American, found the...

In the House of Lords on Thursday Lord Lansdowne, in

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answer to Lord Spencer, expressed very grave apprehensions on the condition of things in the Balkan Peninsula,— apprehensions which are fully shared by those who have just...

In the House of Commons on Thursday Major Seely moved

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the adjournment of the House in order to draw attention to the cruel treatment of the natives in the Witwatersrand mines, and quoted largely from a Blue-book which bad just been...

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AN TE are thankful that the Unionist Premier in his answer

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to the deputation which drew his attention to the over-representation of Ireland and the under-repre- sentation of England showed somewhat more zeal for the essential duty of a...

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T HE victory of the Japanese on the Yalu is a

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con- siderable event,—it may even be an event which future historians will quote as one of the marking points of time. It is not that it in any way settles the future of the...

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What was the effect which he wanted to produce when

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last week he suddenly "let himself go" in regard to France, and said just the things which Kings and Emperors usually studiously avoid saying in regard to their neighbours ? We...

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T HE schism in the Unionist party has once more brought

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into notice a very old controversy. A certain number of Unionist Members have found them- selves parted from their leaders on a political issue of great importance. In so far,...

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Undismayed by hostile tariffs and competing nations, the Bradford merchants

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have by incessant effort kept ahead of the world ; and, as a correspondent in the Spectator of April 23rd reminds us, their beautiful fabrics are demanded in Austria, France,...

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I T is not often fair to take a single sentence out of its context in a lengthy article, and to quote it as typical of, or embodying the spirit of, the whole. But it is...

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SOME men seem born with a scrap - book instead of a mind. All their experiences, however gained, remain disconnected, and are merely a selection of oddments, a selection which...

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with curious old prescriptions and pithy remarks ; among the

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latter occur the following doggerel verses of which an agri- culturist, who passed as old fashioned at the time he wrote them, delivered his soul :- " 1743— Man to the Plow,...

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[To THE EDITOR 01 THE "SPECTATOR."] Suk—Allow_me to thank you for your courtesy in inserting my letter on the drink , question in the Spectator of April 30th. I must not...

[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Your charming article in

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the Spectator of April 30th referring to two most attractive books on the New Forest by Mr. Horace Hutchinson and Mrs. Willingham Rawnsley . prompts me to ask you to give your...

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[To Till EDITOR OW THE "SPVCIATOR." J SIR,—An English journalist resident in Ireland recently said to me : " Why do you Irishmen say universally ' so often, when you really...


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[To THE EDITOR OP THE ..SPECTATOR-1 SIR,—I think it must puzzle many of your readers, as it certainly puzzles me, why of late there has been such constant laudation of the...


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[TO THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—I see by the Spectator of April 23rd that the so-called persecution of Jews in Limerick has attracted attention in England ; there is...

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IT was not possible, when considering the landscapes at the

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Academy last week, to point to a masterpiece ; but among the ortraits happily one is to be found. Mr. Sargent in his Mrs. Wertheimer (No. 301) has painted a picture which...


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WHEN the sun strikes the motionless palm-trees, And the sandhills are white with the heat, We long for the breezes of England And the grass that treads soft to the feet. When...

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This book, along with the former series of lectures, repre-

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sents the attempt of a philosophical mind of the first quality so to state the problems of philosophy that they shall be understood by the average man, and so to present the...

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A FEW years ago, when the little book called Homeward : Songs by the Way, by one " A. E.," stole into the world, it was realised that a new claimant of the poetic laurel had...

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CAPTAIN BRINKLEY, who is qualified for the task by a

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resi- dence of more than thirty years in Japan, and by a knowledge of its people and politics almost unique among Englishmen, has opportunely given us the most beautiful,...

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Mx. PEARS'S book is about equally divided between the two

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subjects announced by its title. The story of the "De- struction of the Greek Empire " begins with the Fourth Crusade, or rather with the situation created by the success of...

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IN the very interesting article which stands first in the

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new Nineteenth Century Sir George Sydenham Clarke amplifies a suggestion made in his parting speech at Melbourne last November at the close of what he here calls the "two moat...

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IT has been more than once the privilege of the

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Spedator to print in another column the vivid and picturesque poems of Mr. Perceval Gibbon. The quality of his verse, and the intimate knowledge of South African life which it...

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The Disappearance of Dick. By W. B. Harris. (W. Blackwood

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and Sons. 5s.)—It is obvious from Mr. Harris's dedication that this book is not primarily intended to be a novel for "grown- ups." The plot is therefore arranged in rather crude...

Notes from a Diary, 1892 - 1895. By Sir Mountstua.rt E. Grant

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Duff. 2 vols. (John Murray. 18s.)—We know what to expect from these volumes, and are not disappointed. There is an un- ceasing effervescence and sparkle in their pages. Good...

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The Story of the Churches : The Congregationalists. By Leonard

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Woolsey Bacon. (Baker and Taylor, New York. 4s. net.)—In view of the great demands on our space, we must be content with a bare description of this book. It appeals, in the...

Poultry Keeping for Profit. By Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart. (Vinton

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and Co. 2s. net.)—" No poultry farm in England, or on the Continent, has ever been worked at a profit." What, then? Is Othello's occupation gone ? Not so ; keep poultry while...

The Unlucky Golfer. By Maurice C. Rime, LL.D. (Simpkin, Marshall,

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and Co. 6d. net.}—Dr. Rime, after many years of literary industry, has found his way to the subject of golf. He has an excellent moral to enforce : that luck is, on the whole,...

The Case for Municipal Drink Trade. By Edward R. Pease.

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(P. S. King and Co. 2s. 6d.)—Mr. Pease is a shrewd person, who. sees things as they are, and puts what he sees into words with much simplicity and directness. He gives the five...


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[Under this heading we notice such Books of the wank as ha vs not been reserved for review in other forms.] Corn-Law Rhymes, and other Verses. By Ebenezer Elliott. (T. Fisher...

Physical Training for Women by Japanese Methods. By H. Irving

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Hancock. (G. P. Putnam's Sons. 55. net.)—We cannot do more than repeat from the preface the promise there given of what jiu-jitsu—the Japanese name for this system of physical...

Great Golfers: their Methods at a Glance. By George W.

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Beldam and others. (Macmillan and Co. 12s. 6d. net.)—The principle of this book is instruction by illustration. The method in which it is applied is explained in a prefatory...