7 MAY 1910

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O N Thursday evening the country learned with deep concern, intensified by the fact that the news was unexpected, that the King was suffering from a severe bronokiel attack. A...

The text of the " Parliament Bill " was issued

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last Saturday. We reproduce the preamble, which is interesting both for its contents and as being a revival of an almost obsolete . form :- " Whereas it is expedient that...

We feel a sincere admiration for Sir Edward Grey, and

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are sure that he has never spoken and never will speak in public with the intention of misleading his countrymen. Again, he never has practised, nor will he ever practise, that...

The political situation remains troublesome and confused. The only ray

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of light is to be found in the possibility of adding a Referendum clause to the Veto Bill. As we have pointed out elsewhere, this is a solution with limited liability, while a...

Next comes the hatred of the Nationalist Party for the

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proposal. They, we learn, have expressed the clearest deter- mination that the thing shall not be. They know that the precedent of the Referendum would almost certainly be...

The words we have just quoted will be read with

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a profound sense of satisfaction and agreement by moderate men through- out the country. At the same time, we find it exceedingly difficult to reconcile Sir Edward Grey's...

Sir Edward Grey,.speaking at Oxford on Wednesday, denied that the

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Prime Minister had altered his attitude with regard to the necessity of giving advice to the King. The Govern- ment had felt from the beginning that if their veto pro- posals...

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

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The scanty accounts of the fighting in Albania do not

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encourage us to believe that the Turkish army has yet made much impression on the insurgents. The Katchanik Pass, which is a strategic point of great importance, has indeed been...

The genesis of the preamble is clear. It was no

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doubt inserted as a proof of good faith to satisfy that section of the Cabinet, headed by Sir Edward Grey, which believes that reform of the House of Lords is necessary, and...

May Day in London was the occasion of a Labour

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demon- stration in Hyde Park which was more imposing than usual. About eight thousand persons marched from the Embank- ment with bands and banners, and some two thousand...

Lord Grey formally prorogued the two Canadian Houses of Parliament

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at Ottawa on Wednesday. After the prorogation, Addresses were read from both Houses—in English by the Speaker of the Senate, and in French by the Speaker of the...

May Day in Paris came with the usual promise of

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Labour riots and—thanks to M. Briand—passed with as much calm as has marked the day any time these six years. The organisers of the General Confederation of Labour had arranged...

Sir Joseph Ward announced on Thursday that the New Zealand

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Government had decided to adopt Lord Kitchener's recommendations. The new scheme would increase the age for compulsory military training to twenty-five years. In this way the...

Against this the advocates of reforming the House of Lords—those

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persons who regard the preamble as a pledge— will no doubt urge that precedence must be given to their scheme for placing the Second Chamber on a popular basis and revising the...

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The speeches at the Royal Academy banquet last Saturday were

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more remarkable for discretion than brilliancy. In welcome contrast with former thrasonic utterances were the judicious remarks of Admiral Sir Edward Seymour on the Navy, which...

At Christiania on Thursday Mr. Roosevelt delivered an address on

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"International Peace." He began by pointing out that this was not the only kind of peace. "There is at least as much need to curb the cruel greed and arrogance of part of the...

Two by-elections have been held in the past week. In

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South Edinburgh, where a vacancy was caused by the elevation of Mr. A. Dewar, K.C., to the Scottish Bench, polling took place yesterday week with the following result :- Mr....

It would be utterly unjust, of course, to argue from

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this one proved case that undue and improper influences have been brought to bear by Liberals in other constituencies. But it is impossible not to notice that while the most...

Lord Morley of Blackburn, responding for his Majesty's Ministers, spoke

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feelingly of the responsibility of the position and the burdens of office, and incidentally gave what he called his own definition of hard work :—" It is not reading multitudes...

The Committee of experts presided over by Dr. F. G.

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Kenyon, invited by the editor of the Morning Post to investigate the signatures which Mr. James Greig and Mr. W. E. Barber discovered on the Rokeby " Venus," have issued their...

On Tuesday Commander Peary was entertained at luncheon at the

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Royal Societies Club. He said that twenty-four years ago he started North for the first time, and he had made eight separate expeditions. Referring to his discovery of the North...

Judgment was given in the Hartlepool election petition on Tuesday,

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when it was decided that the election was void. Sir Christopher Furness has consequently lost his seat, but the Judges expressly stated that they absolved him personally from...

Bank Rate, 4 per cent., changed from 3 per cent.

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March 17th. Consols (2k) were on Friday 84—Friday week 81g.

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THE CRISIS AND THE REFERENDUM. T HE proposal to use the Referendum to obtain a solution of the present Constitutional crisis is dis- tinctly gaining ground. People on both...

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O N Monday Mr. Taft, after a long silence, spoke on foreign affairs. It had been whispered that he had chosen to say nothing because, if he had spoken candidly, he would have...

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J UST before Members of Parliament separated for the Whitsuntide Recess, Mr. Lloyd George succeeded in amending the Development Grant Act of last Session with the object of...

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T HE National Review for May contains a vehement editorial article entitled " The Cocoa Press and its Masters." The editor of the National Review is angry, and not unnaturally...

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THE " STAR'S " TIPS. P ERHAPS some of those who

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have not, as we have done, followed the betting news in the Star will think we are exaggerating and overdoing our allegations. In order to show that this is not so, we may say...

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II SCHOOLBOY can hardly be persuaded to believe that he is not immortal, so far off and unreal seems the finality of death. But no man passes the age of thirty without feeling...

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THE PASSING OF THE SAILING SHIP. happened to me last

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voyage, and you may swear that what has happened to me is happening to many more to-day. I shipped in the—well, let's call her the 'Alcestis,' though that wasn't her name, in...

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W HEN Battersea was Patricesey, the island of Patric or Peter, doubtless it was visited by as many birds and beasts as any other island of the tidal Thames. To-day it is no...

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[To THE EDITOR OP TEE " SPECTATOR. : ] SIR,—You are having a fierce attack on aristocracy. Aristocracy as an instrument of government, powerful in the Middle Ages as it may...


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LAW. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIE4—In your issue of July 3rd, 1909, I drew attention under the above heading to the manner in which the present Government, since...


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SECRET COMMISSIONS. [To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR." SIR,—On more than one occasion you have written with sympathy of the League formed for the purpose of checking the...

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" SPECTATOR."] Srn,—Yon have lately published a letter signed by H.R.H. Princess Christian and other ladies calling attention to the desirability of making known among educated...


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go THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR."] Silt,-I rejoice to see that a training in religions and ethnology for young Indian officials has been so admirably urged in your issue of...

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[To TER EDITOR OP TEE "SPECTATOR. "] Sru, — If my letter published in your issue of the 23rd ult. produces no further result, it has at least been the cause of producing from...

[To ran Exams 07 TEE "SPECTATOR. "] SIR,—Your correspondent "Remex "

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shows in the last issue with what success Mr. R. C. Lehmann coached Harvard until they beat Yale, and were justly led to believe they might prove worthy competitors when matched...


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[To THE EDITOR Or TIER " SPECTATOR."] * Bra,—Yon were so kind as to lend important help to the National Trust when we were raising funds for the purchase of Brandelhow on...

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[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR. " ] SIR,— Although it is probable that no reputable British manufacturer now uses San Thome beans, it should be clearly understood that it does...


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Fiftieth Anniversary of Garibaldis Sicilian Expedition. CLEAVING the quiet water a short rock-rib Juts forth : behind it copses of laurel trees, Thick foliaged, murmuring...


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reviewer of " The Letters of John Mason Neale " is your last issue has surely spoken hastily in attributing to the famous Warden of Sackville College a tendency towards...


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[To THE EDITOR Of THE " SPECTLTOR:] SIR,—As the editor of "The Life and Times of Mrs. Sherwood," I am very glad to see Mr. Wheeler's identification (in your issue of April 30th)...

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THE ACADEMY.—LL THE official portrait is a form of art which has a long life. It hangs in Council Chambers, in Colleges, and in clubs. It is not, however, only an historical...

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THE PASSING- OF THE SHEREEFIAN EMPIRE.* Ix a sense the Shereefian Empire has been passing for a long- time. Mr. Ashmead-Bartlett thinks that its end— meaning a complete loss of...

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THERE is a fascination about the poetry of Herrick which affects both the general reader and the critic, and is due partly to the perfection of his workmanship, and partly to...

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AMONG the most handsome sporting books that have recently appeared must be placed British Sport : Past and Present, by Mr. E. D. Cuming. The thirty coloured plates by one of our...

ROAD-BOOKS.* THE motorist has many foes, but the most bitter

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must admit that the circumstance that he has brought back the road-book should be counted to him for righteous- ness. For the road-book is a branch of literature which, even...

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Ma. IRESON has written this useful little book to elucidate " a private discussion (1) as to the extent to which the artisan class has benefited by the undoubted progress of...

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WE are proud of our London Police, and with good reason. The Police of Australia did valuable service in the old bush- ranging days, and the Irish Constabulary does a very...


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THE Nineteenth Century prints several articles on the political situation. Lord Dunraven under the heading " The Con- stitutional ' Sham Fight' " analyses the composite nature...


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is so large that we must be content with a notice which can do little more than commend it to our readers. Dr. Scott Lidgett in his introduction states the social problem as it...

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THE EMPEROR OF THE AIR.* MR. GEORGE GLENDON has been singularly fortunate in the opportunity of his literary debut, the publication of his aerial romance practically...

The History of Mr. Polly. By H. G. Wells. (T.

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Nelson and Sons. 2s. net.)—We felt it a duty to speak plainly of the influence that must be exerted by the immoral sophistries of "Ann Veronica." We are very glad to be able to...

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Loch directs attention to branches of his subject which such

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books as this do not always deal with : (1) Provident agencies; (2) the working-class charities, agencies which have the advantage of a knowledge of the circumstances. After...

The Light of Egypt. By Robert de RustafjaelL (Regan Paul,

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Trench, and Co. 10s. 6d. net.)—This book is scarcely equal to its appearance. We gather from the title-page that The Light of Egypt comes from "recently discovered predynastic...

Burcletes Hospitals and Charities. By Sir Henry Burdett. (Scientific Press.

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lOs. 6d. net.)—Sir Henry Burdett continues to urge on the work in which he has already accomplished so much, regularity and economy in the management and general outlay of...

The Civil War in Dorset. By A. R. Bayley, B.A.

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(Barnicott and Pearce, Taunton. lOs. 6d. net)—This is a book which deserves high commendation. It sets an excellent example. A similar volume might very advantageously be put...

READABLE NOVELS. —A Pilgrimage of Truth. By D. G. Peto.

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(Smith, Elder, and Co. 6s.)—Here we have the adventures of English folk who are shipwrecked on the Moroccan coast and fall into the hands of a local Raisuli.—The Illustrious...

The Marriage Ventures of Marie - Louise. By Max Billard. Translated by

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Evelyn, Duchess of Wellington. (Eveleigh Nash. 12s. 6d. net.)—It is doubtful, hardly doubtful some might say, whether this book was worth writing, or, when written, worth...


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[Under this heading us notice such Books of the week al have not been reserved for review in other forms.] Puritanism and Art. By Joseph Crouch. (Cassell and Co. 12s. 6d....

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The Passion Play of Ober Ammergau. Translated from the German,

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with an Historical Introduction, by Montrose J. Moses. (Siegle, Hill, and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—The introduction is interest- ing, but it would be more useful if it were a little...

A Woman's Guide to Paris. By Alice M. Ivory. (James

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Nisbet and Co. 3s. 6d. net.)—This little book, apparently of American authorship (we are told that "in America it is not the custom for a woman to eat in restaurants except...

Corneal', by S. Baring-Gould, has been added to the series

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of " Cambridge County Geographies " (Cambridge University Press, ls. 6d.), and will not fail to keep up the reputation of that excellent series. This is, on the whole, a land of...