8 APRIL 1905

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The Emperor's visit to Tangier and language there have produced

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an impression in France, but politicians display unusual steadiness. M. Delcasse, the Foreign Minister, on Friday week explained that the "decisions of France would not be...

Friday's Times contains a telegram from Brussels headed "Germany, Holland,

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and Belgium," which deserves the careful attention of all those who realise that it is quite possible that in the near future the most vital and absorbing foreign problem may be...

The German Emperor paid his promised visit to Tangier on

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Friday, March 31st, and was received by the Moorish populatien with great enthusiasm. They expect that he will be able to check France in the policy of introducing reforms which...

We have given the broad facts of the situation in

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Russia elsewhere, but must add here that the party, headed by the Czar, which desires to continue the contest with Japan has evidently triumphed for the time. All the Ministers...

Japanese and Russian armies are once again in contact, and

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that skirmishes occur daily. It is difficult to deal with the geographical situation in detail without a map, but it may be said generally that the Russian forces are grouped in...

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The speech betrayed a certain irritation against politics and politicians,

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but of its earnestness, courage, and sincerity there could be no doubt. Lord Milner said that he would live in the memories of the men of South Africa, if he lived at all, in...

In the Commons on Tuesday night Sir J. Leese moved

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a Resolution condemning food-taxes, and declaring that "any Colonial Conference entered upon except on the under- standing that this country will not agree to the taxation of...

Lord Milner was entertained at a farewell banquet in Johannesburg

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on Friday week, and delivered an important speech on the future of South Africa. While he expressed marked hopefulness as to the inevitable approach of a fresh period of...

India, which is suffering horribly from an outburst of the

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plague, which native feeling will not permit the Government to deal with by drastic sanitary measures, has been visited by a still more awful misfortune. A little after six on...

In conclusion, Dr. Sven Hedin alludes to the inequality of

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the arrangements for the common defence of the Scandinavian Peninsula. If the Union, then, is to be drastically revised, it can hardly be expected that Sweden will, "in view of...

The Times correspondent at Pekin, one of the best informed

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and most trustworthy of his class, tells in Wednesday's issue a story which singularly illustrates the extreme sordidness that has intruded itself under cover of commercial...

In last Saturday's Times Dr. Sven Hedin, the famous Swedish

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explorer, examines and criticises the case for Norway as set forth in the same journal by Dr. Nansen, and briefly summarised in our last issue. Dr. Sven Hedin's chief points,...

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The debate on the Army Estimates in Committee of Supply

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was resumed on Monday. The discussion was no more enlightening than last week's. The same grievances wer e ventilated, the same unsatisfactory answers given, and the House...

The by-election at Brighton, necessitated by Mr. Gerald Loder's appointment

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as a Junior Lord of the Treasury, has resulted in a disastrous defeat for the Government. For the last twenty years Brighton has been invariably represented by a Conservative or...

Canon Lyttelton, who for the last fifteen years has been

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Head-Master of Halleybury College, has been appointed Head-Master of Eton. Canon Lyttelton's record is in many ways such as to render him an ideal occupant of the post. He is a...

On Wednesday and Thursday nights the discussion of the Army

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Estimates was resumed, and again Mr. Arnold-Forster met his critics with "explanations" as to the intentions of the Government which left matters very much as they were. The...

Mr. Arnold-Forster's speeches in the two debates do not seem

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to us to get the matter much forward. There is some- thing to be said for his refusal to curtail the number of battalions of the Regular Army, and his desire rather to reduce...

The effect of the Brighton election on Unionist opinion has

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been most marked. The Daily Mail finds in it further arguments for its call for a Dissolution, which call has become the marked feature of the paper during the past ten days....

Bank Rate, 2i. per cent.

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Consols (21 per cent.) were on Friday 91.

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THE BRIGHTON ELECTION. T HEBrighton election is a great political event. After making every possible deduction for local circumstances and side-issues, the fact remains that...

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I T is difficult to doubt that the object of the German Emperor in making all that fuss at Tangier was to give the French a very sharp snub, visible to his people and. to the...

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in Parliament and in the country in regard to the Volunteers has been exasperating to all who care for the honour and welfare of that force, it has, we believe, done good. From...

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THE MASSACRE OF BAKU. A LL those of our readers who

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are interested in under- standing the internal condition of Russia—and that will include, we hope, the great majority—should study carefully the paper on the massacre in Baku by...

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AGRICULTURE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. T HE various controversies that have arisen

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in connection with the Education Act have helped to put out of sight one most important obstacle in the way of its success. That obstacle is the very general dissatisfaction it...

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protest and quit the Church of their country ; and

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they believe in it still, though not a few of them have shuffled off the outer garment of orthodoxy altogether. Its Articles can be summed up in one word: responsibility. The...

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We sincerely hope that it will, and we offer to

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Canon Lyttelton, who on Wednesday was chosen by the Govern- ing Body to succeed Dr. Warre at Eton, our heartiest good wishes for his own future and that of the school. In those...

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all the British snakes from the holes or rubbish-heaps in

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which they have slept through the winter. In parts of Norfolk something like a plague of vipers is reported. Both sheep and dogs have been bitten, and one of the latter killed....

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[To TH2 EDITOR Or TOR "SPECTATOR"] SIR, — Thanks to the valuable

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aid afforded me by the Spectator, and to the courteiy and hearty co-operation with which my inquiries have been met by Volunteer commanding officers throughout the country, I...

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me that the Liberal authorities are about to commit an act of political unwisdom and of doubtful magnanimity. I believe it to be true that those Free-trade Unionists who are...

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"seserrroa. - ] SIE,—Men of all parties will be grateful to you for your article under the above heading in last week's Spectator, which is in refreshing contrast to the...

SIR,—I have read with much interest your article on "

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Per- sonal Dignity and Public Life" (Spectator, April 1st). With a great deal of what you say every one will, of course, agree. Surely, however, in the present case, there are...

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Sin,—I have welcomed in the columns of the Spectator the letters under the above heading by Mr. Sullen (February 4th and 25th) and Major Meredith (March 4th). As my name has...

[To TUE Roma OF THE "SPECTATOR."] Srg,—E very now and

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then some fantastic scheme, such as that for the extraction of gold from the ocean, touches the popular imagination into interest, and then dies by reason of its inherent...


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[To THE EDITOR OF TRH " SPECTATOR."] Sin,—Referring to the editorial note appended to the letter of Mr. J. T. Agg-Gardner in your issue of March 25th under the above title, may...

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ON THE EMBANKMENT, 0 FALLEN bride of Adria, keep thy doves, And keep thou thine, 0 Tuscan city of flowera, To mix the cooing gossip of their loves With solemn chiming from...


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Tax donations and fees received for the Cheap Cottages Exhibition amount to 41,099, in addition to which the Com- mittee most gratefully acknowledge a generous gift of 4250 to...


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LTO THE EDITOR OP THU "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—The review of the new Life of Sydney Smith in your issue of March 25th reminds me of a witty saying ascribed to him by the late Miss...


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Sin,—Perhaps an illustration in humble life of the ancient proverb, which took place the other day, may not be without interest for your readers. A letter from Elba Castle,...


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MR. FREDERIC) HARRISON'S "CHATHAM." 211.1t. FREDERIC HARRISON is well equipped in many ways to write the Life of Chatham. He has an intimate knowledge of English political...

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THE worst fault of Miss Eva Scott's book is its

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inordinate length. The exile of Charles IL is a curious episode in the career of a Prince distinguished neither by statesmanship nor loyalty; but it becomes tedious when it is...

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students in England has lately been sadly thinned by death. Butler-Clarke, Norman MacColl, and H. E. Watts have all died within a few months. We can ill afford these losses, for...

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SCORN has been poured upon the Englishman who knows only England; but there is much to be said for the loving study of one's own country in detail. It is no bad preparation to a...


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IN the Nineteenth, Century Mr. Morley continues and con- cludes his suggestive paper on "Democracy and Reaction," taking for his text Mr. Hobhouse's book. The warning note...

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TALES OF RYE TOWN.* THE Cinque Ports appeal to different people in different ways. To some moderns they justify their existence solely by the excellence of their golf links, so...

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The Grey World. By Evelyn Underhill. (W. Heinemann. 6s.)—This is

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a striking book. In the first scene we are introduced to a little boy—a street-arab—dying in a hospital. He passes into the next life, and finds himself "a little ghost adrift...

Diane. By Katharine Holland Brown. (W. Heinemann. 6s.) —Novel-writers are

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beginning to discover what a rich mine of material lies before them in the oondition of affairs in the Southern States before the outbreak of the American Civil War. Miss...


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A Peculiar Peoplq: the Doukhobars. By Aylmer Maude. (A. Constable and Co. Os. net.)—Mr. Maude is not ashamed to own that there has been a time when he knew less about his...

.Bloomsbury. By C. F. Keary. (David Nutt. 6s.)—Like all Mr.

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Keary's books, this novel is full of thought, close observation, and a wide and tolerant appreciation of character; but, again like all his books, the proper fictional interest...

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Prisons, Police, and Punishment. By Edward Carpenter. (Arthur C. Fifield. 2s. net.)—Mr. Carpenter has, it would seem, no little sympathy with the famous aphorism, La propriete...

It gives us an insight into the working of the

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human mind under conditions new to us. Second, that we must be careful to inquire how far the political names which Aristotle usee have changed their significance. The " fierce...

Agricultural Changes. By Robert H. Elliot. (J. and J. H.

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Ruther- ford, Kelso. 3s. Ild., pOst-free.)—In this volume, a third edition brought up to date and containing the author's latest experiments, Mr. Elliot describes the "Clifton...

The Hawthorne Centenary Celebration. (Houghton, Mifflin, and Co., Boston, U.S.A.

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5s. net.)—This "celebration" was held at the 'Wayside.' Concord, Massachusetts, on July 4th-Ith in 1904. The 'Wayside' once belonged to Amos Bronson Alcott. Hawthorne pur-...

Orford Pennies. Described by C. L. Stainer, MA. (The Clarendon

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Press, for the Oxford Historical Society.)—The coins described and figured in these pages and the illustrative plates range over a period of nearly three centuries and a half...

The Official Year - Book of the Church of England, 1905. (S.P.C.B.

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3s.)—This volume appears for the first time without the name of the editor so long associated with it. Mr. Burnside conceived the idea of the book nearly a quarter of a century...

Tales of the Church in England. By G. E. Burrows.

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(A. R Mowbray and Co. 2s. 6d.)—The three tales belong to the first, the ninth, and the twelfth centuries of the Christian era. They are told with considerable spirit, but it may...

Tna THIRD FOLIO OF SHAXESPEA.RE.—Messrs. Methuen and Co. have published

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a facsimile of the "Third Folio . " (of 1664) (X4 4s. net). "Printed for P. C. 1664" is the subscription of the title-page, which further announces that "to this Impression is...

The Women of Shakespeare's Family. By Mary Rose. (John Lane.

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Is. net.)—This book is largely made up of suppositions, as indeed might be expected, so little beyond names and dates is known about Shakespeare's mother, wife, and daughters....