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that would give it distinction even From the old sailor's death-bed, Bewithout the force of emotion back of dient comes to New York imbued with the theme. The other poems are, with a mission to teach the place for woman the exception of a few, notably a beau- in the modern world. A group of tiful sonnet called “Growth,” of less women artists is the field for the value as poetry. Many of the shorter serving of the new gospel. A portrait poems show the author's musical sen- painter, Beth Truba, is destined to be sitiveness and keenness of analysis, and the fulfilment of Bedient's ideals. The all of them have a forcefulness far book is pervaded by a serious purpose from mere prettiness of phrase or and has a lofty idealism. To the aver. rhyme. Houghton Mifflin Co.
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as the otber two writers over that fact. Andrew Bedient, central character Mr. Ellis approaches the subject from of “Fate Knocks at the Door," by Will the viewpoint of the philanthropist and Levington Comfort, is a young man is more interested in preventing the indestined for great adventures, whom coming of children-with-a-poor-inheriwe first meet as a ship's cook over- tance than in the birth of the elect. taken by a typhoon in the China Sea. Dr. Saleeby takes an exactly opposite Life in Luzon, Japan and India brings viewpoint. The two latter men go him daring, courage, suffering and con- much farther in the matter of paternal. templation. He is a strange combina- ism on the part of the government than tion of great physical strength and the ordinary American
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are SEVENTE SERIES
No. 3554 August 17, 1912
1. Home Rule. By Lord Courtney of Penwith.
CONTEMPORARY REVIEW 387 11. Politics in the Pulpit. By Coulson Kernahan. NATIONAL REVIEW 395 Ill. Fortuna Chance. Chapter XXXI. Long Expected Unexpected Chapter XXXII. The Druids' Stone. By James Prior. (To be .)
IV. The Coming of Bonaparte. By the Right Hon. the Earl of Rosebery:
K. G. K. T.
FORTNIGHTLY REVIEW 413 V. The Young People. By H. Belloc.
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE REVIEW 424 VI. The Return to Nature. An Island Comedy. By Ian Hay. (Concluded.)
BLACKWOOD's MAGAZINE 426 VII. The Menace of the Panama Canal.
SATURDAY REVIEW 435 VII. Games Versus Athletics.
SPEOTATOR 437 IX. New York and Its Police. By Anglo-American.
OUTLOOK 440 X. Oyez! Oyez! By Owen Seaman.
PUNCH 442 XI. Poetry and the Public. By Wilfrid Thorley.
ACADEMY 443 XII. On Pseudonyms.
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COLORS OF LIGHT.
This is not easy to understand
greenHere dwells a beauty you have not
Fawn and pearl of the lyre-bird's train, Sheen of the bronze-wing, blue of the
crane; Cream of the plover, gray of the dove; These are the hues of the land I love!
Dorothea Mackellar. Kurrumbede, N.S.W., 1911.
All is pitched in a higher key.
The old subdued and slovo."
ful art Has left a fatal hunger in the heart. Youth is prolonged, and so Comes on the inevitable woe.
The gods have many ways
new deaths we die!
Amber sunshine and smoke-blue shade,
drums Or like organ-notes in their rise and
fallPurple and orange and cardinal, Or the peacock-green that turas sofi
and slow To peacock-blue as the great stars show
! Sugar-gum boles flushed to peach-bloom
pink; Blue-gums, stark at the clearing's
brink, Ivory pillars, their smooth fine slope Dappled with delicate heliotrope; Gray of the twisted mulga roots, Golden bronze of the budding shoots; Tints of the lichens that cling and
spread Nile-green, primrose and palest red ...
But no—but no-
youth As if, forsooth, Death could be cheated of his easy
prey! Still looking for a distant day To set the seal on powers Which once were ours! Still hankering for a place In a forlorn, forgotten race; Still urging-striving-vyingThe sad few moments flying!Oh, not the fairest fables told Of the young glories in the Age of
Gold Can pierce with such regret As the great loss we heed not or forget, The grace divine and sweet of growing
In April, 1886, The Contemporary Re- In 1912 I have to confess that my view published an article written by hopes of 1886 have not been realized. me on Ireland, which might have been The Liberal Party of to-day cannot be
appropriately entitled Home said to be possessed of the glow and kule. I wrote it at the request of my fervor of Mr. Gladstone's belief, but honored friend, Sir Percy Bunting, af- it has become more and more committer Mr. Gladstone had formed his Gov- ted to Home Rule until the pronounced ernment, but before he had produced dissidents may be counted on the finhis first Home Rule Bill, and, indeed, gers, whilst Unionism has slipped into whilst Mr. Chamberlain' was still a and become undistinguishable from member of his Cabinet. After six-and- Conservatism. The two great partwenty years I have been invited to ties of Great Britain are ranged oppowrite another article on the same sub- site one another on the issue of Home ject, and I naturally turn back to my Rule, and the new Labor Party is in earlier work. I remember pretty well close alliance with the Liberal Party in the circumstances of the time. A this struggle. There is no prospect, no Home Rule Bill was evidently immi- possibility of a united British party, nent, and though it could scarcely be- and, what in my judgment is a more come law in the same session, it serious and indeed fatal Parliamentary seemed highly probable that Mr. Glad- fact, the Irish Party has rigidly mainstone would succeed in his new policy. tained the attitude prescribed by Mr. He was full of power and authority, Parnell of absolute aloofness at Westand though many members of the new minster. Mr. Redmond's Nationalist House of Commons were stunned by a followers are a foreign element resistdeparture for which they were unpre- ing all forces tending to its solution, pared, the loyalty of the electorate to impeding if not destroying the normal the Liberal leader might overcome all conduct of the life of the House of reluctance. In the first draft of the Commons. Hence the conviction that article I did, in fact, write of the ulti- the Irish question must be settled-a mate success of Home Rule as inevita- conviction which I am inclined to beble, although I withdrew the word be. lieve is shared by not a few Conservafore publication, partly because I did tives of stronger minds, although they not wish to prejudge the result, and may be reluctant to confess it. It is partly because I still hoped that as Re- under this impression that I approach peal had died out forty years before Mr. Asquith's Bill, an impression which Home Rule might also disappear after apparently explains the comparative a season. It was, in my judgment, the apathy with which the Bill has been wiser policy to maintain one Parlia- received. It does not excite enthusiment for the two islands, and, despite asm; it does not excite passionate oppoMr. Parnell and Mr. Gladstone, Liberal sition. The Parliament Act in some legislation and Liberal administration measure contributes to the maintemight carry united nations through a nance of this temper of calm. No one crisis, possibly prolonged, back to the expects the Bill to become law this quieter temper which characterized the year, and no one is disturbed at the 'fifties and the earlier 'sixties.
certainty of its failure.
It will pass i Ho resigned on the eve of the publication
through the House of Commons in of the article
some shape or other, but must be expected to receive short shift in the ing three members no elector shall vote House of Lords. And what then? for more than two candidates. The There remain a couple of years more in provision is at present inoperative as which the Bill may appear and reap- there are now no three-member conpear modified in one part, abated in an. stituencies, but it remains unrepealed. other, but at the end of two years it It would seem that the framers of the will somehow become a statute. This new Bill intend to give to the majoris the Liberal view; whilst on the Con- ity in each constituency the power of servative side, beside the lurking hope carrying its whole representation. Mr. that any accident may happen in two Asquith proposes that his Senate (forty years, there is the feeling that serious members) shall in the first place be changes might at the last moment be nominated on the advice of the Impeeffected, and then the untold thought rial Ministry, and the desire of himself that if Home Rule were out of the way and his colleagues would be to submit the Opposition might romp into Office, to the King a body of Senators of and has not the time come when the weight and position drawn from all Irish question must be settled ?
parts of Ireland, representing all vaThe Home Rule Bill must be treated rieties of political opinion in due proas a study for the settlement of a prac- portion to their strength. The Senate tical question, and it is from this point thus chosen is to be renewed in quarof view that I approach its examina- ters every two years when the incomtion. I have no enthusiasm on the ing new members would be recomsubject; but, as Lord Morley has often mended to the Lord Lieutenant by the said, we have in political life frequently Irish Prime Minister, My readers, if to be content with the second best, and I may assume them to be acquainted we may, perhaps, be well pleased if with my avowed opinions, will scarcely we can recognize anything of best in expect me to look with favor on the what we have to accept. The central Parliament thus constituted. The conindispensable principle of Home Rule, ception of the Senate as first started is at least in the Anglo-Saxon world, is indeed excellent. It would be a gaththe establishment of a Home Parlia- ering of men of light and leading repment for Home Government, and Mr. resenting all Ireland, and the scheme Asquith proceeds on this basis, with must be hailed as a confession of the the necessary substitution of Senate true principle of constitution of a legfor House of Lords as the name of the islative chamber. Its members, at least Second Chamber. He proposes that those of the minority or Opposition his House of Commons (164 members) within it, would lose some little aushould consist of forty-five elected by thority, because they would be accused single-member constituencies, and the of having accepted their positions from rest by constituencies returning two, Mr. Asquith and Mr. Birrell. This three, four, and in one case five, mem- was the taunt brought against the bers. There is no provision as to the members of the Second Chamber in the way electors shall vote in these two, Transvaal Legislature before the Union three, four and five-member constit- of South Africa, and it is said to have uencies, and it may be inferred that sensibly weakened their influence. each elector would be able to vote for Granting, however, that the Senate as many members as there are to be starts perfected above criticism, it is returned, although there is a provision obvious that the biennial nomination of still on the Statute-book that in the a quarter of its members by the Irish case of English constituencies return- Prime Minister would rapidly and fa