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Monthly Magazine

OF
Current Topics, Literature & Art,

Edited by E. M. ABDY-WILLIAMS.

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London:
SWAN SONNENSCHEIN, LE BAS & LOWREY,
PATERNOSTER SQUARE.

1885.

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.


PAGa

Abdy •williams, E. M. . . An East End Incident : A Poem . . 114

A. M Time's Footsteps . 105, 231, 360, 493, 620, 733

Anon Some Historical Novels .... 573-

„ Alexander Csoma de Korb's . . . 699

Anstey, F A Stepney Playroom 170

Archer, William . . . The Plays of Victor Hugo .... 143

„ ,, . R. L. Stevenson: His Style and Thought. 581

Baenett, Rev. S. A . . . Modern Babylon 129

Beblyn, Alfred . . . Self: A Poem 197

Best Books, The . . . Classified Bibliography 127,251.379,507,634,760

Betham-edwards, Miss . . The Great Jubilee 427

Bbitton, J. J The Ghost of the Lodcrstrasse . . . 437

Campbell, Professor Lewis The Higher Humanism .... 37

Coate, H. A Chinese Domestics 78

Coleman, John .... The Garrick of the North .... 60

Critical Notices 115,247, 370,502,631,740

Daly, Frederick . . . The American Stage 29

Dennis, John .... Style in Literature 71

Editor Women's Work and Women's Wages. . 539

Ellis, Havelock . . . The Present Position of English Criticism. 669

Elton, J. M Conventionality: A Poem . . . .572

Fabian, A Ethical Socialism 47

Field, Louisa F. Only a Face at the Window . . .180

„ „ . . . . Travellers in Norway, 1885 . . . 693

Gale, Frederick . . . Little Vauxhall 158

Gordox-cummixg, C. F. . . Memories of Ningpo 264

Gbeene, W. H Remarkable Stall Ends . . . .177

Hodgson, W. Earl . . . Party Organisation 395

IGNOTUS Vox Clamantis 410

Ismay, Vernon .... Victor Hugo's Chief Disciples . . . 281

Jones, Rev. Harry . . . Indirect School Influences. . . .663

Joynes, J. L The College Clock 707

Ejirnahan, Coclson. . . Haunted: A Story 567

Latham, J. B A French Politician 548

Lowrey, F Mr. Atterbury's Duel 198

Magnus Julian. . . . The American Stage: A Reply . . .167

Martin, T. Carew . . . The Real Countess Guiccioli . . .561

Miliar, A The Suez Canal Difficulty . . . .134

O'CONNOR, T. P The New Ministry 8

Rawson, H. G Ethical Socialism : A Reply . . .679

TIME

JULY, 1885.

THE OUTLOOK FOE THE
GOVEENMENT.

NEW

BY H. D. TRAILL.

It is appropriate enough to the political downfall of the most accomplished casuist who has ever ruled a State, that the circumstances of his overthrow should have given rise to as pretty a controversy on a point of parliamentary ethics, as anybody curious in such matters could desire. The question, however, which is involved in it we may leave to be dealt with by the historian of the future. How far an embarrassed Ministry is justified in disregarding the probability, if not insuring the certainty, of a defeat, which will shift their embarrassments to the shoulders of opponents, whose persistent (too) political attitude presupposes their willingness, if not their desire, to accept the burden, would make an excellent subject for a debating club. But for the practical politician the situation created by this accident—or manoeuvre—is far too interesting to allow him either mood or leisure to speculate on the agencies by which it was brought about. It is enough for him that, whether ministers contributed to their own downfall or not, they could not have fallen at a moment more opportune for themselves; and that, whether their opponents wished, hoped, or expected to drive them from power by the fatal vote of June 8th or not, the reversion of office could hardly have come to the Conservative party at a more forbidding conjuncture of affairs abroad, or under more terribly embarrassing conditions at home.

Yet we cannot for an instant doubt that Lord Salisbury was right in responding at once to Her Majesty's invitation to him to form a Government. Numerous and formidable as are the considerations adverse to such a course, they were all outweighed by the single argument from public duty, in the form in which it presented itself in the present case. We are not at all prepared

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