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FRONTISPIECE. By Sir Edward J. Poynter.
MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 31ST, 1900. By Stephen Phillips
A NEW CENTURY AND AN OLD RIDDLE. By Mrs. Chapman
ENGLAND'S PEASANTRY-THEN AND Now. By the Rev. Dr. Jessopp
THE ADMIRALTY AND SUBMARINE BOATS. By Edmund Robertson
ON SPION KOP. By L. Oppenheim.
SCIENTIFIC USE OF HOSPITALS. By Sir Michael Foster
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIETY II. By Lady Ponsonby
'THE SOURCES OF ISLAM.' By the Moulvie Rafiüddin Ahmad
HOOLIGANISM. By John Trevarthen.
A DAY OF PURIFICATION. By Henry Jephson
THE NICARAGUA CANAL QUESTION. By Robert Bromley
VARYING IDEALS OF HUMAN BEAUTY. By John Collier
CONTENTS OF VOL. XLIX
(1) A LIBERAL VIEW. By Sir Wemyss Reid
(2) A CONSERVATIVE VIEW. By Sidney Low
THE CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF INDULGENCES. By the Bishop of Newport
NOTE ON THE PAPAL INDULGENCE AT OBERAMMERGAU. By the Editor
MY WAYS AND DAYS IN EUROPE AND IN INDIA. By Maharajah Gaekwar
IN MEMORIAM QUEEN VICTORIA: AN EPITAPH
VICTORIA THE GOOD: A SONNET. By Sir Theodore Martin
THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IN THE TRANSVAAL. By Arthur B. Markham
CLEARING NATAL. By L. Oppenheim
SHAM versus REAL HOME DEFENCE. By Colonel Lonsdale Hale
OUR ABSURD SYSTEM OF PUNISHING CRIME. By Robert Anderson
A PLEA FOR THE SOUL OF THE IRISH PEOPLE. By George Moore
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DOCTRINE OF INDULGENCES. By Herbert Paul
'PI-PA-KI, OR SAN-POU-TSONG.' By Professor Hutcheson Macaulay Posnett 307
THE HIGHER GRADE BOARD SCHOOLS By Sir Joshua Fitch
WHAT WERE THE CHERUBIM? By the Rev. Dr. A. Smythe Palmer
OFFICIAL OBSTRUCTION OF ELECTRIC PROGRESS. By Professor J. A.
THE SOURCES OF ISLAM. By the Rev. W. St. Clair-Tisdall
THE QUESTION OF THE NATIVE RACES IN SOUTH AFRICA. By John
THE CIVIL LIST. By Edmund Robertson
CHURCH REFORM. WHY NOT BEGIN WITH THE PARISH? By the Lord
THE SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALS COMMISSION. By Frederick Treves
SHAM versus REAL HOME DEFENCE. By Dr. A. Conan Doyle
THE ADMIRALTY versus THE NAVY. By H. W. Wilson
THE DRAMA IN THE ENGLISH PROVINCES. By Henry Arthur Jones
IMPERIAL CIVIL SERVICE: A SUGGESTION FROM AUSTRALIA. By Professor
THE BRITISH WORKMAN AND HIS COMPETITORS. By William Woodward 456
STRATA IN THE ROMAN FORUM. By Giacomo Boni
SOME AMERICAN IMPRESSIONS OF EUROPE. By Philip Alexander Bruce
LEADERS OF OPPOSITION BEFORE AND AFTER 1832. By T. E. Kebbel
ROMNEY'S PORTRAITS AT THE GRAFTON GALLERY. By Robert C. Witt
(1) MILITARY TRAINING SCHOOLS FOR LADS. By Sir Herbert
(2) A MILITARY PROVIDENT FUND.
(3) ARMY NURSING. By Miss Ethel McCaul
THE MODESTY OF ENGLISHWOMEN By Mrs. William Mahood
EMIGRATION FOR GENTLEWOMEN. By Arthur Montefiore Brice
THE BACTERIA BEDS OF MODERN SANITATION. By Lady Priestley
BRITISH COMMUNICATION WITH EAST AND SOUTH AFRICA. By Evelyn Cecil
COMPANY LAW REFORM. By R. Gervase Elwes
ROBERT BROWNING THE MUSICIAN. By Miss A. Goodrich-Freer
ENCYCLOPEDIA MAXIMA. By Herbert A. Giles
THE FIRST QUEEN OF PRUSSIA. By W. H. Wilkins
AN ADVANCED VIEW OF THE CHURCH CRISIS.
AUGUSTIN RODIN. By the Count de Soissons
THE KING'S TEST DECLARATION By Sir George Sherston Baker
'AUSTRALIA FOR THE WHITE MAN' AGAIN. By Gilbert Parker
IS LAW FOR THE PEOPLE OR FOR THE LAWYERS? By His Honour Judge
THE RECENT ANGLO-ROMAN PASTORAL. By Viscount Halifax
OUR BOER PRISONERS: A SUGGESTED OBJECT LESSON. By Mrs. John
THE NATIONAL THEATRE. By Frank R. Benson
RELATIONSHIP OF HOSPITALS TO MEDICAL SCHOOLS. By Sir Samuel Wilks 781
ASTRONOMICAL LABORATORIES. By Arthur R. Hinks
THE HOUSING PROBLEM. By the Rev. Canon Barnett
THE NOVELS OF ANTHONY TROLLOPE. By Walter Frewen Lord
THE NATIVE INDIAN PRESS. By J. D. Rees
SOME REAL LOVE LETTERS. By Mrs. Chapman
A LAND OF WOE. By the Countess of Meath
THE RECRUITING QUESTION: A POSTSCRIPT TO THE ARMY DEBATE. BY
CO-OPERATIVE PROFIT-SHARING CANTEENS. By the Hon. John W. Fortescue 874
THE DISASTROUS NEW ARMY SCHEME. By R Yerburgh
BRITISH PESSIMISM. By Andrew Carnegie.
IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICA. By Frederic Harrison
THE QUEEN VICTORIA MEMORIAL HALL IN INDIA. By the Viceroy of India 949
THE RELIGION OF THE BOERS. By the Rev. Dr. Wirgman
THE NEXT CORONATION. By L. W. Vernon Harcourt
THREE SCENES FROM M. ROSTAND'S L'AIGLON' By Earl
THE EDUCATION BILL. By Dr. T. J. Macnamara
THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. By L. A. Atherley-Jones
OUR OFFERS TO SURRENDER GIBRALTAR. By Walter Frewen Lord
MR. SARGENT AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY. By H. Hamilton Fyfe
THE PRESSING NEED FOR MORE UNIVERSITIES. By Professor Ernest H.
No. CCLXXXVII-JANUARY 1901
This Janiform head, adapted from a Greek coin of Tenedos at the request
VOL. XLIX-No. 287
MIDNIGHT-THE 31ST OF DECEMBER 1900
Lo! now on the midnight the soul of the century passing, And on midnight the voice of the Lord!
In the years that have been I have made an oblivion for anguish,
And stillness in place of a cry ;
I have lain round the knife as a numbness, on nerves as an
I am He that hath healed,' saith the Lord.
'I have fallen as a veil upon woe, as a slumber on sorrow, As a blank on the reeling brain.
In the years that have been I have shown me a smoother of
A closer of fixed eyes.
In the years that shall be I will come as an healer to cities,
In that day shall the Northern City, the country of iron,
And the city of furnaces fade, the city of wheels,
The girding city, the city of gongs and of hammers,
And her in whose soul the iron hath entered, whose bosom Is filled with a fatal milk,
Whose spirit fainteth in greyness of lead, and whose
Hath died in a phosphorus mist,
I will lead out of hissing and venomous travail and vapour To a city spacious and clear.
And I will abolish utterly smoke and confusion,
On the wailing whistle of engines, the tunnelled shrieking,
On the houses with windows as eyes that stare, yet see not
I will make me a city of gliding and wide wayed silence,
With life of a coloured peace and a lucid leisure
Of smooth electrical ease;
Of sweet excursion of noiseless and brilliant travel,
And that blistering wind that maketh the heart to withdraw,
Ye shall change it to balm, and the South-wind shall blow in your houses
The rainy soul of the rose.
And a charm ye shall take from the ebbing and flowing of
That shall make the night as the day.
And the stored strength of the tides ye shall use for your
And bind it to tasks and to toil.
Yet forget not the beauty of night in her coming and going, Forget not the sprinkled vault,
Nor eve with her floating bird and her lonely star,
Nor the reddening clouds of the eve;
Forget not the moon of the poet, nor stars of the dreamer, Though ye live like to spirits in ease.
In the years that have been I have bound man closer to
And closer woman to woman;
And the stranger hath seen in a stranger his brother at last, And a sister in eyes that were strange.
In the years that shall be I will bind me nation to nation.
And shore unto shore,' saith our God.