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down. Some of us, like Mr. Andrew Lang for instance, cannot away with a person who does not care for Scott or Dickens.—Spectator. One needs not praise their courage.—Emerson. What turn things are likely to take if this version be persisted in is a matter for speculation.—Times. If Mr. Hobhouse's analysis of the vices of popular government be correct, much more would seem to be needed.—Times. Mr. Bowen has been, not recalled, but ordered to Washington, and will be expected to produce proof, if any he have, of his charges against Mr. Loomis.—Times. It were futile to attempt to deprive it of its real meaning.—Times. It were idle to deny that the revolutionary movement in Russia is nowhere followed with keener interest than in this country.—Times. It were idle to deny

that coming immediately after the Tangier demonstration it assumes special and unmistakable significance.—Times. He is putting poetic 'frills', if the phrase be not too mean, on what is better stated in the prose summary of the argument.—Times. Regarded as a counter-irritant to slang, archaism is a failure. Frills is ten times more noticeable for the prim and pompous be. Under them the land is being rapidly frivolled away, and, unless immediate action be taken, the country will be so tied that...—Times. That will depend a good deal on whether he be shocked by the cynicism of the most veracious of all possible representations...—H. James. We may not quote the lengthy passage here: it is probably familiar to many readers.—Times. 'We must not'. Similarly, the modern prose

English for if I be, it were, is if I am, it would be. 'I have no particular business at L.,' said he; 'I was merely going thither to pass a day or two.'—Borrow. I am afraid you will hardly be able to ride your horse thither in time to dispose of him.—Borrow. It will necessitate my recurring thereto in the House of Commons.—Spectator. The Scottish Free Church had theretofore prided itself upon the rigidity of its orthodoxy.—Bryce. The special interests of France in Morocco, whereof the recognition by Great Britain and Spain forms the basis of the international agreements concluded last year by the French Government.—Times. To what extent has any philosophy or any revelation assured us hereof till now?—F. W. H. Myers. On the concert I need not dwell; the reader would

not care to have my impressions thereanent.—C. Brontë. There, not thither, is the modern form; to it, not thereto; of which, of this, not whereof hereof; till then, or up to that time, not theretofore. So, in the following examples, except, perhaps, before, though; not save, perchance, ere, albeit. Nobody save an individual in no condition to distinguish a hawk from a handsaw...—Times. My ignorance as to 'figure of merit' is of no moment save to myself.—Times. This we obtain by allowing imports to go untaxed save only for revenue purposes.—Spectator. Who now reads Barry Cornwall or Talfourd save only in connexion with their memorials of the rusty little man in black?—Times. In my opinion the movements may be attributed to unconscious cerebration, save in those cases in

which it is provoked wilfully.—Times. When Mr. Roosevelt was but barely elected Governor of New York, when Mr. Bryan was once and again by mounting majorities excused from service at the White House, perchance neither correctly forecasted the actual result.—Times. Dr. Bretton was a cicerone after my own heart; he would take me betimes ere the galleries were filled.—C. Brontë. He is certainly not cruising on a trade route, or his presence would long ere this have been reported.—Times. Mr. Shaynor unlocked a drawer, and ere he began to write, took out a meagre bundle of letters.—Kipling. Fortifications are fixed, immobile defences, and, in time of war, must await the coming of an enemy ere they can exercise their powers of offence.—Times. 'It is something in this

fashion', she cried out ere long; 'the man is too romantic and devoted.'—C. Brontë. Ere departing, however, I determined to stroll about and examine the town.—Borrow. The use of ere with a gerund is particularly to be avoided. And that she should force me, by the magic of her pen to mentally acknowledge, albeit with wrath and shame, my own inferiority!—Corelli. Such things as our modern newspapers chronicle, albeit in different form.—Corelli. It is thought by experts that there could be no better use of the money, albeit the best American colleges, with perhaps one exception, have very strong staffs of professors at incredibly low salaries.—Times. 'Oxoniensis' approaches them with courage, his thoughts are expressed in plain, unmistakable language, howbeit with the