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an arohbishop as one of whom ancient foemen in the loud all men speak well. Again, profession of Radical printhe Government of India has iples. But names last longer been wantonly destroyed, on than the principle or laok of the false plea of "self-deter- principle to which they are mination,” though it is known given, and the wild comedy that not more than two per cent of Leamington shows clearly of the Indian people take the enough that, though no man smallest interest in it; and it dares to call himself a Tory, has been destroyed, without there are still those who oling & word of protest from what to the title of "Liberal” with was onoe the Tory party, by a a feverish desire. Now, the minister in whose veins there comedy was perfeotly staged, flows not a drop of English and if at the end it degenerblood. As in law-making, so ated into & rough-and-tumble in administration, the present farce, the friends of Mr George Government has expressed only had no right to be surprised. the sentiments of the Radioals, The Prime Minister's friends who esteem words more highly went down from London in than deeds. In Ireland it has a special train. They were oarried on the baleful work of photographed all wreathed in Mr Birrell, if we may ase the smiles as they set out on their word "work" for å settled journey of reconciliation. They determination to do nothing. were determined to be friends At the very moment when it is with the friends of their old proposing to give Ireland a friend and leader, Mr Asquith. measure of self-government, if If the olive - branch was the spoiled beauty will deign jeoted, then by all means to accept it, the Government let Mr Asquith's supporters permits murder and arson to stand to their defence. And go unpunished, and declares Mr George's colleagues carthat much may be done by a ried their proofs in their polioy of conciliation. It might hands, so to say.

In comas well attempt to conciliate & plete forgetfulness that they rattlesnake as to appease the were the members of a Coalitreacherous appetites of Sinn tion, that they owed some Fein. And is there a Tory in loyalty to the

the recaloitrant the House who dares to suggest Tories who have helped them that all that Ireland needs is to make a new and far worse justioe and firm government, world, they boasted loudly that that order will never be re- Mr George's Cabinet has been stored to that oountry until inspired always by the prinhunger-strikers are allowed, if oiples of Radioalism, that it they choose, to starve them- has never professed the smallest selves to death?

interest in anything save olassOf course there is not. The legislation. Their boast is envoice of oriticism is hashed, tirely justified, and not altoand the Tories outdo their gether honourable. But to the


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stalwarts of the other side the sacred obest, which was once boast mattered not a jot. The tenderly guarded and packed Liberals of the true breed with Marooni shares by don't care for what is done. his old friend the Master They ask only who has done of Elibank. Here, indeed, in it, and they refused to give a the party chest, there is a word of thanks to Mr George definite cleavage. They are and his companions for the Liberals who may find sapharm which they have con- port in its weight and amplitrived. So they shouted down tude. They are not Liberals the Attorney - General, Dr who are not privileged to dip Maonamara, and the others, & greedy hand into the lucky and they afforded the honest bag. Thus we arrive at the oitizen, who is not drugged by true meaning of political printhe poison of politios, an excuse ciple. The chest, the chest is of muoh hilarity.

the thing! All the rest is “I am as good a Liberal as more rhetorio, and Leamington you," ories Mr George. "You has decided that Mr Asquith's are no Liberal at all," retort side shall retain the chest, the henchmen of Mr Asquith. while Mr George must do the And they would leave us best he can with the rhetoric, wondering why they made all For our part, we oare not this pother about a disreput, who oalls himself a Liberal, able title, did we not remember or who keeps the key of the that there exists somewhere & chest. Neithor the one side party chest.

We know as nor the other has any zeal for little what it contains as who the cause of Great Britain, filled it. But rumour is elo. and in the long - run it is a quent oonoerning the weight matter of indifference which of it; and as in politics the species of provinoialism wins. chest is commonly known as Were it not for the effeot “the sinews of war," we can of the paltry squabble apon well believe that it is well Mr George's position, we worth fighting for. Is Mr might be content to dismiss Asquith going to share it with the episode with a laugh. But Mr George ? Not a bit of it. the accident of an eleotion Mr George may do and say and the hazard of the foolish whatever he likes: he may gamble known as democracy pass a dozen revolutionary have placed Mr George apon measures, which are dear to the throne of an autoorat, and the hearts of the stalwarts of we cannot but wonder what Leamington; he may march view our eminent minister will through Radioalism to anarohy, take of the rebuff given him and with the aid of his Tory at Leamington. The danger colleagues he may tear to is that it will throw him into pieces the last rags of the the arms of the more obviously Congtitution, But he shall moderate of his supporters, and

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whioh once was not afraid to It is improbable, because labour ohook anarohy-ever be re- has long since lost whatever vived, Mr George might insist trust it had in Mr George, upon leading it. This would despite the energy wherewith be a valamity, and the issue years ago he preached the remains in doubt, since Mr gospel of plunder and enun. George will

deoide which ciated the dootrine of robbing ooarse he shall follow upon the Peter to keep Paul in idle grounds of opportunism alone. affluence : despite the adroitHe has no opinions. Any one, ness wherewith he declined to if only he show a majority of allow the railway strike to be votes, may write whatever he fought, as it should have been chooses upon the tabula rasa fought, to a disastrous finish, of the Prime Minister's mind. the egoists who impel the For Mr George is not & working olasses to ask always statesman: he is merely a

he is merely & for higher wages than they ounning manipulator.

As can

earn, do not want Lord Hugh Ceoil said middle-olass politician to filoh with perfect

truth, “the their honours and their profits. Premier has never been able It seems as if Mr George, to distinguish between the art therefore, would be driven of winning an eleotion and into the arms of what used the art of government. He is to be called the Unionist party. oonoiliating this person and He has proclaimed aloud that shutting the mouth of that he is a resolute opponent of person, and he calls that the nationalisation, and that he art of government.”

will go to the country, in the What, then, will he oall the fulness of time, upon that art of government in the near issue, which shows that he fatare ? The Liberal party thinks that the defence of deolines obstinately to summon private property may bring him to the leadership or to him a hatful of votes. Bat disgorge its treasure. The to-morrow he may range himCoalition, which is no Coalition self upon the other side, and at all, but a frank surrender we know no more than that to communism and anarchy, the fate of Great Britain, and has but a small prospeot of of Ireland too, depends solely permanence. The notorious apon the oynioism of our Central Party - oentral in politioiang.

name and revolutionary in The truth is that all the poliey-was laughed out of proceedings of the House of existence long ago. And Mr Commons are enveloped in a George will be asked sooner cloak of unreality. The one or later to make his choice. point of agreement in those Will he go to labour, and who support the Home Rule gay in the words of an an- Bill, now before the country, is happy monaroh, “You have no that it has not a dog's chance leader. I will be your leader”? of being acoepted by Ireland.

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Mr Bonar Law confessed its 1916. If Mr Asquith has any inevitable failure with perfeot doubt upon the matter, let him frankness. “We know," said read the report of the comhe, “that we cannot settle the mittee, appointed by himself, matter of self-determination.” to inquire into that disgraceful So far, so good. “You can episode. However, he is not only settle it,” thus he went likely to read it; and even on, “by something whioh, I if he did read it, he would admit, Southern Ireland will with an easy mind shift the not accept to-day.” Then why responsibility on to somebody oall it a settlement ? When else. the Bill is passed the situation of Ireland will remain un- Whatever the

the politicians changed, and the only exouse attempt to do is marred by a for the passage of the Bill is laok of candour and simplicity. that it may give satisfaction They are all like the man in to somebody else whom it does Petronius who looked at the not concern. All the ministers cabbage and stole the bacon, who defended it kept their When they do ono thing, you eyes steadily fixed upon the may be quite sure that they United States, and thus we are keeping their eye upon may plumb the depth of our something else; and it is, for degradation: we are listening instanoe, because they confuse to the diotation of a foreign the art of vote-catching with power, with whose treatment the art of government that of its own citizens we have they are profoundly distrusted neither the wish nor the in- by the people. Happily, contention to interfere.

trasts are not laeking to the Bat it was Mr Asquith who banglings of the politicians. gave us, in the debate about There are practical men all Home Rule, the finest example over England who are doing of hypoorisy. With tears in the work that has to be done his voice, he deplored the bad without fass

fugg and without state of affairs in Ireland, “baok-thought." Among these unexampled

in the wo may oount the members of bad annals of Irish disorders." the Royal Agricultural Society And he did not confess that of England, who have brought for that bad state of affairs he, what relief they could to our more than any other man alive, plundered Allies, and have is responsible. When he oame made it possible for the into power in 1906 Ireland on- farmers of France, Belgium, joyed a peace and a prosperity and Serbia to make a beginsuch as it had not known for ning with the work which many years. Ten years of mis- the Germans hoped they had government or of no govern- interrupted for many a year ment at all, under the auspices to come. It was, as we all of Messrs Asquith and Birrell, know, part of the settled polioy ensured the Irish Rebellion of of the Boohes to destroy the


farms and the orchards of have done excellent work, and the countries which they in the distribution has been carvaded. They murdered fruit- ried out with wisdom and justrees with & peculiar zest, tiee. Upon the relief of the and they ruthlessly carried off Belgian farmers, for example, all the oattle upon which they the sum of £55,500 has been oould lay their hands. And spent, and a cattle-show held when they were ordered to among the ruins of Ypres gave restore the stolen goods, they speotaoular testimony to the pleaded with tears in their great work done in stricken eyes that if they surrendered Belgium by the Agrioultural to the French the cows that Sooiety. At Paschendael, at belonged to them, the German Kemmel, at many other places, children would lack milk. An celebrated in the annals of the argument, truly, which found war, you may now see sheep great favour with our British peacefully grazing upon the philanthropists, who like to battlefields, and picking up a believe that charity begins in living upon the soanty herbthe homes of our enemies. age. Let an expert tell the However, the Royal AgriRoyal Agri- story in his own words. “Mr

. cultural Society saw clearly L. Boereboom,” says a writer how it could best serve our in the 'Live Stook Journal,' Allies, and did not rest until “entrusted with the superviit had made an admirable sion of the work of agricultustart in the reviving of agri- ral reconstruction in Western oulture throughout the devas- Flanders, pointed out that the tated areas. Some £250,000 Yser Valley, upon which the was subscribed by the farmers Committee wished to concenof England, and gifts of beasts trate their work of relief, had and seeds were distributed before the war been dairying where most they were needed. country, and that the great Muoh had been done even be- need of the farmers in this fore the Armistice was signed. area was dairy cattle, pige, Seed potatoes, sent by the Com- and sheep. It was agreed that mittee to Verdun when the at- farmer's qualification to tack was at its most violent, receive one or more head of flourished exceedingly, and it is stook had to depend upon the a satisfaction to think that the number he kept before the war, Boohe got nothing of the orop. the lists in respeot of these deMoreover, some 9000 fruit-trees tails being still available. Ten have been despatohed to France, head of stook held before the to replace those wantonly de- war was fixed as the maximum stroyed by the invader, and number permitting any farmer 1000 head of dairy oattle have to participate. As there were already gone to the district of many more farmers qualified the Somme alone. The Duke to receive stook than there of Portland, Lord Northbrook, were animals to distribute, it and Mr Adeane, among others, was realised that the recipients

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