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to a genuine vanity, not to a their demande, would gladly false reason, and they had no give in exchange the modern other aim than the adornment of blue-stooking for the ancient their person. The taste which swaghbuokler. persuaded them to clip and For the swashbuckler W88 orop the glory of their hair frank in her admiration of an was bad enough, but the evil alien coat, and you may be ended with their fallen looks— sure she carried it with an air. and who would grudge a feather The woman who knooks at the to their cap, if it were worn door of men's Universities is with grace and impudenoe? also fighting for the “right" While they usurped the cos. (as she calls it) to wear the tume and carriage of man, costume of a man; she would they had no desire to oust don the oap and gown of him from his place or reduce bachelorhood, and olaim with him to serfdom. Politios were them the freedom of college as little to their taste as learn- courts, and a seat at the high ing, and they designed no as- table. But, oherishing a prig. sault either on the Universities gish contempt for dress, she or the Commons. Resenting demands raiment designed for the effeminaoy of the other sex, men and unbeooming her they determined to show them- nether skirt, not in the proper selves the better fellows; but spirit of the dandy, but with a they achieved their purpose greedy desire to filoh the privi. without the smallest sus- leges which this raiment sympioion of New. Womanliness, boliges. She sees herself in an and they resolutely preferred ardent fanoy taking the floor & prompt action to & vain of the Senate House, & equare theory. You cannot imagine cap set sternly upon her closethem olubbed together in a cropped hair, & monkish gown close sombre room, discussing thrown round the shoulders the treatment of reoaloitrant formed to wear
& oomelier husbands who refused to do mantle. And she olaims these the housework; you cannot ill-fitting embellishments not imagine them setting forth in with the frank ouriosity of one base English and other baser half in love with strangeness, sentiment the fabulous injustice but with an imperious desire of their fate. No, they hung to grasp
that whiob Was & sword at their hip and endowed and intended for swaggered in the Mall with- others. The world is wide, out a word of whining or com- and our old Universities oooupy plaint; and though their but modest oorners; yet the braggart pose shooked the Man Woman of to-day would pamphleteers of the sever- leave vast tracts uninhabited, teenth century, we who have if she might lay hands upon watched the insidious polioy the houses which centuries of of their descendants, acoepting exclusiveness have consecrated over and over again a "final” to man. settlement, only to enlarge
The proper solution of the
question is that the women ments of women-for a while should establish a university only, since, wherever they go, of their own, whioh should those who preach equality and have the power to grant the intend exolusion will surely degrees which they covet. follow them. Thus they might obtain justice and avoid insanity. One If anything were needed to thing is certain: if onoe the prove that politioians have women take hold of Oxford short memories, the triumphant and Cambridge, they will, if return of Mr Asquith to Parthey oan, presently exolude the liament should be evidence mon from the seats of learning enough. He came back to whioh
established for Westminster blessed by Lord them. Revolution is never Robert Cecil and applauded by content to attain the objeot Lord Chaplin. In one moment which it set out to achieve. of success all his orimes were Lenin, pretending to aim at forgotten. Lord Chaplin, we
, freedom, has attained the vilest believe, is a staunch upholder tyranny over known to man- of the oonstitution, and he wel. kind. And women, having comed to the national council secured admission to the Uni- the man who had passed the versities, will insist that they Parliament Aot, and who, by shall be theirs and theirs alone. his negleot, had involved IreIt is said that concession is land in bloodshed and civil inevitable, beoause the battle rebellion. What Lord Robert has continued for many years. Ceoil's opinions are none would There could not be a worse venture to explain. But he argument. Many years ago desired, no doubt, England's Disraeli denounoed those false viotory in the war, and he Conservatives who preserved smiled approval upon the man their institutions like pheag. who, in 1914, though he boasts ants, only to destroy them, that he knew in 1912 all about And if the Universities of Germany's warlike intention, Oxford and Cambridge are contrived that England should weak enough to surrender be wholly unprepared. But their privileges, they will de- the ways of politicians are serve the extinotion which strange, and past finding out. will surely follow. Whither, “Politics,” said Burke, “80 far then, will the men in searoh as I understand them, are only of learning betake themselves? an enlarged morality.” Were he They will not demand the alive to-day he would be forced polioy of the open door at to correot his definition. No Newnham or Girton. They longer are politios and morality will not batter upon the saored even remotely akin.
Memwalls of Holloway College. bership of the House of Com- . Perhaps they will take refuge mong ohanges a man's charaoin the forgotten, disembodied ter in the twinkling of an eye, University of Stamford, and and persuades him to do and defy for a while the enoroach- say things whioh in his days
of honest freedom he would the House, or by what method never have dreamed of doing he was minded to reform it, or saying. However, Mr we do not know. It is still a Asquith, who a year ago was mystery whether or not he execrated by the mob, is now intended to restore to the the mob's darling - for & Upper Chamber the power of moment. We are told by his veto, & restoration which is adulators, who believe in the of far higher importance than sanotity of temporary su00098, the mere composition of the that his presence in the House House. A single chamber is will turn the whole current of not consonant with the prepublio life. In a few weeks servation of the monarchy, and Mr George will lie prostrate in times of reckless change like at the feet of the man whom our own, when revolution is he displaced, and the country freely offered as a bribe to the will go to sleep again, pleas- voters, & powerful Senate is antly convinced that nothing above all things essential. The can be wrong with the State House of Commons declines so long as Mr Asquith is there daily both in morals and inte utter sonorous platitudes telligence. Our governors have about free trade, the hard- long ceased to ask or to think ships of Germany, and Liberal what is right. The interest prinoiples.
of their ambition is to win Whether Tweedledum or popularity, and unless we are Tweedledee wins in the duel willing to see oar Empire is not a matter of great im- flung away in exchange for portance. But if Mr Asquith an electoral majority, we must were to get the better of all his insist that Mr Asquith's debt adversaries, he would find & of honour is paid by some. hundred awkward promises body. olamouring for fulfilment. To In the last five-and-twenty say nothing of the pledges years the Peerage has under. whioh, in competition with gone a complete change. Peers Labour, he gave at Paisley, have been made recently with there are many solemn under- small pretext or none at all. takings which go baok to the A oontribution to the party days when he was a callous funds has been adjudged an exand irresponsible Prime Min- cellent exouse for ennoblement, ister. There is, for instance, The Radioals especially, having “the debt of honour," famous a natural love of titles, have in its infamy, which has never insisted apon Peerages as the been paid. When Mr Asquith, natural reward for what they for reasons of his own, de- oall politioal services. Mr stroyed the constitution by George's creations have been abolishing the veto of the peouliarly reokless as House of Lords, he aoknow
The result is that the ledged the reform of that Peerage has largely ceased to House as a "debt of honour.” be aristocratio. It has become What he meant to do with & collection of business men
and lawyers, differing little still bear the weight of prefrom the House of Com- judioe flang upon it by the mons in quality or com- angry Radioals whose inorease position. The proportion of has debauched it. How, then, the Peers who have inherited shall it be reformed ? A their titles from a long line friend has sent as the inof ancestors to those newly glorious suggestion of what oreated grows smaller year by he calls a “ terminable Peeryear.
Moreover, the Peerage age,” which he thinks is not is gradually being divoroed hostile to the spirit of our from the land, and thus is institutions. " The cardinal undergoing another change. principle put forward,” says The Death Daties and the he, “is that no Peer should War have done their work, transmit to his successor his and the Peers are no longer actual rank in the Peerage, what they were once
onoe - the but the rank immediately befathers of the countryside, low it, and such successor on the proper representatives of inheriting an inferior title the landed interest. Yet in should be summoned to Parli. the mouths of our demagogues ment in right of such inferior all the Peers are the members title. Thus all Barons would of “an effete aristooraoy. become life Peers only; VisThe gentlemen who hold aloft counts would be Peers for two the banner of Labour are not lives- -& Viscount in the case at the pains to diseriminate of a created Visoount, and a between the old and the new Baron for his immediate suooreations. Their jealousy per- censor. For suffioiently great suades to inolade in a general services & man would be recondemnation all those who warded with any rank ap to are honourably distinguished, and inoluding & Dakedom, And the truth is that the which would make his four reform of the House of Lords successors Peers of the Realm cannot be undertaken intelli- in gradually descending rank," gently until its modern and Of course the son of a Peer oomposite nature is olearly who distinguished himself in understood
the service of his country When the House of Lords would be restored to his consisted of Peers of ancient father's rank, or set above it, race, there was a vast deal to as a just reward of his noble be said in its favour. The actions. Thus there would al. hereditary prinoiple is wise ways be an incentive to the and sound, as it was inter- eldest son of a Peer to justify preted of old.
It is more his rank, and to take oare difficult to defend when it that the honour done his family is inoreased almost daily by should not be withdrawn. the accession of the party Moreover, the plan would not haok. It grows unwieldy and be displeasing to the statesconfused, and demoora tio and men of
Dominions fearless though it be, it must statesmen who are born out
of sympathy with the heredi. with freedom, courage, and tary principle, and whose
pres- independence. ence in our House of Lords But if such a House were would be weloome and valu to be effective, it must be proable. If, then, some reform of teoted against insult. It must the House of Lords be neces- stand on an equality with the sary, and we are told that it House of Commons, a rough is; if the House, noisily in- body, whose insensate oamsulted by Radical Ministers, is paign conduoted ten years still increased by those Ministers ago against the House of at the rate of twenty & year, Lords has robbed that Asthen the plan of dimination sembly of all faith in itself outlined above is at onoe or in its duties. It must be moderate and conservative. It proteoted also against the does not break with the tradi- lavish introduction of onde. tion of the past-it preserves sirables. The sale of honours something of the spirit of an- to ambitious politicians must cient times; and it would ensure be sternly suppressed, and in us presently a House of Lords future no man must be given wise enough and strong enough a barony whose elevation is to chook revolutionary legisla- not generally acclaimed. From tion, and so shaped that even time to time we are assured by the demagogue would hesitate anxious Ministers that no Peerto shout "backwoodsmen” if age has ever been bought or ever his
passing whim were sold. And then the next list thwarted.
At any rate, it of honours gives the lie to the would be a far better scheme rash &8surance,
However, of reform than any hitherto there is as little reason wby suggested. What sort of an the House of Lords should not Upper House should we get be permitted to aot as hereto. if we permitted its members fore as a check upon the folly to be elected by the mob, to and arrogance of the Commons, be chosen by County Councils, as that a place within its or sent up by the House of walls should be obaffered for Commons to do their tyran- in the market - place. And nioal bidding in another place? though we have a natural and The system of “terminable well - founded distrust of Peerages' would at least change, we are convinoed that ensure as & House of Lords if reform come to us in the whose opinion oould not be form of terminable Peerages, parohased by the House of no violence will be done to the Commons, and which would do safety or the spirit of the Con. its work of veto and revision stitution.
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