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THE NEW IMPERIAL INDIAN ORDER.

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THE NEW IMPERIAL INDIAN ORDER. The Times, commenting on the creation of the new Imperial Order, says: It will be seen that the order at the outset is extremely select. Our own Prin- cesses supply ten of the names there are eight Indian ladies of distinction, including the wife of the Maha- rajah Dhuleep Singh, and only eighteen other ladies, wives of great Indian dignitaries, are admitted. While the honours of the order are dispensed with this reserve it will not materially disturb the harmony of the fair sex in this country. It would be out of place to inquire whether anything very serious has been contemplated in the institution of this novel order; but we would willingly see in it an expression, however figurative, of her Majesty's anxiety to promote the movement, which has of late attracted so much attention, towards the elevatidf) of the female sex in India. W.men hold distinguished positions as Sovereigns in India, and the Begum of Bhopal, in particular. This gracious act of the Queen can hardly fail to have some influence in bringing home to the minds of the natives the position which women hold in Western society, and the idea thus suggested may gradually spread. There is, indeed, something even more surprising than the assump- tion of an Indian title by an English Sovereign in this association in one order of English and Indian ladies. A generation lor two ago the gulf between them would havo been deemed impassable. The two societies—European and Asiatic—were as distinct as if there were no common interests and no common in. heritance between them. Sir Henry Maine has re- marked that the discovery Ot intimate affinities in language and race between all nations of the Indo- European stock has, through its influence on the im- agination, had a singular effect in removing these traditional barriers. Indian Princes now mingle freely in English society, and every day a clearer mutual understanding between members of the two peoples and countries is established. Now that English and Indian Princesses are united with distinguished English ladies in the same exalted society, the last social barrier of this kind might seem to be removed. We shall await, however, with some curiosity the official statements which may be expected when Par- liament meets respecting the precise purposes which this novel institution is intended to effect. If Lord Beaconsfleld is as imaginative on this topic as he was on the assumption of the Imperial title by her Majesty, something very graceful and interesting may oe expected.

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