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EMPIRE EDUCATION. I

I The Resignation of Lord…

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The Resignation of Lord Cromer. The resignation of the Earl of Cromer, Agent and Consul-General of Egypt, de- prives the Empire of the services of one of the most remarkable men of our time, who las presented to the world an object lesson in the possibilities of good government and sound finance in a country which has suf- fered from all the worst developments of Oriental ineptitude. Lord Cromer had already spent nearly twenty years in the public service when he was appointed British Commissioner of the Egyptian Public Debt Office. It was not the first time that a comparatively untried Major of Artillery .had attained to the highest pinnacle of suc- cess, and as the young major of artillery who looked on at the French Revolution Jbecame the dictator of Continental Europe, so the Major Baring of 1877 was destined to create a new Egypt. It was said by Masaniello, when he began his revolt against the Spanish Viceroy of Naples, God sends us abundance, but bad govern- ment makes us perish of want." Lord Cromer, by his MASTERLY AND BENEFICENT ADMINISTRATION, entirely reversed that baneful process, for he made the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose. The story of his work in Egypt may be described without exaggera- tion as wonderful, romantic, and inspiring, and it was truly said by Sir Edward Grey, in his happy tribute to Lord Cromer's public services, that the success achieved by him would have seemed incredible but for the fact that he accomplished it And the encomium pronounced by the Foreign Secretary, who declared that the Govern- ment would maintain his work and continue his policy, helps us to realise how excep- tionally fortunate Lord Cromer was in this respect that he enjoyed the confidence both of Conservative and Liberal Governments. And yet thirty years ago there was one man at least, who seems to have doubted the wisdom of the appointment. He was a friend of Lord Cromer, but he thought he observed in him the disposition of a not very conciliatory autocrat, and he wrote :â The virtues of Patience are known, But I think that when put to the touch, The people of Egypt will own with a groan, There's an Evil in Baring too much. It may be that the writer was unable to resist the temptation to perpetrate a pun on the name of Evelyn Baring, or it may be that the lines had a useful effect upon the character of their subject, bat, in any event, it was not very long before he was able to demonstrate that he was the strong man whom nature had qualified to deal with a position of the most exceptional difficulty. He found an incapable Government, a bank- rupt treasury, a discredited army, a people broken-spirited by oppression and miser- ably poor. Within a comparatively short period of time he effected A COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION. I He reorganised all the departments of the State, until it came to be recognised that the administration of Egypt would compare favourably with that of the civilised coun- tries of Europe; in a few years his budget shewed a surplus with the assistance of Sir Evelyn Wood, Sir Francis Grenfell, Colonel Francis Duncan, and other British officers, he converted into an efficient force the army which had shortly before evoked from Lord Kitchener the comment that it had covered itself with ridicule by its almost unexampled cowardice and inca- pacity." He is understood to have sub- scribed to the policy of temporarily with- drawing from the Soudan, in order that he might concentrate his attention and resources upon Egypt, but he was quick to perceive the psychological moment for re- conquest, and, in 1898, the victory of Omdurman brought the Soudan under the control of Britain.

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