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Notes of the Week.


Notes of the Week. Political Activity.—The declaration of the Prime Minister at Newcastle that the general election must come before long and may come very soon has caused some flutter in political circles, and there is evidence all round that the country will not have to wait very much longer before it has the opportunity to pronounce judgment on the deeds of the present Govern- ment. The end of last week there were rumours that the dissolution would take place at once, but they were discredited by those who had the best means to judge. To appeal to the country on a register eighteen months old would have been resented by many of the supporters of the Government, and, even if the election took place at the earliest possible moment it would of necessity interfere with Christmas trade arrangements. Opinion generally inclines to fix a date early in the new year, not later than the middle of February. No one outside the Cabinet, perhaps no one except the Prime Minister himself knows what his intentions are, but it is most unlikely that he will meet Parlia- ment again. His admission that he was" afraid of his own friends during the last session, and the absence of any reference in his speech to next year's programme are strong evidences that he has at last made up his mind to face the country. Whether the election comes sooner or later the Unionists have made up their minds that they are going to be beaten. In about eighty constituencies they fail to find candidates, and the number of withdrawn selected candidates is increasing weekly. All the leaders of the Party speak in a despondent tone, their only comfort apparently being in the hope that the Liberals must depend on the Irish for a working majority. The Liberals, on the other hand are full of buoyant confidence. They speak of a majority of a hundred over the Unionists and Irish combined. All their differences have been made up. Sir Henry Campbell Banner- man will be Prime Minister, and it is said that Lord Rosebery will serve under him. The Invasion of the West End.—The unem- ployed in London are determined that more fortunate members of Society shall not remain in ignorance concerning their sad condition. It is not many days since the women of the East End marched to Whitehall, and last Monday eight thousand of men unemployed, or supposed to be unemployed, met on the Victoria Embank- ment, and marched through several of the principal streets in the West End to Hyde Park, where they held a meeting to denounce charity and demanding work. This was not the first time that processions of the unemployed paraded the streets of London, though never before in such a number, and on no former occasion did they enter the sacred area of Belgravia and Mayfair. We must confess that we are not able to see what good end is gained by these demon- strations, especially when it is so definitely stated that they are not appeals for charity. No one doubts the existence of a very large number of men in various parts of London who are out of work, and the great sufferings which are consequent upon that fact. If it were necessary to convince the rich people of the West End that such is the case in order to awaken their sympathy and appeal to their generosity, we could understand the measure adopted. But Mayfair cannot provide work any more than some other district, and even if it could it would be charitable work. The question is a national one, and must be dealt with by Parliament, and we are thankful to think that Mayfair is not yet the British Parliament. And we dare not close our eyes to the danger of unemployment be- coming a profession. On former occasions there were cases of men who had work staying away from it in order to join in the processions. It would be well if the organisers of such demonstrations remembered that parading misery is quite as injurious in its effects as living b upon charity. Hakon VII.—Norway having declared so unmistakably in favour of Monarchy rather than Republicanism, the Storthing met on Saturday to elect a King. By an unanimous vote Prince Charles of Denmark was elected, and the result despatched by telegram to Copenhagen. Later in the evening the Norwegian Parliament met again to receive Prince Charles' reply. It was known that he would accept, but, nevertheless, the joy when he formally expressed his accept- ance was none the less. In his telegram he stated, he "will adopt the name of Hakon VII, conferring on my son the name of Olaf." All Britishers will join in the best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the new monarch and his people. He is King not by heredity, or by conquest, but by the free choice of his subjects. It goes without saying that he will reign constitutionally. It is not even necessary to add that the new Queen is a daughter of our own beloved King, and she will carry with her into the new Court traditions that should prove the source of untold blessings to the Scan- dinavians.

Am Gymry Llundain.


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