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THE OUTLOOK. Standing OIl the tkre.sb.oId of the New Year, cme's first inclination is to look back- wards aDd regard the departed year, with its burden of events and episodes. Some 01 these were full of joy, but iiiost. were hall and jjorrowful avs far as Great Britain was concerned. Death's hand fell grievously and beat with etjuul stroke at the doors of the highest and lowliest m the land. Queen Victoria and her eldest daughter, the Dowager Empress of Germany, had to obey the call ncl less than the many thousands of their subjects. Grim war has an account with many a noble house as well as with the humblo houses of England and W al. Scarcely a day passed from the first of January to the thirty-first of December but that the War Office issued :t.s sad tale of deaths on the battle-field or in the hos- pitals of South Airica, and Christmas brought the news of the loss of a hundred I gallant men, Boers and Britons, on the stricken field. No wonder then that the prevail ing; tone Igis been one of sadness and that all uneasy and irritable mood charac- terised the nation at large. Electioneering charlatanism on the part of the Government had succeeded in duping the public into a belief that the war was safely over and that it only remained to tranquilise the South i African territories and establish a settbd form of executive a £ U ISgisiat,Ye machinery But the early nwntbs of 1900 b&on proved how dishonest and utterly delusive had been thQ pronouncements of tne responsible Ministei-s: the enemy was as active tas er and inflicted loss after loss Upon our feweer, The result was a gonei-al feelmg of irritation aild anger which seized, upon. every conceiv- able pretext to vent itself. At one time, I the War Office and its head, who had mere- ly inherited tlie misrule auid red-tapLsm of by-gone years and was too weak to reform matters, came in for malediction; at an other, the C-ommander-;n-Chief, Lord Re- bertp, the idol, "Bobs," was visited with the curses of the public spleen because of Gen- eral Buller's supersession. And all the year round the Pro-Boors have been the victims of the mob-law; there is nothing more irti- tating than to be told the truth, especially where one ha^ failed in any enterprise. This is the real cause of all the turbulence and riot that has attended the meetings oi Mr Lloyd George and others who are of his way of thinking; he shows where this country has erred and points out the ir, justice and cruelty that has been perpetra- ted in \it.s name. And the country knows ft 11 well he speaks the truth; that better self, the nation's inner consciousness, tells ttat this is so. Hence the irritableneso ar d tho desire to kick somebody, no matter w iom, and to be relieved by giving ;.1 plysical expression d feeling. Such is the stite in which Great Britain find* it-self in the opening years of the XX. century. What is the outlook? The near futcre sc'iins gLoamy enough. At the seat of war, I we have an ubiquitous foe who sweeps down upon isolated caanps and ill-protected con- veys, dealing death and damage and then withdrawing os suddenly as he came llltl') inaccessible fastnesses. Two years ago were, time aifter time, told that De Wet was ca-nered beyond the po.sibiiity of escape, end yet he is, so far from heing ooruercd, able to inflict upon our forces (serious losses or, the third Christmas since the commence- ment- of hostility. A bread, a deep- rooted hatred exists towards the British nation among all the peoples of Europe. True, our relation with the governments oi the different countries is friendly in a dip- I Jcixnatiie sense, but, as Lord Roseebry point- ed out, the great massot the people of France, Germany, and other countries re- gard tfc. with the bitterest hostility and would applaud any and. every movement which might be detrimental to Britain's power land intereste. At home we have the weakest and most incapable Ministry of modern times. At- its head is a man whoso abili ty, once great and justly re nowned, .is. impaired by the heavy hand of old age, and whose lethargic temperament leaves him, unmoved ani inactive in the face of the mast iranj'ineiit perils to the Em- pire; who has secured for his sons and nephews some of tlie most important offices in the State with a oyn eal indifference to the claims of others of his followers. directing the whale course of Government, holding the reins firmly in h's own hands, Mr Chamberlain is the only member of the Tory Ministry who can be icl to wield any power. The'destinies of Great BriUiin for next few years: lie at the mercv of this a, os t ambitious Cabinet Minister, 'Whr.¡ methods would do no discredit 0 u Maelilavelli or a Talleyrand. The Opposi- tion, although numbering among its mem- bers statesmen of proved capacity and gerfius, is as yet disun ited and disorganised and ccliisequeintly unable to show a onij front, to tne maladministration of the Go- vernment,, or to-give the cctuntry a define lead. The outlook, we repeat, is gloomy, and he is indeed a .eer who will venture to rimn the course which events will take m this country even within the next few months.


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