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Owing to the serious disturbances that have resulted from the Kensit crusade in Jersey, outdoor meetings are now prohibited. The epulemic or typnoid fever at Kaunds, Northamptonshire, is gradually abating. Thirty- three sufferers are still reported to be in a critical condition. George Garwood, a young man of Colchester, was struck by a Great Eastern engine and killed, while working on the line at Bury St. Edmunds station. At a meeting of the Maidstone Guardians it was reported that 639 casuals had been admitted to the workhouse during the past week, compared with 359 for the corresponding week of last year. According to the London correspondent of a Paris journal Lord Salisbury will this autumn spend some weeks at his villa at Betlllieu, Nice. The Premier's arrival there is expected in the third week of September. With a. view to commemorating the Royal visit to Capetown the city council has voted 9,500 to the South African colleges for the encouragement of students who have adopted mining engineering as « Profession. -=- Ox k begins to wonder how long election by slaiiuo.r is to continue. It has already had a fair run, and under Ministerial patronage has met with considerable success. Election by It had a General Election all Slander. to itself last October. Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Balfour both attempted to divide the nation into pro- Boers and anti-Boers, making out that votes given to the Liberals were votes giyen-or was it sold ?—to the Boers. The pity is that these unworthy tactics should have met with so much success. They have lately re- ceived a check. Mr. Balfour's modified slan- der at Andover did not work particularly well, although it had the assistance of a body of energetic bill-stickers. That statesman merely declared that "to weaken the Government is to encourage the enemy, and to encourage the enemy is to prolong the war." It was a mild paraphrase of Mr. Chamberlain's "votes given to the Liberals are votes given to the Boers." The bill-stickers reverted to the original version, and plastered the walls and, it is said, the footpaths and even the door-steps of known Liberals with placards containing that downright statement. Andover seems to have keut its head very well, and the Tory majority fell by over 1,200 votes. The fact is that electioneering extravagance of this sort fre- quently overreaches itself. In several con- stituencies at the General Election, where the slander was particularly outrageous, it proved to be unavailing. In one Northern division the Liberal candidate was pictorially repre- sented as offering £ 20 to President .Kriiger, going on his knees to do it. This work of art warf considerately pasted on the plate-glass windows of Liberal shopkeepers. But the electors stood firm, and increased the majority of the slandered candidate by over 600 votes. BY the fifteenth cf the present month the war will be rea'ly "over." Fighting may con- tinue a little while longer, but it will not be 1 "war." It will be "rebel- „ lion," and those who partake Banishment.. T, m it will be "reoels. lhat seems to be the meaning and intention of the proclamation which will come into force at the date named. It may be assumed that the Government has some ex- pectation that this procedure will have the effect of bringing the war to an end. The proclamation is to work b}? banishment. It tells the leaders of the Boers that if they do not come in and surrender they will be banished—after capture, of course. If they come in, pile arms, and surrender to military authority, then the policy of the proclamation will be justified. If they still stand out, and continue fighting, then it will have failed in its immediate purpose. So far as presently appears, they prefer fighting to surrender. Unless they alter their intentions by the fifteenth, they will be liable to capture and banishment. But the purpose of our policy in South Africa should not be to banish the leaders of the people. When peacn is restored the men it is proposed to banish are just the men who would be of most use to us. They have the confidence of their own people, for whom they have sacrificed all they had. In the social and political reorganisation of society, which must necessarily be taken up after the war is over, the proscribed generals would be able to render the greatest help. They are evidently not to be forced into the position of British subjects by a threat of banishment. If they could have been induced to surrender by the offer of fair opportunities of serving in the government of their own country, the prospect would, indeed, have been hopeful. Instead of that, the Govern- ment persists in its demand for unconditional surrender. They apparently think to conclude the business by repeating: "Never again," "Not a shred of independence," and other phrases of like character. "Banishment" is the inevitable consequence of the policy in- dicated by this phraseology. Banishment is an old method. It was tried in Ireland. The best use we could think of to which the Irish rebel might be put was to send him to a penal settlement. Some of the Irish exiles became Cabinet Ministers in Australia-oue even Prime Minister. In the second Ireland we are creating in South Africa banishment will play an even more disastrous part. WE may take a lesson from France. Our neighbours of the Republic have a little diffi- culty with Turkey. Abdul shewed something of his native obstinacy. France Gladstone has broken off diplomatic rela- Justified. tions, and Turkey has already surrendered on the main point. This incident inevitably calls up our own pitiful and abject surrender of duty in con- nection with the Armenian atrocities. One cannot forget how Mr. Gladstone sallied forth from his retirement, an 1 propounded a policy for bringing the Turkish Government to some sense of the claims of humanity. Mr. Glad- stone's advice was: "Break off diplomatic relations. Send the Turkish Ambassador home, impound the Cyprus tribute, and seize one little port." This was a plan simple in itself, easy of execution, and likely to be effective in its results. It risked a little to gain much. The people of England were ready to try it. The Government was understood to be screwing up its courage. But the cold breath of a chilling criticism came from the North; Lord Rosebery spoke, the popular courage oozed away, and the Government dropped its screw. The nation has not yet recovered from the moral lapse which attended that humiliating incident. It feels it now more than ever. France has adopted Mr. Gladstone's policy, in a matter far less urgent, involving no such humanitarian considerations as were involved in the Armenian question, and she will compel the Sultan to yield. We shrank from duty, from sacrifice; we yielded to a moral cowardice which would take no risks for others. We were truly & "Little England," weak and feeble where we ought to have been strong in great purpose and noble endeavour. We lost an opportunity of playing an Imperial part on behalf of the weak and the suffering. Again there comes to us the sound of distress. Murder is again abroad. Atrocities in Albania as well as Armenia recur to remind us of —hat we might have done, but did not do. This time we may repent of our Little Englandism, and despise Z, ourselves. But it is only just that we should remember Gladstone, and recognise that ho was right. b SHE (passionately) Will you ever love another, dearest r He (weariM No, never—(aside) if I get out of this affair alive. CUSTOM EE (entering poultry store) I should lik« to see a nice fatg-oose. Small Boy Yes, sir, mothe*" will be down directly. TEACHER Now who can tell me which travels then faster—heat or cold? John Bright, promptly: Heat, of course! Anybody can catch cold. MR. Fussy: I don't see why you wear those ridiculous big sleeves, when you have nothing to fill them? Mrs. Fussy Do you fill your silk hat? PAPA, what is a historical epoch ? It is a period of time that used to cover ages, but now it runs along anywhere from a week to ten days. Do you exercise after your bath in the morn- ing?" asked the doctor. "Yes," replied the patient; "I generally step on the soap as I get out." "WHY is Dawson painting his house such a vermilion red?" He thinks it will look Ac, warm this summer no one will want to visit there." v