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THE VOICE OF THE rEOPLE.

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he says in effect, score a majority of 124. Rut that doesn't count, because the major- ity of January last was 124, and therefore you haven't gained anything, and the elec- tion has been all in vain. You are, in fact, badly beaten, but in order to spare your wounded feelings I will condescend to make a suggestion for your benefit. After all, it is for me as the victor to be merciful. In- stead of having to fight all over again, let us appoint another Conference or take the voice of the people by means of the Refer- endum This topsy-turvey argument, this comic opera logic, which gives the spoils of victory to the defeated, is alto- gether too subtle for us. We can only listen to it with admiration for the skill and dexterity of its author. But after the fascinating spell has passed away, it is not impossible that we shall yet be able to find an answer to what is nothing less than a cleverly veiled defiance of the people's de- liberate decision. Mr. Balfour believed it to be his duty in iqoo to appeal to the country for an en- dorsement of his party's policy regarding the.South African War, and although it was given with a reduced majority (from 150 to 134) he said then that the fact of the Tory Government being returned a second time was a strange and unexpected departure from the law of reaction, a phenomenon which reflected the utmost credit upon and gave unprecedented authority to the Gov- ernment." Those words of Mr. Balfour might well have been used in reference to ibe Liberal Government last January. How much more applicable are they now in this hour of that Government's third and equally decisive victory? Moreover, in the Sep- tember of 1900, speaking in Manchester, Mr. Balfour stated that an appeal to the country was necessary, "because there is a. task before us for the due performance of which we require all the strength that the public opinion of this country can give us, which we cannot undertake unless we know that we have public opinion behind us, and which ought to be entrusted to others if that public opinion fails us." Those words apply most aptly to the existing situ- ation. Out of the mouth of Mr. Balfour himself it can be shown that the Liberal I Government did right in dissolving and in entering upon a General Election, that if in this election they failed to secure the support of public -opinion they ought to leave the work of Constitutional revision to other hands, but that, being backed up by such a unique expression of public opinion, it is their bounden. duty to go forward with the great work entrusted to them, that of weeping away the hereditary obstacle to the welfare of the people.