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EPlT^r,n;c NEWS.



OUR LONDON L < firrm Our Special CorrctpcmdenlJ There are various ways of spending a i tlummer holiday, and new ones are constantly ¡ being discovered. The latest is that of a young lady school-teacher, who is an ardent Suffragist, and has chosen to enjoy her vaofflr- I tion in working for the good of "the cause, which in her case takes the form of waiting j outside the House of Commons with others; in j order to nab Mr. Asquitli. It was perhaps ■quite exciting at first, but as the dau? go by and the Premier continues to evade the! ladies who are so anxious to meet him it is to be feared that the school-teacher finds her holiday getting more than a trifle moctioto- nous. The patience of the little Land is wonderful to see. There they wait, hour after hour, while the House is sitting,, in rain and sunshine—arid considerably more of th former than the latter. They are relieved every three hours by others equally patient and enduring, and they have announced their intention of continuing their sentiy-gst till the end of the Session if need be. It is evi- dent, however, thai a. little strategy is amkd if they are to attain their object, for Mr. Asquith does get ffco the House of Commons nnd he does leave it to go home to bed. And the little band waits on. How does he manage it? There was some talk about an underground pas:«?ge, and one Lad visions oj -,tlie Prime Mu-ister of this realm creeping efarfully along in the of the earth ito get to his placc on the Trea- sury Bench, jftnd returning in the same stealthy manner to s'eek his i urd-^vou NSÍi- J1'-m it was suggested that he ^.isi-u^d hiru- self i b the aid of a wig. and Mr. and Mr. Jehu "Ward's slouch bat, oai o parsed unchalleugcd. ■iht r of these tA <. i miorts is correct, it appears. Mr. it Asquitn passes his reientlcws in. u«ies as M* natural self., and the other i • •. at t:1.1.4 o'clock he went from the HOil > xkmning- strt- jt whiie the uitBUsoicici.«,L a lool^d on, with photographs of the Premier in tb-eir hands. It seems" to be q n- ■ .ear thai, though the ladics might make v at of their votes, if they had th-^n. even make admirable men.hers ■- of Parliaatsent, they msb not of much use as -<fcfeciiT€R. The Committee stage of the .Finance Bill, ■ewen with the help of the cloeui *.•, Ia a w '»hty slow business. A whole sitting of !he iious^ of Commons manages to get passed only a few! lines -of a clause as the result of a flood of oratory, and members go home in the mom-j ing with the milk to get a few hours' sleep 1 before starting the wearisome round cmce, J more. All night sittings are not suck lively affairs as they were soirae years ago7 but there have been a few "'scenes, and will no doubt be a good tnany more before the Bill gets through. Mr. Emmott in the chair has a difficult task to perform. H. incurs the displeasure of the more militant section ef I the Opposition whenever he accepts a motion, for the closure, and the other night one of .1 these members brought upon his head a sharp rebuke. A division Was about to be taken, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer paused on his way to the lobby to speak a word or1 two to Mr. Emmott. A member, assuming that the conversation had some reference to a motion for the closure, asked sarcastically, "How many lines are you going to ckratre now T" The Chairman replied "That m moat improper observation. It is most insult- ing to the office I hold, and most unfair: to me personally." The member had gone just a little too far, and the rebuke proved effective, at any rate for that sitting. In his devotion to duty the King sets st! wonderful example to his his accession to the Throne his Majesty has identified himself in every possible way with, the life and work of the nation. Even for him, however, the last week has been one, of an exceptionally arduous nature. On the Saturday the King waS at Rugby, where he opened a new Speech Room at the famous school and delivered an inspiring address to the boys. On Monday he inspected the Terri- torials in Lancashire and presented colours. On the following day he visited Manchester, 1 where he opened a new Infirmary and M- viewed more Territorials. Passing on, be: went by way of Warrington, receiving mi, address and delivering. anotEer highly intsr-1 esting speech. On Wednesday the King was at Liverpool, whence he travelled to Bir- mingham to open the University and to mate the most important speech of the tour. Aft South Kensington on Thursday he laid tfee foundation stone of the new School of Mines, and afterwards at Buckingham Palace re- viewed the Honourable Artillery Company. The labours of the week finished on Fridaj with an inspection of the boys of lbs Green- wich Naval College. ;L It was a remarkable week, and his Majesty was richly entitled to the quiet and restful week-end which Is spent with Mr. and Mrs. Harcourt at Kane- ham. One hears a good deal in these days of the non-success of dramatic productions, and there are not many London theatres this season whose managers have h?d the good fortune to find plays which tan for mote than. a month or two. At the New Theatre, how- ever. the problem of what, the publie watts seems to have been solved. Mr. Dercrettx's play "Henry of N&varre has filled the bill and the hoaae for more than two nights, and 'seems likely to continue doing both for oL Vod long time to come, if the enthusiasm displayed by the audience at th& two hundredth .,performance is anything to go »fcy. PlavgoerS like "Henry of Navajrr*" because it enables theta to see: Mr; Fred Terry in a dashing role which suits hka splendidly, and Miss Neilson in a part wfcidfo she plays to perfection. The company by vW/hom th$*e two popular favourites are sup- port«d is an excellent one in every way, and there seems to he no reason why the manage- ment should need to lotok .out for a ssw plaj Before people had quite realised thai the naval manoeuvres had begun, they were over and done with. The problem set was very quickly solved, and the manner of its solution is another proof of the big part which the weather must always play in naval warfare. If there had not been a fog it seems likely that the result might have been a different one, but th-at is a question which may well be left to the experts. The Admiralty are very well satisfied with the result of the short manoeuvres., and valuable lessons have been learned by both officers and men. It has been shown, at any rate as far as can be shown by peace manoeuvres, that the Fleet is in a state of highly organised efficiency, and the fact that though three hundred and seventy ships were iengaged accidents happened in only two cases is a striking proof of the high order of seamanship displayed. A. E. M.





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