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"> OUR LONDON LETTER. [From Our Special Correspondent.} There were bands and banners in profusion in the great demonstration which took place in Hyde Park on Saturday in favour of the Budget. One of the banners bore the motto, "The Budget, the whole Budget, and nothing ibut the Budget," and the speeches from the ;many platforms, and the resolution which 'was passed, were of a similarly uncompro- mising character. Demonstrations in Hyde Park may mean much or little, but this one •swas certainly the means of getting together .one of the biggest crowds in recent years. Such popular gatherings are not so frequent .nowadays as they were fifteen or twenty yoa-rs ago, but the Park has seen some notable assemblles, nevertheless. There was, for in- stance, the great Suffragist Sunday last summer, which was a record in numbers at any rate, though many of those who helped toO swell the crowd were out for curiosity. The Budget demonstration was preceded by a prucession from the Embankment, made up <of various Liberal and Labour organisations. The resolution, which was put simul- taneously from all the platforms, expressed the hope that the Government would not permit any mutilation of the Finance Bill. A statement made by the Prime Minister •in the House of Commons the other day, out- lining the course of Parliamentary business for several days, caused a considerable serra- tion in some quarters. The Budget, Mr. .Asquith announced, could not be proceeded with for a week, and possibly two. Here was x :a situation, indeed Next morning one or two papers announced that the Budget had been "hung up; and that when the House 01 Commons again renewed acquaintance with the Bill, it would be found to have undergone important alterations. Why anybody should y I -have jumped to that conclusion it is hard -say, for if anything may be taken as. certain about the Budget, it is that the Government, with their overwhelming majority in the Commons, intend to go right on with it and to pass it, with some small con- cessions, doubtless, but in substantially the same form as that in which it stands at pre- sent. Good Bill or bad Bill, there is no idea of hanging it up. As a matter of fact, a more complete know- ledge of Parliamentary procedure would have prevented the iournalists from falling into the error. The Budget is to have a rest for a few days, it is true, but only because there is other business which for the present must take precedence even of that important matter. There is a Standing Order which lays it down that Supply must be finished by the 5th of August. Twenty days have to be ,devoted to the Estimates of various depart- ments of State, and there is some leeway to make up. Time has to be found for this pur- pose somehow, and the Budget has to stand aside. Probably it will be possible to return to it for a day or two next week. One person who will probably be exceedingly grateful for a breathing-space is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, upon whom the, physical strain of long sittings has been telling pretty heavily of late. Only two hours were taken up at the Old Bailey in the trial of Madar Lal Dhingra, the young Indian student, for the murders at the Imperial Institute. Probably the pro- ceedings were not as sensational as the wretched young fellow had imagine4 they would be. The public were practically ex- cluded, and the statement which he wrote before going out to commit his dastardly crime was not read, though he wished the jury to hear it. It was rightly not read, for it had nothing to do with the case which the jury were there to try, and to make it public y would have served the evil purpose of adver- tising the imaginary grievances of the party of sedition in India, and might have helped the members of that party in their endeavour to exalt the misguided young man into a martyr, dying for his country. Again, if the papers which have come into the possession of the authorities afford any clue to others who may have urged Dhingra on to his terrible crime, it would have been the height of unwisdom to have made them public. In the dock Dhingra appeared en- tirely unrepentant, and he was unmoved alike by the jury's verdict and the sentence of death pronounced by the judge. "You may do what you like," he said, "but remem- ber we shall have our time." There are, it is to be feared, others besides a young and fanatical native student in this, and the pre- sent is an anxious time for all concerned in the government of our Indian Empire. There are, I daresay, a good many people who think that his Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught would not have attained to his present rank in the Army if he were not a •"Royal Highness." It is a popular idea that Princes of the Blood are only ornamental soldiers, only too glad to be placed in com- fortable positions, with high pay and not too much work. So far as the Duke of Con- naught is concerned there could not be a greater mistake, and to those who are ac- quainted with his character and military reo. cord there is nothing at all aurprisiing in the reason which is said to have actuated him in resigning his appointment as Inspector- General of t-he Mediterranean Forces. The Duke it an energetic and hard- working soldier, devoted to his pro- fusion, and he has from the first been dissatisfied with his appointment because he -could sot find sufficient work to do in it. He does not care to continue to occupy a position which he considers to be satohost a sinecure. His Royal Highness has ft" ."SoOll4e8iløf .¡øe, and has held a^vferal important teonmatods. Some tilee: ago great military of European refutation in eoaveraaUon declared that he is v*e of the very few soldiers now Hving Mjaafek ill dinctiwith sncecM the operations of an army of a hundred thousand I men in the field. So far from being an ad- vantage, it is even possible that the fact of his being a "Royal Highness" has been a. drawback. So it is M. BJeriot, after all, who wins the I glory of being the first man to cross the Channel by flight. Though a good deal of sympathy is felt for Mr. Latham, who, but for bad luck, would. have accomplished the i feat some days earlier, it must be acknow- ledged that there is a fitness in the success of M. Bleriot. HDhas been the most prominent and successful of all the experimenters with t 1 flying machines of the monoplane type, and he deserves his laurels. There is something about the manner in which he accomplished the remarkable flight which appeals to the imagination of English people. M. Bleriot was suffering from the effects of an accident j at the time, and had to hobble to his machine. He went about the whole thing in a quiet, business-like way, and he had not talked a lot about it beforehand. He will have plenty of imitators now, and in a year or two flights across the Channel may be quite ordinary occurrences, but M. Bleriot has shown the way, and has secured for him- self a niche in history.

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