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BUDGET BULL'S-EYES. I (FROM THE BUDGET LEAGUE.) This is the last time that we shall appeal to the public on behalf of the Budget before the General Election. By the time these words are in print the Election will al- ready have begun, and before they are read by a large number of our readers some of the results will already be known to the world. Let us, therefore, sum up what are the issues on which the electors of the United Kingdom will have to vote during the next few days. Overshadowing them all there is one supreme issue. It is this. Who shall rule? Peers or people? Six hundred Lords or 6,000,000 voters? There have been many efforts during the z, last few weeks to divert attention from this great issue. There has been an extra- ordinary attempt on the part of the Tory Leaders to pretend that it was the Liberals who were attacking the Lords, and not the Lords attacking the Constitution. "Oh!" they have been crying, "the Literals want a single Chamber. How terrible!" But the people are not quite so foolish as they think. The people can read their, newspapers, and they know that this attack has come, not from the Liberals, but from the Lords. If the Lords had passed the present Budget in spite of their many offences during the last few years, the Liberal Government would still have left' them alone. It is the action of the Lords in throwing out the Budget—an action without precedent or parallel in the modern history of England—that has pro- duced this crisis. Never forget that. Now that that action has been per- petrated, of course, the complexion of all politics in England is changed. It must be the object of all Constitutional men—not merely of Liberals or Radicals, but also of all true Conservatives—to stop the House of Lords from ever doing it again. The ob- ject, therefore, of Liberalism from this time forward must be not to reduce our I Constitution to a ningle Chamber, but to bring the Second Chamber, which will con- tinue to share in the Government of the country, to its proper bearings as a part of the machine. The policy must be—" Never Again! But there has been a second attempt to obscure the issue. "Oh," they have been I shouting, the issue of this Election is not I the House of Lords, but Tariff Reform! I The House of Lords are not defending their own privileges, they are simply giving a chance to Tariff Reform! And even Lord Lansdowne, in a very remarkable speech, has admitted that the House of Lords have thrown out the Budget not because it is revolutionary, as Lord Roeebery will have it, or because it is Socialistic or anything s.) very terrible as all that, but simply be- cause it would have stood in the "way of Tariff Reform. It is interesting how these speakers answer one another's arguments in the course of their own speeches. But we cannot allow the issue to be side- tracked in that manner. Tariff Reform is, of course, a great question which played, a leading part in 1906, and may have to be decided once again in another General Election before it becomes, in the famous I words of Lord Beaconsfield, not only dead, but damned." But it is not the chief issue of the present Election. i.. Tariff Reform by the House of Commons ic one thing, and Tariff Reform by the House of Lords is another thing. If the English people want Tariff Reform they will do it of their own free will, and, will not be coerced into it by the House of Lords. Tariff Reform by a Manufacturer* Party in the House of Commons will be bad enough, because it wilt mean Trusts and high prices; but Tariff Reform by the House of Lords will be even worse, because it will mean Trusts, high prices, and high rents all at once. So, even if we look at this matter from the point of view of Tariff Reform, we come back again to the House of Lords. The whole complexion of Tariff Reform will depend on whether it has its origin in the House of Commons or the House of Lords. These attempts being exhausted, the Tories have made other efforts during the last few weeks which remind one of those pathetic attempts which an escaped con- vict sometimes makes to elude recapture by frequent changes of clothes. Or when a bankrupt man wants to set up in life again he often changes his name. In the same manner the Tories have been trying to change the issue on the eve ,of the General Election. » One of these attempts was the German scare. It was started by an extreme So- cialist in the Daily Mail, and taken up by Mr. Balfour at Hanley. The idea of this campaign was that, Lords or no Lords, Commons or no Commons, the great thing to remember was that the country was in danger, and that the Germans were going to land on our shores. The pepple who got up this rather criminal scare forgot one thing. They for- got that you cannot dress up. the same bogey twice in the same year. The German scare passed over the country in the spring, when young men's fancies turned to Ger- man airships and old women's fancies to German soldiers, but it passed away with the return of common sense. Eight Dread- noughts were put on the stocks, and as eight Dreadnoughts were all that even the Tories asked for the country turned to other matters. No, my Lords, that sort of alibi will not help you! You must try another! » It was the Liberals in the spring who drew the attention of the country to the need of more ships, and the country told them to go ahead and build the ships. The Liberals L't, the ships and then they asked for the money. It was the Lords who refused the money, and therefore stood in the way of the ships. Therefore, the more the Lords draw attention to the question of the Navy the more certainly they draw at- tention to their own sins. It is they, and no one else, who have refused the money to build the proper ships for the Navy. Then when everything else has been ex- hausted the Lords have begun to whine. They fall into the mood of the prisoner in the dock, who says: "Oh, please your wor- ship, if you will let me off this time I will reform myself—I will never do it again. I will certainly be a reformed man." And then they begin to talk about the reform of the House of Lords, and tell us that the Unionists have set their hearts on the re- form of the House of Lords. But we are in- clined to think that the country will reply to this, as in the tones of the j ust j udge Itéertainly you shall be reformed, and the first. step towards reforming you is to give you a. proper punishment." No, my Lords, it will not do. The coun- try has judged you and found you want- ing. Tlrey are willing to pay their share, and they have not asked you to trouhie about them. < » They want you to pay ynur share, and they are going to make you do so. NAGGING UNPARDONABLE. The average husband is in his element when he is declar- ing to an audience of friends that he is afraid of his wife. He enjoys the idea. The clever woman knows better, though, than to boast about her position as dictator in the family. She agrees with her husband, petil him—and does as llae pleases. He is familiar with the whole process, understands it perfectly. acknowledges, the fact that he is managed just right, and so everybody is happy. There is a tremendous difference between the woman who thinks for herself, and expresses her own opinions, and the woman who nags. Nagging it unpardonable. CAM OF VUTIBUL. nLIS.-Nothing looks worse than the neglected, uncared-for ap- pearance of the tiles- at the entrance of a house. Some tiles are more easily kept nice than others. New tiles should be scrubbed with hot water and soft soap-pleutv of the latter—then well rinsed, and rubbed nearly dry. Then a little soft soap should be smeared on the surface with a dry flannel; not enough to make it slippery, but just to give a finish, and a third dry cloth rubs it well in. Old tiles which have been neglected must be cleaned with methylated spirit two or three times a week; then, when the grime and discolouration are removed, hot water and soft soap will do their part. WORTH Knowing.—Fruit acids are excel- lent to relieve a rheumatic condition of the system. If your feet ache after dancing, soak them before you get into bed in hot bay salt and water, dry them, and rub .briskly with a rough towel. Sleep as many hours as you find necessary to recuperate your strength and, as nearly as possible, take half of these hours before and half after midnight. The teeth should be brushed at the morning toilet, and always at night just before retir- ing, because then the process of decay is more constant than at any other time, on to- count of decomposing food which may be lodged in the interstices.


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