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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

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* THE FORWARD POLICY. j

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THE FORWARD POLICY. j During the prevailing Radical fashion of I blaming the Government for our Indian j frontier war, and ascribing it to the evils of our Forward' policy, it is cheering to read the speech delivered by Sir GEORGE WHITE at J Simla, on the occasion of his retirement as Commander-in-Chief in India. Sir GEORGE returned a complete answer to those critics who, knowing nothing more of the question than the bald fact that we are at war with numerous tribes on our Indian border, jump at the conclusion that the troubles are the result of a mistaken policy and maladministration of our relations with the tribesmen, and forth- with clamour for a change of Government at home. These amateur statesmen overlook the fact that civilisation and barbarism cannot exist conterminously, and at the same time j peaceably as independent neighbours. More especially is this the case, says Sir GEORGE WHITE, among the Indian border tribes who pride themselves on their individual liberty, on obeying no order, and on being no man's servant. The older men among those barbarian races may be inclined to counsels of reason and peace, but the turbulent young: bloods refuse to restrain their aggressive proclivities in the interests of the tribe at large, and the more prudent elders have no course open but to throw in their lot with the leader3 of the fanatical agitation, or suffer the penalty of persecution awaiting all who have,been luke- warm in the cause of the faith. The Cou- MANDER-IN-CHIEF proceeded to draw a realistic picture of the situation of a civilised and a barbarous race living alongside one another:- "The pressure of constant watchfulness becomes intolerable when in presence of people who respect no engagements, and who may be in friendly intercourse with you in the morning, and advancing in thousands before night, armed and prepared to murder and ravi&h/ This is what has actually happened within the l < last few weeks on the North-West frontier, not on one point but on several. So long as we have on our border 200,000 of the most turbulent and finest fighting material in the world, unre- strained by civilised government and fired by fanaticism, we must stand always armed and prepared for the worst. The remedy, as Sir GEORGB WHITE pointed out, is obviously to pursue a policy of closer control and disarmament of those barbarous warriors. Given that closer control and dis- arming of the tribes, we may hope at no distant date to find the wild highlanders who now incessantly menace the peace of the borderland of our Indian Empire, transformed into disciplined regiments like some of the splendid native troops who now fight our battles for us, but who in bygone days were as restless and lawless as the Afridis of to-day.

♦ RADICAL SLANDERS.