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WEEKL Y_ JNK) TES Lord Kimberley will doubtless send out the usual notices before the meeting of Parliament, inviting the attendance of the Liberal peers. This is always a feature in party management at the commencement of the Session, and it will be singular if there is to be no one to perform this duty for the Liberal members in the House of Commons. Such an omission is practically unknown in the annals of Parliament, and it is therefore to be assumed that the leadership question will be settled in time, to obviate any irregularity in consequence of Sir William Harcourt's retirement. There is to be a meet- ing of the Liberal members, and it is the general opinion that the leadership of the opposition, in the House of Commons, is at the disposal of Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman, if he will consent to accept the post. Of all the possible leaders in the House of Commons he would divide the Liberal party the least, but, whether matters would work as smoothly with the Irish members, in view of Sir Henry's recent declarations upon the Home Rule ques- tion, is not so well assured. -0- The Hon. Lionel Walter Rothschild, who has been returned unopposed for Aylesbury, is the nephew of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, the late member. It is the first occasion that a Jewish family has been represented by father and son, sitting at the same time in both houses of Parliament. This is in striking con trast to the disqualifications imposed upon the Jews even as late as half a century ago. It was about this time that Lord Rothschild's father-Baron Lionel-was returned for the City of London, and was not allowed to sit in the House of Commons because he was a Jew. Alderman Salomons, who was elected in 1858, was the first Jewish member to gain admission to the House of Commons and the present Lord Rothschild is the first Jewish peer The Jews are still disqualified for some offices in this country, including that of Regent of the King- dom, and the Lord Lieutenancy of Ireland, and one or two others, but apart from these few exceptions, there are now no civil disabilities attaching to the race. We have Jews in Parliament and on the bench. Lord Beacons- field was, of course, a member of the race, though not an adherent to the Jewish faith. Lord Rothschild received his peerage from Mr. Gladstone, but both he and his son, now member for Aylesbury, are Liberal Unionists. -0- Lord Cromer's visit to Omdurman has been the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone of the Gordon Memorial College, and the proclamation of the principles of the future Government of the Soudan. Henceforth he told the assembled Sheiks and notables, the country would be governed by the Queen, and the Khedive of Egypt. Where, and to what extent the Khedive comes in. Lord Cromer did not explain, but he went on to tell his audience that it was to the Sirdar alone that the people must look for justice, and good government. There is some doubt as to the full meaning of this announcement, but many regard Lord Cromer's address as equivalent to the assumpt ion of a British Protectorate over the Soadan. It at least means as much, though not explicitly stated. The Sirdar seems to have unofficially developed into the Governor General of the Soudan, and he will rule without any interfer- ence in details from either London or Cairo. There' will be no capitulations, or foreign Consular jurisdiction, as in Egypt. The Gov. I ernment will, it seems, be much the same as in India. There will be the same respect for the Mahommedan religion, and customs, the same supervision by British officers and adminis- trators, and there can be little doubt about the futnre prosperity of the Soudan when law and order reigns throughout its length and breadth.

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