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TOPICS OF THE HOUR. The Peace Treaty itself provides no masrie power to change the face of Z, Europe, says Everyman. With Germany disarmed, and the- League of Nations in being, the road is clear for making a new world. It is the spirit of this new v.orl'i; nvi no amount of diplomatic document and autographs, that will make Europe tolerable for the next generation. Our victory rests, rot upon having forced a group of reluctant Germans to sign the Treaty, but in our determination to I create a European polity in which me nielliods of German diplomacy will be of no avail. In view of history there is nothing' sur- prising- in the alleged readiness of Ger- man officers to stand by the Kaiser, says ihe-Manrhrxier Guardian, for there have been very few kings in history so bad ts to retain no devoted servants, and those who have so failed are certainly not among the flamboyant monarchs of the Ka,iser'g type. Only a devot-ed remnant now claims that Charles 1. was a good king; his talent for double-dealing is generally admitted, but no monarch had ever servants more devoted. It was the same with his two sons. No ingratitude could quite alienate the old Cavalier families from Charles II. neither bigotry nor folly could rob James II. of a similar devotion. The worst prince and king of "he modern era in this country was George IV., but he could always recapture some measure of popularity when he liked, and he involved Sir Walter Scott in one of the few silly actions of his life. As even Chatham proved, and as courtiers of more recent times have confessed, there is something about the atmosphere of Courts which has a curious effect on the human character. It may be called enervating; it certainly does produce in those ex- posed to it a point of view quite its own. And the most democratic upbringing is not always proof against it. It may have been foolish to leave the German Fleet, as it was on the day it was scuttled, unguarded, but the Admiralty is not to blame, says the Nation, for the decision to intern the ships with their own crews on board, instead of in- sisting on surrender, with British crews on board. That was a political decision, taken against professional advice at Paris, under pressure from America and possibly plcn frwm France. Our idea. had always been to sink these ships, but the French, who wished to add them to their own Navy, a.re naturally very angry, and rather against us than against the Ger- man sailors. A good story is told of the late Mr. William Martin Murphy, the Dublin mag- nate, who will be chiefly remembered by his stand as a large employer of labour against the great Dublin strike in 1913. r1.uix^ lcOiis uLu uniiu lie was also possessed of a considerable amount of obstinacy, an instance of which was given in connection with the Dublin Exhibition of 1907, of which he was chairman. His critics said he was after a title. He de- med it, and declared that he wanted and would take neither title nor profit. King Edward opened the exhibition, and after the ceremony was handed a sword by an A.D.C., and turned to give the accolade to the chairman. This, of course, was a blunder of the Dublin Castle people. Mr. Murphy's attention was called to the fact that the King was waiting for him, and those around urged and en- treated him to go forward. Most men under such circumstances would have re- lented, but that was not Mr. Murphy's way. He had said that he would not be knighted, and all the king's horses and all the king's men, and even the King him- self, only a few feet away and looking obviously impatient at the hitch, could not move him. One occasionally hears of remarkable ooinoidences concerning birthdays, such as members of a family being born in the the same month of the year, or being born on the same day of the week, but recently, writes "Hebe" in the Gentlewoman, I met a lady who has four children, the eldest being fifteen years of age. She astounded me by saying that her four chil- dren, born at intervals of one or two years, were not only born in the same month, November, but all were born on the same date, the 11th. This must con- stitute a record. She did not tell me how they celebrated it last year, which it will be remembered was the date of the sign- ing of the Armistice. Officers complain of the long delay in the payment of their war gratuities, and the difficulty of discovering whether the War Office or their Army agents are re- sponsible for the delay. I am glad to hear, writes "Diarist" in the Westminster Gazette, that recently there has been an acceleration of payment; but I am told that the notice by which certain agents warn their clients of the receipt of the gratuity ia misleading. It is a formal paper giving the amount of the gratuity, less various incomprehensible deductions, all expressed in bankers' hieroglyphics. If the demobilised officer gaily draws cbequee for the full amount stated on this paper he may easily get an unpieaaani shook when he finds that his actual money in hand is low than that which it seems Co promise kim. Every officer should have bis pass-book made up before be draws wwqw on Iù8 gratuity. osrs fair ntv MMI