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CRICKET.

CRICKET FIXTURES.

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HOW WILL THE AGRICULTURAL…

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CYCLING.

SIAlvL AND UPPER MEKONG.

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SIAlvL AND UPPER MEKONG. There has jus; been published by the India Office a very important despatch from the Governor- General of India (appointed by the Gladstone- Rosebery Governments) and the Council of India on "Lord Salisbury s agreement with France in relation to Siam and the Upper Mekong No more eloquent tribute cou d be given to Lord Salisbury's action in this difficult question, nor could there'be a more complete refutation to the accusation that Lord Salisbury had given up to France territorv which the Rauic-a! Government- were determined never to eeùe. ThG following are extracts from the despatch "Vve concur with her Majesty's Government HI tmnkmg that the port of Ke;;a-- cheng, east of the Mekong, has no great importance in itself. Mong Using is off all main trade routes and none of the country has any real present or prospective value. Accordingly our right to it has been asserted principally with a view to the equit- able settlement of other claims in the same neighbourhood. We were prepared to cede this district to Siam in 1893, and to include it in a buffer state in 1894, and though we were reluctantly compelWl to occupy it in 1895 we have all along- recognised that this small excrescence on the other side of the Mekoug could be of no advantage or profit, to us." Lord Salisbury has pointed, out in the despatch "whICh we have already referred, that the most- important provision of the agreement is that which secures the stability of 'Siamese dominion in t Lu valley of the Menam. The interests, commercial and political, terved by this provision, extend over many parts of British Empire, and are not those of India alone. We, therefore, abstain from expressing any opinion upon this wider aspect of the arrangement, and confine our- selves to saying that, as regards our political rela- tions on the eastern frontier of Burma, important advantages are secured by the removal of any uncertainty as to the future of Siam, and that India cannot fail to share in the benefits resulting- to the commerce and industry of the world from the development of the resources of the Menam Valley." ——

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NORTH…

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