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London Letter. [FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] London, Wednesday Afternoon. MAFEKING. And so Mafeking has been relieved. After a long and arduous siege, one of the longest in the annals of the British Army, the gal- lant little garrison can once more breathe freely. Baden Powell and his officers cer- tainly deserve well of England, for relief must have appeared almost hopeless to those poor mortals so far removed from British help. There is one thought which must ap- peal to every thinking man at this crisis, and it is this. The pluck, endurance, and spirit, which sustained the gallant little band is something very different from the feelings which animate the people who break up meetings, and attack defenceless old men. MAFEKIXG DAY. Though Mafeking was relieved on the 17th., I suppose the following days will re- main longer in the memories of all persons who happened to be in London during last week. London was a strange sight to see, far from edifying. Decked with coloured ribbons, rosettes and flags, the crowd flocked hither and thither, roaring, cheering, and shouting. Walking up Holborn and Oxford- street, one met small processions of men, young and old, rich and poor, all mixed up promiscuously, shouting at the top of their voices. Suddenly there would be a lull, and then without notice somebody would jump about and shout, and the others would join in. White dogs were painted red and blue, and every animal from the cats upwards was covered with ribbons and rosettes. Coachmen had flags on their whips, and dandies walked about with neatly tied bows on their walking sticks. Turning round a corner one met a dozen working men with great portraits of Baden-Powell stuck round their bowler hats. The Churches were decorated with flags, and their bells tolled throughout the day. A shop in Oxford- 1 <8 sDieet wnere bibles are sold, had its windows full of bibles bound in khaki. The busses were crammed full of people inside and out- side, and every kind of vehicle was brought into use, from the coster's cart and donkey with its load of shouting men and women, and children, to the carriage and pair, whose occupants regarded the show with proud disdain. Early on Saturday morning traflic was practically stopped in the city, and at one o clock the busses could not get near the Mansion House. At some places champagne overflowed, and by dusk the streets were a veritable, well- People who lived anywhere near the big streets were unable to get any prolonged sleep on Friday and Saturday nights, and all through Sunday the shouting and hallow- ing continued at intervals. THE WAR. Few of the honest people who have been applauding this war from the start will be pleased with the extremes which Roberts has had to go to in dealing with the Dutch- men in the Orange Free State. It is not pleasant reading to find that the soldiers of this mighty Empire have been forced to raze to the ground the houses of the poor Boer farmers, now inhabited mind by nobody but women. The soldiers are commanded to burn every house in which arms are found, and they do their duty, but unwillingly. To people who have read history, and are not completely carried away by the passions of the moment, this seems a novel way of reconciling Dutch and English. But there, the Conservative Government and the British Army are heaven-born administra- tors, and who is there who dare cavil at any- thing they do ? Did the French come over here and burn Hatfield, who can doubt but that Lord Salisbury would immediately become a Frenchman, and talk nothing but French to his children. But this is a phase of what honest John Morley described the other day as this hellish panorama" in South Africa. RUSSIA AND JAPAN. While London is enjoying its revels, and this heaven-born Government is engaged in South Africa, the Bear of the North is not unmindful of its prey. A large army has been despatched to Herat on the borders of Afghanistan and India, and at the other end of Asia the Bear has clutched a great slice of territory. Russia has secured another harbour, and one of the finest harbours in the world, say the authorities. Russia is gradually undermining the power of England in the Far East, soon she will grip China with' its immense wealth and enormous resources, and then England will not be the arbiter of the East. But what do the Imperialists care. Let us avenge Majuba even if we lose Asia. THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION. The Australian difficulty has been settled, and Mr Chamberlain's diplomacy avenged. Australia, should she desire to do so, can now snap all the links which bind her to the Mother country at a moment's notice. Of course she will not do, so, for are there not 8,000 Australian Volunteers fighting for England in South Africa at the wage of 5s. per day. What better proof can we get of the close links which bind the Colonies to us than this ? One is not afraid of the loyalty of the Colonies, there was no more loyal colony than New England, but one is afraid of the English statesmanship, which, within a few short years, has turned South Africa into a hell upon earth. Just as the imbecility of George III and his states- men alieuated the United States and as the crooked diplomacy of Joseph Chamberlain has alienated the Dutch of South Africa, thus one is afraid some future statesman will cut the links which bind Australia to us by one snap. Let us hope that Chamber- lain may never again be a responsible minister in any Government. BIRTHDAY HONOURS. Amongst the list of birthday honours is the name of General John Hills, C.B., of the Royal Engineers, who has been created a K.C.B., for services rendered. Sir John is a brother of Sir James Hills-Johnes, of Dolan Cothi, and to Lady Evans, Loves- grove, and Mrs. Pugh, Abermaide. The memorial to Dr Edward Jones of Dolgelley is to take the form of a scholarship or scholarships tenable by pupils from any public school in the Dolgelley Intermediate School District, either at the Dolgelley County School or at Dr Williams's Endowed School for Girls. The subscriptions to the fund, which will close on July 2nd, now amount to X120.