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NOTES OF HE DAY From our London Correspondent. Is AN ASTOUNDING REPORT. f IP HE Irish American delegates who re- -L cently visited Ireland have issued an astounding report describing their im- pressions and experiences. Messrs, Walsh and Dunne are Americans of Irish blood who seem to have enjoyed the re- putation of being honest and capable men in the United States. Whatever their past reputations, they are bound to suffer from the notorious document to which 1 they have appended their names. Their report is a garbled, distorted, exaggerated report is a giii- b le d version of events; it paints a picture of Ireland that has no relation to reality in short, it is a mass of mis-statements conceived in malice and written with passion and prejudice.. THE OFFICIAL REPLY. MR, IACPHEItSON, the Chief Sec- retary for Ireland, himself a Home Ruler, has published an official reply to this outrageous document. Taking it statement bv s tatement, he uses such ex- pn'ssions as "grossly exaggerated, "al1- solutdy without foundation," "utterly devoid of truth," "absolutely untrue," "pure invention, "pure fabrication." etc., etc. The misfortune is that the farrago of lies and half-truths for which the American delegates made themselves j responsible had ;1 week's free run before the official contradiction was issued. "A lie cannot live" wrote Carlyle. Taking the long view that is true; but give a lie a start and Truth will be a long time catching it up, This mendacious report on Ireland cannot fail to have made a deep impression on American opinion, and there is no guarantee that Mr. Mac- pherson's crushing refutation will reach all those who read the lying original. The cause of Irish self-government is quite i strong enougii to stand Cn its own merits. It does not want to be bolstered up by grotesque and fanciful reports written by credulous and unveracious tourists. This precious report was deliberately meant to create anti-British prejudice in America. It is a reminder to our statesmen of the powerful reflex effect of the Irish ques- tion on our foreign policy. A discon- tented and disturbed Ireland seriously hampers the work of British statesmen abroad as well as at home. MR. FIEHER FOR WASH iNiCTON. IT is to be hoped that a. new British JL ambassador may scon he appointed to Washington. Now that Lord Reading has returned to this country on the con- clusion of his services as Special Com- missioner, the most important of all our -embassies is without a. head. This is a grave misfortune at a. time like the pre- sent when it was never more necessary to maintain the cordiality of Anglo-Ameri- can relations. A rumour is current that Mr. H. A. L. Fisher, Minister of Educa- tion, is to bo sent to Washington. That woilld he a wholly admira ble appoint- j ment. Mr. Fisher is one of the finest i scholars of our time; he is an advanced Liberal in his political views; he is a man of distinguished presence and an eloquent -speaker. All the.St are qualifications for Washington. The probabilities arc that he would make as great a reputation as "British Ambassador as did Lord Bryce, -tiiiother Mian of academic distinction. BEST TYPE OF AMBASSADOR. WITH iht' exception" of Lord Bryce our ambassadors at Washm?on have been mediocre personages, sprigs of the nobility cr Fm-eign Office favourites. On the contrary America has sent to London men cf culture and distinction like RusstU, LoAvoH, Choate, Whitelaw Reid, Page and Davis,—this last the present American ambassador. The custom of limiting the choice of ambassadors and Legation Ministers to the aristocratic and the wealthy is cut of harmony with these democratic days. Mr. Bryce is the only man of real eminence who has adorned our ambassadorial service in the past 20 years. and. he did not belong to the charmed P.O. circle but was brought in from the outside by that wise Liberal Leader, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. For the rest, our foreign .ambassadors and ministers have bg: been a very 1111- distinguished lot. At one time all that was necessary in an ambassador were gentility, gracious, manners and wealth. That time has gone. The firso requisites now arc brains and industry. An am- bassador can no longer do his duty by giving good dinners and moving about as a %shionablo figure in glided salons. He must have eyes tor spo, brains to discern. capacity to report. Tn fact, he must be a man of finst-rate cnnncity. Mr. Lloyd George will do tMs r- ntrv a service by breaking once and fwith the old I pc-rnicioiis tradition-, the Foreign Offioo in the making of appointments to our 1 diplomatic staff.

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