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NEWS NOTES. is- MRS. LOUIS BOTHA-about whose comings and goings Dame Rumour has been so busy— is here in Europe. She landed at Southampton on Saturday, with the view of proceeding to confer with Kruger, so it is said. Her object, 9 1 the story goes, is to compass peace but we ques- tion whether she can accomplish any real good, however well-intentioned her desiring Oom Paul's potentiality is probably nil no w, or thereabout; and even were he induced to conquer his incorrigible stupidity sufficiently to offer the fullest submission imaginable to Britain at this belated time of day it is moro than doubtful whether any considerable quan- tity of his brothers Boers would be swayed by the action of such a repentant runaway. There seems only one practical issue of the war, that is the thorough subjugation of the recalcitrants, and men like Mr. Chamberlain, Lord Milner, and Lord Kitchener. are scarcely likely to attach any importance to the alleged missions of Mrs. Botha, though she did get a hearing a while ago, in the vain hope that she might have the will and the power to bring certain of the chief troublers of the Transvaal to recognise the inevitable. MATTERS move slowly and unsatisfactorily in China, but it is perhaps as well that the bulk of the troops of the Allied Powers are being withdrawn, since there is little to gain from their remaining in occupation at Pekin and elsewhere now that the Empress-Dowager and her evil advisers have been taught their lesson. The Emperor will return, they say, to the capital about three months hence; and outstand- ing questions regarding the indemnity payment are-it is proposed-to be submitted to arbitra- tion at The Hague. The suggestion will suit "John Chinaman mightily, for any thing that gives him time appeals to his cherished ideal of masterly inactivity. THE Royal tour has proceeded propitiously up to the New Zealand stage, and in the island colony the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York are meeting with a welcome as hearty as that accorded to them in Federated Australia. We look one day—and that not a distant one —to find New Zealand in the great Antipodean Commonwealth, and we are full sure that this Royal progress will expedite a consummation so devoutly to be desired. COLONIAL legislators are assembling for the Imperial Court of Appeal conference, the sittings of which will commence in London this month end. At present the House of Lords and the Privy Council are the Supreme Courts of Appeal for the whole of the British Empire. A Colonial law-suit, if taken to the highest court, must come to London. This, it is urged, is manifestly opposed to the fundamental prin- ciples on which the Empire is conducted. The object of the conference is to de- vise an Imperial tribunal for appeal cases which shall by its composition be as fit to decide a Colonial lawsuit as a British one. All the Colonies and India will be repre- sented. A representative of a contemporary has had a brief interview with Mr. Justice Hodges, of the Supreme Court of Victoria, who is to represent the Australian Commonwealth. He said: The dissatisfaction in the Colonies over the present system is keen and of long standing. It has been felt that in certain cases the Privy Council has been too strong and in others too weak. True, the Colonies are represented on the Privy Council-but not in the precise way we consider they ought to be. The Colonies feel that the whole legal system of the Empire should be brought into line. The question is a a very great one. It affects the Empire from its remotest confines to its very heart. It is impossible to say how long the Conference will last, but it should not take long to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion." All well-wishers of the principle of Imperial unity must ardently hope that such will be the case. IT is disconcerting to find, from the prelimi- nary census return, that Ireland's population has dropped a further quarter of a million during the last decade. Something thoroughly serious ought to be attempted to the end of stopping this ruinous leakage of the inhabitants of Erin something quite outside of, and above, the warring din of political partisanship. Surely the Green Isle is worth saving. ONE does not like to hear a heavy drop in such an important manufacture as that of British steel, especially when the plaint comes, and comes justifiably, from Sheffield. But the latest Board of Trade Returns show a big fall- ing off in the steel export, and most of this material is from the great Yorkshire centre. The total was 20,000 tons, against 35,000, the most serious decrease being in the trade done with Germany, Russia, Holland, Denmark and Sweden. Other countries have a decrease of fully one half. The average money value of the steel exported has dropped by about 20s. a ton. The decreases of steel imported from England by Holland have been so considerable now for many months past that some traders are discussing the possi- bility of the Dutch systematically boycotting this country on account of the war. In May last year Holland took 3132 tons of British steel; last month the quantity had shrunk to 404 tons. South Yorkshire collieries are faring badly in the export trade this season. Although the shipment of coal up to the end of May showed an increase taking the country through there was a decrease of 270,000 tons from South Yorkshire, last month's decline being 40,000 tons. The foreign cutlery trade appears to be just holding its own. THERE is a true Oriental deliberation about the officialdom of Turkey, especially where money paying is concerned. Thus we learn that Rrrangements have only just been concluded as- suring the payment of indemnities amounting to I-C63,000 to British subjects for losses suffered by them during the Armenian massacres of 1896. The sufferers may even yet have to wait no inconsiderable time before they handle their due.

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