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MrCarnegie declared at Hawick that this is the BRITAIN ON GOOD age of the consolidation TERMS of nations. There is WITH THE NATIONS, very evidently a move- ment in that direction, but it is impossible to say at this moment what the results of the present rapprochements may be. Britain, at any rate, has no reason to complain of the attitude of the Powers towards herself. She is the ally of the strong young nation which has recently taken its place among the great peoples; she is as friendly with France as if there were a. formal aUiance between the two Powers; several of St. Petersburg papers have suggested an under- standing between Britain and Russia our relations with Italy are most cordial, and with Austria scarcely less so; and Mr Carnegie affirmed that the people of the United States have never been more attached to Britain then they are at present. Between this country and Germany there is still a coolness, a Suspension of national friendship." but the visit of King Edward the Peacemaker to Kiel must be re- garded as a marked compliment to the German Navy and German yachting, and will no doubt have some effect in the direction of promoting a better understanding between the two nations. One can only wait and wonder what will be the practical result of all these amenities. They ought to make for peace, but it is scarcely likely that we shall be able to assess very accurately their practical value until the war in the far East comes to an end. Some very elabor- ate experiments in DO WE EAT AND DRINK dieting, lasting nearly TOO MUCH ? a year, have been conducted in America, and the result goes to shew that the average man* and woman eat twice as much as they require. The same thing is no doubt true of the people of this country, and it is confirmed by the achieve- ments of the Japanese troops, who are said to be able to do more hard work and marching on their frugal simple fare than any army has ever done before. Yet, in spite of this knowledge, we are all apparently too much the slaves of habit to alter our ways of living. It would be safe to say that in most middle- class families the work of meal getting and clearing away might be reduced by half, with the advantage of saving both health and expense. Among the class of families which have to do with one servant it is no unusual thing to find that a series of cookings and washing-up go on from morning till night, and it is not only our feeding arrangements that require to be modified there are the un- necessary ornaments and articles of furniture which we crowd into our rooms, greatly adding to the work of keeping them clean. One would think that the scarcity and trouble over domestic servants would lead to a great move- ment of household reform, yet in spite of all such inducements, it seems to make little head- way amongst middle class families.