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Nina laughed. It was a contemptu- loved, and knew nothing. There was ous, significant laugh. It seemed to

It seemed to only one thing left she could do: she dismiss the whole question of Joy's could at least prove to herself that indignation as if it was as unimportant Owen was with Julia. as an ignorant child's. It was the She hurried breathlessly into the sharpest retort she could have made, house and up the wide, shallow stairs.

, and the most wounding. She went She never forgot the sweet, keen smell into the house after she had made it, of roses which filled the hall. Julia leaving Joy alone.

had made pot-pourri, fresh and strong, Joy had a curious stifled feeling, as and placed it in Chinese vases underif there was n't enough air to breathe. neath the stairs. She did n't believe Nina; she could n't Joy stopped for a moment outside believe Nina. The sense of Julia's Julia's door, with her heart beating love for Owen rested in her heart pro- loudly in her ears. There was no foundly, Her friend's love was part other sound. She knocked, and heard of her life; half her renewed and liber- Julia's clear, unhesitating voice telling

; ated happiness was because she was her to come in. The vast, bright with them, sharing the immensity of room, all polish and shining, flowered their gift. The quiet, prosperous gar- cretonnes, seemed to her the emptiest den was suddenly menaced by some place in the world. Julia lay serenely thing strange that shook her spirit. on her high, white bed by the open The light lingered thin and ghostly on window, dressed in a delicate-green the yellowing leaves, as tentative and dressing-gown the color of the sea. insecure as human thought.

She was never idle, and she hardly What could she know of these two glanced up from an intricate piece of lives so close to her heart, and closer embroidery she was at work upon as to each other's? The whole material Joy came toward her. world denied all knowledge of what Julia was not expecting any one, went on behind it. She saw and and she was quite alone.

(To be continued)

The New Mind of England

By William HARD

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took office

London "Times” in order to read the in January, 1920, in the person of Miss "agony" column and to be sure that Ada Summers, Mayor of Stalybridge; England was as amusing as ever; but but by the end of 1920 there were 350 my eye happened on a little section of in Great Britain. classified advertisements headed "Aë I am convinced that the lion is a rial Transport,” and I noticed the fol- poor symbol for Great Britain. The lowing entry:

lion, I am informed, is a beast that Taxi-planes-any journey--per mile

roars a bit, but sometimes fails to 2 shillings 6 pence.

follow up the roar. There is a certain

very honorable beast that is much I never used any of those taxi- more British. The elephant, I am told planes, but in London I became accus- by the authors who wrote the books tomed to dining with people who had that I used to get off Christmas-trees, just flown over from Paris. Now back will put his foot on a bridge, and will in Washington, it seems odd to me straightway take it off if he does not that people rarely drop in for dinner like the feel of the structure; but, on by plane from New York.

the other hand, if he once starts going And in Washington the new motor- anywhere, he goes at a gait that is buses seem rather deliberate. London positively alarming in one so apparmotor-buses dart like gnats, and Lon- ently disposed to stand still. The don girls seem to be able to chase them British are impressively stationary down the street and leap on their and deceptively mobile. When they backs at almost any speed. After ob- go, they do go; and if they had the serving those girls, I was not surprised slightest impulse-which they have to observe the ones who find golf and not—to represent themselves to the tennis and hockey too slow and too world as they really are, they would feeble, and who play foot-ball. We lower the lion and hoist the elephant have fewer teams over here of female on all their coats of arms and official foot-ballers who kick and collide their correspondence. way down muddy fields in little white British labor, I will say, is as eleknee-breeches and manly joy. We phantine as any other part of the have also fewer female magistrates. British population both for speed and

On my second day in London I en- for caution. It has gone very far; it countered several female magistrates, also has weight in Great Britain. In unofficially; there was a conference of the parliamentary by-elections of 1920


and of the early part of 1921 the Brit- whether or not the Labor party had ish Labor party polled two fifths of all any bishops in it along with all its the votes cast; but when its Triple professors and barristers and majorAlliance put its massive foot out on generals and so on, he said: the bridge of a strike by the railway “Well, we have one man who is workers and by the transport workers going to be a bishop. He's going to in support of the miners, and found be Bishop of Manchester. He's one that the bridge was still shaky and of ours." unfinished,-still too unpopular with "Well,” said I, “the king is head of the “middle classes,” still not popular the English Church. How will he like enough with the workers themselves, - to have what we in America call a why, it pulled its massive and intelli- 'labor-skate' for a bishop under him?” gent foot straight back off that bridge "Oh," said Greenwood, "Temple and stood flapping its ears and waiting. started well. He is a son of an Arch

It waits and waits and keeps looking bishop of Canterbury, and the king is for safe bridges. It gets advice from quite used to him. He 's the king's all quarters, angry advice, for instance, chaplain." from Dean Inge and sympathetic ad- Yes, he was the king's chaplain. I vice, for instance, from the Bishop of feared that Greenwood was "joshing" Manchester.

me, or, as the English, in their purer Dean Inge seems to be very popular. speech, would say, “spoofing" me,—but He is “the gloomy dean," oi so Great he was not. Temple was the king's Britain describes him and so revels in chaplain and a Labor party man, and him. A word of gloom from Dean Inge was about to become Bishop of Manis enough to brighten a whole day for chester by and with the advice and the readers of any British newspaper. consent of his Majesty's ministers, the Last winter he morosely indicated the chief of whom, the Right Honorable present attractiveness of the Labor Lloyd George, was at that very moparty in Great Britain by saying that ment calling on all his Majesty's good British times had changed since the men and true to hold fast against the times of the poet Cowper. The poet Labor party and prevent it from drivCowper had said, “The person knows ing the coalition out of office and ruinenough who knows a duke"; but to ing the country. He was setting an day, said Dean Inge, a safer rule for example by intrusting a Labor party an aspiring young man would be, man with a bishopric. “Marry an heiress and join the Labor Once upon a time--and I mean party.”

by that beginning to indicate that I I do not know that the Bishop of am without the slightest knowledge Manchester is married to an heiress, if whether the anecdote following is married at all. However, when I went true or not, though I heard it freto the head office of the British Labor quently told—there was a report made party on Eccleston Square and asked on "The Workers' Educational AssoArthur Greenwood, who used to be a ciation" by Sir Basil Somebody, who university professor, but is now man- makes reports on all sorts of deadly aging secretary of all the Labor party's social menaces more or less, as Mr. A. numerous “advisory Committees,” Mitchell Palmer used to do in this country. Sir Basil resides in the upper were as thick as thieves and calling levels of Scotland Yard, I think, and each other by nicknames? Don't tell tracks radicals down from there to me that the labor movement in Great their mare's-nests, and comes back Britain will be sent to jail or that the with documentary proofs of it.

peerage is going to get massacred or that Once he came back with a docu- Great Britain is going to crack open at mentary proof of all the menacingness all its seams and sink. What's going to of the Workers' Educational Associa- happen is that the boat will wobble tion, and it read so well that it was at into port with a mixed crew of labor once sent along, so the story says, to leaders and peeresses.” the king himself. The king looked it through, and then permitted himself,

§ 2 so the story continues, to be royally Of course I should not be thought amused. He said:

to believe that everybody in England "Sir Basil left out one point. The is cool and calm about everything or head of the Workers' Educational that England itself as a whole is always Association is my chaplain-Temple.” cool and calm and reasonable. On the

It may not be true that the king said contrary, I spent six weeks in Ireland. it, but it is certainly true that Temple On the subject of Ireland I think was head of the Workers' Educational England is far from being an elephant. Association; and the higher truth of On that subject I think that England the anecdote is that in Great Britain is a sort of moth-a great armored even the king himself may be able to dragon of a moth, but a moth-flying check up and check down some alleged at a flame by instinct, without reason, social menace by happening to know and getting its wings scorched and one of the menacers.

feeling largely quite unhappy and One day I went with an American ashamed about it, but really not friend to a luncheon party at which knowing what in the world to do next there were a British labor leader, an except to fly at the flame again. American admiral, and a British peer

A British commission on Egypt can ess. When the party was over, the reason. I shall quote some of that reaAmerican admiral said to me:

soning. If the Egyptians rise, the Brit“I never invited a labor leader to ish say, “Let 's think up something.” my ship, but that man is a wonderful If the Irish rise, the British say: man, and I am going to invite him.” “There they are! Been rising for

And he did. And on the way home seven hundred years! We're perfectly my American friend that I had come familiar with it. We know just what to with was full of wisdom about Great do. In these circumstances one passes Britain's future. He said:

a coercion act. Pass a coercion act!” "You noticed the noble lady whose It's really not a policy; it's a husband is in the House of Lords? habit. And, then, too, there are so You noticed that she and the labor many other subjects to think about! leader were joking together all the time While I was in England the Wana about things in her husband's politics Waziris submitted. They submitted and about things she knew all about in absolutely; they sent in a jirga to say his trade-union? You noticed they so. I did not know who the Wana Waziris are or what they are; I did the Pacific. It also lies south of the not know, nor do I yet know, whether equator. Of course it belonged to a jirga is a delegation or a person or a Germany. The only way to get a document. In any case, there were mandate for anything is to have it the Wana Waziris, who live, I at last belong first to Germany. made out, on the borders of Afghanis- Premier Hughes of Australia saw tan, fighting, submitting, and causing this island and liked it. It consists of thought.

phosphates. Phosphates are useful for There was also Mr. Popham Lobb, fertilizers. Mr. Hughes, being a good who is an administrator in the Lesser labor man and a good imperialist, Antilles, and who asks for attention wished to annex Nauru for his country, for his plan for a uniform govern- Australia. That is, he wished to manment in the Lesser Antilles and the rest date it, and he did. of the British West Indies. There are He went to the Paris peace conferalso the negotiations with France re- ence and got a mandate over Nauru in garding dams for the development of the name of "his Britannic Majesty," hydro-electric power in the waters of with the understanding that “his the Upper Jordan and the Yarmuk, in Britannic Majesty” would pass it on the neighborhood of the boundary- to his faithful subject Mr. Hughes and line between the mandates to France his loyal dominion Australia. There over Syria and the mandate to Great was also, perhaps, something about Britain over Palestine. There is also New Zealand. But it soon app ured the mandate over Nauru. As soon as that Great Britain had more to do I saw a copy of the mandate over than simply to pass on this mandate. Nauru, all made out to “his Britannic The phosphates which compose Majesty," I was bound to say to Nauru turned out to be owned by a myself:

British company. The Germans had "Outwitted again! The British owned the island, but the British had have got Nauru!"

already owned the phosphates, and But where was it? I pinned my

now the Australians and the Newcopy of the mandate for it on a wall Zealanders wanted to help own them. of my room and awaited enlighten- The next step was plain. It was taken. ment. In a day or two I got it. Two The British Parliament paid the Brityoung members of the House of Com- ish company a million pounds or some mons came in and, on seeing my new other suitable imperial sum to get mural decoration, at once, with one out, in order that the Australians and voice, said:

New-Zealanders could get in. “Nauru? We know all about it. This helped the British Empire, did We had to vote a million pounds be- it not? Then the British company cause of Nauru."

took its million pounds from the I think they said a million pounds. British Parliament and started a In any case, and without any guaranty much bigger digging of phosphates of details, I shall not repeat my recol- closer to the European market; namely, lection of their delighted account of in a part of Africa that belongs to Nauru.

the French. Great Britain could say: This Nauru is an island. It lies in “Thus we see that by conquering

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