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brain-power is not greater than ing his own country, he was with us. As a wholesome cor- found to be totally ignorant. rective, however, there con- At first it was thought that, stantly crop up instances of for some occult reason, he was that strange mechanicalness in pretending. But there was no the Chinese mentality for which pretence about it; he did not it is so difficult to account.
he I was once holding a com- nervously explained that at petitive examination in Eng- College he had been top of the lish for some Clerkships, and 5th Class, and so far ahead of when it came to the Dictation his classmates that he had took up at random a 'Times,' been given a double remove arrived that morning, dealing into the 3rd Class, and that it with the situation just before was only in the 4th Class that the Boer War. One sentence
One sentence the geography of China was ran : “The Dutch, no less taught ! than the other Powers, are Fickle, however, we have interested in the maintenance now wandered far from La of the political equilibrium in Belle Dame Sans Merci. Though South Africa”; and the most successful in proving myself promising candidate of all—a unfit to touch her garment's particularly bright youth, who hem, I have, I hope, said ultimately secured the first of enough to show that the Lady the coveted vacancies, while has rewards for those who doing the whole piece of dicta- persevere in their wooing. And tion otherwise without a fault, I unreservedly retract the silly wrote, in his clear, round, alas ! and untrue statement as to the too legible hand: "The Ducks, price they pay. It was only no less than the other Birds," made in fun--and envy. No; &c.
Sinologues are not mad; not At another examination, when more so, at least, than the rest told to give the masculine equi- of us. And, in spite of their valents of certain feminine great learning, they can be very forms,
of which was human too; as witness these “mother-in-law," a boy wrote verses, written by one of the in all seriousness, “father-in- greatest of the Sinologues—a prison.”
very perfect, gentle knight, A third youth showed the long passed—and worthy, I most astounding acquaintance submit, of rescue from the ashwith the World's geography. pit of OblivionHe knew every little German State and its capital, the length
“In Yuan-Ming-Yuan, all gaily arof the Amazon, the shires of In malachite kirtles and slippers of England, the exact height of jade, Kinchin Junga. But when, as
'Neath the wide-spreading tea-tree
fair damsels are seen, the merest form, he was asked
All singing to Joss on the soft cansome simple questions regard- dareen.
But fairer by far was the small- Though her eyes were more bright footed maid
than the yaconin's glow, Who sat by my side in the sandal-wood And whiter than bucksheesh her bosom shade,
of snow, A-sipping the vintage of sparkling Yet, alas for the maid, she is Lychee,
captive, and now And warbling the songs of the poet Lies caged in thy fortress, detested Maskee.
She sang how a Princess of fair But she's muffled her face in her Pechihlee
sohotzu's fold, Was carried away by the cruel And the gaoler she's bribed with a Sycee,
taotai of gold, And married by force to that tyrant And away she is filed from the accurst,
traitor's hareem, The Portuguese caitiff, Pyjamah the Though the punkahs may flash, and First !
the compradores gleam !”
MUSINGS WITHOUT METHOD.
DEBAUCHING THE WORKING-CLASSES-HIGH WAGES AND SHORT
THE Socialists, who now pre- are well paid ? By such means tend to govern England, are as these, the Socialists, with doing their utmost, and not their eyes on the ballot-boxes, without success, to debauch are turning what used to be a the working-classes. They are brave and industrious class telling their dupes that they into shirkers and tyrants-into may live without working, that shirkers, encouraged by word there will always be doles and act to refuse a good day's to support their idleness, and work for a good day's pay; that if they happen to be into tyrants, who impose their unemployed they may live in capricious will upon the public, other people's houses and need and expect, like all tyrants, to pay no rent. So eagerly do bo lulled to sleep with hymns they wish to make both men of flattery. The King can do and women mere slaves of no wrong. the State, that they propose There was a time when the to give a dole to every boy British working-man set a high and girl when they leave school. value on his independence, and This is a simple method of refused to be pauperised. In beginning the old-age pension those days he would have at fourteen. When the work scorned to live in another's ing-men, for a whim, bold up house without paying rent for the community to ransom by it. It was his laudable ambicalling unjust
unnecessary tion to pay his way,” to win strikes, the Government hastily by skill or strength enough to summons the masters, whether support his wife and children they be County Councils or in some comfort. This simple private venturers, to surrender. ambition receives no encourage Worse still, if the working-men ment to-day. With tears in do their duty, as should be their eyes, the leaders of the expected of them, they are Socialists deplore the workingtreated as benefactors of the man's unhappy lot. They sob Commonwealth. Have we not they have acquired a tireseen the sad spectacle of Mr some habit of sobbing—when J. H. Thomas publicly thank they think of his uncertain ing the men at Wembley for fate. Though they are chiefly doing the job, for which they responsible for his misfortunes, though they have encouraged and property. But it is hard him to strike and to "ca' for them, however wise they canny,” though
though they have may be, to stand out against pressed upon him that only the iron tyranny of their leaders. begetter of envy and malice, Meanwhile nothing can be done which they call class-conscious- at home except to hope for å ness, they stand up publicly change of heart and manners. and weep for the troubles in And abroad we are in still which they have involved him. worse case. There was a time And they have done more than when an Englishman might involve him in troubles. They move about the world, secure are bringing about in him, as in a sense of his nationality. we have said, a dangerous He knew that were he illchange of character. He has treated, his Government would no care for his work. He is avenge the injury done him chiefly interested in short hours with all its strength. To-day and high wages. If his fellow an Englishman may be moris willing to work when he dered or robbed, if he leave prefers idleness, he persecutes his own house, with impunity. him on his way to his work, The Russians, who have killed and makes the life of his family one of our representatives and intolerable. No doubt when murdered or imprisoned or torthe Mauretania was towed tured many British subjects, across the Channel and re- are welcomed as allies to an paired in a foreign yard, be- intimate conference, and are cause his
mass - picketing not frowned on if they bring had prevented the willing work with them their infamous promen from doing their duty, paganda. To take another inhe believed that he had stance, when one English solachieved a triumph. One fate dier was killed in Ireland and only is in store for him : ruin others severely wounded, Mr complete and irreparable. It MacDonald hastened to condole is work, not class-consciousness, with Mr Cosgrave. That was that makes a nation great and his first amiable thought. He prosperous, and the working- did not protest, with the vigour men, now our rulers, will pres- which a true champion of his ently discover that greed and countrymen would have shown, loud phrases are not the best against a cruel and cowardly substitutes for industry and murder. He did not insist self-denial.
that at all costs and at all That there are thousands of hazards the murderers should working-men who heartily des- be brought to justice and punpise the lachrymose appeals to ished. And his sin is the pity made by Mr Wheatley greater because the crime was and others may be readily not unexpected, and will proallowed. The wisest in all bably be repeated. The murder trades still respect law, justice, of Englishmen has always ap
peared both pleasant and pro- ington. “If we were to profitable to the rebellious Irish. ceed with Singapore,” says he, The Free State, which Messrs “we should be guilty of no Lloyd George and Austen Cham- breach of word or understandberlain pretended to believe ing." One other preliminary would cement
eternal the Prime Minister thinks friendship between England should be granted. “ If we and Ireland, was established are driven to create a great upon assassination, and there fleet in the Pacific for the pur
RO sound reason why poses of a needed Imperial anybody who was not con- defence, then the strategical cerned in the making of the position of Singapore is second
Treaty” should suppose that to none in the whole vast area the “Treaty” would put an of those waters." So much he end to murder. Our sympathy confesses. He confesses also then was not due to the Free that the experts are against State, but to the victims of him. “The Government,” he Irish malevolence, and Mr Mac- said, “has sought the advice Donald's false sentimentality of its proper advisers, and can have only one result. has received exactly the same
While he makes no at- advice as was received by tempt to protect or to avenge its predecessors. The advisers Englishmen abroad, he is ex- dealt with naval strategy, and quisitely sensitive to the sus- did their duty, but the Governceptibilities of foreigners. His ment was responsible for comattitude towards the Singapore ing to a decision. The GovernBase is characteristic of those ment had the fullest confidence Ministers who think that it is in the Admiralty ad visers, but never worth while to conciliate their advice must be considered the friends of England. To with the whole problem the them it is a matter of indiffer. Government had to face.” We ence whether they alienate men would that we had the same of their own race or not. What confidence in the Government they deem of supreme import- which the Government preance is to surrender to those sumes to have in the Board who are potential enemies. For of Admiralty ! that reason, and that reason Mr MacDonald and his friends, alone, Mr MacDonald is deter- having rejected the advice of mined to give up the project the experts, are content to of the Singapore Base, ap- chatter aimlessly about the proved by the late Government, whole international problem and anxiously looked for by which they have to face. What our Dominions oversea. Now, do they know about the interMr MacDonald freely admits, national problem? It is their to begin with, that the Singa- pride, not always justified, that pore scheme is not contrary they are or have been “ to any agreement at Wash- workers.” Of the most of them