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ous learned Mohammedans. I had Juby is surrounded, I have every

translation of the Daleel made confidence that our labours will from the Arabic into English, ultimately be crowned with sucwhich I believe is the first in- cess. Geographically, we possess stance of the kind. I presented perhaps the best position for the the translation, together with the trade of the interior on the whole Arabic original, to the Archbishop coast of north-west Africa. It is of Canterbury, who expressed healthy, near England, most conhimself well pleased with it, and veniently situated for native merspecially admired the elaboration chants—in fact, it is the very key of the Arabic version. The to the commerce of the western wealth of the people consists of Soudan, and may in time become cattle and corn, and they wander one of the most valuable possesabout from place to place for pas- sions we have in Africa. All we ture for their animals. They all require is that our hands should engage in trade, and are very keen be strengthened by the British merchants. Some of the priests Government, and I do not anticiare well educated, and possess pate that the assistance which we good libraries of Arabic books. need will be withheld from us at

Notwithstanding the difficulties the right moment. by which our settlement at Cape


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So you're going up to the Highlands ?
Commissions for me? Well-no

You might chance to hear of a trifle
I left there a year ago.

A trifle I don't feel the vant of

Scarce needful for ladies' wear, But still it has often vexed nie

To think I should leave it there.

I cannot tell where I dropped it,

Perhaps on the cliff that day, When the hoarse Atlantic surges

Thundered through clouds of spray.

Or it might have been in the heather,

Or down by the amber burn, Where the grey and lichened boulders

Lie bedded in golden fern.

Or was it under the starlight,

Down the path from Amulree,
When the pipes wailed out their music

Of weird and changeful glee

... Perhaps, when strolling idly

Beside the bitter brine,
You might find a blood-red pebble,

Jasper or serpentine.

The waves have flung it, and tossed it,

And polished it smooth,—'twill do
To set in a brooch or locket
And wear, the season through.



FROM some occult cause or an. this head had been their only other, the Easter recess of 1889 successful attempt at legislation, exercised a most salutary influ- the session of 1889 would have ence upon "ber Majesty's Opposi- been one upon which the country tion." It is not for us to decide as well as the Ministers might whether the greater probability have been congratulated. But the lies in the supposition that they same session has seen the Scotch had begun to discover that ob- Local Government and the Scotch structive tactics did not add to Universities Bills passed into law, the popularity of those who in- by the first of which the constitudulge in these practices, or in the tion of Scotland has been largely more charitable belief that they and wisely extended upon reprehad awakened to the consciousness sentative municipal lines; whilst that such tactics are inconsistent in the second, a vastly important with the dignity of the House or question has been dealt with and Commons and the character of its settled in such a manner and in members. At any rate, the result such a spirit as to show that Scotof the reflections and counsels of land at least has no right to comthe recess were speedily apparent plain that her national feelings in the altered and improved be- are ignored, or her local sentiments haviour of the Gladstonian cohorts. slighted, in the Parliament at A “change came. o'er the spirit of Westminster. their dream;" the angry threats of It is impossible to quit this subrefusing money and preventing the ject without remarking upon the progress of business were no longer two principal features which charheard, or heard only from obscure acterised the debates upon these and unimportant quarters; and it great Scotch measures,-first, the soon became a hopeful probability conspicuous ability and tact with that the session, while not unduly which the Lord Advocate treated protracted, would bear a fair com- every question which arose ; and parison with past sessions in the secondly, the sincere desire evinced matter of practical legislation, by the Government to discover the

As regards that part of the real state of Scotch feeling upon Government programme which re- every disputed point, and their lated to the question of the readiness to concede to that feeling National Defences, it had already wherever such concession could be been discovered that the country fairly and reasonably demanded. was in no humour to listen to With regard to both measures, the the penny-wise-and-pound-foolish Lord Advocate displayed that perschool of shallow economists, and fect knowledge of the subject the responsible leaders of the which enabled him to deal successOpposition wisely forbore to con- fully alike with friendly criticisms nect themselves with an unpopular and hostile amendments; and his and unpatriotic resistance to a position in the House, already policy which plainly recommended assured, must have been greatly itself to the good sense of the improved and strengthened by his nation. If the legislative pro- conciliatory demeanour and skilful posals of the Government under conduct of the debates. It must



be admitted that both bills were eager reception of the Government amply and thoroughly discussed, proposals. These could hardly have and that the fullest opportunity failed to confer immense benefit was given for the ventilation of upon the fisheries of Ireland, as well every idea and every crotchet which as upon her more remote agriculturthe ingenuity of man could suggest ral districts, by bringing the proor devise. It was clearly recog- duce of both nearer to good markets, nised and admitted from the first, and thereby securing for it a more that Scotch representatives had a profitable price.

profitable price. The obstruction right to discuss at length measures and opposition to these proposals so vitally affecting the interests which has proceeded from many of of Scotland; and it is satisfactory the Parnellites can only tend to to consider that no one can im- corroborate the assertions which pute to the Government that they have been made by their oppo in any way attempted to stifle or nents-namely, that they find it shorten that legitimate discussion, more to their political advantage from which it may be hoped that to keep their countrymen discon-these important measures have tented, than to promote that wellbeen passed into law in a shape doing which, bringing contentment whith will be satisfactory to Scot- in its train, would reconcile them land as wise and safe improvements to that British rule which is in her constitution.

in reality their best friend, but Nor has Ireland been

their reconciliation to which would looked or neglected in the con- take away and destroy the trade sideration of Scottish and Imperial of pseudo - patriots and political measures. The “Light Railways" agitators. and “Drainage” Bills introduced Be the truth what it may, it by the Irish Government had for will be noted by Irishmen who their object the development of really love their country that local resources and the extension those who specially arrogate to of local enterprise. That such themselves the title of Nationalmeasures should not have received ists have done their utmost to a warm welcome and a cordial thwart and resist the Government support from the so-called Na- in their attempts to confer mationalist party, is a significant terial benefit

Ireland. Some comment upon the principles which of them, indeed, have found it iminspire the general policy and possible to give their votes against prompt the legislative action of measures so unquestionably calcuthat section of politicians. If lated to advance the interests of it were really the desire of these their constituents; but even in gentlemen to improve the posi- some of these cases their support tion of their fellow-countrymen, to has been rendered in the most advance the prosperity of their grudging spirit, and after the most country, and attract to Ireland that ungracious fashion, and they have capital and enterprise which have not been ashamed to profess and been frightened from her by the parade their ingratitude to the unsettled condition of affairs con- givers of the British money which sequent upon the unlawful combi- they accept without a scruple of nations and mischievous societies remorse for such unseemly conwhich have so long cursed her duct. Gratitude, however, is existence, there could have been scarcely to be expected from a no doubt as to their grateful and party which has been taught to



believe that the action of Great them Ireland may expect more Britain towards Ireland has been substantial good and more useful invariably prompted by feelings legislative aid than from those who of hostility, and which can would trample law and order under nothing but bribery in acts of be- foot, and tempt the tenantry and neficent legislation - nothing but peasantry of Ireland into paths of tyranny in the enforcing of the lawlessness and sedition which can ordinary laws which bind together only lead to their impoverishment and protect a civilised community. and ruin. If the Government had These "patriots" and the English received ordinary fair-play, their Radicals have done their utmost to remedial



for Ireland thwart the Government in their would easily have been carried. beneficent legislation, and their It is satisfactory to have to relate partial success is much to be the success of the Light Raildeplored.

ways Bill, in spite of all obstacles ; The Drainage Bills introduced and it is worth while to call attenby Mr Balfour were measures of tion to some of the incidents of its a similar character to the Light passage, as throwing a vivid light Railways Bill — that is to say, upon the conduct of some of those bills of a strictly non-contentious men who monopolise so much of nature, and for the opposition to the time of Parliament, and are for which there was no possible ex ever seeking to pose as the special

Several of these, however, champions of the people. This had to be abandoned, owing to the bill was referred to a Grand pertinacious opposition which they Committee; and no sooner did it encountered. It would seem that come on for discussion than Mr a section of Nationalists and Radi- Storey, Mr E. Robertson (member cals have so bespattered the Gov- for Dundee), Mr Biggar, and two ernment with abuse, and have rep or three other Gladstonian memresented them so constantly' and bers commenced the policy of obbitterly as the enemies of Ire- struction. Messrs Biggar and land, and their policy as one of Storey (par nobile fratrum /) becoercion only, that they cannot gan by objecting to the name of the afford the truth to be known. bill, and took a division thereupon. That truth must sooner or later Then Mr Storey, who had obbe fully understood-namely, that iected altogether to the measure, the Unionist Government would upon the specific ground that it never have resorted to coercion would give the money of the at all, if the influence of wicked British taxpayer to local undermen had not driven them to co- takings in Ireland, gave evidence ercive action, in order to main at once of his consistency and the tain the supremacy of the law sincerity of his economical profeswhich that influence had been sions by proposing to extend the employed to subvert. With this

With this bill to Scotland and England, and truth, moreover, coines another of took another division upon this no less importance-namely, that point. Although they found them. the natural policy of the Gov- selves in so decided a minority as ernment, when once that supre- should have prompted them in commacy of the law has been estab

mon decency to have abated the lished, is not of a coercive but violence of their opposition, these of a conciliatory and benefi. diffident legislators took twentycent character, and that from five divisions upon the first page

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