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Whose destiny no envious fate shall mar
Or quench the light of their imperial flame,
Full-orbed, rolled onward In Immortal car.
But yearning toward the sun from whence they came,
Inheritors of Britain's lofty name.
The pride of self is nobler in the thought
Of high-born parentage whose worth and fame
Are priceless treasure neither sold nor bought.
Be proud, Australia, knowing well that she,
The heart that bare thee, Is as proud of thee!

IV.

Peace cancels hate and freedom foes disarms.
Where now amid the peaceful and the free
Is need of swords and trumps and war's alarms
And guns with horse and chariot? Time shall be
When from the page of Afrlc's history
Rancor shall pass as mountain snows that melt
In springtime; fruit of friendly rivalry
Plenty shall crown the illimitable veld
And all the bloodless swords at wrong be dealt
For justice. War of race, an idle name.
Shall be like feuds of Saxon and of Kelt,
A dream forgotten and a schoolboys' game.
Still Boer and Briton, fated to remain
Unvanqulshed, shall their equal league maintain.

V.

Among earth's mighty ones the mightiest

Masters his fellows with a gentle sway,

And he who would command all others best

Let him the law of government obey.

Which salth that who would rule must serve alway

The voice of Nature and the weal of man.

And thou, O Empire of our later day,

Those thy distinctive lineaments who scan

Note no divergence from the primal plan

Coeval with the dawn of Paradise.

A mother queen, as only mothers can,

Acclaims the queen In every daughter's eyes

And bids each royal sister share her throne.

The queen of freedom could not reign alone. Tbe Saturday Review. H. W. Just.

BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

There seems to be a certain kinship One of the books of note about to

between Marryatt and Herman Mel- appear will be Mr. T. E. Kebbell's recol

ville, and lovers of stirring sea tales lections, Lord Beaconsfleld and other

will be glad that Melville's "Moby Tory Memories, which Messrs. Cassell

Dick" and "Typee" appear in Every- are Issuing. The contents will be of a

man's Library as companions to Mar- miscellaneous interest, including rem

ryat's "Mr. Midshipman Easy." "Little iniscences of editors and literary men.

Savage" aDd "Masterman Ready." sportsmen and agriculturists, and some

chapters giving a picture of rural life sixty years ago.

The Loudon Outlook is of the opinion that "in the two respects of screaming vulgarity of mind and what can only be called drunkenness of imagination. Mr. Lawson's 'Friday the 13th' is probably the most remarkable novel that was ever offered to the public above the level of those who read the Police News."

The Longmans are about to publish Mr. G. Macaulay Trevelyan's book on "Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic." it is a history of the political and military events in 184!) which caused the final breach between the Papacy and the italian national aspirations, and raised Garibaldi to the zenith of his popularity. it contains a full account of the siege of Rome by the French, and of Garibaldi's retreat.

For young readers the latest group of books in Everyman's Library provides two delightful volumes: Mrs. Gatty's "Parables from Nature"; and "Fairy Gold," a book of old English fairy tales compiled from many sources in prose and verse by Ernest Rhys, who is the general editor of the series. Robin Goodfellow, Tom Thumb, Fortunatus, Chicken-Little and other old favorites are to be found here, in company with many others not so familiar but not less diverting.

in the preface to his uew story. "Frank Brown, Sea Apprentice," Frank T. Bullen vouches for the accuracy of all the incidents, though the hero—the fourteen-year-old son of an English counting-house clerk—is of course fictitious. The i>oy's apprenticeship begins on a barque bound for the South Sea islands, bis second voy

age takes him to i long Kong, and his third to Calcutta. Besides an abundance of realistic detail relating to the routine of a sailor's life, there is a succession of stirring incidents, including a fire in the hold, an East indian cyclone, a collision and the overhauling of a derelict. in spite of Mr. Bullen's well-known enthusiasm for the sea and his belief in its possibilities for the development of a robust and manly character, he describes the hardships of the life with candor and his book is a thoroughly wholesome one to put into a boy's hands. There is no question about the boy's enjoying it. E. P. Dutton & Co.

The "Three Phi Beta Kappa Addresses" which give the title and furnish most of the material for a small volume by Charles Francis Adams were given in the years 1883. 1902 and 1906; and the first and third of them — "A College Fetich" and "Some Modern College Tendencies" have a certain relation to each other in theme, though widely separated in time. The "fetich" dwelt upon in the first is an excessive devotion to the classics and especially to Greek. Concerning this it is to be remarked that Greek, at least, is not the fetich that it was. The modern college tendencies which Mr. Adams describes and criticises are the great increase in the number of students at the universities, and the extension of the elective system. Regarding these he speaks with force and candor. With these three addresses are included several shorter papers which are the fruit of Mr. Adams's long identification with the interests of Harvard, as student, alumnus and overseer,—extending over a period of more than fifty years. Houghton. Mifliin & Co.

'vo^S-gSv?, No. 3279 May 11, 1907. g||g||E

CONTENTS.
I. Some Reflections on the Colonial Conference. By Viscount

Milner, G.C.B National Review 323

II. Leisurely America. By 1I. W. Horwill Monthly Review 333

III. The Enemy's Camp. Chapters ViiL and iX. (To be continued) .

Macmillan's Magazine 341

IV. A Plea for the Popular in Literature. By J. A. Spender

Nineteenth Century And After 348 V. The Modern Attitude Towards Belief In a Future Life. By

Samuel McComb, MJL., D.D. London Quarterly Review 358

VI. The Peacemakers. By Captain Frank H. Shaw, F.R.A.8.

Chambers's Journal 368

VII. The nontagnlnl Disclosures Spectator 375

VIII. The Kindling of the Flame Nation 378

IX. The Parish Clerk Academy 381

A PAOE OF VERSE

X. A Tiller of the Soil. By Christian Burke

Pall Mall Maoazine 322

XI. Spring in the Dale. By Augusta Hancock 822

XII. The Hammers. By Ralph Hodgson 382

XIII. The Calm. By George 1ves .... Saturday Review 322

BOOKS AND AUTHORS 383

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A TILLER OF THE SOIL.

This-is the place where Thou ilid'st bid ine stand.

And work and wait; 1 thought it was a plot of fertile land

To tend and cultivate: Flower and fruit, I said, are surely there

In rich earth stored.
And I will make of it a garden fair

For Thee, my Lord!

Lo! it is set where only bleak skies
frown.
With rank weeds sown,
And over it the vagrant thistle-down

Like dust is blown: Long have I labored, but the barren soil No crop will yield: This have I won for all my ceaseless toll— A bare, ploughed field!

**Nay, even here, where thou did'st strive and weep, Some sunny morn Others shall come with joyous hearts and reap The full-eared corn: Yet is their harvest to thy labor due,

On Me 'twas spent— Are not the furrows driven straight and true? Be thou content!"

Christian Burke. Tli.- Pall Mull Magazine.

SPRING IN THE DALE.

There are primrose stars in Bolton woods

Beneath the tall old trees. And fairy windflow'rs pink and pearl

That swing with ev'ry breeze, And shelterM deeps where bluebells hide,

In mists of splendid sheen, While down below the river sings,

Its fern-grown banks between.

There's thyme along the moorland's edge,

Amid the tangled grass, And softest green on heathery slopes

Where crested lapwings pass;

The blackthorn wears a silver veil.
Wild cherry-buds are white.

And rooks fly home to rocking nests
At gentle fall of night.

Oh! fain I'd leave the city streets,

Where e'en the sunlight's pale. To tread once more the long white road

That leads away up-dale;
To hear the bleat of milk-white Iambs.

The blackbird's flute-like strain.
To gather violets 'neath the hedge

In Bolton woods again.

Augusta Hancock.

THE HAMMERS.

Noise of hammers once I beard.
Many hammers, busy hammers,
Beating, shaping, night and day,
Shaping, beating dust and clay
To a palace; saw it reared;
Saw the hammers laid away.

And I listened, and I heard
Hammers beating, night and day,
In the palace newly reared,
Beating it to dust and clay,
Other hammers, muffled hammers.
Silent hammers of decay.

Ralph Hodgson.

THE CALM.

Where is the gale that blew

Outside this morning? From sea up to cloud It flew

At gray light's dawning.

With a scream like the hawk on high.

And far-rushing wing.
It swept wtih a sad low cry

As a phantom thing.

And all the throb and the swirl

Of the loose-leapt wind Left neither coldly nor whirl

In its tracks behind,

Left neither hollow nor hill.

But a dew-drop calm,
Where no nature-note was shrill

In the sunlight's balm.

George Ive*.

The Stiturday Review.

SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE COLONIAL CONFERENCE.

The close approach of what we are still unfortunately compelled to call the "Colonial" Conference Is occupying the thoughts and pens of political writers of every shade of opinion. And certainly the subject Is suiticiently important and many-sided to afford material for them all. In these notes I shall make no attempt to cover the whole ground, or to deal with the more picturesque and personal aspects of the Conference. I approach the subject frankly from the standpoint of an Imperialist whose Interest Is centred in the question how far. If at all, the Conference Is going to promote the organic unity of the self-governing States of the Empire. And In that connection—and this, rather than guesses or prophecies, is my principal object—I may attempt briefly to restate the position which we Imperialists of the new school hold to-day, anil to clear away some of the misunderstandings which exist with regard to it

There can be no doubt that the Conference will be the occasion of a very remarkable display, of friendly feeling. As far as mere hospitality goes. nothing will be left undone to make the gathering a complete success. Indeed, the very warmth of the reception which will be accorded to its members, the number of '•functions'' they will have to attend, of patrioticspeeches they will have to listen and respond to, may materially enhance the difficulties, in any case great, which stand In the way of their arriving at any positive results in the serious business before them. One of the chief of these difficulties is tiie want of time. Three weeks in every four years is not nearly time enough to devote to the solution of the gravest

political problem which confronts not only the United Kingdom, but all the members of the Imperial family. That Is one of the reasons which make It so essential that the Conference should on this occasion, before it breaks up, create some permanent machinery for carrying on its. work in the long intervals between its brief and widely separated sessions.

I have spoken of organic unity as the object to be arrived at Let me define that object more precisely—indeed, with the utmost precision of which the circumstances permit. Some Imperialists, even of the most thoroughgoing type, are, on grounds of policy, averse to giving too definite a shape to their aspirations. They adopt deliberately a certain diplomatic nebulousness. Personally I question the wisdom of this policy. No doubt It is impossible ut this stage to frame a cut-and-dried scheme of Imperial union. But it Is one thing to have an open mind about methods, quite another to be, or to appear, vague and hesitating about the end we wish to attain. In order to convince, to win adherents, to create such a body of public opinion as can alone give the necessary Impetus to any great enterprise of constructive statesmanship, we must be clear, and must be seen to be clear, with regard to our ultimate object. That is quite consistent with flexibility—and flexibility in this sense is essential—In the choice of means; with a readiness to take what we can get at any given moment, although it may fall far short of what we think desirable or even ultimately necessary. I fancy that the most fervent Imperialist will be well satisfied If he gets even a small instalment of what he desires from the present Conference, always

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