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Paisley, coupled with Lord Salisbury's terse and lucid plea for further action in that direction, will make many Liberal philanthropists hesitate before they agree to postpone all social amelioration to the tinkling brass of a political revolution.
The oratory of the recess has been so copious, and promises to produce such important results, that the attention we have felt bound to bestow upon it leaves but scant space for noticing foreign and colonial events during that period. Abroad, the turbulent and bellicose action of the model Republic, France, in Madagascar and Tonquin, threatens to affect our honour and our interests; and it is impossible to feel that either are safe in the feeble hands of the present Ministry. According to Mr Gladstone's rose-coloured statement at the Guildhall on the 9th ult., the reparation granted by France to Mr Shaw and to England for the outrages at Tamatave has been ample and spontaneous. Considering that nearly half a year has elapsed since the Prime Minister startled the House of Commons from its propriety by his denunciation of the misconduct of the French naval authorities at that port, and that we are still ignorant of the nature of the amende which has been made to our insulted flag, it would appear that if the amplitude of the reparation does not exceed its spontaneity, the Government of this empire is very easily satisfied. M. Waddington, favourably known to us by his friendly and judicious conduct at the Berlin Conference, contributed to the City banquet somegraceful and reassuring phrases in vindication of the just and peaceful aims of French foreign policy. So far as that policy is influenced by him, we cordially accept his assurances; but the Kroumirs and
the Tunisian expedition, the quarrel forced on Madagascar, the attack on Annam and Tonquin, the Tricou telegram, and the undiplomatic behaviour of M. Challemel Lacour and M. Ferry towards the Chinese ambassador in France, at once rise up before us, and forbid us to regard M. Waddington as a complete representative of French foreign policy a la mode Republicaine. A test of the friendliness of that policy will soon be afforded in Egypt. Cairo is to be evacuated by our troops, unless the disaster to Hicks Pasha in the Soudan should serve to make the Government pause. If six months after that evacuation we hear of no French intrigues to regain a paramount influence over the Egyptian Government, we shall be agreeably disappointed, and admit that we misjudged the temper of those who control the foreign policy of the Republic.
Lord Derby was present at the banquet, but neither from him nor from Mr Gladstone did a word fall on the present or future condition of our great but ill-used dependencies in South Africa. That thenpolicy has hopelessly broken down both as to the Transvaal and Zululand, is too plain and palpable to be denied; and that its failure has brought with it a deplorable loss of life and property is equally undeniable. Prestige, we know, Mr Gladstone and Lord Selborne denounced and abandoned ten years ago. Mr Goschen has recently informed us that in a similar spirit he repudiates honour; but he stops at "credit." How stands British "credit," we should like to ask him, in South Africa, from Simon's Bay to the Tugela? Mr Goschen will hardly say that he expects it to be raised from its present depression by the result of any negotiations now pending between Lord Derby and the Transvaal Delegates, or any hocus-pocus which may be attempted by the Colonial Office to bring about an arrangement between Usibepu, Cetewayo, and John Dunn. Meanwhile, the effect of their miserable mismanagement has been disastrous on the trade and commerce of South Africa; and we learn from Sir Robert Lindsay, recently returned from a journey in the interior, that from one end of the Cape Colony to the other, Mr Gladstone and his colleagues are condemned and detested. The Prime Minister's platitudes about Ireland require no notice; and with commendable skill, and scarcely concealed scorn for his Liberal mentors of the press and platform, he resolutely declined to be drawn into any engagements, however shadowy, as to the course of legislation next session. Reticence on that subject, on which no Cabinets could have been held, seems to us not only natural, but necessary. Not so, however, with the decision at which the Government had arrived with respect to the Ilbert Bill. No assembly of Englishmen could have been collected together more interested in the fate and welfare of our vast Indian empire than that addressed by the Prime Minister; to none, therefore, could the announcement of the practical abandonment of that obnoxious measure have been more fitly or more gracefully made. Men of all political parties had condemned it, men of all political parties were listening to him; but, owing to what motive we know not, Mr Gladstone delegated the disclosure to a Cabinet Minister not connected officially with India, and charged him to announce the fact of Lord Ripon's retreat to a purely political meeting at Bristol. As to the manner and taste with which Lord Northbrook discharged
his ungrateful task there will probably be a general agreement. Abuse of those who had persistently brought the real issue before the country, and a disingenuous defence of the disingenuous artifices by which the Indian Government had endeavoured to conceal the overwhelming condemnation of the scheme by the local Governments and Anglo-Indian public opinion, vindicated Lord Northbrook's loyalty to his absent friend at the expense of other more sterling qualities which the country would gladly recognise in the First Lord of the Admiralty. Thus ends —if, indeed, the concession so announced satisfies Anglo-Indian public opinion—a pregnant chapter of Radical rashness, — a foolish and uncalled-for change, surreptitiously introduced, disingenuously defended, universally condemned when submitted to discussion, obstinately maintained, and, at the last moment, practically abandoned and withdrawn at a Radical meeting in a provincial city, in a torrent of angry but weak invective against its successful opponents.
The principal inconvenience arising from Mr Gladstone's silence on the question of reform is the justification it gives the rival wirepullers and manipulators of Radical public opinion to work their oracles in behalf of their antagonistic programmes until the meeting of Parliament. Meanwhile, the sober sense of the country will rally round those statesmen who prefer to ameliorate the social, moral, and physical condition of the people, rather than to embark on the perilous enterprise of subverting our present representative system in the three kingdoms, in the feeble and fallacious hope of pacifying for a time the destructive appetite of democratic reform.
INDEX TO VOL. CXXXIV.
Acre, description of environs of, 605—
Adi Alisi, a Fijian lady, 493.
'Adwun Arabs, the, 172 et scq.
Aly Dial), 174.
Anam, 660 el seq.
Ancbum Moor: A Historical Ballad,
Arabs, The Belka, 171.
Army reforms, recent, summed up, 80.
Ashdown, the battle of, 308.
Asser's account of the battle of Ashdown,
Astronomical knowledge among the Belka
Auchmedden, Mr Baird of, 254.
Autobiography Of Anthony Trollope,
Avon, the, in Warwickshire, 103, 115.
Baby's Grandmother, The, Part I.,
Balbo, Cesare, his career under Napoleon,
Barents, William, his description of a
Barsetshire novels, Trollope's, 587 ct seq.
Bay lev, Sir Stuart, on the Ilbert Bill,
Bedawin, characteristics of the, 176 ei
Belka Arabs, The, 171—the Belka or
ation for graves, 181—sacrifice of hair,
Beni Sakhr, 173.
Berkshire Ridge-way, The. 305—the
Beverley, TroUope's candidature for, 551,
Bird-life about Bournemouth, 743.
Birinus, Bishop, 313.
Blackie, J. S., October Song By, 520—
Blackwood, Major G. F., 788.
Blowing Stone, the, in Berkshire, 321.
Bournemouth, A Sketch From, 740—
Bright, Mr, on the Ilbert Bill, 130 el
Cabs at elections, use of, restricted,
'Caesar,' Trollope's, 592.
Camel-marks among Arabs, 187.
Canal Dilemma, The : Our True Route
Candahar, General Roberts's march on,
Capital and Socialism, 509 ct scq.
Carew, Mr, his reports upon the dis-
Carmel, Mount, 369 ct seq.
Chamberlain, Mr, Uis scheme of Parlia-
Report On The, By J. P. M.
Anam, 673 ct seq.
Choquard' reviewed, 190.
from, considered, 516.
Colonial policy under Lord Derby, 800.
Nouveaux,' 4c, reviewed, 203.
Corrupt Practices Bill, The, 728—
'Criquette,' by Ludovic Halevy, re-
488 ct scq.
Route To India, 271.
Ethiopian Trap, The Great : A Sequel
Euphrates Valley Railway, the, 279—
Ewelme in Berkshire, 315.
Failures, 393—Irish legislation, ib.—the
Ferguson, James, The "astronomer,"
'Fcrme du Choquard, La,' by Victor
Finlayson, Dr, his account of the Auam-
Flours, Vallon des, 713.
Flogging in the army, 78.
Foreign policy, changes wrought in our,
'Framley Parsonage,' 589.
France, treatment of juvenile offenders in,
France And Its Results, Liberal Sub-
Fraud, A Matrimonial, 715.
Fraud And Giving Way, Government
FRENcn Novels, Recent, 190.
French In Tonquin And Anam, The,
From St Stephen's To The Guildhall,
Galicia, The Double Ghost We Saw
Galilee, Letters From, I., 367—II.
German military models, 68.
Gladstone, Mr, his letters to his con-
Glance At The Pursuit Of Equality,
Gordon, Mr A., his operations against
Gordon, Sir Arthur, his expedition
Goschen, Mr, his Edinburgh speeches,
Government By Fraud And Giving
Graves, veneration for, among the Belka
Great Ethiopian Trap, The: A Se-
Guy's Cliff, 116.
Hadd el Gharbia, 457.
Hair sacrifices among the Belka Arabs,
Halevy, Ludovic, his 'Criquette' re-
Haraam, Wady, 521.
Harrington, Lord, at Sheffield, 790.
Heather-Burning Story, A : Master
Hobhouse's defence of the Ilbert Bill,
Honiton, Lord Cochrane's election for,
Hope, the voyage of the, 352.
Icknield Street, the, 306 et seq.
Ilbert Bill, the, 117 et seq.
India, Our True Route to, 271.
Indian Law Commission and criminal
Ireland, the Gladstone Government and,
Italian Official Under Napoleon,
James Ferguson, The "astronomer,"
Japan, A Story Of : The Little World,
Jewish colonisation, 367 et seq., 521 et
Jordan Valley Canal scheme, 274, 374—
Juvenile Offenders In France:
Kharnib, the river, 441.
Kimmeridge clay, 753.
King Mtesa, 219—visited by Speke, ib.
Knollys, Captain, his expedition against
Lesseps, M. de, difficulty as to his "ex-
Letters From Galilee, I., 367—the
II. Jewish Agriculture, 521—jour-
III., 597—the shrine of Meirdn, ib.
Liberal Subservience To France And
"Lilliard, Fair Maiden," 635.
Lindau, Rudolph, The Little World:
Lingostiera, Vallon de, 710.
Little War, The Story Of A, 486.
Little World, The : A Story Of Japan,
Logie Robertson, J., Tbying The
Lordripon's "small Measure," 117—
Love-story, A Polish, 326.
Low's Life Of Sir Frederick Roberts,
Lowbury in Berkshire, 307.
Lul worth Cove, 753.
Macgregor, Dr, remarkable operation
Maclaurin, Colin, his patronage of Fergu-
Madagascar, the French in, 269.
Magnan, valley of the, 704.
Malot, Hector, his 'Paulette' reviewed,
Marocco, A Spring Trip To: From,
Master Tommy's Experiment: A
Matotchkin Sharr, 356.
Matrimonial Fraud, A, 715.