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the fourth cataract, which is about most advantageous. Although half-way between these two places, slow, it is sure, and financially it is thus described by Mr Chelu : is convenient. The Chancellor of

the Exchequer was able to assure “ Although the length of the catar: Parliament, as the result of careact does not exceed six kilometres, it is difficult to go up it against stream in ful inquiry, that no further grant less than six days, say one kilometre in aid would be required in per day. The velocity of the water 1897 :in some places is extraordinary ; in others there is no depth. At some

“The Egyptian Government will

construct that railway, and they will points hauling is impossible on account of the multitude of rocks likely to be incurred in the coming

bear all the other expenses that are which rise up along the course of the

I have satisfied myself channels, narrow and deep ; further

both as to the nature of the operaon it is literally necessary to slide the boats over sand or rock. Attempted

tions to be undertaken, their probable with boats of some size the passage of cost, and the means of the Egyptian the fourth cataract is only possible if

, Government to meet them ; and I am

so convinced that it is not in our conafter lightening them of their loads, it isarranged to haul them

byanumber of templation to ask Parliament during men varying between 50 and 1500.”

1897 for any further expenditure in

this matter than that which is now From this description it will be proposed.” easily understood how, opposed by The Chancellor of the Exwind and stream and confronted by chequer's anticipations are well constant perils, the upward nav- founded. The material for the igation in this portion of the river railway being provided for by the presents so much difficulty that grant in aid, the other expenses the transport of artillery and will be covered by the surplus of stores for a large army is danger 1897, which is likely to amount to ous. It is this which makes the £400,000. construction of a light railway We cannot close without ex220 miles in length — across the pressing our satisfaction at the desert, from Wady Halfa to Abu firm language used by the ChanHamed, an absolute necessity; cellor of the Exchequer in regard But Abu Hamed once reached and to the occupation of Egypt: “The put in railway connection with the fact that we have been compelled base at Wady Halfa, a free way is to make this advance [of money) secured at high water to Khar- through, certainly, no fault or toum, 330 miles distant. It is action of our own is, I think, hoped that this line may be com- rather likely to prolong the occupleted by the 1st of September, pation.” but to accomplish this will require These words are emphatic when the utmost efforts of the energetic it is remembered that they proSirdar, his officers and men. ceed from official lips, and they Should Abu Hamed be connected are all that could have been dewith Wady Halfa by the 1st of sired. Their effect has already September, then Berber may be been felt in Egypt and in France. got to before the waters have In Egypt the most simple intellifallen; but if not, then next year gences have been impressed by the both Berber and Khartoum may fact that the mixed tribunals and be taken during the flood. the Caisse de la Dette, who posed This movement by stages as before them

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when British policy was in ques their freewill. It will require force tion. In France the speech of to oblige them. But is it decided in M. Hanotaux to the Chamber of France to employ that force ? No, Deputies, in reply to that of the certainly not. Then to what use all Chancellor, spread discouragement

the fantasmagorie of notes and of in the ranks of the Colonial party, which makes diplomatic negotiations

summonses before themixed tribunals, whose mission it is to foment the resemble the acts of a lawyer, and Egyptian agitation, because it re- reduces our 'Ministers plenipotenferred not to the rights of France

tiaries' to the rank of sheriff's in Egypt_but to the rights of officers ?” Europe. In the majority of the French press the declarations of

From half-a-dozen more newsM. Hanotaux were severely criti- papers we could quote extracts cised, and growing impatience of in the same strain. As the quarthe Egyptian question is clearly ation of Egypt is being recognised

rel with England about the evacuevident. In one newspaper we read :

more and more daily to be entire

ly platonic — talk behind which “The English act and disregard there is no action—the majority our vain protestations. They know of Frenchmen are getting tired of that these will never be followed by it, especially as it is about a counaction, and that the Government will never exceed, in regard to Egypt, the try which under its present régime limit of platonic talk.

is as open to French merchants “One thing is certain, that the and capitalists as it could be English will never leave Egypt of under any other.

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THERE is a point in life which, it is a distinction, allows the once having reached, we have no longer appalling fact that he is an old any objection to call ourselves old. On the table-land up to—shall I If ever old age could be in say sixty ?—the level lasts long fashion, it would be now, when with some people, less long with all our thoughts are concentrated others,—age is allowed either with on the celebration of a great life, conscious magnanimity or slightly which has already passed the limits uneasy mirth, a laugh at the traced for mankind the threewrong side of the mouth, accord score and ten to which, whatever ing to the forcible popular de other things may be doubted in scription. “Getting quite an old Scripture, we all adhere with a fellow” we admit with a certain touching unanimity. If there was kindly ridicule of ourselves, if we a new order instituted, not of are still strong and well. But Victoria but of THE QUEEN, to disas the years go on the position tinguish those who had marched changes, and one gets less and less behind her Majesty over the snows to object to the role of Methuselah. of seventy years, it would be There begins to arise a forlorn quite a popular thing, and would gratification in speaking of one's help the young people to cultiself as old. At first, perhape, a vate a quality in which, I fear, faint hope of being contradicted is they do not now (if they ever in the speaker's tone; but he soon did) excel—that respect for white gets over that, and almost with a hairs, which is so seemly on their touch of pleasure, often quite hap- part. The Queen's example should pily, at the last with a sense that bring the Seventies into fashion.

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