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Notes of the Week.


Notes of the Week. The Butler Report.—We had just gone to press last week when the War Office issued the Report of the Committee, over which Sir William Butler presided, appointed by the Army Council to enquire into what had become to be known as the South African War Scandals, viz., the sales and refunds to contractors. It is safe to say that no Government document ever pro- duced such a consternation. The British nation have been robbed of something like six millions of money. Whether the system or rather lack of system be responsible for this enormous loss, or whether it is due to unscrupulous and un- principled officers as the Report implies, it is yet impossible to say. Certain officers are accused by name, but it is only fair to add that their side of the question has not been heard. The com- mittee say that further inquiry is necessary, and of that everybody agrees with them. Such an inquiry must be held without any delay, and no pains must be spared in order to bring the matter home to those responsible. There are two blocking motions on the House of Com- mons notice paper, both put down by the supporters of the Government, but we cannot for a moment believe that the Prime Minister will allow those to stand in the way of dis- Cussing this most serious question as soon as the House assembles. If the slightest attempt be made to shirk discussion the public will be forced to the conclusion that the responsibility rests upon members of the Government itself. For the sake of its own credit, for the sake of the credit of the Army, as well as upon public grounds generally there must be a full, open, and free investigation before a thoroughly independent tribunal. We notice that six con- tractors are impugned, and that several of them bear un-English names. The chief gainer through these infamous transactions is appar- ently a Jew, either German or American. If anything can create an anti-Semitic agitation in England it will be the actions of the Jewish adventurers in South Africa. They were re- sponsible for the war, they brought over the Chinese serfs, and now it is clearly shown that by either taking advantage of the simplicity of English officers or by bribing them, the same people made a fortune out of the sales of war supplies. The sooner all these unscrupulous speculators are banished out of South Africa the better for this country and for the Colony. This is clearly a case for an Alien Exportation Bill. Morocco.—Things are not all pleasant between France and Germany, on account of Morocco. France some time ago obtained some kind of authority there, but now Germany has stepped in to dislodge her, and has Put in some claims which France may refuse to acknowledge. England has put one spoke in the German wheel by declining to acquiesce in the demand for a Conference of the Powers to reconsider and re-arrange the treaties now in existence; but it seems as if the Kaiser were determined to carry his point. The matter fests in the first place with France. How much is she prepared to yield ? It is a well-known fact that Delcasse resigned the post of Foreign Secretary because his colleagues did not want to quarrel with Germany, and because he would not yield to the German demands. But England also will have something to say in the matter. We have a treaty with France which may compel to see that no undue advantage is taken of her; and it would not do for a German fortress


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Notes of the Week.