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OUR LONDON LETTER, t [From Owe p£cial Correspondent.] t London. I have good reason for stating that recent information as to the part which the British delegates, and the Prime Minister in particular, nave played in the deliberations of the Peace Conference does not err in the direction of exaggeration. Everyone who has been in Paris during recent months agrees with the practically unanimous ver- dict of the Allied Presd that Mr. Lloyd George ha.s been the outstanding ilgure of the Peace Conference. Hi.' giits as, a con- ciliator have never been exercised to greater advantage, and some of the most important of the therms of peace owe more to him than to any other one man. Thua it was on his initiation that the decision to insist on the -abolition of conscription in Germany was <'ome j.o. And that may well be the ? most vital of all the peace terms. The British delegation as a- whole has not been behind the Premier in .industry or constructive achievement. The Naval and Air terms, the League of Nations, and the International Labour Covenants, the trial of the authors of the war, and the demand for compensa- tion for the lo&aes due to German sub- marine warfare are all largely the work of our representatives. It will -be found that the British Empire's part in the making of peace is well worthy of its part in the waging of war and the winning of victory. THE BUDGET. Like most people who never have to sorrow because they are very rich, I awaited Mr. Austen Chamberlain's Budget speech with some anxiety. And, again, like most people of that sort, I read it with very great relief. It is surely something of an achievement to have produced a Budget for this awkward transition period which im- poses no new taxes. Nor are taxes increased which will hurt the man in the street. The most interesting and important feature of the Budget was, of course, that it made a beginning with Imperial Preference. I notice that ardent Tariff Reformers call this preference a sham, which statement must be put side by side witn the criticisms of the invincible Cobdenites. Taken together, these two views reveal the truth-which is that Imperial Preference, as introduced by Mr. Austen Chamberlain, Involves no funda- mental departure from our fiscal system. It should be added that decisions reached at the Imperial War Conference in 1917, and before that at the Paris Economic Confer- ence in the time of Mr. Aaquitb's Govern- ment, had made the step now taken inevit- able, and it had been generally anticipated. A MAHAFFT STORY. I The death of Dr. MahaSy, which occurred the other day in Dublin, removed a scholar of international reputation, and an Irish- man whose wit was not less notable than his learning. There was a vein of eccen- tricity in Mahaffy which frequently brought him into conflict with one section after another of his countrymen, but for all that he was one of the best known and moat popular ngures in Dublin. Here is a charac- teristic story I heard about him the other day. Approaching Trinity College one day he was accented by one of those curious people who are abnormally interested in the salvation of their fellows. This man asked MahaSy whether he was saved. With a twinkle in his eye the old man put hie hand on the questioner's shoulder, and with great Eolemnity replied "Saved? Well, between ourselves I am, but 'twae a d-d near thing." HOUSING PROGRESS. ) Dr. Addison, the President of the Local Government Board, convened what turned out to be a very useful meeting of M.P.s at the House of Commons the other day. The object was to facilitate the promotion of interest in the housing schemes resuming, and that will result, from the Housing Bill. It was decided to open a bureau in London to deal with housing' questions, and to form a Parliamentary housing group. Roth these proposals are calculated to oil the wheels of the very efficient machinery for housing re- form which already exists. Dr. Addison WaE able to announce that at least one big housing scheme has reached the construc- tional stage, and I hear that a number of others will shortly reach it. There is no doubt that M.P.s can help greatly both in stimulating general interest in the subject in their constituencies and in advising and quickening, where necessary, the locat au- thorities. Also, it is an excellent plan to bring- the permanent officials into touch with popular feeling as will be done by the conference, which it is proposed to hold weekly, between them and members of the Parliamentary housing group. A MYSTERIOUS ECONOMIST. I A good many M.P.s and other men in- terested in affairs have asked me lately whether I knew anything about the author- ship of those extraordinarily able "Tea Minute Talks with Workers" that are ap- pearing in the Trade Supplement to the ''Times." It is said, and said truly, that the dismal science of economics has never been expounded with such simplicity and attractiveness as mark these fascinating little studies, and naturally there is much curiosity as to their authorship. I have no special information on the matter, but i will hazard a guess arrived at by the methods of Sherlock Holmes. If the reader will ask himself what is the distinguishing feature of these articles he will have to answer that it is that the writer is a good storyteller as well as a sound scientist. If; then, he can place a well-known economist who is also a novelist, I suspect that he will have succe-eded in piercing the veil oi anonymity in this case. THE ROYAL ACADEMY, t I I Like everything else, tne Academy nae been influenced by the war, and is being innuenced by the approach of peace. This year's pictures, which I saw the other day, ehow a considerable diminution in purely war subjects. Still the best of this year's pictures is probably Mr. Sargent's Gassed." ?is was commissioned by the Ministry of Information, and is remarkable for its reti- cence and euggestiveness, which are in strong contrast to some of Mr. Sargent's earlier and forceful work. Other war pic- tures include two gmall naval subjects by Sir John Lavery, one of which, "Fore-Cabin, S.M.S. Queen Elizabeth," which represents a meeting between British naval omcera and German delegates in connection with the surrender of the German Fleet is a memcr);- able accomplishment. There is nothing very etTiking in the ehow of portraits, unless it is Sir William Orpen'a "Michael. W emYk,i Esq." I noticed great improvements in the hanging arrangements this year, and on "tll¡;,o- whole I should say that t"he pictures are mtere'sting ratner than notable. They- éfi however, that British artists have not yet got over their traditional impediment "of over-conscientiousness.

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