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Government from the Dinner
Grand Duke Sergius, The Assas-
Greek Art, Nature in. By E. M.
Hara-kiri: Its Real Significance.
By Baron Suyematsu . . 348
Harper's Song, The. By John
Hills of Dream, The. By D. J.
Historians, Bishops and. By
Herbert Paul .... 555
History, The Relation Between
Home from Battle. By Florence
Homewards. By Amelia Rosselli 469
Husband and Wife among the
Hymns—"Ancient" and "Mod-
Idyll. By Hugh Macnaghten . . 448
Increase of Lawlessness in the
United States, The ... 59
Irish Melodies. By John Tod-
Isthmus, Across the. By Frank T.
Japan, Some August Days in. By
W. E. Norris .... 449
E. A. R 27
Japan, The Naval Hospital of—A
Visit to Sasebo. By Francis
E. Fremantle, M.D. . . 115
Joint-Stock Tree, Climbing the.
By George Yard . . . 623
Kennels, Manners and Morals in
the. By T. F. Dale . . .471
Kingston, Jamaica. By Frank T.
Kuropatkin, General. By Sven He-
Last Trek, The. By F. Edmund
Lawlessness in the United States,
The Increase of . . . .59
By G. K. Chesterton . . 607
The Christmas Decorations . 247 The Wedding Present ... 300 The Testimonial .... 503
The Box 632
The Chauffeur .... 692
The P. G 744
"Little Father," The, and His
Children 443 London Town. By Agnes Grozier
Herbertson 192 Love Lies Mute. By Laurence
Housman 448 Lullaby. By Walter de la Mare 256
Macedonian Situation, The . . 445
Manners and Morals in the Ken-
Michel, Louise 506
My Nightmare Trout. By J. L. 295
Nature in Greek Art By E. M.
Naval Lessons of the War. By
H. W. Wilson .... 385
Old-Book Collecting, The Romance
of. By Clive Holland . . 250
Old Galway Life. Further Recol-
On the Choice of a Public School 17
Other Side of the Hedge, The.
By E. M. Forster ... 55
Parliament, The Decline of. By
Leonard Courtney . . . 156
Pictures, Queen Christina's. By
Poetic Quality in Liberalism, The.
By G. K. Chesterton . . 607
Roosevelt's Role, Mr. ... 637
Rubinstein, Anton. By A. E.
Russia. The Constitutional Agita-
School-Children, Free Meals for:
Servant Problem, The. By Vis-
Shakespeare Memorial, The Pro-
Slav Temperament, The Real. By H. M. Connacher . . . 463
Some August Days in Japan. By
W. E. Norrls .... 449
Soul's Victory, A. By W. H. Sa-
Status of Ghosts, The ... 700
Telegraphy, The Birth of. By the late Rev. John W. Bacon . 479 Ten-Thousand-Pound Note, A. By
Bennet Copplestone ... 94 Thistledown. By Florence Hayl-
To the Men of Port Arthur. By
Laurence Housman . . . 253 Trout, My Nightmare. By J. L. 295 Two Flower-Songs from Melea-
ger. By Walter Headlam . 512
Two Hares, The. By W. H. Rains-
Visit to Sasebo—The Naval Hos-
Voyage of the Baltic Fleet, The. By H. W. Wilson ... 45
Vrouw Grobelaar's Leading Cases,
War in the Far East, The. By "O."
War, Naval Lessons of the. By
H. W. Wilson .... 385
Weighing a World. By W. A.
Why Japan Will Win. By Al-
Age and Childhood. Walter J. de la Mare
"Annus Mlrabllis" By Laurence Housman
Autumnal. By Rosamund Marriott Watson . . . .
Ballad of the Ridgeway Road. St. John Lucas ......
Being Her Friend. By John Masefleld . . .
Bridge of Death, The. By George Ives
Candle, The. By Florence Hayllar Child Thoughts. By Wilfrid C.
Czar! Louis XVI! Adslt Omen.
By Algernon C. Swinburne .
Dream-Wind, The. By William Sharp
Echoes of Joy. By William Sharp
Firelight. By Will H. Ogllvie . Fire o' Logs, The. By Pamela
For "Le Penseur" of Rodin. By
Glastonbury. By F. B. MoneyCourts
Harper's Song, The. By John Masefleld
Hills of Dream, The. By D. J. Robertson
Home from Battle. By Florence Hayllar
Idyll. By Hugh Macnaghten
Bitter Parting, A. By Jaye Garry
Darky, the Boundary Dog. By James Buckland
Engine-Room Affair, An. By Arthur H. Henderson .
Girl with the Soft Gray Eyes, The. By A. O. Vaughan
Homewards. By Amelia Rosselli Jan
Irish Melodies. By John Tod760 hunter 640
Last Trek, The. By F. Edmund 128 Garrett 35
London Town. By Agnes Groiier 64 Herbertson .... 192 Love Lies Mute. By Laurence 760 Housman 448
384 Marsh Mists. By Mary Bradford
320 Poor Soul, The. By May Kendall 576
576 Red-Earth Country, The. By
Nora Chesson .... 384
192 Romance of the New Testament,
The. By Elliott E. Mills . 384
Song of the Plains, A. By H. H.
320 Soul's Victory, A. By W. H. 704 Savile 640
"Surge et Ambula." By Austin 192 Dobson 256
320 Tercentenary of "Don Quixote,"
The. By Austin Dobson . 190 512 Thistledown. By Florence Hayllar 256 To the Men of Port Arthur. By
Laurence Housman . 253
64 Two Flower-Songs from Meleager.
By Walter Headlam . . 512
448 Will Adams. By J. H. Knight
Winter Sunset, A. By Rosamund Marriott Watson . .576 704 Winter Sunshine. By S. Cornish 448 Watklns 640
672 Other Side of the Hedge, The. By
E. M. Forster .... 55
Punkah-Wallah The .... 746
Stowaway, The. By G. Warre
Ten-Thousand-Pound Note, A. By
Bennet Copplestone ... 94 ^ Two Hares, The. By W. H. 888 Rainsford 601
469 Vrouw Grobelaar's Leading Cases, The. Vasco's Sweetheart 282 By Perceval Gibbon. . . 160 LIBRARYf
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From Beginning Vol. CCXLIV.
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S OPPORTUNITIES.
According to all trustworthy accounts the recent Presidential election in the United States was the dullest that has been witnessed for some decades. All the recognized mechanical incentives to popular enthusiasm were employed: but the public declined to "enthuse," despite the parades, the fireworks, the advertisements, the professional oratory, and the desperate efforts of the journalists to work their readers into the customary quadrennial paroxysm. Outside the Southern States the great majority of respectable Americans had made up their minds that Mr. Roosevelt was going to be elected, and the minority were not seriously disturbed at the prospect As a show, the campaign, on either side, was a failure; it filled the newspapers, but the people turned aside from the close-printed columns, and were more interested in the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the singular conjunction of the Church and the World, as illustrated by the hobnobbing of his Grace with Mr. Pierpont Morgan. Yet this "apathy," as
we call it in our politics, disappeared at the polling-booths. The electors did not fail to exercise their suffrage, and they gave a record vote. The majority for President Roosevelt is the largest in the history of the Union; no man, so far as we know, has ever been appointed to any plat > or office by the choice of so overwhelming a multitude of his fellow-citizens. Perhaps, then, the Presidential electors did not regard the event with indifference. But they knew that the result was a foregone conclusion and they saw no reason for making a fuss over it in advance. The Americans are a sentimental, but at the same time a practical people.
From the practical point of view, they must know that it is not a light thing they have done. The re-election of Mr. Roosevelt to power, with this tremendous national "mandate" behind him, may have important consequences for the United States, and for other countries as well. For the next four years, and perhaps for the next eight, the executive of the largest
homogeneous civilized population in the world will be controlled by the foremost representative of American self-assertion in international politics. Imperialism was the most vital of the issues involved in the electoral campaign. Most of the other differences between the parties were blurred or shadowy. The Tariff was introduced pro forma, but no one really believes that there is any substantial divergence of principle on that point. High Protection has probably reached its zenith, and may begin to slope very slowly downwards, no matter which party is in power; neither of them could, or would, venture on any substantial advance towards genuine Free Trade. The defeat of the Bryanite Democrats at St. Louis has taken the currency out of party politics. On the Trusts, both say a good deal, and say it with equal obscurity.
In all these matters the elector might easily feel that there was little to choose between Judge Parker and Mr. Roosevelt. But in temperament, in character, and in their outlook on affairs, there is a good deal to choose. The personality of the President was the real electoral asset of the Republicans, just as it was the strongest "plank" in the platform of the Democrats. Mr. Roosevelt was denounced as a kind of prancing Proconsul, an American Boulanger, who might perhaps use his 00,000 soldiers to subvert the Constitution, and would in any case be sure to plunge the Union into the welter of world-politics, and hurry it upon every sort of aggressive adventure. Mr. Bryan says that the President's "big stick" policy, his "physical enthusiasm and love for war," are a direct menace to constitutional government, and a cause of justifiable alarm. The majority of American voters were, however, not alarmed. They do not believe in Mr. Bryan's phantasmal Caesarism; they know well
enough that the liberties of eighty millions of people are in no danger from an army smaller than that of Belgium. They prefer the big stick to the painted reed. "The subject of Imperialism," says Mr. Bryan, "is, all things considered, the most Important of the questions at issue between the parties." If that is true, the Imperialists have won a striking victory. The policy of Mr. Roosevelt in China, in Central America, in South America, towards Germany, towards Turkey, towards Russia, has been endorsed by the constituencies. The President and the Secretary of State are enabled, they are indeed encouraged, to carry it further. And carried further it probably will be. On the very morrow of the elections two important pieces of information were cabled from America. The one was the announcement that the State Department had proposed to confer with the British Government on the subject of an Anglo-American Treaty of Arbitration; the other, that the Navy Construction Board had propounded a ship-building scheme, which, If accepted by Congress, will make the United States the third, if not the second, maritime Power in the two hemispheres, within a very few years. We must take these two items together, and put them side by side with the intelligence that the President's invitation to the Powers to enter upon another Peace Conference had taken definite shape. They are parts of a scheme which seems to have been forming in the ambitious and comprehensive intellect of the American statesman. It is the big stick in a different form from that in which it presents itself to the indignant Democratic imagination—the truncheon of the policeman, not the bludgeon of the swashbuckler.
American opinion is undergoing a gradual evolution on these subjects, of which a stage is marked by the voting