THE MISSIONS TO ARTSSINIA.
Mr Jean Hess, the Frenoh explorer, writing in the ‘ Figaro,’ says-ifc is , doubtful whether any real advantage lias > been 1 derived from the various French missions to Abyssinia. “ Our diplomats, ’' hc coatinues, “should once and for ail try to-understaiid that it is not a question in'that country of French, English, or Italians.bh the one side and Abyssinians on the other; bub on thb one hand of whites who wttnt to. establish themselves in a country possessed of resources and on the other of blacks who will not give that country up. When Menelik required _ free passage for his arms to Jibuti! he promised us half of his .kingdom; bub, once this service was rendered, what did-.he give ns? Nothing. To be sure, he sends back all our Ambassadors with fair words, decorations, and titles; but I defy anyone to show that he has conferred any advantage on onr countrymen beyond vague promises made in the Amhario tongue. ■ It is in English, however, that concessions have been brought back' by the Rennell Rodd mission from Adis Abeba for the establishment of a post, a telegraph line, and a line of rapid band-transport between Zeila and Harar, with belter things to come.”
i Caller : “ What is the matter with Fido that you are watching him so closely?” Charlie: “Mamma said, your hat ’ was enough to make a dog laugh, and I wanted to see him do it.”
Willie had swallowed a penny, and his" mother was very much alarmed. “ Helen, send for a doctor,” she called to her sister. “ Willie has swallowed a penny.” The frightened boy looked up. “ No, mamma,” he said, “send for tho minister.” “Did you say the minister ?” asked his mother in surprise. “ Yes, because papa says he can get money out of anybody.” “ No, darling,” said a mother to a sick child, “the doctor says I mustn’t,read to you.” “Then, mamma,” begged the little child, “won’t you please read to yourself out loud ? ”
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THE MISSIONS TO ARTSSINIA., Evening Star, Issue 10431, 28 September 1897