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■ - LONDON, November 4. Speaking at a Unionist demonstration in Norwich, Mr Balfour said that the Education Act of last year had worked without any friction. If it failed he Warned the Nonconformists that he was unable to Beehow >h9 arrangement of 1880 could continue. The " compromise " arrived at in that year had rendered the co-operation of board and voluntary schools possible. Referring to the European Concert, he believed that it had prevented a general conflagration, and had secured autonomy for Crete as well as saved Greece from being compelled to transfer her people to an alien rule. The Imperial Government did not desire to add to the Indian responsibility. The object was to secure the present possessions, and they were unable to agree to a policy of retirement. The tribesmen who had risen in rebellion had not given any hint of any breach of faith on the part of the British. He was surprised at the views on Imperial Federation , expressed by Lord Rosebery, regarding thern as a'slip of the tongue likely afterwards to be- withdrawn. He was not awaro of any reason why Great Britain should consult foreign nations in the matter when framing tariffs. Foreign nations did not consult Great Britain. Each community decided for itself its absolute right to arrange its commercial federation, as, for example, the German Zollverein and the United States when framing her tariff. Mr Balfour Baid that the main object in knitting members of tlis? Empire together was one which woulcf certainly conduce to peace and not to war. It would secure the world's peace, and strengthen the Empire with a nation unbuttressed by concessions to national demands, and with an independent policy executed in a spirit of conciliation and brotherhood. Both these desirable ends could be accomplished.

Sir M. Hicks-Beach, addressing the Sheffield Cutlers, said that the Ministry would not shrink from the task of building the Empire although the number of countries without prohibitive tariffs became smaller each year. . ,

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IMPORTANT MINISTERIAL DECLARATIONS., Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement

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IMPORTANT MINISTERIAL DECLARATIONS. Issue 10464, 6 November 1897, Supplement

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