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The Evening Star SATURDAY. JANUARY 2, 1915.

■O.N't'E more the list of honors .granted by the King at the beginning The of a New Year does not New Year convey the impression, Honors. unless any really meritorious names have escaped the notice of the cable man, thatworth has yet met with due recognition at the hands of those who gain the ear of the Sovereign and recommend him to dispense signal marks of the. Royal favor. When will the services of the silent workers in Humanity's cause, or of those who perform great philanthropic work, or whose discoveries in the domain of science so hugely benefit their fellow-mortals be j brought on a par—we think that they ought to ba placed on a much higher plane—with men who- unblushiiigly fwd iho party war-chest or who vote blindly at the call of the party whip? And why should the. noble women who saci jriiic* health and cft-sn life itself in achieving great deeds- of mercy "be constantly passed over in frigid and contemptuous silence ? What we wrote- in this relation just 12 months ago has lost none of its appositeness in the interval; therefore, wo reproduce it here : Men who tower above their fellows are fewer and further between than ever. . . ~ If it. is chiefly those who

achieve prominence in politics whom the King delights to honor, ,the> public are inclined to discount the value of that honor.

Scanning- the list as it appears elsewhere, one cannot but be struck at the reappearance of the annual crop of purely party rewards. The Earl of Aberdeen, on rc-

I tiring- from Dublin Castle, his occupation of which looked as if it wero likely to become permanent if Ireland failed to win Home Rule., is advanced to a marquisate, whilo the coveted Garter has been conferred on the Earls of Plymouth (who lost his .sort and heir at the front) and Chesterfield. Viscount St. Aldwyn, who is best remembered as "Dizzy's" Colonial Secretary and as Lord .Salisbury's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is advanced ft*' an earldom, again demonstrating that .Mr Asquith has a high regard for his old front-bench opponents. It is quite natural to find the Army and Navy well remembered, but not on© whit more than the great services they have rendered to the- nation at this critical period of its history deserve. The captain of the Australian cruiser that was responsible for the destruction of the notorious Emden gets a Companionship of the Bath, while the Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian •Order falls to the ex-First Sea Lord on [ the Admiralty Board—a poor requital, it must bo confessed, for tho humiliation (skilfully but scandalously engineered by the Tory Press of London) put upon as ■gallant- a- seaman and as loyal a subject of the King as draws the breath of heaven anywhere within the Empire. The trinity of Privy Councillorships is bestowed on loyal party servitors of the dominant faction in England, while the- Arts and the Sciences ara restricted to the recognition of tho work of the Astronomer Ruyal and of Mr Henry Ncwbolt as a poet. Once more, it will be noted with regret, that the better claims of Budyard Kipling, as the poet of Empire, have been overlooked. Coming to the colonial section, it will be observed that an ex-Prime Minister of Quoenshnd. who in his.day and generation rendered his State valuable service, \ obtains a Knighthood of St. Michael and j St. George, while the lower step is awarded to the present Lord Mayor of Melbourne, to a well-known Sydney medico, and to Mr .7. G. Wilson, of Bulls. •Of the last mentioned it only requires to ■bo said that while ho sat in our Parliament ho was of that class of politician of whom Sir YV. S. Gilbert sang so wittily in 'Pinafore'; that he was the outward and visible sign of the growing fortunes ot the. Reformers when they were emerging from tho- wilderness after a sojourn therein of more than a decade; and that he was recently made chairman of the newly-constituted Board of Agriculture, who have yet to justify their existence. But there is one honor that comes to New Zealand which has been most Worthily won, and in respect to which and the fine record of its recipient it is only rieht that more than passing reference should bo made.

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The Evening Star SATURDAY. JANUARY 2, 1915., Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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The Evening Star SATURDAY. JANUARY 2, 1915. Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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