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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1915.

lx 13 understood that- at to-night's meet-nu-eting of the. Charitable Some Aid Board the final Pertinent touches will b-e given to Queries. the purchase of the Wakari property (Tilburn's) for the purposes of a secondary hospital. We would suggest to the chairman of the board the desirability of him giving clear and definite information on the undermentioned points, respeeting which the public mind is certainly obscured : Did the board's legal advisers ever give an opinion respecting the- validity of this proposal to create a new institution at a cost exceeding £250 without the sanction of the Minister being first obtained, as directed by the statute? Is it a fact that the door is still open for resuming negotiations for the acquisition of the additional 32 acres at Pine Hill, so strongly recommended by the honorary medical staff '! What authority Li there for the statement that has been made, en the authority of the chairman himself, that hospital accommodation is likely to be needed in the early future for invalided officers or soldiers from the theatre of war ! A categorical reply to these three questions would be appreciated by the public at larfl

It -will be recollected that towards the close ol the year the The Right of Search, Government, of the United States addressed to the British Government a very stiongly worded Note in which the Advisers of President Wilson remonstrated '' against the- treatment of American commerce" by tire British fleets. That there is industrial depression in the United States, caused in some degree by the war, admits of no dispute : but the British Go\>rnm?rt rightly refuse to acknowledge that the right to search neutral bottoms —always a hazardous proceeding —for contraband cargo can be restricted, while they have in their possession tangibly evidence that, the first principles of international Jaw are being violated. Sir Edward Grey's reply to the American Note was couched in firm but courteous lanu'rage: and though on its publication a good deal of spr?rid-eagle nonsense- was talked on tha floor of the House of Representatives, it is nou" evident that this bombshell of the Democratic party has exploded quite harmlessly. Though we v.-gtc told that the American Xote- was

"the strongest addressed to any belligerent since the outbreak of the war," Uncle Sam has, in deference to the almost universal endorsatien by European juri-consults of the British view of the right of search, retreated from an untenable position ; and there is now no probability of either "the war b?ing prolonged indefinitely"' or of "the efforts of the British fleet" to prevent the importation of contraband into th-*. enemy's ports being in anyway neutralised. The British Lion did not roar, but he snarled to some purpose in this relation. It c.-ould seem, however, that, the. American Government did "try it on," and meant, to provoke dangerous reprisals bv giving a twist to the leonine tail. We have been permitted to make this illuminative extract from a letter received from ..me. of the largest woollen-mill owners in the United States, who, writing on December 17, 1914 ; to a firm in Dtmedin, sanl:

There has beer, a veiy interesting happening in shinning circles this week ui the sailing of the steamer Carolyn to Bremen {Germany) with a. mixed cargo of cotton and. wool. The steamer sails ■under'the, American flag, the cargo is insured by the- American Government, and the half-million pounds of fine do-mes-tie territory wool aboard was shipped in the name of an American citizen, but is. we think. ou-n»d fiy a German null hire. This shipment has been given wid-e publicity, rind we rather think it was made to test the -position of the British Government regarding- whether wool is contraband or not. If it were not for foreign Governments' orders, which are quite plentiful heTe, many of our woollen mills would be shut down, as there is almost no domestic business this season. Comment is quit*' superfluous.

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1915., Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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The Evening Star THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1915. Issue 15706, 21 January 1915

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