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News and Notes.

Davies, the explorer, has discovered at Thebes the tomb and mummy of the most famous of Egyptian queens, Teie. And thou hast, ’walked about (how strange a story !) in Thebe’s streets three thousand years ago 1

John D. Rockefeller is opening large ..purse widely in the cause of education. The United States General Education Board received to date forty-three million dollars. With Carnegie at one side, .John D. at the other, and Roosevelt not far away, all with the intention of giving H a log up. the “young - idea” ought to shoot pretty rapicUy in 'Merica. Roosevelt is -president of the United States, and looks his job. Some of the disreputable “trimmers” blame him for lack of science, but none can say he is not a hard-hitter. Essentially a hero, he w a s tempted to bump pretty wildly into a "‘trust” barracker the other day, and the “trusts” became scared, and went so far as to say that mending their ways would be amongst their future pursuits. Local questions are of serious import in South America. Difference of opinion has caused a revolutionary outbroaik. San Juan and Argentina are engaged in flg-hting, and many have been killed and wounded. Many persons have been deported by the Governor and Ministers, who have decided on Federal intervention. The above is the reason why foreign nations are a 'dead failure at colonisation —they are always at loggerheads. First a difference, then words, blows soon follow, and. a dagger comes in swift pursuit. Individually, there are many exceptions ; but collectively Britain's foes are a very impossible proposition. The “unspeakable” Scot is again to the front. Scottish Radical Commoners held a meeting in Edinburgh and it was arranged to meet after the King’s speech and elect officials. D., the member for Aberdeen, presided at what is considered the first meeting of the Scottish Parliamentary party in Scotland on the eve of session since union with England. It will be a funny - spectacle ■to see the canny Scot going in for Homo Rule : but the Irish envoys have been doing such good “biz” during the last few years that Tamnia s must feel himself rather left out. Not only has the master of the Indravelii been fined £3OO for allowing three Chinese to enter Australia, but it is reported that no less than 1000 Celestials are growing opium on a river bank between Cape York Peninsula and Princess Charlotte Bay—a part of the country little known to white people. It is alleged that the ‘'‘undesirables” have come secretly into the country—evidently from Java in Malay canoes—and that others ..-are still creeping in. One competent to judge has announced the startlingfact that the opium-growers are producing enough of this evil crop not only to supply Australia, but even the greater- part of China. All their business is supposed to be transacted through a Chinese agent at Cairns. Truly., as Brete Hartc said long ago, “For ways that are dark and tricks that are v a in the heathen Chinee is peculiar. ’ ■■

A very long- procession of women suffragists marched from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, Mrs Fawcett (perhaps the greatest Jiving exponent of Political Economy), Mrs Patrick Campbell (the famous actress). Lady Frances Balfour, and Lady Cecila Roberts (daughters of Duke and Earl respectively') assisted. Many wore carrying- banners, while broughams, motor cars, and brass bands gave the pageant tone and liveliness. At a 'dinner welcoming suffragists from Holloway gaol (some weeks previous) the brilliant author of “The Magnetic North” proposed “Success to the Women's Suffrage Cause,” which was responded to by a daughter of Mr Richard Cobden and Miss Billington (a leading lady journalist). Tho widow of a late Postmaster-General was in the chair. If Britain is the land of the free, surely it can prove its consistency, and emancipate its women —this colony walks faster. The men who are in the habit of saying “Women don’t understand politics,” are surely a good distance from the real purport of that word 'themselves —for if it means anything in a democratic country, a voice to all in the management of the nations is surely that meaning. Man has not, cither in his treatment of himself or in Ids conduct of affairs generally proved himself exceptionally or even ra®re gsftcd than women.- But tradition dies hard.

King Leopold got a slight shakeup in Brussels the other day through his carriage colliding with a tramcar. The king (?) found himself scrambling on the floor of his vehicle after the event. This recalls the fact that a famous London publishing house have issued a book of adventure for boys entitled “Sambo”

and dealing with the Belgian atrocities on the Congo. The volume is by Herbert Strang, and is guaranteed to inspire the average English or colonial boy with a burning desire to throw bricks at King Leopold and deal similarly with his accomplices.

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News and Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 16 February 1907

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News and Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 50, 16 February 1907

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