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THE PIVOT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. “ If it were possible but to confront every citizen with the spectacle of these 'puny, pale-faced, scantily-fed and badly-shod, these small and feeble folk, sitting damp and chill on the school benches, there would be no need for further argument or appeal. If the comfortable and well-fed citizen could but feel for one single day what each of the 50,000 scholars feel who come to school habitually in want of food, it would not be with discussions of abstract theology that the time of the Board would be occupied. If we could but get the thin and pale-faced hungry child to the front, the Stingy Stepmother would disappear, snowed under, to use an expressive American phrase, by the ballot papers of an indignant electorate.”—“The Story of a Stingy Stepmother,” p. 388.
LONDON, October 1, 1894. simultaneously without giving up the ghost. The The End of Ir is a weary prospect that
before fact that the Tzar is ill, and seriously ill, is officially the Long our eyes this autumn. Heaven grant admitted, for the Ojicial Gazette has announced that Peace?
that the dismal forecast may not be the Emperor never thoroughly recovered from his fulfilled ! But it is impossible not to feel a horrible serious attack of influenza, and now nephritis (disease foreboding that the war which is raging between of the kidneys) has shown itself, necessitating his Japan and China may mark the beginning of the Majesty's sojourn in the warmer climate of the long dreaded war which has been staved off for Crimea, by the advice of Professor Zakharin and more than twenty years. In olden times Japan Professor Leyden. Thither the Tzar has gone, and and China might have worried each other in Korea there all Europe hopes he may recover health and for a generation without even a rumour of their strength to fulfil for years to come his beneficent rôle mutual butcheries reaching European ears. To-day of the Peace Keeper of the Continent. It is terrible all that has been altered. The newspaper and the
to think what might happen if he were to disappear. telegraph have made even the remotest battlefield Europe will never appreciate, till he is gone, for the moment as visible as the central cockpit of all owe to that strong silent man, whose one idea is Europe. Commerce has linked nation with nation the maintenance of peace. We all hope that the so closely that every move in the Orient reacts upon most valuable life in Europe may be spared; but his the Stock Exchange of London and the markets of indisposition perceptibly increases the dangers of America ; and no one can say how soon the con impending war. flagration in the farthest East may fire the powder
The peril which threatens the world is magazines of the West. England, Russia, France The Real not due so much to the risk of local com
Danger. and the United States are all deeply interested in
plications or diplomatic interventions as the issue of the contest, and it will take wary to the contagious influence of war. Ridicule it as we walking on the part of the rulers of the world if please, the war fever is latent in the blood of nations. they are not to stumble into the yawning gulf of The lust for slaying, like the passion for gaming, is
one of the most deeply rooted of all our ancestral It is most disquieting that just at the vices. A brilliantly successful campaign on land or sea The Health of
time when war has broken out in the has the same subtle intoxication for nations that a the Tzar.
East the papers should begin to publish brilliantly successful coup on the gaming-table has day by day more or less alarming reports concerning on the spectators. When any one breaks the bank the health of the Tzar-Peace Keeper of Europe. at Monte Carlo, M. Blanc rejoices, knowing well It is true that the reports have been so contradictory that the spectacle of great winnings will far more and so confused that no credence can be attached to than compensate him for his losses by the fascination any single statement. He has had diabetes, apoplexy, which it will excite over those who usually refuse to Bright's disease and any number of other deadly stake a coin. The sensational victories achieved by maladies, all of which he could not have had the Japanese by land and sea, the spectacle which
they afford the world of the immense results that as a formal recognition of her rank. To-day she is can be achieved, as it were, by a single throw of the everywhere recognised as one of the great Powersdice upon the gaming-table of Mars, have enormously possibly in the Eastern seas the greatest Power. increased the explosiveness of the political atmo They are no longer humoured or bullied, ridiculed sphere. The military class everywhere feels elated, or petted. They command the homage of respect, the air is full of talk of belligerent "shop," the the recognition of awe. For Japan has shown that public mind is
she can fight and fascinated by the
win. She has spectacle of the
proved her capacity sudden decisiveness
to wield the of the Japanese
thunder-hammer of victories. There is
the modern Thor, probably not an
her generals can officer in the armies
maneuvre and navies of Eu
legions, her adrope who does not
win feel his fingers itch
naval battles; to take a share in
alike on land and the great game of
sea she has smitWar, and there
ten down with must be schemers
leaden hail and and adventurers
iron shell the hosts not a few who feel
of her enemies. their pulse beat
And at once all quick at the ob
nations bow down ject - lesson which
before the apthe war affords of
parition of Japan the splendid stakes
militant, and adthat can be won at
mit with some a stroke by an ap
dis may that a peal to the sword.
new and incalculSince the German
able displacement victories of 1870
of the centre of there has been
gravity has taken nothing quite so
place, and that dramatic the
all political calJapanese victories
culations will hy land and sea.
have to be The human tiger
considered in the has tasted blood
presence of this once more, and
new factor in the the appetite (From a photograph by 11. Lyeno, Nagasaki.)
politics of the grows with eating.
world. Was King Look for a moment at the brutal truth Olaf then so far wrong when he chanted :“Force Rules without blinking its significance. Japan the World."
Force rules the world. Has ruled it, will rule it. by two bloody battles has won in a
Meekness is weakness. Force is triumphant! month what would not have been accorded her by a
It may not be so in the long run, but within the century of peaceful progress. Till yesterday she was limited horizon visible to the conductors of newsmerely an Asiatic State with whom, if our Govern
papers it seems only too manifestly true, and that ment did conclude a new treaty, it was done more from impression reinforces most inopportunely all the forces a readiness to humour the vanity of her rulers than which make for war in the world.
Tnat, however, is not by any means the China to her neighbours, and a very small change on The Future only danger. It is the most immediate. the part of so very huge a mass may produce all the of China.
The bold and brilliant aggression of the results of an international earthquake. Japanese is acting on European militarism as brandy
Sunday, September 16th, will henceforth
The acts on a dipsomaniac; but even if this danger be Japanese be a Red Letter Day in the calendar of overcome by a special dispensation of saving grace, Victories. Japan. For on that day she succeeded there is another and
in inflicting a vaster peril behind.
double defeat upon The Japanese vic
her hereditary tories, especially if
enemy, which has they should be fol
at least for the lowed up by an
moment settled the energetic attack
fate of Korea. The upon the vitals of
Chinese General the Chinese Em
Tso, with 40,000 pire, may have
men, entrenched consequences which
himself in a strong will give a decisive
position at Pingcast to the history
Ying, much of the twentieth
Arabi established century. The
himself at Tel-elChinese Empire
Kebir. Against holds within its
him the Japanese confines nearly one
Lord Wolseley, third of the human
Field Marshal YaIts frontiers
magata, launched march with those
an army in three of Russia, Britain
divisions, 40,000 and France. Its
strong. As long as coast is is fringed
the Chinese had with European set
only to face a front tlements. European
attack, they stood missionaries and
to their guns, but European traders
when the third are to be found in
division, making an every province.
arduous march The consequences
across the hills, fell of a sudden tem
upon them in the porary weakening
rear, they broke of the authority of
and fled, 2,000 the central Govern
were killed, 14,000 ment over this (From a photograph by H. Lyeno, Vagasaki.)
captured, the rest enormous mass of
were dispersed. immobile humanity are as difficult to estimate as the General Tso's force, in fact, was wiped out just like consequences of the more probable result—the rebirth Arabi's, and the Japanese General was left free to of the Chinese Empire. It is impossible to believe
It is impossible to believe pacify Korea. On the same day the Chinese were that China will go to pieces. Empires that have
Empires that have landing 7000 men as reinforcements at the mouth of lasted a thousand years do not break up so easily. the Yalu, when the fleet that escorted the transport A State that survived the Taiping Rebellion and the was attacked by the Japanese and practically occupation of Pekin is not likely to go down under the destroyed as a fighting force. The papers have Japanese invasion. But for good or for ill this war is been full of the details of the greatest naval battle certain to produce serious changes in the attitude of of the new era. The Chinese, under Admiral Ting,
the loss of a single ship. The ruck of the Chinese fleet scuttled away in the darkness, leaving the Japanese masters of the
who had Captain Hanneken as foreign adviser, had several ironclads and cruisers inshore. They had their transports to protect, and they stood on the defensive, against a Japanese fleet of armoured cruisers and torpedo boats. The Japanese, who had sea
and no impedimenta, took the offensive, and after a long day's fight smashed up the Chinese fleet. Japanese had the advantage all round. They chose their own distance, pounded the enemy at their discretion, outmanæuvred him, steamed him, and outfought him, and at night. fall had sunk two of his ironclads and burnt two of his cruisers without
It will be of the Sea some time Fight.
before the full significance of the fight at Yalu is understood. But already some things are clear. First and foremost is the old lesson that superior speed, which enables you to choose your own range to fight or refuse to fight at your discretion, is the most valuable factor in naval combats. Secondly, although both fleets were equipped with torpedoes, they were of no practical use in the action. The Japanese, when the fight was over, blew up a
(Prom o photugraph ly Mendelssohn, Newcastle.)
Japanese Fleet Engagements.