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Then there oame & rumour duced no evidenoe in support that British goods were to of his assertion, and when it be paid for by ingots of is disproved he will not be gold, which were not Lenin's disconcerted for a moment. to give away. To expeot Then, said he, “I am told you & plain statement from Mr must not do business, beoause George is obviously absurd. we disprove of the Government. It is perhaps injudioious of That surely is a new dootrine." him not to settle beforehand It is not a new dootrine. It whioh tale he will tell and was a dootrine preached by Mr stiok to it. But we shall George himself a year ago, be wise if we rejeot the when he refused to take Bollegend of goods for goods, and shevism by the hand. It is a resign ourselves to play the dootrine put into praotice at oriminal part of receivers of this very hour, when we have stolen gold. There is the taint kept a striot blockade-itself a of blood and theft apon every form of war-against Russia. ingot that is offered as by the It is the dootrine wbich inBolshevists, and all the idlo spired Pitt and Burke in fightwords poured out by Mring with all the force at their George will not avail to re- command against an armed move the indelible stain, “The opinion. Mr George, we behorrors of Bolshevism have lieve, is not a reader, and revolted the oonscience of man- perhaps he is not familiar with kind,” says Mr George. So the writings of Edmund Burke. oome let us trade with the If he were, he would see at Bolshevists and gorge our once that the dootrine which selves apon their bursting he now pretends to be new is granaries!
not new at all. It was held We are used by this time 88 stoutly by the statesmen to Mr George's oynioism. The who direoted our polioy at the worst of it is that he is time of the Frenoh Revolution, bolstering up the Bolshevism as it was held a year ago by which in other days he oon himself. When the Regioides demned without reserve, at the of 1796 made overtures of very moment when Bolshevism peace, they did it in the same is dying of its own inoom- amiable terms as were used petence and misdeeds. Nor by Lenin, Lenin will be satiswill the defenoe, whioh he fied with no paot whioh does made in the House of Commons, not permit him to propagate oonvince a single waverer. It his vile opinions. The Regiwill persuade those only who cides declared in 1796 that arebound in the bonds of slavery, they would have no peace or who believe that the world until they had accomplished will come to an end if they lose our utter and irretrievable their seats. Mr George began ruin, And here is the reply by deolaring that in starving which the Georges of the day Russia there is grain and oil received from Edmund Burke : and flax and timber. He pro- “To this conciliatory and ami
oable publiek communioation," that we have. We have never wrote the author of the ‘Regi- traded with countries which side Peace,' “our sole answer, spend their money in debauohin effoot, is this—Citizen Regi- ing our oitizens, nor have wo oides! whenever you find your ever made peace with oountries selves in the humour, you may whose rulers have killed our have & peace with us. That representatives in oold blood is & point you may always and have refused apology and oommand. We are constantly reparation. But Mr George, in attendance, and nothing you not oontent with unsaying all oan do shall hinder us from the valiant things whioh he the renewal of our supplioa- bad formerly said about the tions. You may turn us out horrors of Bolshevism, assumed of the door, but we will jump in his speech that the latest set in at the window.”
of opinions which he had held That is the method of speech were nothing less than axioms. always adopted by our Georges, And then he proceeded to whonever they are born into make the sort of oareless jests the world, whiob is, alas! far which may be acceptable on the too frequently. Our own Mr hustings, but whioh are wbolly George addresses the Bolshe. out of place in a debate before vists as his predecessors ad- the House of Commons on dressed the Regioides. There a question of high polioy is no window into which he affeoting the honour and the will not jump, though he safety of the British Empire. should know well that Lenin However, it may be that Mr is waiting to oatoh him, and George knows his audienoe, that the prospect of a peace and is right in believing with Great Britain will be that his own sorry prothe best stimulus possible to vincialism is good enough to the spreading of his armed deceive the eleot of the British opinions. For of course it people. need not be said that the ar- Thus, through a tangle of rangement made with Krassin contradiotions, we begin to is no more arrangement to understand what it is that Mr trade; if it be persisted in, it George has committed as to. will grow into nothing less than We may dismiss as a pretenoe, & solid treaty of peace with re- now some weeks old, the assergioides and assessins, & pledge tion that our only engagement of forgiveness to those who with Russia is to barter goods have foully murdered and im. for goods. If the negotiations prisoned British offioials and proceed we shall soon hear of British oitizens.
the arrival from Russia of gold Then, asks Mr George, in con- and platinum. And when the tradiotion to his own former gold and platinum have arrived, statements and with complete which Lenin has no right to irrelevanoy: “Have we never gond, and Mr George has no traded with oountries guilty of right to accept, we shall bear atrocities ?” It is possible the office of the “fenoe" defended with the familiar levity. the one friend we have in the The next step will be the world. France and Great announcement of a firm peace Britain have been comrades between the Court of St James's in arms. Their courage and and the Soviet Government. persistence broke the power of Thus at last will the dream of Germany, and the one hope Prinkipo come true, and Mr of Great Britain as of France Bullitt will be justified of is that the two countries will the confidence which he is still be knit together in the said to have reposed in Mr bonds of friendship. The Philip Kerr. It is a disgrace- oivilisation, of Europe will, in ful story, whioh will be written truth, be threatened if we in black upon the tablets of come to loggerheads. Even our history, and the only ohanoe were the mythioal granaries that we have of retrieving our of Russia really on the point national honour is that Lenin of bursting, even were to trade himself will go back upon his with murderers found exoeedbargain.
ingly profitable, it would With his usual laok of oan. avail us nothing if, in the dour, Mr George made a great process of enriobing ourselves, parade of the Allies' und- we parted in anger from the nimity. He deolared that Frenoh. The one sentiment there was no strong feeling whioh we are bound in duty manifest in France against to cherish is the sentiment his aotion. One of his secre- of solidarity with oor neightarios, acquainted with the bours across the Channel. But French tongue, might have Mr George, who aspires to the kept him better informed. antooraoy of Europe, cares as Not merely does the French little for the friendship of Government hold the opinion France as for the good repate very strongly that Lepin's of England. He must have gold cannot be used for pay. Lenin's alliance at all hazards, ment, since it belongs not to and when he dies Prinkipo will the Bolshevist Government but be found written upon his to the oreditors of Russia; heart. What hope, then, bave not merely does it threaten we for safety? The fragile legal action: the Frenoh hope that there exists one or Press also is unanimous in two honest men in the House condemning Mr George's of Commons, who will dare, in oynicism. It cannot under- open rebellion against the stand what is Mr George's Prime Minister, to plead the aim, and the charitable view honourable oause of England. to take of the uncertainty is that Mr George does not Mr Ronald Knox's admirable understand himself. Mean- biography of Patriok Shawwhile the Entente is put to Stewart needs no word of a severe strain, and it seems apology. It is but just that possible that Mr George's the men of high promise, who frivolous tempor may alienate fell in the war, should live in
the records of their friends. prizes were beyond his reach. A life out short prevented He had that serviceable and Patriok Shaw - Stewart and efficient sort of brain which many another of his kind from could be turned to any account. proving to the world the force He passed through Eton and and talent that were in them, Balliol with an air of easy and it is a pious duty to resone triumph. He won the Newthem from oblivion. We would castle, the Ireland, the Hertnot, if we could, turn away ford, and apped his career from what Mr Knox calls “the at Oxford by winning a fellowimperfeot monuments of a ship at All Suuls. Truly, as generation that died before his kindly biographer says, he its time.” The more mong. “was not one of the passenments, perfoot or imperfect, gers of his generation.” And the better shall we understand it is his very distinction what we have lost in the great whioh makes the work of generation which has been portraiture diffioult. He was taken from us. And what we too busy in converting life into value most highly in these & 8000088 to express himself in plain records, in these col. literature. He left no lasting leotions of familiar letters, memory of himself in words, is the detaobment of mind as did his friend Julian Grenwhich they suggest. The fell. Wbatever lay before bim, men who beoame soldiers, he took in his stride without not because soldiering was fuss and without emphasis. their business, but because “He had a genius," says Mr they were disobarging the Knox, "for relating means to duty they owed to their coun- ende, for doing just so muob try, were no specialists. They work as was required to gain needed no maps to explain this scholarship, for making their movements. As Mr just so muob impression as Koox says, “their letters do was required to consolidate not speak of advances or of this acquaintanoeship; and his hand-to-hand fighting, but of whole life (I think) was mapped books, of quiet hours, of wel. out on a plan whioh involved oome rest-camps; they appeal, the soquisition of an assured not for oredit or sympathy, position in the world before but for trivial daily needs, he began to toy with litera. pathetio because trivial-boot- ture, with Movements, with polish and pipe - oleaners and serious politios." In other Bhaving-8oap."
words, there was a kind of Of those who died quietly worldliness in Patriok Shawand without parade none is Stewart which he sbared better worth & reoord than with very few of his contemPatriok Shaw - Stewart. He poraries. He meant to get on, was, above all, & oompetent and not to saorifice the hope man. If he felt that he had of solid happiness to any forno definite vooation in life, be lorn hope of art or letters. knew also that few of life's His system of life, if rarely applied, is olearly intelligible. certainties : an enthymeme, for The danger is that, when men him, should never do duty for have attained an assured po- a syllogism. He could not bear sition, the impetus “to toy that any action of his should with literature" is weak in- be ascribed to a good motive deed. Literature is a jealous if there were any unworthy mistress, apt to punish severely motive that had put a grain the slights that are put upon on the balance of decision.” It her in youth. Alas! it is too was consonant with his charlate to speculate about what aoter, then, that he should Patriok Shaw-Stewart might take the work that he did in have done. It is enough to the war lightly and gaily. He record that in many fields he never complains or repines. accomplished as much as or The ready jest is on his more than the most of his tongue; a literary allusion or friends and colleagues.
reminisoence is always at the Moreover, as all those who point of his pen. He found knew Shaw-Stewart will re- his way about the East with member, he purposely put Homer and Herodotus for his stumbling-blocks in the path gaides. He reoognised Eumæus of those who would ander- when he met him on a Greek stand him. Mr Knox points island, and belies at every turn out that he had aoquired at the half-contempt which he Eton a habit of writing in a poured apon his own scholar. sort of parody of journalese. ship as a means of deceiving He did not think he was the examiners. But that, of writing good English when course, was only a part of his he dealt in long words and inverted pride. He died in stook phrases. He wanted France, fighting with the highyou to know that what he est gallantry, and refusing, said upon paper he put into though wounded, to go back inverted oommas. And, as to Battalion H.Q. to be dressed. Mr Knox adds in & passage His life, so far as it went, was of olairvoyance, he was in in- rounded and oomplete; and forverted commas himself. He tunate in many things, Patrick had a “fieroe oandour both Shaw-Stewart was fortunate about himself and about other also in finding so profoundly people which sometimes left sympathetic and 80 wisely his friends aghast. He hated understanding & biographer false enthusiasms and sham as Mr Knox,
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