13 NOVEMBER 1909, Page 3

Mr. Shackleton also receives the honour of knighthood. Another distinguished

explorer, Dr. Sven Hedin, has been appointed an honorary K.C.I.E. There were many comments upon the absence from the list of the names of any new Peers, but later in the day it was announced that peerages had been conferred upon Sir John Fisher, the First Sea Lord, and Sir Arthur Godley, the late permanent head of the India Office. We do not grudge Sir John Fisher his honour, and when he has left the Board of Admiralty his knowledge of the Navy may prove useful in the Upper House. That he should soon leave the Board is, however, the fervent desire of all true friends of the Fleet. As long as he remains, the naval fend will continue and the best interests of the Navy be sacrificed. To the list of honours we may add the name of Sir Frederick Macmillan, knighted by the King on his recent visit to the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, Bloomsbury. Sir Frederick is the head of the well- known publishing firm,—a house whose good name has never been sullied by publishing either the obscene or the inane.