15 SEPTEMBER 1883, Page 3

The continued vitality of international jealousies is in nothing better

illustrated than in the difficulty of appointing Stipendiaries in Eastern cities whom all Europeans will trust. The white settlers will not submit, often with good reason, to native Judges, but they will not support the supersession of the conflicting Con- War jurisdiction by trustworthy Magistrates, who could make justice regular and uniform. Either they declare for mixed Tribunals, which are exceedingly cumbrous, or for the Consuls, -each of whom has a different idea of justice. Even at Shanghai, where the Europeans are coerced into unity by a common danger, and do elect a cosmopolitan municipality, the police are -obliged to take the villains they catch—and there are no villains Me bad foreigners in China—before a dozen different and con- flicting authorities. With the slightest willingness to agree, the Powers could appoint Stipendiaries who could be trusted to 40 indifferent justice,, and reduce the legal chaos into the -simplest order. Either the Indian Code or the Code Napoleon would do for law, and the Stipendiary might always be a Dutchman or a Dane. The nationalities, however, as yet will not trust one another.