16 SEPTEMBER 1922, Page 3

Compromise by which the ordinary Englishman lives was utterly detestable

to him. He regarded patriotism as a kind of vulgarity except when it was the patriotism of a foreign country. In Egypt he did as much as ho possibly could to hinder the magnificent and beneficent work of Lord Cromer. Oddly enough he used to call himself a Tivry, , though he believed in the whole gamut of factitious Irish grievances. His diaries, which were published last year and the year before, are extra: ordinarily indiscreet, and many persons who entertained him found their private conversations and personal oddities exposed to the glare of publicity. Nevertheless, ho had the true art of diary-writing. He never feared consequences, because in was indeed incapable of fear, either moral or physical.