19 NOVEMBER 1910, Page 1

We cannot leave Mr. Balfour's speech, which we have criticised

with the most unfeigned regret, without noting the admirable peroration with which it closed :—

"I appeal to every man, whatever be his traditions, whatever be his party or his upbringing or his state in life, and ask him that Great Britain shall manage the affairs of Great Britain ; and that if and when we alter the fabric of our immortal Constitution it shall be of our own free will, and not at the bidding of those who care nothing for our Constitution and nothing for our history. So only can we hope to retain our self-respect as a nation, and the respect of those other great nations whose friends and whose rivals we are."