Again, the communications of Great Britain are essential, for our
communications are the conduit-pipes by which our food arrives. If they are broken, we starve. But America is a vast world in herself, and whatever happened at sea she could never starve. These are bare facts which it is reasonable and necessary to discuss. But we are satisfied that Mr. Balfour was captivated by the proposal in general, and that he will do
everything in his power to interpret the earnest wishes of the British people that the new way of-international life should now be put into practice.