23 FEBRUARY 1901, Page 3

We do not wish to see the Liberal party more

but leas divided, and we therefore note with great satisfaction the excellent tone of the speech made by Sir Edward Grey at the dinner of the Eighty Club. It was manly and straight- forward, and yet did nothing further to. widen the split in the party. To some extent_ we agree with Sir Edward Grey's criticism of Mr. Chamberlain's excess of vehemence, but one Must not forget that Mr. Chamberlain has been most unfairly and virulently assailed by the men to whom he has lately applied the lash Of his oratory. Our only quarrel with Sir Edward Grey is, hideed, that he too completely ignores the detest- able tone of some members of his party in regard to the wan While remonstrating with Mr. Chamberlain for his acerbity he should surely not have forgotten to say something in condemnation of Mr. Lloyd-George, Mr. Bryn Roberts, and those faction-intoxicated publicists who purvey false stories as to.therconduct.atour officers and soldiers; and he might even

have spared. a word or two of reproof for the. violence which has occasionally marked the utterances of Sir Robert Reid.