7 DECEMBER 1901, Page 1

The Prince of Wales's speech began with a narrative of

his voyage, and mentioned that except at Port Said—as the Times remarks, only a technical exception—he and the Princess never once set foot on soil, over which the British flag did not fly. After very properly noting that the sense of loyalty which he found throughout the Empire belonged not only to the Crown, but to the Motherland, he dwelt upon the fact that this loyalty was due to two things.—to the life and example of the late Queen, and to "the wise and just policy which in the last half-century has been continuously maintained towards our Colonies." That is, of cburse, a widely recognised fact, but it is, good to have it put on record in such fashion. We cannot epitomise all that the Prince of Wales had to. say as to the lessons of his tour, but must note his advice to the representatives of the commercial interests of this country. "I venture," said he, "to allude to the impression which seemed generally to prevail amcng their brethren across the seas, that the Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors." That, and also the lesson learned when he saw the Cadet corps in the Colonies, a lesson which he recommended to the special notice of Mr. Brothick, are lessons which the Prince of Wales did. well to impress on his hearers and the country.