7 DECEMBER 1901, Page 15


(To THE Mime OF THE "SPLVTA.TOR-1 Stn,—By a curious coincidence, almost immediately after reading your article in the Spectator of November 80th on the meaning of the Greek riots I happened on a passage in the "Panegyricus " of Isocrates (cap. 48-50) which exhibits very strikingly the Athenian conception of the importance of language, and concludes with this characteristic boast

Indeed, so far has our city outstripped the rest of mankind in the arts of thought and speech, that our pupils have become their teachers ; and she has caused the name ' Greek ' to be considered the designation no longer of a race, but of a type a mind, and those rather to be called Greeks who share our culture than those who share our blood."—I am, Sir, Sie.,

W. M.