1 APRIL 1905, Page 1

We do not desire to say anything which may increase

the heat and tension produced by the German Emperor's injudicious action, and by the clamours and menaces of the German Press. We may, however, without offence remind the German Government that the Anglo-French Agreement, and the policy it represents, have received the heartiest endorsement from the people of the United Kingdom, and from Liberals quite as much as Unionists, and that the British nation will not shrink from the logical con- sequences of that policy. Indications of the attitude of the Government are to be found in the announcement—an announcement received in England with the greatest satis- faction—that during the summer a British fleet will visit Cherbourg, and that afterwards a French fleet will return the visit in our own waters. The proposal for such an inter- change of good feeling, it is specially noted, came, not from France, but from Britain. In this context it is also worth while noticing that when the British Charge d'Affaires at Tangier desired to cross to Gibraltar to pay his respects to Queen Alexandra, he was conveyed thither on a French ship of war.