1 APRIL 1905, Page 3

Mr. Chamberlain having recently claimed the late Lord Salisbury as

a supporter of his Fiscal policy, his eldest son wrote to the Times on Monday stating that though his father was for many years inclined to favour a policy of retaliation, he "profoundly dissented from Mr. Chamberlain's policy." Mr. Chamberlain replied in Tuesday's Times by quoting passages from Lord Salisbury's public speeches made in 1892 and in 1895,—the true date, as the Times pointed out, was 1885. In the first Lord Salisbury insists on the necessity of retaliation if we are to hold our own in the conffieb of commercial treaties ; in the second, while admitting that the question of drawing our Colonies closer to us by abolishing as far as may be the Custom-houses which separate the two is not free from difficulty, he demurs to the view that "you should be prohibited from entertaining the idea of differential duties in favour of the Colonies as though it were an economical heresy."