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Mr. Long urged that the pay of officers should be

increased, that more publicity should be given to the stirring deeds of our troops abroad—the best way would be to have " accredited and carefully selected correspondents at the front "—and that the Commander-in-Chief should be authorized to bestow decorations and make promotions on the field. In his reply Me. Asquith announced that Lord Kitchener had submitted a scheme to the Treasury for the increased pay of officers. Sir John French had been given a wide discretion to make promo- tions, and he had already promoted four hundred and thirty- eight non-commissioned officers to be Second Lieutenants. As for giving permission to war correspondents, the Government must be guided by the wish of our allies.