23 SEPTEMBER 1905, Page 2

We note with great satisfaction that Sir Constantine Phipps has

denied through the Press Association the state- ment that he led the applause to Sir Albert Rollit's remarks in regard to English public opinion and the Congo State. As we stated last week, it was impossible to believe that a diplomat of Sir Constantine Phipps's standing and experi- ence could have committed such an indiscretion. We trust that those responsible for the publication of the statement in the official Report of the " British Section of the Liege Exhibition" will now express their regret for having been led into publishing an incorrect statement of so damaging a character, and either withdraw the Report, or, if that is now impossible, give the widest possible publicity to an unqualified apology.