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Bentley (Merton)29 From the time of Noah, no doubt seen as an alarmist, strong objections have been entertained by many to increased naval expenditure. The President, Mr R. A. Johnson (New College) supported the Army in preference for the Navy, since its needs were greater. It was absolutely necessary to strengthen the Army as, at present, the military power of England was a laughing-stock to continental nations. Vote: For 168; Against 26. R 25 February 1897 That Ireland has a real grievance and a claim to be discussed separately from Great Britain.

30, ‘The greatest debate, certainly at our Union—and with all due deference, I suggest also at yours,’ came to a conclusion. The ‘Non placets’ were estimated at the outset at 5:1, but the outcome was nearly 9:1. A postcard ballot on this question recorded 2,200 against and 300 for. R 9 June 1897 That the popular literature of today is a sign of national degradation. The audience was small and apathetic. Mr H. G. Fraser (Trinity) was very severe upon the problem novels of today and upon the wild, would-be-scientific ideas of some latter day novelists.

The effects of the South African War were felt in the Conservative Party. The war had been dreamed up by Rhodes, driven by Milner, accepted by Chamberlain, and acquiesced in by Salisbury, but Chamberlain was no longer that sort of imperialist. He had visited South Africa and now discounted the Milner view. Supremacy had cost too much of more than money in the process of not being achieved. Doing deals with the credible Boer 46 Sou t h A fr ic a—L ast L at e Pr ize spokesmen now available must serve instead.

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