In view of the latest scientific improvements, it is evident that we are rapidly approaching the time when, in addition to the attractions offered by the "Cinema" to the eye, the ear will be regaled, with a perfection hitherto unattained, by natural sounds exactly corresponding to the actions thrown upon the screen.
In other words the scenes displayed will constitute a complete dramatic performance. While the accomplishment of this feat will be hailed, and will deserve to be hailed, as a great inventive triumph, it is to be hoped that it will not have the effect of altogether abolishing the silent pictures which are now so popular. Perhaps it is this silence which is their greatest attraction for many people. Herbert Spencer was one of the first to realise the mental strain of listening to the spoken word for long periods, and one of the most characteristic touches in his biography is the description of how he used to stop his ears when he was tired of listening to the conversation of those around him, while he still continued to be interested and amused by their play of feature and of gesture.
It is a very general experience that a couple of hours spent in gazing at good films are much less exhausting than a theatrical séance of the same length, and the secret lies undoubtedly in the fact that the brain is just sufficiently stimulated by the variety of scenery and motion presented to the eye, while the ear obtains a long and welcome repose.
Anti-Chinese Feeling In Lhasa
(From Our Correspondent)
Kalimpong, Oct 1
The Tibetans are raising large numbers of soldiers from the provinces of Shigatse and Gyantse for service in the Kham campaign against the Chinese on the eastern border of Tibet. The forces are meanwhile being assembled in Lhasa ready to be marched against the Chinese. Rumours of a threatened Chinese invasion are constant, and have hampered trade between here and Lhasa. The petty officials and common people harass the half-breds and the pure Chinese left in Lhasa. Many of them have fled, some to Kalimpong, alleging that the conditions of life in Lhasa are unbearable. The Chinese Mahomedan butchers in Lhasa in revenge cornered the meat supply and doubled the price of meat.
THE TRAIN MURDER
Lucknow, Oct 1
Miss Murphy, whose murder in a train already has been reported, was the niece of Mr. Lyons, Principal of the Industrial School at Gorakhpur. She was on her way to Lucknow to resume and to complete a course of study preparatory to taking a medical course at the Lucknow Medical College. She had intended leaving Gorakhpur in the evening previous to that on which she met her fate, in company with Miss Maya Dasi, an Indian lady teacher of the Thoburn College. She evidently missed the train that evening and Miss Maya Dasi proceeded without her.
Possible Constitutional Difficulties
London, Oct 1
Letters appear in the Times in connection with Mr. Balfour’s recent speech at Haddington, from Sir William Anson, Lord Hugh Cecil and Professor Morgan. They discuss possible constitutional difficulties in connection with the Home Rule Bill.
Sir William Anson and Lord Hugh Cecil maintain that the Sovereign has the Right to reject the advice of his Ministers if he can find other advisers who will bear the responsibility of such rejection.
Professor Morgan says that the Sovereign’s independent decision to dissolve Parliament is equivalent to the dismissal of ministers, and that no loyal subject would contemplate without misgiving the effect on the position of the Sovereign of an election held in such circumstances.