OCCASIONAL NOTE

The success achieved by Lord Kitchener in Egypt adds to his already great reputation for statesmanship and for the possession of keen insight into the needs and aspirations of the common people. It would have been fortunate for India if Lord Kitchener had returned to this country as Viceroy. We should certainly in that event have been spared the Delhi “boons”, and the ryot would have found a sympathetic friend and a practical benefactor. Lord Kitchener&’s report, like the annual account formerly given by Lord Cromer of his stewardship, is obviously of great interest, and there is justice in the gibe of the Times in comparing it with the “slovenly belated hack-work called the Moral and Material Progress Report which is annually flung by the India Office at an unheeding Parliament.” If the affairs of India were presented to the British public in the manner in which the affairs of Egypt have been presented to them for many years past, there would be far greater interest displayed in India at Home, and less difficulty would be experienced in raising loans in the London market for reproductive purposes in this country.

NEWS ITEMS

MR TAGORE’S RECEPTION IN LONDON
Growth Of The National Spirit
London, June 17
Mr. Tagore held a reception of Indian students in Britain at the Criterion, at which 300 persons were present. Mrs. Naidu, the poetess, garlanding Mr. Tagore as a declaration of the love borne him by his young countrymen, said that that would help to further the ideal of consecrating their lives to the service of the Great Mother, to whom they all cried bande mataram. The national spirit in India was overcoming all distinctions of caste and creed, for Mahomedans, Hindus and Parsis were together in that room to express a common admiration for the great Indian.

BALKAN LEADERSHIP
Crisis Suddenly Arises
Austria Angry With Russia
Sequel To The Tsar&’s Telegram
London, June 17
While the replies of King Ferdinand and King Peter may be construed as an intimation that they acquiesce in the Tsar&’s arbitration, the actual situation is still regarded with considerable apprehension. The overthrow of the Servian Cabinet implies disapproval of any yielding on the part of Servia. The newspapers in Servia and Greece continue to print violent attacks upon Bulgaria, the Press of which replies with equal acerbity.
Newspapers in Vienna are perturbed by the tone of the Tsar&’s telegram to the Balkan Sovereigns, and have opened a campaign against any assumption by Russia of the supreme leadership of the Balkan States.

18 June, 1913