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even though an honoured one. But your Dutch hostess will invite the afternoon caller to drink a cup of tea with a naturalness so evident as to provoke the involuntary thought „Is this England ?" While the quality of your cup inevitably leads to the discovery that the Dutch „India" (i. e. Java and Sumatra) is a rich source of the world's tea supply, that in peace times thousands and thousands of tons of tea, conveyed in Dutch ships, not only supply Holland, but form a very considerable item in the tea markets of London. And theyoung Dutchman of enterprise looks to Java as a field of ad venture and fortune, as many a young Englishman sets out for the hillsides of Ceylon or the torrential heights of Darjeeling.

This overseas activity is not confined to private commercial enterprise alone. Even more official recognition than in our British Universities is given to Dutch students in their courses of study preparatio fnor Indian Civil Service Examinations. To those acquainted with this aspect of English university work, the arrangements at Leiden, for instance, come so unexpectedly familiar that one seems once more at the Varsity. Again, Dutch medical students look to „India" as they call it, as a field of work: there are those who wish to specialise in tropical medicine and also those who wish to becomeattached to the Dutch „Indian" Army. That army is maintained on a somewhat similar basis to the British Indian Army— European Officers and native troops: it exists for similar purpose and has waged similar wars. The Dutch democrats have a similar sensitiveness about the Dutch position in Java even as our ultra-democrats ; the Dutch Government is faced like our own Indian Office with the problem of the native share in Administration. Again the Javanese students at Leiden are as noticeable a feature of student life there as are our Indian students at Oxford, Cambridge or Edinburgh. And in as much as the Dutch are a somewhat more democratie people than we are, so have they adopted more readilya liberal Indian policy;

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