will, as now, chiefly become remarkable by being violated and by giving belligerents an excuse for mutual vituperation for so doing.
Is there any man, then, who could view the future resulting from an old-fashioned peace without dismay and grave apprehension ? There may be some, and not a few, it must be feared, amongst professional politicians and government officials, who, from sheer force of habit and moral stolidity could not be bothered with novel notions about polities. They prefer to stay in the atmosphere of mistrust and of national egotism, in which they have always breathed. They honestly believe, perhaps, that the world is incorrigible. We do not intend to speak badly of them. They have done, and will surely do, that which they consider to be their duty as honest servants of their State. That is the highest tribute that can be paid to them, and the highest they hope for, or aspire to. But for all that, they have been utterly helpless to avoid the calamity of our time, and they have all contributed something towards bringing it about.
The ways of diplomats are strange. When Bismarck thought that the other man expected that he would teil him a lie, he told him the truth. The other man then acted upon the reverse of what Bismarck said and lost the game. Then Bismarck posed as a truthful man, and the other looked rather foolish. I have known an old gentleman who was minister some-