ed many openings when it began to require engineers and railways. But we did not turn even the fairest chances to advantage.
It would be ungrateful not to acknowledge that we are in a better way now. We may be proud of our literature and of the other arts. No other small nation has carried away so many Nobel prizes. Our engineers areinrequestevenin the remotest countries. Regular readers of the periodical „Neerlandia" know that the produce ofourDutchindustry and commerce meets with a ready sale all over the world. It will always redound to the credit of the „Algemeen Nederlandsen Verbond" and of its leader, Kiewiet de Jonge, that they have tightened andstrengthenedthetiesbetween our nation and its cognates abroad, for good. The „Algemeen Nederlandsch Verbond'' may be mentioned here also, because the connection between intellectual and economie life is more evident in the sphere of its activity than elsewhere. Racial affinity is a moral phenomenon, but no one will underrate its economie importance who notices the increasing figures of our import and export trade with South Africa; who notices the new steamer lines directly connecting us with that country; and the chances, slender, as yet, indeed, which South Africa offers to Our bookselling trade. Our nation „hives ofF' again as in the end of the i6th and the beginning of the 17* centuries. Dutchmen settle every-