his platitudes about Magnacharta and ancient rights – and more emphatically by his vigorous rounds of that sort of language which is welcome to an excited audience driven into a strong race antagonism, first by a proposed. Bill they did not grasp from their disturbed condition at that time, and second by the speech of a Member of the Bar which only added fuel to fire.
Is it clear that Mr. Branson as regards himself had no reason to be so fussily ferocious; and he ought to have known, and if he really did not, that others like himself born and educated in this country and getting their professional passport in England, had no legitimate ground to be so alarmed about greasy Babus and `Abominable' Hindus. We regard his attitude at the Town Hall as a specimen of supercilious pride, as a piece of presumption, at times seen in persons similarly educated and fortunate as himself, with similar antecedents. On this ground, we estimate the Branson's wrath differently from his hearers. We condemn it without reserve as unbecoming and ungrateful in one who owes much of the advantages he received from his cradle to his present position to this country, the India among whose people he has mingled and whose money goes largely into his coffers. Well, may the people exclaim et tu Brute! But after all his declamation and that of his brother Atkins have only 'scotched' but not killed the supposed snake in the shape of the Ilbert Bill. The latest Telegrams show that the Home authorities are determined to support the Viceroy and the outcry has only enforced it. The folly of getting up a Monster Meeting opposing even a compromise just clearly indicates the rabid prejudice which is unable to accept a reconciliation of the kind favourable to all classes.
But let us leave Mr. Branson for a while and see what others superior to him in every way think of India and the way in which natives are treated. We will begin with our late Governor, Sir Charles Trevelyan, what does he say? His words deserve to be remembered “All sorts of young men who fail at the competitive examinations in this Country (England), or who do not even venture to go into them, go out to India with recommendations and they have been put into the Police and into the departments of the Revenue as Deputy Collectors to a far greater extent than is right”. This is the way natives qualified have been treated.