There is no fair treatment of the interests of India when these gentlemen spoken of by Sir Charles come into opposition to them, what does Lord Lawrence say? "I think that the natives might be more freely employed in offices of trust and emolument, particularly in the judicial branch. I think that they make very good judicial officers" (The italics are ours.) Here is a Governor General, with a vast experience of India for many years, saying that as Judicial officers the natives are well ualified. But, of course, Mr. Branson and his conferers imagine they are slovens and that their wisdom is superior to that of Sir Charles Trevelyan and a Lawrance. We can quote several eminent authorities such as the Hon. W.N. Massey, the once financier of India, S. Bartle Frere, and many others to show that the consensus of opinion of able and experienced officials of high position outweighs by far the petty prejudices of Mr. Branson and his admirers.
The feeling which has been brought to play on the platform and in the press is what John Stuart Mill long ago wrote about in a passage which has been frequently quoted, and which will never lose by repetition, as it is apt and should be digested in these days by every native of the country. He says, "if there be a fact to which all experience testifies is that when a country holds another in subjection, the individuals of the ruling people who resort to the foreign country to make their fortunes are of all others those who most need to be held under powerful restraint. They are always one of the chief difficulties of the Government". Has not this proved true to the very letter in the recent agitations? Who has been the most virulent in language but the foreigner? Who is obstructing the wise policy of Lord Ripon but the European? Who is fomenting opposition and disloyalty but the very countrymen of the Viceroy? Well, might be the learned author of the Representative government say that these foreigners are not only the chief difficulties of the Indian Government, but of all others most need to be held under powerful restraint they have created indiscipline, they are obnoxious, they urge disloyalty against the government if the government declines to consent to their views and proposals. All the chief hubub is theirs. They believe it to be monstrous to give the natives any rights. Their pretentions to offices and emoluments are prodigious. In short they want every thing that is fat, and will leave the fleshless bones for the na