Some Deductions from the Imperial Press Conference
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 17 Feb 1910, p. 149-160
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Some Deductions from the Imperial Press Conference


Ways in which the Imperial Press Conference is a dead thing. Other issues arising in Canada and England which have put the Conference well out of mind. But some things to be said about it, some morals to be drawn from it. One of the dominant impressions produced that of the diminutiveness of the country of England. Some personal reminiscences and anecdotes of the speaker's experiences. One feature of the Conference to make Canadians acquainted with Australians, South Africans, and New Zealanders, and with other Canadians. The trip arranged by the Glasgow Corporation. Who and what was heard during the three weeks of the Conference. The message from Lord Rosebery: For her own salvation, England must look to herself, and failing that she looks to you." The moral that the British political genius seized the occasion with characteristic intention; the basic political British idea being free speech and appeal to public opinion. Lord Rosebery's oratory skills and the effect he produced. Response to Mr. Balfour's address. A story told by Lord Crewe. The parade of the fleet at Portsmouth. Some dollar figures to reflect the costs of the British Navy. The great industries, the great waterways, the great mills, the great educational institutions seen by the Press Conference. The question of paupers, the unemployed, of drink, and of the slums. Remembering that these are comparative questions as regards the conditions which surround them, and comparative as regards efforts which are being made to overcome them. The speaker's impressions of what he saw in England relative to these issues. Some statistics and historical background of these matters. The personnel of the Imperial Press Conference. Leaving England more warmly British at heart. Feeling a new pride in the British name, a new pride in the British fame, a new determination to help it out if we could, and a new hope and a new confidence in an enduring British Empire of world-wide partnership.