ferent religion from our own, there is no reason why he should be treated as a brute." He was shocked by the "rude and rough manner " 9 with which the political officers treated the native chiefs. What he saw and realized during the journey coloured all his future relations with the Indian princes and he never forgot what he wrote to his mother,

"Natives of all classes in this country will, I am sure, be more attached to us if they are treated with kindness and with firmness at the same time, but not with brutality or contempt."

The Serapis left for England in March, 1876, laden deep with tigers, leopards, elephants, ostriches, a bear, and a noble Arab horse. The Prince had sixty-five mammals and almost an hundred birds to house when he arrived home. The ship passed Aden, where the Prince was greeted by the Union Jack, then Perim, where he saw the flag again, then Suez. This time, the heir to the throne steamed through a canal which had become partly British while he had been in India. The shares had been bought and British control was creeping deeper into Egypt. In time, the Egyptians neglected their overlord in Constantinople, the "Lord of Two Continents," the "Shadow of the Most High," and the "Protector of Kings." In dingy business offices in Cairo and Alexandria, in post offices and cafés, they hung, instead, highly coloured lithographs of the Queen of half the world.


{109}

1876

MR. GLADSTONE'S imagination was an English growth, within the shores of the seagirt isle, but Mr. Disraeli had travelled in the Orient, from which he drew his blood, and his imagination played about the edges of the world. He was dazzled by the prospect of an "imperial country" and had whispered to the Queen of these ambitions, enough to make her appreciate his "lofty views" of the position Britain should hold. The King of Prussia had listened to his tempter and had been rewarded in the Galerie des Glaces at Versailles, where he was proclaimed Emperor. Queen Victoria also had her tempter, to dazzle her with the mirage of imperial grandeur; but where Bismarck thundered his way with cannon, Disraeli used the guile and charm of an Oriental storyteller. Early in 1876, while her son was still abroad, the Queen revived an old wish to be proclaimed Empress of India. To whisper of

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