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State Papers.

SPEECH of the King, on the Opening of the British Parliament.-Westminster, February 14, 1901.

My Lords and Gentlemen,

I ADDRESS you for the first time at a moment of national sorrow, when the whole country is mourning the irreparable loss which we have so recently sustained, and which has fallen with peculiar severity upon myself. My beloved mother, during her long and glorious reign, has set an example before the world of what a Monarch should be. It is my earnest desire to walk in her footsteps.

Amid this public and private grief it is satisfactory to me to be able to assure you that my relations with other Powers continue to be friendly.

The war in South Africa has not yet entirely terminated; but the capitals of the enemy and his principal lines of communication are in my possession, and measures have been taken which will, I trust, enable my troops to deal effectually with the forces by which they are still opposed. I greatly regret the loss of life and the expenditure of treasure due to the fruitless guerilla warfare maintained by Boer partisans in the former territories of the two Republics. Their carly submission is much to be desired in their own interests, as, until it takes place, it will be impossible for me to establish in those Colonies institutions which will secure equal rights to all the white inhabitants, and protection and justice to the native population.

The capture of Peking by the allied forces, and the happy release of those who were besieged in the Legations, results to which my Indian troops and my naval forces largely contributed, have been followed by the submission of the Chinese Government to the demands insisted on by the Powers. Negotiations are pro[1900-1901. XCIV.] B

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