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    THE absence of oflicial representatives of the British Government at the celebrations connected with the opening of the Carnegie Institute at Pittsburg formed the subject of questions asked in both Houses of Parliament on Monday. The replies were to the effect that our Ambassador to the United States was prevented by other engagements from attending the celebrations; and Lord Fitzmaurice added:—“I am exceedingly glad of the opportunity publicly to state how much His Majesty's Government, and our Ambassador at Washington, appreciate the importance of that occasion. “In his explanation to the House of Commons Mr. Runciman said:—” Neither the German, Austro-Hungarian, French, nor Russian Embassies were represented at Pittsburg. It is understood that the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge were represented at the celebrations at Pittsburg, and on such an occasion the presence of members of the greatest educational institutions of the country would appear to be the form of representation most suitable and convenient.” The explanations do not appear to us to be entirely satisfactory. That representatives of British universities were present at Pittsburg is not a circumstance for which the (iovernment can claim any credit. If these guests of Mr. Carnegie had been asked to represent the Government on the occasion the case would have been different, but no official notice was taken of them or of the event. When every allowance has been made, the fact remains that the German Emperor took advantage of an opportunity to show his interest in the advancement of knowledge, and that the British Government failed to do so.

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