anches of the service for which candidates are specially trained, and admission to which is by means of a competitive examination open to the public, and whereof due notice is given beforehand in the newspapers —namely, The Levant (Turkey, Egypt, Persia), and the China, Japan, and Siam services.
Those who are successful in these examinations are appointed student interpreters.
They must be unmarried and between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four.
These student interpreters must study Oriental languages either at Oxford or at a British legation or consulate in the country to which they are to be accredited.
They are called on to pass further examinations at intervals, and, if successful, they become eligible for employment, first as assistants and afterwards as interpreters, vice-consuls and consuls, as vacancies occur.
The salaries of British consular officers are fixed, under the act of Parliament of July 21, 1891 (54 and 55 Vict., cap. 36), by the secretary of state, with
n of importance in business or affairs, and enchained their attention for hours while he laid before them his information and his views.
Mexico also was a favorite theme, and a Mexican policy was already germinating in his brain.
As a rule I do not consider that General Grant's intellect was remarkable for originality; he absorbed the best points in the views of others and constructed out of them his own finest schemes and successes, making them, however, completely his own; but in these Oriental and Mexican measures he seems to me to have been entirely original.
He had become a profound thinker and an international statesman during his travels.
He had seen other countries, both the peoples and the rulers; the emperors and tycoons and sultans, and the ministers and parliaments and the nations themselves; his views were widened, and his whole character changed; but at the same time his national feeling and his democratic preferences were intensified.
He was never so fit to be Pres