December 18th, 1908.
IT IS only absolute necessity that justifies the suspension of the liberty of the subject, and that such necessity has arisen in India the opinion of natives, no less than that of British residents, appears to show. A Bill for the suppression of Associations was rapidly passed last week by the Viceroy in Council, giving the authorities power to deal summarily with rebellion. As we might have expected, there is an attempt amongst some “advanced” politicians at home to raise a loud outcry against Lord Morley [Secretary of State for India] and the Government, but we do not suppose that it will come to much. There is too strong a desire not to risk a repetition of the Indian Mutiny, with all its horrors, the memory of which still vividly abides with us, and the uneasy forebodings of such a disaster that have been heard of late have created, we believe, a general impression that those who are responsible for the maintenance of order in the Indian Empire are fully warranted in adopting these stringent measures.