A PERIOD OF TRANSITION 99 Lord Cromer had never identified himself with any political party, and by family traditions as well as by temperament he was a Liberal rather than a Tory. But his retirement from >a post of immense but undefined responsibility following within a relatively short time the change of Government at home made it unquestionably much easier to modify the lines on which British control had hitherto been conducted, and adapt them as far as possible to the new conditions which, with his usual clearness of vision, he had himself discerned. To turn this opportunity to good account, it was, however, essential that there should be no departure from the principle ever present to Lord Oromer's mind that our position in Egypt was that of trustees for her people. H 2ame of one with whom I have only recently co-operated, but for whom, in that short time, I have learned to entertain a high regard. Unless I am much mistaken, a career of great public usefulness lies before the present Minister of Education, Saad Zaghlul Pasha. He possesses all the qualities necessary to serve his country. He is honest; he is capable ; he has the courage of his convictions ; he has been abused by many of the less worthy of his own countrymen. These are high qualifications. He should go far."