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THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM
which Lord Cromer possibly did not take into acco or if one allows also for the number, relatively si of British judges and employes of the Mixed Tribu whom Lord Cromer specifically excluded, the 1 increase may be a little, but a very little, less. But large enough to give one furiously to think. The r development of Egypt and her growing wealth : reasonably account for some of this increase. But \ the Egyptians saw was that this new Civil Service Egypt, recruited in England on the same lines as the Br: and Colonial and Indian Civil Services, that was sta only in the last years of Lord Cromer's time, poured i: annual contingents as a matter of course. Besides several relatively new departments have indented for i and more technical experts from home. That also have been to some extent inevitable, but the num might have been smaller if there had not been a tend* to yield to the temptation to get out young English already trained to work on the accustomed lines ins of laboriously training young Egyptians to do work.
But whether these or other reasons be good, bad indifferent, the fact remains that the number of Eng men in the Egyptian public services has enormo exceeded, in proportion to size and population, the nur employed in India, though it is through them that whole of British India is governed, whereas English in Egypt are not, except in a few departments, execr officers. Egyptians can hardly be blamed for resenti result that pointed, not to the increasing share we repeatedly promised them in the government and adm tration of their country, but to a diminishing one.
Certainly the strongest part of the Nationalist is that which even moderate men who do not othei fully subscribe to the programme of the Party of Inde dence base on the steady deterioration of British coi even before the war. I will state it briefly and as fc possible in the words in which it was set out t8 me. Tr 150 per cent., viz., to 1,671 ! If one reduces this figure by the number of Englishmen, 117, employed without a contract and "hors cadre, a classts on the subject he gave about the only indication* to be foundble, to get on with Egyptians, jit