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CHAPTER XV
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THE  MILNER  COMMISSION
AT last, on December 7th, in spite of all threats and fulminations, the Miner Mission, or more correctly Commission, arrived quite quietly in Cairo. There had been no untoward incidents, and the Cairenes were quite aware, after what had happened on November 16th in Abdeen Square, that Lord Allenby had no mind to tolerate any more riotous demonstrations. The Government had taken some pains to make it a representative Commission, for Lord Miner had as his colleagues Sir John Maxwell, who had made many friends in Egypt and lost none even when he administered martial law as General Commanding the Forces during the first year of the war ; Sir Rennell Rodd, lately Ambassador in Rome, who had served for some time under Lord Cromer during the first phase of the Occupation ; General Sir Owen Thomas, an expert on agriculture in many parts of Africa, who sits in the House of Commons as a somewhat detached member of the Labour Party; Mr. J. A. Spender, who as editor of the Westminster Gazette has been the ablest exponent of orthodox Liberalism in the London Press ; and Mr. C. J. B. Hurst, one of the legal advisers of the Foreign Office, who had done much solid spade-work at the Peace Conference. The Secretary of the Commission, Mr. T. Loyd, had been formerly in the Egyptian service, and had won golden opinions from Englishmen and Egyptians alike. The
260c Press. It was difficult to make Egyptians understand that the old machinery had to be kept going until the Mission had completed its labours. They preferred to believe that an attempt was being made to confront the Mission with accomplished facts.