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Court Can Do Justice

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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
November
Year
1898
Copyright
Public Domain
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COURT CAN DO JUSTICE

Dreyfus Case at Last Where It Can Have Fair Hearing.

CIVIL TRIBUNAL HAS FULL POWER.

Can Demand All the Testimony That Was Used to Send the Captain to Devil's Island - "Dossier" Not Privileged - France and Fashoda.

 

Paris, Oct. 28.- President Faure last evening asked M. Dupuy to form a cabinet in succession to the Brisson ministry which resigned Tuesday. Dupuy asked until today to decide, but will doubtless accept the task unless unforeseen difficulties arise.

Paris, Oct. 26.- The Brisson cabinet resigned last night as the result of the adverse result of a vote of confidence. There was great excitement in the city yesterday on the occasion of the assembling of the French congress. The city was patrolled by policemen and soldiers and presented the appearance of a city in war time.

Paris, Nov. 1.- The French cabinet as finally made up by Dupuy is as follows: Lebret, justice; Dupuy, premier and minister of the interior; De Freycinet, war; Lockroy, marine; Delcasse, foreign affairs; Peytral, finance; Leygus, public instruction; Deloncle, commerce; Guillaine, the colonies; Vigier, agriculture; Krantz, public works.

Paris, Oct. 31.- By Saturday's decision the court of cassation obtains the most absolute control over the Dreyfus case. It can demand and examine any documents whatever, including the "dossier," of any case bearing upon the Dreyfus matter and can examine under oath any witness, however high his position. In short, if the court makes a sincere use of its powers the truth will have a much better chance of being discovered than would have been the case had it merely ordered revision before another court-martial, whose members might have been actuated by a desire to shield the general staff. Having concluded its inquiry it can present a new dossier to either a civil or a military court for the final decision. Its proceedings will not be public and there can, therefore, be no objection to the communication to it of the alleged secret dossier, if this is still in existence, while the numerous generals who have expressed their belief in the guilt of Dreyfus will now be called upon to explain the grounds of their convictions.

Substance of the Decision.
The decision of the court first declares that "in view of the arguments of the public prosecutor denouncing to the court the condemnation pronounced by the first court-martial of the military government of Paris on Dec. 22, 1894, against Alfred Dreyfus, then a captain of artillery attached to the general staff; in view of all the documents in the case," etc, and as the matter has been brought before the court according to certain laws, etc., "the court declares the application to be in proper form and equally admissible, and states that it will institute a supplementary inquiry, and declares there is no ground at the present moment for deciding on the public prosecutor's application for a suspension of the penalty." After all the turbulence the mere proposal to investigate whether the Dreyfus case should even be talked about, it a curious fact that Paris is free of riots in the face of this decision.

Dreyfus May Be Taken to France.
Although the liberation of Dreyfus has not been ordered the court can order him brought to France at any moment, and will probably do so at an early stage of the inquiry. The court refrained from ordering his release on Saturday because it would have been a presumption of his innocence. Paul Deroulede, of the Patriotic League, turned the patriotic manifestation at Le Bourge yesterday in memory of the soldiers who fell there in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 into a revolutionary demonstration against the decision of the court of cassation. He delivered a violent anti-Dreyfus speech. Marcel Habert, member of the chamber of deputies, followed with a still more inflammatory harangue. There were, however, no disorders.