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Russia And France

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Tho exaniiuation now going on at Ver sai lies into the MOret history of tho Fran co-Gei'imin war has already connnned ii ii wiy striking mannel' the accuracy o the iutimation conveyed to us whil; the war was in progreas, both by our Continental and by our English coiTiispondeixts, of the attitudo and the intentions of liussia. The Versailles correspondent of thü Loudou Tune in a recent letter givcs the following intuie.iting details upon this subject: " Already the report has been sovcral times spread that wheu the Hrst defeats struck the Fronch ai mythe Emperur ot' Kussia offered tho governmeiit OÏ 1iiiTuilleries nis good otHees to about peaco without thediminution of terri t ory , but that the rovolution of the 4th nf !September having ocourred these faithful ovtrtures oould uot bu carried out. M. Olement Duremcis, invited to infortn the oommigaion of what he knew positivt'ly on this subject, drew out of hit the copy ■f i iitspatchfrom ld Majtstytht Czir, ii■'(. flu Ju aftêf S I'k, m ichirh it w is e.vprttsly statèd Hmt t,, B-murw of Huisia itotud 'fnfluí hitiisc'f n rffoticttlly to brhig abcntt peaee vn the baxix of ternt rúil imttgrity for France. This dispatch having only arrived in Paris ftfter Une revolution ha i alea ly suocedod, had tallen into the hands ot' the now Minister for Foreign AiFiirs, il. Julos Favre, who naturally could not oarry it out in the manner oonteraplated, although it would li iv. Bpared France so niany misfortunes. It has boen very wronffly said that M. Julos Favro had coucea. cd this dispatch. M. Jules Favrc was in a situation wiiioh did uot allow him to in'iorit trom the ompira the good will ot tuo Czar. Oi'ton in tho course of his caruer of oj)i)osition had tho celebratod lawycr attacked tho Autocrat of all tho Iiussias ; htí could not ontor, as a mat ter of courso, into nogotiatious with the soveroign ; preparations were neuessary, and thoy were alinost immodiately contidod to AI. Thien, ieto starled for Londen befvro joing to Sí. Petersburg. How muoh tiiiKi as woll as good-will was lost I" it is clear trom this wry important disclosure not only that Kussia has never tor a moment sufl'urod hereelf to bo bliud01.I as to the peril to herown position and polioy of suoli a result as was tinally woiked out of tho war of 187(1, but that tho Czar attoiupted in the boginuing to secure by saving France the same advantages in the East whieh he afterwards won by excrling a pressure upou but peace-dosiiing Gcrniauy. Had M. Thiers, instoad of hoping anything iroiii England, wliioh was noithor able nor willing to aid lior ally of 18,H, availed hiiusolt', proniptly of the opportunity Diï'cTi'it by Kussia to France to inake an ally ot her ouoiny of 18Ó4, it is more tluin probable thatKurope might have escaped tin mauy and grave porils involvod in the actual and most unnatural state of tho relations now existing botween the chiet' states and pooples ot' tho Cuutinent. But these revelations are more valuable tbr the light thoy throw forward upon a probable i'uturu than for that whiuh they reflect upon au irruvooable past. Tne dismemberment of Franco wil! make questions ot' strictly Western policy so pairainount tor years to oome in the eouneils ot iiny conceivablo Prt-noh govonmient thut Eusuia, with tact aiul putiinee, may cleariy count horeafter upon her oo-operation in following up both on the Danube and on the Baltie the unchanijeable oljjuotsnot only of her dynastie and diploma io traditions but of the fanatical fuith and hope of thu whole liussiau moe.


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