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The War In The East

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Tho tone of the presa and the people in countries bordering on the strnggle between Tnrkey and her provinces is becoining anxious and disturbed. Business in Austria is almost at a standstül. The Vienna joumals cali upon the Government and upon Kussia to put an end to this contest, or a great war will blaze forth. The Sclavonic race is becoming everywhere aroused and excited at the wrongs suflfered by theix compatriots at the hands of the Musselmans. The Sclavs of Hungary are pouring supplies and assistance in to aid those of Turkey. Millions of gulden in value hare been thus forwarded and distributed. The Sclavs of Russia are full of indignation at the oppression and sufferings of their fellow-believers in Bosnia. The Government can hardly restrain the ardor of the people ; and in private, great quantitieB of provisions and supplies are forwarded to the insnrgents. The Sclavs in Montenegro - the Black Alountaiueers - not content witb. slielterïng thousands of rcfugees, are all in arms and ready to throw their weight, however small, into the balance of the struggle. Never having been couquered by all the power of the Ottoman Empire, they do not dread a contest with it in itj present crippled condition ; yet the whole population of the little principality is only some 120,000. Tho position of Servia gives great anxiety. Her army is almost in readiness for a campaign. Peabody rifles and modern arms of precisión are being introduced; loans have been placed, and the whole country, with its more than a million of inhabitanls, seems about to throw itself iuto this struggle. Tho Germán press is full of rnmors that Russia has thrown off disguise, and will now support the demands of the insurgente. There are certainly many indications of this. For her to loso, as Austria has done, her prestige as leader of the Southern Sclavs would be a fearf ui blunder ; and all motives impel her to assist the rebeUion against Turkey. The recent massacre at Salónica is the first symptom of what has long been expected - a fan&tical outbreak of the Mussulmans of the Ottoman Empire against the Christians, and the proclamation of a " Holy war." It was under this cry that the Turks in former ages swept over Asia and parts of Europe. The appeal will bo tittered again, and for a time we do not doubt that the Turkish Empire will display consider ablo force and overwhelm the insurgente agaiust ite authority. But ifc will be the last dying flames in old burnt-out embers. Fanaticism will only basten the dismemberment of the Empire. The Ohristian powers, nnder such a "Holy war," must interfere, and the fire of fanaticism in Russia will burn even more intensely in return. Mohammedanism has no vitality by which Turkey can be saved. - New York limes.


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