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The European Crisis

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During the recent war, enys the Omoago ínter Ocean, Bussia published news or opinions only when it suited her convenience or served her purpose. There were periods when her anny officers were great news disseminators ; and, agaiu, there were long intervals when these same officers said nothing themselves nor allowed anyone else to say anything. The periods of silence covered eras of preparation, and the communicative moods were inspired by results accomplished. Throughout the whole campaign this policy was maintained. Judged by the rule of the campaign. the recent semi-official outburst from St. Petersburg is significant, in that it indicates that Russia has perf eoted her plans, has completed her preparations, and is ready to meet the crisis. Her readincss to declare what she will do, under certain contingencies, means that she is ready to piecipitate the j gencies, or, in other words, that she is ready for action. In such a crisis readiness for action on the part of Bussia involyes, or may involve, imch tremendous issues that the nations of Europe may well contémplate the prospect wi+h many misgivings. As matters stand now, Bussia has settled several questions that have i tated Europe, or at least has opened j the way to settlement, but a war with England will unsettle all these and add new and confusing complications everywhere. The attitude of Bussia would indicate that, notwithstanding all rumors to the contrary, satisfactory arrangements have been made with Germany and Austria; that an alliance with Turkey, in the event of war with England, has been concluded, and that the neutrality of other powers has been secured. It has been a difficult task to make all these arrangements without undoing the work of the war, but the very conditions under which the Bussian diplomatists speak argue that the difficult task has been accomplished, or that Bussia Heves it has been accomplished. A Turkish alliance is to Bussia, engaged in a war with England, a necegsity; and, with the new English policy in view, such an alliance is important to Turkey as well. England, to thwart Bussia, would give all of European Turkey to Greece. Bussi.i, to thwart England, would preserve the Turkish power in Europe, and give Bosnia, j govina, Albania, and even part of donia to Austria. England's policy j -- „o ctrrmn, .allips while Bussia's policy gives to an important puv, „ .. coast line on the Adriaüc and a new port on the jEgean. In her counter play against England, Bussia is forced to abandon her traditional policy; but, while maintaining hor position as to Bulgaria and the straits, she makes friends of both Austria and Turkey, and, for the time being, isolates England. With Turkey as a base, Bussia is ready for battle at once, and if she has (Jecided on war it may be assumed that süe will by a bold demand forcé the retirement of England, or precipítate a conflict. England, on the contrary, even if determined on war, will delay hostilities until her preparations are complete. With her ironclads within a fewhours' sail of Constantinople, and at the Dardanelles, she can well afford to do this. Stingy Men. I despise a stingy man. I don't see j how it is possible for a man to die worth flfty millioiis of dollars, or ten millions of dollars, in a city Ml of want, when he meets almost every day tb e withered hand of beggary and the white lips of famine. How a man can withstand all that, and hold in the eluteh of bis band twenty or thirty millions of dollars, is past my comprehension. I do notsee how he can do it. I should nottbinkbe could do it any more than he could keep a pilo of lumber when hundreds and thousands were drowning in the sea. I should not think be could do it. Do you mow I have known men who would ,rust their wives witb tbeir hearts and ;beir honor, but not -with their pocketbooks- not with a dollar. When I see a man of that kind I always think he knows which of these articles is the most valuable. Think of mnking your wife a beggar ! Think of her having to ask jou every day for a dollar or for two dollars, or for fifty cents ! " Wbat did you do with that dollar I gave yoa last week ? " Think of baving a wife that is afraid of you ! What kind. of children do you expect to bave witb a beggar and a coward for their motber ? Oh, I te)l you, if you have got but a dollar in the world, and you have got to spend it, spend it like a king ; spend it as though it we.ce a dry leaf and you the owner of unbounded foresta ! That's the way to spend ït. 1 had rather be a beggar and spend my last dollar like a king, than be a king and spend my money like a beggar. If it's got to go, let it go ! Get the best you can for your f amily - try to look as well as you can yourselí. When you used to go courting how nice you looked ! Ah, your eye was bright, your step was light, and you just put on the very best look you could. Do you know that it is insuft'erable egotism in youto suppose that a woman is going to love you always looking as bad as you can ! Thiukof it ! Any woman on earth will be true to you forever when you do your level best. - R. O. Ingersoll. Spaiu Has Wounds. Emilio Castelar, in a late speech to the Spanish Cortez, urged an inoreaso of tke ariny and a patticipation in the present European complicationa. He snirl that Spain had two mrnnds, one being at Gibralter and the other on the Tagns. Gihraltcr, he insisted, should, as a part of Spaiu, belong to it. He also s.iiil that the Germán and Latín races wouH nltimately fuse, an intimation probably of his expeotation of future aid from Bismarok in realizing Spanish aukmoniy. IMstlüed Spirits. The books of the Internal Revenue Office show the quantity of distilled spirits in bonded warehouses on the lst of Match in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, asfollows: Ohio, 1,412,529 gallons; Indiana, 642,120 gallons; Illinois, 512,680 gáilons; quantily in warehouse in Kentucky on the lst of Februiry, 5,708,605 gallons; prodncing oapaoitv throughonf. the country on the lst of March, 328,265 aüoDS per dfty, as comparecí Ytfh 246,,-' 539 gallons Maroh 1, 1877, ud M5,'2,tt gaUojiB Marob 1, 1876,


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