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Close Of The Afghan War

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One of Lord Boaconsfield's wars has been cut short. While military operations inSoutli África are still dragging on, peace has been dictated in Afgnanistan. The last campaign in that quarter cost as much as $85,000,000, and ended ingloriously. The British are luckier this time. Yakoob Khan has Bued for peace before the Indian Exchequer is squeezed dry. The conditions of peace have not been announced with precisión, but it is clear that the Viceroy has made a good bargain. Jelalabad and Candahar are notto be permanently occupied by the conquerors, but the valleys where the three invading columns have been encamped are virtually annexed to India. The famous Khyber Pass becomes a British outpost; the Khyrum and Kliost Valleys are converted into Indian granaries, and an intrenched camp is established within four days' march of the Ameer's capital ; and the main gateway in the mountains between Quettah and Candahar is to be fortiiied and garrisoned. These are positive gains. Bl'iÜSh is.ce'ü.'U'íVj.i.íorit cii-í í'uiiítr Btan, and a frontier which Lord Beaeoiisdeld, will complacently accept as entirely scientilic has been secured. In tlüs way a war of which Englishmen had already grown wearyiabroughtto a close in good season, and these accessions of territory are prima facie evidence that it has not been a wholly E profltable vmdertaking. The campaign has been well planned and boldly execnted, and while the enemy's capital haa not been occupied. the conquerors have made peace on their own terms, and accompliabed all tliey sought to do. The Kussian intrigue at Cabul has been brought lo naught, and Great Britain has acquired new prestige as an Asiatic Power. These are immediate gains. On the other hand grave responsibilities have been incurred. The doïnestic relations of the Afgban tribes must he.nceforth be eontrolledby British agenta at Cabul and Candahar. The Ameer, who has made peace with the British commanders, must be kept upon the throne, and if his rivala aspire to the successi, ui and offer resistance they must bo erushed by Sepoy l attalions. Afghanistan, with its warlike tubes and the facilities wbich it offers for Kussian intrigue, must be regarded as a prospective province to be administered in the interests of Great Britain, whose shoulders are already overweighted with the bwrdens of the world's govsrnment. - - At last it bas been discovered "How to keep a boy on the farm." The plan is to kill him and bury him six feet deepinthe barajará. This rule does not applv in Ohio, however, where body-snatching makes it extremely dmiKffnil ivlii'vp the bov would be a


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