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CORRESPONDENCE. THE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS IN RUSSIA. TO THE KTIITOK. SIR,âYour leading article of to-day's issue (Thursday), commenting upun the above painful subject, must have greatly surprised your nume- rous readers. You appear to believe that Holy (?) Russia is not half so bad as the civilised world paints her. Would that such was the truth We have daily accounts of shameful outrages in every hideous formâmurder, pillage, and dishonour. It is too much to say the extent of her barbarism is exaggerated. I heartily wish such a statement could be verified. Surely such noble and patrio- he Christians like the Archbishop of Canterbury, Earl of Shaftesbury, Cardinal Manning, &c., &c.j would not attempt to arouse the voice of humanity and civilization if the cry of the oppressed and suffering was false. The Lord Mayor acceded to the demands of liberty and justice, and presided over a most popular meeting at the Mansion House, London, on the 1st itist., where were pre- sent representatives of an classes uf the comnm- nity, who unhesitatingly laid aside their party { feeling, and united themselves with all lovers of civilization and common humanity, and strongly denounced Russia's Christianity as a disgrace to civilization. The meetingâof ever grateful memory to us Jews, English and foreignâre- sulted in forming an English relief fund on behalf of the unfortunate Russian Jews (men, women, and children) who have bitterly suffered from Russia's fanatical brutality. The voice of lm- manity is no longer deaf to the pitiful cry of the oppressed and wronged, and in the words of Earl Shaftesbury's speech at the Mansion House They knew very wdl that this is a fair meet- ing- of free citizens, and that we are come here to prove our deep regard for the rights of the human race." Thanking you beforehand for the kind in- sertion of this in vour next issue, I am, &c., Feb. 2. B. JACOBS. TO THE EDITOR. SIR,âI am greatly surprised at the article in to-day's issue under the above heading. As a Liberal organ you ought to cry shame on such deeds, as you did on the Bulgarian massacres. May I ask on what ground you doubt the reports? Is it because you have special correpondence from Russia? If so, let us have it. Your asser- tion, sir, about trumped-up charges and sensa- tional visions and dreamers, &c., are illiberal. We as a race are industrious, law-abiding, and loyal subjects. Wherever we dwell we pay all rates and taxes, and never trouble your institutions, for we keep our poor. If we are more prosperous, it is owing to our being more provident. We keep our wives and children respectable we educate our children, and we put by for a rainy day. Are we to be despised and persecuted for this, or for not filling the calendar with crime and dissipa- tion ? Your generosity in trying to defend Russia is, in my opinion, assisting might against right." What ought you to care what Russia will say concerning Ireland ? There is no similarity Whatever in the case. In Russia an inoffensive, hard-working-, unmolesting race, the Jews, are set upon and cruelly massacred, their wives dis- honoured, and even babes are not spared and the Government stands by and says nothing J This is the Russia that was styled by Mr Gladstone "the star of the north." 1 call it the slaughterer and destroyer of the north" (Jeremiah, c. 47, v. 20). I can toll you, Mr Editor, from personal experi- encc, that Englishmen can never imagine the cruelty and ill-treatment that our race leceive at the hands of the Russians.âI am, Ac., Feb, 2. M. LORIE. [Our correspondents must have read our article on the persecution of the Jews very hurriedly. In no newspaper have the Jews, or their claims to equal rights with their fellow-men, been more consistently or more strongly urged than in our columns, and this has been acknowledged by Jews themselves. Il tlie opening sentences of the article which has led our correspondents to complain, we say :â" The indignation expressed yesterday at the Mansion House, 011 account of the alleged persecution of the Jews in Russia, will be shared in by mo-it of our countrymen. If one can believe the reports to be correct, or even approximately accurate, they are of a character to rouse very strong feelings, and to prompt men and women everywhere to cry 'shame! At the same time the Russian Court have again and again protested that they have not the slightest sympathy with these persecutions. The whole gist of our article was to show that, until recently, our own Government had been very harsh in its treatment of the Jews, and that even now Jews could not bury their relatives in our churchyards with their own service. It is pre- posterous that, having claimcd for the Jew a higher status than he now has even in this "free country, we should be censured as illibem1. ED. S. W. D.N.J

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