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The Daily Telegraph of Tuesday, in a leader on the war, saysFrom all quarters we hearof the gradual march towards the Danube of army cVr^a dircoteù on the position whete long experience and the character of the stream show that the ex- ploit lying before the Russian army must be performed. It is, of course, still doubtful at which spots the feints will be made and where the real attack will be delivered. The exi- gencies of the situation, however, tell us that the first object to be accomplished is the capture of Rustchuk, and conse- quently, that the main operations wm be pushed through at no remote distance from that stronghold. The aggressor en- joys the immense advantage of having an initiative which he will take care not to lose, and his adversary is compelled to defer action until his genuine plans are clearly indicated. From Asia we have accounts of sanguinary yet indecisive engagements in front of Batoum, and more important con- flicts between Muktar Pasha and General TergussakofI in Kurdish Armenia. Should Muktar and Ifatckeffect a junction and acquire an ascendancy over their foes, these will be placed in a dangerous position. On the other hand, if the Russian staff, leaving a corps before Kars, marches a sufficient force through the Soghanlu Dagh, it is diffi- cult to understand how Muktar can evade a disaster. The Kurds are not likely to capture the Bayazid entrench- ments, providing their defenders have plenty of food; but undoubtedly a part of them might move westward, destroy the convoys carrying supplies to the main Russian left column, and compel TergussakofI to win a victory or seek safety in the Aras valley. At present we have no sufficient information to warrant an estimate of the future. Appear- ances, however, are adverse to the Russians, who have met with an unexpected obstruction in a career which, with their enormous means, should have been one of unbroken success. "Russia has her first prisoners of war. Ninety-nine arrived on the 14th inst. at St. Petersburg. They had been captured in Asia, eighty-six being privates, four officers o the general staff, and nine superior officers. They were sub sequently transported to the town ⢠£ Wladimir."âMay fair. The Sultan has presented Prince Hassan with a sabre set with diamonds, and valuable horses. The Golos, discussing the purchase of the Suez Canal by England, says ft would remove all check on Russia's liberty of action, which she has hitherto restrained from fear of exciting the apprehensions of the other Powers, who have sometimes made her pay dear for their neutrality. The pur- chase would facilitate the settlement of the Eastern Question in the way most favourable to Russian interests. The correspondent of the Standard says that the Russians entered Matchin without fighting, and were reeeived by a deputation of Christian inhabitants, who offered them bread and salt, and asked to be protected against the Tcherkesses. "Before leaving Bucharest for Ibraila, the Czar had an interview with his son Alexis, with whom, after a long disagree- ment, he now became reconciled and raised the Grand Duke from the rank of major to that of general.âThe Montene- grin defeat has made the deepest impression upon the Czar, and will evidently hasten the prosecution of the war."â Vienna Correspondent of the Standard. "In the cannonade between the Turkish and Russian batteries a greater loss to humanity has been suffered than can be repaid by any results likely to come out of the campaign. Either yesterday or the day before (June 20) the '> "Mst, Verestchagin, whose works are well known in I who preferred to suffer loss in money rather his pictures to remain outside the limits of his Moscow, died, torn by a shell from a Turkish Turtukai, in reply to a cannon from Oltenitza."â JUcnarest Correspondent of The Times. "According to the Stamboul newspapers the English officers belonging to the man-of-war stationed at Dede- agatch on the Archipelago have been assisting the Turks in constructing breastworks at that place. The Turkish journal, the Dassiret., thanks the English officers for this proof of sympathy and kindness. If the story be true, it is surely a strange way of displaying British neutrality. It is â¢continually stated, moreover, and universally believed in Constantinople, that Sir Arnold Kemball is not a mere passive observer in Asia Minor, but that several of the best movements have be. en ade under his advice; that, indeed, the object in sending him to the front was to enable him to advise the Turkish Commander-in-Chief. Sir Arnold Kemball is in the English service, and if her Majesty's Government wished to render assistance to the Turks they could hardly have sent a more competent officer. The fact however, which ought, I think, to be clearly made known is whether our Government has instructed Sir Arnold Kemball to assist or allows him to do so. If he gives no advice what- ever it would be well that the absolutely mischievous im- pression now prevalent in Constantinople should be got rid of. If he is authorised to give advice then your readers can judge what Lord Beaconsfield's neutrality means."âConstan- tinople Correspondent of the Daily Yews. A very gallant exploit was attempted the other day, opposite Guirgevo, by a young officer of the Marine Guard, Lieutenant Stridlin. Iu a torpedo launch he steamed across iu broad day- light to a Turkish monitor lying close under the guns of the Rustchuk batteries. I he batteries, the monitor, and the infan- try marksmen fired hard at him, and he laid the launch along- side the monitor and successfully affixed the torpedo. As he put off, the wire communication from the batteries round his waist was snapped by a rifle bullet, lie was wounded in three places by a revolver fired by a Turkish officer on board the monitor. The Correspondent of the Standard, under date Constan- tinople, June ;:5, says â ââ¢â¢Ihe victory of Dervish Pacha appears to have been complete. He has entirely saved Eatoum from the danger which threatened it. A part of his force consisted of the newly-enrolled Zebecks, whom I have mentioned to you in previous letters and telegram;, and who Lave rendered really valuable servico."



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