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A POVERTY-STRICKEN BOARD.

LONDON FOGS.

NEW COUNTY-COURT RULES.

THE PHIDIAS STATUE.

ATTEMPTED MURDER AT PESTff.

IAFGHANISTAN.

AFFAIRS OF TURKEY. -

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AFFAIRS OF TURKEY. Further correspondence respecting the affairs of Turkey has just been issued. The despatches, which are 154 in number, range in date from April 26, 1880, to November 19, 1880. The coirespondence opens with a communication from the Turkish Government complaining of the persecutions practised on the Mussulman inhabitants of Bulgaria, and despatches from our Consul-General in that principality shew that those complaints are well founded. On the other hand, her Majesty's Consul at Prizrend draws a deplorable picture of the enormities com- mitted by Mussulmans on the Christians of Northern Albania. The blue-book also contains a very valu- able report on Eastern Roumelia by Colonel Wilson, our Consul-General in Anatolia. Generally speaking, Colonel Wilson says that the state of Eastern Roumelia was much better than he had expected to find it. He declares that he was much struck by the contrast between this self-governed pro- vince and the adjoining vilayet of Adrianople, so far as regards material prosperity. Substantial pro- gress, he says, has been made in the former, and it is only necessary to compare the Roumelia of to-day with the Roumelia of a year previous "to see how great the advance has been." Serious crimes are now rare, and over the greater portion of the country people of all nationalities are able to move about with perfect freedom. Any attempt, however, on the part of the Sultan to carry out his ritrht to occupy the Balkans would, Colonel Wilson states, be energetically resisted. In conclusion he says:â"I would beg to re- mark that the Bulgarians, on the whole, pro- duced a very favourable impression upon me. I believe that they have considerable capacity for self-government, and that in a few years great ad- vances will have been made, but if they wish to win the sympathy of Europe they must make more vigor- ous efforts to check evils which many of them ac- knowledge to exist, and remember that though ma- jorities may have their rights they have also their duties to perform towards the minorities."

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