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SCENE AT THE SIGNATURE OF THE 2 PEACE TREATY. I The special correspondent of the Daily New, under date of the 5th inst., gives the following account of the scene at San Stefano on the day when the signa- ture of the Treaty of Peace was announced: Scarcely was it daylight when, notwithstanding lug the storm, there was an unusual movement in the village. There was a general idea that peace was to be signed that day. The steamers from Con- stantinople came rolling along through the rough sea, overladen with excursionists attracted by the review which had been announced to take plaee in celebration of the anniversary of the Czar's acces- sion to the throne. Greeks, Bulgarians, Turks, and Russians crowded the little village, besieging the restaurants, swarming about the doors of houses whence were supposed to issue some of the great personages who were to become famous in history, all impatiently waiting the hour of two, the appointed time of the review. The horses of the Grand Duke and his staff were gathered about the entrance to his quarters, and keen-eyed spectators ready to interpret the slightest movement of the Commander-in-Chief formed unbroken ranks around the group of horses in the street. One o'clock passed. Two o'clock passed, and still no movement. People began to grow serious, began to feel that something was in the air, were sure that this was the decisive moment, that peace and war were trembling in the scale, and one said to the other solemnly, This is an event in history," and each be- lieved himself an actor in the scene, sach was the im- pressiveness of the scene. At length word was given out that the review was postponed until three o'clock, but that hour came and went, and brought only another postponement for an hour. Later, rain fell, but the people remained at their posts. At last their patience was rewarded. About four o'clock the Grand Duke mounted and rode to the Diplomatic Chancery, where he asked at the door, Is it ready ? and then galloped towards the hill where the army was drawn up. Here we halted again for a few moments, wondering what would happen next. Finally, a carriage came whirling out of the village toward us. General Ignatieff waa in it, and when he approached he rose and said: U I have the honour to congratulate your Highness on the signature of peace." There was a long, loud ahout. Then the Grand Duke, followed by about 100 offlcerB, daahed forward to where the troops were formed on rising ground close by the sea coast, just behind San Stefano light- house, and began riding along the lines. Aa he passed, the soldiers did not know that peace had been signed, aa it was still unannounced; but soon the news apread, and the cheering grew louder and more enthu- siastic. There were Schouvaloffs and Bauch'a divi- sions, with the sharpshooters of the Guard, and cavalry and artillery in line, and the Grand Duke passed between the ranks in review. Very different, indeed, waa the appearance of theae aoldiera now and that of the same men months ago. During their inter- val of rest they had patched and cleaned their clothes, repaired and polished their boots, washed and brushed up generally, so that they looked as trim and neat aa could be. After riding between the lines the Grand Duke halted on a little eminence, whence all the troops could be seen, and formally made the announcement of "? honour to inform the army that, with the help of God, we have concluded a Treaty of Peace. Then another about burst forth from twenty thousand throats, riaing, awelling, and dying away* ,waa a general feeling of relief, and satisfaction. I must aay, however, that the ,waa not greeted with any- thing the wild excitement and enthuaiaam caused by the Empwor a proclamation of war at Kiacheneff last Apru. There stood the famous regiment of Peter the Great, the Praobrajensky, often the first to attack in n»»ny the late battles of the war. There were the troops who had faced the enemy on the bleak summits of the Balkans at Araba Kenak for a long, ^d, and terrible month. There were the men who had toiled over the slippery mountain paths scantily fed, thinly dreased, dragging the heavy guns finding, after their struggles with £ ld;J>unger, and fatigue, a desperate en £ ny read7 to resist them on every hill-top. These were the f M wl?° had made the long march vW1,"?Wh0 had mn that race for enormous stakes with Suleiman's army, and, finally, threw their great force against the wall of the Bho- d0pf smashed it to pieces. These w0f ii i^i a 086 COttratre, devotion, and un- pardleled endurance will go down to history. And there, gathered scarcely more than a rifle-shot away, was the enemy they had found worthy of their steel. For on the crest of the neighbouring hill stood the Turka in groups, interested spectators of the oane; these very fellow,, who had kept the snowy gallantly the great ten LailduWho at la8t' aftOT a memorable retreat, had fought like heroes en the hills at Stani- maka. lhese two armies stood looking at each other £ ? £ a™°5e £ t1 Like true soldiers they had Earned to respect and esteem each other, and wel- collle peace as an honourable finish to the fight which they cared not to prolong. It was the be- ginning oa new friendship formed on the basis of actiud experience 0f qualities that had hitherto been unrecognised. ugathering his officers about him where the priest stood ready for the Te Deum, the Grand Duke spoke briefly and emphatically, saying: ° an, which has accomplished what you have, y friends, nothing ia impossible." Never has a peace been celebrated under more dra- matic and picturesque conditions, or with more im- pressive surroundings. The two armies face to face, tl10 waning light of day, the rush I e4? near "ash of the wave mingling wl. °* the priests and the responses of the ^^r of the Sea of Marmora swelling and landscape, always of great beauty, fi?^ i W0 appropriate background to '^e fretting, chafing waters of the sea, the dome and slender minarets of St. Sofia came ?P ^"n»tthe sky,the dominant points in the lS^S8f AU#tteof distant Stamboul. Away to the soi the Princes Islands rose like great mounds, j &^ain«t the distant Asiatic shore, and behind WM hidden the Engliah Wond the white peak of Mount *or the moment its majestic summit as the rays 0f the Puddy auuet were re&6tid from the 1Ianb The religiow ceremony over, the Grand Duke took hM- S6 army began to file past with a *n forcible contrast to the weary Pi J eyused to drag themselves slowly « d°f toat long and exhausting chase, £ .f mes able to put one foot before the other. TheTv,v2M fa4il?&. "d darkness settled quickly When we left the spot the Grand na J immovable on nis horse, and tj*e P ere "till passing. As we rode down into could hear the joyful shouts still ring- off in the dwCw.th# meMured ^P' goin« So ends,the war of 1877-78.

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