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ENGLAND, RUSSIA, AND AFGHANISTAN. THE ZULFICAR PASS. A St. Petersburg correspondent telegraphed as follows on Sunday night: I understand that an agreement in principle has been arrived at with regard to the question of Zulficar. It has been decided to leave the command of what is known as the Zulficar Pass in the hands of the Afghans, but the exact point to which the Ameer's territory will extend is to be fixed by the Joint Commission in such a way as will insure to the Russians a reasonable, or, in other words, a defensible position at their end of the Pass. PARIS. The Havas Agency publishes some correspondence from London denying the accuracy of the statement about a final settlement of the Afghan frontier diffi- culty. One thing is certain, that, while Russian diplomatists are negotiating, the Russian War De- partment is actively pushing on its preparations. Some curiosity is felt here as to whether Sir Peter Lumsden will be permitted to make public all he knows. If he is permitted to speak freely, there is little doubt that his word will be accepted in pre- ference to the declarations of General Komaroff and Colonel Alikhanoff. BERLIN. The semi-official press has again begun to publish rather pessimistic comments on the Afghan con- flict. The Norddeutsche says that recent Ministerial statements in both Houses of the English Parliament are very unsatisfactory, and are only calculated to maintain Parliamen' ary decorum, reserving to Ministers freedom of action. The Cologne Gazette thinks that Sir Peter Lumsden's return must prove disastrous to the Ministry, as, having studied the affair in loco, he will certainly confirm the general opinion that the Cabinet must be made ex- opinion that the Cabinet must be made ex- clusively responsible .for the deep humilia- tion of England. The Post concludes that the decision lies between a temporary armistice and an immediate war. The delimitation," it says, certainly and absolutely puts an end to the independence of Afghanistan. Russia undertakes no obligation concerning the frontier, and sends an agent to Cabal. This will not produce im- mediate warlike action on the part of England, but it will still more shake the Cabinet of Mr. Gladstone, whose days are already numbered. According to in- formation reaching me from an excellent source, in- telligence has been received in Berlin to-day to the effect that the Russians have made certain proposals I in reference to the Zulficar Pass, which the British Cabinet at its last Council decided to reject. In spite, therefore, of the statements of English Ministers and certain journals, the question of the delimitation I of the Afghan boundary is not yet by any means satisfactorily settled. The statement of the Neue Freie Presse that Russia has already yielded on this question is without any foundation. question is without any foundation. REPORTED ASSASSINATION OF THE AMEER. ST. PETERSBURG, June 6. The Novosti to-day announces that it has received private information from the Caucasus stating that Abdurrahman, the Ameer of Afghanistan, has been assassinated by his suite. 6.20 p.m. Up to the present no confirmation has been re- ceived here of the intelligence published by the Novosti of the assassination of the Ameer of Afghanistan by his suite. TIFLIS, June 7. No news has been received here confirming the reported assassination of the Ameer of Afghanistan. SIMLA, June 7. The Indian Government has no knowledge whatever of the alleged assassination of the Ameer of Afghan- istan, reported yesterday by the St. Petersburg Novosti, The Central News says that up to three o'clock on Sunday no confirmation of the report from St. Peters- burg of the assassination of the Ameer of Afghanistan had been received at the Foreign Office or the India Office. Not the slightest rumour of such an event has reached the Government beyond the report pub, lished in the Novosti. A special correspondent of the Morning Post tele- graphed on June 8 M. Robert de Bouviers, the well- known romancier of the Sevue des Deux Monies has returned from a journey in Afghanistan. During a conversation with a journalist he said England has done wrong in postponing war. The longer England waits the more she loses. Time works for the Russians." M. de Bouviers spoke at length of Lord Ripon and Lord Dufferin's Administration, con- cluding that the latter had arrived in time to save the country from the consequences of his pre- decessor's policy. The Journal des Debats remarks that England had not made a better figure in Asia than she has in Africa. Commenting on the recep- tion given to Sir Peter Lumsden, the Debats says: It appears to us that all the illustrious warriors who greeted Sir Peter would have been wise if they had been less demonstrative, and Russian generals will be justified on their part in smiling at these inoffensive represaiUes."

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