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EXAMINATION OF DREYFUS.

THE; URfUCE: CASE.

ANOTHER, CRISIS IN CHINA,

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ANOTHER, CRISIS IN CHINA, THE NORTHERN RAILWAYS QUESTION. BRITISH PRESTIGE IN DANGER. A Press Association special telegram from Peking, dated Monday, says:—The difficulties arising out cf the question of the directorate of the Northern Railways, of which the abrupt dismissal cf Hu Yu Fen, chief director, was arising out cf the question of the directorate of the Northern Railways, of which the abrupt dismissal cf Hu Yu Fen, chief director, was the immediate cause, have gradually increased, and now the situation has become so acute that it may almost be described as a crisis. IIu Yu Fen. who had for a long period success- fully c-or ducted the affairs of the Northern Railways was known throughout China as an honest official, though a patriotic Chinaman. Sir Claude MacDonald's dispatch to the Tsung- li-Yamen, declaring that no change could be allowed ct The railway directorate except with the concurrence of the syndicate, crossed the edict by which Hu Yu Fen was dismissed from office. That dispatch still remains un- altered. The trial of Hu Yu Fen, who is accused of maladministration, followed, and no steps were taken in the matter of the appointment of Chang Yi as his successor pending the termination of this inquiry. Mean- while Sir Claude MacDonald, by sending a second dispatch insisting upon an impartial investiga- tion of the charges, showed the Tsung-li- Yamen that the British Government was keenly interested in Hu's fate; The matter has now become acute, because the successful floating of the recent loan places in the hands of Hsu Ching Cheng and Chang Yi the disposal of two millions of British capital. There is no objection to the former, but there is proof that the objections to Chang Yi are not arbitrary or ill-founded, and there are grave reasons why he should not be allowed to dispose of this money. But, being a director, he, of course, possesses every right and advantage in determining to what extent foreign methods should be adopted. In November last Chang Yi was gazetted assistant director, but little notice was taken of this appointment at the time, since it gave him only subordinate powers. Very shortly afterwards, however, difficulties arose. Chang Yi made several startling proposals to Hu Yu Fen. One of these —as that Mr. Detring should be appointed a co-director; another waS that savings on the proposed extension works on the Niu- Chwang line should be effected by using inferior material, and that a, surplus should thus be created in order to enable the line to be extended in the direction where Chang Yi had been heavily speculating in land. These proposals were rejected. Chang Yi. therefore, to attain his ends used the undoubted influence which he possesses at the Palace, chiefly through the instrumentality of the eunuchs, to remove the principal obstacle to his schemes, and in this he fully succeeded. His dismissal from office now appears to be the only solution of the deadlock which he has brought about. Both on political and commercial grounds British prestige will be seriously affected if the chief instrument in the fall of Hu Yu Fen be allowed to triumph. From a commercial point of view, the whole question will stand as a precedent for arbitrary appointments in all cases where foreign capital is employed. The following objections, among others, are made to Chang Yi:—He is a director of the Kai Ping Mines, near the railway line to Shan Hai Kwan, and it would, therefore, be in his power to secure preferential rates, to the detri- ment of the railway earnings and of rival mines belonging to the railway administration in Nan Piao. He has, moreover, openly ex- pressed hostility to Mr. Kinder, and in his memorial to the Throne impeaching Hu Yu Fen he boldly proposed to modify the terms of the Hong Kong contract, accusing Mr. Kinder of assuming undue power. It is, therefore, evident that his accession to power will be the signal for a conflict with Mr. Kinder, whose success as chief engineer in managing the existing lines has been so great. In his memorial Chang Yi goes still further, repre- senting that the employment of British capital and labour upon tho •-sib. ay is a cause of standing complaint on part of the lius- sian Minister, and these grievances he commits himself to remedy in the only possible way, namely, by the dismissal of the British official. With regard to Hu Yu Fen, his re-instatement has become impossible, whatever the decision of the court of inquiry, since he refuses to return to the office of director. So far, there- fore, Chang Yi's triumph is complete, and British prestige here is seriously affected. Accordingly, Chang Yi's presence on the direc- torate is a menace to the well-being of the railway, and gives good ground for the fear that the money recently advanced by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank will not be pro- perly expended. The question, however, is still more far-reaching, affecting, as it does, the principle now claimed by all foreigners having business relations with China, that wherever foreign capital is employed the capitalists shall have a voice in the manage- ment of the concerns which are supported by their money.

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