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OPINIONS OF THE PRESS. France and Prussia. It was with tact tempered by wit that M. de Bie- marck set forth the relations between France and ^nssia. He does not intimate, but declares, as "X"Iicitly as can be expected from a Minister, that the great aggrandisement of Prussia is due to the policy pursuea by the French Government. According to him, £ raijoe an(j praseja have the same interests. The greater "jester for our neighbours would be the ex- tension ot Austria to the Rhine. The extension of France to that tiver would not afford adequate com- pensation. J-bus, n ja t0 protect our frontiers that M. de Bismarck has Absorbed so many smaller States. We like this style of tBasoning. The present French Government, the rUSSIan Minister goes on to state, has not acted like its predacessors-ever hostile to the aggrandisement of Prussia. M. de Bismarck not only congratulates himself on the efforts made by France to keep on good terms with Prussia, but he feels it necessary to give her a compensation. And here we see M. de Bismarck's wit. French Policy ia founded on the principle of nationalities. Well, though the 1 saorifice is painful to our feelings, we will make a COD. I "■ cession to the views of Franco. We will allow t'" inhabitants of North Schleswig to vote, and to vote freely.—L'Avsnir national, a Paris paper. Mr. Uewdegate on H'on-intervention; Mr. Newdegate is rather unhappy about onr policy of non-intervention, on the ground that if we have no allies on the Continent, in case we should be suddenly j attacked, there will be nobody to stir up our oppo- J nent behind." Wo, like Mr. Newdegate, do not believe I very much in an ultra-non-intervention policy. If clear injustice is done on a great scale, every, great nation ia interested in putting an end to it; and it is moral suicide for any member of the society of Euro- pean nations to say that it is indifferent to her whether a reign of conquest and plunder is to begin withoub her resistance. But we confess that we do not believe at all in Mr. Newdegata's notion that long, chronic alliances with special nations, in time of complete peace, are any safeguards. War is, perhaps, more likely to spring out of some really unjustifiable act of a weak ally than out of any gross act of aggression or injustice, and these chronic alliances of the kind Mr. Newdegate admires to implicate us in it. For our own parts, we hold with the late Sir Cornewall Lewis, that the evil of providing against possible evila in the future is often much greater than the evil of meeting them when they come. Alliances should be as-short and as special in their purpose as possible, and never of the nature of permanent chronic obligations.- Spectator. A Fenian General's Revelations. We must now add that the General on hia own part really writes, for a Fenian, tolerably like a man of sense. He told Stephens last year, as he tella the world now, that any rising in Ireland, whether on his plan or anybody else's plan, would be a sheer act of madness. "If we take the field," says he, we will literally be stamped out." Of course, therefore, he can find no words for the folly of the Head Centre, in pledging himself, not only to war but to war by a certain day. "He is guilty of political madness, if nothing worse, in making a second open promise of fight this year, which he cannot keep even to save his lifo, which he prizes so dearly." Nor does General Millen, to do him justice, affect to think any better of the invasions of Canada projected by the rival faction of American Fenians. He tells the Brother- hood that they can never wia or hope to win, or to get even the smallest advantage by their own strength, but only by our weakness. If there should ever come a day when we have so much to do that we cannot think of Ireland, then the Irish may have an opportunity; but the good time, ha sees plainly, may be a long time in comieig. This, however, is the only crumb of comfort he can give, and it shows him to be either a far wiser or a far more honest man than his late superior—Mr. James Stephens.-The Times. We do not attach equal weight with the Times to "General" Millen's evidence against Stephens, the Fenian. I The Genoral's style is what Mr. Carlyle calls a shriek: evidently annoyed and offended, he utters a feminine scream of indignation. At the same time the accusation appears by no means im- probable. Stephens is notorious for boasting that he would do things of which he was obviously incapable; and men who do this are usuallv devoid of nrinmnlA although in some cases they are self-deceived by a sanguine temperament. The general's hypothesis is that Stephens has appropriated a large portion of about X7,3,000 which fce received from America, and has settled, or intends to settle, in some voluptuous nook ia the South of France. There will he drink claret of his own growing under some vine-trollised verandah, and meditate philosophically on the folly of Fenianiam. Bat General Millen must be under an hallucination when he writes like this: "I know men at home of the first rank in society who would gladly have joined the 1. R. B., but who were deterred from doing so by the selfish, egotistical, and incom- prehensible conduct of Stephens. The infludhoa of one of these men would be worth that of ten thon- sand Jamea Stephensea, yet they are left out in the cold by the arbitrary conduct of the C. O." If Fenianism were a movement to attract men of the first rank in society," persons like Stephens and Meany would not be among the leaders. Gentlemen do not follow Jack Cade. Assuming the general's state- ment to be true, what a very small swindler Meany must feel himself in comparison with his ohief !-The Globe.

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