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SPAIN'S EFFORTS TO BECOME A GREAT POWER." An amusing specimen of the fashion in which Spain goes about the work to which she lately devoted her- self of "re-vindicating" her position as a great power in Europe, is given in the Luxembourg correspondence printed the other day (says the Scotsman). On the 7th May, the very day on which the Luxembourg Con- ference first met—the Spanish Minister called on Lord Stanley to ask that he should be invited, as the Italian Minister had been, to take part in the pro- ceedings of the Conference. Lord Stanley, of course, pointed out that the Conference had already begun its work, that that work was urgent and did not admit of the delay that must necessarily be caused by the transmission of full powers from Madrid, that it was even doubtful whether, without spe- cial instructions, the plenipotentiaries already assembled could add a Spanish representative to their number, and that the admission of the Italian repre- sentative had been arranged for in time and rested on real and useful participation in the pacificatory efforts of the powers. The Spanish minister, admitting that it was too late this time, wished to know what Lord Stanley would reply if he was asked in season the next time there was a conference to which, of course, no definite reply was or could be given. On the 6th May, the Spanish ministers at Vienna and St. Petersburg had preferred similar requests for admission to the conference but Prince Gortschakoff and Baron von Buest both replied "too late" to the half presumptuous and half ludicrous request.

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