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DECLARATIONS OF HEADS OF STATES.

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DECLARATIONS OF HEADS OF STATES. ,A Parliamentary paper has been issued contain- ing a return of the various oaths or declarations touching religion which are made on their acces- sion to power by the heads of the following States Great Britain and Ireland, the German Empire, the United States, Franee, and Austria-Hungary,, There is no provision in the constitution on the Empire for an oath regarding the constitution oa the part of the German Emperor. In the oath or affirmation taken by the President of the United States there is no reference to religion. The President of the French Republic takes no oath on his assumption of office. Austria had no con- stitution when the present Emperor ascended the Throne, and his Majesty took no accession oath of any kind. In the oath which his Majesty took as King of Hungary there is an engagement to main- tain the churches of God. but tltese are mentioned in the plural and without any specification of creed.

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