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RUSSIAN DUMA DISSOLVED. I Important events have taken place in St. Petersburg. After a Ministerial Council held at PeterLof on Saturday under the presidency of the Czar, an Imperial Ukase was published late at night dissolving the Duma, and ord-ering the convocation of a new Duma on March 5, 1007. In a characteristic manifesto, the Tsar states his reasons for dissolving the Duma, declaring S\g members have strayed into spheres beyond their competence, and committed various, illegal ade. In the most emphatic terms, his Majesty states his determination to impose his Imperial will upn the legislation of the Empire; but he promises certain ,ameliorative measures for the peasantry and agricultural classes, with a view to preventing the despoiling of the landlord elasoos by agrarian disorders. Another Ukase relieves M. Goremykin, the Premier, of his post, to which M. Stolypin, Minister of the Interior, has been appointed, while retaining his former post. The Minister of Agriculture, also retires. The Duma building was closed on Sunday, and the entrances guarded by police, who refused admission to everybody except the President and Vi ce-Preei dents. Large numbers of troops have been concen- trated in St. Petersburg, which is officially stated to have been placed in a state of ^proper pro- tection," and: martial law has been proclaimed throughout the Government of Kieff. A number of the Opposition journals have been suppressed and their offices closed. A general strike is said to have been organised for August 18. There are reports of military and naval disaffection at Kronstadt and Sevastopol. In St. Petersburg all meetings and processions are forbidden, and numerous expulsions have already taken place. All the cavalry of the Guard, the whole of the second division of the Guard), a-nd 40 battalions of the line are now concentrated in the city Semi-official statements are issued that the dissolution of the Duma has not produced such an impression as the Press foretold, and M. Stolypin, the Premier, says that the Czar is firmly determined to maintain the system of national representation granted to the country. It is for this reason that the dissolution of the Duma has taken place, as its attitude threatened to make the new system a failure. A large number of the members of the late Duma assembled at Viborg, in Finland, where they held a conference, and resolved to issue a manifesto protesting against the action of the Government, and adding that, as a logical conse- quence of the violation of the Constitution by the Government, it appears to be the duty of citizens not to pay any taxes, sanction loans, or furnish a single soldier. This manifesto was signed by everyone of the ex-Deputies assembled, except Count Hey den and M. Stakhovitch. "DUMA WILL REVIVE." J The Inter-Parliamentary Conference was opened on Monday in the Royal Gal- lery of Westminster Palace. There was a very large attendance of delegates, in- eluding representatives from most of the Parliaments of Europe, and from some in America. Lord Weardale was elected president, and opened the proceedings in an address in which he dwelt on the remarkable progress of the Inter-Parliamentary Union for Peace. Sir H. Campbell-Bannerman next spoke, welcoming the delegates in the name of the British Government and nation, and stating that he was also autho- rised to welcome them in the name of the King. Sir Henry referred to the presence among them of representatives of the Russian Duma, and said he would make no comment on the news received from Russia that morning except that the Duma would revive in one form or another. He urged the delegates, when they returned home, to invite their Governments to go into the Hague Cc gress, as Great Britain hoped to go, pledged to disminish charges in respect of armaments. After Professor Kovalevsky, one of the delegates from the Russian Duma, had announced that he and his companions regarded their mission at an end in consequence of the dissolution of the Duma, and would at once return to Russia, the conference proceeded to the discussion of reports and resolutions.

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