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I I A QUIXOTIC RULER.

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I I A QUIXOTIC RULER. The extraordinary report was published in Paris, this week, on the authority of a St. Petersburg correspondent, that the Czar intends to submit the alternatives of peace or a continuance of the war to the decision of an assembly of Bishops. A Patriarch, it is added, will preside over the deliberations, and the Czar professes that he will be guided by the decision. Whether he does or does not carry out this promise will not surprise us much, for nothing that this quixotic ruler commits himself to will greatly astonish observers in this quarter of the world. If he does leave the final arbitrament to this ecclesiastical tribunal, it is to be trusted he will be more fortunate in the result than a celebrated character in British history. The Battle of Dunbar (1650), it will be remem- berei, was lost to the Royalist Scots, because of the fatal advice given to their commander, General Lesly, by the crowd of Scottish ministers, who had arrogated to themselves the role of military counsellors. Hume, in his drily humorous style, thus describes the incident"Night and day the ministers had been wrestling with the Lord in prayer, as they termed it; and they fancied that they had at last obtained the victory. Revelations they said were made them, that the sectarian and heretical army, together with Agag, meaning Cromwell, was delivered into their hands. Upon the faith of these visions, they forced their General, in spite of his remons- trances, to descend (from his impregnable position) into the plain, with the view of attacking the English in their retreat. Cromwell, looking through a glass, saw the nemy's camp in motion and foretold without the help of revelations, that the Lord had delivered them into his hands." The rout was complete. About 3,000 Scots were slain, and 9,000 taken prisoners. If the clerical advisers of the Czar make up their minds that the ruinous war shall continue, we trust they will have no harebrained revelations from Heaven that the Japanese have been delivered into their hands. The facts are sadly opposed to any such theory. While the tone of official circles in St. Peters- burg is still warlike, the great majority of the Russian people cow have come to view the war with aversion, and this feeimg is happily gaining ground.

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