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LONDON, Noreinber 4, 1896. million-headed electorate. Money and organisation, Yesterday a very important announce- however, by themselves might have failed to secure
ment was made from the French Tribune. the overwhelming victory which has rewarded the Ĩ
Again. speaking in reply to an interpellation on overwhelming poll must be sought in the deeply the Eastern Question, made an announcement which, ingrained Conservatism of the American people, their if it can be accepted in its literal sense, is an event constitutional disinclination to venture into new of the first importance ; more important even than paths, the effective methods by which the inherent the American Presidential Election. For M. Hano absurdity and material risks of the free silver scheme taux announced, almost in so many words, that the were brought home to the common sense of the paralysis of the Powers was at an end, and that people, and lastly, to the moral enthusiasm which Europe was once more in sight. It seems that was roused by an appeal to the sentiment of national when the Tsar visited Paris precise views were unity and of common honesty. If Bryan's platform exchanged, and community of points of view and had been as good in every plank as were the best interests had been arrived at between France and of its proposals, he would still have been defeated, Russia, with the result that M. Hanotaux declares although not by so overwhelming a majority. As it his firm confidence that the solutions now contemplated was, all the excellent and liberal proposals which he will answer the views of all the other Cabinets, and advocated were hopelessly handicapped by their assothe needs of the situation in the East. What ciation with the demand which could be plausibly reprethese solutions were he did not explain beyond sented as a repudiation of fifty per cent. of all debts. laying down certain principles with which we are
However much it may have been desired heartily in accord. First, that the territorial The
Significance that the liberal and anti-monopolist integrity of the Ottoman Empire must be preserved ;
of features in Bryan's programme should secondly, that there must be no isolated action on
Werone have saved him from the overwhelmthe part of any Powers ; thirdly, that in order to
ing defeat by which, in the American phrase, he prevent the territorial disruption of Turkey and the
has been “snowed under," there is no doubt that single-handed action of any Power, it is necessary to
the earthquake which has engulfed him and his supdeprive the Sultan of any direct authority over the
porters will tend to increase public confidence in the provinces nominally left in his control. The fourth
stability of the American Republic and in the sober condition is fairly deducible from the somewhat
second thoughts of the American democracy. It is involved and mysterious utterances of the French
evident, even from the partial returns now before me, Minister. What the Powers intend to do remains
that the Republican rally is by no means confined to still shrouded in mystery, but that is of not so much
any district or section of the community. Both in the importance; the great thing is that at last, if we may
South and the West, Bryan has failed to hold States believe M. Hanotaux, they have actually made up
which he confidently calculated upon carrying by their minds to do something, and if they do anything, decisi
and if they do anything, decisive majorities, while in the Middle States, which they will have to do much.
held the casting vote, he has been simply beaten out Yesterday, Mr. McKinley was elected of the field. Mr. Altgeld, who for the last four years The New American President of the United States after the has been one of the most conspicuous personages in President. greatest poll ever taken in the history of American politics, has been cast out of his Governorthe world. The full details of the polling have not ship by. a six-figure majority. Altogether, there vet come to hand, but sufficient is known to make seems to be little doubt that the citizens of the it clear that McKinley has been elected, and that United States are what we always believed them to by a smashing majority. The millionaires have be, only a trifle more conservative, and more disposed triumphed with a vengeance, and they have done to put up with evils which they know than to resort so because they used the machine to manipulate the to remedies which are new and untried.