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Saturday, September 2, 1905

The Peace Conference at Portsmouth

From a Staff Correspondent

Two Russian Soldiers

By Ernest Poole

The Knocking at the Door

A Story by Edith Rickert

Honor Among Clergymen

By Algernon S. Crapsey

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1905 After a week of alternate hope and justice of the terms of peace agreed Peace!

and fear the welcome news was upon, for fuller information is required sent forth from Portsmouth on Tuesday before these things can be intelligently noon of this week that, at the postponed weighed; but that the only effective peace session of that morning, the Japanese is that which will be stable because it is and Russian plenipotentiaries had ar- founded on justice is (as we say in an rived at complete accord on all the editorial in another column, written questions before the conference. It while the issue was still in doubt) fundawas added that a decision had been mental and vital. It is not, however, in reached to proceed at once to an elabor- any way too early to congratulate sination of the treaty, and it seemed to be cerely and heartily the two great nations beyond doubt that the signing of a treaty whose peace and future prosperity have of peace had been substantially assured. been hanging in the balance. It is emiProtocols had been drawn up relating to nently proper also to extend the expresthe several demands of the Japanese as sion of congratulation to President each of them had been accepted in sub- Roosevelt, whose wise and courageous stance and principle by the conference. efforts induced the two Powers to make Similar protocols were agreed upon at an attempt to end the war even while this critical and decisive meeting of each expressed its disbelief in the possiTuesday morning regarding those ques- bility of such an attempt being brought tions upon which agreement had been to a happy solution. Humanity and theretofore impossible. It is understood civilization have attained in this peace a that the formal treaty itself will be framed, triumph of inestimable value. as to all important matters, in accordance with these protocols, although there is

Last week Lord Curroom for discussion as to the exact

zon of Kedleston, Viceterms to be used, and probably also with

roy of India, resigned regard to minor concessions and condi- his office, to which the Earl of Minto tions. The press despatches assert that was immediately appointed. The cor" Japan, with a magnanimity worthy of respondence leading up to this event, her heroic achievements in the war, met now published by the India Office, the Czar's ultimatum by abandoning her shows that Lord Curzon's dissatisfaction demands, not only for reimbursement reached its climax with the refusal of for the cost of the war, but for the re- the British Cabinet to appoint his purchase of the northern half of the nominee as Military Member of the island of Saghalien, while Russia agreed Viceroy's Advisory Council. Through on her part to the division of the island.” this Military Member, Lord Kitchener, as As had been expected, the Japanese also Commander-in-Chief of the forces, has withdrew their demands for the surrender been checked. Lord Curzon requested of the interned war-ships and for the a reconsideration of the decision “in limitation of the Russian naval power in order to enable me to accept the rethe Far East. These latter conditions sponsibility which I infer his Majesty's have all along been regarded as demands Government still desire me to assume.” made without a determination to push Mr. Brodrick, Secretary for India, again them rigorously and as points as to refused, and Lord Curzon replied : “ It which the Japanese would readily yield. is apparent that his Majesty's GovernThe Outlook must postpone until its ment deny me that confidence which next issue any discussion of the fairness alone can enable me to serve them, and

Lord Kitchener and

Lord Curzon

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