The debate in the Prussian Chamber is useful as showing
that a certain bitter section of the Roman Catholic persuasion is ani- mated by the same spirit all over Europe ; that, nevertheless, there are honest German hearts that beat in unison with Italian wishes ; and that the national German party looks with no fa- vourable eye on Austria at home or abroad. But it throws no clear light upon official views. Austria herself has made a bid for popularity. The Emperor has granted a small sort of con- stitution—Provincial Diets and an Imperial Council, both with very restricted powers. It is, nevertheless, a beginning, which might have great results if honestly carried forward.