11 FEBRUARY 1905, Page 1


THE news from Russia shows that the internal condition of affairs is still menacing. The discontent, though for the time driven below the surface, burns as fiercely as ever, and the flames are liable to break through at any moment. In Poland, indeed, there are constant encounters in the streets between the strikers and the soldiers. It should also be noted that the " stop-the-war " agitation grows steadily. We have dealt elsewhere with the petition of the Nobles of St. Petersburg, and will only say here that last year the notion of the Czar being addressed in such terms by the nobility of his capital would have been regarded as an absolute impossi- bility. Things have certainly moved with terrific speed during the year of war, and the pace accelerates instead of abating. What shall we be writing of Russia this time next year P