14 SEPTEMBER 1872, Page 1


THE weekly papers are out of luck. The two most interesting events of the week,—the judgment of the Geneva Tribunal and the results of the Preston Ballot,—will neither of them be known till to-day, and the former probably not till to-morrow or Monday; and though the decision of the Arbitrators has oozed out,—we are to be mulcted in damages for a sum of about $15,500,000,—it is quite impossible to discuss the judgment till we know its terms, the particular cruisers condemned, and the grounds of the legal decisions arrived at. It is rumoured that judgment has gone against us not bnly in the case of the Alabama, but in that of the Georgia and Shenandoah. However little the decision may please us, all England will be glad that the decision is given, and that the cause of ill-feeling between England and America is at last removed. For our own parts, we have always regarded our negligence in the case of the Alabama herself as really culpable, and have desired, in the interest of England, to be condemned for that grave neglect of the duties of neutrality, if only in order that we may have a precedent to which we can fairly appeal, against similar negligence on the part of the United States .or any other country in the future.