15 JULY 1893, Page 2

On Thursday night, the German Reichstag carried the essential article

of the Army Bill—i.e., that the peace- footing shall be 479,228 men from October 1st, 1893, to March 31st, 1899—by a majority of 11. This is a great triumph for Count Caprivi and the Emperor. The two-years' service clause is still under debate ; but the Government have vir- tually pledged themselves to make the reduction in the term real and permanent.