THE JEWS AND THE DREYFUS CASE.
[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.")
SIR,—Reading aloud " Daniel Deronda" this afternoon, I was much struck by the applicability of the following extract, quoted by George Eliot from Zunz at the beginning of chap. 13, to the Dreyfus case. The second paragraph especially epitomises our feeling towards that unfortunate Jew, the scapegoat of the crimes of others :—" If there are ranks in suffering, Israel takes precedence of all the nations —if the duration of sorrows and the patience with which they are borne ennoble, the Jews are among the aristocracy of every land—if a literature is called rich in the possession of a
few classic tragedies, what shall we say to a national tragedy lasting for fifteen hundred years, in which the poets and the actors were also the heroes ? "—I am, Sir, &c.,