18 MAY 1912, Page 1


THE news from the Balkans is very meagre this week, but there seems no doubt that the Albanian insurrection is spreading, and that the Turkish Government are con- fronted with a very serious situation. It may be that by a judicious mixture of conciliation and delay the Turks will manage to prevent the seething pot from boiling over, but we are bound to say that things for the present look distinctly gloomy. There can be little doubt that the seizing of the JEgean islands by the Italians has affected the Albanian situation and encouraged the insurgents. We have dealt elsewhere with the Turco-Italian War, but may state here that up to date the following eleven islands have been seized by the Italians : Astropalia, Rhodes, Karpathos, Kos, Kalimno, Lero, Patmos, Kastellorizon, Tilos, Nisero, Kaxo.