1 SEPTEMBER 1917, Page 2

The Russian Provisional Government, seeking some temporary authority for its

acts until the llama can bo elected, summoned a National Ounference, which met at the Grand Opera House in Moscow last Saturday. Leading public mon were invited, and the Army, the political parties, the Provincial and Municipal Authori- ties, the Chambers of Commerce, and the Trade Visions sent dele- gates, to the number of about three thousand. The Ukraine Reds or Council .refused to take part, and no Finnish delegates attended. With these exceptions, the Conference was the most truly represen- tative body that has ever met in modern Russia.