20 JULY 1878, Page 1


THE Congress ended on Saturday, the 13th, when all the Plenipotentiaries signed the Treaty, hereafter to be known as the Treaty of Berlin. When the seals had been affixed, Count Andrassy, whose master has acquired two provinces without pay- ing for them, rose and proposed a vote of thanks to Prince Bismarck, " the eminent statesman who has directed our labours," —a vote which was unanimously passed, even the Turks agreeing, though probably, as Carlyle puts it, "with thoughts in them." It tasks courtesy to be thankful to a dentist who has drawn nine teeth. The Crown Prince at six o'clock gave a grand entertainment to the Plenipotentiaries, and made a speech, trusting that the Treaty would be " a new pledge of peace and public weal ;" and then the Diplomatists dispersed, Count Andrassy arriving in Vienna the same evening. The Con- gress included the largest number of diplomatists who have ever signed a Treaty, and the Treaty is said to be the longest ever written. The business lasted just one month, and may, on the whole, be said to have been well performed, although the total result, as the Greeks have not been satisfied, can be only a truce.