26 AUGUST 1899, Page 1

It is stated that the speech of Colonel Picquart, which

lasted seven hours, and was, in fact, a minute history of the case, profoundly impressed the seven officers who formed the Court. They were supposed to be most hostile to Dreyfus, but we note a change upon this subject which has come over the English correspondents present at the trial. They begin to suspect that what they at first thought incredible is true ; and that the officers on the Tribunal were profoundly ignorant of the facts of the Dreyfus case. Now that they know them they are interested, ask occasionally acute questions, and show every disposition to be impartial. Mr. Steevens in particular, who has the eyes of a hawk, is impressed with their fairness, and says he would trust them as soon as any similar body. The, enormous length of the proceedings, the excessive heat of the summer, and the bad acoustic qualities of the hall all tend to produce weariness, but the members of the Tribunal stick to their work with great regularity. Their ultimate verdict remains as uncertain as ever, but whatever it is it will not be a product of ignorance or lassitude. It is now said that this verdict cannot be delivered before September ..:Oth, as the counsel will occupy an entire week or possibly ten days. The prosecutor, Major Carri6re, has not had his innings yet.