27 FEBRUARY 1886, Page 3

It may at last, we think, be taken as certain

that peace is for the present secured in the Balkan Peninsula. The King of Servia, after calling out his last Reserves, and declaring his inflexible resolution to conclude no peace, has assented to a Treaty of one article, which leaves everything between Bulgaria and Servia as it was before the war. This Treaty is not yet ratified ; but it is understood that neither Prime Alexander nor the Sultan will offer any opposition. Moreover, the Greek Ministry, which undoubtedly had some secret understanding with Servia, has at last consented to abandon its project of attacking Turkey. It had held out, knowing that France would not act, with an idea that England might permit the seizure of Crete; and when convinced that this was not the case, yielded to irre- sistible circumstances. The war would have been most inoppor- tune; but it will none the less be the duty of Lord Rosebery to press the claims of Epirus and Macedonia. They have both rights to their freedom under the Treaty of Berlin ; they are both being stripped bare by Turkish requisitions for the troops ; and they both could reopen the situation again by insurrection. As we have re-bound their chains, we ought at least to see that they are light.