28 AUGUST 1875, Page 1

It would appear that Russia is by no means altogether

pleased with the course affairs have taken. She cannot help aiding the Christians against the Turks, but she wanted to have the credit of being their protector, which now she will not obtain. The insurgents think her lukewarm, while the Servians are annoyed at her refusal to let them absorb Bosnia. It would seem that both at St. Petersburg and Vienna there is a great dread lest any strong State should grow up south of the Danube, and efforts will be made to make the new Hospodarate as small and weak as possible. They will be baffled, however, in the long-run, as they were in Roumania, by the election of the same Prince for both States, at some moment when Turkey, with a new loau to raise, shall be powerless for war. Russia or Austria may threaten to conquer the refractory States, but neither will allow the other to do it. Austria cannot tolerate Russia on the Danube, and Russia will not bear Austria right across her road to Constantinople. In these circumstances, a bold leader, whether Prince Milano, or Prince Nikita, or the head of the Karageorgevich family, might build up a strong and nearly independent Principality.