2 NOVEMBER 1872, Page 1

The elections for the National Council in Switzerland have ended

in a complete triumph for the party favourable to a revision of the Constitution. It is believed that in a House of 135 Members the friends of centralisation will have a majority of nearly 50, while the only State wholly opposed to the change is the Canton Vaud, which sends ten opponents of the measure and not one sup- porter. It must be remembered, however, that when the Council has passed the new Constitution it has still to be submitted to the whole people, who may reject it again, as they did this year. Many of the members are returned by very narrow majorities, opinion being still deeply divided on the advantage of the reform. It would improve the army and make education universal, but it would diminish the very strong and very useful municipal feeling of the Cantons.