The argument employed by the Prussian Ministry to justify the
closing of the Chambers is that the Lower House had passed unconstitutional resolutions. It is, however, believed in Berlin that the act was a sudden one, and caused by the King's anger at the independence of the speeches made in the House. No rioting has followed the virtual suspension of the Constitution, the Prussians say they will wait, and to all external appearance the Premier is master of the field. Dr. Gneist, in the last speech made before the closing, only ventured to predict that liberty would be restored, if not before, at least after, the death of "that man, that pupil of the man in Paris," Count von Bismark.