6 JANUARY 1906, Page 9

The Times of Thursday published a valuable article from a

correspondent on the present condition of the Yemen. The insurrection seems to have been a curiously fortuitous event, occasioned partly by famine and partly by the ambitions of certain advisers of the Imam. The latter made an attempt to secure peace, but before his letter arrived the Sultan's General, Achmet Feizi, bad come, and the opportunity had passed. Of this man a most interesting account is given. He has fully re-established Turkish authority, and 'has a good chance of adding to his master's dominions. An old man of seventy, he is of the modern school of war, and has. made a practice of granting a free amnesty to all who surrendered, in defiance of the former military traditions of the Turk. The writer is of opinion that no foreign influence was behind the revolt, and that the country is to all intents now quiet. Its distance from Constantinople has given a chance to the strong man on the spot, and if the Yemen is only allowed to be governed from the Yemen there is every prospect of an enduring peace. On the whole, he is in favour of the Turk's rule over the Arab, and he is enthusiastic about the heroism of the Turkish soldier. At the siege of Sanaa the garrison was ten thousand men, and of these more than eight thousand perished, mainly of famine and disease. "No nation but the Turks would have succeeded in hiding their heroism, or tried to do so."