3 SEPTEMBER 1898, Page 3

The unveiling of the national monument to the Czar

Alexander II.—the " Czar Liberator "—in the Kremlin at Moscow, where he was born, took place on Sunday last with the barbaric pageantry which makes all Russian state ceremonials so strangely impressive. The advent of the Czar and Czarina was heralded by the ringing of all the sixteen hundred belle in Moscow, and when the ceremony of unveiling was completed a salute of three hundred and twenty guns was fired. The Czar Nicholas in his Imperial Ukase summarises the benefits which his grand- father secured for the people. The Russian Press has put it more neatly by saying that before the reign of the Czar Liberator Russia was in the main a "country of slaves, with- out justice and without roads."