Excerpt from The Speaker, Vol. 4: A Review of Politics, Letters, Science, and the Arts; October 3, 1891
The good M. De Blowitz has been surpassing himself this week (he performs the feat about fifty times in the year). The death of the Grand Duchess Paul of Russia having made it necessary that the Czar and Czarina should return without delay to their own country, in order to pay the customary honours to the dead, M. Blowitz has explained in the Times With what eagerness the Czar seized the excuse thus furnished in order to avoid a meet ing with the German Emperor - a meeting which, under the circumstances, would have been distinctly embarrassing. The explanation was ingenious, and was accepted by the readers of the Times with perfect satisfaction; nor is it likely that their faith in the prophet of Paris will be dimin ished by the announcement, which has since been made, that a meeting between the Czar and the German Emperor will, after all, take place within the next few weeks. Speaking generally, there is nothing new in the position of Continental politics; but the uneasy feelings which prevailed a few weeks ago, and which were so largely due to the panic mongers of the press, are beginning to subside, and confidence in the maintenance of peace has been strengthened by speeches from M. Ribot and General Caprivi, both optimistic in tone.
The refusal of the two Berlin firms who had originally undertaken to present the Russian loan to the German public to place it on the Money Market has given great offence at St. Petersburg, and is the one disquieting event of the week.
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