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Whilst depreoattnp the prediction of a Earopean war for 1889 a« "gratuitous folly," the "National Rview" for January goes on to s»y :— "Not to onntemplate It as a possibility, and a not unlikely porslbllity, would be equally fatuous." The reasons for arriving at this oonoiusibn are act forth with calmuei? and deliberation, " Unresting, unhastIng, Rusila, like France " la said to be "preparing for a enpreme struggle for nmtery and domination In Europe ; and, when the hoar strikes for the struggle actively to begin, France and Baeiia will join hands and do their utmost to strangle Germany m their embrace." A sinister omen It found m the faot that Italy, poor, overtaxed, sorely-burdened Italy, Is going to spend three millions m making tho railways In the northern part of the Peninsula readily available for rapid mobilisation and concentration, as those words are understood m modern military parlance. As the preponderance of fighting force at present seems to be on the side of the Triple Alliance, the writer ventures on what is really a guess at the future by seying, "Since It is as oertain as that the son will rise to-morrow that France and Russia will, some day or other, strive to settle their aooount with Germany and Austrla-Hnogary, the temptation to Prloca Blsmsrok to have the aooount settled at an early date* would seem to be overpnwerine*"

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WILL THERE BE WAR IN 1889 ?, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2062, 13 February 1889

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WILL THERE BE WAR IN 1889 ? Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2062, 13 February 1889

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