PROSPECTS OF PEACE
SPEBOH BY LORD SALISBURY. Id bla speeoh at the Lord Mayor*! bftcqnat, Lord Salisbury after touohtng brlfly on the atata of offiira In Orate whfci he did not belleva need exoitt aerioos apprehension, referred to tha dia'uvbunoaa m Egypt. He showed that the time had not arrived when EngUod could leave Egypt to defend herself. EogUnd hid undertaken not to abandon Egypt, and it w»a an engagement of which she had no reason to be aibamed. It was sanctioned by the highest consider*tlons of honor, philanthropy, and humanity, tbouc-n It was one bringing no Immediate profit except that which always attended the fulfilment of an hoßorabla engagement. As to the general outlook of European affaire, Lord Salisbury went on to say : There are admirers who tell us that we treat what goes In Southern Europe aa n mattes which concerns this conntcy not at all, but on these matters we cannot afford to exhibit % fluctuating, nndeolded course. England Is bauod by traditions, by a polloy long pursued, by declarations oftun reIterated, by engagements solemnly entered Into, and sha cannot turn from tha oourse which these various traditions and engagements point out to h». She oan* not abandon the position and policy whioh la the sight of Europe she has taker, up, without sacrificing that iDflnanoa which oonfidenoa alone o»n give. We are bound to observe honorable engagements we havo entered into ; we cannot dissociate ourselves from that European community to which we belong. Our first objeofc li peaoe, tubjeot (o but one consideration, and that la 0 peace whioh In regard to oar past declarations and oft-repeated polloy we can maintain with honor. Ido not think any of these dangers against whioh we aro Invited to provide are likely to come upon ÜB. We live In a itate of things to whioh then U no analogy. Mankind has never leen suoh vast armies as are now being assembled together. Mankind has never seen snob deadly weapons as the slnfstei ingenuity of aolanoe has now put Into their bands, and we cannot' propheoy what the remit of. this terrible acoeaslon to one powers fotr evil rb well as for good will be, Thesa tremendous armamentr, these terrible In* strumenta of death, muitmean that when once two nations are looked In the deadly grapple of modern war, tha end muit be destruction to one of tben. The viotor In ■uoh a struggle will be almost bound when be is a viotor to take oare that never again shall be from the same quarter be ezpoaad to the aamo dangers or tubjeeted to the same evlla, and every statesman who Is ousting the horoscope of the future and meditates on the oons'qnencea of his aota knows for what a fearful stake he It throwing. He knows If he falls the nation whfob he seeks to defend will priotionlly disappear. I cannot bat feel that that thought whioh must be In the mind of every responsible man is one of great security lor peaoe m the present day. The issue its so frightful .that men will ahrink from challenging it, and therefore I indulge m the hopa and confident belief that year after year, though from time to time the scare of war may revive, men will shrink more from engaging In its terrible reality,— These peaceful expressions irom England.' a Premier' have been received with unqualified satisfaction ea tha Continent, and the German, Austrian and Buaslan orgacs express themselves greatly gratified at its tone,— "Argus " co-respondent.
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PROSPECTS OF PEACE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889
PROSPECTS OF PEACE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889
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