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♦ SPEECH BY THE EMPEROR WILLIAM. RUSSIAN IRRITATION WITH GERMANY. [per press association.] Berlin, May 17. In the course of a speech at Konigsberg the Emperor William said Germany would maintain peace, because her army was able to enforce it. The Reichstag has referred the Army Bill to a Committee, but it is considered certain to pass. i In the Reichstag General Caprivi stated that the clear simple policy of Prince Bismarck rendered the task of succeeding him an easy one. He mentioned that the Government would probably make military service compulsory upon all males. St. Petersbttrg, May 17. The Russian Press is incensed at the speech delivered at Konigsberg by the German Emperor, as it is believed to be a direct threat to Russia. The Novoe Vremya, a semi-official organ, states that the originality of the Emperor William's oratory consists of unneeded appeals to the sword in every province he visits. London, May 17. In the House of Lords the Marquis of Salisbury, in reply to Lord Rosebery, said it was not true that Prince Bismarck had insisted on England joining the triple alliance, and added that the relations with Germany had been constantly of a friendly nature. Referring to the dispute with Portugal, he mentioned that parleying had not yet finished, but Portugal must take j the consequences if she refused to recognise the freedom of . the Zambesi and Shire" Rivers.

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EUROPEAN SITUATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2433, 19 May 1890

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EUROPEAN SITUATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2433, 19 May 1890

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