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France and Russia.

The French police claim the merit of having saved the lite §of the Czar, by the prompt arrest of a gang of Nihilist) bomb makers m Paris. The laws of the Republic, however, do not regard it as a crime to conspire against the life of a foreign potentate, and the only charge that can be made against the prisoners is, that they have been illegally manufacturing explosives to the possible danger of French subjects. There is little or no evidence against them on this score, but the authorities have strained, the law by

making precautionary arrests, a pretence under which individuals may be incarcerated and detained m custody -without being brought to public trial. The service really done to the Russian Government consi.sta m the seizure of papers whereby the Russian police may be enabled to take proceedings or precautions against parties m Russia who may have been m correspondence with the Parisian plotters. The French Government will no doubt deny that any such revelations have been made ; but there are so many ways m which the service might be rendered, and the temptation to do so is so great that it will take a great deal of denial to remove the' impression that m this matter the French Government has been doing Russian work;

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France and Russia., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2487, 9 August 1890

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France and Russia. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2487, 9 August 1890

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