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THE DREYFUS CASE.

The deatb of General Picquart re calls tbis remarkable case, wbich lead to politcal strife in France for so many years, Dreyfus was tbe unfortunate scape goat who suffered at the hands of a large secret society determined to crush out the power of the Jews in France. It will be remembered that Boutoux's Union Generale, tho scheme to destroy the power of the Jews in French financial circles, was a great failure, and spelt ruin to many in France. Every man who suffered by this failure laid it at tbe door of tbe Jews, and the result was that a large anti-Semitic Society was formed. A newspaper was actually started, entitled "La libre Parole,'" inflaming the people against Jews. Itito this whirlpool of feeliDg came the news Of the arrest of the Jew, Captain Dreyfii3 on the charge of com muicating secret documents to a foreign Power. No mercy was shown the unfortunate Dreyfus, and he was made the victim of tho violent anti Semitic feeling. The manner in wbich his tiial was conducted was a scandal to any justice loving community, and was just the opportunity for the culprit Esterhazy to thrust sirs. picion upon the Jew. When Dreyfus's friends fought to establish his innocence they had a very uphill fight as the case was made one of a deep political nature. With the antiDrefus men were ranged the Royalists and ijoulangers, and passing over the quest'-n of Dreyfus's innocence or guilt, ihe two parties ended in waging what wsa nearly being a civil war. Those opposing Dreyfus tried to corrupt the whole army, and to destroy the Republic. General Picquart de serves general admiration for the noble way in which ho strove to establish Drefus's innocence. It will be remem bered bow he discoveaed Esterhazy's guilt, and it was to his credit that knowing what greai opposition he would have, he still fou;; l ife.on to obtain the release of an innocent man. He suffered heavily for his cbam. pionship of the unlucky Jew. General Picquart wa3 then head of the Intelligence Department; but his superiors soon stopped his enquiries, as they dreaded exposure of the illegal methods by which Dreyfus had been condemned. General Pic quart lost his position, and then in 1896 was sent on a mission all over France. Later he was imprisoned in Cherche Midi, and not released till June, 1899, when Dreyfus' was brought back for a second trial. It must be remembered that Picquart was only one of many who suffered for their determination to see justice done, as during the ten years when the case was being fought out, and tho anti-Semitic feeling ran so high,

ail those who espoused Drey fin' cau°e wore made to suffer heavily for their championship of tho scapegoat.

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THE DREYFUS CASE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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THE DREYFUS CASE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4366, 23 January 1914

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