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FOREIGN Russia. As a protest against the action of the government in disfranchising them, the Jews at Lodz held a great demonstration to the number of two thousand, and they marched through the streets with a flag at their head. They were charged by a body of cavalry, who opened tire on them with rides and re volvers. A report lias just been published by the Council of Ministers on the Jewish Ques tion. The report states that the council lias had before it an historical account of legislation affecting the Jews, from which it would appear that the government, in its attitude to the Jewish question, had adopted no hard and fast principle and followed it to its logical conclusion, and therefore the character of the internal policy in regard to the Jews could not he clearly formu lated. From the time of the Empress Kath erine 11.. down to the present epoch, there had been considerable vacillation in the at titude of the Legislature towards the Jews, privileges alternating with restrictive meas ures. In spite of the mass of materials on the Jewish question, its copious discussion in the press and the frequent commissions and conferences which had considered it, it had not yet been definitively thrashed out, and still awaited solution. The special cir cumstances attaching to the Jewish question gave it. in the view of the council, an excep tional character which distinctly separated it from all other questions of political im portance. It was considerably complicated by social conditions which rendered it ab normal and introduced a certain amount of passion into its consideration. If the ques tion were viewed solely from the political standpoint it was undoubted that in a state which comprised citizens of different nation alities no vital restriction of personal rights ought to he admitted: from this standpoint, therefore, the right solution of the Jewish question would lie to place the Jews in a position of equality with the rest of the pop ulation. Hut if the social side of the ques tion were taken into consideration doubts arose as to the feasibility of this solution. It could hardly be positively asserted that such a measure diil not harm tin 1 interests of those sections of the population whose economic life the government had sought to protect by placing restrictions on the Jews, it might be taken for granted that to place the Jews in a position of equality with the rest of the population would arouse dissat isfaction among the latter, it was also doubtful whether, in present conditions, the Jews were capable of emerging from the ex clusiveness with which they were usually reproached, and which, according to a very widespread opinion, united them in an iso lated and gregarious mass which appeared as a state within a state. A definite decision on these points was absolutely necessary in order firmly to establish the principles of a future Jewish internal policy with which the legislation in regard to the Jews could be brought into harmony. The government could only he sure of the possibility of sat isfactorily solving the Jewish question when it ascertained the views of the Russian pop ulace and established its decisions on the basis of public opinion. This way of deal ing with the existing situation would have the important consequence of enabling the government to avoid the criticisms of either the Jews or the rest of tlie population. The council therefore suggested that the Tsar should make the following reference to a THE JEWISH OUTLOOK special conference with statutory powers to lie summoned before the meeting of the forthcoming popular assembly: t. To establish the important aspects of the Jewish question, the solution of which would form the basis of the revision of the whole legislation in regard to the Jews, and to refer tlie same to the popular assembly for report to the council of state. 2. To prepare an exact survey of all the materials on the Jewish question and to sub mit proposals as to the revision of the laws affecting the Jews to the legislative authori ties. The Tsar has approved the report. St. Petersburg.—The Czar has again changed his program for a national assem bly. according to a statement current Wed nesday night. The new project is based distinctive upon class representation, and supersedes completely the project of the minister of the interior. This new project, it Is said, will be considered by the council of ministers, under the presidency of the Em peror, reinforced by the grand dukes and a number of high court officials. The Em peror's conversion to the class representa tion project is attributed to the influence of the landed nobility. Despite the popular idea here as well as abroad that Russia is ruled by the bureaucracy, it is nearer the truth to say she is ruled by a small oligar chy of grand dukes and about thirty great noble families. With class instead of gen eral representation, they believe they can control not only the members of the nobil ity. but the peasants, who live on their es tates, and. thus buttressed, the bureaucracy will have to protect its own interests. The Novosti this morning prints what it claims is the actual text of the constitutional draft of Minister of the Interior Hooligan's project for tin- formation of ti representative assembly, which bears out the forecasts of the measure given in tin- Associated Press dispatch. The classes debarred are Jews, the nomadic races, persons not of Russian nationality, governors and other imperial and local administrators, and all persons connected with the police. It is provided that the disability of the Jews shall only continue until their status shall have been defined by the popular assembly. England. Sir George and Lady Faudel-Phillips, Sir Marcus and Lady Samuel, and Harem do Stern were present at the reception given by the Japanese minister to meet Prince and Princess Arisugawa. The Prince of Wales, with the approval of the king, has conferred the Order of tin 1 League of Mercy on Miss Rosetta Abrahams, for services rendered to the league during the last five years. The Chief Rabbi and Mrs. Adler, and Mr. M. H. Spielmann. were present at the re ception given by the president and council of the Royal Academy on Wednesday. Lord Rothschild, Messrs. E. A. de Pass and C. O. Seligman were present at the din ner given by the Pilgrims to Mr. Whitelaw Reid, the new American ambassador, last week. Among the honors announced in celebra tion of the birthday of King Edward were a baronetcy to Mr. Herbert de Stern and a knighthood to Mr. Isidore Spielman. Mr. de Stern is a son of the late Baron David, who died in 1577. He is first cousin to Lord Wandsworth and Sir Edward D. Stern. Argentine. 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