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TENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
barbarism of the middle ages, and which are a disgrace to the civilization of the present day. All I can say is that we leave our case confidently in your hands."
Mr. Arthur Cohen, Q.C., M.P., observed that, as President of the Board of Deputies, he wished to address his Lordship, and to state that he considered the outrages unconnected with the question whether the Russian laws relating to the Jews were equitable and satisfactory. As all interference with the laws of a foreign country presented difficulties, he would merely suggest that Her Majesty's Government should direct the attention of the Governments of Europe generally to the exceptional laws which in Russia are applied to foreign Jews. The deputation bad come to state to his Lordship their alarm and anxiety in respect to the present condition of the Jews in Russia, and there was no one in Europe who was better qualified than his Lordship to aid in averting the extension of the outrages under consideration. He felt sure that his Lordship would use all his influence on the Government of Russia that a stop be put to the attacks made upon the Jews in that country. He felt that it would be an unjustifiable policy to express the slightest mistrust of the conduct of the Russian Government, and it must be assumed that the Emperor of Russia would in the present case, conform to the duty of every Sovereign. In conclusion, Mr. Cohen alluded to the cordial support which every Administration in this country had until now, for nearly half-a-century, given to applications analogous to that which the present deputation made to his Lordship.
Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart., said—My Lord, I should like to add a word to the observations which have just been made. We have found that both you and your predecessors have been always most anxious to do what is possible on behalf of the Jews in all parts of the world. You have shown by your constant action, for instance in the case of the Servian Jews, how much can be effected by friendly and firm remonstrances, such as I remember you made on that occasion. I venture to believe that it could hardly be an ungracious act to the present Emperor of Russia if some expression of opinion were to come from your Lordship, as it would strengthen his hands in the management of his people, because we cannot but remember that in the case of Roumania the Sovereign himself saw that the difficulty with which he had to deal was to get over the prejudices which existed amongst the people. I believe that

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