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Spiritual Even outward eye the view from the tower of Ivan Veliky over the thousands of cupolas and domes, gleaming with gold sacred to the of to the 22 THROUGH "THE GATES OF THE CASPIAN" plates or painted in vivid tints of green and blue, and the green or brown roofs of the Russian houses, intertrees and gardens, which mark the panorama of Moscow, has no little in common with the spectacle which the yellow-tiled palaces and temples of Imperial Peking and the green or grey roofs of the Manchu and Chinese cities in a similar setting of foliage mingled with Just as present from the walls of the Celestial capital.

Regions and the annexation of the Khanates and of Merv gave Russia a frontier, marching for over five hundred miles with that of Persia to the east of the Caspian, and the construction of the Central Asian Railway from Khrasnovodsk secured her a strategic position which entirely envelops the province of Khorasan, and places it and Mazanderan as completely at the mercy of a Russian army as were already the Western provinces of Ghilan and Azerbaijan. Even then the results of this great change did not make themselves thoroughly felt in Persia until the sudden collapse of the Chinese Empire under the impact of Japan the Asiatic momentous produced a fresh problem, pregnant development of with even more That Russia was not satisfied with the position she had gained in Central Asia, but was determined to make her power equally felt in Eastern Asia, had been evident from the moment when in 1891 she embarked upon so costly and formidable an issues.

Minor or varying degree it must also affect the interests fail it who have, or hope to acquire, a stake in Asia, but none of these are at present comparable with our own. Not many years ago the Persian question of other powers was perhaps not unnaturally regarded issue to be dealt with requires its own as a separate merits. no exceptionally far-sighted To-day it statesmanship merely part of the larger question, the solution of which the future of Asia must to see that upon on is it That question is whether Asia is really a field which there is room for two of the greatest European Powers, which are also the two greatest Asiatic Powers, depend.

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