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THERE had been some significant correspondence going on between Royal relations. Just after the Colenso disaster the Tsar wrote to the Queen, and though his letter is apparently not extant its tone may be conjectured by an audience he gave at the same time to Sir Charles Scott, British Ambassador at St. Petersburg. He wished that the Queen should be assured of his most friendly feelings, and "begged her Majesty's Government to discredit entirely any reports of Russian projects likely in any way to conflict with our (English) interests." That assurance seems to answer with very astonishing fitness a letter that the Queen wrote him in the spring of 1899 telling him that the Kaiser constantly impressed on the British Ambassador at Berlin "that Russia is doing all in her power to work against us."

A few days later the Queen received an effusive letter from the Kaiser whose heart was still full of gratitude for the lovely days at Windsor. As it was Christmas and her coun- -try was at war, he appropriately continued: "Peace and goodwill sang the Angels once, and it seems sometimes difficult for the latter (angels?) to live up to these grand and simple words." He wrote on the same day to his Uncle re- -minding him of the Angels' song, but fearing that the new century would be "greeted by shrieks of dying men, killed

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