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THE CRIMEAN WAR

concentrated in The Times, whose resources and prestige out-distanced all competitors. Russell's letters were even more easily first than were those of Archibald Forbes of the Daily News in a later warx). What the British public knew about the state of things at the seat of war was what Russell and Delane told them.

When these reports had caused all England to ring with indignation at the sorry plight of the troops and at the miscalculation of the authorities, Delane was accused of proclaiming and magnifying these things in order to make a journalistic sensation. Greville *), who had a foot in two camps, who liked to keep in with The Times, but who, though in some respects a Radical, was deeply committed to the governing classes *), was in a state of terrible fluster4). He records "a great battle with Delane," and takes credit to himself for having influenced the editor on at least one occasion. In other places he is full of impotent railings against "the clamour and diatribes8" of his friend. "The Times goes on against Raglan with greater vehemence every day, and will not be restrained by any remonstrances." "The Press, with T.he Times at its head, is striving to throw everything into confusion, and running a-muck against the aristocratie element of society and of the Constitu-

tion (The people) are told that it is not this or that Minister

who can restore our affairs, but a change in the whole system of government, and the substitution of plebeians and new men for the leaders of parties and members of aristocratie families, of whom all Governments have been for the most part composed.

1. To wit in the Franco-German war of 1870—1.

2. The diarist: see chapter V.

3. deeply committed to: intimately connected with, by ties of friendship, private interest, etc.

4. fluster: agitation.

5. diatribe: bitter critidsm.

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