For a moment there is an ominous quiet in Europe.  Russia last week sent out a note to the Great Powers, asking them what they intended to do, now that the Conference had been closed without effecting its purpose.  This step was taken in adherence to her declared
intention of preserving as long as possible the "concert" of which we heard so much.  But it seems to be accepted as a certainty that if the other Cabinets do not propose active intervention, in order to compel the adoption of the scheme of the Conference, Russia will do so independently in the Spring.  This, it is said, the Emperor considers himself bound to do, according to the pledge he gave to his nobles at Moscow three months ago.  The question, therefore, is whether there is any resource by which diplomacy can avert the impending contest.  It is not obvious that any such means exist; because Turkey, with whom the issue rests, appears to be less inclined to concession than ever, and is indeed undoing some of the more hopeful work which, if carried out, was preferable to the plan arranged by the Plenipotentiaries.  She is hurrying up soldiers from the outlying parts of the Empire, and is evidently preparing for a collision which she does not dread.  The Mussulman population in Constantinople and elsewhere is stated to be in an excited state, and it is probable we may have further violent revolutions.  One of the most noisy of the Russian newspapers, which formerly called for war to the death, now adopts a contemptuous tone, and would let the Empire of the Turk burst asunder by the ferment of its own discordant elements, a result which it anticipates speedily.  If the Russian people would be content to take that view, the Emperor may see his way out of the difficulty which his Moscow declaration places him in, without having recourse to immediate hostilities.  If his well-known humane and temperate character has full play in this crisis, he will se that in the present mood of the armed Mahometan population any precipitate action on his part would endanger the safety of the unarmed Christians whose welfare is the object of his solicitude, and the danger would be the greater the more successful his arms might be in the field.  Lord SALISBURY stated this side of the case in very powerful language, which we quote in the following article.  The reasonableness of caution and delay, arising from humane considerations, is in fact the main ground of hope, supported as it is by the disinclination of all the other Powers to incur the responsibility of material intervention, and by the desire of Servia to conclude a peace with her suzerein.  The well-informed Vienna correspondent of the Times says that should the trouble be got over, it will be owing very much to the frank and statesmanlike efforts of Lord Derby.