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That cynical and peremptory statesman, Great Bismark, the Chief Minister of Prussia, has announced that "force takes precedence of right." He has stated upon that principle from the moment that he assumed the direction of Prussian affairs, but has never avowed it, that we are aware of, before. Under the inspiration of this audacious personage, an Austria-Prussian note has been addressed to the Senate of Frankfort, which prefigures an occupation of that free city, and the dispersal, by force of arms, of the National German Congress appetite there to be held. The lesser German Powers are likely to have a taste of the cup which they so lately commended to the lips of Denmark. This Von Bismark is beginning to figure largely in European diplomacy; a regular "German Devil" in the Old World Absolutism, of which he is the chief living representative, He holds that the people have no rights except those vouchsafed to them by the Crown, and intends to make Prussia the leading German Power. If France should take it into her head some day to revise her boundaries towards the Rhine, Von Bismark's maxim, that "force takes precedence of right," may return to plague the inventor.

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